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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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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-07-2013 18:52:40 | More by tbeer40
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev -0.7%

12-22-2012 16:34:26 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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barczar

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dated August 12, so about 4 months late.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw with a solid one inch white head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Skunk, grain, and corn adjunct form the aroma. Lightly sweet malt is secondary.

Flavor leaves the skunk behind. Grain, lightly sweet, cracker malt, and a hit of floral hops form the flavor profile. Metallic flavors emerge.

Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Can't believe this beer got the ratings it did. Flavor is neutral, aroma skunky.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 07:18:16 | More by barczar
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chucksim

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

12-17-2012 04:55:07 | More by chucksim
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2012-12-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear, bold yellow with a 1.25-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Lemon, light hop floral, cracker. Not bad. Better than Bud or Miller for sure.

T - Tastes like a somewhat hoppy lager with corn sweetness, lemon and light bitterness. Perhaps leaning towards a Victory Prima Pils but nowhere as sophisticated, bitter, or, well, really not in the same league. Not upleasant though. The green bottle could have been badly skunked. I kept it out of the light and so perhaps did most of the rest of the supply chain since it's evident but barely.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. More body than I expected.

O - It's not the piney / bitter brew I remember from the early 70's in North Jersey. I didn't know what hops were then but I knew I liked the flavor of Ballantine XXX , which I learned many decades later, used hop oil extract. This beer could use some of that but even so, I enjoyed this more than most adjunct brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:22:57 | More by Tucquan
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mwar

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

11-26-2012 23:36:32 | More by mwar
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SLeffler27

New York

3/5  rDev -0.7%

11-18-2012 05:38:21 | More by SLeffler27
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TwinSox33

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a "Half-Quart" 16oz can

A: Golden hued traditional AAL look

S: Milled grains, husky grass.

T: Semi-sweet malts rounded out with a citric hop bitterness. The beer has a crackery presence, and the hops are like a watered down IPA.

M: Slightly above average for the style. Smooth and Creamy.

Very good for a retro Pabst owned (brewed by Miller) product. When you see it for $5-6 for a 6'er do not hesitate to pick some up! When PBR is at the same price point this wins.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 23:26:47 | More by TwinSox33
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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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bzach

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

10-21-2012 03:47:12 | More by bzach
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Johncnh

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-07-2012 03:09:18 | More by Johncnh
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours yellow-gold in color good one finger white foamy head and a nice spattering of lace. smell is on the weak side with a grassy metallic note. taste grassy along with a malt grain and slightly salty and metallic finish. mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation. overall a easy beer to drink a good beer for summer and summer time cookouts. or just anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 19:05:20 | More by billybob
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jslice99

New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

09-12-2012 06:26:09 | More by jslice99
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Beermunster

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

09-11-2012 05:08:16 | More by Beermunster
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KSather

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

09-07-2012 23:20:50 | More by KSather
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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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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It claims to be America's largest selling ale. Really? I see so little of it I find that hard to believe. Do they just mean it comes in a big can?

Poured an 1/8" white head which faded fast. Clear straw yellow color with almost all the carbonation exhausted. Smells very mildly of malt and grass. Taste mirrors the smell and really is just a pure BMC of a beer. Thoroughly average and forgettable.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 09:19:55 | More by MoreThanWine
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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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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic:

A: light golden colored body with a large one finger foamy and lumpy white head. Spider-webbed, foamy lacing speckled the sides of the glass. Slowly rising bubbles were seen rising

S: centered around some grains and malts while some floral hops presented themselves in some light fruity notes

T: brought back the grains and malts with a bit of light sweetness. Some corns came out mixed with a slight hop bitterness.

M: medium with light carbonation felt on the tongue. A slight dry finish appeared. I'd say it was mostly drinkable.

O: its not bad, I've got five more that I don't think I'll have a problem to eventually drink but don't think I'd buy this again.

Serving type: can

07-19-2012 13:37:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
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adjunctjonez

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 19:38:05 | More by adjunctjonez
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Cbrazbox


2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

06-02-2012 05:59:54 | More by Cbrazbox
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, medium golden color. The white head is tall, foamy, and frothy. Retention is solid, leaving a decent spackling of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Some grainy and crackery maltiness in the nose. A medium dose of floral and herbal hops is present. There are also significant sulfur and fruit notes from the yeast.

T: Grainy malts up front, with some light sweetness. A bit of corny flavor, as expected. Hop bitterness eventually builds into something fairly firm, with some herbal, floral, and lemon-soapy flavor. A bit of unclean lager yeast flavor pops up towards the finish to add character.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with average carbonation. A bit slicker on the tongue than most standard American throwback lagers. Still, a bit of a dry finish arrives as expected.

D: This is an interesting beer. I'd be shocked if this weren't actually a lager. I actually found this pretty similar to Yuengling's Lord Chesterfield, though this has a more European hop character. My curiosity got the best of when I picked this up, but at least it's drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:12:12 | More by Clydesdale
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-19-2012 02:14:47 | More by abcramer
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-17-2012 03:45:16 | More by swgwilt
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

05-03-2012 00:06:25 | More by olympicgatorade
Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.