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Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

Ballantine XXX AleBallantine XXX Ale

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BA SCORE
71
okay

225 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 225
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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thebrood1987

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's actually not bad at all. The smell is of some hop and grain. The taste gives you a quick flash of subtle citrus hop right up front and ends with a dissolving hop grain taste. It smells and tastes like a semi watered down Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. That was my first impression on smelling and tasting this beer. Obviously the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has more solid tastier bitter hops and a way nicer malt taste but this really does this trick if you cant afford Sierra. Drinkablity is very nice not filling and lower alcohol content. This is definitely beats out Budweiser, Miller and Coors. This beer seemed like a beer bursting with taste right after I just drank a Miller Lite... but then I guess a lot of beers have more taste than that. But the big 3 all taste the same to me anyways. Probably the only thing I'll drink from Pabst because it has the most hop character out of any cheaper mass produced beer out there hands down. PUT THIS IN A BROWN BOTTLE!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 02:10:53 | More by thebrood1987
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-15-2014 04:53:00 | More by MarkJBurch
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metter98

New York

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

03-29-2014 16:18:14 | More by metter98
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Focusf111

Vermont

3/5  rDev -0.7%

03-29-2014 02:56:53 | More by Focusf111
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Noelito76

New York

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-23-2014 15:15:37 | More by Noelito76
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Gatch

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

03-13-2014 21:21:41 | More by Gatch
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gwiedman1

New York

3/5  rDev -0.7%

02-17-2014 22:22:50 | More by gwiedman1
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Plissken

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -0.7%

02-08-2014 14:25:00 | More by Plissken
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mpenske

California

2/5  rDev -33.8%

01-06-2014 03:50:52 | More by mpenske
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-07-2013 21:46:23 | More by BillRoth
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -0.7%

11-19-2013 16:54:03 | More by CreekyJarls
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cheesepuffs

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-16-2013 20:38:54 | More by cheesepuffs
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TeachChefs

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -0.7%

11-09-2013 23:39:37 | More by TeachChefs
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laoge

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

10-23-2013 04:24:48 | More by laoge
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

09-13-2013 18:10:40 | More by HRamz3
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jeffduyedi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +32.5%

09-03-2013 01:49:13 | More by jeffduyedi
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-28-2013 17:16:08 | More by Wally1912
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

T - The taste is surprisingly pleasant, with a mix of pale malt and corn sweetness, and some faint grassy hop. Quite mild, with no obvious alcohol.

M - Pleasant carbonation, medium body, slightly grainy in texture, and no alcohol heat. Fairly refreshing actually.

D - Surprisingly enjoyable once you get past the skunky aroma. I'd much prefer to drink this over PBR or other adjunct lagers, particularly if canned or kegged. Very much a lawnmower beer that wouldn't offend anyone. Not particularly complex, but significantly better than anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 16:06:14 | More by MasterSki
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FroggieG

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

08-16-2013 02:14:04 | More by FroggieG
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-10-2013 02:05:14 | More by EBeckett3
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balinor

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -33.8%

08-02-2013 20:05:37 | More by balinor
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HopGrazer

New York

3/5  rDev -0.7%

07-10-2013 18:29:57 | More by HopGrazer
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erialbill

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

07-04-2013 12:42:43 | More by erialbill
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

07-01-2013 19:50:58 | More by mrfrancis
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ProfessorValue

New York

3.61/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 17:02:28 | More by ProfessorValue
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Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.