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U Miel Pilsner - Unibroue

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U Miel PilsnerU Miel Pilsner

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BA SCORE
73
okay

24 Ratings
THE BROS
53
awful

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 3
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:
Pilsner w/ honey.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 07-06-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by djcreepshow:
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

djcreepshow, May 22, 2012
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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pokal.

Look (3/5) - the look was decent for the style. It poured amber-gold (maybe 16-17*SRM). The head rose to about one to one-and-a-half fingers of off-white head that fell quickly without any lacing to a cap.

Smell (2.5/5) - There is not a whole lot going on with the nose and it smells a lot like a mainstream lager or a dortmunder export. The honey aroma isn't at all as strong as I would have expected. The malt is grainy, but has a bit of an off flavor like old, wet bread with a hint of caramel.

Flavor (2.5/5) - A lot like the smell, a hint of honey is a more prominent though. The same grain flavors, with that wet-bread taste, a hint of gym-bag, and some corn sweetness. There is some bitterness, but very little hop flavor. No particular flavor is very strong and it ends up being pretty watery.

Feel (3.0/5) Light body, with medium levels of high carbonation. Pretty average.

Drink (2.5/5) Hurt a bit by the poor flavors. That being said, they weren't too strong, so it wasn't terrible. Reminded me of a bit more malty version of a mainstream lager.

Meh.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 18, 2011
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2.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Picked this up in Montreal. An odd and interesting find from a brewery who focuses on Belgian-style brewing. Let's try it.

Pours a clear, rich amber color with a healthy-looking head and retention. Soft aroma of fermented honey, floral and fresh grist. Even-bodied, near medium, with a smooth consistency. Some prickly carbonation. Up front it tastes like soggy bread, with some honey sweetness that turns a bit sugary. Hops? Some leafy notes, but that's it. Cabbage, with some DMS. Mineral, dusty and dirty toward the middle to end. Our palates literally feel like saying "Blah." Finishes dry and bland.

Unibroue should stay focused. 'Nuff said.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of fairly dense soapy white head, which leaves no lace as it melts away. It smells of light caramel malt, some earthy sweetness, and herbal hops. The taste is mild honey, sweet caramel malt, and grassy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body smooth and a little creamy, and it finishes off-dry and crisp. Nicely balanced, if a bit to the sweet side.

I shared this with my Mom as she was preparing my parents' 40th anniversary dinner. She liked it, and I do too, which isn't common for me and honey beers.

biboergosum, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.63/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a dark clear amber color lager with a small bubbly white head with no retention. Aroma of corn with some sweet malt is pretty gross. Taste is bland, boring and inoffensive. Wow, can’t believe Unibroue is now producing boring sweet corn adjunct lager now.

Phyl21ca, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of DaveR514
3/5  rDev +1.4%

DaveR514, May 30, 2013
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jmalex for hand carrying this back from our French(ish) brethren to the north.

This one pours a brownish-amber and its head falls to a few bubbles in no time. The color has a suspicious fruity quality to it.

The missus tells me “miel” is French for “honey”, and it does in fact remind me of Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss just a bit. There’s a dry, crisp corn here backed by a slight gummy-worm sweetness. Not bad, but not exactly good.

Definitely tastes of cheap, mass produced grains, with thin, smooth molasses backed by pungent grains and basement. A gentle dryness of hops rides on top that really doesn’t do much for the sour grain flavor.

Feels present but not too dense with an ephemeral carbonation.

Meh. I would say that this beer could be considered at the top of the lower end of beers. It isn’t awful by any means, but I certainly won’t be writing home about it.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of SebD
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a copper, almost amber colour to it. It has a nice white head but dies down quite fast and has very minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of honey along with minor hitns of hops, caramel and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet honey taste to it along with a minimal caramely, spicy and grainy taste. Its generaly smooth but with a bitter/dry finish.

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

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

SebD, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
2/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sample courtesy of Erin D! Thanks! An almost amber yellow fills the glass. White fizzy foam caps, and capsizes. Pretty standard aroma of an ontario "buck a beer" honey lager with all the corn and grains one could ask for. Fusels with honey-corn and cereal grains round out the flavour. Finishes quick and mercifully, thank god. The archetype for a new style of beer I call the Canadian Corn Lager. Sheeesh

mrmanning, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

U Miel Pilsner (a honey 'pilsner').

A: A little more bronze than the U (blonde pilsner), but definitely NOT a amber/red lager. Pours a nice, slightly off-white head, no retention, only initial hints of lace.

S: Sweet honey, some caramel & spice.

T: Slightly sweet honey flavour, but it has the bitterness to balance it. Hints of caramel & spice, with a slight earthyness.

M: Some residual sugar, fairly smooth, moderate carbonation.

D: It's not offensive, but I find it a little hard to finish.

Derek, May 15, 2007
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev +1.4%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of JOaikido
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml brown bottle.

A- Very nice colour, light copper with an orange tinge to it. Very clear and bubbly. Off-white head that diminishes too fast but keeps a ring of bubbles that clings to the glass some.

S- Very light, clean smell. Mild floral-meadowy hops. Slight hint of honey. Not a bad odour, but should be stronger.

T- Interesting, different lager. A little on the sweet side with very mild hops. Too watery overall, but I'd still rate it well in its price catergory. I bought this six pack for less than the basic macros (ex. Labatt Blue) and just a bit more that the macro value beers.

MF- Too watery but it is very thirst quenching. Not bad, but something not quite right in how it leaves the back of the mouth feeling.

D- Not even near great, but I can say i enjoyed it. Easy to take. If one accepts that this (just like the U, U Rousse and Bolduc) is a low price value beer and not one of Unibroue's high quality bottle conditioned products, then you can enjoy it for what it is.

JOaikido, May 10, 2007
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2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer at a gas station outside Montreal.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper colour with medium, foamy bone white head. Leaves some scant gobs of lacing. Drops slowly to a thin layer.

Aroma: A good whiff of honey in the nose, cereal grains, some alcohol, and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Sweet honey, grainy. Pretty bland and watery.

Mouthfeel: Light, drinkability depends on your mood. Right now I just want to move on to a better beer, but a party might make this one go down a bit easier.

Final Statement: Not up to par with Unibroue's good name. It's a light, sweet pilsner I'm sure someone may enjoy. It's not bad, but I wouldn't call it good.

MMansfield, Aug 20, 2007
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

jrempel, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of biegaman
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with some head, a light amber colour. I don't get the right impression from the look of this. Very clear, no lacing. Aroma like a Lakeport honey or PC product. Adjunct, DMS fully abundant - more than anything else. Taste is unoffensive, overlooking macro quality. A lot of corn starch in the mouthfeel. This is a sad day in Unibroue history...
Thanks for sharing Harry (I think...)

biegaman, Oct 18, 2006
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

NightINgale, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of NV9
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light golden colour with a finger of foam that disappears immediately.

Smell of honey and hops but can't mask the corn smell in there as well.

Taste is grainy and watery with a bit of honey mixed in for uniqueness.

Carbonation is good and some nice hops on the tongue but bitter finish and unpleasant aftertaste hurt the drinkability.

I liked this better than the Rousse is shared a box with but there are a lot of better honey lagers out there.

NV9, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of toddsschneider
4/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AKA Honey pilsner.

A- nice copper color with an orange tint, more bronze than the U (blonde pilsner), but not an amber/red lager. Clear, bubbly. nice slightly off-white head that diminishes fast but keeps a hint of lacing.

S- light, clean, mild floral-meadowy hops. A hint of honey. some pleasant caramel & spice odor that could be stronger.

T- Interesting lager, a little sweet balanced with mild hops. Too watery overall, but rates well for its price category. A six pack priced the basic macros and the macro value beers.

MF- Some residual sugar. Fairly smooth, moderate carbonation. Too watery but thirst quenching. Not bad, but it leaves an after feeling.

D- Not great, but enjoyable. Easy to take, given that one accepts that this not one of Unibroue's high quality bottle conditioned products.

toddsschneider, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Haydn-Juby
2.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341ml bottle

A: Pale color with a tad of copper in it. One finger head that died down pretty fast to a little ring that actually did manage to leave some lacing.

S: Gross. Grainy and unappealing. A certain funk that was also present in the U-Rousse.

T: Extremely bland. The honey in this beer is extremely faint and really only noticeable in the after taste if at all. No hop presence really and pretty sweet. Not much to this beer besides water honestly.

T: Crisp and pretty light. Thin body and not quiet as dry as i found the U-Rousse. Bubbly mouth feel, i am presuming to try and clog out the off flavors.

O: This is a very bland beer truthfully. It has a couple off flavors but really its just acceptable. I found it to be pretty disappointing. Definitely not the beer I expected when I saw Unibroues label on the bottle. I got both this and the U-Rousse for free in exchange for some home-brew so I'm not quiet as disappointed as i may have been if i'd actually purchased a 12. Just an average to bland beer.

Haydn-Juby, Feb 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ZachT, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Otterburn
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was on my mixpack for new year's eve party.

Appearance: a bit my colorfull than the blond, on the honey side.

Smell a bit sweet,honey

The taste is enjoyable, the taste of honey add something fun to the beer. and a bit of roundness
another level , but the aftertaste is quite dry

mouthfeel is alright

Drinkability is alright. refreshing and dry

Its nice to have this one on the mix pack.

Otterburn, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of HopBacchus
3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a dark brown copper with two fingers of thick head. A small layer of foam remains on top of the brew throughout the experience. Lacing is mild.

Honey and sweet malts

Follows the nose fairly simple with pleasant balance throughout

This brew is well carbonated and crisp possessing a light to medium body

This is a an example of an extremely simple brew that still was made with attention to detail, very easy to drink, it is a very versatile alternative to the hundred of other macro lagers on the market

HopBacchus, Dec 13, 2009
U Miel Pilsner from Unibroue
73 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.