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:
5,515
Reviews:
1,718
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
24.92%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
1,300
For Trade:
2
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Photo of craigbelly
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dream
1.49/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Jay007
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsbirnba
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MegaManX
3.96/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: PBR is a golden shade of amber, crystal clear, it's slowly bubbling with the lightest circle of foam around the rim of the glass.

Smell: It smells like any lager should, much like a Budweiser, except with a slight but pronounced hint of hops.

Taste: Again, it reminds me of a Budweiser or rather Bud lite(somewhere between the two), but with a noticeable taste of hops. I am finding it to be surprisingly pleasant, and I am shocked that a beer in this price range has some complexity and good flavor.

Feel: Of course, being a budget beer, this is where the sacrifice is made. PBR is a litte bit thin, somewhere between a Bud and a Bud lite. Mind you, this isn't off-putting, I'd rather this than the thickness of iced beers.

Overall: PBR is definitely one of the best budget beers you will find. Sure, it won't knock your socks off, but it will bring a little more flavor to the party than some of the more cliche lagers. I am pleasantly surprised, I will definitely put PBR into the main lineup from now on.

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Photo of Corrado42
3.49/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.37/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, pale yellow body.

Smell: Grains, mild corn, very mild grassy hops.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront with a dry finish.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
1.91/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Karl1990
4.84/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of edthehead
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TerryMills
2.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ok back when it was cheaper but the hipsters drinking pbr has drove the price up to decent macro levels ..

Mostly sweetness and corn smell/Taste like all the cheap macro lager .The only thing I find off putting about pbr is the watery wet finish , it will about gag me lol..

Drank it again to remind myself what it was all about but this will be the last time unless its my only choice or someone offers a free one.

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Photo of BusterFinn
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hackattack
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think PBR is less than not so good and do not see why it gets rated so highly amongst other AAL beers. I am giving this a higher rating than it merits.

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Photo of 94rocker1
4.69/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look - Served on draught. Clear gold in color, finger and a half of bone white head. Thin lacing left after the first few sips. Good looking beer.

Smell - Sweet white bread, saltines, tiniest hint of grass.

Taste - Corn syrup sweetness, light bready malt. Finishes "wet"

Feel - Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Not as crisp as I remember.

Overall - An enjoyable beer and good example of the style, though if the sweetness were toned down a bit I'd enjoy it more. Easy drinking.

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Photo of dcotom
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from 12-ounce bottle into dimpled logo chalice. Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of light malt and corn, plus a little herbal grassiness. Pleasantly full-bodied, with a little sweetness and a little bitterness on the finish. Quite good overall, substantial enough to make a good pairing with all sorts of food yet refreshing enough for a stand-alone sipper.

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Photo of 1patrick1220
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Carter_T
1.36/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Figured I would do a low end beer for a change.Poured from a 12 oz can into a Cigar City pint glass.Best by May 29,2017.

Foamy white head that stands 1 finger tall with low retention,and light lacing.Light gold / straw colored body with very good clarity.Low to medium carbonation depending on the pour.

On the nose I get wheat,sweet corn,and sweet earthy malt notes.A little bit of a metallic smell.

The palate follows the nose with wheat,sweet corn,earthy malts,and a slight metallic taste.

The mouth feel is light,and a little watery,but not bad.A little bit of oxidation on the tongue.

This really isn't a bad beer.This is what I drink when I am low on money,and can't afford expensive craft beers.Much better than Bud,Coors,and all those other big name,mass produced beers in my opinion.

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Photo of Bullyy56
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Applebee's; when you're running broke and can't spend much on karaoke night, a glass of $2.25 value beer does the trick. While it's not as smooth as coors light, its just as easy to drink. Definitely a good beer to drink after a long night (even though I party-fouled and spilled some of my beer on the girl that was singing on front of me)

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Photo of nater919
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of csurowiec
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tiredofbuyingbeer
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ah, PBR. On one hand, I can't think of anything more nauseating, or fitting, alongside well bourbon. On the other hand, poured in a glass proper, it's not bad. Brilliant clear color. Nice lager-y smell. Like a real lager without the hop flavor or aroma. With cheap bourbon, though, it's like drinking fermented cream corn.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,515 ratings.
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