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Faxe Amber - Royal Unibrew A/S

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68
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 19.64%
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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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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -0.7%
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 +39.3%
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 -42.9%
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 +7.1%
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 -25.7%
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 -17.9%
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 +28.6%
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 -4.3%
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 -2.5%
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 +28.6%
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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caminiti

New York

1.15/5  rDev -58.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2008 12:26:53 | More by caminiti
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2008 04:35:32 | More by Antilochus
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BeaBeerWife

Michigan

2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
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"

Serving type: can

02-01-2008 02:33:05 | More by BeaBeerWife
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AltBock

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2007 18:33:49 | More by AltBock
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

2.95/5  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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2007 18:06:16 | More by kwakwhore
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -23.9%
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

Serving type: can

07-25-2007 17:51:43 | More by cyrenaica
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass.

A- nice amber/brown color, nice head disappears and leaves good lace.

S- sweet malts, floral hops.

T- sweet, malt extracts, caramel, hints of vanilla/toffee, little or no hop flavor.

M- smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- ok if you can stand the sweetness.

Overall alot of these brews from Denmark seem "rushed" . To many extracts if you ask me. worth a try.

Serving type: can

05-16-2007 00:16:56 | More by drinkininthewood
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-06-2006 00:00:02 | More by Derek
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-17-2006 00:24:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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 +10.7%
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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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-04-2006 05:15:16 | More by Frozensoul327
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-15-2006 20:40:28 | More by pootz
Faxe Amber from Royal Unibrew A/S
68 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.