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Carling - Coors Brewers Ltd

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 28.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewers Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-05-2003)
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3/5  rDev +28.2%

07-15-2012 15:08:44 | More by pappetros
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2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

07-12-2012 21:33:29 | More by rolltide8425
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1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

04-27-2012 13:39:54 | More by petluo
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3/5  rDev +28.2%

04-03-2012 20:46:44 | More by jonmikel
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2.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-31-2012 19:35:23 | More by bh123
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2/5  rDev -14.5%

03-22-2012 17:43:55 | More by killianf
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2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

02-21-2012 01:25:08 | More by Paracatu
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 440ml can with a BB of April 2012. Picked up cheap from a supermarket. This is the quintessential English macro - cheap and available everywhere. I drank copious pints of it in my student days.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears quickly, leaving a surface film. Aroma of light malt with stewed leaves and overcooked veg - yuck.

Tastes of light malt with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Hints of stewed hops and veg, followed by a harsh background note. Mouthfeel is light, prickly and watery. Somewhat astringent. An unpleasant, stewed hop aftertaste.

As expected, a poor effort. Bland and thin. Nothing to be commended here - I'm not sure I'd even consider this particularly refreshing. Avoid.

Serving type: can

02-14-2012 22:16:52 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Bob6518


3/5  rDev +28.2%

01-11-2012 14:48:12 | More by Bob6518
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.35/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a yellow-gold with a substantial white head. The smell is pretty good considering that it's significantly cheaper than a Dr. Pepper. It smells sort of like a better American adjunct, so nothing respectable or noteworthy, but definitely not bad.
The taste is very unremarkable. But also very inoffensive (as I find some euro pales to be. Read Heineken). It just tastes like wet grain with very little flavour, enough hops to balance (which luckily doesn't take much) and a little bit metallic, but it's not bothering me. It'd say this is pretty average.

Serving type: can

01-01-2012 19:12:53 | More by ElCommodoro
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2/5  rDev -14.5%

12-06-2011 21:40:22 | More by jniagar1
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3/5  rDev +28.2%

11-22-2011 17:31:43 | More by Hophead717
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +28.2%

11-20-2011 11:32:41 | More by jonb5
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2/5  rDev -14.5%

11-14-2011 21:26:56 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -14.5%

11-14-2011 17:39:06 | More by Midway
Photo of Haybeerman


2.48/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Bright, clear gold color. Poured a 3 finger stark white head that fell immediately to an even skim. Decanted vigorously. No lacing.

S: Wet grain. Faint sweet. Maybe a slight grassiness (but I probably imagined it).

T: Crackery malt that's dry and crisp. Transitions to hay and cut grass in the in a finish where it all lingers a little unpleasantly.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; very active in the glass and on the palate. Crisp and dry but a bit too much aftertaste to be refreshing.

O: Less than ordinary but nothing was horribly wrong.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 18:51:10 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of woosterbill


2.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml NEW TASTE LOCK CAN with a lock that has turned blue to tell me that it's cold - what will they think of next!? Poured into a wine glass.

A: Crystal clear and radiant amber-gold body that's brimming with fizziness on its way up to the coarse, fleeting white head. It's actually significantly richer in color than I was expecting, and the fizzy head does leave a few spots of lace. Not terrible, but I just have to subtract an appearance point because of the hideously garish, gimmicky can.

S: Stale grain, and absolutely nothing else. No hops, no sweetness, no nothing - just dry, husky, boring graininess. At least there's nothing off about it, but damn this is one forgettable-smelling lager.

T: Ah, here is where the true torture begins. The staleness of the grain multiplies exponentially, bringing in overtones of stable hay and rotting grass. There's a distinct metallic bite on the tail end (although surely the TASTE LOCK CAN can't have affected the flavor negatively), and it finishes with dull dryness that some might call crisp, but I would call piercingly insipid. This tastes like a beer that worked hard to make itself as boring as possible, and in that respect it's a success.

M: Thin and prickly, just as I expected. The high carbonation level actually does succeed in adding a touch of creaminess eventually, though, although I hate to leave it in my mouth long enough for this redeeming feature to materialize. Pretty standard.

O: This is the first beer I'm having on my trip to England and Belgium, and I'm drinking it for two reasons: first, so I have nowhere to go but up; second, so I can make room in my host's fridge for the better beer that I will help him pick out. To his credit, though, this was left by another guest, so at least my friend didn't commit the heinous sin of paying money for freaking Carling. What a crappy, boring beer - it makes High Life or PBR taste positively complex and well-crafted.


Serving type: can

05-19-2011 12:28:49 | More by woosterbill
Photo of kojevergas


2.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On draught into Carling pint glass in Ennis, Ireland.

A: 1.5 finger head of fair cream. Clear blonde with a light bubble show.

Sm: Clean barley.

T: Fizzy open and finish. Clean barley taste with malt and a few hops. Generic and simple.

Mf: Overcarbonated; too coarse for the style. Too fizzy. Too wet.

Dr: A crap beer for the masses. Leave it be, lads. Price is alright.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 23:12:11 | More by kojevergas
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3.1/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm stunned at the poor reviews of this beer. I am not a huge fan of Euro lagers but really this one is not as bad as many out there. Compare with the dreadful Ozlagers and this one really shines.
First, it poured a light amber colour with a thick fluffy head. Little in the way of smell but some breadiness which is evident on the flavour. Mouthfeel is pretty typical and drinkability is good. If you served this at an Australian BBQ they'd think it was top shelf. There's nothing offensive in this beer and it is tidy but bland quaffer. I rather enjoyed its bready character. It is cheap and clean and doesn't deserve the terrible rating it has now. By all means give it a go but don't expect it to win any awards.

Serving type: can

12-28-2010 04:50:03 | More by rjimlad
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Settled with a foam like white head that lasted well, Light amber in colour with lots of bubbles.

Little smell of this mass market lager. What there was hinted at chemicals & bread, slightly skunky as well.

Like the smell, very bland & chemical like in taste. A kind of bread like taste with some hops hinted at.

A very rough, thick feel to the lager. It felt course on the tongue & very watery in the finish.

This was a very poor lager that was barely drinkable & a real slog to finish.


Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 13:42:36 | More by flyingpig
Photo of smithza9


3.48/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh the beer store. What a wonderful place! This was a must have for me as a soccer fan. It has a very fruity yet pleasing taste that make it good on a hot summer day. It looks darker than the American pale lagers and fel more full bodied. I wouldn't want to have to much of this at one time as I think it would be very overwhelming.


Serving type: can

08-13-2010 05:47:03 | More by smithza9
Photo of benclimbs


2.35/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

ok ok ok, so everyone talks soooo much crap about this beer i just had to try it...i paid £1.50 for a pint of it, so figured it was worth a shot.

pours golden and fizzy with a small amount of lacing and no retention on the head...seen worse looking beers.

smell is just some bready lager stuff, nothing really there...nothing super harshly bad though, no skunky or off smells really

the taste is where it really comes through that this is not a very nice beer. tastes very light and watery in the mouth, the only flavour is a hint of bready malts in the middle of the sip quickly fading into an off sourish bitter then dissipating into more nothingness.

indeed it is quite a bad beer, though it really is a step above coors light and other typical on tap american lagers, maybe on par with Bud.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 17:44:01 | More by benclimbs
Photo of FreshHawk


2.28/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light clear yellow with a moderate white head that disappeared pretty fast.

S - Not much, Some malt/grain sweetness and a bit of mineral.

T - Not a lot. Mostly grainy (corn) sweetness and a bit of mineral taste. Maybe slight hops at the end.

M - Light body with decent carbonation. What you would expect from a mass produced/consumed beer.

D - Like other similar beers, easy to drink but with the flavor why would you really want to?

Notes: Like others in the style, this one doesn't really have anything to set it apart though. Not really all that much worse or better than other beers like it. So if you are in a situation that you want this kind of beer or that is all you can get, feel free to try it, but don't expect a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 12:19:19 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of drpimento


2.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served with a thin fine (going flat?) white head and lots of lace. Color is a very clear amber. Flavor's common world beer and at least it's not overly sweet as is so common these days. Flavor's malt and a teensy bit of hop and corn. Finish is corn/rice beer. A real yawner. Session if you like headaches.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 11:06:32 | More by drpimento
Photo of MrAleman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good old Carling lager sold in most pubs across the country and associated with football hooligans and sadly for Celtic football club also sponsors their team shirts.

Carling has a somewhat unique taste to it as it is somewhat sweet. There is nothing very special about the flavour though and the fizzyness is quite about. Really quite a dull beer and too much of this and you won't feel too great for a few days. Carling is a typical persons lager and is not worth drinking if you prefer better beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 21:48:08 | More by MrAleman
Carling from Coors Brewers Ltd
59 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.