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
Ratings:
5,519
Reviews:
1,719
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
24.92%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
1,303
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love cheap, American Lagers. Let's not pretend you need to read about the attributes, it looks, smells, tastes and feels like pure beer. Buy it when you want to drink a beer.

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Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.51/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Don't get the hate on this beer. It's constantly a fantastic easy drinking lager. I based my rating on the style, which it nails perfectly, not based on if it's as good as Fou.

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Photo of Docksidebars
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
1.81/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light colored gold, the head goes away fast on it. Has a strong smell of grains. Tastes like a very watered down lager, but overall worth the dollar paid for it.

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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 PUbeer
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Speederson12
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a college student surrounded by Budweiser drinkers and they tell me this is disgusting. I don't get it. For me, this is really nice. It holds its head better than most major AAL beers, and smells of a not-so-bad inoffensive corn smell, slight barley in it... Tastes of sweet corn and then on the back end a tease at some hops, which really impresses me for the style. Feels light and crisp. Aftertaste is a pleasant bready grain. Solid budget beer for a 30-rack that actually has a taste.

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Photo of joer40
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoosteez
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 4.25

Light colored orangish yellow lots of head a personal favorite from child hood of course smell very malty a little bit of hoppyness taste very malty mothfeel not gonna lie it's like extra watery I notice more recently but well carbonated overall my personal favorite from macrobreweries in the u.s. as far as lager other than yeungling

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Photo of BigGold
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had years ago of course, but not for years, until had a pint while having growlers filled at local craft beer shop, largely because it was about half the ABV of everything else available that afternoon, and less than half the price at $3. Pleasantly surprised. Crisp drinker, with no real faults. Significantly better than other macro lagers.

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Photo of evostudios12
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gremck
3.19/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a horrible cheap beer.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
2.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can straight to the face because its a family Christmas party and this is what I was offered out the back of the pickup truck.

No idea what it looks like but based off the smell, it probably doesnt have much to offer. There is no aroma. Taste is typical adjunct bullshit - cereal grain sweetness, slight kiss of alcohol and nothing else. Light in body, moderately carbonated and your standard run of the mill AAL.

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Photo of Chackman151
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tjb14
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mmorris15
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLK7299
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of zaraspook
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopHunter19
2.84/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 4 - ha! Yea it's not going in a glass, i'm not even sure why i got the bottles... that said, classic pbr looks, classic pbr taste, it gets a feckin' four
S - 2.5 - corn, light malts, very light traditional aal hops
T - 2.75 - corn, bitterness from the hops, little bit earthy, light malts
M - 3 - light, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bitterness lingering at the back of the tongue
O - 3 - it's pbr. It's like drive through Mexican food. It doesn't taste amazing and you know you'll regret it later, but for some reason it happens over and over and over...

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Caj1
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Oh yeah, it's time for some "get drunk" beer.

A: crystal clear straw-gold. Frothy white head, about a finger's worth. The foam lasts about two or three minutes, leaves minimal lacing. The carbonation is pretty active, lots of bubbling coming from the bottom of the glass.
S: Not a particularly big smell. A little bit of grassy hops, a lot of corn. Some of that wet paper smell that a lot of macro AALs have. I don't like that smell. Obviously not a beer where you contemplate the complexities of the nose.
T: Fair. There's actually some hoppiness to it, unlike a lot of macro AALs. Bitterness is the main taste. Not a great deal of malty sweetness, and what sweetness I get is mired with corn. Not bad, though. It's actually pretty tasty.
F: Very clean and crisp. Kind of foamy on the back end, but this does not overstay its welcome. The feel is its best quality.

Overall: for the price point and for the type of beer it is, this is very decent. To tell the truth, I've had lagers from "craft" brewers that aren't nearly as good. This is toward the top of my "beers to bring to a party" list, and, since it's fairly cheap, it's easy to bring a lot to liquor up the crowd. Anyway, enough yapping. I like this beer, but honestly it's better enjoyed straight from the can.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,519 ratings.
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