Faxe Extra Strong - Royal Unibrew A/S

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 86
rAvg: 2.15
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-04-2002

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Photo of FLima
2.99/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma of herbal hops, bread, corn syrup and orange peel. So far, no apparent booze. Pretty decent for a Malt Liquor.
Flavor with notes of grassy hops, corn syrup, ginger, biscuit malt and orange and grape soda. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10% abv is well disguised here.
This is not bad at all considering the style; it concentrates flavors and conceives alcohol, with grassy hops helping to counterbalance its body which was well attenuated decreasing its potential cloying sweetness. Unexpected vinous notes (non-natural). (633 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.07/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO. Served in a pint glass.

A - A few fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap, thicker collar, and plenty of splotchy lace. Transparent golden body with bubbles rising upward. Really quite attractive.

S - Smells like beer mixed with grape soda, grain, perhaps a touch of alcohol. Really sweet, but I don't think I'd guess 10%. Still, not a lot of 'bad' flavors per say.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with lots of sugary grape soda flavor and some spicy alcohol esters in the finish. Again, not overly boozy, although we'll see if that persists as it warms up.

It doesn't. Gets kind of gross after about half a glass.

M - Some warming, but not excessive. Medium-full body, zesty carbonation, chewy texture, and lingering stickiness. Surprisingly good for the style.

D - It's an upper echelon malt liquor, but that's still not saying much. I can see the appeal for Ontario-based bums and transients though; palatable, cheap way to get lit up. I managed to get through about 8oz before I gave up. (1,017 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
2.74/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Faxe Bryggeri A/S is a Danish brewery located in the town of Fakse. It was founded in 1901 under the name Fakse Dampbryggeri by Nikoline and Conrad Nielsen. After Conrad Nielsen's death in 1914, his young widow continued to run the company. In 1989, Faxe merged with Jyske Bryggerier to form Denmark's second largest brewing company, now known as Royal Unibrew.

On this occasion, we sampled Faxe's Quality Extra Strong Beer. The beer came in a good looking 500 ml can with a picture of a Viking on the front and back, and production and best before dates of February 26, 2013, and May 27, 2014 respectively printed on the bottom. Faxe was a whopping 10% alcohol by volume.

Faxe poured an attractive, clear golden colour with about 1" of off-white head that completely disappeared after 3 minutes, leaving some very minor spotting down the glass. A strong alcohol smell overpowered any other aromas that may have been present. In terms of taste, Faxe was REALLY sweet up front with sweet light malts and glucose syrup, followed by an alcohol burn and mildly bitter finish which lingered for quite some time as an aftertaste. I would describe the beer as medium bodied with a fairly subdued carbonation and non-descript mouthfeel. While not a drain pour, Faxe's overwhelming alcohol presence ruins the experience for me.

The moral of this story...before you buy a beer, take a look at the list of ingredients. I should have been tipped off by the 'glucose syrup' and 'maize' as to the quality of this beer. Faxe sells for $3.35 per 500 ml...a premium price for non-premium quality. (1,585 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
1.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured from the 500mL can into a mug.

A: Orangey gold with a fizzy head that sticks around for a bit and then settles to patches. Carbonation all over.

S: Surprisingly faint. Strong aroma of alcohol and malts. Some sweetness in there. Corn.

T: Big alcohol kick with a bit of malt in the middle to somewhat hold it together. This thing is pretty sick. Not much else to say. Malt liquor quality and a slight sweetness mask the alcohol until swallowed, leaving only a gag. Don't really have any good words for this...

For getting drunk this thing will do the trick in a pinch, just like a malt liquor in the states. And like a malt liquor, it does what it sets out to do very well. Sitting here buzzed I can say that it worked. Outside of that, nothing special. Get a couple of regular beers to achieve the same effect without the taste... (840 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
2.88/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Quick fading slightly off white head settles quickly over clear gold with light amber highlights. Sweet sharp/perfumy nose, I get a light whiff of fruit too...very slight adjuncty note. Taste is lightly fruity at first then you get a sharp metallic hop attack that tastes kinda 'off', semi full bodied, lingering sharpness and as it warms you get some adjunct flavor and then cheap alcohol. Ends sharp and none too appealing. Drink it cold or pass lol (451 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
1.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I grabbed this one along with a few other unfamiliar beers during my last visit to the local liquor store. Upon reading the ingredients and seeing GLUCOSE SYRUP and MAIZE I instantly made the assumption that this beer would not be "quality" as the can boasted.

A- Very similar to well known macro lagers. Think of Budweiser with less carbonation.

S- The smell is very strong and not to mention horrid. If anything, the scent of the beer gives a preview of possible tastes the drinker might experience and also serves as a good indicator to drink or not to drink. Upon analyzing the smell I knew that this beer was not going to be pleasant by any means.

T- I didn't think it was possible but yes, the taste is definitely worse than the smell. I would have listed some tasting notes but I was too busy cringing in horror.

M- Very little carbonation. Similar mouthfeel to that of water or what some people call American macro beer :p.

O- Unless you find pleasure in unpleasant experiences or view the taste of urine as a worthy venture I would advise everyone to avoid this beer. (1,086 characters)

Photo of BeerBateo
3.04/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to be honest, I'm presently drinking a 500 ml can of Faxe 10% Extra Strong Beer, that I won in a bet over the Stanley Cup playoffs (go Blackhawks!). I am a Viking at heart, so the logo's kind of cool. I like the color as it resembles someone else's clear healthy urine specimen on the nurses station counter top. The aroma is reminiscent of the bed pads I wash in the long term care facility laundry room that I currently work in, so it is familiar and quite nutty, i might add. The taste is somewhat marmaladish, leaving me with a comforting tingly sensation on my palate, satisfying my desire for the bold, pungent flavor I was expecting in a beer of this strength. It is perfectly carbonated, boasting 43 tiny bubbles (no, 44...there's 45, 46, ..47, 48) that ascend into a beautiful 2 finger head with an eyelet lace. As i sip again, I am noticing something else... ..I think it is a hint of cabbage (or perhaps rhubarb) that seems to settle into a delightfully smooth aftertaste that lingers on. I actually really like this beer and don't mind the intensity as it becomes closer to room temperature. The ABV is high but the price is low ($3.35) so it is perfect for anyone who wants a good beer buzz early in the morning before going to their McJob. Don't get me wrong, I would definitely drink Faxe 10 again, especially knowing that I only need one can to forget about the bad day I may have had washing the linens in a nursing home. Ok, so here's the bottom of the can. ...last drop..alrighty then, there you have it. Faxe 10 is ok, if you ask me. Now i'm ready to tuck in. (1,586 characters)

Photo of papat444
1.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

WARNING: This lists fructose syrup & maize as ingredients before hops. Should have taken that as a sign...

Poured from 500ml. can, best before 030613.

Appearance: Orange-gold body that starts with a creamy 2 finger head but goes to a thin ring.

Smell: Some mild fruit but corn is all over this though it manages to be tolerable (barely).

Taste: Aggressive, strong alcohol taste that subsides after a bit burn still leaves a sting. Heavy on the adjuncts and the mild spiciness and fruit are shoved to the back.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness that might be due to flavor but more likely attributed to the ABV. Marginally better than flavor.

Overall: An assault on good taste. Could barely finish 1/4 of it before drain pouring it. (725 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.2/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden straw yellow with bubbles very present. Pours with a thin creamy head.

Smell- An apple juice aroma with sweet undertones and slight citrus aromas.

Taste- Quite refreshing for the ABV. Slight hoppiness present at the end and is a little watery at the end. Apple juice aromas and slight citrus notes are detectable in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation with slight prickly bubbles. Goes down smooth considering the ABV of this one.

Overall- A decent attempt at a strong lager from Faxe. Although this is high in ABV it was quite drinkable. Could be better balanced but decent job overall. Not too crazy about this one but it was good to try. Worth another try in the future for something different. (753 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
1.89/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This ones been hanging around since my B-Day when it came in a random gift pack from the LCBO... Figured I might as well take it down. Beer is beer, even if I'm a little hesitant to try it...

A - Crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with surprising retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - ABV is detectable on the nose, alongside sweet corn, apple juice, wheat grass and cereal.

T - Not overly surprising, sweet alcohol, sweet corn, sour aftertaste, some faint leafy hops, and an odd burning sensation that lingers.

M - This one bring heat to another level, with no attempt to smooth the burn.

O - This brings me back to my high school days of drinking Old English before the dance. Anything to get a buzz on with no care for taste. I'm surprised there's a customer base for this brew, because it's terrible. (820 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
1.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1L, solid-ass black can - something I wouldn't mind brandishing in a street fight, on the way back from where I might have purchased this one. However, in a more pertinent vein, the 'glucose syrup' in the ingredients list does very little for my initial perceptions of this lumbering beast.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, foamy, and certainly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a solid, thick, and raised bubbly wall of lace around the glass as it sinks away.

It smells of sweet, evil pastry grain, fruity (stale red grapes, mostly) women's makeup case odors, a touch of bewildered yeast, and mild sugary alcohol. The taste is, well the taste is where any goodwill I might have once possessed finally goes to die - overly sweet plain grain, heavy metallic booze, unholy drupe fruit, and skanky, um, well, stank. Urp.

The carbonation is on the low end, rendering a slick, medium-weight sideshow of cloying sugar atrocity - so, smooth, yeah, if that's your sort of thing. It finishes with a musty grain sweetness, awash in overly forward booze tendencies, and heavy suggestions of nail polish nightmares.

What a fucking mess - why there isn't a European category of cheap (is there any other kind) malt liquors, I'll never know. Overall, this is sickly, pandering, and barely less than gag-inducing. A whole bloody litre of this dreck is way more than wishful thinking, my Danish friends - I respectfully request my kroner back. (1,496 characters)

Photo of paxkey
2.4/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

saw this sitting on the counter at the store checkout. someone had left it there and figuring i never tried it i snatched it up.

looking at the scores i will probably regret this decision.

the can i have looks different than the one pictured. black can with red label.

poures pale yellow with large cascading head. looks like mass produced lager.

picking up hops and malt in the nose. smells pretty standard uninspired.

starts with bitterness than quickly turns into the taste of ethanol. all i taste in this beer is alcohol. it is awful. not going to finish this crap. blech (580 characters)

Photo of dbaker61
1.69/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

1L can. Brew Date: Apr. 7, 2011; Best By: July 5, 2012. 10% ABV, 18.2 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Yellow with a tinge of brown, very clear. Two fingers of very white soapy foam, which had fair retention, and left lots of lacing.

Smell: Sickeningly sweet, as soon as the can was popped open. After it was in the glass, overpowering corn adjunct-ly smell. Oh, this doesn't look like it will end well.

Taste: Unquestionably has a kick of alcohol to it, but the flavors are really off. Lots of corn, metallic can taste, ho-hum hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a very dry finish. All that alcohol sucks the moisture right out of the mouth. Carbonation is okay, not high.

Overall: I don't think I want to finish this liter can of very bad beer. The metallic twang is quite strong, and the adjunct character is off-putting. My advice: This is one for lying down and avoiding. (887 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

We pop the top on this monster can and pour a brew nearing neon yellow. It holds a two finger head of white bubbles, leaving spotty lacing around the glass as it goes. Carbonation appears to be quite active. There is nearly full transparency, with no sediment observed. The aroma is of sweet grain, big metallic bites, faint banana esters, and adjuncty grain throughout. There is an immediate whiff of standard hops, but this disappears quickly as the beer settles down. There is also a bright peppery booze and bitter clovey phenols. As we sip bitter and sour grain hits hard up front. There is a cooling from banana esters, which show up surprisingly strong in the taste. Metallics seep in, riding with an enormous fusel booze character that makes this beer begin with a punch. The middle pulls through with the esters and sweetness of partially toasted, overly bitter adjuncts. The finish is with a saltiness, burning ethanol, and a floral hop character that serves to only make things more bitter. The aftertaste breathes hotly with fusel alcohols reminiscent of a shot of cheap vodka, steely grain, and diffuse sweetness. The carbonation is high and the body is solidly medium. There is an intermediate thickness to this beer, imparting an undeniable smack and slurp to each sip. Otherwise, the big alcohols function to dry the mouth significantly. The abv is robust and the beer drinks quickly, as long as it’s cold.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the wide range of aromas and flavorings. For such a strong beer it provided a wide range of grainy flavors to work with. Among these there was a surprising ester character to soften up the beginning, while a more biting hop presence took up the final legs. This is a perfect beer if you’re wandering around the streets of Rome looking for a party, but nothing you would want to sit back with and relax. (1,880 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.81/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is insane: a 100 cl can with a beer holding 10% ABV. Well, here we go;

A: Pour is pale golden with a large creamy white head that sinks into almost no lacings.

S: The usual: heavy marzipan, sweet malt mixed with corn and bitter hops way in the back, poorly balanced.

T: Sweet corny malt with loads and loads of marzipan (I think that marzipan is an off-taste in cheap Euro Strong Lagers). Unbalanced. A bit like a lemonad with lots of alcohol in it.

M: Short and unbalanced bitter aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation moderate. Lots of alcohol.

O: Well, a poor product; unbalanced. I guess this is brewed for those who likes to get drunk at a low cost. (669 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
1.17/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bought this beer some months ago during a trip in Germany. 1 liter can.
Look: clear golden color with a small white head.
Smell: Very sweet (caramel) and chemical.
Taste: Sweet caramel, malts and whole range of chemicals again. Tastes like pure ethanol was added.
Mouthfeel: thin and high carbonation
Overall: Unbalanced, artificial, watery chemical beer. Don’t even bother to try (383 characters)

Photo of jpro
1.24/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

500mL can poured into a stein... yikes.

A: Crystal clear golden, with a lot of tiny bubbles that form a 2-finger, ultra white head. Not exactly what I was expecting... looks like your standard malt liquor.

S: Corn soaked in some sort of sharp solvent... after a few whiffs, its burning my nostrils.

T: My word. This tastes like some sort of corn-based furniture polish, with a hefty bit of alcohol burn on the finish. Its been a while since I’ve ventured into this sort of beer’s territory (ie, not since the days of the Blue Bull - somehow this seems worse, though).

M: Very full-bodied. Hurts to drink.

O: This is probably going to be the worst rating I’ve ever produced on this site. Avoid this stuff at all costs, unless you like pain and want to melt your mouth and gut. Scary stuff. (800 characters)

Photo of toomanyideas
2.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Faxe is the choice beer of many heavy drinkers in my area, so if you are scrounging for a cheap buzz, you know this beer will always treat you right.

Now as a beer to drink with friends while playing poker, or to share with someone over dinner.... Not a good idea. Everyone could lose their lunch.

The smell is offensive, and with the taste it only gets worse. This taste is like a sharp, metallic goo, reminiscent of corn syrup and vodka.

I have a hard stomach for alcoholic beverages, but I feel close to vomiting every time I have drank this. I really do not like to bash a beer, but they honestly did not do a good job with this one.

Colt 45 is much better than Faxe 10% (684 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.49/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500 ml can 10.0% abv

Appearance: Nice golden colour, decent, well lasting head that leaves a little lace. The beer does appear over carbonated though.

Smell: Bleeeghghgh, this smells like corn flour mixed with vodka... There is no redeeming factor in this aroma, no hints of malt or hops. This has to be one of the worst smelling beers around.

Taste: As with the smell, the taste is just bad... sweet maize and bitter, cheap booze (reminds me of super cheap vodka).

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, reasonable carbonation, but dreadful alcohol burn...

Drinkability: Yes I am a college student and as any good student I do enjoy a periodic booze-up. But even if I was very well intoxicated and this was all that there was, I wouldn't drink it. (746 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
1.49/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I keep passing by the huge Faxe section at the LCBO and figured I should probably see what the deal was. After drinking Extra Strong, I might abandon the whole project...

What poured out the can actually looked very good. I'm not sure if I lucked out or if something happened in shipping (the freshness date is April 2011, so we're good there). Medium golden hue, lots of frothy head that holds its weight, good lacing.

And the praise ends there.

I have a bit of a cold, so perhaps my nose isn't at full capacity, but all I could smell is alcohol and sugar. Not pleasant; it's like fortified beer...My friends couldn't detect anything else.

Sugary alcohol with a bit of fruit and malts. Compare this to a good Belgian Strong Ale for an idea of what NOT to do. Like they added a shot of vodka to each can...

Oily, well carbonated, but with a sickening alcohol finish.

No thanks. Might not be bad to get me a bit drunk with this cold, but I'd rather drink something else. A big PASS for this one.

Drain pour. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.34/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a golden yellow color beer with a quite large frothy pure white head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of alcoholic phenols with some grossly sweet adjunct. Taste is also dominated by grossly sweetened adjunct with some very apparent alcohol. Body has an oily texture with good carbonation. I wasn't' expected much but this is a lot worse then I had expected with loads of alcohol and adjunct easily detectable -drain pour. (445 characters)

Photo of SaintG
2.76/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

ok so this is my first beer review, im a canadian boy, just turned legal drinking age. for many a year i have loved beer.

so faxe extra strong good for college parties not so good if u wanna remember them. its a very strong and bitter tasting beer, and for some reason its thick as all hell. i dont mind it its a good way to start the night or finish it off, but no more then one, cuz this beer will get u done.

lets face it this is a vikings drink, or wanna be vikings drink. from the appearance of the can you know your in for it. its scary. i still will drink faxe extra strong just because im cheap and for $3.15 at the beer store im in. (645 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
2.78/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on May 12, 2009.

A: Copper color with some head that disappear quite fast.
S: Malt + Alcohol.
T: Alcohol + Malt. The alcohol is taste easily. The beer is round which is probably due to the alcohol. Absolutely no bitterness.
M: Medium-rounded bodied

Well, nothing extra in this beer... just a simple beer. Nothing more nothing less. (340 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
1.66/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is a highly carbonated brew. It almost looks like ginger ale, due to the amount of CO2 pumped into this beast. A finger thick amount of soapy white head came about, and dissipated rather quickly. The body is darker than I expected.

In the aroma I detected a dextrin like character. Add a hint of lemony hops in with it, and that's about it.

This tastes just about as boozy as a beer can get. There is a hefty tobacco like bite, and a nasty medicine like finish.

This feels like I took a watery macro lager and dumped cheap strong booze into it. Once the palate becomes accustomed to all of this nonsense (or the more buzzed one gets), it's easier to go down.

This beer was invented for one reason and one only: To knock you on your butt. There is actually zero drinking enjoyment to behold here. It's kind of shocking they allow this stuff to be sold in Germany and make it so readily available, vice a nice Belgian Tripel.

Ingredients listed: Water, malt, glucose syrup, corn, and finally hops. (1,007 characters)

Photo of steeler
2.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This devil stuff, the few times I've drank this, i can barely remember what happened. Anyway the review...

This is a malt liquor, but with more kick than your OE. (old english) I gave this beer a perfect drinkability, because once you get that first can down, its smooth sailing and the rest go down like velvet.

The one amazing thing i noticed about this beer, is that, when you take a sip, there is no taste, literally no taste, then all of a sudden a, sickly sweet, metallic boozy aftertaste hits you. This stuff is vile.

This is the ultimate beer for a cheap buzz, get one down and its smooth sailing. (608 characters)

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Faxe Extra Strong from Royal Unibrew A/S
58 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.