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Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ballantine XXX AleBallantine XXX Ale

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265 Ratings

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 22.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -67.1%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
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1.04/5  rDev -65.8%

dbkellar, Sunday at 12:40 AM
Photo of DevilDogBeer
1.25/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer was not worth the 15 bucks I paid for the case. The pour was an off yellow color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The smell was a mixture of adjunct ingredients (rice I believe), pun gent hops, and pale malts. The taste was very reflective of the smell and provided no complexity and a poor aftertaste. The mouthfeel was watery as in most macro-lagers, and the off flavor made this beer low on the drinkability scale. I tried this beer since it has been around for so long, but it was not worth the investment.

DevilDogBeer, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of DaveRinn
1.25/5  rDev -58.9%

DaveRinn, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Vendetta
1.35/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
June 27, 2008

Had this one before, figure I'll drink it (or pour it, depends how this goes...) to remove it from the cellar. Instant skunkitude from the pour and first whiff. Damned green bottles... The taste isn't much better, there's really nothing there except for a watery, skunky taste. The rest of this is getting dumped, not worth it...

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of LAMAGS
1.45/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Has a thin sickly yellow pour with weak soapy head that fades instantly. The nose is similar to the armpit of a man who just completed his first bungee jump, skunky and disturbing. The flavor doesn’t disappoint, like many skunks were rounded up and then distilled by squeezing them in a coffee press, water grass and a hint of urine round out this beverage. Watery body with spotty carbonation, best drunk if your homeless, or aspire to be so in the near future.

LAMAGS, Sep 18, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

barnesrocket, Feb 18, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

mmilyko, Sep 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Stinger80OH, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

PeteRiz, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of becktone
1.6/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Eye: To the eye this beer looks good. It is, however, much lighter in color than I would have expected. The beer is a clear gold that is active with tons of tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Head is white and foamy, nice retention. I would be more impressed if this looked less like a macro.

Nose: There isn't anything thats too great about the way that this beer smells. A little bit of some spice from the hops, smell to be like a noble variety, and a bit of sweet malt aroma. Tons of adjunct aroma in here, smells much like a macro, but with hops and some malt sweetness behind the adjunct aroma instead of nothing.

Tongue: Harsh and unrounded bitterness hop flavor are the focus of this brews flavor profile. Flavor, like aroma, is weak, watery and non-offensive to the majority. I am not enjoying this beer, I have to say, infact, that this one is better colder, just as a macro is. There are few beers that are best served out of the bottle but this is one of them.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Thin and watery in the mouth...overall very disappointing. This is a beer I'll never come back to. If you're looking for a craft beer, it can not be found here. Maybe if this beer was actually made from barley malt instead of rice it would have some flavor and weight to it...but alas.

becktone, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.65/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of RheinSchaefer85
1.7/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this once in the 40z form of course wasn't overly thrilled with it though. Its so so . I have heard though the Ballantine Lager was good though sad to say they don't make it anymore oh well. Over all if you want a Cheap Ale with some Nostalgia get a Ballantine .

RheinSchaefer85, Dec 30, 2011
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1.75/5  rDev -42.4%

khargro2, Nov 04, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -42.4%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
1.83/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden color with a medium and fizzy white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Grainy malt aroma with some corn and weird-smelling hops. Light-bodied with tart sour fruit, earthy malt and light hops. The finish is more grain and malt, with an off-tasting hops aftertaste. Very one dimensional and barely above a drain pour.

Dogbrick, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of yen157
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Immediately after opening the bottle I noticed a terrible sulfur stench. I was hoping that it was me. Alas, I was wrong. After being poured into the glass, the sulfur smell dissipated and I was left with the familliar, slight piney, woody hops. There was not as much pleasant hop flavor in the bottled version. Just a kinda skunky, a little malty, a little bitter crap beer. I tasted the alcohol a lot more from the bottled version of this.

This is one beer I can say I will ONLY drink the canned version. I think the green bottle got the better of it. I've had the bottled version and it's been great (relatively), but it's too hard to find bottles that are good.

[now that I work in a liquor store I buy them from the back of the cooler where they are kept away from light]

yen157, Oct 28, 2002
Photo of crossovert
1.9/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Green 12 oz bottle.

Not much smell, some light hoppiness and grain. so much for the "dry hopping".

It doesn't really have a flavor, there is a light mop twang but not really.

The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, it is easy to drink but not something you want to session really.

Basically it sucks.

crossovert, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
1.95/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Ballantine XXX Ale, in a huge and ghetto looking 40 oz. glass bottle. I don't see a freshness date but I do see "America's Largest Selling Ale" on the front. That can't be true.

Appearance-pours a nice golden color with a fizzy white head, the head fizzes around and then settles without dissapearing, not bad.

Smell-grain aromas, sour barley, some DNS, not much hop flavor to speak of, no malt.

Taste-bitter upfront but crisp, actually some hop flavor in this beer, sour residual flavors afterwards that aren't pleasent to me though.

Mouthfeel-slightly thin, sour flavor does not help it though, I wonder if I have a bad bottle....

Drinkability-not that great, so many better adaptations of the style to be found.

Overall-while I'm happy to report some hop flavor in the brew, the sourness I'm picking up is catastrophic. I think I have a bad bottle, I will try this beer again at a later point but for right now stay away.

TheDeuce, Mar 21, 2005
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

DATE REVIEWED: August 9, 2014... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange... OCCASION: Sharknado with Matt, Jer and Shan--a win!...APPEARANCE: cler golden yellow body; bubbles are consistent; crisp white head that spreads upward with cirrus wisps; smeary lacing... AROMA: funky tin malts--as expected from a 40 oz. bottle--and some banana at the end--mostly wet pennies... PALATE: thin at first; beefy ending; gassy and slick; easy drinking otherwise... TASTE: lemony wheat grass; biscuity and toasted malts reign supreme in this otherwise thin profile...OVERALL: intrigued by its history--and ODB’s proclivity for it, according to song--this 40 oz.er drinks easy and malty with a bit of refreshment to it--but it also is a bit thin and unimpressive in its refrigerated neighborhood, where OE 800 and Mickey’s reside...

dacrza1, Aug 30, 2014
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

balinor, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color with very minimal head. Aroma is of malt and skunkiness (why in the hell do breweries still use green glass?).

Taste is mostly of malt and it's somewhat bready like a pale ale. I can't detect any hops, which is a shame.

There's not much else here that would fit the style. It's drinkable but thin at the same time. I've seen much, much better pale ales out there.

Brad007, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of mpenske
2/5  rDev -34.2%

mpenske, Jan 06, 2014
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Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.