Pelforth Blonde | Brasserie Heineken

Pelforth BlondePelforth Blonde
67 Ratings
Pelforth BlondePelforth Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Heineken

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Umbra
4.14/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap @ 1 a.m. at a sidewalk cafe on Emile Zola. Served in a brewery's tulip glass with virtually no head and limited retention and lacing. Very little carbonation through a pale, clear yellow brew.
Aromas of chalky bread. Same with the flavor, with some muted citrus and fruits in there as well. would come off well as a lawnmower brew.
Mouthfeel was full and held throughout. They didn't cheapen it by masking anything nasty with the crappy Euro hops on the finish. Just smooth and tasty. Finished clean, which was needed after a heated walk up from the metro.
Overall: Probably the best Euro pale lager I've had. Wish heineken would offer this in the states.

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Photo of jbro434
4.1/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold, decent half inch head that lingers in a 8oz pilsner glass. Sweet upfront, then dry, hoppy and a burst full of malty flavor with a lingering after taste that produces a hint of sweet malt and hop balance that is both refreshing and pleasing. This is my favorite French beer and it is slightly cheaper and superior im taste to the brune, in my opinion. The 5.8 abv will sneak up on you due to the drinkability of this brew. Full of flavor and complexity for a common peoples beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown 65 cl thick, decorative, flip top bottle. No freshness date.
One of my sons brought me this from his vacation in France (nice guy!)
It pours a glazed pale golden color with a medium-sized snow-white head on top.
A dried malt and cut hay aroma dominates. A Saaz hop nose is noticed in the background.
There's a surprisingly substantial malt body, considering the light color.
The malt has a light sweetness and a bit of a drying malt taste.
An upfront sharp-edged hop bite, soon mellows as it warms. The beer becomes quite balanced and very quaffable.
Just because Heineken has a hand in business the brewery, doesn't necessarily mean it has a say in the brewing methods. That said, it aint a bad Blonde!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to einweizenbitte for sending me some CANs that were totally foreign to me. I really wish that I had initiated The CANQuest (TM) while I was still on active duty in the Navy.

This was a CAN for the aesthetes among us. A BRUSHED (!) aluminum CAN with raised (!!) pressed lettering and symbology! Holy over the top, Batman! This looks like a piece of modern art. Needless to say, it will NOT be getting recycled. This is a keeper.

Come to think of it, that may be another reason to leave aesthetics and CANs separate. If people begin to hang onto their beautiful CANs, the recycling chain will be irreparably broken! Go Green, make your CANs as ugly as possible!

The Crack & Glug action presented me with two fingers' worth of explosive bone-white foam with moderate retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-plus clarity. Liquid sunshine in my glass! Nose had a clean, unencumbered lager sweetness along with a whiff of the Noble hops mentioned in the style characteristics. Mouthfeel was medium with a malt sweetness up front, followed by a mild hoppiness in the mouth. Finish was very pleasant, very quaffable. Do they allow you to bring a cooler to the Champs Elysee? I could spend an afternoon gazing at l'Arc de Triomphe et La Tour d'Eiffel in a lawn chair, drinking this beer, but I'd bet les flics might have something to say about it.

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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Orange in color and clear, moderate head.

smell: sweet and citrusy, also apple cidery

taste: pleasantly tangy, mild bitterness.

mouthfeel: barely dry, light, soft and smooth. goes down easy.

overall: pretty great, surprising for heineken.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl Throw away brown bottle: part of a cheap supermarket pack bought in France and brought home for the Christmas guests and friends. The beer is best before 09/2012.

Poured into an 'Augustijn' labelled chalice it looked your typical lager/pilsner more than an English Pale Ale:

The smell however makes you think a bit, doesn't have a lager/pilsner aroma at all, doesn't taste like one either!

This beer appears to have a mixed pedigree and doesn't sit within your normal style rules at all: It is flavoursome, on the sweet side and very drinkable. The smells are grassy and yeasty as is the taste: I enjoyed it, I'm annoyed I gave the rest away to others, I'll have words, none of them told me it was as good as this (for a cheap supermarket beer).

Credit where credit is due: this is a good value beer and I'd buy another pack if it was on offer.

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Photo of I3eer
3.62/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at a cafe in Paris, Pelforth Blonde is a fizzy gold with a creamy white head with nice last, leaving light lace.

Smell is soft, sweet cereals.

Taste is on the lighter side, with a crisp, metallic bite, plasticy phenols and some honey sweetness to the bready malt.

Mouthfeel is sharp, dry.

Drinkability is ok, nothing special though.

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Photo of scottgoblue314
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of msondel
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of heerboth
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of jeschaefer
3.44/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atis
3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with maximum head slightly above edges of the glass, good retention, strings of small carbonation bubbles rising, good patchy lacing. Aroma is citrus malt with floral hops.

Taste is citrusy hops with weak sweet malt, some fruit and clean finish, weak sweetish citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall, the beer is good and very refreshing.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from a supermarket in Paris.

Its a clear yellow-ish color. Thin white head.

Smells of citrus and weak hops with a little bit of spice that I can't put my finger on.

It tastes just like it smells. Its got a malt and citrus-heavy front and the aftertaste hints at hops.

Its smooth and reacts to the palate as a pale ale would. Slight carbonation bite that fades.

Its not the best brew and one of the better that France actually produces.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a cafe across from the Louvre. It was a standard euro lager, light and refreshing, perfect for a warm sunny day in Paris.

The beer was crystal clear, the color of straw, with a thin head (looks like a USA macro). The taste was OK, light malt sweetness with no discernable hops except those used to keep the sweetness in check, maybe a little bread but I could have imagined that into it. Translation = like a USA macro. The body is light and the beer goes down easily. Like a you-know-what.

Not a bad choice when in Paris, basically the local version of the world's #1 beer style by volume.

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Photo of EMV
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Elut
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Monochrome
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of edhizdeid
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Les Distilleries Ideales in Nice.

Pours a pale straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light and mildly sweet malts and not much else.

Tastes a bit better than it smells. Light malt flavors with heavy influences from adjuncts kick things off. Very light hints of breadiness briefly come into play midway through the sip before fading out into a nondescript ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I finished mine but will not have another.

Overall there just isn't enough going on in this beer to entice me into having another. Nothing terrible but nothing even near redeeming.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: golden of course as all English pale ales. Thin an quickly diluted head. But a slight unfiltered look. Not completely unfiltered just a light haze.
S: strong malt caramel notes, dry biscuit, and faint orange.
T: good character in the malts used with slight vanilla upfront and a good level of bitterness from some faint citrus floral tasting hops.
M/D: lite yet a bittered feel melting away easily. Good drinkability as its a good beer and goes down smoothly. However there isn't anything special about it that makes me want to routinely seek it out.

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Photo of Wattstriker
3.07/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AmberMan22
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap before, it was better then. Right now I've got a 33cl can on hand, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich, clear goldenrod. Head disappears quickly, but leaves some stickage. Better looking than average for the category.

Smell is better than usual too. Buttery tones, maybe a faint hint of alcohol, some light malt.

The taste seems like it has two personalities. The sweetness and malt flavors pit themselves against the faint hop presence and light alcohol. Overall a sweeter beer, but not fruity.

Mouthfeel is light and fairly thin. Strangely dry finish, though I don't mind it.

Bottom line, there are other things I'd drink before this, but considering the category, it could be much worse.

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Pelforth Blonde from Brasserie Heineken
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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