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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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BG: Due primarily to the "hipness" of my friend group, I've drank a lot of these throughout college. I've never loved it, but I figured its popularity makes it worth a review. Poured from a can into my favorite Guinness pub glass.

Obtained from: Some shitty gas station near the outskirts of Atlanta, GA.

Appearance: Pours about three fingertip lengths head, pale yellow. Looks more appetizing than most beers in its class, but it isn't gonna win any awards in this area. 3.25

Smell: Smells like sweet corn...possibly malty? A hint of alcohol, which is ridiculous given the beer's low ABV. Again, not terrible, but isn't setting my world ablaze either. 2.75

Taste: Again, lots of sweetness, with a tiny bit of corn flavor near the end. It's thin, but it burns going down the throat. Not the greatest masking, but still decent. 3.25

Mouthfeel: Burns like crazy and has way too much carbonation. Almost sickly sweet. The cheap ingredients show here. 2.5

Overall: This is probably the most "average" beer I've ever had. If a friend gives me a choice between most macrobrews, this would win, but that's really not saying much. 3

Recommend? Depends on the situation. If you aren't hanging out with beer snobs, this is often the best you can do, I'm sorry to say. Also, if you're dead broke and hanging out in a shitty bar, buying this by the pitcher is the way to go. So, in short, don't seek it out, but don't reject it when it comes to you.

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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5/5  rDev +66.1%

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2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great for the price..That's about it..

Smell: Very little smell of anything particular

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

For one of the cheapers beers to buy, its not bad, and does its job.

Serving type: can

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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1.91/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Whenever I go to a concert, this is the beer I drink. I'm always excited to give PBR one more chance as my favorite cheap beer, but it never impresses me. PBR is an extremely heavy beer and would not even consider it a session beer. I'd still rather drink Coors or RR for hours on end.

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty good for the price.. Not much else to write home about..

Doesn't really have a distinct smell or anything.. but tastes malty.. hints of corn.

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

Much better than its similarly priced peers, like Bud, Coors, Natural etc.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,545 ratings.
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