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2.94/5
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5,652 Ratings
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,566
Reviews:
1,748
Ratings:
5,652
pDev:
25.17%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
1,389
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 5,652 |  Reviews: 1,748
Photo of HungarianCount
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jwarsenal9
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of _ascags
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of huthuty
3.91/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a little dark for an adjunct, almost no head
Smells is sweet and stale, bready, barely barely barely detectable hops
Taste is bready, a bit more like a real malt than most adjuncts, skunky taste that may be some semblance of hops
Overall amazing for the price, a cheap but somewhat real beer

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Photo of puck1225
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am sorry. This not even as good as Bud. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Maybe a draft would be better. Almost no smell. No distinct taste. Look as good as Bud. Guess I am a bad hipster!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ctm105
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mwgedmonton
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pale yellow. Taste and smell are meh, not a lot going on. Grainy, light, surprisingly inoffensive. lots of carbonation. Would not seek it out but tolerable - surpassed my low expectations.

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Photo of Messygiuseppe
4.43/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like piss and smells like cat urine. But gosh good golly, this is the bees knees of beers! I love PBR because it's cheap and gets you hammered. The taste is non offensive, but not terrible. Boy I want me some Pabst right now!

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Photo of Bajengurkan
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Afeo
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Spencer96
1.15/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of JustCamIt
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pabstblusesippin
4.51/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It is best sipping at room temperature or shotgunning it goes down faster than water

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Photo of Carolvs
2.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Of course, it's easy to dis this beer in the echo chamber of craft beer exultation that is Beer Advocate, but let's recognize PBR for what it is: Swillin' beer. It's not "bad" it's just swillin' beer - no character or spirit, just disembodied "adult soda" as another reviewer here characterized it.

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Photo of jake96
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

s'pretty good if you're at a party. Adult soda.

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Photo of Simon212
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dandy14
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paresis
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aegelis
2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the tap, the froth didn't last long. It was okay. No regrets, but no character and nothing special...except for the $1 draft special. Joke time then: After winning a dog show, a terrier hit the local bar and had one too many. He stumbled home and told his son of the win. The son asked if he got an award and pops forgot he left it on the bar when he was showing everyone. "No worries", said the son, "I'll go get it for you". To the bar the son went. Upon arrival the bartender said, "What'll you have?" The son exclaimed with glee, "Paps Blue Ribbon!". Okay, it's funnier out loud and only if you've seen the commercial (here you go young Youtubers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQoghzFUT7g ) , so there's that...

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Photo of Krusader
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of singletary
3.29/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 5,652 ratings
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