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LA-31 Bière Pâle - Bayou Teche Brewery

LA-31 Bière PâleLA-31 Bière Pâle

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%

Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Using Belgian malts and American hops and yeast, LA-31 Bière Pâle is a distinct new style of beer. Traditionally brewed, we classify it as a Bière Pâle, or Louisiana Pale Ale. It is bronze colored with a biscuity malt center, herbal hop flavors and a gentle, mellow bitterness. This beer is crafted to enhance the unique cuisine and lifestyle of South Louisiana.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-15-2010)
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Photo of Cavanaghty


3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Bitter hops and pine notes. Some mild citrus.

Overall: Good brew. Glad I got to try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 21:46:35 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Redrover


3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LA 31 Bier Pale at the Bayou Burger bar in NOLA served in a goblet!

The beer is a dark copper with a clingy tan-beige head.

Beer has an aroma of caramel, nuts and spice. I found it inviting and fresh.

Taste is mildly bitter with lots of sweet malts. Slightly nutty with some low levels of spice and citrus. I like how this one hangs together.

The mouth is good. Nice carbonation over a medium body.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 16:46:34 | More by Redrover
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving clots of lacing behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain from the malt, mild hop aroma and a surprising amount of effervescence. Also an odd buttery smell as multiple sniffs are taken.

T- Good balance between the malt and hops with a pleasant bittersweet duality. Very drinkable but I don't know if it's a given that it's like that since there's no ABV listed.

M- Has a crisp bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I don't know why this beer has such a low score. Yeah, it doesn't have that "wow" factor, but it's a decent pale ale with plenty of good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:21:40 | More by Immortale25
Photo of metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal hops and biscuit malts are present in the nose. It becomes a little maltier as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of biscuit hops along with notes of earthy yeast and hints of herbal hops, the latter of which also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting as it's quite different compared to typical American Pale Ales and seems a little reminiscent of a Bière De Garde.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:23:35 | More by metter98
Photo of RblWthACoz


3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

First off, this is way more English pale ale than American to me. There is a minimal hop influence that should be a good bit more. I'm not talking that I want an obnoxious slap to the mouth. I just want something. Or, something more. Nice toasted tone to it, if I'm going to be positive about something.

This was an expensive single, even by NYC standards. I would expect more for the price. Though I am happy to support a brewery out of a state that doesn't have a robust brewing scene.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:47:14 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of JDavidF


2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tastes like Sam Adams made with Louisiana water.

The 1st sentence is wholly accurate it's just that I have to use a minimum of 250 characters.
Crap, still like 90 characters to go. Well, I'm from La. and in my opinion they used well water or maybe even bayou water. I notice it in the after-taste, but overall it's ok.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 03:23:46 | More by JDavidF
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An impressive arrival, with a two-fingered head squatted on the amber liquid; delivered copious amounts of lace on the way down

Smell: Graham cracker malt, with nuts, stone fruit and earthy hops

Taste: Graham cracker malt, up front, with the fruits, nuts and herbal hops building in the middle; well-balanced, after the swallow and in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing spectacular and, for a new "style" it could have more of a Belgian character; still the malt flavors were intriguing and while there is not that much of a hop profile, the beer was very well-balanced

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 01:23:29 | More by brentk56
Photo of Mojo


3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

This beers pours up a very clear medium glod with a nice one finger head, and plenty of lacing. The nose is pine, biscuit, resin, grasses, and citrus. Taste is fairly mild but pretty well balanced between malt and hops. Mouthfeel is nice with adequate carbonation. A decent beer if undistinguished.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 05:21:59 | More by Mojo
Photo of ubenumber2


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer at the casino we stay at in Tunica. Its an all around good beer to drink while playing cards and far superior to bud or miller products usually peddled at the casinos. Lots of flavor and the smell is really good. I recommend this beer if you can get a chance to get your hands on it , great beer to introduce your bud light buddies to the world of better beer IMO

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 15:25:08 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of BamaBeer

2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer in a bottle and poured into a pint glass. I, like one earlier reviewer, had about 85% of my glass filled with a heavy foamy head. This head took forever to dissipate. Once it settled there was a small ring. Taste was good overall. Just enough carbonation to compliment the coffee notes in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:54:08 | More by BamaBeer
Photo of deepchills


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack at Bruno's in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Roll Tide Roll!

Clear, lite, copper pour with an inch of big, bubbly head that rapidly dissapated. No head or lacing to speak of throughout the remainder of the tasting.

Light hoppy nose with strong herbal notes. A more bready nose came out as the beer warmed slighlty, though this one goes down easily (insert joke here), so it doesn't have much time to get too warm.

Gratifying maltiness mixed evenly with citrus and bread. Crisp finish.

This is a fine pale ale, which you could easily session. I'll be sure to buy more when I'm back in the Motherland.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:09:11 | More by deepchills
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bayou Teche LA-31

Appearance: Mainly clear gold-amber body with an orange cast to the full pint. Creamy, short head of off-white foam.

Aroma: Malty, nutty, earthy, gently herbal, lightly fruity. What hops are there are more spicy, minty, and herbal than anything else; and the fruitiness is clearly from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a median carbonation level.

Flavor: Solidly bitter right up front, supported by gently sweetish, straw-like and grainy malt with a hint of caramel and butterscotch. Perhaps a touch over-done. Some of the spicy hops sneak in, and a surprising fruitiness arises with a hint of citrus to it. The bitterness softens a bit as it warms across the middle, and it finishes in-balance with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: Interesting beer. Unique. Belgian-style but not quite... it has an American edge of un-refinement to it. Bold. Brash. Bitter. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 14:50:58 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of garuda


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold, thick white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Yeast mostly, with some herbal, pine hops and grain malts.

M - Light body, high carbonation, finishes clean with a lingering bitterness.

O - Decent, but not memorable. Comes across as more of a Belgian style rather than the American designation.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:51:30 | More by garuda
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed copper orange, little off-white head and some retention. Scent leads with a splash of citrus and grassy hops and does little to move away from that, faint touch of lightly sugary and fresh malted grain. Taste begins with a mild presence of citrus, grassy and spicy hops, malt backbone has some light tastes of fresh grain, added sugar f. Lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation. A decent pale that could stand a bit more hops

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 17:10:22 | More by rfgetz
Photo of acevenom


3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden brown with a finger length white head. It smells like pale malts and maybe mild citrus. The flavor is malty and hoppy. There's a spicy component to this beer thanks to the hops. The finish is bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is light to medium. It's well balanced and accompanies local cuisine pretty well. It's a very solid beer that almost feels like an IPA rather than an APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:02:14 | More by acevenom
Photo of Meerkey


3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright copper, slight haze, bubbles, huge head that stays forever and great lacing. Super attractive.

S: Light, not very strong. Some sweet malts and light citrus. Ok.

T: Refreshing, nice enough, but not exceptional. Some citrus and some malts. A little bready. Alright.

M: Nice. Creamy and smooth. Some carbonation.

O: A refreshing, drinkable beer. Attractive and feels nice, but in smell and flavor it just doesn't stand out in a crowd.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:15:55 | More by Meerkey
Photo of AgentMunky


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Really nice two fingers of head with great retention. Some bubbles within the cloudy, honey-brown pale ale. Great lacing.

S: Lagery yeast and pale malts. Not unsurprising, but not particularly appealing.

T/M: Initially creamy, with a strong, substantial mouthfeel. This is exceedingly pleasant, but led me to expect a more flavorful beer. Some citrus, especially on the endtaste, but otherwise, light, malty, and...beery? Just plain. It's completely unoffensive but also literally unremarkable.

O: Not a bad beer, but just one I don't think is above average. In fact, aside from a great mouthfeel and really attractive appearance, there is nothing compellingly good or bad to say. Not recommended. Would drink again, but would never go out of my way to do so.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:07:19 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of kingcrowing


3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a fluffy off-white head, very pretty. nose is lightly malty and a bit wheaty, mellow but nice.

Taste is a bit light and slightly astringent, but it's malty and slightly bitter on the finish, grassy hops and a sharp crisp mouthfeel. Nothing too complex but I think it's a decent example of the style and a beer that could get people to leave the BMC camp.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:06:24 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with my NOLA cousin, and am curious to see how Louisiana does pale ale.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color, with a two finger head comprised of tiny bubbles that slowly reduces, leaving minimal lacing down the sides.

Has a grassy, straw like aroma. Almost funky, the malt is much more roasted than one would expect for a pale ale.

Has a peppery, hoppy taste from start to finish. Simple in its approach to the style, there's a mild honey malt backbone to the gum tingling bitter hops that are fully present.

Medium bodied, with a bitter dry finish.

A decent pale ale, solid in its approach, this is working well as a beer-in-hand while I grill up a few strip steaks for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:06:17 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of EagleTalon


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says brewed by Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, MS. for Bayou Teche. Coded "12 16", whatever that means. Pours to a creamy head and good lacing. Color is orange amber, and beer appears to be filtered. Aroma is a hit of sweet malt, caramel and grassy/spicy hops. Hints of yeast rolls. Slight phenolic detected (I have an unusually low threshold for detecting it). Flavor is a rush of sweet malt and spicy/grassy hop tones with a hit of clove (phenolic again) that gives way to a bready, toasty, but dry malt finish. Hop bitterness is low but the beer is sufficiently dry to balance. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is good. Overall, this is a good, tasty beer that most people can enjoy. It tastes like an Abita Amber would if it were pumped up a notch and brewed with a British ale yeast, which is a perfect match to the local cuisine. This is an APA in name only. I think they invented a new style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:28:42 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack from Roushes in New Orleans. It poured a clear amber with a short head, but left sticky lacing. The aroma is a bread crust and light toffee mix with a touch of honey, but little hops character. There's a pleasant piney, lemon hop finish that balances out the sweet malts. This is certainly on the hoppy end of the style's spectrum, but it's a good beer. Drinkable and malty with a respectable hops component. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 22:49:41 | More by tempest
Photo of JayAre46


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a lightly colored amber or lamber, good white head sits on top, 1 finger, kinda rocky shows good retention. forgot to mention, i hate the bottle

A - sweet grassy aroma, grainy biscuts, the subtle sweet is throwing me off, not much of a hop aroma.

T - the beginning is not bad, grassy again, pale malt that moves into a decent bitterness not found in the aroma, a ligering green apple flavor is around, oh shit.

M - medium to light bodied, good carbonation and perfect amount of gnome stabbing on the palate. smooth? no. refreshing? almost

O - this beer pretty much is not very good, about as good as that sentence. its not bad its just not good, im glad i had the experience with bayou teche brewery. more hops, clean it up and it will be decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 03:06:44 | More by JayAre46
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a traditional copper with some slight orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms and sticks around for a while.

S - Aroma is slightly grassy and herbal and with some mild citrus. Definitely typical APA. There is also a nice supporting malt backbone. Biscuity, toasty and bready.

T & M - Flavor starts off with a more subdued hop character. There is more of a malty presence. The hops come back on the back end a give a nice citrusy punch with some slight pineapple and mango hints as well. The finish is dry, bitter and slightly fruity.

O - Good pale with a nice balance. Good flavors and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 20:47:41 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of popery


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 12/20/10. Bottle. Pours a transparent medium amber-gold with a foamy white head that sticks well to the walls of the glass. The aroma has some light herbal/citric hop notes and a nice biscuity caramel malt note. More malt forward than I’m used to from CA pales but I can appreciate the direction. The taste starts sweet with some good notes of bread and citrus and finishes with a gentle but persistent bitterness. A good citrus rind/vegetal bitter note lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but gets a tad watery in the finish. A pleasant surprise and a solid enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 19:31:52 | More by popery
Photo of AdamBear


4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-medium amber with a nice creamy tan head. great lacing

S-passion fruit, guava, grapefruit. smells great, but not strong enough. but wow its tasty smelling

T-comes in with a beautifully bitter tropical fruit flavor.its a good quality taste but doesn't last too long before heading in to a hoppy/grainy after-taste that reminds me of a pilsner. its really tasty.

M-medium carbonation with a good crisp finish

O-well this is probably one of the best APAs i've ever had. its so hoppy that it borderlines a full IPA. the tastes all mesh together so well. i could drink this all night long. this needs to be everywhere! this is very well put together. find this, and buy this!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 23:14:13 | More by AdamBear
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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.