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European Pale Lager
Ranked #364
Ranked #48,101
2.87 | pDev: 20.56%
Royal Unibrew A/S
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Notes: Formerly called Faxe Premium Danish Lager
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Reviews by arkanu:
Photo of arkanu
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a huge-ass 1 liter can.
Features a pure white head sitting atop clear golden-yellow liquid. Gentle carbonation. Pleasant nose with aromas of grassy and lemony maltiness, sharp hoppiness. The taste is bittersweet with a great balance malt-to-hop, and a nice long bright hop finish with just a slight adjunct note...but not strong enough to distract from the enjoyability.

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Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavorful Lager from Denmark. Worthy of an above average rating for a lager. Tasty and refreshing, with no objectionable after tastes or smells. If your belly (or wife) permits, you can easily drink massive quantities of this.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From a one-liter can, this is a decent and drinkable lager. It presents a nice floral hop aroma and a restrained but genuinely pleasant malt backdrop. It's a clear, golden-yellow color, and the head is tall and firm. The beer is clean and straightforward. It's also satisfying, which is a lot more than can be said for other european lagers. The finish has a little hop bitterness, but could have carried a little more flavor. It's an okay brew...also, the can is perfect for a one liter mug.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clean, well-brewed, Euro lager. Nice golden color. Average head retention. Floral and herbal hops in the nose with a touch of grainy malt. Nice, lightly sweet, just slightly tart malt base (because of pH from yeast and fermentation - not infection). Solid bitterness. Really nice balance. Clean, drinkable, refreshing. And, OK, the big-assed can is kind of cool!

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Photo of Shiloh
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stately appearance when first poured with a nice foaming head of glory....which quickly disappears to nothing...no trace of lace to be found. Hops are prominent to a slight degree.
Everything about this lager is average and I can appreciate that.

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Photo of Sheldon
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one liter Christams present gave me a reason to breakout the Oktoberfest mug. From the big white can came a clear deep golden colored beer with a white fizzy head containing large bubbles that died before I got to gulp number three. Not even a faint trace of lace was seen.

The smell and taste are both a bit malty and hoppy with a grassy backdrop, the malt is strongest. The mouthfeel is crisp, the carbonation is low and the body is somewhat weak.

In the drinkability category, Faxe is a beer that goes down fairly easy with not much of an aftertaste. Overall I would have to judge this as bordering on bland, however leaning toward its flavorful side.

I found this beer about average, maybe a little higher than average for a lager. I believe a lover of Coors, Miller or Bud would adore this beer. I am not a huge fan of lager but I will probably pull one from the fridge and have a big cold one following a hot day under the summer sun.

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Photo of SaunaKing
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden colour to this beer, with a frothy head that quickly finishes up as film on the beer with a bit of lacing.
A malty smell without any trace of hop bitterness. A very bland taste and relatively low in carbonation for a lager. The taste is also a little too sweet. Below average.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.47/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Euro Pale. Pours out to a medium golden orange color with a short livedwhite foam head. No lace. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation. Aromas of buttery malts and sweet fermented grain dominate, with traces of biscuits and yeast. Taste is enjoyable; mildy buttery malts, raw grain, sweet bread and light rye, with a touch of light smoke. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a touch of bubbliness on the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd have this again. Worth a try.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Utterly unremarkable. Brown 33cl bottle with a red, blue and gold label with nothing but lettering. Ingredients include "glucose." Best before 5/7/04, I opened it on 1/9/04.

Poured a clear greenish gold under a thin one-finger white head that faded faster than water freezes in Moscow in early January. There's a bit of malt in the nose, plus a touch of sweet fruitiness. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste? Well, there isn't much. A bit like rusty pipes, with a note of sweet malt. There's a touch of hops in the finish, but hardly worth noting. This isn't a drain pour, but it sure won't be followed by another of its ilk.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a 500ml can with a freshness date stamped on the bottom. Pours out a nice clear golden hue, with a bit of a head that immediately fizzles out like a spent firecracker. Not much of a nose to detect. Taste is of grainy sweet malt, hops are oh so faint, as if they're hiding. It goes down smooth though. An uninspiring lager, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a bright golden color lager with a medium lightly foamy white head with better then average retention. Aroma of light floral malt is quite evident. Taste is refreshing with a nice dose of malt but sadly lacking hops resulting in a thin watery finish. Overall, this is just a slightly above average premium lager.

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Photo of EPseja
1.77/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served this one from a big, manly 1L can in a pilsener glass at just above fridge temperature. Freshness date of 12-10-2006.

A - Pours just like a Budweiser in color (pale straw yellow), but with a huge, monster fluffy head. Soapy and frothy looking with medium bubbles. Creamy on top. The dude on the can looks like my friend Mark with a set of horns on his head. Sweet! Good looking EPL.

S - Odd sweetness - flowery or fruity and candy-like. Metallic notes are evident. Moist, wood-paneling... Old antique shop... Grandma's dishsoap... Nag Champa incense? What the heck? Strange at best. But I like strange and interesting, thus the reason it's not a 1.

T - Mothballs. Holy crap. Sweet, adjunct-laden liquid mothballs. Naphthalene. Craptacular. Can't taste much else. I'm stunned.

M - Mouthfeel is decent - moderately carbonated and mouthfilling. Quick, fresh swallow.

D - Looks good. Feels good. But I can't get past the taste. The remainder of this beer wound up in a pile of gravel as soon as I got through the rating. I give it 1/2 point extra for luring me into tasting it.

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Photo of yelterdow
1.55/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Best by 12/10/06... from a 1 liter can, served at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color, like Bud... great head, condensing to a soapy crown.

Smell- Hmmm.... what the hell is this aroma I'm getting? Old wood paneled walls... moldy carpet... stale basement... frigging MOTHBALLS... if I never smell a beer like this again, it will be too soon. Stomach-wrenching awful.

Taste- This is cloying beyond words... adjuncts galore... like a really bad malt liquor. Horrifically sweet, I can barely get it down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Surprisingly good texture, but to no avail... this beer can not be saved from the depths of my kitchen sink's drain. The most offensive beer I have yet to review.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mellow gold with a rocky medium head and sporadic lacing. The aroma is weak with feeble malt and hops and minerals. The taste is inoffensive with some saaz hop flavor. There’s also grains and some hints of DMS. Bitterness builds in the finish, a little more of it than the average Euro Lager. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated.

This is worth a try if you like Euro Lagers, otherwise it doesn’t offer much. Too watery and DMS is present.

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Photo of RichThatchr
1.66/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was looking for something different in the cooler at the deli when I spied this and took it home. It poured well to a big head with tons of little bubbles, like champagne, and I eagerly was anticipating a big tasting lager.

The that was the good news.

The beer was thin, watery, with a touch of bitter hops. I let it warm up to see if anything transpired: nothing.

Needless to say, I up ended the huge can into the sink and looked for something else in the fridge.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I CAN't believe how many different beers they have available up here in CANada! I CAN barely keep up.

My pour formed a finger's worth of bubbly bone-white head with low retention. The nose had the ever-present lager-sweetness, leaving no doubt as to what I was drinking. The color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a slightly metallic taste on the tongue. The finish had a lager sweetness, but I still caught that metallic taste on the extreme finish. Oof.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/gold, fluffy white head forms, laces well and has good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, citrus, some floral hops, quite pleasant. Taste is sweet and malty, lots of citrus and floral, mild bitterness in the fnish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Not bad at all.

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

Faxe Lager....monster can

Appearance-pale golden color, heavy fizzy head, perhaps a little over active, but it looks alright.

Smell-grainy, alcohol appears as well, light malt and hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel- light, some hops, alcohol again, smooth taste but not that much there.

Drinkability-easy drinking but very light.

Overall-not great, not terrible, wouldn't go out of my way to get it but wouldn't refuse.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml Can poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a 3/4 inch bubbly frothy head that subsides to a strange uneven splotchy lace and sticks around until the bottom of the glass. Very low carbonation evident. Very faint corn adjunct odour, but mostly clean, with a apple juice sweetness and floral hops in the nose.

Taste is not unpleasant, the same juicy sweetness is in evidence, apples, pears. Slightly nutty malt backbone with a citric acidity. Nothing mindblowing here, mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but isn't overcarbonated. Nice alcohol warmth on the way down, but the thinner body really makes this a chugger. I guess if I had a lawn I'd call this a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of BDTyre
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge lager fan, but gave this a try anyway (funny story about how I got it...but that's not for here)

Decent lager. Nice gold colour. Not much head, but whatever. Smell is skunky hops and corn mash. Not as strong as other lagers. Taste is corn, hops and faint traces of malt, with fruity hints in it. A decent lager taste, on par with my other favours, Tusker and Red Stripe. A little more bland than Red Stripe, perhaps.

A bit fizzy going down, but I find most lagers are. Easy to drink, a good session beer. Best served cold.

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Photo of plaid75
2.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a faint grainy malt and a light balancing noble hop.

The taste consisted of a light grain with a an astringent bitterness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall an unimpressive Euro Lager. Many better out there. The one liter can was pretty cool though.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a liter sized can... gotta at least give it a try.
Probably a little bit better than your average 40 ounce. Looks average, smells average (with a bit of fermented odor in there).
Taste and mouthfeel are pretty watery. A mild bitterness without any hops bite... making it more like a Helles than a Pils, maybe.
Unexciting, uninteresting... just big and kinda cheap. Frat boys are likely to be all over this stuff.

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Photo of Bestuurder
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager from Denmark poured a beautiful golden yellow, with a very white and very descent head; probably one of the best heads I have seen from a European lager. The beer was from a 50cl can, bought at the LCBO, just like the picture above.

With a slightly sweet smell to this lager, there is no doubt the main hop is a Cascade. The malting isn't that great, slightly off-balanced from the first smelling, but kind nevertheless.

Taste was keep with this lager, its not like you can compare this to a Schiehallion by Harviestoun, but pleasant in taste, regardless. The brew has a definite maltiness to it, well hopped, but still overpowering in hops to malt due to an imbalance in ingredient choices.

With a fairly pleasant mouthfeel, I would certainly enjoy this lager on a warm evening with a main course of Haddock and Chicken next to the Barbee.

Fairly easy to drink to the lightness fo the brew, but still slightly overcarbonated for my taste. You could easily polish off three or four of these, before it begins to burn the back of your throat.

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