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AC/DC | Karlsberg Brauerei

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Karlsberg Brauerei
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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by eduardolinhalis on 10-21-2012

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Photo of daliandragon
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So, this is the AC/DC Beer, packaged in a tall boy 19.3 oz. can with two inch letters emblazoned up and down on both sides. I am not expecting to love this, but like The Trooper, you kind of have to try it at some point while rocking out to the tunes.

Pours straw colored and crystal clear with tons of visible carbonation and almost no head but a pencil thin lace from the nanosecond the head was intact. Nose is grainy and barely hopped.

The taste imitates the nose of grainy blah until a late bitter kick that gives this a touch of creativity and flavor. Overall a bit too much carbonation leaves the finish watery and a little sour. Didn't exactly rock me all night long, but not awful for what it is.

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Photo of Dr_Beerishealthy
4.02/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great look and taste with nice body, actually much better than what expected unfortunately the smell is too smooth for a strong beer like this, good beer even though. Definitely I will buy it again!

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a pale gold with a fairly large but not sustaining head. The aroma offers up corns and biscuity malts, with a touch of peppery hops. The The flavor offers a fairly sweet biscuity malt with touches of roast corn, bubblegum, and pepper and grass. The mouthfeel is thin but with a greater touch of fullness. Overall this is not a great beer. Very little flavor and too much sweetness. Cool can though.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smells like your usual German lager.
Pours just as many big company lagers with a clear, straw color, but a huge creamy white head and much carbonation.
Actually a solid taste with a little hop, and a good funk finish. A nice lemon grass taste with a good hop bite.
a nice crisp mouthfeel with some taste to grab on too.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1/11...pours clear gold, heavy white foam. Grainy hay straw nose, pale. Clean light pale taste, but very thin. Modest pils taste. Clean more than anything. Very light flavor. Not bad.

Rock or bust? I choose rock.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

19.21 oz can purchased at Wegman’s, Millcreek, PA – can’t find the price info
Poured into a hand washed and dried SA “Perfect Pint” at 42 degrees
Aroma of wet grain and corn
Head large (Six cm, gentle pour), white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular two to four mm ring and thin frothy layer
Lacing poor – some irregular drag marks from the ring
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor of disulfide, tastes more like an AAL than a German lager
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been a rocker since I was a kid, but when I reached teenage status, I got into heavy metal, first, and later, punk. We listened to AC/DC until our ears bled & there is a great cover band, Back In Black, that routinely plays at one of our local live music venues, The Village. Most people know of my alter/altar ego of Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder and one night, following a fest, I headed over for the show, still wearing my robe. One regular saw me and dubbed me "The Metal Monk". Ha! Stand back, lads! This review is going to be LOUD!

From the CAN: "German Beer Australian Hardrock"; "Brewed in Accordance With the German Purity Law"; "Rock or Bust"; "Rock or Bust[;] Play Ball[;] Rock the Blues Away[;] Miss Adventure[;] Dogs of War[;] Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder[;] Hard Times[;] Baptism By Fire[;] Rock the House[;] Sweet CANdy[;] Emission C[AN]trol".

The Crack! was as loud as thunder & I did a dirty deed by performing an inverted Glug. This was like setting off T.N.T. & I had to back off before everything exploded! The three-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head glared at me like I had done something wrong. Hell's Bells! I wish that I CAN tell you that the color was Back In Black, but instead, it was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a honey-like lager sweetness & although some CANsider Lagers to be hell(es), I know that Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be! I was having trouble with that high school head, since it simply refused to drop and so I dialed 36 24 36 and got my mate, Angus, who is always home. He came straight over & put it right and before he left, he told me, "For Those About to Drink, I Salute You!" Some great sticky lacing began to form in the glass. My next door neighbor, Rosie, stopped by for a drink, and she is a Whole Lotta Woman, I tell ya! We agreed that the mouthfeel was slightly thin, not watery, but not more than thin. Taste was definitely a clean, adjunct-free lager & after the early days of The CANQuest (tm), I truly appreciate such things. It had a honey-biscuit flavor that would be great on a hot day or in a live music venue. The finish was in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. It was highly refreshing in total. I was also beginning to appreciate Rosie's overtures, so we drank up. I was Hard as a Rock, so I broke out the Big Gun & she Rocked Me All Night Long. We Got Big Balls here at Chez Woody.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The packaging is superb. If you've imitated an Angus Young guitar solo at least once in your life, you will be tempted (as I was) to pick one of these up. Rock or Bust, motherfuckers! Once you crack and pour, you enter the predictable world of Euro Lager. It's not a bad beer, but it really doesn't make me want to grab another one. A purity law hardbock is a one time thing for this cowboy.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

Casual AC/DC fan so I wanted to check out this beer. Can is cool as shit. It has the track listing for rock or bust, their latest album. Beer pours nicely and it is yellow gold. A little more head and lacing than your typical lager. S: actually a little sweet, with the tiniest hint of skunk. T: a flavorful lager! It actually has the characteristics if a German Kolsch more so than any american lager. Fairly tasty. Typical of Kolsch beer, some skunkiness like a Heineken. F: good, appropriate carbonation. An ok aftertaste of muted German hops. O: for a tie-in beer, this is not too shabby at all. I would drink again and not complain about it. Rock on!!!

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Photo of dacrza1
1.7/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: January 17, 2016... GLASSWARE: 22oz. lager... OCCASION: having returned from Philly after witnessing the metal spectacle of Anthrax and Lamb of God, chilling with Shan and watching football... APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear golden body--like the production of most /albums--with sparse bubbles projecting upwards to the pace of "The Jack"...the head is soapy, bubbly, and whispy as clouds--snow-white as Angus Young’s ankles...the head ultimately collapses to a murky middle... AROMA: here’s where the beer meets the lyrics--like a sophomoric play on words ("Miss Education" or "Emissions Control," for example), the buttery biscuit mingles with cheap perfume counter mist to arrest the nostrils--think "A Whole Lotta Nosey"... PALATE: next to the appearance, this is its second-best quality, with a thin, drinkable body that exhibits little effervescence or texture....the aftertaste is fleeting, with only a tinny ripple... TASTE: slightly malty, with bread and cracker giving light flavor to an otherwise flat profile...watery, hopless and swift in its finish--the antithesis of Bon Scott’s persona... OVERALL: a shameless shill, with the can sporting the band’s newest album tracklist displayed on its can...much like AC/DC’s non-singles, this beer can get lost in the Carlsburg pale lagers of the world, forgettable and only of relevance when currently being experienced...but the can does look cool...

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Photo of PhillyB
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got this for a buck at the local beer store. A dollar well spent.

Look: Clear gold colour, foamy head.

Smell: Fruity. Sight grain.

Taste: Same as smell, with a little more grain coming through.

Feel: Light and crisp.

Overall: A solid inexpensive beer perfect for warm weather.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.42/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Bright clear gold pour with a micro thin white lacing ring, NO carbonation.

S - Grainy, lemons, earthy, biscuity crackery malt.

T - Lemons, slightly musty, very grainy, some caramel malt on the back end, and a biting citrus bitterness.

M - Thin body, minimal carbonation, somewhat creamy in the body.

O - Best for a hot weather beer and to quaff.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 20 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with some fast rising bubbles. Big two finger white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit and cracker. Pale malt with hints of cracker, cereal grains, biscuit, straw, and yeast. Some spicy and grassy noble hop hints. A decent Pilsner aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and cracker. Pale malt with bready notes of cereal grains, cracker, straw, biscuit, and yeast. Subtle spicy and grassy noble hop presence. A decent light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and pretty smooth.

Overall: A decent light German Lager. Nice crisp bready malt flavor with some subtle Euro hops.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in a pint glass.

Am I the only one digging the feel of this can? So smooooth... Does the beer follow suit? Let's find out: It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-sweet corn, mild barley, and some flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with a mild bit of hard water for character. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid, no-frills pale lager, one that actually kind of evokes the music of the eponymous band: It's nothing all that outstanding these days, but it's reliable and more than adequately gets the job done.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice-looking lager: a crystal-clear, sparkling pale-gold body and a giant (pour carefully!) creamy white head that doesn't last long enough. Lacing is fair and consists of rafts and blotches. The nose is light in intensity, even for the style, otherwise it is pretty typical of a European pale lager: lagery grains, sweetish light fruit (apple in this case), slight boozy undertones and hints of Noble hop spiciness. The palate is more assertive than the nose: moderately-expressed spicy Noble hops and a style-moderate bitterness that is nicely balanced by a slightly-sweetish light malt presence. There are hints of light fruit, more subdued than on the nose. The finish is a well-balanced blend of spicy hops and sweetish malt, with a nice carbonation bite, followed by a mild hop bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and the texture is nicely prickly from the strongly-expressed fizzy carbonation. This lager is quite drinkable, and is a respectable example of the style. (19.2 oz can, unknown code date scheme)

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive light golden brew with a thin veil of white foam in the Kasteel Chalice. It's sold in the more appropriate "glassware," the 500 ml tall can. Spritzy on the tongue with a fizzy hop bite.

Cereal taste and rather sweet. It's like a low alcohol version of an American Malt Liquor. But with a touch of a Pilsner hops it's not so bad. Actually it's quite drinkable if you like that perfumey taste.

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Photo of pat61
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer proves that a brewer can follow the Reinheitsgebot, name a beer after a hard rock band and still make a run of the mill, unexciting beer

L: Pours brilliant straw gold under a persistent 2” clingy, lacy white foam collar.

S: Spicy, herbal, perfumy nose with light grains, clean fermentation character.

T: big spicy, earthy hop flavors, clean light grains, some faint biscuit. Medium bitterness. Lingering bitter and malt.

F: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

O: Fairly standard. Not bad but nothing really stands out either. With the name, I would expect more.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.61/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

I am not gonna write a full-blown review of this like I normally would. But I'll give you what you need and that's all.

A- Looks spot on as far as a Euro lager is concerned.

S- Scent was standard Euro lager smells. Grainy and grassy. Had those spicy hops and light biscuits. But there was an off-puting wet cellar smell as well.

T- Taste is god offal. It had the same flavors from the scent, but overall tasted dirty and musty. It tasted as if it was old. It also a very nasty metallic/minerally taste. Not the worst thing in the world, but not very good at all.

M- This drank exactly how a crisp and refreshing lager would.

Overall this was not great. It was dirty tasting. And it was overly metallic. I paid $3.14 for a single can, and it was not worth it. Not one I'd seek out ever again.

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Photo of jlindros
2.94/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An overrated brewery making a beer after an overrated band, don't expect much from this.

Pouring from the can forces a big frothy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with tons of messy soapy lacing. Super crystal clear pale color.

Nose starts with lots of toasty straw, lager pilsner malts, sweet lager malts, into mild minerality, a little skunky sulfur note in the background, little grassy hop.

Taste brings mild toasty grainy malt, straw again, little sweet but dry soft lager, nice at first, but then again mineral with little sulfur skunk note, weird bitter mineral thing, gypsum chalk or something. Touch grassy hop, cereal dust and paper. Finish little sticky, weird bitterness, icky mineral and husky straw paper dust lingering, corn stalk too.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, sticky weird finish.

Overall as expected pretty fail.

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Photo of beergoot
1.99/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Crystal clear, light yellow tinged body; large, lively carbonation bubbles; very thick, fluffy, white head. PIlsner-like aroma; grassy; slightly vegetable in nature. Tastes like dirty water; strong, acrid, metallic flavors. Weak, watery mouthfeel; dry finish.

This beer nosedives from a respectable appearance and okay aroma to one ironic bland yet extremely bitter tasting cluster fuck. Don't buy into the hard rock/heavy metal marketing hype. Unless your appreciation of beer revolves on visual aesthetics, this is one beer that no one except those of an adventurous and very inquisitive nature should explore. It ain't a drain pour, but it's oh, so close...

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Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cool looking 19 OZ can into a pint glass. This beer is a clear yellow color with a thick white head. Has a decent aroma of light hops. Has a mild flavor. A good summertime beer.

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Photo of Duffman79
1.88/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This was really one of the worst beers I have ever tried. Not expecting a lot, but still let down. A friend of mine picked up a single can for $3 and shared it with me. Although I didn't pay, I still feel ripped off.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 3.21 fl oz. can, some sort of coded canning information on the bottom. Acquired a single can of this oddity from the local beer store for something like $2.50. "German Beer. Australian Hardrock" "Premium Lager Beer, Brewed and canned in Germany by Karlsberg Brauerei"

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Looks like what it is - traditional "premium lager beer" appearance. A crisp clear pale golden body with active carbonation visible, and three big fluffy fingers of white froth. For what it is, it's looking good.

S - Traditional aroma - sweet & grainy. Not dirty, corny, or husky. Not 'skunky' but there is a note that lingers towards that realm. A simple aroma that hits it's mark.

T - The taste follows the nose: sweet & grainy. Not corny or husky. It brings to mind clean pale lagers like Rolling Rock, I suppose. Simplistic, to be sure, but it isn't half bad. Clean, sweet, & grainy.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Some lingering grainy sweetness left behind. Not a whole lot going on with this one.

Overall, not bad at all for what it is. I'm not an AC/DC fan nor will I ever be, but this brew wasn't half bad as a novelty item. Fresh & drinkable, it will appeal to fans of typical American Adjunct lagers.

Karlsberg AC/DC -----3.5/5

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

568ml can poured into tulip 5/10/15

A looks the part, golden yellow with lots of suspended particles being pushed around by plenty of bubbles of all sizes and speeds, two fingers slowly falls to a thick film leaving soapy rings deep down the glass, looks perfect

S some grass and wet hay, has some noble notes going on but smells sweet and not quite skunky but the malts a little dank leaning towards sour, maybe a hint of lemon and wet cardboard

T some spice I didn't smell, more noble notes and less sweet, grainy, dankness, a step in the right direction

M has some body but fairly light, soft from the bubbles, a little slick and the finish is clean other then a little spice lingering

O not the best example of the style but passable as a lawnmower beer if its hot enough, looks amazing smells a little meh but drinkable

I wont lie I just wanted the can and I wouldn't go back for seconds of the beer, just another brew that doesn't strike me as memorable

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AC/DC lager has a very thick, frothy white head, heavy lacing left behind on the glass, and a clear, bubbly, straw-gold appearance. The aroma is of pale malt and grassy hops oil, and the flavor is the same, with a growing hop bitterness, as one sips. Mouthfeel is medium, and AC/DC finishes clean, crisp, and refreshing.


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