Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #92
ABV:
4.74%
Score:
68
Ranked #48,630
Avg:
2.95 | pDev: 25.42%
Reviews:
1,878
Ratings:
6,073
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Pabst Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
68
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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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Photo of cyclonece09
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of adjunct grain, not much else. Tastes of adjunct grain with corn notes, not too bad. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of Bito24
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a 66 year old guy, sipping this classic brings back memories of 25 cent drafts, the neighborhood bars and 10 Cent bowling machines. Don’t drink it often as Rolling Rock is my usual go to if I’m lagaring it! But on a hot sunny day,, this brew stands up to any. So if someone asks “What’ll have?” Say “Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer!”

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Photo of joebrazil3
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The hispters have it wrong, but you could do a lot worse. 12-ounce can pours into a tilted pint glass and leaves a 3/4 inch head that doesn't immediately fade to nothing, then the beer tastes as expected for a 60-cent-per-can beer. Then? Disaster strikes. The aftertaste sends me running for another beer. Now, that's just me, but I don't get such an aftertaste from lesser beers. I'd have this with pretzels to guard against said aftertaste, and the price isn't bad. I'd gladly buy Pabst again. But, this isn't Hamm's.

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Photo of MrOH
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This review is to style, no personal taste.
Clear straw, thin white head, no retention, little spots of lace.
Grainy malt, a little bit of esters.
Sweet grainy malt. A bit of banana.
Thin, could use more carbonation.
I guess if all you want out of a beer is sweet water, it's pretty good.

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Photo of SoCalNative
3.98/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

You're reading this probably because you're trying to decide on a "economy" priced brew, and you can't decide between the "classics" that your father/grandfather used to drink in the garage at a family reunion.

This beer is a cheap beer & gets a bad rap...but I live in a desert in California & I say that those reviews are incorrect.

This beer, when stacked against other cheap beers, is actually my favorite. This is a brew that you chuck in the freezer for after you finish mowing the lawn or for when you're BBQing on a hot summer day. No, it's not a fancy import, nor is it a high class domestic...but it gets the job done JUST FINE.

It's a pale looking beer. Nothing extravagant. It smells like ... a cheap beer. But it's flavor is unparalleled when compared to similar beers in the "I got 10 bucks" category.

I've had plenty experience with West Coast craft brews. This is far from them but is still a fine taste when almost frozen.

Put your phone away, you've been standing there in the aisle for 10 minutes. Go into the walk-in beer cooler & buy a 12 pack. Chill 'em in the freezer at home for about 8 minutes & thank me later.

Fire up your lawnmower or light the grill! There's fun to be had, son...& PBR is your ticket to ride!

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Photo of BlackBeerDown
3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I am bored of all the craft beer taste journeys. I just want a beer I can consistently go back to. PBR is no great beer, but it tastes delicious after you mow the lawn. It ain't got no fruits or teas or sour awfulness you find in current craft beers, it's just beer. And nowadays, after the onslaught of craft beers and the loss of so many imports, it's an okay substitute for the lagers I'd prefer from Germany and it's not AB InBev.

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Photo of im_thelumberjack
1.87/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is perhaps one one of my least favorite beers. When ice cold I find it okay (refreshing with a bit of inebriation) , but at semi-chilled to room temperature it is perhaps one of the worst things I have ever tasted. It has a bit of a sour wheaty flavor that tastes about what cat vomit smells like. It works as a super cheap beer, but I would never go looking for it.

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Photo of dogo88
3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a can, meh. Ok but nothing more than cold beer flavored water.
On tap very nice. Clean, crisp, no aftertaste, just the way I remember a cold brew many years ago during a hot summer day.

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Photo of beerman42069
1.22/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The beer doesn't look too bad but looks are very deceiving. This beer tastes like old men's drugstore cologne. Flavorwise, this may be the worst beer out there.

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Photo of UristMcBrewer
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

PBR is a very pale straw color that is very transluscent. The white fomay head doesn't last for too long but sticks around a bit. It smells sweet with a nice mixture of malt and adjunct; it isn't overly adjuncty. That being said the adjucnt notes are there and noticeable. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of a malt liquor it is alcohol taste. There is a slight hoppiness to it. The taste is sweet and corny; like a cornbread cake. The feel is light but the carbonation makes it fuller. For what this beer is, its not bad. I've had good times with it.

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Photo of lastmango
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a paler yellow with a 2 finger fizzy head that dissipated quickly but leaving a film. Nice moderate lacing. Faint nose of grass and corn that is a tad musty. Some malt, corn and cracker in the taste followed by faint hops. Not much here but it is refreshing. Moderate carbonation with a light body. As someone else said . . . nothing offensive.

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Photo of jwp777
2.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draught:

Pours a transparent gold color. Thick foam head (maybe a finger and a half) that fades a little but does retain pretty well throughout. Lots of carbonation bubbles visible. Some lacing is left.

Aroma is weak, but mostly hops and straw.

Taste is a tad on the watery side, but still obvious yeast, barley, etc. Nothing fancy.

Feel is crisp, finish is clean. Body is surprisingly full for a cheaper American lager.

Overall. Not great but not bad either. If a stranger ever says “hey can I buy you a beer,” this is what you would get.

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Photo of WunderLlama
2.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Figured I would try 16 oz can pours a clear golden yellow , two finger dense white foam cap quickly recedes to a thin layer , some lacings

Aroma is grassy , straw

Taste is grassy, watery

Thin mouthfeel , fizzy , semi dry finish

It’s a beer

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Photo of EJPA_0425
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not bad compared to the other cheap American beers. Pours clear golden color with a decent head. Doesn's smell like anything special other than beer. Tastes clean, and doesn't have those bad factory flavors of Anheuser-Busch. Refreshing, but not very exciting.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed a single PBR after all these years. Pours clear, golden tan. Light musty aroma, some corn and cardboard on the finish. It is what it is. Drink up!

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Photo of Cessna79
1.67/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.75

When I was in college I had an unshaven patchouli smelling hippywoman sit on my face and grind away one night...It was weird. All these years later and this is exactly what this beer taste like. Your call

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz can to pint glass. Fluffy white foam slowly dissipates to thin layer. Still fairly effervescent after sitting for a few minutes. Pale, translucent yellow/gold. Smell of corn and your typical American adjunct. Taste is minimal, faint hops and grain. Mouthfeel is fairly non-existent as well - seltzer water. Still, this doesnt offend in any way.

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Photo of Sip_n_Slam
2.31/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The hipsters got it wrong, folks. This beer is unbalanced with malt overpowering the hop character and an odd grassy note that just doesn't place well. I'm having a hard time wondering why Old Style (made by the same firm) isn't leaps and bounds more embraced than this beer. I'd be willing to bet good money that Old Style would take preference between the two in a wide scale blind tasting. Not an altogether horrible beer if you only have Bud Light and Whiteclaw as other options. Cheers.

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Photo of sjrider
2.97/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can -clear yellow with short fizzy head leaving scant lacing. Nose is slightly sweet, corn and crackers. Taste follows with the slightest hint of hops. Finishes mostly clean ,no real aftertaste. It's fizzy yellow beer ,no more no less.

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Photo of defunksta
3.72/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

*Rated relative, within the style*

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color with a moderate white head. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas of lemon citrus, corn, and cracker crumbs. Also some body odor and sweat. Some chlorine swimming pool. Mostly corn and body odor here as it warms. (3.50)

Flavor: Light flavors of lemon, pale cracker crumbs, and a touch of corn & bread. Yeast and chlorine in the middle. Lots of seltzer & soda in the middle to wash out most of the flavor and finish dry. (3.75)

Feel: Relatively fuller bodied. Good carbonation. Lots of suds and seltzer. Very much feels like sparkling water. (4.00)

Compared w/ Rolling Rock 4/20/20: Pours a darker golden color. Stronger aromas. More salted bread and corn. More body odor and malty. Heavier and sweeter, but as expected for the slightly higher ABV.

Compared to Busch Beer 4/29/20: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas. More corn and sweat. Less pale cracker/cereal malts. Heavier, with a larger bite.

Overall: A light adjunct lager. Crisp and carbonated with some nice corn flavors. Nice pale malts and corn. Some sweaty notes and chlorine swimming pool. Not the best, but the carbonation gives it a nice crispness. A nice corn flavor and respectable lager. (Final Rating: 3.72)

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Photo of hottenot
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why the Freaks adopted this beer, but I'm glad they did.

Very mild malt and very little hops.
But it is more than the sum of it's parts.
Really good cold on a hot day.
And not just for lawn mowing.
Since I don't have to mow.
Cheap even at rock shows at the beer tent.
See plenty of folks walking around with a PBR 24.

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Photo of Wigglejig
2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

I mean look, you know what you are getting. If you have it ICE cold, it is a decent beer. Great for watching the game, especially for the price point. This isn't the beer to be "snobby" with (I'm looking at you, hipsters), but it does its job, and you can't complain.

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Photo of OllieStalz
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yo it's pretty hard to review this beer since there is the "hipster hype" surrounding it. Some people probably despise it because a certain demographic has gravitated towards a beer which was an afterthought in the AAL category. However, the hipsters may have been on to something. Maybe they got us looking at a beer which has been overlooked. PBR isn't bad at all...if you like the AAL style. Some people don't, which is why I don't understand why they would be reviewing a beer which falls into a category they despise. I can appreciate a decent AAL, so I would say that this beer is pretty solid. It isn't going to be the best beer you've ever had, but it isn't the worst. If you're looking for something solid and neutral, then you've found a winner. I feel that it is better than some of the big boys in this category. Don't be afraid by the hipster love. Try it. Enjoy it. Don't be afraid to tell people you like it and enjoy it. It won't make you a hipster!

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Photo of Carl94501
3.44/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a redneck beer in the 70s but now it's mostly for hipsters and liberals. Honestly for the "cheaper" domestic beers it's pretty good but it's also on the expensive end of the cheap beers. If accepted it for what it is it is a great beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shimmering gold with a short white film that dies quickly.

This has a nice hop bite to it, while still maintaining its light lager-like base. Mild bread flavors pair with hoppy grass and weed notes.

The crisp tingly medium-light body finishes semi-dry, developing a hint of corn skin on the exhale. It's kind of got this metallic note in the bitterness, but not in the bad, astringent way that would usually come across as, I just don't know how to describe it here.

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