Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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

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Reviews: 1,588
Hads: 5,009
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 55
Gots: 828 | 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 Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.44/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

"Heineken! F**k that sh*t! Pabst! Blue! Ribbon!"

Yeah, I sometimes like to drink the beer of Frank Booth. It's nice to see that it's gaining in popularity again. It's cheap. It's not good beer. In fact, it is really bad beer. But it's cheap. And there's a pop culture cult thing going on with it, hence the Blue Velvet reference. You get about halfway through the can and it starts to change. Suddenly it's not half bad! I really kinda like this stuff! And a friend nearby says, "That's because your taste buds are desensitized. Keep drinking, buddy."

And I do. (576 characters)

Photo of Brevitz
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Pabst is often knocked for being a cheap beer only suitable for college Keg parties or cheap rounds at the bar. That said, it is, in my opinion, the best of any major domestic lagers. Definite hint of hoppiness, a little sweet with out any overpowering flavors. Smooth with a strong finish. By far my favorite domestic beer (323 characters)

Photo of hughbert
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Not bad at all for what it is. Seems like low scores are because they think this is a kobe fillet and its really top ramen. When rated as it is a 5-7 dollar 12 pack type of beer it has decent flovor aroma if kinda off putting but whos sniffing there pbr anyway. (261 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I broke down and after more years than I care to recall picked up a 12 pack of cans for nostalgia reasons. I poured it ice cold into an hour glass type glass

The beer has a very light straw color with a surprisingly good amount of head retention. The smell was very neutral with just a hint of grains. The taste was also quite neutral with some grains and just a hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel was good and the finish crisp and quite refreshing after a round of golf. It goes down good.

Overall I was generally impressed with the beer and it will probably see my garage refrigerator again, especially if I can pick it up at a good price. (648 characters)

Photo of anchie
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Musty barley odor. Clear yellow with 1 inch head, dissipates moderately. Corn, barely and hint of sweetness. Would not buy again. Stereotypical comment: you get what you pay for. (180 characters)

Photo of dar482
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

The beer comes in a light crystal clear golden color.

There is not much of an aroma, which is good to avoid offensive adjunct lager qualities. Sweet grain, corn, and musty hops.

The flavor is sweet corn, grainy cereal malt. The beer has a decent bready malt backbone that makes it arguably more significant of a brew than Bud, Miller, Coors. (343 characters)

Photo of DrunkEnTraining
2/5  rDev -35.1%

If you are a poor alcoholic then this is the beer for you. Between the affordable price, the decent alcohol content and the lack of flavor you can drink a lot of these with relative ease. (187 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4/5  rDev +29.9%

9-6-14. Can. Pilsner glass.
A: Pours a pale gold with 3 fingers white rocky head. Fades to 1/4" grayish white foam. Decent lacing.
S: Grainy. Surprisingly clean. Little hop presence to speak of.
T: Almost nothing. Mild, fizzy arrival; slight sweetness across mid-palate. Clean, dry, slightly bitter finish. Mild, funky adjunct taste after it warms up.
M: Light-to-mid bodied. Not overwhelming carbonation (surprisingly).
O: This is a perfect American Adjunct Lager. It surprised me to remember how little flavor these have. But it serves its purpose very well; affordable, refreshing, pairs outstandingly with food. The category is dull, but this beer shines. (671 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head. The smell is faint but I do get some grain and mild hops aromas. The taste is clean, yet not a whole lot there. For a beer priced very cheaply it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. (230 characters)

Photo of 8BaconBits
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

24 oz can

It's perception seems to be worse than it is. Went in with really low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Probably won't get it often, but it's decent.

Tastes more like "it's hot out" than a "I need a drink with flavor." (241 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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. (445 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%

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 (3.26) : 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. (1,774 characters)

Photo of MWilcox20
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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 (273 characters)

Photo of SkullFission
5/5  rDev +62.3%

Reviewed for what it is, this is perfect. It's the best American adjunct by far in my opinion; far beyond Bud and its ilk. It's nothing when compared to craft beers, of course, but at $3.19 per 4-pack of 16 oz. tall boys, this is my go-to when I want to get messed up for cheap (cough cough I mean it's a great session beer). Perceptible hops, an okay malt body, and no gross aftertaste make this an excellent offering for the price, considering otherwise you'd be looking at Steel Reserve or something like that. (514 characters)

Photo of absoluteze
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

I find this beer to be surprisngly good for it's price. The first time I was introduced to it was at a poolside beach bar in Daytona Beach for $2 for a 16 oz. can. Amazingly it wasn't half bad!. I ordered several that day since it was hot and a cheap high.

Would i trade it for a better beer? Of course not! But for the money spent and the nice cold beer at the beach factor it was money well spent.

This is now my "go to" beer when I want something quick, cheap, and refreshing! (481 characters)

Photo of SoulFroosh
5/5  rDev +62.3%

Definitely the best AAL.
Runs rings around Budweiser yet remains cheaper.
It's the only AAL that has a crisp finish, no funky-off flavors.
Best drunken from the can or bottle.
If lack of money forces you to the adjunct section of the beer fridge, always go with PBR.

These kinds of beers need their own scaling system, reviewed in the context of what they are (cheaper alternatives to craft) My rating reflects my opinion of it within it's market. Also would be pretty cool to see this beer hitting the "okay" mark on BeerAdvocate (it deserves it)

Cheers (558 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
3/5  rDev -2.6%

With all the sentimental reviews, plus it's popularity amongst the trendy, I decided to buy a can. Poured it into a glass. It pours a nice clear straw color with a foamy head and has good lacing. It tastes better than most AALs. But. It's a tad on the light side for me. If it had a richer flavor, I would have bolstered my rating. (333 characters)

Photo of Dixcreek
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Ole PBR don't get much love. Overall one of the best of the old time Americans. Most people don't give it its due simply because of the stigma that has been placed upon this legend. Get it cold and its hard to beat Ain't no namby pamby beer for sure (250 characters)

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

Pabst Blue Ribbon. One of the most cheapest and popular beer on the market.

You have that corny smell. The smell is not offensive.

The taste is like the smell. But on the finish it's terrible. And the after taste is not that great at all. Maybe is because of the agent than sleeman put in their pabst but hey it's drinkable and this is one of the best economic beer on the market.

Would I recommend it ? Sure, for the price u can t go wrong with that. (454 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing light beer. Cheap readily available. Light hoppiness, herbal and sweet corn flavor is very pronounced but doesn't deter enjoyment of these beer. (155 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As this style goes, this is one of the best. While anything but complex, there is a decent hop-malt balance and a very drinkable, enjoyable texture. Not a bad beer at all. (171 characters)

Photo of rockidr4
3.51/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First of all, stop worrying that all the cool kids are going to call you a hipster. You're old enough to drink a beer, you're old enough to buck up, and stop worrying about such childish things. Did you do that? Cool. Now, go grab a case of this, and then go home, and watch some college football. I promise you, you won't be dissapointed. You're going to be thinking, "Hey, this beer is, if anything, completely inoffensive. It's just a beer," and you'll be right. Then, when you think about what you paid for it, when you could have paid more for Busch, Bud, or Miller, you'll be more pleased with yourself.

This is easily my favorite macro brew. It's not very sophisticated, and do you know what? That's okay sometimes. It's like when you eat kraft mac and cheese. You know you're not getting the best of the best, and that fine italian dining at a restaurant would be much tastier, but you can't watch cartoons in your underpants at the restaurant. Similarly, craft brews and college football just feels... off.

Furthermore, if I drink one of these during the games of the team I root for, they win everytime, 60% of the time, and that's definitely something I appreciate. (1,178 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Putrid, unpleasant, stale. All words that fit the bill for this one. The worst of the AAL pile in my opinion.

Would not seek out, purchase, or drink again. (156 characters)

Photo of Tom_the_bomb
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly full of character, and not like other American lagers. Much better - and plenty of history to boot ! I love the retro renewal - goes great with a sandwich, hot dog, at the ball park, picnic, Sunday afternoon on the driveway, whatever. Great stuff! (260 characters)

Photo of MikeI
3.89/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ok. This is not a top shelf beer. This stuff is cheap, corn-heavy adjunct lager. That being said, it's dang tasty when it's hot out, has a little more ABV than your run of the mill 3.2, and I love that when I bust one out, very few people swarm around to get their hands on one, making it an even better value! Pale yellow in color, It's got enough malty body to separate it from the miller/coors/bud barley pop, while still being easy to drink in quantity. No real discernible hoppiness, especially compared to my standard IPA/DIPA fare. Refreshing, but not a light beer. Taken for what it is, I believe it to be a great beer, when limited to class-comparison. I'm drinking one right now, as it's 85, sunny, and I'm grilling. Boom. (732 characters)

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