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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

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4,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,799
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 607 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.74% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

- Pabst Blue Ribbon is brewed in the finest traditions of an American Premium Lager dating back to 1844. Brewed with a combination of 2 & 6-row malted barley, select cereal grains and American and European hops, Pabst Blue Ribbon is fermented with a proprietary lager yeast. Our unique fermentation and maturation process results in a smooth, full bodied beer with a clean, crisp finish with a fine noble hop aroma.
- ABV% 4.74
- Calories 144
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Photo of Bigbadbudman
1/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Why don't people understand that just because your dad and your dad's dad drank it doesn't mean its good. This beer shouldn't be shouldn't served, sold, or given away for free. This is pure butt pee in a can. Some one should petition congress and have there brewery shut down and burned. This a black eye on America's beer portfolio. I hate this beer.

Photo of ahq514
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 16 oz can into shaker pint glass.

Pours a decent sized head that diminishes pretty rapidly to almost nothing, barely a film on top of the beer. Pours a pale golden color that you can see straight through. Seems a lot less carbonated than I would have imagined. Surprisingly impressed with the moderate lacing.

Doesn't have much aroma. Faint grains and light, sweet corn syrup. Can't detect any hops.

Tastes about the same as the aroma. Very lightly toasted grains, a touch of sweet corn syrup. Hops are almost not detectable. After having just read an article about how carbonation affects taste, I can taste a slight acidity from the carbonation. Very light profile.

Has very light body, slightly more body than water. Higher carbonation.

For what this is, its not bad. I barely ever drink AALs, but it seems that PBR is one of the only I can stomach. Would say its better than other AALs. Can only drink these every once in awhile.

Photo of Monk0383
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying to to find that perfect party/summer/lawnmower beer, with value and taste in mind. I Re-tried budweiser recently and I have to say I enjoyed it, for what it is. But thats gonna be different review. Also enjoy Shlitz, making it my first review, but on to the Pabst! I'm gonna do this review while dinking the beer.

Serving style can poured into a frosty beer mug.

A: Straw yellow, one fingers worth of head, which stuck around for about a minute. Slight lacing

S: Not much of a smell, slighty grassy. Nothing offencive

T: Grassy, not malty at all, dry and crisp. Finshes clean with a lil' hop in there

M: Dry and bubbly, clean finsh

O: I like this beer, there's only a few I would say I dislike. It was quite refreshing, I wonder if my guest would mind enjoying Pabst at my next event? I'm gonna continue my quest for the perfect party/summer beer. Any sugestions are welcome

Plus I think a cooler full of Pabst, Shlitz, and maybe Blatz, would be a hit at a retro pool party or something

Photo of shortbus7
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hay yellow with a 1 finger white head.

S: Malt and corn.

T: Malt with a slight hint of hops. A little bit of corn.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Nice and crisp.

O: A very good macro, most likely the best one out there. There is always a few of these floating around in the back of the fridge.

Photo of kilustration
3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another easy winner if choosing an domestic macro brew.

This is a no brainer - easily obtainable, affordable and not offensive.

Pours much the same as any other macro with a much more pleasant taste and aroma.

This is not in the running to claim the title of "best in the world", but can compete for "best mass produced" and it has earned reserved shelf space in my fridge.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah...finally got to reviewing PBR.
Pours a clear light straw/golden color with a massive white foamy head from a 24 oz can, with freshness date on the can.
Aroma is grainy, sort of wheat husk, with hints of bready yeast and malt.
Crisp, pale, grainy, malty lager. Easy to drink and kinda refreshing too. A very good lager, especially for the price that it is sold.

Photo of McStagger
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hipster-tastic. Always imitated, often duplicated.

A: According to the can, this beer was America's best in 1893. Oh, and it expires on November 11th. Hard pour leads to two and a third (estimate) finger of slightly off white foam. The foam is not long of this earth and rapidly dissipates. Carbonation is lively. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Cereal goodness. Touch of grassy hops in the nose as well.

T: To be honest, I don't find the flavors to be all that impressive. There's the adjunct cereal, a touch more of the grassy hops and maybe a tiny bit lemon citrus on the end. The finish is all adjunct. Everything seems very muted. The flavors are thin and watery. Not to the level of BMC, but not a whole lot better.

O: The flagship retro lager pales in comparison to other examples of the style. Punch the next hipster you see in the grill and ask why his kind couldn't have made Schlitz their beer of choice.

M: Middle of the pack.

M: Standard adju

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Expires December 19 2011

Can into pint glass

A - A very light yellow, but crystal clear body with some white head that has impressive staying power and lacing. That said, it's a very ugly head, looking a bit like contaminated bleached sea foam. The color of the beer seems about right for the style.

S - Neutral grains, vanilla, nutty, touch of apple tartness. I don't particularly like it, but it seems about on-par with most AAL's I'm aware of.

T - Pretty much like a watery version of the smell. Light grainy flavors. Superbly boring, pretty inoffensive, but not good.

M - thin, smooth, a bit dry.

O - I drink this once in a while because it's cheap and not BMC.

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed many, many times over the years and formally reviewed here for the first time as it is my king of the cheapy's IMO and I've been going back and reviewing some of my favorite old man brews of yore that I've put off while reviewing craft and import beers. Poured from 12oz can into pilsner glass for the purposes of this formal review for an informal brew. Pale straw yellow color pours a fluffy head of about and inch or so if you let it and you enjoy that sort of thing. Usual suspects smell wise for an american adjunct lager, corn mostly and mild sourness of yeast and bread. Taste is sweeter then most and goes down easy and finishes clean though their is that bit of aal funk to it as well. An obvious choice for a session beer, good and cheap no matter if it's can, bottle or draft and IMO creates a better buzz then High Life over the course of a session/night out. This was the standard american adjunct lager I came to enjoy over the usual BMC stuff thanks to dive bars, rock clubs and using it as the main ingredient in flaming Dr. Pepper shots at parties and not wanting to throw away the rest of the can when no one else would volunteer to finish the remains not used in the shot. Also great for making up beer bread and beer can chicken. I prefer the can to the bottle or the draft, both of which seem a bit more watery and rather tasteless where the can seems to have a bit more and the metallic taste IMO adds something as crazy as that sounds. Snobs and hipster's be damned, I enjoy this blue ribbon devil of cheapness.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with 1/2" of dense, foamy head. Good retention. The smell has notes of grains, pale malts, straw, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is straw and grains with grassy hops. There's a slight bitterness, but overall well balanced. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and crisp.

Of all the adjunct lagers this one probably comes closest to actually duplicating a pilsner.

Photo of DannyDan
3.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as most everyone knows is a golden yellow like most macros and has a thin white head that quickly disappears leaving some lacing and little retention. I could hardly get any smell from this beer, so not much to be impressed with. The taste starts out with some corn and sweet malts and later get some hops that nicely balance the malts out. A very smooth, crisp and clean finish that makes this one of the very few AAL beers that is tasty and is also satisfying at the same time. A good beer to drink when low on money and in need of one.

Photo of Paincane
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden colr with thin white head that leaves little lace.
S: Grain, corn, malt, musty.
T: Tastes like its aromas, but weaker.
M: Thin, watery like most American adjunct lagers. Moderately carbonated.
O: Not bad, but far from great. On a hot summer day, this would do a good job of cooling you off. However, as a beer, it is largely simple and uninteresting.

Photo of billybob
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

most of your adjunct lagers are pretty much the same there is little difference in smell, taste, mouthfeel. that said as far as appearance, smell, and mouthfeel it falls in at average. where i think its a little better is taste which to me is most important and drink ability. a nice clear light golden color average adjunct smell sweet corn malt taste with a light mouthfeel and crisp carbonation. add to that a abv of 4.74 i think adds to the overall drink ability.

Photo of KJay1408
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice straw color, with about a fingers worth of head that disappears way to soon. In my opinion it looks good for an Adjunct Lager.

S: Pretty typical malt and cereal grain smell

T: A bit of a let down, A bit of sweetness, a hint of malt and grain, I think I tasted a hop...one hop in a Sixteen ounce can. It's just a hair above Bud for flavor.

M: Light bodied, very light bodied, just a hair above water.

O: I'm rather disappointed, don't get me wrong I wasn't hoping for craft brew quality, but I was hoping for a decent beer. PBR is barely above Budweiser as far a brews go. Oh well pretty average for an adjunct lager.

Photo of gtermi
1.4/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer is just not good. I bought this because it has decent ratings on this site, but I hated every second of this beer. The appearance and smell are very boring a bland, nothing special at all. The taste is the worst part of this beer IMO. It is like water with a slight rice and corn taste on the finish. The mouthfell is very carbonated and boring. Overall this is a boring beer. It is still better than any BMC, but still not good at all.

Photo of olimpia84
2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this straight from a tall boy can. Somebody else at the bar section was pouring it in clear plastic cups so from what I could tell this beer had the typical adjunct lager clear yellow body with a bit more composition that others in its style. Smell was a bit mute probably because I was trying to take notes straight from the can. Grains and corns are predominant as expected although this beer does a better job than others in its style.
Overall, I guess it's a decent lager that's clean and refreshing.

Photo of BeerBuggy
3.24/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This came in a twenty four ounce can. Large oversized three-finger head that dwindled to virtually nothing in a minute or so. Pale yellow virtually see through the mug clear though not with perfect clarity. Leaves small number of small streaks of lacing. Smells like yeast. Thin watery mouth feel , can see taste and feel the carbonation though relatively moderate. The sweetness comes through most. I thought I could never enjoy cheap beer again but this is not bad for the price (about $1.40 for 24 ounces).

Photo of renegadeburger
2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

had this one over the weekend with friends my old buddy brought a case of these over while we watched some college football

ok where do i begin with this one haha how about the appearance

well it looked nice in color but the head disappeared in about 5 seconds and then looked rather flat

smelled of some eggs and wild grass and some fruit and esters not the typical clean lager smell

taste was ok and probably the best thing going for it i would say it was definitely too sweet and prickly but overall drinkable

the worst thing was the mouthfeel it tasted a bit syrupy and chewy and not light and refreshing

overall this is a decent beer at best in the value category but definitely not my cup of tea

Photo of JGrooveDrums
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into glass.

A-Poured a crisp yellow. Created a head the width of a small finger, but quickly disappeared. Lots of bubbles from high level of carbonation.

S- You can definitely smell a hint of corn in there, maybe even a little wheat. The smell is not exactly flattering but at least it smells like beer.

T- A little sweet. Can taste a the rice or corn. Not very many complex flavors, but you get what you pay for. Highly drinkable for what it's worth.

M- Smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Highly carbonated.

I would say this is my favorite beer in the "cheap beer" category. I don't really expect anyone to be buying this beer to enjoy the flavor. It's cheap, and its drinkable. Good enough.

Photo of thatruth
2.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into pint glass.

poured second half vigorously to arise a good head. pours two finger snow white head with moderate, slippery lacing. crystal clear champagne color into a sparkling pale yellow with gold tint.

smells of straw, rice, and hops. rainy forest day aroma.

not much to note on taste here. tastes like water, hops, and barley.

crisp, clean on-bringing to quick, watery finish.

heineken? fuck heineken. PABST BLUE RIBBON!

Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Haven't had one of these brews in a while, but a buddy handed one to me, and I'm not one to refuse a free beer. This was actually a lot better than I had remembered. Tastes like grains, malts, and rice. Mouthfeel is smooth, and the carbonation is good. This was ice cold so that helped out, for sure. Pretty refreshing. I'd probably go back to this one. Can't beat a 24 pack for 12 bucks.

Photo of kwc017
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hands down kills the other beers in it's price range and above. Just a great American lager. Grain, a bit of malt. Clean and refreshing. So much better than what the herd drinks. Do yourself a favor and grab a Blue Ribbon. The bottle is just freakin cool too. Cheers!

Photo of philerman
2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in cans in dive bars across the nation. If you're paying more than $2 for this you better have naked or nearly naked (depending on the local laws regarding such places) flesh in front of you.

I've never started off a night with PBR so I can't comment on the appearance other than to note that the can exerts no class whatsoever. If it becomes a conversation-starter, you can at least thank your lucky stars you're not talking about the weather.

Over the years, the smell has become less and less like stale cigarette smoke as more and more states enact anti-smoking laws. By the time you're on your 10th or 20th the smell doesn't even make you nauseous.

It tastes like "beer". Like a picture in a dictionary. A cheap dictionary though.

Enough carbonation to not taste watered down and usually surprisingly drinkable, though I'd never pass up something from even the lowest rungs of microbreweries for this.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was away on a beach vacation and I guess felt the need to take a vacation from all the craft beer I'd been having. Something about PBR in a can strikes both nostalgia as well as hipness, as many gastropubs serve it with a shot chaser. I'm not going to bother going through all the characteristics, as that's kind of a waste of time. I just think that every once in a while it's an interesting change of pace.

Photo of ehammond1
2.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn elements throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

It is what it is, and it isn't much.

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,799 ratings.