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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Reviews: 1,699 | Ratings: 5,462
Photo of Ike_Potter
2.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was actually surprised at how much I disliked this beer. I tasted it in a blind taste test and it was in the bottom three of the 6 we tasted. Decent stereotypical beer smell, but the appearance looked peculiar. The foam was splotchy and not uniform, the taste was funky. I almost think it was merely a bad bottle or just really old. May have to try it again sometime, but for now not very good.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can. Pours yellow with white head. The head stays for some moments. Aroma is corn, cardboard. Flavor is sweet, corn, malt. I find that is not that bad it's drinkable.

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Photo of quaybr
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Don't mind if I do. Poured into a pint glass from a can straight from the fridge. A bright white, bubbly head sits atop a light gold body. Smells of malt and faintly corn. Taste is crisp, a bit of malt with a subtle corn-chip aftertaste. Perfect watery body. Overall, a great adjunct that easily tops the big three with seemingly fresher grains.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my first beers. Its an easy beer to start with because it clean and crisp and refreshing. Its fizzy with little flavor, little in to offend anyone and little to recommend it.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stereotypical lager taste. Light crisp refreshing. Poors out golden yellow 1' head with alot of lacing on the glass. Barley and hops are there. Smell is not offensive. I think i enjoy this more than any other American Lager.

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Photo of rob167
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a clear beer with a white head with good retention. Smells of corn. Taste is sweet. Mouthfeel is thin. This is a good go to beer cheap and easy to drink on a hot summer day. Drink it, get refreshed and forget about it.

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Photo of sarient
2.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I hate this beer, hands down! It did make Milwaukee brew city though, which is why I'm reviewing it. This beer deserves credit for its historical stature, and that's it. Taste wise, this light, watered down, canned, elderly brew has lost it over the years and is now only acceptable to MKE natives, college kids, and homeless people. No go! 1.6/5

How Many?: pshhh, I recommend none and have something good, but this a drink all night around a fire beer, don't try to impress a lady by buying her this, unless you're in the boondocks.

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

Can pour, not much head to speak of. Color is clear yellow with lots of bubbles. The taste is pretty clean and enjoyable. I bought a 4-pack of 16 ounce cans and drank three of them. Great price and good taste.

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Photo of Zraly
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My Dad's standby was a standby for a reason. Great when it is hot out and you want refreshment.

It's definitely nothing fancy. Pale yellow with a white head, clear and crisp both in appearance and flavor. A bit of corn and a faint whiff of grassy, floral hops in the finish. A little weird alcohol and sweetness lingers.

I know it is considered a hipster beer but just because some young, ironic dude likes something doesn't mean it isn't likable. Just as one cannot always be right; one cannot always be wrong.

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Photo of Antc2382
1.76/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

They won't be winning any blue ribbons with this one anytime soon. People will argue that this is an American classic. In reality- This beer is a watered down, flavorless turd.

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

Not bad, not good. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy, but it's ok as a cooler filler for an afternoon or evening outside with friends. Also, not as refreshing as I expected.

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Photo of Roguer
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fine beer for what it is. It's oversweet, as is typical of BMC-style swill, but it actually goes down much easier. Certainly not the worst option if you're looking at an AAL.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 24 oz can at my nearest gas station. Poured right from the fridge into a pilsner glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear pale straw color, with about an inch of white head that hangs around for a little bit and dissipates, leaving just a bit of lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Stewed vegetables, predominantly corn, in the nose. Just a bit of cracker/bread malt coming through.

T: Quite sweet at the front--very similar in taste to an apple cider. The middle brings on a bit of the stewed vegetable, with corn as the the most prominent flavor. There's a bit of tartness in the middle, as well--this, again, lends itself to a cider-like sensation. The back end has more of the cracker malt, a bit of corn, and more of that apple cider flavor. Virtually no bitter to speak of.

F: Light-bodied, quite effervescent, and a bit creamy in the middle. There's a touch of tartness in this one, but no bitter whatsoever. Very clean-finishing.

O: This is one of my favorite American adjunct lagers, right behind High LIfe. It's best enjoyed ice-cold--actually, I would only recommend drinking this one if it's quite cold. Easy-drinking, not too offensive with the adjunct flavors, and well-representative of the style.

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Photo of Chillcloud9
3.94/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always comes out top Staring and beer cooler after work. Right price right flavor. My go too when I'm not trying to be fancy. This or genny light. Great for fishing and bon fires.

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Photo of Decker
3.74/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PBR is good for what it is. It's cheap and it tastes alright. Hardly any cheap 30 rack tastes 'alright.' Genesee Cream Ale might be the only other 30 that tastes decent.

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Photo of 1mrbeer
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just picked up a 12 pack on a whim and I almost hate to admit it but this stuff isn't half bad.........WAY better than I remember as a kid in the 70's, that's for sure.

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

Cheap, crisp, refreshing, and with a clean finish. The flavor is like most American adjuncts, but because of Pabst's use of corn syrup as opposed to corn, this drinks slightly sweeter than most others in this style. It has a light barley flavor and it's just a tinge metallic. Most adjunct lagers need to be drank fresh out of the fridge, but I can honestly drink this at any temperature.

Easily a go to beer if I'm looking for something on the cheap, since I can get a six pack of tall boys (16 oz) for around $6. It's gained a reputation as a "hipster beer", but I don't particularly care if people consider me to be as such for drinking this. The hipsters are right, because this is one of the best cheap beers money can buy.

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Photo of Carrier4
2.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Not great, but by no doubt the best low budget beer in America. This is the only cheap canned beer I have ever tasted that I could actually smell and taste the hops of beer. PBR is an American classic, and although will never compare to real crafty beer, it is the best college/party beer ever.

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Photo of zac16125
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12oz can into a pint glass
Best before: July 6th 2015

A: Crystal clear, bright straw yellow, 3 plus fingers width of white head actually has good retention before dissipating down, and leaves a few small patches of lacing. 3

S: Pretty unappealing aroma of adjunct characters, sweetness, and skunky notes. Very subtle floral, german hop like notes; although thats probably a stretch. Its not horrendous but its certainly not great. 2.25

T: Lots of sweetness, coupled with adjuncty flavors. I very much don’t like this. There are some floral notes, I guess. I will admit it is more flavorful than many AAL’s, the problem is its not a good flavor. 2

M/D: Medium body for such a light beer, carbonation surprisingly low, drinkability is below average for the style and ABV. 2.75

O: Don’t count me in the group of hipsters who enjoys a re-emergently trendy PBR. Its not the worst beer I’ve had, but even if I’m going to have an AAL, I would chose a different one. 2.25

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Photo of Lahoi
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is what it is: a cheap AAL. But for what it is, it ain't too bad. Most recently I got a half case for $7.00. What was I supposed to expect for that price? A trip through Belgium? A tour of a medieval monastic brewery? This is a good beer to drink when hot, tired, and in need of a refreshment. Or a go-to once you've had a couple of high end, high ABV classics and the taste buds are less than stellar.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
1.43/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

4.9% ABV, 355ml can.
juz a lighter version of any other crappy cheap lager, similar taste. but u have to have them in our life, right? especially after whole day work, refreshing when it's freezed!

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.36/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is the beer that defines two terms for me...high school and vomit. As an adjunct lager, there is really not much to say in terms of nose, taste, and mouthfeel. It is crap beer, but to me, this one is a little crappier than others. That could be the high school experiences I associate with it, but it is what it is.

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is clearly an American Lager. As is the case with so many "cheap" American Lagers it is now a better beer than the BMC beers. Is it great beer? No. It is easy to drink and doesn't need to be chilled to 32 degrees to be drinkable. If you are looking to get drunk and don't want to drink water all night, it's not that bad. For the specifics: Straw colored. Doesn't have much in the way of smell. It has a light malty taste without much in the way of hops. Not bitter at all. Light bodied. Only thing bad is it's a hipster beer.

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Photo of dabone
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can. Pale golden yellow with a thick white head, no legs. Good floral aroma. Taste is very bitter with a malty, cereal aftertaste. Thin texture. Not a great beer.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Compared to the BMC family, I would buy this over any of them if I was looking for a session beer. Actually has some taste and body to it, but not much.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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