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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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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2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
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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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
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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Good old PBR. One of my fathers favorite brews. He was the one that turned me on to it. But my taste has matured (not that much) and I have grown to a neutral stance on this brew.

A - Average macro lager

S & T - Smell of slight grain and malt. Little hop. Tastes thin and watery, but crisp and refreshing

M - Heavy carbonation masks unpleasant flavors

D - For what its worth, its drinkable. Not a difficult task to throw back 6 or more over the course of a ball game.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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