Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of Proteus93
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When it comes to the 'general umbrella of macros,' I've had a fair share of the standard Big 3 offerings + Canadian equivelants. However, before just last night, never a good ol' fashioned PBR. Maybe the bargain price scared me into believing that the contents were going to be dreadful, but I ended up getting one to ease my palate. I was pleasantly surprised:

A: Straw yellow... not as pale as many of the others of the style at all. A thin head, leaving a little ring of lace around the edges.

S: A touch of a citrus on the nose, very light grains, and a little bit of a corn aroma.

T/M/D: Light grains, with a bit of a sweet edge. Some corn husk, a little splash of citrus on the finish. Light, refreshing, and quite a clean flavour. Body is fairly typical for the style... lighter, and easy going. A nice summer brew. Shame I've ignored this for so long... while I drop into the summertime 'lighter beer' phase, I think this will be a good, simple standby to have in the fridge.

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Photo of Phade42
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Look. We all know that PBR isn't a "GOOD" beer by any stretch of the imagination. But it's cheap, it does the job, and it's not offensively bad. It gets bonus points because it's more than likely the cheapest beer your bar offers, and if you're out for a long night of drinking, rather than actually relaxing and enjoying a few quality brews, is definitely a plus.

it tastes faintly of stale corn, it smells like the water after washing out a glass that previously held King Cobra, but it's very drinkable, especially when barely above freezing cold.

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Photo of gearkraft
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured a can into a standard pint glass. A nice head forms that quickly disappears, leaving nearly no lace. The color tends to be a very slight golden. Nothing gorgeous...

Smell: One of the few beers that has nearly no smell. Just a very small hint of grain/malt. Not great, not bad... just rather average.

Taste: Quite possibly the only beer I enjoy out of a can... Grains and malts splash on the tongue with almost no remnants of hops. Almost sweet when a fresh batch is consumed. Great with salty foods.

Mouthfeel: Quick and clean, which is the way a lager should be. Gives you a nice lick of flavor without a poor aftertaste.

Overall: One of my favorite inexpensive beers. During the school semester when money is a little tight I usually opt for this beer for its decent flavor and high drinkability. My family has been religiously drinking it since we can remember. The best among American Lagers... hands down.

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Photo of RichThatchr
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While Pabst Blue Ribbon may not rank highly in the archives of the Beer Advocate, I was taken by surprise last night by the .99 pint bottle I picked up on a whim as I passed by the beer aisle in the King Kullen market in
Halesite, NY. I popped the top with my dinner of cajun-style catfish filet and couscous, only to find another winner in the cheap beer area.

The Pabst was obviously fresh as it created a smooth and frothy head in my 50cl glass. I could see a multitude of little bubbles supporting the white top as I lifted the glass for a taste. It reminded me of what Coors tasted like before Light and before marketing reformulation as the sudsy pilsner style went down easily with a sort of creamy spirit to it.

I could have had several of these with out thinking about it, but I only had the pint. Another good point about the Pabst was that it was well matched with the spicy catfish as food with beer means a lot to me.

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Photo of Rocklandbagpiper
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a highly under rated beer who has set itself apart from Budweiser. This is getting back to the beer our fathers generation was drinking. Not as good as the micros, but as for a mass produced nationwide seller, not a bad beer for the price and something to knock back after the yard work.

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Photo of HeeNalu
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm getting classy today, guys. PBR tall boy, in it's infinite glory, poured into the appropriate glassware.... a pint sized plastic cup.

A - Pours a clear, light, yellowy gold. A quick 1 fingerish head that dissipates almost instantly with the tiniest hint of lacing. The epitome of eye twinkling glory for the flat broke college student.

S - Pretty clean on the nose. Not a lot to detect. Some light notes of roasted corn with the coarseness of corn husk, and a touch of aluminum type metal. It's enough to make your mouth water.... if you can smell it over the Marlboro smoke.

T - Coarse grains, and corn husk - much like the smell. Same metallic sensation with a a hit of hops almost trying to break through. Not sweet, not bitter, just coarse grain and corn husk. A nectar of that gods that sets your tongue ablaze.... if you can keep your mullet hair out of your cup.

M - Fairly noticeable carbonation at first which, strangely, falls flat on the tongue pretty quickly. Fairly thin, but enough to know it's there.

D - Drinks like water. You could have at it all day, and many do. Pairs wonderfully with that Ballpark frank, fried bologna sandwich, or pimento cheese.

For what it is, it's a good, easy drinking beer for those lazy summer days. Definitely better than BMC.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow with a decent head. The appearance was the highlight here. Aroma was slightly sweet and mainly of corn and malt. Taste was similar with corn/adjuncts dominating with slightly sour bite just prior of a mild to mid hop bitterness finish. Palate was decent although a bit on the thin side. Overall, a typical American style lager that is mass produced and loaded up with corn/adjuncts. Perfect to sip on while you do yard work on a hot day or when hanging with buddies at a dive bar that doesn't serve craft beer!

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Photo of I_like_beer_31
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

For what this beer is and the intended audience you might as well call this champagne for hipsters and rednecks. That being said it might be the best easily obtainable American beer. Its a bit sweet smells like hay and is a session beer for the 8.95 to 11.95 range its pure gold.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pilsner glass.

A - Straw colored with a head of white foam.

S - Nothing to overpowering here. Slightly malty whit hint of grain/grass.

T - Light maltiness with a clean dry finish.

MF&D - Light, crisp and easy to drink. Not a craft beer by far, but than again nobody ever said it was. A good summer pounder, just watch out for the headache it tends to provide you with. One of the better macros out there.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally had one of these - sure, it is better than a Bud! It has average head retention for its style, nothing distinctive in the color or smell (go figure), but it's crisp, and you can actually taste some hops. Nice malt character - almost robust even. I had one on a hot day, so that must account for my impression of the mouthfeel. This is a good clean thirst quencher and a good American brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of corn flakes, sugar, and slight cooked veggies. Taste is of sweetened corn flakes and other grains. This beer has a high level of carbonation and is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and my favorite macro beer I have tried thus far in my life. A nice go to beer when you are looking for something cheap.

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Photo of shoegueuze
3.4/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bboelens
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at lazy moon near UCF, at $0.25 a pint with a slice of pizza it's hard to beat, poured into a pint glass.

A-Liquid gold with a decent 1" stark white head that dissipated rather quickly, and... o my... is that lacing on my glass. Good for you PBR.

S-Corn, and grain, with a slight sweet smell, exactly what one would expect from an AAL.

T-Not bad at all, the corn certainly takes over along with the malt but there's a certain sweetness to it that makes this a decent beer.

M-Crisp, clean, a little watery with great carbonation.

D-This is pretty damn drinkable and went fantastic with my pizza, I'd say this is the best AAL I've ever had, and you can't beat the price, my pop would be proud.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can purchased in San Francisco. It was cheap, and I'd never tried it before. What to make of the original hipster beer.

Pours a clear and bright golden colour, with a fine head of white that feels a little weak and insubstantial. Plenty of carbonation which forms at meny different nucleation points on the glass, streaming in small-bubbled rivulets up the inside of the glass. Lace is solid, body is light, as is to be expected. Not bad all up.

Nose is clean and crisp, without any of corn and cereal adjunct aromas I was expecting. Instead, we have a light greenness, like mildly sweet clipped grass, and a touch of fruity esters, giving an almost kristalweizen banana or bubblegum character. It's all very mild, but it's quite clean, and rather refreshing.

Taste is weak, but again, exceptionally clean and light. Smooth, mild, pale grain character on the front, which wanders off and gets lost in nothingness, leaving some seltzer water on the back, a very mild bitterness and a faint tingle of carbonation. The feel is actually rather smooth, and certainly on the low end of the carbonation spectrum, which is rather pleasant.

Extremely easy to slug down, and despite the simple and somewhat lacklustre palate, it stays far from being pedestrian or offensive. Sure, it's not a great, interesting, or exciting brew, but it's actually a pretty smooth ride, and all things considered, a relatively enjoyable one.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This just arrived in BC. and is sells for way less than most equivalent beers. The taste is not bad with a clean finish and not too much sweetness. I see value in what this beer is worth and would drink it again for lawnmowing/canoe sex etc where you just want a palatable cheap beer. Nothing to get too excited about but a pleasant surprise

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Photo of Thomas_VanStavern
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a great, cheap go-to beer. Its got a lot more flavor than other beers of equivalent pricing(who shall not be named).

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Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1000th review and probably the first beer I've ever drank.

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a fairly thin white head. Head doesn't have a lot of retention and leaves a bit of layered lacing.

S- Smell is a bit of corn, rice, metallic, and a bit of hops.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Quite a bit of grain and corn.

M- Light in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- Nothing super exciting here by any means, but I'd take this one over any of the other macros.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of BravoTwo
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good American macro lager that beats the big three handily

A - Light clear straw yellow with a very minimal head that dissipated quickly

S - Average smell on the lighter side with no real standout, just there

T - Nice malty taste with a hint of muted hops. Tasty and refreshing beer

M - clean but average mouthfeel. Undistinguished from other American Macros

D - Good drinksbility. Easily a good beer for a ballgame or hanging out with friends. Very drinkable beer

As an alternative to a big, expressive beer PBR is a much better choice IMO than any of the other macros out there.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Ah, the infamous PBR. I'll make this short and sweet.

A - Pours a light, golden color, with a thick, white foamy head.
S - Corn, rice, typical of this beer style
T - Mainly sweet corn and rice flavor. Slight hop flavor.
M - Smooth, watery, and light. Moderately high carbonation.
D - Very easy to drink, goes down like water.

Normally, I'm not a big fan of adjunct lagers, but PBR gets props in my book for being a hell of a lot better than the vast majority of other beers of this style, and that it can be found for very cheap, more so than Bud, Miller, or Coors. A good option for something cheap, or party beer. It's no craft brew, but that's not what it's meant to be. The best of it's kind in my opinion.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a super clear light maize with a good 2-3 finger head that disappears quickly. Thin hints of lacing on the glass. Champagne style bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

S- A bit of a metallic scent but primarily the hops and a light sweet corn smell. And of course the alcohol is present as I find in many AALs

T- Some crisp hops and malt. The corn alcohol flavor is there but it is sweet. Clean short finish.

M- Has a higher carbonation than other AALs and although it's watery it still comes across with more body than others.

O- This is my choice when I just feel like having a beer and relaxing without going the the big huge flavors of real craft beers. I consider it to be the best choice for a "drink just to drink" beer. I feel that I must rate it according to how it compares to all beers. But if I was comparing it to other AALs it would get all 5's across the board.

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Photo of Acho
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a nice macro for the price. 18 packs were what got me going for the last two, nearly three summers.
Yellow transparent colour with a white typical head that sticks around for a little.
There is a smell, very faint but a bit grassy, not unpleasant. The taste is much better than any other American macro lager and the crisp mouthfeel makes you want more and more.

Overall the best cheap beer I have had in USA, quite worth it.

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Photo of peteknepper
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of haningj2
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Ah, yes. PBR. The God of all cheap beers. The only way to drink one is via can...even the bottles just don't seem to do the trick.

Pours typical clear/lager color. Feels very light and not overbearing. Easily drinkable and for what it is, has a nice clean, crisp flavor.

Perfect for tailgating, large get-togethers, or having a nice beer after a long day of yard work. Whatever the occassion, PBR doesn't fail to deliver the basic incentives of beer drinking.

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Photo of colonia25
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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