Glutenberg Blonde Ale | Brasseurs Sans Gluten

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Glutenberg Blonde AleGlutenberg Blonde Ale

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Brasseurs Sans Gluten
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by papat444 on 08-01-2011

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
2.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From the 473 ml. can. Sampled on April 19, 2014.

It pours straw to nearly clear yellow with carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass leading up to a big but short lived white foamy head.

The aroma is pretty thin in character. Some biscuit malts maybe but there is this unappetizing grassy quality in it as well.

Watery and thin body. I could drink it one gulp I's that thin.

The taste has a touch of toasted biscuit and a clean, crisp hop finish but there is nothing really all that exciting to talk about. That's the thing about Gluten-free beers. They tend to only be about a half a beer. According to the label this won a bronze medal in the Gluten-free category at the 2012 World Beer Cup. Good for them! I would be interested in knowing who beat them out and try those brews.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.62/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a sell off for $1.50 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours no head at all. Almost no color at all it's such a light gold. Clear

S- Bubble gummy scent

T- Corn beer! Yuk! This a science experiment gone wrong. I've had corn beer before and this is by far the worst

M- Dry. Heavily carbonated

O- Crap. Unbelieveable this place can sell this beer. It's horrible. Have had corn beers from Mexico before but this take the cake. Drain pour which is mighty rare as I am a cheap bastard

Food Pairing

LOL Poured this garbage down the sink it was so bad so no food pairing

Can't enjoy!

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Photo of biboergosum
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle. Damned near flying off the shelves upon its recent arrival in Alberta. Time for a look-see, methinks.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow hue, with an anemic half-finger of stilted foamy and broadly bubbly white head, which leaves a bit of distant mushroom cloud lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of thin, somewhat musty corn gruel, a further soft gritty vegetal graininess, and rather prominent lemony, leafy hops. The taste is subtle corn grist, once again some edgy, nondescript graininess, generic citrus, apple wine, dried honey, mild sodium acridity, a soft rye pepper character (so, Salt 'n Pepa, then?), and leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly average, just a trilling frothiness throughout, the body rather light in weight, and a tad thin, a mild underlying clumsy edginess messing with an otherwise plain Jane smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, in a slightly otherworldly sense, the tinged corn graininess essence doing its best to parry a still decent, if muddled bitter hoppiness.

Huh - these new gluten-free beers are throwing me for a loop - while they are a significant step forward flavour-wise from their disagreeable at best predecessors, said flavour is still not of the normal beer world - I can drink this, sure, but it is just different enough to screw with my general expectations. However, the gap is surely closing - rejoice, Alberta celiacs, your beer-drinking time is nigh!

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Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of KF_MSU
3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is bubbly and golden/straw colored. Smells fresh with some hints of pear. It was smooth, the carbonation was noticeable, and there was some malt. Not the worst I have had, not the best either.

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Photo of tomb_ride
2.22/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of barebearbeer
1.75/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is a slightly herb and spice smell and it is weak. Tasting this beer is another story at first it is bitter and sour with an after taste that is not all that pleasant.

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Photo of tone77
2.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, green apples. Taste is green apples, lemons, hints of plastic, none of the sharp sorghum I was expecting. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, no, I don't want another, but not bad for a gluten free beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.06/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of light sweet malt base is very thin. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt with not many other discernable notes. Body is quite thin and somewhat watery. Not very complex though no brewing flaws could make a good drink for people allergic to gluten.

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Photo of KatieS5643
2.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not bad for being gluten free. Tastes sort of like an IPA. it was a sweet and citrusy beer, with a gold scent.

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Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head consisting of large white bubbles that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sorghum are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by flavors of sorghum and has some subtle hints of cooked corn.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Like many of the other gluten free beers, this beer is dominated by flavors of sorghum, although it doesn't seem to be as rancid compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness information on the can. A new oddity to me, acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a weak pale yellow, almost white wine in appearance, with about a finger of thin white bubbly head that fades to a ring quickly. Leaves some moderate sticky lacing behind. Looks okay.

S - The aroma is a bit strange, but I suppose I expected this. Lightly wheaty / grainy / corny, but not nearly as much as I'd expected. Some light fermented fallen apples, some musty grapiness, a very light earthy / herbal hop content, and a touch of sweetness, likely from the demerara sugar.

T - Taste is the same - lightly grainy, fruity fermented apples / cider / vinous grape, and just a touch of alcohol content.

M - The feel is crisp and dry, with a vinous / grapey / wine-like finish. Medium-light bodied with okay carbonation.

Overall, it was about what I expected. Drinkable, and on par if not a bit better than some of the other gluten-free offerings available. Recommended for the gluten-intolerant.

Glutenberg -----3.5/5

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Photo of DaveR514
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of papat444
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Decent foam on the pour but it goes steadily to one finger. Quintessential pale yellow body, fairly clear.

Smell: Lemon & corn. Slightly adjunct-like but still fairly agreeable.

Taste: Corn, mild citrus and a weird aftertaste that is part salty, part bitter but in small amounts.

Mouthfeel: Very clean but the body is way to light even for the style. Feels like water really.

Overall: The taste isn't too bad but i really feel like it's got no body at all. Average at best with gusts to mediocre.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from the Marche Omni QC for $3

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Corn, apples, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, apples, and grains. There is also a slight amount of floral notes. It ends with a corn/grain aftertaste.

Overall – A nice light refreshing gluten free beer. Probably one of the better options or the summer months if you are gluten sensitive. A bit pricey at 16$ for a 6-pack though.

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Photo of jgammoniv
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Dec 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a pale straw yellow colour with exquisite clarity (which makes the floaties easy to see). One finger of loose, soapy white head is both created and then destroyed within the first sixty seconds or so; a modest collar remains, but that's about it. Smells a little odd, but not particularly vegetal or off-putting, which puts it ahead of a lot of GF beers in that category. I'm getting white grape, pear and apple, with some cereal grain sweetness and a weird grassy, herbal note.

Surprisingly approachable taste; cereal grain, corn husk and light sugar sweetness serve as a backdrop, along with more of those pear and white grape notes from the nose. Grass, lemon and herbal spice on the back end, followed by that weird vegetal note that I find in most of these GF beers - thankfully it's not very pronounced in this one. Light in body, with average carbonation levels that soften up quickly as you make your way into the glass. Not all that great, but easy enough to drink.

Final Grade: 3.22, a C+. Stop me if I'm starting to sound like a broken record here - but while most gluten-free beers manage to make me regret the purchase, Glutenberg is actually a pretty tolerable example of one. I could drink this again if I really had to, but being quite gluten-tolerant myself there is no real reason to do so. One of the better GF beers I've sampled for sure, but I'm not the target audience so I probably won't be drinking this again unless it is randomly handed to me. Good, but only relatively speaking.

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Photo of snowmageddon
2.76/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MattSlem
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been meaning to get at my remaining gluten-free beers for some time and with today being another installment of New Beer Sunday, I am making mine New Gluten-Free Beer Sunday. I picked up a mixed 4-pack of Glutenberg CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm) during my most recent New England foray and I am curious to give them a whirl.

From the CAN: "100% Gluten Free - 100% Great Beer"; "World Beer Cup Bronze Award 2012 Winner Gluten-Free Beer Category".

The CAN actually fought me a little on the Crack!, which is okay since I do not mind a ChANllenge, but it tends to make me want to do an inverted Glug. This was a 16-fl. oz. CAN, which gave me pause, but I carried on with an inveted Glug all the same. The fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head looked like what you would see from pop, like Sprite or 7-Up and disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Blonde? Nordic! Nose had a plastic-like sharpness, different from many of the G-F beers that I have reviewed up to now. I realize that the ingredients impart a sharpness, but this was both unusual and remarkable. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, nothing impressive. The taste was actually rather palatable. It had a light sweetness, kind of corn-like, but without the extreme sharpness of sorghum. This might be an opportune moment to review the ingredients: "Water, Millet, Corn, Demerara Sugar, Hops, Yeast." Very intriguing. The Demerara Sugar seemed to be giving it a slight treacle-like bitterness, but much lighter than what I generally get in the sorghum-based G-F beers. Finish was semi-dry with a light sweetness offsetting the light sour sharpness. I feel like this one is G-F beer with training wheels, so I would caution people who do not have to drink this type of thing to avoid others in the style if you do not like this one. It CAN be and is worse in some cases. Just sayin'. Caveat emptor, in other words.

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Photo of CraftyChuck
5/5  rDev +67.2%

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