Newton | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

31 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Naerhu on 01-26-2003

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.16/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a teku: Thick cloudy light gold color with faint visible activity. Frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with a good amount of lacing. Flavors of green jolly rancher, apples, candy, medicinal, faint sweet grains. Highly sugary apple taste, with a faint zest. Smooth medium body with crispy carbonation. Light finish with a sugary feel of apples and candy. Good apple flavor, decent quality for that it's supposed to be, and doesn't feel adjunct. Although feels more like a cider or cooler than a beer. The freshness is alright. Overall it's pretty average, overly accessible, and good for those who doesn't like beer. Too sugary and lacking actual beer flavors.

 683 characters

Photo of Antyk
3.52/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #234

14 characters

Photo of Socialiste
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good apple taste, not much of a beer

36 characters

Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mattfancett
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of biboergosum
3.22/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, part of the otherwise typically Belgian-styled '1/2 Meter of Beer' from this brewery. Made with 15% apple juice, so not quite a shandy, it would seem at the outset.

This beer pours the whitest of white that I have ever encountered - a barely straw-tinted hazy white 'colour', like the puffy, foamy, and bubbly bone-white head sitting atop it is somehow bleeding back from whence it came. There remains a few broad swaths of melting limestone cliff lace around the glass after this all resolves itself.

It smells of musty, somewhat woody apple juice, candi sugar, sweet wheaty malt, a touch of doughy breadiness, and some earthy, mildly zingy yeast. The taste is mostly right in line with the aroma - somewhat stale, almost cider-like apple juice, further red apple skin, softly sweet wheat, grainy pale malt, and a middling earthy yeastiness.

The carbonation is fairly robust and frothy from the get-go, the body on the light side of medium weight, but nowhere near thin, and kind of smooth, the yeast and understated acidity from the apple juice tugging away here. It finishes off-dry, the agreeably balanced fruitiness chipping away at the superfluous lingering sugar, while the malt sits by, a disinterested look on its face.

Not a bad fruit beer, as apple flavoured ones go, the guest ingredient shying away from the overwrought cloyingness endemic in the few of its competitors I have thus far sampled. Nothing overly complex, but enjoyable enough, especially since I just put one and two and three together to ascertain the meaning of the decidedly non-Belgian sounding name of this offering.

 1,616 characters

Photo of thehmmthehmm
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of dcmchew
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of AdrianMendez
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of NightINgale
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of morfius85
4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of benfons
2.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very pale colour, nice carbonation, almost no head

S: Granny smith, some yeast

T: Granny smith, grains and some yeast, some bad apple too

M: reasonably thin, carbonation is fine, almost no alcohol

O: for a fruit beer, it's fine but it's still a bit sweet too my taste and i won't buy this one again

 306 characters

Photo of Everydayoff
2.7/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Newton glass by freshness date.

Hazy pale yellow color, reminiscence of pineapple juice, small white head that quickly recedes and leaves average lacing, carbonation seems to be medium.

Apple juice and yeast, barley malt is also there but just subtle.

Sweetness in similar way to apple juice, it reminds me of apple juice with soda. Yeast is detectable but malt and hop are mute.

Medium body with firm amount of carbonation, it summons vast micro-bubbles touching through palate, dry finish.

Likely a juice not a beer, I personally like this but would it be better to pick real apple juice rather than apple juice beer?

 666 characters

Photo of spinrsx
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy pale yellow colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is a decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, floral, green apples, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with a lot of green apples and some lemon juice. I can also pick up on a bit of a clove spiciness. The beer finishes with a very sweet grainy green apple aftertaste.

Overall – I’m not a huge fan of green apples.. so even before I took my first sip I knew this wasn’t going to be a winner. However, it’s nice to try something new every now and then. It really does taste quite a bit like green apples and it deserves some points for that. Unfortunately it’s a little bit too sweet and I found myself struggling to finish the bottle. It’s worth a try but I suggest you split the bottle with someone else.

 1,002 characters

Photo of ThaCreep
1.93/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow or transparent. Very fragrant scents of apple skin enough so sour on the nose with a slight hint of hops. Body very light and sweet with touches of apple much more discreet than in the nose. No sweet taste but no acid. The taste of the Witbier is nonexistent, it is thought to lager without character or taste. Finish without bitterness, just a slight reminder of the taste of apple. In short, bland beer.

 422 characters

Photo of JeremyBrews
2.22/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Finger of head, recedes quickly, but leaves a good deal of lacing which doesn't overstay its welcome.

S- Smells identical to apple cider, with some yeasty tones.

T- No hop sensation. Some initial malty wheat taste which is rapidly dominated by a watered down apple cider mid- to after- taste.

M- Pleasant creaminess, zero fizziness due to lack of any noticeable carbonation.

D- Way too close to juice (watered-down apple cider) to be mistaken for a beer experience. With no bitter hop flavor to offset the sweetness of the apple flavor, and no carbonation, this beer is synonymous to a wine cooler.

 605 characters

Photo of jeranbrews
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - The appearance of the bottle is bright green like a neon light. With an uber EU friendly multi-lingual label. Pours at least a good finger of head that dies quickly, and had strong lacing that clung to the glass much harder than one would think for a beer of this fruity nature. Pours a cloudy white yeast mud color.

S - Sour apples and yeast, you can almost imagine a faint hop smell coming through, but it probably isn't. There is a sugary glazed donut smell that creeps in at the end too.

T - Sugary sour taste. The mild yeastyness of bread dough that's waiting to rise. These both are flavors you'll find, but the overwhelmingly dominate flavor is that of sour apple Jolly Ranchers. It's a simple flavor. There is no bitterness or beer-flavor.

M - Fruity, bubbly at the beginning, that fades to a sugar coating. To me it felt just like I'd let cotton candy dissolve in my mouth.

D - This is drinkable. Sweet, sour, fruity. The style says Belgian pale ale, but this is definitely not what I think of when someone says, "pale ale."

 1,041 characters

Photo of mrmanning
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy pasty yellow with a frothy and good sized bleached white cap. Nose of freshly squeezed apple juice and funky yeast, some straw.Tastes of sweet apple at first, and led to a sour crab apple funk, with a bit of unwelcome diacetyl. Finished sweet, but balanced and fairly drinkable.

 294 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a yellowish ale with some white hue and a medium bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of apple doesn’t appear to be too faked though I suspect there is very little real apple in here as opposed to some artificial flavouring. Taste I refreshing with some apple sweetness and a good Belgian witbeer base. Definitely not a beer that I will be looking for again in the future but not as gross as some other fruit beer out there.

 445 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Newton from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 31 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.