Beersel Lager | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Belgium
3fonteinen.be

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 02-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and drinkable. Interesting to see such a beer from a brewery known for gueuze and lambic.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and acidic Bohemian-style lager with assertive flowery hop notes and noticible acidic flavors and textures for the style.

The deep straw, medium gold colors carry an unusual haze for lager. A froathy cotton white head has great staying power while lacing in pockets along the way. A fantastic look, aside from the haze.

Pilsner malt aromas lead the way with the grainy/bready assortments. Herbal, grassy, and floral hops mix for a delicate yet necessary compliment to the nose.

Flavors of pilsner malts and grain husks mix while the soft breadiness and herbal/grassy hops add to the secondary flavors. Soft apples and lemon acidity helps to amplify the flavors late in the flavor profile- much needed. Finishes grassy, lemony, and minty.

While the early textures and creamy and moderately full, the beer's mineral content and acidity gives the impression of cleanliness and dryness on the back end.

Beersels Lager has a favorable impression overall but it is very minerally (salty) and has a lot of sulfury and acidic notes that compete with the softer malty compounds and pure floral hop notes. These may hurt the beer as much as they help.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml squat bottle, the twin to the Blonde that recently arrived here in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and crackery pale malt, some apple and lemony citrus fruitiness, subtle earthy yeast, and a spicy, leafy, and grassy hop bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a separate biscuity/crackery thing, kind of soured apples, muddled citrus, a testy yeastiness, and more leafy, floral and dead grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its oft palate-pricking frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the yeast and the hops seem a tad clumsy in their traipsing about here. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out a bit, while the hoppy, fruity, and yeasty esters linger on like the bosses they wanna be.

Overall, this is a well-made Euro-lager, the robust flavours attesting to that, and the minor (thankfully) yeastiness doing the same for its particular Belgian origins. Sassy, and a bit of a challenge to put back, but I mean that in the best of ways. Good stuff.

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Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was reviewed blind.

Appearance: Beer pours an opaque reddish amber with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. 4

Smell: Sweet and malty. There is some grape in the smell along with a slight sourness. The malt has some caramel in there too. There may be a slight tomato in the smell too. 3

Taste: This beer is malt forward but not very sweet. There is a strong presence from grape and some bready notes. Some dark fruit notes and a bitterness in the finish. I'm having trouble figuring this beer out. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that has a very slight dryness to it. 3.5

Overall: This is kind of a weird beer. I'm thinking Belgian pale maybe? I'm not really sure what else to say about it. 3

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A blurb on the label says something about the owner of Drie Fonteinen travelling to Bamberg annually to "feast" on the very best lagers of Germany. This is a tribute to those found in Bamberg...

To me it drinks and tastes like a sturdy Helles, with lot of sweet pale malt and gentle noble hops. It does have a few unique qualities that make it stand out.

It pours a hazy honey tone, with a fluffy head of soapy bubbles. Lots of irregular speckled lacing. Foam rises in a convex dome above the lip of the glass. Over time, the head dwindles down, but it makes a good first impression.

Aroma of grassy wet hay, pear, and well water. Somehow this is very appealing despite sounding dull. Light bodied, but with much more flavor than your average case of German import lager. Clean pale malt and grain, light bitterness in the back of the throat. Honey and bread dough in the finish. Reminds me of the purity of Mahrs lagers from Bamberg.

It has an unheard of level of creaminess that contributes alot to a higher overall impression. I could have several of these on a warm day for sure. It would likely pair well with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, straw, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say at first I was thinking no way was this a czech pilsner but after tasting and smelling the big spicy and floral hop combination I gotta say that I agree.Poured into a pilsner a slightly clouded light golden with a big fluffy crown that held for a longtime.Big spicy/floral hops in the nose to go with big yeast,spicy hops really hit hard on the palate,maybe the most hoppy non American lager I have had,yeasty and fruity its very well rounded.This is a great lager beer,the label says best Belgian lager and I might agree with that,not sure if its a close rendition of a Bamburg style lager though.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Pours really slow with a huge head that fades fairly slowly with lots of lacing, quite hazy straw golden colored.

Nose has a nice pilsner aroma, grainy malt, toasty straw, earthy fermented straw, juicy crisp lager underneath with layers of complexion, light grassy floral hops in the background.

Taste starts slightly sweet, and either they just changed the keg or its served at perfect temp like out came from a cask. Light sweet malts with hint of toasted straw, light creamy malt, juicy lager fruit and a soft layered pilsner malt. Then hops kick in, quite grassy and light earthy herbal hops with a fair bitterness. Finish gets quite bitter actually, hops even turn slightly spicy with dry crisp lager finish but doesn't linger too long.

Mouth is soft and fairly complex but lighter overall, good carb.

Overall nice, not quite up to most german pilsners but getting there, nice over hopped americanized pilsner.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of billab914
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull, orange-amber body with a medium-large, white head.

Smell: Doughy, bready malts with some sweetish hints about it and fruity notes of apple and even apricot. Initially, there's no more than a dull spicy hop scent, but given a minute or two to warm it starts to really hijack the aroma.

Taste: Light pale maltinesss with a light sweetness and a crisp raw graininess to it and underlying bready tone. The fruity aspects from the nose carry over into the flavor and pick up a very, very faint tartness. Spicy, earthy hops with a subdued amount of bitterness. Drying, effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The light, airy carbonation profile keeps this one easy to drink but there's also enough flavor within to keep you interested.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant lemon with less carbonation than one would expect from this country. Apparently, the brewer was attempting to recreate the classic lagers of Bamberg, Germany, so all is forgiven. Wouldn't that make it a German pilsener? What's amazing is that the alabaster crown is 100% Belgian... that is, it looks spectacular and is incredibly generous when it comes to lace.

The nose is a showcase for Saaz hops (just a guess). It's fresh and lively, with a lemon citrusiness that perfectly accents the usual herbal grassiness. This should be extremely tasty beer.

And it is. Maybe it's nothing more than the power of suggestion, but Beersel Lager tastes like a pilsener brewed by a Belgian brewer. It has a distinctive peppery spiciness that puts me in mind of Belgian yeast; or a Belgian pale ale if we're talking specific style. It's still mostly a pilsener, though.

The pils and/or pale malt backbone provides a modest amount of sweetness and very little flavor. That gives the hops their opporutunity to shine... and shine they do. The flavor is essentially a reprise of the aroma, as described above. A crisp, tart and tangy finish adds another few layers of interest.

I was a little leery when buying this undated bottle because of the price tag, but the beer tastes remarkably fresh (even if it isn't). The mouthfeel oozes quality as well. It's between light and medium, with enough bubbles to keep the mouth party going strong.

The label claims that Beersel Lager is 'the best lager of Belgium'. Since I haven't had many Belgian lagers, and since I can't recall the ones I have had, I'm inclined to agree. Why do almost all beers from this country taste fresh, while a considerable portion of the low-ABV lagers from the rest of Europe taste anything but?

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a lightly hazed golden straw color with a dense white head. Nice sweet nose on this with bread, biscuit, and honey malt aromas. Some floral notes, a pleasant fruitiness, somewhat earthy as well. The beer has a nice biscuit and bread flavor to it and a good overall sweetness. A hint of bitterness, floral and earthy hop notes, a light citrus peel flavor, and a little bit dry on the finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Ebenezer’s. Served in a cervoise. Hazy pale orange. Fluffy white head. Smells bready and kinda yeasty. Light fruitiness. Tastes very bready. Light grassy hop bite. Clean finish with a nice bitterness. Medium body. Creamy and smooth carbonation. Well made.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale golden straw with a healthy white frothy head that laces pretty well as things progress. The smell is faint but pleasant: notes of wheat, corn, light citrus, and a vague sense of red berries. The taste follows the smell, berries included (again, there is no direct berry flavor, but rather a general impression thereof hiding somewhere in the distance). The bitterness of the hops comes through very well, but the finish is overly dry and chalky. The body as a whole is quite moderate, with the right amount of carbonation and the right amount of smoothness, creating a highly drinkable pils.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby brown bottle with a stamp on the green cap that makes it look as if the best before date is circa September 2013. Poured into my Drie Fonteinen glass, this brew appears a lightly hazed golden yellow color. A finger of white froth sits atop the brew with solid retention that is supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. It leaves a wall of sticky lace sticking all over the glass wherever the head previously touched.

The smell of this brew brings forth thoughts of barnyard quality with a grainy sweet scent reminiscent of hay or straw. More smells shift the focus of this brew towards hops that are lightly earthy and grassy with a bit of a leafy, vegetative herbal component. In the background is the faintest touch of mineral character. Overall, not a bad smelling brew.

The taste is exactly what you would expect based on the aroma. The grain character comes across with a hay or straw type of prickly feel to it that hardly provides any sweetness. More sips focus on the bitterness of the hops that are herbal, grassy, leafy and a bit vegetative. The combination of straw grain and herbal hops really works here to make for a brew that is effortlessly drinkable.

This is a light bodied brew with a prickly level of carbonation that is very crisp in the finish. All around, this is a very solid take on the style. I feel guilty for opening this and not sharing it with someone. Specifically my friend Pete who has a sick fascination with well made Pilsner brews. I need to seek one of these out again to share with him. While I give this a solid A- rating, I foresee him giving this nearly a perfect 5 across the board.

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Beersel Lager from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
3.92 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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