Belle Gueule Pilsner | Brasseurs R.J.

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Belle Gueule PilsnerBelle Gueule Pilsner
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Belle Gueule PilsnerBelle Gueule Pilsner

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AsburyParkJMH on 12-01-2003

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle - This one pourred a very light brew with a small white head. This brew has a light body with even lighter malt taste. Below average pils from a brewery who seems to be missing in the fresh idea department. I won't be seeking this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with one finger of white head that doesn't stick around long. The body is clear and golden with light rings of lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, grainy malt and a hint of herbal hop aroma.

T - Sweet malt up front with some graham cracker and bready notes in the middle. The beer finishes with dry, grainy notes and light, grassy hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A reasonably well done euro lager, a bit light to call it a pilsner, but it has a but of hop character. Nothing to write home about, but drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great four-finger head which leaves very good head on the glass. The liquor is clear and dark gold in color.

The nose features a raw grain (unmalted) smell. There is appropriate light hop in the background.

I'd describe this beer as accurate in flavor to the style. Nice blend of malt and hop with neither overwhelming the other. The body is also accurate for the style which is to say that it is moderate to low against most micros.

I received this beer in Montreal...I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys pilsners and find themself in Quebec.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Chez Sophie in Sept Iles Quebec
Deep yellow color light white head. Bready grainy a bit sweet with some faint hops. For a pilsner this needs more hops!

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a soft creamy malts with a slight hop spice.

The taste was a bit muddles with an overly soft malt. Some hop spice came through, but most was dampened by the creamy, full malt.

The mouthfeel was overly creamy for the style.

Overall a tasty beer, but not the best example of the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - straw yellow coloured, medium size fizzy white head, and medium carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Smell - bread/grains, a fruit like sweetness, faint hops.

Taste & Mouth - yeast, barley/wheat, above average

carbonation, sweet notes, and a dryness, almost like a white wine.

Drink - This is beer is okay, but there's many other beers I'd rather be drinking.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw-yellow color with a full pillowy white head and decent carbonation. Light almost cooked-corn type aroma with the faintest hint of hops. Tastes much like it smells with considerable Blond Ale character. Light-Medium bodied (leans Medium) and smooth with Ale qualities.

Not very Czech-like as label states ... more of a Blond Ale (although it's not an ale) or a standard Pilsner.

Best Before: end of 03/04
Tasted: 05/12/04

(341 ml) (B. Scott)

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Photo of Canada_Dan
2.95/5  rDev -9%

Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It'd be silly to do so in a formal sense, but so far as my reviews are concerned, I've started to regard Quebecois adjunct lagers as their own, distinct sub-category of style. And, to me, they are the best tasting of subset of adjuncts, even if they don't quite reach the heights of Schlitz and Grain Belt.

This does not seem to be a Czech pilsener in the slightest--the hops aren't Saaz, and there's plainly some adjunct in the grainbill.

It pours medium dark with a white, retentive head. Smells earthy, grainy, and herbal: cereal, corn, hay, and bit of a Ricola. Tastes like it smells--a very nice melange, assertive but quaffable, firm but not too sweet. The finish contains some mild, pleasant esters as well as a surprising rush of hop dryness.

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Photo of Whatup14
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StormAles
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes across as a lightweight without the distinctive hoppiness and crispness of a proper pilsener.

Clear gold colour with a moderate head that leaves just a ring. No lace. Subdued across the board in its aroma and taste. Hops and malts present but not a particularly flavourful brew.

Drinkable but uninspired. Needs hops. Not real interesting as pilseners go.

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Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden brew, a white high head, medium lacing.

Smell of pears, some lemon and fresh grass.

Tasting of white bread, some lime, and a grassy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a fresh coarseness, a medium body and a dry finish.

A clean and nice pilsener.

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Photo of Mack
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Cycle69
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of 4ster
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Shiloh
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pilsner is just average in both outward categories, but is very good where it matters.
A hazy golden yellow offering with a small crown and adequate carbonation.
The nose is barely noticable, maybe a very low presence of yeast.
The flavour is very good and well defined. Well balanced to begin with a grainy maltiness mixed with a floral like bitterness ending slightly to the hops.
I believe to be an exellent session brew.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A pale yellow body that boasts ample stead carbonation and a decent finger and a half of head. Some decent lacing came out of this one, but the head didn't stay for that long.

Smell: A faint whiff of grassy hops with some mild straw malt that that's about it. The straw comes across as a little bit ripe, but it's minor. The main issue here is that it's faint, less so that it's not the nicest thing.

Taste: Starts with a bit of sweet corn and straw malt that shifts to a bit more of a creaminess that I would consider more a characteristic of cream ale before a light dusting of hops sweeps it all away.

Mouthfeel: It certainly has good carbonation that helps out the entire beer, and it has a decent range of sensations that it does well. The creamy smoothness I find out of place for this style. The after-taste has a bit of staw malt cling that stick around for just a little too long.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink and easy on the system, but my biggest issue is that it drinks more like a lighter lager then a crisp, concise Pilsner as it comes across as on the lighter end of medium bodied. I also want to call it a summer drinker, but it's just a bit heavier then I'd expect and not quite interesting enough to give it enough interest.

Final Thoughts: This beer drinks like a mid-way point between a proper Pilsner and an imitation pilsner (like say Labatt Blue). It doesn't have the hops or crispness for a proper pilsner, but it certainly does better then most who use (and abuse) the name. That said, this beer drinks as an alternative to Macro Lager. It's decent, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Niceroad77
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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