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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 vrbulldog22
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first beer i ever liked...
Appearance is extremely pale & see through. Is this well water?
Smells metallic (yup, it's well water..), slightly sweet, slightly yeasty.
Taste is slightly metallic, bits of corn, grain, kind of bitter in the finish. Kind of surprised at the amount of flavor for a macro.
Feels kinda watery, but smooth, kind of crisp.
Overall i enjoyed it. It remains my go-to cheap beer.

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Photo of Silverandblack5
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It excels at being both light and tasty, while remaining true to the very foundation of simplicity. Especially given the price, this beer works exceptionally well.

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Photo of jar2574
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a can at the lake or in the backyard grilling, a better choice for a hot summer day than most macro-brews. Plus, the can has a cool design.

As far as appearance, if you pour it into a glass it looks pretty much like other macro-lagers. Smell is maybe a little better than the competition.

I think it has a fuller flavor and avoids the "bitter-beer face" grossness of a lot of macros. I could drink several without getting tired of it.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had lunch at a diner and they had 12oz bottles in their drink cooler. Drank straight from the bottle, so not sure of the appearance. If memory serves me correct, I imagine a clear, golden straw colored brew.

Smell is mainly grainy, grassy.

Tasted actually a little better than I remembered. Mild hops, again grassy, but not bad.

Plenty of carbonation to provide most of the action. Felt pretty crisp in the mouth.

I think I'm gonna pick up a sixer of this, if for nothing else than to provide a surprise for my friends when they peek into the mancave fridge.

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Photo of Strix
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of grains with a touch of hops. Tastes of grains, then sweetness fades to a slightly hoppy and brief yet sweet finish. Mouthfeel thin, and finishes fairly crisp. IMO, this is one of the better mainstream macros out there. I am not embarrassed to drink these on occasion.

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Photo of OneSickPuppy
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drink this beer to cleanse my pallet. It's neutral taste will clean my taste buds so I can resume drinking more flavorful beers. Not a bad beer for a frat party or your "white trash trailer bash".

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Photo of BasementBrewerSF
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

There is not much to a PBR. Classic American Pilsner, as light as water with about as much taste, but unlike water, PBR is 5%. A great beer for a buck in a can at almost any bar around town. Personally I find myself spending money at beer stores rather than bars due to the mark up. So PBR is nothing to rave about but it is cheep, drinkable and gets the job done. As I say to my beer snob friends, "it is the best of the worst". And now Pabst is the oldest American owned brewery in the country. "America! Fuck Yeah!"

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so I was at Hooters and had to drink something, had never, and I mean that never had a PBR, so what the hell. was actually very impressed. Poured a dull, unremarkable pale golden yellow, lots of carbonation and a white fizzy head that faded immediatly. Smell was non descript and uneventful, nothing really to discuus to here. The taste was actually quite pleasent. Now dont get me wrong, it was not complex and full of flavor, but for the style it was superb. Light corn/grain taste, but mostly fizzy water. Very smooth and well carbonated and easily poundable all night long. I would have to say, hands down thi is the best Macro lager I have ever had, not that that is saying alot, but this was nnot actually that bad with some wings!

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Photo of mattgert
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I won't waste any time with how it pours, how it looks, how it smells. On those counts it is exactly like any American Macro out there. At $6 a 12-pack (bottles or cans) there is a simple way to review this beer: It is way above average for what it is. For an American Macro on the cheap it has flavor and there is nothing offending about it. It is better than most American Macros out there and even those pushing twice the price. For whatever reason I find the beer out of a can better than the bottle. A good lawnmower beer. If you can find Schlitz I would go for it instead but if not, Pabst is a good choice.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking on tap tonight at Texadelphia in Norman, OK

Clear golden brew with almost no head. Minimal crisp aroma.

Flavor is decent for the style. Crisp and clean. Nice amount of grain. Some hops in the background. No creepy macro aftertaste. Fairly simple but they pull off what most macros can't pull off --- it actually tastes good.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. The best I've experienced in a macro. It actually has some substance.

Best choice for a domestic macro. Not great compared to micros but for what it is, it's pretty respectable.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

head is the fluffiest and merangueiest of any macro lager i've seen, although there are of course some bubbles in there the size of your fist. persistent cap, some lace. the usual pale golden color, similar to old mil, darker than bud.
smell is of dank barley malt (almost like barley soup), some alc, maybe some rice? not detecting corn at the moment. suggestion of grassy/possibly spicy hop in very small amounts.
taste, well what it isn't is as important as what it is, especially when you want a beer you can buy cheap by the case and use in just about any situation without getting sick of it. it's not corny (e.g. old mil), not too sour (e.g. bud can be), not crazy carbonated (e.g. a lot of them). the finish is crisp and short, and the aftertaste and afterburp are neutral, barleylike, and oh so slightly bitter. pretty nice really.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is not the greatest beer at the bar but it sure isn't the worst.

This is the kinda beer you can drink and have great memories with. A pure, true session beer. BBQ, fishing, camping, you name it. Want to have a great night drinking for hours at the bar? PBR! Want to drown your emotions for the night? PBR! Feel like your tongue is all hopped out?PBR!

This, along with Narragansett and Schlitz, will always be my go to beer when I just want to have fun.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pabst on tap!!!!! What more can I say, well actually a lot. This beer is really cheap and fairly good, especially for the price. Can you beat $1 a glass? I think not! Anyways, back to the good stuff! Has real light color and real light taste. You can definately tast the malt in it, but it doesn't ruin the flavor. Also nice on the tastebuds. It's definately not some beer made by monks in France, but it's worth buying, especially if your poor or in college. Like most beers, it's better on tap.

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Photo of Tundruth
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear, golden yellow color topped by a 2 finger or so high head that dissipates quickly. Leaves behind a thin layer of lacing.

In the nose I can pick up on hints of grain, malt, and maybe even a bit of grassy hops.

Taste is where this beer comes in the highest for me, it is clean and smooth tasting. Its definitely tastes like an adjunct lager, but it seems to have a sense of purpose that most all of the others are lacking. It beats all those other BMC lagers with a superior flavor that is spot on in my opinion.

MF is average, it is highly carbonated and light.

Overall this beer is not anything too special, but at the same time it does stand out from most other lagers of the style. I would certainly recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 24 pack at the store for around $10. Tastes just as good out of the can as it does out of the bottle. All in all a nice beer to have around when you're not ready for a bigger beer, but still want something tasty. Either this or High Life have to be the best of the cheap beers.

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Photo of jlervine
3.59/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PBR, the king of mass-produced swill. Appearance is nothing out of the ordinary for a pale lager - golden color, white head that disappears quickly leaving the faintest of lace on the surface of the beer. But the smell... hmm that's different. An American macrobrew with hops? Say it isn't so! The taste is very crisp, very clear; sharp and biting on the tongue, mellowing afterwards. A little grainy, but nowhere near Miller's grainy taste. It's not much, but it's cheap, and it beats anything A-B can put out for generic swill.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
3.59/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My "ode to pbr"

Poured two cold cans into my Dortmunder boot. I grew up drinking pounders of this. Still one of my favorites.

Pour - alright, ill admit it, its on the inexpensive side for a reason. Nothing blowing ya away on this beer. But thats what i love about. Pours a nice solid straw yellow with good carbonation, slight and quickly retreating head and little lacing to speak of. Bubbles are tiny and numerous.

Nose - plain and simple malt. No frills, no surprises.

Taste - like it smells. Simple, less-flavorful malts. A fair punch of hops at the start but that soon gives way to the rusty, enduring sweetness. No aftertaste at all. Complexity is at a minimum - if anything I detect notes of apple or pear maybe.

Mouthfeel - smooth, clear, crisp, and (in my opinion) very refreshing. Medium bodied. Carbonation is not too heavy, it could use alittle more I think.

Drinkability - a great beer. Simple yet classy. Goes down smooth and doesnt require a great amount of effort to enjoy.

I stand by this beer. Its a great model for good, old fashioned working class american beer that hasnt sold out, hasnt changed, hasnt deviated from the plan.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.59/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw in color with a foamy, frothy white cap. Nose is vegetal, corn husk, barely discernible noble hop aroma detected. Goes down extremely smooth with sweet corn being the dominant flavor, graininess is smooth and soft, no hops in flavor but then again I didn't expect any. Highly carbonated with a medium thin mouthfeel. Let's be real; this is damn tasty beer that snobs refuse to credit. If you're part of the crowd that only responds to Heady Topper, Founder's Breakfast, or Bourbon County, then enjoy your craft beer supremacy. As for me, I'll take a PBR any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The best cheap all-American lager on the market.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite pale and transparant. Piss yellow. Clear. Thin ivory white head. Lacing is minimal. Nice nose on this beer for the style. Grainy and sweet. That's a given. But also some light bready malts and hay like tones in the background. Crisp and somewhat agressive carbonation. Light to light-medium in body. Sweet, grainy tones hit the palate first. Agreeable maltiness. Not a lot of depth, but a decent macro. And a good enough quencher in the summer.

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Photo of brewbucker
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do not ever remember having this beer. I must have when I was just a young lad but I sure don't remember it.

Pours a light golden with a faint white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is your basic light corn, malt and wheat. Hints of citrus. Flavor is tart and crisp with more corn and light malt and a touch of caramel. Actually after many big stouts and IPA's this is a nice change.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i know it's far from being the best beer in the world (hell, most think it's far from being a good beer period) but i really do enjoy PBR. it's quite possibly the perfect simple beer. go into it not expecting much and you'll be rewarded hansomely. it's certainly better than the major macros out there. it even has some mild character to it, with hints of hoppiness and sweetness. it's clean and refreshing. what more could you want from a simple brew? make sure it's cold, cold, cold as hell (another no-no usually, but you gots to give in sometimes, right?) and enjoy.

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Photo of ormuzd
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is what it is. It is not made by Trappist Monks in a remote Belgian monastery. It is not made by an eccentric Quebecois obsessed with tradition. It isn't even made by some rabidly insane American beer fanatic. It is the quintessential cheap American beer, unusual only in that it has not been changed for a century or more and the company doesn't attempt to convince you that drinking its product will cause scantily clad women to materialize randomly and start having sex with you. For what it is, it's pretty good.

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Photo of biggred1
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a big fluffy head that fades quickly into a thin collar of foam. Smell is of corn and grain with a faint hop in the background. Tastes like it should, no frills but light and pleasant like a macro lager should. Medium creamy mouthfeel with a faint citrus in the finish. Par for the style. It's at least priced right, a good session beer that I could easily crush all night long.

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Photo of dcamella
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying what should be obvious - when you review PBR, you are reviewing a mass market, mass produced beer that isn't craft brewed or served out of a cask or made by dedicated beerophiles. Just like it isn't fair for movie critics to compare a popular entertainment to an obscure, suffered-over art film, it just plain isn't fair to compare Pabst to a Trappist ale or a barleywine, or even to something more widely available, like Sam Adams.

When you think about the real competition, PBR really does shine. It is far more flavorful than Natty, with a real hoppy finish, and despite its thin mouthfeel, it doesn't taste watered down. Even more blessedly, it doesn't have any odd, offputting flavor elements - unlike other canned macros like High Life (which tastes horrifyingly of corn), or Keystone, which tastes like soybeans and misery and is probably America's worst tasting non-malt liquor alcoholic beverage.

Look, we all know that if you want to drink a beer and really have an amazing taste experience, you aren't going to even consider PBR. But if you're outside on a hot day, at a frat party, or you just got home from the steel mill, and you want a cold, chuggable brew that won't make you gag, PBR is the way to go. It's the best cheap-ass, drunk-straight-from-the-can beer in the land, and we should all be proud of it.

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Photo of MOTrout89
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crisp refreshing beer. Hops are absent, lacking bitterness. Corn and rice flavors replace the bitterness of hops and make this beer highly drinkable and refreshing. Looks are nothing to speak of: pale yellow, dissipating head. Pleasant cereal-like, smooth aftertaste. Much better than the average beer of a comparable price. My go-to cheap beer.

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