U Blond Pilsner | Unibroue

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U Blond PilsnerU Blond Pilsner

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by crwills:
Photo of crwills
2.71/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle of this at a convenience store in Montreal, just because it was there and I'd never seen it before. Fortunately, I picked up some better Unibroue stuff in the same place...

Pours a fairly healthy-looking yellow, a little darker than some pilsners. Smell is pretty plain and standard -- hops, grains, a bit of spice, a bit of skunk, a bit of alcohol.

Carbonation is pretty heavy, and the pour included a nice big snow-white head, which was good.

Taste is pretty lousy, especially considering this is a Unibroue beer. Typical cheap pilsener, basically tastes like a Heineken but not quite as skunky. Mouthfeel is a little smoother and less crisp, and provides a bit of a fresher aftertaste than some other beers in its class.

My advice: When buying Unibroue, stick with the good stuff (Fin du Monde, Maudite, Terrible, Blanche de Chambly), and go elsewhere for your pils fix.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A huge disappointment from maybe Canada's best brewery. But like the last review read, this is Unibroue's "beer for the masses". Simple, bland, & light it is Unibroue's version of Labatt Blue or Molson Canadian.

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Photo of Todd
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking clear bottle. Pours quite pale yellow in appearance, topped with a quick lived snapping white foam head. Little to no retention / lace.

Grain, floral, grass and some veggie in the nose. Hints of sweetness.

Crisp on the palate with a bit of bicarbonate, sharp flash of lime-like citric bitterness. Blossom honey-like sweetness, hay, and a "wheaty" feel on the palate.

Overall ... quite lackluster and unpleasant on the palate.

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Photo of Jason
2.05/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Todd for the sample, 12 oz clear glass bottle with no freshness date.

Pale yellow and spritzy, lacking head leaves only a ring of lace.

Smells of cooked veggies and grass.

Overly crisp with a carbonic flavor. Semi-astringent grain with a hollow hop bitterness in tow. Water astringency middle to end with a bone dry finish.

In the typical pale lager way of being closer to water than beer, reminds me of a cheap and tasteless Euro-Lager. With Sleeman owning Unibroue now I would think this beer is going to get the axe.

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Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium yellow, very white head that rises, and unlike many macros, lasts awhile. Decent lace, partial sheeting. Pale aroma, skeletal nuttiness and hay. Sweet flavor, malt is non-descript but brown sugar pleasant. Hopping is a little underdone, a bare bitter in a German Lager/Pilsner sense. Aftertaste is clean with residual honey impressions. Fairly boring but a respectable entry for what it is. I can see Sleeman killing this competitive product label early after the takeover. Thanks to PatandDavid for giving me a beer not widely available.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale golden yellow colour, with a number of fingers of thick soapy white head, which leaves no lace as it recedes. The aroma is slightly skunky grassy hops, and white crackers. The taste is more light grassy hops, lemon citrus, and soft white grain. The carbonation is moderate, the body kind of creamy and well-rounded, and it finishes dry and crisp, a little skunky hops poking up at the end if you think too hard about it.

After the Rousse, I wasn't expecting much, but this is pretty decent and inoffensive. I could see having a couple of these on a warm, sunny patio.

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Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Your cheaper
brew found in every Quebec supermarket. Decent pils, but did distract
from superior Unibroues that compete successfully with Belgian style
beers. Very basic but more pleasant aftertaste than national brand
Canadian beers and admired by a couple of friends that drink basic US
or Mexican types. Was good with a sandwich.

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Photo of blaje
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Do not be mistaken. U WAS a great pils when it came out about 12 years ago. Plus, it was served in a nice clear bottle.In fact, it was my prefered "everyday pils" for a while. At that time, you could smell a funky raisin smell, faintly "skunky" and a lightly sweet taste. A bit more hops would have made this beer better. TODAY, this beer no longer worth drinking. In fact, it bacame like other commercial beer... Too bad! Even worst, it is now served in dark bottles, like every other beer. This beer became tastless after Sleeman baught the brewery. I guess Sleeman would not want a direct competition between their own product and their newly acquired ones. Is this the reason why it declined?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is clearly being made just to compete with Sleeman's. And why not? Half of what Sleeman's has going for it is the packaging - an embossed, clear glass bottle with just a neck label. The other half is their history. Of course, I can't say that this beer is any better than Sleemans either, but if it sells - great; it just doesn't do anything to promote the Unibroue name. It pours a crystal clear golden body topped by a vanishing bright white head that drops to barely a collar. The aroma is clearly skunky but doesn't offer much malt either. The body is light with a fine, median carbonation that's lightly zesty in the mouth. The flavor is a very basic combination of malt and hop. Well balanced. There's obviously some adjunct being used here but it doesn't seem to hinder the flavor. It finishes crisp and dry.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear blonde brew with a nice huge head. Aroma is quite weak with some small notes of malts. Carbonation is just average for this type of beer. Taste is quite deceiving with some light floral malts and a watery aftertaste. Overall, this is a very light beer similar to some of the macro-produced ones out there but if Unibroue needs the money to produce some of their more robust beers then I have no problem.

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Photo of DaveR514
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Le Petit Moulinsart in Montreal. Poured into a Unibroue pint glass. Golden in color, clear in body. Off-white, disappearing head. Thin, not sticky lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. Fairly tasty, yet not complex. Easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of papat444
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Flashback #320

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Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear gold colour with a very large fizzy white head. (Aggressive pour) There is an average amount of carbonation and there really isn't any lacing at all. The head didn't last for long before it was gone completely.

Smell - pale malts, lemon, breads, grains, light cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels very light on the tongue. The flavours consist of pale malts, lemon, breads/grains and a light amount of clove spice. There really isn't a whole lot of taste going on, but it allows for it to be extremely easy drinking. It finishes with a light pale malt and lemon juice aftertaste.

Drink - For sure it isn't in the same league as the other Unibroue beers, but it also isn't horrible. It has a nice light taste and is extremely drinkable. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm happy I gave it a shot.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jmalex for this one.

This one pours a slightly dark straw color. The head fades quickly and leaves a collar of little bubbles.

Smells of cheap basement beer, with lots of not-barley grains and musty, boring dryness.

Tastes of light crackers and toasty breads with a light, woody hop. The cheap, grainy sourness of the other “U” series beers isn’t as prevalent in this one, which makes it stand out.

Feels a little thick for the style, but it’s still plenty drinkable.

Nothing special here at all. Tastes cheap.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a surprize to find something like this in the Unibroue stable.
A very light offering, brilliant pale in colour and a fairly thin body.
Large bubbled carbonation with a nose to the skunk.
The taste is interesting, crisp, a sence of ginger and a malty linger that won't let go. A very short citrus push midway thru but quickly abates.
Too sweet for my liking but I am sure their is a market for this brew somewhere.

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Photo of SebD
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a golden/yellowish colour and is also somewhat cloudy. It has a nice white head but dies down quite fast and has no visible lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out minor hitns of hops, grains and spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a mild hoppy and grainy taste to it with a very little spices present. Its generaly smooth but with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: It's a high carbonated beer that ends with more of a bitter/dry taste.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth, light tasting, drinkable beer but doesn't have much flavours accompanied to it. Good for a summer beer.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of nmoeschler
3.51/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cfrancis
1.93/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very unoffending beer. Thin, pale yellow colour. Aroma is grain with a hint on honey. Taste is very thin, malt and hop. There really isn't much to this beer, it's not very memorable or interesting. Unibroue should almost discontinue the "U" line as they just drag down the Unibroue name.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

U Blond Pilsner bought a 15 bottles for 16,99 plus tax

Look: Hazy yellow color. In the begining about 1 to 2 fingers of white head and does fades quickly.

Smell: Grassy hops.

Taste: Wheat and a touch of grassy hops

Feel: Light to medium body. Light to medium carbonation also.

So overall would I recommend it ? As a Unibroue: No, as a beer overall why not and if you can get it on special that even better.

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Photo of rale
1.75/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Derek
3.67/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

U Blonde Pilsner, 5%.

A: Very clear, slight golden-yellow hue; white head, no retention, hints of lace.

S: Light aroma: spicy with hints of floral hops & bread.

T: Light spicyness, hints of grassy & floral hops, light biscuity malt in the background; light bitterness. So inoffensive it's plain, but there are some quality ingredients here.

M: Well-attenuated, silky smooth, modest carbonation.

D: Easy drinker. It's like water... but it's not very enticing.

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U Blond Pilsner from Unibroue
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 50 ratings