Black Label Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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Black Label BeerBlack Label Beer

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-23-2001

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by Blueribbon666:
Photo of Blueribbon666
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.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
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...

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Photo of Jason
2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 16 oz can or better know as a half quart, red back ground with the traditional black label. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow brew, white head forms as quickly as it disappears, virtually no head is left after 15-20 seconds.

Smell: Sweet grain, smells a bit of raw cane sugar. Slight hop twang in the nose, pretty clean smelling.

Taste: Light bodied with a well placed smoothness, a light smoothness with just enough crispness. Thin malt mouth feel, a bit watered down though clean on the tongue. Malt sways from a touch of residual sweetness to a crisp biting semi astringent grain. Faded hop bitterness easily balances out the weak malt character. Some cooked corn grits flavour with more grain in the dry finish.

Notes: Nothing to write home about, decent when it is ice cold, when it warms up it becomes unpalatable. Produced for mass consumption ...

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Photo of deebo
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
2.25/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.12/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of my housemates jokingly said bring him back some back label when I asked what kind of beer I should get, and at 5.00 for a 12 pack I figured it was worth the novelty to try it. Wow, was I wrong after pouring my first one and realizing this is one of the sadest looking beers around with a yellow fizzy and thin white head this is the most boring beer I have seen. Aroma is full of cooked vegetables and smells like the burp after drinking a shitty beer, and when it comes to taste it had some sweetness there but it also had this unbearable harsh finish to it just horrible nothing good or positive to say about it. Weak carbonation thin body this beer sucks, and the drinkability you would think at least you could get drunk off of this one right??? Well, I only had a couple of 'em, however my friend who requested drank about five or six and he said he had a mild buzz but he threw in the towel because he said it felt like someone hit him in the head.

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Photo of chrisms86
1.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

When a man goes to the store and buys himself a 40 of OE, he is looking to get drunk and is willing to sacrafice the taste of the beer to save the money in his wallet.

But there is no excuse for the taste of Black Label.It is carbonated apple cider with some everclear poured in. Starts off sweet, but the only other flavor you get on top of that sweetness is the bitter taste of pure alcohol in the back your throat.

I can tolerate such a disgusting beer so long as it is done in the name of alcohol by volume and low cost. But to have a beer with about a 4.3% abv be not even easy to drink, I see no reason to ever purchase this brew (I use the word loosely) again.

I drink cheap beer frequently, as I am poor. But one thing I expect of my low abv cheap beer is that it be easy to drink, almost like water. Don't even look at this stuff.

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Photo of acurtis
2.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of NJpadreFan
1.11/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Black Label was introduced to me by a friend who brought it to my Bad Beer Party/Ping-Pong Tournament! Basically whoever brought the cheapest beer per can/bottle would win a prize ( $5 chotchke) Anyway, My friend who brought the Black Label ( $1.99 six-pack) won 1st place. Obviously I didn't think this Bad Beer Party through very well because at the end of the day I was stuck with a fridge full of Black Label, Piels, Meister Brau, the Beast, & Schaefer! (actually Schaefer's not THAT bad)

So, with a fridge full of swill I eventually made it to the Black Label. (Don't want to pour it out my lawn didn't do anything to deserve such treatment)

Black Label is the WORST beer I have ever had the displeasure to let slither down my throat!!
It was a typical piss color and had no head! The smell was of piss too. (Hey is someone playing a joke on me!)

The taste was of pure skunkness! NO hoppiness, no maltiness, no sweetness, no nothing, just plain rot gut. Honestly the beer tasted like the smell of old rotting beer! I could not believe it so I tried another! Well, I got what I deserved another punch in the gut!

Black Label is beyond description. It is that bad, honestly stay away. It's not even worth experimenting or even as a joke.
Just give the $2 as a tip to the Paerboy!

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Photo of LeeW
2.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of andrew8626
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Carling Black Label brewed by Heileman in Milwaukee. Although it was once a premium beer, this is now a price-point lager. It pours a straw gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that drops shortly to an average collar and thin surface covering. Minor splashes of lace are present throughout the first half of the glass but they don't hold. Still, it's bright and clear; and the effervescent, fast-rising bubbles add something to its appearance. Surprisingly, some very light hops are muddled up with the malt in the nose, taking it just slightly beyond a generic beer aroma, and there's the typical lager note of sulphur as well. The body is light and its median carbonation leaves it delicately crisp and then smooth in the mouth. The flavor delivers a perfectly balanced combination of lightly sweet, adjunct enhanced malt and mildly spicy and herbal hops over a sublime bitterness. If only there was just MORE flavor to it. Still, there's just enough character and flavor here to make this a "drinkable" beer. It finishes dry with a swirl of malt and underlying hop, but no bitterness; and some delicate malt lingers in the mouth. Still, this is not bad at all, and I'd gladly quaff this instead of most light beers anyday. Of course, it's not really much more than a light beer as it is.

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

Photo of ordybill
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.

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Photo of BigAl18
1/5  rDev -56.5%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of nicholas2121
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.

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Photo of hophugger
2.49/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UPBrewer92
2.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of VABA
2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of erialbill
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.81/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 fl. oz. can no. B82-82355C. It pours a pale yellow with bubbly carbonation that keeps trickling up the side of the pint glass. I note an aroma of grass, corn, and maybe some hops. Watered down on the mouth. The taste is somewhat metallic. I don't rate it quite as bad as other BA raters.

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Photo of jeddis1
1/5  rDev -56.5%

Photo of pbrian
2.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in college, we used to stock our vintage Coke machine(the kind where you pull the bottles out sideways) with Black Label bar bottles, $5.99/case. Thank god that Coke machine was ice cold. Not a terrible beer, though.

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