Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.74%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
- 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 stucat
2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

After a couple high powered IPAs PBR is a nice little slow down. Tastes better than the more popular adjunct lagers and it helps the budget. This is very nice after mowing the lawn, cooking on the grill or floating around the pool. A perfect shower beer as well.

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Photo of LarryV
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For what it is, it's a pretty decent beer. There's no pretentiousness here, it's just a crisp, clean beer. It's actually kind of a nice change to drink a beer that doesn't challenge your palate. It can definitely coexist with the craft beer in my fridge and has it's place, like when I'm preparing dinner or grilling and want a beer. YMMV.

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Photo of Ferretferret
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Probably the most drinkable of the mass market, 30 for $12.00 beers available. It may no longer be a staple of Milwaukee, but, it's still my go-to domestic for 25 cent tap night.

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Photo of MegaManX
3.96/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: PBR is a golden shade of amber, crystal clear, it's slowly bubbling with the lightest circle of foam around the rim of the glass.

Smell: It smells like any lager should, much like a Budweiser, except with a slight but pronounced hint of hops.

Taste: Again, it reminds me of a Budweiser or rather Bud lite(somewhere between the two), but with a noticeable taste of hops. I am finding it to be surprisingly pleasant, and I am shocked that a beer in this price range has some complexity and good flavor.

Feel: Of course, being a budget beer, this is where the sacrifice is made. PBR is a litte bit thin, somewhere between a Bud and a Bud lite. Mind you, this isn't off-putting, I'd rather this than the thickness of iced beers.

Overall: PBR is definitely one of the best budget beers you will find. Sure, it won't knock your socks off, but it will bring a little more flavor to the party than some of the more cliche lagers. I am pleasantly surprised, I will definitely put PBR into the main lineup from now on.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.37/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, pale yellow body.

Smell: Grains, mild corn, very mild grassy hops.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront with a dry finish.

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Photo of TerryMills
2.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ok back when it was cheaper but the hipsters drinking pbr has drove the price up to decent macro levels ..

Mostly sweetness and corn smell/Taste like all the cheap macro lager .The only thing I find off putting about pbr is the watery wet finish , it will about gag me lol..

Drank it again to remind myself what it was all about but this will be the last time unless its my only choice or someone offers a free one.

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Photo of Hackattack
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think PBR is less than not so good and do not see why it gets rated so highly amongst other AAL beers. I am giving this a higher rating than it merits.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look - Served on draught. Clear gold in color, finger and a half of bone white head. Thin lacing left after the first few sips. Good looking beer.

Smell - Sweet white bread, saltines, tiniest hint of grass.

Taste - Corn syrup sweetness, light bready malt. Finishes "wet"

Feel - Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Not as crisp as I remember.

Overall - An enjoyable beer and good example of the style, though if the sweetness were toned down a bit I'd enjoy it more. Easy drinking.

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Photo of dcotom
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from 12-ounce bottle into dimpled logo chalice. Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of light malt and corn, plus a little herbal grassiness. Pleasantly full-bodied, with a little sweetness and a little bitterness on the finish. Quite good overall, substantial enough to make a good pairing with all sorts of food yet refreshing enough for a stand-alone sipper.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Figured I would do a low end beer for a change.Poured from a 12 oz can into a Cigar City pint glass.Best by May 29,2017.

Foamy white head that stands 1 finger tall with low retention,and light lacing.Light gold / straw colored body with very good clarity.Low to medium carbonation depending on the pour.

On the nose I get wheat,sweet corn,and sweet earthy malt notes.A little bit of a metallic smell.

The palate follows the nose with wheat,sweet corn,earthy malts,and a slight metallic taste.

The mouth feel is light,and a little watery,but not bad.A little bit of oxidation on the tongue.

This really isn't a bad beer.This is what I drink when I am low on money,and can't afford expensive craft beers.Much better than Bud,Coors,and all those other big name,mass produced beers in my opinion.

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Photo of Bullyy56
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Applebee's; when you're running broke and can't spend much on karaoke night, a glass of $2.25 value beer does the trick. While it's not as smooth as coors light, its just as easy to drink. Definitely a good beer to drink after a long night (even though I party-fouled and spilled some of my beer on the girl that was singing on front of me)

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Photo of tiredofbuyingbeer
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ah, PBR. On one hand, I can't think of anything more nauseating, or fitting, alongside well bourbon. On the other hand, poured in a glass proper, it's not bad. Brilliant clear color. Nice lager-y smell. Like a real lager without the hop flavor or aroma. With cheap bourbon, though, it's like drinking fermented cream corn.

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Photo of mdargis
1.4/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. I had it as a teenager and have never drank it again. I once poured it into my dog's bowl (we were without water for a couple of hours) and he wouldn't drink it. He liked Coor's light, I lived where the temperatures reached 110 degrees.

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Photo of christeraxe
2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My teenage beer that I grew up with. A fine cooking beer today that is used in most all the recipes online and on television. This was an all-American beer that was enjoyed for every reason you would want to drink beer. Evening, friends, refreshing, versatile in any cooler. We had great times buying this beer for our horse outings and camping time for summer fires.
After this beer , brewmasters decided to get creative and produce beer with more subtleties that you did not get in the 60's, on up to the 1980's. A rage began to brew more with hop flavor and ports, etc. But PBR goes a long way in most any situation and I salute your for being the number one beer in the Mid-west beyond Budweiser which had more of a green or bitter bite to it at times.
Today this is a college beer known for tap pitchers and special blowout fun priced events.
Back in the day, it was not known as a cheap beer. Today, maybe. Lets say cost effective.
Cheap and inexpensive beer to me is Keystone, Old Milwaukee, Haf-brau. This beer relates right up their with Hamm's - the beer refreshing.

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: just a pinch darker than pale yellow, crystal clear, pushes up big head of white foam that's a bit sticky, keeps a good collar of white foam and about 70% of a skin

S: dusty metallic grain and some malt sweetness ... or something sweet; some sweet corn (not creamed corn, good raw off the cob corn)

T: grain, something medicinal and a pinch of light-malt sweetness with a slight metallic bite up front; at times it has a "house paint" flavor that a lot of beers in this style have ... hard to say what it is, but for me it's like fresh house paint; very light corn flavor, sour grain; definitely something sweet in this, either sugars from the grains or a little barley

F: for me? perfect ... super featherweight, crisp, clean — straight out of the can, it's rip your tongue off carbonated just like any good soda water/soft drink/pop, which I swam in growing up; but with a hard pour, you can take enough of the overly forced carbonation out of it to give it a bit of softness that works fine, too, if you're not a fan of big carbonation

O: tasty little adjunct ... tasty little adjunct, indeed, with a surprising amount of sweetness from the grains; not sure where this ranks among my favorite AALs, but it's up there; I like it, and I'll drink more of it

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Photo of kevin3046
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the best of the American Adjunct Lagers. Smells of corn. Lots of carbonation and slightly creamy. Decent hoppiness for an AAL. Not bad for this type of beer.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz can into Pilsener glass

A - 3 fingers white foam over a transparent body of straw yellow, medium/high visible carbonation

S - grain with a touch of grass

T - corny grain, grassy bitterness; just a clean adjunct lager

M - highly-carbonated light body

O - If you're looking for something simple and refreshing, PBR does the job.

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Photo of LAp
1.25/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

No better than the other cheap beers with which it competes. Bland, lackluster, and a distant second choice beverage to water. Indistinguishable from all but 1 of 7 other cheap beers in our blind taste test.

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Photo of Holderness
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Actually pretty good looking for a lager. Very pale orange/yellow, with some incredibly robust carbonation and a two finger white head that lasts for at least a little while. The smell falls comparatively short, being dominated by corn, grain, and vegetal aromas not unlike Bud or Miller. A slight hoppiness prevents it from being all 'bad'. The taste is worse than Narragansett, but better than Miller High Life, which are the two AALs I would drink in lieu of PBR on any sort of regular basis. Robust graininess upfront, somewhat watery finish.

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Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love cheap, American Lagers. Let's not pretend you need to read about the attributes, it looks, smells, tastes and feels like pure beer. Buy it when you want to drink a beer.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.51/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Don't get the hate on this beer. It's constantly a fantastic easy drinking lager. I based my rating on the style, which it nails perfectly, not based on if it's as good as Fou.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light colored gold, the head goes away fast on it. Has a strong smell of grains. Tastes like a very watered down lager, but overall worth the dollar paid for it.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 355mL can into snifter.
A- Piss yellow, actually resembles sparkling apple juice, with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.
S- Sweet, grassy smell with a surprising amount of green apple.
T- Literary just corn and water, not much else to say.
M- Essentially flavored water with a cloying sweetness left in your mouth, although it is very easy too drink.
O- For such a cheap beer it really holds up, which is why it's my go to party beer

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Photo of Speederson12
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a college student surrounded by Budweiser drinkers and they tell me this is disgusting. I don't get it. For me, this is really nice. It holds its head better than most major AAL beers, and smells of a not-so-bad inoffensive corn smell, slight barley in it... Tastes of sweet corn and then on the back end a tease at some hops, which really impresses me for the style. Feels light and crisp. Aftertaste is a pleasant bready grain. Solid budget beer for a 30-rack that actually has a taste.

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Photo of Hoosteez
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 4.25

Light colored orangish yellow lots of head a personal favorite from child hood of course smell very malty a little bit of hoppyness taste very malty mothfeel not gonna lie it's like extra watery I notice more recently but well carbonated overall my personal favorite from macrobreweries in the u.s. as far as lager other than yeungling

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