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:
5,518
Reviews:
1,719
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
24.92%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
1,302
For Trade:
2
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Photo of IBUBrew
2.54/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CharlesK
1.11/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of carmike813
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of NorthernLightsMN
2.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

You know, this was the first beer I EVER had, and for that reason, it holds a special place in my heart. It's not great - your typical cheap, watered-down, slightly grainy beer...but it's one you can throw back several times in a day and not feel too terrible. If given the choice between PBR, Natty Light, Bud, Keystone, and Miller, I'd choose PBR any day.

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Photo of ThatBandicoot
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer_Weeb
2.21/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of caburdette51
1.52/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of Nichols33
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fthegiants
1.4/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.54/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rockinmac
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

One of my three favorite macros. I love craft beer but you can't drink them all day like a good aal and this one is good

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Photo of stucat
2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

After a couple high powered IPAs PBR is a nice little slow down. Tastes better than the more popular adjunct lagers and it helps the budget. This is very nice after mowing the lawn, cooking on the grill or floating around the pool. A perfect shower beer as well.

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Photo of LarryV
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For what it is, it's a pretty decent beer. There's no pretentiousness here, it's just a crisp, clean beer. It's actually kind of a nice change to drink a beer that doesn't challenge your palate. It can definitely coexist with the craft beer in my fridge and has it's place, like when I'm preparing dinner or grilling and want a beer. YMMV.

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Photo of Ferretferret
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Probably the most drinkable of the mass market, 30 for $12.00 beers available. It may no longer be a staple of Milwaukee, but, it's still my go-to domestic for 25 cent tap night.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dream
1.49/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Jay007
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of MegaManX
3.96/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: PBR is a golden shade of amber, crystal clear, it's slowly bubbling with the lightest circle of foam around the rim of the glass.

Smell: It smells like any lager should, much like a Budweiser, except with a slight but pronounced hint of hops.

Taste: Again, it reminds me of a Budweiser or rather Bud lite(somewhere between the two), but with a noticeable taste of hops. I am finding it to be surprisingly pleasant, and I am shocked that a beer in this price range has some complexity and good flavor.

Feel: Of course, being a budget beer, this is where the sacrifice is made. PBR is a litte bit thin, somewhere between a Bud and a Bud lite. Mind you, this isn't off-putting, I'd rather this than the thickness of iced beers.

Overall: PBR is definitely one of the best budget beers you will find. Sure, it won't knock your socks off, but it will bring a little more flavor to the party than some of the more cliche lagers. I am pleasantly surprised, I will definitely put PBR into the main lineup from now on.

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Photo of Corrado42
3.49/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.37/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, pale yellow body.

Smell: Grains, mild corn, very mild grassy hops.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront with a dry finish.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,518 ratings.
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