Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

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1,588 Reviews
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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 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)

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

Pretty much the only time you're going to "enjoy" one of these is at the end of the night when you've already had too much to drink. I read somewhere that every time a PBR is drank, a hipster gets his vintage bicycle. (217 characters)

Photo of Gatch
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why have I waited so long to review this gem? I know it's one of the biggest love-hate beers around, and I happen to be a lover. The only macro I purchased regularly in college...a 30-pack a week while buying groceries in Arizona. Easy to drink and consistent. Personally, I think it's best from a can rather than draft and bottle. (331 characters)

Photo of Neccy60
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Once upon a time, I was totally okay quaffing these down like water at parties. Now I am older and oh so slightly wiser (i.e. employed), so I recognize this as, well, shit. That said, I can't help but find this beer comforting in the right scenario, even if those scenarios are limited to getting this for free or being the cheapest not-Budweiser beer available at the concert venue. It may be decidedly low-tier, but there's no doubt there's a function for it somewhere in your life. (484 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.2/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The gold standard of its class...it is just a good all around adjunct. There is a reason the neo-hipster types have clung to this...well they've moved on by now I'm sure, but that's just this generation's peripatetic and fickle nature...PBR will stand the test of time...an ice- cold bottle of this stuff is sublime at the right moments... (339 characters)

Photo of MattyDTD
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wish it was more available in the UK as the price over here is not representative of the quality and i would like to try it on draught. Have tried both can and bottle versions and they are like regular lagers but with an extra sweetness. Can also distinctively taste corn or maize syrup. My girlfriend doesnt like beer but likes this one. (338 characters)

Photo of DarkBeerSux
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like many others I used to drink this a lot when I was younger. I decided to try this again to see if I still liked it. I didn't. Watery with a bad aftertaste. Not the worst cheap beer out there, I will finish the six pack eventually. (234 characters)

Photo of BigBry
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

24 oz tall can, served at a Sports Pub for $3 !
Crystal clear, light yellow color with a short white head. Foam fades to a floating film, straggly lace lines.
Smells of sweetness from corn, or other sugar, and slight cooked vegetable.
Taste is of corn and other grains, sweetness is the dominant component.
This beer has a high level of carbonation, crisp and clean. No metallic or sourness as in some AALs .
Overall, this is a pretty good beer, accept it for what it is. (475 characters)

Photo of Jeph222
3.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The only adjunct I'll buy. Just glad the Russians didn't get their hands on this brew. I feel it's our duty as BA'ers to promote this to the younger/cheaper set so that they avoid lining the pockets of BMC. You see a college kid with a bud lite, dope slap him and give him a PBR. It's American dammit! (301 characters)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Sweeter and perhaps more flavourful than other AAL's; that can be good or bad. Sometimes I want something more watery, just to chug back, like Busch or something. Either way, I'll play the hipster game when I want to. (217 characters)

Photo of CJNAPS
1.32/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

If it's 110 degrees and your at the lake and you wanna be able to drink beer all day, then grab this. I really can't see any other time where it would be a good idea. (166 characters)

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,588 ratings.