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Carling Beer - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
58
awful

54 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.2
pDev: 27.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Carling has been Britain’s best selling lager for more than three decades. It is brewed to have the perfect balance of sweetness & bitterness ensuring it is as brilliantly refreshing from the first sip to the last. The story of our product can be seen on the crest which features on all of our packaging and is designed to demonstrate the care that goes into brewing Britain’s favourite beer.

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 01-29-2003)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +28.6%

Appearance: The beer pours with a good thumb of head that retained and laced somewhat, which is nice for a buck a beer. Decent carbonation and has a clear straw color. Distinctly average.

Smell: The smell of this beer is decently strong, but I wouldn't call it pleasant. It has a straw and grain scent with a mix of skunk and metal to it.

Taste: Nothing overly great here, but it's not offensive. Pretty much your standard adjunct lager. Starts with a hay like taste that turns to a more corn and grain mix and ends with the barest touch of hops. However there is a definitive plastic and metal taste to the whole beer.

Mouthfeel: Well, the beer transitions well enough and the carbonation is decent but it leaves a plastic aftertaste that while not strong, does linger.

Drinkability: Well the beer does go down smoothly and doesn't cause bloating or gas issues. It's fairly refreshing and the low price gives it something of a free pass. Certainly the most redeeming part of this beer.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much your standard buck a beer fare. It's not really meant to knock your socks off, it's meant to be guzzled down and get you drunk. As far as buck a beers go, this one is pretty average. If you are on a budget, you could certainly do worse, but there isn't anything special about this beer.

06-20-2009 23:00:14 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -9.1%

03-25-2012 12:57:41 | More by beerhunter13
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +81.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Is there such a thing as "Canadian Retro Lager"? The brand has been around since 1840, Rocky Mountains are on the label ... this one screams "BEER!"

Obvious filtered clarity donning a pale yellow color, decent head retention with a thin layer of lace that stays for a good while. Sweet, oh sweet cooked corn aroma ... not offensive and actually clean with a mild graininess in the back of the nose. A crispness that was manufactured to perfection drops a smoothness on the light body. Very light and wet malt sweetness up front with some cooked cereal and a clean, drying grain in the finish. Muted hops only bring bitterness to the palate, which does help balance. Clean and refreshing aftertaste, very little lingers on the tongue.

Yeah, this is beer. Call it macro, industrial, retro or even mass-produced, this is actually a very clean and drinkable lager and spot-on for the style--it could easily give PBR a run for its money, given the chance.

09-14-2010 05:19:50 | More by BeerAdvocate
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -18.2%

It's been a long time since I've had a Carling, and with a new design can - and a cheap price, figured it was time to do so.

Poured into a lager glass. Light golden, lots of visible carbonation. About a half inch of head that dissolves quickly.

Nose is barely perceptible. Light malts, corn, chemical. Blech...

Tastes like a light beer. Seriously, there's nothing here of value. Light corn, tin, not a trace of hops or flavor of any kind. Inoffensive, but then again, so is tap water.

Mouthfeel is thin, aggressively carbonated. Burping like crazy...

Look elsewhere for a cheap lager product - this one has nothing to offer. I finished it, at least, but that's about all the praise I can muster.

06-12-2010 05:55:29 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Miha

Slovenia

2.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-02-2013 00:06:29 | More by Miha
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -9.1%

10-26-2013 00:04:02 | More by MJ63
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev +8.2%

Having recently read a book about the history of the big brewers in Canada, and not being familiar with Carling products in Western Canada, I thought it at least somewhat worthwhile to drop less than a toonie on this gem at the local LCBO during my recent lengthy sojourn to Toronto...

This beer pours a clear, very light straw 'colour', with three fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some pretty thorough lace around the glass as it quickly melts away. It smells of white grains, some nail polish remover, and a metallic edge - hops? Nah. The taste is sweet corn mash and, really nothing else of note. The carbonation is average, the body clammy, thin, and oil slickish, and it finishes off-dry, the smooth corn sweetness the only thing perceptible.

As expected, a corn-sickle, definitely not improving as it warms. At least the skunk factor is pretty much negligible.

02-20-2010 07:37:18 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Deep gold colour. Poorly retained fizzy white head doesn't lace. Smells of wet bread and grain. Beery sweet grain aroma with a bit of grassiness. Tastes grainy and stale with mild bitterness and a bit of green apple twang. Light bodied and crisp with sharp carbonation. Some cheap macros are just as good, if not better, than their "premium" counterparts. This is not one of them. This drinks as cheap as it costs. What flavour it has is so weak that it's still easy enough to drink, if you drink it as cold as possible.

08-27-2010 19:15:17 | More by mintjellie
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traumaqueen


1.25/5  rDev -43.2%

04-03-2012 06:40:39 | More by traumaqueen
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jahsausage

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

1.7/5  rDev -22.7%

This is a domestically (NZ) produced version (by Independent Breweries) which is 4.5% alc/vol and was about medium cost for a domestic dozen. With some trepidation after reading the earlier reviews I am to going to get the can and pour...
It pours a beautiful golden, um. well... liquid effluent colour, with a small head which rapidly dissapates. Tastes fizzy and sweet at first impression. On repeated sips I discover a cloying mouth feel, there is a hint of bitterness 2/3 of the way through the swallow but the aftertaste is short and sweet. As a drink its a relatively innocuous alcoholic beverage which is easy to drink but as a beer it has little to no reedeeming characteristics.

do i feel a headache coming on....

01-08-2005 03:41:39 | More by jahsausage
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -54.5%

01-06-2012 17:55:17 | More by ThinkAgain
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-16-2012 14:22:16 | More by irishkyle21
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

1/5  rDev -54.5%

I am going to be harsh on this one, as I worked in selling that beer for years. Taste? tastes like cheap beer, and I am very very very polite here. No aroma, the head doesnt stay at all. Leave it for a time and you will see how the sugar added in that beer will get out. This should not be even called beer, but at its cheap price some "drinkers" will buy it. Cheap price, cheap beer cheap taste. A Horror of beer!

07-22-2004 18:41:22 | More by 3Vandoo
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bacondude4

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -9.1%

11-06-2013 21:16:30 | More by bacondude4
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Alberta_Beer_Guy

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -9.1%

07-16-2012 00:37:32 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -1.4%

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste bread mixed with malts, and lots of corn. There really isn't a whole lot of tasting going on.. it drinks like a light beer. It ends with a corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Figured I'd give this one a shot based on the 'Bros' review.. but it's really nothing special. Its very light tasting and has a lot of adjunct qualities. I guess it would work well for a camping/lawn mower beer.

01-16-2012 18:25:57 | More by spinrsx
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +25%

11-20-2011 22:01:40 | More by RedAleMan
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +13.6%

A disappointing product that leaves you wanting, a medium gold in colour with a very slight crown which quickly becomes a faint memory...speaking of faint, a light musty aroma greets the nose..the body is medium. The taste is well balanced and leaves you dry...

01-29-2003 17:55:59 | More by Shiloh
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev +13.6%

This one's really just your standard American macro. Copper color, big bubbles that die down with the quickness. It's basically Bud in Canada (maybe a little better), but if you can't get anything better (ie. Moosehead, Keiths, etc.), and you feel like being not sober, this'll do the job. I had one before we went out and got something better.

09-12-2007 17:14:43 | More by soupyman10
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +35.5%

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO. I've never had this Canadian classic before, but according to this year's Canadian Brewing Awards it's one of the better pale lagers available to us Canucks. I kind of want to see if they're full of it or not (like I need an excuse to drink new beer...)

Pours a familiar pale golden-straw colour, topped with a little more than a finger of bone-white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate into a reasonably thick, creamy cap. Bland aroma; corny adjunct and grains.

Wow this is boring. Pale grain malts and sickly-sweet corn are basically the only flavours. Clean finish with virtually no aftertaste, but that may have to do with the fact that it has little taste to begin with. Heavily carbonated, watery and thin-bodied, but ridiculously easy to drink. If nothing else, it's inoffensive.

This is without a doubt the least-interesting non-light beer I have ever consumed. I have definitely had worse beers, but I am struggling to think of anything I have ever had that approaches this level of blandness. I get that this is an adjunct lager and minimal flavour was probably intended, but it's possible to make an AAL that doesn't just taste like corn water. Why bother? Oh right, the price.

09-25-2011 03:54:12 | More by thehyperduck
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev +1.4%

Overall this beer seems very watery. In fact, it seems when you have a mouthfull of this beer the taste disapears within a second or two.

Very carbonated to. Smell is next to non existent and I would not recommend you drink this warm.

One very good point about this beer is the price. In Ontario it is $24 for 24, a difference for $38 for 24 for some beers. But in my opinion, there are better cheap beers out there.

12-07-2005 21:59:57 | More by CrazyMike
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beerbtl

California

1.5/5  rDev -31.8%

06-24-2013 01:19:23 | More by beerbtl
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DarrenBrule

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev +2.3%

06-16-2014 01:05:41 | More by DarrenBrule
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +30.9%

355ml can poured in a pilsner glass.

Clear, pale straw yellow in colour with lots of carbonation streams. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour, but settles down to a steady 1/8 inch cap. Sporadic lacing on the sides.

Fairly standard aroma for a macro lager. Grains with that typical adjunct (petrol) undertone. A little sweetness and corn as well.

Lightly sweet and grainy at the start with undertones of corn. After the carbonation rush the sweetness fades away and a harsh adjunct (petrol) quality sweeps in briefly before disappearing into a slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is grainy with a bit of a veggie taste and little bitterness, as if someone waved some hops over this batch.

Thin bodied and fizzy and generally smooth, but with a harsh caustic blast between the fizz and the finish.

I found this to be a fairly average macro lager in all respects. Strangely enough, it's better than more expensive and well known beers from Molson. A couple of times I had one of these from a 6 pack after a different lager (macro or euro) and at times it seemed quite good and at other times it seemed sub-par. Whatever the case, I found that it can stand up against other Canadian macros, but that still doesn't mean I'm going to drink it all the time.

03-21-2006 02:41:22 | More by Noxious26
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3/5  rDev +36.4%

A: Clear golden yellow into the glass, with a big head of white frothy foam. Some notes of lace and a medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Some notes of adjuncts and biscuity malts, and a touch of yeasty bread. Fair.

T: Middle of the road Canadian lager. Some mild maltiness is washed away with thrifty hops and mineral water flavors. Slightly sweet finish. Average.

M: Crisp, nominal, slightly sharp. Would go well on a hot summer day. Carbonation makes things entertaining, albeit, nothing out of the ordinary.

D: Fair. Better than Bud, but that's not really saying much, and that's all i'm gonna say.

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the sample.

03-03-2007 23:44:18 | More by Frozensoul327
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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
58 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.