Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer - Union Export Brewery
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2.7/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
05-03-2010 02:26:14 | More by MadTown1000
3.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
04-29-2010 01:23:46 | More by mwagner1018
3.03/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
02-26-2010 02:48:32 | More by BeardedBoffin
3.38/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
02-22-2010 04:33:34 | More by droomyster
2.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
02-21-2010 06:41:12 | More by woodychandler
3.33/5 rDev +14.8%
Pours a light orange gold with slight carbonation, and a moderate head that fades to a light film. Smells of fresh lively pilsner beer - grainy and a light straw. Tastes light, grainy, fresh, clean, smooth - but definitely a light taste. Less than average carbonation compared to similar beers, smooth drinkable pilsner. Will probably be the last time I have this, but overall I don't have too many complaints
01-10-2010 02:47:49 | More by tconboy
2.8/5 rDev -3.4%
Consumed 11/13/2009- from notes.
Green 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.
A- A washed out gold toppped off with about a finger and a half tight bubbled white head that lasted longer than I expected. Mildly carbination, some lacing.
S- Not much at all. Very faint grassy/skunky smell.
T- A little floral/grassy with a little hint of citrus. As somebody else mentioned it got a little skunky but that went away by the end.
M- Thicker than I expected for a pils, medium bodied. A little carbination tingle.
D- Once you get past the skunk its pretty drinkable. Might make a decent session brew if nothing else was available.
11-24-2009 15:37:55 | More by tatoodkelt
2.85/5 rDev -1.7%
Appearance: Poured a light straw color. Two fingers of fluffy head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing.
Smell: Nothing special. Just cheap adjunct corn. There's a slight floral aroma, but otherwise it's not complex.
Taste: Maltier than I was expecting from the smell, which is a pleasant surprise, but there's still a lot of adjunct corn. Floral malts provide a little sweetness, and there's a hint of lemon citrus. There's an adequate hop bite at the end.
Drinkability: It's a decent lager. Certainly not a classic in my book, but it'll do.
11-22-2009 06:39:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
2.83/5 rDev -2.4%
A-Golden yellow hued body, slight carbonation holding a 1/8" frothy white head.
S-Very pils typical and nothing outstanding.
T-Pleasant on the uptake with a slightly skunky middle flowing into a smooth subtle aftertaste.
M-Very similar to Heineken nothing spectacular but slightly watery.
D-It would be a good beer for summertime.
11-20-2009 16:45:03 | More by RJUGA03
2.23/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
09-19-2009 00:55:18 | More by pokesbeerdude
3/5 rDev +3.4%
Recently available as $4.49 for 6-16oz cans at TJ's, so gave it a shot:
appearance: nice head from a hard pour; dissipated within a few minutes. clear golden color. make that a darker golden.
smell/nose: a little malt... maybe an adjunct aroma, but not much else to my sniffer. not unpleasant, just not too much going on.
taste: light malt, hardly any hops, metal. I just always get that from a can (the metal, that is), and wish the bottles of this brew would reappear on the shelves.
mouthfeel: pleasantly carbonated, and not too thin or thick.
overall reminds me of much more expensive beers (but not true pilsners, like Urquell, Staropramen, Czech/Budvar, which actually spend some cash on decent hops), and I would be all over this as my cheap euro-lager option if it weren't for the metallic thing. Cheaper and nicer, in my tired opinion, than the other cheap TJ's euro imports.
08-26-2009 08:13:24 | More by DJW
2.9/5 rDev 0%
This is an interesting little beer. Definitely got some European influence.
A - On the orange side of straw yellow. A hint of amber. fluffy white head that recedes rapidly. No lacing.
S - There is something in the smell that is a little unappealing o me, Somewhat metallic. just a weird tang. Some tart hops? little malt character to be found.
T - This is definitely more flavorful than most macros, but it's nothing that blows me away. Just a run of the mill pilsener. Hops are slightly more pronounced, but there's decent malt character. There's almost a lemony quality to this beer.
M - nothing if not average.
D - Follows suit.
04-04-2009 02:54:35 | More by Beernoisseur
2.98/5 rDev +2.8%
pours a straw yellow with a nice pillowy 1.5 finger white head.
smells a little malty, with earthy hops and mild nondescript funk.
taste is very mild, malts up front with a grassy hop finish. nothing special, but nothing unpleasant either.
feels a little thin, but with decent carbonation. pretty refreshing.
a very inexpensive brew, which increases the drinkability quite a bit.
01-06-2009 23:51:42 | More by JoshuaCain
2.53/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
10-15-2008 23:51:46 | More by aquaderek
3.48/5 rDev +20%
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.
10-11-2008 23:30:24 | More by RobH
2.85/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-22-2008 17:10:57 | More by HalfFull
3.03/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
06-13-2008 06:40:54 | More by FacistCannonBall
2.7/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
05-02-2008 05:34:22 | More by illidurit
3.15/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
04-22-2008 05:36:48 | More by Boneheadmx
2.17/5 rDev -25.2%
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
11-16-2007 03:15:24 | More by monkeybeer
2.88/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
09-20-2007 08:19:14 | More by gwood
2.8/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
07-10-2007 05:00:21 | More by leechungsr
2.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-22-2007 07:26:32 | More by theopholis
3.23/5 rDev +11.4%
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....
03-26-2007 23:00:33 | More by MaltyGoodness
2.83/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-15-2007 04:31:48 | More by beeragent
Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer from Union Export Brewery
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