Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Carter_T
1.36/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Figured I would do a low end beer for a change.Poured from a 12 oz can into a Cigar City pint glass.Best by May 29,2017.

Foamy white head that stands 1 finger tall with low retention,and light lacing.Light gold / straw colored body with very good clarity.Low to medium carbonation depending on the pour.

On the nose I get wheat,sweet corn,and sweet earthy malt notes.A little bit of a metallic smell.

The palate follows the nose with wheat,sweet corn,earthy malts,and a slight metallic taste.

The mouth feel is light,and a little watery,but not bad.A little bit of oxidation on the tongue.

This really isn't a bad beer.This is what I drink when I am low on money,and can't afford expensive craft beers.Much better than Bud,Coors,and all those other big name,mass produced beers in my opinion.

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Photo of Bullyy56
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Applebee's; when you're running broke and can't spend much on karaoke night, a glass of $2.25 value beer does the trick. While it's not as smooth as coors light, its just as easy to drink. Definitely a good beer to drink after a long night (even though I party-fouled and spilled some of my beer on the girl that was singing on front of me)

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Photo of nater919
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of csurowiec
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tiredofbuyingbeer
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ah, PBR. On one hand, I can't think of anything more nauseating, or fitting, alongside well bourbon. On the other hand, poured in a glass proper, it's not bad. Brilliant clear color. Nice lager-y smell. Like a real lager without the hop flavor or aroma. With cheap bourbon, though, it's like drinking fermented cream corn.

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Photo of Timc32
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mdargis
1.4/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. I had it as a teenager and have never drank it again. I once poured it into my dog's bowl (we were without water for a couple of hours) and he wouldn't drink it. He liked Coor's light, I lived where the temperatures reached 110 degrees.

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Photo of christeraxe
2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My teenage beer that I grew up with. A fine cooking beer today that is used in most all the recipes online and on television. This was an all-American beer that was enjoyed for every reason you would want to drink beer. Evening, friends, refreshing, versatile in any cooler. We had great times buying this beer for our horse outings and camping time for summer fires.
After this beer , brewmasters decided to get creative and produce beer with more subtleties that you did not get in the 60's, on up to the 1980's. A rage began to brew more with hop flavor and ports, etc. But PBR goes a long way in most any situation and I salute your for being the number one beer in the Mid-west beyond Budweiser which had more of a green or bitter bite to it at times.
Today this is a college beer known for tap pitchers and special blowout fun priced events.
Back in the day, it was not known as a cheap beer. Today, maybe. Lets say cost effective.
Cheap and inexpensive beer to me is Keystone, Old Milwaukee, Haf-brau. This beer relates right up their with Hamm's - the beer refreshing.

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Photo of whattheshelley
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: just a pinch darker than pale yellow, crystal clear, pushes up big head of white foam that's a bit sticky, keeps a good collar of white foam and about 70% of a skin

S: dusty metallic grain and some malt sweetness ... or something sweet; some sweet corn (not creamed corn, good raw off the cob corn)

T: grain, something medicinal and a pinch of light-malt sweetness with a slight metallic bite up front; at times it has a "house paint" flavor that a lot of beers in this style have ... hard to say what it is, but for me it's like fresh house paint; very light corn flavor, sour grain; definitely something sweet in this, either sugars from the grains or a little barley

F: for me? perfect ... super featherweight, crisp, clean — straight out of the can, it's rip your tongue off carbonated just like any good soda water/soft drink/pop, which I swam in growing up; but with a hard pour, you can take enough of the overly forced carbonation out of it to give it a bit of softness that works fine, too, if you're not a fan of big carbonation

O: tasty little adjunct ... tasty little adjunct, indeed, with a surprising amount of sweetness from the grains; not sure where this ranks among my favorite AALs, but it's up there; I like it, and I'll drink more of it

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Photo of Karibourgeois
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kevin3046
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the best of the American Adjunct Lagers. Smells of corn. Lots of carbonation and slightly creamy. Decent hoppiness for an AAL. Not bad for this type of beer.

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Photo of TimmyMijal
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 LAp
1.25/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

No better than the other cheap beers with which it competes. Bland, lackluster, and a distant second choice beverage to water. Indistinguishable from all but 1 of 7 other cheap beers in our blind taste test.

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Photo of akolb
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nobledust
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of lombs
2.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Coolguy_chris
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

PBR is my go to fishing beer. Nothing fancy about it, just crisp, clean, refreshing beer in my opinion.

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Photo of SGR1220
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Simply the best cheap canned beer known to mankind.

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Photo of Holderness
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Actually pretty good looking for a lager. Very pale orange/yellow, with some incredibly robust carbonation and a two finger white head that lasts for at least a little while. The smell falls comparatively short, being dominated by corn, grain, and vegetal aromas not unlike Bud or Miller. A slight hoppiness prevents it from being all 'bad'. The taste is worse than Narragansett, but better than Miller High Life, which are the two AALs I would drink in lieu of PBR on any sort of regular basis. Robust graininess upfront, somewhat watery finish.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,547 ratings.
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