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AC/DC - Karlsberg Brauerei

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 108
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 29.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karlsberg Brauerei
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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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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

AC/DC
568 ml can. €,79 @ Kaufland, Goerzallee 195, 14167 Berlin
5.0% abv. "GERMAN BEER AUSTRALIAN HARD ROCK"
- - - just for your information, this is not a one-off beer; and is currently available in several countries, and should have a more widespread presence soon (it has U.S. label approval). It's contract-brewed at facilities in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and France. Additionally, the company also makes an AC/DC Energy Drink. - - -

Appearance: Clear golden body. Rocky white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Fresh. Clean. Floral and grassy with some minor pils malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body. Surprisingly soft and smooth, moderate carbonation.

Flavor: Pils malt is the main component, followed by some delicate hop flavor and lightly spicy & grassy hops. It's not very hoppy, and not very bitter - hardly what I'd expect from "AC/DC" (on the other hand, Malcolm did turn 60 a couple of weeks back), but it is well-balanced and well-rounded. I'd imagine that you could drink a lot of these, and there is some character to it, so I don't think you'd go longing for more. If that was the aim, they've nailed it.

Overall: Gimmicky? Yes. But I just couldn't pass it up, and I only paid €,79 for it, which is €,11 less than the Evian water I bought, so it's not like it's really over-priced because of the name. At the same time I also bought three cans of beer in the standard ,5l size for €,28, €,33 and €,39 but they weren't as good. So, given the opportunity again I'd just buy the AC/DC beer. It's not great, but it's still pretty good. And the can "goes to 11"!

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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CAC329
3.93/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing is my best description ... I can drink this all night if I go in thirsty! =)

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.25/5  rDev -60.6%

Photo of vinivini
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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 HopsForBrains
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 mdaschaf
2.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 SomethingClever
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

AC/DC 16 oz can poured into shaker pint

A: Light clear yellow very carbonated lots of bubbles

S: bready, grainy, corn little bit of a pilsner nose to it

T: bready grainy reminds me of a less bitter miller high life

M: a little creamy not as thin as the color belies tastes clings a little to the tongue

O: Beer is quite common. The best thing about it is the slightly creamy mouthfeel. The beer is a run in the mill tasting macro brew. I think its a cross between high life and Budweiser.

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Photo of dertyd
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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 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 puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can. Sampled on September 11, 2015,

The pour is straw yellow under a big, white foamy head. It looks like a German Pilsener should look.

The aroma is toasted bread, crackers, pale German malts, and grass.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste is toasty, mildly sweet, and mildly grassy hopped with a brief dry finish. I wish I had some Sausage to go with this. It was a decently done Pilsener.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of enelson
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer, brewed both at Karlsberg Brauerei in Germany, and at Brassreie de Saverne in France, is pretty weak. Not awful, mind you - and for what I was expecting pretty spot-on. The flavors and smell and feel are just "meh" - it doesn't quite meet any style head-on, but presents a mild hop and grain profile like a pilsener, but lacking any real crispness. The product markets its adherence to the German Purity Law. I would characterize it as harmless.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap leaving good lacing. Aroma of grainy and bready malt, light grassy hops and a pleasant and somewhat surprising floral component. Flavor is biscuit malt with a bit of graininess developing, grassy hops, very slightly floral. Finishes quite dry and somewhat starkly bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The profile is classic pilsner, but a bit thin for one; the initial biscuity malt is pleasant and the grassy hops are robust enough, but the finish is dry and slightly astringent, could use some more malt flavor in the finish. Substantially fuller flavored than a typical Euro pale lager, but not a stellar pilsner. Better than expected, but does not need a return visit. The finish really drags the score down on this one.

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Photo of Sandon
5/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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AC/DC from Karlsberg Brauerei
75 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.