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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another boring lager brought in by the LCBO. At least it was a broken pack single. Not too watery, and some head in initial pour. Not a pourout, some malt in there. Minimal carbonation. Clean taste, could be a palate cleaner. A tad of fruit and malt on tongue at finish. Beats a Heinekin!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 02:19:36 | More by Sammy
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with little head and no lacing

Smell: Skunks, corn and a bit of petroleum

Taste: Not much on the front end, a little bit of hops in the middle and somewhat sweet on the finish

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied for a lager

Drinkability: You could argue that this is a refreshing beer to serve on a warm summer's day; on the other hand, why bother?

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 23:39:05 | More by brentk56
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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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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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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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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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WesWes

New York

3.48/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a clean pale malt scent with a bit of green bottle skunkiness. It has a sort of sweet aroma to it. The taste is decent. The two French beers I've tried are very much alike. They are very pale and quite sweet. They have a dry clean finish, but the mouthfeel is different from a regular pilsner. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good driking light beer. It has a bit of sweetness and a slight skunky aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 02:21:40 | More by WesWes
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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In an 8.5 oz green bottle. Pours light yellow with a little white head, I really like the carbonation. Does smell a little skunky, theres not much there anyways. The taste is kind of light and pilsnery. An average beer, but I think it has high drinkability, the small bottles make it easy to transport, and I can put down many of these in short amounts of time, plus its a decent price. So not so great on taste but it has other assets.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2004 01:20:25 | More by Viggo
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.08/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tiny 8.5oz bottle. My half glass poured a clear golden color with a medium thick white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sometimes sweet, sometimes skunky. Light-bodied with very little flavor. Mild hops and sweet corn are about all. Actually the flavor was better than expected, in that it actually had a little. The finish is clean and relatively flavorless aside from a mild bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 21:04:38 | More by Dogbrick
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Brent

Kentucky

2.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Label sports a little red guy running with a flag - lots of writing on the label about following only one's own flag - leaves one to puzzle about the marketing strategy going on here, is drinking this beer supposed to be some anti-establishment gesture?

Small green bottle. On pouring an instantaneous and powerful skunky aroma assaults the nose. Same for the initial flavor. I am able, with some effort, to pick out sweet malt and a surprising degree of hops drowned in the skunkyness. I expect some degree of this in a green bottle Euro-lager, but perhaps my sample was light-abused as the aroma is beyond an acceptable level. I think somewhere in there was a fairly good, clean lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 13:39:16 | More by Brent
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mynie

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a tasty and refreshing German lager. Well, it says its an ale on the bottle, but this is a lager. Trust me. Wait a second... " Le Flacon D'Alsace?" That doesn't sound German! I guess the guy at the liquor store lied to me. Ah well, even if it's French it still tastes like a German Pils.

Comes in a cute little green bottle with a pretty and plain label. Pours out a dark golden with a nice head with okay retention. No lacing. This beer was meant to be drank from its bottle, though.

It's got a very nice bitter zip to it. I've heard people compare this to Heineken but I have to disagree. Whereas Heineken tastes like grains and skunk, this has complex adjunct malt taste and really nice bitter aftertaste. Some have complained of skunkiness, which is common in these green bottle beers, but I bought a 12 pack, not a sixer, and the bottles were shielded from light by a cardboard box. Maybe that's the difference maker.

It has a nice fizzy body and it goes down like soda pop.

This is a really nice summer beer. Crisp, smooth, refreshing, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 01:20:00 | More by mynie
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tiny 8.5 ounce bottle with a some Alsatian political overtones (and a little guy running with a flag). Pours with a big white head that leaves generous amounts of lace. Deep golden color. There’s a touch of sulphur in the aroma…maybe it’s just a little light struck. Also a hint of floral hops. Taste has a grainy quality. Also there’s a sweetness that seems a bit mis-placed in that it doesn’t accompany a maltiness or other, similar flavor. Soft, simple mouthfeel. Watery, but clean finish. Not bad, but a very middle-of-the road beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 11:54:50 | More by Suds
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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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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear medium golden. The head was white and fell back quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was earthy with a slightly fruity aroma. Some alcohol was present in the aroma.

The flavor was crisp but bland with a slight fruitiness. Not much going on. A little malt, but no real hop flavor, only a bit of bitterness.

The finish was dry and every so slightly bitter. The body was medium to medium light.

8.5 ounce green twist off single bottle. Says ALE on the label.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 00:48:54 | More by GCBrewingCo
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A coworker gave a bottle of this for me to try, I'd never heard of it before. Came in a small 250 ml green bottle. The blurb on the front label says in scripted silver: "My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future." Oblique marketing, could just as easily fit into a Pepsi or IKEA ad.

A decent clear golden colour in appearance, small fizzle of carbonated head on the pour. The aroma is that of metallic grains and sweet corn, and some other adjunct that I can't place, possibly preservatives. In the flavour department it starts out with a raw grain husk character, melding into a sweet corn finish, the faintest hint herbal hops appearing on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and a bit caustic from the carbonation, and possible additives. Am glad this was a free one and I didn't have to pay for it, and won't be buying any myself. My values are those of a generation that won't go near sub par beer like this, no matter how psuedo-inspiring the marketing campaign tries to come across. I'd take a PBR over this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 23:45:23 | More by IronDjinn
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.08/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours to a miserable small level from an 8.5 oz. bottle, wtf? Small white head, leaves a solid layer on top of the beer. Wow. Taste and smell is about as average of a euro lager as you could hope to find anywhere. Lots of grassy malt, but has more skunk than it should. Not very good, a trendy waste-your-time beer, if anything.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 14:57:28 | More by TastyTaste
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-23-2007 00:26:15 | More by pootz
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granger10

Wisconsin

1.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Strongly pungent aroma, bitter corn, and sweaty socks. Not too good. Taste has less pungency but its still there. Lots of adjunct taste here, maybe even stronger than in most of the BMC beers. Grainy huskiness and sour notes, but not in a good way. Decently carbonated but not much to this beer. Good for novelty's sake with the 8.5 oz bottle and talks of the French Rev (maybe?) but that doesn't make the beer any good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 13:41:25 | More by granger10
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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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ElGordo

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caught my eye at Whole Foods because it was on sale for $4.99/6pk. Upon further inspection, the bottles only hold 8.5 oz. Neat packaging, little red guy running around with a flag. Despite the communist visual themes, the label preaches something about individualism. Go figure. Pours a pale golden with a complete absence of a head. Nice, light, sweet flavor of adjunct malt with a hint of low-grade hops. Substantial body for a beer this light. Higher alcohol content comes through in the warming aftertaste. Not particularly bad. Reminds me of Henry's Blue Boar Ale (RIP).

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 00:56:27 | More by ElGordo
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color with a persistent ivory head and decent lace. The aroma is somewhat grainy with some adjunct notes and sweetish malts. The taste begins with a honeyish malt and a slight hoppiness. Unfortunately a soapy processed taste becomes evident very quickly. Fortunately this defect isnt overpowering. The mouthfeel is somewhat soapy with insipid carbonation.

This beer is pretty drinkable, at least more flavorful than North American Adjunct lagers. The bottle, however, is too small. Only 250ml for this bland beer?

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 00:47:29 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Todd

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 22:05:34 | More by Todd
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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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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
63 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.