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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69
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4,629 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,629
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 455 | 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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3/5  rDev +2%

BlkHawkFan01, Nov 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

mc4z, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Kyle_Hanson
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the better adjunct lagers I've had. It's a little too sweet, probably because the adjunct ingredient happens to be corn syrup. Not as carbonated as BMC beers and looks a tad better. Still not great smelling though. Not as much of a corn, skunk, metal flavor like you'd expect.

Not a bad beer if it's found cheap.

Kyle_Hanson, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Kylemif
3/5  rDev +2%

Kylemif, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of brewbattles
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test with this beer against five other light american lagers to objectively determine which one is best. The beers were Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural Light, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. You can check it out here:

http://youtu.be/zpsOvIx_jEg

brewbattles, Nov 08, 2013
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1/5  rDev -66%

panders07, Nov 08, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

MrDave, Nov 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Nov 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Oshi, Nov 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Caesarr, Nov 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

jscheuf, Nov 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

OldSmaug, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of screamking
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16oz tall boy can poured into pint glass.

How does one of the absolute cheapest beers on the market fair in a craft world, not so well. However, taken in context it's a underdog that might surprise. It's not the best looking brew, pale yellow with a thick white head. It smells like a typical macro lager with corn and bread in abundance. The taste is also similar to the other macros, however I feel PBR is the bitterest up front. Really, the thing that seperates this the most is being a couple bucks cheaper than the already dirt cheap macro world.

screamking, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

Frobot13, Nov 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

gatorlove, Nov 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

brocktune, Nov 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

tmm313, Nov 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

mlefebvre7, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of NoBeerSnob
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Feeling rather nostalgic, I ordered a longneck at the local watering hole. Having not had a PBR in about 30 years, I was surprised at the familiarity of the first sip...nothing special here, just a very average brew you can pound-down on the cheap. It definitely helps to have it ice cold, and be really thirsty.

NoBeerSnob, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Scott17taylor, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

rowingbrewer, Oct 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

no8, Oct 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

JohnBender, Oct 28, 2013
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,629 ratings.