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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, it was one of those nights when I decided: what the heck. Might as well see for myself what is up with this one.

Pale Golden in color, no head, which means no lacing. Overwhelming 'sweet' smell.

I thought it was basically tasteless, perhaps there was a refined 'grainy' taste. I thought I also detected a slight malty aftertaste.

What I really didn't like was the excessive carbonation. I think this is what people mean by the 'fizzy' in the oft-overused phrase 'fizzy yellow beer.'

While I wasn't impressed with this beer, I can honestly say it wasn't the worst beer ever. If you want tasteless yellow carbonation then go for it. I think the reason I can't say it was the worst ever, is that while it had no flavor, it also didn't have any strange off-tastes.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CTbrew32
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Incredible hop aroma balanced by a fantastic malt bill. Hints of delicious tropical fruits hand picked by god himself. This beer is best aged 5 years in a climate controlled cellar for best results. 5/5!!!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Expires December 19 2011

Can into pint glass

A - A very light yellow, but crystal clear body with some white head that has impressive staying power and lacing. That said, it's a very ugly head, looking a bit like contaminated bleached sea foam. The color of the beer seems about right for the style.

S - Neutral grains, vanilla, nutty, touch of apple tartness. I don't particularly like it, but it seems about on-par with most AAL's I'm aware of.

T - Pretty much like a watery version of the smell. Light grainy flavors. Superbly boring, pretty inoffensive, but not good.

M - thin, smooth, a bit dry.

O - I drink this once in a while because it's cheap and not BMC.

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

Photo of SFNC
2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mweso2000
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of EigenBeer
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of moodyxc9
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mjurney
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale gold color. Lots of bubble rising. Bright white head that dissipates.

Aroma is most grainy and corn with some grassy hops.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation and very smooth. Some grainy, some corn, just a kiss of grassy hops. Semi-dry finish.

One of the better Adjunct Lager; beats Bud, Miller and Coors.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can. Freshness date on bottom of can.

Pours perhaps the litest gold of all. Smell is a silo of modest grains. Taste is light and bready, morphing into a somewhat bitter, shockingly decent, hoppy finish. Feel is lite and toasty, clean and grainy. Cuts itself above many of the other adjuncts..

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rale
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Photo of ssgunbond
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Absolut
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smelled and tasted like apple juice.

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Photo of fdig23
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Robyn
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of vma
1.04/5  rDev -65.4%

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

Photo of Beric
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can, from the can (is there any other way to drink PBR?)
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: I had this one from the can, so I guess I'll just comment on the can. When you open this beer up, you see some nice fog and some bubbly head foam up before quickly dying down. The look of the can is fantastic- nice vintage marketing look.

Smell: Smells just like 'beer', but has some sweet notes to it (probably from the corn syrup that they use to make it).

Taste: The taste is better than the macros, but certainly nothing too notable. It's decent, and that's really that. It's too sweet for my tastes, but I imagine after drinking about three of these that the taste starts to get really good.

Mouthfeel: The feel of this beer is great- exactly what I would expect from an AAL. Light on the tongue and spritzy from the carbonation, this beer is certainly an easy drink, and wonderful on hot, muggy summer days.

Overall: This beer is a classic, but probably because of its enviable price point. I paid about 36 cents a can in a 30-pack, and there's really no beating that. For that sort of price, the beer tastes as good as one can expect. I would certainly buy this over BMC stuff in terms of actual flavor, since, though minimal, the flavor profile in this beer is notably more developed than something like Busch Light or Natty (as far as cheap beers go).

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Photo of steveh
2.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thought I'd pick this up for fun and old time's sake, also to see if the Hipsters really know something the rest of us don't.

Haven't had this in about 15 years -- 8 oz drafts at a small, old local pizza joint.

24 ounce can (people have really had this on cask and nitro pour? Yeah - sure), best by Sep 10, 2012.

A -- Pours a strikingly pale, clear, light straw color with a surprisingly thick white head that settles quickly. Good for style, I suppose. Good for beer drinkers..?

S -- Very light grainy character -- hard to even detect. Maybe the mildest DMS in its very fresh aroma form. This actually has less overall character than the guidelines suggest.

T -- Mildest grainy character with some light carbonic bite, vague hop bitterness and the tell-tale sweet corn character in the finish -- though overall, pretty much no flavor to be offensive or exciting. There's some odd, mild tartness in the aftertaste that lets you know this isn't tonic water, but it's not something I'd look for in a beer.

M -- Light body, thin mouthfeel with crispness from the high carbonation. About spot on to style.

O -- Um... does anyone know if Pabst cost less than bottled water in bars and restaurants? I know it's an old cliché, but the overall character of this beer is just the sort of thing that got me looking into beers brewed in the old-world ways. I honestly can't understand the draw to this beer other than its cost and that it just doesn't make you care about what you're drinking. Even the lightest bodied and mellowest micro-brews are more appealing to me.

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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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