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 clvand0
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this one. Pours a very clear yellow color with no head, leaves no lacing on the glass. There's not much going on in the aroma - standard lager smells. Nothing special here. The flavor is what would be expected. Standard macro lager flavors, but it actually has more taste than most of the macros, surprisingly. Slight malt character, slight hop profile. Nothing wonderful, but it's an acceptable session brew if you feel like slumming it.

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Photo of scooter231
2.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, PBR. My first legal drink in the states- and I don't regret it. I haven't seen it outside a can often, but I recall a light golden color. Smells and tastes... like not much. A watery beer, best served ice, ice cold. Slightly sweet, but nothing special. Still... this beer is close to my heart. It's one of those beers you associate with good cheapness at a bar.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, not heavy, nothing great, but I've definitely had worse. Still, you can have several at one sitting without a problem. This is a great cheap bar beer- there are SO many better beers out there, but everyone should partake in a pabst every once in a while- just for the memories to be associated with it. I salute you, PBR.

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Photo of charlatan
2.86/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is usually my drunk beer. If I have drunk enough of Oregon's microbrews in a short span of time beforehand this seems OK. Otherwise it tastes pretty foul.

Fortunately, even with only one potent ale under my belt, this imperial pint (just one of the perks of the Goose Hollow) seemed creamy and fresh. It was a very light straw colour with a big foamy head which left some lacing.

The nose was its low point. Vinegar anyone?

I didn't notice the stale flavour this beer sometimes seems to have this time. Instead there was a creamy cereal taste, the expected bland hops and pleasantly big carbonation. It slid down very easily.

Then I marched up to Vista Bridge for a read, not a jump!

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Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Farewell to Falstaff. Went to Mangia’s for a final can or two since they no longer will be made. And after couple, switched to PBR for ol’ time sake. From a bottle, these weren’t too bad. Actually could taste a bit of grain with decent amount of hops. Still over filtered, over carbed – but a decent summer session brew if nothing else is around.

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Photo of mowowie
3.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always shunned PBR. I've always grouped it with Miesterbrau, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, Natural light ect... Ive been laid-off now for a few months so iv'e been basically buying Bud lately. I saw a six of PBR Talls at the store for 4.50 bucks and said what the hell and tried it. For what it is I was very surprised! much better than Bud, Miller, and Coors. Good taste for what it is, goes down smooth and very refreshing. This is definitely my new cheap domestic for now on. no more Bud. the 6 of talls only cost $4.50. what a deal! A great beer to chug on a hot summer day. (without the massive Bud headache the next morning)

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Photo of bnuttz
3.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a urine yellow color. A quickly fading frothy white head. Smells of grain and corn and nada else. Taste is next to nothing, somewhat sweeter, but there is a little bitterness to balance it out. This is my go to brew. If I need a macro it has always been pabst. cant go wrong with the pbr.

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Photo of aksavi
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the Johnny Russel song says, "red necks, white socks and blue ribbon beer." You "sophisticated" city folk wouldnt understand. Down here, we like manly brew. There is only 1 reason to drink...and that is to get drunk. This beer tastes just fine to me. It does its job quite well. Why pay big money for some fancy beer? You are just gonna piss it out. It all ends up in the same place when its all said and done. If you want to enjoy what you drink, drink some sweet tea or somethin.

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Photo of Redrover
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating. In fact the label contained about as little information as I have ever seen on a beer.

The beer pours a “beery” light yellow with a fair head and wisps of lacing.

The smell is clean and not offensive in any way. You get some corn & grain and maybe a hint of flowery hops.

The taste is well balanced for an adjunct lager. You get some sweetness from the corn and a little hop (pepper) to balance. Not threatening or challenging, but no off flavors. Not as thin as many macros and surprisingly the taste does not fall-off to much if it warms a bit.

Crackling carbonation can not quite overcome a thin mouthfeel. Easy drinking macro, I would prefer this one over AB, Coors, etc. Comparable to a High Life, but a bit below an Old Style or Point.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: My can was brewed in Guelph, Ontario, Canada by Stroh's Canada. 4.9%ABV, Very cheap priced.

Appearance: Another overcarbonated yellow macro.

Smell: It smells a mix of grains, hops and alcohol.

Taste: The taste is very clean and crisp, but the aftertaste is quite strange. It is slightly sweet (corn), but is bubbly and bitter too.

Mouthfeel: It is so bubbly. At least, it is very smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: It is not that bad. It is not exceptionnal, but just a good cheap beer to get loaded with. Also, it was one of the most popular brands when I was at that bar in Chicago.

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Photo of twilight
3.69/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

O, geez. As much as I hate to like this beer, it is rather good.

Pours a light yellow fizz into my St. Bernardus Chalice. Haha! I have no standards. Gives a nice head that dissipates into a yellow still liquid. The aroma is interesting. I don't want to like it, but it doesn't smell . A slight corn sweetness and faint hints of grassiness. Barely any hop scent. The taste is clean, crisp and a little bitter. The aftertaste isn't altogether great, though, with some corn sweetness in there. It tastes reminiscent of corn, even though I have no idea if it's included here. Another sip puts it up there with bland wheat beers, but the aftertaste gets me again. Sour alka-seltzer like notes with some hop bitterness, but not earthy enough at all. For the style, though, it's still pretty good. An average of 4 for clean slightly sweet taste, and 3 for strange aftertaste= 3.5

Mouthfeel is a bit too still, surprising given that it's from a can. I though this one would be bubbly carbonated. Still, this is one quaffable brew, and if I found myself in a dive that was classy enough to stock this one, I would hesitate only just a bit. Haha. Okay, maybe I'd order a scotch, but I think I've lost my prejudice for this beer. It is the antithesis of "Haterade."

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Photo of pgroove
3.96/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No matter how hard you try, you just can't hate on PBR. It is what it is: the cheapest of cheap, the pissiest of piss, the rawest of the raw.

Like most others on the site, I consider myself to be a beer snob, but I give my respects to PBRs. Where it can be found, it is dirt cheap and consistently smooth. Unlike other pisswater ales, you won't wake up with a raging headache and a case of the cho.

Don't hate the playa, hate the game. Pabst ain't no joke and it ain't no lie neither. Better recognize.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - About average. Good golden color, but the head is fizzy and excessively short-lived. No lacing.

Smell - Light sweet, adjuncty odor. Nothing too off, nothing too distinctive.

Taste - Quite sweet. Very crisp and watery. Just a touch of adjuncty malty beer flavor. Because the taste is noticeable and not overly poor, this beer ranks slightly better than most macros.

Mouthfeel - Light but very highly carbonated, i.e. tangy and fizzy.

Drinkability - Smooth and light. If I were only choosing beers from this particular group, PBR would come before most. Probably not a bad choice for a night of heavy drinking.

I'm pretty sure that it's time for the folks at Pabst to move on. If the label on my beer is to be believed, Pabst was selected as "America's Best" in 1893. (Was there some sort of great beer shortage that year?) Now tradition is all well and good, but food quality awards were never meant to be bandied about over 100 years after given.

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Photo of woemad
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

6-pk of 16oz cans purchased at a nearby Rosauer's for $3.79. Needed cheap beer, and this definitely fell into that category.

Poured a crystal clear gold color, with a big, fizzy white head that dropped quicker than the public's respect for Ashlee Simpson. No lace whatsoever.

Smell wasn't promising. Big & crude yet bland malt odor and something akin to vegetable oil. Fermented corn-flavored water, anyone?

Actually not as bad tasting as I thought. It's an improvement over the smell, anyway. This has that generic beer flavor most Americans accept as normal. Nothing remotely impressive, but could have been worse. The best you can say is it's inoffensive.

This is where things fall apart. Aren't these crappy lagers supposed to be highly carbonated? There was almost no carbonation whatsoever to this at all. No bubbles to be seen except when I was actually pouring the damn thing into my glass (which will probably be forever traumatized by the ordeal).

This is an acceptable shit beer if you don't have the money to buy a half rack of something slightly better, and DEFINITELY don't have the money for something good. Otherwise, skip it.

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Photo of ski271
3.47/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a large , white, foamy, rapidly diminishing head. Sporadic lacing early.

Smell: A light adjunct stink (A LOT better than the majority of adjuncts out there, but yes it still is there), hay, grain, and a very slight hint of berry.

Taste: Slightly malty and sweet with a quite the bready finish. Maybe a slight bitterness toward then finish, but other than that there’s no real hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: I got a weird look from the cashier at the local beer distributor when I brought up a 30-pack of PBR and a case Victory Hop Devil. Kind of a weird ying-yang there I admit, but sometimes you want something big and bold, and sometimes you want the cheap-ass watered down macro, and as far as they go, PBR is one of my favorites. Easy-drinking, the carbonation is the only thing keeping me from downing one of these in one chug. I’d take a PBR over a Bud, Coors or Miller any day!

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Photo of travolta
2.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Clear, golden yellow. White as snow head with very minima retention and very mild lacing.

Nose: Grassy, sweet malt. A bit of sulphur or rotten eggs.

Taste: Very slight taint of copper in the front. Mild and settled alcohol at the end. Yellow corn, but not sweet for the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing carbonation, but does not assault the palate.

Notes: As far as the fizzy little yellow beers are concerned, this one takes home a prize for having a bit of taste. No bold or fun characteristics, but it has something. There is a bit of something there, and I will honor them for that.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.73/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm assuming people will call me a point fairy for giving this beer such high marks, but here goes.

Appearance: Poured a bright orange color with slight hints of yellow. Head retention was impressive for an adjunct lager. The scent had lots of "adjunct" characteristics - corn, grain, cereal - but they were muted. There wasn't much of an aroma to this beer at all.

Tasting: This is probably my favorite beer of this style. It goes down smooth and easy, with almost no hop bitterness and sweet malt flavors. There was some grain flavor, giving it a bread-y taste. This beer is incredibly easy to drink. It'd be perfect for backyard grilling and parties, as well as mowing the lawn.

This definitely was a macro beer that I'll return to time and again. I'm told it causes bad hangovers, so I would suggest drinking lots of water to stay hydrated while you drink it. But for one beer, it was very good.

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Photo of Luigi
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow color and a small bubbley head. Lots of bubbles from carbonation. Smells like grassy grain and some faint hops. Has a very clean grainy malt with a faint hop background. Some sweetness from malts, but over all very thirst quinching. Very clean finish.This beer is a much better pick over the big three. A better quality American lager for a much less of a price. Pairs well with any kind of red meat!

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank a bunch out of the can last night - might as well review one of the leftovers today. Pours into the pilsner glass a light gold/bright yellow with a 2 finger head that doesn't leave a lot of lacing and reduces to a very thin blanket. The aroma is corn with a slight lemony/peppery spice that reminds me of a hefe (interesting). The flavor is about the same with some adjuncts behind that and leaves me wondering how the hell there are lemon/pepper notes in an adjunct lager (but I'm not complaining). There is little aftertaste and the carbonation seems ok. As far as cheap beer goes this is one of the best and it tastes 100% better when poured into a glass.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case for $9.99. Flippin' ill mcnasty, which is a good thing.

Pours a pale straw color which reminds me of my days back on the farm. The head comes and goes, like every woman in my life. There's some slightly noticeable sediment and no lace. Also, there's a blue ribbon on the can so you know it HAS to be good.

Smells a little stanky. Nothing remarkable here. Maybe there are some hops, buried in there somewhere.

Luckily the taste is better than the smell. I'm bombarded with carbonation as it hits my tongue. Slightly hoppy with some mild maltiness to back it up. A very nonassuming beer that you don't have to think about. I enjoy it.

I could drink these in great quantities. So can you, considering it's cheap and yet of better quality than most swill. Quality, AND quantity: have your cake and eat it too! HA!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a good beer. Not a bad beer. Often my choice for quantity over quality. Lots of fond and fuzzy memories are associated in my mind with this here beer. For the money you're going to spend on it, it's actually pretty good. What I think is funny is that it seems to be becoming almost fashionable to drink which is the worst thing that can happen to a beverage. Pabst is for drunk and divy nights and it should stay that way.

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Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 24 pack at the store for around $10. Tastes just as good out of the can as it does out of the bottle. All in all a nice beer to have around when you're not ready for a bigger beer, but still want something tasty. Either this or High Life have to be the best of the cheap beers.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.73/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well I couldn’t avoid it forever. Clear pale golden color with tiny bubbles and a thick but short-lived white head. No real lacing to speak of. Aroma of sweetcorn and light hops. Light-bodied and somewhat crisp with a barely-there sweet flavor, and some bland hops. The finish is an off flavor that really prevents this from being a harmless, flavorless beer. The aftertaste is rather unpleasant, like wood varnish or something. Needless to say I won’t be trying this again any time soon.

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Photo of jp32
2.04/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What you see is what you get. Cheap beer. I would pick this up over Budweiser, but other than it's price I don't really understand the whole craze with it.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite budget priced american adjunct lager to date, still it isn't something to get too excited about. Color is light golden, head is average-sized and foamy. The aroma is of sweet macro smell, very typical. The taste has more depth than other adjuncts I've had, grain and hops are more apparent. The overall strong point of the taste is a grainy sweetness. This is very drinkable and well worth the very low price for a 12 pack. Hands down this is my money saver beer choice.

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Photo of msolar
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I have one question: how did PBR become a fashion trend?

I usually keep some on hand for when rowdy friends come over - it's cheap, and (in my opinion) tastes better than Bud, Miller, or the like. However, I can't imagine wearing a "PBR" shirt.

The beer is very light in color, comparable to Bud Light. It smells as you would imagine - like a watered down pilsner. And the taste? While it won't win "Beer of the Year" award, I think it's a great alternative to the other cheap domestic beers. In my opinion, it just tastes a little less "cheap".

This is definitely a beer focused on quantity, not quality - but if you're ok with that, drink up!


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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 5,778 ratings