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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
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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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RobH

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle.

Euro Pilsners are not my beer style of choice, so I approached this one with skepticism and my expectations were exceeded.

German and Czech Pilsners have a certain hop bitter aroma that's not my thing, and this one had the aroma but the taste seemed to turn sweeter in the finish rather than more bitter. That's a plus.

This is an easy drinker. I poured mine hard into a stange glass and it created a niced white head that lasted and left lacing on the glass.

Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 23:30:24 | More by RobH
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HalfFull

California

2.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a half inch head that heads for the hills within 30 to 60 seconds.

Smell is initially of cereal grains and yeast, offering some muddled hop notes later. Otherwise clean and carbonated.

Taste is OK, with a thin malt body. The beer is rather light bodied in general and offers little lingering flavor on the close. Carbonation burns off rather quickly leaving a slightly fuller body to the beer yet it's a beer that can't hold up to the low carbonation. I think I would prefer this straight from the can to hide a meager nose and to help hold carbonation.

I remember this having a bit more snap and flavor a decade ago. Interestingly, my brief and nonscientific search shows that this brewery was picked up by Interbrew (now InBev of course), the brewery then shuttered(2003) and production shifted to other locations.

Serving type: can

09-22-2008 17:10:57 | More by HalfFull
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FacistCannonBall

California

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

Poured it from a sixteen ounce can into a tall pilsner glass. The smell is not far off from most other pilsners I've tried; there is something distinctive about the smell of a pilsner beer. It had a decent size white colored head that left lacing down the glass, as I finished the beer. It was a light golden color similar to some other Dutch and German beers. The taste had that funk (lack of a better word) that you find with pilsners and really no other beers. Yet, it is not a strongly flavored beer and seemed to fade quickly. All in all, not a bad beer, though definitely not a great beer either. It represents a pretty good value for an everyday refreshing drinker at $5:50 a sixer of 16 oz. cans.

Serving type: can

06-13-2008 06:40:54 | More by FacistCannonBall
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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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Boneheadmx

California

3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to a light straw with a one-finger head that subsided slowly. Nothing special here.

The smell is of light floral hops, and a bit of malt. Very faint. Detected a bit of skunk too.

For a Pils, this beer is maltier, which I find pleasing. Nice and bready, not bad at all.

The mouthfeel is OK, but it's really nothing special. A bit too much carbonation for my taste.

This is a very drinkable beer, however.

A refreshing, tasty beer. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 05:36:48 | More by Boneheadmx
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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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gwood

California

2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks like it should. Clear and clean with a light clover honey hue.

S - Slightly sweet, grains.

T - Malts more so than others which is nice. Some minor hops, the finish is dry and clean.

M - Thin with better carbonation than I expected when first purchased. Fares well.

D - More drinkable than other dutch pils IMO.

I've had the botles but I'm sold on the cans actually. Good deal from Trader Joes at 4.49for six 500mls. Bottles tend to be skunked more often (hence the cans). I tend to buy this beer now for summer shandy time. Mixed with some good homemade lemonaid, it perks right up.

Serving type: can

09-20-2007 08:19:14 | More by gwood
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leechungsr

California

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

A: Poured a nice golden yellow into a pils glass. Nice ~1.5 finger head with light lace.
S: Light floral with a hint of citrus. Very very light skunk. I made sure from purchase that this beer didn't see any light while in my possesion.
T: Where did the hops go? Pretty malty/grainy. Weak hops at best.
M: Good amount of carbonation; I thought the malty taste was matched well with its mouthfeel.
D: Pretty good. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, though. No complaints.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 05:00:21 | More by leechungsr
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theopholis

California

2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think I got the right beer. This is actually a 500 ml can of a "Dutch style Pilsner". But the logo is the same, and the picture shows it's from Holland.

Appearance- It pours an increadibly clear, amber pilsner color. The head is average sixe, white and leaves behind some lacing.

Aroma- Lots of citrus in the nose. Some sour mash, some malt sweetness with a nice level of hop bitterness. Also smells just the tineiest bit skunky, which shouldn't happen in a canned beer.

Taste- Starts very generic, with no discernable taste. Quickly melds to with to grassy-sweet with just a tinge of bitter metal at the end. It doesn't sound good, but it's better than I've made it sound.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Some CO2 bite on the tip of the toungue. Not bad, but not great.

Drinkability- It's not the worse German Pilsner I've had, but it's in the lower half.

Serving type: can

05-22-2007 07:26:32 | More by theopholis
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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....

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:00:33 | More by MaltyGoodness
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beeragent

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 04:31:48 | More by beeragent
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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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allengarvin

Texas

3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 03:38:31 | More by allengarvin
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goschool

California

3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-11-2006 06:48:28 | More by goschool
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OStrungT

California

3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 00:57:58 | More by OStrungT
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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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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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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 02:42:49 | More by Gagnonsux
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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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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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watermelonman

California

2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2004 09:16:44 | More by watermelonman
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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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Dukeofearl

California

2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 20:32:35 | More by Dukeofearl
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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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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
Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer from Union Export Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.