Faxe Amber | Royal Unibrew A/S

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Royal Unibrew A/S
Denmark | website

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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53
Ratings:
86
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
25.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 86
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 caminiti
1.17/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Worst beer ever.
seriously.
Taking into account style, taste, etc. worst beer ever.
Purchased the can more as a novelty because of its size, it was the only cold beer I had in the house last night, settling into an SNL rerun, looking forward to anything, and I had to pour this down the sink after my second taste.. Maybe I thought the first taste was just me, and maybe it was. If you like terrible beer, with a hint of turpintine, this may be the beer for you, otherwise avoid at all costs.

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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 BeaBeerWife
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Smells like metal. Head says HI and then BYE BYE quickly. Let the beer linger in your mouth too long, and you will get a good taste of how unpleasant the mouthfeel is. Those drinking this as a cold lager won't even notice it's mouth polluting attributes.

My favorite part of the beer is that Ingredients are listed on the can, "Water, Barley Malt, Hops..., and Maize"

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Photo of AltBock
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It came in another massive 1 Liter can. The can was the same size as the regular Faxe I had, but the can had a few other differences. It still had the grinning Viking on the front, refund values on top of the can, US Government warning, US distributor, the Polish distributor, and the ingredients. The differences were that the can was now a copper/amber color, the word "Amber" in front of everything, the word "beer" in 5 different languages, 5.0% ABV in 5 different languages, and a production/best before date of 28 08 2006/28 12 2007 stamped at the bottom of the can. I liked how they had some kind of date stamped onto the can somewhere. The regular Faxe just had some kind of weird number that nobody could decifer.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, Faxe amber was actually some kind of an amber color. It was a light watered down amber color with a tint of yellow to it, but at least they weren't lying about the color. It started off with a nice 1 to 1 1/2 inch head of white pillow foam, but that quickly disappeard and transformed into some white bubbly rings and a few streaks of white spots around the glass.

Smell: When I first smelled the beer, I noticed it had a nice caramel herbal hops aroma to it. It's too bad that aroma didn't stick around. After that, it quickly changed to a combo of fruits, malted corn and barley, and rust. Where did that first aroma go to? I would have like that to be the only aroma, compared to the second aroma this beer had. Just when I thought the beer's aroma couldn't change again, it did. This time a pure sweetness aroma emerged and completely covered up the second aroma. Where did that come from? I've never had a beer where the aroma changes every 10 seconds. The aroma didn't get better, it just got worse. It was nothing but down hill after the caramel and hops were covered up.

Taste: On the initial taste, I could taste some caramel, roasted malt, a pinch of malted corn and rice, and a few hops. But just like the smell, it quickly turned on me from good to bad. It went from the decent initial taste that I didn't mind so much to a bad taste of just watered down malted barley and corn standing in front of sweet background. What's up with that? This beer couldn't make up it's mind on what it wanted to smell and taste like.

Mouthfeel: This is one aspect of this beer that didn't jump around like a frog on a freeway, it was consistent. Not a good consistent quality, but at least it stayed in one place. It was just a light beer with a aftertaste of pure sweetness. No hops, malt, or corn, just sweetness. I was hoping that the aftertaste would change, but it didn't.

Drinkability: I've never had a beer that was a constant temperature the whole time and the smell and taste change every 10 seconds. I had no idea that one could do that, but Faxe somehow did. My mind is not going to be like this beer, it's made up about having another Faxe product, never again! After all the changing, I'm surprized the beer's color didn't change at the end.

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Photo of kwakwhore
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can light amber with an off white head which hung around for just a bit. Hard to smell much of anything in this beer but there were some nondescript malt and hop aromas. Taste was understated as well. A bit of bread malt and mild hop bitterness almost convinced me that this was beer, but not quite. Pretty bland for sure, certainly nothing objectionable or difficult to swallow about this beer, just not that much in its favor either.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on July 25, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO store. It poured a beautiful translucent coppery-red colour into the glass with a generous head that left absolutely no lacing. The aroma is that of burnt malt. The mouthfeel is slimy with some mild carbonation. The taste is malty with a strong bitterness towards the end

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

served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass.

A- nice amber/brown color, nice head disappears and leaves good lace.

S- sweet malts, floral hops.

T- sweet, malt extracts, caramel, hints of vanilla/toffee, little or no hop flavor.

M- smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- ok if you can stand the sweetness.

Overall alot of these brews from Denmark seem "rushed" . To many extracts if you ask me. worth a try.

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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 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 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 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 Frozensoul327
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly drinkable brew, albeit lackluster and uneventful. Pours out to an amber orange color with a smaller head of white foam that dissipated after the first few sips. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of caramel malts and flowery flour notes. Some grain elements. Taste is medium to medium-light bodied and mild; grains, caramel malts, some sweet fruit skin notes. Somewhat dry on the palate, this could quench a thirst if one was so inclined. Mouthfeel was otherwise uneventful, with little carbonation making its way to the palate. Drinkability is average. Worth trying. I bet this is better on tap.

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Photo of pootz
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1/2 liter Euro-can.

Poured a crystal clear very light amber-gold beer into my stem glass.2 finger chunky cap that reduces quickly to nothing...,NO lacing of the glass...assertive carbonation ( This is the tip off of a malt/dextrose extract syrup high gravity beer)

Aroma: light grains with a very light caramel sweetness soft, stale grassyness.

Weak malt spine, watery mouth feel. Light liquid body and semi-harsh character.

Starts with caramel sweetness with no detectable hop balance very watery...midway some stale hop additive is detected...fast finish.. sweet, some harshness in after taste...

..probably the least objectionable of the FAXE dextrose extract lagers but this type of high gravity extract-brewed beer always tastes lifeless, stale and too sweet to me. This is the type of crap Steelback makes on this side of the ocean...I see no need to import more from Denmark.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Canned sample. Light copper in colour with strong carbonation. Very sweet caramel malt aroma, along with a hit of sulfur. Cloyingly sweet flavors caramel and toffee with a bit of peppery hop on the finish. Surgary sweet without any interesting malt character to back things up. A poor effort, and barely drinkable.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In celebration of their 100th anniversary, the Danish brewery Royal Unibrew (formerly known as the Danish Brewery Group), introduced this amber beer in 2001.

Supposedly, the attractive amber colour of this beer is the result of a caramel-malt.

Well, the head was wispy despite being given plenty of room to grow in my wiezen glass. I thought the taste was pretty bland and, while it may go down well on a hot afternoon, it certainly isn't anything special.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass from the can and it presented itself a dark amber with a light but decent head. Smell is clean, barley malt and some hops with a slight metallic twang. This stuff doesn't taste too bad, a slight bitterness with a light malty aftertaste. Not offensive, not exaggerated, and fairly easy to drink.

This stuff really isn't all that bad.

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Photo of relapse
1.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I bought a can because the beer store was out of carlsberg. I was in the mood for a light, easy lager, so maybe that taints my expectations of this dark lager.

Pours out limply, like criminals surrendering from a bank after a five-day seige. Doesn't really fight, just pours and produces a quiet, small head.

The beer is amber and the head is white tinged with amber. Go figure.

Smells a lot better than it tastes. You smell some flour and hops, that nice fermented beer scent and envision a nice, gently bitter dark lager. You taste it and get something much more cruel. Maybe it's just the aluminum, but the bitterness is almost metallic, and leaves an 'aftersmell' as it travels back up the nasal cavity.

Difficult to drink, difficult to enjoy. Forget about it. Might be tolerable if it's found on tap.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color, not as dark as I expected. The sticky bubbly head quickly dissappears leaving no lace. The aroma is light, just a bit of malt, doughyness and hop spice. The taste is malty and with cookie dough and hay flavors. A minerally quality also abounds. The finish is very lightly bitter with some noble hops and corn. The mouthfeel is average in every way.

This is a little better than their premium lager. It has less flavor but also less DMS. Still, their are much more interesting Euro lagers available.

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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 slitherySOB
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Colour is a clear, copper/amber. Head pours out about a 1/4 inch thick and disipated to nothing but a thin film. Weak smell. Mainly of malts, grass, herbs and grain husks. Though, what I do smell is nice, it needs more strength. Tastes like a decent beer that has been watered down. Definite bready malts, grains, grassy and herbal flavours with some hop bitterness, but it's too subdued. Mouthfeel is watery. Drinkable? Yeah, I guess. It's alright. Not bad, but subpar okay.

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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 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 Shiloh
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew arrived a very deep amber in colour with a short crown and a high lace.
Carbonation is very light.
The body is a thin/medium light at best.
The taste is well balanced but lacking with a slight edge to the grains.
This expierience was disapointing...Not much here
Oddly, the thin taste has a slight linger to it.
Sad.

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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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