U Blond Pilsner - Unibroue

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U Blond PilsnerU Blond Pilsner

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45 Ratings

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 32
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Photo of Todd
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking clear bottle. Pours quite pale yellow in appearance, topped with a quick lived snapping white foam head. Little to no retention / lace.

Grain, floral, grass and some veggie in the nose. Hints of sweetness.

Crisp on the palate with a bit of bicarbonate, sharp flash of lime-like citric bitterness. Blossom honey-like sweetness, hay, and a "wheaty" feel on the palate.

Overall ... quite lackluster and unpleasant on the palate.

Photo of Jason
2.05/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Todd for the sample, 12 oz clear glass bottle with no freshness date.

Pale yellow and spritzy, lacking head leaves only a ring of lace.

Smells of cooked veggies and grass.

Overly crisp with a carbonic flavor. Semi-astringent grain with a hollow hop bitterness in tow. Water astringency middle to end with a bone dry finish.

In the typical pale lager way of being closer to water than beer, reminds me of a cheap and tasteless Euro-Lager. With Sleeman owning Unibroue now I would think this beer is going to get the axe.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A huge disappointment from maybe Canada's best brewery. But like the last review read, this is Unibroue's "beer for the masses". Simple, bland, & light it is Unibroue's version of Labatt Blue or Molson Canadian.

Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium yellow, very white head that rises, and unlike many macros, lasts awhile. Decent lace, partial sheeting. Pale aroma, skeletal nuttiness and hay. Sweet flavor, malt is non-descript but brown sugar pleasant. Hopping is a little underdone, a bare bitter in a German Lager/Pilsner sense. Aftertaste is clean with residual honey impressions. Fairly boring but a respectable entry for what it is. I can see Sleeman killing this competitive product label early after the takeover. Thanks to PatandDavid for giving me a beer not widely available.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale golden yellow colour, with a number of fingers of thick soapy white head, which leaves no lace as it recedes. The aroma is slightly skunky grassy hops, and white crackers. The taste is more light grassy hops, lemon citrus, and soft white grain. The carbonation is moderate, the body kind of creamy and well-rounded, and it finishes dry and crisp, a little skunky hops poking up at the end if you think too hard about it.

After the Rousse, I wasn't expecting much, but this is pretty decent and inoffensive. I could see having a couple of these on a warm, sunny patio.

Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Your cheaper
brew found in every Quebec supermarket. Decent pils, but did distract
from superior Unibroues that compete successfully with Belgian style
beers. Very basic but more pleasant aftertaste than national brand
Canadian beers and admired by a couple of friends that drink basic US
or Mexican types. Was good with a sandwich.

Photo of blaje
2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Do not be mistaken. U WAS a great pils when it came out about 12 years ago. Plus, it was served in a nice clear bottle.In fact, it was my prefered "everyday pils" for a while. At that time, you could smell a funky raisin smell, faintly "skunky" and a lightly sweet taste. A bit more hops would have made this beer better. TODAY, this beer no longer worth drinking. In fact, it bacame like other commercial beer... Too bad! Even worst, it is now served in dark bottles, like every other beer. This beer became tastless after Sleeman baught the brewery. I guess Sleeman would not want a direct competition between their own product and their newly acquired ones. Is this the reason why it declined?

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is clearly being made just to compete with Sleeman's. And why not? Half of what Sleeman's has going for it is the packaging - an embossed, clear glass bottle with just a neck label. The other half is their history. Of course, I can't say that this beer is any better than Sleemans either, but if it sells - great; it just doesn't do anything to promote the Unibroue name. It pours a crystal clear golden body topped by a vanishing bright white head that drops to barely a collar. The aroma is clearly skunky but doesn't offer much malt either. The body is light with a fine, median carbonation that's lightly zesty in the mouth. The flavor is a very basic combination of malt and hop. Well balanced. There's obviously some adjunct being used here but it doesn't seem to hinder the flavor. It finishes crisp and dry.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear blonde brew with a nice huge head. Aroma is quite weak with some small notes of malts. Carbonation is just average for this type of beer. Taste is quite deceiving with some light floral malts and a watery aftertaste. Overall, this is a very light beer similar to some of the macro-produced ones out there but if Unibroue needs the money to produce some of their more robust beers then I have no problem.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Le Petit Moulinsart in Montreal. Poured into a Unibroue pint glass. Golden in color, clear in body. Off-white, disappearing head. Thin, not sticky lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. Fairly tasty, yet not complex. Easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear gold colour with a very large fizzy white head. (Aggressive pour) There is an average amount of carbonation and there really isn't any lacing at all. The head didn't last for long before it was gone completely.

Smell - pale malts, lemon, breads, grains, light cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels very light on the tongue. The flavours consist of pale malts, lemon, breads/grains and a light amount of clove spice. There really isn't a whole lot of taste going on, but it allows for it to be extremely easy drinking. It finishes with a light pale malt and lemon juice aftertaste.

Drink - For sure it isn't in the same league as the other Unibroue beers, but it also isn't horrible. It has a nice light taste and is extremely drinkable. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm happy I gave it a shot.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jmalex for this one.

This one pours a slightly dark straw color. The head fades quickly and leaves a collar of little bubbles.

Smells of cheap basement beer, with lots of not-barley grains and musty, boring dryness.

Tastes of light crackers and toasty breads with a light, woody hop. The cheap, grainy sourness of the other “U” series beers isn’t as prevalent in this one, which makes it stand out.

Feels a little thick for the style, but it’s still plenty drinkable.

Nothing special here at all. Tastes cheap.

Photo of Shiloh
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a surprize to find something like this in the Unibroue stable.
A very light offering, brilliant pale in colour and a fairly thin body.
Large bubbled carbonation with a nose to the skunk.
The taste is interesting, crisp, a sence of ginger and a malty linger that won't let go. A very short citrus push midway thru but quickly abates.
Too sweet for my liking but I am sure their is a market for this brew somewhere.

Photo of SebD
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a golden/yellowish colour and is also somewhat cloudy. It has a nice white head but dies down quite fast and has no visible lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out minor hitns of hops, grains and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a mild hoppy and grainy taste to it with a very little spices present. Its generaly smooth but with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: It's a high carbonated beer that ends with more of a bitter/dry taste.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth, light tasting, drinkable beer but doesn't have much flavours accompanied to it. Good for a summer beer.

Photo of cfrancis
1.93/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very unoffending beer. Thin, pale yellow colour. Aroma is grain with a hint on honey. Taste is very thin, malt and hop. There really isn't much to this beer, it's not very memorable or interesting. Unibroue should almost discontinue the "U" line as they just drag down the Unibroue name.

Photo of Derek
3.67/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

U Blonde Pilsner, 5%.

A: Very clear, slight golden-yellow hue; white head, no retention, hints of lace.

S: Light aroma: spicy with hints of floral hops & bread.

T: Light spicyness, hints of grassy & floral hops, light biscuity malt in the background; light bitterness. So inoffensive it's plain, but there are some quality ingredients here.

M: Well-attenuated, silky smooth, modest carbonation.

D: Easy drinker. It's like water... but it's not very enticing.

Photo of JOaikido
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

U Blonde. 341 ml brown bottle.

A- Clear yellow with a white head that dissappears quickly. Some effervescence. Ordinary blonde beer.

S- Fruits, lemon. Slight vegetable note.

T- Not very strong. Slightly off vegetable note, but this is not too noticeable. Fruity grape note. Bitter finish and aftertaste.

MF- Refreshing light bodied lager. Too watery for my tastes but OK for the style.

D- Easy drinking but not a particularly good beer. Don't pay more than basic macro prices for this one.

Photo of crwills
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle of this at a convenience store in Montreal, just because it was there and I'd never seen it before. Fortunately, I picked up some better Unibroue stuff in the same place...

Pours a fairly healthy-looking yellow, a little darker than some pilsners. Smell is pretty plain and standard -- hops, grains, a bit of spice, a bit of skunk, a bit of alcohol.

Carbonation is pretty heavy, and the pour included a nice big snow-white head, which was good.

Taste is pretty lousy, especially considering this is a Unibroue beer. Typical cheap pilsener, basically tastes like a Heineken but not quite as skunky. Mouthfeel is a little smoother and less crisp, and provides a bit of a fresher aftertaste than some other beers in its class.

My advice: When buying Unibroue, stick with the good stuff (Fin du Monde, Maudite, Terrible, Blanche de Chambly), and go elsewhere for your pils fix.

Photo of Viggo
3.42/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow/gold, almost no head and no lacing. Smell is sweet honey, little bit of spicy hops, some floral notes. Taste is sweet and honey like, some floral perfume, little bit of bitterness in the finish. Clean, light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and refreshing. Not a terrible lager.

Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this Unibroue in Montreal, Canada. I generally think Unibroue to be the best available locally brewed Canadian beer, but the blond pilsner is not all that representative of their usually pretty full bodied, big mouthfeeled offerings. Nevertheless, the beer was respectable, just not up to Unibroue standards.

The beer was quite pale golden in color and poured a white soapy head that didn't hang out for long. The aroma was pretty typical pilsneresque: crispy, husky, grainy, slightly musty. The beer has low to mid levels of carbonation and is overall just a pretty mild beer.

The taste is slightly crisp but would benefit by being more so, grainy, with a touch of lemon and pepperish bite. The beer doesn't have a big mouthfeel, it is mildly unassuming, although it is slightly chewy and drying in the finish. I guess it is worth a try, good luck finding it though.

Photo of John
3.84/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unibroue's beer for the masses. Compare to Carlsberg or Stella Artois.

Photo of waughbrew
2.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First off, let us this get this out of the way: Clear bottle plus no date code = bad idea. What the hell is Unibroue thinking?!

Pale pale yellow. White head lasts a few seconds before disappearing. Upon the unscrewing of the cap a wacked fruit-and-veggie aroma fills the room. Wilted hop leaves, rotten limes, hints of canola oil. Taste lacks any malt presence whatsoever. A citrus beginning turns into a watery metallic ending rather quickly. Light body with some bubbles but not bothersome. The house character comes through in the feel. Overall a "why bother?" beer from Unibroue, especially when discussing the packaging. I am going to pretend this doesn't exist.

Photo of pootz
3.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: Impressive clear Sleeman-like package. In my pilsner flute this appeared as a pale straw lager with a lot of sprtizy carbonation and a smallish cap that goes quickly to a ring...some lace. Aroma was more encouraging; a nice saaz pilsner bouquet fills the nose and the room, some citrus, some grass and sweet boiled grains. Sprtizy mouth feel, reveals a light bodied, sweet malt pilsner with little bittering but well rounded hop-malt balance. Tastey, lemony light bready finish. An all malt attenuated light pils that's a good step above the adjunct mega pilsners in Canada.

This is a well made uncomplex all malt lager NOT some complex belgian clone. If you come at this beer from any other frame of reference, you devalue your objectivity....and miss out on enjoying a lot of small batch micro lagers for what they are..

Photo of DrJay
1.96/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very clear pale straw yellow with some particulates suspended in the bottle. Very highly carbonated with a bright white head composed of large bubbles, and the 2 inch head quickly dropped to a thin lace. The aroma was a mix of DMS (cooked corn), sourness, and stale lager hops. The flavour was sweet and lightly spicy with a strong DMS character and some sulfur evident. The bitterness was very light and was not well-balanced against the sweetness. The finish was slightly sour with a mild bitterness, but was still mostly sweet. Light body with a coarse texture from the high carbonation.

Clear 341 mL bottle, no freshness date.

Photo of tbeckett
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a six pack of this for the cottage at an IGA just outside Mont Tremblant. Never tried it before but didn't exactly enjoy the first five but I'll give a shot at reviewing it. Bottle doesn't say pilsner on it, just blonde.

A - Pours bright with swirly carbonation and a one finger, soapy head going away fast. Sort of a light golden colour. Head fades to a cap that is thicker than usual. No lacing at all.

S - Honey, grassy and noble hops, sweet malt, and some corny/sweet malt combo notes. I know this is supposed to be the laymen's Unibroue, but come on, this ain't what I expected.

T - Honey is strong with those grassy and noble hops being fairly subtle and the corny note again.

M - Serious carbonation with a medium body and a sweet honey/vanilla sweetness in the finish.

O/D - I know every brewery needs its staples, but I'm sure Unibroue could get by without this one. I found this beer difficult to session and could only have one or two before I felt some serious gut rot. That honey note just didn't jive with me. I would try this if you're a Unibroue fanatic, otherwise it's not worth your time.

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U Blond Pilsner from Unibroue
72 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.