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Faxe Premium - Royal Unibrew A/S

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BA SCORE
68
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly called Faxe Premium Danish Lager

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001)
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Photo of hmk22
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think half of all purchases of Faxe must owe to the novelty of the gigantic 1-liter can. It's a bit of a budget Heineken -- it reminds me of a Heineken copycat beer (whose name escapes me) that used to come in 12-packs. Anyway, Faxe is a little too light on the palate -- thin body and not a lot of flavor. That said, not a bad quaff when you are interested in volume at a decent price.

hmk22, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Moontang
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow, with a reasonable head that dissipates without too much fuss, lovely lacing.

Smell: It smells almost a bit too sweet, and slightly sharp. Very few grain notes. Any chemist reading this will probably agree that it smells a bit like chloroform.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick, and very smooth, with few pricks from the bubbles. It almost feels like my tongue is being cushioned.

Taste: A bit more bitter than I'd like at the start, but the aftertaste is full of that wonderful, light malt flavour that got me into beer in the first place, and it lasts quite a while too.

Drinkability: I could probably nurse one of these for hours, and wouldn't refuse it for a second if offered under any circumstances. Quite nice overall.

Moontang, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of marty21
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow with a big white creamy head. Settles to a thin cap and leaves small dots of lacing.

S: It has a very sweet grain smell. Also a corn smell and I think I get some hops.

T: I don't get a lot for the taste. I get a grainy, corn taste but it's very weak.

M: It has light carbonation and a very light body. It's very easy to drink.

D: I got this as a gift. It came in a 1,000 ml can with a giant mug. It's very easy to drink but don't drink it if you're looking for something tasty. It's basically like a American macro beer but I think I might prefer this over most American macros.

marty21, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided this may become an institution in my household for years to come. While browsing the other day at one of the newer beer stores to open up in my area, I spied this colossus of a can on the shelf. Or, rather, I was chosen. For $2.99 how can one resist buying a 33.8 oz aluminum monolith of Danish beer with a friendly viking, whom I've dubbed "Terence", inviting you with a sly smile to drink his fat lager?

Now, the "institution" I've created involves (or involvED, as I did this today) having a t-bone steak, a baked potato with sour cream, bacon and chives and a can of Faxe for breakfast (time is up to the individual, but I indulged at 10am). "Faxe Friday" maybe?

Poured two servings into a clear glass midget seidel (exactly like the pic featured on the glassware page of BA). Drank the rest from the can - you have to... Had a nice looking frothy head for a moment. After it collapses, you're left with a pale yellow golden beer with an active bubble force. Smells grainy, sweet, and a little burnt. The flavor is real sweet - a potent sweet corn sweetness. Hopping is negligible, if present at all. Smooth and crisp with a healthy dose of carbonation.

On its own it drinks great, tastes not too shabby. I don't know how I could've gotten through the steak and potato without it though. It was a bloody perfect match. And I don't eat red meat. Tied together the whole meal superbly.

Moral of the story. Decent drinking beer. Have it with meat and potatoes. Can't go wrong.

Bouleboubier, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
2.4/5  rDev -15.5%
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

wordemupg, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
2.3/5  rDev -19%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev +32%
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.

crossovert, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Methodd
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1L can poured into the 1L mug it came with.

Appearance: Golden, not yellow but an actual gold color. Fizzy white head that sits down pretty quick leaving a small white collar.

Smell: Sweet grains, light bready malts and mild hops.

Taste: The smell reveals all leaving no surprises in the flavours.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation suits the brew to the letter. It's sweet and smooth. It goes down well and sits well.

Drinkability: What can I say? It's nothing special. It's got nothing to offend and nothing to write home about. I'd pick it over most other macros brews. The best part on this particular occasion was the 1L mug it came with.

Methodd, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Long813
2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

G: Faxe Mug

A: Light golden body (a little darker than the typical macro look). Poured 2.5 inches of head with terrible retention but left fine alcing around the top of the mug.

S: Typical macro graininess, with some malts that give it a sweet finish.

T: Same as taste with prominant graininess. I do taste some sweet malts that smooth over the grains though.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. It's very smooth with only a slight dry/sweet finish.

D: This is probably one of the best macros I have had. The malts come in and balance of the graininess with is nice. It's not that expensive and not terrible in taste. A good go to macro/inebriation beer.

Long813, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Amalak, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of decimator
2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - clear golden yellow color. Good head but it quickly dissipates.

S - Faint grassy and grainy sent but not much otherwise.

T - A bit of a hoppy finish but the bitter taste is just a tad off.

M - Average carbonation and crisp finish. Typical macro Lager feel.

D - It's drinkable but it's just an average brew that I'll occasionally enjoy.

decimator, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of TheDeuce
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

TheDeuce, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of atis
2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from Riga

Pours brilliant golden with large head that slowly fades, leaves some patchy spots on the walls of the glass. Aroma is faint grassy hops, some malt.

Taste is malt with grassy hops bitterness and hints of it remain in the rather short aftertaste, medium dry finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with average carbonation.

Overall, nothing premium, more like very average.

atis, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

DoctorStrangiato, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of etherashe
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mega-foamy head (likely caused by jostling in my coat pocket on way home from the store), ambery-yellow color. It smells slightly sweet, fruity perhaps.

The taste is a mix of faint sourness with sweetness, and perhaps (on the first few sips) an indiscriminate herbal flavor in the shadows. The mouthfeel is too sweet for my preferences, but not horrible. Simple & sweet (yawn). It's an okay beer, perhaps a step or two above American domestics, but not something I'll yearn for.

The can is damned fun though.

etherashe, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
2.4/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on June 11, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer pours a translucent dark gold with some reddish hues. The head started out as loose and bubbly before quickly receding to a thin ring. The aroma was very grassy with nothing else notably present. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, medium carbonated. The flavour was primarily grainy malt with a little peppery spiciness on the tip of the tongue.

cyrenaica, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
1.98/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

MTNboy, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of rodenbach99
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

canette de 500ml.

belle couleur blonde-dorée très claire, la mousse est blanche et passablement durable. nez malté peu prononcé, pas de houblon au nez, la bouche est très rafraichissante, vers le malt, un peu métallique ce qui ne l'avantage pas. très ordinaire

rodenbach99, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Graham5161986
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: clear, darkish yellow with bubbly head that dissipates quickly, leaving very little lace; plenty of carbonation bubbles

S: weak grassy nose and a little metallic

T: grassy taste, but the flavour drops off quickly leaving a sour, metallic aftertaste

M: thin, watery with a flat finish

D: A below standard macro lager - easy to put down, but not particularly enjoyable. I won’t be buying this one again.

Graham5161986, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

BlackHaddock, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of AltBock
1.78/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My Faxe came in a massive 1 Liter can. Yes, you read that right, a 1 Liter can! I've never seen a beer before that ccomes in a 1 Liter can before. I've seen those pony kegs before, but not a regular pop tab 1 Liter can before. It's more of an oddity than anything. It looks like a white oil can with a beer label on it. This beer label is gold, forest green, and red colored with the name of the beer in big gold letters and above the name of the beer is a head shot of a long haired smiling Viking. To me, a Viking would always have a serious face on, but I guess this one is the rare sensitive Vikings. I don't think many Vikings are or were like him. Under one of the beer labels is the US Government warning and in between the labels is the address of the brewery, ingredients, barcode, US distributor, and who the distributor in Poland is. Refund value can be found on top of the can. No date anywhere, but there is somekind of brewery or distributor number on the bottom of the can that has no use to the consumer.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, the beer's color was somewhere between a sunshine yellow and a nice healthy urine yellow. Not really the best mixture of yellow in the world for the color of a beer. I guess it could have been worse. It could have just been the color of unhealthy urine. The initial head of white foam was about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in height, but that quickly dissipated into a few specks of white spots and lace around the glass.

Smell: It smells like an unwashed 9th century Danish Viking after he just raped and pillaged a small European town. It really didn't like that, but I'm going the easy way and say that it smells like your average run of the mill macro. That means that the aroma only contains malted corn and rice with just a hint of apple juice in the background. None of those are really that good. I think I would have opted for my first example instead. That would have given this beer some kind of character.

Taste: I wish I could write that despite it's lack of color and smell, this beer had tons of flavor to it. That's not going to happen anytime soon. It tastes like it smells, except that they watered down the corn and rice, got rid of the apple juice (that's good!), and added a tiny and I mean tiny taste of bitter hops at the end. Usually corn and rice aren't the best flavors to taste in your beer, but it's worse when they decide to water them down for some reason. I'm still confused about that.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer could redeem itself by saying "I'm not all that bad, let me show you some flavor." It didn't show me crap! The only thing it showed me was that it's weak, way too light, and had an aftertaste of corn and rice. No more corn and rice, I've had me share of that in the taste.

Drinkability: If I was a Viking, I would consider it a slap in the face if one my kind was on this beer label. To me, a Viking is suppose to be a fierce fighting machine, but this beer is the complete opposite, weak and light. Basically, I found this beer is just another cheap macro to get Biltzed on. There's nothing interesting about this beer, except that it came in a 1 Liter can. That's it! There's no way I would touch this stuff again.

AltBock, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exp 05/09/08. Pale yellow, clear and see through. Big white head initially, carbonation was just barely there but it stayed throughout. Minimal lacing as the glass emptied, second pour brought quite a bit back. Smells a bit skunky but not offensive, wet grass / damp basement. The taste is bitter, mildly hoppy, with a bit of malt in the background to smooth it over. There is a thin body and dry mouthfeel. This is quaffable enough although a little gassy. Overall, pretty standard fare and true to the style; not the best example of its type but certainly not the worst either.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 28, 2007
Faxe Premium from Royal Unibrew A/S
68 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.