Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9% | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9%Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9%

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thehyperduck on 09-12-2013

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 5
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2.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355 mL can from TBS; packaged July 18 2013. A new offering from 'Stroh Canada', aka Sleeman - I've always been a little fond of PBR, but I'm a little skeptical of this amped up imitation. Is it just malt liquor in disguise, or is it actually worthy of its namesake, which is (IMO) one of the better adjunct lagers available? Served well chilled.

Pours a pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of frothy, soapy white head. It hangs around for at least a few minutes, and even manages to leave behind a few strands of lacing - all in all, a pretty good looking lager. Weak aroma; I can't fairly say it smells terrible, because it barely smells like anything at all. There's a whiff of gritty corn, but it's not particularly grainy, sweet, or even anything off-putting - just empty and bland.

My first sip leaves me a little disappointed... this is tolerable, but it has none of the clean drinkability of its progenitor. While not cloying or gross, it's a lot sweeter than the aroma let on, with a strong dose of corn husk starting us off. Faint hints of grainy malts and hay are soon drowned out by a syrupy hit of ethanol toward the finish - leaving a slick, rather unenjoyable feel behind on the palate. A little thick/slick for the style, but overall not much more than light bodied. Nothing about this is so offensive that I couldn't throw a few back, but it's not something I'm in a hurry to re-purchase.

Final Grade: 2.71, a C-. PBR 5.9% - which I suspect is actually just a re-branded version of the 'PBR Dry' that Sleeman recently took off the market - performs fairly strongly when compared to its real competition. I'm of course referring to ice beers, malt liquors, and the other dregs at the bottom of the 'value brand beer' barrel. I consider this a slightly more hardcore version of James Ready - drinkable if you're broke and not very picky, but probably not something most people would want as a staple.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.67/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml single can, as produced at the Sleeman facilities in Guelph, Ontario, and represented by Stroh Canada. Let the fun begin - oh, and nice blurry image here - suitable for this unnecessary release.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, quite loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it steadily blows off.

It smells of sugary pale malt and corn grist, faint nail polish remover, tainted drupe fruit notes, and a bland earthy bitterness, which is probably the booze. The taste is acrid grainy Frankenmalt, acetone, overripe pear and stale apple, weak hay bale notes, and a growing alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite light and effervescent, and not really interested in tickling my palate as such, the body medium-light in weight, but to no one's real benefit, and sickly in its plebeian attempt at smoothness. It finishes too damned sweet, too damned astringent, and too damned hipster malt liquorish (holy shit, that's a word?).

Blah - I'm sure this will play to the subset of the Pabst brand's target market that steps out more than once and a while to the likka store on the corner (around from the trendy pub) and grabs a forty of whatever's on the bottom shelf. It's pretty much no different than Black Ice, TNT, or Lucky Extra, but, y'know it'll be embraced more lovingly by a less than worthy culture as soon as word gets out. Fuck.

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Photo of Juiposa
1.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of DaveR514
3/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Rukeli76
2.43/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of outtabeer-outtahere
3.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of CanadianBacon
2.29/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a clear golden straw color with 3 fingers head, not much carbonation after the fact. looks the same as regular PBR.

Aroma - lager spring water aroma, corn, sweet grain, alcohol.

Taste - The taste follows the aroma with very sweet and alcoholy not very tasty.

Feel - the exact same as regular pbr but with more bitterness on the back end from the alcohol...

Overall - This is nothing more than a cheap higher alcohol aaj. I would rather drink an extra pbr to get more of a buzz than have such a strong alcohol taste in my beer.

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Photo of Jaisell
2.6/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Simon212
2.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of fortyfield
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of VincentGR
2.89/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear straw color with average head retention.

Smell: Light sweet malt aroma with what resembles as a vague apple cider smell.

Taste/Feel: Contrary to alot of preconception on "cheap beers", the taste is OK. There is nothing special about it. Light carbonation similar to cider that leaves a sweet malty taste with the dryness of cider(again). A hint of ethanol can be tasted, but it seems normal since the taste is so light for a 5.9 and hops does'nt "dominate" anything here. Not much to cover the ethanol, but not unpleasent.

Overall: A nice looking neutral beer that does'nt seek prestige but delivers a predictable taste. Proof that "cheap" does'nt mean bad.


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Photo of TheSadTaquito
2.82/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my go-to beer for get-togethers.
has a little bit of an off malt and alcohol smell to it, but i prefer the taste and feel of this to regular PBR after having it fairly often.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9% from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
2.57 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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