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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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4,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,627
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 454 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Gonzo08, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

beermeister9, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of ratfink2099
1.86/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours that crystal clear pale straw color, with a slight, fizzy head that diminishes instantly with minimal lacing.

I cannot detect much in the nose. A hint of pale malt, and what I can only describe as metallic, starchy corn. There may be a hop in there...

Taste follows suit. This may sound silly, but I feel like I'm drinking Old Style brewed with softened water.

Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from an adjunct lager: Fizzy and seltzer-watery.

Overall, this is just another cheap lager that fills the "I can slam a bunch quickly" bill that justifiably lets the rest of the world make fun of American beer. I'm prepared to get flamed for this truth.

ratfink2099, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Tthekraut
4.16/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pabst has a light blond color that most beers of this type have.

It has a very nice smell. It is not to strong buy smells like your typical grain or hops beer. It is very sweet in smell and is slightly sweet in taste. It has a small head when poured and quickly dissipates.

The mouthful is a tad bit thin and not overly carbonated.

Overall it is a sweet beer that is a very good deal. A 18 pack will run you around 14 or 15 bucks. It's well worth the money and stands out as one of the best cheaper beers. P.B.R. is best on draft or bottle but is just fine out of a can but can have a different taste to some due to the can.

I took a chance when I bought this for the first time but I have made it my favorite "regular" beer. Give the beer its fair chance and you will be surprised.

Tthekraut, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Hanby, Oct 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Garrett092112, Oct 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

TheRealPour, Oct 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

HookerBrews, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Captain_Komamura
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a PBR in the can.

Appearance - It is a hay-colored beer, with a bubbly head that goes flat very quickly.

Smell - It has a sweet, metallic smell to it.

Taste - It tastes how it smells: sweet, metallic, and watered-down.

Mouth feel - Not over-carbonated like some BMC beers, goes down like bottled water.

Overall - Well after trying other BMC's this is pretty high up.

Captain_Komamura, Oct 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

sachie23, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

InspectorBob, Oct 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

ZachT, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

Boggdogg, Oct 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

hoppyboy69, Oct 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

mountaincoffee, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been drinking this beer for years, but this is my first review of it. I carried home a 12 ounce bottle from a local bar after seeing my team pummeled on MNF. My impressions upon drinking this from the bottle is that it is ultra smooth, which is something I don't get from the can. Usually there's a bit of sourness and metal (which I actually like and expect). However, in the bottle this beer is almost too smooth- like a Miller lite or something.

A moderate pour produces a 1/2 inch head that dissipates really fast, leaving a bubbly and a bit over carbonated beer that is very pale in color. Maybe just a touch of stickiness apparent on the sides of the glass. Not much of a smell- just an overall graininess with a kiss of hops. The bit of sourness that I expect becomes more apparent as this beer warms.

This is a very simple beer with more flavor than you get with Bud, Bud light, Miller lite, etc. It goes down easy, but has at least a modicum of flavor, and is well worth the money if gotten on sale. I think I prefer it in the can though.

archyquaffer, Oct 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

blbarnett3, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Doug_Skipper, Oct 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

biggiet, Oct 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

MarkJBurch, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%

Duesler, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

djbx, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +44.6%

Apotheosis, Oct 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Summer92, Oct 20, 2013
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,627 ratings.