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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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4,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,480
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 394 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of Andreji
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So the famous PBR finally in my hands randomly at some venezuelan arepa joint in the lower east side.

Yawn, indeed. what's the hype by which some defend this lazy lager? pour? guess. straw clear toned. sure, small whitish head. no magic to it. and i even took the time to ask for a glass to pour it.

smell....guess again. slightly malty...somewhat skunky. again, no magic, nothing out of the common.

maybe the taste being rather bending toward the sweet side merits it some credit but not too much either. and a macro-bent not too hoppy finish. pfffft what a boring way to end my night.

Andreji, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking on tap tonight at Texadelphia in Norman, OK

Clear golden brew with almost no head. Minimal crisp aroma.

Flavor is decent for the style. Crisp and clean. Nice amount of grain. Some hops in the background. No creepy macro aftertaste. Fairly simple but they pull off what most macros can't pull off --- it actually tastes good.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. The best I've experienced in a macro. It actually has some substance.

Best choice for a domestic macro. Not great compared to micros but for what it is, it's pretty respectable.

jmbranum, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tonight, I was at dinner with friends at PF Changs, so not a great beer selection to begin with. I see PBR drafts for $2.75 on the menu, and think it's too cheap to pass up. Served in tall pilsner glasses. Clear yellow body. Thin bubbly head. Plenty of carbonation. Smell and taste were average macro flavors: corn, adjuncts, and a bit of malt. Not a horrible flavor, but nothing to write home about. Mediocre but not appalling. Mouthfeel was fizzy but oddly refreshing. Decent pairing with spicy Mongolian beef entree. Slightly more drinkable and enjoyable than BMC.

morebeergood, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Blob77
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Not too much to say about this beer. For me its a staple because of the cost and drinkability. The Appearance is light yellow, nothing special. Smell is light a little malty and again nothing special. Taste is good compared to other american lagers and if you review this beer with a "reality" focus its hard to beat (because of the price). Mouthfeel is light and kinda fizzy. The drinkability or Poundability rather of this beer is what makes it a staple for me. I can drink it all night and all day.

Blob77, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can

color is piss yellow ear with nohead. Tame and lame, nose is super light w a bit of malt.

Taste is a bit hoppy but mainly super light malt. It's a lame beer and very flat and lame. It's boring it's bland and bleck skip this at least go labatt

kingcrowing, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pabst has a clear yellow color with a fizzy head and carbonation. The aroma seems to be typical but not flat or skunky. The taste was quite smooth with a slight aftertaste. It was refreshing with the carbonation. This beer is drinkable as it has withstood the test of time. It's great served cold in the summer and the price doesn't hurt either. It is far and away better than any light beer I have tasted.

I first drank this brew while riding PBR's in Viet Nam.

soju6, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of jeremyn
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this straight out of the bottle, slightly warmer than fridge temperature.

Can't really comment on the appearance since it was in the bottle.

Taste is sweet, with almost belgian-y yeast flavor. It's hard to pick out flavors. No evident hop flavor. Really mild. I would not recommend letting this warm up. It gets way too sweet and tastes... unnatural. Best very cold. Carbonation level was acceptable.

This beer is fine. My major knock is that it's a little too sweet. It actually reminds me more of soda than beer.

jeremyn, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a very light golden yellow with a big foamy, but rapidly receding head. Looks like a macro beer looks.

The nose brings a hint of grains and spicy hops in addition to a slight corny note.

The hops aren't there so much in the taste, but the barley graininess is more pronounced with less of the cooked corn taste. A step up from the big three, in my opinion.

Medium to thin body with appropriate carbonation, and pretty easily drinkable. It's not a great beer, but certainly a decent fall-back brew.

MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from the LCBO. Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick cap of bubbly white head that subsides after a few minutes. No lace this go' round. Smell and taste are lightly floral and grassy hops, crisp cereal grains, some creamed corn, and a mild, wheat husk aftertaste. The mouthfeel is delicate, smooth, and refreshing. Finishes dry and parched on the palate. A clean and easy drinker, PBR is perfect if you want a beer that you don't have to think about. Also, the lack of metal/off flavours makes this more drinkable than its macro counterparts. Best in class for an American adjunct lager.

cratez, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of OnThenIn
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Two fingers of billowing white head that dissipates really quickly. The beer is a slightly golden yellow color. There is a tiny bit of lacing, but it really looked like shit.

Smell: The smell is stronger than other beers in the style. There is a definite grassy hop aroma with some adjunct aromas.

Taste: There is a bit of a sweet taste with maybe a hint of hop bitterness balancing out. The flavor is more or less a wash to be honest.

Mouthfeel: It is highly carbonated, which is per the style and rather crisp and light, while retaining a little more body than water.

Drinkability: I don't really love the really high level of carbonation, but this beer is really the best of the worst. A great beer when a cheap beer option is desired.

OnThenIn, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
2.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Wasatch, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of techfed87
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schlitz pilsner-style pint glass. Pours a very bubbly head. Color is a pale yellow. Smell is light malt sweetness.

First sip is quite malty. A hint of hops somewhere in it, but not much at all present.

Carbonation seems a bit forced, but within proper limits.

Overall, for being what it is, I would choose this hands down over any anheiser-busch or Coors. A very light, tasty beer!

techfed87, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of kflorence
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light straw color with ample carbonation lending to a small, white head that dissipates fast.

S: Smells of malts, hops and grains... some skunky aromas in there, but not as bad as some other lagers. Pretty sweet aroma, overall.

T: Some hops, grains and a pleasant malty sweetness. Very simple and straightforward.

M: Very light and very carbonated. A bit too carbonated if I must say. It's a little better when poured, and definitely offers more body when compared to beers like MGD or Budweiser (though mouthfeel is not as good as Coors).

D: This is a very good session beer, perhaps the best for the price (I can get it on sale for about 50 cents a beer, not bad at all), body and flavor this beer offers. My lager of choice and usually whats in my fridge with the economy so shitty :)

kflorence, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

grabed two cans for 2 dollars..cheapest beer around for sure.. perfect for a spring spa session.

crack the can, and some foam splashed around, and stayed in the can.

color is gold straw and clear, i can see in the bottom of the can..

smell like grain, malt

taste is corny and malty

mouthfeel is alright, i would say high carbonation

Drinkability: if you ask me, this beer is alright and really cheap

Otterburn, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Well lets start off things on the right foot here. This beer is not the greatest or king of anything. It doesn't pose to be any of those things either. If you are going to a party and you are broke, this is the best american adjunct lager. Light hops presence but hops none the less. You can drink a ton of it and it is obviously a session beer. If you are at a place that doesn't have any micro beers worth drinking and you do not feel like scotch, go with a pbr and cheers to your grandfather while you drink it. You were probably conceived on the stuff.

tippebrewcrew2, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of zoso493
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is part two of a canned double-header, the other beer being Busch Light. I'm postulating, though, that the Blue Ribbon is going to fair much butter. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale straw color with a large-three finger head. The head is a bit foamier than you'd expect from an adjunct lager and it even leaves a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a smell of some light grassy and grainy hops and some even lighter adjuncts. This is an extremely subdued scent, however.

Taste: For an adjunct lager, this has a decent hop profile to it, although it's nothing special by any means. The adjuncts, however, play a pretty big role in the taste, which is somewhat of a turn-off to me.

Mouthfeel: This is about as good of a mouthfeel as you'll get in an adjunct lager. It's not as thin as most adjuncts, but it still has a higher amount of carbonation, making it easier to drink.

Drinkability: This is a pretty drinkable beer and is my preferred adjunct lager of choice when it comes to pounding beers, though I wouldn't have a lot of these if I were just drinking for the hell of it.

Overall, this is one of the better adjunct lagers that are widely available and is the beer I always reach for if no craft brews are in sight. This was the first beer I ever had at age 13 and thus holds a special place in my heart. For me, PBR is an above-average adjunct lager and certainly deserving of being tried.

zoso493, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A buddy left this at my place this weekend, and I thought I'd review it. Had it before, but never really though about what was going on.
Poured from a can into a pint glass, appears a very clear yellow that you can see completely through, with a fairly thin, bubbly head that actually stays for a decent amount of time, but leaves almost no lacing.
Smell is full of grains, lots of corn. Nose is just like most adjuncts, but is not as strong or unpleasantly overpowering as most. There are some hops in the nose, but nothing really worth much at all. Not a lot going on in the taste, just a lot of grains and grassy notes, as well as a slight bitterness towards the end of each sip.
Mouthfeel is thin, no thickness whatsoever, but not watery. A lot of carbonation that fits in with what I've come to expect from adjuncts. The drinkibility is better than what I'm used to from this style, and this is actually something I could see myself drinking for a night out on campus.
Overall a decent brew. Much better and more desirable than most of the other macro brews I've had while starting out my days of drinking.

zimm421, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had lunch at a diner and they had 12oz bottles in their drink cooler. Drank straight from the bottle, so not sure of the appearance. If memory serves me correct, I imagine a clear, golden straw colored brew.

Smell is mainly grainy, grassy.

Tasted actually a little better than I remembered. Mild hops, again grassy, but not bad.

Plenty of carbonation to provide most of the action. Felt pretty crisp in the mouth.

I think I'm gonna pick up a sixer of this, if for nothing else than to provide a surprise for my friends when they peek into the mancave fridge.

bigbluebeerguy, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of backfat
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a fizzy clear yellow with a frothy two finger head that dissipates quickly. smells slightly metallic with sweet corn yeast and faint, faint hop backround. high carbonation. crisp, grainy, and sweet with a faint tart finish. this is my go to beer if low funds come around. quantity over quality. one of the two american adjunct lagers i can stand. the other is schlitz. haha.

dictionary definition of adjunct: something added to another thing, but not essential to it. gross

backfat, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of animalchin
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here it is - the beer that for some reason has been the gold standard of all college-aged hipsters around my school. Whatever their reasoning is - here's the break down.

A - Light yellow body, slight layer of head plus a lot of carbonation apparent.

S - Corn and adjunct. Just a lot of grains.

T - Some saturated maltiness, a lot of grainy action going on. The slightest hint of lemon zest.

M - Very light. Carbonation makes a big source of activity.

D & Notes - For a mass produced product, I have always been impressed with PBR. Could drink this all night, and at $7.99 for a 12-pack, I don't feel the slightest sense of cognitive-dissociation.

animalchin, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of cbarrett4
2.42/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have to say that if there is nothing else available, this will fit the bill. Or possibly out of a can next to the pool. But this is barely better than the usual adjunct lagers from Coors, Miller, and Bud. The appearance is average with a quickly vanishing head and artificial looking carbonation. Not much aroma, pretty dull. Taste is simple and straightforward. Not much going on here either. Simple yet quaffable and refreshing. Pretty average.

cbarrett4, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of RyanBelle
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing wrong with this beer on a hot day mowing the lawn. It gets the job done for refreshment, you could make a session out of it, and it really is a classic beer that has stood the test of time. This beer is all about balance, and for an American Macro...it's totally in proportion. Everyone's tried it for a reason, it's good!

RyanBelle, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass on a cloudy Saturday evening.

A: Huge fluffy lager head that has pretty decent retention considering. Looks like a sparkling wine, with heavy carbonation and an extremely pale golden color. Lacing is solid as well.

S: Looks similar to apple juice, and the nose pulls me that way as well. A little hops on the backend. Nothing intense, but I can tell that it's beer.

T: It is what it is...Fluffy, very light, with a mild fruitiness up front, and a sprinkle of subtle hops towards the finish. I'm surprised when others can tease anything else out of an adjunct lager.

M: Again, it's just being itself. Extremely bubbly, well-balanced lightness. Like chewy water, and that way for a reason.

D: Defined and determined by this aspect (as well as cost). Extremely drinkable. My impoverished session beer (3 dollar tallboys at my local watering hole). As echoed by others, this definitely beats the big three in taste and value.

It is certainly a unique and humbling (I am a little buzzed as I write this) experience reviewing an American icon. Don't know about the blue ribbon but a designated hitter award (this should exist) is in order--i.e., it does exactly what it is there to do, and does it pretty well. (Side point: in my numbered rating I took the big 3 to be the 'average' adjuncts, and I went from there).

Heavenisbeer, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of SDHoffers
1.98/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Why did I drink this...because I was thirsty. There really was no other reason except that I just didn't want to have tap water. In it's credit, it really is better than the huge macro light beers. Not a bad quencher for a hot summer day while doing yard work though. Taste and smell were almost non-existent. Mouthfeel was like soda water with a little beer flavoring. I really hate to beer bash because someone probably put their heart and soul into brewing this so I'm not going to say I hate it but it is difficult. I have noticed a recent trend for this beer lately so I put it on tap for Oktoberfest. I never heard the end of that one. Needless to say, it won't make another appearance. If you like the F.Y.B. style then hey, knock yourself out.

SDHoffers, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of tegwek
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In comparison to all the folks who now call it their college beer, I'm sure glad that I/We had Genesee and even Utica Club !@!@!

But then again I just had 3 cans with some salty nuts as I browsed the web !! I don't think I'd do that with Bud/Miller/Coors products

tegwek, Feb 12, 2010
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,480 ratings.