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Carling Beer - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
58
awful

55 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 28.44%
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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Photo of ThinkAgain
1/5  rDev -54.1%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of 3Vandoo
1/5  rDev -54.1%
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!

3Vandoo, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of slackt
1.11/5  rDev -49.1%

slackt, Sep 02, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -42.7%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -42.7%

seinfeldette, May 16, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -42.7%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of beerbtl
1.5/5  rDev -31.2%

beerbtl, Jun 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -31.2%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of EatsTacos
1.5/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

EatsTacos, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of slitherySOB
1.68/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

slitherySOB, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of jahsausage
1.7/5  rDev -22%
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....

jahsausage, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of bulldogops
1.75/5  rDev -19.7%

bulldogops, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of trevorwideman
1.75/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

trevorwideman, Feb 08, 2007
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1.75/5  rDev -19.7%

sbarre, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
1.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of exnx
1.83/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

exnx, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of steeler
1.85/5  rDev -15.1%
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!

steeler, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
1.9/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
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1.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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

cypressbob, May 15, 2004
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

beerhunter13, Mar 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

bacondude4, Nov 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

mungus, Oct 16, 2012
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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
58 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.