Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of kwjd
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with some head, but no lacing. Smells mildly of hops (though I was straining to smell them) with some grainy malt. Nothing really stands out from the flavour, but cleaner than many other macro lagers. Carbonation is a bit prickly.

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Photo of chilidog
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was alittle short on cash, so I found a canned sixer for $3.29. I also liked the red-white-&-blue history of this brew, meaning its been around forever. It poured a pale yellow clear straw color with a white head that in some of cans disappeared to not even a film. Carbonation was not overdone, not fizzy. The taste was mild or bland. Not much in hop or malt taste to say anything overpowered this brew. It wasn't as crisp as I would like for a july lawnmower brew. Mouthfeel was not left to dry. Over-all an easy drink if you like a light body brew.

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Photo of lynx50
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wanted to try Pabst Blue Ribbon for the first time and I must say that I am rather disappointed, considering how many people I spoke to think that it is a great beer? I purchased it as a 6 pack of 16oz Cans and I know for some, this is a mistake over purchasing the bottles. Granted, with this in consideration, I find that the taste of this beer is too watered down and very bitter tasting, but I do like the kick from the higher alcohol content it has. If this is all that it has going for it, I would rather just go with a cheaper better tasting beer (ie Pearl Beer or Lone Star), add a little vodka to it and Whaaa laa! A beer that tastes better and has plenty of kick to it!

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Photo of HugePlume
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first beer review. Figured I would start simple. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours with a thin 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. No lacing. Color is a medium yellow, not pale but not apple-juice colored like some other pabst products.

S- Poor smell. Typical adjunct malty staleness, but this seems much worse than most. Smells like a college basement after a kegger.

T- Somehow the bad smell doesn't translate to the taste. Minimal to no hop presence. Significant grain flavoring but its not overpowering. Decent for the category. Slight bitterness to the finish.

M- About average for the category, not overly carbonated like so many adjuncts.

D- OK beer to try out, but the smell is too much for me. There are better hipster beers out there if you want to make a statement about not following "the man."

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Photo of scuppers
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's light yellow. There's some head retention and a little lacing. It settles down to form a thin foam layer on top of the beer - looks like a normal lager.

Smell: Early on, right after it's opened, my sample smelled like match heads and sewage. I'm not sure what they're doing to this brew in Wisconsin, but it's not smelling great.

Taste: it tastes OK. Taste is there early. A little bit of corn, but not overwhelming. It's a weak enough flavor that it's not offensive. A little grain, slight creaminess, then well water taste. Not as overtly metallic as Stroh's, and not as creamy as Genny. A little edgier than Genny. The best I can say: it doesn't taste too much like corn or pool water.

Mouthfeel: not that interesting; pretty nominal.

Drinkability: great if you don't mind the smell. There's not much to overwhelm you here.

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Photo of Kyle_Hanson
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the better adjunct lagers I've had. It's a little too sweet, probably because the adjunct ingredient happens to be corn syrup. Not as carbonated as BMC beers and looks a tad better. Still not great smelling though. Not as much of a corn, skunk, metal flavor like you'd expect.

Not a bad beer if it's found cheap.

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Photo of tbern007
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, yellow with a thin white head and actually a surprising lacing.
Scent is very grainy, corn-like, not that inviting.
Taste/mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing, dry, light bodied, a hint of hops, malt, grain, alcohol.
Of the big ones, this isn't bad.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very light, clear yellow. The head was fair and not long lasting. I had not had a PBR in years and thought it would be a nice walk down memory lane. The beer had little aroma and less flavor. About a third of the way through the glass, I spiced it up with several shakes from the salt shaker. After doctoring the beer, the taste improved slightly. It makes a good beer to eat pizza or maybe a burger, but not for stand alone enjoyment.

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Photo of ADR
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was curious about a better-tasting macro lager, so here I am...Pale and clear yellow, head is not stiff and has little staying power. Just a bit of a malty smell. Its pretty pleasant in flavor, not overcarbonated, hops short-lasting but not "in-and-out". Malt is sweet if non-descript but there's OK balance here. Doesn't finish with an un-settling impression in my stomach. Well, PBRs are more or less drinkable in a pinch, but its no undiscovered miracle. Thanks to Michael P. for buying a twelve pack and his sister Liza P. for bringing me a can.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.68/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of bultrey
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this is the hipster beer du jour in my part of the world, and I suspect that the reason for this is that people are deliberately drinking it to be ironic because it is cheap and normally associated with white trash. It's kind of like wearing the damn trucker caps.

Anyway, it's PBR. What can you say? It tastes like adjunct malts, but not offensively so, and there is the slightest hint of hops characteristic hidden in there, as well. It is a pale golden-yeallow beer, and it retains a slight head and fairly effervescent carbonation. It IS better than many American mass-produced beers, but that's not saying much. I put it on par with Budweiser. Anyone who claims it is significantly better (or significantly worse) is being fooled by either the Bud marketers or PBR hipsters.
Still, the 20 oz. chalice I received for $4.00 on a hot day to down my mexican food was A-OK, as it is refreshing, and a little more exciting than water. It's like beer-flavored soda.

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Photo of granger10
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I guess this beer might be slightly better in taste than other American macros. There isn't that corny/rice adjunct taste that I usually get but there wasn't much else either. Some sweet, grainy malt is about all that I got. This reminded me of Molson. It was also thicker than other macros, but still rather smooth. Worth a drink when the wallet is light.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Clear and gold with little to no head. No real lacing either.

Smell: Perhaps a mild hop smell, but nothing too special.

Taste: Although it's a fairly standard adjunct beer, it does have a small but decent kick to it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Not impressed.

Drinkability: This isn't bad. It's not the best thing I've ever had, but it has its charm.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 355mL can into snifter.
A- Piss yellow, actually resembles sparkling apple juice, with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipated.
S- Sweet, grassy smell with a surprising amount of green apple.
T- Literary just corn and water, not much else to say.
M- Essentially flavored water with a cloying sweetness left in your mouth, although it is very easy too drink.
O- For such a cheap beer it really holds up, which is why it's my go to party beer

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light golden-yellow color. Very clear, and with an airy white head that turns into a lace. Laces the glass a bit too.

Smell: Light malt aroma with some grains (including a slight bit of corn). Slight metallic accent.

Taste: Malts and grains infused with metallic flavors. Generic and not bad, but way less than impressive.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied with ultra-minimal carbonation. Rather smooth, however.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; no problems here. Goes down fine, though it can get a tad boring.

One of the more decent of widely available American macro-lagers; nothing objectionable, but far from impressive. More affordable than BMC too. But not something to even consider getting for enjoyment at home.

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Photo of ncsutton
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving - Can

A - Very pale gold color, not much of a head to speak of

S - Mild aroma with no real distinct flavors catching my attention

T - A watery, extremely limited taste of hops, otherwise it is a creamy wheat like beer

M - Goes down smooth, great for drinking in large amounts

O - You get what you pay for, if your reading this its probably because you need a good cheap beer, and I'd say this is probably your best bet. its nothing special, but for the price its well worth the value.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours pale golden with a medium crystal-white light head that sonks quickly, leaving no lacings.

S: Rice and some bitterness. But this is light. Smells a bit like white soft bread.

T: Rice and artificial bitterness. Some citric notes. Candy-like sweetness, marzipan is usually not a quality sign.

M: Short and very sweet aftertaste, perhaps with some toasted notes. Body is light to medium, while carbonation is rich, but rather smooth.

O: An Adjunct lager is a light experience, this one is a little more interesting than most.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I decided to try this once and for all just so I can answer back when I say that it is beer for wannabe hipster poseurs who drank it in and attempt to lend themselves and air of ironic nostalgia, and not because it is a particularly good beer, and people reply: "Have you even tried it?" and assume they've won the argument when I say no.

Holy run-on sentence.

In the glass this is a clear, pallid light golden color with a thin head that dissipates down to nothing in short order.

The aroma is faint grains, very clean, very weak.

The taste is vapid. There's so little flavor that really all I can taste is a straw like carbonation. Sort of tastes like a liquid soda cracker. There is just a suggesting of bitterness. Finishes bright and dry.

Light bodied and well carbonated.

About the best thing I can say is that this is a good beer for people who don't like beer in that it doesn't have a whole lot of taste to it whatsoever. Really, PBR is a beer in the same way that beige is a color.

At least now I can say that I've tried it and it confirms my suspicions that people drink it because it's trendy. Not because it's especially good.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tonight, I was at dinner with friends at PF Changs, so not a great beer selection to begin with. I see PBR drafts for $2.75 on the menu, and think it's too cheap to pass up. Served in tall pilsner glasses. Clear yellow body. Thin bubbly head. Plenty of carbonation. Smell and taste were average macro flavors: corn, adjuncts, and a bit of malt. Not a horrible flavor, but nothing to write home about. Mediocre but not appalling. Mouthfeel was fizzy but oddly refreshing. Decent pairing with spicy Mongolian beef entree. Slightly more drinkable and enjoyable than BMC.

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Photo of z3niMAGiNE
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 12 pack for New Years and nobody drank a single one. Now I'm stuck with them. Go figure.

Yesterday I poured my peeber into a glass. I was about to do the same just now and figured why bother.

Pretty much the same as any other mass market lager. Straight up corn water.

It's not awful. Just uninspired and mostly flavorless.

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Photo of beerbill
2.67/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't really put my finger on it, but there is something off with this beer. The taste is just odd, and I can't exactly say why. It is not as rough going down as say, natural ice, but it is a far cry from most other pilsner beers. I picked it for two reasons. One, I wanted to get another review under my belt. Two, it's cheap. 11 dollars for a 30 pack is a good deal, but I would drink strohs first.

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Photo of njthebestofme
2.67/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- The normal yellow pee like coloring

S- Nothign stands out.. maybe some malts i guese..

T- Goese down quick .. mild carb to easy to throw them back

M- Got to love that PBR taste

D- Buy a 30 its so cheap and see how many ou can throw back haha not recomended .. gave my a killer hangover

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
2.67/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Really light color. Couple shades darker than dark lemonade. very light, not so pleasant smell like water and flour. Taste is watery with that kind of wheat flour taste. Kind of a sour after taste. Not really a good beer but it gets the job done. Not the worst beer out there. there isnt really much of a mouth feel.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn elements throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

It is what it is, and it isn't much.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Actually doesn't look too unpleasant. Not-too-pale golden-yellow in hue with some foam.

Smell: I can smell the grain here...and it's actually a good smell. However, the smell of aluminum overwhelms everything. Thumbs down.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation makes it smooth. At the same time, PBR tastes like a below average beer. It would taste at least average, but it is very metallic.

Drinkability: The metal can make this a struggle.

Overall: PBR would be a great beer if it was marketed and distributed better. A very popular beer with hipsters and hunters alike, giving it some nice nostalgic points.

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