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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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4,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,754
Reviews: 1,574
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 45
Gots: 556 | 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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Photo of HopBacchus
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear pale gold, large head vanishes quickly leaving thin white lacing.

Sweet light malts with grassy notes a hope flavor also come through

Crisp with pleasant carbonation, sweet and lightly malty there are certainly corny grainy notes throughout slight alcohol taste feels pleasant on the tongue a this beer finishes with a slightly hoppy surprise

This beer is light bodied and as i said before has extremely pleasant carbonation

Goes down quite smooth

Probably one of the best value beers on the market its a nice change up from a world filled with dopplebocks and imperial stouts

Photo of Onenote81
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pilsner glass a pale yellow with a big white head on top. Little lacing on the glass. Smells like cheap grains, sweet corn, and bread. The mouth is really thin and wet. Very slick. Flavor is cheap and buttery. Not a whole lot going on here, but that's expected. I liked this in the past, but this is not that good now.

Photo of superdavex
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The best value around here as I can get a pitcher of it anytime for $3. Tastes better than the other American macros and more drinkable as well. I've drank so much of this stuff I'm sure it's part of my DNA. I only hope they don't use any genetically modified ingredients!

Photo of sgtpepper420
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is the best beer for your money. Being a poor college student I can't find a better deal. Most bars do 5$ pitchers and a 12 pack is 7$. It's not fancy and its not going to blow your mind in any way but it sure beats Bud, Coors, Miller, any day of the week. It won a blue ribbon didn't it?

Photo of thekanna
1.42/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Extremely typical macro-brewed lager appearance: Clear straw yellow with some frothy white head.

S: Very strange artificial yeast smell with a good helping of cooked veggies. It became nauseating to dwell on the smell.

T: Again, the nauseating yeast flavor with lots of corn and a metallic aftertaste.

M: Crisp; frothy head gave it a odd coffee-foam like texture though.

D: Easily one of the toughest beers for me to choke down. I can't find much good to say about this beer but I'll refrain from bashing it.

Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Moe's and Joe's in Atlanta.

Pours a light straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of corny malts with slightly herbal hops and a nondescript fruit sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Corny and slightly musty sweet malt flavors are joined by a decent hop bitterness midway through the sip that carries through to the end.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the light side but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is not all that bad. I finished my glass without much problem and could drink a few more.

Overall this is one of the better options out there as far as macro's go. Obviously I'd prefer craft beer but this isn't a terrible back-up.

Photo of greengorilla
3.92/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

It is a pale yellow with a decent white head that disipates relatively quickly.

The smell is of grains with a hint of hops. I really like the smell. It makes my mouth water.

The taste is also pretty good. It is not too complex. It goes down smooth with a decent mouthfeel.

This is very drinkable, and for the price is hard to beat.

Photo of misterdork
3.67/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good for my "go to" beer. Nice and light, good cold on a nice hot summer day. I used to drink Busch, but this shit is way better. Great color on tap or even out of the can. Had a sweet keg of it on July 4th, doesn't get much more American than that. Enjoy with a nice veggie burger.

Photo of Vengeance526
2.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow golden color with a small sudsy white head that fades away quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smells of corn husk and sugar but not a very pronounced aroma so its not too offensive.

Tastes of sweet corn with some light grassy notes, but is realyy watered down. Again the taste is very lightly evident, almost like drinking water so at least its not horible, just neutral.

Light bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall, pretty inoffensive and makes for a good cheap guzzler on a hot day.

Photo of ghebb
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Other-Side cafe in Boston.

Nothing special, just an easy drinking American-Style Lager. I think PBR has become more trendy lately, as the price of a 30-rack has went up from $13 to $17. Still, its cheaper than the big 3, and definetely better as well. Seems to be hoppier and creamier on tap than from the can or bottle. Solid choice when you're low on funds.

Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: I usually just drink it from the can, but it's pale yellow with white foam.

S: The smell is not one of the finer points of PBR. It's got a slight grain smell to it and (surprisingly to some) a bit of hop character. However, it's also got a bit of a tinny/metallic twang to it.

T: A decent flavor of grain, which is a lot more than you can say for most American Light/Adjunct Lagers.

M: Very light and quite fizzy.

D: You can definitely put down a lot of them, and PBR is a lot better tasting than most beers in this style.

Photo of JMD
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow with frothy white head. And much to my suprise, there is actually some nice lacework.

S: Grass and sweet grain. Some honey, and a light punch of hops. Also a bit metallic.

T: Pretty generic macro flavor. Grassy, grain and cereal. A light touch of hops on the backend.

M: Light bodied, and actively carbonation. Has a nice bite to it, and finishes slightly dry.

D: This is one of the better macro lagers around, but still isn't anything special. But after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, a few PBR's definitely hit the spot.

Photo of DurwoodSauls
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I hate to say it but this is my "go-to" beer.

It's cheap, it goes down sometimes too easily and must, absolutely must be drank straight out of the can. (The best way to lessen exposure to appearance and smell issues.)

This is one of those good ol' "drinkin' beer with your drinkin' buddies" brews. Nothing fancy, tastes good enough to drink six or ten (or twelve) in a night easily.

Other than that it's on par if not slightly above in taste and drinkability when compared to other commercial American Adjunct Lagers.

Photo of dbossman
3.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've drank way too many of these and seem to go to this beer when I don't want to spend the money.

A: Nice, golden color; nice head with pretty nice lacing; very carbonated

S: This is the beer's worst aspect. It has a bit of nice grainy subtle hops scent but the overwhelming smell is akin to dishwater with a soapy and butter residue

T: Luckily the smell doesn't quite carry over into the taste. The carbonation can be a bit overwhelming but there is a nice grainy quality to the flavor with a lasting and pleasant aftertaste

F: It dissipates quickly but is quite a bit carbonated and slightly buttery in mouth feel

D: Well, it's drinkable for sure--one of those beers you could pound back a few, but I'm not sure if that makes it a beer you would want to spend the time enjoying and drinking throughout the night.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a Pilsner glass. Very tasty on a hot day. Sweet, corny taste. Nice and cold this is a favorite. For the price it is a classic. Don't look for anything special just expect a solid great American made classic. This beer flows down on a hot day.

Photo of tj4288
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a long anticipated review. poured from can into pint.

typical american macro imo except that it excels in taste and drinkability . and for the price, i think i found a new beer to keep my fridge stocked with other than yuengling lager which is slightly heavier. pbr seems to be a love it or hate it beer overall but id have to say i love it. decent american adjunct but ALOT cheaper and tastier. i was pleasently surprised.

Photo of Seru1
3.6/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance- Clear Yellow with a thick white head, and tons of bubbles and lacing.

Smell- Grans and lemons and not much else.

Taste- Easy drinking fresh lemon taste filled out by a corn like body. Still very thin allowing this to be guzzled easily.

Mouthfeel- very thin and easy to drink with a decent if not abit skunky aftertaste.

Drinkability- I don't think I've ever had a more easy drinking beer. And for the buck you'll never get a better value.

Notes: This beer is far from perfect, but if your having a drunken party and need alot of beer for cheap that you can stomach with a smile there's no better place to turn. Value wise this beer gets a 5.

Photo of thecarster1
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a- can poured into a pint, one finger bubbly head, loads of carbonation, clear yellow color, great lacing, ring around the glass.

s- bright, slight corn/grain, slight hops come through too, the nose is better than i thought it'd be.

t- tang of hops, underlying grain, just a slight hint of skunk, finishes smooth.

m- little on the thin side.

d- very drinkable, super cheap, refreshing, i think this is my new go to 30-pack for 13 dollars, crazy, nice hop smack though, perfect for a session on a nice hot day.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't normally buy macros but I have not had a PBR in quite some time. Super light yellow in color, generous billowing head, it looks like the stereotypical fizzy yellow lager. Smells like an earthy lager, not bad at all. More earthiness in the flavor, minerals, a fleeting hint of sweet fruitiness. For the price this is not a bad beer at all and makes a very good summer bbq/picinic/lawnmower beer.

Photo of WCBCFrank
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light-golden, yellow in a glass (but why would you want commit such a crime, when the can is so much more appropriate). Refreshing and great regular ol' beer.

Personally: I struggle to write a "beer review" when talking about PBR. You can't really talk about slight notes of anything really...PBR is a state of mind and a good one to be in every so often.

I met my wife drinking this stuff one December evening. She glanced over, looked at my can and said "I guess we're all out of money this time of night." A classic.

Photo of mnrider
3.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Clear golden yellow. Small white head which goes down to nothing with really no lacing. Color is it's strong point.

S: Grain hops with faint malts. A little watery but nice and sweet.

T/M: Grainy. Hint of malts. Smooth with good crispness. Not bitter but a little dry. Not too bad.

D: For what it is IMO it is the best. Smooth good taste and very refreshing. I'll continue to buy. No other mass produced brew can compete.


Photo of njmoons
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, I have to admit I have probably had more PBR's in my life than any other beer. That probably has to do with the fact that it was my beer of choice in my formative years (you know college, maybe HS). Those years when money was tight and my free time was not.

Anyway, to this day I still think PBR is better than the other mass market American Lagers. A little more flavor, a little more complex, no bad aftertaste.

I will still pick up a six pack every now and then for a picnic or day at the beach.

Photo of snpub540
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Have them on tap at work for $2.50 so why not?

Came a pale yellow with almost no head at all. Very fizzy.

Smelled of grains but most notably corn.

Taste was of rice and cereal grains, slightly dry bitter finish.

Was a thin bodied beer with alot of carbonation. I could put alot of them down though with out feeling them.

Photo of eberkman
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of talls to have some cheap shit around for when I'm done stripping wallpaper, painting and doing yardwork. Also to make my mop sauce for BBQ chicken.

Poured about a third of a can into a glass before it went into the sauce. Pale yellow, weak white head with no retention, about par for the course.

Smelled of cereal malts, but just enough barley in there to give it a little bit of a Grape Nuts nose, but not much.

Taste was smooth, with some corn to it and just enough of a trace of hops to avoid the sickly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly flat. But very drinkable ice cold on a hot day after some physical labor. Fine for a macro - actually pretty good for a macro. This, Simpler Times and 'Gansett would be my go-tos to keep around for that kind of thing.

Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow color which is very light with a small one finger head. The smell is of cheap grains. The grain smell is of rice and corn, not as faint as other macros. The taste is of grain, rice and corn. The mouthfeel is of very high carbonation. The drinkability is average for a macro, not too bad not too good, more flavor than most macors.

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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