Pabst Genuine Draft | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Genuine DraftPabst Genuine Draft

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2002

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by ZOSO2192:
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1/5  rDev -61.1%

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Photo of RoyalT
3.34/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - I know it might sound sacrilegious to say that I poured this into my St B chalice, but this beer produced one of the nicest heads I've ever seen in an AL. No, make that easily THE nicest head I've seen. It came up like a fluffy marshmallow monster bubbling up the edges like a hurricane and actually held for a few minutes. The liquid itself is a nice light yellow tinged with orange.

Smell - This has the classic PBR aroma except somewhat softer which is a plus. The grain is very easy on the olfactory and the sweetness that the brewer always managers to squeeze into his offerings is here as well but again a bit softer.

Taste - The grain comes off harsher at the taste and really disappoints. The easy sweetness from the nose turned a bit rank at the taste. I liked the balance of the flavors but individually it was rough.

Mouthfeel - This is where the PGD excelled. Unlike MGD, this actually feels like a smooth, tapped lager. It is by far the smoothest American macro that I've had. The carbs are very light, again as you find in a tapped beer.

Drinkability - If the taste wasn't so rough I'd actually give this a big thumbs up. As it is, this still is a pleasant surprise. I don't know if I'm ready to put a neon Pabst sign up on my kitchen window just yet but this was well executed.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise from PBR.
Pours a faint crystal clear yellow with a half finger head of tight bubbles that melts to a tiny ring of lacing.
Aroma is mostly corn with a little bready yeast.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for an American Macro...somewhere around MGD thick but without the sickly sweet cloying of MGD. Nice carbonation and slight hop bite attheend.

Taste is only lightly sweet...a very little corn shows on the backend..mostly I actually taste hops and, dare I say it?, this beer tastes very balanced between the malt and hops.
It finishes mostly clean in my mouth and very drying.
This is a good 6 pack summer afternoon beer or lawnmowing gulper to cool off and quench your thirst.

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Photo of nige4958
1.36/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Highly carbonated with a disgusting sweet finish. I could handle the fizzy swill until I had to swallow. I'm assuming this is made with six row barely and corn in the grist. Disgustingly sweet drink experience that I could not finish. Truly an awful beer.

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Photo of BigAl18
2.1/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of herring556
1.5/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of oscodapat
3/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the expected ultra clear yellow fizz as expected. On the plus side is a strong yellow like a German Macrobrew and it does generate a respectable white head.

Smell is mostly clean corn and an actual herbal hop aroma. Noticeable DMS scent and crackery malt. Not a craft brew but it does have an honest smell and it doesn't smell nasty.

Taste is mildly sweet and creamy in the mouth. Faint tangy flavor and an honest hop bitterness that is rare in an American Macrobrew. Malt flavor is mostly on the cracker and bread side but corn shows itself as a slight aftertaste. No nasty flavors and clean and no skunk. As good as an American Macrobrew gets.

Mouthfeel is present.

Drinkability is very good for the class of beer it is: The American Macrobrew. No one is going to pour out a good Pilsner for this, but I WOULD pour out a Bud, Miller or Coors for this. Another plus of this, it is usually CHEAPER than the BMC beers!

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drink PBR on a fairly regular basis as it is my staple yellow beer. I've never seen this one before, but at a recent trip to my grocery store, I picked up a 12 pack of this one in cans. Pretty cheap as expected. Poured this one into a pint glass, but it may actually be better right out of the can.

One inch white head that dissipates immediately. Transparent light yellow color and appears to be lightly carbonated. No lacing.

Smells like your average yellow beer. Somewhat malty, low quality ingredients. Overall faint in the nose.

Taste is almost non existent. Some hints of low quality malt. Otherwise the closest thing to water you could expect.

Light body, light carbonation.

Looking for flavor; go elsewhere. This one is not bad for a yellow beer. Meant to be drank in quantity, this one is not too bad for what it is. Compared to PBR, it is not that much different I guess.

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Photo of myxomop
1.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Psilo707
2.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Looks just like PBR when in a clear mug - light golden, off-hue lacing, and large bubbles rising quickly to the surface before disappearing within a few minutes. Smell is very mediocre and nothing really stands out about it besides the normal beer scent.

Taste is bland and shallow. It's worse than PBR without a doubt for me. Mouthfeel is a bit better than the taste, but still very dull and lacking.

Drinkability is the highest of the aspects because the only reason this beer was made was so people could pound 12-packs of them in rapid succession.

Overall, I would never buy this over PBR if I had the choice between the two. Bad stuff.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.2/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a light straw yellow. About a finger of head developed and dissipated to a thin lacing.

Smell: Malty, but not barnyard type malty. This is Milwaukee malty, providing that classic, macrobrew smell that registers in your nose but doesn't encourage further examination.

Taste: Very little taste, but it is smooth and clean.

Drinkability: It's unspectacular, but drinkable. Lacking a distinctness found with PBR, PGD makes for a good palate cleanser for better beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale golden color with a big white head that has pretty impressive retention.

S: Lots of sweet corn notes as well as a fair amount of apple juice. There are hints of metal as well as a subtle grassy character.

T: Corn and grain husks start things off with some noticeable metal and a slightly watered down flavor following. Lightly bitter with some hints of malt flavor, actually.

M: The body is light with a high level of carbonation. Fiarly crisp, actually.

D: For an adjunct lager, this is actually not bad. Sure, I don't think I'd drink this all the time, but you can definitely do worse.

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Photo of barryjg
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of elmocoso
2.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this choice beer at the local 99c store, they had 6-7 different beers at 99 cents for 2. What a score, some well known and some unknown with little money down - A perfect revewing opportunity.

Now on to the beer.

When i poured this beer, it developed quite a decent size head of pale blue foam w/ loose knit bubbles. It quickly died. Now there is only a slight ring around the edge of the glass and a few islands in the center. The beer is a light straw-golden color.

There is very little to the smell of this beer. It seems like a average macro pilsner in the genuine draft style that has been cold filtered. The smell of adjuncts is very present.

The taste is also dead-on average, with a decent mouthfeel.

Overall i would probably choose one of these over a bud, but just to make people stare.


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Photo of greyghost86
1.48/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of shoegueuze
2.84/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of zaraspook
1.88/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of psugrad98
3.45/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised when I found this addition to the Pabst family at my local beer distributer. This is slightly more bity than the Blue ribbon, and a little more bitter. Light straw with moderate head. Very little lace. Smell is clean with a hint of malt and sweet corn. Taste is crisp and clean with a very nice hop bitterness. Smooth and drinkable, slight adjunct flavor is coaxed out when the brew warms in your glass. Finishes with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. If you like the Blue Ribbon, I definately reccomend you try this selection from Pabst.

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Vons Market

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Lots of sweet malt with some fruitiness

T - Like the smell lots of sweet malt upfront then some fruit flavors come through in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is your average lager pretty much its not bad but yet its not going to be the first beer I reach for its a beer you grab after a long day at work and don't want to think about what your drinking

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Photo of tbone1384
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Floydster
2.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce can from a local supermarket

On sale and decided to get a six pack to see what the real difference between regular PBR and the draft, and found out this one is a lot worse

Hard to drink because it so filling and sweet aftertaste does not do justice on the stomach

Smell was pretty bad and same golden brown color of PBR

Would not have again in the future

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Following review written by Wiseman Justin.

Appearance: For a macro, the head looks pretty okay. Still evaporates fast as hell. Looks like apple juice.

Smell: Smells like most macro beers. Bread, yeast, you know how it goes.

Taste: You taste the shitty beer tastiness, but you don't taste it. Seriously a heavy weight in the light weight category of macro brews. This actually has some flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's a macro, I don't know. Easy to drink in large quantities

Drinkability: Easy to drink in large quantities. American Macro brews have mastered Drinkability

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