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Carling Black Label - South African Breweries plc

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews by akorsak:
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2.28/5  rDev -8.8%

A 12 oz bottle with a twist off cap that my sister brought home from a recent visit to South Africa.

A: The lager is pale and yellow, looking almost lifeless save for a steady stream of carbonation. The head neared one finger on pour and has slowly whittled away to a small white patch atop the beer.

S: The nose has a strong adjunct sweetness, some creamed corn and sugar (not candi, mind you).

T: The start of the sip lacks any characteristics beyond fizzy, no flavors register at all. Only as the sip passes into its latter stages does a sweet graininees emerge. The grains are quite thin, adding hints of sweetness that are poorly defined, spicing the tastebuds up a bit before vanishing. The lasting finish is a sickly sweet adjunct one.

M: The mouthfeel is bland and dull throughout, failing to rise beyond the yellow fizzy bar.

D: The abv is quite moderate but because the lager lacks significant flavor, you are better off drinking lemonade.

07-08-2007 18:33:29 | More by akorsak
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

1.9/5  rDev -24%

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.

04-23-2012 21:04:46 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (England)

1.13/5  rDev -54.8%

Pretty awful stuff, sweetish start, not much hop or malt, lots of chemicals in the finish, and very bland and watery, extremely thin body, pretty horrible stuff.

08-08-2002 14:08:18 | More by rastaman
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2.83/5  rDev +13.2%

My PH's favorite go to brew. And Props to Wild Footprint Safari's for a fantastic hunt, and a steady supply of beer throughout! Pours fizzy yellow gold with alot of PBR type nose. Typical cheaper macro lager flavor, but not as bad as many of our american travesties. Lawnmower chugger.

05-26-2008 09:22:40 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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2.25/5  rDev -10%

06-22-2013 23:34:34 | More by WoodBrew
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1.45/5  rDev -42%

Whatever happened to Mabel? Anyways, this is just a terrible tasting beer. There is no taste of hops, kind of sweet. I am basing my review on the American (Canadian?) version. I never met a steady drinker of this swill.

10-03-2002 11:05:32 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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1/5  rDev -60%

12-05-2011 23:36:06 | More by eye2
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2.25/5  rDev -10%

11-23-2013 01:46:01 | More by bca115
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2.25/5  rDev -10%

12-17-2012 13:11:38 | More by Waymore
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2.5/5  rDev 0%

06-05-2013 04:07:56 | More by FLBeerGuy
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2.12/5  rDev -15.2%

08-18-2014 20:31:59 | More by PrendUnVerreDeBiere
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3.25/5  rDev +30%

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a decent amount of white head.

Scent is of grains, not much else.

The tast is again dominant of grains, also a little sweet.

Light bodied, crisp and kind of watery, good carbonation.

Very easy to drink, not a bad beer, just not that interesting.

10-02-2009 20:47:01 | More by BeerCon5
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2.25/5  rDev -10%

02-20-2014 19:04:51 | More by Bobhoya
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2.5/5  rDev 0%

04-26-2014 23:13:56 | More by sd123
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2.75/5  rDev +10%

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.

08-16-2011 00:08:21 | More by TheBrewo
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3/5  rDev +20%

Had this on tap in England...I haven't heard it called Carling Black Label in quite a long time, but I assume it is the same beer anyway. I also thought it was brewed in Canada or the UK. Anyway, a decent lager. Average all the way. Nothing special, but nothing to jump out at you either.

07-07-2002 11:08:55 | More by IrishRedRock
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev 0%

12-21-2011 21:36:29 | More by fizzyted
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3.13/5  rDev +25.2%

The colour is pale yellow, the head is three finger high airy and white.

The smell is malty with sweet notes. Some bitter notes.

The taste is light with some bitter flavours. Some metal, white loaf and beef stock in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is fresh, small bubbles. The liquid is a bit smooth.

Well, that doesn't sound that impressive. But this is one of the better beers I had in South Africa. Gulpable with some character.

10-18-2008 11:18:27 | More by bark
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5/5  rDev +100%

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.

06-04-2014 04:10:47 | More by snitsky
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2.05/5  rDev -18%

Probably the worst beer I had while in South Africa. Here goes:

Appearance is light honey, with a tiny head and no lacing at all. At least it's clear? Smell is nearly nonexistent. Tastes like corn, corn and more corn. Bitterness is very light, you can taste the alcohol. To its credit, the mouthfeel is smooth and there's no harshness to it, but probably because it's simply so light and watery. I drank this one slow - there are better alternatives available, no reason to ever pick this one, even if it has the "man-sized can" going for it.

06-07-2006 14:10:59 | More by hunteraw
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3/5  rDev +20%

04-07-2014 03:20:48 | More by LawrenceOfNamibia
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2.25/5  rDev -10%

01-28-2014 14:24:54 | More by ColSanders123
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South Africa

1.55/5  rDev -38%

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!

11-05-2011 13:28:14 | More by Thehuntmaster
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New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev +26%

Got a 15 pack of these in Massachusetts. This is an OK beer it has kind of a weird metallic aftertaste but other than that its not too bad. Not my favorite Macro and not the worst. It tastes similiar to molson with the aftertaste, not sure why. This particular one is brewed by pabst somewhere.

12-28-2007 02:28:59 | More by rrob311
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3.75/5  rDev +50%

07-22-2014 19:27:57 | More by Sergio_Pereira
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Carling Black Label from South African Breweries plc
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