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Royal Unibrew A/S

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called Faxe Premium Danish Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.96/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear straw color, almost golden, with tons of activity. White 3 finger head lasting around 5 minutes with good legs.

Faint aromas and flavors of barley, corn, citrus, herbal spices. A sharp taste with an unpleasant artificial sugary feel. Slightly skunky and grassy with a wet cardboard feel.

Light body with average carbonation. Faint finish of moderate length ending with a grassy smoky herbal spicy saaz feel on the tongue.

Overall : Poor craft; lacking intensity and balance, missing some body and a little stale.

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Photo of mintjellie
1.58/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Deep gold colour, 1/2 inch fizzy white head disappears quickly. No lace. Mild, vaguely beery aroma hints at fresh baked bread lightly buttered. Sweet, malty flavour with notes of white bread and light diacetyl. Light hop bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied with light carbonation for the style. Slick mouthfeel. This would be decent if it weren't for the diacetyl fault. As it is, this is not good beer. Take a pass on it.

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Photo of aleigator
2.19/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

It comes in a 1 liter can, its gotta be good.

Sunny, yellow color, small head.

Subtle aromas of wheat and hay, nothing else.

Pleasant flavours of straw and wheat, light on the palate with white bread malt. Very cautious but recognizable hop bitterness, lemon peel, with a metallic touch, due to the high carbonation, which gets especially recognizable as it comes to the aftertaste. Between gentle wheat flavor and slight hop bitterness, there is a whole lot of nothing, watery middlepart, not much going on the palate. A bit too incommunicative overall, even for a light-bodied beer.

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Photo of Burgz
1.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

500 ml can with a production date stamp of September 9, 2014. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent gold with a small and quickly dissipating head. Smell is not very noteworthy. Tastes slightly malty but quite waterey and no remarkable taste at all. Reminds me of a corona or other similar lagers. The feel is quite carbonated and no real finish to speak of. Overall a fairly low quality lager in my opinion.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.86/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

"Faxe Premium." "Quality Lager Beer." 1 litre aluminum can acquired at a Lidl market in Berlin, Germany. 5% ABV confirmed per the label. Served into a pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Berlin. Expectations are low given the price and the serving size; in my experience good beers are not packaged in one liter cans. But I'm hopeful...

Served cold. Side-poured with below average vigor as overcarbonation is anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Overly fizzy. Terribly thin and weak. It's kind of a pathetic watery head, to be honest, and recedes fully within 1 minute, leaving no lacing. Bad overall, to be sure.

BODY: Dull weak pale copper. I wouldn't call it clean, but there's no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment. Not at all vibrant or fresh looking.

Overall, it's a pretty bad looking lager with no redeeming characteristics. I'm hesitant to try this. Still, I've seen far worse and it could look more watery.

AROMA: Metallic off-notes abound. I guess there're hints of overly sweet grains and some dirty stale barley, but that's about all I'm getting. No overt hop character, yeast, or alcohol here. Really bland and muted, yet what little is present is quite off-putting.

This is seeming more and more terrible.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Rough and scratchy on the palate. Unclean and metallic. Medium-bodied, with far too much weight and heft on the palate for a pale lager. Too thick for the lack of depth of flavour. Unrefreshing. Both the smoothness/coarseness and wetness/dryness are horribly horribly off. This is a terrible overall texture for a beer regardless of style. Poor presence on the palate. This mouthfeel complements the taste only in terms of matching its low quality.

TASTE: Yeah, that metallic twang is rough, and reminds me of Messrs Maguire's beers in Dublin. It lingers throughout the entirety of the flavour profile as an unwelcome guiding tone. The core of the beer is generic cheap barley and feels stale. The generic pilsner malts that fill it out don't help much. And the grains aren't too present, but do lend an adjunct-esque artificial sweetness that I find off-putting. This is not the fresh, crisp, evocative build of a great pale lager.

Don't look for hop character or yeast character here. It's not boozy, but the metallic tone is definitely an off-note.

Horribly shallow in terms of depth of flavour. Fortunately, flavour duration is below average. Flavour intensity is average.

It's cohesive only in its bad taste, and lacks a gestalt build or a good balance. It's a simple, boring, bland beer and yet more blandness would actually be an improvement on the poor flavours featured here. Lacks intricacy, subtlety, complexity, and nuance.

OVERALL: It's really just a poor overall brew, but I can see its market niche; street alcoholics and students will enjoy this cheap treat. In fairness, it would also make a marvelous cooking beer, and intend to simmer my bratwursts in what remains of the litre can shortly. It does hide its ABV decently and I have had worse. It's not undrinkable, but obviously I won't be drinking the entirety of the litre can. At least it isn't watery. It will likely meet your expectations when paying less than a dollar for the litre at the local market, which I guess is a good thing.


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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served cold into a pint glass. Purchased at LCBO for $2.10 CDN.

Appearance - Clear straw yellow / golden color. Quite a few effervescent bubbles rise to the surface. Small 3/4 finger of white head is poured and dissipates quickly leaving a wispy cap and some good but sparse lacing around the glass.

Smell - Slightly skunked beer with very minimal grassy aromas and a couple grainy notes. Really not much in the way of a nose at all. Nothing off-putting though.

Taste - Fairly bland EPL with slight graininess and a more bitter aftertaste than others in the style. Not a whole lot else other than "beer" flavor. Faint sweetness from corn perhaps after a couple of sips.

Mouthfeel - A touch gritty with a very dry finish and unappealing bitter and slightly metallic aftertaste. Medium high carbonation.

Overall - A passable EPL as it's not undrinkable, but there are many superior options in the style.

Edit February 25 2014- had this the other day and there was a sulphur quality to the smell and the flavour that was very unpleasant. Don't know if this was a bad can or not and will reserve judgement but if this is the case the smell and taste ratings should be dropped by about 0.5 as this seriously detracts from an otherwise average EPL.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden in appearance. Very typical of any mainstream lager. Nice one finger cap of foam. Retention and lacing were actually very good.

S: Somehow skunky hops come through even though its in a can. Perhaps light exposure before the hops went into the beer? A little bit of sulfur too which somewhat okay for a lager. A lot of off flavors in the smell.

T: Not that bad actually. I get a slight touch of sweet malt and a little bit of some kind of noble hop even though it's very slight. Everything is somewhat muted but what is there is nice.

M: Crisp enough. Fairly medium body with somewhat high carbonation making it pretty easy do drink it in a hurry.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Fairly generic and a pretty bad aroma but its okay and just that.

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Photo of uno99
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Every once in a while a free can of Faxe gets forced onto my person from some chesty marketing girls outside my local soccer stadium. I usual give them away but I decided to give it another try

A: Not much to say here. looks like crappy euro lager. pale straw colored with NO head at all.

S: Even fairly cold from my fridge, its a bit offensive. Not the worst ever lager but kind of sweet and metallic.

T: Something is wrong with the malt here. tastesbadman.jpg Bitter in all the wrong way, horrible finish. metallic and awful.

M: Over-carbonated and grainy. decently dry though, but I get the impression that aspect is unintended.

Overall: Why bother with this? If this is your only choice for a beer, i really pity you.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 litter can served in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow to orange color forming a medium fluffy aired bubbled white head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Smells like a Euro Lager. Sweet grains, lager yeasts and hops. Annoying plastic smell here

T: Sweet grains backbone. Mild flowery hops bitterness. A dry crispy beer, in overall. Bit metallic too

M: Very light lager body. Good carbonation. Mild bitter end

O: Drinkable beer. A good Lager, I would dare to say

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L can purchsed for the novelty. Clear, bright yellow with a finger or so of head which doesn't last long. Looks like a lager should.

Smells grainy, slghtly sweet, with a bit of grass and a metallic note from the hops. Taste is not dissimilar, although this is noticeably bitter for this kind of beer. Sweet grain, grassy hops, a slight toasty note in the finish as well as a hint of lager sourness. As the giant can warms up the sweetness dominates. Keep cold.

Light and crisp, goes down easy. If you want a pretty boring lager, this will serve you quite well. Better than Heineken or whatever. I dunno, it's hard to review stuff like this. Cool can, though. Which is how I got here in the first place.

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Photo of Douberd
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another 1 liter can of Faxe, this also picked up in Germany at a highway stop.
It pours a dark golden yellow color, with a 2 finger head that disappeared fast. Some bubbles rising to the top visible in the glass. Nothing special as far as the aroma is concerned, just lots of malts. Tons of malts on the taste too, with a slighty bitter aftertaste. A bit stinky taste. Watery mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation, dry on the palte
I was kind of disappointed with this one.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.26/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from TBS; best before November 2012.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, generating about a half-finger of white, foamy head. It lasts for a minute or two before fizzling away, leaving an even, wispy cap behind. Rings of lacing coat the sides of the glass as the volume drops with each sip. Very effervescent, with tons of bubbles rushing to the surface. A reasonably attractive pale lager. Decent aroma reminiscent of a bland German pilsener; some bready pale malts and light grassiness with a hint of lemon.

Decent taste; much like the aroma it is inoffensive and boring, but balanced. Bready malt sweetness and a light graininess are countered by some modest grassy bitterness. Thin mouthfeel; maybe a bit more body than your typical Euro lager. Surprisingly low carbonation level, certainly lower than average for an EPL... this makes it not an especially crisp-tasting lager, but a bit smoother than average.

I am slightly impressed with this beer, but keep in mind that a) I like pale lagers in general and b) my expectations were kind of low to begin with. Much like the other beers from this brewery that I have tried, this is a serviceable, unremarkable brew that tastes alright for the style and offers little else beyond that. For what it's worth, I'd pick this over comparable imports like Carlsberg or Heineken in a heartbeat based on taste alone; the lower price is just a bonus.

[Updated August 9 2014]

Another 500 mL can. This is not an especially well-made lager, but it's a tolerable one that beats the pants off of most domestic beers of this ilk. Fans of bland import lagers like Beck's and Heineken should be able to transition over to this one pretty easily, and their wallets will probably thank them for it. This is not a style I opt for regularly, but I could see myself reaching for this at some point in the future when I want a lager that is cheap and somewhat clean-tasting.

Final Grade: 3.26, a passable C+.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the first time I bought a 1000 ml can of beer...
I picked it up in Germany.

A: Pale golden with some small bubbles. The white head is surprisingly thick, but sinks quickly into decent lacings.

S: Mild grainy sweet malt with a corny twist. Some very faint bitter hops. A bit bready.

T: Weak taste; grain, corn and sweet malt. Some rough bitter hops, not in any balance with the rest of the brew.

M: Body as well as carbonation is medium. Aftertaste is short and bitter in a unpleasant way.

O: Yet another boring Danish macro beer with a corny overdose.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, hops, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a basic adjunct lager feel. I can taste breads and grains mixed with malts and lots of corn. There is also a little bit of hop taste and the beer finishes with a slight spiciness.

Overall – I'd say this is a slightly above average euro-lager. There is nothing offensive about it and its pretty drinkable. It's still not something I'd buy again however.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml can into a Pilsner Urquell glass. Fills the glass a gold yellow with a respectable head of about 2 fingers fluffy whiteness. Simmers down fairly quickly to a thin cap on the beer. Some sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell is of sweet grains and some grassy hops. Also detect some breadiness from the malt. A fairly standard Euro Pale Lager aroma.

Taste offers a some sweetness up front with a twinge of bitterness at the end. An overall even keeled lager that does not create too many flavor fluctuations. Refreshing and fine for what it is.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. Has a bit of a sweet stickiness as it passes through the mouth. Not as carbonated as i would have expected for the style.

Overall a good, slightly above average Euro Pale Lager. Likely won't get you excited, but won't disappoint.

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Photo of kwjd
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour with thin white head. Smells grainy with almost a hint of hops. Flavour is quite sweet, only a faint hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly big carbonation level, probably too high to make this really drinkable. Clean enough flavour, nothing off. Just an ok lager overall.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice creamy white head that erupted on the pour into my 32 ounce mug. Bright gold in the color of the body. A lot of bubblage as well. Not a bad looking brew at all.

I get grain, grass and some hops. Very bland smelling.

Mostly grain, burnt grass, biscuits in the beginning leaving with some booze and lemon peel. Very average tasting lager with all the flavors being weak.

Pretty carbonated in the mouth. Pretty blah going down. Nothing special going on here at all.

Overall I don't think I will have this again. Taste isn't good and is quite bland. This is a beer to get you drunk, otherwise I don't see the point. 33.8 Ounce can is what got my attention with a cheap price. That should have been my warning sign there. Oh, well... at least a slight buzz has landed.

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Photo of hmk22
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think half of all purchases of Faxe must owe to the novelty of the gigantic 1-liter can. It's a bit of a budget Heineken -- it reminds me of a Heineken copycat beer (whose name escapes me) that used to come in 12-packs. Anyway, Faxe is a little too light on the palate -- thin body and not a lot of flavor. That said, not a bad quaff when you are interested in volume at a decent price.

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Photo of Moontang
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow, with a reasonable head that dissipates without too much fuss, lovely lacing.

Smell: It smells almost a bit too sweet, and slightly sharp. Very few grain notes. Any chemist reading this will probably agree that it smells a bit like chloroform.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick, and very smooth, with few pricks from the bubbles. It almost feels like my tongue is being cushioned.

Taste: A bit more bitter than I'd like at the start, but the aftertaste is full of that wonderful, light malt flavour that got me into beer in the first place, and it lasts quite a while too.

Drinkability: I could probably nurse one of these for hours, and wouldn't refuse it for a second if offered under any circumstances. Quite nice overall.

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Photo of marty21
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow with a big white creamy head. Settles to a thin cap and leaves small dots of lacing.

S: It has a very sweet grain smell. Also a corn smell and I think I get some hops.

T: I don't get a lot for the taste. I get a grainy, corn taste but it's very weak.

M: It has light carbonation and a very light body. It's very easy to drink.

D: I got this as a gift. It came in a 1,000 ml can with a giant mug. It's very easy to drink but don't drink it if you're looking for something tasty. It's basically like a American macro beer but I think I might prefer this over most American macros.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided this may become an institution in my household for years to come. While browsing the other day at one of the newer beer stores to open up in my area, I spied this colossus of a can on the shelf. Or, rather, I was chosen. For $2.99 how can one resist buying a 33.8 oz aluminum monolith of Danish beer with a friendly viking, whom I've dubbed "Terence", inviting you with a sly smile to drink his fat lager?

Now, the "institution" I've created involves (or involvED, as I did this today) having a t-bone steak, a baked potato with sour cream, bacon and chives and a can of Faxe for breakfast (time is up to the individual, but I indulged at 10am). "Faxe Friday" maybe?

Poured two servings into a clear glass midget seidel (exactly like the pic featured on the glassware page of BA). Drank the rest from the can - you have to... Had a nice looking frothy head for a moment. After it collapses, you're left with a pale yellow golden beer with an active bubble force. Smells grainy, sweet, and a little burnt. The flavor is real sweet - a potent sweet corn sweetness. Hopping is negligible, if present at all. Smooth and crisp with a healthy dose of carbonation.

On its own it drinks great, tastes not too shabby. I don't know how I could've gotten through the steak and potato without it though. It was a bloody perfect match. And I don't eat red meat. Tied together the whole meal superbly.

Moral of the story. Decent drinking beer. Have it with meat and potatoes. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.39/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml can poured into pint glass july7 2010

A clear golden with plenty of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a thumbs width of head that quickly falls to a 1/4in film leaving only a patch of lace

S sour corn and a chemical smell that I can't quite place

T slightly better then the smell with a little sweet malt but still not very impressive

M feels like a basic lager with a thin feel and enough carbonation to fluff it up a bit in your mouth

D not overly enjoyable when all's said and done, and as it warms it just goes downhill

I doubt I'll be drinking this again, nothing special and odds are where ever you are you'll have better options

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.29/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Packaged in 1 liter can.

A: Poured a golden-maize with a brilliant clarity, enough so as to clearly read text through. Being poured from a over-sized can led to a sloppy pour that invoked a monstrous 3 finger plus snow white head which displayed a fair amount of retention and was foamy in character. Small speckled lashes compose the lacing. Inside lied a mixture of quickly releasing macro-bubbles along with a snaking stream of micro-bubbles that danced and swirled around. With all said and done per style (euro pale lager) this was fairly decent.

S: The nose, or rather lack of, barely produced any mentionable traits. Dried corn with a light helping of buttered vegetables (string beans) were vaguely, if not unimpressive here. Even for a lager this came off unimpressive with very little to go on.

T: The flavor was sweet, with buttered dried corn with a bit of greenery being first detected. Dry grains move in midway through the experience along with hints of straw. There is a brief sweetness occurring on the finish with honeybread notes along with some fresh greenery. Overall the initial impression wasn't bad, though it wasn't good either and failed to improve.

M: The mouthful was light bodied, and rather boring with an almost juice like quality.

D: Overall this was a ho-hum experience that continued to get more tiresome and boring with every sip. A single serving would be a struggle and waste of time let along trying to consume the whole liter. I originally bought this as a joke with regards to the oversized can, I guess the joke ended up on me. Not worth the aluminum its packaged in. A big pass.

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Photo of crossovert
3.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1 l can.

Pours into my 750ml Carlsberg glass with a surprisingly deep gold, not as pale or yellow as I expected. The head is white and has some nice retention. It isn't quite crystal clear with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

The smell is underwhelming. There is a light perfumey hop scent and a lot of sweet malt smell. It has alot of smell just very un-noteworthy.

The first few gulps provide you with some tin can, but it gets better. It's a nicely carbonated easy drinking Euro lager, that perhaps is a tad heartier than most in appearance. The hops are light but they are there and the malt is mild and unoffensive. The drinkablity is high, perhaps it is the excitement of the large can that drives the urge to drink this one, my can says 5% not 5.5%, so theres no reason to share this one, just sit back relax, and quaff.

3$ a liter isn't bad, it's not bad for the style either.

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Photo of Methodd
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1L can poured into the 1L mug it came with.

Appearance: Golden, not yellow but an actual gold color. Fizzy white head that sits down pretty quick leaving a small white collar.

Smell: Sweet grains, light bready malts and mild hops.

Taste: The smell reveals all leaving no surprises in the flavours.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation suits the brew to the letter. It's sweet and smooth. It goes down well and sits well.

Drinkability: What can I say? It's nothing special. It's got nothing to offend and nothing to write home about. I'd pick it over most other macros brews. The best part on this particular occasion was the 1L mug it came with.

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Faxe Premium from Royal Unibrew A/S
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