Peter's Brand Pilsner Beer | Union Export Brewery

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Peter's Brand Pilsner BeerPeter's Brand Pilsner Beer

Brewed by:
Union Export Brewery

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 149
Photo of slammo
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to get excited about this one based on price and packaging in the can. It turns out to be a decent if not memorable euro import the likes of so many others.

Appearance is adequate yet unassuming. The smell is also average mowed grass with nothing exceptional to note.

Taste is refreshing with a nice balance of malt and hop. Believe me, it is a huge improvement over any American macro brew and I don't want to knock it too much. There are better beers out there and there are worse. It sure beats a Bud IMO.

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Photo of phantomwyse
2.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours out cough-drop yellow with a fairly impressive and fluffy two finger, pure white head. Not much carbonation to speak of. Beer is supposed to be carbonated, right?

S: Creamed corn, dry grass, iron. This is what Heineken would smell like if I had a cold.

T: White rice and water. Chinese prison food.

M: Light, light, light and quenching – look, there’s one positive thing,

O: After a run, hmm…Gatorade? Nah, this will do it.

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Photo of ithacabaron
2.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

In a can!

Pours a lovely, well...pilsner color. Big puffy head starts out nice, but unfortunately fades to an anemic film. Eh.

Aroma is flat, dull, and pervasive; metal, DME, skunk. You know that feeling you get when you accidentally bite down on a piece of aluminum foil? Yeah. Basically, it's that in aroma form. Not pleasant.

Taste is again, fairly uninspiring - some chemical-like hops, occasional bursts of grain husk. It's certainly a Dutch-style pils, but it's probably the worst one I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is unpleasant. There's a slick, almost greasy coating over the tongue and teeth, and carbonation is far too low. Sits in your stomach like a lead-laden, gaseous nebula.

Pretty awful. There are plenty of decent cheap beers. This is not one of them.

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Photo of o19
2.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chico "U-Bar" pint glass.

A: Probably the best attribute of this beer. Medium gold color.
S: Smells like a mix between a wet dog and bath tub cleaner.
T: Despite the terrible smell, it tastes like a basic American lager with a hint of "Heineken taste". Really not that bad.
M: Light fizzy feel.
O: I have had much worse. This beer is cheap and not as bad as some "Ice" brews.

You get what you pay for.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Why can't every store be like Trader Joe's, with really low prices and the ability to break any sixer? I mean, that's how this can came into my presence. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, grass, and flowers. The taste has a slightly citric bent, but the rest of these elements come back in spades. Somehow, the citrus and the flowers meld very nicely, creating a pleasant flavor. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a smoothly fluid feel. Overall, a nice little pils. Nowhere near the best, but an eminently drinkable brew, indeed.

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2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into Pilsener style tasting glass.
A: A very lively carbonation is shown in the clear straw colored body. The white head pours a good formation, but does not last to long and retreats to a very thin layer.

S: A very light bready aroma of pilsen malts is found, but very one dimensional and somewhat bland.

T/M: The overall taste is light and low, with underling flavors of noble hops and a stale malt backbone. Lingering flavors a minimal at best.

D: The drinkablity of this beer is fairly high, but the overall character is not too impressive.

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Photo of smcolw
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

two finger pure white head. Dies to a thin layer of bubbles that leave no lace. The liquid is dark straw/light gold and crystal clear.

Finally, a super pale lager from Europe that hasn't begun. To skunk. Thank God for the can. All that said, this isn't very interesting, mostly raw barley aroma and the faintest touch of mild hop.

Mostly raw grain flavor, probably from some sort of adjunct. Spritzy mouthfeel, thin bodied. The swallow has a better hop presence than the smell suggests. This might be a better than average lawn mower beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a can at Trader Joe's for a buck, just to throw in the fridge to drink one night, which turned out to be tonight. Poured into a pilsener glass. Very clear yellow body, almost see through. Lots of carbonation and bubbles clinging to the glass. Fizzy head disappears quickly. Smell was a bit grassy and musty. Taste was pretty standard pilsener flavors. Hints of corn and earthy malt. Actually, a bit better tasting than some other nasty Euro lagers I've had in the past. Mouthfeel was on the crisp side, and the 5% abv was more prevalent than I thought. Maybe that was due to the 16 oz can. Not a bad pils, as I have had worse. A decent choice for $6 a pack at TJ.

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Photo of AdamMY
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you want to sit back, relax, and sip something cool and refreshing this might be the beer, as it looks exceptional with a clear crisp golden color, and a nice thick and foamy head. But that is just about the only think it has going for it, besides a decently creamy mouth feel.

The Smell and the taste are slightly better than Bud, Miller and Coors, in the sense that it is still watery but it lacks some of the funk those beers call "flavor".

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"I have conquered an empire, but I have not been able to conquer myself."

--Peter The Great

Straw yellow with sun-faded lemon highlights and a wonderful looking chunk of eggshell colored foam occupying the upper half of the glass. Small scraplets of sea foam lace are beginning to stick. Whatever else this lager has in store, it looks good.

The nose is roughly equal parts untoasted grain and grassy-musky hops. Gotta be Saaz. It's a little low on power, but more boldness might not have been a positive. Given the style, it's pretty much right-down-the-middle average.

Too bad the flavor doesn't even make it over that low bar. It tastes like this Dutch Style Pilsener (that is brewed in Germany) uses inferior ingredients. That's probably because UEB wants to keep the price down: a whopping $1 at Trader Joe's. Yeah, well, it tastes more like fidy cent beer.

Peter's Brand is reminiscent of BMC lager mixed 50:50 with less than well-brewed Euro pale lager. It has the nasty graininess of the former and the musky-grassy-skunky hop quality of the latter. Since warming is doing this stuff no favors, it's time to either drink faster or take just one more mouthful to assess mouthfeel. One more mouthful it is.

Not too bad, all things considered. It isn't watery in the least and the bubbles inject an acceptable (though low end) amount of energy. Nothing to get too excited over.

The can speaks the truth ('Imported Lager Beer') and it lies ('Superior Quality'). Here's hoping that Trader Joe's shoppers don't give up trying something other than Budweiser, Miller and Coors products based on this terrible excuse for beer. Then again, given what their taste buds are used to, they might think it's the cat's pajamas.

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Photo of mpyle
2.96/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as

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%
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 -32.6%
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 -2.7%
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 +5.8%
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 -6.9%
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 +4.8%
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 +3.4%
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 +15.1%
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 +1%
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 +13.1%
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 -5.2%
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 -2.7%
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 -3.8%
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 -24.1%
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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