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

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

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 87
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Saverne
France

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-29-2004

This is the standard 5.5% Boris that comes in bottle and can; white label.
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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 87
Photo of evlu1441
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
2.35/5  rDev -10%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of MikeInIowa
3.75/5  rDev +43.7%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can looks great but beer in glass does not look good.

A- Darkish gold. Head dies down in a matter of seconds. Unappetizing patching and ring remain. Good number of bubbles rising.

S- Corn syrup. Lightest malt. Strong brewer's yeast.

T- Brewer's yeast all the way. Vitamin D pills. The brewer's yeast taste is definitely interesting yet borderline disgusting. I guess you could learn to appreciate it but I think the flavor should be finer or show more complexity to become interesting and ideally appreciated.

M- Ordinary macro mouthfeel tending toward watery. Seems viscous and dry at the same time which is strange and not particularly enjoyable.

D- Not high for me since I don't like the taste.Goes down kind of easy though.

Bad beer. Interesting because it's different though. I'd like to try a good beer with this ''brewer's yeast profile'' flavor if it exists. (879 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
2.62/5  rDev +0.4%
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! (288 characters)

Photo of seand
2.86/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 500mL can.

Pours a bright, clear, golden color with some fairly active carbonation that creates a thin wispy white ringed lace.

Slight esters in the nose with a base of cooked cereal grains and hints of buttery notes in the back; hello, you're not supposed to be here.

Mouthfeel is near medium, with a slight chewy water consistency. Lively and crisp carbonation on the palate. Mildly sweet with more cooked cereal grains, hint of berry-like esters, and dab of caramel. Powdery malts. Light herbal hop note; very light, and that's it for hops. Light metallic notes. Fairly clean finish, but there's something lingering that's kind of lackluster.

Nothing offensive here, but it's a bit bland and one-dimensional overall. (730 characters)

Photo of atomicbolt
2.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a listing for "Boris" and one for "Boris- Le Flacon D'Alsace", I figure it's the same thing so I'll just review it under the more popular name. Picked up a tallboy can at the LCBO, I thought the packaging was cool, didn't know it had such a bad rep on here. Alright, let's give it a shot.

Yellowy-amber appearance, with a small, fizzy white head that recedes to nothing quickly. Skunky smell with a rough, yeasty edge, nothing overwhelming.

The taste is watery, nothing spectacular, just yeasty and a bit bitter. Sort of that dull, skunky Heineken-y aftertaste. Bitter, earthy finish, weak hops. Thin mouthfeel, but still quaffable and inoffensive. Overall, tastes stale and uninspired.

It's still not bad, and I still drank it down without any complaints, but I definitely won't be paying for this again. (818 characters)

Photo of bloberglawp
3.01/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow, big foamy head that sticks around, some lacing quite carbonated... a good looking lager.

Aroma of continental malt and a faint delicate aroma of fresh grassy hops. Flavor is a malt backbone being haunted with a bit to much dyacetyl and oxidation. Bitter finish is adequate but overall the beer seems a little sweet. After closer examination I realise the can is past its best before date by a few months.

Actally quite a respectable european example of a common lager, I'll bet it's quite good of a fresh tap in Alsace. (535 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
2.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear straw colour, 4 cm of head dissipates quite quickly. Little carbonation visible. Smells yeasty and grassy. Little jumps out in the taste; some generic grains/bread taste, with a bitterness that sits heavily on the back of the tongue. Slightly drying. Light body with slight carbonation.
The can is fairly striking, with the logo of a man running with a flag. An individualist slogan is printed overtop of the logo. Somewhat ironic given the bland nature of this beer. While never offensive, this beer is simply too middle of the road and boring for me to recommend, or try again. (594 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
2.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.36/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of pootz
2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can..no date code

Hard pour puts a crystal clear gold lager in the glass with a instantly disappearing cap and no lacing ( uh-oh is see adjucts)

Aroma...like wet paste board soaked in weak corn syrup ( uh-oh is smell dextrin syrups)

Taste: fizzy, bland, watery, wealk malt presence, over filtered with the prominenece of stale over-boiled cheap hop pellets..finish is dry, fast and there is a malt/corn extract cardboard after taste (uh-oh I taste malt extracts and dextrin syrup suppliments)

Now I know why I waited years to buy just one to sample because buying six would leave 5 to go bad waiting for me to revist this bland over-processed concoction....in the vein of domestic extract-brewed buck a beer swill, but priced like a premium import...pass it up. (779 characters)

Photo of crwills
1.78/5  rDev -31.8%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Shadman
2.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (679 characters)

Photo of JOaikido
2.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can. Best before 05/08.

A- A clear pale gold beer with white head. Minor effervescence. Head settles far too quickly.

S- Faint hops. A little "funny" smelling (mushroomy). Faint grassy notes and very faint fruity notes. It barely has a smell.

T- Very watery with slight bitter hops up top and in finish. Basic unispired macro lager. Not skunky, probably because its in a light-blocking aluminum can. There is a mildewy note in the middle that does not fit and just tastes off.

MF- Light and watery, but not bad for the style.

D- Easy drinker to wash food down with. But there are much more pleasant ways to achieve that end. (647 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.37/5  rDev +29.1%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.14/5  rDev -18%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
1.68/5  rDev -35.6%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.22/5  rDev -53.3%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.08/5  rDev +18%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.06/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (748 characters)

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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
65 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.