Beersel Lager - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and drinkable. Interesting to see such a beer from a brewery known for gueuze and lambic. (616 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and acidic Bohemian-style lager with assertive flowery hop notes and noticible acidic flavors and textures for the style.

The deep straw, medium gold colors carry an unusual haze for lager. A froathy cotton white head has great staying power while lacing in pockets along the way. A fantastic look, aside from the haze.

Pilsner malt aromas lead the way with the grainy/bready assortments. Herbal, grassy, and floral hops mix for a delicate yet necessary compliment to the nose.

Flavors of pilsner malts and grain husks mix while the soft breadiness and herbal/grassy hops add to the secondary flavors. Soft apples and lemon acidity helps to amplify the flavors late in the flavor profile- much needed. Finishes grassy, lemony, and minty.

While the early textures and creamy and moderately full, the beer's mineral content and acidity gives the impression of cleanliness and dryness on the back end.

Beersels Lager has a favorable impression overall but it is very minerally (salty) and has a lot of sulfury and acidic notes that compete with the softer malty compounds and pure floral hop notes. These may hurt the beer as much as they help. (1,158 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant lemon with less carbonation than one would expect from this country. Apparently, the brewer was attempting to recreate the classic lagers of Bamberg, Germany, so all is forgiven. Wouldn't that make it a German pilsener? What's amazing is that the alabaster crown is 100% Belgian... that is, it looks spectacular and is incredibly generous when it comes to lace.

The nose is a showcase for Saaz hops (just a guess). It's fresh and lively, with a lemon citrusiness that perfectly accents the usual herbal grassiness. This should be extremely tasty beer.

And it is. Maybe it's nothing more than the power of suggestion, but Beersel Lager tastes like a pilsener brewed by a Belgian brewer. It has a distinctive peppery spiciness that puts me in mind of Belgian yeast; or a Belgian pale ale if we're talking specific style. It's still mostly a pilsener, though.

The pils and/or pale malt backbone provides a modest amount of sweetness and very little flavor. That gives the hops their opporutunity to shine... and shine they do. The flavor is essentially a reprise of the aroma, as described above. A crisp, tart and tangy finish adds another few layers of interest.

I was a little leery when buying this undated bottle because of the price tag, but the beer tastes remarkably fresh (even if it isn't). The mouthfeel oozes quality as well. It's between light and medium, with enough bubbles to keep the mouth party going strong.

The label claims that Beersel Lager is 'the best lager of Belgium'. Since I haven't had many Belgian lagers, and since I can't recall the ones I have had, I'm inclined to agree. Why do almost all beers from this country taste fresh, while a considerable portion of the low-ABV lagers from the rest of Europe taste anything but? (1,764 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A blurb on the label says something about the owner of Drie Fonteinen travelling to Bamberg annually to "feast" on the very best lagers of Germany. This is a tribute to those found in Bamberg...

To me it drinks and tastes like a sturdy Helles, with lot of sweet pale malt and gentle noble hops. It does have a few unique qualities that make it stand out.

It pours a hazy honey tone, with a fluffy head of soapy bubbles. Lots of irregular speckled lacing. Foam rises in a convex dome above the lip of the glass. Over time, the head dwindles down, but it makes a good first impression.

Aroma of grassy wet hay, pear, and well water. Somehow this is very appealing despite sounding dull. Light bodied, but with much more flavor than your average case of German import lager. Clean pale malt and grain, light bitterness in the back of the throat. Honey and bread dough in the finish. Reminds me of the purity of Mahrs lagers from Bamberg.

It has an unheard of level of creaminess that contributes alot to a higher overall impression. I could have several of these on a warm day for sure. It would likely pair well with a wide range of foods. (1,143 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say at first I was thinking no way was this a czech pilsner but after tasting and smelling the big spicy and floral hop combination I gotta say that I agree.Poured into a pilsner a slightly clouded light golden with a big fluffy crown that held for a longtime.Big spicy/floral hops in the nose to go with big yeast,spicy hops really hit hard on the palate,maybe the most hoppy non American lager I have had,yeasty and fruity its very well rounded.This is a great lager beer,the label says best Belgian lager and I might agree with that,not sure if its a close rendition of a Bamburg style lager though. (610 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a lightly hazed golden straw color with a dense white head. Nice sweet nose on this with bread, biscuit, and honey malt aromas. Some floral notes, a pleasant fruitiness, somewhat earthy as well. The beer has a nice biscuit and bread flavor to it and a good overall sweetness. A hint of bitterness, floral and earthy hop notes, a light citrus peel flavor, and a little bit dry on the finish. (402 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull, orange-amber body with a medium-large, white head.

Smell: Doughy, bready malts with some sweetish hints about it and fruity notes of apple and even apricot. Initially, there's no more than a dull spicy hop scent, but given a minute or two to warm it starts to really hijack the aroma.

Taste: Light pale maltinesss with a light sweetness and a crisp raw graininess to it and underlying bready tone. The fruity aspects from the nose carry over into the flavor and pick up a very, very faint tartness. Spicy, earthy hops with a subdued amount of bitterness. Drying, effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The light, airy carbonation profile keeps this one easy to drink but there's also enough flavor within to keep you interested. (829 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale golden straw with a healthy white frothy head that laces pretty well as things progress. The smell is faint but pleasant: notes of wheat, corn, light citrus, and a vague sense of red berries. The taste follows the smell, berries included (again, there is no direct berry flavor, but rather a general impression thereof hiding somewhere in the distance). The bitterness of the hops comes through very well, but the finish is overly dry and chalky. The body as a whole is quite moderate, with the right amount of carbonation and the right amount of smoothness, creating a highly drinkable pils. (635 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was reviewed blind.

Appearance: Beer pours an opaque reddish amber with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. 4

Smell: Sweet and malty. There is some grape in the smell along with a slight sourness. The malt has some caramel in there too. There may be a slight tomato in the smell too. 3

Taste: This beer is malt forward but not very sweet. There is a strong presence from grape and some bready notes. Some dark fruit notes and a bitterness in the finish. I'm having trouble figuring this beer out. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that has a very slight dryness to it. 3.5

Overall: This is kind of a weird beer. I'm thinking Belgian pale maybe? I'm not really sure what else to say about it. 3 (837 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Pours really slow with a huge head that fades fairly slowly with lots of lacing, quite hazy straw golden colored.

Nose has a nice pilsner aroma, grainy malt, toasty straw, earthy fermented straw, juicy crisp lager underneath with layers of complexion, light grassy floral hops in the background.

Taste starts slightly sweet, and either they just changed the keg or its served at perfect temp like out came from a cask. Light sweet malts with hint of toasted straw, light creamy malt, juicy lager fruit and a soft layered pilsner malt. Then hops kick in, quite grassy and light earthy herbal hops with a fair bitterness. Finish gets quite bitter actually, hops even turn slightly spicy with dry crisp lager finish but doesn't linger too long.

Mouth is soft and fairly complex but lighter overall, good carb.

Overall nice, not quite up to most german pilsners but getting there, nice over hopped americanized pilsner. (940 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed orange yellow with a nice whitish head that sticks around. Nose is very crisp and clean. Almost seemed to have a green apple edge at first. Minor dough kicks in. Flavor is definitely interesting. Very unique for the style, but very well done. Crisp with some apple on there and a defined sweetness. But really it is fairly dry and hits smoothly and then falls off, but in a good way. Feel is smooth on liquid and has a full carbonation. This is a Czech Pilsener that has some obvious minor Belgian influence. Very interesting indeed. Definitely one to try. (570 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, straw, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,371 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby brown bottle with a stamp on the green cap that makes it look as if the best before date is circa September 2013. Poured into my Drie Fonteinen glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed golden yellow color. A finger of white froth sits atop the brew with solid retention that is supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. It leaves a wall of sticky lace sticking all over the glass wherever the head previously touched.

The smell of this brew brings forth thoughts of barnyard quality with a grainy sweet scent reminiscent of hay or straw. More smells shift the focus of this brew towards hops that are lightly earthy and grassy with a bit of a leafy, vegetative herbal component. In the background is the faintest touch of mineral character. Overall, not a bad smelling brew.

The taste is exactly what you would expect based on the aroma. The grain character comes across with a hay or straw type of prickly feel to it that hardly provides any sweetness. More sips focus on the bitterness of the hops that are herbal, grassy, leafy and a bit vegetative. The combination of straw grain and herbal hops really works here to make for a brew that is effortlessly drinkable.

This is a light bodied brew with a prickly level of carbonation that is very crisp in the finish. All around, this is a very solid take on the style. I feel guilty for opening this and not sharing it with someone. Specifically my friend Pete who has a sick fascination with well made Pilsner brews. I need to seek one of these out again to share with him. While I give this a solid A- rating, I foresee him giving this nearly a perfect 5 across the board. (1,636 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real creamy head that I was not expecting with various sized bubbles in it. Body is a real nice unfiltered and hued orange to yellow with some good amount of pinhead sized bubbles sticking to the glass.

This nose just doesn't sit with me. It smells like boxed apple juice primarily. Not cider, apple juice, slightly sweet. Faint malt in the background. I am not sure if this is a fault, but it's not what I want in a "lager" that's for sure, sense of fruity sweetness.

Taste brings more of that fruit apple forward matching the nose, luckily some more malt density comes out hinting more on the palate. Some more banana richness comes out in the aftertaste almost like a hefe. Some faint dryness on the finish.

Overall, it's a real odd one, but the primarily apple bent on this just doesn't jive with me, so I'll never have this again. By no means is this a bad beer though. (931 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at the Hopduvel beer store in Gent and enjoyed it while walking around town on a bright, sunny day. This was one of maybe three hoppy beers I drank while in Belgium. It reminded me quite a bit of Victory's Prima Pils, but a notch softer with the bitterness. Big citrus, grassy, herbal hops - delicious. Find this beer when you're in Belgium. (360 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange with ripe banana colored edges and a one finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap leaving sporadic rings of lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with some straw and grass notes and a nice grainy pilsner malt backbone.

Pretty hoppy for a german style lager, especially one coming from Belgium. Bittering hops up front with very soft light carbonated, creamy medium body.

Very earthy and bitter from the hops but the bitterness is well balanced by a pilsner malt backbone. Hints of straw and grass. Slightly lactic with some nice sour oak notes. Clean and crisp with a dry finish. (646 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer pours a clear beer with a orange hued body and a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting rocky soft peaks of snow white that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a light green sulfur note that gives way to a fresh raw grain aroma and a hint of silage.

T- The dry prick of pale malt and a note of carbonic acid gives way to noble hop hints in the finish. As the beer warms a bit the sweet sulfur taste of a good Kolsch comes through with a faint dry caramel malt hint in the background. The finish has a light perfumed yeasty quality that ends nicely with a soft hop bitterness that lingers for only a moment.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp little fizz in the finish.

D- This is a light crisp easy quaffing beer that has good depth of flavor and a nice complexity that grows as the beer warms. (867 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazed straw yellow, touch of gold, medium white head, drops to a thick ring around the glass, lots of lacing, looks good. Smell is very fresh and floral, some grains and toast, crisp lemony aroma, oranges, a bit herbal and spicy, refreshing. Tastes sweet up front, honey, oranges, biscuity middle, with lemon zest and floral, spicy herbal finish, bit of a sour edge, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, sharp finish, very refreshing. (529 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap dated 02/09/11! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3’ long stemmed flute. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, lemon zest, lemon rine, lemon meringue, citrus, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, lemon zest, citrus, lemon rine, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The aroma on this one was definitely the highlight of this brew as the lemon meringue aspect was really quite pleasant and inviting. The flavor was fairly light, but still quite complex. Definitely a well done Czech Pilsener if I’m honest. Glad I got to try this one and it was even half-off! I suggest you do the same. (834 characters)

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pilsener, quite dry and spicy. This beer pours a mildly hazy banana yellow with a healthy white head. Big chunks of foam stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma is mostly grassy hops, clean, light malt and very mildly fruity yeast. The fruitiness is reminiscent of peppercorns and dried lemon rind. The taste is rather dry for the style. The peppercorn spice is much stronger on the tongue, and the grassy hops pack a pretty good punch in the finish. This is not really an easy drinking pils, but it's interesting without straying too much from the style. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick. The dry and bitter finish is just this side of harsh. Price was a bit high, but I'm glad to have tried it. (706 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

11.2 floz stubby bottle sealed with green pressure cap. No bottle date to indicate freshness or bottling date.

poured into a white etched New Glarus Staghorn Glass Stein.

Appearance: Translucent yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head. Good head retention and thick lacing on the side of the stein.

Smell: Lots of pears and fruity yeast. Does not smell like it is very hoppy. Sweet grainy/cracker/bready malt profile.

Taste: Pilsner malts, pears, white pepper, fruity yeast, light lingering bitterness; hops are grassy and floral. The hops taste stale, but are still have discernable flavors.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation level. This is a really smooth lager. Nice mouthfeel with delicate and soft carbonation.

Overall: This beer was getting clearanced for 1.99 a bottle at the store i picked it up at. I have wanted to tick this 3F beer for a while now. It is solid, but it might be stale. Among the other Zwickel's that I have tried, I prefer New Glarus Yokel and Urban Chestnut Zwickel over this 3F beer. That may change when I have a bottle that I can verify as a fresh bottle. (1,128 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Beersel goblet; ordered by a friend of mine as a break from the funk during a day at the brewery. She was kind enough to let me get a quick review.

A: Clear, rich gold body under 2" of frothy white foam. Great, rocky retention and lots of lace. Gorgeous pils.

S: Dry, husky pilsner malt backed by some yeasty minerality and a solid dose of herbal, almost piney hops. Very nice.

T: Bready, husky malt; bitter hops; light minerality; clean, yeasty finish. Very drinkable and crisp, but definitely on the bitter side for the style.

M: Spritzy at first, becoming creamy. Fairly light-bodied. Good.

O: Very nice Pilsner. I enjoyed the intensity of the hops bitterness, but someone looking for an easily quaffable lager might be better off looking elsewhere.

Cheers! (785 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't quite remember who sent me this one. Really cool to get a 3F Lager though. One of the first lagers I have actually been stoked to try.

A: Pours a bit hazy (think a got a bit of yeast in the glass) golden hue with a very tall slightly off white head. Insane retention. An absolute lace explosion. Minus the cloud... beautiful in the glass.

S: Aromas of bready yeast, Belgian notes like mild Belgian yeast esters with hints of sweet fruit.

T: Very mild flavors. Light bready malts, sweet summer fruits, with a mild citric hoppiness. I can detect just a touch of sourness here which I love. The flavor is really nice, I wish it was a touch more bold though.

M: Feels sort of flat on the tongue considering the active pour. Medium in body, and smooth though.

D: Very good, love the flavor just wish there was a bit more of it. (833 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this little 11.2 oz. bottle at Beaumont Market (one of Justin's latest arrivals...), poured to a tall pokal/pilsener glass. I've really started taking a liking to the craft pilsener and this one actually claims the following on it's (Shelton Bros. Imported) label: "Wonderfully hoppy, satisfyingly malty, and perfectly lively and refreshing, this is now the best lager of Belgium." Really? We shall see... Green cap is dated: 14/06/09

A: That really is a gorgeous lager. Not the clearest ever, but definitely a warm sunny/wheat, crowned with a full, creamy snow-white head (over a finger-high, falling gradually to a dense 1/4"). A bounty of carbonation rises rapidly early, slows to a lazier pace. Weird that there's some yeasty sludge at the bottom of the bottle - unlike any lager I've ever seen. That last ounce needs to be decanted carefully, or your mostly clear pilsner turns to fairly murky haze.

S: Pleasant bready/yeasty aroma that's highlighted with an interesting sugary/candy sweet and a squeeze of lemon. Actually, it's the tartness that really develops as this warms - showcasing apricots and reminding me a bit of a Berliner-weisse aroma-wise. Yum.

T: Lovely bready flavor, sourdough mostly with a zesty citrus rind bitterness and a grassy/herbal hopping that lingers delicately. Some floral honey and some of that tart apricot both sneak in.

M: Not quite the crisp, bubbly mouthfeel I kinda expected; this one is a bit fuller, a bit thicker, a bit 'doughier'. Smooth with a lingering light bitterness.

D: It may not have tons of competition in the 'Best Lager of Belgium' category, so if I concur that may not be saying much. to say it's a highly enjoyable, very likable lager that compares quite favorably with some of my favorites of Germany/Europe and the US is... Quite tasty. (1,813 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one must have a little age on it as the aroma holds no apparent hop quality. Malt is doughy and a little fruity with hints of yeast.
Nice white head that's a little small, but stable. Quite cloudy holding a brownish amber color in middle surrounded by a littler gold.
Kind of a meaty lager with hops mostly in the lingering bitterness (which is nice and pretty clean). Hop flavors are tasteful, but certainly aging some. Solid pils malt backing.
I'd like to have this fresher, as it's not too bad now, just not the clean crisp drink it probably was.

Thanks Todd. (568 characters)

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Beersel Lager from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.