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Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ballantine XXX AleBallantine XXX Ale

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271 Ratings

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001

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Ratings: 271 | Reviews: 161
Photo of davecharlie0
5/5  rDev +63.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, I hope they plan to increase distribution.

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.27/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kingslotty
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rjplumer
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Sweet grass aroma. Snow white soft head that lingers quite a bit. Clear golden body. Mild bitterness. Plain bread straw flavor.Smooth finish.

Photo of dcbeers
2.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of k47k
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rudzud
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a half finger white head that fades quickly to leave a thin wispy blanket and light halo.

S - Aromas of crackery malts, adjuncts, mostly it.

T - Taste is more of the crackery malts and adjuncts, though with a flash of herbal hops and a light light bitter pine finish. The malts are a bit sweeter and sticky, though the finish is nice and lightly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp, briskly carbonated, a touch watery.

O - Overall, this is not that bad of a beer. The adjuncts and malts are not overwhelming, and the hop profile is light and a touch bitter. Definitely a summertime lawnmower beer.

Serving Type: Can

Photo of bobdrob
4.47/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer from my yout'? The local packy regularly stocked the XXX Pale, the IPA, and the lager. I didn't know at the time what an ale was,but it was pleasant enough & the price was always right. Had it at a wedding at a VFW this past august & was impressed. Now, as a nouveau hipster brew this could stand next to PBR as a cool slumming bev, only with flavor & character. A piney afternote surprised & convinced me. As good as Porkslap, Victory, or any other B+ pale.

Photo of paresis
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.1/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought this at my local distributor, one day before Thanksgiving. I give thanks for you, oh Ballantine. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Brassy gold color with lots of carbonation coming to the surface. There is a thin white head, less than a finger's width, that quickly collapses into a thin froth on the surface of the beer. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Gentle malty aroma, as well as a faint metallic smell of tin.

Taste: Not as watery as I was expecting. A smooth, almost hearty taste on the tongue. I can taste the malts, and the hops are there as well, though muted. Slightly bitter on the approach, and there is a definite sweetness on the back end. A slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry, very clean feel on the tongue. Light, almost medium body with carbonation leaving a lasting impression on the tongue. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Overall: I find this ale to be satisfying overall. It has a sweetness to it that balances well with the malt and hops. It's light, but not overly so. It's slightly bitter, but not overly so. It's a well balanced brew, maybe just a little weak overall, but I like it. On a future edit, I will attempt an experiment by mixing the XXX 60/40 with some Ballantine IPA I have on hand. Another reviewer recommended this strategy as a way to make the ale taste closer to its original incarnation. Stay posted.

Edit: A friend stopped by for a couple beers and he cannot get a hold of Ballantine IPA where he lives (Norfolk, VA). Not only did I give him a bottle (which he loved), but I also mixed my own IPA to the Ballantine XXX: 40% IPA, 60% XXX. And man, oh man, what a good choice that was. I heartily recommend trying this strategy if you'd like to transport yourself into the past. You won't regret it.

Photo of R11415
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kiwibrew
5/5  rDev +63.9%

Photo of BobMessina
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Good beer for a nostalgia trip.
Nothing fancy, not a lot of taste. What is there is good.
Good for a session or summer yard work.
Every so often I buy a six-pack, sit back and enjoy it.

Photo of DaveRinn
1.25/5  rDev -59%

Photo of rcatalano
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Bustersuess
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Burkbom23
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Daniel_Starzec
4.5/5  rDev +47.5%

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

Photo of Billolick
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of asubers
4.52/5  rDev +48.2%

Photo of MaximumYuks
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of Wingsofazreal
3.64/5  rDev +19.3%

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Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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