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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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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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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Why can't every store be like Trader Joe's, with really low prices and the ability to break any sixer? I mean, that's how this can came into my presence. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, grass, and flowers. The taste has a slightly citric bent, but the rest of these elements come back in spades. Somehow, the citrus and the flowers meld very nicely, creating a pleasant flavor. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a smoothly fluid feel. Overall, a nice little pils. Nowhere near the best, but an eminently drinkable brew, indeed.

Serving type: can

06-09-2011 04:51:15 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely crystal-clear deep-golden body that reveals hundreds of average-sized bubbled rising steadily beneath a long-lasting head of creamy bright-white foam that holds quite well and leaves excellent lacing about the glass. The aroma offers a soft grainy maltiness and a mildly skunked herbal hoppiness. The body is medium with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's crisp on the tongue. The flavor delivers exactly what the nose promises with its sweetish grainy malt base and grassy, herbal and floral hops perfectly balanced by a solid bitterness. (It's less bitter than Heineken, and most German pilseners as well). It finishes dry and refreshing with a lingering swirl of hops that begs you to have another swallow. Very well done; and exceptional at the low price point it's sold at!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 22:03:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz green bottle with a date code of L0416 12:33 whatever that is. Almost no lacing or head retention

Pours an effervescent honey gold with 2+ fingers of fluffed up white head.

S: A little floral hops & sopayness

T: Swet malt & some floral hops. Soapy hop taste follows along with some diathechyl/butterscotch & grainyness. Finishes dry, a litle fruitry & grainyness

MF: Almost medium bodied with moderate carbonation & okay balance, a little grittyness from the grainyness

This just an average drinker, wasn't expecting much & that's about what I got, a ho-hum pils. Beter than BMC but nothing to rwrite home about

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 02:49:25 | More by russpowell
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

two finger pure white head. Dies to a thin layer of bubbles that leave no lace. The liquid is dark straw/light gold and crystal clear.

Finally, a super pale lager from Europe that hasn't begun. To skunk. Thank God for the can. All that said, this isn't very interesting, mostly raw barley aroma and the faintest touch of mild hop.

Mostly raw grain flavor, probably from some sort of adjunct. Spritzy mouthfeel, thin bodied. The swallow has a better hop presence than the smell suggests. This might be a better than average lawn mower beer.

Serving type: can

04-10-2011 21:22:06 | More by smcolw
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At $4.29 a six-pack this is the generic import pilsner of choice. Perfect for a hot summer day or light drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2002 00:15:49 | More by Jason
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I almost CANnot believe how many beers are in CANs! The CANQuest began as a lark and has become an obsession.

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly metallic with an underlying lager sweetness. As a GER Pilsener, it was a bit sweet and lacking in hops, more lager-like than pilsener. Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated, but with too much sweetness on the tongue. I really felt like I was drinking a decent lager, but as a GER Pilsener, ... Oof. Finish exhibited a slight metallic flavor at the extreme finish, but overall, it was simply lager-like.

Serving type: can

02-21-2010 06:41:12 | More by woodychandler
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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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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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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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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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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Ayinger pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, faintly spicy, but hints of sourness; grainy and mild. Starts out with biscuit malt, grassy hops and hints of apple juice, but quickly tapers off to a bland faint sweet malt. Light bodied. Obviously brewed as a cheap, satisfactory pilsner, a half step above an adjunct ale and delivers to expectations. Drinkable but forgettable, average in all respects. Brewed by Wolters, and fortunately in a can so at least it's not skunky like their beers in green bottles.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 02:10:47 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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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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GClarkage

California

2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02/24/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code on the back label. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- For a pils, this is about as perfectas you can get. Golden yellow color, bit fat white creamy head and excellent lacing.

Smell- Well, I guess we can't give 5's all the way down, much less 4's or 3's. This one had a heavy pils scent with a big puff of skunk that came out as soon as you opened the cap. Kinda smelled like a bad saison.

Taste- Considering the smell, I was a bit scared to even touch my lips to this one. Not bad, not good, but about your average tasting pils. Hits you with the malt and grain and then dies out.

Mouthfeel- Nice average carbonation.

Drinkability- The scent kinda ruined it for this brew. If it wasn't for that, it would be a semi-decent fallback pils. I guess if you plugged your nose it would be OK.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 04:22:41 | More by GClarkage
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok cheap pick of the day from Trader Joe's..extremelly cheap looking can design.
Actual;ly looks ok when poured into my glass..typical golden pils colour with a good sized almost creamy white head.
the aroma is ok..typical and thankfully not skunked at all
A nice just above average taste for a lager..some nice hoppiness and a taste of malt..its dry in the finish.
pretty average on the tongue.
A quite drinkabl;e lager..I must admit I was surprised..a good cheap beer for parties and BBQs.

Serving type: can

07-11-2003 22:33:58 | More by Reidrover
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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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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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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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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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz green bottle with the words "Dutch" and "Holland" appearing everywhere! Six-packs are wrapped in plastic rather than the traditional cardboard carriers.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden liquid with a minimal white lace head.

Smell: Light malt, apple skin and that skunk smell known world wide as "the green bottle lager/pilsner smell."

Taste: A bit crisp with a light malt and adjunct flavour. Touch of hop flavour and bitterness pulls through at the end, just as this brew starts to dry up in the mouth.

Notes: At $4.29 a six-pack this is the generic import pilsner of choice. Perfect for a hot summer day or light drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden hue with a very limited and underdeveloped head, no retention and no lace. The nose wasn't exactly skunky but more like old, wet grains and musty cream. It is tolerable... fairly neutral actually. The palate was very light, simple with a creamy-hay and spice mixture; it was respectable. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again, but I did like it (to some degree). Hell, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 16:06:31 | More by bditty187
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Redrover

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One pint can poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a crystal clear yellow with a fairly dense bone white head.

The aroma is of grains, grass and a bit of floral hops.

The taste is also grainy with some mild astringency. The hops also add some minor floral notes. Not a ton going on, it is not bad, but just kind of there.

The beer does have excellent carbonation and decent mouth feel .

Not sure I would ever reach for it again, but it probably worth the modest one dollar investment from Trader Joes.

Serving type: can

05-08-2010 01:01:52 | More by Redrover
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Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer from Union Export Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.