Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 19
Gots: 200 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Ratings: 1,311 | Reviews: 489
Reviews by Spica66:
Photo of Spica66
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a "Beers of the World" sampler from my folks.

A: Pale gold with decent head formation and not much retention. Good carbonation.

S: Smells somewhat chemical or metallic. Not much malt or yeast aroma.

T: Also a little metallic tasting. Grain is nearly unnoticeable. Hops way overpower it. Not very pleasing.

M: A little too watery. You really get the carbonation, not much feel of anything else.

O: Not anything I would purchase for myself.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

A- Somewhat hazy. But it's got the typical golden, straw appearance overall. It's got a nice rim of foam that seems to be sticking around, as well as a touch of lacing. Looks like a step up from American beers.

S- There is some upfront sweetness, but it's not dominating the scent at all. There is a "kiss" of hops here. It's a very grassy and earthy hop. Not bitter at all. And I also get the spicy note from the hops as well. The grain is the same as well. It's grassy and earthy. I get a biscuity note as well as a lightly roasted, pale maltiness. Smells inviting for a lager. Smells like no rice or corn or any kind of adjunct, that's for sure.

T- Pale malts, earthy grains, and slight bitterness. It's got that "green bottle" flavor like you get from Heineken, but this isn't screaming skunky to me. I get the grainy, bitter, sweet note before the beer finishes dry and minimally sour. The sour could be considered skunk, but nothing is sticking out to me as foul to my taste buds. But the more I'm drinking this one, the more I'm thinking it is slightly on the skunked side.

M- Light to medium. This is a pretty rich lager. It does have a slight creaminess. It's super crisp and refreshing.

I may be biased here, but I absolutely love Carlsberg. My sample is a bit skunked, but it's not creating a un-enjoyable drinking experience. If anything, it's making the beer finish on the sour side. I personally find that interesting. Out of all the pale type lagers I've ever had, this one is my absolute favorite. I'd buy this over Bud, Miller, Coors, PBR, Corona, or even Heineken. I don't know if we in American can get the cans, but I'd say buy cans for a more pure taste. I love this stuff!

Photo of RonJensen
4.27/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best tasting Euro Lagers-German Pilseners in the world.

Photo of RoyalT
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear yellow in color with some active carbonation and a big, foaming white head.

Smell – The skunk rolled from the bottle before the “t” in the “pssst” from the cap popping was completely finished. The grain is putrid, but masked by the incredibly sharp skunk.

Taste – There’s a decent sweetness to this one, but not nearly enough to cover up the horrible grain flavor.

Mouthfeel – This is of course light-bodied, but the good news is that it is smoother than your typical macro Pale Lager swill.

Drinkability – If you could get this without the skunk it might not be half bad.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours very pale yellow, crystal clear, with about 1/2" of soapy head. Retention is actually relatively good, lasting for half the glass or so. Lacing is light.

S: Lemons. It's the first thing on the nose and it's there the whole time. There are also some light herbal or grassy notes as well as a completely separate citrus hop aroma. A cut above average for a pilsener.

T&M: Relatively dry, clean, and slightly bitter hops carry through with a light weight but surprising flavor. Malts are very mild and light matching the relative body of the brew very well. A somewhat sharp citrus bite accompanies the otherwise mild flavors allowing for an interesting character. Finish is very quick and clean with just a bit of a bitter linger. Carbonation is moderate and persistent.

D: Relatively thirst quenching and mostly enjoyable. Aside from the sharp citrus bite, there isn't a lot of interesting flavors to speak of. It's a solid brew with decent taste. Worth trying at least.

Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was actually supprised by this one. It poured a pale golden color with a nice frothy white head that was quite inviting. The smell was nothing great, but not skunky either. Light hops surrounded by sweet malts was in the nose and the taste was not much different either. The flavor reminded me of a smoother, less skunky heineken, with a little thicker mouthfeel as well. If you are fan of euro lagers, give this one a try!

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While touring Hamilton, Bermuda on a fairly hot day, we stopped in a bar and I had a couple of these. Very refreshing, but so is cold water.
The beer was a gold color with a medium sized white head.
Vaguely floral and sweet malt aroma.
Very little taste, just a bit of hops.
Certainly a session beer. Not much else to recommend it.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported to Puerto Rico by Medalla distributors.

Appearance : Nice straw color with some white head.

Smell : Some hop in the smell, maybe some grains but far away.

Taste: Hops, malt, light to medium bodied,very nice beer

Mouthfeel : I really enjoy a beer it is on-tap, very easy to drink, not a hard taste, very some flavors in there.

Drinkabilty: Nice beer, can go again with this one.

Photo of Todd
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. No freshness date. Brewed in Toronto, Canada.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow / golden beer with a nice pure white head that quickly settles to a thin white foam lace. Active carbonation.

Smell: Sulfur. Skunky. Herbal. Expected.

Taste: Light-bodied. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Crisp. Dry. Even dextrin/malt feel on the palate. Malt sweetness is low. Hops contain a quick, sharp citrusy bite with notes of spicy herbal and floral fading back into the light malt character. Notes of sulfur pull thru, but don't overwhelm. Finish is quite dry with a slighty spicy herbal hop residuals and a husk character.

Notes: Honestly, for a big pseudo-imported macro beer, this isn't all that bad to suck down. Similar to a Heineken, but better, IMO. Just an okay lager. Around average, and nothing more.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - it poured a clear yellow with a inch worth of rapidly disolving head. the lacing was weak, but stuck throughout the drink.

S - initially a bit skunky after initial opening, sweet florals and hops were the first smells to hit me

T - sweet florals translated into citrus mixed with hops taste. overall a sweet beer.

M - fairly light bodied with a decent ammount of carbonation. pretty basic.

D - i needed a quick change off the ales and tripels, so i picked this up. hit the spot well. it goes down easy and i soon found myself with an empty box after the first beer.

bottomline... i like it about as much as becks, but not as much as lowenbrau and warteiner. i like it more than stella and heiniken.

Photo of Jason
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle, no freshness date. Brewed in Toronto Canada by Labatt.

Decent frothing at first pouring, a two finger cropped white head stays for about a minute then settles to a pasty lace.

Mild cooked hop aroma with a side of grain, a pretty clean aroma other than the stinky hops.

Light bodied with a thin malty palate, crisp and clean on the tongue with a semi forced carbonation. Quick flash of hop bitterness is all of the hops that you see other than a faint veggie flavour that would come from an over cooked hop. Light and grainy in the finish, dry in the end with a faint alcohol.

An ok lager, probably tastes better from Denmark … just another pseudo-import in America.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving was lightly chilled poured into glass mug. Poured golden amber with dry white head, lacing abounds. Smell is sweet and grainy, better than most cheap green bottles, but barely. Taste is thick, corn is very present, no skunkiness. Full bodied mouthfeel. Not horrible, better than most American macros and cheaper. Only complaint is 11.2 oz bottles and not 12 oz.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild smell of cloves and "tea" like.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops. With some mild grassy notes.

Overall: Good brew. I would have this one again. Got a pint glass to take home with it too.

Photo of NilocRellim
4.43/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the lager I compare other lagers to. It's light gold in colour with a relatively large, foamy head. It's generally not too carbonated, and is a clean, refreshing mouthfeel. The lager is has a slight dryness on the tongue and finishes with a slightly bitter after-taste.

Would I buy it again? Yes. Was one of my staples in Europe as well as back in Minnesota.

Photo of marko7
3.84/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer. One of the better commercial lagers.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Easy drinking, light style euro lager. I prefer this over the heinekens and the stellas.

Appearance: bubbly and golden, almost like champagne, but with a small head.

Smell: Light and effervescent, floral hops but not much

Taste: Crisp, clean feel (hate to use the bud adjectives). Minor hint of malt and a hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Fast-vanishing. Carbonated water feel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and enjoy. A step up from the typical Euro/American macros, in my opinion. Not the best beer in Copenhagen, however.

Photo of ryanocerus
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this with my drinking buddy and I agree with his conclusions. It poured with a golden color and thin head. There was a bitter hoppy aroma and minimal carbonation. The bitterness carried through into the flavor and the beer was thin on the mouthfeel. I have to wonder if we were drinking old beer. I will try again sometime and I may revise my remarks.

Photo of jsolack
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Golden yellow with white fluffy head. Very clear... Looks like a good brew.

Smell:
Skunky grainy smell. Kinda bland and not very interesting.

Taste:
Mild flavor with sweet notes. Finish is slightly bitter. A pretty straight forward beer. Doesn't taste bad but isn't any special.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp and light in mouth. Carbonation level is nice. Good but again nothing special.

Drinkability:
Easy beer to drink. Pretty average though. Nothing really stands out. Much better than typical macro brews but lacks the character of a craft brew.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is very drinkable, light, with decent head. This is a very versatile beer, and very widely known. I like this beer, it's not great, but it's good. This is a good beer to start with when exploring into European beers. This is a good beer, not crazy good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A golden pour, high carbonation but minimal head, lacing etc. . .

Aroma was definitely Euro skunk. I feel slightly exotic at this point.

Taste, wow, still an alcohol burn, not as bad as their Elephant, but still, for only 5%, I would hope there would be a better masking of said alcohol. Minimal hopping, slight bitterness melds with alcohol. No body. Normally, something this basic would get a warm weather recommendation, but because of the high alcohol burn, it just doesn't even come across as a warm weather burn.

Photo of ADR
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold appearance, head piles up to a white and fizzy 3/4 inches and settles down almost as fast to foamy patches, some of which stick to the glass. Slight skunk aroma, some sense of cream corn smells as well. A pretty dry Lager, minimal sweetness with light herbal hops and sulfur in small amounts coming in from the nasal passages. Relatively clean finish, carbonation a little too high for my tastes. Drinkable enough, doesn't differ markedly from many of these so-called "imports" from Canada -- and there's that added skunk "cachet"...

Photo of frankiepop
3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this is one of my favorite German style piilsners. I think it has a real nice clean aroma and taste. It's a good thirst quencher to me. Reminds me more of the wonderful Czech beers. I like the carbonation and drinkability factor. So thumbs up here. Tecate is one brew that is better in this paler beer league. No bitter beer taste.

So what goes with Carlsberg? Recommended for Euro Cup Danish matches this weekend. Danes v German.

Music lovers should enjoy this beer with some nice Nordic Jazz. i would recommend Jan Gabarik off the ECM lable. I love HIS cd entitled DIS.

Photo of rastaman
1.4/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

its kind of not even drinkable, strange skunky taste, and smelt a bit like vomit or something, quite horid tasting, don't go there.

Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a very clear pale yellow color that pours decently enough. A pure white head settles to a thin layer and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.
The skunkiness in the aroma is not in this one when I get it on tap. There are some herbal notes and grains, and there's a much more respectable malt and hops backing.
There's a very light hops bite right up front, and a decent malt for balance. Grains are evident and there's a vegetable taste in there as well.
The body and carbonation are both light. The mouthfeel is crisp.
It's an improvement over the bottle and drinkable.

Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. This was the official beer of the 2004 Euros, and you know what that means! My local work lunch faux-English pub switched a few tap lines to carry this stuff, and for cheap. The memory of watching Italy blow it against Sweden was only slightly helped by the 3 dollar pints of this massively hyped Euro-lager.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and mostly just bubbly, fizzy off-white head, which settles quickly, but not too quickly, leaving some decent broken webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, somewhat corn-fed pale malt, a certain acetone/paint thinner 'sweetness', and leafy, earthy, kind of skunky hops. The taste is more of the same (the nose - it always knows!), unfortunately, with the sweet in the wrong sort of way gritty pale malt - a corn-heavy graininess the main offender - more strangely evident industrial alcohol esters, and weakly leafy, still rather off-putting, and yep, skunky hops.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit flinty at times, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, I guess, in that oily, glycerol-like manner. It finishes mostly with an acrid sweetness, and a thankfully diminished, partly blown-off skunkiness.

Yup, pretty much what I recall. Off-kilter, skanky Euro-swill. Give it a miss, and maybe drink your local beer instead while watching sporting events from half a world away.

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