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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 trevorwideman
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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 biegaman
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on a hot summer day, which was in its favour! Dull yellow in appearence, no real head. No aroma (probably a good thing!) Light hops with underlying malt in the flavour. Carbonation was at a good level but flavour was flat. Clearly macro. Decent quencher, could never be much more. I cant say I didn't enjoy it, it was fair enough, but I wouldn't recommend buying unless to cook with it.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.88/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33.8 oz can
A - this pours very pale straw yellow, with a near nonexistent white lacy head

S - this smells like a european strong, near malt liquor, which i dont particularly care for, take this with a grain of salt if you will, but i will review within the style farily

T - this has nearly zero taste, thought it was water at first, then the malts hit in, they are lonely and stretched thin, and not of high quality, this hits the sink

M&D - smooth going down, i could see how some hard working Copenhagians could enjoy this on a hot day after a job, but not my cup of tea

best part is the Viking on the can

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Photo of EPseja
1.77/5  rDev -37%
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 Frozensoul327
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 scooter231
2.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ah, faxe. Had this a few years ago while in Denmark digging up dead Vikings... I feel the same way about it now as I did then. It's okay enough looking, golden with some head. Smell is practically non-existent. A bit of sweetness, but you have to sniff really, really hard. Taste is watery- in fact, it tastes like water with a shot of beer in it. Barely hoppy, barely tasty. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. I could certainly keep drinking this- yes, the litre- if it was kept cold, and it does have some interesting Danish memories attached, but I will not be going after this again any time soon. Still, a litre that doesn't taste like crap and is cheap- college kids, get this instead of Bud.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 fisherman34
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Canned sample. Gold in colour with strong carbonation. Light malt aromas with a very mild of a floral note. Some grainy sweetness in the mouth, with some chemical astringency. A bit more full bodied than others of this style. Poor "dirty water" kind of finish. Overall, it smells better than it tastes. Not recommended

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Photo of yelterdow
1.55/5  rDev -44.8%
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 ernie
2.21/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale beer with faint aroma. Produces fluffy unstable head. Taste is thin, sweetish with obviously no character. Malts are present, hops are absent. Finish is bitter-sour. Cheap beer designed for mass consummation at all kind of fests and other big gatherings. Other Ceres products are much more interesting.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.19/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw. Big, clingy head. Really good for then style.

S - Clean grassy/metallic hops and sweet maltiness.

T - Notes of apple and sweet malt. Hops are subdued, and barely there. A little one-dimensional. Crisp and clean aftertaste.

M - A little fizzy, light mouthfeel. Nothing special.

D - Surprisingly ok. exceeded my expectations after the extra strong (10%..blech)

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.98/5  rDev +6%
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 vanrassel
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this was like getting drunk, because there is very little I remember about the experience.

When I looked at my notes, I see that it poured with a nice foamy head over a fluorescent yellow body. The head quickly dissipated to a thin ring around my glass.

The smell was virtually non-existent at first — maybe a bit metallic. When it revealed itself to a greater extent, it wasn't pretty. You know the smell of spilled beer on your clothes the day after a night of drinking? That was the smell. Stale. (The freshness date stamped on the bottom of the can was June of 2007, so the beer wasn't off.)

The taste wasn't awful — hell, it wasn't even bad. But that's all I can say about it. The carbonation was too light, the feel too thin for my liking.

The bottom line is: Why would I pay premium import price to drink this when I can enjoy a domestic macro like Molson Canadian for less money?

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste is light and with nice hops. Kind of refereshing and slightly malty, low on carbonation. The smell is very light but a bit sweet. Appearance is yellow/amber.

Overall it's an okay, not to heavy and not overly light. It's very similar to Castle Lager in terms of aftertaste.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured in a dimpled mug. Can has a best before date on the bottom 140306 (I assume meaning 14th of March 2006).

Clear, pale gold in colour. White soap bubble head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but quickly disappears to nothing.

Aroma is very faint. A little grassy/herbal scent seems to wave by with a faint grainy background. Would be average to above average if it wasn't so weak.

A little grainy with a hint of sweetness at the start and carries through the middle. Somewhere in the middle to the finish a grassy/herbal/metallic cuts in strongly to a drying finish. Aftertaste is herbal and metallic and unappealing.

Thin bodied and very lightly carbonated. Leaves a bit of a caustic feel in the aftertaste.

Nothing really special here. Fairly run of the mill, but it just has a couple of qualities in each area that turns me off slightly so that it doesn't get average marks, even though it's a thoroughly average euro pale lager.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +29.9%
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 daliandragon
3.72/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is indeed a mighty sight..a one litre can of Danish lager..well, okay, if you insist. I like the viking on the label, you can't go wrong with pictures of viking warriors as far as I'm concerned.
A classic golden lager color with a good deal of carbonation supporting a respectable head. A nose of grain and yeast with a bit of a fresh fruity taste but nothing to write home about so far.
The taste is an open lager palate with banana tones initially followed by a not as nice metallic touch to the tongue. Still, this is not some sloppy Euro lager with no self respect. Some discipline here in the crafting keeps this to decent levels of drinkability. A bit of tartness or clove keeps the house in order and this is drinkable stuff, although downing a full litre can will take a little while. Better than I expected, if not a real superstar.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
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 Bestuurder
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
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 BDTyre
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
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 Globetrotter
2.5/5  rDev -11%
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 Sheldon
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
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 IronDjinn
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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 SaunaKing
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
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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