Pelforth Blonde | Brasserie Heineken

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Pelforth BlondePelforth Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Heineken

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -14.2%
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 BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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 Kemmerlin
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
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 jazzyjeff13
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TheBrewo
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
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 cjacobsen
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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 woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +28.7%
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 glid02
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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 speter
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
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 sfprint
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
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 TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ccrida
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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 AmberMan22
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of jbro434
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
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 atis
3.41/5  rDev +10%
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 watchnerd
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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 TheSarge
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pelforth Blonde pours decently with bright white head, with a gold and clear body.

Aromas are bitter and slightly skunky.

The taste is decent with a malty sweetness and a good follow up with lemony hops.

This is a bit more refreshing than the Kronenbourgh 1664 I just had.

Overall this meets the standard for a decent pale lager. There is nothing special here, thought. I was a little disappointed, because I like the brown a bit more that Pelforth puts out.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Umbra
4.14/5  rDev +33.5%
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 DaPeculierDane
1.48/5  rDev -52.3%
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 VoodooBrew
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We continue on with my reviews of beers my girlfriend brought back from Paris. This Pelforth came in a 250 ml (9 oz) bottle, which I poured into a glass from Biere Culture, the new beer joint on the Champs Elysees. The back label reads: "Round on the palate, Pelforth Blonde draws its strong personality from its intense flavors combined with malt and fruit aromas and the more subtle notes of honey and fresh hazelnut."

The beer pours golden-to-copper, with a big head (partly on account of the tall glass I used). For a blonde beer this has a surprising orange tint to it, which I feel adds welcome depth the the beer's appearance.

In the nose, however, there is less depth. I get adjunct and a bit of fruitiness.

The flavor contains more adjunct evidence (corn, perhaps?) to go with some malt and a slight metallic tartness in the aftertaste. As far as flavor profile goes this reminds me somewhat of Miller Lite except of course it is much better. It is smoother and creamier, with more of a malt presence along with a mildly detectable bitterness that perks up after several sips.

Of course this beer is meant to be an easy, refreshing drinker, but with more to offer than your standard light lager. To this extent Pelforth succeeds in that the flavor and body are light and crisp, yet there is more substance to it than the typical macro. In the end, however, just being better than a mega-lager isn't quite enough, and there are certain characteristics in the flavor that I feel detract somewhat from the overall drinking experience.

If you should find yourself in France and your refreshment options are Pelforth Blonde or some run-of-the-mill light lager, go with the Pelforth. It's good enough not to be overly offensive, but not so good as to really stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +29%
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 Boto
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Pelforth Blonde from Brasserie Heineken
3.1 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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