Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.37/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of mmmbeer
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank a bunch out of the can last night - might as well review one of the leftovers today. Pours into the pilsner glass a light gold/bright yellow with a 2 finger head that doesn't leave a lot of lacing and reduces to a very thin blanket. The aroma is corn with a slight lemony/peppery spice that reminds me of a hefe (interesting). The flavor is about the same with some adjuncts behind that and leaves me wondering how the hell there are lemon/pepper notes in an adjunct lager (but I'm not complaining). There is little aftertaste and the carbonation seems ok. As far as cheap beer goes this is one of the best and it tastes 100% better when poured into a glass.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can to pint glass

A: Pours a straw color with strong carbonation with a white head with okay retention but no lacing.

S: Smells malty grainy with small hops and almost not corn scent.

T: Tastes about the same as it smells, Nice mellow grain with malt and some hop bit to it adding just the smallest amount of bitterness. Very good, doesn't get much better.

Overall: Standard mouthfeel for the style, maybe a little on the carbonated side. Very drinkable as well. one of my favorite adjuncts.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can into a beer stein a pale yellow color. The pour produced about a half a finger of thin white head. The head layered quickly and then disappeared, but did provide some nice thin lace.

Smells like grain with a hint of citrus.

Taste is light and grainy. No complexity, it's all up front. Decent finish, pretty crisp.

Mouth feel is light body and medium carbonation, perhaps just a bit on the fizzy side.

Drinkability is the strong suit for this brew. I drank mine right after mowing the lawn in the warm Florida sun. It went down easy and tasted pretty good. For the price, this is a good brew to keep around for hot summer days and friends or neighbors who prefer macro lagers.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a huge amount of rising bubbles. Has a big two and a half finger head that actually has pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell: A slightly sweet aroma that is very heavy on corn and grains. Also some light hints of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: A sweet mixture of grains and corn with a little bit of malt. Light hints of grassy hops in the finish. Pretty decent taste for an adjunct.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium level of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A good step up from BMC. One of the better adjunct lagers out there.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the cool retro design of the can. Classic!
The beer it self has the typical fizzy, yellow American lager look. Big foamy head, that left some lacing on my glass.

It has a very faint, but sweet smell.

PBR is a nice easy drinking beer, with a mild and slightly sweet taste.

I like it better than Bud and Coors, but not as much as Miller.

It is a slightly better than average American lager. I am surprised why so many people get excited by PBR.

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Photo of cbleary
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an above-average macro lager. It smells faintly of corn and grain husk. The corn flavors are stronger on the palate with hints of pale malt and hops, but the corn is not as overpowering as Miller High Life. It goes down fairly easy and everybody seems to find it at least palatable. This is the one to get when the going is cheap.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's important to note that this rating is meant to be reflective of the style. Of the various macro beers that are available everywhere, Pabst Blue Ribbon is the one I tend to opt for because it's amongst the cheapest and least offensive.

The real quick and dirty: the pour is light yellow with a decent head, and the nose is vaguely malty. The flavour on this is what I define as generic beer, but with a bit of character, a bit of malty corn, a touch of hops, nothing leaps out with particular vehemence, but it's an American macro! The mouth is light and carbonated, and the beer is easy to drink.

The bottom line is that this is yet another macro beer. It has hipster cred for some reason that is completely beyond me, and I only drink it when even local micros or Sam aren't available, but it at least has the virtue of being cheap. The beer has some character, and is easily my favourite beer in its style, so I have to mark it up some for that.

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Photo of jkyle91
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of crownrl28
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zawright95
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a Pilsner glass. Very tasty on a hot day. Sweet, corny taste. Nice and cold this is a favorite. For the price it is a classic. Don't look for anything special just expect a solid great American made classic. This beer flows down on a hot day.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Better in a glass. Honestly, if you've tasted enough beers, for the price, you'll realize this isn't as bad as wannabe beer snobs would lead you to believe.

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Photo of oldpinecone
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.

Its poured a very yellow golden color with little white head and too much carbonation. The smell was what you expect from and adjuct...corny and grainy. It tasted very differetn from the usual BMC beers though. A bit sweeter? Maybe? Im not sure how to nail it, not bad though. It felt like water in the mouth with a bit of carbonation. Drinkability was great. Awesome session beer for the price. Not bad at all.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will point out I am drinking a U.S. pint sized can which is more often purchased at my package store and I think, therefore more fresh. date : 9-13-10 on 6-17-10

This beer kind of reminds me of Carlsberg back in Europe. Which was a crisp and reliable lager dispensed at my local pub.

I believe I used to poke fun at this beer, but to be honest, it is actually alright. I feel the same way about a yuengling lager.

appearance is as clear as can be. a golden lager with good carbonation with white head.

decent malty flavor with a subtle hop character at the end. mouthfeel is flowing and consistent.

aftertaste is actually nice, which I often say is an issue with the common mega-swill lagers of America.

I don't know about any blue-ribbon status. but I don't mind drinking this beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't normally buy macros but I have not had a PBR in quite some time. Super light yellow in color, generous billowing head, it looks like the stereotypical fizzy yellow lager. Smells like an earthy lager, not bad at all. More earthiness in the flavor, minerals, a fleeting hint of sweet fruitiness. For the price this is not a bad beer at all and makes a very good summer bbq/picinic/lawnmower beer.

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Photo of drmystery
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

all rating s are based on the style, in this case american adjunct lager, keep that in mind.

after needing a break from paying $8 per six pack of local craft beer (foothills hoppyum ipa..mmm) i went to the bmc section of the beer aisle and saw the typical bud, bud light, michelob ultra (which is hardly beer), natty, etc. then i saw pabst blue ribbon in a 6 pack-all the bmc's were in multipacks-for 5 dollars, thats ~84 cents a bottle and i thought thats a good deal for an adjunct lager thats not bmc.

i spent my 5 bucks and had me some pbr.

the appearance is typical of an adjunct lager-straw pissy yellow with snow white head, about average for this style of beer.

the smell is pretty average, malts and beer. zero hops.

taste is just malts and sweet corn syrup (pbrs adjunct), which is kind of good...i get that sweetness and kind of tang of corn syrup on the back of my throat which invites me to have more. however the lack of hops is to be expected, but its disappointing, this beer actually tastes good for an adjunct lager, and i was half hoping for some hops. i guess im just naiive.

mouthfeel-fizzy water, nothing too impressive, except for the goopy corns syrup on the back of the back of the throat, which i liked.

overall, this adjunct american lager is not bad. it has an interesting corn syrupy characteristic which i personally find enjoyable. obviously this beer isnt a craft beer and its not going to be loaded with hops-its a flavorful and enjoyable macro adjunct lager that i will drink again when the IPAs and pale ales get old. PBR is a refreshing and cheap way to enjoy a macro beer that has a little bit more going than the bmc's when you need a break from kickass craft beers. above average ratings in nearly all categories for this style of beer.

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Photo of zimm421
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A buddy left this at my place this weekend, and I thought I'd review it. Had it before, but never really though about what was going on.
Poured from a can into a pint glass, appears a very clear yellow that you can see completely through, with a fairly thin, bubbly head that actually stays for a decent amount of time, but leaves almost no lacing.
Smell is full of grains, lots of corn. Nose is just like most adjuncts, but is not as strong or unpleasantly overpowering as most. There are some hops in the nose, but nothing really worth much at all. Not a lot going on in the taste, just a lot of grains and grassy notes, as well as a slight bitterness towards the end of each sip.
Mouthfeel is thin, no thickness whatsoever, but not watery. A lot of carbonation that fits in with what I've come to expect from adjuncts. The drinkibility is better than what I'm used to from this style, and this is actually something I could see myself drinking for a night out on campus.
Overall a decent brew. Much better and more desirable than most of the other macro brews I've had while starting out my days of drinking.

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite adjunct lager, even though I'm not a hipster.

A: Poured from can into a pint glass. Clear yellow with a big white head that actually has some retention.

S: Smells like malt and corn but can also smell hops! A huge plus.

T: Pretty sweet with malt and corn flavors and a very decent hoppiness that finishes the beer off.

M: Creamy carbonation to fit the light body.

O: For what it is, it's pretty damn good. Noticable hops and a good body give PBR the edge over BMC.

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Photo of Holderness
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Actually pretty good looking for a lager. Very pale orange/yellow, with some incredibly robust carbonation and a two finger white head that lasts for at least a little while. The smell falls comparatively short, being dominated by corn, grain, and vegetal aromas not unlike Bud or Miller. A slight hoppiness prevents it from being all 'bad'. The taste is worse than Narragansett, but better than Miller High Life, which are the two AALs I would drink in lieu of PBR on any sort of regular basis. Robust graininess upfront, somewhat watery finish.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into an Imperial Pint. No date.

A - Clear effervescent yellow with a cloud-white, and thick head. Very little retention and no lacing at all.

S - Sweet malts, corn, and a dryness. Not a whole lot going on here.

T - Sweet and lightly malty with less adjunct flavor than one might expect. Low levels of corn and a bit of huskiness.

M - Creamy and smooth actually. A little bite. Light to light-medium in body.

D - One of my favorite cheap beers, it's not half bad and it certainly is an easy drinker. Probably the first time I've ever had it outside a can.

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Photo of GreatHornedEwl
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JZ77
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is among my favorite cheap beers. As a recent college graduate, I have had my share of these low end brews and I have found that this has much more flavor than many of the other macro brand names. With higher income comes better beers, but I will will always look to this beer with a certain fondness.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just tried last night at Mama's on the Half Shell in Baltimore. They have PBR on one of those new super cold taps and as a "Blue on Blue" They give you about 4oz. in a large shot glass with cocktail sauce and a fresh oyster. Mmmmm.

Lets face it, this is straight forward good beer. I can sit here and complain about macro's, but Pabst is pure quality and dependability. Looks a sweet, golden tan. Smells a nice thin hops with some grainy corn. The taste comes across as a bittery hoppy corn. Mouthfeel and drinkability are easy. Well worth having a few.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored from a 12 oz can bought at my local food lion.

Appearance - Light straw golden color. 1 finger head dissolve quickly to nothing. Not bad looking, but nothing amazing here.

Smell - Crisp clean fresh scent with grain, rice and corn in the mix. Not much nose here to write about. kinda faint.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very carbonated. Almost like drinking ginger ale. Lite body. Quite refreshing. In the taste arena, there is fresh grain and rice notes. Corn is subtle. A ever so slight hint of metalicness from the can brightens up this brew a hair.

Drinkablity - One of the most drinkable Macros out there. It's a staple go-to thirst quencher for me. If you're looking for complexity and full bodiedness, then an American Adjunct Lager (AAL) is not going to make the cut. If you want to quench your thirst or throw back a few beers, then this is a great option. I can't stand guys that give this and other decent AAL's bad ratings just because it's not a "kick you in the ass full bodied sipper." You need to respect the style, respect beer.

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