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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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4,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,745
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 547 | 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 Magpie14
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale yellow, with rustling bubbles all around and a thin soapy ring at the top.

S: husky grains and sulphur, gotta love it

T: dry, crisp, and very faint bitter hops. Grains lead way to corn, barley and such

M: light body and consistently dry throughout

D: man, got to be! I love this one and it always finds a place in my fridge. It is a toss up between PBR, Strohs, and Old Style for me...but I always go back to the Blue Ribbon when in need. Great price and for its kind a great adjunct Lager

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My apartment has finished several kegs of this in the past few months, so I decided to just review the stuff. I feel like I am unfair to Macro's a lot in reviews, but I'm trying.

Extremely clear and pale yellow body with just a bit of white head. Nearly no retention and no lacing left behind.

Smells really sweet. Rice and corn.

There are definitely lots of worse Macros. Lots of sweet corn and rice type flavors up front. At the finish I detect just the smallest bit of hop bit.

Very dry mouthfeel. Light, carbonated.

Pretty drinkable, not a whole lot different than funky (just slightly) funky water.

Photo of BeerConnoisseur
3.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one at a local convenience store and decided to give it a try. Cheap, simple beer but all in all its not bad. Beats Bud, Miller and Coors for sure and for a macro-style lager it doesn't get much better. Would definitely make a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Photo of adamparker05
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow, dirty gold color with a sickly, broken head.

Nose is full of dead grass, oxidized metal and drunk piss on an alley wall on a Saturday night.

Taste is borderline intriguing and foul. Over-ripe zucchini, rotten mushrooms and stale roasted almonds, with a sharp bitter finish.

It's pretty much really drinkable because it's gulpably light and super cheap. I would drink lots of it if I was uber poor, and tonight, I was at the bar. So there you have it.

Photo of jdhilt
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a four-fingered white head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is honey, very one-dimensional, hops are hidden, works as a lawn mower beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

Photo of EatsTacos
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow with a small one finger head that quickly dissipated

Aroma was lightly corn and pale pilsner malt, some cardboard and aluminum in the nose too

taste followed the nose with a dry malty backbone with a light adjunct flavour. nothing too offensive

Pretty thin with a high and sharp carbonation

Drinkibility 3/5

Photo of biggred1
3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a big fluffy head that fades quickly into a thin collar of foam. Smell is of corn and grain with a faint hop in the background. Tastes like it should, no frills but light and pleasant like a macro lager should. Medium creamy mouthfeel with a faint citrus in the finish. Par for the style. It's at least priced right, a good session beer that I could easily crush all night long.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon....

Appearance-poured out of a can into the glass, leaves a fizzy head that trails downward, muddled color as well.

Smell-tinny smell, lots of metal, some alcohol as well. Other things come up but not noticably strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again metallic, grainy up front and in the finish, heavily carbonated. Wouldn't go so far as to call it enjoyable but it is different.

Drinkability-Light beer, not that enjoyable though, easy to drink if you want to.

Overall-This beer has a cult following, I'm not that sure why. Didn't really enjoy it and I don't even think it's better than BMC.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Red Door in Watertown, Conn.

A: Poured a clear, straw yellow with a thin veil of carbonation which left a bit of soapy lace but disappeared less than 5 sips into the beer.

S: Smells like sweet cooked corn and a bit of zesty grains.

T: Taste is presented with a quick flash of sweet grains followed by a little acrid bitterness before finishing slightly sweet and sticky, but causes a bit of afterburn.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and not to hard to drink a few.

D: Sessionable ABV, usually pretty cheap and no out of whack flavors make it a decent macro lager, but nothing I'd pick up or store in my fridge.

No frills but not bad for a cheap-o lager. As iconic as the beer is, it's tough to see the price go up as the cult following emerges after this classic. Better than BMC, but still not a great choice at the fridge.

Photo of erikm25
3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden straw color. Sits clear and faint pale yellow. Unremarkable head and minimal lacing.

S: Malt and grain aromas. Very slight hops. Compared to any other macros there is something noticeable in the aroma that sets it apart.

T: Grassy with with some cereal malts. Goes down easy and has even a minor hoppy quality with some minimal bready undertones. Nothing amazing with PBR but when compared to other macro lagers it is far superior in my opinion.

M: Light to moderate body with rather high carbonation.

D: When push comes to shove and I am short on a dime I will drink PBR first, foremost, and only. Like many others, good times over the years have been had with PBR. I plan to have a lot of great beers at my wedding and an ice chest of PBR will be there as well. It is a steal for the price and there is no reason to even consider drinking any of the other macros.

Photo of electricfields
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I can't be terribly serious with a review of Pabst Blue Ribbon. I can just be honest (hence the inclusion of this disclaimer). It holds a lot of memories and sentimental value for me and for everyone else who's been involved in any music scene for about the past 10 years. So... uh... up the punx, I guess! My point is, you really can't deny the cultural impact of PBR on certain social groups, including many of the ones to which some might say I belong.

So on to the review!

A: Well, you know. Yellow with a fizzy white head. It's 50 cents a can here. Do you really expect anything else?

S: Smells corny and malty. No noticeable hoppiness or anything to speak of. For this kind of beer, that's kind of to be expected. So it's average. So there.

T: Corn, sweet bready malts, and a hint of wet dog hair. Fun fact: the older a can of Pabst gets, the more like hair it tastes! Drink 'em quick! Before that, though, it's definitely pretty tasty, considering it's 50 cents a can.

M: Feels nice, actually. Not thick, at ALL, but carbonated enough to be pleasant. I like it.

D: This is the quintessential "punk rock" beer. Also the quintessential "hipster" beer. Also the quintessential "get drunk with your dad and shoot beer cans in the woods" beer. There's a reason for that: because it's really easy to drink a lot of it, and it doesn't cost much to get a lot of it to drink. It tastes good enough to just pound one after another without giving it much thought. That said, its superior drinkability is what makes it the venerable institution that it is.

Photo of Blake
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an okay beer. Red White and Blue can = Patriotic. But I think budweiser takes the crown for that category.

Pretty boring taste although very smooth and easy going down. Not too many hops, most beer lovers I think would not love this beer but it is better than other more common lagers.

Photo of itcomesnpints
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden, clear and OK head. No real lace.

Not much smell overall, very light hops, little bit of malt.

Slight hoppiness and that's about it.

Mouthfeel is very light, but OK. Doesn't add anything, but doesn't take much away either.

A classic beer for drunken college parties and nostalgic reunions. Great for shotgunning and beer bonging. Not so good for sipping.

Photo of bound4er
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golfing last week the beer lady pulls up to our foursome. I ask her what she has - all the typical stuff is listed - MGD, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Coors Light, etc. As almost an afterthought she mentions PBR. How strange to be actually delighted over buying a macrobrew. Any how, this is one of the few macros I can drink in large quantities. The beer actually has flavor - there is a decent maltiness to it and a crispness not found in the usual suspects. This was my fathers favorite beer growing up and now I know why. Now if I could just get their horrible marketing slogan from many years ago out of my head ... "PBR-me-ASAP"

Photo of BeerCon5
3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with about 1 1/2 inch of quickly receding white head.

The taste is mostly corn, maybe some grain.

Corn is most notable, watery and kind of skunky.

Very light bodied and thin, very fizzy carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not bad for a cheap macro. Very easy to drink a bunch of these

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of light biscuty malt with a hint of corn. The taste is like the aroma. It is mild, pleasant, nothing complex, but likable. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice macro lager. I still think I prefer Grain Belt Premium over PBR, but I could still drink one.

Photo of 7beerphil
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few drafts at the local watering hole:

A: Clear plae yellow, short-lived head, decent carbonation

S: Normal adjunct smells of macros

T: Not bad, way better than Bud on draft. Some aspects of malt.

M: Not too watery, rather smooth

D: Great session beer for the draft. I would definately drink this again, especially at $1.25 a draft all day every day.

Photo of tbeck
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this at the local Albertson's.

This beer was an average american macro lager. The taste beats a Bud because it is not overly sweet. It does have a slight metallic taste to it that really shows up in the aftertaste. I would not have a problem drinking these when I am performing outdoor activites.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a big head that dies down quickly.

Smells of grain and metal.

The taste is mostly of grain followed by a tiny hoppiness and maltiness. Throughout there is a metallic tinge to it.

Mouthfeel is really fizzy. A little too carbonated for my taste.

Would easily drink enough of these to get drunk off of. I could revisit my college days and slam twelve of these before I was done.

Overall, this is just a beer for the masses to get drunk off of. I easily prefer this to any other macro and I don't know why I didn't see more of this in college.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.6/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

head is the fluffiest and merangueiest of any macro lager i've seen, although there are of course some bubbles in there the size of your fist. persistent cap, some lace. the usual pale golden color, similar to old mil, darker than bud.
smell is of dank barley malt (almost like barley soup), some alc, maybe some rice? not detecting corn at the moment. suggestion of grassy/possibly spicy hop in very small amounts.
taste, well what it isn't is as important as what it is, especially when you want a beer you can buy cheap by the case and use in just about any situation without getting sick of it. it's not corny (e.g. old mil), not too sour (e.g. bud can be), not crazy carbonated (e.g. a lot of them). the finish is crisp and short, and the aftertaste and afterburp are neutral, barleylike, and oh so slightly bitter. pretty nice really.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Touted by many as a "Best-of-the-Worst" type of beer. After trying it both in the bottle and the can I have to say it's a "Middle-of-the-Road-of-the-Worst" beer.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a thin sudsy head that disappears in a flash, leaving no trace.

Smells like most cheap grainy macro lagers.

Flavor is very corn heavy. Weak watery malt and barely perceptible hops.

Mouthfeel is average for the style; heavy carbonation, light body.

It's not undrinkable, and can be fairly clean and refreshing when ice cold.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard mixed things about this, had to try it myself.

Pours a clear, golden yellow with about a finger of white bubbly head.

Smells of grain, water, light hop.

Taste is very crisp and clean, tiny bit of sweetness with a very mild hop and water finish.

Mouthfeel is superb. Very clean and fresh, the beer feels good in your mouth, especially so when chilled. Very light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability here is also very good. I've bought several 6'ers of this since, and I'll continue to use this as a go to for those situations where I just want a cold one without having to think about it. Don't write this off as your old mans swill, this is alot better than most will ever give it credit for.

Photo of Greggy
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass. Clear golden color with just the most minute sediment. The head is 1 finger in height, leaves some nice lacing, and has some good staying power.

S- Nice husky grains, a sweet malt component, and a slight hoppy note.

T- Starts with a very nice grainy sweetness then quickly recedes into a light finish that retains some residual sweetness.

M- Shockingly, I would like to see a touch more carbonation, but this is pretty good.

D- This is, in my opinion, one of the better macros. I will drink this again.

Photo of PabstMan252
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old favorite of the 70's. I continue to enjoy the aroma and look of the exceptional head piece with every pour. I know that everyone is probably laughing as they read this however this is one delicious summer brew. Once you open the beer quickly smell and enjoy the aroma as it reaches out to tease your taste buds. It is light in color with wonderful carbonation that rises from the depth of the glass as you enjoy each taste . There is no bitterness to this brew and it offers no aftertaste.
Look and enjoy before you take that first taste of the old favorite PBR!

Photo of DmanGTR
2.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first beer in Philadelphia was.... a PBR?!
Went to my friend's place to help him move in and when we were done, he hands me a can of PBR... never seen it, never heard of it. Poured a transparent straw yellow with a bubbly 2" white head that didn't die immediately. Cool. Smelled of corn, some amber malts, and a tiny dab of hops. Cooked veggies and sulfur? Hmm... I took a small sip. Eh, why does this taste like a Blue Light or a Coors Light to me? I didn't particularly enjoy the rest of it but it definitely does the job quenching your thirst. Heck, with a cheap 30 pack maybe it'll be some good pong beer.

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,745 ratings.