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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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4,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,248
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 302 | 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.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst


3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured into an old PBR goblet. Brilliantly clear pale straw color, very transparent. White head dissipates quickly and settles into a thin collar with a wispy island in the middle caused by the plum of carbonation that shoots up the middle of the goblet.

Aroma is a faintly sweet, untoasted grain with a faint hop scent. Flavor is more of the same. Good balance for a macro. Mouth feel is effervescent and light, plenty of carbonation. Did a great job of washing down some chips and salsa. Overall, my favorite macro and probably the only one I will bother to review.

01-20-2008 23:56:27 | More by SafeAtFirst
Photo of bboven


3.88/5  rDev +32%

Light to medium yellow, darker than most, but not the deepest color I've seen in the style. Expected barely- there head with a few clusters of accidental lacing.

Aroma is actually realy well balanced. The sweet corn note is there, but it's leveled with a surprisingly nice amount of hop.

Again, pretty good balance though the corn sweetness wins out at the end of the sip. No noticeable bitterness but you can tell it's in there because of the balance the taste has.

A little less carbonated than some, but still in the average range. Not as drying as some, but still in the average range.

Pretty tasty for what it is. I would certainly pick this over others if macros were my only option.

01-17-2008 21:09:57 | More by bboven
Photo of gearkraft


3.43/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance: I poured a can into a standard pint glass. A nice head forms that quickly disappears, leaving nearly no lace. The color tends to be a very slight golden. Nothing gorgeous...

Smell: One of the few beers that has nearly no smell. Just a very small hint of grain/malt. Not great, not bad... just rather average.

Taste: Quite possibly the only beer I enjoy out of a can... Grains and malts splash on the tongue with almost no remnants of hops. Almost sweet when a fresh batch is consumed. Great with salty foods.

Mouthfeel: Quick and clean, which is the way a lager should be. Gives you a nice lick of flavor without a poor aftertaste.

Overall: One of my favorite inexpensive beers. During the school semester when money is a little tight I usually opt for this beer for its decent flavor and high drinkability. My family has been religiously drinking it since we can remember. The best among American Lagers... hands down.

01-15-2008 02:19:29 | More by gearkraft
Photo of Spikester


3.69/5  rDev +25.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a glass tumbler.
Nice 3 inch head with good retention and moderate lacing.
Light hop and cracker malts some corn grits.
Nice balance of malt and hops. More of each than typical.
Good mouthfeel, slightly bitter aftertaste.
Better than average macro-brew.
Actually has some beer flavor.
Can says brewed in Milwaulkie, WI. Is this now brewed by Miller? Very close to Miller High Life in flavor profile.

01-10-2008 00:52:02 | More by Spikester
Photo of YonderWanderer


1.9/5  rDev -35.4%

PBR will get you drunk. And it's a better option than some of the other macros.

It's a pale straw yellow with visible fizz. Smell is the typical macro lager smell, some weak grains, corn, a tiny touch of hops, and not much else. Taste is just the same. Weak grains, lots of what I'm sure are adjuncts, and corn.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability? I'll reiterate. This will get you drunk. It's your standard American Macro Lager, and it just doesn't taste very good.

01-06-2008 14:53:51 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of rrob311

New Hampshire

2.88/5  rDev -2%

This beer is available at most places.

A- Appearance is normal for this type of beer.

S- Not too much smell too it.

T- This beer doesnt have much flavor, a little metallic, but not offensive.

M- mouthfeel is normal.

D- I can easily clean off a six pack of this. I probably wouldnt buy it more than 2 times a year but its relatively smooth and a good beer to have when you want to put away a few.

12-31-2007 22:27:50 | More by rrob311
Photo of morimech


3.63/5  rDev +23.5%

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. It has a very pale straw color with a minimal head which is a bit of a surpise considering how most macros pour. No lacing noticed. On the second beer pour I was more aggresive and a small white head formed but still not impressive.

Take a whiff and what is this? Hops? Can it be? Sure enough a faint floral hop aroma is evident. I am sure there is an abundance of adjuncts in this beer but it is nicely covered up by the hops. By far the best macro I have smelled.

The taste is also quit remarkable for a macro. A slight sweet malt and hoppiness on the finish. But unfortunately this all is spoiled by a corn aftertaste. It is light bodied and carbonation isn't out of control. Goes down easily. I think this is a nicely done macro. Between PBR and Grain Belt I might have to go with PBR because of the slightly lower cost if I had to choose.

12-30-2007 18:17:29 | More by morimech
Photo of mltobin


2.63/5  rDev -10.5%

Purchased at the Beer Drinkers` Tavern in Philadelphia, PA.
At the BDT, you have 2 options when you buy a PBR, you can pay $2 and open to can yourself or you can pay $1 and the bartender will proceed to puncture a hole in the side of the can for you to shotgun the beer. As I was with a group, we all chose the latter option.
Light, clear, small head.
The smell is decent but lacks depth.
The taste is a little bitter, with some grains bouncing around the mouth.
MF is so-so, nothing really stands out.
The drinkability gets an average since this is what it is: a decent tasting, inexpensive lager. With one of the longer histories of a U.S. Lager, it is neat to drink the beer that your great grand dad probably had a few times.

12-30-2007 15:34:27 | More by mltobin
Photo of Strix


3.58/5  rDev +21.8%

Smells of grains with a touch of hops. Tastes of grains, then sweetness fades to a slightly hoppy and brief yet sweet finish. Mouthfeel thin, and finishes fairly crisp. IMO, this is one of the better mainstream macros out there. I am not embarrassed to drink these on occasion.

12-29-2007 07:08:29 | More by Strix
Photo of BDIMike


3.58/5  rDev +21.8%

PBR is what it is.
It has a fizzy, carbonated look with barely any head.
The smell is almost nothing, a little bit of hops and floral smell.
The taste is a little better than most American Macro Lagers. It has a bit of a floral taste to it, which sets it apart.
The mouthfeel is fizzy, but a bit of a thickness to it for a Macro.
And as with most macros, the drinkability is top notch. Had a good amount of these last night and could have had more.

12-09-2007 16:04:54 | More by BDIMike
Photo of shadow1961


2.53/5  rDev -13.9%

Pabst Blue Ribbon pours a big loose head over a clear light
yellow brew. Nose is lager yeast, a little corn, and a little rice.
Flavor is slightly sweet mild malt and grain adjuncts up front,
and the tiniest bit of boiled vegetal hop in the finish. Mouthfeel
is kind of thin, not really crisp, with a bit of rice in the aftertaste.
This is a simple, unpretentious Old Man Beer like Old Milwaukee,
Grain Belt, Schlitz, or Hamms. It's swill, but swill free of stupid ad
campaigns or attitude. You want to mow the lawn, or get fucked
up on a budget, you get a suitcase of this stuff.

11-28-2007 16:49:15 | More by shadow1961
Photo of cordelia3310


3.38/5  rDev +15%

I can honestly say that this is the best Light American Lager out there. Absolutely nothing offensive in the taste. Excellent mouthfeel. I could drink it all day long (and do). I'll tell you what, if someone gives me the choice between a heinekin or a PBR, I'm reachin' for the tall boy.

11-28-2007 05:07:48 | More by cordelia3310
Photo of largadeer


3/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Looks like a fizzy yellow lager. Extremely clear and pale with fairly poor head retention.

Smell: Very grainy with subtle sweetness. Not the most aromatic beer out there.

Taste: Mildly sweet and a bit bready. Very lightly flavored with no discernable hop character. Has an ambiguous graininess to it - hard to tell if the flavor is coming from barley, corn, rice, or a combination of the three. Regardless, it's clean and relatively pleasant, if completely unremarkable.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and over-carbonated.

Notes: Not a bad little macro lager. It's cheap, inoffensive and fairly drinkable, though not something I'd ever seek out. Still, it has more flavor than most.

11-27-2007 20:23:37 | More by largadeer
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.1/5  rDev +5.4%

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a egg shell colored bubbly head that last for a short bit.

S- The smell of dry sulfury pale malt has a slight green hop aroma and a faint field corn note that comes through as it warms.

T- The taste of dry raw grain is crisp with a sulfur spice note that has a slight sweetness to it similar to the taste of a good Kolsch. That soft sweetness blends to the green noble finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a tight fizzy finish.

D- Wow I was expecting this to be a punishment to my taste buds but it was actually refreshing. The smooth light flavor had some nice balance and some interesting notes to it. I would order this in a bar if they didn't have any better beer, as opposed to just going for the gin.

11-26-2007 19:58:44 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of rgonzo


3.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance - Like a plain ol' American brew.

Smell - Like a plain ol' American brew.

Taste - Even though this is a cheap beer the taste is much better than most of the macrobrews.

Mouthfeel - Light, smooth

Drinkability - You can drink this all through the best/worst barbecue

11-26-2007 07:15:06 | More by rgonzo
Photo of clayrock81


2.83/5  rDev -3.7%

What can I say? I used to get these for a buck at my old job (the pint cans), so I never bothered to look or smell it (hence the halfway grade of 2.5). There's an actual smooth beer in that can, w/ just a perfect mix of all cheap American macro lager ingredients other than alcohol and water - the grains, hops, hint of barley. For its price range and quality compared to its peers, it is a quality beer and will bring back some memories of days that have passed.

11-18-2007 17:30:31 | More by clayrock81
Photo of BiereBlanche


2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a pitcher on tap

Appearance - Very clear straw yellow. What small head formed vanished within seconds leaving mere traces along the top with little to no lacing, a glass rather than plastic may have helped.

Smell - Hoppy and light malt, while uninteresting.

Taste - Crisp carbonation, mid-hoppy bitters along the side of the tongue with mild malt for balance. Overall somewhat weak, yet refreshing and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Light, refreshing with a refreshing aftertaste. medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Refreshing and light, no specifically unpleasant tastes, simply a bit weak and simple to be highly recommended. Great with pizza.

11-16-2007 23:39:13 | More by BiereBlanche
Photo of CortexBomb


3.45/5  rDev +17.3%

It's important to note that this rating is meant to be reflective of the style. Of the various macro beers that are available everywhere, Pabst Blue Ribbon is the one I tend to opt for because it's amongst the cheapest and least offensive.

The real quick and dirty: the pour is light yellow with a decent head, and the nose is vaguely malty. The flavour on this is what I define as generic beer, but with a bit of character, a bit of malty corn, a touch of hops, nothing leaps out with particular vehemence, but it's an American macro! The mouth is light and carbonated, and the beer is easy to drink.

The bottom line is that this is yet another macro beer. It has hipster cred for some reason that is completely beyond me, and I only drink it when even local micros or Sam aren't available, but it at least has the virtue of being cheap. The beer has some character, and is easily my favourite beer in its style, so I have to mark it up some for that.

10-29-2007 22:24:01 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of chefscott79


2.33/5  rDev -20.7%

Appearance:light straw color lots of big bubbles in the head...no Brussels lace to speak of

Smell:mildly yeasty....yea that is about it

taste: tastes lighty malty and not too strong flavor and almost impossible to taste hops(call it drinking ipas most of the time)

Mouth feel:super big bubbles and thin as hell...not too smooth(unlike kenny loggins)

drinkablity:I guess I can drink this for a dollar at my local hipster bar...and look at hot chicks...but otherwise...ehhh...give me a good pilsner

10-18-2007 21:22:58 | More by chefscott79
Photo of erosier


3/5  rDev +2%

Pours a nice light yellow color with a nice white head. The beer smells of a little bit of light malt. The taste is about the same with some light malt tones and some underlying light hoppiness. The aftertaste isn't bad, but it's very light. This beer is alot like the other American Macro Brews, light on the taste, light on the aftertaste, but a nice carbonation makes it a drinkable beer. Also good price for this beer because it is not worth much more than that. At least they got the price right and for that it is better than Budweiser in my opinion.

10-17-2007 02:51:56 | More by erosier
Photo of Redwood21


2.78/5  rDev -5.4%

Im not even going to bother to write full on review about this beer. basically what it is to me is a respite from bud and miller...and worse. its not a "great" beer, but when i want to imbibe beer for the sake of just enjoying a beer, and not necc the drink itself pbr is #1 over the others.

10-14-2007 07:55:54 | More by Redwood21
Photo of Halcyondays


3.8/5  rDev +29.3%

24 oz. tall-boy can,

A: Pours a typical, pale yellow lager colour, but the head is really nice and leaves some nice lacing in a pint glass.

S: Light, typical of a macro lager, but still more robust and has more substance than average, mainly of malt and corn.

T: A very good taste for a macro, a simple malt and corn flavour, with a hint of hops that's easy to drink.

M: Very good, again for a macro, medium-bodied, not over carbonated, creamy and smooth.

D: A great example of a macro lager, my favourite of the style so far, much better and tastier than BMC.

10-11-2007 16:59:50 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of armock

New York

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%

When my friend gave this to me so I could review it. I was expecting to bash it later when reviewing time comes. Well the time has come and I'm surprised. Has a straw color with a white head pretty average. Smell was of malt typical macro. I was surprised with the taste for a cheap beer its fairly good. The mouthfeel isn't bad theres a lot a carbonation in this beer. If I was out BBQing or camping this beer could make an appearance.

10-09-2007 05:09:58 | More by armock
Photo of biggmike


3.58/5  rDev +21.8%

Gets you drunk and doesn't cost much. Can't believe what the can says "Selected as America's best in 1893." That timeframe was the golden age of brewing in America. All the immigrants were bringing their different recipes from all over the world. There were more breweries then in the US than now. That was pre-Prohibition before the giant macro-brewers began global domination. As far as macro lagers go, this is probably my favorite after Schlitz. Actually has some taste. Extremely drinkable. A nostalgic choice for my brother and I, as we used to drink this because our dad drank this.

10-05-2007 14:34:37 | More by biggmike
Photo of pojo41


2.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Although it would be easy to trash this beer along with all the other macros, it does seem to be the best of the worst. Kind of a nostalgic beer for my brother and me. When he comes to town and we stop in at a particular bar we get one of these for old times sake. Our father used to drink this. And we used to drink his.
Much more flavor than other macros of it's kind. Goes down easy when cold and is pretty inexpensive. Not a lot of hop presence but, does taste like beer.

09-25-2007 13:46:48 | More by pojo41
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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