Primo | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Commercial Description
Using the original ingredients from when it was first brewed in 1897, we took the liquid back to its roots and made a highly sessionable everyday beer.
- ABV% 4.6
- Calories 134

Added by atigerlife on 07-26-2008

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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by PeprSprYoFace:
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3.46/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear golden color. Thin film white head. Slight lacing.

Aroma isn't much. Just Linda lagerish. Needs some malt aroma.

Taste is ok. More American lager style with a bit of malt. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is pretty refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall not a bad beer. Guess I would get it when it's the beer of the month again at Wahoo's fish tacos. It's there often. Probably wouldn't buy it otherwise.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

~...hint of Hawaiian cane..
Pours a golden yellow with a half-finger of white that disappears almost immediately not even leaving a ring in it's wake.
Aroma is faint but distinctly American adjunct with mildly sweet malt and corn predominate and a very slight hint of lemon citrus.
Mouthfeel is adequate with bubbles foaming in the mouth to give the illusion of body.
Taste is....
...well....almost non-existent.
While I realize that beer is 99.9% water, this tastes closer to water than beer.
Lightly malted without any hop presence except for the light lemon in the background.
Slightly sugary sweet...very slightly....and definite corn aftertaste.
Pretty much like a Pabst watered down with a hint of sugar added.
While the bottle says, 'first brewed 1897', I doubt this is the original recipe. More like Pabst bought the name and added sugar cane to their own recipe in an attempt to 'authenticate' it.

That being said, it's a non-offensive brew and really quite refreshing as a lawn mower beer on a hot day.
I could easily drink 4 in 90+ temperatures but would have trouble finishing one in an air-conditioned bar.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Lots of Hawaiian Islands references, but it's made in California, with that "pure island cane". Aw, crap, yet another thinly-veiled faux-craft offering, eh?

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy off-white head, which bleeds away with little fuss, leaving a few sparse flecks of lace as appropriately innocuous detritus.

It smells of grainy corn mash, some mild plastic notes, and a dry, earthy mustiness. The taste is a somewhat acrid graininess - some bready, some corn-fed - with some soft generic fruitiness, a twinge of PVC pipe, and dead leafy, yet somehow almost spicy, hops bitters.

The bubbles are fairly fine, cutting a thin edge to the affair, the body showing a medium-ish weight, with a subtle clingy tendency, that seems to grow imperceptibly with each sip, though overall it's plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy sweetness tempered by a simmering zingy, metallic undertone.

Well, not too bad a rendering, especially given the style parameters - and the drinkability plays, even if the paper trail logic doesn't. Late night, need a fix at the nearby ABC store fodder, I'm guessing.

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jcubz
3.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fatehunter
2.06/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Almost a half finger of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is faint overall: a little grain.
The taste is mild bitterness and a little sour with a touch of sweetness at the end. Not much to it though.
The texture is meh with moderate carbonation and light body.
This beer cannot even manage to be "light and refreshing" for the hot island/beach environment.

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Photo of ordybill
3.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap many years ago in Waikiki. This beer is your basic AAL straw yellow with a small white head. It has a weak beer aroma of malt but I found the flavor to be refreshing, Not a craft beer type flavor but a hot summer day session beer. I am not sure how the new brewery stateside makes it, but the Schlitz brewery had a nice flavor.

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Photo of grahuba
3.34/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gfsufb
3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Fifty Brews in Orlando. Overall bright yellow pour, smell is nothing special typical American Macro. The taste is clean and has a little lager complexity. This beer has outstanding marketing as most have no idea its related to PBR in its current form. Honestly those who do probably discount this beer because of its current PBR ties are selling it short as it is a very clean, easy to drink lager that has a much better flavor then your average macro.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw with a light head. Actually got somewhat aggressive on the pour as I didn't see much head formation. Slightly deeper in color than most of its brethren but still quite clear and with limited apparent carbonation.

Slightly sweet on the nose, rice, some adjuncts. Not a lot going on.

Taste is similarly neutral and offers a slightly viscous finish. A touch of carbonation in the finish helps to cloak the sweetness a bit and allowing for a moderate feel and drink. Hops are notable if you give the beer some air but don't linger. Ho-hum and unexciting, and surely not as good as the Island Lagers I've enjoyed throughout the world that are actually brewed, well, on Islands. Carbonation issues may have been at work here as I see my experience seems to differ from others.

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Photo of Bieniek30
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ChrisCage
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoying while on a vacation in Maui....

A- Pours a slightly darker than grassy color, and is very clear. The carbonation is plentiful and aggressive, rising to the top quickly. The head is actually quite impressive, starting out about two fingers thick and eventually settling down to a thick layer over the brew itself. Lacing is average at best, as there isn't much bubbly goodness clinging to the glass. Overall a slightly above average looking brew for this category.

S- Overall weak aromas, with primary smells of grass, dry grain, sweet corn adjunct malt and just a hint of hop bitterness. Nothing much else to say here other than that this smells very much like a macro with just a slight kick.

T- Again, nothing much to report here...main flavors of adjunct....corn to be exact, with perhaps the cleanliness of rice mixed in there as well. It finishes clean, with just a slight taste of metal blended in with a faint hop bitterness. Not bad, but not great either. The aftertaste is of sweet/bitter malt....kind of synthetic.

M- Thin bodied, lots of sparkly carbonation and an adjunct laden stickiness that clings to the palate in an unforgiving manner about says it all with this one. It needs to be drunk ice cold!

O- I've definitely had worse, but I think I've had enough tropically made beers to put this right in the's not a great beer except if you are drinking it right at about 2pm in the Maui sun on the beach! I'll probably end up having more in the future but won't buy it again. It needs to be crisp and clean throughout, which this isn't....sorry!

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Photo of emerge077
2.29/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's funny, looking this beer up in a search engine turns up a bunch of recycled press releases from "Primo Brewing & Malting" which doesn't seem to exist (it's Pabst apparently). Another nostalgia label "re-introduced" to another generation of beer drinkers. I wonder if this resembles the original in any way. Apparently they consulted with "a group of the world's top surfers and watermen" for "the perfect lightness and taste for Hawaii's climate and lifestyle"...whatever that means.

Pours into a pilsner flute pale gold, with racing carbonation. A rocky head forms, much to my surprise. After 5 minutes, it falls to a bare skim, it's head retention isn't great. Offensive musty aroma, almost a mildew smell. blows off after warming up ten minutes later, but the initial shock was truly awful. As it warms it becomes more like creamed corn.

Fizzy and gaseous body, with a generic "beer" taste. Corn, metallic tinny notes, straw and husky grain. Skunky and sulfuric. No trace of "pure island cane" as claimed on the label. Not sweet, but slightly bitter and metallic. Corn aftertaste. Absolutely dull and insipid, avoid this swill.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.63/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A rather good lager, sweet with little hop or complexity. A simple, easy drinking lager for chilling on the beech or mowing the lawn. I found it rather enjoyable- though I wouldn't seek it out

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of Filippuneddu
4.5/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm normally a Heineken drinker and not a huge fan of American beers, but I really like Primo. Great taste and has a nice full bodied taste to it. I'm not really sure why it got such lukewarm reviews, but each to his own taste. As for me, I'm a big Primo fan now !

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Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of MooseBoose
3.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of OregonGrown7
3/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +74.8%

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Primo from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 142 ratings