Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by marcobrau:
2.93/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2006 02:43:31 | More by marcobrau
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4.19/5 rDev +39.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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
2.91/5 rDev -3.3%
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
03-29-2014 16:18:14 | More by metter98
Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.