Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra
Pabst Brewing Company

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Lager - American
Ranked #430
Ranked #48,728
3.2 | pDev: 24.38%
Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Pabst Blue Ribbon ExtraPabst Blue Ribbon Extra
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Beertsipper from New York

2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
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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Danberry34 from Tennessee

1.3/5  rDev -59.4%
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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some corn. Taste is malts, grapes, green apples, sweet, light alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a below average beer that left me a bit disappointed.

May 11, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz can with an expiration date of June 17, 2019. Sampled on March 14, 2019.

Golden colored pour with a clear appearance and a quickly fading head,

It has a harshness to the aroma but it is still mainly barley grain and grassy hops. But it is a pungent sensation like an Ice beer or a malt liquor.

The mouthfeel is bolder than regular PBR for sure.

The taste has a cloying sort of sweetness and a floral bitter bite. In some respects metallic. But style wise, it seems to add a lot of punch to the typical Pale Lager.

Mar 14, 2019
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Cracka from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a great amped up PBR! Definitely take the time to find it and enjoy the similarities of the great PBR. If you’re trying to rate this as a typical craft beer just stop and realize it’s not. Just enjoy a true American amped up beer! Cheers and Happy 4th of July and thanks to all that serve and have served! ‘Merica!!

Jul 04, 2019
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Azpittil57 from Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 28, 2019
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maddogruss from New Jersey

1.83/5  rDev -42.8%
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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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.65/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra has a thick, creamy, white head, a clear, bubbly, deep gold appearance, with moderate glass lacing. The aroma is of rich barley and spicy hops. There is also some white bread. The flavor is similar, with some bittering, on the finish. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Pabst Extra finishes crisp and refreshing.


May 19, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can, best by June 17th 2019.

Pours a clear straw gold with lots of foam, decent lacing.

Smells grainy sweet, earthy, light hop bitterness.

Taste is earthy, grainy that is sweet but to the level of a Malt Liquor. Bitterness is light and imho, could be a little bolder to add some dryness.

Medium bodied.

Pretty good amped up PBR.

Apr 22, 2019
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Carbondeath from Wisconsin

3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, it's sweeter and has way more taste than traditional PBR. It may be harder to drink for a long period of time, but it tastes great for the basic beer. Somehow smooth, but the backend is too sweet.

Apr 18, 2019
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2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Cheap beer goes cheaper. This is your Hurricane. Or STEELIE. I drink cheap and this is not as bad but it isnt worth your money.

Nov 07, 2019
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Carl_R from Oklahoma

3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 07, 2021
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Raime from Greenland

3/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Dalkri from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sep 12, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks far better than you'd expect. Big 'ol head that quickly thins out and leaves a thick ring of lacing. It lies atop your typical pale, pissy yellow AAL body, sure, but it looks good. Smells of... my first instinct is to be pretentious and say "corn and sweetened oat cereal", but I'll be real and say it smells like fucking malt liquor. You know what malt liquor smells like, right? Well, it smells like that. Tastes like it too. A little too sweet for my tastes, but it takes me back to my days of swilling cases of Mickey's Big Mouth with my buddies and bombing each other with the empty hand-grenade bottles when we got bombed.

Sep 02, 2019
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xolectic from Ohio

2.26/5  rDev -29.4%
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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cryptichead from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aug 30, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
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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BrinkingDeer from California

3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 23, 2020
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willcull78 from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As PBR beers go this one is quite a surprise. In fact it was quite a surprise when I spied it a local drive-thru. Liking PBR in general I had to try this one as well and, I have to say, I like this one as well. It is a clear pale yellow with a nice, though slight compared to others, hop aroma. It's like a working man's pale ale. This beer poured with a slight foamy head that dissipated quickly. The taste was surprising. Not as strong as crafted-IPA's but a nice hoppy-taste none-the-less. The feel was slight, with a carbo-presence. Definitely one worth trying if you find it. Would go well with grilled-burgers.

Aug 23, 2019
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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -35.9%
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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DarrellFine from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
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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joe12pk from Michigan

3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Could use some hops.

Feb 10, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.66/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a finger of bright white head. The head is gone in a hurry, leaving a few spots of lacing along the way.

The aroma is pretty much the same as regular PBR; grains, corn, and a kiss of hops. Doesn't stand out much, but then again, most people drinking this aren't too concerned about the aroma.

The flavor is to be expected; sweet grains and corn with some piney hops on the finish. This one is definitely sweeter than OG PBR, which to me is a bit much. Otherwise it's passable for the style.

The feel is light bodied with lively carbonation. Very crisp and drinkable.

Overall, this beer is what it is: a decent, cheap AAL that you can pound and get extra drunk due to the higher ABV. Not much else to say.

Apr 20, 2019
Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 93 ratings