Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,588
Hads: 5,012
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 55
Gots: 829 | 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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Photo of doktorhops
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pabst Blue Ribbon or “PBR” is one of the last big macros I am yet to wrap my gob around and also infamously known as a hipster beer - I am the actually the original hipster before being a hipster was pseudo-cool and then not cool again, i.e. the rise and fall of hipsterism. So it is only natural that I should be reviewing this brew with the various hipster powers at my disposal [hipster powers include: wearing an op-shop trilby and blazer from the 1940’s, knowing where all the best cafés with free Wi-Fi are, and hipster vision: the ability to spot the best value for money meal at any restaurant... essentially it means being cheap]. Let’s do this thing!

Poured from a 473ml (WTF kind of size is that???) can into a Stein.

A: Pale clear, dare I say: urine yellow, with a huge 2 inch foamy white head that doesn’t seem to want to recede. It’s very light coloured, lighter than most Lagers - and they’re one of the lightest of styles. 7/10.

S: Quite adjuncty with corn notes to the fore, hints of grain, cut grass, faint hops (in a Lager?! *spits*) and that classic metallic cheap Lager character which shines on through the aroma. It’s not the worst cheap Lager I’ve ever whiffed but likewise it ain’t winning any awards. 5/10.

T: Grainy up front on the palate, bit of dirty vegetal and cut grass hops, some sweet corn to balance it out... actually tastes more like an Aussie macro Lager than an American one (Carlton Draught springs to mind)... in that respect I’m not impressed and would easily take a cheap German Lager like Oettinger Pils over this. Finish is dry and the aftertaste has a slight cloying corn sweetness that reconfirms its status as a cheap Adjunct Lager pas cher. 5/10.

M: Mid to light body with that aforementioned slight cloying and a medium carbonation. 7/10.

D: PBR is one of the OK crap beers - a gold turd if you will. The cloy from the sweet corn is a tad overdone and it could be a bit crisper, otherwise this is one of those beers you’ll see in the cooler at a party [possibly a hipster party] and your bro says “help yourself to a beer” and it’s PBR, Miller Draft, Coors or any light beer (this is a party in the US BTW)... in this situation go with PBR. What if you want a decent Lager to drink at home? Kozel Premium, Löwenbräu and Stella Artois have you covered. 6/10.

Food match: Hot dogs and hamburgers - US style! (2,395 characters)

Photo of berkeleymaw
1.93/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Every time I encounter a huge PBR fan I wonder in the back of my head if I'm the unwitting victim of some kind of practical joke or social trolling. I swear that if you did a blind Pepsi-challenge style taste test most of PBR's ardent supporters would not be able to discern it from MGD or any other so-so Milwaukee adjunct. (324 characters)

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
1.07/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Tried this for the first time the other day, I know its been around a long time. Light, water with an off flavor. Not a good taste at all. Awful choice with all the new beer out there. Marketed on sale very cheap often. Not worth it even for its low price. (256 characters)

Photo of Eagles_Foot
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a got to have a beer after dinner, and want it to be light. I always use this as a clear the palette while taking with friends beer. Crisp taste, not a bud.. Has a hint of bitter to let you know it is a beer. (216 characters)

Photo of ducktoadecoy
3.32/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You can't do any better when going for cheap beer. In a world of Keystone and Natty Boh, PBR is King. It actually taste like BEER and not dirty water like some of the other cheap beers. Yes, it isn't anything to write home about, and if you have the money, there's no reason to buy it, but if you're looking for cheap beer and actually want something that has a taste, this is where to go. (389 characters)

Photo of Norica
2.18/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I honestly don't get it, even in the style subpar. Most people like it for what it isn't rather than what it is. One of my least favorite AALs which is a style that I still gravitate to. (186 characters)

Photo of Davidstan
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better than Bud,Coors,Corona etc. classic AAL taste that has some taste at least. Beer buzz comes quickly for some reason and maybe that's why it has a weird allure in popular culture. 9 bucks for a twelver is good value and will finish/share till gone. (253 characters)

Photo of RonJensen
1/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is so overrated. Too sweet, overly carbonated and has a weird chemical aftertaste. In your face and up yours, you silly hipsters!, you just go on and keep on drinking this crap, you and your shitty PBR are so pathetic. (228 characters)

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Was at a chain restaurant, tap selection was horrid. Hadn't had PBR since high school, was cheapest beer.

Beat my very low expectations. Would I ever buy again? No, unless in a similar situation. (196 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The taste is ok; clean and crisp, if not very basic. This is however one skunks and funky smelling brew. I know it has a cult status amongst hipsters, but I fail to see the appeal besides the cheap price. You get what you pay for I suppose. (240 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good ole PBR! If you want a cheap beer that's better than bud, coors or miller then it's PBR. Golden Yellow with a nice foam head. Tastes like high school prom and finger banging Mary Jane rottencrotch in the back of my Trans Am on a backroad in Oklahoma. I'd recommend this beer to anyone. $9 for a 12 pack and surpasses every beer in it's class. (347 characters)

Photo of BubblyTime
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing solely on taste, not value, since I've never personally bought PBR.
PBR isn't terrible, but it's agreeably bland and tasteless. Like an economy towel you buy at a department store or an aging housewife with no hobbies.
Not interesting, and nothing special. I'd pick it up at the right dive bar over other light / stock beers any day of the week, but I also would normally be drinking something better. (412 characters)

Photo of dikebrewery
2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer reminds me of the time I licked Stacie Andersons azz hole (my high school sweetheart) it looked good, smelled okay but of coarse it tasted like crap. (159 characters)

Photo of Aliiyoob
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't be too hard on PBR. For the price, its the best cheap beer out there, and definitely the beer of choice if I just want to get drunk with friends. Definitely outcompetes Nattie Light, Busch Light, and all that other stuff (228 characters)

Photo of CellophaneJesus
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like it as a session beer. It's not something to sit there and appreciate, just drink it. As a good friend of mine said, "It goes great with punk rock shows and smoking cigarettes." (185 characters)

Photo of penguin66
2.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wanted something cheap and drinkable (Steel Reserve need not apply), and this was the best the gas station had to offer. I should have spent the exorbitant mark up and got something else. 6 tall boys were 5 too many. (220 characters)

Photo of priwen
3.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, straw appearance with a foamy, white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of corn husks with maybe a slight hint of malts. Faint whiff of citrus. The citrus is a little more prominent in the flavor. There is also some sweetness from the malts with the corn showing up on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but substantial enough to let you know what you're drinking is something more than H2O. Clean finish. Overall, It's a classic. No frills. Just an enjoyable beer perfect for someone looking for a nice refreshment on a hot day.

16 oz can
Best by: May 11, 2015
Served in a Pint glass (595 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear, golden straw color, nice 2 inch fluffy white head, decent lacing

S: Adjunct grains, little hop, crisp lager smell

T: Sweet adjunct grain, little hop to balance at the end

M: Light as you would expect, dry, crisp

O: Not bad for what it is. Picked it up from a gas station in the middle of nowhere on the way back from fishing in the gulf, so something has to be said for availability. I would take this over some of the other macros for sure. (470 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.64/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bright pale straw color. White 2 finger head lasting around 3 minutes. Average legs and activity.

Faint aromas and flavors of corn, citrus and sugar. A lot more bitter than sweet, slightly vinous.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Faint finish, but quite long, ending with a dry bitter smoky roasted corn aftertaste and fake sweetness.

Overall : Fresh but bland and overly accessible. Too bitter for a lager in my taste. (433 characters)

Photo of SenorElRaz
3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the best cheap adjunct lager. Pours a surprisingly thick and creamy head, and while it is watery it still has a nice, creamed corn taste. The only real complaint I have is the inconsistent feel. I've had this beer many, many times, and sometimes it's incredibly smooth, but it often has a stinging carbonation. Still, an excellent beer for what it costs. (362 characters)

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) for $1.79 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.
Look: I could not see the appearance of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) because it was in a can...
Smell: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) had the aroma of roasted corn.
Taste: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) had a taste of chemicals, grain, and faint malt flavours.
Feel: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) lost its carbonation pretty fast.
Overall: People who seek cheap beer should try Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR). (466 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Just a run-of-the-mill lager brew that is a good filler/cleanser between craft brews. Give it a 4 on feel... purely because of the cost/quality affect of having fun with beer. Nothing overpowering in this beer... but clean. Love that it comes in pint cans to wet the whistle after a long day in the yard, at the lake, or coming off the slopes. (343 characters)

Photo of sokol_1993
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The smell and the taste was good at first, much better than BMC, really malty and has some fruity and hoppy sense to it, but after leaving it for a few minutes, it just tasted horrible.

Serving: on tap at a St. Patrick Day. Probably need to try it again. (256 characters)

Photo of Lard_City
2.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mild malt aroma and taste. A bit better than a typical macro lager. Not a beer worth over analyzing. Enjoy it for what it is, cheap and drinkable almost anytime. (161 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a small white head that is gone in seconds. Very light gold and clear

S- Not much here at all.

T- Unobtrusive which is nice. Not a lot of flavor. Just a mass produced pedestrian North American beer. Just like a Bud

M- Dry and crisp which is nice. Refreshing and can see this one being a treat on a hot summer day after cutting the grass

O- Just a Bud with a different label. Nothing special

Food Pairing

Yup! You guessed it. Pairs with.... anything you would pair a Bud with

Enjoy (606 characters)

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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