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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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1,639 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,639
Hads: 5,210
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 44.19%
Wants: 62
Gots: 1,013 | FT: 2
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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 badbeer
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw sort of color with a quickly dissipating head leaving no lace, bubbles flying up from the bottom. Mostly a grain smell, pretty clean, with a hint of floralness. Grainy in taste, but not in a bad way, a little bit of corn, and only a touch of hops. Taste almost dances on your tongue with the amount of carbonation. I imagine this as a great beer with many different foods. Higher carbonation, but seems to be a nice addition to this one. Light to medium body, I expected very light body, but having a little something there is nice. I usually don't save any room for macro's in my fridge, but I may be able to squeeze a little room for this. Seems like this would be good for many occasions, BBQ, lawnmowing, fishing, just being out and about and just wanting something simple.

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Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. It has a very pale straw color with a minimal head which is a bit of a surpise considering how most macros pour. No lacing noticed. On the second beer pour I was more aggresive and a small white head formed but still not impressive.

Take a whiff and what is this? Hops? Can it be? Sure enough a faint floral hop aroma is evident. I am sure there is an abundance of adjuncts in this beer but it is nicely covered up by the hops. By far the best macro I have smelled.

The taste is also quit remarkable for a macro. A slight sweet malt and hoppiness on the finish. But unfortunately this all is spoiled by a corn aftertaste. It is light bodied and carbonation isn't out of control. Goes down easily. I think this is a nicely done macro. Between PBR and Grain Belt I might have to go with PBR because of the slightly lower cost if I had to choose.

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Photo of cannon800
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the go to beer for American Adjunct Lagers. Skip the hype. Compared to others in this class this is the one that has the semblance of taste for those long, inexpensive sessions.

In this class, you are not seeking anything outstanding in appearance or mouthfeel, which is right where this beer come in.

The slightly bitter taste and mild graininess makes this several steps above carbonated water.

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Photo of DanielCrow
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you want a cheap, refreshing beer that doesn't taste like it was already drank once.. PBR is your go-to. Don't let hipsters ruin it. It's the drinkable alternative to B Light and Miller.

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Photo of foogerd
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden yellow body, nice foamy head webbed lacing, classic.

S- Grain and slightly offensive smell of metallics.

T- Crispy fresh hops bite at your tongue, malty straw balance.

M- Good solid mouthfeel, exactly how it should feel.

D- Tasty and drinkable this is Lager how it should be.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, with a pretty good head for an adjunct.
S- Smell is of grain, some corn. Pretty clean and inoffensive, but in the case of an AAL, that is a plus.
T- Corn, grain, and some floral hops. There is none of that DMS presence when on tap as the increased carbonation presence scrubs the bad flavors away it seems.
M- Full bodied, as far as AAL's go. High carbonation for style especially being on tap.
O- It is made for the long nights of indulgence. This beer is head and shoulders my favorite macro AAL. It is actually a beer I regularly purchase when I am too tired to deal with complex beers.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden with a small white had that leaves behind heavy foam.

Smell: Sweet malt and some adjunct, with light but noticeable hops.

Taste: Begins grainy and sweet with hints of corn, then a pilsnereasque hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Definitely a better choice than the "big three" macros. A simple beer with good character.

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Photo of mnrider
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Clear golden yellow. Small white head which goes down to nothing with really no lacing. Color is it's strong point.

S: Grain hops with faint malts. A little watery but nice and sweet.

T/M: Grainy. Hint of malts. Smooth with good crispness. Not bitter but a little dry. Not too bad.

D: For what it is IMO it is the best. Smooth good taste and very refreshing. I'll continue to buy. No other mass produced brew can compete.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of erikm25
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of sbe1
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic cheap American beer unfortunately turned into a hipster prop.

Appearance: Very clear light gold color with a big sudsy white head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Not very strong sweet malt with some dusty graininess, faint hops, mostly clean.

Taste: Malt and corn sweetness, some light hop bitterness, a very faint touch of acridness on the tip of the tongue for a moment, a dry-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, clean and refreshing with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the best of the cheapo American beers, along with Miller High Life (though PBR is way better than MHL), but Schlitz still takes the crown.

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Photo of SargeC
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had not seen this in a bottle for a long time.

Appearance: Clear gold brew with an adequate, white head.

Smell: Malt presence, corn and a slight hint of hops.

Taste: Decent malt presence with a slight bitterness and a corn aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Satisfying smoothness.

Drinkablity: Solidly drinkable American brew. Drinking one of these is a comforting as entering the city limits of your hometown after being gone for years.

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Photo of beerera4
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 12 pack of cans at Majestic Liquors in Dallas...Cheap

A: I can't say much about the appearance since I pounded it right out of the can.

S: Smelled like your average macro. Maybe a little burnt corn.

T: Ok this stuff tastes great. I was very impressed. It had an american adjunct lager taste but I actually tasted a little bit of alcohol at the end. Extremely refreshing for summertime. I'm not a macro guy but when I drink them I am a miller lite guy but this blows it away. I will be buying this instead when possible.

M: Smooth

D: I can pound this stuff. Drinkability is high. One problem...It gave me some really bad gas. Anyone ever have this problem?

Overall: Great, cheap evreryday beer especially in this economy. Look forward to putting a few back tonight.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drink by: Who Cares... poured into a white wine glass for "science"*

A- Yellow honeysuckle body with a two-finger head that comes to a crown rather quickly. Moderate lacing. Looks great to be honest.

S- Corn, white bread, and faint hops. Slightly Eurotrash. Reminiscent of that American hipster that swears she lived in Germany until she was 3. Pretty legit nonetheless.

T- Pretty much the same with some mild cucumber, kumquat, and earthy hops. ( Honestly, this is as serious as Herpes... & I'm not talking Simplex B. If you're upset you can go cry to your mom about that cold sore)

F- Front row of a Lynard Skynard concert piss drunk. Jesus is the frontman and you're sitting back like Keith Richards. Lively, yet slick. Cool, calm and collected.

O- Life's a Garden, Dig It. Get a PBR & make it work for ya.

*I'm lazy and didn't feel like getting another drinking vessel, but this actually made the experience all the better. Stay classy.

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Photo of PABSTPUSHER
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pabst Blue Ribbon Should hold the title still for best "American Style Lager". No, its never going to be the best beer in the world, but it beats out anything that Anheiser has to offer. its like most of the reviews say, its a great go-too for gathering around the fire, hunting, fishing, camping, sporting events. its refreshment level is high in my opinion. its a good beer after a hard days work. if im not drinking a nicer porter or stout, or if im just hanging out with some buddies, its pabst we reach for. its cheap and easy. Pabst also sits nice with a large crowd because its a beer that has ceased to bombard you with selfless advertising. In that sense its almost a "lifestlye" beer.

Pabst has a weak flavor, but just enough that when combined with its good amount of carbonation, gives you something that is easy to palette, easy to drink, and easy to finish. its like the student who always gets "C"s. never failing, but never really never going above and beyond. In that sense its dependable.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A perfectly clear pale yellow. A tall, fluffy, foamy white head with solid retention and some good lacing for a macro.

S: A mild grainy malt aroma, with some grassy hop hints. And...not much else. Quite clean, with the classic "beer" scent, for what it's worth.

T: Quite grainy overall, providing a nice flavor. Hops are grassy/herbal and as expected, they are rather light, although they are reasonably apparent for the style. Another touch of astringent grains and some corny sweetness into the finish.

M: Fairly crisp and somewhat dry. Quite clean, with a slight touch of astringency into the finish.

D: What can I say? I like this beer. It's very clean and has a grainy, somewhat rugged character for such a mainstream beer. Every time I try to hate on PBR, I just can't make myself do it.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance; clear pale yellow with active carbonation and a nice white head theat dissipates to a thick film, leaving no lacing.

smell; some metallic, bitter hops with a solid malty backbone with a hint of sweet corn.

taste; not bad, pretty watery at first but some slick hops pop up, a little bit grainy with a solid malt finish. Some sweeter notes of corn in there blend nicely with the malts.

mouthfeel; very smooth and drinkable with a crisp finish. Cleanses the palate leaving little to no residual feeling on the palate.

overall; I must start by saying that I don't care much for this beer but considering the style, I am more than impressed...

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a weizen glass yields a light, bright golden clear body, 3+ fingers of creamy head that retains at a sheet and leaves patchy lacing.

Smells lightly malty with a touch of hops.

Smooth and crisp with a nice sweet grainy character, tangy sweet corn, and a touch of bitter citrus hops.Dry finish.

Plenty of carbonation but not overpowering. Nothing astounding, but not bad at all.

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Photo of jimboween
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

hello: ah, pbr! it's just one of those things. this is the beer you conspire with when you do bad things on a friday night. this is the beer you lose track of how many you've had because the 16oz. cans are only two bucks. this beer is as much a drinking buddy as your actual drinking buddies are. its not trying for world class, its trying for honesty. this beer is no ferrari, but it is a totally sweet jeep.

appearance: nothing special, just golden ameri-beer. but it's got great cans, so i gave it a 5.0 anyway.

smell: hay? kinda skunk? meh, im not here to sniff it, im here to drink it.

taste: the first impression is just like the smell, kind of hay-ish. the middle of the taste has the tiniest kick of hops to midtounge. and the finale dries right off the back of your mouth. not a loud talker, just inofensive beery refreshment.

mouthfeel: could drink it forever. smooth as a lake in the morning. not a trace of stickiness.

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Photo of StAnthony
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listen--this isn't a great beer. BUT, it is the best of its breed. American Macro Lagers are expected to be light-colored and virtually flavorless, with little-to-no hop aroma. And this dive-bar classic does it without making you feel like you're drinking a Men's-Room Special. The body is slightly more full, more malt-driven than your Bud or Miller varieties, and it delivers a surprisingly complex (albeit slight), clean, almost-citrus like finsh that at least gives you some indication that you've just taken a sip of something other than water. Add in the nostalgia factor (which is no small part) and you're looking at a classic American brew that definitely has a time and a place to be enjoyed. Appreciate it for what it is, my friends.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden hue with a good amount of head that eventually completely disappeared. Smelled of corn and grain with a sweet scent. Tasted slightly sweet with hints of corn and grain. However as far as cheaper beer goes this is the best I have had so far.

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Photo of akk101
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz can. Drank from can just as a beer like this should be consumed. Decided to try it out to see what the hipsters find so appealing about it. Labeling is traditional american lager styling. Smell was very faint; what I did pick up was just like what any other adjunct lager smells like. Typical beer flavored water taste. Not as much corn in the flavor as some of the other cheap lagers out there. Lots of carbonation. overall refreshing if you drink it as cold as possible. Hardly any flavor. A good choice if you are looking for something cheap, fizzy, low abv, and don't want strong flavor.

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Photo of mschind
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't drink this style much anymore but this was the one I grew up with in WI. Most folks in my family had a case of shorties around.

A- Clear bright straw color with a two finger foamy white head that leaves a little coating before quickly disappearing.

S- Grainy corn and mild grassy hops. Not much depth.

T-Clean mild malt. Bland and undemanding.

M- Fizzy, watery and light boidied.

O- This is exactly what it is supposed to be. I don't think I care to do enough comparisons to determine if this is the best of the style. As a homebrewer I know how difficult it is to consistently produce a clean light lager. Taste is good and it goes down easy.

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Photo of chrishart74
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. pours a light yellow. Little head that dissipates quickly much like mine.

S. Nothing much to mention here. A bit of the the normal adjunct smells such as corn and sweetness.

T. Ahh. Crazy as it may sound, I find an unmistakable taste of blueberries which works well as a foil to its other cousins.

M. Absolutely nothing to complain about. Carbonation is a bit high if anything.

D. I have to admit that this is one of the most drinkable beers of all time.

complex - no. However, a clear win in domestic adjuncts!

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Photo of Damian
3.64/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Bull McCabe's, Somerville, MA
Served in a tumbler

Crystal clear and golden yellow in appearance. A steady stream of bubbles ascended to the top of the liquid. The beer was topped by a thin yet remarkably resilient film of bubbly, bright white froth.

The nose was very mild. Slightly skunky initially. Dry, powdery, yeasty notes were detectible. A touch of lemony crispness came through as well.

The flavor profile was much fuller than the nose. Sweet, bubblegum-like notes appeared on the front end. A decent amount of lemony tartness was also noticeable. The finish was clean and refreshing and contained a touch of earthy, bittering hops.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Medium to full bodied for the style. A fine, zippy effervescence lent the beer a smooth, supple creaminess.

For an American adjunct lager, PBR is a pretty solid beer. With no glaring flaws and a fairly robust flavor profile for the style, this beer sure beats the crap out of Bud, Miller and Coors.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.64/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a little bit of head and lots of bubbles. This beer doesnt smell like a whole lot but it does have a little bit of taste. Fairly sweet tasting, loads of corn perhaps? It has no bit at all and the boozy taste is also fairly well hidden. Definitely one of the premier macros out there. Not really that offensive.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.