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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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4,842 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,842
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 49
Gots: 668 | 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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2.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

near beer at its finest. I mean who doesnt like to slug a few pbrs at the family picnic. this beer reminds me of the old days watching my uncles and pops throw horseshoes and tip em back at the family parties. American beer at its finest. Union Made!

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2.24/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours one finger on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is grain and rice. Boring.
The taste is sweet through and through.
The texture is fizzy, light body and sticky with moderate carbonation.
It's not the worst... but it has it's place..

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2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

473ml can pored into a pint glass. Served cold and purchased from LCBO for $2 CDN. Advertised as 4.9% ABV.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden yellowish color. Aggressive pour yielded about 3 fingers of white, but quickly diminishing head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top. The head is large and white but looks thin and that it won't linger (which it didn't)

Smell - Not much at all, very few adjuncts detectable. Slightly metallic with some cereal grains.

Taste - Bland, with a slight fleeting sweetness that tastes a bit a syrupy. Other than that not a whole lot else other than some standard "beer" flavor". Nothing unpleasant here either.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy, but thin flavor and medium-thin body.

Overall - As far as AAL's go, it's pretty respectable, overall slightly below average. Not my favorite, but definitely wouldn't turn one down if in the right frame of mind.

Photo of FrozenJoe
3.46/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
PBR pours with a large head. As the head deflates it leaves good lacing that sticks around. Many lively bubbles. Clear. Straw yellow color. A fluffy, inviting brew.

Smell
Some corn and bread. Faint floral hops. A little harsh and tangy. Not terrible, but not that good either.

Taste
The flavor profile of PBR is heavy on corn. Its sweet. There are mild floral hops in this beer! It tastes like a higher quality version of Miller High Life. Too much corn. But the hops are a very pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel
Good carbonation. Almost medium bodied. Satisfying. Mild dry finish that lingers with the floral hops and sweet corn.

Overall
Pretty good. It tastes like there is a lot of corn in here. But its done in a way that is not harsh or really that bad. The mild floral hop flavor really sets this beer apart from its peers in this category. This is a decent beer at a great price.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon has a beloved spot in my heart. Are there far better beers out there? Sure. But when I want something that is just super easy to drink and is readily available, PBR works perfectly. It was my go to beer when I was in college. I could get a 12 pack of bottles for $4.99 at CVS, which is a fantastic deal.

As far as cheap beers (Miller, Budweiser, Coors, etc) are concerned, it's probably one of the better ones. There is some flavor and slight bit of hops in PBR and it doesn't just taste like watered down beer.

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3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Finally got this one.
Poured out with a clear and golden color. It was topped with about two fingers of white head which immediately set down to a small lacing.
There is some grainy hops aroma present, but it's very gentle.
The beginning was somewhat bitter-sweet (hard to pinpoint really), followed by a pleasant and light body. It finished with a just a slight bitterness.
A very nice, drinkable and refreshing beer, that also offers enough taste. One of the better one from its homeland.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,842 ratings.