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La Bolduc | Unibroue

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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: 35 |  Reviews: 26
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DrJay
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour topped by a white, rocky head that disappeared quickly. Slightly spicy, grassy aroma with a bit of sweet pils malt. Light malty flavour, bitterness picks up towards the finish. Very light fruit at midpoint. Ends a bit dry with continued grainy malt, bitterness, and faint spice. Smooth texture with a hint of slickness. Quite a tasty lager from Unibroue and a big step up from U and U2. Thanks Viggo.

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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 UnionMade
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back to me from Montreal by my neighbors Sabrina and Joel. Thanks guys!
The beer pours from it's stubby, old style bottle a beautifully clear deep gols. A short white head tops the brew, settling into an even cap.
The aroma is sweetly malty, with a whiff of grass and green apple. Mild floral hops. Clean and lagery.
The flavor opens with sweetish pale pils malt, a bit corn-like, easily carried by a bright, quick carbonation. A bit of apple flavor, with hints of grass and lemon, moving evenly into a modestly hopped finish. Floral, definitely german hopping. Medium bodied
It kind of reminds me of average macro lager, with the same sort of flavor profile. A step above, with a finish that actually carries some hops and a slightly bigger mouthfeel. Moreish. Nice. I could handle drinking a couple of these.

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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 brewandbbq
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short brown bottle, approx 1 year old.
Pours clear light gold, with a very thick white head.
A non bottle- conditioned offering.
Corn juice with light malt in the nose, accented with bannana peel, iodine, plastic, white pepper corns, and a residual sweetness.
Light to medium in body, crisp and smooth.
Mild pilsner malt and a lingering metallic bitterness on the pallet, with balancing spicey hops.
Finishes thin with a coppery astrigency.
Drinkable enough, just not my bag, baby.

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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 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 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 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 PatandDavid
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good, I would put it in the everyday, good with lunch sort of category. Color was a clear tangerine, topped with a huge head that looked great in the glass (amazing how you can create such lovely heads on beers when you pour them yourself!). Aroma is on the bland side, it's bready and yeasty, but just not overwhelmingly wowing. Initial tastes had some metallic notes, but those have faded, and I am left with a very enjoyable, and drinkable beer. There are some buttery notes (!) present as well, but it's a smooth beer, adequate carbonation, some bitterness in the finish. I'll be honest, I can't figure this beer out...Unibroue touts this as "Old Style Beer" and that's the impression I get: sort of a beer that you have with a hearty soup and sandwich, not overly hoppy or carbonated, but with a good solid medium mouthfeel that will help add to your meal. Interesting and not bad.

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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 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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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 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 kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

A big, coarse, cream-colored head sits on a clear, dirty-gold beer. Lots of fast carbonation. The smell is sweet, malty, lagery. A touch of metal in the lagery, sweetish front. Corn syrup middle leads to a bitter, dry finish.

It's a decent lager, but nothing awesome. The corn syrup reminds me of an NA.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTES: Cute little stubby bottle that is not a twist-off bottle, like most 12 oz unibroue offerings are, purchased for around $1us at a deli in quebec...nice:-) Apparantly this beer also comes in a unique 650ml bottle but I have yet to seen it for sale in that size...

Who would have thought thaat one of the best pilseners I have ever had would come from the Canadian brewery Unibroue. Unibroue, are known for their belgian style wonders, not old-style pilseners! None-the-less Unibroue scores with me again on this one. A clear golden liquid with a medium sized pilsener head is poured into my glass. The aromas are of hops, and malts. The taste is clean, palate cleansing, and oh-so refreshing. The mouthfeel is crisp, and fuller than most pilseners. The drinkability...wonderful!
another classic from Unibroue!

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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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