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AC/DC - Karlsberg Brauerei

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 29.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Karlsberg Brauerei
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: eduardolinhalis on 10-21-2012

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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 right 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 +0.9%
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 +19.2%
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 -46.4%
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 +10.7%
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 -23.7%
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 +20.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.5%
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 +5.7%
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 +13.6%
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 -17.7%
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 -7.3%
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 -37.2%
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 +15.1%
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 -40.7%
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 +7.6%
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 +12.3%
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 +18.3%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grass, fruit, and sugar flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but nothing stands out about this one to me.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

19.2 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 4/30/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Solid aromas with good balance of pale malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, corn, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, corn, bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid pale lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 19.21oz can into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear pale golden yellow with about 3/4 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

The aroma was typical, light grain, with some gentle hops. Taste was pretty much the same, with a bit of sweetness on the back of the palate.

Drinkability was good, the beer went down quick and easy. Overall, not a great beer, and not a terrible one. worththe couple bucks for the tick.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

568ml (an Imperial pint, I'm guessing), tall sleek can - mine is subtitled 'Rock or Bust' (the name of the eponymous rock band's current touring album), with the song listings printed on the label.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, frothy, and mildly chunky eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly and steadily recedes.

It smells of bready, slightly doughy pale malt, wet breakfast cereal and the box it comes in, a touch of overripe apple flesh, and plain leafy, weedy, and moderately grassy hops. The taste is more of the same - grainy, bready pale malt, a hint of yeasty gasohol, stale cereals, ethereal apple and pear fruity notes, and some weedy, musty, and dead grassy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is very tame for this sort of thing, what with its generic, and hard to sustain frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and kind of tacky in its more miss than hit smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the soggy cereal malt thankfully having mostly shed that initial cardboard pithiness.

Hmmmm - 'rock', or 'bust'? I have to say that this one leans quite heavily towards the latter - not much to recommend it by, with more than a few cracks evident. Maybe easy enough to pound back for a music video shoot, or the like, but not something I'd go out of my way for, in terms of product quality (I await my rock 'n' roll damnation, forthwith).

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Photo of tone77
3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 19.3 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head and lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, malts, some sweetness, hints of hops. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall a refreshing and easy drinking lager.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow lager with a tall white colored head.

Smells or toasted grain and grassy hops. Pretty much your standard European Lager so far.

Starts out mild with a taste like the smell, toasted grain and mild hops, light bitterness. That is about it, mild inoffensive lager.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall just a European Lager in a can.

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AC/DC from Karlsberg Brauerei
75 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.