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Kaiser - Brau Union Österreich AG

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Union Österreich AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elmocoso on 03-22-2003)
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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
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2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml can into a pils glass. Can had an expiration date of 07/2008 on the bottom. Brew had a clear golden yellow color topped with a fluffy snow white head that fizzled down to nothing and left zero lace. Sparse carbonation lazily floated to the surface.
Nose was all-malt; slightly bready and with a smidge of cut hay. Very low hops profile in the aroma.
Ditto the balance in the taste. Rather dusty malt bill with a corresponding sweet yeastiness. Hops were a vague afterthought at the back of the tongue and only became noticeable after I was nearly halfway through the glass. Feel was a tad thin with a hint of graininess or grit.
Considering the style, I'd say Kaiser Bier is pretty much on the mark. That said, this isn't a style I'm overly impressed with. Not a beer I'd go out of my way to seek out.

Serving type: can

03-16-2008 21:46:56 | More by Boilermaker88
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2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

3.80% ABV. .5L aluminum can acquired at a Picadilly supermarket in Sofia, Bulgaria, and served into a Staropramen pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Sofia. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one-finger wide head of white colour. Subpar thickness and creaminess. Decent complexion and consistency. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear yellow colour. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Average vibrance.

Appears undercarbonated. Unremarkable for the style. I'm pessimistic.

AROMA: Seemingly, there's some adjunct - perhaps corn? Unremarkable barley. Overly sweet malts. Lacks a balancing hop presence.

No alcohol, off-notes, yeast character, or overt hop character is detectable.

Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of average strength which suggests an imbalanced brew. I'm not looking forward to the first sip.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Some sweet generic malts, fairly clean barley, and...that's about it? Unless you count a buried wisp of unidentifiable adjunct.

No yeast character, hop character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. It's unbalanced, but I wouldn't call it imbalanced. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I can't say I really like it. Lacks intricacy, subtlety, complexity, and nuance.

There's nothing here flavourwise that stands out.

Smooth, wet, fairly clean, medium-bodied, slightly syrupy, overly thick for the style, and unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. This texture doesn't suit the flavour profile or style all that well. But it's not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is okay at best.

OVERALL: Downable and unremarkable. A decent budget brew. It's not a poor choice to pick up a can or two of this when in Bulgaria given the price point, but I can't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Too damn boring. I've had far better beers in the style, but few can really change the price of this one - at least in terms of percentage (not real) difference in price.


Serving type: can

06-26-2014 21:43:41 | More by kojevergas
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - CLear, pale golden yellow color, with only a 1/2 finger of head that doesn't linger despite my intentions for a more substantial head. Few bubbles rise to the top.

Smell - Bready aromas and some graininess, but in a freshly baked bread sort of way. I liked the smell of this.

Taste - Grainy barley and mild hops. Grassy and kind of bland but refreshing. SOme sweet seeps through as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Smooth taste, lowish carbonation and medium -light feel.

Overall - Decent lager, rather enjoyed the aroma of this one, and the rest wasn't too bad either.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 15:46:51 | More by DenisKolkin
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +3%

03-02-2014 02:36:38 | More by WillAndSarah
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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-23-2014 23:00:09 | More by Oidmoe
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Ontario (Canada)

2.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Kaiser certainly looks fit for a king: polished golden with a bounteous crown of white foam atop. In suitable Austrian fashion, it has bubbles that prance around like Viennese waltzers. Indeed, it looks majestic enough to be hung in the halls of Schönbrunn Palace.

The aroma, on the other hand, does not at all follow in the proud Austro-German tradition; this weak, cloyingly sweet and somewhat chemical smell is nothing like the rich, clean, malty 'helles' lagers that have made Austria and Germany renown for their beer.

The palate, likewise, is marred by a corn syrup-like flavour that wavers between insipid and unpleasant. Some sips are distasteful and others... are like nothing at all. The texture it leaves is unnaturally dry, like swabbing the tongue with a cotton ball.

The lager would certainly be better off with more actual malt and less adjunct or extract. Hops would be a welcomed addition too. There's too much sweetness and not enough toast or breadiness. It has a mouthfeel about as pleasant as that of a sponge.

$2.05 is a very reasonable price for a tall can - normally. But in the case of Kaiser it's practically a king's ransom; a lager this poorly made, which uses such inferior ingredients, is hardly worth 2 cents. Don't get me wrong, I had no problem finishing the can - it's nothing undrinkable - but it's also not something worth drinking in the first place.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 20:54:25 | More by biegaman
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

2/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-27-2013 20:35:18 | More by ccrida
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev +12.4%

07-31-2013 12:01:05 | More by hansavijaticar
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

06-15-2013 16:36:18 | More by TheBeeraholic
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3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden; medium head; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; grassy; sweet

Taste: Refreshing, but bitter notes throughout; dry, slightly bitter finish

Remarks: Had this beer at the Stadtfest in St. Ulrich am Pillersee, Austria.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:12:59 | More by IchLiebeBier
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2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours the traditional clear pale yellow Lager color forming a medium bubbled white head. Low retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet grains and flowery hops

T: Sweet malts upfront. Very watery and dry. Cornish. End is mild bitter

M: Very light watery body. Good carbonation. Hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Average low quality Euro Lager. Average drinkability

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 17:37:24 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

03-05-2013 20:36:28 | More by jooj8
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Golden straw colour with a clear look and some bubbles rising to the top. There was a thumb sized, foamy white head.

Sort of skunky smell with lots of grain and sweetness. Very off-putting to begin with and followed up with some corn, cheap adjuncts and light grassy hops.

Barely drinkable to begin with let alone finish. There was some lager malts and lots of grain, touches of bread and corn with tonnes of skunk and a generally cheap and nasty taste to it.

Light bordering on thin bodied with some skunk and a sticky sweet feel to it along with lots of grain and a cheap feel to it.

This beer is the definition of rubbish, it had nothing going for it and was a waste of my time drinking it. Cheap, mass-produced and skunky with no redeeming features at all. Were it not for the fact I was drinking this on a bus I would have poured it down the sink, it was that bad. Avoid this one at all costs.

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Serving type: can

07-21-2012 17:23:56 | More by flyingpig
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +3%

04-22-2012 16:20:39 | More by rale
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -25.1%

01-17-2012 15:58:09 | More by irishkyle21
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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-30-2011 19:41:12 | More by cdwil
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a two finger fluffy white head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar over a pale yellow body. Little lacing and very clear.

Smell is barley malt, lemon and some euro hops.

Taste is barley with some tart lemon and some grassy hops. Not offensive but nothing special.
Some biscuit and a little sweet.

Mouth is light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Little bitterness

Run of the mill euro lager that is drinkable but not worth seeking out, too bad this stuff dominates the cold fridge at the LCBO. At least it is cheap.

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 15:45:53 | More by Stocean1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; BB date June 2012. The last in a brief series of reviews cataloging some of the mostly-interchangeable Euro lagers that take up far too much of the store's shelf space.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, with a generous, creamy eggshell-white head about two fingers thick. It slowly seeps away over a period of minutes, leaving a patchy cap and collar. I actually kind of like the smell of this stuff, and considering the style that's a bit of a feat in my eyes...pale barley malts, with some grassiness and sour lemon citrus; nothing out of the ordinary but the nose is a bit firmer than many other offerings from the style.

That's probably the high point, though. The flavour is acceptable but very run-of-the-mill - grainy pale malts, crackers, with a (very) tiny bit of lemony-herbal hops in the finish. Some weird sour notes I can't really put my finger on (edit: maybe it's the ascorbic acid, or maybe it's just more lemony hop). Clean finish; no flavours linger on the palate. Thin-bodied and pretty watery. Average carbonation for the style, with a bit of a bite.

Boring, without a doubt, but it's an EPL - what did you expect? This is a clean-tasting Euro lager with no serious flaws or adjunct notes. Cheaper than most comparable imports, which alone makes it a respectable choice (if you like Euro lagers anyway), but not something I'd ever recommend or seek out.

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 03:11:28 | More by thehyperduck
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Directly from a can, accompanying home-BBQed sausages and meat-dumplings ("čevapčići").

Appearance is average, presenting as a clear, light-golden yellow lager with small crispy head,

Smelling on sweet-sour malts, dull hops, some fruits.

Tastes like an average pale lager with no specific deviations; almost dully seet, but solidly crisp when chilled.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and refreshing but easily forgetable, with nothing characteristic to be remembered for.

Overall, it's a typical confection-made lager. Good enough to quench a thirst after a meat meal.

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 08:11:26 | More by Berecki
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2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold, four finger head of moderate thickness,nice color.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grass and grain with small hints of hops and malts.
T: Pretty average, getting the malt upfront, then finishes with light hops. Pretty balanced. Nothing crazy, just pils.
M thin, carbonation is low.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 21:00:32 | More by djura
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Kaiser from Brau Union Österreich AG
66 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.