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Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer - Union Export Brewery

Peter's Brand Pilsner BeerPeter's Brand Pilsner Beer

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BA SCORE
68
poor

115 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 16.32%


Brewed by:
Union Export Brewery
Netherlands

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998)
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DogFood11

California

1.08/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale yellow color, highly filtered clear, huge carbonation, white fizzy head that exits quickly.

Skunk ass smell. This is like heineken except with no malt profile and slightly worse. Huge grain, adjunct, scotch bloom weedy taste. Malts are emberassed by the overpowering grass,weed body. Finishes wet and never ever cleanses that nasT crap.
Where are the saaz hops...or anything to wash this away?

Good god this is some rank stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 00:15:44 | More by DogFood11
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Dogbrick

Ohio

1.25/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Unappealing thin gold color with a thin white head. Skunky nose (should go without saying - green bottle). Really no redeeming qualities to speak of. Weak and boring. I disliked this one as much as Oranjeboom's other Pils and I am rating it as suck...I mean such.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 12:30:42 | More by Dogbrick
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DoubleJ

California

1.73/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"A Dutch style pilsener", but brewed in Germany. Comes in a plain 330 ml can, and cost a mere $0.79. bottom of the can, There is a best by date stamped on the bottom of the can, at 09.09.12. As usual, it's on to the beer:

More ups than downs with the appearance. The color is a lighter hue of gold, clean bodied, bursting with carbonation bubbles in the body. And the thick creamy head and its good retention make it convincing to grant a "4" score. But don't get too excited, it has the aroma of "the usual" macro pilsner. Steeley, DMS, sweet grain and a cooked cereal nose don't make a good omen.

Expecting something crisp and clean? Well, you're not to find it here. This is a strangely fruity pilsner, and despite the bubbles riding through the body, offers almost no crispness. Boring grain, metal, lingering steeley cooked grains, no thanks. Ah, no thank you.

I think it's best to say no to Peter's Brand. This is another reported case of a drain pour.

Serving type: can

05-01-2012 23:19:26 | More by DoubleJ
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tigg924

Massachusetts

1.95/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, clear, low carbonation

Smell: wheat and honey

Taste: honey, wheat, and grass

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: Not a favorite. This tastes a step above an adjunct lager. There are many in the style that I would turn to first. A bit watery and the flavors did not come together for me.

Serving type: can

12-20-2010 14:42:03 | More by tigg924
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Brent

Kentucky

2.05/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Struck me as a "Heineken wanna-be." Didn't seem to have much going for it. Pretty bland and slightly skunky.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2001 15:19:07 | More by Brent
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

2.08/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It pours a great looking classic pils pale straw. Its just slightly hazy. The head is large and hanging on impressively for a pilsner but shows minimal lacing.

The nose is great for a pilsner. Musty hop luplin, sugary light malt, perhaps rice, and just a whif of that sulfer.

Taste starts watery then goes pretty metalic with to grassy-sweet with just a tinge of bitter at the end. I read a few of other reviews and I think folks are being too hard on this beer. It's no masterpiece but I've had worse.

A few minutes later...nevermind, I can't even finish this. There are some serious mouthfeel issues here. Every next sip is increasingly stingy and astringent. Almost like the tounge is being electrocuted. Seriously, what the hell.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 01:45:48 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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monkeybeer

California

2.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear golden yellow with a white head and quick disappearing lacing.

S- Skunkey with a very slight citrus smell

T/M – Bitter and skunkey, not as smooth as I have had in the past.

D- Had this beer before in a can and it was not too bad. This time around in a bottle it defiantly had a stronger skunk smell was not as drinkable with a slightly bitter taste to it. Not sure if it was just a dab bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 03:15:24 | More by monkeybeer
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours out cough-drop yellow with a fairly impressive and fluffy two finger, pure white head. Not much carbonation to speak of. Beer is supposed to be carbonated, right?

S: Creamed corn, dry grass, iron. This is what Heineken would smell like if I had a cold.

T: White rice and water. Chinese prison food.

M: Light, light, light and quenching – look, there’s one positive thing,

O: After a run, hmm…Gatorade? Nah, this will do it.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 23:47:54 | More by phantomwyse
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

2.23/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml can from State Liquor Store in Vernal, 1.39. Looks promising, very nondescript white can, looks like it should just say BEER.

A: Crystal clear, pale yellow, with a stark white head about an inch thick that is actually staying quite nicely, pretty fair lacing very little carbonation is seen moving in the glass. Not a bad looking pils.

S: Whew, this does not smell good, some pale malts, a little spicy hop note, and a very distinct mildew meets raw aluminum smell that almost overpowers it. Smells pretty bad.

T: Sweet malty profile, with a pretty nice spicy bitterness in the end, has almost too thick of a malt profile though, and lots of things get lost, the flavors are there but seem diluted and lost in the mix. Has a very distinct metal aftertaste, definitely aluminum, and definitely not pleasant.

M: Way off, way way way off, this thing is so thick I can practically chew it, no carbonation to speak off, and it isn't crisp, or refreshing, it feels as if I'm drinking a nitro beer, with less nitro. Not impressed at all.

D: Not so much, this pint will be more than enough for me. I'm a huge proponent of canned beer, if it's done right, which includes a can liner! I cut this beer can open and it smelled of nothing but aluminum, no beer at all, even with some residue. Might be a good beer from the bottle though.

Serving type: can

09-19-2009 00:55:18 | More by pokesbeerdude
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RarianRakista

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is only like 10% better than the typical American swill in a can, PBR has a better aftertaste than this, the flavors are not well put together. This tastes like a beer made by formula, I'm sure no one who works at this brewer tasted it at any point or it would never of left Germany.

Wow, was surprised that Trader Joe's stocked this after all their other good 6 pack experiences I've had there lately. Especially Name Brand Lager.

Serving type: can

01-22-2011 01:45:33 | More by RarianRakista
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ithacabaron

California

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

In a can!

Pours a lovely, well...pilsner color. Big puffy head starts out nice, but unfortunately fades to an anemic film. Eh.

Aroma is flat, dull, and pervasive; metal, DME, skunk. You know that feeling you get when you accidentally bite down on a piece of aluminum foil? Yeah. Basically, it's that in aroma form. Not pleasant.

Taste is again, fairly uninspiring - some chemical-like hops, occasional bursts of grain husk. It's certainly a Dutch-style pils, but it's probably the worst one I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is unpleasant. There's a slick, almost greasy coating over the tongue and teeth, and carbonation is far too low. Sits in your stomach like a lead-laden, gaseous nebula.

Pretty awful. There are plenty of decent cheap beers. This is not one of them.

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 01:04:55 | More by ithacabaron
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"I have conquered an empire, but I have not been able to conquer myself."

--Peter The Great

Straw yellow with sun-faded lemon highlights and a wonderful looking chunk of eggshell colored foam occupying the upper half of the glass. Small scraplets of sea foam lace are beginning to stick. Whatever else this lager has in store, it looks good.

The nose is roughly equal parts untoasted grain and grassy-musky hops. Gotta be Saaz. It's a little low on power, but more boldness might not have been a positive. Given the style, it's pretty much right-down-the-middle average.

Too bad the flavor doesn't even make it over that low bar. It tastes like this Dutch Style Pilsener (that is brewed in Germany) uses inferior ingredients. That's probably because UEB wants to keep the price down: a whopping $1 at Trader Joe's. Yeah, well, it tastes more like fidy cent beer.

Peter's Brand is reminiscent of BMC lager mixed 50:50 with less than well-brewed Euro pale lager. It has the nasty graininess of the former and the musky-grassy-skunky hop quality of the latter. Since warming is doing this stuff no favors, it's time to either drink faster or take just one more mouthful to assess mouthfeel. One more mouthful it is.

Not too bad, all things considered. It isn't watery in the least and the bubbles inject an acceptable (though low end) amount of energy. Nothing to get too excited over.

The can speaks the truth ('Imported Lager Beer') and it lies ('Superior Quality'). Here's hoping that Trader Joe's shoppers don't give up trying something other than Budweiser, Miller and Coors products based on this terrible excuse for beer. Then again, given what their taste buds are used to, they might think it's the cat's pajamas.

Serving type: can

03-10-2011 13:16:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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alexgash

Connecticut

2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, clean medium-yellow straw, with a fluffy, off-white head. Smells of lightly sweetened cereal malt, light alcohol, and minor herbal hops. Hey, no skunk! Must be the can...
Malt flavors are barely noticeable up front. What is there is soft, kinda soapy with some graininess, but no sweetness. Slight adjunct edge. No off-flavors, just nothing really. Hops are disappointingly diminished and not very bitter. Finish yearns to be bitter with lingering sweetbread malts, but comes up short. Light bodied, high-carbonated feel. Not terrible.

Serving type: can

03-06-2005 17:38:16 | More by alexgash
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Yellow body with a very nice head that foamed up well and laced the glass.

Smell – I can pick up a light hop aroma, but there’s something funky going on in there.

Taste – Starts off with that dry, hint-of-malt freshness typical of the style. The body is still light but on the fully side of light. The finish though disappointed. There’s a reeky kind of aftertaste that’ll keep me from buying this one again.

Mouthfeel – Pleasant. Carbonation is non-existent in keeping with the style, and the classic pils body always keeps the cheeks happy.

Drinkabilty – If it wasn’t for that finish (and the smell of it on the nose) I’d “3” this beer, but the funk in the trunk hurts this rating.

Serving type: can

08-23-2003 01:05:24 | More by RoyalT
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aquaderek

California

2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a pint glass. The appearance is yellowish golden like most macro pilsner with a head that dissipates quickly. The nose is slightly malty and skunky. The taste is slight cooked cabbage and metallic note much going on here. The mouthfeel is fizzy and carbonated. If it is nice and cold could be refreshing. I am not a big fan of this beer.

Serving type: can

10-15-2008 23:51:46 | More by aquaderek
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beerguy101

California

2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A lighter tasting, mild flavored pilsner. Taste is smooth, light malts and hops, slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is crisp. Nice balance. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: can

09-14-2003 02:42:03 | More by beerguy101
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Gusler

Arizona

2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer upon disembarking the bottle a crystalline gold color with a prodigious bright white and spumescent head, after desiccation the lace forms a thin velum like sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, typical pilsner crisp and fresh, start is moderately sweet and the top light. Finish is mediocre in its acidity, the hops as one would expect from a pilsner, pleasing and mild, quite dry aftertaste, drinkable but not a big hit with me.

Serving type: can

01-25-2004 22:44:49 | More by Gusler
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.65/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Canned on 11/25/11.

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some odd artificial fruity aromas. Taste is of grain and metal up front with some of the artificial fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that doesn't offer much but was cheap enough at around $0.75 for a large can.

Serving type: can

05-02-2012 03:14:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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beertunes

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another TJs bargain grab. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a typical clean, clear light gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

The aroma was kinda bland, some grains, a bit of sweetness, soft hops and just a general "beer" scent. The flavors were all the same benign, bland features that the aroma had, nothing really stood out.

The body was crisp and a bit fuller than most of the style. The beer was mostly clean across the tongue, but did have a slightly sweet finish. Drinkability was a bit better than average for the style, the beer went down quickly and easily enough. Overall, a good brew, one that's probably a bit better than average. If you're looking for a good bargain "chore beer", this would be a good choice.

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 23:32:13 | More by beertunes
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Voluminous, pure white head that faded quickly, but did not disappear. Light to medium gold coloring that is crystal clear. Yeasty aroma that faded with the head. Decent lacing. Very mild flavor with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Aftertaste was surprisingly longlasting yet very delicate. Just average all around. Not hateful; not impressive. Could probably drink all day, but wonder why. Maybe the ladies would like this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 19:27:23 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Morris729

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color with a foamy white head with abnormally large bubbles that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is sweet malt and a bit of skunk. Taste is about the same, though the skunkiness is more pronounced than in the aroma. Given a choice between this and a Heineken, I’d take the Heineken (not that I’d be real happy about that either).

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 16:27:19 | More by Morris729
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illidurit

California

2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass. Clear light gold color with dozens of bubble columns feeding the white 2 finger head. Aroma is corny adjunct with little to no hops. Taste is of malt husk and adjuncts, but not as vile as most American macros. Quite refreshing and smooth. Great beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 05:34:22 | More by illidurit
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MadTown1000

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a big pint can. Made in Germany, under license from Union in Holland. Pours a dark yellow into a pint glass, with a thick white-yellow head. Head settles at about an inch and recedes slowly from there leaving substantial lace.

Smell is grainy. Some hops, but smells a little off. Flavor is also grain-forward. Tastes a little adjunctly, although that's not usually present in German beers. Certainly no strong flavors here. Not a lot of fizz, not a lot of alcohol, not a lot of anything (other than quantity per can.) Little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

All told, not too much to recommend it. A little more substantial than your American macros, but it strikes me as the German equivalent.

Serving type: can

05-03-2010 02:26:14 | More by MadTown1000
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TheSarge

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at Trader Joe's. Poured into a half liter dimple mug, and the brew makes a three finger thick bright white head, and the body is dark gold with perfect clarity.

The aroma is grain and husk, tobacco, lemon, and slight metallic.

Taste wise, it's of corn husk, tobacco, and maybe some butterscotch.

Feels light in body, cleansing to the palate, and very quaffable. Too much adjunct taste here for me to stick with a German Style Pilsner. I'd just claim this a typical Euro Lager.

Serving type: can

08-15-2012 00:58:16 | More by TheSarge
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml can. Appearance is a clear gold with a yellowish hue. White head forms but doesn't retain much. The nose features bready malts, notes of light caramel, bread crust, and corn. The flavor is pretty lacking with a bitter finish. The toasty bread comes through with a musty tinge. There is a hint of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with moderate level of carbonation. Overall, an uninspired Pilsener which is lacking in flavor.

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 07:59:09 | More by homebrew311
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Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer from Union Export Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.