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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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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
Photo of DagenhamDavis
4.19/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ballantine Ale is unique. For me it's a treat and a bit of a rarity, yet it is widely regarded as run of the mill type stuff for many due to its status as a heritage or granddad beer. However, leaving it at this would be a serious oversight of a great American ale.
Ballantine's is an affirmation that real hop flavor existed in beer well before the craft boom, and that heritage beers are not automatically shadows of what they should be. It's clean, refreshing, and has real flavor. I was truly surprised and said 'wow' out loud several times with my first pint can. While it's not quite on the hop level of a contemporary APA, Ballantine really has a similar feel to it. Will try again when I get the chance.

DagenhamDavis, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Slowpoke, Jun 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

redbarnbikes, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Ron860, May 12, 2014
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2.88/5  rDev -5.3%

Uncledoobz, May 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

Durandal_777, Apr 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

LJWalker, Apr 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

MarkJBurch, Apr 15, 2014
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2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

metter98, Mar 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Focusf111, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Noelito76, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Gatch, Mar 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

gwiedman1, Feb 17, 2014
Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.