Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
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Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #94
Ranked #30,346
2.94 | pDev: 25.51%
Thursday at 09:52 PM
Aug 25, 2001
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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Rated by JFlowers

3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by DarrellFine from Florida

3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
What can you really say about this American classic that hasn't been said already? Highly drinkable with a classic flavor. Sure, there's better beers out there, but 15 bucks for a 24 pack is hard to beat. Beats any Natty or Keystone, for sure. And I'll drink this over Budweiser ANYDAY. Perfect for relaxing on the porch and watching the the hurricane blow by, or mowing the grass on a hot summer day. Smells of grain and malt with a touch of hops. Very clean, unoffensive classic taste that's way better than most other American adjunct lagers. Grab a couple of cases and throw em' on ice. You'll be glad you did!
Thursday at 09:52 PM
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
If you’re gonna call your shit ‘Blue Ribbon’ or ‘King Of’, it better be pretty damn good.
So. While this is an American institution, right of passage, fire extinguisher, lubricant, douche, road beer in the pick up, teenage kick, college pride, or just a thirst quencher, it deserves its red white and blue label.,.
Wheaty, effervesent, stinky, yeah.
But chase 6 Taco Bell Supremes at 4 AM?
Get outta here!
Sep 26, 2022
Rated: 2.74 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by UncleReemus78 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This review will only be limited to the category of American Adjunct Lager. With that said we can skip the looks smell and feel because it doesnt matter when it comes to this. Pabst is probably my favorite of all the commercial beers with Miller Highlife right behind it. Never have understood why so many people insist on drinking Bud Light and it's the worst we'll,. I take that back. Natural Light is the worst beer in history but it is the same company. Anybody remember when Bud Dry was introduced? I have a suspicion that they accidently fermented all the sugars out of a batch making it dry as in 0 on a hydrometer. They tried to sell what they could but nobody liked it. The commercial said "Why Ask Why?". "Drink Bud Dry". Anyway, Pabst is pretty good with lime and salt but always make sure it is as cold as ice without freezing. It's the best of the shit beers so to say.
Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 2.88 by SeabN

Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This definitely wasn't as bad as some like to say, which is usually the case with macro beers. But there was an odd... idk what to call it but it wasn't a normal beer flavor. Definitely not a favorite but not undrinkable
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
One of those beers from back in the day when I was in the service and when I was in college. When the money was tight, we could always afford it because we paid about 4 or 5 dollars for a 12 pack. I'll drink it anytime it's offered.
Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

2.96/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I mean, it’s PBR. It’s for high school kids who think they are nerdier and more discriminating than the jocks who drink natty light. It doesn’t taste good at all. Like piss in a can.
Aug 09, 2022
Rated: 2.5 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
Rated: 2.16 by BigSippa

Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by OzzyCoop from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Yeah, my grandfather used to drink this stuff by the flat. Its a good one. It sits just above Genesse and the like in my opinion. I typically drink higher end IPAs and stouts but I grabbed a six pack of this on an impulse. I don't mind it. I would drink it mowing the lawn or digging a trench during the summer heat. Better than Coors by a mile. Better than MGD by a mile. Not heavy carbonated or heavy ABV so it goes well with the summer heat. Thick white head that clings to the glass and fizzles out after a few minutes. Colored light yellow like straw. Don't listen to the haters. It's not bad.
Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 2.92 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 2.97 by McAfee85 from Kansas

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 2.66 by not2quick from Missouri

Jun 14, 2022
Rated: 3.15 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by ShrimpEnjoyer

2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
You're outside with a submarine sandwich from the deli. The air outside is fresh, the sky is blue, the world around you is alive. Don't drink PBR in any other circumstance.
Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.22 by kirkgarner

Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 2.26 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

On the pour a 2 finger head forms which reduces relatively slowly for the style to ring around the rim and a covering of fine bubbles over the whole beer. Body is light gold a bit darker than bmc beers, but very similar. Relatively lazy carbonation for the style, and crystal clear.

Aroma is very light, but it seems like a good thing as there isn't a lot of malt or anything else going on. Some adjunct sweetness and generic lager aroma but nothing fantastic or notable. Possibly vaguely corny and chemically as well, but not disgusting.

Flavor follows the aroma with adjunct sweetness followed by some vague malts and corniness. The flavor then goes into its yeasty flavors which is dominated by a dry generic lager flavor with a bit of diacetyl thrown in for fun it seems. Not much is really off, but there is so little malt flavor that's all that really comes through.

Feel is not the best for the style either, head doesn't really return to give a creamy feel but rather has mostly carbonation bite leaving the beer feeling rather dense. Still light compared to other styles but the feel was all that was really left for this beer to redeem itself.

Overall it's boring with just enough off and no real redeeming qualities to make it one that I'm not going to come back to. No malt flavors and the adjunct "maltbill" is so obvious that it's not even funny. Feels like corn soda almost.
May 20, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by deleted_user_1188004

3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I believe I had it first whilst plastered @ a bar. But recent, I had it while working on some yard work on a very warm date. Hence this review, the beer smells great. The beer tastes great. It is a nice full bodied beer. I am still a novice @ the intricacies of reviewing a beer. But just know that this beer is good, got me drunk after 3 (16 oz) Don't let the stats fool yeah, it might be low ABV but was brewed with such care that it packs an unbeknownst punch. Don't just take my word, drink it yourself and tell us how it makes you feel.
May 18, 2022
Rated: 1.27 by KicknGuitar from Antarctica

May 12, 2022
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Rated by scotorum from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On the higher end of its class, a refreshing enough warm weather lager with a bit more grainy flavor than most others.
May 12, 2022
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Rated by gregs_nogg

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
This is a great beer for the cost. Borderline disgusting but also helps out the wallet. pretty good overall score from me.
May 12, 2022
Rated: 3.04 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

May 09, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by soarinsteven from Illinois

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by AJSeven from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Really tired of craft beer snob betas giving this beer a low score. This beer is the best of the American Adjunct. It is less bubblegummy than Budweiser and less Sickeningly malty than High life. It’s dry corn flavor with great hop forwardness is what its all about (good luck finding hop flavor at all in Bud or Miller). Get off your hipster high horse and stop giving this beer a bandwagon bad rating. This is a good beer and you know it.
May 06, 2022
Rated: 3.06 by Chris7482 from Illinois

May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by Rhetion from Florida

May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by anonybob

2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
The problem with PBR is it tastes passable if weak. So it's easy to drink, but by the time you've gone through one or two tall boys your short-term responsible drinking allotment is done and all you've drank is more or less nothing in the flavor category.
A flat out bad beer you can't drink and just give up on. With PBR you keep trying and by the time you figure out it's a road to nowhere it's too late. Which makes it the beer I hate most in the world. My advice is to limit to 1 12 oz serving or dump those 4 last ounces from the tall boy on principle. Probably was better before megacorp X bought it.
May 01, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by BTexpress from Georgia

Apr 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Fedorable

3.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
2 for $3 tallboys... It's not great beer but it's not at all bad. It's not watery and it doesn't taste like urine, so it avoids the usual failings. Pleasant bready taste, nothing more nothing less. Again: 2 for $3 tallboys
Apr 28, 2022
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Rated by KingJay25

2.11/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Cost cheap, taste cheap. Too acidic. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd drink in a pinch and not complain.
Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by willpauer from Arizona

3.61/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: Looks like cheap beer. Decent enough head, not much lacing.

Smell: Smells like beer.

Taste: Tastes like beer. Lots of grain, a little hop action.

Feel: Clean, uncomplicated, accessible.

Overall: It's cheap and tastes like beer. 30-rack for less than an hour's wages. A day-drinking classic that will never go out of style.
Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 2.72 by Joebelanger75 from Massachusetts

Apr 04, 2022
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Rated by Zopiac from Michigan

1.99/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
Tastes like soaking wonderbread in carbonated water
Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 2.67 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Mar 23, 2022
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