Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
5,571
Reviews:
1,726
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
24.58%
 
 
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80
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 16 oz can into a glass. Straw yellow color. It had a descent head, but it didn't last long. It smelled grainy and of corn. It tasted very malty. The mouthfeel was dry. It's drinkable if you're looking to get a buzz.

It was better than I expected. Somehow I had never had PBR while I was a poor/college student beer guzzler. I had to try it and see how it tasted.

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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

Appearance: Looks like a fizzy yellow lager. Extremely clear and pale with fairly poor head retention.

Smell: Very grainy with subtle sweetness. Not the most aromatic beer out there.

Taste: Mildly sweet and a bit bready. Very lightly flavored with no discernable hop character. Has an ambiguous graininess to it - hard to tell if the flavor is coming from barley, corn, rice, or a combination of the three. Regardless, it's clean and relatively pleasant, if completely unremarkable.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and over-carbonated.

Notes: Not a bad little macro lager. It's cheap, inoffensive and fairly drinkable, though not something I'd ever seek out. Still, it has more flavor than most.

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Photo of mothman
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Fizzy white head goes to the top of the glass then settles quickly to a very thin layer. No lace. Color is a very clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Far better than any BMC product. Grainy and flat hops. Damn, I can actually enjoy the smell of this beer.

Taste: This has to be one of the first macos that I have actually enjoyed somewhat. It just seems to hit the spot. Grainy taste, dry hops. Nothing to huge, but not something I just want to spit out.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp, but somewhat smooth. Ends with a very sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is one macro I could keep stocked in my fridge. I never thought I could enjoy a beer this cheep, but it exceeded my expectations by far.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:pours golden with a decent white head. Not too much carbonation.

S: grainy and slightly sweet.

T: sweet and grainy.actually has some taste.

M: medium-ish mouthfeel; definitely heavier than light beers.

D: drinkable. Much better than standard adjunct lagers.

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Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served in chilled mug

Clearly not a high quality beer. Not interesting. Not bold. But really, not too bad. I've been surprised the last couple of times I've had this on draft. No significant off-aromas or offensive taste components. IMO, PBR in a can is a different story.

PBR has a light malty aroma with no off-notes and detectable hops. Looks and tastes like a generic macro-brew. Better than the average American macro-brew for the price.

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

After drinking gallons and gallons of this on draft and in cans and bottles, I'm finally ready to give my review.

It has a nice appearance with a crystal-clear golden body and short head of creamy bright white froth that holds well and even leaves some nice lace.

The aroma, however, is not quite a shining example of the brewer's art, displaying a little bit too much yeasty sulphur, and a distinctly adjunct-laden malt sweetness. There are some very minor hops present in the background, but they're not really discernable.

It's crisp in the mouth with a medium-light body and median carbonation.

The flavor is as might be expected - "generic". The yeasty sulphur at least helps to balance the sweetness of the malt, although there is a decent amount of bitterness there. I'd call it firm. Not unlike its aroma, the flavor is also hop-challenged, and there's more sulphur in the finish than anything floral, spicy, or grassy.

It is, however, fairly cheap; and a throwback to what I used to think beer tasted like as a kid. Recommended? Not really, but you can do far worse!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, corn, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste doesn’t seem to have much to it and contains mostly grain and corn. It has the usual macro sweetness but it’s very faint. The malt character is thin and there’s very little hops presence.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, it’s all right for an inexpensive beer but there are certainly much better beers out there even within the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a can at Nag's Head Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of adjunct malts (rice and grain) with light hints of grassy hops.

T: The taste is similar to the smell, there is not as much sweetness as many of the other beers in the style. There is a light to moderate presence of adjunct malts giving the beer a rice and grainy taste along with some light grassy hops. Light bitterness that does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin and crisp.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and very sessionable - I could put down many of these when outside on hot summer day. This beer is much better than I expected, my memory had me thinking this was going to be pretty awful but it is much better than most BMC beers.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of Rifugium
1.45/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First had: can from some dude's cooler.

Yay! Cheap beer!

Pours a pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates to a fizzy layer of bubbles. Weak aroma of corn and grains, memories of pitchers and cheap dates. Tastes the same: corn, grains, watered down grass juice with the possibility of a hop sneaking in. Light mouthfeel, and goes down eeeeaaasssyyyy and ends with regret, but a still-full wallet. Should be avoided unless absolutely necessary and/or you're broke.

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Photo of nathanmiller
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of billab914
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite budget priced american adjunct lager to date, still it isn't something to get too excited about. Color is light golden, head is average-sized and foamy. The aroma is of sweet macro smell, very typical. The taste has more depth than other adjuncts I've had, grain and hops are more apparent. The overall strong point of the taste is a grainy sweetness. This is very drinkable and well worth the very low price for a 12 pack. Hands down this is my money saver beer choice.

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Photo of smithj4
2.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint - $2.00 at Highlands Grill in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, yellowish body with a thin, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Very faint nose -- just a few hints of sweetish grain.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with some creamy corn hints. Slight, slight graininess. A tad watery, as expected. Faint floral hops and bitterness. Finishes dry, clean, and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable! A counter-culture classic that's super cheap and provides just a bit of flavor (without hittin' you up with foul flavors).

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Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at a BBQ over the weekend.

A: Typically, I don't bother pouring PBR into a glass when I drink it, usually straight from the can. It pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head with a little bit of retention and little lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on, a little bit of grain, a hint of floral hops, and a slight metallic note.

T: A bit more grain on the flavor profile, some corn, and a little bit of sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation.

O: A pretty solid american adjunct lager. Better than most that are readily available.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is part of Macro Smackdown X, in which this can of Pabst Blue Ribbon will be going up against its brewery stablemate, Stroh's. PBR has the distinction of being the first beer I ever drank. The summer I was 13, my friend stole a can out of his dad's basement fridge. We rode our bikes up to the local Little League field and drank it in the dugout. I remember that I didn't think much of it then and I'm pretty sure that I haven't had it since. Decades later...

Perfectly clear yellow-gold, a lighter and brighter version of Stroh's. I like darker, richer looking macro lagers so I'll have to give a very slight edge to the other beer. The head is where this beer really shines though. It's bright white, lightly creamy and sticky enough to leave a respectable amount of watery, sudsy lace. Overall appearance edge to PBR.

I've smelled them both multiple times now and my conclusion is that they might as well be the same beer. In addition to the usual graininess of the malt, the hops have a mildly pleasant fruitiness to go along with their usual muskiness. I hope that I'm able to discern some difference on the palate.

There's very little difference between the flavor of the Stroh's and the flavor of this beer. I can tell that I'm drinking two different beers, but I'm not sure why they taste different. I think it comes down to the fact that the Stroh's is (very) slightly more sweet and the PBR is (very) slightly more hoppy. I like them equally however.

Again, there isn't a dime's worth of difference in terms of body/mouthfeel. There is, however, a nickel's worth of difference. The Pabst has an ever so slight edge in terms of heft and is slightly creamier as well. It's just enough to earn a better score.

Both Stroh's and PBR have come through with flying colors in the tenth iteration of the MacSmack series. It's a shame that there has to be a loser. By virtue of its superior head and slightly creamier mouthfeel, Pabst Blue Ribbon takes the much-coveted crown. Really though, either one of these venerable American beers would be a good choice for reliving the good old days of one's youth.

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Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,571 ratings.
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