Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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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:
#43,757
Reviews:
1,800
Ratings:
5,837
pDev:
25.26%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
1,495
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Photo of peterpunk15
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sebass2022
5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of neliam24
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
2.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.06/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour into a pint glass shows the expected clear gold body and ever so briefly floats a 1/4in head of white foam leaving random wavy lacing.

Aroma is sweet, almost fruity, cereal.

Flavor matches.

Mouthfeel is softer than necessary, but clean and leaves no aftertaste.

Overall they didn't win a blue ribbon for nothing.

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Photo of KJS
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Acceptable malty cheap gas station beer.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.17/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My first beer was this, only beer my grandad would buy.
Anyways, poured a 24 Oz can into a glass, foam initially thick head but dissipates rather quickly with almost no lacing
It smells like most American Lagers: musty basement, corn or grain, slight sweetness. Moderate carbonation.
Taste is nothing too special - can taste the grain and sweetness. Nice thing about this beer compared to others in this style is there is a slight bitter hop note on the back end. I'm drinking it ice cold and it goes down smooth, finishes clean very drinkable. All in all, i would prefer this over Bud or High Life. More flavor in my opinion. This isn't my favorite style of beer so the overall grade is a B-

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Photo of mando31
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of wejohnsn
2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

when i was a kid growing up in Detroit Michigan this was the beer everyone drank at family gatherings except for me, i was a kid. as i got older i drink it and was unimpressed.

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Photo of Raleigh97
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not bad for the style. Drink yeungling if you want cheap lager.

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Photo of Spaten454
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of robotic_being
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ncdmz
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brings back my younger days. While not top shelf it goes down smooth. Definitely a go to cheap beer.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
1.95/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of ironmark666
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Nosferatus
3.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Watery, but in a good way, a charmingly simple session beer.

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Photo of Jeremy2387
3.92/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely my beer of choice after a hard sweaty day of work or mowing the lawn. The crisp bite it has hits the spot every time. Love the classic can look and hopefully it doesn't change. My grandpa drank the shit out of this and Budweiser and I keep the tradition going.

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Photo of Jsalz21
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ben_tries_brews
1.77/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Elysha
1.69/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Have you ever drank carbonated cat piss before?
Now I can officially say I have.
Don't let this disheveled beer to which holds such high esteem in colleges and universities, (perhaps for being cheap) fool you.
Remember that mouse you got on sale for like 20 dollars but it ended up being a glorified RGB christmas light?
Well PBR is glorified cat piss, cheap and GMO infested.
Headache after 2.
Stick to non GMO and no preservatives, avoid this monstrosity.

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Photo of brewnme
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Connor_Freader
1.2/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of antman27
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Euphoria69
1/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of gmark
1.03/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hadn't had PBR is almost 30 years. Drank a ton of it in my youth, and had on my mind what a great beer it was. Until recently when I had one. Smell was worse than I remembered, but what stunned me was tasting it and thinking "what in the world is this crap!" An all around unpleasant taste that lingered far too long, and made me want to at least get a bud light to hopefully get rid of that taste. PBR makes Budweiser seem like a craft beer. I cant believe I used to drink this stuff, and I cant believe there are people who actually like it. Are their taste buds ruined?

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 5,837 ratings