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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
5,638 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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Ratings: 5,638 |  Reviews: 1,743
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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Photo of Hemogoblin
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skillet
3.76/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MVanTryke
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ah, the great American hipster beer. So low-brow that it's ironically top-shelf. They have to keep this brand behind the counter in the trendy millennial bodega bars in my burg (because it gets stolen so often). I certainly can understand being on a limited budget, but, come on, man ... you can do better than this.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
3.02/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TBDave
2.29/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very average beer. Good for everyday drinking. Smells a little skunky, but the taste is clean and smooth. An excellent price (less than $3.50 for 4-Pack 16oz).

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Photo of wmcgar01
1/5  rDev -66%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of mattjp03
1.49/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of DoBeerDoBeerDo
2.96/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bland straw-coloured beer with muted flavour and nose. This is not a beer for experts, it's a beer for a hot afternoon after mowing the lawn, or after sport perhaps when flavour, nose, are not as important as slaking a thirst. It pours yellow with an insubstantial white head. The nose and flavour is subdued, the fragrance not a lot unlike what you'd smell through a blocked nose, a touch of sweetness, but negligible taste of malt and hops which unfortunately leaves one focussing on the carbonation for meaningful flavour. Not a lot unlike a beer that was filtered through charcoal and lost character on the way, at best taste is clean and untainted. Easy drinking for the same reason. Thirst quencher, no more, no less.

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Photo of iawaska
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sethcroisant
3.64/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
3.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally pale and clear, pours a nice white head with okay retention.

Not much of an aroma, maybe a bit of corn as the can is first opened.

A bit of sweetness up front, seemingly a bit more candylike than malt, and otherwise pretty muted on the flavors. Stays clean and slightly sweet Into the finish. Maybe a bit of an earthy hop flavor, but very secondary.

Low-medium body, medium carbonation. Mouthfeel definitely built for maximum consumption.

I've had PBR quite a few times while out, but decided to invest $3.99 for a six pack of it today. As any good macro lager should be, it is fairly generic and unoffensive. Clean and bland.

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Photo of Red_Zeke
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

This beer tends to divide the community. I don't really like it but it is not the worst AAL I have had. The look is a typical straw color with small white head. Not much lacing. The nose is corn, hops, and rice. The taste follows the nose but you have to add bread in there too. White bread. The feel is a bit heavier than I thought it was going to be. A PBR does tend to make some snobs judge you but it is still drinkable overall. This beer just makes sense on some of those hot summer days. Not a great beer overall but I still get it from time to time. Yeah, it's OK.

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

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 5,638 ratings
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