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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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BA SCORE
68
poor

4,239 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,239
Reviews: 1,493
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 27
Gots: 300 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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gpaul926

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-02-2013 03:38:23 | More by gpaul926
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ryanbayv

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -15%

06-02-2013 00:42:49 | More by ryanbayv
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coreycc

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +70.1%

06-01-2013 22:13:52 | More by coreycc
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Jdiddy1970

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev +19%

06-01-2013 21:47:04 | More by Jdiddy1970
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Beric

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Serving: Can, from the can (is there any other way to drink PBR?)
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: I had this one from the can, so I guess I'll just comment on the can. When you open this beer up, you see some nice fog and some bubbly head foam up before quickly dying down. The look of the can is fantastic- nice vintage marketing look.

Smell: Smells just like 'beer', but has some sweet notes to it (probably from the corn syrup that they use to make it).

Taste: The taste is better than the macros, but certainly nothing too notable. It's decent, and that's really that. It's too sweet for my tastes, but I imagine after drinking about three of these that the taste starts to get really good.

Mouthfeel: The feel of this beer is great- exactly what I would expect from an AAL. Light on the tongue and spritzy from the carbonation, this beer is certainly an easy drink, and wonderful on hot, muggy summer days.

Overall: This beer is a classic, but probably because of its enviable price point. I paid about 36 cents a can in a 30-pack, and there's really no beating that. For that sort of price, the beer tastes as good as one can expect. I would certainly buy this over BMC stuff in terms of actual flavor, since, though minimal, the flavor profile in this beer is notably more developed than something like Busch Light or Natty (as far as cheap beers go).

06-01-2013 11:40:05 | More by Beric
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Kearneytheking

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +36.1%

06-01-2013 03:15:58 | More by Kearneytheking
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +2%

06-01-2013 03:05:30 | More by Gww1864
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -15%

05-31-2013 20:12:07 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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biscuitsandbeer312

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +29.3%

Pabst Blue Ribbon is the beer for every season!! Pabst Blue Ribbon, keeps them pretty girls teasin..

Its just the all American classic, go to beer!! Anyone who hates is just trying to deny they like 30 rack beer.

PBR=All American Beer.

Not the beer you sip on and savor, but the beer you enjoy thoroughly doing just about everything!!

PBR!!

05-31-2013 08:46:24 | More by biscuitsandbeer312
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Luiz0930

California

2/5  rDev -32%

05-31-2013 08:35:46 | More by Luiz0930
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dazdave

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Had this beer as part of a special glass deal. I think maybe i'm spending a dollar for the whole package. Honestly, i'm not terribly familiar with pbr except that it is the preferred bev of hipsters in my area. I've had it maybe 2-3x in my life and i don't recall getting headaches from it, so that's a plus..
Again a nice glass special is on at this bar. It's decent looking glass. $4 for a pitcher i think i saw too. Seems like prices from eons ago.
The bartender filled my glass with a solid amount of beer in a glass that resembles a can of pbr. Cute. I couldn't smell a whole lot since its a pale lager. The first taste was very nutty. Kind of a roasted malt flavor since the beer is so thin. Not much more to the beer than that. Any interesting flavors seem to wash right away. I feel the tail end of the beer is where one is left with the remnants of an adjunct beer. This makes one want to immediately take another sip to get that lovely nutty flavor back to kill the corniness. I can see why people like this beer the same way people like to have spas with cold water blasted at them followed by hot water. It seems its the battle between the the nutty and the icky that the people love.
For me, if the finish was better it would be an absolutely lovely beer. Its very thin and just not something i want to regularly seek out. I won't avoid it unless i end up with a headache tonight of course. We'll see.

05-31-2013 04:18:42 | More by dazdave
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MikeyJ777

New York

4.75/5  rDev +61.6%

05-31-2013 01:46:13 | More by MikeyJ777
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cwreay90

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

05-30-2013 23:37:16 | More by cwreay90
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MathieuG89

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +36.1%

05-30-2013 18:36:48 | More by MathieuG89
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Cuvie62

Florida

4/5  rDev +36.1%

05-29-2013 23:19:24 | More by Cuvie62
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BrawnyCotton

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-28-2013 22:19:14 | More by BrawnyCotton
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Mackbekeza

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-28-2013 05:49:49 | More by Mackbekeza
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redluvr

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +19%

05-28-2013 03:03:11 | More by redluvr
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JF1917

Georgia

2/5  rDev -32%

05-28-2013 02:15:56 | More by JF1917
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cb8282

Michigan

4/5  rDev +36.1%

05-28-2013 01:18:21 | More by cb8282
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mpayne5

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -15%

05-27-2013 22:33:18 | More by mpayne5
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +2%

05-27-2013 16:59:26 | More by Dank26
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rsgarner

Georgia

3/5  rDev +2%

05-27-2013 16:47:41 | More by rsgarner
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nh2032

New York

2/5  rDev -32%

05-27-2013 15:45:58 | More by nh2032
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RuinationPress

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

05-25-2013 21:08:53 | More by RuinationPress
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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