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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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BA SCORE
68
poor

4,295 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,295
Reviews: 1,497
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 29
Gots: 326 | 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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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-08-2013 22:10:44 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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MindEyeSight

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

07-08-2013 20:06:08 | More by MindEyeSight
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BeerZack

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

07-08-2013 09:10:36 | More by BeerZack
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Aeag4

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

07-08-2013 04:07:09 | More by Aeag4
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neckbeered

Montana

1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

07-07-2013 21:52:10 | More by neckbeered
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GABrew

Georgia

3/5  rDev +2%

07-07-2013 21:46:43 | More by GABrew
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +2%

07-07-2013 21:11:54 | More by ummswimmin
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Ingjald

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -15%

07-07-2013 19:25:34 | More by Ingjald
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Arcman

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-07-2013 18:39:39 | More by Arcman
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Sunrays

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

07-07-2013 17:43:40 | More by Sunrays
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ohyayitstrey

Oklahoma

2.5/5  rDev -15%

07-07-2013 05:25:11 | More by ohyayitstrey
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

07-07-2013 04:19:03 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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BeerOps

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-07-2013 00:47:47 | More by BeerOps
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chuckwagonrocks

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +34.4%

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!

07-06-2013 22:02:59 | More by chuckwagonrocks
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orion320

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-06-2013 19:59:35 | More by orion320
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Eric908

South Dakota

3/5  rDev +2%

07-06-2013 00:17:28 | More by Eric908
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CaverDave

New York

2.5/5  rDev -15%

07-05-2013 22:24:36 | More by CaverDave
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Holland

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-05-2013 22:21:46 | More by Holland
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Mister_Falcon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

07-05-2013 21:25:52 | More by Mister_Falcon
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Anacross

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -15%

07-05-2013 19:08:32 | More by Anacross
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Jacob007

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

07-04-2013 13:05:17 | More by Jacob007
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erialbill

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

07-04-2013 12:40:33 | More by erialbill
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +2%

07-04-2013 12:02:03 | More by jbarletto
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BogBoyJD

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +19%

07-04-2013 08:25:53 | More by BogBoyJD
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Auraan

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

07-04-2013 06:30:22 | More by Auraan
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,295 ratings.