Monday, February 17, 2014

Pabst Blue Ribbon (2014 re-review)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1058) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2014
I poured a 24oz can into a 1-liter boot stein. I had a best before date of 3/24/14 and cost $1.67 ($0.07 per ounce).

Appearance: Transparent yellow hue with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a large, bright white, foamy head which laces and retains rather well.

Smell: Strong corn aroma, plus a general graininess and dirty scent. Not aggressively repulsive.

Taste: Pabst Blue Ribbon is a beer with a reputation to say the least. It’s generally considered one of the foulest of the major macro lagers, though some people swear it’s actually pretty good and will opt for this over a BMC product. I don’t drink it that often, though I’d probably fall into the latter category. While there really isn’t anything to truly enjoy about this brew, the fact remains it’s more of a lame beer than a bad one.

It begins with a noticeable tang sensation of corn and metal or just some kind of dirty beer. At least at first. After a few swigs that flavor seems to recede and it turns into a generic fizzy yellow adjunct lager palette. Corn is, not surprisingly, the most dominate and only real flavor component to be found here. There’s maybe a hint of sweetness through the middle and finish, but otherwise it’s just overtly bland and boring. There really isn’t anything unique about PBR, so I don’t understand where the hate (or ironic love) comes from.

Drinkability: Though highly effervescent to the eye, the mouthfeel to Pabst Blue Ribbon is actually quite thin and calm. It has a watery texture which means it’s easy to gulp down and carbonation doesn’t act as a distraction. The finish is almost completely clean with just a hint of starch or general dryness, though I wouldn’t consider it refreshing at all. I’m surprised it’s as heavy as 5% ABV since it drinks like something a little lighter. There should be a little more character at least. 
Grade: 3/10

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