Brau Union Österreich

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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #416
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2.82 | pDev: 18.44%
Brau Union Österreich
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swim from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Transparent pale straw yellow. Little head.
S: Strong apple juice and skunky hops
T: Well balanced and quite flavourful. Muted apple juice flavour with toasted malts.
F: Has a nice full mouth feel and subtle carbonation. A bit dry.
O: Surprisingly flavourful and rich, interesting but not my favourite. Still went great with a meal.

Sep 19, 2020
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Michael_I from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased for $2.25 at LCBO, 500 mL can, poured cold into an unfrosted mug. Some head which quickly dissipates. Colour is beautifully golden with light bubbly carbonation. Faint smell - to be honest barely there, but to be expected from a good lager/pilsner.
The taste is where this beer shines. It is a crisp, refreshing Austrian lager. Mild cereal and bready malt flavour with a touch of hoppiness, the hop flavours are classic European hops and balance well with the malt.
Is this a fine North American micro-brew incorporating the trendiest style into its flavour profile? Not at all. This is a quality beer that tastes really good on a hot day (it's 29 degrees Celsius as I enjoy this pint of Kaiser). As another reviewer put so eloquently, "totally crushable." Plus, you can buy 1000 mL of this tasty beer for the price of 473 mL of domestic craft lager, with minimal loss of quality and flavour.
An excellent beer and a very good value.

Aug 21, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If there is ever a CANQuest (tm) Hall of Foam, then I think that my local, in-person trader, @tone77 should be in the first class of inductees. He brings CANs from his myriad travels for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Brau -Tradition"; "Premium Quality".

That last usually is acCANponied by "(tm)" since it usually has naught to do with reality. Not so here, so I will press on acCANdingly. A bit of history - "Kaiser" & "Czar" are both terms with their origin in antiquarian Roman "Caesar"! Did you know that? I'll buy your a beer if you did!

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the Kaiser's vent & allowing him entrée into the awaiting glass. He seemed rather relieved to see me & asked about the current state of Austria. I was saddened to inform him of his regal standing's downfall. but he took it in stride & offered me some torte! 8=O In return, I gave him another quick Glug to form just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with minimal retention. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) & when The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon arrived for a taste, I was shocked to realize that they all know one another from way back! They beCAN jabbering in German (not my strongest), but the gist was that they were an enabler during his reign & he wanted his share returned. 8=O I cut this short with a sniff of the nose. Hmm. The nose was actually fairly clean with no apparent adjuncts. Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for the style. The taste was very malty, more bready than anything else, but with a light, underlying nuttiness. No perceptible adjuncts, IMHO. It reminded me of some other beer, but I CAN't dredge it up right now. 8=( It was not tough to drink, but I would probably burn out on its maltiness fairly quickly. Again, NOT out of spec for the style. Finish was semi-sweet, on the verge of semi-dry. It was fine for its style & I am perplexed by its Poor score. YMMV.

Jun 21, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell of malts, grains. Taste is the same as the aroma, some light sweetness, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is nothing special, but is a good thirst quenching pale lager.

Apr 22, 2019
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JPNesker from Canada (ON)

2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent if uninspired boilerplate euro pale lager. Totally crushable. Not too hoppy. No metallic can residue off flavours to speak of.

Dig the grassy notes on the notes and the slight sweetness to the taste overall

Jun 03, 2017
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

2.01/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well but pours a small head that is gone in 10sec. Light gold. This is a Bud with a different label

S- Not much here. Just like a Bud

T- Pedestrian Bud here with a different label

M- Not much here but at least it doesn't have that metallic bite to it

O- Just like a relabeled Bud. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with...... Anything you would choose a Bud for


Dec 14, 2014
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FRANKIE65 from Canada (ON)

2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this for my father to try, since he was born, and raised, in Austria. Ended up sharing the can. Not bad, not great. Definitely easy to drink, but, no "oomph".

Dec 13, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

.5 liter can labeled as Kaiser Bier smuggled back from Dubai by Joe M, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a smallish bone white head. It almost looks like apple juice in my glass. Aromas of sweet bready pilsner malt with a hint of caramelized sugar. Light floral hop aroma, and I do mean light! The flavor is sweet bready pilsner malt with a touch of light pomme fruitiness and hints of spicy hop. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Far from world class, a bit one dimensional, but this certainly doesn't suck.

Dec 06, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.62/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

3.80% ABV. .5L aluminum can acquired at a Picadilly supermarket in Sofia, Bulgaria, and served into a Staropramen pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Sofia. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one-finger wide head of white colour. Subpar thickness and creaminess. Decent complexion and consistency. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear yellow colour. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Average vibrance.

Appears undercarbonated. Unremarkable for the style. I'm pessimistic.

AROMA: Seemingly, there's some adjunct - perhaps corn? Unremarkable barley. Overly sweet malts. Lacks a balancing hop presence.

No alcohol, off-notes, yeast character, or overt hop character is detectable.

Overall, it's an inoffensive aroma of average strength which suggests an imbalanced brew. I'm not looking forward to the first sip.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Some sweet generic malts, fairly clean barley, and...that's about it? Unless you count a buried wisp of unidentifiable adjunct.

No yeast character, hop character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. It's unbalanced, but I wouldn't call it imbalanced. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I can't say I really like it. Lacks intricacy, subtlety, complexity, and nuance.

There's nothing here flavourwise that stands out.

Smooth, wet, fairly clean, medium-bodied, slightly syrupy, overly thick for the style, and unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. This texture doesn't suit the flavour profile or style all that well. But it's not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is okay at best.

OVERALL: Downable and unremarkable. A decent budget brew. It's not a poor choice to pick up a can or two of this when in Bulgaria given the price point, but I can't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Too damn boring. I've had far better beers in the style, but few can really change the price of this one - at least in terms of percentage (not real) difference in price.


Jun 26, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - CLear, pale golden yellow color, with only a 1/2 finger of head that doesn't linger despite my intentions for a more substantial head. Few bubbles rise to the top.

Smell - Bready aromas and some graininess, but in a freshly baked bread sort of way. I liked the smell of this.

Taste - Grainy barley and mild hops. Grassy and kind of bland but refreshing. SOme sweet seeps through as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Smooth taste, lowish carbonation and medium -light feel.

Overall - Decent lager, rather enjoyed the aroma of this one, and the rest wasn't too bad either.

Mar 07, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

2.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Kaiser certainly looks fit for a king: polished golden with a bounteous crown of white foam atop. In suitable Austrian fashion, it has bubbles that prance around like Viennese waltzers. Indeed, it looks majestic enough to be hung in the halls of Schönbrunn Palace.

The aroma, on the other hand, does not at all follow in the proud Austro-German tradition; this weak, cloyingly sweet and somewhat chemical smell is nothing like the rich, clean, malty 'helles' lagers that have made Austria and Germany renown for their beer.

The palate, likewise, is marred by a corn syrup-like flavour that wavers between insipid and unpleasant. Some sips are distasteful and others... are like nothing at all. The texture it leaves is unnaturally dry, like swabbing the tongue with a cotton ball.

The lager would certainly be better off with more actual malt and less adjunct or extract. Hops would be a welcomed addition too. There's too much sweetness and not enough toast or breadiness. It has a mouthfeel about as pleasant as that of a sponge.

$2.05 is a very reasonable price for a tall can - normally. But in the case of Kaiser it's practically a king's ransom; a lager this poorly made, which uses such inferior ingredients, is hardly worth 2 cents. Don't get me wrong, I had no problem finishing the can - it's nothing undrinkable - but it's also not something worth drinking in the first place.

Feb 18, 2014
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden; medium head; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; grassy; sweet

Taste: Refreshing, but bitter notes throughout; dry, slightly bitter finish

Remarks: Had this beer at the Stadtfest in St. Ulrich am Pillersee, Austria.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours the traditional clear pale yellow Lager color forming a medium bubbled white head. Low retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet grains and flowery hops

T: Sweet malts upfront. Very watery and dry. Cornish. End is mild bitter

M: Very light watery body. Good carbonation. Hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Average low quality Euro Lager. Average drinkability

May 02, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

1.76/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Golden straw colour with a clear look and some bubbles rising to the top. There was a thumb sized, foamy white head.

Sort of skunky smell with lots of grain and sweetness. Very off-putting to begin with and followed up with some corn, cheap adjuncts and light grassy hops.

Barely drinkable to begin with let alone finish. There was some lager malts and lots of grain, touches of bread and corn with tonnes of skunk and a generally cheap and nasty taste to it.

Light bordering on thin bodied with some skunk and a sticky sweet feel to it along with lots of grain and a cheap feel to it.

This beer is the definition of rubbish, it had nothing going for it and was a waste of my time drinking it. Cheap, mass-produced and skunky with no redeeming features at all. Were it not for the fact I was drinking this on a bus I would have poured it down the sink, it was that bad. Avoid this one at all costs.

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Jul 21, 2012
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Stocean1 from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a two finger fluffy white head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar over a pale yellow body. Little lacing and very clear.

Smell is barley malt, lemon and some euro hops.

Taste is barley with some tart lemon and some grassy hops. Not offensive but nothing special.
Some biscuit and a little sweet.

Mouth is light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Little bitterness

Run of the mill euro lager that is drinkable but not worth seeking out, too bad this stuff dominates the cold fridge at the LCBO. At least it is cheap.

Oct 22, 2011
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; BB date June 2012. The last in a brief series of reviews cataloging some of the mostly-interchangeable Euro lagers that take up far too much of the store's shelf space.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, with a generous, creamy eggshell-white head about two fingers thick. It slowly seeps away over a period of minutes, leaving a patchy cap and collar. I actually kind of like the smell of this stuff, and considering the style that's a bit of a feat in my eyes...pale barley malts, with some grassiness and sour lemon citrus; nothing out of the ordinary but the nose is a bit firmer than many other offerings from the style.

That's probably the high point, though. The flavour is acceptable but very run-of-the-mill - grainy pale malts, crackers, with a (very) tiny bit of lemony-herbal hops in the finish. Some weird sour notes I can't really put my finger on (edit: maybe it's the ascorbic acid, or maybe it's just more lemony hop). Clean finish; no flavours linger on the palate. Thin-bodied and pretty watery. Average carbonation for the style, with a bit of a bite.

Boring, without a doubt, but it's an EPL - what did you expect? This is a clean-tasting Euro lager with no serious flaws or adjunct notes. Cheaper than most comparable imports, which alone makes it a respectable choice (if you like Euro lagers anyway), but not something I'd ever recommend or seek out.

[Updated Aug. 10 2014]

Another 500 mL can. If a beer is affordable and not very difficult to find, I like to give it at least two or three shots before I decide to completely give up on it (or not). Kaiser Beer is at that point... sure it's cheap, but it also has that green apple flavour unique to cheap lagers, which I happen to not really enjoy very much. Bottom tier as far as imported lagers go - stick with Gosser or Stiegl if you want to try a good Austrian lager.

Final Grade: 2.9, a C grade.

Sep 27, 2011
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Berecki from Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Directly from a can, accompanying home-BBQed sausages and meat-dumplings ("čevapčići").

Appearance is average, presenting as a clear, light-golden yellow lager with small crispy head,

Smelling on sweet-sour malts, dull hops, some fruits.

Tastes like an average pale lager with no specific deviations; almost dully seet, but solidly crisp when chilled.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and refreshing but easily forgetable, with nothing characteristic to be remembered for.

Overall, it's a typical confection-made lager. Good enough to quench a thirst after a meat meal.

Aug 19, 2011
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djura from Serbia

2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold, four finger head of moderate thickness,nice color.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grass and grain with small hints of hops and malts.
T: Pretty average, getting the malt upfront, then finishes with light hops. Pretty balanced. Nothing crazy, just pils.
M thin, carbonation is low.

May 15, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, skunk, corn, dough

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with malts and some cooked corn. There are also some very light hops and a bit of a honey or corn syrup like sweetness. It finishes with a grainy yet slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Lots of Adjunct qualities in this beer. You could drink far worse for sure but this still stands out as a unremarkable beer. I wouldn’t buy this beer again.

May 11, 2011
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bryehn from Canada (ON)

2.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ascorbic acid listed on the contents. Ok, sure.

Pours a typical clear golden colour, but it had a surprisingly frothy head on it like an English ale. Settled as a collar while leaving light lace.

Also typical is the sugary sweet, corn syrup aroma with a grainy background. Definitely fresh-smelling and not skunky, but nothing to stand out at all.

Tastes slightly sweet, like a corn malt. Toasted grain character to it, maybe wheat. Goes dry quickly.

Medium-bodied with a light carbonation. Bitter-ish bite at the front of the tongue and slightly yeasty on the tongue evoking a creaminess. Odd sourness on the finish.

Wasn't bad once I got into it, but smelled and tasted like a random lower-middle end Euro lager at first.

May 02, 2011
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RyanBelle from Canada (ON)

2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The thick and slow-dissipating white head tastes like a dirty copper penny. The hops are far too strong and account for about 70% of the beer's "taste" on my palatte. The drinkability is not there for this one. It's bitter and tastes very unbalanced, even out of the can (in a glass). The color is not very clear for a Euro PALE Lager. Correct me, but I believe it's supposed to be virtually transparent in this style, not murky as such (opaque). I do NOT recommend this beer. It's flavorful, but not balanced and that is truly where it strikes out for me.

Apr 09, 2011
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scratman from Japan

3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice color and good clear appearance.
Smell not exceptional but pleasant

Taste not deep but refreshing.
Carbonation good, lasting well.
Would be good to
complement a meal.

Not a great character, easy to drink, then forgotten

However, I would choose this over other commercially produced beers in Europe like H...n or C...G

Feb 22, 2011
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kwjd from Canada (ON)

3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow colour with thick white head and some mild lacing around the glass. Smells of mild grassy hops with some bready malts. Flavour has mild bitterness and some sweetness. A typical Euro lager flavour. Nice carbonation. Easy to drink and not a bad price so I'd be willing to get this again if I felt like an easy drinking lager.

Oct 23, 2010
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soju6 from Missouri

3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stranded in Germany due to the volcano in Iceland. Darn the luck. Went to Salzburg for a couple of days. Had this beer served with lunch.

Beer was served had a golden color with a decent head and decent carbonation. The smell was a bit bland with a hint of grain, nothing bad. The taste was slightly sweet and non offensive. The feel was light and went down pretty easy. The beer went well with the meal, very non offensive. Drinkable but I expected something more German.

Apr 20, 2010
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sunrisesolara from Austria

3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L emptied into a pilsener.

A: Pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger head which quickly receeds to a trace. Lacing is sparse.

S: Average at best, with a hint of earthy hops.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

T: Underwhelming, nothing special here, just a standard Märzen. Saaz hops at the fore with middling barley malt rounding out the experience. Hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

D: Nothing hateful here, but there are much better alternatives from Austria.

Jan 27, 2010
Kaiser from Brau Union Österreich
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 91 ratings