Faxe Extra Strong
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Lager - European Strong
Ranked #115
Ranked #50,770
2.28 | pDev: 32.02%
Royal Unibrew A/S
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Notes: Faxe 10% is a strong beer with 10% alcohol.

The slight sweetness combined with the high alcohol percentage results in a balanced product with a vinous taste. It is easily drinkable and an excellent alternative to drinks and cocktails
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4.2/5  rDev +84.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faux 10% ultra strong beer or as me and my compatriate have affectionately renamed it: Beans. The stylish can reimagines the can as a can of beans and leans more to the experience as the physical attributes of the beer itself. Beans can turn your bad evening into a great one very quick, although the taste leaves some to be desired, this can be fixed by drinking beans out of the can which adds to the feeling that beans can give you which is rarely a tactic I have seen from my fellow beans drinkers. I urge everyone to forget about the taste of beans and to focus on how your day brightens after consumption. Beans can change your life, give beans the respect it deserves.

yours truly,
The Beans Brothers.

Jul 06, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

2.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy golden with a huge white head with decent lacing. This was the highlight of the beer. Aromas of nail polish remover, super sweet fruits especially pear and lemon, and boozy grains. Taste is so so so sweet, like wow, with booze to clash and amplify, esters are too nuanced to describe the sweet fruit, with some metal on the backend, a complete mess. Feel is boozy, resinous, sickly sweet, and sticky almost gummy. Not worth your time

Jun 11, 2021
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RockyM72 from Florida

2.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just hope Denmark has anything better to offer. This is just 10% alcohol, good for getting drunk quick and easy. But if you want to taste a good lager, look somewhere else.

Feb 28, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Also known as Faxe 10%. Shared 1 liter can, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. Pale golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate sweetish aroma, slightly fruity, a hint of hops - better than feared. Very sweet flavour, warming mouthfeel, some hops in the finish. Could have been worse.

Jan 02, 2021
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EmperorBevis from England

3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned in a behemoth of a full litre can and served as per Steve from Beer Nouveau’s instructions for Spesh
Pours a crystal clear golden body with decent enough white head
Aroma is pear drops
Some of that pear drop flavour is there
Not as bad as I thought it would be

Jul 06, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Look: Crystal clear gold. One finger of fizzy white head with poor retention.

Smell: Sweet adjunct malt with a slight skunk and yeast note.

Taste: Sweet malt with an acidic, slightly bitter metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy body with high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty bad guys.

Feb 02, 2020
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ElCommodoro from Texas

1.92/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This is...WHEW! That one word could pretty much sum up the whole experience. I used to praise Euro strong lagers for doing what American malt liquor brands never could, but THIS. I don't know what they were thinking with this. The smell is akin to the most alcohol-forward malt liquors, chemical. The taste retains that cleanliness found in euro strong lagers compared to their American cousins, but it is just TOO MUCH ALCOHOL. I cannot stress this enough. It goes down hot. They were nice enough to add in a seemingly random helping of hops and a touch of sweetness, but none of the rough attempts at balancing I've had in British offerings of the same style. This is just random ingredients mixed together with MAXIMUM ALCOHOL being the only attempt. Making this is itself absurd, importing it to the United States where I am attempting to enjoy it now, is just another level. Why?

Nov 04, 2019
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D1noB from Oklahoma

2.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This will knock you back, on smell alone. It has a deepness to it. It does loose it's luster as you go because of how strong it is.

Taste rating in words: It's putting a ladder on scaffolding on a picnic table in a truck bed. Just why?

Aug 28, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

1.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Initially gave this a 1.75 in my earliest days as a BA. For some reason decided to give this another chance. Must be a glutton for punishment. Anyway here goes. 500 ml LCBO purchase for $3.60 CDN, a whopping 5 cents cheaper than the 9% Polish Baltic Porter I've been enjoying lately.

Appearance - Clear rich golden color, not much in the way of bubbles and a tidy two finger white head that appears fluffy, gave off sparse lacing and had some staying power. Honestly doesn't look half bad.

Smell - Metallic, harsh boozy and grainy aromas. Vegetative mixture. Not much else. Saccharine sweetness. Could be worse.

Taste - And worse it gets. Boozy, artificial sweetness some metallicness going on. This is pretty harsh, not unlike the viking who is featured on the can's living conditions, a thousand years ago. Worse as it warms and the more you drink of it.

Mouthfeel - Rough, boozy, finish is too sticky.

Overall - Better than the first time I had it, but that's not saying much. It is good for one thing... killing brain cells. Made it through halfway and dumped the rest, the calories and misery aren't worth it.

May 26, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Faxe Brewery "Faxe Extra Strong Beer"
1,0 Liter can, "Mindestens halter bis: E 08 11 2018 G: 13 43" and sampled on 26 09 2017
€3,99 @ Serways (Rasthaus Köschinger Forst Ost), Hepberg, DE

Look: Golden in color with fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity beneath a short head of bright white that hold briefly and then drops to a standard collar, but which also then continues to leave decent lacing behind.
Smell: The alcohol is clear as are some other esters due to a high fermentation. It's quite fruity with a lot of apple.
Taste: Unfortunately the flavor follows the aroma. The alcohol is too clear, and the fruitiness is too high - the label doesn't state whether it's an ale or a lager, but I'll assume it's a lager, and for that it's too rough. Even as an ale it's too rough. It's also sweetish and fruity, and only balanced by the alcohol and some limited bitterness. The finish is sweetish and dry at the same time (?) with the alcohol and stiff bitterness fighting off the residual malt.
Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.
Overall: Poorly brewed with flaws.

Oct 08, 2017
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Mexiee from England

1.72/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Faxe was an experience. Everyone took a turn, bonding experiences are strongest when hardship is shared. The first sip was surprisingly light, leaving one unbeknownst to what was to follow. Two seconds the metallic taste invaded the pallet. It was disagreeable. Such a strong beer in a tinnie that reassembled cheap cat food was not to be recommended. Oh dear.

Apr 26, 2017
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Shanex from France

1.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I want to be clear here: this is by far the worst beer I have ever had in my life. That's saying a lot for someone who tried hundreds other brews already.

Use this to flush the toilet.

Aug 06, 2016
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.23/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I rank this beer in the low middle range of my pallet.

The ABV of 10%, give a relatively correct taste to this beer. This is a tricky one, you cannot drink too much before feeling the alcohol in you body : )

A nice beer to start an evening with.....

May 10, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

1.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Alcohol is what this beer is all about. Not much in the aroma or taste department,but that’s not the draw here, it’s the alcohol. Potent, but no burn...

Jan 06, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

2.01/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearnace - Poured from a 500 ml can into a 16 oz bar glass, pours a clear straw gold with a 2 finger head that lasts. when it fades it leaves a film over the top of the beer.

Aroma - alchohol, artifical grape, corn. thats it.

Taste - This beer litterally tastes like grape jolly rancher and corn with a strong alcohol flavor in the back. wow, I'm fairy buzzed at the time of this review and the taste is awful.

Feel - very watery but not smooth the alcohol is making this very rough. I wont lye I'm a huge fan of strong beers, some stronger than this but this is pretty gross.

Overall - If I had been completely sober at the time of this review this would be a drain pour, Ive still got a ways to go but I feel like if I pour it its wasted money. Don't buy this crap lol Cheers!

Nov 26, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

2.99/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma of herbal hops, bread, corn syrup and orange peel. So far, no apparent booze. Pretty decent for a Malt Liquor.
Flavor with notes of grassy hops, corn syrup, ginger, biscuit malt and orange and grape soda. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10% abv is well disguised here.
This is not bad at all considering the style; it concentrates flavors and conceives alcohol, with grassy hops helping to counterbalance its body which was well attenuated decreasing its potential cloying sweetness. Unexpected vinous notes (non-natural).

Jun 07, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.07/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO. Served in a pint glass.

A - A few fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap, thicker collar, and plenty of splotchy lace. Transparent golden body with bubbles rising upward. Really quite attractive.

S - Smells like beer mixed with grape soda, grain, perhaps a touch of alcohol. Really sweet, but I don't think I'd guess 10%. Still, not a lot of 'bad' flavors per say.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with lots of sugary grape soda flavor and some spicy alcohol esters in the finish. Again, not overly boozy, although we'll see if that persists as it warms up.

It doesn't. Gets kind of gross after about half a glass.

M - Some warming, but not excessive. Medium-full body, zesty carbonation, chewy texture, and lingering stickiness. Surprisingly good for the style.

D - It's an upper echelon malt liquor, but that's still not saying much. I can see the appeal for Ontario-based bums and transients though; palatable, cheap way to get lit up. I managed to get through about 8oz before I gave up.

Jan 06, 2015
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BuckyBeerBeaver from Canada (ON)

2.74/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Faxe Bryggeri A/S is a Danish brewery located in the town of Fakse. It was founded in 1901 under the name Fakse Dampbryggeri by Nikoline and Conrad Nielsen. After Conrad Nielsen's death in 1914, his young widow continued to run the company. In 1989, Faxe merged with Jyske Bryggerier to form Denmark's second largest brewing company, now known as Royal Unibrew.

On this occasion, we sampled Faxe's Quality Extra Strong Beer. The beer came in a good looking 500 ml can with a picture of a Viking on the front and back, and production and best before dates of February 26, 2013, and May 27, 2014 respectively printed on the bottom. Faxe was a whopping 10% alcohol by volume.

Faxe poured an attractive, clear golden colour with about 1" of off-white head that completely disappeared after 3 minutes, leaving some very minor spotting down the glass. A strong alcohol smell overpowered any other aromas that may have been present. In terms of taste, Faxe was REALLY sweet up front with sweet light malts and glucose syrup, followed by an alcohol burn and mildly bitter finish which lingered for quite some time as an aftertaste. I would describe the beer as medium bodied with a fairly subdued carbonation and non-descript mouthfeel. While not a drain pour, Faxe's overwhelming alcohol presence ruins the experience for me.

The moral of this story...before you buy a beer, take a look at the list of ingredients. I should have been tipped off by the 'glucose syrup' and 'maize' as to the quality of this beer. Faxe sells for $3.35 per 500 ml...a premium price for non-premium quality.

Apr 14, 2014
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BucBasil from Rwanda

1.98/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured from the 500mL can into a mug.

A: Orangey gold with a fizzy head that sticks around for a bit and then settles to patches. Carbonation all over.

S: Surprisingly faint. Strong aroma of alcohol and malts. Some sweetness in there. Corn.

T: Big alcohol kick with a bit of malt in the middle to somewhat hold it together. This thing is pretty sick. Not much else to say. Malt liquor quality and a slight sweetness mask the alcohol until swallowed, leaving only a gag. Don't really have any good words for this...

For getting drunk this thing will do the trick in a pinch, just like a malt liquor in the states. And like a malt liquor, it does what it sets out to do very well. Sitting here buzzed I can say that it worked. Outside of that, nothing special. Get a couple of regular beers to achieve the same effect without the taste...

Nov 13, 2013
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beerluvr from Canada (ON)

2.88/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Quick fading slightly off white head settles quickly over clear gold with light amber highlights. Sweet sharp/perfumy nose, I get a light whiff of fruit too...very slight adjuncty note. Taste is lightly fruity at first then you get a sharp metallic hop attack that tastes kinda 'off', semi full bodied, lingering sharpness and as it warms you get some adjunct flavor and then cheap alcohol. Ends sharp and none too appealing. Drink it cold or pass lol

Aug 20, 2013
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

1.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I grabbed this one along with a few other unfamiliar beers during my last visit to the local liquor store. Upon reading the ingredients and seeing GLUCOSE SYRUP and MAIZE I instantly made the assumption that this beer would not be "quality" as the can boasted.

A- Very similar to well known macro lagers. Think of Budweiser with less carbonation.

S- The smell is very strong and not to mention horrid. If anything, the scent of the beer gives a preview of possible tastes the drinker might experience and also serves as a good indicator to drink or not to drink. Upon analyzing the smell I knew that this beer was not going to be pleasant by any means.

T- I didn't think it was possible but yes, the taste is definitely worse than the smell. I would have listed some tasting notes but I was too busy cringing in horror.

M- Very little carbonation. Similar mouthfeel to that of water or what some people call American macro beer :p.

O- Unless you find pleasure in unpleasant experiences or view the taste of urine as a worthy venture I would advise everyone to avoid this beer.

Aug 01, 2013
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BeerBateo from Canada (ON)

3.04/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to be honest, I'm presently drinking a 500 ml can of Faxe 10% Extra Strong Beer, that I won in a bet over the Stanley Cup playoffs (go Blackhawks!). I am a Viking at heart, so the logo's kind of cool. I like the color as it resembles someone else's clear healthy urine specimen on the nurses station counter top. The aroma is reminiscent of the bed pads I wash in the long term care facility laundry room that I currently work in, so it is familiar and quite nutty, i might add. The taste is somewhat marmaladish, leaving me with a comforting tingly sensation on my palate, satisfying my desire for the bold, pungent flavor I was expecting in a beer of this strength. It is perfectly carbonated, boasting 43 tiny bubbles (no, 44...there's 45, 46, ..47, 48) that ascend into a beautiful 2 finger head with an eyelet lace. As i sip again, I am noticing something else... ..I think it is a hint of cabbage (or perhaps rhubarb) that seems to settle into a delightfully smooth aftertaste that lingers on. I actually really like this beer and don't mind the intensity as it becomes closer to room temperature. The ABV is high but the price is low ($3.35) so it is perfect for anyone who wants a good beer buzz early in the morning before going to their McJob. Don't get me wrong, I would definitely drink Faxe 10 again, especially knowing that I only need one can to forget about the bad day I may have had washing the linens in a nursing home. Ok, so here's the bottom of the can. ...last drop..alrighty then, there you have it. Faxe 10 is ok, if you ask me. Now i'm ready to tuck in.

Jul 07, 2013
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

1.98/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

WARNING: This lists fructose syrup & maize as ingredients before hops. Should have taken that as a sign...

Poured from 500ml. can, best before 030613.

Appearance: Orange-gold body that starts with a creamy 2 finger head but goes to a thin ring.

Smell: Some mild fruit but corn is all over this though it manages to be tolerable (barely).

Taste: Aggressive, strong alcohol taste that subsides after a bit burn still leaves a sting. Heavy on the adjuncts and the mild spiciness and fruit are shoved to the back.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness that might be due to flavor but more likely attributed to the ABV. Marginally better than flavor.

Overall: An assault on good taste. Could barely finish 1/4 of it before drain pouring it.

Jul 05, 2012
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.2/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden straw yellow with bubbles very present. Pours with a thin creamy head.

Smell- An apple juice aroma with sweet undertones and slight citrus aromas.

Taste- Quite refreshing for the ABV. Slight hoppiness present at the end and is a little watery at the end. Apple juice aromas and slight citrus notes are detectable in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation with slight prickly bubbles. Goes down smooth considering the ABV of this one.

Overall- A decent attempt at a strong lager from Faxe. Although this is high in ABV it was quite drinkable. Could be better balanced but decent job overall. Not too crazy about this one but it was good to try. Worth another try in the future for something different.

Dec 20, 2011
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

1.89/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This ones been hanging around since my B-Day when it came in a random gift pack from the LCBO... Figured I might as well take it down. Beer is beer, even if I'm a little hesitant to try it...

A - Crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with surprising retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - ABV is detectable on the nose, alongside sweet corn, apple juice, wheat grass and cereal.

T - Not overly surprising, sweet alcohol, sweet corn, sour aftertaste, some faint leafy hops, and an odd burning sensation that lingers.

M - This one bring heat to another level, with no attempt to smooth the burn.

O - This brings me back to my high school days of drinking Old English before the dance. Anything to get a buzz on with no care for taste. I'm surprised there's a customer base for this brew, because it's terrible.

Dec 10, 2011
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