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AC/DC - Karlsberg Brauerei

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 27.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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 +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

568 ml can. €,79 @ Kaufland, Goerzallee 195, 14167 Berlin
- - - 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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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
1.25/5  rDev -61.2%

Photo of vinivini
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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 SomethingClever
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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 aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of tone77
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +13.7%
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 +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of enelson
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +3.7%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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 metter98
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a small collar around the edge that extends up into some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bready and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of bready and cracker malts and light bits of associated sweetness. Hints of floral and grassy hops are present, but these only contribute a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has slight hints of dryness.
O: This lager is quite easy to drink and doesn't have any off flavors like you would normally expect from beers in this style, especially the ones that come in green bottles.

Serving type: can

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Photo of kkmiller76
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of JALIEN
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefdave37
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pstam87
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and cracker malts with a light aroma of floral + grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and cracker malts with a light amount of corn-like sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral + grassy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean with very light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with clean flavors. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 janubio
2.56/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

568 ml. can. Pours a straw yellow colour, with a small head that dissapears in a minute, leaving a ring on the border. Smell of canned beer as it used to be canned beer years ago, medicinal, some grain and maybe flowers. Medium to light body and thin palate. Taste is metallic, herbal and some masty sweetness. I'll keep the can, but if I drink another one it has to be in an AC/DC concert where they only sell this beer. Wait... maybe is why they made this for?

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Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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AC/DC from Karlsberg Brauerei
77 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.