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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Photo of TheCondor
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from the can for part of the time, then poured from the pint can into a glass e other half.

Appearance - straw colored, crappy two finger head that dissipates rapidly and leaves no lacing. Über carbonation action in the glass.

Smell - metallic grains, straw, Slightly malty, breads.

Taste - just like the nose. Plenty of grainy, metallic tastiness. Much better than the average macro,

Mouthfeel - finishes a little bitter, smooth and tasty.

Overall - what an awesome brew. I love this beer, I don't give a damn if it is a macro, not a craft beer, whatever. I think it's a good beer.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
4/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of Polecat41
1.5/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I see that the reviewers gave PBR a 72 rating & the Bros an 80 rating. And the reviewers gave Beck's a 67 rating & the Bros a 62 rating. Are you all nuts?!! Beck's now may be owned by InBev & brewed in St. Louis, MO. But I recently called Beck's brewmaster & he assured me that they were still brewing to the German Purity Law, which means they're only using water, barley malt, hops & yeast. I'm sure Pabst isn't doing the same. I know why all of you are rating Pabst higher than Beck's. It has nothing to do with PBR's quality. Rather, it's the "pseudo-hipster's" rating, i.e. "PBR is 'cooler' than Beck's because it doesn't advertise & has the patriotic U.S. colors of red, white & blue." C'mon everyone - get real. No way is PBR better tasting than Beck's. And no, I don't work for Beck's & I'm not German. However, I've brewed my own beers & know a bit of what I'm talking about.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

5/5  rDev +70.6%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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5/5  rDev +70.6%

Photo of rarbring
2.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear light straw colored brew, a low white head with no lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of corn flakes and boiled maize.

Sweet white bread, maize and a dash of lemon.

Little carbonation, fresh and a small body, slightly dry.

A rather run-of-the-mill American lager.

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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5/5  rDev +70.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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1/5  rDev -65.9%

Photo of JZ77
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is among my favorite cheap beers. As a recent college graduate, I have had my share of these low end brews and I have found that this has much more flavor than many of the other macro brand names. With higher income comes better beers, but I will will always look to this beer with a certain fondness.

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of netrioter
5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

rating this from a 40oz bottle....due to movies like Gran Torino making this beer hip...that said 40oz bottle was $3.79 in Kokomo Indiana at Soupleys Liquors and they cant keep them on the shelves. the same bottle here in Durham NC is $1.89

oddly enough that same liquor store had 12oz cans x 6 for $5.29 but i wanted to try it from glass for a change and only 25 miles away...12.99 for a 30 pack??? Indiana is weird..they have extreme regional pricing schemes

easily the best "adjunct" lager sold in the US...can version rates slightly a 4+ because the can does add a bit of a metallic bite,which is NOT present in the 24 oz can...weird

I drink this when i want flavor and a slight hop bite, and since i moved to a better pricing area...its also fairly affordable here...10 bucks an 18 pack....highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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