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Carling Beer - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
59
awful

53 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.23
pDev: 27.35%
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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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -55.2%

01-06-2012 17:55:17 | More by ThinkAgain
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

1/5  rDev -55.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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


1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

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

Ontario (Canada)

1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

05-16-2013 20:15:19 | More by seinfeldette
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

10-10-2013 03:34:52 | More by ZachT
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beerbtl

California

1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

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

Yukon (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There's no excuse really to be drinking this beer, its one of a few beers that I will turn down if its offered to me.

Pale yellow, 1 finger head after agressive pour. No lacing.

Aroma and taste are mostly malt extract, adjuncts, wet cardboard. Pretty terrible and undrinkable really.

Serving type: can

10-22-2008 04:06:03 | More by EatsTacos
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Served at a barbeque. Best drunk out of a can; a very cold can.
Pours a straw colour yellow with foam that's like a teenager's erection. Rises quickly then disappears. The smell is, well... Has that wet bread smell I find very common in most macro lagers. Not much else. Taste has nothing offensive to it, but nothing pleasant either. Just a dull, beer taste. Very thin mouthfeel. Again, a gassy beer that leaves you belching alot. Not recommended. Something best drunk cold and fast, or not drunk at all.

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 18:22:40 | More by slitherySOB
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jahsausage

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

1.7/5  rDev -23.8%
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....

Serving type: can

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

Manitoba (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2007 18:55:30 | More by trevorwideman
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

11-25-2012 04:05:30 | More by sbarre
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

1.83/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

to be honest, this was perhaps the cheapest beer at the store at $1.90 for a tall boy, so i got one. good thing i had low expectations.

smells, tastes, and feels like mediocre-to-poor beer. simple as that. very little flavor from start to finish, leaving a bit of an unpleasant taste and feel.

if you're looking for plain and simple inexpensive lagers, i'd definitely just go with something like bud over this. after a couple of these i imagine i'd start to feel pretty gross.

Serving type: can

09-08-2010 03:07:55 | More by exnx
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steeler

Ontario (Canada)

1.85/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another very popular buck-a-beer in Ontario, how this is popular is beyond me. When poured into a pint glass, it looks like a light lager, but what can you expect, its a macro. The smell is of wet cardboard, corn adjunct and metal! Taste is insanely watered down, and tastes like mineral water. Brutal. Thin, overly carbonated, and watery mouthfeel. Its an alright drinker, when ICE cold, but when it warms, seriously don't even bother. Much better out there for the same price. AVOID!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 17:58:55 | More by steeler
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

1.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can
4.9% ABV

I tried this beer on December 31, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a very translucent pale gold colour with a huge fluffy white head that was gone quickly. The aroma was very grainy/grassy. The mouthfeel was fuller than water, and far too carbonated. The flavour was very grainy/grassy too.

Serving type: can

05-12-2008 03:13:36 | More by cyrenaica
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

1.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can

Pours with a typical cheap ass macro swill look, straw yellow and very little head, no retention to speak of

Smell, husk, rice and very little else. Skunky aroma

Taste is malty and dry. Overly carbonated and one dimensional flavours

Terrible brew

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 11:41:06 | More by cypressbob
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -10.3%

03-25-2012 12:57:41 | More by beerhunter13
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -10.3%

10-26-2013 00:04:02 | More by MJ63
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bacondude4

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -10.3%

07-16-2012 00:37:32 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -10.3%

11-24-2011 02:33:10 | More by oldp0rt
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mungus

Australia

2/5  rDev -10.3%

10-16-2012 13:52:13 | More by mungus
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TrojanWheels

California

2/5  rDev -10.3%

01-19-2012 18:24:52 | More by TrojanWheels
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -10.3%

02-13-2013 13:04:36 | More by DaPan
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relapse

Ontario (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's a molsons value brand that still somehow manages to offer an experience comparable to their more expensive products. A consistent gold colour, a consistent corn smell, a consistently bland, innocuous flavour. Yep it's an American macro. I can't bash it too hard because I don't find anything offensive about it- at least they didn't go crazy with the cheap adjuncts.

It would still be near the bottom of my list if I were going for value. It IS possible to spend a buck a beer and still taste something.

Serving type: can

12-03-2007 21:49:35 | More by relapse
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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
59 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.