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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: 2
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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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of biboergosum
2.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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 DrJay
2.4/5  rDev +10.1%
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 spinrsx
2.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

spinrsx, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +37.6%
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 andrenaline
2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

andrenaline, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -8.3%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +83.5%
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 DaPan
2/5  rDev -8.3%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev +37.6%
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 30, 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 ZachT
1.25/5  rDev -42.7%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +36.7%
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 irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +26.1%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of soupyman10
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%
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 beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -8.3%

beerhunter13, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Shiloh
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%
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 ThinkAgain
1/5  rDev -54.1%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of cypressbob
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
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of DenisKolkin
2.79/5  rDev +28%
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 ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev +72%

ffshore545, Jul 06, 2014
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 TrojanWheels
2/5  rDev -8.3%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
58 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.