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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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4,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,349
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 344 | 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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3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

Brams17, Friday at 07:45 PM
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3.36/5  rDev +14.3%

jkyle91, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

The best american common. Budweiser, before it was procured by InBev, might have stood up to it as the cheap but ubiquitous american beer, but it has since taken over. Don't let the hipsters and PBR's pandering marketing turn you off automatically; if you've only got a couple of bucks, it's the common for you.

That said, you should probably spend more money on your beer. A dollar or two more will make a lot of difference in overall quality.

everythingiszen, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.56/5  rDev -12.9%

Yeldarb92, Sep 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Best beer in its price range. Watery but easy to drink.

PivaTzar, Sep 06, 2014
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1.52/5  rDev -48.3%

camarocrazy67, Sep 06, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.2/5  rDev -25.2%

JayNat, Sep 05, 2014
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3.42/5  rDev +16.3%

Pabst makes a good beer. Thought I'd sit down and actually review it to give it its fair dues.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle, poured for appearance

Appearance (2.5) : Quickly receding fluffy 1-finger head with a light gold/straw colored body. I guess I could say it looks like pee, too. Transparent enough to read through but still looks like a good body.

Smell (2.5) : Dirty corn, cooked cabbage, some faint citrus rind. Old rotten tomatoes, some fermented green grape. A little off-putting but a bit more extravagant than most american adjunct lagers.

Taste (3.25) : Smooth, full-flavored, yummy. You can taste the dirty hops. At first try (tries) I have to admit I thought Pabst was pretty gross, but I've come to like it over time because it actually tastes like SOMETHING, rather than nothing OR just corn. It's got a woody flavor, a little peppery, heavy on sour grains, some floral hops that outweigh the malt just a tad, a bit of dirt, a pinch of hothouse tomato, corn, and just a touch of bitter green vegetable. Ends with a residual wet newspaper finish. I could sit here and try to adjudicate this beer all day, but really - it tastes like Pabst, pure and simple. its got its own thing going on. So yeah. Some oddities, but overall it's a satisfying lager.

Mouthfeel (3) : Light-to-medium bodied, carbonated, wet, and smooth. Ends with a papery finish.

Overall (3.42) : A good tasteful lager representative of its style. Some folks don't like it because it actually tastes like something, but I don't mind, even if some of the flavors are off-putting. On the right night this beer does good. On the wrong night it can possibly be a drain pour, unless you exclusively drink Pabst. It is a staple in my beer fridge and probably will be for a long time to come.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Sep 05, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

StrayteEDGE, Sep 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2%

You get what you pay for, a luckily with PBR you don't pay very much! Strong adjunct corn flavors. Very watery. Somewhere in the watery mess theres a hop that probably fell in the tank by accident while brewing...its an AAL. Tastes a little better than most. Price is great

MWilcox20, Sep 05, 2014
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,349 ratings.