Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
BA SCORE
12.4%
Liked This Beer
2.93 w/ 5,607 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:
#43,447
Reviews:
1,734
Ratings:
5,607
Liked:
693
Avg:
2.93/5
pDev:
25.26%
Alströms:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
1,363
Trade:
1
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Photo of wmcgar01
1/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of mattjp03
1.49/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of DoBeerDoBeerDo
2.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bland straw-coloured beer with muted flavour and nose. This is not a beer for experts, it's a beer for a hot afternoon after mowing the lawn, or after sport perhaps when flavour, nose, are not as important as slaking a thirst. It pours yellow with an insubstantial white head. The nose and flavour is subdued, the fragrance not a lot unlike what you'd smell through a blocked nose, a touch of sweetness, but negligible taste of malt and hops which unfortunately leaves one focussing on the carbonation for meaningful flavour. Not a lot unlike a beer that was filtered through charcoal and lost character on the way, at best taste is clean and untainted. Easy drinking for the same reason. Thirst quencher, no more, no less.

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Photo of iawaska
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sethcroisant
3.64/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
3.59/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally pale and clear, pours a nice white head with okay retention.

Not much of an aroma, maybe a bit of corn as the can is first opened.

A bit of sweetness up front, seemingly a bit more candylike than malt, and otherwise pretty muted on the flavors. Stays clean and slightly sweet Into the finish. Maybe a bit of an earthy hop flavor, but very secondary.

Low-medium body, medium carbonation. Mouthfeel definitely built for maximum consumption.

I've had PBR quite a few times while out, but decided to invest $3.99 for a six pack of it today. As any good macro lager should be, it is fairly generic and unoffensive. Clean and bland.

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Photo of Red_Zeke
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of briandschorr
2.91/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer tends to divide the community. I don't really like it but it is not the worst AAL I have had. The look is a typical straw color with small white head. Not much lacing. The nose is corn, hops, and rice. The taste follows the nose but you have to add bread in there too. White bread. The feel is a bit heavier than I thought it was going to be. A PBR does tend to make some snobs judge you but it is still drinkable overall. This beer just makes sense on some of those hot summer days. Not a great beer overall but I still get it from time to time. Yeah, it's OK.

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

Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can:

Overcarbonated...sharply so. Graininess is prominent, which I dig. Corn adjunct is buried.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of Beerlover
1.33/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Dongle_2000
3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has been my everyday beer for years. Love the flavor and . Always surprises me how everyone reacts when I order PBR. Not a beer for snobs

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Photo of choll
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't really care for this one that much.

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Photo of Khaack
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drunk out of the can, ice cold. The way it was meant to be! It's a classic, great-looking can, with a proud description of the beer. This one has an ad for PBR music on the back, about giving back to local musicians. Pretty cool.

L: Pale and yellow. No real head, but plenty of carbonation, leading to many attractive, rising bubbles.

S: Like a stale cheese sandwich. That's exactly what it smells like. Though not in a bad way, if that makes sense.

T: Soak a slice of wheat bread in tap water, and you'll get the main flavor of good ol' PBR. There is a bit of hops at the end, certainly more than most cheap American beers, and you get a sort of corny/gym socks flavor if you let it get warm. It isn't as bad as all those comparisons make it sound, though. In fact, the mild flavor makes it quite refreshing, and the taste is good when cold, inoffensive when warmer. A simple beer to fall back on when your tongue is too worn out for a hop bomb.

F: Quite substantial for a beer in this style, not too thin or watery, and it goes down smooth.

O: This was my great-grandfather's beer of choice, so maybe I'm a bit biased, but I like Pabst. It's been around forever, and has a heritage worth respecting. You can always count on PBR for simple, cheap, and tasty no-frills beer.

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Photo of worldkrysis
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Can. From Eroski Roquetas. In Teku glass. After futsal match. At dinner, with burger + watching Andaluced por España: Burgos. Smooth, with a neutralish taste that probably wont displease anybody. Just some grass and sweetness but no noticeable defects. Very drinkable. Nice initial foam that completely dissipates quickly

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Photo of Bocifius
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a cheap beer it has suprisingly good taste. So much better than Budweiser and Coors.

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Photo of Iski100
2.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Alexc11
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just okay. Nothing that stands out in particular.

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Photo of pistol_pete
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Photo of buffaloipa23
2.01/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of danperez1979
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Glowingz
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tstromer
2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 12.4% out of 100 with 5,607 ratings
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