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Carling Beer - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
58
awful

60 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.17
pDev: 29.03%
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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1.25/5  rDev -42.4%

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2.5/5  rDev +15.2%

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2/5  rDev -7.8%

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2/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of spinrsx
2.17/5  rDev 0%
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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2.5/5  rDev +15.2%

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1/5  rDev -53.9%

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3/5  rDev +38.2%

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2/5  rDev -7.8%

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of pieman25
2.9/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +37.3%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +84.3%
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.

Photo of exnx
1.83/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
2.5/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of DrJay
2.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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1.68/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
1.8/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.38/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of MattyV
2.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Despite my best efforts, this has been my mother's go-to beer for quite some time now. Figured that since I'm home for the holidays and I may have consumed copious amounts of this as a teen, it was worth reviewing for old time's sake

A: just like most other macro lagers, pale yellow, fizzy white head disappears very quickly, no lacing to speak of, reminds me of a glass of apple juice

S: corn, something I can't place (and probably don't want to) that is typical of adjunct lagers, sweet, grainy

T: sweet, graininess/grassiness, unsurprisingly lacking in this department, nothing overly offensive though

M: overcarbonated, very thin

D: light and inoffensive, but has no interesting qualities that really makes this worth a try

Photo of TheHammer
2.83/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of steeler
1.85/5  rDev -14.7%
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!

Photo of EatsTacos
1.5/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of cyrenaica
1.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of relapse
2.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
58 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.