Fleur De Lehigh - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 21.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garcia2a on 06-11-2008

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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 76
Reviews by jackorain:
Photo of jackorain
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my middle ages nonic.

Poured bright yellow and cloudy with a 1 inch white head. Retention - fair. lace - less than ideal
smells of clove, spice, sweet caramel malt and blonde tabacco

taste very simialr to the nose with an added peppery note and citrus twang

light to medium body, zingy carboantion

i could have more than one but that is as far as I would go.

Thanks For Reading

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a nice sized white head. The aroma is spices, wheat, citrus and grapes. The flavor is spices, ginger snaps, wheat, grain and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clouded deep orange golden hue with a slightly off white head and fine even speckled layers of lacing. Aromatics bring out the floral tones with the addition of rose hips. A nice citrus tone is on the palate as well with some tropical fruit tones like pineapple and mango. Again I love these PBC brews for te fact that they are all pretty much session ales with reasonable alcohol content. After tastng this one I may have to take an allegra I getting clearn earthy rose water/slight citrus punch in th back ground. A bit of hay and yeast bitterness in there as well. A bit of cardammon or some other spice pops up with some tree bark like notes, this isn't a bad thing, and light herbal hop backing becomes evident with each sip. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even soft carbonation nothing offensive here the earthy rose water rings out in the finish adding some dryness along with a bit of yeast cake aftertase. Drinkability overall, very enjoyable experience complex challenges the senses and it quenches thirst at 4.5% abv. More breweries take note this could hav been a boozey 8.5% Belgian golden ale but so much character and flavor would have been masked by the abv.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBC- Fleur De Lehigh

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Hazy orange with a small foamy white head, filmy lacing, and a quick dissapation.
S- Very spicy orange/ lemon peel, honey, lavender, floral hops, and clove.
T- Huge spicy malt. Big doses of orange and lemon rind, cloves, and floral hops.
M- Very spicy dry with a creamy malt body and finish.

Overall- Quite tangy/ spicy but good. Probably won't drink more than 2 pints though.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a bottle from a mixed case bottled on July 21. The malt backbone is very similar to the bottle of PA Pale Ale with a toasted and nutty taste and aroma. There's a touch of juicy citrus in there too and the spices are fairly mild with touches of chamomile and lemongrass. The Belgian character comes largely from the spices, but it's not a bad brew.

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is sweet and floral. Taste is good, fruits, cinamon and other spices, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Unfiltered golden ale with spices.

A: A deep tangerine orange pour is very turbid and cloudy by nature. The head is marshmellow white, fluffy and about a finger high but falls rather quickly. The lacing left a thick and lustrious band encircling the glass. Quite a bit of effervesce can be observed near the edges of the glass.

S: Slight tart tangerines and creamy wheat can be had upfront however I was hard pressed to identify any ginger on the nose but I did manage to find hints of white grapes, and lemon pepper which came about with some slight help of agitation. Yeasty bread character also comes out.

T: For flavor malted wheat and slightly dry oranges occur on the initial sip. A nice spiciness of lemon pepper, rosemary and parsley come through with a herbaceous touch along with soft honey-pine sweetness. White grapes follow through on the close. Nice even complexity where the spices blend quite well with one another with a smooth seamless transition.

M: Light bodied but feels much heavier when resting on the tongue. Warm lemongrass and peppery spicing is left behind while the effervesce is light but delivers a fairly crisp character.

D: Smooth drinkability, really easy going down and flows quite nicely from start to finish. The spicing and malt blend well together making for a decent session and 6 pack worthy option.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp pale straw color... Thin fizzy white head... Ample amounts of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Honey... Lemon... Wheat... A vague but pleasant spiciness...

T - A lovely spiciness... Ginger... Coriander... Pepper... Clove... Lemon grass... Biscuit... Earthy notes... Grain... Hints of citrus... Excellent balance...

M - Crisp... Light bodied... Refreshing... Lots of tingly carbonation on the tongue...

D - Excellent summer brew... Easy drinking... Highly sessionable... A much appreciated interesting brew from Philadelphia Brewing Company...

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured 4/23 from a mix'n'match case dated 4/17. This beer is soggy muddy brown and orange in color, cloudy and full, with only a thumbprint left of creme colored head floating like an iceberg in a polluted sea. The head had started loud and proud, effervescent even, but a few minutes in and even the iceberg is gone, with no trace of lacing. I would have preferred to see it hang for longer, but still not a bad looking beer.

A sweet mint is pronounced dead and center - pepperminty really, surrounded by some sort of au natural bar of soap, almost patchouli like. And maybe its the tree hugger in me but damn I am likin it. Smells huge, like this could be hiding 11% of alcohol by volume under its earthy hood.

taste is jumpy and complex right off that bat, with the bulk of the nose coming to life on the tongue. we also pick up ginger, hemp, anise, hibiscus, and then as it spreads on the tongue it softens into sweet honeycomb, backed by a earthy must. "Acquired Taste" comes to mind, but I think I'm up for the adventure. The earthen hop has come out to play, doing a tongue dance with the minty flavor on the back of the throat. an echo of 'belgian' yeast is noted... and that's that - it ends with a bit of a whimper - the hop recedes and not much aftertaste is left.

light body - watery as it clears my throat. This could really use a dosing of carbonation. That might clean it up and take it to the next level IMO. Drinkability suffers just a bit from this flaw, as the tastes become slightly cloying towards the end. Still, this is a super interesting brew, with enough complexity and strong character to standout. Final note: I am so glad that PBC decided to bottle this seasonal!!!

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.18/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This pours a cloudy yellow with a thick head and no lace. There's a ton of yeast floating in the beer. The aroma is a mix of witbier lemon and hefe banana with a hint of hay. The flavor is mainly sour lemons and not much else. It's mouthfeel is light. Philadelphia Fleur De Lehigh is a forgettable beer. Not recommended!

Photo of oline73
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a golden/light amber color with just under a finger of off white head. A ring of carbonation remains around the edge of the glass with rather large bubble rising up through the beer like champagne.

Smell: Not the best smelling beer in the world. Mildly floral with a rather strong herbal characteristic. I can smell the malt as well. Just doesn't all work together for me.

Taste: Very herbal. I can pick up the lemongrass and the ginger. There is a mild bready malt flavor as well. Not bad but not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy but smooth carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Not hugely impressed with this offering. The flavors didn't blend together in a way that was pleasing to me. I don't think I'd have another.

Photo of mooseo
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy golden brown in color. Small head with little to no lacing.

S - Faint hints of lemon and orange, malts, and other assorted spices. Overall it has a sort of musky aroma that isn't too appealing, but not terrible either.

T - A mix of sweet lemon, orange peel, and other citrus flavors throughout. Some toasted malts and peppery spices in the finish. I taste a bit of ginger as well, as the label indicates. Overall, a nice herbal characteristic in its taste.

M - Thin to medium bodied. Slightly syrupy, but very crisp and smooth.

D - Very refreshing. Probably best served on a hot summer day. Makes a good session ale due to the low ABV. While the unique blend of citrus and spice make this worth trying at least once, overall it is a very average beer. Not my favorite offering from PBC.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark amber with an orange tint. Not as hazy or cloudy as expected with a nice bit of head.

S - You get slight hops and malt with a nice citrus rind and yeast. A lot going on here.

T - Came off actually pretty sweet than a full on yeast assault, which was expected due to it being over a half year old. The bitter citrus played the yeast so well it almost came off as a Dunkel.

M - Very light and bitter sweet.

D - Only coming around in the spring means I will have a while before fresh stuff arrives but really it was pretty good with age. I even hate Belgium's and it was refreshing!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a slightly hazy, peachy gold with a thin, egg shell head with a slow stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Smells of GINGER and wild flowers. This really dominates. I only get hints of bready malts beneath.

Tastes of dry and subtle ginger with a dry hop edge for balance. This finishes up with more of a pickled ginger sweetness.

Feels nice and present, almosty creamy with a sneaky, subtle carbonation.

Odd for the style, but still tasty. A good one for the summer.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Blarney's in Philly. Smell was very floral with bitter notes. Taste was a bit watery initially then turning to very grainy and floral, spices kick the tongue on the finish. Cinnamon, and light taste of cloves. Very interesting and complex flavor, a bit difficult to finish, but that's just personal taste, good beer definitely worth trying.

Photo of IRNBRU
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. No Date. Poured into a tulip.

Fleur de Lehigh pours a foggy honeycomb yellow with a thick meringue head that shrinks quickly, leaving a cloudy white ring that's surprisingly sticky - thin lacing hangs about throughout.

The smell is strong - cracked peppercorn, mustard seed and spicy clove up front with a lemongrass backbone.

Ginger and citrus zest dominate the taste and there are hints of peppercorn spices that emulate the aromatics. It's decently refreshing going down but I found the ginger to be a bit overpowering.

I was excited to find a six of this seasonal release from PBC in a variety pack that I recently picked up and it was certainly an interesting beer. But because I'm not a huge ginger fan, it's probably not something I'd drink consistently. Still, a well balanced, complex ale.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden color with a thin white head that dissipates to nothing.

S: Grapefruit, spices- clove, coriander, ginger and white pepper.

T: Tart citrus, with a follow up of spicy white pepper, ginger and clove and a touch of coriander. Lightly roasted malt with a touch of honey. Hops add some earthy tones too.

M: Light body with prickly carbonation.

D: It is an interesting and tasty ale that is balanced well especially if you like spices. It works in this one but I would not drink it all night.

Photo of JunkYardJake
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
After a bad first impression, I decided to give this beer another shot. Poured a copper tinged gold color with some cloudiness. Head was decent sized and had some retention. Smell is interesting but not that appetizing. Bold ginger and pepper with some other spices that are unique to this beer. Taste is milder but still ginger dominate with some lemon zest. A little spice from the yeast. Mouthfeel is thin and fluid with a slight dryness in the finish. Still not a ginger beer fan, but it has grown on me a bit.

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Danny, at Bridgewaters Pub in PHL, is always after me to review new beers that he gets in so that he has a basis for recommending things to customers. I find it flattering, plus I am always willing to help out. ;=) That, and I am friends with the good folks at PHLBC so here we go.

First of all, as a sports fan, I love the label of defunct Shibe Park where my beloved A's once played. I also liked the way where they wasn't kidding when they mentioned "Unfiltered" on the label. I recommend gentle agitation before pouring, plus for Danny as a purveyor, telling the customer that it is going to be very hazy/cloudy. I got a modest finger of off-white head that quickly faded to wisps. Color was, unsurprisingly, a hazy golden-amber. Nose held a pleasant surprise of spice and black pepper, all undoubtedly yeast-driven. It was very pleasant, like Herbes de Provence, a melange of spices, but underlain with black pepper. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but the yeastiness on the tongue was papery dry. I did not get the same riot of flavors on the tongue, instead, it was more muted. Still, this was very pleasant to drink. The finish evinced the return of the pepperiness. Zounds! Only 4.5%? More, please.

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

A decent Belgian-style ale from PBC. Poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a short-lived cap of white head. Floral aroma, spicy, gently crisp hoppage. Bready malt base in the taste, crisp citrus and floral hops, Belgian yeast and spice, with a bitter finish. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable overall, but nothing that really calls me back for more.

Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of ginger, lemon grass, citrus, and a little fruity. Tastes of ginger, citrus, honey, and spices. Drinkable but nothing really standing out.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/20/09

Photo of Beerparrot
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's what I would want in a hefe. Pretty nice on a hot day! Not over the top in flavors, but very drinkable for sure. Hasn't turned me off. Given the choice between this and a Franz or Hofbrau I'd probably go German. Between this and Sam's Summer, I'll take the Fleur de Lehigh.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A unique beer but not for me

Photo of Gavage
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: loads of coriander, floral hops, and almost a perfumey aroma is very pleasant but more flowery than most other beers.

Taste: mild malt profile with some mild breadiness, loads of floral bitterness, coriander, soft lemon zest, and some softer fruit sweetness arrives late.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is flowery and a bit bready. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this one came across a bit too flowery where one pint was nice, but two would be enough in a session.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.27/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance; cloudy yellow-orange body with noticeable sediment. Average white head that dissipates to a persistent film. Some delicate lacing.

smell; medicinal malts with a hint of sweetness and cardamom and lemon grass. Spicy hops are very blunt and mellow out the malts. Quite complex but in a cheap ingredient sort of way, not bad but not pleasant either.

taste; so so, taste like the style but of a lesser quality. Spices are definitely perceived. Some citrusy hops and stale ginger powder, ride from start to finish leaving a slightly sour puckering in the aftertaste. Malts are weak and watery and the yeast taste odd.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with a slick finish. Puckers the mouth in the aftertaste.

overall; not terrible and worth a try but I wouldn't drink again unless one was offered to me.

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Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.