Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
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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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2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - I would say it has a clear, golden body. Three inches of fluffy white head leaves some lacing as it settles to an eighth inch of skim.

S - I get some fragrant soap and some steeped grain.

T - I get some of that wonderful adjunct grain. It has a crisp, clean finish.

M - Thin with plenty of biting carbonation.

O - This adjunct is sweeter than most. Tastes about like all the rest. I am not sure why the hipsters and college kids like it other than the cheap price.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -57.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +45.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Yellow; almost clear. It reminds me of rock candy. The super-carbonation keeps bubbling--tiny and speedy bubbles contributing to a head that poured two fingers but quickly shrunk to a half finger, where it remains after many minutes.

Smell: There's not much to the smell accept a lingering crisp sweetness.

Taste: The flavor is very light. There's creamy sweetness, here, and also a very subtle bitter and sour in the finish. The aftertaste sits up on the back of the tongue as a corn sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation makes this feel bright in the mouth, and this compensates for a very thin beer. The first sips produce a lot of foam, but this naturally becomes less pronounced as time passes.

Overall: When I want a summertime beer, easy to drink, maybe for a picnic or a game, this is my first choice, even over Corona.

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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of JamesMN
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent golden straw. Very thin white head. Didn't expect that to stick around.

Aroma: Not much in the nose. A little bit corn or adjunct. Really not much happening in the aroma department.

Taste: Much better than the aroma, though still watery. There is corn in there but also some sweet malt in the middle of the palate. Definitely not blowing me away, tastes like most macro-lagers.

Mouthfeel: Possibly it's best attribute. Good level of carbonation and highly drinkable. Smooth finish.

Final Thoughts: Meh. Basically a slightly above average macro-lager that has some sort of cult following.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured to standard pint glass. Pours the expected light yellow, with a small, fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like any other standard macro lager, nothing special.

Smell has a grainy, slightly metallic twinge to it. Corn and not really much else in the nose. Taste is about the same as the nose, has a metallic note to it, which I assume may be attributed to the packaging. Other than that, this brew has the standard macro flavor, which isn't much of anything. Corn and rice I suppose.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, carbonation is good. Very bubbly. Seems to be another standard macro, though this might be slightly above average compared to other BMC swill.

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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4/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to reacquaint myself with this beer after discovering this wonderful website. The American Adjunct Lager category is the most popular in the US and this beer, after tasting side by side to the most popular- Bud, Miller and the always stale Coors, stands the tallest. It is thirst quenching. I am sure that the high water content has something to do with it but who cares, I mean how many beers even pass this important threshold? Notes:

A: pale, golden, clear, bright white froth

S: wet bread, alcohol, slightly sweet

T: refreshing, immediate surprise of non-bitterness or staleness,it tastes fresh!, beer properties of muti grains including corn and quick hop finish

M: carbonated, crisp, non offensive

Overall: This beer stands above any AAL in terms of value to quality. Many other beers may tout finer quality ingredients and may follow intricate recipes, but thier results do not add up to the taste of this beer. Each beer type has a style that has a standard bearer. For American Adjunct Lager, Pabst Blue Ribbon is that standard bearer.

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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