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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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977 Ratings

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%

Brewed by:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a bottle at a Calgary Pub in the Kensington area with dinner, poured into a pub glass. Looks darker than many other Euro lagers, a yellow to just shy of amber hue with a smattering of white bubbles. Smells like grainy pale malt, grassy and slightly spicy hops, skunk, and a decent whiff of sulphur. Palate features a light cracker malt backbone, some DMS, green grassy hops, subdued lemon and lime rind, white grape notes, and a noticeable but reduced residual sweetness compared to many of its Euro pale lager cousins; perhaps this is what earns it a bona-fide pils designation. Very fizzy and light-bodied as one would expect, yet reasonably creamy and smooth. Not too bad all things considered. The usual flaws found in green-bottled mass market imports are reduced or absent. Considerably better than Heineken (to name but one example) even if it remains pretty mainstream in overall feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:52:07 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of MarkoNm


2.64/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and golden color. Medium head (two fingers), white and with decent retention.
Medium hoppy aroma, not too strong nor too weak.
Sweetness in the beginning, slightly watery body (not too much) and some small bitterness in the finish.
Light, drinkable, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 14:04:23 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of KYGunner


2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a super light and watery yellow complexion the head was fizzy but was able to mount a stiff reply.

The nose held little to no real aroma other than a "beer" smell. Not discernible but not offensive there is little to discuss.

The flavor is a sweet cereal grain with a little breadiness. There is a hop presence but it's weak.

The feel is crisp, very crisp, almost too crisp. The carbonation makes it drink easy but it can be sharp at colder temperatures.

This is the definition of an okay beer with little real complexity but an easiness that allows you to drink a lot of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:42:53 | More by KYGunner
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from the bottle.

A - Assuming it looked like all German Pilseners do.

S - Bready malts and yeast up front. Lager dankness and a hint of grassy notes. Smells like a German Pilsener!

T - I'm a fan of cheaper European Lagers (Heineken, Beck's, St Pauli Girl, etc), and I'm a fan of this one. Crisp malts up front, with just a touch of dankness and citrus notes. Some noble hops ever so slight in the aftertaste. Not a lot going on, but a crisp and tasty lager.

F - Crisp and clean. Good carbonation kick, leaves a refreshing tingle. Easy to drink and will probably sit down and have a few of these easily at some point.

O - As with many beers of the style (and similar styles), there isn't a ton going on. Still though, a very tasty and crisp lager. No cheap filler taste or piss smell/taste. Tasty and extremely drinkable pilsener. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 14:08:12 | More by stella77artois
Photo of TMoney2591


2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Going through some international breweries that are readily available, so here I come, easy Denmark... This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises mild funky wheat, light skunk, dry wheat, and vague grasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the skunk thankfully replaced by hard water. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, this doesn't taste too far off from every other mass-produced Euro lager out there, though the grassiness does help it a bit in my eyes. That said, I'm not likely to have too many more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 23:49:51 | More by TMoney2591
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3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull straw yellow. Perfect clarity. Two fingers of rocky white head display excellent retention. Lacing is foamy, clumpy, sticky, and prevalent.

S: Grassy herbal hops, touch of sulfur, some skunk, and a crackery malt base.

T: Bone dry on the palate. Cracker malt, bready. Hops are fairly subdued, with a modest grassy flavor and a slight herbal tinge. Mild floral/vaguely fruity quality. Very clean. Quick bready finish.

M: Light in body. Creamy. Shows some substance. Carbonation is modestly aggressive and scrubbing.

O: It has more character than your average European macro lager, but it still doesn't do much to stay memorable. I still prefer this to certain other green bottle imports.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 12:36:16 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a small white head of a more fizzy nature. There are tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the brew popping at the surface as the head of the beer fades fast to leave very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is on the lighter side overall but is of a mainly grainy and malty in smell. Mixed with these smells is a little bit of grass, hay and lemon as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready malt taste mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness. As the taste advances a little bit of grassiness begins developing on the tongue. The grassiness grows a bit stronger, which in the end with the malt and the lighter caramel flavors, leaves a crisp and clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. It is pretty much dead on in terms of carbonation and feel for the lighter tastes and smoothness of the brew making it very easy to drink.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse by any means, but it is rather refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:59:05 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of jesseejames


2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is probably suffering from over production. It is a nice pilsner with a long history of production. It is a quality European Pilsner that is very drinkable and quite nice after a long hot day. Be careful as you can drink too many and the after effects are quite nasty. It seems this beer will give you a nasty hangover.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 18:14:30 | More by jesseejames
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South Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2 oz single. Picked up for fun / nostalgia. Poured into a Carls Glas...

A: gold with a tinge of copper; thin white, effervescent manages decent retention.

S: cracker malts; metallic; grass.

T: light bready malts; hay; dry / earthy finish; pretty simple and straightforward.

M: light-medium feel; high carbonation; refreshing.

O: an easy drinking beer; nothing special, but still decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:02:08 | More by jpro
Photo of ppvora


3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Golden hay color with 1.5 fingers of head. Plenty of bubbles. Head disappeared within 60 seconds.

Aroma: Barley aroma, very straight and narrow, not complex at all.

Taste: Classic Pilsener taste. Straw, hay, barley. Straight and narrow. Not complex. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Not much difference over time. Holds the flavor and aroma.

Overall: Refreshing pilsener. A classic. Somewhat narrow taste, but very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 19:28:25 | More by ppvora
Photo of TheSixthRing


2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden straw color with a half finger of head. Sub-par retention, leaving a thin, broken layer of microbubbles on the surface.

Smell - Grain and dextrin sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose; grain and malty, sugary sweetness. Passing note of grassy hop character in the aftertaste that really does nothing to balance the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with a malty presence. Somewhat lively carbonation.

Overall - Malt forward, unbalanced brew. Not a good German Pils by any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 20:05:08 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of BigRon720

3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I saw Carlsberg everywhere when I traveled across Europe. It seems to be quite popular.

A: It came out a pale shade of yellow. The foam lasted a few minutes before slowly fading away.

S: Not too impressed with the smell. This may be the green bottle which compromises a lot of European beers. Once I got past the skunkiness, I noticed a faint sweet smell to it.

T: I noticed a bready flavor with some fruitiness to it. The hops come in at the end. Overall, better than I thought.

M: Very light in body that seemed to go down very smooth. The grains came to light here.

O: Nothing spectacular, but not too bad. I would recommend it on a hot summer day. It would be an improvement over a domestic lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:23:39 | More by BigRon720
Photo of GMB


2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Carlsberg's version of a European lager impresses at first, but falls flat where it counts. The beer pours a pale golden body that's filled to the brim with a rushing swarm of tiny bubbles. It's no surprise, therefore, that the beer sports an impressively thick, snow-white head with plenty of staying power.

The beer smells of sweet, untoasted grains. It tastes mostly of metal, quickly followed by a rush of sweet corn. The sweetness creates the illusion of fruit as I reach the last few sips in the glass. The feel of the beer on the palate is more robust than some lagers; I suppose it complements the sweet flavor nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 12:38:10 | More by GMB
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Tonic (Hilton Beijing) in Beijing, China

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with just a hint of floral hops and a light amount of sweetness. The beer has a light amount of bitterness that lingers int he finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite refreshing, a pretty good example of the style and surprisingly without the skunky smell that I have noticed in this beer in the US (maybe the version they are getting in China is fresher?).

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 22:43:06 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Douberd


3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ABV 5,0%

I got this beer in a WORLD BEERS packet (possibly the worst beer related buy I ever spent money on - the packet itself I mean, beers were alright).
A small green bottle of 250 ml, with only its neck covered with a label, while a relief of the word CARLSBERG can be found four times around the bottle.
I crack the bottle open and a smell of malts goes straight into my nose. The head is white in colour when I pour it, one finger in height and seems thick in texture. A lot of bubbles rising hastily to the top. The head disappears after a while, leaving a thin film covering the sutface of the beer, but no lacing around the glass.
The aroma of this beer comes mostly from the malts, with a nice strong smell. Some hops aroma too, but very faint.
The taste is very malty too, thus sweet. But only at first, since the aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. Very refreshing on a hot day like this one.
Dry on the palate, quite thin on the body and light carbonation, give this beer a high drinkability.
Overall a very nice beer. I had it many times before but mostly straight from the bottle and I could also easily find a cold one at my local bar. Now that I can't find it around the corner anymore (except in cans which I'd rather not) I appreciate it much more.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 14:30:59 | More by Douberd
Photo of Mitchallica

New York

2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tried this while on vacation in Copenhagen. Nothing to really see here, kind of like the Budweiser of Denmark. A typical light pilsner, golden in color and a decent white head. Very similar to it's Danish counterpart, Tuborg. Goes down easy on a hot day in the city. That's about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 18:31:55 | More by Mitchallica
Photo of JuicesFlowing


2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a light golden color. A fizzy white head recedes to an even wisp. A few random spots of lacing occur. The beer smells skunky, as in awesome traditional green bottle Euro tradition! Taste? If I could tell you the difference between this beer and Grolsch, Heineken, Pilsner Urquell, or any other green bottled Euro lager, then I'd be proud. But no. Mouthfeel is like all other green bottled mouthfeels.

Overall, could give this all 1's. But holding it up to the standards of all other green bottled skunkfests, it's about the same. Hey Europe, why do you use green bottles? I'm curious.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 13:38:17 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of metter98

New York

2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of skunk in the nose, which may be attributable to the green bottle that this comes in.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a bit of skunk to it but this isn’t as strong. There is a light amount of bitterness and some notes of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This is a halfway decent pilsener—the only drawback is the skunky aromas in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 02:13:38 | More by metter98
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1.53/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The one I tried was the one available in India. Very hoppy and pretty bitter! I thought it was difficult to gulp and took ages to finish a full bottle. Not my style! Like a typical lager its crisp, clean but too bitter for my liking. As usual, it was served very very cold and I could barely taste the malt!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 11:01:01 | More by Tresha
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale gold with a thin lacing of white head

S - musty, grainy, grassy

T - musty, grainy, sweet, corn-like, grassy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent drinking beer, but it's not a great representative of a German Pilsener. It's light and crisp and refreshing but don't look here for a great Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 02:38:51 | More by tdm168
Photo of frankiepop


3.93/5  rDev +31%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 06:12:13 | More by frankiepop
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2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carlsberg Lager pours to a yellow/straw color with a nose that is sweet and a little bit fruity. A good pour produces a fair amount of foam, but it fizzles away quickly and the carbonation is only moderate.

Moving to the taste, this import beer offers flavors of light, pale malt, a little bit of citrus, cereal grains, herbs, and a little bit of mineral water. A distinctly grassy character is noticeable at every sip and there is a small amount of skunkiness, but not enough to matter.

Carlsberg Lager is very similar to other mass- produced lagers from Europe. Its color, aroma, and other components of its appearance are not much better than the other beer products made in the Netherlands, Australia, and other places for mass distribution. That is to say, this beer is somewhat lackluster in both appearance and taste and there isn’t really anything special about it, even if it is slightly better than the mass- produced swill made in America.

One factor I was worried about when I first sampled this beer was the influence of the green bottles. I was concerned that the green glass would make the beer very skunky and undrinkable but thankfully, this is not the case. Yes, there is some skunkiness, but it is minimal overall

All and all, I consider Carlsberg Lager a very average beer with some good qualities of smoothness, crispness, and drinkability, but also some not so good qualities, namely its boring and forgettable character. It all sums up to a beer that isvery middle of the road overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 03:12:37 | More by BryanCarey
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3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz green bottle, thanks to Eric for gifting me with this. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a fairly clear light yellow color with some bits of particulate stuck in suspension. An initial surge of white froth forms 2 fingers strong across the top. It slowly recedes to a creamy thin film with a webbing of lace sticking all over the glass.

The aroma is quite sweet smelling with a hint of cereal-like grains. The faintest touch of noble hop quality is present with a bit of minerals and citrus. Mild sulfur and a hint of something along the lines of bubblegum fills out the back.

The taste is pretty much all inclusive based on the aroma. Cereal grain sweetness initially gives way to hints of bubblegum. A touch of herbal hops, minerals and sulfur are present, but they pale in comparison. A bit cheesy across the back, but it lingers with an almost corn-like sweetness that isn't terribly enjoyable.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and easy approaching with the 5% abv quite tamed. However, the sweetness needs to be cut back a bit for me to be able to drink the glass without putting too much effort into it. It is fairly crisp overall but the aftertaste and sweetness is what just doesn't do it for me. However you want to swing it... pilsner or euro lager, it doesn't matter. This is a one shot wonder for me, having it once was enough, no need to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 01:42:44 | More by stakem
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2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Carlsberg i had,is made in Celarevo brewery in Serbia.

A- Usual pale lager color. A bit lighter orange color. Big white foam,lasting long enough. Huge carbonation with fizzy bubbles.

S- Mostly citrus smell,not sure but i thing there is some nut aroma.

T/M- Taste is mostly astringent,medium unpleasant bitterness. Citrus aroma is also high.

O- For sure not the best beer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:49:39 | More by djura
Photo of jman42

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, typical pale golden color, decent head retention, OK lacing

S - Smells more balanced than most Bohemian Pilseners (not just a bittery hop smell)

T - Less bitter than the Bohemian Pilseners I've had too. Nice balance to it.

M - Actually has a nice creamy texture to it that I wasn't expecting. Lightly carbonated so not too tingly. Light bodied.

O - I don't typically go for lagers, but this one is pretty nice. Think I'll bring these to some backyard cookouts this summer - especially if I've got friends that don't the appreciate full-bodied IPAs that I normally drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 16:58:56 | More by jman42
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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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