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 vainosuomi
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pale yellow, creamy white head
Smell: Fairly weak. Corn, other grains, hint of some grassy hop
Taste: What I expected from the smell. Crisp, clean adjunct grain, faint hops, and fairly sweet.
Feel: Watery, moderate carbonation.

Better than anything else you can get for the price.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a nonic... at least after I chugged the first few ounces. Hey, it was hot outside.

Clear pale straw yellow beer with white foamy head. Head dissipated fairly quickly but did leave a bit of lacing. Nose was fairly grainy, mostly corn smell, but not strong overall. Taste was refreshing, to be honest (the beer was cold), and certainly better than many AALs. It was sharp enough that the corny flavor did not dominate. Mouthfeel was a little sudsy and fairly slick. I don't plan on drinking this regularly -- it is a beer made from corn syrup, after all -- but I've had worse!

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Photo of Guppy314
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A PBR is an iconic American beer and, yes, I would gladly drink it all night. I can't really fault it for anything (look, taste, feel, whatever). It is fair to say that it's also not stand-out special in any particular regard. So that means that my rating/score says it all ... average across the board.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From notes taken 05/23/16:

Extremely clear golden yellow with occasional speck of something in suspension. Larger white, wispy head of weaker retention, but film-forming. Adjunct grain and honey-like aromas. So much corn, a little pale malt, a touch of honey, with light lemony hops. Can detect the alcohol I think. I’m gonna call this medium-bodied, smooth throughout, well-carbonated, sudsy, finishing more tingly, dry, and crisp. Refreshing, far from the worst Adjunct Lager out there.

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Photo of matcris
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A very clear straw-golden. Two fingers of white foamy head that stuck around for a while and leaves a moderate lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Smells very sweet, like corn syrup. A little bit grassy.
TASTE: I can't past that sweet corny thing. It's bordering on sickening.
FEEL: Medium thin body, slightly watery. Full carbonation. Not slick not dry, somewhere in the middle.
OVERALL: Good beer ruined this for me. Tastes corny sweet. If you're going to drink it, drink it from the can and ice it down.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

There is something about PBR that tastes better than similar beers, perhaps it's the blue label on the can, maybe I like it because I wear a set of hipster glasses. I don't know, but it's better than Budweiser.

EDIT I had to bump this to a 2, I figure any beer I rate 2 or higher I'll gladly drink any time, and PBR deserves to be in that category.

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Photo of tasteless
2.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's ashamed this old beer has thrown in the towel and is now brewed by Miller. Pabst has no brewery, and is now just a name from the past. Why not just drink a High Life ? Real Miller is better tasting anyway.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a finger of white airy carbonation.

Smells nostalgic.

Tastes nostalgic.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, hands down a truly nostalgic beer that brings back great memories. Not fantastic, but it's highly crushable and it holds a special place in my heart.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Pours an extremely clear pale yellow with lively carbonation and a fleeting head.

S: Grainy, a bit musty and very light and clean. Perhaps some hints of Noble hops in there but otherwise very dry grainy malt.

T: Very light and unassuming. Pretty grainy with a very clean flavor profile, and the slightest amount of malt in the finish.

F: Extremely light with extremely high carbonation. Reminds me of seltzer.

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Photo of BlakeA85
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz can into tall bar-like mug. Pours a clear yellow straw color with a very fizzy head that sticks around a leaves quite a bit of lacing.
Smells of corn, malt and teeny tiny bit of hops.
Taste is more so on the surprisingly great side, has a nice rich malt flavor with a nice little bit of bitter hop bite. A bit corny, kind of typical adjunct.
Mouthful is clean and smooth, crisp. Very, very drinkable.
Overall, really decent for a commercial adjunct lager. Easy drinkin'

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Photo of jasadewi
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is pale yellow, clear, and comes with a small white head. It smells light sweet bread, with a note of sweet corn, but these smells are not too strong. It tastes only fairly sweet, no bitterness whatsoever. The taste is actually very enjoyable, much more than other macro, cheap beers. The mouthfeel is light, fuzzy, and heavily carbonated. This is a great example of what a cheap adjunct lager can be. I would recommend this to all as a cheap session beer of choice, and to all beginners as a good example of a mostly flavorless beer whose flavor (where it exists) is fairly good.

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Photo of Beertsipper
2.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Straw yellow with a frothy whitehead that dissipates quickly. Smell is grains and hops. Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Goes down easy. It is what it is. But it's cheap and if there is nothing worthwhile at the bar, I'll have this on tap. Sampled this from a can.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is not the greatest beer at the bar but it sure isn't the worst.

This is the kinda beer you can drink and have great memories with. A pure, true session beer. BBQ, fishing, camping, you name it. Want to have a great night drinking for hours at the bar? PBR! Want to drown your emotions for the night? PBR! Feel like your tongue is all hopped out?PBR!

This, along with Narragansett and Schlitz, will always be my go to beer when I just want to have fun.

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Photo of Squire123
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm amazed a beer of this quality can be sold so cheaply. That's the limit of my interest though.

In the plus category this beer is clean, clear, consistent, downright dependable. Flavorful enough to please yet unchallenging to all but the most dedicated light beer drinker.

With PBR I always know what I'm getting which is something I can't say for some brands that cost much, much more.

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Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my default brew. If I'm not drinking craft I'm drinking PBR. Very nostalgic, and there isn't another beer on the gas station shelves providing more bang for your buck than PBR at 5 bucks for a sixer of tall boys.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Keeping in mind this beer's price point, I don't think this is bad at all for what it is. Pours a golden yellow color with a decent sized head that actually lasted much longer than I expected and left a foam ring for about half the course of the beer. Smells like macro: corn and grain sweetness, the faintest hint of a floral hop aroma (that's unusual for macro!). Taste is weak, but primarily sweet like corn. There's a slight hop taste, and something a little metallic. More crisp and clean in the finish than I thought it would be. Feel is light bodied with high carbonation, a little rough going down. Slight drying effect from the wisp of hops it has. For $6 (or less) a sixpack, it's definitely not the worst you can do.

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Photo of beertraveler08
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look-Pours a pale copper color with a half inch head.
Smell- smells like a stale bread that has been soaked in beer.
Taste- Taste is pretty good with a exceptional amount of hops added for the price.
Feel- Very fulfilling but not very complex.Refreshing but has a bit of gusto at the same time.
Overall-My teenage years wouldn't be complete without PBR.

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Photo of mgwagman
3.94/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before it became the Hipster drink here I was buying it because it was a cheap a good American lager. Overall a nice balanced cereal and grain beer with a good aftertaste. Taste is somewhat creamy for a lighter beer. A classic American beer, straw yellow color, extra carbonation, nice flavor for what it is, and a good price for a pretty decent beer. Has gone up in price since I was originally drinking it so I usually will go with Labatt's or Coors can be about the same price. If this beer is one sale or a good price I will certainly buy for my cheap all day drinking type beer.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
2.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While Pabst seems to have some kind of role to play in american beer culture, mostly being the cheap okayish alternative - in Sweden it does not.

Apparently even bastardizing is an art of sorts, and our cheap copies of german and czech lagers are all superior to this watery experience.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best cheap beer out there. You can taste malt and hops. Light and refreshing. Adjuncts are there but subdued. The beer tastes like white bread but is sweet, with a mild grain flavor and a kiss of hops. Very smooth and drinkable, but with mild flavor of actual beer. Best cheap AAL.

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Photo of HOPSnHASH
4.08/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reason for the high rating is because I am only comparing it against other American Adjunct Lagers (BMC beers). Coming from a hop head like myself, the first can of PBR is always a chore to swallow down but once I pop the top on beer 2, 3, 4, well you get the point, THIS BEER TASTES LIKE BEER SHOULD TASTE in its purest most basic form.

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Photo of PerfesserHomer
3.26/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Certainly not a world-class microbrew, but together with Natty Gans, Utica Club and Name Tag, a very serviceable canned, low ABV session beer made for fishing.

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Photo of Kelby777
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 16 oz. can into a one liter beer stein.

Appearance - Yellow color with a slight tint of copper. Pours a nice one-finger head that dissipates in a couple minutes. Good lacing around the glass, and appears to have good carbonation.

Smell - There is definitely a hint of grassy, almost floral hops in the beer. There is also a bready scent to it.

Taste - Immediately, the taste of crisp hops invade the tongue. Not overpowering, but you can definitely taste the hops. The hops seem to be of good quality. I only rate the taste a "1.75", because hoppy beers are not my style.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean, spritzy, and watery.

Overall - If a novice beer drinker prefers the taste of Pabst Blue Ribbon over the taste of Budweiser, he may go on to larger hoppy beers such as pale ales. I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, and this would not be my first choice of beer. But for what it's worth, and for what this beer is supposed to be, this is a good beer. It's very cheap, clean-tasting, and I would recommend it to any beer drinker that is low on cash and needs a hoppy beer.

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Photo of James954
1/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Negative score if possible. The FOAM is overwhelming on the mouthfeel. Taste is weak stale grain and metal. Gag reflex was triggered. Drain pour that can only be rivaled by the Natural Light beers of the world.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.89/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly aggressive pour from a 12 oz. can resulted in a very thin, maybe half a finger of rocky white head. Clear and golden with streaming bubbles.

Sweet corn with a lightly toasted white bread smell.

The taste is a nice combo of some sweet with a nice balance of barley, malts and a light hop feel at the back.

The feel is oh so refreshing! Playful bubbles from the carbonation dance across your tongue while the finish is so nice, clean and crisp.

When you combine this very pleasant beer with the price of a case of 24 at $15 you really come out a winner. Sure the beer is not going to blow you out with hops or have a lot of hidden fruit or spice flavors. This is just a great beer to pull out of the fridge, crack it while it is cold and enjoy.

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