Brewed by Pivovarna Union (Laško)
Style: Pale Lager
Ljubljana, Slovenia


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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Union lager is the oldest, most renowned and popular beer produced by the brewery, and is available on draught as well as in bottles and cans. Its hallmark is a traditional flavour, familiar to both Slovenes as well as beer lovers from all over Europe.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAY 23, 2014
500 ml can served in a pint glass. Pale gold, perfectly clear, with an average frothy head which dissipated quickly. Grainy, metallic and slightly malty nose. Perhaps some light wet hay and grass in the far background. Mild bitterness upfront, quite artificial tasting, followed by a grainy, malty and slightly lactic sweetness. Light paper/cardboard notes in the aftertaste. Average carbonation, light body, slightly creamy texture. Not really offensive, but honestly it’s just a new country tick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nuffield (4055) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2014
Golden like apple juice, quickly disappearing irregular white head. An aroma that smells sweet and instantly odder than I normally expect--a little fruity like it could be interesting (vaguely Belgian) and a little artificial/chemical. Nothing so promising about the flavor, which has a hint of astringency after some unremarkable and thin flavors disintegrate. Not very good. Cool can for the EuroBasket 2013 competition in Slovenia, but you can’t judge a beer by its can.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerhunter111 (16457) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldgelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht malzig, getreidig. Geschmack wässrig malzig, getreidig, minimale Bitterkeit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Psytron (1878) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Smell of straw, sugar. Pale golden colour, white consistent crown. Aroma of hay, starch, malt. I suppose not noticing metal or rubber here is a plus. Medium sweet, medium carbon.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
gorkogrlo (318) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle 0,5 l. Golden color. Small white head. Some citrus, grainy, butter notes in flavor and aroma. Another commercial lager which is same as any other. Big nothing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
veceo (1217) - CROATIA - FEB 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014 Clear golden color, average sized white head with good retention for a Pale Lager. Light to medium body body, average carbonation. Malty with some hoppiness in aftertaste. Medium sweet, light bitter. Slightly dry finish. Above average Pale Lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Trolleo (1276) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 14, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Clear pale yellow color, medium white head. Malty and corny. Medium sweetness. Thin body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Iznogud (2386) - CROATIA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml at Črnomelj, Slovenia. Pours yellow with small white head. Malty aroma, sweet taste with bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
realadam (117) - HUNGARY - DEC 12, 2013
Good beer, with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness and a little smoke aroma. Altough a bit thick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoNm (2300) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - NOV 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2015 A night out almost always includes a beer, this time Union. It comes with a clear, golden color and a semi-generous white head that settles down relatively fast. The aroma is mostly grainy and malty, perhaps slight smell of hops (although somewhat dusty). The taste is nothing special: sweet at first, followed by a grainy body and finishing with a nicely bitter finish. But don’t let it stay out too long, because if not ice cold, the bitterness becomes slightly unpleasant. A nice, average beer for everyday’s drink.

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