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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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

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3,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 3715
Reviews: 1469
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of winomark


2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very pale straw color. Billowy white head that sticks around.

Aroma: Metallic, from the can. Some hops, nothing else.

Taste: Mild malt and hops, but bot much of either.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation that overpowers all (if any) other flavors.

Drinkability: A long-lost thirst-quencher from my past. Good to have around for guests who don't care what they are drinking.

Serving type: can

10-05-2003 00:36:40 | More by winomark
Photo of alexgash


2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Time to start hitting into the leftovers from the party we threw last friday. I remember seeing crushed Pabst Blue Ribbon cans at a 17000 foot pass in Tibet. In fact, PBR was definitely the most popular American beer in China (when I was there last summer). Anyways, poured a wispy straw color with a thin, cobweb-y head. Smelled of chex cereal, kinda sweet, with metallic hops. Stronger aromas than expected (not necessarily a good thing). Taste is, not surprisingly, of sweet cereal malts (maybe I should start drinking this for breakfast), fading unspectacularly into a rusty, mildly bitter finish. Not as watery as some macros, and pretty smooth going down, especially good for celebrating the installation of a new transmission on your camaro or 79 ford truck.

Serving type: can

09-22-2003 17:46:11 | More by alexgash
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – Not bad. The yellow body is a tad on the cloudy side. The head came up big and fell down with that volcanic style that looks so cool.

Smell – The grain aroma isn’t bad either. There’s nothing nasty in there, that’s for sure.

Taste – Typical American macro grain but heavy on the sweets. The fruit tastes like a weak type of orange syrup.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonation and even a tad refreshing.

Drinkability – The absence of anything offensive, and the big sweet flavor that masks the grain, makes this OK to drink.

Comments – I never drank PBR growing up (I was a Miller Man), so I don’t have any nostalgic attachments to this beer, but this isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I find it funny though, reading the label, that when deciding to advertise that the beer has won an award they had to go all the way back to 1893.

The good old American red, white, and blue makes it fun to look at, too. The wheat stalks climbing up each side are reminiscent of the print that the US Treasury used on the back of American pennies from 1909 to 1963 or ’64. Cool.

Update – I originally rated this in 2003 so thought I’d get a “fresh” 2006. The smell is definitely the worst part of this beer but otherwise it’s really not that bad in a white trashy kind of way. I stand by my rating: just shy of average for an Adjust Lager.

Serving type: can

09-09-2003 02:03:10 | More by RoyalT
Photo of johnrobe


3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With this beer experiencing a recent resurgence in popularity (especially around college campuses) I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Although not stellar in any department, I place this brew in the same company as Stroh's (my own cheap brew of choice in college) and Miller High Life....a step above most of what the big three macros have to offer, and a good quaffer on a hot summer day. The color is a pale straw yellow with a bright white head that disappears almost as quickly as it forms. The aroma is a bit grassy with grain and a touch of tea-like hops showing. It has a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with an above average degree of carbonation. Grain dominates the flavor but the hops are noticeable, although more would be nice. A bit of lightly sweet malt peeks through. The best thing about this brew compared to its macro brethren is a noticeably lower quotient of adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 21:30:49 | More by johnrobe
Photo of 99bottles


3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I first met PBR in high school. Although she wasn't my #1, she was my #1 when I was running low on $. For the money, this is as good as it gets. What else is in your neighborhood for the price? Natural Light, Milkwaukee's Best, Schlitz, etc.? One can't go wrong with the Ribbon, as it is enjoyed by everyone from jocks to punks to hillibillies. I hung out with a few guys who used to live across the street from a beer distributor in Pittsburgh. They would buy a few cases of pbr in the afternoon, drink them until they were gone/ it became dark, and then return to the distributor to pick up a few kegs of pbr. People love this beer. Anyway, enough reminiscing. I got a case the other day. The beer is somewhat thin, and has a certain sweetness to it. There are actually floral notes present which is something unheard of for cheap macros. The hopfeel is there, but you really have to have a palette to find it. The beer goes down smoothly and finsihes sweetly carbonated. I dont know what else to say about it. It's Pabst Blue Ribbon, It's an American beer that's not as bad as you would expect, and its cheap and loveable. Good to have on hand for barbeques and parties. My fave cheapo by far.

Serving type: can

07-24-2003 16:40:13 | More by 99bottles
Photo of Rumrunner


2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an American mainstream lager, not bad. Not great but not bad.

Pours a transparent gold. Too transparent. It looks like not much is going on.
It has a slight smell of some hops and fruit. A bit of a tang to the scent.

There is some floral flavor and a tiny bite of hops. The malt has a flavor I cannot detect but it does round out the flavors for balance. There is also a slight lemon finish with a dry crispness to end it all.

It drinks too soft and there is not much body. It has a better feel and flavor than many other macros out there but I do not get why it became a cult classic retro brew the last couple of years. I do have to say it is a lager I could enjoy served chilled on a hot day when an ale is just too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 08:25:31 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of daledeee


3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has turned into a cult favorite with the college students. I thought what the heck. My wife like it. Pours yellow, hard to get much head on it. A little sweet tasting with some hops. Not that bad. Easy to slam several down when you're used to drinking 8% beer all the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 23:59:09 | More by daledeee
Photo of PatandDavid


2.08/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, it was one of those nights when I decided: what the heck. Might as well see for myself what is up with this one.

Pale Golden in color, no head, which means no lacing. Overwhelming 'sweet' smell.

I thought it was basically tasteless, perhaps there was a refined 'grainy' taste. I thought I also detected a slight malty aftertaste.

What I really didn't like was the excessive carbonation. I think this is what people mean by the 'fizzy' in the oft-overused phrase 'fizzy yellow beer.'

While I wasn't impressed with this beer, I can honestly say it wasn't the worst beer ever. If you want tasteless yellow carbonation then go for it. I think the reason I can't say it was the worst ever, is that while it had no flavor, it also didn't have any strange off-tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2003 17:06:14 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of beerbill


2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 00:57:41 | More by beerbill
Photo of Indybeer


2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. What can I say, this poured a straw yellow color with no head to speak of. Typical aroma for a macro. As is the taste. Just another fizzy yellow beer. I didn't like this beer when I first had it as a teenager, and I figured I would try it again. Well it hasn't gotten any better.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 20:05:09 | More by Indybeer
Photo of Winter


3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta love the iconic Pabst Blue Ribbon logo with the diagonal red strip behind it on the can. There's something classic about it that withstands the test of time. Clear pale yellow with an airy white head that disappears after a minute or two. Plenty of carbonation visible. Unappealing aroma consists of grain and hops. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Taste has a grainy sweetness upfront, followed by a mild bitterness. Alcohol flavor becomes apparent as it starts to reach the middle - to back of the tongue. Finish starts off dry and then a weird adjunt flavor kicks in. Finally, you're left with a ghostly hint of the same grainy sweetness that was initially introduced upon the first taste of the beer.

Pabst is a great cheap lager. Nothing at all fancy about it, but the flavor is smooth and satisfying. $1 cans of Pabst used to be available (and still might be) at the BBC on North Ave for their Tuesday Burger specials. It's a fitting beer to consume with bar food or just to have on a hot day. A welcomed guest at any backyard summer BBQ.

Serving type: can

07-11-2003 18:41:28 | More by Winter
Photo of moulefrite


2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of this countries stellar cheap and good mass produced brews. The can ssssuuuuckssss-but, in the bottle, this fella can do you proud-especially if on a budget. The only problem is if you drink more than three, get ready for a headache that will take you back to high school in a hurry! Worth a retry, but I'm not going to strain to come up with more info as I think the beer would get mad at me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 18:14:58 | More by moulefrite
Photo of vitesse


2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2003 06:43:51 | More by vitesse
Photo of chilidog


2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was alittle short on cash, so I found a canned sixer for $3.29. I also liked the red-white-&-blue history of this brew, meaning its been around forever. It poured a pale yellow clear straw color with a white head that in some of cans disappeared to not even a film. Carbonation was not overdone, not fizzy. The taste was mild or bland. Not much in hop or malt taste to say anything overpowered this brew. It wasn't as crisp as I would like for a july lawnmower brew. Mouthfeel was not left to dry. Over-all an easy drink if you like a light body brew.

Serving type: can

07-03-2003 19:26:22 | More by chilidog
Photo of DESTRO


3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is cheap. dirt cheap. whenever i go skating, to the sand dunes, or i am doing yard work this is my beer. it tastes damn good, is light and crisp and is easy on the wallet. great for beating the las vegas heat and a great way to wash down bbq.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 23:41:34 | More by DESTRO
Photo of TheDM


1.43/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a small head of quickly disappearing fine to large sized white bubbles and a carbonated straw yellow body. It has a mild malt-hop aroma with a mild fizzy flavor of wheat and bread. It was smooth initially and had a lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:30:21 | More by TheDM
Photo of hotstuff


2.03/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured, this beer had a small white head that consisted of small bubbles that quickly diminished. There was good lacing with this brew and the body was clear and yellow in hue. It had a light malty aroma to it and it was bitter tasting from start to finish. This beer definitely lacks character as there is nothing special that I have to say about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 14:33:52 | More by hotstuff
Photo of rabidawg


3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is as close to the "beer" stereotype as beer can get. Golden straw color with a foamy, white head. Generous carbonation that spritzes the tongue. Minimal lacing and head retention. Grainy, husky adjunct smell, definite corn aroma. Soft smell that neither intrudes nor impresses. Sharp mouthfeel that softens as the carbonation settles into the corners of the mouth. Hay-like, sweet taste with a slightly dry finish.

I honestly believe this is a step above most macros. I know PBR has all the retro-hype going for it these days, but we used to drink this because it was the best inexpensive beer money could buy. Good, and at this price that's all you can expect.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 20:46:06 | More by rabidawg
Photo of Tballz420


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

This is a macro beer. That being said, its a pretty damn good one. Its a pale gold color, a bit of a head that goes away after a bit. There isnt much to the taste of this one, which is why it is one of my favorite macros, the lack of the shit taste is definately appealing. A nice beer to catch a buzz or more with.

Serving type: can

06-09-2003 13:30:36 | More by Tballz420
Photo of beerfan82


2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good beer when you wanting something cheap and okay. I recently went to a bar and this was better than Bud Light. It's one of the easier beers to drink. It goes down in a smooth taste, but that is about it. There is not much else to go home about with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 11:39:58 | More by beerfan82
Photo of BittRnessabounds


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

Quite simply this is the best I've been able to get for the price. PBR is far from being a great beer, but I love it anyway. When the occasion for a cheap American lager comes about, the only beer I'm interested in is PBR. No the light straw color, and the quickly dissipating head will not impress you, but once you've had a taste you have to admit that it is much better than most of the other options. You can actually taste a bit of hops! Some say there might be rice in there too, but I haven't tasted it like I have in others, i.e. Bud.

I just graduated from college, where there was an occasional need for a cheap session beer. Now that I'm out in the real world with no money, I will still stay loyal to good old PBR when I can't get my hands on a quality craft beer.

Serving type: can

05-29-2003 13:48:10 | More by BittRnessabounds
Photo of Elemental


3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer. I love drinkng it on a sunny day, while I am BBQ. I'm sure it would be nice to go spend more money on some IPA or something light but for the money this is a pretty good beer. Light and crisp taste with a almost citrus hint to it. Low on hops but who wants a really hoppy pilsner. As far as american pilsner go I would rank this in the top 3 for macrobreweries. Best enjoyed on a hot summer day while lounging in the sun.

Serving type: can

05-24-2003 00:56:35 | More by Elemental
Photo of 86MonteSS


2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I went into this one with high expectations (as per the article 'Shit Beer Grin'). I can't say it lived up but at the same time I can't say I was let down. PBR has whatever taste you imagine it to have. Ever seen 'Hook?' The 'lost boys' imagine their dinner and thus it is so. I wanted to imagine PBR as a great beer but it didn't happen. It's definitely a beer I could have had several of. But on the other hand, why not have something with a little more taste?

Altogether, my feelings are mixed. While PBR doesn't have any definitive taste, it's pretty drinkable. Only thing is, there are better tasting beers out there that are just as drinkable for the same price.

This beer has a legacy and it's too bad I was never able to experience the *real* Pabst Blue Ribbon. I've driven by the Pabst brewery a few times and it's quite a sight seeing those two big brass orbs from the highway. But hell, I gotta be honest and say that PBR was a disappointment. I could probably drink a case of this beer but that's only because the taste was 100% acceptable but 0% cherishable. I wanted a new favorite cheap beer but instead was struck with the startling realization: 'Soylent Green is people!'

Serving type: can

05-23-2003 01:05:41 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of powoo19


3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer...It pours like you would expect from a $4.50 dollar 6er of big boys. A Very mild head and smell. Not too pleasing but certainly not offensive. Its drinkability is good, easily can put down the 6 pk no problem. The aftertaste is average. For the price, this beer is good..

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 07:18:35 | More by powoo19
Photo of LarryKemp


2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very light, clear yellow. The head was fair and not long lasting. I had not had a PBR in years and thought it would be a nice walk down memory lane. The beer had little aroma and less flavor. About a third of the way through the glass, I spiced it up with several shakes from the salt shaker. After doctoring the beer, the taste improved slightly. It makes a good beer to eat pizza or maybe a burger, but not for stand alone enjoyment.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2003 21:31:12 | More by LarryKemp
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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