Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #137
ABV:
4.74%
Score:
69
Ranked #50,793
Avg:
2.95 | pDev: 25.42%
Reviews:
1,923
Ratings:
6,197
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Pabst Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
69
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
Notes: - 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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Anew96

4.16/5  rDev +41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's cheap, it's basic, it's by all means a terrible beer... but dang it's good!

If you think PBR isn't good, your in denial. It's not complicated, its just beer! Plain old, simple beer...and that's the beauty of it! I love craft beer, but simplicity just hits right some times!

PBR is like a down home country girl. She ain't sophisticated, but she's got common sense. She's basic, but she likes having fun. She's not a super model, but she's the prettiest thing you've ever seen. She ain't gonna take on the world with you, but she'll make you happy and you'll stay with her for the rest of your life.

That's Pabst. Plain, simple, goodness.

Sep 27, 2021
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Dionysus from New Jersey

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

Nice dive bar beer! Super crushable I could have about 20 of these. A nice switch up from craft. I like how in my area a 12 pack is 10 bucks. Value! I would definitely buy again. Cheers!

Sep 16, 2021
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded quickly to a thick collar; very little lacing;

S: apple and grain;

T: mild grain from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: for what it is, it's nicely done;

Aug 29, 2021
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Oeneophile1103

1.06/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Is this Chernobyl reactor water?! Warning this product is highly toxic! If accidentally ingested immediately call poison control or rush yourself to the nearest emergency room. Your life may depend on it!

Aug 22, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear medium gold, one finger white head that fades to a ring in about a minute, plenty of visible carbonation.
Smell: Decent nose while the head lasts, corn, grain and floral hops, gives a sweet impression.
Taste: Starts bland and grainy with light floral hop flavor taking over, clean semi-dry mild bitter finish.
Feel: Medium-light body, high carbonation, opens crisp but finishes soft and round, a bit chewy.
Overall: A drinkable representative of the style, to me it has always stood apart from the other American macro adjuncts, less attenuated maybe.

Aug 20, 2021
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hankp59 from New York

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

Welcome to a refreshing simple American lager. From ad 12 oz can this pours with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. The color is golden and the bubbles are very fine yet present. It tastes of malt with just a hint of hops but there are no off flavors, important for a summer quaff. What’ makes this better than the average “cheap” lager is that there is no sour aftertaste. A simple drinking beer, no small feat for the class.

Aug 09, 2021
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.66/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pours to a razor-thin white head and light gold/yellow color. Clear. Minimal lacing.

Aroma:
Corn, husky malt and earthy/herbal "weedy" hops.

Flavor:
Clean and crisp corn and malt, not sweet, low but discernable Cluster hop flavor and light bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel:
Light and bubbly, not very rough given the carbonation levels. Good "lawnmower" fare.

Overall:
I've got Pabst Blue Ribbon on my mind...

Aug 05, 2021
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can’t ask for a better lager, especially for the price. I’ve had a lot of craft lagers the last few years, and of course had many American adjunct lagers from the big boys. This one tastes pretty much the same as any craft lager for a fraction of the price. Very refreshing and a low ABV to boot.

Jul 10, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 oz can. For what it is - an adjunct mass produced lager - it's very good. Lots of carbonation which pairs well with spicy foods. Great for pairing with MD blue crabs. A staple.

Jul 04, 2021
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lagrluvr

2.09/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Basic lager look, head disappears in 10 seconds or less, but it tastes better and more crisp and dry than Budweiser or Hamm's. No wonder it became a trendy 2000's favorite after decades of being paw paw's cheap fishing beer. It's probably better now than it was then. Still adjunct cheap industrial beer, but within that category PBR definitely holds its own. But let's be real, it ain't nowhere close to any of my local AVL area all malt lagers. please.

Jun 24, 2021
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow gold with a white head.

Smells of cereal grain corn and a slight metallic note.

Taste of corn, whole grain, and citrus hop. This a solid adjunct lager. Nothing to write home about. But easy to drink.

Jun 23, 2021
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Killgora

3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In terms of cheap beer you could do a lot worse. The only thing I honestly the only thing I legitimately don't like about this beer is it's association with whiney hipsters. Other than that it's just average. It is a simple and relatively plain beer which is alright. It's no thrill wheat beer that tastes well... like a plain wheat beer.

Jun 21, 2021
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scurfie from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are times in your life when you just think, "What the hell?". I'm getting tired of spending $20 for a 4-pack. It's summer and time for cheap 30 pack beer to pound. Is it Coors or Yuengling Premium? Wait, Yuengling comes in 24 can cases. Coors isn't on sale. Look there's Pabst Blue Ribbon and it's cheap! There's 3 of the 30 packs and I grab one. Is it a great beer? No. But it's perfect for the 85 degree summer days after a long afternoon of mowing. Actually it's a decent brew. America!

Jun 15, 2021
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joeagain from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Find it hard to believe I haven't reviewed this beer before now!
Pours a medium yellow-gold. Light malt, light citrus and a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Has a light aroma of baked cookies. Carbonation spot on for this style of beer.
For what it is, namely; an American adjunct lager, it is a pretty decent beer.
I temember my father drinking Pabst almost exclusively when he had a beer, which wasn't very often. For some reason, I always remembered it smelling like baked cookies. It still smells like that, albeit lighter than I remember.
I like having a Pabst every now and then. It's a decent beer, and worthy of a try if you've never had it before.

May 18, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold, with one finger of quickly-dissipating white head, that leaves a 1/4" ring, and a few streaks and spots of lacing.

Smell is light sweet grain, with a hint of frutiness (apple?). It's a fairly pleasant aroma , just not a lot of it.

Taste is light sweetish grain, with a slight tang (corn?). There is the barest hint of hop spiciness and bitterness, that lingers after finish.

Feel is light and smooth , with moderate , soft carbonation tingle. It's exactly what I'd expect , and in about the amounts I'd expect.

Overall, pleasant and easy-drinking. Not a lot going on , and there doesn't have to be. Thankfully, no off-putting flavors or aromas , as is common with the style, so puts PBR miles ahead of most. One of the few AALs that I actually like.

May 11, 2021
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In terms of style, this beer rocks. Fluid and crisp with an assertive backbone and a refreshing character that pairs superbly with an assortment of spicy dishes. Top-notch. Recommended.

May 02, 2021
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tryptagon from Missouri

2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Pale straw
S: some yeast, some malt.
T: fizz, dough, grains
F:: Bowling alley lubrication
O: So much coming from such a cheap beer! not to drink this would be un-American!

Apr 29, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

At last - the legendary PBR is mine! 355 ml Export version, 4.5% ABV, from Superbrugsen, Ans, Denmark. Pale yellow colour, moderate white head. Sweetish candy aroma, some grassy notes. Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour? What flavour? Tastes mainly like carbonated water, just a hint of sweetness reveals that it is not. Papery and "empty" finish. Gets one point for not having any offensive "side flavours".

Apr 18, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Clear dark yellow, leaning orange, with a spritzy head that recedes as quickly as it forms leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Cereal grains, corn, slight wafts of lemon, and light bready aromas
Taste: Steeped grain water with that same lemony note come on to start it off and linger for a bit. Some corn notes enter the frame but luckily don’t dominate nor stick around long before light bread and grain notes close it out
Mouthfeel: Light but decently full – not truly watery, medium-high carbonation, fairly clean tasting throughout, and crisp and clean on the finish
Overall: When it comes to American Adjunct Lagers, I’ve always thought this one was the most flavorful and least corn tasting and that along with its place in my journey throughout beer geekery, makes it hold a special place for me. Light and refreshing on a hot day plus not too watery or off-putting like many. It’s freaking PBR baby

Apr 18, 2021
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skatenula from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The best way I can review this beer is with a scenario:

It's your senior year of high school and you just broke up with your girlfriend Kayla after your buddy showed you a video of her blowing the school's 4-man golf team. You're not too disappointed because you were getting busy with a couple cheerleaders on the side, but what she doesn't know won't hurt her. As far as anyone is concerned, it's completely her fault. Nonetheless, you're back into the single life feeling somewhat starved of the yuss. Some would say you're "down bad."

It's not all dark clouds and rain though. You just got an invite to Chloe's house party this weekend, and you know all of her popular yet adequate-looking friends will be there. Plus her parents just flew out to Hawaii for spring break and left her with enough alcohol to kill a small herd of elephants. You accept the invite without hesitation.

It's Saturday night. You pull up to Chloe's house in your 1997 Toyota Camry that you bought with the money you made working evening shift at Wheely Clean. You walk into her house — the stench is overwhelming. The aroma of cheap weed and spilled beer is omnipresent. Two games of beer pong are simultaneously in session. Top 40 blasts loudly from the Amazon smart speaker. You make your rounds and head to the beer cooler. There's Budweiser, your personal favorite, but you want to try something different. You're a new man looking for a new identity. A can of ice-cold PBR catches your eye, perched perfectly on a stratum of ice.

You crack it open, startled by the shouting hiss of carbon dioxide escaping from the top. As you tilt the can to pour into your red Solo cup, the smell creeps into your nostrils — the scent is rank. yet grainy. The color is that of a quasi-hydrated piss, a pale golden hue. The small head of foam dies swiftly as your raise the cup to your lips. As the brew touches your taste buds, you're greeted with an array of flavors. It's light, crispy, refreshing, a bit skunky (in a good way), very corn-esque, with hints of malt dancing on the tongue. The finish is smooth, with the effervescent carbonation tickling the throat. You down it with ease. And another. And another. And another. You black out.

You wake up. It's 10:15 AM, Sunday morning. Sitting on the nightstand is an unfinished PBR. You're naked, laying in a bed that isn't your own, next to a girl you don't know. You slip out from underneath the covers and see who it might be. It's Danielle, the hottest girl on the soccer team. You're excitement is palpable, but you keep it to yourself in fear of waking her up. You redress, car keys still in your pocket. You wander downstairs, everyone is out cold. You sneak out the front door, the bright spring sun blinding you as your wander aimlessly to your car. You climb in, shut the door, and let out a big exhale. You put the key in the ignition, the motor fires up without hesitation. As your start your drive back home, you think to yourself, "life is good."

Was it because of the PBR? There's no reason not to think so.

Apr 12, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So apparently it's "ironic" to drink the beer your dad used to pound at the family cookout ... Or so the hipster legend says .... As mass produced old school lagers go this is, admittedly, better than most ... The nice head doesn't last long and is quickly overshadowed by the "dive bar bathroom" nose ... Smooth and average tasting .... I'd write more, but I need to wax my mustache and get my skinny jeans out of the dryer

Apr 04, 2021
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Poops from Minnesota

2.67/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A decent American lager. In comparison to the competitors there is a distinct spicy flavor. Some people might like that, but I don't. I'd drink it again but I would buy something else given the option.

Feb 28, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

2.41/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appears golden yellow with a rocky foamy head that dropped quickly.
Smells lightly malty, lightly spicy.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall.
Overall an inexpensive beer that I'll probably end up drinking again at another cookout.
Cheers!

Feb 24, 2021
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evandavidharris from Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a certain kind of occasion I find myself drinking PBR. Out fishing or jamming to a few bangers with the boys, PBR carries with it a certain spirit.
Not a beer to have on a full stomach if you plan on catching a buzz, but rather a good one for out by the fire or if you're already drunk, when all the better stuff is gone.
Seems to have a slightly more bitter, herby taste coming out of the bottle and a more flat, sweet taste coming out of the can.
Would be much more likely to pick PBR than Budweiser as my cheap beer, but would usually prefer Miller High Life or Rolling Rock. PBR is for a certain occasion

Feb 19, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Whenever I have a Pabst it's usually on accident, though I'm never really disappointed by them. Overall not a beer to get mad at. I respect it for what it is.

Feb 17, 2021
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 6197 ratings