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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 goochpunch
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the typical light yellow with the quickly disipating head. No surprises. Smell is really grainy with a hint of booze. Surprising for the low abv. Really pleasant and not too sweet in the taste. Kind of drying in the finish. Mouthfeel doesn't suffer from the typical prickliness of excess carbonation. This is really good if you want to drink at home/at the bar on the cheap and makes a good summertime refreshment.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

According to my BA profile... this is review #1000... wow. Why review PBR? I was going to do something epic and "white whale", but generally, I am holding all of those cellar collection bottles to share with my Boise homeboys. Honestly, I am reviewing PBR, because bottle for bottle, can for can, I drink more PBR than any other beer. Sierra Nevada Pale and Jubelale probably outweigh it lately, but that's just because the Chevron near my house has screaming deals better than any place in town... so anyway... enough philosophizing.. on to the brew.

24 oz huge tall-boy can picked up at Maverick for about $2.... poured into my Delirium goblet. Surprising 2 finger head... slinks back to a pretty descent cap... leaving nice drapes of white lace... the brew is polished pale gold.

Nose is grainy pale malts.. very clean.. hints of spicy hops??? probably in my imagination.

Flavor is every bit what you expect, but still somehow good/great for the style... a touch of sulfur reminds me how hard really pale clean lagers can be to make.

Body is light and carbonation is medium high... drinkablility is only a notch or two below water... Really great on 100+ days pushing the lawnmower or hanging out at the Symposion and playing Golden Tee.. but really.. for the most part, I must stop drinking this crap at home.

For what it is... it is good.. that said, I always say that "I am done drinking Pabst." If I do drink it, I drink too much and I'm not sure, but my intestines might have an allergy to the blue ribbon. :-)

With out a doubt... this is my favorite Macro... is this all grain?? any adjuncts?


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Photo of vacax
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a typical head that dies down relatively fast. A few strands of bubbles are flowing to the top steadily. Smells somewhat grainy, a bit fruity, berry-like or microscopically floral even, close to skunky.

Taste is especially quenching at first because there is not too much malt sweetness in the beginning. Some mild bitterness, slightly floral, slightly skunky. Not sure how it could resemble skunk when it was in a can, slightly berrylike. Probably one of the better adjunct lagers just because it isn't too sweet. Light body and medium carbonation, feels quite nice. Drinks lighter than most adjunct lagers and not as sweet.

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Photo of velosuds
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before Dec. 7, 2009 on the bottle. Single purchased at local health food store for $.89. "UNION MADE" on the attractive red, white, and blue label.

A-Pours a clear, pale golden hue with a two finger bright white foamy head the slowly recedes into a modest lacing.

S-Grainy malt, corn, and slight grassiness.

T-Lightly toasted malt sweetness and some bitterness.

M-Smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very easy drinking, although somewhat lacking in taste. Beats BMC hands down.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kguyty
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have got to be honest... I hated this beer when I first tried it. After trying other American macros, this one unquestionabally beats the others (Coors, AB, Miller). No, it is not the most complex beer out there, but if you want a decent tasting cheap beer, this is the beer for you. Perfect for a warm day...

I have often wondered what the original formula tasted like when it was actually brewed in Milwaukee, not San Antonio...Can anyone provide me with this information?

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This award-winning beer has been poured form a chilled bottle into a 12oz "pint" glass. The beer is a very clear straw color, with a good sized white foam head that dissipated quickly. There are plenty of carbonation bubbles rising up in the glass. This aroma is a yeast and some grain, probably corn. The taste is typical of the style, with plenty of sweet corn grain and other malts; the hops a non-existent to the point that the brewer may have forgot to include them. Although the carbonation is above average, it doesn't affect the mouthfeel negatively. There is a bit of coating and stickiness from the high sugar content, but it isn't too bad. I find PBR to be exceptionally drinkable, if I am in the mood for it. I don't get tired of it and usually only need to cut myself off when I know it's time to prevent a hangover. This is my go-to beverage when I'm out on the town and don't feel like spending much money. There is something reassuring knowing I can get a 16oz tall boy at nearly any bar in town; thanks hipsters!

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an old PBR goblet. Brilliantly clear pale straw color, very transparent. White head dissipates quickly and settles into a thin collar with a wispy island in the middle caused by the plum of carbonation that shoots up the middle of the goblet.

Aroma is a faintly sweet, untoasted grain with a faint hop scent. Flavor is more of the same. Good balance for a macro. Mouth feel is effervescent and light, plenty of carbonation. Did a great job of washing down some chips and salsa. Overall, my favorite macro and probably the only one I will bother to review.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a tall straight-sided pilsner glass. The bottle has no date. Clear, pale yellow with 1/2" bubbly white head that dissipates relatively slowly while drinking, leaving no lace. Light malt with wet cardboard aroma. Crisp, light acidic initial flavor that transitions into a light bitter aftertaste that is short lived. Surprisingly not bad & relatively refreshing. It had a slightly funny off flavor as it warmed. Light bodied with dry texture and relatively active carbonation. I don't drink this style very often, but I found the PBR to be a decent summer beer that pairs well with a sandwich or burger and chips. Probably makes a good session beer and is not nearly as terrible as some beer snobs would have you believe.

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Photo of simmons
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pabst blue ribbon has to be one of the best mass produced cheap beer around. There are many cheap beers out there that are just plain disgusting and horriable. pabst blue ribbion has a nicce feel to it when it, not much head to brag about. As for the flavor its not strong but its not too mild in hops and malt useage. i wouldnt pick this over a good flying fish or home brew but for $13.00 for a 30 pack this is your best bet.

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz can into Pilsener glass

A - 3 fingers white foam over a transparent body of straw yellow, medium/high visible carbonation

S - grain with a touch of grass

T - corny grain, grassy bitterness; just a clean adjunct lager

M - highly-carbonated light body

O - If you're looking for something simple and refreshing, PBR does the job.

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Photo of Natural510
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an uninspiring, clear straw color with an impressive amount of frothy, cotton-like head.
Smells grassy, vegetal, corny.
Flavor is good for the style; highly vegetal, with the corn adjunct shining through. Sweet malt base, and, while not in the flavor, there is a buzz in the mouth which indicates the hops' presence.
Crisp and refreshing, if not highly remarkable.
Drinkability is high when cold, decreases along with the temperature.
This American lager has quite a cult following, but not much better or worse than its peers. Still, a good choice for the price, and a 12-pack in my refridgerator helps me space out my indulgence into better beer.

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Photo of Monk0383
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying to to find that perfect party/summer/lawnmower beer, with value and taste in mind. I Re-tried budweiser recently and I have to say I enjoyed it, for what it is. But thats gonna be different review. Also enjoy Shlitz, making it my first review, but on to the Pabst! I'm gonna do this review while dinking the beer.

Serving style can poured into a frosty beer mug.

A: Straw yellow, one fingers worth of head, which stuck around for about a minute. Slight lacing

S: Not much of a smell, slighty grassy. Nothing offencive

T: Grassy, not malty at all, dry and crisp. Finshes clean with a lil' hop in there

M: Dry and bubbly, clean finsh

O: I like this beer, there's only a few I would say I dislike. It was quite refreshing, I wonder if my guest would mind enjoying Pabst at my next event? I'm gonna continue my quest for the perfect party/summer beer. Any sugestions are welcome

Plus I think a cooler full of Pabst, Shlitz, and maybe Blatz, would be a hit at a retro pool party or something

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Photo of Wallmane
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dkemp713
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akajimmyd
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz can, poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Pale golden color. Very minimal head.

Smell: Slightly sour smell, besides that not much.

Taste: Yummy. The most flavorful of the “cheap beers.” Served very cold. A bit sweet but a very clean taste.

Notes: This is the best of the college beers. Perfect drinkability for watching a movie in the winter or sitting on the porch in the summer. Always a treat to find one in the beer bath at a party. Even better in the long neck.

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Photo of taters21
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PBR out of the bottle yeah!

A- Overly clear light yellow color with carbonated head that falls to a barely there ring around the head. NO lacing.

S- Smells of metallic scents with hints of malt and barley. Low amounts of hops.

T- Still great flavor of corn, malts, and the little hints of hops. This combo for a classic are amazing. Great overall taste.

M-D- Smooth as water feel with a mild dry ending. Easy to drink and doesn't make you feel like crap in the morning after mass drinking sessions.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow, streams of carbonation flow towards the top of the glass, light frothy head, and small traces of lacing.

S - Smell is ceral malts, and a bit of alchohol pokes through.

T - Taste for an American Macro lager is excellent. Clean malt flushes against the palate, then slight hop bitters pronounces itself halfway through. Ends with a crisp bitter taste. Quite refreshing.

M - Perfectly carbonated and light on the palate.

D - Very drinkable on a summer day.

Definitely one of the best American Macros. Nothing offensive about this beer at all, and much better than 90% of BMC offerings. Give this one a try.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$2 PBR pitcher night can get you into trouble.

Pours like any other macro, fairly light colored, highly carbonated.

Smell is actually better than most from the category, in my opinion. It has almost a sweet, doughy sensation to it.

I'd also have to give the nod to this on taste as well. Whatever it is producing that better smell is lending itself to better flavor. Otherwise, fairly unremarkable.

Mouthfeel however carries too much carbonation and is overall simply weak.

On the whole, 3.5 for drink because it's above average compared to it's competition. I definitely don't mind drinking this one.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mm, Pabst. I feel like every bottle should come with an offer of employment at a steel mill or other suitably manly establishment. Only beer I can think of that prominently states UNION MADE. But right, the beer...

Pours into a pint glass a light-to-medium yellow with about an inch and a half of golden-white foamy head. Smells a bit more strongly than many other American macros, more hoppy too. Flavor follows suit, although only barely - it's pretty comparable to Miller/Bud/Coors. Has a bit more of a malty aftertaste that sticks in the mouth for a while.

All told, it's PBR. It won't be winning any blue ribbons outside of its marketing department. But it's somewhat better than its macrobrew competitors at a substantially lower price. When you're looking to fill up a cooler, look to PBR. It's not just for longshoremen and hipsters anymore.

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Photo of Saint
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer stands out from other standard American Lagers. They are certainly doing something right all these years in america if it was named Americas Best in 1893, giving Pabst its infamous title Blue Ribbon, survived prohibition, and maintains status as one of Americas favorite go to Lagers today. Certainly a favorite hit on PBR three dollar pitcher night at my local bar.

It appearance is interesting, its a very flat color, and looks like a very honey-yellow, normally single color brews look uninteresting, but its color is very pleasant. It pours with solid white head, that quickly disperses. Its smell leaves a lot to be desired, it isn't unpleasant, its very nearly nothing at all, very unassuming. It tastes mild and unassuming, nothing unpleasant about it. Its mouthfeel, is fantastic, very sharp, very crisp, tingly and pleasant. Overall very drinkable, not the most interesting beer out there, but pretty refreshing when you want something light & refreshing.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a fizzy yellow into my mug, huge white head, tons of bubbles.

Doesn't smell like much, maybe some faint grain

taste is grainy and some sweet, very little hops. Your typical mega-swill. Not too much flavor, but not too watery.

mouthfeel is thin and light. I rated it a 4 because i think water feels pretty good in the mouth, that's about what it's like, but highly carbonated.

Highly drinkable... this is one of those beers you can drink all day if you wanted to. perfect for camping, and summer activities.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Starts off with a big fluffy head that quickly disipates. Pale gold colour. Not the typical urine colour of most pale lagers, but a pale gold. Smells of pale malts, bread, and grass. Simple. Tastes, quite good, actually. Simple, plain, and good. Like a decent, basic homebrew. Sweet at first, with a bit of bitterness and grass in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean and dry. Very drinkable. Great session beer.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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