Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by 6470zzy:
3.15/5 rDev +4%
A- Crystal clear pale straw coloring with a nice fluffy head and yes indeed some decent lacing down the sides of my American pint glass.
S- Faint aromas of sweet cut grass and citrus.
T- Slightly sweet with a touch of citrus and a dry bitterness towards the end.
M- Highly carbonated which in turn leads to the perception of a thinner beer.
D- This is a classic "old school" beer, one which I am proud to keep in my beer fridge on a regular basis, don't just save this one for mowing your lawn.
09-11-2008 22:17:22 | More by 6470zzy
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4.08/5 rDev +34.7%
I'm working from memory of my go-to beer, back when Ballantine brewed in Newark and this really was America's most popular ale. A point to emphasize about xxx is that to my tastes it was far better on tap than in bottles, a bigger difference than I have found in any other beer. Not only was bottled xxx often skunky, it always seemed slightly cooked and a bit thin in comparison. Once I tasted the draft, I rarely went back to the bottles.
From the tap it poured with a good head, although retention was below average. The aroma was floral and fairly strong, though less than from opening a bottle. Lacing? I was too young to care.
Malt came out in in the aroma, mouthfeel and a trace of sweetness, though it finished dry like a pilsner, all qualities less evident in the bottled beer. It was noticeably more bitter than any of the domestic lagers then available, but less than the German lagers then coming in. Overall, a beer that taught me what balance was.
I spent a year in England about then. Obviously the English bitters were different, but I can't say I liked the run of the mill ones better, only certain ones like Abott Ale and just about everything brewed in Yorkshire.
02-12-2013 22:35:42 | More by yankinoz
3.93/5 rDev +29.7%
Ballantine ale is primarily a NE / east coast regional brew. This 2012 version is owned by Pabst, sub brewed by miller. The overall impression is a much hoppier/maltier profile than your average adjunct. I would rate it as one of the best adjuncts available, right up there with Schlitz Gusto. I avoid the green bottles and buy it in tall boy cans to ensure no skunk flavors. Unclear why Pabst does not distro this nationwide as I think it would sell well.
06-29-2012 19:38:05 | More by adjunctjonez
3.85/5 rDev +27.1%
16oz can sucked right out of the can.
L - I've seen it before, it's clear and yellow.
S - grainy aroma.
T - there's something about this beer that makes me always enjoy it. It's mostly sweet and grainy but it does have a slight bitterness at the end.
F - medium bodied, it's crisp, clean and refreshing.
O - a beer I always enjoy anytime of the year.
01-11-2012 21:55:13 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.61/5 rDev +19.1%
I drank this in college (early 80s) but did not recall the flavor. Today, liking the full range of ales, I found and purchased this locally at Finger Lakes Beverage. Ballantine is one of my favorite beers. Sure, it does not have the "punch" of heartier ales, but that's not what this beer is. Instead, it's clean, very dry and light in body. Good for drinking several at a sitting. I always keep a case on hand when it's in stock. Highly recommend.
07-01-2013 17:02:28 | More by ProfessorValue
2.28/5 rDev -24.8%
Hey its $.89 cents so I grabbed it and its America's largest selling ale....hmmm Iam guessing its not but hey who knows.It had a decent pour light gold with a 1/2 finger white head that was gone rather quickly but left a mass on top,light skunkiness from the damn green bottle and some toasted grain no trace of hops though to be found.The beer tastes mass produced somewhat cooked and vegetal-like goes down a little harsh made me wince a little going down.Eh wont get it again even if free but its an old brand glad I can say I tried it anyways.
07-17-2006 21:23:48 | More by oberon
3.48/5 rDev +14.9%
Presentation: Half quart lime green can. No freshness date.
Appearance: Clear gold in colour with a finger thick foamy white head and lots of carbonation activity.
Smell: Musty citrus rind, light grain and metallic aromas.
Taste: Upfront this brew strikes the palate with a lot of rind-like flavours, mild salty bitterness and fizzy carbonation. Grain, musty and metallic flavours follow along with an underlining fusel alcohol taste and a touch of medicinal flavour. Malt sweetness is thin and almost balances the rest of the brew, adding only some body. Finishes with lingering metallic flavours and a touch of dryness.
Notes: "America's Largest Selling Ale" ... hmm, I kind of doubt that? However, I'll be damned if this is not one helluva good beverage! This is one of those old school beers that your grandaddy used to drink (ask him). It's extremely refreshing and so easy to drink that the 6pak of cans is gone before you know it.
I've found my new "have in the fridge at all times" summer brew.
07-01-2002 16:41:54 | More by Todd
3.45/5 rDev +13.9%
Very thing yet sticky white lace, clear pale yellowish golden hue. Faint flowery and citric aroma with hints of grain. Crispness gets lost a bit in the moderate body, citric rind flavour and ample bitterness shows that the hops are there and want to be noticed. Malt flavour is a little weak with some sweetness, some residual sweetness in the end with a lingering rind hop flavour clean the palate.
For $5.00 a six-pack of 16 oz cans this is not too bad. Come August when it is 99*F with 100% humidity this may be a beer I resort to.
06-20-2002 13:38:32 | More by Jason
1.65/5 rDev -45.5%
Appears a light golden tone and forms a large white head leaves fine lacing behind on the fluted glass. Aroma is of some semi skunked herbal toned hops with a touch of fruitiness among light toasted grain and an adjunct mix of corn and rice that's evident. Taste is strong with a cloying sweetness adjunct ridee with evident alcohol presence and a very low bitterness touch of mineral character and her skunked hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Drinkability some have a sentimental outlook on this brew not me...nothing classic about it.
07-24-2006 20:31:48 | More by WVbeergeek
3.83/5 rDev +26.4%
Made by Falstaff, Wilwaukee, WI but contract brewed at the Lion in Wilkes Barre, PA.
This was one of my favorite beers in art school because they sold it in cans at one of the dive bars I went to, and you could sneak a 6-pack in with you in your bag, and then drink all night with your friends after buying just one beer (which was like $2). But I liked it because it had more flavor to it than Budweiser or Miller or Coors Lite, and there wasn't much more available at the time (at least that I could afford). Surprisingly, it doesn't taste much different now.
It pours a very dark gold, that could actually be called amber, although we tend to think of "amber" beers as being darker. The thin white head drops fairly shortly and it leaves only a few splashes and spots of lace here and there about the glass.
The nose pleasant with a decent amount of grainy malt, some lightly floral but mostly non-descript hops, and a delicate whiff of lager yeast sulphur.
In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation.
The flavor delivers a nice, distinctly grainy, gently straw-like maltiness. There's obviously some adjunct in use here, but it's far less than you find in most large-scale commercial beers. The hop flavors are well-entwined, but appear more distinct across the middle and into the finish. It's well-balanced with a firm bitterness that carries through into the finish along with some herbal and mildly leafy hops.
Overall it's a pretty nice beer. Much better than Yuengling, but it's really all about the brand, right?
08-27-2006 14:27:14 | More by NeroFiddled
3.4/5 rDev +12.2%
Ballantine is one of the best mass produced beers. Popular in it's hayday Ballantine is now in the nostalgia category with pbr and schaefer etc... but don't be fooled, This fine ale can win over some beer advocates hearts. i poured it out of the can, which i prefer over the bottle. It Tastes alot better out of the can. It's color is pale golden and it's smell is that of a german pale lager. a bit skunky with a bitter hop edge to it. It leaves a decent head but it's pretty irrelevant with this beer as it does not contribute to the smell or flavor really. It's really easy to drink. great summertime sessions beer (but keep it in the can). and easy to transport in a cooler. Do yourself a favor get in it in the can!. and pour some out for your four legged friend.
09-15-2009 21:08:06 | More by Ezone024
3.59/5 rDev +18.5%
Pours with a rocky snow white head over clear pale golden liquid. Nose is perfumey, a small amount of sharp metallic hop, mixed with light maltiness. Taste is light-bodied, with some more metallic hoppiness, some mouth coating sweetness and some adjuncty flavors as well. Finishes sharp and tangy though a shadow of it's former self and the poor relative to the legendary Ballantine IPA which was phenomenal. A nice, low-priced ale...very drinkable, especially on hot days.
06-20-2013 21:49:16 | More by beerluvr
3.03/5 rDev 0%
My uncle used to tell me "no one beer is better than two beers." I guess he was refering to this "beer". Typical old man's beer, but with a different clientel. Flashier than say, miller or schlitz, but it's the same deal. Tastes like someone dipped an ear of corn in water to give it it's taste
09-30-2002 07:52:07 | More by bewareOFpenguin
3.5/5 rDev +15.5%
There is a restaurant in Purdys NY called the Blazer Pub...some of the best burgers in the NY Tri-state area, and a regular stop for me. Well, recently they decided to go retro and are now offering, in cans, Schaefer, Ballantine, Rheingold and Schlitz....with PBR on tap. Whether you like these beers or not, the concept tickled my fancy and I decided to make my way through the list; revisiting some of the beers of my youth. None of them are great; in fact most of them are poor in comparison to the Captain Lawrence offerings that the Blazer also has on tap. But you know what? They were like an old friend, a blankie that I could hold at the bar and not feel self conscious about. Yes, I drank them all proudly and chances are, I will again.
06-10-2011 12:27:36 | More by Ralphs66
2.83/5 rDev -6.6%
Ballantine XXX Ale: in a bottle. Very skunky aroma, in fact surprisingly so. Pale color, with just a bit more amber init than a standard American lager, and yes, I know this is an ale. Not much head of which to speak.
Hmmm, the skunked aroma truly detracts from the taste. When one gets by the smell, the taste is very nice, more malty and smooth than one would expect, with flavors of mild fruit, and a slight hop bite toward the end.
09-26-2003 02:56:37 | More by jackndan
3.15/5 rDev +4%
Reviewing this as an American Pale Ale may not do it justice so I'll review it for what it is.
Crisp and clear golden colored body and a white almost sticky head.
Aroma is noticeably grainy but still with some hoppy notes that are a bit flowery.
Taste is not at all appalling but still not all that flavorful. Grainy and bready malt body with some slight hoppy flower notes but really this is all a bit watered down and a bit metalic. Mouthfeel is crisp and full of carbonation. Overall not a bad macro beer at a good price point.
02-01-2011 01:42:07 | More by Kinsman
2.93/5 rDev -3.3%
My favorite after work beer when I want to feel like an ale drinker in the 1960s or '70s. This is probably the best cheap macro-brewed beer that I can recommend. It's a beer with a lot of history and I like that about it. Of course, it's the taste that really matters, and this is a pleasant enough tasting light cream ale. It's not that good of a pale ale -- in fact, I think it's barely an ale at all -- with just a slight hint of ale-like fruitiness and diacetyl.
Ballantine XXX Ale pours with a brilliant white head that drops leaving a bit of lace and a thin layer of foam. The aroma is certainly nothing to write home about with a little whiff of canned corn and just a hint of hop spice. Light in body and in flavor, Ballantine shows off a little bit of grassy hops, under a blanket of sweet malt and corn. The hop bitterness is just enough to prevent this beer from being too sweet. Well-carbonated, yet smooth, Ballantine's is very drinkable and remains a bit of a classic.
03-21-2006 02:43:31 | More by marcobrau
3.55/5 rDev +17.2%
Pours a nice clear light gold with an ample head and some lacing. Good carbonation. Aroma is mainly grainy with a hint of grassiness, not too bad. Taste is once again grainy, but with a nice smoothness and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with a slight chewiness that I was not expecting. Very easy on the drinkability scale, most notably its smooth quality.
05-02-2006 22:27:28 | More by edchicma
Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.