Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

BEER STATS
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#44,018
Reviews:
1,803
Ratings:
5,855
pDev:
25.26%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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1.75/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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4.59/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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2.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JohnDon
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of kreg02
2.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Momon
2.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of TrisBlair
2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Darcola
2.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

As far as a $6 six pack of 16 oz American adjunct lagers go... It's better than bud light. Really you get what you pay for, and it's not that bad.

Most tolerable on a late summer day at a bbq or tailgate with some American football. Don't over think it, it's just a cheap beer.

Look: light and bubbly, white gold.

Smell: yeasty, burnt white bread, fermented rice.

Taste: grainy, no corn, bitter, dry finish.

Feel: lots of carbonation, actually a good mouth feel. Reminds of what you get with a cold IPA on tap.

Overall: it's pbr either drink it or don't.

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Photo of rossracing
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Higdon
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bsimpson91
4.4/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A classic American beer. Cheap with some flavor to boot.
The look is very pale light golden with small steaming bubbles. The presentation of this beer is top notch classic! You just cant beat that iconic can! Every one knows you are drinking Pabts Blue Ribbon. The aroma is nice, white bread yeasty and thats just about it. The flavor is yeasty white bread that turns into a copper penny like taste. The finish is medium dry. There is a some-what wine character that is very underlying. This beer reminds me of Milwaukee's best Ice or a weaker version of steel reserve 211. The taste is very Miller like with that miller tang. Good news is There is no corny taste. Moving on, I like the feel of this beer. Very velvety mouth feel especially when its ice cold. Goes down well and you could easily down this in a few gulps. Overall this beer seems to taste a little on the light side for me. The flavor is not complex and at times tastes like a ice beer. Its good, Its cheap. Cheap is the key word here. If you go to your local store, and this is the lowest price; Id say go for it. Otherwise stick to highlife, Milwaukee's best, or get a malt liquor.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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1.24/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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3.72/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of EOnizuka22
3.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

My honey bought this for me.

Look: If I can describe the look of 'Merica, this can design would be the perfect depiction.

Smell: I cracked open this bad boy and poured it into my titanium gold 8oz goblet. The aromas I received were just orgasmic. Like a backwards sneeze. A hint of a fresh toasted bagel, with a light smear of Kraft Whipped cream cheese. As the smell reached the back of my throat, I got wisp of caramel macchiato creamer that I put in my morning coffee.

Taste: The taste was something I have never tasted before. As I sipped this beer, immediately I was reminded of Red's Apple Cider. It also reminds me of my child hood, drinking Mott's apple juice on my grandma's lap. As I took another sip, my tongue started picking up multiple flavors: Avocado, Mango,
and small apples.

Feel: The mouthfeel was splendid. Like an enormous raging clue exploding in my mouth. I was foaming but swallowing.

Overall: Would never try again. MMHMM.

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

white trailer trash beer approved great taste !

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Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean,clear yellow color , smell had cereal grains,grassy hops and sweet malts. Taste was clean the way an adjunct lager should taste noble hops with cereal and malts a grassy clean finish. crisp mouth feel with clean refreshing taste.My o my did this pounder can hit the spot today,grading this for the style and it is very good.

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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I literally grew up on PBR. The first beer I ever had was one of my Dad's PBRs from the basement fridge. I drank this beer EXCLUSIVELY for 42 years (until about when it started its resurgence, at which point I figured I'd done my part to preserve an American icon, and moved on to craft beers). So much for "living on a beer budget".
I thought it was appropriate to make PBR my 1000th beer on BA. There was an appealing symmetry there, plus I feel that #1000 occupies a position of some significance. PBR deserves it.
Pabst is actually a decent beer. You can drink a lot of it without getting totally trashed, and it's pretty cheap so you'e not breaking the bank either. It was best in returnable bottles (remember them??) but it's OK in cans too. I occasionally run into PBR on tap, which is irresistible (it's not that much better, but hey - it's PBR on TAP!!)
OK, so it tastes a little grainy and maybe it's over-carbonated. But it's a damn sight better than Bud, Miller, or any other macro swill. Hint: drink this stuff COLD. Optimal temperature is when it CRYSTALLIZES when you pop the can or bottle cap. Mucho refreshing!

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Photo of monkist
3.54/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first Pabst ever! (in Barcelona...)
Had nothing against it, it's a good American Adjunct, didn't wish for more to go with a tapas dinner. No aftertaste, no weird flavor, just a light and watery lager. This is what you want when you want to quench thirst.
Was quite okay (for me, at least).

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2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.34/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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