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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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84 Ratings

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Saverne

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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Photo of Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: I found this lonely single 250 ml bottle today. It was damn cheap. So, it was a good opportunity to give it a try.

Appearance: Another yellow fizzy lager. Usual suspect. Not much else to say.

Smell: The classic skunk smell of the euro pale lagers, but this one is really awful when you uncap it. After that, it is tolerable.

Taste: A very boring hoppy water with malt. Dull.

Mouthfeel: I never reviewed a so watery beer. Some carbonation will create the so-called mouthfeel. Otherwise, it is really b

Drinkability: It is ok, if you're a unexperienced underage drinker who want a really cheap euro pale lager. Otherwise, you desserve better products (almost everything else). I am glad to have only bought one of their stupid 250 ml format bottle. Why they don't bottle by 11.5 / 12 oz standard format? At least, their label is nice. Boris has a malternative sister: Boris Cool. In this type, Boris is doing much better than its beer, but Boris Cool is not beer...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 00:38:30 | More by Barraclou
Photo of stoutman


3.33/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep golden color, with a thin white head and some sticky lace. Sweet malty aroma, light graininess with a bit of soapy character. Flavor is pretty simple, light malt, faint hopping with a light peppery finish. Not too bad, this is better than Bud and I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 00:59:46 | More by stoutman
Photo of 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
Photo of 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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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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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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Ontario (Canada)

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

Cute little bottle, fills a pilsener glass with an effervescent clear golden with a fizzy white head. Smell was a bit of hops, very little else. Taste was rather crisp, with a lot of hops up front, and bit of graininess in the middle. Rather highly carbonated, but definitely not as bad as I thought it would be. This is an odd little beer, nothing special... but not hideous.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 00:17:28 | More by tatterdash
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Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A good golden yellow, with tiny buttles. A small head that dissapear very quickly just shy to say hell and "hop" its gone! Leaving an oil firm on my glass.

Smell: Malty, tiny bit fruity and watery

In mouth it felt a bit oily, the malt was taking over, and an after-taste I cannot identify.

Not impressed at all....

10 min after I finished my beer, I purped and a nice taste of wet cartonboard was there, god bless the small green bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 00:08:02 | More by 3Vandoo
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1.88/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My girlfriend bought this beer thinking it was the Heavyweight B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Orignal Russian Imperial Stout), but it wasn't. Pours a nice looking amber with a decent sized off-white head. Smells like complete ass. Grainy and wheaty, and absoolutly hop presence anywhere. Tastes grainy, with no complexity anywhere. I have to give it to this beer though, it's quite crisp and clean. That's about all that it's got going for it. Avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 03:36:33 | More by santoslhalper
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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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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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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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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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New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some kinda socialist beverage!
Probably not, just Narcissistic.
Pours a light golden color with a nice full soapy head. Nicely carbonated with a sticky lace. Aroma is quite pilsneresque and a little skunky; a light sweetness with a crisp hop presence. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with very little hop in the finish (shows up late). The palate is light and creamy with a lively effervescence and a lingering bitterness. I found it a fair brew, but nothing special. It appears to be more about form than content.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 21:58:35 | More by SeanChouffe
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2.53/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Well, let's start with the best part of this beer...the bottle. The tiny 8.5 ounce green bottle with the weird little, anarchist message on the front..says "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." Anyways.. the beer pours a nearly clear, pale color with virtually no head.

Smell: I'm firmly convinced that every green bottle from Europe smells skunky. This had less of a "skunky" smell than most, but it was still quite apparent. I can sort of pick up a citrus aroma and some grains maybe? not too impressed.

Taste: pretty bland, actually. Tastes like beer-flavored water, no joke. Reminds me of watered-down Heineken.

Mouthfeel: Light but relatively smooth. Nice carbonation...finish is dry and fairly bitter.

Drinkability: Do the French do anything well? I'm not quite sure, but they could start by improving this brew. You could easily down 6-10 of these babies sitting around the campfire or somewhere where you'd want tiny, portable bottles...but the portable size is it's only asset.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 04:49:59 | More by hero27
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North Carolina

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

Cute green bottle. My son liked it. I like the little guy with the flag. Disagree completely with the narcissistic message. It probably made this beer taste worse to me. Funny how a words can affect one's perception of a beer.

Crystal clear light gold with decent head which dissipates rather quickly, not to reappear.

What is that aroma? Grainy, perhaps? Kind of non-descript, like the flavor. Some bitterness from the hops, not a lot more. I would be surprised if this is really an ale.

A slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall a fairly non-eventful beer. Not a lot of serious flaws, just not anything very exciting about it. Maybe I'll try one from the bottle next time? (OK...I went back and drank one from the bottle and it was no better...even got a skunky taste when I first opened it.)

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 02:43:55 | More by ncbrewerbun
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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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2.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label is enough to make you want to revolt! Against tacky labels that is. Aroma of rotten lemon rinds and wet grass waft around flavors of watery wort and a simplistic bitterness that tastes like nothing. This beer is the same even with your nose plugged. The producers and importers must be hoping to cash in on some latent social revolutionary tendencies congregating at the beer store not understanding that the REAL revolution lies in the cells of wild yeast and quality raw materials.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 00:07:00 | More by inebrius
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1.3/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There are at least two insulting things about this beer. The phony appeal to "values" on the label and the quality of the beer itself. First, the beer:
Sourish pale grains on the nose are instantly recognizable as junk ingredients on a par with Busch, Red Dog or Stella Artois. Fizzy with neutral, slightly toasted sugars, there is plenty of room for the intrusion of searing husk tannins, cloying sugar and naked alcohol flavors. Sour, bitter and - somehow - appallingly bland. Masochist's beer.

Here's the text:
"My values are..."
Great - can't wait to hear about the values of this 'me' speaking from a beer label. Values are what defines us. This must be 'personal' beer.
"... those of a generation..."
What?! 'Me' is 'we'? My values = generation's values? Get out! This is purposely vague, pandering bullshit that sounds like it might mean something, but of course does not.
"... that has taken control of its existence..."
So 'you' control your existence by gobbling up grandiose prose wrapped around depression-era styled, industrial, corporate beer.
"... and future."
Beware of anyone waving a flag and offering you a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 22:14:37 | More by putnam
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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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2.8/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this one because our local grocery had it on sale (as opposed to the Paulaner I wanted). The package is cute, but the beer is a little on the short side...

Appearance: Poured pale yellow with lots of bubbles, but minimal head and no lace. Completely failed to impress me - Vernors has more of a head on it.

Smell: This beer really doesn't smell like much of anything - not even Euro-skunk. Maybe a hint of floral notes in there somewhere, and a good whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, it's quaffable - crisp citrus notes and a hint of hoppiness. Not much else, though - certainly no body, as this stuff has the mouthfeel of soda water.

Drinkability: Easily sessionable, though I'm not sure why you'd want to. This one pairs quite nicely with intensely flavored/spicy foods like Thai, Mexican or BBQ, but mostly because it doesn't have much of any flavor to compete with the food.

Pretty much a non-beer, all in all. If you like brews that roll over and play dead, this Bud's for you. If you like beer with flavor... well, about the only thing to recommend it is the cute bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 23:43:45 | More by murphyl
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3.58/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought an 8.5 oz bottle of this for $.95. Definately couldn't pass it up for novelty reasons. Cute little bottle with simple label. Totally reminds me of Heineken. Pretty decent for a lager. Definately has the "Skunky" smell, but to be honest isn't too bad of brew. The only problem is how tiny the bottles are. If this is any sign of how the french drink beer, I will not put France on the top of my vacation list.

This beer is just like a puppy; no one can hate it after looking at it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 22:39:40 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The hi-lite of this brew was its skunky aroma and it just went downhill after that.
The colour was a very thin light yellow. Short head leaving a nice glass ring. Carbonation is nice.
The body is very thin and lacking.
The taste is papery.
Mouthfeel mirrors the body.
Off to the sink I go....say goodbye to Boris.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 04:10:58 | More by Shiloh
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Ontario (Canada)

1.27/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer sucks. I can't believe I still have five more bottles of this, which will probably be given away. Comes in a stubbie, green, 250mL bottle. Even in my small mug, it only comes up to a little over half, including head. Which was next to none. Maybe the width of a fingernail of foam. Pale yellow colour. No lace. Light skunk smell. Not much else. Am I detecting a malt profile, or is that my subconscious playing tricks on me? It's my subconscious playing tricks on me. Tastes bland. Not much of anything. Bit of a skunky flavour. No hop, no malt, not even any adjuncts. Bland, boring, nothing. Watery mouthfeel. Pretty much undrinkable swill. The best thing about this beer is the bullshit propaganda that is printed on the packaging and bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 23:31:27 | More by slitherySOB
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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
Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
63 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.