Fleur De Lehigh - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 21.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: garcia2a on 06-11-2008

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Photo of tromano4
5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite! So sad it's only seasonal.

Photo of Beerluvinmonkey
4.6/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fleur de Lehigh is an outstanding local example of an unfiltered golden ale. If I was to design a golden ale for everyday people this would be it. Fleur pours beautifully with a nice head. There's an aroma of spice and lemongrass that's not overpowering. The flavor is fruit and spicy with with a nice blend of hops. What's great about this beer is the spice doesn't overpower the beer. To get a beer of this quality for around $25 is unheard of. PBC proves you can drink quality beer without breaking the bank!

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 gdfan47
4.48/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow

this beer is interesting
had it at Teresas in wayne

ginger and pineapple on the nose

to be perfeclty honest i had this awhile ago, but it was soo good

my hat is off to PBC, this is a truely fantastic beer and i hope they bring it back

im just happy to see a cool Philadelphia brewery relativly new in their production to make such a unique and wonderful beer

Photo of Risser09
4.42/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a 2" eggshell colored head. It shows great retention and leaves lots of foamy lace behind. No carbonation is visible.

Smell: floral aroma is excitingly fresh. Cherry blossom, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, orchid all overtake what little malt there is. Truly original.

Taste: More of the same floral attributes arrive with plenty of flavor. Orchid and honeysuckle are dominant flavors, with some vegetal hops. This beer really tastes like a flower and even the flower stems as well. Sweet pale malt and perhaps a little wheat remind you that this is still a beer. Original indeed.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, vegetal, very floral and tasty, lightly bodied, but still a little bit turbid. No apparent alcohol.

Drinkability: A very original beer with lots of interesting floral tones. This is an exceptional summer beer that isn't cloying. A new favorite of mine.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of a family friend's refrigerator. On to the beer:

Hazy blonde color...it says blonde ale on the label, so that's no surprise. The flavors involved though....wow. Very well spiced, in both the aroma and flavor. It's floral, basil thyme, herbal, ground pepper, and a touch of delicate fruit from the "beer base", which is a medium body. It tastes like spring. Very well made, and very tasty. My favorite of the beers I tried on my recent trip to Southeast Pennsylvania.

Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TND in Wayne in a tulip glass.

Yelloworange color with a thick lacy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Lots of spice in the nose, clove, pepper, cardamom, with some sweet malt in the background

Spice holds in the flavor, but does not dominate over the malt and base flavors

Crisp and dry finish,nicely carbonated, really well balanced and clean.

Photo of Schmidts
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a Bottle I got it as soon as they had some available by the case.I Had it on tap a few days before. Nice Head that stays awhile with nice laceing. Pours yellow orange. Smells of Citrus and spices and malt. Says it has rubarb brewed in it and it has a special nice smell.

It has a very Nice and special flavor to it that makes it the kind of Beer you drink a few not just one. Tastes of Cardamon and lemon grass and spice. Really a nice tasting beer they have here! It feels very nice and refreshing in your mouth and tells you have another one please.
I recomend if you can get it give it a try it is awesome.
One thing I almost forgot they sell it right at the brewery They brought mine up to my distributer and its bottle date on the case was 3 days before I got it. They were not going to sell it in whole cases but people like me have called them and asked so they are now.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a variety pack from PBC last year and ended up picking up a whole case this year...

Poured from the bottle a hazy, golden yellow with a creamy 1/4 inch thick head and light efferevescence, that dissipated quickly to a thin ring and small lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is big whiff of ginger followed by some spices and mild malt. Very interesting.

Taste is big zing of ginger upfront and throughout, with hints of clove and spice and fruitiness. Tough to pinpoint everything. Finishes with a mild taste of light malt.

Mouthfeel is great on this beer, just enough carbonation to keep the flavors popping, especially on the sides of the tongue and cheek.

A very drinkable beer, but the flavors can be overpowering. Like this as a spring beer that can easily be continued through summer for those hotter days.

Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color in my new Philadelphia Brewing Co. pint, thanks to the Foodery for bottle and glass. Crisp but rich. Fruity like a Hefeweizen with nice amped-up Wit flavors. Spicy yet mellow. Label says ginger and lemongrass, but neither jump out at you. Creamy carbonation adds to the pleasing muthfeel.

Excellent quaffable beer with tremendous flavor for a modest alcohol content. My favorite new beer of the summer season.

Photo of lstokes
4.04/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a short head and a coriander/hop/spicy orange smell which I really liked.

The taste was certainly very unique and delicious, if not a personal favorite. Like a hoppy floral ale, starts with the yeast and malt, ends with a ginger and citrus kick. The body was a bit thin, but carbonation was good and it was pretty drinkable, although the ginger gets cloying after about a pint.

Would drink again but not two in a row--it's the kind of tasty unique beer you're really happy exists either way.

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 Deuane
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Lightly hazed reddish golden yellow with a thick white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Big ginger up front with a strong herbal medley backing this up. Touch of lemongrass zing and biscuit malt.

T-Sharp citric and ginger bite with sweet biscuit and a side helping of herbal hops, lemongrass zip and "spice".

M-Medium-light bodied quite sharp and crisp with long lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-Very interesting brew. An odd mix of flavours but in the end it works. I like brews that take chances and in the end work out....well done 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 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 rawthar
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a case in anticipation of the 70 degree weather coming this weekend. Poured into my Brooklyn tulip.

A- The pale dull gold of a macro with an unfiltered haziness. Less than a finger of fast bubbling head with little retention and minimal collaring.

S- The exotic spices and fruits used to brew this unique beer mingle into something like a caramel in aggregate, but the patient nose can pick out the chamomile, rhubarb, and rose hips (whatever they are). Belgian yeast is evident. Points for originality.

T- The Belgian yeast wrestles the fruits for supremacy. Floral characters become more intense with warming. A bit of caramelized sugar sweetness that almost evokes a light milk stout. Again, originality carries the score.

M- Mouthfeel follows the appearance in its resemblance to a macro. Sharply carbonated and shades of creaminess.

D- The price is right, and in the spring sun, this is the beer to daisy chain.

Photo of deapokid
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last night at Johnny Brenda's:

Poured a light and hazy orange with absolutely no head and very little sediment.

Aroma was profound, boasting very spicy coriander and cinnamon notes and reminding me of the intriguing scent of Yards' Tavern Spruce. Although a slight citrus aroma was present, little to none is evident in the taste.

Flavor is reminiscent of a spicy farmhouse ale but with an added kick of ginger that shifts to the forefront as you finish the glass.

Even though I wouldn't usually expect to enjoy such a gingery offering, the flavor worked with the light texture, making it highly sippable, especially on such a hot night.

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 joepais
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the brew Dim. I poured it into a snifter it had a small white head that went away fast and left little to no lace. The body was a light copper in color.

The nose was interesting on this one there was a lot of spicing going on ginger lemongrass were two of the most pronounced. The flavor was more of the same with a good amout of ginger being present in the taste. It had a lite to medium feel to it with a slight carbonation it wish the later was a bit more.

All an all a good spring brew I could drink a few of these once in a while. Nothing I would want in a steady diet of but the drinkability was good

Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly cloudy (unfiltered) golden yellow color. It poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: What a strange smelling beer. I got a little something peppery, some ginger I think, a bit of something mustily floral, and a little burned plastic. These all tied together pretty well.

t: I've used the word floral often to describe how a beer tastes. I'll use it here and I've never meant it more. This tastes like what I imagine ground up petals tastes like. There are suggestions of other spices, I tasted cola and maybe a little clove. There is some not unpleasant burned plastic at the end.

m: Fizzy, soda like carbonation. Very refreshing.

d: These guys have made two of the stranger brews I've tried. I liked this quite a bit and I can see myself having more, but I love the uniquely bizzare Rowhouse Red more.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike & Sarah for this one! 12oz brown glass bottle. Weird, long date code around bottom.

Pours very hazy, but bright orange tan in color with very thin white head. Nose is all about lemon grass, orange peels and hay. Palate has those same flavors but some spicy white and black pepper notes give it some gusto. Moderate finish.

Interesting and refreshing. I think this may be mis-categorized (currently BPA), probably more of a Wit beer.

Photo of cpolking
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very hazy dark golden and orange in color. There is a very large, billowing head of white foam.

The aroma is spices galore, with the rose hips and rhubarb first showing up, then the ginger and cardamon, with the lemongrass the most subtle in the aroma. All the spices sit in a base of zesty yeastiness.

The taste is as spicy as herbal tea, this time with the lemongrass and ginger taking the lead, the cardomon still in the middle, and the rose hips and rhubarb showing up on the finish. The zesty yeast still underpins everything in the taste as well.

This is one of the most well-done spiced beers I have tried. This would be great with spicy Thai cuisine. The first time I tried this I did not like it much, I think the freshness of this beer can make a big difference.

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

On tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a snifter

Appears a cloudy, golden color with a soapy bone white head that hugs the inside of the snifter nicely.

Lemongrass, white pepper, biscuity yeast, ginger. An array of spices with an earthy, springtime type of feel.

Mimics the nose for the most part. The lemongrass and biscuity yeast lead the way with white pepper and ginger breaking through on the back end. Simple, yet complex.

Medium body, good carbonation.

An easy drinker. Clean and easily sessionable.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased to-go from the Craft Ale House for around $2. Poured into my nonic pint glass and after swirling up the yeast, appears a cloudy bright honey amber color with about an inch of off white foam. Smells and tastes of citrus fruits such as lemon and orange, mildly spicy yeast, lots of floral notes, and biscuits. A bit thin bodied with medium carbonation. I'm curious to find out the ABV of this one as it is quite sessionable.

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Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.