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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Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance - Served a light golden/ straw color with a medium head. The head faded very rapidly to leave almost no lacing.

Smell - Very mild in the aroma department. There is a light corn and malt aroma as well as a somewhat papery aroma as well. Overall though very light.

Taste - The taste throughout has a malty and very light rice and corn like flavor. Just as was with the nose the flavors are rather light. Mixed with this flavor is a light earthy flavor that comes in toward the end of the taste. Nothing too offensive but nothing to special either.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is below average and the carbonation level is above average. Both make it super easy to down, and mixed with the lighter flavors, it is more like drinking seltzer.

Overall - A watery, easy drinking, tolerable beer. Appropriate for hot days outside while session drinking; such as while tailgating or the like. Nothing to drink when looking for something with a lot of flavor and feel though.

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Not surprised to see some reviews knocking this beer- it really gets a bad rap for being so cheap and popular among "hipsters"

A- Meh. It's a golden-yellow, visually indistinguishable from Bud & Friends (coors, miller, etc.) Hint of a head, near absence of lacing, some visible carbonation when poured.

S- Corn, but some alcohol-malt notes come through as it warms. I'm not exactly enticed, but this is a super-cheap session lager!

T- Decent! Sure, the corn is the major flavor, but there's a serious presence of malt. Although the hops are absent, this definitely doesn't taste like water.

M- Crisp and pleasant, and certainly very refreshing. The carbonation really does the job breaking up the monotonous flavor.

O- This is obviously not my favorite beer, but given the choice between PBR and the Bud & Friends cast plus boring "imports" (Corona, Heineken, Guiness), I'll take PBR if I'm planning to have more than one or two in a night. Forget the price and the stigma, try it, and you might just like it.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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