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:
5,584
Reviews:
1,729
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
24.58%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
1,348
For Trade:
1
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Photo of chrisinsf
3.82/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite adjunct lager. The cloyingly sweet grainy, corny taste of the most adjuncts is imperceptible in this one and I even taste the tiniest bit of hops on the finish.

Never mind that it is a "hipster beer", I'm too old to care about such things.

I did want to say that PBR seems to have some quality control issues. Every once in a while I get one that tastes of green apple. This is not normal. Most of the time I don't taste that at all.
I see some other reviewers mention that as well. If you taste green apple you got a bad batch.

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Photo of JJFordick
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Schneidermeister
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

What'll ya have? Pabst Blue Ribbon! Pabst has a long and rich history in America, and it is one of the oldest beers commercially brewed in the U.S. Look at the can for God's sake. Red, white and blue through and through. Truly an American icon, and a classic taste among blue collar men everywhere. This is your grandpa's beer. Before the hipster craze set in, drinking this beer meant you were a working man, and you liked a simple beer. Simple beer for simple folks. But I don't find it so simple. I taste a very light, yet flavorful brew. A slight hops note from the get go, super bubbly mouthfeel that masks most of the flavor initially, but it follows through with that cold, crisp and refreshing yeastiness that we all know from American Adjunct Lagers toward the finish. Love it though I do, I will make one thing very clear. Don't ever drink this beer any warmer than ice cold, or it tastes like canned hay juice. I can tell you those of you who have not tried it how to best enjoy it. Bust your ass on a hot summer day doing some yard work, car work, or helping a friend move. Nothing beats an ice-cold Pabst at the end of a hard day's work. Pabst is an American classic, good for a budget beer, and perfect for any fourth of July barbecue. Great summer beer, and it never changes. It's not the best, not the worst. But hey, it's cheap, pretty tasty, and it's something everyone can enjoy. Great for parties, poker night, Cookouts...any occasion with friends and family fits the bill.

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1.25/5  rDev -58.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of doublepneumonia
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

for a cheapo, i dont hate a pbr. its become the beer of choice for the indie/hipster crowd, which i guess is a turnoff, but the beer isnt awful. it pours clear and yellow and soda-like, watery for sure, but not ugly like a coors light. it smells like a can of crap beer honestly, some aluminum, some stale malt, and that patented adjunct malt stink. the flavor isnt bad, because it doesnt taste like anything. really, scarecely a trace of anything that would make this a beer, hops? no. yeast? nope. i could be drinking a carbonated water beverage here. however, its lightness lends to its drinkablility, and probably its incredibly low price. i know bars where these cost just a buck, and most of a time its no more than two bucks. its certainly a decent budget beer, but it takes about a 12er to catch a buzz. oh well, thought id chuck in my two cents on this one while im having one.

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1/5  rDev -66.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Razr86
1/5  rDev -66.8%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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1/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of mckenziac
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale yellow color with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to a small, tight, fizzy cap. Pretty standard macro lager territory here.

Smell: Light, grainy smell with perhaps a slight bit of aromatic hops. Again, nothing surprising here.

Taste: Slightly bitter up front. Finishes a little more bitter with a significant graininess. A slight, grainy sweetness is also present at the end.

Mouthfeel: Strongly carbonated with a thin body. In other words, a basic adjunct lager.

Overall: PBR is your basic, no frills adjunct lager. I personally find it preferable to Bud, Miller, or Coors, but I'm definitely not looking for a life-changing experience when I drink it. It's light, refreshing, and exceedingly drinkable. In other words, a successful adjunct lager.

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

Great to have as your second, third, fourth, fifth, etc beer.

However not in NYC though. This beer is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE in Manhattan for what it is.

Very smooth and light, doesn't fill you up. Very inoffensive and not too fizzy, yet at the same time not too bland. Perfect for parties.

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly drank in a can.

Appearance- Golden yellow with white foamy head

Smell- Lots of grain, some wheat and a slight bitter hops smell

Taste- Grainy with a nice mellow hop balance

Mouthfeel- Very light with great carbonation that makes this the best tasting and drinkable Macro beer.

Overall- As stated about the grain flavor and and lightness mixed with perfect carbonation makes for a solid Macro beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,584 ratings.
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