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Carling Black Label - Molson Coors Canada

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60
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 20:09:11 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

12-01-2011 21:22:59 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I was a kid, my parents liked to take weekend trips to various food factories. It was fun, interesting, educational and, best of all, free. I remember going on tours of Kellogg's in Battle Creek, MI; Hershey's in Hershey, PA, the Ballreich potato chip plant in Tiffin, OH; a Heinz pickle factory; and the old Carling brewery in Cleveland, OH. I've been looking to review Black Label for some time now, for sentimental purposes. Thanks biegaman.

Pale straw with a few, fine, wispy floaters that eventually sink to the bottom of the glass. The cream white cap looks pretty good. It's soft and whipped frothy, gains some character as it melts, and is fairly generous when it comes to creating lace.

This must be a fresh bottle. The aroma is untoasted grain-like, with a musky hoppiness that will most likely be needed to offset what smells like a bit of cereal grain sweetness. Not bad at all, considering the style, with very little impending nastiness.

Black Label isn't horrible by any means and is actually drinkable in a straight shootin', lack of bells and whistles kind of way. Sure, it tastes like simple grain and musky hops, but I've had a helluva lot worse. Warming might bring badness, but so far I'm pleasantly surprised.

There really isn't any more to comment on regarding the flavor. There's a bit of underlying sweetness that is nicely balanced by more hops than one usually experiences in beer of this sort. The finish is clean and could even be described as semi-crisp. Keep this stuff on the cold side and it would be a more than adequate warm weather picnic brew.

The mouthfeel stays well away from watery, which is yet another surprise. There's some substance there and even a hint of creaminess born of near perfect carbonation. The bubbles are energetic without being annoying about it.

I've tried very hard not to let sentimentality influence this review... and am pretty sure I've succeeded. Carling Black Label won't make anyone forget Rochefort 10, but it's a solid brew of the old school sort that, in the right circumstances, can be counted on to do its job well. Not only that, but it beats America's most popular beer by a country mile.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 13:32:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.1/5  rDev -54.5%
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...)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 13:57:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-13-2009 16:53:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -38%

01-15-2012 08:23:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 05:27:42 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1.53/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2004 10:41:02 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +24%

12-06-2011 01:51:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

10-22-2013 21:02:36 | More by InspectorBob
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2/5  rDev -17.4%

05-12-2014 00:59:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with only a thin trim of head, plenty of bubbles though. A pale yellow in appearence, very little colour with bright clarity. Very unfavourable aroma - mostly DMS. From the smell of things I can almost say for sure this lager didn't sit long enough before bottling. Mouthfeel stays unobtrusive. Very light, little texture. Carbonation is clearly CO2 induced. Flavour robust with corn-starch, hard to find any taste past that. The adjuncts seem to stick to your tongue on the aftertaste.
This offers no aspect to differentiate itself (for better or worse) from other macro swill. Not too offensive, but all in all one sad (and unappealing) beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 00:25:24 | More by biegaman
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plaid75

New York

2.33/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light, almost clear, straw hue, with no head to speak of.

The smell was rather non-existant. A faint aroma of adjunct graininess.

The taste was very light. Adjunct grain dominated. A mild biscuity and sweet aftertaste. Not as bad as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel was light and suprisingly clean. Good carbonation.

Overall a drinkable beer for what it is - cheap swill. Honestly you could do a lot worse than this. Not to say I would ever buy it again, but would make due if it was the only beer in the cooler.

Serving type: can

05-31-2006 01:42:30 | More by plaid75
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Brenden

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 16:53:23 | More by Brenden
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rfgetz

New Jersey

1.58/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2009 22:58:22 | More by rfgetz
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Brent

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some odd marketing going on here - the Canadian maple leaf is shown prominently on the can, as is the notation "made in the USA."

Poured a rather frighteningly glowing yellow-gold, which I'd peg as exactly urine colored. Not much hops, and the malt leaves no question that a lot of corn is involved here. But, taking the beer for what it is - an old-school really cheap beer, I found it surprisingly refreshing. There was an apple cider tartness that almost had some Beliner Kindle Weiss tang to it. This has lake beer written all over it. Lower your expectations, and this beer will strive to be average.

Serving type: can

06-05-2006 01:14:06 | More by Brent
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -58.7%

11-24-2011 19:57:18 | More by deapokid
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cdwil

Texas

2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

12-30-2011 16:32:45 | More by cdwil
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

1.05/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-01-2004 00:04:20 | More by IronDjinn
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bigred89

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -38%

12-04-2011 02:45:11 | More by bigred89
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.7/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very light gold color, nearly clear. Head is ok. Smell is very, very light grain, that's about it. Taste is unbelievably watery, like soda water, there isn't much discernable hops or malt of any kind. A very uninteresting and bland beer. This beer somehow completely avoids tasting like beer.

Serving type: can

04-18-2006 02:48:07 | More by TastyTaste
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -27.7%

02-13-2013 13:04:49 | More by DaPan
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -7%

12-10-2012 02:06:50 | More by bumchilly25
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -58.7%

05-03-2014 04:10:35 | More by Durandal_777
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3/5  rDev +24%

07-22-2012 13:37:33 | More by Stinger80OH
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Carling Black Label from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.