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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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acurtis

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -66.9%

01-22-2012 01:11:22 | More by acurtis
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DevilDogBeer

Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -58.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 14:10:37 | More by DevilDogBeer
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Vendetta

New Jersey

1.35/5  rDev -55.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:27:11 | More by Vendetta
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LAMAGS

New York

1.45/5  rDev -52%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:58:10 | More by LAMAGS
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

01-15-2012 07:53:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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barnesrocket

New York

1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

02-18-2012 15:32:56 | More by barnesrocket
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mmilyko

Nevada

1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

09-02-2012 05:30:28 | More by mmilyko
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

07-22-2012 13:34:35 | More by Stinger80OH
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

02-15-2012 20:34:42 | More by PeteRiz
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becktone

Ohio

1.6/5  rDev -47%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 16:37:45 | More by becktone
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.65/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 20:31:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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RheinSchaefer85

New York

1.7/5  rDev -43.7%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 06:55:24 | More by RheinSchaefer85
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khargro2

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -42.1%

11-04-2012 01:42:20 | More by khargro2
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rorjets

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -42.1%

02-10-2013 14:01:59 | More by rorjets
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Dogbrick

Ohio

1.83/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 18:52:49 | More by Dogbrick
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yen157

New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

1/10/03
[now that I work in a liquor store I buy them from the back of the cooler where they are kept away from light]

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 09:36:37 | More by yen157
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crossovert

Illinois

1.9/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:41:28 | More by crossovert
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TheDeuce

New York

1.95/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 00:37:16 | More by TheDeuce
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -33.8%

05-10-2013 22:07:39 | More by mikeburd1128
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balinor

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -33.8%

08-02-2013 20:05:37 | More by balinor
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Brad007

Vermont

2/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 03:32:11 | More by Brad007
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mpenske

California

2/5  rDev -33.8%

01-06-2014 03:50:52 | More by mpenske
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -33.8%

04-23-2014 20:12:20 | More by Durandal_777
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albern

Massachusetts

2.03/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'll part company with the bros. on this one and just say that this is a pretty bad beer. It pours a pretty pale color with a small but decent white foamy head that does retain a bit. No lacing. The nose has a sharp mustiness to it and a slightly lagery aroma. The head isn't all that enticing. The taste is a bit oily but sharp and tart with some off soury notes, with some watery grains lurking underneath. There is a cooked veggie flavor to this beer and it isn't good. I've had enough and I can't think of too much to recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 21:47:07 | More by albern
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dirkchivers

California

2.05/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an overly herbal brew, accentuated by the high carbonation level which makes my mouth burn. The overall taste, presentation, and mouthfeel speak to the stereotypical canned adjunct beer; there's soemthing a bit off, a bit unpleasant. I can appreciate the size v. cost aspect of this beer, but in as I am in RI, the 'gansett will not be replaced by this.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 22:58:05 | More by dirkchivers
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Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.