Kaiser | Brau Union Österreich AG

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Brau Union Österreich AG

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by elmocoso on 03-22-2003

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by soju6:
Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I was loading this one into the fridge, it caught a sharp edge and the can started to leak - guess I'll drink this one now!

Pours a medium golden, about an inch of fluffy head. A few flecks of lacing, the head only survives as a thin ring. Not bad.

Typical Euro smell - light hops, flowers, honey, slight tinniness.

The taste isn't that bad, it's just not very exciting. A bit on the sweeter side, get a touch of hops near the finish and that floral/honey combination, but very little else.

Fizzy and thin, nothing to complain about for the style.

I don't find this brew as bad as some of the other BA's, but it certainly is your standard Euro lager fare. Not much going on here, but I found it surprisingly drinkable. Won't be my summer stand-to, but the price was certainly reasonable and under $2 a can.

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Photo of Robertas
3.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of lelepat
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Juiposa
2.89/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveBar
2.01/5  rDev -28%
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


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Photo of Cybr
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml can into a pils glass. Can had an expiration date of 07/2008 on the bottom. Brew had a clear golden yellow color topped with a fluffy snow white head that fizzled down to nothing and left zero lace. Sparse carbonation lazily floated to the surface.
Nose was all-malt; slightly bready and with a smidge of cut hay. Very low hops profile in the aroma.
Ditto the balance in the taste. Rather dusty malt bill with a corresponding sweet yeastiness. Hops were a vague afterthought at the back of the tongue and only became noticeable after I was nearly halfway through the glass. Feel was a tad thin with a hint of graininess or grit.
Considering the style, I'd say Kaiser Bier is pretty much on the mark. That said, this isn't a style I'm overly impressed with. Not a beer I'd go out of my way to seek out.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of Antilochus
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

5.00% abv, 500mL. Poured into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Straw body, big white head that goes to just a cloud. Syrupy looking.. bleh

Aromas of banana, bready malt, lightly hopped. Booze. Cookie dough. Metal, soap. Cooked vegetable, grain husk.

Low-medium carbonation. Light malt, soap on the palate. A little spice. Loads of residual sugar and some pungent maltiness. Finish is a little odd tasting, too grainy and one dimensional, medium length finish. Now I know what it is. Popcorn and butter.

I wouldn't reach for another if someone paid me.

To the LCBO - WHY? There is a whole world of fantastic beer and all we have is yet another poor-mediocre EPL on the shelf.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Still more of the same. Another Pale Euro Lager, another 500ml can, another LCBO mix-and-match 8-pack. Here we go:

Pours a cloudy straw yellow (chill-haze), with slightly visible effervescence. Capped by two fingers of energetic head, which recedes to about a half a finger, and then a quarter, and then a few rings. Substantial lacing, however.

Smell is unusual, and not so hot. Pretty neutral, with maybe hints of grain (horse feed?), and some grassy/floral hops. Faintly bready malt. Almost a fuesal alcohol note in the background. Weak and bland.

Taste is more of the same. Bland, not not American macro bland, because there's at least some hop flavour. Grassy/floral, but almost in a skunked way. Weak malt. Acidic, very faint malt. Dry and bitter. Astringent. I haven't had many Austrian brews, but this disappointing flavour seems to be a trend.

Mouthfeel is astringent, and it's slightly overcarbonated. Body, however, isn't so bad. Drinkability is low--between the astringency, the bitterness, and the notes of fuesal alcohol, there's very little that I'd like less.


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Photo of thommo_nk
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of jooj8
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FRANKIE65
2.93/5  rDev +5%
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".

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Photo of ludachris
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden colour with a nice two finger rocky white head that had decent retention. This is definately the best thing about this beer. Smell is very bland, I can actually smell the tin from the can. Taste is the same; bland. Mild hops and grass, but the tin flavour outweighs these both. Tastes a lot like an american macro lager. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinakbiloty decent, since its what sells these kinds of beers. Overall, nothing really special about this beer. It looked pretty good with that head on it but everything went downhill from there. I dont think I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance - medium-pale yellow with short, foamy head. Plenty of carbonation. Notable lacing.

Smell - crisp aromas of grass and hay, some corn smells beneath the main malty scent.

Taste - neutral beginning gives way to a tinny corn taste (cooked vegetable) and then thin hop extract taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty active brew, a tinny feeling and a wet finish. Not a real pleasure.

Drinkability - there are definitely worse products than this, but I'd pass on having it again.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dalessjo
3.89/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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