Fischer LaBelle | Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

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Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by jermar:
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1.88/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is offered as the "house beer" at Les Zygomates in Boston. Must be because they don't serve Bud. This is a very poor beer. It has an ale-like taste with a bit of sweetness, barely a hint of hops, and is outclassed by most of the mega US lager beers and certainly by the likes of Stella Artois and Pilsner Urquell (both of which were also on tap).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.76/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with a decent head that showed good retention.

Smell – This smells exactly like its nasty cousin, the Fischer Bitter. A little skunk plus a dirty ashtray. Horrible.

Taste – Add to the Fischer Bitter a disgusting sweetness and stronger grain notes.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and a little fizzy, like an Alka-Seltzer.

Sinkability – Never buy Pale Lagers made in France and sold in green bottles.

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Photo of Jason
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a raised glass of their emblem and their name. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear weathered golden colour with a good head retention that yields a two fingered head and lace sticks down the glass in rings.

Smell: Grassy grain and a veggie like hop aroma gives that distinct import aroma, not skunky but certainly not as fresh as a domestic or a beer that is unpasteurized.

Taste: Great mouth feel that is just as smooth as it is crisp, moderate body and an ample carbonation that adds to the refreshing qualities of this brew. Veggie hop right off the bat with a middle of the road bitterness, dry grain that is semi astringent puckers the mouth. Hop twang continues to grow middle to end and graininess is straight and narrow with that same semi astringent flavour.

Notes: Reminds me of Beck’s in a way but a half notch better but nothing to go out of your way to get. This is a average Euro lager … enough said.

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Photo of ADR
2.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium yellow, on the straw side, decent 1/4 inch whitish head but little staying power. Acrid and sharp aroma, cheddar cheese counters a note of sweetness. Seems poorly hopped and with little mouthfeel, simple and bare malt with an unpleasant and slightly vinegary tangy finish. Some sense of off phenols as well. I just have not had a good beer from these folks, and there's not even an entertaining swing top on this one. Not recommended...and unfortunately, unlike its swing top brethren, this Fischer came in a six pack...

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Photo of bditty187
2.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow, bubbly white head, reached a finger, soapy retention, decent lacing. The nose is mildly grassy, vaguely skunky, sweet, all in all… it was kind of boring, no real development. Slightly spicy upfront, muddily grassy-hay & sweetness in the middle with a somewhat crisp finish. Weak malt profile, hint of hops but meager bitterness. Dry. Nothing noteworthy. Decent mouthfeel, surprising substance. The low abv would make this a solid session beer… if it tasted better. Standard European-style lager, far from the best.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the last bottles of my "beers of the world" gift pack given to me for Christmas. Pours a golden yellow with 7-Up like carbonation feeding a small head of large bubbles that quickly disappears. This stuff looks like a glass of Ginger Ale that I would get occasionally as a kid.

Aroma is not very strong, but it is clean, grainy, and with a bit of lager-like hops. Not great but not terrible. Flavor is light, but what is there is sour, off-flavored, and not fun to drink. Actually, this one is better than the couple of bottles I've had before, but that's not saying much.

Moderate mouthfeel, and carbonation helps a bit.

I have had this beer a couple of times in the past (before I started reviewing), and all I remember was that it was terrrible. This bottle is not terrible. Not great either, but not terrinble. I suspect this stuff gets funky in a hurry on the way over from France, and this bottle made it ok. But anyway, I don't plan on getting it again.

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Photo of Brent
3.56/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlike the ceramic swing-top bottles of the other beers in this line, this beer came in a wine bottle style. Perfect fluffy head, not much aroma, good or bad. Very bright and spritzy, a bit of fresh gala apple juice in the flavor. Barest hint of caramel malt. Mild citric acidity in the finish.

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Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent gold with a mountainous bright white head that is semi-creamy in texture, the lace a velum like coating upon the glass. Nose is citrus crisp and fresh, sweet malt dominates, start is also sweet with an adequate malt presence, the top cadaverous. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, very dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but offers little to me.

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Photo of NodakEric
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color with just a hint of haze, a sturdy medium-sized white head with good retention, moderate carbonation, and lots of sticky broken lace

Aroma: There was a strong initial blast of skunk when first poured, it largely fades after a couple of minutes. There is a distinct sweet caramel aroma, as well as freshly cut hay and cooked vegetables.

Taste: Begins with tart malt notes and citrus hops; these two characteristics dominate the beer equally throughout the taste. Midway through the taste, it turns desert dry. Finishes with a mild but lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: Quite good, creamy and silky mouth feel.

Drinkability/notes: A rather distinctive beer, quite different from any pale lager that I have tried. I did not care for it that much, which may simply be a matter of personal taste. It is certainly well crafted; its distinct character is sufficient reason to try it. Like everything else about this beer, the packaging is unique - a custom green glass bottle with the Fischer logotype; quite attractive.

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Photo of marc77
2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden hue w/ a head that settles quickly. Mildly spicy, Hallertauer - like Strisselspalt hop nose and sugary malt notes. Flavorwise, this sweetness of this brew dominates. Hop bitterness is meager and doesn't provide sufficient balance, while subtle malt complexity that a good pilsner should have is lacking. The touch of noble hop flavor prevents this beer from tasting like Budcoorsmiller with a teaspoon of sugar added. There is nothing memorable about La Belle whatsoever. I'm looking forward to finishing this so I can move on to something more enjoyable.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer into a mug from the bottle. It pours a golden color with just a hint of amber. It's so light that I would not call it a "amber" by any means. It has a malty nose that has a slight floral overtone. It has very little head that quickly dissipates. It has a flat (little carbonation) and medium mouthfeel. The flavor suggests a beer that hasn't been dry hopped. It has a taste similar to a Scottish Ale or a German Alt with a dominant malt flavor. However it is lighter in taste and color to either of these beers. I'm glad I tried one but it doesn’t stand out to me.

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Photo of Mark
2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Standard lager straw with white head that lasted fairly well. Nice lacing in the form of rings. Smell was very sharp and a bit sour, reeked of adjuncts. Slightly bitter non descript flavor, hard to describe the taste, just kind of average. Very carbonated mouthfeel, a beer I only had due to it being in a box of mixed beers, and one I won't have again.

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Photo of texascarl
3.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite the negative reviews here, I like this beer. Hemingway's dinner at Lipp's brasserie in "A Moveable Feast" got me started on Fischer (the only Alsatian beer I could buy here) and I've been a fan for years.

"The beer was very cold and wonderful to drink," he wrote in A Moveable Feast. "The potatoes in oil were firm and marinated and the olive oil was delicious. I ground black pepper over the potatoes and moistened the bread in the oil. After the first heavy draught of beer I drank and ate very slowly, and when the potatoes were gone I ordered another serving and a cervalas, a sausage-like heavy, wide frankfurter split in two and covered with mustard sauce. I mopped up all of the oil and all of the sauce with bread and drank the beer slowly until it began to lose its coldness and then I finished it and ordered another."

If that doesn't make you want a cold beer...check your pulse. I will note that I almost always drink Fischer with Alsatian cuisine, as above. Perhaps that makes a difference.

Fisher 'La Belle' = golden blonde lager, medium head leaving light lacing in the glass. Medium carbonation, light mouthfeel, almost crisp. Hops and malt in good balance, a short to medium finish with light hops afterbite. Good foil to rich Alsatian food.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised this was a good as it was - green bottle and from France. Low carbonation and head went quickly, noticable sweetness hardly any hops.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Clear pale golden with a smallish, reasonably tight head. Fresh, almost lemonadey, grassy very lemon-limey aroma. Lemon-limey flavor with some malt and a pinch of grassy hops. Light-bodied, not watery palate with medium carbonation.Not the best pale lager but interesting to try out this euro type.

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Photo of Metz
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

Photo of jaredkc889
4.5/5  rDev +56.8%

Photo of thechaacster
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the prototypical clear gold with a good sized white head. Indescribably weird smell. Very sweet and light malt flavor, which is not bad, but then there is a blast of skunkiness to screw it up. Stupid green bottle. If not for the skunky weirdness, this would be quite drinkable. As it is, it's not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden-yellow color with a small, white head that quickly faded. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled caramel malt and some slight grassiness.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, grains and a very faint bitter hop bite.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This is an okay lager. Nice sweet caramel flavors and it is easy drinking.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer smelled bad. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, hoping that the aroma was yeast, but knowing that it was more of a skunk. This might be due to the capping that defeats the brownish amber bottle protection. The look was OK, but not great as there was little head and no lacing. Though it seemed to tend toward a Belgian sense, the mark was missed widely.

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Photo of Jordan
3.51/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sraw-yellow, pure white head, healthy amount of sediment in the presentation. Hints of rice, clover, allspice, and corn in aroma and flavor. Peppery, and warming on an empty stomach. This might not be the brew for everyone, but I enjoyed this quite well.

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Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev +22%

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Fischer LaBelle from Brasserie Fischer / Fischer Biere d' Alsace
Beer rating: 2.87 out of 5 with 43 ratings