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Faxe Amber | Royal Unibrew A/S

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Royal Unibrew A/S
Denmark
royalunibrew.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Popsinc on 08-06-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
86
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
25.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 86
Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Random 500 mL can picked up from the LCBO; this can claims 5% abv instead of the 4.6% seen here. A vigorous pour reveals an attractive translucent light copper coloured brew topped with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. A soapy, off-white film is left behind on top, as well as a creamy collar around the edge. The smell is very faint and not all that interesting; mostly malty, caramel and biscuits; pretty typical amber lager fare.

Taste is quite approachable - lightly roasted biscuit malts, caramel and grains. There is some underlying and residual bitterness but sweet malts are the dominant flavour, which seems to be the case with this style of lager. Fairly light-bodied and watery, with moderate carbonation, just enough to make it a bit crisp. Quite refreshing for a brew that leans toward the sweet side.

Drinkable, but nothing that special. I may get it again; it's reasonably tasty and quite different from standard macro fare. A good alternative to Sleeman Honey Brown, without the honey part - if you're a fan of that beer but want to try something less sweet, you'll probably enjoy this. Nothing exciting, but nothing offensive either.

[Updated Feb. 23 2014]

Another can, this time compared side-by-side with some other amber lagers (Creemore Springs, Barking Squirrel and Sleeman Honey Brown). Not really anything new to report about this one - it's definitely one of the weaker offerings in that quartet, with an annoying caramel/corn syrup vibe that the other three beers lack. Thankfully, this beer is fairly watery and none of the flavours are particularly strong, or lingering. Given the price (basically 2 bucks a can) I really can't complain about this one - it's both drinkable and tolerable; better than some macro ambers but not at all comparable to most craft examples.

Final Grade: 3.15, a C+.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours, what else...amber in colour with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smell: very mild nose. little is detectable. very light fruity-sweetness and malty undertones.

Taste: subtle off the top and then a light maltiness sneaks up on your tongue and slowly turns to a caramel-fudge-sweet finish. not much complexity here. a one-dimensional beer.

Mouthfeel: towards the flat side. some fuzzy dryness in the middle but a body of little distinction.

Drinkability: a below average amber. extremely light in all aspects. i would pretty much never buy this brew again.

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Photo of DeanBB
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Skav
2.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light taste but nice colour

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After a disastrous tasting of their Strong Beer, I figured this one could only be an improvement. Well...

Poured into a lager glass. A fine amber hue with a thin white head that dissolved completely. No ring, no lacing.

Nose is pretty forgettable: malts, a hint of sweetness, tin.

It actually doesn't taste bad. It's boring, but I can drink it. Pale malts, a bit of sweetness and spice near the end. Generally, the finish is pretty weak and the whole thing is pretty dull. Spritzy, even carbonation.

This will probably be my last Faxe brew. Pretty disappointed with both offerings, although this one was admittedly more drinkable.

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Photo of andrewdanks
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Swedes21
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass...

Appearance - i would have to say a beautiful deep copper colour, head dissolved fairly quickly to a minimal layer of head. The carbonation quickly disappeared and you saw the odd little floaters coming up.

Smell - I am saying there is a hint of sweet in the aroma and a touch of toasty malt.

Taste - Not a bad tasting beer, goes down smooth with a little after taste that leaves a distinct malt taste.

Mouthfeel - very lights mouth feel and even goes down a little smoother after "wandering the mouth" for a few seconds. Carbonation was very even and the beer almost comes to life.

Drinkability - I found this beer became more pleasurable as i drank more and more sips. Was a decent tasting beer and the taste became very pleasant after the first few mouthfuls. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a nice looking beer with a decent taste.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of biboergosum
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can - always, er, 'nice', when they specify that they've used corn in the malt bill, right there on the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of just-uncovered lost desert city lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, overripe red apples, corn cakes, and very plain leafy, musty, and dead grassy hop bitters. The taste is grainy and corny malt (not particularly caramelized), muddled pome fruity esters, a bit of wayward son yeast, and more very underwhelming leafy, weedy, and blandly floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty inert, barely manifesting in a wan and put-upon frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, a growing pithiness not serving us well here. It finishes well off-dry, the mixed malt still not trying all that hard to do us any favours.

Yeah, another bland amber lager, this time of European extraction, that mimics that typical shit that we see across the North American beer plain - somewhat sweet, but from inferior ingredients, which eventually just make you want to scrape your tongue, and reset your better beer senses. Nope.

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Photo of mintjellie
1.41/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper. Quarter-inch pale beige head is gone as soon as it arrives. No lace. Aroma is faint, giving notes of toast and diacetyl. Insipidly malty with a gentle bready note, followed by buttery and metallic notes. Mildly bitter finish. Light-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Thin but slightly slick mouthfeel. Swill.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faxe Amber pours a crystal clear deep amber body beneath a short head of off-white. The head retention is fair and the lacing is limited. The nose offers a light bit of grainy malt and some very mild grassy hops. It's crisp across the palate with a medium-light body and gently effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation. The suggestion of caramel malts appears in the flavor, but they're not distinct. Some hops do appear however, herbal and spicy against the delicately grainy malt. A bold bitterness backs it, and it finishes dry and refreshing. Overall, very basic but well made.

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Photo of Memphis
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can: Poured a clear and light amber color beer with a big white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of nutty malt is the only noticeable thing. Taste of lightly sweet nutty malt with a clear finish which very little or no hops included in this beer. Overall, this is a bland and boring but refreshing Vienna.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dbaker61
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice coppery amber color. Poured with about two fingers of dense foam. Settled within a minute to a cap-and-ring; left small bits of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma to detect. Slight hoppiness in the nose.

Taste: A timid amount of bitterness, not much contribution from malts.

Mouthfeel: Feels pretty light in the mouth. Not too much carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Quite drinkable, but not remarkable. No glaring problems, but a little boring.

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Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well who would have thought, I found a drinkable product from the Faxe brewery here. Came in a 500 ml burgundy coloured can, best before date stamped on the bottom--this appears to be some pretty fresh stuff. Pours out a light clear golden amber tone, nice frothy off-white head in the first minute or so. Smell contains grassy hops, a bit of metallic grain. Flavour is somewhat watered down, some sweetness at first but very subdued, carried over to a mild grainy middle, and ends on a mild hoppy note, with a faint astringent aftertaste, faintly herbal. Mouthfeel lacks carbonation but gets fuller as it passes along the palate, although even then the body is light. For a Faxe beer this is actually drinkable, I'm impressed that I don't have to pour the rest of it out. But in comparison to everything else sitting around it on the shelf of your beer haunt of choice/necessity it's pretty much a pass. A very one-dimensional amber lager at best.

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Photo of PLANETBUSTERRAVE
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Vikings are awesome, they plunder and pillage to their hearts content, the one on this can seems happy. Although i think if he tried this beer he'd be crying on the inside. This one poured a clear light brown with lots of carbonation, a fairly thick head that dissipated moderately slow to a good lacing then nothing. There was almost no scent I only detected a tiny bit of malt. Faintly hoppy and malty definitely watery with no strong taste, the feel of this one is clean but thin and watery. For the lands that brought us Vikings this one isn't good you would think it would be but it is not. At least the can is cool!

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Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Antilochus
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.00% abv, 500mL can. This has been in my beer fridge since September 07, it was time to end it. Poured into a Leffe goblet.

Appearance is dark and caramelly (perhaps too caramelly...), weak bubbly head leaves pockmarked sheet.

Nose is floral hop, metal, maybe light graininess. Brown sugar. It is fairly indistinct.

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation too.

Palate has some booziness to it, citrus, toasted malt. Kind of Newcastle-ish with loads of residual sugar/caramel - perhaps from the corn? Way too much alcohol for a 5% brew. A bit of a fruity finish, short though.

A decent beer, nothing spectacular and certainly nothing I'd try again.

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Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the burgundy can has a gold and green label featuring a coat of arms based on the Danish flag underneath the name. The Russian import label identifies only purity law ingredients. Best before 9/1/06, I opened it on 3/26/06.

Pours an orangish pink under a slightly off-white one finger head that actually manages to linger fairly well and maintains a large collar and a few strands of lace. The nose is strong and sweet, mainly of plum or grape. The mouth is very light and quite prickly. The taste is a real let down, as there isn't much here at first. As it warms, it becomes harsher, with metallic hops coming on strong. The appearance and nose are misleading, as the brew is ultimately quite unsatisfying.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and caramel. There is also a fair amount of hops and a bit of a pear sweetness. The beer finishes with a caramel/malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. That's not saying it's anything spectacular, but it's not offensive and is quite drinkable. It actually reminded me a bit of a toned down English IPA. It would work well as a session beer.

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Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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