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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Added by Boto on 05-24-2004

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.48/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I drank several steins of this at a fondue restaurant in Grenoble a month ago or so and took notes.

My notes read simply: Natural Light.

That's basically what I think of this swill from the brewery that puts really cool pelicans on its really cool grolsch-like bottles.

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Photo of Rivoire
1.54/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Classic that the other industrial beers. I tried to find some points , but it was difficult. To be served very cold is a good solution to enjoy it.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of jbbotul
2.39/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Bruno74200
2.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Beerman1977
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jaymo18
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SWY
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Bière blonde
Appearance : robe jaune paille, transparente, mousse blanche, fines bulles
Smell : malts, notes fruitées
Taste and mouthfeel : une bonne amertume
Drinkability : une bière sans grand caractère

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a brew a shade darker than gold. It holds a frothy white head of one finger. This retains nicely leaving thick lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears robust and translucency is high. No haze or sediment is noted. The nose reminds one of the taproom of an English pub. It is bright with wet and pale malts, mixed ever so slightly with a darker toast. There are hints at a sour vinegar flavoring, and a surprising hop character is present. This latter piece is grassy, with a bit of must. As we sip, the first flavors to hit are sour malts, which here appear on the adjuncty side of life. There is the faintest deepening to them as the beginning evens out, but this is subtle. Accompanying this, and moving us through to the middle is an additional chalky, drying grain, and a further souring apple sweetness. The middle also peaks with a coiny nickel component. Transitioning through to the final wash is a further biting bitterness from the yeast, and a revival of the apple sourness. The aftertaste breathes with dry alcohol that dissipates right off the tongue, and a gritty grainy flavoring. The body is medium and the carbonation is debatably high. The feel to each sip is with minimal slurp and smack, but rather with a drying wave that engulfs the entire mouth. The abv is within range and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. It was robust enough to conjure up memories, and had a relatively present hop character, which was a nice unexpected bonus. On the other hand, however, the flavoring did not correlate well with what the nose promised. The flavors were a bit mute, and came across as overly metallic, which left the drinker ultimately dissatisfied.

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Photo of watchnerd
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 500 ml can at a Parisian super market on Boulevard de Grenelle in the 15e arrondisement. Paid a little under 2 euro for the can. I've been buying an assortment of this cans while here, drinking 1-2 per night.

This beer? Meh, it was just okay. Nothing to write home about. 5.8% alcohol is about an average ABV for this category. The taste was completely unmemorable, which is both good and bad. Bad, that there was nothing noteworthy or special about the taste of beer, nothing to recommend it, per se, give other, better options. Good, it was not offensive or nasty, either, unlike the Bavaria 86 swill I had this week, too.

Overall, it's an inoffensive if forgetable beer, and one that can be had safely if presented to you. On the other hand, it's not worth seeking out, either.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml can purchased at a Monoprix in Paris. Expectations are low given Heinken owns the brand. Brief notes below:

A: Standard 4-5cm wide white cap. Clear copper body. Translucent; transparent. No yeast can be seen within; it's a clean appearance.

Sm: Stale pilsner malt. A blip of a metallic off-note. Generic floral hop character. Sweet bread.

Leans on the sweeter side. Hop profile is reticent and anything but vivid.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No yeast character or booze is detectable.

T: Run-of-the-mill floral hop notes. Pale malts. It tastes more like a mediocre English pale ale than a blonde. I detect no yeast character or booze. Not balanced, but unbalanced. There's no complexity, nuance, or subtlety here at all. Very plain. And a bit artificial.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Shallow.

Mf: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, slightly refreshing if a bit too thick, and too hefty & weighty on the palate for its relative lack of flavour.

O: Drinkable forgettable swill. Sometimes Heineken has rare surprises in terms of budget or supermarket beers in different countries; this is not amongst them. Typical Euro macro schlock.


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Photo of speter
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger head that faded quickly, leaving no lace.

S: I'm getting quite a bit of citrus and spice in the nose, much more than would be expected from the hops. Even an overtone of cloves in there.

T: The taste unfortunately mirrors the smell. There is an unappetizing lemon overtone (think dishwashing liquid) as well as pepper and cumin. It's not the worst beer I've had, but I wouldn't seek this out again.

M: Light with good carbonation. Refreshing on a warm day.

D: As an standard euro pale lager, it's not undrinkable, so long as you like the lemon and pepper flavors.

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Photo of Boto
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draught: This one is a fairly typical yellow, although it isn’t as fizzy as many macros. It does carry a bit of a white head. The aroma is almost there, but kind of weak. The taste has the sweetness hints of an abbey beer, but overall a bit bland. OK if nothing else is available on tap.

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Photo of JDeming
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Maxilouis
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

A - Pale gold as you would expect.
S - Caramel and sweet bakery roles dominate the smells.
T - Good malt flavour up front with tiny almost undetectable vanilla notes. Good level of bitterness in the follow through from some faint citrus floral tasting hops.
MF - Thin and note very interesting.
O - Only ever had this in France on Tap on really hop sticky days (You know the type when humidity is through the roof). Pretty drinkable and goes down smoothly. However there isn't anything special about it so outside of France and extreme heat and humidity I would not drink it.

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Photo of 54V4G3
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 250ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Purchased from a den of iniquity not far from here. I like the pelican emblem on the label.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens chalice. A clear golden-amber colour with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that rapidly collapses to a surface layer. An earthy aroma of fruity yeast esters with notes of banana, and a hint of stewed leaves/cooked veg. Reminiscent of a low quality Belgian blonde.

Tastes of light, watery malt with a very mild bitterness. Notes of fruity yeast, especially banana, and a dry stewed leaf flavour in the background. Hints of overcooked veg. Mouthfeel is tingly, but thin and astringent. A faint, dry aftertaste of yeast esters and bitter stewed leaves.

Not brilliant. An alternative to industrial lager, but I suspect that France is capable of producing better beers. It most closely resembles a poor Belgian blonde, with some fruity yeast notes but a lack of character and complexity. Body is also pretty thin. Pass it over for something else.

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Photo of Beer21
2.84/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MoohMooh
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shanex
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A mediocre pale ale, check out its dark counterpart ''pelfort brune''. A lot better

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Pelforth Blonde from Brasserie Heineken
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