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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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5,660 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,655
Reviews:
1,751
Ratings:
5,660
pDev:
25.26%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
1,396
Trade:
1
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Photo of DexSherm89
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of chitoryu12
2.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks: Like any other macro brew, clear yellow with a little white head. The quintessential “beer” look.

Smell: A strange sweetness. Corn and hops.

Taste: Tastes like a watered-down real lager. Faint whisps of malt and hops of Christmas Past.

Mouthfeel: As thin as water.

Overall: Only suitable for pounding as fast as possible because of how nonexistent the taste is.

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Photo of 22Blue
1.5/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of andrewh995
2.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear straw yellow/gold with a small white head. Smells of malt and adjuncts, but mostly nothing. Tastes of malt, a little corn, and some sweetness. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Overall it’s an adjunct lager with slightly better flavor.

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Photo of Craven
1.53/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Davit
1/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of ccjeff
2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Don't understand the resurgence of this icon but then its an icon. Duh.

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Photo of Tweezerjam
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a go-to for a cheap session beer for me. A good value for sure. Not too much flavor but its not offensive either. A notch above light lagers and cheap imports.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.69/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My go-to when I want a cheap AAL, and don't want to make a special trip to a store that carries Genny, Old Milwaukee, Hamm's or any of the other less-commercially available brands around here. I loved my first Pabst, which I bought when I first became "legal," and have never been disappointed with the brand at all. Do I think that it is so spectacular as to eclipse all of the survivors of bargain brand beer? Not so much, but I'm glad that the brand survives, and that the company has been keeping so many other nostalgic American beers from going out of existence. Long live Pabst.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Redneckwine
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a tulip, because damnit that's all I had laying around at the moment.

Look- Pale straw and crystal clear, just like any other AAL. Some carb bubbles spring to the surface and there's a little wispy head retaining. Basically, the style average.

Smell - Somewhat difficult to gauge as it's so faint: light, mildly sweet corn graininess, light sulfur sharpness, faint whiff of grassy hops.

Taste - Pretty much follows nose: light, mildly sweet, clean corny graininess up front, slight malt presence, a touch metallic, a very slight touch of drying grassy hops, a little sulfurous sharpness, finishes nice and dry with mellow grain and faint grassy hops. Refreshing and well balanced.

Feel - Boy did they nail the body! Carbonation is ample and smooth, a bit creamy, but at the same time nice and scrubbing. Feel is medium light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall - At the moment I'm kind of re-discovering the AAL category and going back to my (not-so-impressive) roots, but I gotta say at the very least, PBR is absolutely not a bad beer, and is actually a pretty good beer for what it is. Like any other AAL, there just isn't a great deal of flavor and aroma, but more importantly there are no real "off" flavors to note - it's smooth, crisp, clean, balanced and just kinda tastes like a beer, which cannot be said for a lot of beers in this style. PBR makes a damn fine food beer, too.

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Photo of bh2015
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Justin4498
3.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nunitn
2.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Out of a 12oz bottle. And pour it into a glass not much of a head at all dissipated real quick golden straw color metallic smell not great cheap aal smell but the taste for a cheap aal is pretty amazing. You can actually taste some kind of Hoppiness going on. The only three cheap beers I drink are Coors Banquet PBR and Helleman's old style. But I'll take a Coors or hellemans first.

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Photo of gardner254
3.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My uncle's fav beer when I was a kid. Solid macro lager from yesteryear. Goes down like beer-water with that "beer taste".

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Photo of kraut6363
2.81/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of unclekeith
3.56/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HungarianCount
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jwarsenal9
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of _ascags
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of huthuty
3.91/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a little dark for an adjunct, almost no head
Smells is sweet and stale, bready, barely barely barely detectable hops
Taste is bready, a bit more like a real malt than most adjuncts, skunky taste that may be some semblance of hops
Overall amazing for the price, a cheap but somewhat real beer

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Photo of puck1225
2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am sorry. This not even as good as Bud. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Maybe a draft would be better. Almost no smell. No distinct taste. Look as good as Bud. Guess I am a bad hipster!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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