Pale cream to buff cap; stalk pale cream to buff; pores pale cream-yellow. Grows singly or in groups of up to several, on the ground in oak woods. June–September. Cap convex, becoming flat; pale cream to buff; texture dull, dry, suedelike. Pores small; circular, becoming angular; pale cream-yellow, sometimes weakly bruising blue, then brownish. Stalk enlarging slightly toward the base; pale cream-buff, can be reddish at the base; texture smooth. Spore print olive brown. Spores magnified are barely spindle-shaped. The name "pallid bolete" is fitting, as this mushroom is mostly pale cream-buff to very pale yellow.
Lookalikes: Other Boletus species.