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Faxe Amber | Royal Unibrew A/S

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Brewed by:
Royal Unibrew A/S
Denmark | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Popsinc on 08-06-2003

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 83
Photo of caminiti
1.17/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Worst beer ever.
seriously.
Taking into account style, taste, etc. worst beer ever.
Purchased the can more as a novelty because of its size, it was the only cold beer I had in the house last night, settling into an SNL rerun, looking forward to anything, and I had to pour this down the sink after my second taste.. Maybe I thought the first taste was just me, and maybe it was. If you like terrible beer, with a hint of turpintine, this may be the beer for you, otherwise avoid at all costs.

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Photo of mintjellie
1.41/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper. Quarter-inch pale beige head is gone as soon as it arrives. No lace. Aroma is faint, giving notes of toast and diacetyl. Insipidly malty with a gentle bready note, followed by buttery and metallic notes. Mildly bitter finish. Light-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Thin but slightly slick mouthfeel. Swill.

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Photo of steeler
1.66/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another Faxe brew, this was my second venture into the world of faxe, and it will be my last. After having their extra strong lager, i thought this would be interesting, but i was sorrily mistaken. Poured out of the 500ml can into a pint glass, it looks real nice. Nice copper color with a nice 2 inch fluffy off white head. I had high hopes at this point. I took a nice big whiff of the smell of the beer, and man did it smell bad. Skunky, metallic (even when poured out of the can) wet hay smell. Brutal. After the first sip i was so repulsed by this, that I almost poured it out. It has a watered down, malty taste with little hops with a metallic twang, just like the extra strong lager, i think that's the trademark taste for this brewery. Just bad. Thin and watery mouthfeel, very light. This is insanely hard to drink, even when cold. I was barely able to choke down the whole thing. Avoid.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.68/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a pint glass.
Canned on: 06/11/2012
Best Before: 04/02/2014

Appearance: As the name suggests, Faxe Amber pours a a clear golden amber colour. A standard pour yields a large white head that displays reasonable retention and even leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Blegh, as expected the nose is full of maize and stale grain and is oddly skunky for a canned beer.

Taste: Wow, and I thought the nose was bad! The flavour is stale, watery and full maize, I think I might struggle to finish this one.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and watery and there is far too much harsh carbonation.

Overall: Another rubbish beer from Faxe.

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Photo of relapse
1.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I bought a can because the beer store was out of carlsberg. I was in the mood for a light, easy lager, so maybe that taints my expectations of this dark lager.

Pours out limply, like criminals surrendering from a bank after a five-day seige. Doesn't really fight, just pours and produces a quiet, small head.

The beer is amber and the head is white tinged with amber. Go figure.

Smells a lot better than it tastes. You smell some flour and hops, that nice fermented beer scent and envision a nice, gently bitter dark lager. You taste it and get something much more cruel. Maybe it's just the aluminum, but the bitterness is almost metallic, and leaves an 'aftersmell' as it travels back up the nasal cavity.

Difficult to drink, difficult to enjoy. Forget about it. Might be tolerable if it's found on tap.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Smells like metal. Head says HI and then BYE BYE quickly. Let the beer linger in your mouth too long, and you will get a good taste of how unpleasant the mouthfeel is. Those drinking this as a cold lager won't even notice it's mouth polluting attributes.

My favorite part of the beer is that Ingredients are listed on the can, "Water, Barley Malt, Hops..., and Maize"

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Photo of PLANETBUSTERRAVE
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Vikings are awesome, they plunder and pillage to their hearts content, the one on this can seems happy. Although i think if he tried this beer he'd be crying on the inside. This one poured a clear light brown with lots of carbonation, a fairly thick head that dissipated moderately slow to a good lacing then nothing. There was almost no scent I only detected a tiny bit of malt. Faintly hoppy and malty definitely watery with no strong taste, the feel of this one is clean but thin and watery. For the lands that brought us Vikings this one isn't good you would think it would be but it is not. At least the can is cool!

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Photo of AltBock
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It came in another massive 1 Liter can. The can was the same size as the regular Faxe I had, but the can had a few other differences. It still had the grinning Viking on the front, refund values on top of the can, US Government warning, US distributor, the Polish distributor, and the ingredients. The differences were that the can was now a copper/amber color, the word "Amber" in front of everything, the word "beer" in 5 different languages, 5.0% ABV in 5 different languages, and a production/best before date of 28 08 2006/28 12 2007 stamped at the bottom of the can. I liked how they had some kind of date stamped onto the can somewhere. The regular Faxe just had some kind of weird number that nobody could decifer.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, Faxe amber was actually some kind of an amber color. It was a light watered down amber color with a tint of yellow to it, but at least they weren't lying about the color. It started off with a nice 1 to 1 1/2 inch head of white pillow foam, but that quickly disappeard and transformed into some white bubbly rings and a few streaks of white spots around the glass.

Smell: When I first smelled the beer, I noticed it had a nice caramel herbal hops aroma to it. It's too bad that aroma didn't stick around. After that, it quickly changed to a combo of fruits, malted corn and barley, and rust. Where did that first aroma go to? I would have like that to be the only aroma, compared to the second aroma this beer had. Just when I thought the beer's aroma couldn't change again, it did. This time a pure sweetness aroma emerged and completely covered up the second aroma. Where did that come from? I've never had a beer where the aroma changes every 10 seconds. The aroma didn't get better, it just got worse. It was nothing but down hill after the caramel and hops were covered up.

Taste: On the initial taste, I could taste some caramel, roasted malt, a pinch of malted corn and rice, and a few hops. But just like the smell, it quickly turned on me from good to bad. It went from the decent initial taste that I didn't mind so much to a bad taste of just watered down malted barley and corn standing in front of sweet background. What's up with that? This beer couldn't make up it's mind on what it wanted to smell and taste like.

Mouthfeel: This is one aspect of this beer that didn't jump around like a frog on a freeway, it was consistent. Not a good consistent quality, but at least it stayed in one place. It was just a light beer with a aftertaste of pure sweetness. No hops, malt, or corn, just sweetness. I was hoping that the aftertaste would change, but it didn't.

Drinkability: I've never had a beer that was a constant temperature the whole time and the smell and taste change every 10 seconds. I had no idea that one could do that, but Faxe somehow did. My mind is not going to be like this beer, it's made up about having another Faxe product, never again! After all the changing, I'm surprized the beer's color didn't change at the end.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on July 25, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO store. It poured a beautiful translucent coppery-red colour into the glass with a generous head that left absolutely no lacing. The aroma is that of burnt malt. The mouthfeel is slimy with some mild carbonation. The taste is malty with a strong bitterness towards the end

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Photo of orcasteve
2.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

why oh why did i try this one, oh ya because it was danish, their was a viking on the can and the can was comiceley huge, now that we have dicused the good parts, the color was week for an amber, the taste was bland untill the discusting after taste, and after a pint glass, i still had to suffer at least 2/3rds of the can. well i fell victom to the navelty can, if you are smart you will get as far away from this one as you can!!! I MEAN IT, THIS ONE SUCKED THE WILL TO LIVE OUT OF ME.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Canned sample. Light copper in colour with strong carbonation. Very sweet caramel malt aroma, along with a hit of sulfur. Cloyingly sweet flavors caramel and toffee with a bit of peppery hop on the finish. Surgary sweet without any interesting malt character to back things up. A poor effort, and barely drinkable.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew arrived a very deep amber in colour with a short crown and a high lace.
Carbonation is very light.
The body is a thin/medium light at best.
The taste is well balanced but lacking with a slight edge to the grains.
This expierience was disapointing...Not much here
Oddly, the thin taste has a slight linger to it.
Sad.

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Photo of TerryW
2.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Comes across like macro pap. Boring.

Pours clear amber orange. Head dissipates immediately. No lace. Looks like a zillion other beers.

Weak aroma and equally weak taste. Kind of carmel sugary. Tastes like some corn in there. Way light.

Did I mention this was boring?

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Colour is a clear, copper/amber. Head pours out about a 1/4 inch thick and disipated to nothing but a thin film. Weak smell. Mainly of malts, grass, herbs and grain husks. Though, what I do smell is nice, it needs more strength. Tastes like a decent beer that has been watered down. Definite bready malts, grains, grassy and herbal flavours with some hop bitterness, but it's too subdued. Mouthfeel is watery. Drinkable? Yeah, I guess. It's alright. Not bad, but subpar okay.

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Photo of dcmchew
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

5% abv, half liter can.
Pours orange amber, lots of fizzy strings, one finger head that sticks around and also nicely on my plastic glass.
Smell of sweet malts, corn, low caramel, bit of honey and faint grassy hops.
Taste follows the smell entirely, with an extra apple and pear fruitiness, but also a bad funky note to it, especially reflected in the bitterness from the finish and the lingering weird malts.
Watery, fizzy, a tiny bit boozy, which is weird for its relatively low abv.
Lots of off notes here, i'll probably avoid it anytime i'll be in the mood for a lager, amber or any other kind.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can: Poured a clear and light amber color beer with a big white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of nutty malt is the only noticeable thing. Taste of lightly sweet nutty malt with a clear finish which very little or no hops included in this beer. Overall, this is a bland and boring but refreshing Vienna.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours, what else...amber in colour with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smell: very mild nose. little is detectable. very light fruity-sweetness and malty undertones.

Taste: subtle off the top and then a light maltiness sneaks up on your tongue and slowly turns to a caramel-fudge-sweet finish. not much complexity here. a one-dimensional beer.

Mouthfeel: towards the flat side. some fuzzy dryness in the middle but a body of little distinction.

Drinkability: a below average amber. extremely light in all aspects. i would pretty much never buy this brew again.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In celebration of their 100th anniversary, the Danish brewery Royal Unibrew (formerly known as the Danish Brewery Group), introduced this amber beer in 2001.

Supposedly, the attractive amber colour of this beer is the result of a caramel-malt.

Well, the head was wispy despite being given plenty of room to grow in my wiezen glass. I thought the taste was pretty bland and, while it may go down well on a hot afternoon, it certainly isn't anything special.

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Photo of FLima
2.62/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Darker amber color with a thin off-white head with short retention.
Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, mild corn syrup and bread and butter.
Likewise, flavor with notes of toasted malts, caramels, just a bit of herbal and floral hops, metal and very mild cardboard.
Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Evaluation is rather relative, it depends what you compare this to, to a Dark Adjunct Lager (or International Amber Lager) or to a Vienna Lager. If you compare this to the former, this ship will float but it will sure sink if to the later. I looked into that as a half cup full, this is an interesting alternative to Pale Adjunct Lagers. Not overly sweet, easy to drink, no sharp off-flavor and with a perceivable toasted touch.

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Photo of NV9
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed off LCBO shelf because i hadn't tried it before.

Pours a beautiful dark amber colour with half inch foam head. The foam is gone just a couple minutes later but the initial pour is a nice looking beer.

Not much smell at all, maybe slight breads, malt and alcohol.

Taste is caramel up front, some malts as well, finishes quite bitter and leaves a strange aftertaste.

Light body, would be a good drinkable beer if not for the aftertaste.

I notice its classed here as a dark, rather than an amber, but in either category I would reach for others first.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.69/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

decanted from the biggest god damn can I have ever seen. Into a Blue Point pint glass.

A: Nice golden copper color. Always surprising to see a decent looking beer out of a can. Min white head but actually a fairly good amount of lacing.

S: Mostly malt with a hint of biscuit in the back. Not really pleasant smelling but this style rarely is.

T: It has that real strong euro lager taste. Really sweet from the corn that they use. This is basically Euro malt liquor and that is ok with me.

M: Fairly thin but has enough body to distinguish it from water.

D: I could drink all of it I am choosing not to. Not bad. Amusing for the comically large can if nothing else.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass...

Appearance - i would have to say a beautiful deep copper colour, head dissolved fairly quickly to a minimal layer of head. The carbonation quickly disappeared and you saw the odd little floaters coming up.

Smell - I am saying there is a hint of sweet in the aroma and a touch of toasty malt.

Taste - Not a bad tasting beer, goes down smooth with a little after taste that leaves a distinct malt taste.

Mouthfeel - very lights mouth feel and even goes down a little smoother after "wandering the mouth" for a few seconds. Carbonation was very even and the beer almost comes to life.

Drinkability - I found this beer became more pleasurable as i drank more and more sips. Was a decent tasting beer and the taste became very pleasant after the first few mouthfuls. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a nice looking beer with a decent taste.

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Photo of pootz
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1/2 liter Euro-can.

Poured a crystal clear very light amber-gold beer into my stem glass.2 finger chunky cap that reduces quickly to nothing...,NO lacing of the glass...assertive carbonation ( This is the tip off of a malt/dextrose extract syrup high gravity beer)

Aroma: light grains with a very light caramel sweetness soft, stale grassyness.

Weak malt spine, watery mouth feel. Light liquid body and semi-harsh character.

Starts with caramel sweetness with no detectable hop balance very watery...midway some stale hop additive is detected...fast finish.. sweet, some harshness in after taste...

..probably the least objectionable of the FAXE dextrose extract lagers but this type of high gravity extract-brewed beer always tastes lifeless, stale and too sweet to me. This is the type of crap Steelback makes on this side of the ocean...I see no need to import more from Denmark.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After a disastrous tasting of their Strong Beer, I figured this one could only be an improvement. Well...

Poured into a lager glass. A fine amber hue with a thin white head that dissolved completely. No ring, no lacing.

Nose is pretty forgettable: malts, a hint of sweetness, tin.

It actually doesn't taste bad. It's boring, but I can drink it. Pale malts, a bit of sweetness and spice near the end. Generally, the finish is pretty weak and the whole thing is pretty dull. Spritzy, even carbonation.

This will probably be my last Faxe brew. Pretty disappointed with both offerings, although this one was admittedly more drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like we have a reject Pennzoil can here that was painted over.

Pours nicely actually with a pillowy creme head and a clear amber color. Flavor is bitter and eck with a metallic tone and nothing positive going on for it. Feel is decent, but who cares. This is a pretty lame beer. Thankfully it has the novelty of coming in a massive can, so at least people will but it.

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