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Carling Beer - Molson Coors Canada

Not Rated.
Carling BeerCarling Beer

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28 Reviews

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 73
Avg: 2.32
pDev: 44.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: Shiloh on 01-29-2003

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.
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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 73
Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
1.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

355ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

This beer actually looks pretty nice in a glass. Light straw colouring, full one inch head that subsides but sticks around at 1/2 inch. Medium carbonation. Smell is where things go downhill unfortunately. Soapy and skunky corn aromas mixed with a sharp metallic twang that is likely supposed to be hops.

Taste is lightly sweet and full of adjunct. The skunky and cheap beeriness of it all is almost overwhelming. Soapiness is definitely a characteristic of this brew, there is nothing "clean" or "refreshing" I just feel (and smell) like a cheap drunk after one. Mouthfeel could be worse, carbonation is more muted than in many cheap macros, and it finishes a bit sticky and dry. Having a rough time finishing one, more than that would be punishment.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
1.83/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Miha
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of MJ63
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of biboergosum
2.36/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.54/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of traumaqueen
1.25/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of jahsausage
1.72/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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....

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Photo of BigAl18
3.44/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't so bad, especially on tap.

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Photo of Barracudas
2.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ThinkAgain
1/5  rDev -56.9%

Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of 3Vandoo
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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!

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Photo of bacondude4
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of headlessparrot
2.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of spinrsx
2.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Shiloh
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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...

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Photo of soupyman10
2.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
63 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.