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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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

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3,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 3695
Reviews: 1466
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 24.41%

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:
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Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Smells kinda like cheap stale beer and water. A bit of a sweet and sour thing also. Pretty neutral flavor. A bit sweeter up front, but then a hit of sour/gross and a big bite of carbonation come in and scrub the palate to the finish. Stale beer, water and infected cider are the only flavor descriptors I can think of. Short, but not very pleasant finish keeps me cringing till the end. This one might actually be better in the glass than it is out of the can. So many beers in this category get away with just being inoffensive and flavorless, but PBR doesn't quite pull that off for me.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 09:10:36 | More by BeerZack
Photo of chuckwagonrocks

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Today's PBR is NOT the PBR I choked down on in my college years. It is by far one of the best domestic beers on the market. I can not say if they changed the brewing method but the taste or my taste buds have changed. The appearance is medium gold. Smell is slightly sweet. Taste is now lightly bitter ending with a mild sweetness. Overall, I would say a clean mild lager but lacking robustness of a full bodied lager say like a Foster's Lager. However, in my opinion surprisingly the best mass produced American beer. Bottoms up!

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 22:02:59 | More by chuckwagonrocks
Photo of Auraan


3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with a finger and a half white head that stuck around quite well for an AAL. Really, the appearance was quite nice, I can't really fault the beer there, especially rating to style. Scents of lager yeast, some slight malt and a lot of maize adjuncts. Standard to the style, nothing special, but nothing terrible like Corona or Coors. The taste followed the scent. Lager yeast, a slight hint of malt and a lot of maize. But it also had a decent amount of hop character for an AAL which kept it from being the sweet mess that many examples of the style gravitate towards. The mouthfeel was light bodied with high carbonation. A classic AAL, like the rest. Overall, despite the fact that it is indeed a swill AAL, and a cheap one at that, it tastes better than the more expensive Budweiser, Coors and Miller and beats it's price competition Rolling Rock by a wide margin. It's not a good beer, but it's also not terrible. I can see why the hipsters drink it like water.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 06:30:22 | More by Auraan
Photo of JordanHageman


4.1/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An enjoyable adjunct lager. About as American as they come. The biggest problem I have with Pabst Blue Ribbon is it's small window of life. Personally I feel like the beer if not cared for well will get skunky and gross quickly. Keep it cold. Very cold and you can enjoy it. I actually prefer it out of a bottle or on tap than a can. But if you don't have either then a can works fine.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 01:47:57 | More by JordanHageman
Photo of graphicsguy


3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I don't seek out or purchase pbr on a regular basis, it is easily my favorite of the mass produced offerings. It often finds its way into the hockey locker room for post game consumption and is always a welcome sight. Rather than trying to convert the group into craft beer lovers, and i have tried, I now prefer to succumb to the common ground that is PBR, and occasionally it is glorious.

Serving type: can

06-26-2013 17:50:27 | More by graphicsguy
Photo of longisland1983

New York

2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Want a good beer for a great price?

Bulls eye

This badboy offers light carbonation with a good soft taste

A good classic beer. Hardly a snell. But the smell is nasty. But the beet does deliver a good bold taste.

It is still weak and a bit soapy, but good to go

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:14:28 | More by longisland1983
Photo of paulytasker

New York

3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a Pint Glass.

A- Semi-Aggressive pour resulted in a dense, foamy, all white head that didn't stick around too long. Minimal lacing. "Straw" yellow brew with a ton of clarity, I can see right through glass with ease.

S- Unlike most AAL'S out there, the smell of graininess is rather clean and appealing. A little sweet but in a way I totally dig. The faintest bit of hops pokes through. When I picture what an AAL should smell like, I picture this.

T/M- Crisp with plenty of carbonation, perfect on a hot summer day. A little bit of Malts, a little bit of Hops, tie in quite well with the light graininess of this brew. The dry finish caps off what is a hell of an easy drinking and refreshing AAL.

O- In the overcrowded/underwhelming world of American Adjunct Lagers, PBR stands alone, in my opinion, as the ideal, mindless yet refreshing, just plain beer. Take them for what they are. My go to AAL.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 21:50:03 | More by paulytasker
Photo of aProtagonist


2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BG: Due primarily to the "hipness" of my friend group, I've drank a lot of these throughout college. I've never loved it, but I figured its popularity makes it worth a review. Poured from a can into my favorite Guinness pub glass.

Obtained from: Some shitty gas station near the outskirts of Atlanta, GA.

Appearance: Pours about three fingertip lengths head, pale yellow. Looks more appetizing than most beers in its class, but it isn't gonna win any awards in this area. 3.25

Smell: Smells like sweet corn...possibly malty? A hint of alcohol, which is ridiculous given the beer's low ABV. Again, not terrible, but isn't setting my world ablaze either. 2.75

Taste: Again, lots of sweetness, with a tiny bit of corn flavor near the end. It's thin, but it burns going down the throat. Not the greatest masking, but still decent. 3.25

Mouthfeel: Burns like crazy and has way too much carbonation. Almost sickly sweet. The cheap ingredients show here. 2.5

Overall: This is probably the most "average" beer I've ever had. If a friend gives me a choice between most macrobrews, this would win, but that's really not saying much. 3

Recommend? Depends on the situation. If you aren't hanging out with beer snobs, this is often the best you can do, I'm sorry to say. Also, if you're dead broke and hanging out in a shitty bar, buying this by the pitcher is the way to go. So, in short, don't seek it out, but don't reject it when it comes to you.

Serving type: can

06-17-2013 05:17:50 | More by aProtagonist
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2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great for the price..That's about it..

Smell: Very little smell of anything particular

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

For one of the cheapers beers to buy, its not bad, and does its job.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 23:13:24 | More by mcb1987
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1.91/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Whenever I go to a concert, this is the beer I drink. I'm always excited to give PBR one more chance as my favorite cheap beer, but it never impresses me. PBR is an extremely heavy beer and would not even consider it a session beer. I'd still rather drink Coors or RR for hours on end.

Serving type: can

06-13-2013 21:14:44 | More by ValpoExpo
Photo of Shaurya


2.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty good for the price.. Not much else to write home about..

Doesn't really have a distinct smell or anything.. but tastes malty.. hints of corn.

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

Much better than its similarly priced peers, like Bud, Coors, Natural etc.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 21:14:10 | More by Shaurya
Photo of KYGunner


2.74/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps the most pathetic, i.e. wimpy, beer I have ever witnessed. The color was golden fair enough, but the head was thin soapy and died quickly. Despite the bubbles that lined the glass, the beer gave a very stale, boring appearance.

The scent was relatively weak with some adjunct like qualities. Corny and metallic it was not particularly pleasant.

The taste was corny adjunct as well but it lost the metallic tone. It appeared to be well carbonated and gave an easy crisp feel. I had PBR in a can months ago and found it much better than this. I may try it again and reassess.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 01:01:37 | More by KYGunner
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: grass, straw, and adjuncts

Taste: corn, straw, and adjuncts

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, nice mix of sweet and bitter

Overall: Above average clean American adjunct lager..Probably better than Coors and Miller, but I still prefer Schaeffer or Bud in this style. A nice end of the night beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 14:39:41 | More by tigg924
Photo of ckollias


3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a thin white head.

S: Mostly grain, some malt, and a trace of hops.

T: Typical watered down grain beer with a little more flavor than your average American lager.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Classic American watered down lager just heads above the rest.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 14:42:35 | More by ckollias
Photo of mooseo


2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into a perfect pint glass.

A - Clear straw gold with a large fluffy, but short lived, white head. Lots of streaming bubbles.

S - Sweet malts, corn, slight grassy hops. Not offensive, but very subtle/neutral.

T - Bready malt, light toasted grain, corn syrup, and a hint of grassy hops. Overall rather sweet, but there is a faint hop bitterness that kicks in towards the finish.

M - Relatively smooth, very light body (but not as watery as other adjunct lagers). High carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O - This a decent 'bargain' lager that tends to beat out the other mainstream competitors. It's light on flavor with a thin body, but it's a great cheap year-round session beer to pick up when spending is tight.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 02:40:52 | More by mooseo
Photo of Beric


3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can, from the can (is there any other way to drink PBR?)
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: I had this one from the can, so I guess I'll just comment on the can. When you open this beer up, you see some nice fog and some bubbly head foam up before quickly dying down. The look of the can is fantastic- nice vintage marketing look.

Smell: Smells just like 'beer', but has some sweet notes to it (probably from the corn syrup that they use to make it).

Taste: The taste is better than the macros, but certainly nothing too notable. It's decent, and that's really that. It's too sweet for my tastes, but I imagine after drinking about three of these that the taste starts to get really good.

Mouthfeel: The feel of this beer is great- exactly what I would expect from an AAL. Light on the tongue and spritzy from the carbonation, this beer is certainly an easy drink, and wonderful on hot, muggy summer days.

Overall: This beer is a classic, but probably because of its enviable price point. I paid about 36 cents a can in a 30-pack, and there's really no beating that. For that sort of price, the beer tastes as good as one can expect. I would certainly buy this over BMC stuff in terms of actual flavor, since, though minimal, the flavor profile in this beer is notably more developed than something like Busch Light or Natty (as far as cheap beers go).

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 11:40:05 | More by Beric
Photo of biscuitsandbeer312


3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pabst Blue Ribbon is the beer for every season!! Pabst Blue Ribbon, keeps them pretty girls teasin..

Its just the all American classic, go to beer!! Anyone who hates is just trying to deny they like 30 rack beer.

PBR=All American Beer.

Not the beer you sip on and savor, but the beer you enjoy thoroughly doing just about everything!!


Serving type: can

05-31-2013 08:46:24 | More by biscuitsandbeer312
Photo of dazdave


3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Had this beer as part of a special glass deal. I think maybe i'm spending a dollar for the whole package. Honestly, i'm not terribly familiar with pbr except that it is the preferred bev of hipsters in my area. I've had it maybe 2-3x in my life and i don't recall getting headaches from it, so that's a plus..
Again a nice glass special is on at this bar. It's decent looking glass. $4 for a pitcher i think i saw too. Seems like prices from eons ago.
The bartender filled my glass with a solid amount of beer in a glass that resembles a can of pbr. Cute. I couldn't smell a whole lot since its a pale lager. The first taste was very nutty. Kind of a roasted malt flavor since the beer is so thin. Not much more to the beer than that. Any interesting flavors seem to wash right away. I feel the tail end of the beer is where one is left with the remnants of an adjunct beer. This makes one want to immediately take another sip to get that lovely nutty flavor back to kill the corniness. I can see why people like this beer the same way people like to have spas with cold water blasted at them followed by hot water. It seems its the battle between the the nutty and the icky that the people love.
For me, if the finish was better it would be an absolutely lovely beer. Its very thin and just not something i want to regularly seek out. I won't avoid it unless i end up with a headache tonight of course. We'll see.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 04:18:42 | More by dazdave
Photo of SpencerT


3.89/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer fits the style it was intended for. It is an easy drinking American Macro Lager beer. If I'm drinking this style this is one of the few I drink. Just because it's not $10 a 6er doesn't mean it's bad beer. I'm with the Bros on this one... Good Beer, not spectacular but I keep a 30 pack around.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 15:59:03 | More by SpencerT
Photo of Goat2Hunter


3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I had this in both a bottle and a can, and I must say, I was very impressed, its appearance is very fine looking, like you would expect a beer to be, smells like beer, good amount of hops present, taste is very good, especially for the price you would imagine this to taste like water, but it really doesn't, Pabst uses alot of hops, and very exotic ones at that, not like its an exotic beer, its taste like beer, but it is rather quirky tasting, damn good though. and mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, overall I think this is a good beer, and a beer's beer at that, they use alot of good ingredients in making it and I think it runs circles around its more expensive rivals like Budweiser, or Corona. I also believe if you dont like this you probably dont like beer, Everyone needs to try this beer, at least once in there life's

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 13:32:08 | More by Goat2Hunter
Photo of drmystery

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

all rating s are based on the style, in this case american adjunct lager, keep that in mind.

after needing a break from paying $8 per six pack of local craft beer (foothills hoppyum ipa..mmm) i went to the bmc section of the beer aisle and saw the typical bud, bud light, michelob ultra (which is hardly beer), natty, etc. then i saw pabst blue ribbon in a 6 pack-all the bmc's were in multipacks-for 5 dollars, thats ~84 cents a bottle and i thought thats a good deal for an adjunct lager thats not bmc.

i spent my 5 bucks and had me some pbr.

the appearance is typical of an adjunct lager-straw pissy yellow with snow white head, about average for this style of beer.

the smell is pretty average, malts and beer. zero hops.

taste is just malts and sweet corn syrup (pbrs adjunct), which is kind of good...i get that sweetness and kind of tang of corn syrup on the back of my throat which invites me to have more. however the lack of hops is to be expected, but its disappointing, this beer actually tastes good for an adjunct lager, and i was half hoping for some hops. i guess im just naiive.

mouthfeel-fizzy water, nothing too impressive, except for the goopy corns syrup on the back of the back of the throat, which i liked.

overall, this adjunct american lager is not bad. it has an interesting corn syrupy characteristic which i personally find enjoyable. obviously this beer isnt a craft beer and its not going to be loaded with hops-its a flavorful and enjoyable macro adjunct lager that i will drink again when the IPAs and pale ales get old. PBR is a refreshing and cheap way to enjoy a macro beer that has a little bit more going than the bmc's when you need a break from kickass craft beers. above average ratings in nearly all categories for this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 18:50:04 | More by drmystery
Photo of lancecenter


3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz can in to a Sam Adams pint glass.

A - pale yellow with about two fingers of head that dissipates pretty quick. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Not much going on here. A little bit of grass like most adjuncts.

T - Grassiness with a little bit of citrus.

M - Crisp, light mouthfeel.

O - Eh, I not bad for an adjunct.

Serving type: can

04-14-2013 05:41:54 | More by lancecenter
Photo of sajaffe1


3.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass

A- Brassy color, clear, bubbly with a good but short-lived head

S- Grains, namely corn and some barley, touch of grassy hops

T- A bit bland yet refreshing. Hints of hops and corn

M- Thin, but well carbonated

O- It is a decent budget beer and beats out many of the other major adjunct lagers.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 19:12:13 | More by sajaffe1
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New York

3.71/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought a single 24 oz can from Wegmans Calkins Rd on 4/9/13 for $ 1.29.

Poured into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: pale brass with a 2 finger white head. Some lacing.

aroma: hops and some baker's yeast?

mouthfeel: a little thin but not flat, decent carbonation.

taste: pale malt with a touch of hops.

notes: for an adjunct lager this is pretty good beer. Hell, it's just good beer. No wonder hipsters like it.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 23:49:35 | More by fx20736
Photo of JuicesFlowing


2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light golden straw color. A white head recedes to a film. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Metallic, yeasty, bready.

Taste: Slightly sweet, metallic, faint malted barley, yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated.

Overall: Hipsters like it, but to me it's not any better than any other adjunct lager. I guess I'm not cool enough :(

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 22:12:52 | More by JuicesFlowing
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