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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) - Brasserie de Saverne

Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)

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BA SCORE
63
poor

83 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 23.44%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de Saverne
France

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the standard 5.5% Boris that comes in bottle and can; white label.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-29-2004)
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is possibly the most commonly available French beer where I live. I kind of like the tiny 250mL bottles too!

This beer has a nice deep golden colour to it. It's slightly cloudy, with a thin creamy layer on top.

The aroma is fairly standard. Malty with a slight creaminess. There is also some faint alcohol smell.

The flavour is slightly watery. There is a little bit of creamy malt flavour too. Towards the end, it gets a bit strange. There is some hoppy bitterness, but it isn't right. It becomes sort of metallic tasting.

Overall, this is nothing special. Drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out ever again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 08:52:56 | More by evlu1441
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Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good packaging is what motivated my wife to pick up this intriguing-looking euro.

Pale appearance, unimpressive head and rice smell. Medium carbonation.

Taste is fairly bland, very macro-esque, lots of corn-grain vibe.

It's what my wife calls a "soda-pop" beer: It's fizzy, comes with alcohol and it's sweet and doesn't have a strong enough malted grain taste to offend the wine-cooler and party-drink crowd.

Keeps you drinking without thinking. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:07:51 | More by Matt1516
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

250ml bottle, quite reminiscent of Euro-Cokes, but un flacon? Je ne sais pas...

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and soapy dirty white head, which flees rather hastily, leaving some sparse blobs of cob-webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet cereal malt, a bit of wet cardboard, rice husks, a bit of astringent apple skin, and weedy, musty hay-like hops. The taste is lightly biscuity, bready malt, of the corn-fed variety, a sort of plastic, metallic character that I'm assuming comes from the underlying alcohol, and wet grassy, floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, but also a wee bit sharp at times, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes with a weird warming sweetness, and a more than off-setting solvent stink, to no-one's surprise.

I couldn't sense much of a typical Euro-skank wafting from the glass, initially, but it slowly builds as things progress, the booze seeping in. Not a particularly pleasant experience, as the adequate graininess just gets lost in the musty mire.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 00:31:40 | More by biboergosum
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MikeInIowa

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Pale golden in color, transparent and with a little bit of white foam crown that does not lace much.

Nose: grainy aroma

Taste: Grainy / rice-like notes predominate without any bitterness to finish.

Mouth: Thin or watery mouthfeel

Drink: The beer has a relatively favorful appeal, and is, therefore, easily drinkable (if un-skunked, that is). But it does not dazzle or possess the entirely subjective Wow!-factor, and thus, it can only excel so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 08:21:28 | More by MikeInIowa
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample- 250 ml bottle- Very faint aromas here....not sure what they are. Herbs maybe? Taste is ok....mild hops, and I'm getting herbs here too. Maybe it is just me..haha. Light golden body that looks like a lot of other pilsners. Decent pils though....I like it. Thanks for this one Doug!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 15:56:06 | More by mrmanning
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seand

California

2.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a few fingers of white head.

S: Light apple, a little bit of malt.

T: Mild - light hops, light malts, pretty bland overall.

M: A little watery, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks easy enough, but not much there to keep you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 21:47:32 | More by seand
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased bottle at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax.

Appearance: Pours a pale amber colour with a small bone white head, resides very quickly to almost nothing.

Aroma: Sweet, musty grains, a little bread and a little grassy.

Taste: Sweet, light struck, low bitterness. Not very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, higher carbonation.

Final Statement: Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:53:36 | More by MMansfield
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emerge077

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tiny bottle, poured into a fluted glass.

A couple centimeters of foam soon rise and fall. Clear amber yellow coloration. Stubborn yeast ring at the bottom. Spotty patterned lacing.

Very skunky smell, husky grain.

Taste is fairly bitter, with a watery mouthfeel. Toasted cracker. An apple aftertaste, the only redeeming quality...suggesting yeast was actually used in the process.

Picked this up for $1 on a whim at Dobbys in the burbs, based solely on the label design & price. Won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 05:03:30 | More by emerge077
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Brought over by a friend a few weeks back. Really not good at all. Unpleasant aroma, and even worse flavour. Adjuncty. Light mouthfeel. Something off (rotten vegetables?). Way high on the carbonation, and a dull, icky aftertaste. Drain poured the remaining three.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 20:49:50 | More by crwills
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cute as hell bottle..250ml..certainly a wordier slogan on the label than ' I Am Canadian'. There goes 1/2 of the canuck market right there.

lager amber yellow, bit cloudy as there was some sediment in the botton of the bottle. Poor head retention aand equally poor lacing.

smell is unobtrusive..faint sweetness..some malt

taste: sweet initally with subtle malt, a taf metallic in the middle and then a kick of hop bitterness.

has a dry finish..ok mouthfeel


appearance and smell bring down this score..but certainly comparable to Grolsch or Heiniken.

note..although it come in a green bottle..the packaging is sealed..hence no light struck hops..ie..no skunk

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 01:20:36 | More by Shadman
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.35/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.5 ounce stubby bottle, neat but does not count towards this review. Light yellow hue, a well maintained off-white head, bubbly lacing. Metallic, sweet green apple smell; some grainy malts slightly detectable. Mild euro-hops, vinegar and candy apple tastings. The mouthfeel is tender and a fast cleanser. Decent carbonation and a husky-earthy-hoppy finish. Nothing fancy here, an easy drinking Euro lager. Better than the several marketed counterparts, yet more difficult to locate.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 03:40:07 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Billolick

New York

2.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Teensy weensy bottle, I spotted it in a bodega in the Bronx that has a pretty respectable selection. Pours murky/cloudy dull medium amber, with a fairly long lasting white head and leaving some fine lacing. Artificial smelling, pencil shavings? Nasty tasting liquid, plastic, rotten vegatables, yum. I took a chance and paid the price, I couldn't get through 8 ounces of this stuff and it ended up as a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 03:01:15 | More by Billolick
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ypsifly

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Undated 8.5oz "purchased" at Pizza Papalis in Dearborn and poured into a pokal.

Clear brass with a small fizzy head of white that shows no retention or lace.

Skunky Heinekenesque aromas with grains in the back.

Crisp upfront with a grainy flavor into the grassy/skunky hops. Green bottles suck. Decently clean finish.

The mouth is thin but has lots of lively carbonation. If you want to go for macro flavor without all the guilt that may come from going mainstream, have at it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 00:19:51 | More by ypsifly
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a fizzy white head. Some clinging power and retention.

S - Bandaids, green apples and metallic.

T - Dunno what to say about this. Nothing off about it - just a grainy pale lager taste.

M - Fizzy, light bodied.

D - Sure. Nothing special but nothing off either. Pretty much an average pale euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 01:38:47 | More by allergictomacros
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

1.68/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yuck! Skunk piss in a bottle. A friend (or an enemy in disguise) gave me a bottle of this to try. I was a little worried since it's a green bottle that had to travel from France all the way over here to the USA. Smell is skunkier then a Heinie and the taste is just as bad. It pours a very light straw color with a thin head that vanishes in a matter of seconds. Smells so bad that I almost had to hold my nose to take sips of it. Tastes horrible. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 16:52:31 | More by Imstillthegman
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.2/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a very pale yellow color beer with a standard white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma is totally skunked which is not a surprise considering they still insist on importing green bottle over the pond. Taste is also dominated by the skunked aroma. Body is totally watery and incredibly thin. More bad then boring.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 14:16:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of 13 beers from this month's meeting of the Michiana Coalition of the drinking (now 4 members!). I like the little bottle so it gets presentation points. bubbly, orange brown drink that pours with a 1/4in. head. malt, corn odor. kind of skunky smelling. taste is of bitten, bavarian? hops, malt, and with a butterscotch finish. smooth, fairly drinkable, although a little strange. i think i'm probably done with Boris.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 14:42:13 | More by aforbes10
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boris seemed like a good idea for an afternoon whistle wetter. The tiny 8.5 ounce bottle spewed forth a golden straw coloured liquid. A white head sprouted but fell to a thin cap in seconds. Some lacing skirts the edges of the glass. The nose smells much like the tin of the bottle cap. Lager scents of hay and pale barley fume off of the liquid. It has a little air of green glass skunk funk as well. The taste is somewhat sugary and mildly bitter. It has a nearly sour fruitiness that reminds me of sparkling wine or something of that nature. Aftertaste holds some dryness. The mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is fine as this is not a very hefty creation by any means. I probably would not buy this again, because I would rather swill a mac beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 18:17:02 | More by SupaCelt
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Enola

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I bought this beer as a single simply because I had never heard of it. It poured out a very light straw color. It had a very thin head that was gone by the time I sat the glass down. It has a lot of carbonation in it because the bubbles are furious. Just no head to show for it's efforts. The taste is of a bitter light beer. It actually taste similar to a macro. I don't think I could drink many of these. I guess this is why they put it in 8.5 oz bottles. Not many people could stomach a full 12 ozs.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 00:33:31 | More by Enola
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long and the short of it: it's in acute bottle, but it's green glass which allows it to become skunked (I haven't found an undamaged one yet); nice label; nice, sweetish malt; pleasant smear of hop flavor; good balance; fuller body than expected; very drinkable and quite enjoyable... a little bit heavier, less bitter and crisp, and somewhat sweetish in comparison to a pilsner. Refreshing and satiating. Charming, and worth a try. Without losing points for the aroma, this would score pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 10:59:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small dark green 8.5oz bottle. No Freshness date.
For starters, this is an Alsatian Ale, not a "Euro Pale Lager".
It pours a copper-hued gold color with a thin, but lasting white head.
There's a mild fruity smell and a background smell of a just opened grain sack. A faint smell of a musty cellar comes to mind.
The malt possesses a pleasant lightly sweet herbal taste and a dry, raw harshness in the back of the throat. A taste reminiscent of over-cooked mixed vegetables peeks through at times.
The hops provide a sharp and edgy bitterness, yet not in an overwhelming way. A little taste of vodka is noticed.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 00:33:54 | More by BeerResearcher
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future. I pledge allegiance to only one flag: my own".

--Boris beer label


What a bunch of self-absorbed, pretentious, navel-gazing, existentialism-lite twaddle from a wannabe Jean Paul Sartre. Just brew the damn beer.

Minutely flecked orange-amber; a roughly equal contribution from each color. The jaundiced ivory colored head is reasonably firm and is a good match for the beer beneath. Some lace is beginning to stick and some of the bile that I was feeling after reading the label is beginning to abate. Not a bad look, Monsieur.

Not a great nose. Not a good nose. Not even an average nose. It is, however, an average EPL nose, and despite what some may think, an average nose on a below-average style doesn't equate to an average score. In other words, I'm all for taking style into consideration, but it's far from my overriding consideration. Subpar beer is subpar beer, non? Nothing new here (less than fresh grain and drab, floralish hops), move along.

Boris is so indistinguishable from hundreds of other Euro pale lagers that I'm dreading trying to come up with anything novel or interesting to say. It tastes less vibrant and less hoppy than the better examples of the style. The flavors are also muddled (as opposed to being distinct entities), but not in an 'all for one, one for all' cohesive kind of way. Moderately strong metallic notes seal the deal on worse than mediocre.

The mouthfeel isn't too bad, though it isn't a positive either. Unfailingly light, it lacks even the slightest sense of volume in the mouth. A fine, low-level carbonation isn't enough to pull it up to average.

The first rule when proclaiming one's personal philosophy on a beer label, especially one as self-important as this, is to back it up. Boris doesn't. Sure, this mini bottle went down easily enough, but it's a lackluster example of a lackluster style. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 20:40:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not only did I get the cool little bottles but I got a cool little glass that fits on e Boris. Ok , the packaging is above average but what about the beer? Well it is simply slightly above average in taste and finish. Better than Becks and Heineken but not at the level of Konig or Topvar. I liked the glass enough to reccomend buying a 6 pack to get it as it really is an ok euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 01:54:04 | More by canucklehead
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mortarit

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Time to insert another review

The little green bottle caught my eye

You know come to think about it. This comes close to the Panamain beer I have been searching for but this isn't cheap like they were.
Like williamt states that it's a lager but the bottle has imported ale written on the label. It taste like a lager to me but I'm no expert. Still learning.
Be advise that tis is only a 8.5 oz bottle, to small but it packs a punch.

It's alright not the greatest but not a throw away either.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 01:32:53 | More by mortarit
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williamt

Iowa

3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I keep reading lager in some reviews, my bottle's say French Ale on them. Are we reviewing the same thing? Boris is an average ale with not much nose but a fairly balanced malt to hop flavor. I have not found a skunked bottle yet. All have come in covered 6 or 12 packs. I keep them around because they are affordable and imo better than the macros.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 22:18:25 | More by williamt
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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
63 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.