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Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ballantine XXX AleBallantine XXX Ale

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BA SCORE
71
okay

233 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 21.19%
Wants: 18
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001)
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hudsonvalleyslim

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gots to agree with much of the Advocates. Ballantine is a very decent beer. (I believe it's now being brewed by PBR, not Falstaff.) It is actually the first beer I ever tasted. But this was one of the few ales that were available back in the day, the other I remember was Genesee Cream Ale, going back to the late 60's. Don't know fer sure, but there is a taste in today's version that I surely recognize. I think Ballantine would stand up pretty well in a blind taste test.

PS - I, too, am financially embarrassed, and find myself searching for good cheap beer. I'm brewing at home but Ballantine costs half what Dogfishhead is getting. Just sayin....

Serving type: can

06-16-2006 03:08:51 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
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DagenhamDavis

New York

3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ballantine Ale is unique. For me it's a treat and a bit of a rarity, yet it is widely regarded as run of the mill type stuff for many due to its status as a heritage or granddad beer. However, leaving it at this would be a serious oversight of a great American ale.
Ballantine's is an affirmation that real hop flavor existed in beer well before the craft boom, and that heritage beers are not automatically shadows of what they should be. It's clean, refreshing, and has real flavor. I was truly surprised and said 'wow' out loud several times with my first pint can. While it's not quite on the hop level of a contemporary APA, Ballantine really has a similar feel to it. Will try again when I get the chance.

Serving type: can

07-07-2014 02:02:49 | More by DagenhamDavis
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2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface, a miniscule collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing running down the sides.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of skunk.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and I can pick up traces of corn adjuncts along with a light amount of bitterness. There are also hints of skunk and these seem to be most prominent in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There seems to be slight amounts of wateriness.
O: This beer came in a green bottle, so that might explain the bits of skunk that I picked up in the smell and taste of this beer. However, it's not bad for a macro beer and doesn't have much in the way of adjuncts in the smell and taste. It also doesn't seem to be as bland as other blonde ales.

Serving type: bottle

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Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.