Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
5,623 Ratings
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of CorgiDad
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of souvenirs
3/5  rDev +2%

It mostly tastes like nothing.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A:Pours a pee yellow as to be expected, very carbonated with a big bubbly white head the dissapears into a thin ring around the glass in a few seconds, looks like all the other macros out there so I gave it an average rating.

S:Skunk aroma up front but behind that is a nice bit of malt presence hidden behind cooked corn and grains, a bit better smelling than other macros out there, but still does not blow me away.

T/MF: Very carbonated up front with a taste that lingers on the tonge, do not finish as clean as other macros. The taste is also a bit more complex, the cooked corn flavors that define most macros are present here but paired with a nice bit of malt sweetness along with a faint hop nibble one the back end.

D: Very drinkable and better tasting IMHO than most other macros out there, also considerably cheaper (30 cans for 10.99 as opposed for 13.99 for 24 cans of Bud or Miller) always will be my first choice for cheap macros.

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Photo of Lobina
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2/5  rDev -32%

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1.48/5  rDev -49.7%

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2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +36.1%

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2.56/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of travolta
2.42/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Clear, golden yellow. White as snow head with very minima retention and very mild lacing.

Nose: Grassy, sweet malt. A bit of sulphur or rotten eggs.

Taste: Very slight taint of copper in the front. Mild and settled alcohol at the end. Yellow corn, but not sweet for the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing carbonation, but does not assault the palate.

Notes: As far as the fizzy little yellow beers are concerned, this one takes home a prize for having a bit of taste. No bold or fun characteristics, but it has something. There is a bit of something there, and I will honor them for that.

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Photo of illpass78
3.86/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at West-Port Bowling Lanes in Westbrook, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, golden straw color with a thick white head that sticks around a while. Some observable lacing down the inside of the glass. Looks crisp and clean.

Smell: There isn't much in the nose, but there's also nothing bad. It definitely doesn't have that corny, junky smell a lot of domestic lagers are infamous for. Smells mostly of barley.

Taste: Tastes like what most big domestic lagers claim to taste like. Clean, crisp, and easy, with some light hop bitterness and a solid malt backbone. The adjuncts are nowhere near as pronounced as they are in most lagers in this price range. It's pretty much the perfect budget American lager.

Mouthfeel: It's watery, but shouldn't it be?

Overall: PBR takes a beating because it's the official beer of annoying people, and a lot of folks treat it like it's the beginning and end of beer. But it's perfect for what it is: cheap, all-purpose American lager. You're not drinking this because you want to agonize over its hop profile; you're drinking this because you're in a bowling alley and it's $2.25 a pint on draft and that's a square deal.

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Photo of TheHammer
1.83/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Sickly yellow , boasting low, thin carbonation that poured with a finger of head that did not lace or retain very well.

Smell: It certainly has an acidic funk to it with an odd hard water smell backing it. Warming didn't really help or hurt it, but I wouldn't say it's appetizing in the least.

Taste: It starts with a sweet, swampy corn taste that builds and builds and ends with a brief earthy hop twang. That's really it, nothing too out of the box on this one.

Mouthfeel: It's got an acidic texture to it that is undesirable but other then that it's alright, the carbonation is ok and doesn't fall flat for a good long while. It does cloy a bit after a while.

Drinkability: That acidic tone really hurts my desire to get this stuff down, and doesn't quite settle right. It's also very uninteresting so it's really not something I want to continue drinking for any purpose other then getting smashed.

Final Thoughts: I finally found out why South Park lampooned this beer, but remain oblivious at how this has suddenly become a "hipster" beer. It's pretty much a slapped together cheap lager, which I wouldn't really wish upon anyone.

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.96/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PBR has the look and feel of a BMC product (yellow color, thin head, and robust carbonation). I think where this beer differers is in the taste. It has a little bit better taste than a BMC but not by much. The malt presence is slightly more noticeable, but other than that it's still very grainy and hints of corn. For the price difference for a 6/12/24 pack it's really anybody's call....

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Photo of Antg8989
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Leschber
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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