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Carling Black Label - South African Breweries plc

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 34.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South African Breweries plc visit their website
South Africa

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002)
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5/5  rDev +101.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The second best cheap beer out there besides Coors Banquet. Just an easy drinking beer that has a good taste. Goes down smooth with no nasty bitter taste or nasty aftertaste. I have tried lots of cheap beers for around the same price that were awful. Very hard to drink because of the taste. Where I live I can get a 12 pack for $7 to 9 usually around $8. However its hard to find and only comes in cans. Other people on here have gotten it in glass. Its also great (for me) to bring to parties because the majority of people don't know what it is, won't drink it, and it tastes good (to me). Its one of my go to beers if I can find it in the store.

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1.9/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 440ml can with no BB date. This was given to me back in December by a friend visiting from SA. Not sure if it has any connection to the UK version of Carling - this one is produced by SAB Miller.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale straw colour with plenty of fine carbonation. Forms a brilliant white head of foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of ultra-light malt with an unpleasant sweetness, followed by notes of stale corn, stewed veg and a sulphurous background hint. Gross.

Tastes of weak, watery malt with a corn-like sweetness. Notes of overcooked veg and stewed hops. An acrid staleness and a hint of solvent in the background. Mouthfeel is light and watery, with prickly carbonation. Quite dry. Aftertaste of sweet stewed veg/corn.

Vile. I haven't rated many of the African lagers that I've tried particularly highly, but this really scrapes the barrel. The taste and aroma are disgusting, and the mouthfeel is weak. The only thing going for it is that it looks quite nice. I'm not sure I'd want to drink this even if I were dying of thirst under the relentless African sun - avoid.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle 5,5% Abv.
Served cold in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pretty standard for the style, light golden body topped with a large white head that displays poor retention and leaves no lace. The beer looks terrifyingly over carbonated!

Smell: Lovely, I have always wanted to have a beer that smells like stale maize! Apart from the adjuncts, the nose is metallic and quite sweet.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose - sweet adjuncts with an odd metallic after taste.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery and hugely over carbonated.

Overall: I bought this bottle specially to review - I can guarantee I will not be buying another one ever again!

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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of golden yellow. It holds a half finger high white head which leaves minimal lacing around the glass as it quickly recedes. There is no sediment or haze noted and carbonation appears standard. The nose opens with pale malts and other adjuncty grain. These peak with sweetness, offering forward some faint esters to ride on. Hops are lacking, but a smooth leather flavor emanating from the yeast used provides a soft edge. As we sip, bitter grain hits up front. This sensation is given from the grain itself, along with a cutting metallic punch. Moving through the middle gives soapy flavoring and a faint toast of grain, with faint alcohols wafting up to actually sweeten the palate. The finish is watered-down, offering more faint grain and sour bitterness of unidentifiable adjuncts. The aftertaste breathes hollowly of floury grain, ethanol, and general bitterness. The carbonation is high and the body is light. The feel to each sip is incredibly watery and light, with virtually no froth, cream, or smack. Thin overall. The mouth is left neither dried nor coated, but rather prickled from the big carbonation. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. It was soft and estery, and particularly inviting for an adjunct lager. With the flavoring, however, came a watery beer with little to hold it up. There were big metallics, and a bizarre acidity, as if fresh tomato juice had been squeezed into the bottles. The beer lost further points with the over-the-top carbonation, placing this guy somewhere in the middle for the style.

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Carling Black Label from South African Breweries plc
65 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.