Black Label Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #436
Ranked #50,476
2.3 | pDev: 30.87%
Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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jkblr from Indiana

3.35/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz cans stamped MAY 1319 poured into a hockey skate mug at fridge temp, no ABV indicated on can. The beer pours bright very light yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a single layer of bubbles and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is more corny and vegetable than anything. The taste is corny and wet, with a bit of tart. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and undry in the finish. There's a pronounced buttery/soapy aftertaste and feel that is not altogether inviting. Overall, not so good. This $8/12 pack takes me back to high school, but it will be a short visit.

Jun 13, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Do not believe it was brewed by Pabst when I had it. Even Pabst couldn't have dragged this one down. The lone highlight, if you will, is that the beer has some taste. Kind of sweet and malty.
Not poor, but only a notch above it.

May 12, 2019
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Chaz from Minnesota

3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden-straw in color, and as clear as can be.

Not much to go on in the nose or aroma segment. It’s inoffensive, neutral and “clean”, with malt character dominating the (very low in character, anyway) corn syrup. No hop presence whatsoever.

Light and somewhat crisp on the first sip. Sweetish. As with the nose, an inoffensive character, with little in the way of malt depth by which anyone might find interest or something to engage in, or even to recommend to another lover of characterful lager, real ale, or Craft Beer. Finish using the dry side, for what it’s worth.

“Boring and inoffensive” is not the sort of phrase I’d use to recommend a beer to anyone else, but in the right circumstances that’s exactly the sort of beer that’s called for, and Black Label fits the bill most of the time.

And it’s cheap, too! Well, a quarter or more higher in price than the lowliest of the low in the malt liquor category (211), but when you’re on a budget and want a brand to relax with but not get crunk on, this is a go-to — if you can even find it.*

Not recommended for people who have little sense of humor in an increasingly absurd world. For the fact is, with Taprooms opening on every block in every major city, it won’t be long before retailers will refuse to stock rubbish such as this, owing to the fact that there’s so much local Craft Beer in cans nowadays. Rejoice, motherxxxxxxx!

* (For some reason it’s got a presence in cold boxes in Minneapolis and Saint
Paul, which was not one of its original markets back when Carling and later Carling-National moved down from Canada to become a big player in the brewing industry in the U.S.A. The glory days of Mabel! But I digress.

At any rate, the market presence is probably due more to the consolidation of brands and brand swapping that went on when Heileman closed and Pabst and Miller split up some of the available brands.)

Jan 01, 2019
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

2.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, this isn't horrible. It has a definite taste, which is saying a lot for an adjunct lager, which being a Canadian beer might explain that. Still it reminds me of a lot of a low level Euro lager, but not quite as appealing.

Mar 29, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

2.52/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So I just moved to Maryland from North Carolina four days ago and while I am still pleased about most aspects of the move, the beer situation is dire. They don't sell beer in supermarkets, so you have to go to specialty beer/wine places that have limited selection and inflated prices. The first one I entered the other day was scaring me pricewise so I went (relatively) cheap and came home with a twelver of this unknown entity.

Pours super light colored, with very aggressive carbonation and a thin cap. Nose is light sweet malt. Inoffensive but uninspiring. Taste is a little corny but it's not significantly worse than standbys like PBR or Natty Boh. Aftertaste is reasonably clean. Again, you can't judge this against craft brew, but against the Stroh's and Keystones of the world, it's at least in the middle of the pack.

Aug 01, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.48/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is grain and some sweet malt? The taste is smooth but lacks a lot of flavor. An average beer.

Apr 08, 2016
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +82.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Label Beer - Pabst Brewing Company with an ABV of 4.0% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Black Label Beer, is rich with grains and malts. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Black Label Beer has the look and smell of most American Adjunct Lagers on the market. Now I',m not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is bold with flavors. You pick up on grins and malts in this taste of this brew. There is a nice smooth sweetness to this brew. The sweetness to this brew, it is not to bad but it is there. This is a easy drinking brew. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day. Black Label Beer , has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how this brew is so smooth. The mouthfeel of Black Label Beer is rich, smooth clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Black Label Beer a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Pabst Brewing Company did a nice job with this brew.

Mar 13, 2016
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deebo from Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straight up monster crushing with this beer. Best drank out of s box of longneck returnables for a maximum of $7 this beer will make your dreams come true with its balance of moderate fizziness balanced with easy drinking malt and a kiss of earthy hops. Keep reaching for the stars.

Feb 15, 2016
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

1/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

cheap beer for cheap drinking and getting drunk cheaply. had to drink it to say that i drank another iconic american lager beer. nothing fancy at all....

Feb 02, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
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EHopkinsi from South Carolina

3/5  rDev +30.4%

Average at best, in reality. But throw a kennel of labs in the cooler in the back of your bro's full size Chevy Blazer and hit the Cascades with it, and it picks up some sentimental points...

Sep 30, 2014
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Bumdisc from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +87%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. I hear so many say this beer is bad but when asked when is the last time you tried it they say years ago or they heard it was bad. I love the look, taste and finish. Some what easy to find. This is my beer of choice. I think a true classic.

Aug 04, 2014
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alabencki from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking the style of this beer into consideration (American Adjunct Lager in this case), I try not to judge a beer on its style, but rather how does it compare to others of the same style, and how I would rank it accordingly. I fear too many give their reviews on their bias on how they feel about the style, I try my best to not do that.

Poured into a Pilsner glass giving me a three and a half finger wide head of bubbly white foam, similar to a soapy appearance. The color is pale straw, true to its style. The smell seemed typical of this style; grainy and sweet with a pungent smell of corn added for adjunct (boosts alcohol and shortens brewing time) with faint malts and fainter hops (typical to the style). Taste matches scent profile very well. Grains and sweetness are the first things tasted, followed by flavors from the malts and adjunct off-flavors, and finishing with very faint hop bitterness.

All in all, this is a very excellent example of the A.A.L. style. It has good flavor and balance, crisp mouthfeel, and good finish. Not the best example of the style, but pretty good.

Dec 30, 2012
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LWG1970 from Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, Remember this from College.

Poured into a Pilsner glass, Head fades Quick, Light amber in color. Smells like Corn and Citrus, NOT a Bad taste as long as it's COLD. It does taste a lot like PABST, A good Go-to summer beer as it's cheap and not offensive. A bit HARD to find around here and it will not be something I go LOOKING for.

I would buy it OVER Budweiser or Coors anyday.

Nov 08, 2011
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Blueribbon666 from Ohio

3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed many times over the years reviewed here for the first time. Poured into dimpled glass mug fro reviewing. Typical AAL straw yellow coloring with that familiar funky smelling corn sweet flatness pours a fluffy head of about a half an inch to an inch in size. Not as sweet as the smell, a bit funky a bit of a watery finish with a bland attempt by some hops. Overall, I'll have this every now and again as it is brewed by whomever is currently brewing the Pabst line up (Miller contract) of old man cast off beers of yore. Really is like PBR's lesser cousin as it's not as sweet and goes down ok as a session beer, but I've found comes back to haunt and hang around the next day, which keeps me away from the beer that was once brewed here in Cleveland until 1971 by the Carling Brewing Company.

Oct 02, 2011
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Light yellow color. Head grows with the pour then dies shortly after.

S-Pretty bland and skunky like most. Very light, only thing to speak of is the metallic smell, a light grain and some sweetness.

T-Nothing too different to Pabst. I like normal PBR better but for what it is I have had worse. All in all its nothing I would really ever care to buy in my entire life, but there is some worse macro junk out there I think.

M-Yeah, you know.

O/D-Less drinkable than the super-watery beers because the taste here gets quite boring and a bit nasty after a few. I prefer PBR to several macro brews and this one is like a slightly uglier twin. Could be worse, but not much worse.

Mar 28, 2011
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and corn. Taste is crisp, mild, malts and corn, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall, nothing special, but not bad at this price point.

Feb 19, 2011
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cpolking from Iowa

2.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light and pale gold in color with a quarter-inch head that rapidly disappears but does surprisingly leave a bit of light lacing down the glass. The aroma is of light, fresh grain, a bit metallic, a touch of lager "funk", a touch of sweet and tart apple and just a hint of hops. The taste is of light grain and lager, and a barely detectable hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is highly and finely carbonated, but a bit watery just the same. Very light. It does have a pleasing aftertaste.

I have based my ratings on beers of this style (American Adjunct Lager), I am not comparing it to all beers in existence.

Nov 23, 2010
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mnrider from Connecticut

2.22/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12. oz Can

A: Pours the clearest yellow I've ever seen. Plenty of carbonation with a large white head, which does not last long.

S: Watery with cereal grains.

T/M: Bubbly and crisp, but watered down. Mostly grains with a weak balance of hops and malts. Clean aftertaste.

D: Not that great of a brew. For the price It's good for games and maybe even to just have around.


Nov 08, 2010
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keeganfrank from Ohio

1.58/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Has that wispy head and light golden color that are typical of this style. Smells like sweet corn and bread. Taste starts out as sweet adjuncts but sours as the beer warms. Mouthfeel and drinkability are nothing to write home about-CBL is pretty weak.

Oct 24, 2010
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ommegangpbr from New York

2.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I see multiple/duplicate entries for this beer, but figuring that this is, indeed, brewed by the folks at PBR I thought I'd review under this entry.
This beer is, well, average. Nothing about craft beer lives in here. The point of this beer is that it is cheap. One is going to keep lots of this around for football watching. I found a twelve pack for $5 and I'm pretty happy with my purchase. This is pretty identical to PBR. Unremarkable and easy to drink if you don't mind fizzy, yellow beer.

Aug 20, 2010
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hardy008 from Minnesota

1.85/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale color, thin white head with poor retention. The smell has some sweet grain, a small amount of hops, and metal. The taste is much the same as the aroma. The metallic taste is off putting. Light bodied, with too much carbonation. Not very exciting. I will pass on this in the future.

May 10, 2010
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Arenbeer from Connecticut

3.34/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 40oz into a Pint Glass

A- Crystal clear light yellow tint with a pearl white two finger head. Couldn't believe the lack of color in this beer.

S- Not much to it, sweet grainy smell with slight hops.

T- Once again not to much there, just a sweet malty, grainy taste with a slight hops backround which is suprising. Was kind of pumped to actually taste hops in a malt liquor. Definitely IMO the best tasting 40 beer.

M- Excellent mouthfeel. Real light and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation, enough to tickle the throat as it goes down. Nor does it leave the mouth dry by any means.

Overall if your looking for a good 40 and something to just relax with, i'd recommend this beer over all the others. No foul alcohol taste or trouble getting this one down, it's actually worth getting every now and then when you don't have much to spend.

Feb 05, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I CAN't believe that I have not reviewed this before now.

This was the first beer that I ever tried and that was at the tender age of ~ 5 y/o. My late Pops, who rarely drank, had some buddies from work over and I was given an open can to take a sip or two. I remember really liking its bitterness and then inadvertently spilling the remainder onto the carpet. That was then.

Now, it got two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with lousy retention. Color was a straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a faint lager-like sweetness, but it was barely discernible. Mouthfeel was thin with a light lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was light, airy, ethereal. I need more from a beer.

Jun 13, 2009
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ThickestHead from Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No need to bother with the details on this macro-brew. Let's just say that drinking it is more of a chore than a pleasure, sure it tastes relatively better than other similar cheap beers but with an ABV of 4.0 you get disgusted with the stuff before you even get buzzed enough to forget how bad it is. Personally, I use this beer to cook with and it adds enough flavor to the food but it doesn't overwhelm and take over a dish.

May 20, 2009
Black Label Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 60 out of 100 with 172 ratings