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Faxe Premium - Royal Unibrew A/S

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 163
Avg: 2.82
pDev: 20.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001

Formerly called Faxe Premium Danish Lager
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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.13/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +34.8%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
1.86/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

"Faxe Premium." "Quality Lager Beer." 1 litre aluminum can acquired at a Lidl market in Berlin, Germany. 5% ABV confirmed per the label. Served into a pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Berlin. Expectations are low given the price and the serving size; in my experience good beers are not packaged in one liter cans. But I'm hopeful...

Served cold. Side-poured with below average vigor as overcarbonation is anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Overly fizzy. Terribly thin and weak. It's kind of a pathetic watery head, to be honest, and recedes fully within 1 minute, leaving no lacing. Bad overall, to be sure.

BODY: Dull weak pale copper. I wouldn't call it clean, but there's no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment. Not at all vibrant or fresh looking.

Overall, it's a pretty bad looking lager with no redeeming characteristics. I'm hesitant to try this. Still, I've seen far worse and it could look more watery.

AROMA: Metallic off-notes abound. I guess there're hints of overly sweet grains and some dirty stale barley, but that's about all I'm getting. No overt hop character, yeast, or alcohol here. Really bland and muted, yet what little is present is quite off-putting.

This is seeming more and more terrible.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Rough and scratchy on the palate. Unclean and metallic. Medium-bodied, with far too much weight and heft on the palate for a pale lager. Too thick for the lack of depth of flavour. Unrefreshing. Both the smoothness/coarseness and wetness/dryness are horribly horribly off. This is a terrible overall texture for a beer regardless of style. Poor presence on the palate. This mouthfeel complements the taste only in terms of matching its low quality.

TASTE: Yeah, that metallic twang is rough, and reminds me of Messrs Maguire's beers in Dublin. It lingers throughout the entirety of the flavour profile as an unwelcome guiding tone. The core of the beer is generic cheap barley and feels stale. The generic pilsner malts that fill it out don't help much. And the grains aren't too present, but do lend an adjunct-esque artificial sweetness that I find off-putting. This is not the fresh, crisp, evocative build of a great pale lager.

Don't look for hop character or yeast character here. It's not boozy, but the metallic tone is definitely an off-note.

Horribly shallow in terms of depth of flavour. Fortunately, flavour duration is below average. Flavour intensity is average.

It's cohesive only in its bad taste, and lacks a gestalt build or a good balance. It's a simple, boring, bland beer and yet more blandness would actually be an improvement on the poor flavours featured here. Lacks intricacy, subtlety, complexity, and nuance.

OVERALL: It's really just a poor overall brew, but I can see its market niche; street alcoholics and students will enjoy this cheap treat. In fairness, it would also make a marvelous cooking beer, and intend to simmer my bratwursts in what remains of the litre can shortly. It does hide its ABV decently and I have had worse. It's not undrinkable, but obviously I won't be drinking the entirety of the litre can. At least it isn't watery. It will likely meet your expectations when paying less than a dollar for the litre at the local market, which I guess is a good thing.


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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +35.8%
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...

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Photo of woodychandler
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I CAN't believe how many different beers they have available up here in CANada! I CAN barely keep up.

My pour formed a finger's worth of bubbly bone-white head with low retention. The nose had the ever-present lager-sweetness, leaving no doubt as to what I was drinking. The color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slightly metallic taste on the tongue. The finish had a lager sweetness, but I still caught that metallic taste on the extreme finish. Oof.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
2.4/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on a hot summer day, which was in its favour! Dull yellow in appearence, no real head. No aroma (probably a good thing!) Light hops with underlying malt in the flavour. Carbonation was at a good level but flavour was flat. Clearly macro. Decent quencher, could never be much more. I cant say I didn't enjoy it, it was fair enough, but I wouldn't recommend buying unless to cook with it.

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Photo of plaid75
2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.29/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.36/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the first time I bought a 1000 ml can of beer...
I picked it up in Germany.

A: Pale golden with some small bubbles. The white head is surprisingly thick, but sinks quickly into decent lacings.

S: Mild grainy sweet malt with a corny twist. Some very faint bitter hops. A bit bready.

T: Weak taste; grain, corn and sweet malt. Some rough bitter hops, not in any balance with the rest of the brew.

M: Body as well as carbonation is medium. Aftertaste is short and bitter in a unpleasant way.

O: Yet another boring Danish macro beer with a corny overdose.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.39/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml can poured into pint glass july7 2010

A clear golden with plenty of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a thumbs width of head that quickly falls to a 1/4in film leaving only a patch of lace

S sour corn and a chemical smell that I can't quite place

T slightly better then the smell with a little sweet malt but still not very impressive

M feels like a basic lager with a thin feel and enough carbonation to fluff it up a bit in your mouth

D not overly enjoyable when all's said and done, and as it warms it just goes downhill

I doubt I'll be drinking this again, nothing special and odds are where ever you are you'll have better options

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/gold, fluffy white head forms, laces well and has good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, citrus, some floral hops, quite pleasant. Taste is sweet and malty, lots of citrus and floral, mild bitterness in the fnish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Not bad at all.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From a one-liter can, this is a decent and drinkable lager. It presents a nice floral hop aroma and a restrained but genuinely pleasant malt backdrop. It's a clear, golden-yellow color, and the head is tall and firm. The beer is clean and straightforward. It's also satisfying, which is a lot more than can be said for other european lagers. The finish has a little hop bitterness, but could have carried a little more flavor. It's an okay brew...also, the can is perfect for a one liter mug.

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Photo of kwjd
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour with thin white head. Smells grainy with almost a hint of hops. Flavour is quite sweet, only a faint hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly big carbonation level, probably too high to make this really drinkable. Clean enough flavour, nothing off. Just an ok lager overall.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.84/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.36/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : no significative aroma (malt ?).
Taste and mouthfeel : Light and thin, softly malty, no bitterness. It has no taste.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style Pale Lager.

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Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.74/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1 l can.

Pours into my 750ml Carlsberg glass with a surprisingly deep gold, not as pale or yellow as I expected. The head is white and has some nice retention. It isn't quite crystal clear with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

The smell is underwhelming. There is a light perfumey hop scent and a lot of sweet malt smell. It has alot of smell just very un-noteworthy.

The first few gulps provide you with some tin can, but it gets better. It's a nicely carbonated easy drinking Euro lager, that perhaps is a tad heartier than most in appearance. The hops are light but they are there and the malt is mild and unoffensive. The drinkablity is high, perhaps it is the excitement of the large can that drives the urge to drink this one, my can says 5% not 5.5%, so theres no reason to share this one, just sit back relax, and quaff.

3$ a liter isn't bad, it's not bad for the style either.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.26/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of allergictomacros
3.19/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw. Big, clingy head. Really good for then style.

S - Clean grassy/metallic hops and sweet maltiness.

T - Notes of apple and sweet malt. Hops are subdued, and barely there. A little one-dimensional. Crisp and clean aftertaste.

M - A little fizzy, light mouthfeel. Nothing special.

D - Surprisingly ok. exceeded my expectations after the extra strong (10%..blech)

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.47/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Euro Pale. Pours out to a medium golden orange color with a short livedwhite foam head. No lace. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation. Aromas of buttery malts and sweet fermented grain dominate, with traces of biscuits and yeast. Taste is enjoyable; mildy buttery malts, raw grain, sweet bread and light rye, with a touch of light smoke. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a touch of bubbliness on the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd have this again. Worth a try.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.72/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Faxe Premium from Royal Unibrew A/S
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