Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
5,621 Ratings
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 SafeAtFirst
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an old PBR goblet. Brilliantly clear pale straw color, very transparent. White head dissipates quickly and settles into a thin collar with a wispy island in the middle caused by the plum of carbonation that shoots up the middle of the goblet.

Aroma is a faintly sweet, untoasted grain with a faint hop scent. Flavor is more of the same. Good balance for a macro. Mouth feel is effervescent and light, plenty of carbonation. Did a great job of washing down some chips and salsa. Overall, my favorite macro and probably the only one I will bother to review.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a tall straight-sided pilsner glass. The bottle has no date. Clear, pale yellow with 1/2" bubbly white head that dissipates relatively slowly while drinking, leaving no lace. Light malt with wet cardboard aroma. Crisp, light acidic initial flavor that transitions into a light bitter aftertaste that is short lived. Surprisingly not bad & relatively refreshing. It had a slightly funny off flavor as it warmed. Light bodied with dry texture and relatively active carbonation. I don't drink this style very often, but I found the PBR to be a decent summer beer that pairs well with a sandwich or burger and chips. Probably makes a good session beer and is not nearly as terrible as some beer snobs would have you believe.

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Photo of simmons
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pabst blue ribbon has to be one of the best mass produced cheap beer around. There are many cheap beers out there that are just plain disgusting and horriable. pabst blue ribbion has a nicce feel to it when it, not much head to brag about. As for the flavor its not strong but its not too mild in hops and malt useage. i wouldnt pick this over a good flying fish or home brew but for $13.00 for a 30 pack this is your best bet.

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz can into Pilsener glass

A - 3 fingers white foam over a transparent body of straw yellow, medium/high visible carbonation

S - grain with a touch of grass

T - corny grain, grassy bitterness; just a clean adjunct lager

M - highly-carbonated light body

O - If you're looking for something simple and refreshing, PBR does the job.

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Photo of Natural510
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an uninspiring, clear straw color with an impressive amount of frothy, cotton-like head.
Smells grassy, vegetal, corny.
Flavor is good for the style; highly vegetal, with the corn adjunct shining through. Sweet malt base, and, while not in the flavor, there is a buzz in the mouth which indicates the hops' presence.
Crisp and refreshing, if not highly remarkable.
Drinkability is high when cold, decreases along with the temperature.
This American lager has quite a cult following, but not much better or worse than its peers. Still, a good choice for the price, and a 12-pack in my refridgerator helps me space out my indulgence into better beer.

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Photo of Monk0383
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying to to find that perfect party/summer/lawnmower beer, with value and taste in mind. I Re-tried budweiser recently and I have to say I enjoyed it, for what it is. But thats gonna be different review. Also enjoy Shlitz, making it my first review, but on to the Pabst! I'm gonna do this review while dinking the beer.

Serving style can poured into a frosty beer mug.

A: Straw yellow, one fingers worth of head, which stuck around for about a minute. Slight lacing

S: Not much of a smell, slighty grassy. Nothing offencive

T: Grassy, not malty at all, dry and crisp. Finshes clean with a lil' hop in there

M: Dry and bubbly, clean finsh

O: I like this beer, there's only a few I would say I dislike. It was quite refreshing, I wonder if my guest would mind enjoying Pabst at my next event? I'm gonna continue my quest for the perfect party/summer beer. Any sugestions are welcome

Plus I think a cooler full of Pabst, Shlitz, and maybe Blatz, would be a hit at a retro pool party or something

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Photo of Wallmane
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dkemp713
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akajimmyd
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz can, poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Pale golden color. Very minimal head.

Smell: Slightly sour smell, besides that not much.

Taste: Yummy. The most flavorful of the “cheap beers.” Served very cold. A bit sweet but a very clean taste.

Notes: This is the best of the college beers. Perfect drinkability for watching a movie in the winter or sitting on the porch in the summer. Always a treat to find one in the beer bath at a party. Even better in the long neck.

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Photo of taters21
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PBR out of the bottle yeah!

A- Overly clear light yellow color with carbonated head that falls to a barely there ring around the head. NO lacing.

S- Smells of metallic scents with hints of malt and barley. Low amounts of hops.

T- Still great flavor of corn, malts, and the little hints of hops. This combo for a classic are amazing. Great overall taste.

M-D- Smooth as water feel with a mild dry ending. Easy to drink and doesn't make you feel like crap in the morning after mass drinking sessions.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow, streams of carbonation flow towards the top of the glass, light frothy head, and small traces of lacing.

S - Smell is ceral malts, and a bit of alchohol pokes through.

T - Taste for an American Macro lager is excellent. Clean malt flushes against the palate, then slight hop bitters pronounces itself halfway through. Ends with a crisp bitter taste. Quite refreshing.

M - Perfectly carbonated and light on the palate.

D - Very drinkable on a summer day.

Definitely one of the best American Macros. Nothing offensive about this beer at all, and much better than 90% of BMC offerings. Give this one a try.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$2 PBR pitcher night can get you into trouble.

Pours like any other macro, fairly light colored, highly carbonated.

Smell is actually better than most from the category, in my opinion. It has almost a sweet, doughy sensation to it.

I'd also have to give the nod to this on taste as well. Whatever it is producing that better smell is lending itself to better flavor. Otherwise, fairly unremarkable.

Mouthfeel however carries too much carbonation and is overall simply weak.

On the whole, 3.5 for drink because it's above average compared to it's competition. I definitely don't mind drinking this one.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mm, Pabst. I feel like every bottle should come with an offer of employment at a steel mill or other suitably manly establishment. Only beer I can think of that prominently states UNION MADE. But right, the beer...

Pours into a pint glass a light-to-medium yellow with about an inch and a half of golden-white foamy head. Smells a bit more strongly than many other American macros, more hoppy too. Flavor follows suit, although only barely - it's pretty comparable to Miller/Bud/Coors. Has a bit more of a malty aftertaste that sticks in the mouth for a while.

All told, it's PBR. It won't be winning any blue ribbons outside of its marketing department. But it's somewhat better than its macrobrew competitors at a substantially lower price. When you're looking to fill up a cooler, look to PBR. It's not just for longshoremen and hipsters anymore.

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Photo of Saint
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer stands out from other standard American Lagers. They are certainly doing something right all these years in america if it was named Americas Best in 1893, giving Pabst its infamous title Blue Ribbon, survived prohibition, and maintains status as one of Americas favorite go to Lagers today. Certainly a favorite hit on PBR three dollar pitcher night at my local bar.

It appearance is interesting, its a very flat color, and looks like a very honey-yellow, normally single color brews look uninteresting, but its color is very pleasant. It pours with solid white head, that quickly disperses. Its smell leaves a lot to be desired, it isn't unpleasant, its very nearly nothing at all, very unassuming. It tastes mild and unassuming, nothing unpleasant about it. Its mouthfeel, is fantastic, very sharp, very crisp, tingly and pleasant. Overall very drinkable, not the most interesting beer out there, but pretty refreshing when you want something light & refreshing.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a fizzy yellow into my mug, huge white head, tons of bubbles.

Doesn't smell like much, maybe some faint grain

taste is grainy and some sweet, very little hops. Your typical mega-swill. Not too much flavor, but not too watery.

mouthfeel is thin and light. I rated it a 4 because i think water feels pretty good in the mouth, that's about what it's like, but highly carbonated.

Highly drinkable... this is one of those beers you can drink all day if you wanted to. perfect for camping, and summer activities.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Starts off with a big fluffy head that quickly disipates. Pale gold colour. Not the typical urine colour of most pale lagers, but a pale gold. Smells of pale malts, bread, and grass. Simple. Tastes, quite good, actually. Simple, plain, and good. Like a decent, basic homebrew. Sweet at first, with a bit of bitterness and grass in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean and dry. Very drinkable. Great session beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
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 AdmiralDiaz
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can to pint glass

A: Pours a straw color with strong carbonation with a white head with okay retention but no lacing.

S: Smells malty grainy with small hops and almost not corn scent.

T: Tastes about the same as it smells, Nice mellow grain with malt and some hop bit to it adding just the smallest amount of bitterness. Very good, doesn't get much better.

Overall: Standard mouthfeel for the style, maybe a little on the carbonated side. Very drinkable as well. one of my favorite adjuncts.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can into a beer stein a pale yellow color. The pour produced about a half a finger of thin white head. The head layered quickly and then disappeared, but did provide some nice thin lace.

Smells like grain with a hint of citrus.

Taste is light and grainy. No complexity, it's all up front. Decent finish, pretty crisp.

Mouth feel is light body and medium carbonation, perhaps just a bit on the fizzy side.

Drinkability is the strong suit for this brew. I drank mine right after mowing the lawn in the warm Florida sun. It went down easy and tasted pretty good. For the price, this is a good brew to keep around for hot summer days and friends or neighbors who prefer macro lagers.

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Photo of BRuhman
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a huge amount of rising bubbles. Has a big two and a half finger head that actually has pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell: A slightly sweet aroma that is very heavy on corn and grains. Also some light hints of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: A sweet mixture of grains and corn with a little bit of malt. Light hints of grassy hops in the finish. Pretty decent taste for an adjunct.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium level of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A good step up from BMC. One of the better adjunct lagers out there.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the cool retro design of the can. Classic!
The beer it self has the typical fizzy, yellow American lager look. Big foamy head, that left some lacing on my glass.

It has a very faint, but sweet smell.

PBR is a nice easy drinking beer, with a mild and slightly sweet taste.

I like it better than Bud and Coors, but not as much as Miller.

It is a slightly better than average American lager. I am surprised why so many people get excited by PBR.

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Photo of cbleary
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an above-average macro lager. It smells faintly of corn and grain husk. The corn flavors are stronger on the palate with hints of pale malt and hops, but the corn is not as overpowering as Miller High Life. It goes down fairly easy and everybody seems to find it at least palatable. This is the one to get when the going is cheap.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 5,621 ratings
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