Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer | Union Export Brewery

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Peter's Brand Pilsner BeerPeter's Brand Pilsner Beer

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Union Export Brewery

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of mpyle
2.96/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Pours a huge white head, somewhat creamy. Decent retention. Colors is a slightly pale gold, and brilliantly clear.

Aroma is pretty minimal. At least when cold, don't really smell a hop aroma.

Flavor is inoffensive, but a bit muted. Almost halfway between a great German Pilsner and a US Macro-brew. Maltiness is relatively absent, but some noticeable if not distinct hop bitterness from midmouth onward. Finishes bland and slightly bitter.

MF - Light body and light-med carbonation.

D'ability - At $1/16oz can at TJ, definitely a cheap import. But cheapness has a price.

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Photo of RarianRakista
2.27/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is only like 10% better than the typical American swill in a can, PBR has a better aftertaste than this, the flavors are not well put together. This tastes like a beer made by formula, I'm sure no one who works at this brewer tasted it at any point or it would never of left Germany.

Wow, was surprised that Trader Joe's stocked this after all their other good 6 pack experiences I've had there lately. Especially Name Brand Lager.

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Photo of tigg924
1.96/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, clear, low carbonation

Smell: wheat and honey

Taste: honey, wheat, and grass

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: Not a favorite. This tastes a step above an adjunct lager. There are many in the style that I would turn to first. A bit watery and the flavors did not come together for me.

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Photo of JayQue
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice clear gold color with a good sized white head. Below average retention and no lacing. Smell is mild grassy hops and skunkiness.

Taste is mild maltiness..some skunk factor and a bit of hops bitterness at the end. Not bad but nothing I would seek out or drink in mass quantities. Mouthfeel is average in richness but the skunky characteristic limits the mouthfeel as well as taste.

Drinkability is average. If this beer was available for a session, I would rather have Yuengling or Sam Adams Boston Lager. Not something I would look forward to. At 6 bucks for a 16 0z sixpack it might be a bargain for some. To me this is a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One pint can poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a crystal clear yellow with a fairly dense bone white head.

The aroma is of grains, grass and a bit of floral hops.

The taste is also grainy with some mild astringency. The hops also add some minor floral notes. Not a ton going on, it is not bad, but just kind of there.

The beer does have excellent carbonation and decent mouth feel .

Not sure I would ever reach for it again, but it probably worth the modest one dollar investment from Trader Joes.

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Photo of MadTown1000
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a big pint can. Made in Germany, under license from Union in Holland. Pours a dark yellow into a pint glass, with a thick white-yellow head. Head settles at about an inch and recedes slowly from there leaving substantial lace.

Smell is grainy. Some hops, but smells a little off. Flavor is also grain-forward. Tastes a little adjunctly, although that's not usually present in German beers. Certainly no strong flavors here. Not a lot of fizz, not a lot of alcohol, not a lot of anything (other than quantity per can.) Little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

All told, not too much to recommend it. A little more substantial than your American macros, but it strikes me as the German equivalent.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden brass color, very light white head, leaves minimal lacing, loads of carbonation, large rising through glass.

S- Grainy, light malt, mild spiced bread.

T- Similar notes to nose, crisp, moderately clean, slight off taste on the finish, that doesn't represent as the traditional noble hops.

M- Highly carbonated, fresh, clean, light in texture.

D- On a hot summer day, very drinkable, for a good beer session, certainly leaves me wanting more, no complexity, doesn't deliver the refreshing hop quality of a traditional noble hopped pils, lacking complexity.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A silo of Peter's Brand Pilsener, a $1 special from Trader's Joe. Beer pours a crystal, crystal clear golden color with a decent head and lacing. The aroma is classic for beers of the variety: grainy, bready, and the lightest touch of hops.

The beer goes down quick and light. Grainy malt is followed by balancing bitterness. Nothing special here, but, hey, it only cost a dollar. On a hot, sweaty day, I don't think anyone would turn this away. Now, if we could only get a hot day.

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Photo of droomyster
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from an oversize can a clear yellowish gold with a small white head. Aromas are predominately grainy and uninteresting but the taste incorporates a nice grassy hoppiness that balances it out. The carbonation gives it an electric feeling and lends an extreme crispness that makes up for the simplicity of its taste and make it quite drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I almost CANnot believe how many beers are in CANs! The CANQuest began as a lark and has become an obsession.

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly metallic with an underlying lager sweetness. As a GER Pilsener, it was a bit sweet and lacking in hops, more lager-like than pilsener. Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated, but with too much sweetness on the tongue. I really felt like I was drinking a decent lager, but as a GER Pilsener, ... Oof. Finish exhibited a slight metallic flavor at the extreme finish, but overall, it was simply lager-like.

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Photo of tconboy
3.29/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange gold with slight carbonation, and a moderate head that fades to a light film. Smells of fresh lively pilsner beer - grainy and a light straw. Tastes light, grainy, fresh, clean, smooth - but definitely a light taste. Less than average carbonation compared to similar beers, smooth drinkable pilsner. Will probably be the last time I have this, but overall I don't have too many complaints

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 11/13/2009- from notes.

Green 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- A washed out gold toppped off with about a finger and a half tight bubbled white head that lasted longer than I expected. Mildly carbination, some lacing.

S- Not much at all. Very faint grassy/skunky smell.

T- A little floral/grassy with a little hint of citrus. As somebody else mentioned it got a little skunky but that went away by the end.

M- Thicker than I expected for a pils, medium bodied. A little carbination tingle.

D- Once you get past the skunk its pretty drinkable. Might make a decent session brew if nothing else was available.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a light straw color. Two fingers of fluffy head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing.

Smell: Nothing special. Just cheap adjunct corn. There's a slight floral aroma, but otherwise it's not complex.

Taste: Maltier than I was expecting from the smell, which is a pleasant surprise, but there's still a lot of adjunct corn. Floral malts provide a little sweetness, and there's a hint of lemon citrus. There's an adequate hop bite at the end.

Drinkability: It's a decent lager. Certainly not a classic in my book, but it'll do.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Golden yellow hued body, slight carbonation holding a 1/8" frothy white head.
S-Very pils typical and nothing outstanding.
T-Pleasant on the uptake with a slightly skunky middle flowing into a smooth subtle aftertaste.
M-Very similar to Heineken nothing spectacular but slightly watery.
D-It would be a good beer for summertime.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml can from State Liquor Store in Vernal, 1.39. Looks promising, very nondescript white can, looks like it should just say BEER.

A: Crystal clear, pale yellow, with a stark white head about an inch thick that is actually staying quite nicely, pretty fair lacing very little carbonation is seen moving in the glass. Not a bad looking pils.

S: Whew, this does not smell good, some pale malts, a little spicy hop note, and a very distinct mildew meets raw aluminum smell that almost overpowers it. Smells pretty bad.

T: Sweet malty profile, with a pretty nice spicy bitterness in the end, has almost too thick of a malt profile though, and lots of things get lost, the flavors are there but seem diluted and lost in the mix. Has a very distinct metal aftertaste, definitely aluminum, and definitely not pleasant.

M: Way off, way way way off, this thing is so thick I can practically chew it, no carbonation to speak off, and it isn't crisp, or refreshing, it feels as if I'm drinking a nitro beer, with less nitro. Not impressed at all.

D: Not so much, this pint will be more than enough for me. I'm a huge proponent of canned beer, if it's done right, which includes a can liner! I cut this beer can open and it smelled of nothing but aluminum, no beer at all, even with some residue. Might be a good beer from the bottle though.

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

Recently available as $4.49 for 6-16oz cans at TJ's, so gave it a shot:

appearance: nice head from a hard pour; dissipated within a few minutes. clear golden color. make that a darker golden.

smell/nose: a little malt... maybe an adjunct aroma, but not much else to my sniffer. not unpleasant, just not too much going on.

taste: light malt, hardly any hops, metal. I just always get that from a can (the metal, that is), and wish the bottles of this brew would reappear on the shelves.

mouthfeel: pleasantly carbonated, and not too thin or thick.

overall reminds me of much more expensive beers (but not true pilsners, like Urquell, Staropramen, Czech/Budvar, which actually spend some cash on decent hops), and I would be all over this as my cheap euro-lager option if it weren't for the metallic thing. Cheaper and nicer, in my tired opinion, than the other cheap TJ's euro imports.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting little beer. Definitely got some European influence.

A - On the orange side of straw yellow. A hint of amber. fluffy white head that recedes rapidly. No lacing.

S - There is something in the smell that is a little unappealing o me, Somewhat metallic. just a weird tang. Some tart hops? little malt character to be found.

T - This is definitely more flavorful than most macros, but it's nothing that blows me away. Just a run of the mill pilsener. Hops are slightly more pronounced, but there's decent malt character. There's almost a lemony quality to this beer.

M - nothing if not average.

D - Follows suit.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a straw yellow with a nice pillowy 1.5 finger white head.
smells a little malty, with earthy hops and mild nondescript funk.
taste is very mild, malts up front with a grassy hop finish. nothing special, but nothing unpleasant either.
feels a little thin, but with decent carbonation. pretty refreshing.
a very inexpensive brew, which increases the drinkability quite a bit.

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Photo of aquaderek
2.52/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a pint glass. The appearance is yellowish golden like most macro pilsner with a head that dissipates quickly. The nose is slightly malty and skunky. The taste is slight cooked cabbage and metallic note much going on here. The mouthfeel is fizzy and carbonated. If it is nice and cold could be refreshing. I am not a big fan of this beer.

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Photo of RobH
3.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle.

Euro Pilsners are not my beer style of choice, so I approached this one with skepticism and my expectations were exceeded.

German and Czech Pilsners have a certain hop bitter aroma that's not my thing, and this one had the aroma but the taste seemed to turn sweeter in the finish rather than more bitter. That's a plus.

This is an easy drinker. I poured mine hard into a stange glass and it created a niced white head that lasted and left lacing on the glass.

Not bad.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a half inch head that heads for the hills within 30 to 60 seconds.

Smell is initially of cereal grains and yeast, offering some muddled hop notes later. Otherwise clean and carbonated.

Taste is OK, with a thin malt body. The beer is rather light bodied in general and offers little lingering flavor on the close. Carbonation burns off rather quickly leaving a slightly fuller body to the beer yet it's a beer that can't hold up to the low carbonation. I think I would prefer this straight from the can to hide a meager nose and to help hold carbonation.

I remember this having a bit more snap and flavor a decade ago. Interestingly, my brief and nonscientific search shows that this brewery was picked up by Interbrew (now InBev of course), the brewery then shuttered(2003) and production shifted to other locations.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from a sixteen ounce can into a tall pilsner glass. The smell is not far off from most other pilsners I've tried; there is something distinctive about the smell of a pilsner beer. It had a decent size white colored head that left lacing down the glass, as I finished the beer. It was a light golden color similar to some other Dutch and German beers. The taste had that funk (lack of a better word) that you find with pilsners and really no other beers. Yet, it is not a strongly flavored beer and seemed to fade quickly. All in all, not a bad beer, though definitely not a great beer either. It represents a pretty good value for an everyday refreshing drinker at $5:50 a sixer of 16 oz. cans.

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Photo of illidurit
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass. Clear light gold color with dozens of bubble columns feeding the white 2 finger head. Aroma is corny adjunct with little to no hops. Taste is of malt husk and adjuncts, but not as vile as most American macros. Quite refreshing and smooth. Great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out to a light straw with a one-finger head that subsided slowly. Nothing special here.

The smell is of light floral hops, and a bit of malt. Very faint. Detected a bit of skunk too.

For a Pils, this beer is maltier, which I find pleasing. Nice and bready, not bad at all.

The mouthfeel is OK, but it's really nothing special. A bit too much carbonation for my taste.

This is a very drinkable beer, however.

A refreshing, tasty beer. Not bad at all.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear golden yellow with a white head and quick disappearing lacing.

S- Skunkey with a very slight citrus smell

T/M – Bitter and skunkey, not as smooth as I have had in the past.

D- Had this beer before in a can and it was not too bad. This time around in a bottle it defiantly had a stronger skunk smell was not as drinkable with a slightly bitter taste to it. Not sure if it was just a dab bottle

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