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Carling Black Label - Molson Coors Canada

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 32.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A contemporary lager beer with a light, crisp, refreshing aroma and taste.

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 02-17-2003)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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2.98/5  rDev +24.2%

12 ounce can - $2.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Incredibly clear body with just a hint of yellow to it and capped by a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sadly, a near vacant nose with only the mere faintest hints of light pale malts and a few sweetish cereal grain notes.

Taste: Rather light pale maltiness, a tad grainy, and with a cereal sweetness to it. Meager hint of corn. Faint touch of floral hops and an altogether minimal amount of bitterness. Finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm told my grandfather has a fan of this beer back in the 50's and 60's. Nothing inherently wrong, there are no off-flavors, but it's all just sooo thin in every regard that you'd swear it was a self-designed light lager.

06-13-2009 16:53:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
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Ontario (Canada)

2.86/5  rDev +19.2%

Curiosity got the best of me and Black Label made it to the top of my to-do list. When making the purchase the older male cashier asked "Black label? Do you normally drink that." I knew I was in for something unusual with a reputation I had no idea about.

Opening the box the bottles were dusty, making it obvious this isn't a go to beer for the average beer drinker. I cracked the bottle and poured it into a glass. Very light yellow colour, not much foam, carbonation okay, and smells cheap.

First sip and my conclusion, not too bad. For the price there's a lot worse out there. I had no struggle getting through the case, in fact the only reason I haven't bought this again is because I have to drive out of my way to get it at the beer store. Not carried at all locations. I don't know why, compared to all the other discount beers out there Black Label is pretty damn good.

Good for summer BBQ's, relaxing watching the game, any occasion where you just want a decent beer. Can't go wrong for the price!

02-02-2014 02:15:22 | More by haharight
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

08-04-2014 02:24:50 | More by HerbMeowing
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2.25/5  rDev -6.3%

09-17-2012 20:46:52 | More by NilocRellim
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

01-24-2012 13:40:36 | More by mdtnelson
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2.13/5  rDev -11.3%

Notes are from a fresh can taken home from a party yesterday afternoon and drunk (and subsequently poured out) this afternoon.

This is a pale gold, a bit deeper and darker than straw. A half finger of white foam serves as the head for a few seconds and then leaves a remainder along the edge of the glass that leaves a few spots of lacing.
TGhe problem with some AALs is that there's simply nothing to them. That's not so bad as the ones that are actually offensive. This one leans toward the former, fortunately.
The aroma is completely nondescript and barely detectable. Grains, very light notes of malt and a lame sweetness is pretty much it.
The flavor is about the same with the addition of a very light dose of hops that is so light that it attempts bitter and just ends up adding another element in the flavor. At least it has that going for it, although "musty" isn't the greatest attribute. Regardless, more comes through than on the nose for sure.
The mouthfeel isn't that bad for the style; it is light and a little slick, but it's crisp and it does its job pretty much as demanded. It's what the BMC crowd expects.
I drank enough to review this thing, then it was down the drain.

06-06-2011 16:53:23 | More by Brenden
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-26-2013 00:02:23 | More by MJ63
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Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +8.3%

Coming out of seeing a movie downtown with a few friends, and we decided to have a brew at the nearest open pub to where they parked. Hmmm. Turns out this meant the Richelieu bar, a place I've walked past countless times, yet never felt the need to darken the doorstep.

This beer, the only thing on tap, pours a very clear, very pale yellow colour, with one finger of thin soapy white head, which fizzes away quickly, leaving a small irregular ring of lace around the glass. It smells of mild corn/rice sweetness, and faint weedy hops. The taste is sweet, fibrous corn, a tiny inkling of grainy malt, a bit of nail polish, and a mild weedy hop dryness. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, spritzy, and clingy. It finishes off-dry, mostly a soft sweet grain alcohol essence.

A very plain, boring lager, par for the course, though nothing offensive, and unsurprisingly adequate for guzzlin' in the local dive bar.

10-02-2010 05:27:42 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -25%

I never bothered to review this before, but while I am waiting for a serviceman..beer cheese smell, a little taste, thin, fizzy carbonation. A little white head on yellow. One has to be very thirsty to try, however not the worst macro I have swallowed.

12-08-2006 20:09:11 | More by Sammy
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1.25/5  rDev -47.9%

04-06-2012 04:46:40 | More by avisong
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

02-05-2012 02:05:13 | More by jtnelson40
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev +25%

08-09-2013 21:19:13 | More by EBeckett3
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2.6/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours "lager yellow" (potential Crayola color?) with a half inch white head. Smells typically lagerish, with an edge of skunk, typical of these nouveu hip cheap beers. Tastes pretty OK, with a little malty sweetness and more flavor than some other pale lagers. Mouthfell is too full, almost sticky, but I could see downing a couple of these in one sitting, assuming I had no alternative.

05-25-2004 01:00:00 | More by nortmand
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West Virginia

2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2014 23:32:25 | More by WVBeerFan
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3.5/5  rDev +45.8%

01-13-2012 02:08:40 | More by uziangis
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Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-18-2014 10:05:40 | More by RandyFlameThrower
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Alberta (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev +0.8%

I have funny memories of this beer, thanks to a cheap ex-roommate who would drink my import and craft beers, promise to replace them and then return from a beer run . . . with this.

Putting my "nostalgia" aside, there wasn't a lot to remember about this beer — despite the recent sampling, complete with notes. It poured into my pint glass a pale gold with a compact one-finger head. The smell was faint — almost non-existent. What little I could smell was malty, corny and sweet. Same for the taste, though relatively speaking, this beer isn't bad for one made with adjuncts: bready malt, husky grain and sweet corn that left a bit of a film on the palate. The body was thin and watery, probably the most unpleasant aspect of what was otherwise a nondescript experience.

04-21-2007 01:11:54 | More by vanrassel
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -58.3%

05-15-2013 13:10:45 | More by erialbill
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2.45/5  rDev +2.1%


so this is a shit beer, and I don't deny that for a second..but i have to disagree with the Bros. that it should be avoided, it should only be avoided if you have more than 2$ to spend on beer...
coming home from work today, I decided to stop by the local bodega for something refreshing.. Carling's Black label 40 oz.. so it's trashy, but if the Bros. can profess to love PBR, then I feel confident that i can say this is average beer, nothing out of the ordinary, malt, hops(barely), water and yeast (and some other shit I probably don't want to think about)..I also like it a bit. perhaps its only nostalgia, or perhaps my palate is sooo unrefined, but I don't find myself hating this beer....
and that's as far as I'll go..

yellow, fizzy, some lace, alcohol, and in my subjective experience, not as noxious as some other shit beer.

note. I just saw that this is cross referenced with beers from Brooklyn, Sam Smith's, Victory and Otter Creek. If you are offered a choice, don't be a shmuck, choose anything else...

10-08-2003 21:32:06 | More by mydeadguy
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1.75/5  rDev -27.1%

07-20-2014 14:55:14 | More by waddellc2
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2/5  rDev -16.7%

03-14-2013 20:43:49 | More by Segelstrom
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2/5  rDev -16.7%

04-23-2014 09:54:08 | More by Sanchezrox23
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Quebec (Canada)

1.1/5  rDev -54.2%

Bottle: Poor fizzy yellow lager with no taste or aroma except for the usual macro corn syrup. Cannot believe that this is the best selling beer in the UK since 1971! You could have thought that they could have done better with the wide array of choice of decent beer (Bass, Bodingtons...)

04-14-2005 13:57:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.03/5  rDev +26.3%

Black Label is my third favorite poundah to have on hand, after Narragansett and Schlitz. Its got some taste, and the price is right. $6 for 15 cans... I recommend with reservations because it is brewed by Molson-Coors now, which is, in my eyes, a corporation whose leadership has an anti-worker ideological slant and history. Politics aside, it gets the job done better than most.

Normal appearance, moderate carbonation when sipped from the can (not too much, mind you). Flavor is some cereal and slight hop bitterness. Certainly some crisp, mildly sweet corn, but overall has a pretty dry finish.

01-20-2009 22:37:32 | More by aflockofshegulls
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-16-2012 14:22:57 | More by irishkyle21
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Carling Black Label from Molson Coors Canada
59 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.