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Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer - Union Export Brewery

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BA SCORE
69
poor

127 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a small white had that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Rather zesy hop aroma with a mild "skunkiness" that I've come to expect and rather enjoy in an import pils. Crisp.

Light maltiness, not as crisp as the aroma leads on. Hop flavor is also more subdued than the smell would have you believe. Finishes with a mild bitterness that lingers a bit.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, an average import pils. Easily drinkable, this would be a refreshing beer to slug down on a hot day. But, there certainly better pils to be had. If only the taste held up to the smell, this would be tip-top....

MaltyGoodness, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of beeragent
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear straw, forming a 1 inch head, that faded quickly, but leaving thick rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is mostly skunky, with a slighty citrus smell. The taste is a little grainy, but with enough sweet hop flavor, to keep it above the others of this style. Light mouthfeel. Overall, just another German style pilsner. Better than a few others that I've tried, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

beeragent, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

russpowell, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a crystal-clear dull-gold color. Nice head and lacing. Sweet, grainy malt nose. Sweet malt, likewise, is the dominant flavor, with but a small touch of bitterness and no discernable hop flavor. Finishes clean and neutral. Light bodied.

Very pedestrian pils. Not recommended.

allengarvin, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is golden, the head faded quickly. The malts are grainy, the hops are grassy. This stuff has a bit more malts than most pilsners. Its mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin finish. Think of this beer as Heineken with a little more taste and no skunk.

goschool, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light straw yellow, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving very few laces.

This beer has a slight citrus hop aroma. It has a slight skunk aroma, but that might be due to the fact that it is bottled in a green bottle.

This beer tastes more malty than I would have though. It has a light caramel sweet flavor. The floral, citrus hops are present, but mild. The skunkyness that was present in the aroma is not present in the flavor. It tastes better than I expected.

This beer is crisl and light. It goes down smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not aggressive, and it is probably relatively low in alcohol. I doubt I will have it again, but it was good to try.

OStrungT, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.08/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
1.08/5  rDev -62.9%
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!

DogFood11, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peter's Brand has the typical golden straw color of a lot of the mass-produced beers from Holland. Head is average-sized and somewhat sticky and carbonation is above average. The aroma is initially a belt of skunkiness, which is followed by the smell of sweet grains. The taste is of sweet grains with just a bit of skunk flavor that mixes in primarily because of smell. This is tasty enough, about on par for macro beers from Holland, and works well for the low price.

Gagnonsux, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of alexgash
2.38/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

alexgash, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

GClarkage, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a bright yellow and orange color, with just a touch more orange than I would consider ideal. The head is nothing special but it lasts well and leaves a nice speckled lace.

The smell is not very impressive, but not horrific as many of the cheap lagers are. The taste leaves some hints of cheap grains in the mouth but is reasonable overall. The mouthfeel was a bit too sharp. Drinkability remains good as there's not too much to this beer.

There's nothing remarkable about this stuff, but it works.

watermelonman, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +34%
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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz green bottle form a "Beers of the World" collection. Pours a transparent medium gold color with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not bad looking, but not anything special either. Aroma is hoppy, sharp, and a little sour. The flavor is a little better than the aroma, with a nice hop bite at the end. Flavor is clean to the the point of tasting very processed. My thought when drinking this was that it was Heineken's little brother. Not great, but not terrible either.

Dukeofearl, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of Gusler
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Gusler, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

beerguy101, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Dutch" Pilsener pours a shiny gold with a pure white head and some sticky lace. A faint malt aroma melds with cut hay and a hint of mint. The malt is somewhat grassy, herbal, and again, minty. The hops are fairly metallic and a bit citrusy. The flavors are separate at first but blend and balance as the malt sweetness develops. This isn't a bad session-type beer.

BeerResearcher, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Reidrover, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Morris729
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
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).

Morris729, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

AtLagerHeads, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium golden color with a creamy, half-inch snow-white head, lots of irregular lace rings; massive streams of bubbles continually renew the head. Aroma has a very pronounced skunk quality, perhaps the strongest I have ever experienced. When I uncapped the bottle, my cat took a whiff and rapidly backed away. Some white bread aromas can be detected beneath the skunk odor. Taste begins with a sweet malt flavor and a sting of carbonation, at the tail end of the taste some oily hop bitterness appears. Finish is crisp and dry. A visually striking beer, if its taste were equal to its appearance, it would be a world class Pilsener.

Pegasus, Dec 15, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev +10%
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.

bditty187, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
1.25/5  rDev -57%
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Jason, Mar 29, 2002
Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer from Union Export Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.