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Carling Beer - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
58
awful

59 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.19
pDev: 28.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +82.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev +71.2%

ffshore545, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Frozensoul327, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

purchased on a trip to Tweed, Ontario. Poured a pale yellow color with white head. Smell was almost non-existent. Taste was cold and thats about the best I can say for it. No offensive taste or odors. Used it as spacer between some of the good beers I consumed there.

tgbljb, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev +37%

AlexAfonin, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of rbuisson
3/5  rDev +37%

rbuisson, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

thehyperduck, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of pieman25
2.9/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a party, poured it into my generic pint glass. This stuff is one of the cheaper offerings from Molson-Coors in Ontario. I should really start reviewing some beers that I actually like, but for now, this will do.

Appearance - Nothing too special, a nice golden colour, with some foamy white head that dissipated relatively slowly (after about a minute or two) into a slightly thicker foamy white head.

Smell - Nothing too special, just some grains, nothing else that I could smell.

Taste - I didn't like it too much, it started out nice and grainy, then it just kicked into this overpowering sweetness that I did not like. It gets points for not having any of that funky "boiled cabbage/vegetables" flavour that I find very off putting, but the odd sweetness - I assume from corn or perhaps not enough fermentation - was just terrible after a while. No hops that I could taste either, I wasn't expecting much but this beer could really benefit from some nice sharp bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel, the body for the style was pretty good, not heavy at all, but a bit too light for my preference. Carbonation was actually really nice. Lastly, the light body of the beer and the overwhelming sweetness caused it to really slick down my throat in an unpleasant way.

Overall - This isn't going to win any awards, although I've heard it one a canadian brewing award in the pale lager category. While I would definitely rate it over some other beers in it's price range, this beer couldn't stand up to some of the other, pricier pale lagers out there like moosehead, in my opinion. In general, a frat boy beer that isn't completely repulsive, but there are other beers I would definitely pick over this.

pieman25, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of mschipper
2.9/5  rDev +32.4%

mschipper, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of Noxious26
2.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Noxious26, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of TheHammer
2.83/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheHammer, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of DenisKolkin
2.79/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden yellow color. 2 fingers of white head with some retention. Sparse lacing. Lots of bubbles rise to the top of the beer. Looks decent.

Smell - Some adjuncts and light grassy and grainy aromas. Nothing offp putting and nothing powerful here either.

Taste - Fairly bland with some corn which makes the beer a bit on the sugary sweet side. Retains a clean and refreshing taste too.

Mouthfeel - Clean crisp and refreshing. Medium- high carbonation.

Overall . Not a lot to say other than a better than expect AAL and definitely preferred to many of them.

DenisKolkin, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +25.6%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Miha
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Miha, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

mintjellie, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Shiloh
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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...

Shiloh, Jan 29, 2003
Photo of soupyman10
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

soupyman10, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of mjacquard
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mjacquard, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Magibeg
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Magibeg, May 17, 2014
Photo of DrJay
2.4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with a collar and skim of white soapy bubbles. There was a bit of spotty, short-lived lacing. Grainy cereal aroma, a little bready, slightly fruity. Sugary sweet up front with a dry, slightly metallic finish. A bit of fruit mid-palate and a hint of bitterness towards the end. The body started out fuller than I expected, but it felt thin by the end of each sip and the carbonation was a bit coarse. Not bad for an adjunct macro lager, but I know these guys can make a better beer.

DrJay, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
2.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of DarrenBrule
2.25/5  rDev +2.7%

DarrenBrule, Jun 16, 2014
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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
58 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.