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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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4,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,407
Reviews: 1,514
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 372 | FT: 1
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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2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of August 26, 2013 printed on the side. I just couldn't resist the allure of seeing Pabst Blue Ribbon in bottles, $8.50 for a twelve pack.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of milky eggshell white fizz for a head, on top of a clear golden yellow colored body. Head thins to about a half finger and lingers for a few minutes of retention. Your typical American adjunct lager appearance.

S - Cooked grains and dusty malts; your usual boring adjunct beer smell. A bit of carbonation present, along with a hint of lemon / citrus twang, which isn't bad.

T - Taste follows the nose: cooked grains, corn kernels, dusty cheap barley, some artificial sweetness, and a hint of citrus lemongrass, which is obviously the most pleasing thing about this beer, considering most other adjuncts are too pitiful for even that much. Not bad for what it is.

M - Feel is grainy and dry. Light-bodied with ideal carbonation.

Overall, definitely one of the better cheap larger American adjuncts out there. Not world-class or wonderful by any means, but it is what it is, and it is well worth it considering how cheap it is. Ideal for a party or cookout or whatever, and will assuredly go well with BBQ on a hot summer day.

Pabst Blue Ribbon ---2.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jul 31, 2013
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1/5  rDev -66%

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2.09/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

So here it is good old fashion Pabst Blue Ribbon. So many people say it’s the best cheap beer out there, yet it has a horrible reputation even amongst college kids. Why the major dispute on this beer? I do not know, but I am about to find out. Enjoy!

Appearance- Literally, this is the definition of straw colored beer. PBR is highly carbonated with large carbonation bubbles sprinting to the head of the beer. This leads to my next point, the head. There was a one half finger head of foam that lasted merely seconds. I see zero lacing on the glass.

Smell- I get nothing but a grainy skunky smell off the first sniff. When diving deeper into it, I get a strong smell of grass as well as a crisp bite right in the nose. I assumed a much higher corn smell but it is only quite faint.

Taste- I really taste solely malt off of the first drink of PBR. It is really sweet right on the back end of the palate. With my second gulp I receive a hearty amount of rice and earthiness followed by a remaining malt presence.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body. It goes down very smooth but it does have a little more to it than most adjunct lagers. That being said, I think it has a high drink-ability in copious amounts.

Overall, NOT worth the hype. I guess maybe maybe better than like Miller and Coors but not by much. I think the overwhelming malt is a bad thing, but in this case at least it does have some flavor compared to other adjunct American lagers. Actually, I would only recommend it to get drunk off of, it is cheap and “high” in alcohol content compared to other beers of its sort. CHEERS!

Tr0janSlay3r, Jul 29, 2013
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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