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Faxe Amber - Royal Unibrew A/S

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 78
Avg: 2.78
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Popsinc on 08-06-2003

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Photo of barleysandwich
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I find this to be a very clean tasting beer with good thin mouthfeel. It is very drinkable as is the original "white can" faxe.

This beer is not amazing, but its a nice clean refreshing beer with no harshness or nasty aftertastes.

I see some terrible reviews of this beer and I just don't understand, one guy even said he poured it out because he couldnt drink it? I regularly buy this beer and have always enjoyed it, it's one of the few beers I buy in a can because it's that good. I wonder if there is a bad batch of this stuff floating around? Steeler, you must have hit a bad can of this beer!

Don't avoid this, it's actually pretty good for canned beer, and if you are in Canada at $2 a can it's also a pretty good price.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.86/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with moderate carbonation and a frothy lace of head. Smell is on the light side, but acceptable and it's hard to pinpoint and specific aromas. Goes down really smooth. Taste is typical dark lager which is pretty darn good and slight sensation or bittterness. Carbonation feels very minimal, but no complaints. Overall very drinkable beer, and would pick up another, but have not seen this in the states.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass from the can and it presented itself a dark amber with a light but decent head. Smell is clean, barley malt and some hops with a slight metallic twang. This stuff doesn't taste too bad, a slight bitterness with a light malty aftertaste. Not offensive, not exaggerated, and fairly easy to drink.

This stuff really isn't all that bad.

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Photo of Avryle
3.61/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is what happens when you go beer shopping after a brewery visit- you end up with comically large cans of not so good beer for the sole reason that you thought it was funny.

A- Not bad actually. Clear copper in color with a one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly

S- Light malt. Not picking much else up. probably because its cold, but lord knows i don't want to drink this warm.

T- And we slide further down the hill. This is not bad for what it is. Mind you, that's not saying its tasty-good and I'd like a pallet dropped on my door step, just that if you're ever in a situation that requires 33.8 fluid ounces of Danish swill, this is consumable. Tastes like thin, adjunctly malt with a weird lightly, yet lingering bitterness.

M & D- A bit thinner than I expected. Any thicker than it is and this would be undrinkable. light carbonation.

i know the review seems a bit high for a not-good beer, but its not bad for what it is.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe the best Oktoberfest in a can. (Seriously this tastes just like an OK fest). Nice dark tan colour with decent head and a caramel nose ( more malt than hops) The flavours are full and slightly sweet with a solid finish. Considering the $2 a tall can this is a solid beer in a style not often seen in a can.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faxe Amber pours a crystal clear deep amber body beneath a short head of off-white. The head retention is fair and the lacing is limited. The nose offers a light bit of grainy malt and some very mild grassy hops. It's crisp across the palate with a medium-light body and gently effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation. The suggestion of caramel malts appears in the flavor, but they're not distinct. Some hops do appear however, herbal and spicy against the delicately grainy malt. A bold bitterness backs it, and it finishes dry and refreshing. Overall, very basic but well made.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and caramel. There is also a fair amount of hops and a bit of a pear sweetness. The beer finishes with a caramel/malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. That's not saying it's anything spectacular, but it's not offensive and is quite drinkable. It actually reminded me a bit of a toned down English IPA. It would work well as a session beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.29/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color, not as dark as I expected. The sticky bubbly head quickly dissappears leaving no lace. The aroma is light, just a bit of malt, doughyness and hop spice. The taste is malty and with cookie dough and hay flavors. A minerally quality also abounds. The finish is very lightly bitter with some noble hops and corn. The mouthfeel is average in every way.

This is a little better than their premium lager. It has less flavor but also less DMS. Still, their are much more interesting Euro lagers available.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly drinkable brew, albeit lackluster and uneventful. Pours out to an amber orange color with a smaller head of white foam that dissipated after the first few sips. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of caramel malts and flowery flour notes. Some grain elements. Taste is medium to medium-light bodied and mild; grains, caramel malts, some sweet fruit skin notes. Somewhat dry on the palate, this could quench a thirst if one was so inclined. Mouthfeel was otherwise uneventful, with little carbonation making its way to the palate. Drinkability is average. Worth trying. I bet this is better on tap.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.17/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--500 ml can, no freshness date to be found.
--no surprise here, it poured a clear amber in color. Head diminished almost immediately.
--smell was not very stimulating, quite average.

This was a pretty average beer, not very impressive. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. There are much better amber beers out there that I would seek out instead.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Random 500 mL can picked up from the LCBO; this can claims 5% abv instead of the 4.6% seen here. A vigorous pour reveals an attractive translucent light copper coloured brew topped with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. A soapy, off-white film is left behind on top, as well as a creamy collar around the edge. The smell is very faint and not all that interesting; mostly malty, caramel and biscuits; pretty typical amber lager fare.

Taste is quite approachable - lightly roasted biscuit malts, caramel and grains. There is some underlying and residual bitterness but sweet malts are the dominant flavour, which seems to be the case with this style of lager. Fairly light-bodied and watery, with moderate carbonation, just enough to make it a bit crisp. Quite refreshing for a brew that leans toward the sweet side.

Drinkable, but nothing that special. I may get it again; it's reasonably tasty and quite different from standard macro fare. A good alternative to Sleeman Honey Brown, without the honey part - if you're a fan of that beer but want to try something less sweet, you'll probably enjoy this. Nothing exciting, but nothing offensive either.

[Updated Feb. 23 2014]

Another can, this time compared side-by-side with some other amber lagers (Creemore Springs, Barking Squirrel and Sleeman Honey Brown). Not really anything new to report about this one - it's definitely one of the weaker offerings in that quartet, with an annoying caramel/corn syrup vibe that the other three beers lack. Thankfully, this beer is fairly watery and none of the flavours are particularly strong, or lingering. Given the price (basically 2 bucks a can) I really can't complain about this one - it's both drinkable and tolerable; better than some macro ambers but not at all comparable to most craft examples.

Final Grade: 3.15, a C+.

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Photo of BBP
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note: had the imported version which had a slightly different design and 5.0%ABV.

A- Golden copper, minimal head which dissolves quickly, and medium low carbonation.

S- Mostly malts. Sweet and bready. Hard to make out as it's very light.

T- Light notes of caramel, apple, grains, very minute amounts of spices. Apple was the most noticable of these. Pretty smooth for the most part, but tastes somewhat artificial.

M- Feels a little thin and syrupy. Smooth though, but a little wierd going down.

D- Fairly easy to go down and pretty cheap. I just didn't like how it sat in my stomach.

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Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At one liter, this was hands down the biggest beer can I’ve every had. The brew pours a light and clear amber, with a soapy head. The aroma is primarily caramel and malt, with very little hop presence. The taste is a little hollow, with a touch of sweetness in the foretaste. There’s a little caramel and toastiness, but their qualities are restrained to the point of disinterest. It’s a light and almost watery brew, with very little to make you pay attention. The finish has just enough hops to provide a little balance, and the brew could stand to have a lot more bitterness. Fairly low carbonation makes this one very easy to quaff, it’s just not very flavorful. Not offensive, but certainly not exciting.

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Photo of Viggo
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear amber/orange/brown, small white head forms, no lace. Smell is clean and malty, little bit of citrus hop aroma near the end. Taste is pretty malty, honey sweetness, grassy bitter finish. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, not a bad beer, the cheapness overtakes crapness.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice coppery amber color. Poured with about two fingers of dense foam. Settled within a minute to a cap-and-ring; left small bits of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma to detect. Slight hoppiness in the nose.

Taste: A timid amount of bitterness, not much contribution from malts.

Mouthfeel: Feels pretty light in the mouth. Not too much carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Quite drinkable, but not remarkable. No glaring problems, but a little boring.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden amber apperance with thick white head that slowly disappears and decent lacing. Smell is sweet with a hint of bread, grain and caramel.

Taste consists of, apples, grain, sweetness, caramel and some bitterness. Not a bad combination, but has an alcoholic hint to it. Medium bodied with high carbonation. After taste is a lingering bitter caramel taste.

This beer is okay, different take on amber beers but feels in inconsistent. Not bad for the price. Try it out if you like sugary apple tastes.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml can purchased fro LCBO poured into a pint glass. Can states ABV is 5%.

Appearance - Amber, copper color in the glass. Highly effervescent, generous 2+ fingers of foam quick reduces into a nice white frothy cap. Low retention time on the head but some decent lacing is left.

Smell - Slightly grainy mixed with grass aromas. Nothing too interesting here, it's not offensive, but it's just another Euro Lager.

Taste - Not much here either, nothing offensive, but it's a beer with minimal flavor, a tiny twinge of of metallic flavor and nothing on the aftertaste. Cereal grains and light grassy flavors are barely detectable.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery. Good thirst quencher, but definitely not a sipper. High carbonation. For whatever reason, enjoyed the mouthfeel.

Overall - Not overly impressed, but does a great job of quenching thirst and is about as inoffensive as can be.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim, can size was amusing.

Poured a golden amber color with quite a bit of carbonation and little head.

Smelled faintly of malt and alcohol, not much else.

Taste wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Light malt flavor with a bit of bitter aftertaste, alcohol is mildly present.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and fresh, pretty thin too.

Drinkability isn't bad. I'd drink this again and it makes a great party beer. Not as bad as some might lead on, but this definately isn't cream of the crop or top shelf quality. Consider this as you would any readily available domestic beer. Better than Corona.

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Photo of Derek
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

5% abv.

A: Clear, bronze/amber with an off-white head. Some retention & lace. Not very 'dark' at all... I'd call it a Euro Pale Lager.

S: Toffee & caramel sweetness with a little floral & grassy hops.

T: Neutral (fairly plain with a slightly sweet balance); unoffensive. Caramel & toffee with mild hop flavours (floral, grassy, metallic & citrus). Hints of buttery popcorn come through as it warms.

M: Moderate body is slightly dry. Carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Should appeal to the masses.

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Photo of biegaman
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Going strictly on looks, I'd say that Faxe Amber suits the part reasonably well. Its body is a fairly rich shade of toffee, a vintage brown tone that is lightened and made especially attractive because of its immaculate clarity. Despite an impressive showing off the pour, its head turns out to be rather diminutive and leaves no lasting lace.

The aroma, I'm pleasantly surprised to say, is not only approachable in its own right but might actually make a half-way admissible bouquet for a Vienna lager. Notably sweet, the beer smells of biscuity, moderately toasted malt and buttery toffee and has the light fruity esters of an ale yeast. There's more character than I was expecting.

How much of the caramel and fruity esters was intentional and how much of it was merely the by-products of cheap ingredients or a hurried brewing process I remain unsure. The flavour offers no insights - it is completely neutral. Gone is any flavour of toasted malts or even that buttery toffee that I thought might be diacetyl. There's nothing left!?

Nothing good nor bad. Apart from an additional caramelly sweetness and slight, slight toastiness there's nothing distinguishing about the mouthfeel either. This is more a huge relief than minor disappointment, especially considering the brewery is honest enough to list corn as an ingredient right there on the can. Neutral is better than nauseating.

This could easily pass as a decent amber lager and the average palate is likely to see it as being just that. While I appreciate the aroma and flavour, it doesn't drink with the right feel that it should; despite the caramelly flavour there is not a trace of hop bitterness nor toasty, grainy maltiness - the telling signs of a pure, honest, well crafted beer.

Faxe Amber exceeded my expectations (which, by admission, were quite low given that I've found all of this brewery's other offerings rather disagreeable) despite that it failed at being all that desirable. It isn't something I see myself drinking again, but it's not anything I mind finishing now that I've already started drinking it this time.

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Photo of kwakwhore
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can light amber with an off white head which hung around for just a bit. Hard to smell much of anything in this beer but there were some nondescript malt and hop aromas. Taste was understated as well. A bit of bread malt and mild hop bitterness almost convinced me that this was beer, but not quite. Pretty bland for sure, certainly nothing objectionable or difficult to swallow about this beer, just not that much in its favor either.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the burgundy can has a gold and green label featuring a coat of arms based on the Danish flag underneath the name. The Russian import label identifies only purity law ingredients. Best before 9/1/06, I opened it on 3/26/06.

Pours an orangish pink under a slightly off-white one finger head that actually manages to linger fairly well and maintains a large collar and a few strands of lace. The nose is strong and sweet, mainly of plum or grape. The mouth is very light and quite prickly. The taste is a real let down, as there isn't much here at first. As it warms, it becomes harsher, with metallic hops coming on strong. The appearance and nose are misleading, as the brew is ultimately quite unsatisfying.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well who would have thought, I found a drinkable product from the Faxe brewery here. Came in a 500 ml burgundy coloured can, best before date stamped on the bottom--this appears to be some pretty fresh stuff. Pours out a light clear golden amber tone, nice frothy off-white head in the first minute or so. Smell contains grassy hops, a bit of metallic grain. Flavour is somewhat watered down, some sweetness at first but very subdued, carried over to a mild grainy middle, and ends on a mild hoppy note, with a faint astringent aftertaste, faintly herbal. Mouthfeel lacks carbonation but gets fuller as it passes along the palate, although even then the body is light. For a Faxe beer this is actually drinkable, I'm impressed that I don't have to pour the rest of it out. But in comparison to everything else sitting around it on the shelf of your beer haunt of choice/necessity it's pretty much a pass. A very one-dimensional amber lager at best.

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Photo of Antilochus
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.00% abv, 500mL can. This has been in my beer fridge since September 07, it was time to end it. Poured into a Leffe goblet.

Appearance is dark and caramelly (perhaps too caramelly...), weak bubbly head leaves pockmarked sheet.

Nose is floral hop, metal, maybe light graininess. Brown sugar. It is fairly indistinct.

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation too.

Palate has some booziness to it, citrus, toasted malt. Kind of Newcastle-ish with loads of residual sugar/caramel - perhaps from the corn? Way too much alcohol for a 5% brew. A bit of a fruity finish, short though.

A decent beer, nothing spectacular and certainly nothing I'd try again.

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Photo of BigBry
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml can (same as pictured), best before date stamped on the bottom. Pours out a light brown / amber color. Nice white head right after the pour, then settled down to a thin cap covering that lasted the whole glass. Not alot of smell, some aroma of grass or grain and tiny bit of hops. Flavour has some sweetness in the middle and a very mild hoppy finish. Taste is OK, but if if you are expecting a full flavor, it will seem a touch watered down. Not alot of carbonation giving a smooth mouthfeel rather than a crisp tingle. An average amber ale, drinkable but nothing special. For the higher import price I will probably pass next time.

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Faxe Amber from Royal Unibrew A/S
68 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.