Monday, 21 June 2010

Beer Notes on an unlikely beer

Quick note: What the heck is with Blogger not posting my posts? this one got saved as a draft, and not posted like it should have been. This is not the first time...

Pabst Blue Ribbon, by Pabst Brewing Company
Oh poor maligned Pabst Blue Ribbon, how times have changed. It used to be drinking you made one elitist, and a snob. Now, it makes one common, and unrefined. Time has not been kind to you, Blue Ribbon, and your red, white and blue can, while elegant in its simplicity, has become much derrided. I applaud you for not slipping into becoming mindlessly hip, as others have tried to do.

You're fine in your can, but when you're sold for 3 dollars a glass on Tap, you really shine. Fresh, clean, with a clear filtered liquid, it's easy to see where the comparisons to urine came from, but this is the derision of mob which has turned against you. You smell of sweet grain, faint and not overpowering. This is where your can fails you, as it isolate our nose from the drinking experience.

Your light body compliments most food one would eat in a bar perfectly, from the burger, to the chicken strips. A joy of my own is using you to cook noodles, an idea that came to me when I had too little water to finish a dish. You have not given in to the hops-ridden madness that is in vogue today, and instead you focus on having a pure grain taste, with a light body and a crisp mouthfeel. The yeast leaves just a slight feeling of bread. You do not overwhelm, but complement. You are the coda of a symphony. You are the perfect session drink, capable of being consumed for hours, both to your lighter alcohol content, as well as your other qualities. Raphael's masterpiece you are not, but you are worth for what you aspire to be. 3.5 out of 5. B-

1 comment:

flying fish said...

Sadly, PBR has fallen in to mindlessly hip here in Haines. The only place it's available on tap is a seasonal place where you pay to get abused by the surly barmaid. It's bought by the half rack by boys who want to swagger out with a real beer, not that girly bottled stuff. At least the cans are usually recycled.