Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra
Pabst Brewing Company

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Lager - American
Ranked #431
Ranked #49,045
3.19 | pDev: 25.08%
Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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VoxRationis from New York

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a stein glass; canned 01/04/21.
A: Pours a crystal dark golden to light amber color with champagne-style bubbles, a frothy, white, two finger head, solid retention, and subtle rings of lacing
S: Floral and fruity. Aromas of geranium, lemongrass, caramel, and barley grain. Remarkably fragrant.
T: Dry. Palate follows the nose closely with caramel maltiness front and center. Very light bitterness, just enough for a crisp, refreshing finish without astringency.
M: Light to medium bodied with light, but steady carbonation overall.
O: I think PBRs are a very nice representative of the style, so that would make this an "extra" nice example.

Apr 02, 2021
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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Look: Dark like a malt liquor.

Smell: Not the worst beer I've smelled.

Taste: Opens up sweet with a really crappy malt liquor flavor. It quickly dries out and you get left with an AWFUL bitter taste.

Feel: Vibrant carbonation. Almost reminds me of a sparkling wine but not as strong.

Overall: This beer sucks. I wasn't aware that PBR was even brewing this until I found it at ingles. I figured I had to give it a try. Big mistake. It's like the worst malt liquor I've ever had.

Feb 17, 2021
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BriantheBeerHound from Oklahoma

2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Darker than regular PBR. When poured into a glass, has that fat-bubbled effervescence reminiscent of a cream soda.
Smell:Bit of a sting of alcohol, but smells like wet cardboard and hay.
Taste: Listen to anyone who says this tastes like a typical malt liquor, NOT an American Lager. I suspect this is basically PBR they added some extra sugar to in order to boost ABV during brewing. Definitely detect "off" flavors like fusel alcohols or diacetyl, which is a shame because I rarely get that from regular PBR. Hops are present as just slight bitterness.
Feel: Like the look implied, it drinks like a beer-flavored soda. Medium-light body.
Overall: I really dislike this brew. It's not something I would ever purchase again. The extra ABV and identical price do not make this worth it over classic Pabst, or even their underwhelming light beer option. Skip this one.

Jan 17, 2021
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JohnFatAss from New Jersey

2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like a cheap malt liquor. Sweet & syrupy. On the heavy side for an American Lager. It is not unpleasant to drink but it is not good either. It is inexpensive and at 6.5% abv I guess it gets the job done.

Jan 14, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

PBRX out of a 12oz can marked March 2021. Very familiar with classic PBR, first time trying the Extra.

L: Poured into standard pint. Crystal clear pale gold with a fluffy dirty white head. Appears the same as original PBR. Unremarkable Lager appearance.

S: Bready malt, bits of maize. An extremely subtle aroma, having to seek for it.

T: Lightly roasted, subdued malt on the forefront, with a grainy-corn aftertaste. Not bad, but very light. Palatable to nearly anyone. Strangely sweet while devoid of anything flavor beyond grains. The sweetness is a redeeming quality, better so than OG PBR. SO close to caramelized, but not quite there.

F: Light, unnoticeable. slightly oily. Quick and crisp- snappy. I am impressed with the feel after remaining neutral on look and smell.

I would prefer to throw these back as a crushable beer, rather than classic PBR. PBRX is much sweeter, and the sulfuric, corn undertones are short lived through a snappy finish. It is something akin to spicy water, the influx of ABV isn't noticed in the throat. If you have a bond with PBR and enjoy it normally, I predict you would prefer the X ten-fold, as do I. Not a fantastic beer, but bottom-shelf gold.

Nov 07, 2020
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xolectic from Ohio

2.26/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look - Moderate golden color. Pours a decent head with some lacing.

Smell - very sweet. Kind of get more of a corn syrup scent than anything.

Taste - Very sweet. Kind of get that vanilla/ burnt corn aftertaste that I get from some beers. Classic malt liquor taste otherwise, but not bad at first. Quite a nasty aftertaste once it gets past the tongue.

Feel - Not that thick. Goes down smooth. Not a super filling beer but has some body. Don't taste the alcohol.

Overall - You could do worse. Classic malt liquor flavor. This costs a little more than some malts. Why buy this instead of OE for example? You could drink something stronger that is not as sweet and not as bad of an after taste with some of the 8% malt liquors. For a lower price there are some malt liquors / ice beers around 5.5-6 percent that go down much smoother. I don't really see a reason to buy this again, but some people might appreciate the taste (it's not all bad).

Sep 30, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

24oz can stamped MAY2520 (hoping that's a package date & not a best before) poured into a vintage PBR thumbprint goblet at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with beige colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island. The aroma is minimal with just a bit of fruity (apple) and sweetness. The taste is sweet apple up front with a moderately bitter diacetyl finish that is remarkably complimentary & balancing to the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, ok. Listed as an American lager currently and would be an epic fail as such. This is a nice malt liquor pure and simple (numerical ratings for malt liquor).

Sep 16, 2020
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GregBookbinder from Delaware

4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall the Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra is a fine beer, Previous reviewers chain it is too sweet, it should be called a malt beverage because of the 6.5 Alc/Vol etc etc
I am craft beer drinker, a home brewer and let me tell you there are professional craft breweries out there who brew their beer and they are terrible compared to Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra
In closing, there are many tastes out there so l understand this beer is not for everyone
Please stay healthy and well

Sep 09, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Amber color, big foamy heady and lots of carbonation. Aroma is good. Sweet malt and corn. The taste follows the nose. Sweet malt and corn. A little fizzy in the mix. Mouthfeel is light and chuggable. Overall "The Extra" is just that to its brother, PBR. Easy drinking beer. Should make an excellent red beer with Clamato. A 12 ounce can dated DEC 0720. I will buy these again. Remember, proper glassware often makes a difference even for the cheapest beer because they're all good. Some are just better than others.

Aug 23, 2020
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Raime from Greenland

3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this for $7.99 a twelver at my local outta the way C-Store in the not so nice part of town. Never even knew this was a thing but that place has a penchant for obscure beers you won't see anywhere else. And not in a good way!. Grabbed this and the Easy for the lulz assuming I'll just end up pawning it all off on unsuspecting house guests next month during bonfire season.

Look - It's golden as can be and fizzy. Two finger white head. Crystal clear. Bubbles galore.

Smell - Metallic and corny. Lotsa sweetness.

Taste - Corn as all hoedown with skme metal. Somewhat sweet. Touch astringent.

Feel - Bubbly and crisp. Swallows easier than expected. Some alcohol despite the low ABV.

Overall - Not too bad. Used to love Pabst wayy back in the ole high school years. Unfortunately they began taking on a strange stale grape soda sweetness the longer I drank them. This is an alright beer for what I paid. Straight 3's.

Aug 20, 2020
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Danberry34 from Tennessee

1.3/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I picked up a 12 pk cans to try as 6 pk or 24 oz weren't available. I totally wasted my $11. I only made it through 1 can. I cant get past the sweetness. It made me gag. Pour a bunch of sugar in your PBR and that's Pabst extra. You wouldn't wish this beer on your worst hipster enemies.

Aug 16, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

1.83/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: pours a light straw yellow body with a. White head with ok retention and lacing.
S: smells slightly sour and very bready.
T: tastes light and very bready; not much taste to it at all.
M: light and crisp
O: not very good; tastes like sour dough bread.

Jul 19, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

24 ounce can at a cheap price. This smells, looks, and tastes like a sweet malt liquor. I'm getting a lot of residual sugars. Medium mouthfeel and the alcohol is well hidden. I much prefer the regular PBR over this one. It'll definitely get the job done, however. I might buy again if I see a 12 pack for under $7.00.

Jun 15, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12-pack cans $8.99 Don Quijote
128 days before date on can
Clear golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Sweet malt taste. Like they mixed regular Pabst with malt liquor.

Jun 14, 2020
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ZAP from Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A really sweet AAL that borders on Malt Liquor territory. Syrupy sweet. Very one sided. Doesn't taste anything like regular Blue Ribbon. Would be better billed as Pabst Malt Liquor. For that it isn't bad but not hitting very many high marks in the AAL category.

Jun 03, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Picked up 4 pack of tall boys. Popping the top smell is adjunct, bready and sweet. Pours to a nice amber color with a bit of head. Taste is silkier and has more body than regular PBR. Taste is semi bitter yet sweet at the same time. No grape noted as in PBR. For a heavy adjunct it’s a nice burger selection.

Apr 23, 2020
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Captain69 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

it is great to see an old name brand coming out with new beers .I tried this one against a regular blue ribbon / this has a lot more taste / a true example of an American lager

Apr 19, 2020
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gueuzeonhigh from Maine

1.89/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I'm a fan of PBR tall boys-- my hot weather thirst quencher go-to's.
No, it's not in the craft brew league-- but I think it's great ice cold on a hot summer's day-- sometimes I put ice in it like a soda.
So I decided to try-- what I thought might be the same thing with a little more ABV-- maybe the beer would have a little more flavor or a heartier flavor stance.
I am surprised that my hopes were dashed: I found there to be less of everything 'cept the alcohol.
If you're trying to get the drunk out of the way-- go with an extreme craft brew sporting twice the alcohol at least it'll be a satisfying journey.

Apr 17, 2020
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sorry, I had to sit here a moment and watch my two finger head, white in color, dissipate Pretty cool still have a bit of head, white in color lingering Color is very clear sharp gold bar colored.
Smell is sweeter than regular PBR. Has all the regular smell of a lager coming up as well. Like a white bread yeast like smell.
Taste is like PBR on steroids. You get that sweet corn, not over sweet, and vegetable oil flavor from a PBR,just a bit stronger here.
Mouth feel is a bit thicker than a regular PBR. Does not seem even close to the mouth feel of a regular PBR and I actually give it points for the just a touch heavier mouth feel.
Overall this was a winner from Pabst. Some strange things going with some good things going on here. I mean really the class act that Pabst put into this beer to make a high gravity beer at 6.5% alcohol seems to have worked. The scary thing is PBR did a solid with the Old Tankard Ale but cut that short. Than they had a beer fart with the Easy version. Now they have the Extra. Really have to say I like this one. Please PBR keep this one around!

Mar 26, 2020
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3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBR extra (at first) was a bit of letdown but something that eventually grew on me. I'd describe the taste as slightly chocolatey with a hint of malt. I still can't tell if it's closer to a stout or a malt liquor bum brew. Overall I'd say it's decent as a 6 pack of 16 ouncers will get ya good for a fair price and the taste and smell aren't unbearable. They're just different and I could see the flavor as not being for everyone.

Mar 06, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz can

Pours a finger of frothy white head into my PBR hourglass. Retention is very good, initial lacing looks great as well. Body is pale yellow, crystal clear, with a lot of bubbles coming up. Looks really nice so far.

For an ice beer, or malt liquor, or whatever – this smells perfectly fine. Sweet, dare I say biscuity light malts dominate. Maybe just a touch of hops in the distance. Has a creamy feel about it too. Pretty nice actually.

Flavor is certainly a little more down to earth, but still not bad. A lot of malt, and a somewhat candy, fake sugar flavor. Very well could be legit adding sugar to boost abv. Still, nothing really all that offensive here, this is totally serviceable, and I would not have a hard time drinking it again.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Carbonation is on the higher end, but not by much. Body is light but not paper thin at all. Bitterness is very low, but barely there. Sugars could be put in check a little bit, but not too detrimental. All in all this is quite good.

Drinkability is obviously very high.

Appearance turned out pretty killer, thick lacing all the way down, and a resilient head.

Maybe I’m being generous here, but the only real negative I can see is this sweetness that is a little much, other than that this is totally fine. I’m probably getting too used to drinking macro’s. Whatever, score one for the boys is Milwaukee, or wherever this is made.

Mar 05, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks just like regular PBR.
Smells like PBR, malted barley, corn, grain, light sulphur.
Taste is similar to PBR but sweeter, to me at least.
It is okay, but it’s definitely heavier than standard PBR. It’s basically a malt liquor so the colder you can get it the better.
I used it to make micheladas, it works good for that.
If you want to get hammered, this will work. Depends on your tolerance, I would imagine 8 or 10 pints will definitely knock your dick in the dirt.
I probably won’t buy it again, regular PBR is in my rotation of cheap beer, and is what I like in a backyard pounder.
It’s still a good strong lager compared to most of the malt liquor swill.

Mar 01, 2020
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DarrellFine from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour from 12oz. can to glass, pours dark golden yellow with a nice bubbly fizz, and a decent dissipating head, leaving patched lacing down the glass. Smell is highly inoffensive with a slight fermented sweet corn and fresh bread with very light hops. Taste is an obvious fermented sweetness followed by a very, very light bitterness, and light hops on the end. Mouthfeel is wonderfully refreshing, slightly slick, with great carbonation stinging with every swallow. Was not much of a PBR drinker, or fan, until EXTRA, and it is now my new go to for after work refreshments. Local liquor store, $10.99 for 12, 12oz cans. At 6.5% ABV and that much to love its hard to pass up. Highly recommend.

Jan 03, 2020
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Cholla from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra. Tastes pretty much like Pabst Blue Ribbon with just more alcohol. Goes down smooth. Not too bad. I very much enjoyed it. Good work PBR. Cheers.

Oct 28, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(16 oz can, FEB0320; purchased cold sixer... poured into fat tulip)

L: polished-clear, sunny amber liquid; slight yellow-tinged, open-spongy foam, built high on pour, receding like a craggy honeycomb, leaving a messy collar

S: sweet, lightly-toasted corn; subtle honeyed cereal grain undertone; perhaps a faint green grassy overtone... overall potency fair-moderate; not much booze poking through

T: corn tortilla, with masa dough back tone; grassy, lightly bitter, lightly white vinous notes threading the middle; corn meal-y, lightly sweetish, cereal mush aftertaste, with subtle spicy accent... raw malt grain flavor soon comes to the fore, with a fairly stark, whole-kernel-y aftertaste, as the corn fades out a little... vague bubblegum and/or (marzipan?) nougat shade emerges midway through

F: persistent soft prickle with each sip, delicately silky bounce to its body... alcohol only marginally present in the background, 'plush' malt squashing it back a bit?... lazy lusciousness

O: ain't every day I stumble across two or more unfamiliar pseudo malt liquors in one store... curious to compare this against a standard PBR (as well as a PBR Easy)... not bad (out of a glass); a bit perplexed as to why this isn't (regularly) available in a 16-24/5 oz can among the standard selection of malt liquors in these parts (1517)

Sep 25, 2019
Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 96 ratings