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Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

Ballantine XXX AleBallantine XXX Ale

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BA SCORE
71
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227 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 21.52%


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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Reviews by johlendorf:
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johlendorf

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've drank gallons of this out of 16oz cans, but can only find bottles here.

A = Pale yellow, slightly greenish.

S = It's got that funky green beer smell. The cans are sweeter.

T = The skunkiness wasn't overwhelming and a nice sweetness comes through.

M = Light and refreshing.

D = I can drink this all day.

Old school favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:15:34 | More by johlendorf
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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.

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40oz from Bruz. Busted this out to class up a whale tasting. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Big white foam that lingers, leaving behind loads of splotchy lace. Transparent pale golden body.

S - Skunky, courtesy of the classy green bottle. Some herbal noble hopping, but largely evocative of the finest adjunct lagers; doubt anyone can perceive the ale yeast here. Perhaps a bit of cereal grain, and fairly restrained corn character.

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Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.