La Bolduc | Unibroue

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La BolducLa Bolduc

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 02-11-2002

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Niceroad77:
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml, stubby bottle. Pours a rich looking clear golden beer, moderate carbonation with medium bubbles and topped with a foamy white head of mixed bubbles, with a bit of stick and retreating lace that leaves little behind.

Slight hop spice and bready malts in the nose.

Medium, round body, smooth with an overall hard water feel. Upfront malty sweet bread flavor (biscuity), touch of toasty caramel (especially as the beer warms) and a mild candy-like malt sweetness that blankets a tingly carbonation. Notes of metallic in the background. Spicy noble hop bitterness breaks through for some much needed balance with a bit of tea-like herbal character. Dry biscuit finish ... lingering dulled sweetness.

An enjoyable and unique offering from a brewery mainly dedicated to crafting Belgian-style Ales. A rich and interesting Pils worthy of a session that has a bit of an "ale" feel to it and could use a bit more hops to balance out the otherwise dominant malt character.

Regardless, beats the hell out of their U and U2.

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Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Todd for the sample.

Presentation: Short stubby 341ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale copper hue, nice clarity … thin foamy lace leave little head behind.

Smell: Grassy spicy hops, sweet hay like malt as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Solid slap of crispness to push along the brashness of the hops. Spicy hops with an herbal backing. Dry malt character is slightly biscuity and flavorful. Finishes dry with a lingering hop and grain flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Odd to see a good beer like this and then by the same brewery see them brew too mediocre lagers (U & U2). Perhaps the best pilsner (lager) to come from Canada IMO.

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Photo of ADR
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A shiny light bronze appearance, small-bubbled 1/4 inch head in a Trois Pistoles glass. Laces are almost non-existant. Nice aroma, bready with pastry-filling fruit fragrance. Fuller body, sense of jam flavors of the aroma, apple butter and jelly doughnut properties. Slightly too sweet, more hops could balance better. A bit of maple sugar hanging in the final impression and in the aftertaste. A little different, but it struck me pretty well. A final thanks to PatandDavid for a beer I'm sure I couldn't get without traveling to Quebec...

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Photo of watermelonman
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice deep yellow and gold color with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

Light malts dominate the smell as well as the taste. Hop presence in the finish is somewhat minimal; just enough to balance things out. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has grown on me to where I look forward to popping one to complement and give appetite to an ordinary meal. Not one of Unibroue;s noteable Belgiums for sure. Pleasant pale gold colour and mild form. A light sweetness like honeydew that lingers.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some years ago, (I think I might've been 17) my brother bought a case of these in stubby bottles. I tasted and was disgusted at how much it tasted likeliquid bread.

First surprise: No stubby bottle! What gives. This is one of the reasons I bought this.

A- Trophy gold with a dirty-white, sort of dense head. Looks okay, whatever.

S- Grainy. A little sour.I don't know what else to say.

T- Second surprise: No liquid bread taste! I don't know if it's the recipe or my palate but this tastes nothing like I remembered it. Instead, grain with some sort of noble hop. Don't know which one(s). Bitterness is well noticeable and tasty. A bit of a seltzer/C02 taste. Slightly watery. Alcohol is pretty noticeable.

M- Full. A little drier would be better in my opinion but it's alright. Medium to high carbonation.

D-Pretty good. Goes down easy but just a tad too bland to keep you wanting more. I bought a 12 pack and got tired/bored of the taste after 4 but I'm sure I could drink a 24 while camping or something.

This is (according to the dep owner) the cheapest beer after PBR. I wish more people would stop being put off by the Unibroue label and drink this instead of Molson, Bleue, BMC. It's a lot better. None of that dirty chemical taste. A friend of mine (a Keith's and PBR drinker) who's always weary of my ''weird'',''nasty'' beers, refused to try one although I told her they were right up her alley.
If I need to buy and share beer with a bunch of close-minded BMC chuggers, I'd certainly consider buying this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark yellow beer with a huge bubbly head that disappeared a bit too quickly for my liking. Aroma is a mix of usual Unibroue malt and not much else. Taste is again characterized by Unibroue usual malt with a nice little touch of hops. Better then some other pils out there but nothing too good for a brewery who can do a whole lot better.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lager poured a delicate whisky color, lots of head and amazing lace, awesome carbonation. Aroma of malt and some earthy wheat malt aroma. Some hops and a walop of malt. Great mouthfeel, makes you want to have another.

After 6 you still want another, I blame the BN and lunchmeet after the session. Big thanks to oneal66 for hanging around chating about don hertzfield at 1 am.


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Photo of DaveR514
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #317

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Photo of BeerMandS
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moving back to the mother ship from the west, I was excited to have this as the "go to beer" in the fridge again. Thanks to the efficiency of the "lager brewer" it's not bottled in a stubby anymore. Shame. Nice golden cereal color, with a nice bready nose. So far exactly as I remember. The taste was similar to what I recall grainy with good hops but no real malt flavor. It the watery higher carbonation that feels much different. I thought it had more weight. All in all it's better then the average more expensive big machine production of Canada.


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Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Turg- Thanks!- Pale straw is the colour with a light sprinkling of white foam. Minute lacing. Honey grasses and some lemon in the nose, with a mild hop presence. Sweet floral hops, with honey , and a good balancing bitterness. Finish has slight bite. I'd buy it, were it available here in Ont. Thanks Francois!

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Photo of Melomanemusher
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of cfrancis
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is very grainy and malt. Taste is the crisp pilsner clean taste with malt and a light hop. This is always a good joke around the family get togethers as our in-laws last name is "Bolduc". So they serve it as their long lost family recipe. I don't have the heart to tell them that it's below average when it comes to beer.

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Photo of medic25
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a long-neck bottle. Color is a clear gold, with a thick white head that lingers. Aroma is a clean, grassy one. Taste is again, very clean. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Very little aftertaste. Not quite what I'm used to seeing from Unibroue, but a pleasant lager.

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Photo of smcolw
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty good head--recedes to a thin layer, but leaves some web-like lace. Clear gold color.

Stale raw grain smell.

Thin, thin, thin with a very high level of carbonation. Low level of hop in the background. The flavor is mostly lighter colored malt and lots of raw grain. Plenty of sourness in the aftertaste, but it's short lasting.

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Photo of Derek
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a personal goal of reviewing 365 beers in my first year. This is number 365! (and I still have 27 days left).

A: Gold with a white head, which quickly dissolves... though it tries to lace.

S: Grassy hops (a little soapy) and some bready malt.

T: Flavour is a little bland/plain. There's only a little breadyness from the malt. It's not offensive, but there's nothing engaging.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very easily approached; should have mass-market appeal. You could session this, but it doesn't thrill me.

Thanks for sharing Len!

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Photo of JOaikido
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

431 ml long-necked bottle.

A- Nice white heead and good bubbliness. Clear golden colour. Bubbles cling to the glass a bit. Good looks for the style.

S- Floral hops and some sweet malt. Touch of fruitiness. Could be stronger.

T- Crisp lager with mild but present and pleasant hops that are well balanced with the overall character. A couple of notches above the macros. No off flavours.

MF- Crisp, refreshing. Thin.

D- Easy drinking pale lager. A good warm weather thirst quencher. Goes down very well. Better than average for style, though this style doesn't tend to excite.

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Photo of scottum
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the stubby bottle!

Pours a clear brilliant amber with a huge white head which holds. Malted more than I expected, but I'm not exactly sure what "Old Style Beer" means anyway. Hops are nice and crisp and don't attempt to steal the show. Mouthfeel is smooth, but seems almost too thick for the style. A solid lager by Unibroue.

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Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, decent white head forms, ends up about one finger thick, no lacing to speak of. Sweet malty backbone, caramel, little bit of spicy hopping. Sweet caramel malt, honey, a hint of vanilla and a slightly grassy hop finish. Not much in the way of taste. Body is pretty light, carbonation is medium but a smooth and refreshing beer. Better than its euro counterparts as its fresh so no skunk. Good session beer if you like the lighter stuff.

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Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and refreshing, this pils is a fine example of the style. Golden color with light, bready aroma. Good head with decent retention. Unibroue has something for everybody.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, they put this lager in a brown bottle. One step in the right direction. Now we just need a date stamp and we'll be good to go.

What happened to the cute stubby bottle? This one is all grown up to a classy 341ml tall, sticker-necked bottle.

Light gold, bubbly head is like whipped egg whites. Medium body and smooth, a bit sweet, a honeyish aroma. A nice musty spiciness from some continental hops. A hint of medicinal twang. Very pleasant, yet does not stand out from the pack.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This lager pours great but it seems a little off in the aroma department. Not skunked or anythig but similar to a sock soaked in hop oil.

The taste and mouthfeel are about as average as could be. There is a little maltiness but that's about it. I am neither impressed or disappointed really. Very average.


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La Bolduc from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 34 ratings