Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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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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1,699
Ratings:
5,462
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
24.58%
 
 
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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: just a pinch darker than pale yellow, crystal clear, pushes up big head of white foam that's a bit sticky, keeps a good collar of white foam and about 70% of a skin

S: dusty metallic grain and some malt sweetness ... or something sweet; some sweet corn (not creamed corn, good raw off the cob corn)

T: grain, something medicinal and a pinch of light-malt sweetness with a slight metallic bite up front; at times it has a "house paint" flavor that a lot of beers in this style have ... hard to say what it is, but for me it's like fresh house paint; very light corn flavor, sour grain; definitely something sweet in this, either sugars from the grains or a little barley

F: for me? perfect ... super featherweight, crisp, clean — straight out of the can, it's rip your tongue off carbonated just like any good soda water/soft drink/pop, which I swam in growing up; but with a hard pour, you can take enough of the overly forced carbonation out of it to give it a bit of softness that works fine, too, if you're not a fan of big carbonation

O: tasty little adjunct ... tasty little adjunct, indeed, with a surprising amount of sweetness from the grains; not sure where this ranks among my favorite AALs, but it's up there; I like it, and I'll drink more of it

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Photo of kevin3046
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

One of the best of the American Adjunct Lagers. Smells of corn. Lots of carbonation and slightly creamy. Decent hoppiness for an AAL. Not bad for this type of beer.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 LAp
1.25/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

No better than the other cheap beers with which it competes. Bland, lackluster, and a distant second choice beverage to water. Indistinguishable from all but 1 of 7 other cheap beers in our blind taste test.

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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 Feel_the_Darkness
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love cheap, American Lagers. Let's not pretend you need to read about the attributes, it looks, smells, tastes and feels like pure beer. Buy it when you want to drink a beer.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.51/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Don't get the hate on this beer. It's constantly a fantastic easy drinking lager. I based my rating on the style, which it nails perfectly, not based on if it's as good as Fou.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light colored gold, the head goes away fast on it. Has a strong smell of grains. Tastes like a very watered down lager, but overall worth the dollar paid for it.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 355mL can into snifter.
A- Piss yellow, actually resembles sparkling apple juice, with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.
S- Sweet, grassy smell with a surprising amount of green apple.
T- Literary just corn and water, not much else to say.
M- Essentially flavored water with a cloying sweetness left in your mouth, although it is very easy too drink.
O- For such a cheap beer it really holds up, which is why it's my go to party beer

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Photo of Speederson12
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a college student surrounded by Budweiser drinkers and they tell me this is disgusting. I don't get it. For me, this is really nice. It holds its head better than most major AAL beers, and smells of a not-so-bad inoffensive corn smell, slight barley in it... Tastes of sweet corn and then on the back end a tease at some hops, which really impresses me for the style. Feels light and crisp. Aftertaste is a pleasant bready grain. Solid budget beer for a 30-rack that actually has a taste.

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Photo of Hoosteez
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 4.25

Light colored orangish yellow lots of head a personal favorite from child hood of course smell very malty a little bit of hoppyness taste very malty mothfeel not gonna lie it's like extra watery I notice more recently but well carbonated overall my personal favorite from macrobreweries in the u.s. as far as lager other than yeungling

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Photo of BigGold
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had years ago of course, but not for years, until had a pint while having growlers filled at local craft beer shop, largely because it was about half the ABV of everything else available that afternoon, and less than half the price at $3. Pleasantly surprised. Crisp drinker, with no real faults. Significantly better than other macro lagers.

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Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can straight to the face because its a family Christmas party and this is what I was offered out the back of the pickup truck.

No idea what it looks like but based off the smell, it probably doesnt have much to offer. There is no aroma. Taste is typical adjunct bullshit - cereal grain sweetness, slight kiss of alcohol and nothing else. Light in body, moderately carbonated and your standard run of the mill AAL.

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Photo of HopHunter19
2.84/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 4 - ha! Yea it's not going in a glass, i'm not even sure why i got the bottles... that said, classic pbr looks, classic pbr taste, it gets a feckin' four
S - 2.5 - corn, light malts, very light traditional aal hops
T - 2.75 - corn, bitterness from the hops, little bit earthy, light malts
M - 3 - light, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bitterness lingering at the back of the tongue
O - 3 - it's pbr. It's like drive through Mexican food. It doesn't taste amazing and you know you'll regret it later, but for some reason it happens over and over and over...

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Photo of Caj1
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Oh yeah, it's time for some "get drunk" beer.

A: crystal clear straw-gold. Frothy white head, about a finger's worth. The foam lasts about two or three minutes, leaves minimal lacing. The carbonation is pretty active, lots of bubbling coming from the bottom of the glass.
S: Not a particularly big smell. A little bit of grassy hops, a lot of corn. Some of that wet paper smell that a lot of macro AALs have. I don't like that smell. Obviously not a beer where you contemplate the complexities of the nose.
T: Fair. There's actually some hoppiness to it, unlike a lot of macro AALs. Bitterness is the main taste. Not a great deal of malty sweetness, and what sweetness I get is mired with corn. Not bad, though. It's actually pretty tasty.
F: Very clean and crisp. Kind of foamy on the back end, but this does not overstay its welcome. The feel is its best quality.

Overall: for the price point and for the type of beer it is, this is very decent. To tell the truth, I've had lagers from "craft" brewers that aren't nearly as good. This is toward the top of my "beers to bring to a party" list, and, since it's fairly cheap, it's easy to bring a lot to liquor up the crowd. Anyway, enough yapping. I like this beer, but honestly it's better enjoyed straight from the can.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Gaffersbrew
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is what I want when I just want a beer. Nothing fancy, but has a clean, but solid beer taste (no weird chemical stuff like some other American brews in the style). Always grab a 12 pack of cans. Don't really see bottles that often for some reason. Keeps good head throughout. Always a plus.

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Photo of HayesdaHophead
4.8/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

PBR is an award winning and fine beer. Yes, it is an American lager and cannot be compared to a California IPA. The reviews on here which slam PBR, Coors, Miller or Bud are often written by people who know little about beer.

Comparing American lagers to other varieties of beer and claiming they are bad is just like comparing a brand new Ford Taurus to a brand new Rolls Royce. They are both cars, but are totally different and cannot be compared side by side.

Pabst is a fine beer for the style. Again, it wins medals all the time against 'craft' brewers trying to duplicate the style.

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Photo of basaywhat
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can. Not much depth of flavor, it’s thin bodied with a little bit of corn sweetness and light mouth feel. Refreshing and nice change of pace. Overall one of the better cheap beers.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the beer that's at every party, has been free throughout much of my adult life, & is one of the better low price lagers. Typical straw color. White, foamy head that is gone instantly. Aroma is yeast and grain. A bit of hops bitterness in the taste. A rather metallic, watery mouthfeel, but you can pound them nonetheless. Headache city.

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Photo of AdamJBria
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Gently poured from bottle into old Dunkin Donuts large iced coffee cup. Got the coffee early this morning on my way home from work. Not much carbonation, a little more than I expected, though not quite enough.

Poured out of my iced coffee cup into my snifler. A delight. Taste is that of very slight malt, little carbonation. Lingering metallic backbone leaves me speechless.

As I pick my jaw up off the floor I go in for another sip. Delicious. Best consumed room temperature to ensure full bodied taste. The best of the cheap beers by a landslide.

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Photo of RockySasquatch
4.5/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon is my "go to" beer for all occasions. I usually pour from a 16 oz. can into a 20 oz. glass, but if it is an outdoor activity, I drink straight from the can. It is a clear, golden color with a thin, white head. The smell is corn and hops. The taste is crisp and it has a good feel. In my opinion, PBR is the best mass produced premium American Adjunct Lager in the United States.

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Photo of FredGaudreault
2.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ahhhh good old PBR.. Tastes like college parties and smoking pot with some good friends. A beer that I have some fond memories of. Cheap, easily drinkable, and the 5.9% variant of it can get you drunk in no time if you drink it fast enough. But beware the headache! Always have some in my garage fridge for those times when I'm watching the game or chilling next to a bonfire. Not the best tasting beer out there, but the memories I and many other people have of this beer makes it awesome.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the better macro lagers, it actually has some taste and flavor, I turned a friend on to this a few years ago and now he has a fridge full. I call this Beer Poor Broke Redneck

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Photo of I_like_beer_31
3.4/5  rDev +13%
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 RobertasACDC
4.04/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A relatively enjoyable and simple beer. The flavor is nice while you are drinking it but it has an aftertaste that resembles urine. The aftertaste fades away shortly after drinking.

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