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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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4,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,610
Reviews: 1,537
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 446 | 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:
- 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of KieranValla
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

KieranValla, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of TheCrane
4.3/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

TheCrane, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
2.42/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Rhynes2, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BierFan, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CityBoy1986, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.25/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JayNH, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of nc41
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

nc41, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
1.88/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

GilGarp, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

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.

raoulduke37, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of lolwut
2.17/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

lolwut, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

cagocubs, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

mirish72, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

WakeandBake, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Wisconsin, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of noknife83
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

noknife83, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of brewbucker
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

brewbucker, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of chris217
3.9/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chris217, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

likethetaste, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Mistofminn
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mistofminn, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of stone3187
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PBR pours a pale golden color and has a hint of sweet malt in the smell. The taste is better than most of the big macro American lagers. This is another one that I won't usually drink but can stand sometimes. Also another option for beer pong and the golf course.

stone3187, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of tbase
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden color with a head that quickly disappeared.

S: Smells remarkably similar to Budweiser or Miller. Just not a very appealing smell to me.

T: Very balanced, nothing really stands out in the beer though other than some sweetness from the adjuncts. The best tasting macro adjunct lager in my opinion however.

M: Light bodied and a little fizzy, but has enough body that you know your not drinking tainted water.

D: PBR is extremely drinkable. Good choice if you don't feel like shelling out to much money.

PBR is your best choice if your looking at a 24 pack.

tbase, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of fullsweep
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had to try this one when I went to see Southern Culture on the Skids in Dayton, OH. It just seemed like the thing to do. It's not the worth beer I've ever had, but it's not the best either. It's not really even good. Just a watered-down American lager.

fullsweep, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of jpaltan
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big foamy head that quickly dissipates into minimal lacing. Golden yellow and slightly hazy. Nose is sweet and malty. Touch of straw or grain. Taste is sweet, then a small punch of hops and then to a dryness. Beer coats the mouth and the carbonation helps balance the dryness. Overall, much better than BMC.

jpaltan, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of freeeekyyy
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- Not very appealing. It looks like mountain dew.

s - smells like soda water, pretty much.

t- taste is actually not that bad. Very bready, grainy. Not the best beer in the world, but certainly not half as bad as bud light.

m- Mouthfeel is moderate. Not particularly thick or too watery.

d - VERY easy to drink. I finished off a 24 fl oz can in 3 minutes flat.

I just wish PBR had Budweiser's reputation, because it's much better. The color is about a shade darker, and it actually has some flavor to it.

freeeekyyy, Dec 02, 2008
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,610 ratings.