Pabst Blue Ribbon (Pabst Brewing Company)

Style: American Adjunct Lager

4.74% ABV

144 Calories

12.8 g carbs

Brewer’s Note: “Pabst Blue Ribbon is a premium lager crafted with a hefty infusion of 6-row barley, a carefully balanced carbohydrate profile from corn syrup, and a unique combination of Pacific domestic hops blended with an imported Yugoslavian variety. Fermented with a pure culture of yeast and aged at high gravity, PBR is cellared and finished to the smooth, robust likeness of a fine Pilsner. In simpler terms, it’s a damn fine beer.”


The PBR design is classic.  It’s a blue ribbon!  They won it in the 1800’s!  They’re still proud of it today!  They are like that sad strange man that still proudly displays his science fair blue ribbon from the 8th grade, even though he is now a 50 year old janitor…  All jokes aside though, PPR’s label is possibly the least offensive mass produced label out there (maybe tied with Red Stripe…).  It has a nice hop garland on the bottom of it, a simple red stripe (which is odd when you think about it… if you remove everything else, the PBR and the Red Stripe labels are basically the same…?) and the ribbon is simple with simple text.  Yes it is mass-produced, and yes it is a little cluttered, especially on the sides, but overall it is a simple, nice label.  Would I keep it on a shelf though? No.  Would I scrapbook the label? No.  Just drink the cheap beer, it’s not meant to be pretty.


The PBR pours like a kellerweizen, piss yellow with a nice fluffy eggshell white head, though that skims down to a quarter of a fingers width quite quickly.  The beer’s body is water clear with a torrent of bubbles working to the top of the glass.   In truth, the beer looks a little like ginger ale in the glass.  The beer’s head leaves a lacing of medium sized and tightly packed bubbles on the sides of the glass in sparse scraggly lines.  On the nose, the beer smells weakly of sweet grassy malts with a touch of caramel.  That stale grain smell that is found in most cheap lagers is also present here.  It actually smells better than some of the other cheap lagers I’ve reviewed.  It’s not amazing, but it doesn’t turn my stomach either, and it doesn’t have a completely bland character.  On the tongue, the beer tastes sweetly bready with a touch of acid and the faintest touch of salt.  The beer’s flavors begin with water, slowly opening into stale bread and grassy hops that turn hay-like.  The finish is clean and quick, giving that slightly vegetal chemical sweet taste that all cheap lagers have.  On the mouth, the beer feels thin, with a medium light carbonation that does fluff the tongue.  The mouth is left wet after the beer passes.  This beer is supremely drinkable, which is why it still exists today.  It also leaves the mouth in flavor soon after it travels down your throat.  Overall, this is PBR. It is cheap beer, but it is not offensive.  It’s just pretty flavorless.  To PBR’s credit, I find more flavor in it than in other comparable cheap lagers that I’ve reviewed (i.e. Red Stripe…).  Buy a thirty if you want to cheaply drink yourself stupid.  It is not the worst thing you could drink.



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