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Pelforth Blonde - Brasserie Heineken

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74
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 16.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Boto on 05-24-2004)
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I drank several steins of this at a fondue restaurant in Grenoble a month ago or so and took notes.

My notes read simply: Natural Light.

That's basically what I think of this swill from the brewery that puts really cool pelicans on its really cool grolsch-like bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2006 20:32:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -35.3%

11-27-2011 15:39:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
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SWY

Hong Kong

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

12-24-2013 11:06:02 | More by SWY
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thierrynantes

France

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Bière blonde
Appearance : robe jaune paille, transparente, mousse blanche, fines bulles
Smell : malts, notes fruitées
Taste and mouthfeel : une bonne amertume
Drinkability : une bière sans grand caractère

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 20:13:43 | More by thierrynantes
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TheBrewo

Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a brew a shade darker than gold. It holds a frothy white head of one finger. This retains nicely leaving thick lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears robust and translucency is high. No haze or sediment is noted. The nose reminds one of the taproom of an English pub. It is bright with wet and pale malts, mixed ever so slightly with a darker toast. There are hints at a sour vinegar flavoring, and a surprising hop character is present. This latter piece is grassy, with a bit of must. As we sip, the first flavors to hit are sour malts, which here appear on the adjuncty side of life. There is the faintest deepening to them as the beginning evens out, but this is subtle. Accompanying this, and moving us through to the middle is an additional chalky, drying grain, and a further souring apple sweetness. The middle also peaks with a coiny nickel component. Transitioning through to the final wash is a further biting bitterness from the yeast, and a revival of the apple sourness. The aftertaste breathes with dry alcohol that dissipates right off the tongue, and a gritty grainy flavoring. The body is medium and the carbonation is debatably high. The feel to each sip is with minimal slurp and smack, but rather with a drying wave that engulfs the entire mouth. The abv is within range and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. It was robust enough to conjure up memories, and had a relatively present hop character, which was a nice unexpected bonus. On the other hand, however, the flavoring did not correlate well with what the nose promised. The flavors were a bit mute, and came across as overly metallic, which left the drinker ultimately dissatisfied.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 20:20:35 | More by TheBrewo
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watchnerd

California

2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 500 ml can at a Parisian super market on Boulevard de Grenelle in the 15e arrondisement. Paid a little under 2 euro for the can. I've been buying an assortment of this cans while here, drinking 1-2 per night.

This beer? Meh, it was just okay. Nothing to write home about. 5.8% alcohol is about an average ABV for this category. The taste was completely unmemorable, which is both good and bad. Bad, that there was nothing noteworthy or special about the taste of beer, nothing to recommend it, per se, give other, better options. Good, it was not offensive or nasty, either, unlike the Bavaria 86 swill I had this week, too.

Overall, it's an inoffensive if forgetable beer, and one that can be had safely if presented to you. On the other hand, it's not worth seeking out, either.

Serving type: can

10-07-2008 21:23:42 | More by watchnerd
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speter

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger head that faded quickly, leaving no lace.

S: I'm getting quite a bit of citrus and spice in the nose, much more than would be expected from the hops. Even an overtone of cloves in there.

T: The taste unfortunately mirrors the smell. There is an unappetizing lemon overtone (think dishwashing liquid) as well as pepper and cumin. It's not the worst beer I've had, but I wouldn't seek this out again.

M: Light with good carbonation. Refreshing on a warm day.

D: As an standard euro pale lager, it's not undrinkable, so long as you like the lemon and pepper flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 19:39:46 | More by speter
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Boto

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draught: This one is a fairly typical yellow, although it isn’t as fizzy as many macros. It does carry a bit of a white head. The aroma is almost there, but kind of weak. The taste has the sweetness hints of an abbey beer, but overall a bit bland. OK if nothing else is available on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2004 18:51:43 | More by Boto
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JDeming

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -11%

06-30-2014 01:48:31 | More by JDeming
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -11%

06-03-2013 15:59:18 | More by CurtisD
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warpedrevolution

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -11%

08-07-2012 13:58:20 | More by warpedrevolution
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Maxilouis

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -11%

05-03-2014 19:55:56 | More by Maxilouis
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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

A 250ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Purchased from a den of iniquity not far from here. I like the pelican emblem on the label.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens chalice. A clear golden-amber colour with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that rapidly collapses to a surface layer. An earthy aroma of fruity yeast esters with notes of banana, and a hint of stewed leaves/cooked veg. Reminiscent of a low quality Belgian blonde.

Tastes of light, watery malt with a very mild bitterness. Notes of fruity yeast, especially banana, and a dry stewed leaf flavour in the background. Hints of overcooked veg. Mouthfeel is tingly, but thin and astringent. A faint, dry aftertaste of yeast esters and bitter stewed leaves.

Not brilliant. An alternative to industrial lager, but I suspect that France is capable of producing better beers. It most closely resembles a poor Belgian blonde, with some fruity yeast notes but a lack of character and complexity. Body is also pretty thin. Pass it over for something else.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 21:54:32 | More by jazzyjeff13
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TheSarge

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pelforth Blonde pours decently with bright white head, with a gold and clear body.

Aromas are bitter and slightly skunky.

The taste is decent with a malty sweetness and a good follow up with lemony hops.

This is a bit more refreshing than the Kronenbourgh 1664 I just had.

Overall this meets the standard for a decent pale lager. There is nothing special here, thought. I was a little disappointed, because I like the brown a bit more that Pelforth puts out.

Serving type: can

06-30-2008 08:01:05 | More by TheSarge
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We continue on with my reviews of beers my girlfriend brought back from Paris. This Pelforth came in a 250 ml (9 oz) bottle, which I poured into a glass from Biere Culture, the new beer joint on the Champs Elysees. The back label reads: "Round on the palate, Pelforth Blonde draws its strong personality from its intense flavors combined with malt and fruit aromas and the more subtle notes of honey and fresh hazelnut."

The beer pours golden-to-copper, with a big head (partly on account of the tall glass I used). For a blonde beer this has a surprising orange tint to it, which I feel adds welcome depth the the beer's appearance.

In the nose, however, there is less depth. I get adjunct and a bit of fruitiness.

The flavor contains more adjunct evidence (corn, perhaps?) to go with some malt and a slight metallic tartness in the aftertaste. As far as flavor profile goes this reminds me somewhat of Miller Lite except of course it is much better. It is smoother and creamier, with more of a malt presence along with a mildly detectable bitterness that perks up after several sips.

Of course this beer is meant to be an easy, refreshing drinker, but with more to offer than your standard light lager. To this extent Pelforth succeeds in that the flavor and body are light and crisp, yet there is more substance to it than the typical macro. In the end, however, just being better than a mega-lager isn't quite enough, and there are certain characteristics in the flavor that I feel detract somewhat from the overall drinking experience.

If you should find yourself in France and your refreshment options are Pelforth Blonde or some run-of-the-mill light lager, go with the Pelforth. It's good enough not to be overly offensive, but not so good as to really stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 00:48:07 | More by VoodooBrew
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -2.9%

02-21-2013 03:54:07 | More by dcbeers
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Reem

France

3/5  rDev -2.9%

09-28-2013 14:42:40 | More by Reem
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.9%

11-15-2012 02:38:33 | More by cfalovo97
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napetry

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-06-2013 23:13:10 | More by napetry
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.9%

04-22-2012 15:57:14 | More by rale
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barryjg

Texas

3/5  rDev -2.9%

03-07-2014 21:03:59 | More by barryjg
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Ty1607

France

3/5  rDev -2.9%

04-25-2014 15:23:04 | More by Ty1607
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -2.9%

10-27-2013 07:56:05 | More by TubbyDullard
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3/5  rDev -2.9%

09-01-2013 10:28:17 | More by GRUUMSH
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-28-2014 13:18:01 | More by BJSmit
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Pelforth Blonde from Brasserie Heineken
74 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.