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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

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Photo of McStagger
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hipster-tastic. Always imitated, often duplicated.

A: According to the can, this beer was America's best in 1893. Oh, and it expires on November 11th. Hard pour leads to two and a third (estimate) finger of slightly off white foam. The foam is not long of this earth and rapidly dissipates. Carbonation is lively. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Cereal goodness. Touch of grassy hops in the nose as well.

T: To be honest, I don't find the flavors to be all that impressive. There's the adjunct cereal, a touch more of the grassy hops and maybe a tiny bit lemon citrus on the end. The finish is all adjunct. Everything seems very muted. The flavors are thin and watery. Not to the level of BMC, but not a whole lot better.

O: The flagship retro lager pales in comparison to other examples of the style. Punch the next hipster you see in the grill and ask why his kind couldn't have made Schlitz their beer of choice.

M: Middle of the pack.

M: Standard adju

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Photo of BadBadger
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Pabst Blue Ribbon, can be a refreshing beer, under the right circumstances. IY pours a clear lihky golden color into the glass. THe head is nice and foamy. The smell is reminiscent of an bar you have been into. It makes your think of stale beer, and sloppy floors. The taste is pretty much nonexistent. The mouthfeel is crisp. This is not necessarily an achievement, considering the absence of flavor to begin with. Not the macro lage I would reach for again: don't get got up in the fad. I would recommend a Miller High Life instead.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just popped a can of this classic. While this beer is certainly nothing to write home about is is probably my favorite american adjunct lager. I'd take a pbr any day over a bud, miller or coors. Its cheep and doesn't taste awful, while still getting the job done on a weekend night. I would definitely recommend this as an alternative beer for casual beer drinkers.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon....

Appearance-poured out of a can into the glass, leaves a fizzy head that trails downward, muddled color as well.

Smell-tinny smell, lots of metal, some alcohol as well. Other things come up but not noticably strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again metallic, grainy up front and in the finish, heavily carbonated. Wouldn't go so far as to call it enjoyable but it is different.

Drinkability-Light beer, not that enjoyable though, easy to drink if you want to.

Overall-This beer has a cult following, I'm not that sure why. Didn't really enjoy it and I don't even think it's better than BMC.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

88 cents for a pint can, not bad price for macro stuff. Pours a piss yellow, smells quite grainy and sweet. Tastes sweet with an unusual citrusy flavor but it's kind of weak. Mouthfeel is watery as normal for macros i've had. Very drinkable as this is supposed to be for a mass market. It won't win any awards except best in redneck category!!

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Photo of rodrot
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

PBR poured a clear golden color with a one inch head that went away rather quickly. Aroma was citrusy and fruity with a faint whiff of corn. Taste was very fruity and spritzy with a slight hop bitterness and some malt character in the finish, but not much. This beer had an incredibly thin mouthfeel. It was pretty bland and watery tasting, which is the standard for most macros I guess. I could see this as a refreshing drink after mowing the lawn in 90 degree temperatures.

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Photo of giblet
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is the brand that my grandpa used to drink. i am sure it was much better than it is today. this was cheap. it worked very well for our cookout. it was 90 degrees out and we had some grilled pork. this beer was well iced in a cooler and it was very good for that.

i had maybe 10 of them and it was refreshing.

not bad for a macro.

suckem up and movem out!
giblet

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head or lacing with this one. Clear golden body. Neither interesting or exciting. Aroma is mild and mosty smells of fresh picked sweet corn. Some light malt. Flavor is more on the malt side and less on the sweet corn side. Light body and medium to high carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable but not a good beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've read alot about PBR here on B.A. & thought, what the hell...so here goes:

Pours out with a decent-sized white head over very pale gold liquid. Nose is stereotypically "adjuncty", mainly corn, with a light, light, light wisp o' malt & slight grass. Taste is alright for a cheap macro, decent mouthfeel with notes of light malt sweetness and a brief swirl of hop bitterness. Finishes with a quick fruity note, very slight dryness. There, I've done it! Nice "lawnmower" brew, but given the choice I'd cough up the extra sawbuck for a sixer of Ballantine XXX.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation, the classic 12 ounce can with the recognizable Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. Pours a faint yellow, thin head which quickly disappears. Slight husky and corn aroma, but was very difficult to detect. A little malt and somewhat of a grassy or hay taste. Very light body. Pleasant to drink based on the undetectable adjuncts, I won't let the six pack go to waste, but still only slightly above average. PBR is difficult to find in eastern S.D., no joke!

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Photo of BeanBone
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by a little over two fingers of bubbly white head that burn off quickly and leave no lacing.

Aroma: A thin pale malt body with just a whiff of flowery hops.

Flavor: Grainy pale malt makes up the bulk of the profile, and unfortunately brings an off metallic flavor to the party. There is a thin wave of hops if you go hunting, and if you happen to catch them, you’ll find bare notes of lemon, grass, and banana. Pale malt and a hint of dark fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with medium-high carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinker, perfectly suited for a summertime Dashboard Confessional show.

Verdict: While the hipsters may be more interested in the can design than the beer inside, PBR is actually not too terrible of a beer. I suppose the highest compliment I could pay this beer is that I could easily believe this was a poor attempt at an easy-drinking lager from a mediocre craft brewery.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a hot summer days and was going to the park for a family lunch, stop at the grocery store and bought a 6 pack of this. The color is very pale yellow. Nice looking head with a soapy looks. Clear color beer. The aroma shows some citrus notes with cereal (mainly corn). Pretty simple/ordinary aroma. The taste is watery... I would guess this is water except for the slight bitterness at the end. Not impressive at all, I would have guess that this one had more punch than the ordinary BMC beers. This is a simple beer, however it is refreshing (but not interesting). Drinkability is high, however after 2-3 of this beer, it is starting to get a little dull...

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a PBR in the can.

Appearance - It is a hay-colored beer, with a bubbly head that goes flat very quickly.

Smell - It has a sweet, metallic smell to it.

Taste - It tastes how it smells: sweet, metallic, and watered-down.

Mouth feel - Not over-carbonated like some BMC beers, goes down like bottled water.

Overall - Well after trying other BMC's this is pretty high up.

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Photo of mcb1987
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great for the price..That's about it..

Smell: Very little smell of anything particular

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

For one of the cheapers beers to buy, its not bad, and does its job.

Serving type: can

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Photo of engagechad
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buddy of mine left some bottles over at my house so i figured what the hell. Poured into a pint.

Looks like yellow water, however the head is good with good lacing and it is very clear.
Smells like old corn and tastes kind of like old corn but the taste isn't really terrible. it is a very drinkable beer. good pizza beer.

Overall. It's an AAL which is just meh.. but It's not the worst that is out there and it's not a terrible brew to have around.

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Photo of mschofield
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow, well carbonated with a (tall for style) two finger frothy stark white head.
Clean, sligthly metallic light malt and corn flake aroma.
Slight lemon taste, a little bitterness than stands out in contrast to most beers of the style.
The flavor is noticeably malty, slight sulfur, actually comes across as a light lager, and not a macro "pilsner". Light feel overall, but compared strictly to the style I'd go so far as medium bodied.
Good drinkability, and a great lawnmower, tailgate, BBQ beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden straw hues with a ring halo.

Scents barley eek out a malt scent.

Me tongue can barely detect grain and some adjunct additive of perhaps corn or rice.

Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation, although this could be due to the religiously cleaned lines at Grey Lodge.

Decent to wash down some pub grub, but, seriously, PBR is ok at best, even on a good clean draught line.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Shaurya
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty good for the price.. Not much else to write home about..

Doesn't really have a distinct smell or anything.. but tastes malty.. hints of corn.

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

Much better than its similarly priced peers, like Bud, Coors, Natural etc.

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Photo of dippy
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pourhouse in Boston.

Poured gatorade yellow and a thin, white head. Head disappeared quickly, must have taken most of the flavor with it.

Sweet smell of corn. Not much else.

The taste is all grain and corn. Tastes like it is made from horse feed. Not a Bad thing.

Decent Macro with good drinkability. Tastes great with Cornbread. Mellow flavor that doesn't dominate the food you are eating.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 10/21/12 notes. Have had this many, many times, and had a few 16 oz. cans at Brother Jimmy's watching the Giants game. Poured into a pint glass to review it. Review #2300!

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, corn, a little sweet, cereal, biscuit malts, and bready malts. Not offensive but not much going on.

t - Tastes of grains, corn, water, wheat, bready malts, and lightly sweet. Matches the nose pretty closely; again, just not much going on.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink for sure, though a tiny bit overcarbonated.

o - Overall not a good beer by any means; was actually surprised the overall rating was so high. I find it better than all other Miller products and better than Coors, and about on par with Bud Light, though slightly less watered down. Given the choice between this and a Bud Light I'd probably take a Bud Light, but I wouldn't really care either way. Not really sure why this is super popular with hipsters with so many better, also affordable options out there, but whatever.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this silver can of goodness.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not good with lots of corn and wheat. The flavor is full of adjuncts with tons of corn, rice and wheat. Overall the aroma and flavor are incredibly bland. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a beer with nothing positive going on.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: December 23, 2015... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsener...OCCASION: toasting another Cavs win... APPEARANCE: ultra clear, light golden body with visible swirls of effervescence; the head is spongy, thick and bursting with bubbles of white; hedgerows of lacing is left behind; ... AROMA:immediate apple/pear hit the nostril, along with the awkwardness of oats, hay and beefy biscuit...PALATE: soft, thin, and absolutely evasive in its presence--swift to its end, and the end is bitter; oily with flat carbonation...TASTE: oats and soft malts create a woody, slightly metallic water-heavy profile; otherwise, as soft and nondescript as 24 ounces of beverage can get...a salty cracker sifts its way in as the can drains...OVERALL: as far as blue-color working cans go, one could do much worse than Pabst...I know my father's generation laments the loss of the "old" recipe, but this offering does its job by refreshing without restraint...easy-drinking to the point of slamming....a good-looking can, worth mentioning

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Photo of packetknife
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Up until recently I didn't know PBR truly came outside of cans (its natural habitat). Pours golden with bubbles throughout and a big broken foam head that faded slowly and smeared (glass not quite clean?). Feable attempt at malts, some hops, a slight artificial sweetness. Some citris hit my nose each time I pulled the glass up. It reminds me more of old Grain Belt than anything else. Much more tolerable off tap, not too bad actually if the heat is on.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of BEERZILLA
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I tried this once a few years ago in a tall boy and thought it was the worst,then the other day had on tap at the bowling alley and was suprised at how different it tasted.This is really one of those beers that tastes different out of a can than on tap or bottle.Pbr has become a "hipster beer" in houston,so more people are drinking it now and more bars are offering it now on tap because its "cool".

Hey for an american lager its pretty good,goes down smooth with little after taste.A cheap decent beer thats good for drinking when your smoking a brisket or pork butt in the texas heat,best paired with country music.

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