Faxe Amber | Royal Unibrew A/S

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Popsinc on 08-06-2003

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Ratings:
87
Reviews:
53
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
19.71%
 
 
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 53
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 fairly 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 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 LXIXME
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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 dcmchew
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

5% abv, half liter can.
Pours orange amber, lots of fizzy strings, one finger head that sticks around and also nicely on my plastic glass.
Smell of sweet malts, corn, low caramel, bit of honey and faint grassy hops.
Taste follows the smell entirely, with an extra apple and pear fruitiness, but also a bad funky note to it, especially reflected in the bitterness from the finish and the lingering weird malts.
Watery, fizzy, a tiny bit boozy, which is weird for its relatively low abv.
Lots of off notes here, i'll probably avoid it anytime i'll be in the mood for a lager, amber or any other kind.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like we have a reject Pennzoil can here that was painted over.

Pours nicely actually with a pillowy creme head and a clear amber color. Flavor is bitter and eck with a metallic tone and nothing positive going on for it. Feel is decent, but who cares. This is a pretty lame beer. Thankfully it has the novelty of coming in a massive can, so at least people will but it.

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

Photo of biegaman
2.97/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Going strictly on looks, I'd say that Faxe Amber suits the part reasonably well. Its body is a fairly rich shade of toffee, a vintage brown tone that is lightened and made especially attractive because of its immaculate clarity. Despite an impressive showing off the pour, its head turns out to be rather diminutive and leaves no lasting lace.

The aroma, I'm pleasantly surprised to say, is not only approachable in its own right but might actually make a half-way admissible bouquet for a Vienna lager. Notably sweet, the beer smells of biscuity, moderately toasted malt and buttery toffee and has the light fruity esters of an ale yeast. There's more character than I was expecting.

How much of the caramel and fruity esters was intentional and how much of it was merely the by-products of cheap ingredients or a hurried brewing process I remain unsure. The flavour offers no insights - it is completely neutral. Gone is any flavour of toasted malts or even that buttery toffee that I thought might be diacetyl. There's nothing left!?

Nothing good nor bad. Apart from an additional caramelly sweetness and slight, slight toastiness there's nothing distinguishing about the mouthfeel either. This is more a huge relief than minor disappointment, especially considering the brewery is honest enough to list corn as an ingredient right there on the can. Neutral is better than nauseating.

This could easily pass as a decent amber lager and the average palate is likely to see it as being just that. While I appreciate the aroma and flavour, it doesn't drink with the right feel that it should; despite the caramelly flavour there is not a trace of hop bitterness nor toasty, grainy maltiness - the telling signs of a pure, honest, well crafted beer.

Faxe Amber exceeded my expectations (which, by admission, were quite low given that I've found all of this brewery's other offerings rather disagreeable) despite that it failed at being all that desirable. It isn't something I see myself drinking again, but it's not anything I mind finishing now that I've already started drinking it this time.

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Photo of Derek
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

5% abv.

A: Clear, bronze/amber with an off-white head. Some retention & lace. Not very 'dark' at all... I'd call it a Euro Pale Lager.

S: Toffee & caramel sweetness with a little floral & grassy hops.

T: Neutral (fairly plain with a slightly sweet balance); unoffensive. Caramel & toffee with mild hop flavours (floral, grassy, metallic & citrus). Hints of buttery popcorn come through as it warms.

M: Moderate body is slightly dry. Carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Should appeal to the masses.

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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 Suds
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At one liter, this was hands down the biggest beer can I’ve every had. The brew pours a light and clear amber, with a soapy head. The aroma is primarily caramel and malt, with very little hop presence. The taste is a little hollow, with a touch of sweetness in the foretaste. There’s a little caramel and toastiness, but their qualities are restrained to the point of disinterest. It’s a light and almost watery brew, with very little to make you pay attention. The finish has just enough hops to provide a little balance, and the brew could stand to have a lot more bitterness. Fairly low carbonation makes this one very easy to quaff, it’s just not very flavorful. Not offensive, but certainly not exciting.

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Photo of Viggo
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear amber/orange/brown, small white head forms, no lace. Smell is clean and malty, little bit of citrus hop aroma near the end. Taste is pretty malty, honey sweetness, grassy bitter finish. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, not a bad beer, the cheapness overtakes crapness.

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Photo of shigg85
3.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FLima
2.62/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Darker amber color with a thin off-white head with short retention.
Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, mild corn syrup and bread and butter.
Likewise, flavor with notes of toasted malts, caramels, just a bit of herbal and floral hops, metal and very mild cardboard.
Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Evaluation is rather relative, it depends what you compare this to, to a Dark Adjunct Lager (or International Amber Lager) or to a Vienna Lager. If you compare this to the former, this ship will float but it will sure sink if to the later. I looked into that as a half cup full, this is an interesting alternative to Pale Adjunct Lagers. Not overly sweet, easy to drink, no sharp off-flavor and with a perceivable toasted touch.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe the best Oktoberfest in a can. (Seriously this tastes just like an OK fest). Nice dark tan colour with decent head and a caramel nose ( more malt than hops) The flavours are full and slightly sweet with a solid finish. Considering the $2 a tall can this is a solid beer in a style not often seen in a can.

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Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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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Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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

500 ml can (same as pictured), best before date stamped on the bottom. Pours out a light brown / amber color. Nice white head right after the pour, then settled down to a thin cap covering that lasted the whole glass. Not alot of smell, some aroma of grass or grain and tiny bit of hops. Flavour has some sweetness in the middle and a very mild hoppy finish. Taste is OK, but if if you are expecting a full flavor, it will seem a touch watered down. Not alot of carbonation giving a smooth mouthfeel rather than a crisp tingle. An average amber ale, drinkable but nothing special. For the higher import price I will probably pass next time.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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 Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of TerryW
2.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Comes across like macro pap. Boring.

Pours clear amber orange. Head dissipates immediately. No lace. Looks like a zillion other beers.

Weak aroma and equally weak taste. Kind of carmel sugary. Tastes like some corn in there. Way light.

Did I mention this was boring?

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Electros
3.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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