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Carling Black Label - Molson Coors Canada

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 32.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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1/5  rDev -58.3%

HerbMeowing, Aug 04, 2014
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

mdtnelson, Jan 24, 2012
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

jtnelson40, Feb 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

erialbill, May 15, 2013
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

dingusrev, Aug 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

Durandal_777, May 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -58.3%

deapokid, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
1.05/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mabel, Black Label! *whistle!* Or so the old commercial from the 60's used to go, way before my time. Along with Molson Pilsner and now Big Rock's AGD, Black Label is a standard among the blue collar low paid working class. And I salute them, it's a rough ride to bust your ass every day just to barely scrape by, as I was one of them when I first graduated from art college.

Still, it's not very good beer, all that said and done. Poured from its unmistakable black can and recognizable label, it's clear and pale yellow, quite a bit of carbonation, and it produced a fairly impressive white head ay first. That quickly receded to a wafer thin ring. The aroma is pretty much summed up with the word acrid, plus sickly sweet and pungent come to mind as well. Do not put your nose near this beer. The flavour is a lot mellower, watered down sweet corn and grain, a very caustic texture on the aftertaste, not smooth by any means. The more this warms up, the more flavour it loses, and more additive-riddled sandpaper texture it picks up. If you're going to drink this, it has to be ice cold and out of the can in order to screen out the off-flavours and to prevent any aroma from escaping. May cause trauma.

IronDjinn, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.1/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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...)

Phyl21ca, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of ski271
1.18/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ha! I was slumming it last night. Neighbor offered me a cold one, and I was shocked to see that it was the old Black Label. I hadn’t seen this stuff since my college days, and one sip reminded me why. When I can say “I’d rather have Bud”, that’s low.
Appearance: Pale, pale, yellow with a medium-sized, white, fizzy head that didn’t hang around much longer than a soda. Just the slightest bit of lacing early.

Smell: Uh... that typical adjunct stench and not much else.

Taste: Hardly any taste, but what is there is bad. Fizzy water with a tablespoon of beer and a teaspoon of raw sewage would probably taste similar to this. OK the raw sewage is a little harsh to use as a description, but there’s something in there that’s just…. just nasty. Otherwise, the light taste is made up of weak malts, the faintest hints of hops, and a tiny touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Typical. Fizzy water.

Drinkability: It was a struggle to put down the last bit of this after it warmed up a bit while talking with the neighbor. Next time I’m offered one of these, I think I’ll pass.

ski271, Mar 03, 2005
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1.25/5  rDev -47.9%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -47.9%

OldTime, Mar 10, 2012
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1.3/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours lighter than piss! smell is like a band-aid!, taste is actually not as bad as the smell, cheap shit, all the way! mouthfeel:average carbonated macro, drinkability: for me, only in the most desperate times!(like today).... oh all righty! ...have to have enough characters in this! God forbid! how much can you actually say about this stuff!

steinlifter, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of EMV
1.45/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is truly one of the worst beers I've ever had. Cheap macro junk that I really had a hard time finishing.

The appearance was probably the best feature of this one, and that's not saying a lot. Poured a dark yellow color with heavy carbonation. Thin head that fell fast, and a definitely chemical aroma that was fairly unpleasant.

The taste is macro-corn, with again, that unpleasant chemical sensation that really made this one rough on the palate. Worse by FAR when it gets a little warm, this is one I'd definitely avoid.

If you're poor or already drunk, maybe worth a shot... otherwise, buyer beware, and if you're that hard up grab a Molson Export, a Labatt or even a Budweiser to avoid this stuff. Cheers.

EMV, Aug 15, 2005
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

LooseMoose1978, Feb 04, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One of the clearest non-light beers I have seen. Head doesn't really maintain itself. Smells like stale bread, maybe cardboard, a little astringent. Taste has a fake creamed corn adjunctyness to it. A bit medicinal and cardboard in the finish. Body is lacking. I am always willing to try cheap beers in hopes of finding another PBR or MHL but this certainly wasn't it. Worse than tasteless, this was bad.

granger10, Feb 28, 2006
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

TheBigBoy, Jun 17, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

StrayteEDGE, Sep 09, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

rcjennings, Jan 26, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

mpenning13, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
1.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So, the other day I caught some punk kids who had smuggled cans of this into my bar, and confiscated the contraband before giving them the bumrush. Why would they need to hide this under their coats, is it because my offerings aren't good enough for them? Is this the holy grail of brews, that has somehow escaped my purview? Let us see...
Appearance: clear and extraordinarily pale, just a shade above invisible, with bubbly bone-white foam above, short in duration.
Aroma: best compared to ripe cardboard, dried lemon peel, dirty socks, and yesterday's urinal cakes.
Taste: None. No, sorry, there's an over-abundance of nothingness, and me, I'm stuck with no way to describe it. I'll try harder...lemonade without the sugar and the lemons..iced tea without the ice and the tea...a moist ghost faintly traveling through the palate, leaving the mind with only a fuzzy, bad memory, and the bladder with another load to bear.
This is the Official Beer for Nihilists, Everywhere. If you believe in Nothing, this is your God.

feloniousmonk, Jan 10, 2004
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1.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Went away for the weekend with a bunch of friends and each of us was responsible for a case of beer each. I brought a Great Divide mixed case and we had atleast 6 people bring your standard BMC products. The final guest arrived with a case of this brew. Never saw this exact product, but British friends always talk about drinking massive quantities of Carling products.

One of the lightest beers i have ever seen, im not even sure how to classify it - very pale straw color and overly carbonated to boot. Smell is almost non existant... no beer smell but hints of cooked vegtables. Tastes so light, it could be a small beer made from the runnings of a small beers small beer runnings. Blows your mind, huh? Very slight metallic taste. Almost like carbonated pond water flavored with a few strands of dried grass. Light, thin, overly carbonated. One of the few beers that made me wish i had a BMC light product.

rfgetz, Nov 08, 2009
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Carling Black Label from Molson Coors Canada
59 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.