Review: Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9

The original intent today was to bring Skunksworth's Barleyslime out of hiatus - to be overly critical and downright snobby over a bad beer. I had two separate people in recent memory tell me that they only discovered this website thanks to the overly sarcastic and critical takes on bad beer.

A week back I picked up a bit big ass tall can on Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9% at a beer vendor with the full intent to tear the beer apart. The first time I ever found this beer was at a Couche-Tard in downtown Montreal. The streets were packed, it was drizzling rain and for $6.99 I had a six pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9% right in my hands. In the 300 metre dash from the Couche-Tard to my kind of sketchy hotel room, I had full on paranoia that someone was going to mug me for the cheap ass swill. In the end, I made it back in the hotel room and proceeded to drink down the six pack. I felt like that this would be a great subject for a Skunksworth's Barleyslime but then I remembered I didn't mind the beer, so I'm going to leave the snark for another day if I enjoy it this time around. 

Also: Expect a review of PBR's new version of their Groovy Lemon Iced Tea (vodka) any moment or day now..

Appearance: Clear with a golden straw body to it. Lots of carbonation in the body and a light, faint white head on top. As the beer is consumed I don't see much of a lacing except a couple bubbles here and there.

Aroma: Sweet, malt-forward lager with notes of honey, a lot of straw, a light grassy hop presence. Fairly crisp so far, inoffensive.

Taste: Quite a sweet-forward lager as I was talking about last time around. Sweet honey-like notes, lots of straw. The beer is crisp, quite smooth, a hint of saltine crackers, a slight syrupy presence and a grassy hop presence at the very end. 

Overall Thoughts: I was excited to tear down this beer with a lot of snark but in reality.. it's just a cheap tallcan of a slightly higher ABV version of the American hipster special. It's quite smooth, sweet and I'll probably drink this again. As far as I can tell, this is a Canada-only product and when I first discovered this beer, there wasn't even a single beer similar to it listed on Untappd, so I think that I may have been one of the first people to ever try the beer, and that's back when it was only made for the Quebec market. 

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