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Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer - Union Export Brewery

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BA SCORE
69
poor

121 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm pretty sure this is my last beer from my Trader Joe's mix a six... Glad to be done with em!

This is the best of the bunch. Hands down. The beer is entirely unimpressive, but it is at least an average attempt at a pils.

There is nothing offensive about the nose or flavor, which gives it a leg up on some other canned lagers available at TJ's!

Crisp dry finish is quite refreshing, and this is quite drinkable.
It looks pretty nice to boot- large three finger head left lots of lace and had great retention.

The ONLY complaint I have (aside from this being another boring flavorless attempt at an overproduced style) is the little musky note towards the finish. It doesn't sit very well with me. The light sweet grainy malt are ok, and the seeming lack of hops is forgivable, but why the musky cologne-like vibe?
Oh well.

Overall-- not bad for the price-- but there are MUCH better beers out there

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 03:58:09 | More by AleWatcher
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.8%

11-29-2011 04:40:50 | More by barnzy78
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear light straw color. Has a good 1 finger foamy white head.

Smells like beer. Some sweet cracker malt. Low hop profile.

Not much flavor. Some sweetness from the malt with a little bit of a noble hop presence. Pretty easy drinking but no discernable bright flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and carbonation levels are good.

Better than drinking BMC, but nothing really good either.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 23:10:16 | More by jmarsh123
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McStagger

California

3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another TJ specialty.

A: Pours a dark straw color. Clarity is excellent. Three fingers of white head. Medium dissipation, Pretty decent lacing. Carbonation is moderate, with large bubbles dancing to the surface at a fairly decent pace.

S: Tart, citric hoppiness, grassiness, graininess (barley and adjunct). Just kinda beerish.

T: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Nice dry finish. Starts off with very little malty sweetness. The mid palate is slightly doughy and bready, with a finish of moderate citric hops and a tad bit of the spicy hops. Some alcohol notes came through. No aftertaste. Very dry.

M: Goes down smoothly. Not overly carbonated, but nothing too viscous either. The carbonation seems pretty spot on.

O: Simple and easy. Definitely lawn mowing beer.

Serving type: can

10-13-2011 08:03:01 | More by McStagger
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a decent, clear, slightly golden straw hue with a two-plus-finger shaving cream-like head that has surprisingly decent retention and leaves acceptable lace.

aroma is earthy, grassy, a bit vegetal. a bit of cooked cabbage, some fresh brussel sprouts and some grain. would be good if it were a cabbage roll, but alas, it ain't. I feel I'm open with many pils/lager/cheap cans, but this one just smells tepid. a hint of hops mix with some chem-metalic notes.

taste is a bit better, though not a huge improvement. grainy, bready, doughy with some herbal grassy hop notes that don't help to brighten it all that much.

mouth is fair. moderate body for the style, ample carbonation, a lingering slightly astringent bitterness is just shy of being pleasant.

all in all, this one is distinctly forgettable. not the worst, but not the best. distinctly canned euro lager, but not the better side of the spectrum. I'm all for giving canned euro stuff high scores, but this one just falls flat.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 05:23:59 | More by djeucalyptus
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear gold color. Poured a 3 finger foamy white head that dissipated to an even skim. Decanted continually; very active. Laced in wide broken rings.

S: Light crackery malt. Green apple and grass. Faint skunky aroma.

T: Light, slightly sweet malt. Transitions quickly to a light, lingering hop character. Crisp and slightly dry.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Active on the palate; very crisp. Light lingering bitter that turns dry.

O: Some malt and hop character in a light, drinkable beer. But for the slight skunky smell, far better than many are giving it credit for.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 19:10:09 | More by Haybeerman
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slammo

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to get excited about this one based on price and packaging in the can. It turns out to be a decent if not memorable euro import the likes of so many others.

Appearance is adequate yet unassuming. The smell is also average mowed grass with nothing exceptional to note.

Taste is refreshing with a nice balance of malt and hop. Believe me, it is a huge improvement over any American macro brew and I don't want to knock it too much. There are better beers out there and there are worse. It sure beats a Bud IMO.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 18:13:02 | More by slammo
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
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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ithacabaron

California

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
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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o19

California

3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chico "U-Bar" pint glass.

A: Probably the best attribute of this beer. Medium gold color.
S: Smells like a mix between a wet dog and bath tub cleaner.
T: Despite the terrible smell, it tastes like a basic American lager with a hint of "Heineken taste". Really not that bad.
M: Light fizzy feel.
O: I have had much worse. This beer is cheap and not as bad as some "Ice" brews.

You get what you pay for.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 00:57:28 | More by o19
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into Pilsener style tasting glass.
A: A very lively carbonation is shown in the clear straw colored body. The white head pours a good formation, but does not last to long and retreats to a very thin layer.

S: A very light bready aroma of pilsen malts is found, but very one dimensional and somewhat bland.

T/M: The overall taste is light and low, with underling flavors of noble hops and a stale malt backbone. Lingering flavors a minimal at best.

D: The drinkablity of this beer is fairly high, but the overall character is not too impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 17:19:44 | More by GDBEERMAN
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a can at Trader Joe's for a buck, just to throw in the fridge to drink one night, which turned out to be tonight. Poured into a pilsener glass. Very clear yellow body, almost see through. Lots of carbonation and bubbles clinging to the glass. Fizzy head disappears quickly. Smell was a bit grassy and musty. Taste was pretty standard pilsener flavors. Hints of corn and earthy malt. Actually, a bit better tasting than some other nasty Euro lagers I've had in the past. Mouthfeel was on the crisp side, and the 5% abv was more prevalent than I thought. Maybe that was due to the 16 oz can. Not a bad pils, as I have had worse. A decent choice for $6 a pack at TJ.

Serving type: can

04-06-2011 03:28:36 | More by morebeergood
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AdamMY

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you want to sit back, relax, and sip something cool and refreshing this might be the beer, as it looks exceptional with a clear crisp golden color, and a nice thick and foamy head. But that is just about the only think it has going for it, besides a decently creamy mouth feel.

The Smell and the taste are slightly better than Bud, Miller and Coors, in the sense that it is still watery but it lacks some of the funk those beers call "flavor".

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 22:56:06 | More by AdamMY
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
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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mpyle

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as

Pours a huge white head, somewhat creamy. Decent retention. Colors is a slightly pale gold, and brilliantly clear.

Aroma is pretty minimal. At least when cold, don't really smell a hop aroma.

Flavor is inoffensive, but a bit muted. Almost halfway between a great German Pilsner and a US Macro-brew. Maltiness is relatively absent, but some noticeable if not distinct hop bitterness from midmouth onward. Finishes bland and slightly bitter.

MF - Light body and light-med carbonation.

D'ability - At $1/16oz can at TJ, definitely a cheap import. But cheapness has a price.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 00:58:34 | More by mpyle
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RarianRakista

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
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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tigg924

Massachusetts

1.95/5  rDev -32.5%
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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JayQue

Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice clear gold color with a good sized white head. Below average retention and no lacing. Smell is mild grassy hops and skunkiness.

Taste is mild maltiness..some skunk factor and a bit of hops bitterness at the end. Not bad but nothing I would seek out or drink in mass quantities. Mouthfeel is average in richness but the skunky characteristic limits the mouthfeel as well as taste.

Drinkability is average. If this beer was available for a session, I would rather have Yuengling or Sam Adams Boston Lager. Not something I would look forward to. At 6 bucks for a 16 0z sixpack it might be a bargain for some. To me this is a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

09-24-2010 00:38:54 | More by JayQue
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Redrover

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
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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MadTown1000

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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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mwagner1018

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden brass color, very light white head, leaves minimal lacing, loads of carbonation, large rising through glass.

S- Grainy, light malt, mild spiced bread.

T- Similar notes to nose, crisp, moderately clean, slight off taste on the finish, that doesn't represent as the traditional noble hops.

M- Highly carbonated, fresh, clean, light in texture.

D- On a hot summer day, very drinkable, for a good beer session, certainly leaves me wanting more, no complexity, doesn't deliver the refreshing hop quality of a traditional noble hopped pils, lacking complexity.

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 01:23:46 | More by mwagner1018
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A silo of Peter's Brand Pilsener, a $1 special from Trader's Joe. Beer pours a crystal, crystal clear golden color with a decent head and lacing. The aroma is classic for beers of the variety: grainy, bready, and the lightest touch of hops.

The beer goes down quick and light. Grainy malt is followed by balancing bitterness. Nothing special here, but, hey, it only cost a dollar. On a hot, sweaty day, I don't think anyone would turn this away. Now, if we could only get a hot day.

Serving type: can

02-26-2010 02:48:32 | More by BeardedBoffin
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droomyster

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from an oversize can a clear yellowish gold with a small white head. Aromas are predominately grainy and uninteresting but the taste incorporates a nice grassy hoppiness that balances it out. The carbonation gives it an electric feeling and lends an extreme crispness that makes up for the simplicity of its taste and make it quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

02-22-2010 04:33:34 | More by droomyster
Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer from Union Export Brewery
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