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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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BA SCORE
68
poor

4,274 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 4,274
Reviews: 1,496
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 29
Gots: 315 | FT: 1
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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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +39.5%

This is our everlasting go to beer. Throughout late highschool and college, a trip home meant a 6er of something nice and a 30 of PBR with the guys.

PBR has exactly what you want in a crappy American Adjunct beer. There is no aftertaste like you get in Bud and Coors, and not as gassy afterwards as Budlight, and not at filling as MGD. Plus the price is unbeatable.

PBR is a drinking to drink beer, and nothing else. But hey, we're supposed to reveiw these things for what they are, not what we want them to be. Do you complain when an IPA tastes like hops?

02-04-2009 15:46:55 | More by mdwalsh
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joshuadlight

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -0.3%

16 oz. tall boy to bring out the redneck in me.

I drank this sitting in a hot tub at my hotel after a long day of skiing. I didn't pour it from the can, but looking in the mouth showed me what I already knew. This beer is about as clear yellow as it gets. The smell is grainy and not appealing. The taste isn't much better, metallic (like licking tin) but not so much so that it was offensive. Like many beers of the type, it was loaded with carbonation that stings the tongue and covers some of the lack of flavor. Its made to be drinkable, and it probably wouldn't be tough to spend a whole night knocking these back.

02-02-2009 04:06:03 | More by joshuadlight
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therica

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +19%

A= Pours a very yellow-yellow color with hardly any head despite the carbonation. If you even want to see head, you'll have to pour full-blast from some height, which would cause most beers to foam entirely out of the glass after only a small portion of the liquid.

S= Buttered corn, slight bready malts.

T= definitely the distinctly American Corn Beer taste, lacks the usual flat-dusty-bitter taste of many macro's though. Modestly sweet but balanced overall. If you keep thinking "this is American Corn Beer" as you drink it, you'll probably appreciate it better than trying to compare it to any sort of German or US-Micro lager.

M= fine aftertaste, mild sweetness, slight hops hint, clean.

D= any beer-fanatic could survive happily with PBR if they were stranded on a remote island and this was the only beer available. I say that kindly-- it's not a bad standard-stock inexpensive beer for basic swilling or dining. I can't argue when I just bought a 24-bottle case for $12 in January 2009.

01-31-2009 17:55:03 | More by therica
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olmatty

Oregon

3/5  rDev +2%

Appearance- Pours a bright white smooth looking one finger head with poor retention, beer is light straw colored.

Smell- Faint aroma of malts and very faint hops

Taste- Very light maltiness, dry with a bit of sourness in the malts, hops are not very apparent.

Mouthfeel- Thin, crisp and fizzy

Drinkability- Well, one thing you can say for PBR is that it's drinkable, it's downright sessionable. This is a very light beer with no unpleasant adjunct flavors. Among the better American pils lagers, approximately on par with Miller High Life.

01-30-2009 05:43:34 | More by olmatty
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1fastz28

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -13.9%

has a nice pure golden color to it but no foam at all. smell is of corn and water very little if any real malt or hop presence..
taste is pretty boring it isnt bad just a generic lager without alot to it.overall not a real exciting or different beer but not a bad one

01-30-2009 00:07:23 | More by 1fastz28
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KieranValla

New York

3.23/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A - A slight head on the beer that dissipated rather quickly. Slight lacing remained throughout. A good amount of carbonation present throughout tasting. A pale yellow with not much body.

S - Rice or wheat.

T - Somewhat plain. A bit bitter and some grassiness.

M - Fairly thin. Carbonation helps the overall feel, although sometimes I don't like the feel of carbonation on my tongue.

D - Goes down smooth. A good gulping beer or to wash down a meal with.

A mediocre brew, but a standard of mine, especially in this economy. You can get 12 oz cans at two for a dollar at some bars. That's what I call the "perfect date" beer.

01-29-2009 03:13:16 | More by KieranValla
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TheCrane

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +46.3%

This review is based on the style descriptions of the BJCP for Standard American Lager (1B), rather than the American Adjunct Lager of BA. In my humble opinion the latter carries a subjective, borderline elitist and certainly negative connotation.

A: Served at room temp (68 F) from a 12 oz glass bottle with no expiration/production date. Pours a pale golden color with a bright white, soda pop-like head that quickly settles to a thin white foam.

S: The aroma is surprisingly lively. A faint hint of pilsner malt and corn is garnished by an appropriately light, spicy hop bouquet.

T: The malt profile is delicate and mildly sweet. This is contrasted by adequate hop bitterness and some carbonic bite. Hop flavor is evident and spicy, however light.

M: Medium-light bodied and fairly dry. High carbonation gives an illusion of substance that fades quickly after swallowing.

D: Very refreshing, even at room temp. Could (and have) drink quarts of this.

Overall, this is as good as American standards get. Freshness definitely matters here; as hop character will quickly fade and give way to corn the typical BMC profile. When fresh and served at a reasonable temp (not half frozen), this beer exemplifies the style and offers a thirst quenching, delicate beer that can entertain the most experienced palate.

01-28-2009 06:10:47 | More by TheCrane
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Rhynes2

Ohio

2.42/5  rDev -17.7%

Nothing much to say about this brew. A very standard beer. Light flavor and light color. Not much of a head to speak of either. Being cheap is probably the best quality of this beer. If you're looking for quality, look elsewhere. Not bad for parties though.

01-24-2009 22:38:58 | More by Rhynes2
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BierFan

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hard pour produced a large white head. Surprisingly good head retention and good lacing. Light carbonation. Crystal clear and very pale yellow. I think this is fairly decent for the style.

Smell: Rice.

Taste: More rice. This is a beer for people that don't like beer. Very similar to Bud Light.

Mouthfeel: Watery and thin. It's hard to count that against PBR, though, as a thin mouthfeel is a trademark of the style.

01-24-2009 04:08:45 | More by BierFan
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CityBoy1986

Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev +23.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The appearance is, as expected, a golden yellow with a thin, rapidly dissapating head. Lacing is minimal.

The smell is sweetness, some wheat and not much else. The taste is more of the same, but there is a metallic flavour on the finish (even out of the bottle).

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a high amount of carbonation, though not too high for the style. Drinkability is high; I have finished a twelve pack in two days.

PBR isn't one of the best beers in the world, but it is one of the best for its style. It is inoffensive and easy to drink.

01-23-2009 00:13:28 | More by CityBoy1986
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JayNH

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +44.6%

A- Pours a crystal clear straw with a large white foamy head.

S- A pleasant sweet dry maltiness.

T- A bland but sweet maltiness. A faint hint of balancing hops.

M- smooth, good body for this style. Carbonation is just right.

D- excellent, this is one of the better representations of the style.

01-22-2009 22:51:41 | More by JayNH
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nc41

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

I saw this on the recent tastings and couldn't resist. The perfect beer for broke college students. It also works well as a chugger after cutting the grass on a hot summer day. Obviously light, no head to speak of, and any hops present are in such small amounts they meet the requirement for legally being able to say there's hops in it. As average as it is it's still better than Budweiser or Miller, Coors etc.

It fills a void.

01-22-2009 00:41:20 | More by nc41
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GilGarp

Colorado

1.88/5  rDev -36.1%

Picked up a 24oz. can to do some brats and thought I might as well review some.

It should be noted this is from a grocery store in Colorado so it is legally not to exceed 3.2% alcohol by weight. Strange law in these parts...

Pours into a pint glass with lots of white head. The color is almost white as well. The palest yellow beer I've ever seen that wasn't labeled 'light' or Lite. Perfect clarity.

Aroma is sweet and grainy in a corn and rice kind of way. Smells almost stale even though the can is fresh.

Taste is an instant throw-back to college when we drank whatever was available and/or cheapest. Thin, light, almost tasteless. Slightly sweet and citrusy but even those qualities are barely there.

Mouthfeel is very thin. As we used to say, like having sex in a canoe...

Drinkability would be ok if I was still in college but I've moved on and this one doesn't cut it.

01-22-2009 00:16:58 | More by GilGarp
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raoulduke37

California

2.85/5  rDev -3.1%

I feel I owe a lot to this beer if only for the fact that it has brought me so many good times in my sometimes turbulent youth when my ungovernable instincts (sometimes Pabst-induced)led me to some riotous good times. Nothing is exceptional about this beer except its drinkability. You could drink ten of these and still talk to you friends about how cool ELO is (coherently). So again, all you 21-24 year olds, enjoy this one in your poverty-ridden youth. It will only last until you discover a better tasting cheap beer. Like Schlitz.

01-20-2009 04:57:44 | More by raoulduke37
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lolwut

New York

2.17/5  rDev -26.2%

As of this post, I'm still just starting off here at BA, and I figure it won't hurt to take on a simple beer without much to be said about it. So here it goes.

The appearance suggests that the brewers assumed it would be drank from the can or a red Solo cup, as it is a sickly, pale, clear yellow, without any (lasting) head. There's no use in pausing to admire this beer.

Not much point in sticking your nose in it either, unless you've never smelled a generic American lager before, and might just becurious (spoiler: it's adjuncts, corn).

It's maltiness and cooorn. There may be more grains than some other macros. Some dryness at the end.

It's clean and fizzy and thin and you can slam it down without thinking about it-- so long as you don't actually think about it.

01-18-2009 08:42:49 | More by lolwut
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +9.9%

One of my favorite "bowling alley beers". I could pound these back like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino...

A: Pours a yellowgold color with very little head retention or lacing.

S: The smell is weak, but better than other macro lagers. Slight smell of hop but the usual macro lager skunk is present.

T: Some grain/malt and some corn taste.

M/D: Very drinkable especially when you only have the selection of macro lagers.

01-17-2009 23:04:56 | More by cagocubs
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mirish72

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Sometimes a beer is what it is.

If you are drinking PBR than you are choosing to enjoy one of America's great macro brews, and all that it entails, the good and the kinda skunky.

It doesn't taste great, doesn't smell great and doesn't look like anything special. That being said it is easy to drink and no better or worse than most macro brewed beers, except it tends to be much cheaper. I also think it a bit better tasting than other retro macro brews such as Schaeffer, Stroh's or Schiltz.

The main problem with PBR is, if you drink it you get tagged with the ironic hipster label. But is isn't a bad beer to drink when you want to drink a lot of them.

I'll pick it up every once in a while to have in the fridge. I think of it as a Lawnmowing Beer", something you drink after you do stuff in the yard in the summertime.

01-10-2009 18:22:23 | More by mirish72
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev +7.1%

A pale golden yellow pour with a fizzy white head.Aroma is slight skunk,and yes a kiss of hops. Flavor is pretty plain and watery.Some dry grain,corn,maybe come hops. Thin crisp mouthfeel.Tward the end of the glass I get some kind of a cardboard flavor. Drinkable but not my favorite.

01-09-2009 23:55:30 | More by WakeandBake
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Clear body with no cloudiness at all. There is some slight carbonation and a one and a half finger head that quickly fades to a lace. Overall average look.

S - Malts and grains.

T - Tastes like it smells with a faint sweetness that is a pleasant surprise. Overall it is really smooth throughout. The grains and malts are balanced well.

M - Smooth throughout. No flavor really stands out in this beer.

D - Very easy to drink. This one of the best 'cheap' beers to get.

01-08-2009 04:07:33 | More by Wisconsin
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noknife83

California

3.13/5  rDev +6.5%

A very decent beer for that of an American Lager, which is saying something. Far better then Bud, Miller, or Coors. Of the three I think it tastes most like Bud, without the rice flavor coming through. Slight copper taste comes through but not unpleasant. Lots of Co2, but a little lacking on the lace. Good beer to pair with a white fish, also goes nice with a bbq pulled pork sandwich. All in all a very decent beer.

01-05-2009 03:34:36 | More by noknife83
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brewbucker

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +22.4%

I do not ever remember having this beer. I must have when I was just a young lad but I sure don't remember it.

Pours a light golden with a faint white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is your basic light corn, malt and wheat. Hints of citrus. Flavor is tart and crisp with more corn and light malt and a touch of caramel. Actually after many big stouts and IPA's this is a nice change.

01-02-2009 17:13:20 | More by brewbucker
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chris217

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +32.7%

Good ole' Pabst Blue Ribbon. One of my favorite after work, sit on the couch and zone out brews. Yea, yea, I know there's much better choices out there, but this is the beer I remember my Dad and Grandad drinking when I was kid.

Poured out of a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Color is pale yellow, with about two fingers of head that quickly disappears.

Smell is that of a typical macro, kinda hay like.

The taste is almost sweet at first, but then finishes off smooth and crisp, with very clean aftertaste. It doesn't have that metallic aftertaste like some other macros I've had. Certainly better than BMC.

A very sessionable beer. PBR always has a spot in my fridge when I want to keep it simple.

12-27-2008 22:14:24 | More by chris217
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likethetaste

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +25.9%

Ok, this is by far the best lager of the big American Macro breweries! It looks and taste like your average American mass produced Lager, but it is the best of all the Major Macro Lagers out there.

I have no problem buying this beer and recommending it to anyone for just a simple good tasting Macro beer.

12-11-2008 13:55:41 | More by likethetaste
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magictrokini

California

2.98/5  rDev +1.4%

Ahh, the hipster special. This is not that bad, especially off the tap. Pours clear gold, nice bubbles, and a clean white head. Fresh pale and crystal malt aroma. Decent, balanced taste of the same, now with light hops. No metal, no veggies, not corn syrup. No regrets.

FYI: in Telluride, this stuff is $1 a pint on tape, EVERYWHERE.

12-10-2008 19:52:35 | More by magictrokini
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz brown bottle

Good old PBR. One of my fathers favorite brews. He was the one that turned me on to it. But my taste has matured (not that much) and I have grown to a neutral stance on this brew.

A - Average macro lager

S & T - Smell of slight grain and malt. Little hop. Tastes thin and watery, but crisp and refreshing

M - Heavy carbonation masks unpleasant flavors

D - For what its worth, its drinkable. Not a difficult task to throw back 6 or more over the course of a ball game.

12-10-2008 05:31:21 | More by Mistofminn
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