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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
68
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4,475 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,475
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 393 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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2.6/5  rDev -11.6%

Peanutbutterthumb, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Neehan
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale, light, straw-colored with virtually no head. Shades of carbonation. A sweet, grassy smell and taste. Complexity is the last thing this offers, which leads to a subtle smoothness. Not the most highly pleasant sour aftertaste remains in the mouth, which is a strange blend between that and the carbonation.

Neehan, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Portertime
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah yes, good old dollar-a-can PBRs. The cheapest beer you can find in a bar. I didn't bother pouring this one into anything just chugged it from the can. Tastes like any other mass produced lager. Drink it with your buddies and don't forget to tip your bartender for having to get you so many!

Portertime, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of shererjt
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an effervescent yellow clear with moderate carbonation and an average head. Aroma was strongly like cooked corn. Not awful, but not your normal hops and malt either. Possibly some astringency as well. Body was light-to-medium. Some malt there and leans to the sweet side. Mostly corn flavor; not bad but not what I'd call a great beer, either. Mouthfeel was okay; nothing to write home about.

Really not a bad beer, and pretty good by macro standards. I'd prefer High Life or Schlitz, but would do nicely in a pinch.

shererjt, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of riversider76
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden. Fluffy head quickly disappears. Not much lace,but lots of bubbles.Smell is of light malt. Body is light and carbonated.Taste is sweet with a hint of hop. This beer is by no means offensive,and it's cheep. I'm sure that's why the college kid's love it!

riversider76, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of xnicknj
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Clear golden yellow with a fading think head which leaves plenty of spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Steely and grassy with fading hops

T - Somewhat bitter hops with grassy tendencies. Run-of-the-mill malt attempts to break through, leading to a steely, citrus zest finish.

M - Medium body, although most of the beer tasted like the inside of a can.

D - Smoother than most beers of the same style.

PBR is my favorite adjunct lager. End.

xnicknj, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of beerbill
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't really put my finger on it, but there is something off with this beer. The taste is just odd, and I can't exactly say why. It is not as rough going down as say, natural ice, but it is a far cry from most other pilsner beers. I picked it for two reasons. One, I wanted to get another review under my belt. Two, it's cheap. 11 dollars for a 30 pack is a good deal, but I would drink strohs first.

beerbill, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I say about the PBR. It always fits the mood. Pours golden yellow in color with a small white head that does not last at all. There is no smell that I can pick up. The tast is small, short and crisp. Smooth with a touch of creamyness that you can't find any where else. I like it and I keep going back to it.

Red, white and blue. You can't go wrong.

CharlesRiver, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of snpub540
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Have them on tap at work for $2.50 so why not?

Came a pale yellow with almost no head at all. Very fizzy.

Smelled of grains but most notably corn.

Taste was of rice and cereal grains, slightly dry bitter finish.

Was a thin bodied beer with alot of carbonation. I could put alot of them down though with out feeling them.

snpub540, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of aaronxsubaru
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, its PBR. its not very good but thats not why you buy it. since i'm pretty sure everyone has had this or knows someone who has, all i'll add is i prefer high life for the price point. Something in the flavor just didn't apeal to me, perhaps i'll try this on tap one day and see if its any better. but for the can.... don't bother trying.

aaronxsubaru, Jul 19, 2009
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into pint glass.

poured second half vigorously to arise a good head. pours two finger snow white head with moderate, slippery lacing. crystal clear champagne color into a sparkling pale yellow with gold tint.

smells of straw, rice, and hops. rainy forest day aroma.

not much to note on taste here. tastes like water, hops, and barley.

crisp, clean on-bringing to quick, watery finish.

heineken? fuck heineken. PABST BLUE RIBBON!

thatruth, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation, the classic 12 ounce can with the recognizable Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. Pours a faint yellow, thin head which quickly disappears. Slight husky and corn aroma, but was very difficult to detect. A little malt and somewhat of a grassy or hay taste. Very light body. Pleasant to drink based on the undetectable adjuncts, I won't let the six pack go to waste, but still only slightly above average. PBR is difficult to find in eastern S.D., no joke!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of Jesse13713
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Two fingers of head atop a clear musty yellow lager. Very transparent and a dirty golden look to it. Decent lacing.

Smell - Light floral notes and hops here. Not much else going on.

Taste - Strong hints of banana. Quite watered down but surprisingly tasty hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied. A very crisp and refreshing taste. Not bad for an American Adjunct Lager. I would prefer Molson Canadian over this, but it is still decent.

Jesse13713, Feb 28, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

App: Large white head sits upon a pale straw body. Looks to have huge carbonation, but the head doesn't stay long.

Smell: Ligh corny smell, maybe a note of hops. There's a sharp smell too, like funky yeast, but it's all light despite not being very attractive.

Taste: Very corn based in sweetness, like it was brewed entirely with corn. A little yeast biproduct in the taste that I try not to smell as I take a sip.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boring.. but at least it's crisp.

Drinkability: This could be drinkable if it was less funny tasting, but it's not very drinkable even for a macro lager, becuase it tastes funny.

dbalsock, Jan 28, 2008
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out an typical macro straw color with a small white head.

Smell. I think it is quite neutral. small nuttiness to it.

Taste. Small sweet maltiness to it. i get no hop presence. good for what it's going for. aftertaste is sweeter.

Mouthfeel is ok. decent carbonation, body is average for the style, light.

Overall, it's one of those cheaper beers worth getting over miller light (milwakee and all). For cheap beers, i'd prefer Shlitz anyday, but i know a lot of people loving this. good for them.

acrawf6, Jun 16, 2006
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

88 cents for a pint can, not bad price for macro stuff. Pours a piss yellow, smells quite grainy and sweet. Tastes sweet with an unusual citrusy flavor but it's kind of weak. Mouthfeel is watery as normal for macros i've had. Very drinkable as this is supposed to be for a mass market. It won't win any awards except best in redneck category!!

Manosbeeroffate, Mar 10, 2006
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a bad super-cheap beer on tap. it tasted nice and fresh to me. color was straw straw straw. little head. smell was slightly metallic, but not awful. taste was decent. little evidence of adjunctiness. some slight slight hop bite in it, and some pale maltiness that comes through. not a lot of flavor, but what is there isn't offensive at all.
very drinkable cheapo beer. won't ruin your tastebuds or wallet. now as for the trendiness....go figure.

vitesse, Jul 07, 2003
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Beer Drinkers` Tavern in Philadelphia, PA.
At the BDT, you have 2 options when you buy a PBR, you can pay $2 and open to can yourself or you can pay $1 and the bartender will proceed to puncture a hole in the side of the can for you to shotgun the beer. As I was with a group, we all chose the latter option.
Light, clear, small head.
The smell is decent but lacks depth.
The taste is a little bitter, with some grains bouncing around the mouth.
MF is so-so, nothing really stands out.
The drinkability gets an average since this is what it is: a decent tasting, inexpensive lager. With one of the longer histories of a U.S. Lager, it is neat to drink the beer that your great grand dad probably had a few times.

mltobin, Dec 30, 2007
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light golden-yellow color. Very clear, and with an airy white head that turns into a lace. Laces the glass a bit too.

Smell: Light malt aroma with some grains (including a slight bit of corn). Slight metallic accent.

Taste: Malts and grains infused with metallic flavors. Generic and not bad, but way less than impressive.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied with ultra-minimal carbonation. Rather smooth, however.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; no problems here. Goes down fine, though it can get a tad boring.

One of the more decent of widely available American macro-lagers; nothing objectionable, but far from impressive. More affordable than BMC too. But not something to even consider getting for enjoyment at home.

mithrascruor, May 27, 2007
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head or lacing with this one. Clear golden body. Neither interesting or exciting. Aroma is mild and mosty smells of fresh picked sweet corn. Some light malt. Flavor is more on the malt side and less on the sweet corn side. Light body and medium to high carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable but not a good beer.

kylehay2004, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Vengeance526
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow golden color with a small sudsy white head that fades away quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smells of corn husk and sugar but not a very pronounced aroma so its not too offensive.

Tastes of sweet corn with some light grassy notes, but is realyy watered down. Again the taste is very lightly evident, almost like drinking water so at least its not horible, just neutral.

Light bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall, pretty inoffensive and makes for a good cheap guzzler on a hot day.

Vengeance526, Aug 18, 2009
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2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

By far my favorite of the American "swill" beers. I personally try to support smaller beers in favor of bud, miller, coors, if I am going to be drinking that style. Pabst is the transparent golden color that is typical of an American macro. The taste is smooth, with a little bite at the end. Nothing particularly special about this one, but it is easy to drink and a perfect alternative to most macros if the occassion should necessitate drinking them.

bigjohn, Mar 09, 2004
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2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roommate paid: $15 even for a 30 pack of cans...

The appearence of this beer is pretty standard: A clear golden base with a medium semi-fluffy head with signs of lacing and average retention. The aroma is of typical American macro-quality - yeast & corn mixture... eh

The taste is alright but not even into average level. It isn't bad however so a 2.5 is what it gets... The mouthfeel is pretty decent and the beers' best quality in the 5-point scale. The drinkability is average... folks it's PBR, a decent beer, the best macro beer in America...

Final Thought: This is the second best beer for price per quality (Honey Brown), definately a session beer when taste is irrelevant to your state of drunkeness...

mobyfann, Oct 01, 2004
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2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

PBR from a can, the way it's meant to be...

This is of late the "hipster cheap beer of choice" for some reason. Honestly, the only thing I can think of is that Pabst is not one of the big 3, and so the perception that this beer is more underground, less appreciated, even craft, is prevalent.

I really don't get it. PBR is HUGE compared to craft standards, and in the flavor department it is no better than any other American Adjunct Lager. In fact, I think I'd rather have a regular old Budweiser over this...

Smells like an AAL, typical beery bitterness - watered down barley or rice... whatever it is - and nearly no hops.

The taste is watery. Bitter, but not hoppy in any way. Doughy, like semi-sour, soggy Wonderbread.

Very light bodied and tons of carbonation. A few of these would give me heartburn.

Extremely drinkable if you like this kind of thing. But I see myself reaching for a coke, or water, over this if I'm paying to be honest. Sorry to offend the hipster crowd, but this kind of beer is the whole reason I got into craft - so I'd never have to taste beer like this again...

Spider889, Sep 07, 2010
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2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had Bottle at the Map Room Bar in Cleveland

Poured into Pint Glass

a: light straw color fair amount of caronation. Little Head that reduces very quicly

s: smells ok, malt not much hops. One of the better smelling macros

t: not as watered down as other macros. Nothing that stands out too much in my mind, just a average solid beer that is better than Bud or MGD.

m&d: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink and a great session beer. A good choice over the other BMC crap.

UDbeernut, Sep 25, 2009
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,475 ratings.