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La Bolduc - Unibroue

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La BolducLa Bolduc

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26 Reviews

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 34
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-11-2002

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 34
Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, decent white head forms, ends up about one finger thick, no lacing to speak of. Sweet malty backbone, caramel, little bit of spicy hopping. Sweet caramel malt, honey, a hint of vanilla and a slightly grassy hop finish. Not much in the way of taste. Body is pretty light, carbonation is medium but a smooth and refreshing beer. Better than its euro counterparts as its fresh so no skunk. Good session beer if you like the lighter stuff.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back to me from Montreal by my neighbors Sabrina and Joel. Thanks guys!
The beer pours from it's stubby, old style bottle a beautifully clear deep gols. A short white head tops the brew, settling into an even cap.
The aroma is sweetly malty, with a whiff of grass and green apple. Mild floral hops. Clean and lagery.
The flavor opens with sweetish pale pils malt, a bit corn-like, easily carried by a bright, quick carbonation. A bit of apple flavor, with hints of grass and lemon, moving evenly into a modestly hopped finish. Floral, definitely german hopping. Medium bodied
It kind of reminds me of average macro lager, with the same sort of flavor profile. A step above, with a finish that actually carries some hops and a slightly bigger mouthfeel. Moreish. Nice. I could handle drinking a couple of these.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice deep yellow and gold color with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

Light malts dominate the smell as well as the taste. Hop presence in the finish is somewhat minimal; just enough to balance things out. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short brown bottle, approx 1 year old.
Pours clear light gold, with a very thick white head.
A non bottle- conditioned offering.
Corn juice with light malt in the nose, accented with bannana peel, iodine, plastic, white pepper corns, and a residual sweetness.
Light to medium in body, crisp and smooth.
Mild pilsner malt and a lingering metallic bitterness on the pallet, with balancing spicey hops.
Finishes thin with a coppery astrigency.
Drinkable enough, just not my bag, baby.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, they put this lager in a brown bottle. One step in the right direction. Now we just need a date stamp and we'll be good to go.

What happened to the cute stubby bottle? This one is all grown up to a classy 341ml tall, sticker-necked bottle.

Light gold, bubbly head is like whipped egg whites. Medium body and smooth, a bit sweet, a honeyish aroma. A nice musty spiciness from some continental hops. A hint of medicinal twang. Very pleasant, yet does not stand out from the pack.

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml, stubby bottle. Pours a rich looking clear golden beer, moderate carbonation with medium bubbles and topped with a foamy white head of mixed bubbles, with a bit of stick and retreating lace that leaves little behind.

Slight hop spice and bready malts in the nose.

Medium, round body, smooth with an overall hard water feel. Upfront malty sweet bread flavor (biscuity), touch of toasty caramel (especially as the beer warms) and a mild candy-like malt sweetness that blankets a tingly carbonation. Notes of metallic in the background. Spicy noble hop bitterness breaks through for some much needed balance with a bit of tea-like herbal character. Dry biscuit finish ... lingering dulled sweetness.

An enjoyable and unique offering from a brewery mainly dedicated to crafting Belgian-style Ales. A rich and interesting Pils worthy of a session that has a bit of an "ale" feel to it and could use a bit more hops to balance out the otherwise dominant malt character.

Regardless, beats the hell out of their U and U2.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark yellow beer with a huge bubbly head that disappeared a bit too quickly for my liking. Aroma is a mix of usual Unibroue malt and not much else. Taste is again characterized by Unibroue usual malt with a nice little touch of hops. Better then some other pils out there but nothing too good for a brewery who can do a whole lot better.

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Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Todd for the sample.

Presentation: Short stubby 341ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale copper hue, nice clarity … thin foamy lace leave little head behind.

Smell: Grassy spicy hops, sweet hay like malt as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Solid slap of crispness to push along the brashness of the hops. Spicy hops with an herbal backing. Dry malt character is slightly biscuity and flavorful. Finishes dry with a lingering hop and grain flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Odd to see a good beer like this and then by the same brewery see them brew too mediocre lagers (U & U2). Perhaps the best pilsner (lager) to come from Canada IMO.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good, I would put it in the everyday, good with lunch sort of category. Color was a clear tangerine, topped with a huge head that looked great in the glass (amazing how you can create such lovely heads on beers when you pour them yourself!). Aroma is on the bland side, it's bready and yeasty, but just not overwhelmingly wowing. Initial tastes had some metallic notes, but those have faded, and I am left with a very enjoyable, and drinkable beer. There are some buttery notes (!) present as well, but it's a smooth beer, adequate carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. I'll be honest, I can't figure this beer out...Unibroue touts this as "Old Style Beer" and that's the impression I get: sort of a beer that you have with a hearty soup and sandwich, not overly hoppy or carbonated, but with a good solid medium mouthfeel that will help add to your meal. Interesting and not bad.

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Photo of ADR
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A shiny light bronze appearance, small-bubbled 1/4 inch head in a Trois Pistoles glass. Laces are almost non-existant. Nice aroma, bready with pastry-filling fruit fragrance. Fuller body, sense of jam flavors of the aroma, apple butter and jelly doughnut properties. Slightly too sweet, more hops could balance better. A bit of maple sugar hanging in the final impression and in the aftertaste. A little different, but it struck me pretty well. A final thanks to PatandDavid for a beer I'm sure I couldn't get without traveling to Quebec...

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Photo of BierManVA
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This lager pours great but it seems a little off in the aroma department. Not skunked or anythig but similar to a sock soaked in hop oil.

The taste and mouthfeel are about as average as could be. There is a little maltiness but that's about it. I am neither impressed or disappointed really. Very average.


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Photo of scottum
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the stubby bottle!

Pours a clear brilliant amber with a huge white head which holds. Malted more than I expected, but I'm not exactly sure what "Old Style Beer" means anyway. Hops are nice and crisp and don't attempt to steal the show. Mouthfeel is smooth, but seems almost too thick for the style. A solid lager by Unibroue.

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has grown on me to where I look forward to popping one to complement and give appetite to an ordinary meal. Not one of Unibroue;s noteable Belgiums for sure. Pleasant pale gold colour and mild form. A light sweetness like honeydew that lingers.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

A big, coarse, cream-colored head sits on a clear, dirty-gold beer. Lots of fast carbonation. The smell is sweet, malty, lagery. A touch of metal in the lagery, sweetish front. Corn syrup middle leads to a bitter, dry finish.

It's a decent lager, but nothing awesome. The corn syrup reminds me of an NA.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTES: Cute little stubby bottle that is not a twist-off bottle, like most 12 oz unibroue offerings are, purchased for around $1us at a deli in quebec...nice:-) Apparantly this beer also comes in a unique 650ml bottle but I have yet to seen it for sale in that size...

Who would have thought thaat one of the best pilseners I have ever had would come from the Canadian brewery Unibroue. Unibroue, are known for their belgian style wonders, not old-style pilseners! None-the-less Unibroue scores with me again on this one. A clear golden liquid with a medium sized pilsener head is poured into my glass. The aromas are of hops, and malts. The taste is clean, palate cleansing, and oh-so refreshing. The mouthfeel is crisp, and fuller than most pilseners. The drinkability...wonderful!
another classic from Unibroue!

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Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and refreshing, this pils is a fine example of the style. Golden color with light, bready aroma. Good head with decent retention. Unibroue has something for everybody.

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La Bolduc from Unibroue
80 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.