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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
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5,652 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:
#44,566
Reviews:
1,748
Ratings:
5,652
pDev:
25.17%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
1,389
Trade:
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Photo of pabstblusesippin
4.51/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It is best sipping at room temperature or shotgunning it goes down faster than water

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Photo of Carolvs
2.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Of course, it's easy to dis this beer in the echo chamber of craft beer exultation that is Beer Advocate, but let's recognize PBR for what it is: Swillin' beer. It's not "bad" it's just swillin' beer - no character or spirit, just disembodied "adult soda" as another reviewer here characterized it.

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Photo of jake96
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

s'pretty good if you're at a party. Adult soda.

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Photo of Simon212
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dandy14
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paresis
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aegelis
2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the tap, the froth didn't last long. It was okay. No regrets, but no character and nothing special...except for the $1 draft special. Joke time then: After winning a dog show, a terrier hit the local bar and had one too many. He stumbled home and told his son of the win. The son asked if he got an award and pops forgot he left it on the bar when he was showing everyone. "No worries", said the son, "I'll go get it for you". To the bar the son went. Upon arrival the bartender said, "What'll you have?" The son exclaimed with glee, "Paps Blue Ribbon!". Okay, it's funnier out loud and only if you've seen the commercial (here you go young Youtubers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQoghzFUT7g ) , so there's that...

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Photo of Krusader
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of singletary
3.29/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 24 ounce can of this from a local gas station.
Pabst Blue Ribbon pours a light golden hue with a one fingered head that does leave behind a bit of lacing.
The aroma is a bit sweet with some hints of corn and grain.
The taste is somewhat sweet with the corn and grain coming out in the finish again but there is also a slight bitterness.
Overall there is nothing overly fancy about this beer. However it is still a well made old school American Lager and one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of angus95
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mmealor
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of insouciantx
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerSnobsAreUglyLibs
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of willcull78
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having recently read an online review of PBR against 6 other brands I thought I would revisit it. PBR is a nice, clean, clear, crisp mass-produced brand, and as American as any beer made today. To this reviewer the smell was prevalent but not strong or overpowering. The head was a bubbly white with little or no lacing. The taste was quite good and crisp. The overall feel was pleasing and not all overpowering. Long a major American staple PBR is a quality mass-produced beer and worth sharing with friends.

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Photo of Saavaant
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mrjosephruiz88
4.1/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerLouie
5/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's good, it's tasty, it's cheap. Many of my friends label this as a "white trash" beer, well damn for a brown guy I sure love "white trash" beer, this to me is amazingly good, I got a 6-pack for $5.99

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's be honest here, it would be unfair to compare this beer to the millions of great imports and micro/craft beers out there so this review is written in comparison with other AAL's.

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass and consumed ice cold. The bottle's label design is a classic and looks good. It's a classic, great-looking can, with a proud description of the beer.

Look: Very pale yellow, some bubbles rising to the surface. Initial one finger head that dissipated to almost nothing except for a thin cover but with good lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. Nothing special here but I was pleasantly surprised with the lacing.

Smell: I'm getting some corn/grain like aroma but its not repugnant. Not a lot to write about here.

Taste: Not much to write about here but if you were to take a slice of wheat bread and soak it in water, that's what you get with this beer - like another reviewer said. Being as that I consumed this beer while ice cold, most flavors were very muted but I did detect some hop profile at the end. Decent tasting for an AAL.

Mouthfeel: My first thoughts are that this has substantial carbonation. Overall volume feels very light but sort of creamy for the style (which I like). Compared to other AAL's this has more going for it.

Overall: For an AAL, this beer simply has more to offer than the massively mass produced stuff that is seen on shelves all over. It will never compare to the micro/craft offerings as far as overall quality but its a nice simple American beer that is great on hot days or when you simply want to quench your thirst. It'll be something I'll revisit once in awhile for a change of pace.

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Photo of Trevor1996
3.04/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Xerxes845
3.62/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thampel09
2.66/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Koonsie15
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer that I have had a decent amount of... not bad, but have tasted better. Really just the first of many.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 5,652 ratings
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