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Faxe Amber - Royal Unibrew A/S

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68
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 19.5%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Popsinc on 08-06-2003)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 17:36:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 18:13:58 | More by Suds
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 18:33:07 | More by Shiloh
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-23-2013 15:26:43 | More by DenisKolkin
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

1.63/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 19:55:28 | More by Thehuntmaster
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NV9

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2012 21:36:18 | More by NV9
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
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: 3.18, a C+.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 03:47:42 | More by thehyperduck
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 13:49:33 | More by spinrsx
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DrainBamage

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 21:50:20 | More by DrainBamage
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dbaker61

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 14:43:32 | More by dbaker61
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 00:16:39 | More by CrazyMike
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV marked as 5%.

A - Poured a clear copper with a thin bubbly head. Some lacing occurs.

S - Light aroma of caramel and a hint of grass.

T - Light malty sweetness, hint of caramel, hint of fruitiness and finish is slightly bitter with a toasty and metallic note.

M - Light carbonation, light body, quite creamy, smooth, finish is a bit flat.

D - Decent beer and fairly inexpensive where I live.

Serving type: can

12-11-2010 01:47:11 | More by decimator
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 19:40:49 | More by Swedes21
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2010 21:54:12 | More by BBP
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2010 19:46:56 | More by biegaman
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2010 03:14:06 | More by JohnnyBarman
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barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +38.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2009 08:23:57 | More by barleysandwich
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steeler

Ontario (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2008 17:43:07 | More by steeler
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LumpyGuitar

New York

3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-28-2008 00:26:04 | More by LumpyGuitar
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PLANETBUSTERRAVE

New York

2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
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!

Serving type: can

07-15-2008 13:07:43 | More by PLANETBUSTERRAVE
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orcasteve

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-12-2008 18:27:57 | More by orcasteve
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Avryle

New York

3.6/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-20-2008 23:18:17 | More by Avryle
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aerozeppl

New York

2.68/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-20-2008 23:17:06 | More by aerozeppl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2008 00:21:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2008 03:52:02 | More by canucklehead
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Faxe Amber from Royal Unibrew A/S
68 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.