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 ncvbc
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PBR = probably the best macro lager out there. Pour is a golden, carbonated, average appearance. White head of a decent size that fades somewhat quickly. Smell is of grain and malts with a bit of hops in there, at least more noticeably so that other macro lagers. Taste is much less watered down and actually contains some decent flavor for what is there. Slightly bitter hops and more grain and malts, somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, and because this beer has flavor, it's much more balanced and contains some substance. Drinkability, considering all other aspects of this beer, is good. That's hard to say for most other macro lagers, yet somehow I can't deny this one a 4. Cheap and better than decent. I see why this one still wins its fair share of awards.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon aka (PBR). This brew is brewed by Pabst Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.74%. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. PBR looks like every other American style lager on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. Pabst blue ribbon has a nice beer smell to it. It smells like most American Adjunct Lagers on the market today. You pick up on grains and malts. You also pick up on some faint hops in the smell of this brew. There is also some nice sweetness in the smell of this brew. The taste is smooth and rich. Youfirst pick up on the grains and malts then a slight bitterness of hops. There is nothing bad about this brew. Pabst Blue Ribbon has flavor and smoothness. All around Pabst Blue Ribbon is an american classic beer. The mouth feel of PBR is rich, clean , Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.5 out of 5. I would get this brew again. Pabst Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of dstc
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear pale golden color with a big pure white head that falls fast with little lace behind.

Smells like a US lager. Grains, clean & slightly metallic.

Taste is good, clean. Slightly sweet, of grains and corn.

Thin yet smooth on the tongue. Clean, crisp and highly carbonated.

My go to beer (since Schlitz came and went again) for when you just need a beer. Something light and refreshing.

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Photo of Smurf2055
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of MFMB
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer reminds me of the time............,,,,,..................................................... Uh sorry forgot what I was going to say. Cheers

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Photo of jwhancher
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Needed a cheap beer to drink over the ensuing week, so I picked up a case last Saturday. Have had this one what seems like a million times or more. Oh's my review:

A: Very clear beer with frothy, 3-4 fingers white head. Lots of carbonation. Looks a light golden, almost a light piss yellow color. For what it's worth, it doesn't look quite bad.

S: Not one of the better qualities. Smells grainy. Maybe like rice, but most likely corn adjuncts. I get no noticeable aroma of hops. I do pick up the metallic can aromas.

T: Very bland tasting lager beer. Likely do to the adjuncts. Makes it very easy to drink, but definitely not something you want to savor and sip. For obvious reasons, this one is geared for the pounding session to get hammered. This is actually more like a seltzer water.

M: Very light tasting but with excellent carbonation (hence the seltzer reference). This one is more to wet you whistle, not one to sip and marvel at the complexities.

D: A very drinkable beer mostly because it does not offend or challenge any expectations, preferences, or real intriguing taste qualities. This one is good for tailgating or for the occasion when the wallet is light or the credit card balance is too high. I grew up with this one through college, so I do give it props in this category.

Final note: I wish all of the "hipsters" didn't try and make this beer their own. This was definitely one of my fallback beers....the one I turned to when I was poor and didn't know anything about craft brews. I actually would drink this one a tad more, but the damn hippies, posers, and alternative/emo crowd had to come along and ruin it.

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The taste is better than most American lagers (Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.) It's very drinkable. The flavor includes a mild hop bitterness, something you don't notice in a lot of cheap lagers. There is also a bit of grainy flavor in the middle, mostly corn. It's a pale yellow color when poured, and it doesn't retain it's head at all. Carbonation isn't too strong. It's pretty crisp, and it has a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall this is a great beer to drink with your friends. It's had a surge in popularity lately, but the prices are still reasonable. I'd take this over most mass produced American lagers any day.

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Photo of JohnQVD
2/5  rDev -33.6%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Libeertarian
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From notes taken 05/23/16:

Extremely clear golden yellow with occasional speck of something in suspension. Larger white, wispy head of weaker retention, but film-forming. Adjunct grain and honey-like aromas. So much corn, a little pale malt, a touch of honey, with light lemony hops. Can detect the alcohol I think. I’m gonna call this medium-bodied, smooth throughout, well-carbonated, sudsy, finishing more tingly, dry, and crisp. Refreshing, far from the worst Adjunct Lager out there.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A:Pours a pee yellow as to be expected, very carbonated with a big bubbly white head the dissapears into a thin ring around the glass in a few seconds, looks like all the other macros out there so I gave it an average rating.

S:Skunk aroma up front but behind that is a nice bit of malt presence hidden behind cooked corn and grains, a bit better smelling than other macros out there, but still does not blow me away.

T/MF: Very carbonated up front with a taste that lingers on the tonge, do not finish as clean as other macros. The taste is also a bit more complex, the cooked corn flavors that define most macros are present here but paired with a nice bit of malt sweetness along with a faint hop nibble one the back end.

D: Very drinkable and better tasting IMHO than most other macros out there, also considerably cheaper (30 cans for 10.99 as opposed for 13.99 for 24 cans of Bud or Miller) always will be my first choice for cheap macros.

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

Photo of macesq
2/5  rDev -33.6%

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1.48/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of Beezee
3.25/5  rDev +8%

Photo of stogirelli
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of souvenirs
3/5  rDev -0.3%

It mostly tastes like nothing.

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of seavercm
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of heytomcat
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of Andrew041180
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
3.01 out of 5 based on 5,547 ratings.
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