Faxe Amber - Royal Unibrew A/S

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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 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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of biegaman
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Derek
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
2.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BigBry
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pootz
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of TerryW
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
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?

Photo of AltBock
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

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Faxe Amber from Royal Unibrew A/S
68 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.