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 rabsten
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

5 of the 6 pack were consumed right out of teh bottle, which was the better way to drink this brew. In the name of science - or beer advocacy - the first one was poured into a plsner glass. Solid yellow, decent head, some minor lacing. Looks like the beers in the ads we see every day.

Smell was malt, malt, malt. No toast or carmel or chocolate or any other characteristic to the malt. Just malt. Which is good, sometimes.

Tastes about as good as the style allows. Mild malt and some latent hops.

Mouthfeel is again, dead-on average. Some dryness due to the carbonation, with a later mellowing out. Unlike some AMLs, the carbonation dies in your mouth, so it doens't follow down into the gullet.

Drinkability is decent. Refreshing beer. I can, and have, gone through entire sixes in one session. Like my birthday, last Saturday.

Bottom line: The Ironic Hipsters who seek this out as "proletariat beer" are actuall onto something. You can do much worse than this beer. Also, Very good bang for the buck ($3.99 a six). Worth your time if no real craft beer is around, and beats anything Coors makes.

++ EDIT ++

I forgot to note the cool "poker caps." The bottle caps have card values on the inside, so you can play games like poker and blackjack. Pit your caps against everyone else's, and the loser pays.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the showplace theatre in Buffalo, NY for 2 bucks a pop. This is a whole nother beast on tap. The beer was an average looking american macro gold with a very small faom cap. The aroma was really sweet and grainy. Very clean and inoffensive when compared to bud or miller. Taste is actually kinda hoppy. Mouthfeel is thin to moderate. Very smooth. This is incredibly drinkable espcially when you compare the tap version to the bottle or can. This is much sweeter and smooth on tap. If this is on tap with the other standard crap I will have to go with this.

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Photo of Raymond69
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured cold into pint glass

Golden clear beer , with a nice fizzy head that retreats quickly.

Smell is rather bland , corny adjuncts , smells like a dive bar Sunday morning.

Taste is a little sweet , some malt tones with no perceivable hop presence. A little tinny flavor comes through. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin , light , good carbonation.

Drinkabitly is OK , leaving me in a search for the perfect summer quencher.

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Photo of riversider76
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden. Fluffy head quickly disappears. Not much lace,but lots of bubbles.Smell is of light malt. Body is light and carbonated.Taste is sweet with a hint of hop. This beer is by no means offensive,and it's cheep. I'm sure that's why the college kid's love it!

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear, golden yellow. The pour creates an abundance of bubbly white foam. It quickly fades away, leaving light wisps of head on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Cooked corn and grain, sharp on the nose. Some slight hop grassiness.

Taste: Grainy, toasted malt flavor. Some mashy corn sweetness softens the overall profile a little. A light touch of hops in the finish tightens it all up. Light and crisp.

Mouthfeel: A little soda-like with the carbonation, but it has enough body to keep it smooth.

Verdict: Solid canned lager. Nothing great, but it quenches the thirst in a reasonably satisfying manner.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Brooklyn yesterday. I've never seen this in six-packs anywhere, and seeing how trendy this is among the cheap beers, and how much I love Dennis Hopper's line in "Blue Velvet" where he refers to this, I had to give it shot and see what all of the fuss what about. It's not the craft beer I usually sample, and it's not that memorable, but it was suprisingly decent and better than the mass-market macro beers that I was ready to lump this in with!

Pour was nothing special - the frothy head went away quickly, there wasn't any lacing to be seen, and the color was the light goldenrod that I expected it to be. Almost no bitterness here, the carbonation and the malt base are all that present up front, with some straw underneath everything. It's easygoing, but certainly not watered-down or skunked. The aftertaste is light, crisp, and a bit bready, but never overly bitter. As a whole, this brew works fairly well.

Seeing the 4.7% ABV proves to me why this is so popular among the young, trendy, and close-to-broke. There's no introspection here - no depth, no notes, nothing hidden or worth finding on the 2nd or 3rd tasting. It's a blue collar brew that does it's job and nothing more. I'm glad I gave it a try!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.02/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a pale gold with some pleasant bubbles floating up from the bottom of my pint that sustained a frothy egg shell head.

Smelled of bland dusty dirt and a burnt dry corn. Ish.

Tasted like light and muddy corn and rice with a crisp buttery snap in the finish.

The mouth feel was so light, it was border line non-existent. The carbonation was also disappointingly boring. Most cheap beers at least feel all right going down. This was little better than water.

Oh right, nostalgia. Yawn.

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Photo of UberWasser
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass, from the classic PBR can, with a great bright golden color. It literally shines as light passes through it. A fizzy head builds tall but dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer on top and a slight halo around the edges of the glass, fed by a slow upward shower of bubbles. This is a good looking macro.

The smell is very clean, with a crisp lemon/lime citrus smell backed by a slight cornmeal scent. Pleasing, if a bit shallow.

A draw from the glass first brings out a clean grain/cornmeal flavor which is followed by a slight whitebread taste on the middle of the tongue. Upon swallow, the subtle citrus bite comes out on the back of the tongue, leading to a slight drying finish. Mouthfeel is light and tingly.

This is a nice macro lager...nothing offensive about it, just a nice clean crisp flavor that is able to avoid the "just took a breath of wet air" finish that comes from some macros. Best served quite cold as a refreshing beverage after hard work on a hot day. It also doesn't seem to lose too much when drunk from the can, so it's great to take camping or fishing.

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Photo of shererjt
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an effervescent yellow clear with moderate carbonation and an average head. Aroma was strongly like cooked corn. Not awful, but not your normal hops and malt either. Possibly some astringency as well. Body was light-to-medium. Some malt there and leans to the sweet side. Mostly corn flavor; not bad but not what I'd call a great beer, either. Mouthfeel was okay; nothing to write home about.

Really not a bad beer, and pretty good by macro standards. I'd prefer High Life or Schlitz, but would do nicely in a pinch.

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Photo of BadBadger
2.57/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Pabst Blue Ribbon, can be a refreshing beer, under the right circumstances. IY pours a clear lihky golden color into the glass. THe head is nice and foamy. The smell is reminiscent of an bar you have been into. It makes your think of stale beer, and sloppy floors. The taste is pretty much nonexistent. The mouthfeel is crisp. This is not necessarily an achievement, considering the absence of flavor to begin with. Not the macro lage I would reach for again: don't get got up in the fad. I would recommend a Miller High Life instead.

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Photo of badbeer
3.62/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw sort of color with a quickly dissipating head leaving no lace, bubbles flying up from the bottom. Mostly a grain smell, pretty clean, with a hint of floralness. Grainy in taste, but not in a bad way, a little bit of corn, and only a touch of hops. Taste almost dances on your tongue with the amount of carbonation. I imagine this as a great beer with many different foods. Higher carbonation, but seems to be a nice addition to this one. Light to medium body, I expected very light body, but having a little something there is nice. I usually don't save any room for macro's in my fridge, but I may be able to squeeze a little room for this. Seems like this would be good for many occasions, BBQ, lawnmowing, fishing, just being out and about and just wanting something simple.

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Photo of rodrot
2.57/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

PBR poured a clear golden color with a one inch head that went away rather quickly. Aroma was citrusy and fruity with a faint whiff of corn. Taste was very fruity and spritzy with a slight hop bitterness and some malt character in the finish, but not much. This beer had an incredibly thin mouthfeel. It was pretty bland and watery tasting, which is the standard for most macros I guess. I could see this as a refreshing drink after mowing the lawn in 90 degree temperatures.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My choice for "Golf" beer. Forms a fizzy 2 finger head that falls to ring style, leaving behind sliding lace. Massive amounts of carbonation that is common to the style, nothing earthshattering here. Light Yellow color.

A bit maltier than its cousin's, and a bit more hops, not much more but enough to make a difference. Usual adjunct, corn syrup, rice lager. you just get the feeling its so highly filtered that its filtered itself out of taste. Very crisp and clean, leaves me desiring something to make it interesting.

Notes: I'm in....Pabst and Budweiser are the two macros that see time in my fridge. They know how to make a fairly tasteless beer without any "edges" or something to possibly send you to another brand. It is what it is....a cheap brew that doesn't offend.

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Photo of dubman003
1.53/5  rDev -48%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is no reason anyone should pay to drink PBR. Even for college students buying a keg, I would be embarrased to tell people I bought this beer. It stinks and tastes foul. Its only saving grace is when the beer comes from a bar tap, possibly because it is fresher (I hope), but coming from a can, run from this beer.

With other options on the grocery shelf--namely Miller High Life and Milwaukee Best Light--the low price is not even a saving grace. Some people get used to the taste from buying the cheap beer on the shelf, but I honestly can't support anyone even 'tasting' this beer.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was at a bar, and didn't feel like anything but a thirst quencher, and as I'd never had PBR, I thought I'd give it a go, not expecting anything except a cool, boring liquid. Well, it pours a nice golden color with a surprisingly long lasting head. Really, little smell to it, just a thin grassy, grainy malt. Good medium body and nice carbonation up front, with a grainy malt through the middle, and if I remember, a slightly bitter ending. Basically, pour this and don't give me the name, and I'd mistake it as a micro. maybe. Pretty drinkable beer though, a real thirst quencher.

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Photo of akahn
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is actually tasty on tap. The taste and smell are about the same as from the can, but the appearance and mouthfeel are quite a bit superior. It feels fuller and smoother. The head on the beer is also creamier and softer. Good choice for a cheaper keg at a party. The less-harsh carbonation also makes this more drinkable. As far as American Macro Lagers go, this is up there.

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Photo of ChuckD
2.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Thin white lacing atop a clear golden yellow body. Typical macro look.

To the nose, the malty sweetness is in the forefront. Clean and organic aromas with a touch of floralness.

In the mouth, malts and hops are evenly distributed forming a nice stable drinker. Very smooth and throaty, not too sweet. Carbontation makes for a slight metallic undertone - but the finish is dry and clean.

Musings: Along with Schlitz, my macro of choice for the pounding sessions. I don't find the flavor of the PBR as noticeably sweet as the other macros. I like it from the can and not the bottle.

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Photo of seanmhogan
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best mass produced beers I have run across. I prefer it to many of the others in it's class. I feel it packs more flavor and color then many of it's competitors. It pours a nice yellow and has a faint citrus taste to go along with it.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

clear to watery and brownish. corny malt odor is weak and watery smelling. taste is ok for its type. regular old macro flavor. sweet, grassy, corny, some malt taste evident. kind of watery but pretty drinkable overall. tastes like dave's party pants.

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Photo of Drew966
3.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear golden yellow with a thick fluffy white head. The smell is sort of fruity or grainy. The taste is a little sweet up front, but not cloying. Definitely a good choice if you're going macro. Clean, crisp taste not bad compared to the competition.

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Photo of StAnthony
3.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listen--this isn't a great beer. BUT, it is the best of its breed. American Macro Lagers are expected to be light-colored and virtually flavorless, with little-to-no hop aroma. And this dive-bar classic does it without making you feel like you're drinking a Men's-Room Special. The body is slightly more full, more malt-driven than your Bud or Miller varieties, and it delivers a surprisingly complex (albeit slight), clean, almost-citrus like finsh that at least gives you some indication that you've just taken a sip of something other than water. Add in the nostalgia factor (which is no small part) and you're looking at a classic American brew that definitely has a time and a place to be enjoyed. Appreciate it for what it is, my friends.

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Photo of ahking
2.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Don't let retro lovers convince you that this is a good beer. Sure it may be cleaner tasting than Bud, but it is still a macro adjunct lager. So speaking of adjuncts, aroma is of sour corn mash and yeast. Pours a nice golden color, brilliant to the light. For a macro, nice amount of hops bitterness, zero hop aroma. Fairly light bodied for a non light beer.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
2.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very bright clear yellow, watery thin and no hop aroma nor much malt either, very grainy in aroma and in flavor, yet this grain isn't real strong so you can power tons of this stuff. It is difficult to write two hundred and fifty characters to describe a beer that has nothing really going on other than the fact it makes you pee and make you look studly because you cam power a case and still operate a lawn mower...hence the name lawnmower beer

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.57/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

88 cents for a pint can, not bad price for macro stuff. Pours a piss yellow, smells quite grainy and sweet. Tastes sweet with an unusual citrusy flavor but it's kind of weak. Mouthfeel is watery as normal for macros i've had. Very drinkable as this is supposed to be for a mass market. It won't win any awards except best in redneck category!!

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Photo of ericj551
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale yellow, about average for a macro lager. It smells grainy, not much more than that. Tastes similar to the smell, a mild grainy maltiness, with a small but noticable amount of hops. PBR goes down easy enough, and at $48 for a 1/2 barrel, its the perfect beer for a college party. I would still take it over most macros, given the choice.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 5,859 ratings