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:
5,584
Reviews:
1,729
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
24.58%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
1,348
For Trade:
1
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2.46/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sposter4
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Btip1969
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pacioli1445
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of baldy00
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tcsox
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RAFH
2.17/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Riff
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color with a healthy two plus finger white head that slowly fades. First smell was of corn, and floral notes, a little grass in the background. Taste isn't too bad, Sweet, a little almost wheat flavor, mild bitterness. Flavor lingers after the finish, hint of metallic taste but noticeable unless you're breaking down flavors. A little surprised, pretty solid beer right there.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Prager62
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 24oz. can stamped MAY1517 on the bottom. Pouring in a PBR chalice glass for the review.

Look- Pours a pale and very transparent straw color leaving a few centimeters of white foam behind. It settles relatively quick to form a thin layer revealing a little lacing. Tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen surfacing through the super clean liquid.

Smell- Wet cornflakes, hay, mild floral esters and whole kernel corn.

Taste- Wet grass, corn, floral/perfume, yeast cake and a little sweet malt in the finish.

Feel- Crisp, clean and very light with a slight carbonation tingle.

Overall- A good beer for the style in the under appreciated and misunderstood landscape of American lagers. It's crisp and very clean drinking with a slight floral hop presence that offsets the malt and corn taste. I'm a fan of Schlitz Gusto, this isn't too far behind it in my opinion.

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Photo of stoopkidd
4.31/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Robertas
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of NickFry9
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of thommo_nk
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMH73
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My grandfathers favorite beer when I was growing up. Every now and then I have to revisit it and I just wish I could like it more. Pours a clear pale yellow with a huge white head that fades quickly and leaves lots of lacing. Smells of grains and lightly roasted sweet malts. Taste follows the nose along with a slight hop bitterness. Light bodied, well carbonated, watery mouth feel.

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Photo of NordicHermit
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being Canadian, this wasn't really on the radar until recently. I like it. Reminds me of a road trip I took thru the Midwest a number of years back.

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Photo of lawlmartz
1.47/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of phrimplepoot
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Started my beer career like any other kid. Coors light and whatnot. Time and experience led me to the craft brew world. Been turning my nose up at the popular domestics for decades now. Tried PBR for the first time a few days ago at the age of 44. Honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The clarity is refreshing. The simple, unassuming balance is refreshing. Easy going without being too thin or grassy. I'm on kind of a PBR kick right now. Digging it!

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2.18/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the large can, it pours a golden yellow color with a modest head that lasted longer than I expected. A good stream of bubbles continued to stream up from the bottom for a while. Some lacing. Light and bready in the nose. The mouth enjoys a light refreshing flavor- overall a very pleasant, unassuming beer.

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Photo of joemochas
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antg8989
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Better in a glass. Honestly, if you've tasted enough beers, for the price, you'll realize this isn't as bad as wannabe beer snobs would lead you to believe.

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Photo of Harrison8
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a wheat gold with just a hint of frost to it disrupting the otherwise stark clearness. Head foams up to three fingers in height and white in color when poured straight into the glass. Good head retention with little lacing left behind. Aroma is wheat, and lemon zest, as is the flavor profile. Easy to drink, and incredibly smooth. It has a sort of sugary, sweet quality to the flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thin and crisp. Overall, simple, and light, but delightfully crushable.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Enh....but I'll throw some down without shame.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,584 ratings.
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