Ballantine XXX Ale | Pabst Brewing Company

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73
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Ballantine XXX AleBallantine XXX Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.85%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
308
Reviews:
169
Avg:
3.11
pDev:
21.54%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Photo of firkingroovin
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of StoutBoi
3.19/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarkDeming
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rjp217
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of scootny
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my go to ale in the days of my youth and meager finances. Back then just over a dollar fifty got you a tasty and refreshing 40 ounces of top quality macro brew. I forgot to check the price when I bought this 40 but is was at there when I was making a craft brew run upstate and I couldn't help going for some nostalgia.

Surprisingly good head, (I was always drinking from the bottle back in the day) with nice lacing. Pale gold color. Nose has some light malt sweetness with a touch of musty citrus. A bit of fusel alcohol and metal. A light floral hop flourish. Taste is as I remember. Light malt body brings a bit of grain and honey sweetness. Clean hop dryness with a firm bitter finish. Light somewhat fizzy carbonation with a light body. If the old drinkability category were still around I' be inclined to go with a quarter point more in the final rating category. Still this is a top tier pocket change brew. Beast the heck out of the "King" when you have only macro brew.

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Photo of Glenney67
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chessiejackson
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a cheap beer that's been around forever, I enjoy the rebus puzzles though

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Photo of deansellers
2.89/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I must admit I was disappointed mostly because I was expecting a Pale Ale. After thoroughly enjoying their IPA I was looking forward to this one. This is more of a lager than an ale, imo. A nice lager, as they go, but a pretty poor ale.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davecharlie0
5/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kingslotty
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rjplumer
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of dcbeers
2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of k47k
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rudzud
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of bobdrob
4.47/5  rDev +43.7%
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.

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Photo of paresis
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of kiwibrew
5/5  rDev +60.8%

Photo of BobMessina
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%

Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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