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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

4,073 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,073
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.49%
Wants: 20
Gots: 227 | 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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SlamLord

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-26-2013 04:05:47 | More by SlamLord
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EUFTG

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +36.1%

02-26-2013 02:21:57 | More by EUFTG
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The PBR pours like a kellerweizen, piss yellow with a nice fluffy eggshell white head, though that skims down to a quarter of a fingers width quite quickly. The beer’s body is water clear with a torrent of bubbles working to the top of the glass. In truth, the beer looks a little like ginger ale in the glass. The beer’s head leaves a lacing of medium sized and tightly packed bubbles on the sides of the glass in sparse scraggly lines. On the nose, the beer smells weakly of sweet grassy malts with a touch of caramel. That stale grain smell that is found in most cheap lagers is also present here. It actually smells better than some of the other cheap lagers I’ve reviewed. It’s not amazing, but it doesn’t turn my stomach either, and it doesn’t have a completely bland character. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweetly bready with a touch of acid and the faintest touch of salt. The beer’s flavors begin with water, slowly opening into stale bread and grassy hops that turn hay-like. The finish is clean and quick, giving that slightly vegetal chemical sweet taste that all cheap lagers have. On the mouth, the beer feels thin, with a medium light carbonation that does fluff the tongue. The mouth is left wet after the beer passes. This beer is supremely drinkable, which is why it still exists today. It also leaves the mouth in flavor soon after it travels down your throat. Overall, this is PBR. It is cheap beer, but it is not offensive. It’s just pretty flavorless. To PBR’s credit, I find more flavor in it than in other comparable cheap lagers that I’ve reviewed (i.e. Red Stripe…). Buy a thirty if you want to cheaply drink yourself stupid. It is not the worst thing you could drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 21:08:30 | More by Maxwell
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plinythederek

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +2%

02-25-2013 02:18:55 | More by plinythederek
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alexsergio

New York

3/5  rDev +2%

02-24-2013 22:59:23 | More by alexsergio
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CountryRock2001

New York

3.5/5  rDev +19%

02-24-2013 22:35:24 | More by CountryRock2001
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Jsteez

China

2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a dimpled beer mug.

My 3rd beer in my hunt for an American great Adjunct Lager.

A-Pure white 1 finger head that dissipated into a thin white surface. Left minimal lacing on the glass. Pure yellow with a lot of carbonation.

S-grain, malt, cereal, corn. Pretty simple for an American reject.

T-This defines average. Corn, grain, malt, period. Aftertaste consists of sweet grain and malt. Maybe some sludge. Soda water taste.

M-dry, high carbonation, sweet malt crispness.

Overall-tastes good with spicy and salty food, and it needs to be very cold to taste okay. Very average, I only buy it when I feel like being cheap. A true American crud beer, drinkable, yes.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 20:36:32 | More by Jsteez
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ShreddedThumb

Michigan

4/5  rDev +36.1%

02-24-2013 06:08:15 | More by ShreddedThumb
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ClintonRalston

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

02-24-2013 01:05:34 | More by ClintonRalston
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IXCII

California

3.98/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pabst is my stand-by cheap beer. It's truly the water of beers. Light, crisp, and refreshing and doesn't carry any of the "piss" aroma of the competition.

It's better than Natty, it's better than Stella, it's better than Bud Light, it's even better than Bud Light Lime!

A tall can of PBR is the true champagne of beers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 07:50:24 | More by IXCII
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -15%

02-23-2013 04:18:05 | More by JohnnieNepal
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +19%

02-21-2013 19:57:32 | More by boudreaux
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LuckyJohn

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

02-21-2013 05:37:02 | More by LuckyJohn
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RyanLaCount03

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall I thought Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) was an OK beer. The taste wasn't as good as I expected, but it was still not a terrible beer. The appearance of the beer was nice, but the smell was not that good. If I was offered this beer sometime in the future again I would have one, but I would not buy it.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 19:01:21 | More by RyanLaCount03
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ifixufly

Indiana

2/5  rDev -32%

02-20-2013 16:44:15 | More by ifixufly
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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BeerGuy1991

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +44.6%

02-20-2013 00:10:18 | More by BeerGuy1991
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Rons35

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -49%

02-19-2013 22:27:54 | More by Rons35
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MikePrice1976

Louisiana

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

02-19-2013 16:33:13 | More by MikePrice1976
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rossm15

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

02-18-2013 21:00:51 | More by rossm15
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Danielr26

Michigan

2/5  rDev -32%

02-18-2013 19:40:21 | More by Danielr26
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TonyY

New York

3.5/5  rDev +19%

02-18-2013 19:26:15 | More by TonyY
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-18-2013 02:53:36 | More by oriolesfan4
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DeanCHS1980

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +19%

02-18-2013 01:53:51 | More by DeanCHS1980
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3/5  rDev +2%

02-17-2013 16:30:46 | More by BamfBacon
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,073 ratings.