Fleur De Lehigh
Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #433
Ranked #45,317
3.42 | pDev: 20.47%
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Photo of Sable
2.16/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I like spiced and spicy things, and had some high hopes for Fleur de Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed pretty soundly. Poured with a nice deep gold color, but then I realized that this unfiltered beer was a bit clumpy. As in crud in the bottom of the glass, with floaters as well. It smelled good at the pour, with some nutmeg and clove but the taste was disappointing. Few of the spice flavors come out in the taste, it's pretty thin, and doesn't have a full, rounded beer taste, either.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is supposedly a Belgian Pale (Golden) Ale but some of the spices used made it taste nothing like one. More specifically, the ginger-lemongrass combo was a bit overwhelming and off-putting. No head whatsoever and a murky brown color that was hardly inviting.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Amber and cloudy at the top, more light at the bottom. No head, no lace.
S: Licorice, banana, orange. Spicy.
F: Little foam, slight burn at the end. Pepper aftertaste.

T: First impression is medicinal. Almost like I'm drinking cough medicine or some sort of classic health tonic. It starts like a florist. Peppery fruit dominates. Maybe orange. No banana. The more I tried it I found myself struggling for other things to say. The pepper at the end actually leaves a slight burning in my mouth.

O: One of the bottles was damaged slightly at the top. I opened it and didn't hear a whoosh and saw the dinged glass. It was a drain pour. In a way, maybe I should be glad there's one less of these I didn't consume. From the bottle, it's drinkable. From the glass, not so much.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a standard pint from a 12 oz bottle.

A hazy golden ale with a very thin white head. Solid lacing.

Spice forward. Heavily ginger. Solid yeast scent.

Different batches seem to have different levels of spice. This one goes down easy and combines ginger and lightly grassy accents. It's note bad.

A seemingly dry offering with a little too much carbonation. However, the first time it hits your mouth it seems rather wet. Then, the spice hits your throat on the back end and kills an otherwise solid summer effort.

Not a bad beer, perhaps more of an early spring beer. Needs some mouth feel effort. I remember this being a lot better a few years back. For a beer with a ballpark aesthetic, it definitely needs a lot of work. Probably the worst of PBC.

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Photo of J_Fisher
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Borderline overwhelmingly spicy. Heavy, though for the right occasion, I would definitely enjoy this beer. Just not on an everyday basis. It would be best suited to complement a heavy meal due to the intensity of the flavor. I enjoyed the nostalgic bit on the label about Shibe Park.

I'm not sure I can come up with a good basis for comparison for this beer, as its floral and citrus hints are particularly pronounced, unlike any other brews I've tasted.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass receptacle. Hazy burnt amber with suspended sediment. No lace. Surface foam for head. Looks ok.

Tart orange, ginger, and light black pepper notes. Yeast action. Interesting.

Even more tartness in the mouth. Very 'spice rack' with pepper and coriander leading the charge. The ginger is there, but has fallen off a bit. Tangy in the wheat spectrum with some standard barley malt presence, as well. Slightly farmhouse in the yeast quality.

Wet medium with an almost-medium carbonation. Drinks very easily without any obvious alcohol presence.

A lot of bottle variation in this one. I've had a few that seriously impressed me and a couple that let me down (as you can tell, this is a frequent go-to when I see it). This bottle's in the middle, where it maybe should be for a review proper.

**re-reviewed on 04/15/2013

Hazy, sediment-laden dirty amber color. Soapy lip of greasy suds.

Spicy aromas of pepper and ginger and sweet lemongrass. Citrusy and floral tones are rather playful in the nose. Sweet and carefully malty. Weak on fruity elements. Perhaps a hint of tangerine.

Lemongrass is right upfront, a lovely addition to a Belgian ale such as this one. Complex spice character with a mild, and never biting, flavor of fresh ginger, Thai basil, and white pepper. Orange essence offers rind-like tang, and simple juicy sweetness. Floral hops are in the background.

Light carbonation and a supple medium body. High drinkability. No booziness.

Needs the additional ingredients to make it delicious. Not a well-crafted ale, just a great recipe.

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Photo of cpolking
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very hazy dark golden and orange in color. There is a very large, billowing head of white foam.

The aroma is spices galore, with the rose hips and rhubarb first showing up, then the ginger and cardamon, with the lemongrass the most subtle in the aroma. All the spices sit in a base of zesty yeastiness.

The taste is as spicy as herbal tea, this time with the lemongrass and ginger taking the lead, the cardomon still in the middle, and the rose hips and rhubarb showing up on the finish. The zesty yeast still underpins everything in the taste as well.

This is one of the most well-done spiced beers I have tried. This would be great with spicy Thai cuisine. The first time I tried this I did not like it much, I think the freshness of this beer can make a big difference.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.18/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This pours a cloudy yellow with a thick head and no lace. There's a ton of yeast floating in the beer. The aroma is a mix of witbier lemon and hefe banana with a hint of hay. The flavor is mainly sour lemons and not much else. It's mouthfeel is light. Philadelphia Fleur De Lehigh is a forgettable beer. Not recommended!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

A decent Belgian-style ale from PBC. Poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a short-lived cap of white head. Floral aroma, spicy, gently crisp hoppage. Bready malt base in the taste, crisp citrus and floral hops, Belgian yeast and spice, with a bitter finish. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable overall, but nothing that really calls me back for more.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sending this one Steve. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with about a finger of white foam.

The aroma is a bit strange. Initially it reminds me of baking spices like nutmeg and allspice; pretty much aromas I would reserve for darker beers. Underneath all that I get a bit of ginger and caramel malts. Somewhat floral and perfumy with some steamed vegetables. Essentially I would say these are all aromas I would enjoy, they just seem strange all together and aren't impressing me. The flavor here isn't offensive at all. It's actually just a little boring. Pretty much just a light in flavor beer with a little bit of a grassy finish. The spices are just not as present as present. Where as the aroma was to complex, the flavor just doesn't give enough.

The feel is medium with subtle carbonation. It lingers to be a little sticky. Overall I don't dig this. It doesn't taste bad but the aroma simply stinks.

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Photo of mooseo
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy golden brown in color. Small head with little to no lacing.

S - Faint hints of lemon and orange, malts, and other assorted spices. Overall it has a sort of musky aroma that isn't too appealing, but not terrible either.

T - A mix of sweet lemon, orange peel, and other citrus flavors throughout. Some toasted malts and peppery spices in the finish. I taste a bit of ginger as well, as the label indicates. Overall, a nice herbal characteristic in its taste.

M - Thin to medium bodied. Slightly syrupy, but very crisp and smooth.

D - Very refreshing. Probably best served on a hot summer day. Makes a good session ale due to the low ABV. While the unique blend of citrus and spice make this worth trying at least once, overall it is a very average beer. Not my favorite offering from PBC.

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Photo of ooshrooms
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - golden color like the bottle says with big white head

S - bright spices and flowery with a bit of pale malt fitting for a good summer beer.

T - just too aromatic for me. Ginger and floral notes dominated, and I mean dominated. It was like an herbal smoothy. I liked the ideas of the flavors, but I don't think it was balanced right.

M - as appropriate as the smell; light and smooth feel with average carbonation after it settled

O - I don't plan on buying more. I like an ambitious beer, but this one missed the mark imo. It was just too green for me to recommend. I would welcome a reformulation.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a cloudy, straw yellow color. It didn't have very much of the head on the pour. I does have a little bit of foamy lace as you drink the brew however. I don't see much carbonation on the pour.

The aroma that hits your nose first is floral. It seems super fresh. There is a bunch of aromas that hit the nose, as you smell this brew. The most dominate one I can detect is honeysuckles, that give in to just a touch of malts.

The flavors are great. Its some what of a unique brew. It packs some great flavors. But again, as the name sake has it, as well as in the aroma, this brew truly tastes like a wild flowers. Its quite tasty. It also has a bit of sweet malts as well, that brings you back to the fact that your drinking a beer.

The mouthful on this brew is great. Nice floral taste, with a of wheat and malts with just a touch carbonation that smooth it all out. Its super light and crisp.

This brew has a great drinkability. It has some great flavors and isn't overpowering like a few of the other flower like brews out there. Its a great summer brew that I will certianly pick up again. Another great pick up by Philadelphia Brewing Company.

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Photo of Beerparrot
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's what I would want in a hefe. Pretty nice on a hot day! Not over the top in flavors, but very drinkable for sure. Hasn't turned me off. Given the choice between this and a Franz or Hofbrau I'd probably go German. Between this and Sam's Summer, I'll take the Fleur de Lehigh.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on 2011-03-09 at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Semi-cloudy, golden with a short, white head.

S - Very, ery flowery with cinamon and other spices. Can smell it from 3 feet away.

T - Quite odd. You can taste the earthy rhubarb. Reminds me of drinking a Jack LaLane blended vegatable mix with some added hop bitterness. It has a LOT of flavor for a low ABV beer and to me, it wasn't off-putting (maybe because I like V8 juice :>)

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Nothing special.

D - Kind of skanky and weird but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of pvsob
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale golden color with a very small head. Fades quickly leaving some lacing and a thin film.

S- Lemon, wet hay, spices, and a hint of lightly toasted malt. Similar to a Wit.

T- Light malt followed by lots of spices. Some cloves, but mainly ginger and lemongrass towards the finish.

M- Medium feel, almost creamy. Medium to high level of carbonation.

D/O- Seems like a spicy Wit to me. All in all, this isn't a bad beer. I could have a pint or two of this before the lemongrass and ginger in the finish caught up to me. Cheers.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.27/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance; cloudy yellow-orange body with noticeable sediment. Average white head that dissipates to a persistent film. Some delicate lacing.

smell; medicinal malts with a hint of sweetness and cardamom and lemon grass. Spicy hops are very blunt and mellow out the malts. Quite complex but in a cheap ingredient sort of way, not bad but not pleasant either.

taste; so so, taste like the style but of a lesser quality. Spices are definitely perceived. Some citrusy hops and stale ginger powder, ride from start to finish leaving a slightly sour puckering in the aftertaste. Malts are weak and watery and the yeast taste odd.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with a slick finish. Puckers the mouth in the aftertaste.

overall; not terrible and worth a try but I wouldn't drink again unless one was offered to me.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike & Sarah for this one! 12oz brown glass bottle. Weird, long date code around bottom.

Pours very hazy, but bright orange tan in color with very thin white head. Nose is all about lemon grass, orange peels and hay. Palate has those same flavors but some spicy white and black pepper notes give it some gusto. Moderate finish.

Interesting and refreshing. I think this may be mis-categorized (currently BPA), probably more of a Wit beer.

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Photo of oline73
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a golden/light amber color with just under a finger of off white head. A ring of carbonation remains around the edge of the glass with rather large bubble rising up through the beer like champagne.

Smell: Not the best smelling beer in the world. Mildly floral with a rather strong herbal characteristic. I can smell the malt as well. Just doesn't all work together for me.

Taste: Very herbal. I can pick up the lemongrass and the ginger. There is a mild bready malt flavor as well. Not bad but not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy but smooth carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Not hugely impressed with this offering. The flavors didn't blend together in a way that was pleasing to me. I don't think I'd have another.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color in my new Philadelphia Brewing Co. pint, thanks to the Foodery for bottle and glass. Crisp but rich. Fruity like a Hefeweizen with nice amped-up Wit flavors. Spicy yet mellow. Label says ginger and lemongrass, but neither jump out at you. Creamy carbonation adds to the pleasing muthfeel.

Excellent quaffable beer with tremendous flavor for a modest alcohol content. My favorite new beer of the summer season.

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Photo of birchstick
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrRock for the extra!

A - pours a faint copper / browned oranges with a little head

S - smells of some grain malts with a bit of ginger and spice...pretty faint nose

T - this has a couple of things going on in it - is was mostly tea-like in its flavor with hints of ginger. It had a hard to distinguish bread and caramel malt base and ended with a nice floral hop. Not bad.

M - good, full body that goes down smoothly

D - interesting beer for me. The tea flavors and ginger added some unique flavors for me. Weird flavor profile for me though. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to janis for sharing this - poured chilled into a cervoise from the 12oz brown bottle.

the color is very hazed golden with a thick rocky white cap of about 3/4 inch. The bead is very fine and the lace adheres well with good head retention. The smell is very earthy, vegetal - like cooked peas. The smell is mildly spiced and toasted but the canned pea smell is strong. The feel has a nice roundness in the body with gentle malt upfront and spiced right after with a moderate amount of carbonation and light toasted element with a semi dry finish there is a mild amount of sweetness to soften the spice.

This pale tastes unique you can tell there is some kind of herbal flavor which upon reading the label informs you of the lemongrass and ginger additions. The lemongrass gives a vegetal flavor while the ginger comes off as lightly spicey in tandem with the belgian yeast. I enjoy the malt body and the alcohol is low in the flavor with a decent element of earthy dried grass with a mild accent of citrus and light toasted notes. I think overall this is a good beer, not great. I do enjoy the amount of spice as it doesn't stand out so much that it comes off as forceful or overdone. I like the base and could see this as a nice refreshing summer beverage.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of groetman. Pours a golden unfiltered haze with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Spices upfront in the aroma with Ginger nutmeg and pepper. The taste follows the nose with Ginger as the star. It's light and highly carbonated. Not a bad brew just not something I'd drink every day. It's different and if you really like Ginger this is a beer for you.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark amber with an orange tint. Not as hazy or cloudy as expected with a nice bit of head.

S - You get slight hops and malt with a nice citrus rind and yeast. A lot going on here.

T - Came off actually pretty sweet than a full on yeast assault, which was expected due to it being over a half year old. The bitter citrus played the yeast so well it almost came off as a Dunkel.

M - Very light and bitter sweet.

D - Only coming around in the spring means I will have a while before fresh stuff arrives but really it was pretty good with age. I even hate Belgium's and it was refreshing!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Unfiltered golden ale with spices.

A: A deep tangerine orange pour is very turbid and cloudy by nature. The head is marshmellow white, fluffy and about a finger high but falls rather quickly. The lacing left a thick and lustrious band encircling the glass. Quite a bit of effervesce can be observed near the edges of the glass.

S: Slight tart tangerines and creamy wheat can be had upfront however I was hard pressed to identify any ginger on the nose but I did manage to find hints of white grapes, and lemon pepper which came about with some slight help of agitation. Yeasty bread character also comes out.

T: For flavor malted wheat and slightly dry oranges occur on the initial sip. A nice spiciness of lemon pepper, rosemary and parsley come through with a herbaceous touch along with soft honey-pine sweetness. White grapes follow through on the close. Nice even complexity where the spices blend quite well with one another with a smooth seamless transition.

M: Light bodied but feels much heavier when resting on the tongue. Warm lemongrass and peppery spicing is left behind while the effervesce is light but delivers a fairly crisp character.

D: Smooth drinkability, really easy going down and flows quite nicely from start to finish. The spicing and malt blend well together making for a decent session and 6 pack worthy option.

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Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 189 ratings