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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

254 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | 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 ProfessorValue
3.61/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

ProfessorValue, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of yankinoz
4.08/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm working from memory of my go-to beer, back when Ballantine brewed in Newark and this really was America's most popular ale. A point to emphasize about xxx is that to my tastes it was far better on tap than in bottles, a bigger difference than I have found in any other beer. Not only was bottled xxx often skunky, it always seemed slightly cooked and a bit thin in comparison. Once I tasted the draft, I rarely went back to the bottles.

From the tap it poured with a good head, although retention was below average. The aroma was floral and fairly strong, though less than from opening a bottle. Lacing? I was too young to care.

Malt came out in in the aroma, mouthfeel and a trace of sweetness, though it finished dry like a pilsner, all qualities less evident in the bottled beer. It was noticeably more bitter than any of the domestic lagers then available, but less than the German lagers then coming in. Overall, a beer that taught me what balance was.

I spent a year in England about then. Obviously the English bitters were different, but I can't say I liked the run of the mill ones better, only certain ones like Abott Ale and just about everything brewed in Yorkshire.

yankinoz, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of adjunctjonez
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ballantine ale is primarily a NE / east coast regional brew. This 2012 version is owned by Pabst, sub brewed by miller. The overall impression is a much hoppier/maltier profile than your average adjunct. I would rate it as one of the best adjuncts available, right up there with Schlitz Gusto. I avoid the green bottles and buy it in tall boy cans to ensure no skunk flavors. Unclear why Pabst does not distro this nationwide as I think it would sell well.

adjunctjonez, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can sucked right out of the can.

L - I've seen it before, it's clear and yellow.

S - grainy aroma.

T - there's something about this beer that makes me always enjoy it. It's mostly sweet and grainy but it does have a slight bitterness at the end.

F - medium bodied, it's crisp, clean and refreshing.

O - a beer I always enjoy anytime of the year.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Burkbom23
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Burkbom23, Yesterday at 12:11 AM
Photo of Daniel_Starzec
4.5/5  rDev +48%

It's a good beer to just sit and relax with. It's got a bitter kick to it and it's perfect to relax after work

Daniel_Starzec, Thursday at 02:56 AM
Photo of asubers
4.52/5  rDev +48.7%

asubers, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MaximumYuks
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

MaximumYuks, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Loco_Joe, Sep 10, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +19.7%

Wingsofazreal, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Saisons-of-the-Abyss, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of dacrza1
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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2.2/5  rDev -27.6%

misternebbie, Aug 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

NYR_Rob, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Phigg1102, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

InspectorBob, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

oluap, Aug 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +64.5%

Tgal92, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of lobotomy
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Take this beer for what it is and compare it to its peers. Does it hold up when compared to craft brewed beer? No. But it is a good macro beer. Has more hop flavor than others in its class. Has a corny adjuncty finish. It's far from horrible, it isn't the greatest beer ever made either. The beer has its place. Not as good as Yuengling in the macro category, but I'll take it over a Bud or Coors any day.

lobotomy, Aug 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Doug22522, Aug 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

squezey, Jul 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

wrightst, Jul 12, 2014
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Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.