Faxe Premium - Royal Unibrew A/S

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 21.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001

Formerly called Faxe Premium Danish Lager
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - pale yellow colour, with settled-out foam and mild lacing. Not too bad.

Smell - thin barley malt scents with cut apples.

Taste - flavour is minimal, very clean, a little bit of sweetness before a slightly hoppy ending. Not a lot of character.

Mouthfeel - beer-flavoured pop, low on flavour. Inoffensive carbonation.

Drinkability - not bad but nothing special, in my opinion. Not a really memorable brew, but I wouldn't outright refuse it if offered.

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
1.81/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Horrible brew, came in a 1 liter can, over carbonated, but it disapeared fast and instead you are left with 8 DL of pure butter mixed with metal.

Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, stereotypical taciturn viking imagery staring out from the label.

This beer pours a brightly clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of bubbly, and loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sweet and musty pale grain, unmasked lager yeast, a touch of phenolic plastic, a cheap, overripe pear fruitiness, and slightly skunky (in a can, WTF?) dead leafy and floral hops. The taste is more sweet grainy pale malt, a bit of it bready and tangentially caramelized, and that plastic essence persisting alongside a somewhat acrid sprayed grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly average, not more than a peep after the onset, the body medium-light in weight, and too pithy from the lingering plastic bag character to be considered all that smooth. It finishes sweet, grainy, phenolic, and still mildly stanky in its weak-ass hop bitterness.

An barely-average European macro lager, rendered all the more unimpressive by the apparently additive-free nature of its ingredient list. Increasingly unpleasant as it warms, the dead-eyed sweetness of this one will haunt you for a while after the finish, I guarantee it.

Photo of mintjellie
1.58/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Deep gold colour, 1/2 inch fizzy white head disappears quickly. No lace. Mild, vaguely beery aroma hints at fresh baked bread lightly buttered. Sweet, malty flavour with notes of white bread and light diacetyl. Light hop bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied with light carbonation for the style. Slick mouthfeel. This would be decent if it weren't for the diacetyl fault. As it is, this is not good beer. Take a pass on it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, well-brewed, Euro lager. Nice golden color. Average head retention. Floral and herbal hops in the nose with a touch of grainy malt. Nice, lightly sweet, just slightly tart malt base (because of pH from yeast and fermentation - not infection). Solid bitterness. Really nice balance. Clean, drinkable, refreshing. And, OK, the big-assed can is kind of cool!

Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a huge-ass 1 liter can.
Features a pure white head sitting atop clear golden-yellow liquid. Gentle carbonation. Pleasant nose with aromas of grassy and lemony maltiness, sharp hoppiness. The taste is bittersweet with a great balance malt-to-hop, and a nice long bright hop finish with just a slight adjunct note...but not strong enough to distract from the enjoyability.

Photo of vanrassel
2.76/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this was like getting drunk, because there is very little I remember about the experience.

When I looked at my notes, I see that it poured with a nice foamy head over a fluorescent yellow body. The head quickly dissipated to a thin ring around my glass.

The smell was virtually non-existent at first — maybe a bit metallic. When it revealed itself to a greater extent, it wasn't pretty. You know the smell of spilled beer on your clothes the day after a night of drinking? That was the smell. Stale. (The freshness date stamped on the bottom of the can was June of 2007, so the beer wasn't off.)

The taste wasn't awful — hell, it wasn't even bad. But that's all I can say about it. The carbonation was too light, the feel too thin for my liking.

The bottom line is: Why would I pay premium import price to drink this when I can enjoy a domestic macro like Molson Canadian for less money?

Photo of beerthulhu
2.29/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Packaged in 1 liter can.

A: Poured a golden-maize with a brilliant clarity, enough so as to clearly read text through. Being poured from a over-sized can led to a sloppy pour that invoked a monstrous 3 finger plus snow white head which displayed a fair amount of retention and was foamy in character. Small speckled lashes compose the lacing. Inside lied a mixture of quickly releasing macro-bubbles along with a snaking stream of micro-bubbles that danced and swirled around. With all said and done per style (euro pale lager) this was fairly decent.

S: The nose, or rather lack of, barely produced any mentionable traits. Dried corn with a light helping of buttered vegetables (string beans) were vaguely, if not unimpressive here. Even for a lager this came off unimpressive with very little to go on.

T: The flavor was sweet, with buttered dried corn with a bit of greenery being first detected. Dry grains move in midway through the experience along with hints of straw. There is a brief sweetness occurring on the finish with honeybread notes along with some fresh greenery. Overall the initial impression wasn't bad, though it wasn't good either and failed to improve.

M: The mouthful was light bodied, and rather boring with an almost juice like quality.

D: Overall this was a ho-hum experience that continued to get more tiresome and boring with every sip. A single serving would be a struggle and waste of time let along trying to consume the whole liter. I originally bought this as a joke with regards to the oversized can, I guess the joke ended up on me. Not worth the aluminum its packaged in. A big pass.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.13/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a bright golden color lager with a medium lightly foamy white head with better then average retention. Aroma of light floral malt is quite evident. Taste is refreshing with a nice dose of malt but sadly lacking hops resulting in a thin watery finish. Overall, this is just a slightly above average premium lager.

Photo of ekempey
2.97/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 1 li, 1.8oz can into a pint glass.
A nice deep chapagne color and beige head top off this beer, as the large frothy head settles into a constant 3 finger state. The aroma of the beer hints of fruits and hops, and the taste is of mostly malty but also some hoppy notes. The 5% ABV is barely noticeable behind this as it is drinkable. The only problem is there is no backbone in the beer, there is taste on the front end of it, but barely any on the back end. An average beer at best imo, nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of scooter231
2.51/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ah, faxe. Had this a few years ago while in Denmark digging up dead Vikings... I feel the same way about it now as I did then. It's okay enough looking, golden with some head. Smell is practically non-existent. A bit of sweetness, but you have to sniff really, really hard. Taste is watery- in fact, it tastes like water with a shot of beer in it. Barely hoppy, barely tasty. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. I could certainly keep drinking this- yes, the litre- if it was kept cold, and it does have some interesting Danish memories attached, but I will not be going after this again any time soon. Still, a litre that doesn't taste like crap and is cheap- college kids, get this instead of Bud.

Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a giant 33.8 oz. can.
A- Gold, very largerish color, as you would expect. Bubbly head with a decent amount of lacing and head.
S- Pilsner/lager scent.
T- Slight pilsner taste, but very smooth. Far better than an American Macro Lager. Slight bitter aftertaste. Very solid, even if nothing is spectacular.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.84/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a 500ml can with a freshness date stamped on the bottom. Pours out a nice clear golden hue, with a bit of a head that immediately fizzles out like a spent firecracker. Not much of a nose to detect. Taste is of grainy sweet malt, hops are oh so faint, as if they're hiding. It goes down smooth though. An uninspiring lager, but it's drinkable.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One litre can, best before 24/June/2009.

Poured four times into my Veltins pilsner glass.

It is a clear deep golden yellow with a good white head.

Like all lagers/pilsners it doesn't have a big nose.

It could almost be a Dort or a good German Export Pilsner, it has a good solid body and tastes clean, with a hop and yeast feel. It is certainly better than a lot of other lagers out there.

Overall an ideal beer for quenching your thirst, but not a world beater in excitment or inovational brewing.

Photo of plaid75
2.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a faint grainy malt and a light balancing noble hop.

The taste consisted of a light grain with a an astringent bitterness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall an unimpressive Euro Lager. Many better out there. The one liter can was pretty cool though.

Photo of MTNboy
2.04/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I tried this lager after trying the Fest Bock and was disappointed. If this is your first Faxe brew don’t judge them all off this one but hey you might like this one.

Appearance- I do think this is a great looking beer. It has some carbonation that really brings the clear gold body to light. About finger and half of head with some thick lace.

Smell- Smells of corn it is a very grassy and earthy aroma.

Taste- Adjunct flavors of rice,corn and maybe some sugar (it is overly sweet for a lager) hit your tongue right of the bat. Not much real malt taste and just sort of bitter. I thought the aftertaste was unpleasant as well.

Mouthfeel- Full for a beer of this style and smooth.

Drinkability- I don’t really recommend this beer other than to give it a try.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Utterly unremarkable. Brown 33cl bottle with a red, blue and gold label with nothing but lettering. Ingredients include "glucose." Best before 5/7/04, I opened it on 1/9/04.

Poured a clear greenish gold under a thin one-finger white head that faded faster than water freezes in Moscow in early January. There's a bit of malt in the nose, plus a touch of sweet fruitiness. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste? Well, there isn't much. A bit like rusty pipes, with a note of sweet malt. There's a touch of hops in the finish, but hardly worth noting. This isn't a drain pour, but it sure won't be followed by another of its ilk.

Photo of spinrsx
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, hops, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a basic adjunct lager feel. I can taste breads and grains mixed with malts and lots of corn. There is also a little bit of hop taste and the beer finishes with a slight spiciness.

Overall – I'd say this is a slightly above average euro-lager. There is nothing offensive about it and its pretty drinkable. It's still not something I'd buy again however.

Photo of uno99
2.33/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Every once in a while a free can of Faxe gets forced onto my person from some chesty marketing girls outside my local soccer stadium. I usual give them away but I decided to give it another try

A: Not much to say here. looks like crappy euro lager. pale straw colored with NO head at all.

S: Even fairly cold from my fridge, its a bit offensive. Not the worst ever lager but kind of sweet and metallic.

T: Something is wrong with the malt here. tastesbadman.jpg Bitter in all the wrong way, horrible finish. metallic and awful.

M: Over-carbonated and grainy. decently dry though, but I get the impression that aspect is unintended.

Overall: Why bother with this? If this is your only choice for a beer, i really pity you.

Photo of Douberd
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another 1 liter can of Faxe, this also picked up in Germany at a highway stop.
It pours a dark golden yellow color, with a 2 finger head that disappeared fast. Some bubbles rising to the top visible in the glass. Nothing special as far as the aroma is concerned, just lots of malts. Tons of malts on the taste too, with a slighty bitter aftertaste. A bit stinky taste. Watery mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation, dry on the palte
I was kind of disappointed with this one.

Photo of daliandragon
3.72/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is indeed a mighty sight..a one litre can of Danish lager..well, okay, if you insist. I like the viking on the label, you can't go wrong with pictures of viking warriors as far as I'm concerned.
A classic golden lager color with a good deal of carbonation supporting a respectable head. A nose of grain and yeast with a bit of a fresh fruity taste but nothing to write home about so far.
The taste is an open lager palate with banana tones initially followed by a not as nice metallic touch to the tongue. Still, this is not some sloppy Euro lager with no self respect. Some discipline here in the crafting keeps this to decent levels of drinkability. A bit of tartness or clove keeps the house in order and this is drinkable stuff, although downing a full litre can will take a little while. Better than I expected, if not a real superstar.

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a one-liter can:

Pours straw yellow with a thick, foamy white head.

The smell is of sweet grain. Euro-style, but no "Euro-skunk". Some continental-type hops.

The taste is...well, like a Euro-lager without the Euro-skunk - Sweet grain with a fair amount of balancing hops. Finishes dry and crisp.

It has something of a body for the style.

Not bad at all for the style. I was pleasantly surprised. Sure beats many other Euro-lagers as far as taste...would make a nice summer "no brainer but tasty enough" refresher..Good enough to wonder if this comes in a keg for a summer barbecue...

Photo of Shiloh
2.91/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stately appearance when first poured with a nice foaming head of glory....which quickly disappears to nothing...no trace of lace to be found. Hops are prominent to a slight degree.
Everything about this lager is average and I can appreciate that.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faxe Lager....monster can

Appearance-pale golden color, heavy fizzy head, perhaps a little over active, but it looks alright.

Smell-grainy, alcohol appears as well, light malt and hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel- light, some hops, alcohol again, smooth taste but not that much there.

Drinkability-easy drinking but very light.

Overall-not great, not terrible, wouldn't go out of my way to get it but wouldn't refuse.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.26/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from TBS; best before November 2012.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, generating about a half-finger of white, foamy head. It lasts for a minute or two before fizzling away, leaving an even, wispy cap behind. Rings of lacing coat the sides of the glass as the volume drops with each sip. Very effervescent, with tons of bubbles rushing to the surface. A reasonably attractive pale lager. Decent aroma reminiscent of a bland German pilsener; some bready pale malts and light grassiness with a hint of lemon.

Decent taste; much like the aroma it is inoffensive and boring, but balanced. Bready malt sweetness and a light graininess are countered by some modest grassy bitterness. Thin mouthfeel; maybe a bit more body than your typical Euro lager. Surprisingly low carbonation level, certainly lower than average for an EPL... this makes it not an especially crisp-tasting lager, but a bit smoother than average.

I am slightly impressed with this beer, but keep in mind that a) I like pale lagers in general and b) my expectations were kind of low to begin with. Much like the other beers from this brewery that I have tried, this is a serviceable, unremarkable brew that tastes alright for the style and offers little else beyond that. For what it's worth, I'd pick this over comparable imports like Carlsberg or Heineken in a heartbeat based on taste alone; the lower price is just a bonus.

[Updated August 9 2014]

Another 500 mL can. This is not an especially well-made lager, but it's a tolerable one that beats the pants off of most domestic beers of this ilk. Fans of bland import lagers like Beck's and Heineken should be able to transition over to this one pretty easily, and their wallets will probably thank them for it. This is not a style I opt for regularly, but I could see myself reaching for this at some point in the future when I want a lager that is cheap and somewhat clean-tasting.

Final Grade: 3.26, a passable C+.

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Faxe Premium from Royal Unibrew A/S
67 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.