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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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1,619 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 5,131
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 43.85%
Wants: 59
Gots: 959 | 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:
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 jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy head that slowly descends to a wisp. A little lacing is left.

The smell is typical macro adjuncts with some grassiness thrown in.

Slick hops and a touch of alcohol are noticeable at first. There is also some sweet malt and subtle grass. A touch of corn is hinted at as the drink progresses. Water nearly dominates after awhile, but it's not as watery as many other macros.
It has a drying quality that cuts some of its refreshingness, but maintains some aftertaste.

For a very cheap macro, it could be much worse. I had a few of these at the pool in the heat on Sunday and found that I felt more like I was drinking beer than if I had many the big, more expensive macros. If you are in a place that allows only cans, you can do worse, especially for the price.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a can at Nag's Head Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of adjunct malts (rice and grain) with light hints of grassy hops.

T: The taste is similar to the smell, there is not as much sweetness as many of the other beers in the style. There is a light to moderate presence of adjunct malts giving the beer a rice and grainy taste along with some light grassy hops. Light bitterness that does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin and crisp.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and very sessionable - I could put down many of these when outside on hot summer day. This beer is much better than I expected, my memory had me thinking this was going to be pretty awful but it is much better than most BMC beers.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Forms a thin white head of small bubbles and there is a lot of carbonation. No lacing.

A little sweet in the nose, smells a little of cereal grain or corn.

Medium to low body, there is a strong aftertaste, mild sweetness up front. Aftertaste negatively affects drinkability. Overall not as good as I remember.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at a BBQ over the weekend.

A: Typically, I don't bother pouring PBR into a glass when I drink it, usually straight from the can. It pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head with a little bit of retention and little lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on, a little bit of grain, a hint of floral hops, and a slight metallic note.

T: A bit more grain on the flavor profile, some corn, and a little bit of sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation.

O: A pretty solid american adjunct lager. Better than most that are readily available.

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Photo of mothman
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Fizzy white head goes to the top of the glass then settles quickly to a very thin layer. No lace. Color is a very clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Far better than any BMC product. Grainy and flat hops. Damn, I can actually enjoy the smell of this beer.

Taste: This has to be one of the first macos that I have actually enjoyed somewhat. It just seems to hit the spot. Grainy taste, dry hops. Nothing to huge, but not something I just want to spit out.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp, but somewhat smooth. Ends with a very sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is one macro I could keep stocked in my fridge. I never thought I could enjoy a beer this cheep, but it exceeded my expectations by far.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with 1/2" of dense, foamy head. Good retention. The smell has notes of grains, pale malts, straw, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is straw and grains with grassy hops. There's a slight bitterness, but overall well balanced. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and crisp.

Of all the adjunct lagers this one probably comes closest to actually duplicating a pilsner.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer is light golden and transparent with a half inch of pure white head. Aromas of grain, bread, corn, adjuncts. Not as sweet and off putting as the BMC highly marketed crap that is seemingly everywhere. Grainy with some cereal-like character. Clean and refreshing. Basically, exactly what you would expect from a decent adjunct lager. Ok.

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Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a crisp, pilsner malt and adjunct scent that's light and dry. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pilsner malt flavor that low on hops and clean in the finish. It's a warm weather brew, no doubt. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It's one of the only macro lagers I drink.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/25/09- Had on tap at Windy City Pizza in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into a pint glass. $2.25 every day..

Appearance- Pale golden color. Looks a bit watery. Had a solid 3/4 inch head which fades quickly. Leaves slight spots of fading lace behind.

Smell- Light notes of corn with a bready note carrying the beer.

Taste- Corn comes through, but not as much as in most macros. Heavy bready malt flavor. Hops..not really, but good flavor considering.

Mouthfeel- Pretty clean and crisp. Solid medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Has always been my go to macro when I have one...the only one I stock on a semi-regular basis in my own home. Drinkable any day.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this silver can of goodness.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not good with lots of corn and wheat. The flavor is full of adjuncts with tons of corn, rice and wheat. Overall the aroma and flavor are incredibly bland. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a beer with nothing positive going on.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Even an agressive pour resulted in barely a half a finger of rocky, bone-white head with lousy retention, ending in wisps. There was no nose to speak of. Well, maybe a light sweetness, but barely discernible. The color was beautiful deep-yellow/light-gold with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin, watery and it had a light sweetness on the tongue. The finish was light, cottony, non-existent. I might as well not even have been drinking beer. This could have been air, it was so light as to float away. Aarrgh!

A couple of last thoughts, both allusions to movies. In "Blue Velvet", Dennis Hopper as Frank has a convo with Kyle MacLachlan. "Hey, kid, whadddya want to drink?" "Heineken, please." "Heineken?!? F**k that s**t! PABST. BLUE. RIBBON, mister!" How about neither?

In "Repo Man", Otto looks wistfully at The Circle Jerks, now reduced to lounge singers in gold lame outfits, shakes his head and says, "And to think, I used to like those guys." And to think, I used to drink PBR on Wednesday nights at the Sub Cafe in New London, Connecticut like it was going out of style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at a Irish Pub in Philly, been meaning to get back to this one for a bit.

A- PBR is a crisp light yellow color with just the faintest little cap i've ever seen, it eventually goes into nothing leaving a desd looking drink.

S- Corn and grain, no more no less.

T- There is more flavor in here than I was expecting but it isnt much more than some grain and corn, some sweet malts.

M- Not as lively on tap but I am unsure on the bar that was serving it, who knows how long this was sitting in the line. Below medium bodied.

D- I think I would enjoy this more out of a can, the appeal of this went away after 6 oz or so. Did not finish my pint.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why do some establishments chill the hell out of their mugs? That's what I was thinking when I received my 25oz sample at an ice cold temperature. It's still decent ice cold, but it tastes better at merely cold (it took time for my sample to warm up), as the corn and hop flavors loosen up. Simple and refreshing beer without any astringent flavors.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For April Fool's Day Vine Street Pub had this on nitro...and I had to try it.

Looks great. Clean, clear, nice foamed up white lace. For the style it's pretty.

Then it goes down hill. The stale grain and rice smell just...smells. Old socks. At least it is dumbed down a bit

Flavor, again, is dumbed down. Weak, but still not good. Just stale, old and a 'bad' sweetness.

The promising thing is that it is pretty darn smooth (and cold). I got to about 4/5ths through before I had to stop for the love of all that is holy. The carbonation would do well towards the end. It's just flat feeling now.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a medium straw to yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Light sweet grainy malt aroma with just a hint of corn and light fruitiness. Small bit of floral hops aroma. Sweet almost honey like malt flavor with a bit of fruity bready graininess. Very little hop flavor but a firm hop bitterness. Light to medium body with a spirited level of carbonation that pricks the tongue with every sip, and a sweet slick watery mouthfeel. Worlds above the last beer, decent enough and probably close to style, but a bit boring.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What is it about this beer. I'm not a dirty hipster and I can afford to drink better. But $1 PBR drafts come along and I can't help myself. It isn't much to look at and the smell is only sweet and grainy. But the taste is smooth with a touch of malt. As it warms the adjunct sweetness is a bit much for me, but for what it is, it aint bad. If they just put a little more hops in here we'd have a really decent beer. Alas.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. tall-boy can,

A: Pours a typical, pale yellow lager colour, but the head is really nice and leaves some nice lacing in a pint glass.

S: Light, typical of a macro lager, but still more robust and has more substance than average, mainly of malt and corn.

T: A very good taste for a macro, a simple malt and corn flavour, with a hint of hops that's easy to drink.

M: Very good, again for a macro, medium-bodied, not over carbonated, creamy and smooth.

D: A great example of a macro lager, my favourite of the style so far, much better and tastier than BMC.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.51/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an old friend from long ago and when I saw it on tap at the Burger Bar (Las Vegas) I had one for old times sake.

Not sure about other beers in this style (on tap) because I don't come across any, but this looked fine, golden, bright and clear, with a good white head on top.

No real aroma to get your nose round, hints of a hop maybe, but gets my regular score of three for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Refreshing and thirst quenching, just like a lager should be, ideal throat cleaner before I hit the bars heavy brews.

I enjoyed it, brought back a couple of memories of drunken sports fields and tins laying around, happy days.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz. can poured into a wine glass. Yeah, I have a sense of humor, and want to take a glimspe of this spectacle. The palest of pales with a bubbly,frothy head that recedes gradually to nothing.

S. Grains, cooked corn, hint of malt.

T. Crisp tea like hop bite flashes for an instant, complimented a semi-sweet light malt body. Fairly well balanced and unoffensive for a macro style lager.

M. Light bodied and fairly smooth. Best if served ICE cold and consumed fairly quickly.

D. This is average drinking here. But compared to most macros, this is exceptional. Selected America's Best in 1893. As far as macros are concerned, it probably still is.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden brew, I expected less.

Smell is slightly sour yeast and mild malt. This has a light floral aroma and a pleasant grain smell.

Taste is mildly sweet and clean, and a touch of sourness. Mild hops present. Not great but a solid beer.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly present and not bad.

Drinkable beats Budweiser any day.

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Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can at the Wintersun concert at House of Blues LA on 11/29/2012. I paid $10 for this. Drinking it out of the can so who knows what color it is. Smells like rice, corn, and pils malt. A little metal. Taste is inoffensive. Sweet and corny adjunct lager with grainy notes. Tame bitterness. Not terrible but I wouldn't recommend paying $10 for 24oz. This is difficult for me to rate. To style it's spot on, but it's a wretched style.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can purchased in San Francisco. It was cheap, and I'd never tried it before. What to make of the original hipster beer.

Pours a clear and bright golden colour, with a fine head of white that feels a little weak and insubstantial. Plenty of carbonation which forms at meny different nucleation points on the glass, streaming in small-bubbled rivulets up the inside of the glass. Lace is solid, body is light, as is to be expected. Not bad all up.

Nose is clean and crisp, without any of corn and cereal adjunct aromas I was expecting. Instead, we have a light greenness, like mildly sweet clipped grass, and a touch of fruity esters, giving an almost kristalweizen banana or bubblegum character. It's all very mild, but it's quite clean, and rather refreshing.

Taste is weak, but again, exceptionally clean and light. Smooth, mild, pale grain character on the front, which wanders off and gets lost in nothingness, leaving some seltzer water on the back, a very mild bitterness and a faint tingle of carbonation. The feel is actually rather smooth, and certainly on the low end of the carbonation spectrum, which is rather pleasant.

Extremely easy to slug down, and despite the simple and somewhat lacklustre palate, it stays far from being pedestrian or offensive. Sure, it's not a great, interesting, or exciting brew, but it's actually a pretty smooth ride, and all things considered, a relatively enjoyable one.

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Photo of John_M
1.45/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I'm sorry, but it's all I can do to keep from laughing at the new found "hipness" of PBR.

The beer pours a light gold color with virtually no head retention or lacing. Eeeeehaaaa!!! We be in for one fine tasting beer here. On the nose... nose??? aroma??? What in the hell are we talking about? I get nothing, other then a hint of seltzer water and corn. At least there aren't any off aromas, so I guess I should be thankful for that. As for flavor, there is almost none. I highly recommend that you drink this as cold as you can get it, preferably somewhere close to freezing. There is some corn and seltzer water on the palate, though again, I get no off flavors. Mouthfeel epitomizes the expression "watery." Yeah baby, we're talking lawn mower beer here. Ideally this beer should be consumed in 100 degree weather, served ice cold, and consumed only after 4 or 5 hours of yard work. Drinkability? Hey, I love a good joke as much as the next guy. There is nothing enjoyable about drinking this swill, and the fact it has become trendy of late doesn't change that one bit.

This is a terrrible beer, and the fact there is worse out there doesn't make it any more deserving of praise. Absolute swill. As one complimentary reviewer mentioned, the empties are great for target practice the next morning. Frankly, I can't see any reason to make them empties. Full of beer or empty, target practice is all cans of this swill is good for. Don't kid yourself with the hype. This is not even remotely close to decent beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sweeney's, Garden City, New York.

Poured a clear light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was goodretention and lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet adjunct grain with a mild floral hop.

The taste was rich for the style with a full adjunct graininess and balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall tasty for a macro.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.