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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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4,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,837
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 49
Gots: 665 | 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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Ratings: 4,837 | Reviews: 1,617
Photo of richkrull
3.07/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very pale yellow color with very little head.

S - Ehh, not terrible.

T - Light malt taste. Nothing to right home about.

M - Light, bubbly

D - This isn't a great beer, but it's certainly not bad either. And it's definitely not as bad as most people think. I could drink this stuff all night long.

Photo of Avagadro
4.03/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw in color with moderate lacing and little in the way of head. These are all common amongst this style, but the PBR pulls it off a touch better.

S: Nose is well presented, suggesting corn flakes and cream of wheat.

T: Dry, yet, packed with a healthy dose of American Adjunct Lager goodness. The corn, which can quickly become cloying, is used in just the right proportion, giving a delicious cereal wholesomeness.

M: Light, clean, and well carbonated. Perfect for anything from soothing a dry throat, to washing down a plate of wings, and anything in between.

D: This is my stand-by when it comes to cheap beer. As much as I like RIS's and Barleywines, this beer is perfect when I want something light, but don't want to pay for the good (German) stuff.

Photo of theboozecruise
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Clear golden color, large frothy white head.

Smells a little yeasty, a little hoppy. Pretty weak, but also inviting.

Tastes like a macro, but a good macro. A little corn, some hops, kinda reminds me of corn chips.

Very thin, but still drinkable. I'd take this over a BMC but not much else.

Photo of welldigger888
3.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz can into trusty irish pint glass, Nice fluffy white head and very good lacing down glass.Slight golden hue to the straw color on this elixer.
Aromas of not just adjuncts but some malty breadiness & a touch of grassy hop.
Prolly the most substantial flavors from a "BIG" brewery.I am picking up some biscuity malt, oh my & a hint of some hops that were prolly waved over kettle. The adjuncts are here though.
Hey, the mouth is a little thin and fizzy, But not too bad.
The price is right and it ain't that bad.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One finger head of frothy white foam which stuck around for about 1.5 minutes, leaving a broken but cling lace. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is muted, corn, wheat, barley. Taste is a little harsh, flavors of corn, and wheat in the forefront, with a sweetness and citrus lingering. Better than water in my mouth, quite a bit of carbonation. Good for a party where you don't have lots of funds to buy better beer.

Photo of MOTrout89
3.6/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crisp refreshing beer. Hops are absent, lacking bitterness. Corn and rice flavors replace the bitterness of hops and make this beer highly drinkable and refreshing. Looks are nothing to speak of: pale yellow, dissipating head. Pleasant cereal-like, smooth aftertaste. Much better than the average beer of a comparable price. My go-to cheap beer.

Photo of begforme4484
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light godlen yellow, plenty of head.

Smells plenty bland. Very faint hint of grassy hops, and def some corn in there.

Taste has some corn/malt sweetness up front. Very slight bitterness, and what I can only describe as a mechanical/unnatural flavor.

Mouthfeel is watery and carbonated.

Drinkability is not so good. It's cheap, and it will get you drunk. Speaking of that, this beer was my staple in college. lol

Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and light yellow in colour, sort of a dull hue considering the clarity. Fizzy white foam dissipated quickly, but left a thin collar and skim of fine bubbles lingering atop the beer. Grainy, sweet aroma, a bit of creamed corn, no discernible hops. Low bitterness with a combination of sweetness and spicy hops throughout. Light bodied, ample carbonation, fairly dry. I have no complaints here - it's easy to drink, not complex, but with more flavour than most of its competitors. Overall, it's a good example of the style.

Photo of bubseymour
1.76/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

One of the best looking bottle labels in the history of beer. Ok now onto the review of what's inside. I don't care for PBR at all. I love several American Adjunct Lagers but this one just has a bad taste and overall flavor to me. I can't even describe it...its just off the mark in taste and drinkability. One of only a handful of American Adjuncts that I had to force to finish. I'll stick to my tried and true easy drinkers and leave the PBR's for the trailer trash and phony hipster crowd.

Photo of hgais
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light gold appearance with a bit of foam that fizzles away quite quickly. The smell is that of a generic lagar -- there's a bit of a corn smell to it, but it's not overpowering. The taste is a bit like -- with a hint of the corn/straw taste that can come with some cheaper beers -- but it's far from annoying, especially when served ice cold. It has a high drinkability due in part to its light flavour and body, but it's certainly not unpleasant. I used to mock Pabst's a great deal, but for the price it's solid beer, especially in comparison to some of its "peers" (e.g., Miller and Miller Light, Bud, etc.).

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

This beer pours a pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma smells of corn and a faint hint of hops. The taste of this beer is light. There is a faint sweetness that comes through at the finish. The mouthfeel is light and overall this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of JeffBob
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A I have no idea never seen it out side the can

S like cheap a** beer

T reminds me of the river on a hot summers day 110 F in
Socal at the river when I was just ** years old before I
knew what real beer tasted like but still when at the
river it has to be Pabst. I think every American will
stand with me behind this and most likely has the same
memories of this legendary crappy cheap beer!

M this is a a drink all day all night for days straight
beer ( at the river)

D please see mouth feel for description

side note: I know a guy who inherited a stand up bass for
a rockabilly band had a hole in the side of it and glues a
cut Pabst blue ribbon can to fill the hole kick ARSE MAN!
However I wont not even think about drinking this beer if
it was not a comfort food form memories long ago.

Serving type: can

Photo of BeerLover99
2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow, big head that disappears quickly.

S - too much corn not enough barley and almost zero hops.

T - Very weak watered down lager taste, big corn and grain taste, rather sweet, typical of BMC style beers.

M - If I wanted to pound a 6 pack or case, this would be decent choice, low carbonation, basically flavored corn water.

D - I would NEVER buy this again, there are way too many good lighter craft beers to bother with this college beer.

Photo of mattisloco
3.39/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow, like darkish urine. Zero Head, lots of fizz coming form the bottom of the glass.

S - Clean, corn/grain... Some sweetness to the nose

T - Same as it smells, I wasn't expecting it to taste this good.

M - Again the fizz, but fits the style, went down pretty easy though.

D - I could drink this as a session beer if only BMC was on tap. I didn't walk into this beer thinking I could finish a pint of it... I was wrong.

Photo of rfgetz
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly bright golden straw color, thin cap of bubbly white head, a little bit of lacing. Scent is light, pale malts, hints of grain and only a minor touch of vegtable. Taste is slightly more aggressive than other adjuncts, but still light and paluges with a hint of vegtable at the end. Hops are noted in taste which is rare again for adjuncts. Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation in check for the style but still above where it should be. A beer thats completly average all around, and my rating should reflect that accoardingly. Some positive qualities for the style, but still some off notes.

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

I must admit, I pay a lot of attention to they way beer is packaged and I have got to say, I do love the PBR look. Classic.

BBD is clearly stamped on the bottom of the can: January 31, 2011.

Pours a remarkably light colored body. Apple juice is darker than this. The creamy head is so white, its as if someone bleached it. A swath of very fine bubbles are flying up from the bottom of my glass.

As one might expect, the aroma is very faint. Vaguely grainy "malt" notes, perhaps some corn. I seem to notice a green apple character, possibly Acetaldehyde.

The flavor is appropriately mild with just the slightest malt flavor, corn, grass, and apples. Carbonation presents itself as more of a flavor than anything else.

Crisp, light, smooth. The kind of beer that seems to be designed for high school and collegiate drinking games.

Not nearly as bad as I expected it to be. I drank a few out of the can first, then nervously poured one into a glass to review. I was surprised by how well it showed out of the glass. Rather than exposing more flaws, it actually tasted better this way.

I will never understand the hipster fascination with PBR. It seems like these guys are quick to put down Miller and Coors, but will defend PBR as some sort of rebellious little guy. Never mind that they are all brewed and owned by the same multinational beer conglomerate. Whatever, too each his own.

I'm glad I revisited PBR, its really not that bad for the money. I want to say I still prefer Schlitz, but perhaps that's just some sort of anti-PBR bias on my part. Maybe its time for a head to head showdown...

Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can, best by Jan 2011, into a Duvel tulip. Why not?

A: Crystal clear straw-colored body with an inch of coarse white head. Average retention and some spotty lace. Pretty good for the style.

S: It's actually got quite a clean, pleasant intensity in its straightforward corny/malty graininess. The sweetness of malts and adjuncts is balanced by some grassy hops.

T: Follows the nose precisely, with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, followed up by a vaguely toasty, vanilla finish; I've never bothered to analyze the flavors of PBR, but now that I am, I'm impressed at how well it pulls off the cleanness and inoffensiveness of a classic fizzy yellow beer. Rating purely to style, this is almost perfect.

M: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated, with very sharp, tongue-pricking effervescence. Lively, but a little irritating with its harshness.

D: Well-balanced, but actually too flavorful to be as drinkable as some examples of the style.

Notes: I don't know how many PBRs I had during college, but this is the first time I swirled and sniffed it out of a tulip (much to my wife's bemusement). Much to my surprise, the intensification of flavor actually didn't intensify my disgust (as it had for every other AAL I've reviewed). PBR is the real deal, and just became my official favorite cheap beer. If only hipsters didn't think it were cool...


Photo of katybee
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Wow. This could be used as a standard against which to judge the microbrews and more authentically brewed beers available these days. Crisp, refreshing pounder...almost tasteless.

Light pale yellow, thin to no head, with lots of carbonated bubbling.

Presence of crisp hops to the smell, but nothing special, no citrus, no green bitterness.

Tasted refreshing, with no excess of flavors, just crisp hops and carbonation but watered down with graininess. Something to clear your palate with. No malt at all; no sweetness, no aftertaste either.

Drinkable, like lightly flavored soda water...to be pounded, not savored. Still, I like the lack of overt flavoring and this is a thirst quencher.

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

PBR... kind of an American classic.

Well, honestly, this beer is better than I expected. Poured from a 16oz can with a virtually non-existant head and transparent golden color. Smells of faint corn and barley with a very slight spiciness of hops. Nothing overwhelming. Taste: slight dryness and later, a bit of a hop pinch. Overall, not a bad or great beer. Definately beats the big 3...no question. A surprisingly adequate beer, nothing fancy, but is fun to have once in a while.

Photo of Domingo
3.17/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yup, every now and then I'll buy PBR when I just want something simple and easy drinking.
Pours a really foamy pale yellow color. No real lacing, but lots of head initially. Not as bubbly as the Bud family, though.
The nose is pretty mild. Mild sweet/sour Sunbeam bread.
The flavor carries the same white bread notes along with some hints of corn and yes...even just a hint of hops. I'm pretty sure there are some Columbus hops in there, but they're very mild (obviously).
Drinking a ton of this is pretty easy to do and it'll work with pub food and snacks of all kinds. While it looks pretty foamy initially, the carbonation isn't too strong and leaves a pretty smooth texture.
Obviously this won't replace a truly good beer, but it really is pretty close to the top of its chosen style.
Not a bad beer to keep around and it can work pretty well as a palate cleanser or just something to wash down a cheeseburger.

Photo of Danmc200
2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's "aight"
Best to drink at a party when drinking mostly out of compulsiveness and out of the can.
I often buy a 6 pack of pints thinking I've found a cheap way to drink. I always forget that I have trouble drinking more than one with serious attention. PBR bores me.

Photo of gopens44
2.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, after the thread a few days ago about "why PBR has become cool", I figured that since I had the time and lack of anything better to do, I would give one another whirl. I had to buy a warm sixer of SNPA, so I needed a lubricant of sorts that was already cold before the Ale cooled off a little. You see, I was away from home and bored as all hell in the billeting room I was in. This is the story:

A - Didn't have a glass nor the will to separate this from it's metallic delivery vessel. I have seen it in a glass before, and I can assure you that it is bold golden yellow with a thick foamy head if poured with any aggression at all

S - Syrupy malty thickness amongst the corn wallop that ensues. Sweet as well. When I was like 10, I toured the actual Pabst brewery in Milwaukee. This smelled just like the brewery. Kinda neat. Kinda sad.

T - Much like the smell of this brew, it tasted sweet and demanded far more attention than its American Adjunct contemporaries. At least with this one, they make an effort to give it a more balanced taste.

M - Highly carbonated and a little thick and fuzzy on the tongue.

You could do a hell lot worse when it comes to a BMC or adjunct at all. Even though this is review was for the can (that's right, the BIG can. Yes sir!) I have had this on tap as well, and it is far more refreshing than anything with Bud, Miller or Coors on it (yes, I know, Miller Coors make it. It's still better). It fails in comparison to most any craft beer of quality, but probably better than any other macro out there IMO.

Photo of PapillonJohn
4.4/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll admit that Pabst Blue Ribbon is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Honestly, it's hit or miss. Sometimes I get a beer can that is skunky and then the next one will be fine. I encounter this every once and a while however its not an every beer occurance.

Appearance: The beer pours a light straw pale yellow color and the lacing lasts for only tantamount of seconds.

Smell: Pabst usually smells pleasant. Like I said sometimes it's hit or miss. Smells of light corn fruitiness with a tad of hops and very light alcohol.

Taste: Once again, can some times be hit or miss. I really enjoy the flavor myself, personally. Very fruity with a nice carbonation and bit of bite.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palette, easy to swallow, and very, very refreshing.

Drinkability: I could do an entire case in one sitting without feeling too full or losing interest in the beer itself.

PBR is my go to beer. Cheap, delicious...most of the time and very easy to find.

Photo of callmeclemens
3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Oh, what to be said about PBR. I'm of the age where it's a rather popular drink, it seems to be the philly hipster beer of choice, in my short life on living in the city I've watched in double in price and have remained baffled.

Now though, I think I understand. PBR doesn't taste awful, atleast as long as I'm not paying 6 dollars for 22oz of it at a bar. It's also much better then you're Natural Ice and Busch.

The Main flavour I've noticed in PBR is water, thats always the first thing that hits my pallet, water, then some slight grain flavor that mixes with the alchohal.

The appeal to PBR is that it isn't the University Beer bong beer, so cheers to you PBR for being the beer of an Overpaying Counter Culture.

Photo of
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours very light yellow with little head retention and no aroma. Very light mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. I don't like light American Lager, but I can enjoy a PBR. It has little flavor, but the flavor it has is good. I've had people try to tell me before that it's an image thing. Bull crap. PBR tastes better than the other big American lagers.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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