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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Carlsberg BeerCarlsberg Beer

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976 Ratings

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Ratings: 976
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 fallenshadow


3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Light golden lager colour, medium amount of bubbles and a nice head which seems to hold up for a while.

S - Nice sweet smell and a little malty.

T - Sweetness of the grain upfront and a slightly dry malty finish.

M - Watery but smooth overall.

O - I prefer Carlsberg over both Heineken and Budweiser. It has a little more flavour going for it and I used to drink this quite a bit before getting into more exotic beers. Best choice for me between the common tap beers over here.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 13:22:53 | More by fallenshadow
Photo of MarkQ617


2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this on tap at Whiskey Priest. There's nothing intriguing about a super-mass produced German pilsner named "Carlsberg", but damnit I was curious. Well, I shouldn't have been. This tasted like an upper-middle class Budweiser. The color is pretty nice, dark for a pilsner, but other than that it was a super pedestrian beer. Which I guess is fine for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 21:27:34 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

to me this is a better than average light beer, widely available and far superior to most of the other beers of the same color and light flavor profile. the pour is tall and yellow glden in color, with a few inches of slowly fading white foam. the nose is pilsener malts, could be german or czech, with that grassy fresh cut hay vibe, and some nondistinct yeast strain and just enough hops to still be called a beer. the taste is identical, seemingly with a touch of white wheat malt too, but the pils malt shines here. its dumbed down a little from the genuine article, but it fills a large void in the beer world of a full flavored beer that is golden in color and easy drinking. its much better on tap than in the bottle, and to me is a worthy all day beer when you are trying to not fill up or get too heavily buzzed. light in feel, but not watery at all. there is still some body present. the finish is quick and this is all up not a bad beer for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 16:53:46 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tubeyes


2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A. Beer has a clear golden color, has no head to speak of. Has some lacing.
S. Nose is crisp and light, very pilsnery.
T. Taste is light and crispy with some light fruity estery notes but some off plasticy.
M. well carbonated crisp aftertaste.
O. Relatively good, feels like a European dos equis. On tap at Abbey inn, Denton Tx 12/21/12.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 03:27:30 | More by tubeyes
Photo of NilocRellim


4.45/5  rDev +48.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 05:57:17 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of bambam2517


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

Drank alot of this in Asia at the hotel taps. readily available, very easy drinking, nothing remarkable to speak of in terms of flavor. I don't know if there might be some preservative added to this stuff in China, but after a few long sessions drinking this and watching football several of us developed a little irritation in our throat, resulting in a chronic mild cough. For my gang it is now and ever shall be the 'Carlsberg Cough'!

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 20:32:18 | More by bambam2517
Photo of shigg85


4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at 4Q Danish cafe in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Poured into a Carlsberg pint glass. Clear, light gold hue with a thick beautiful white head. The smell of hops and nuts comes off this pils in a wonderfully unexpected way. The taste follows the smell adequately, and the mouthfeel was smooth yet memorable. Overall, this changed my opinion about Carlsberg which I had only previously tried from the bottle. I enjoyed Carlsberg Gold very much in Singapore, and now I can say that Carlsberg from the tap is a quality pilsner beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 06:07:32 | More by shigg85
Photo of thecheapies


3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold body, thin lick of foam. 3.5

Sweeter pale grain with grassy/floral hops and an apple-y aroma. 3.5

Mildy sweet, short on bitterness. Grassy sweet with a hop kiss and an apple ester present. Not as crisp as I was hoping. 3.5

Thin with moderate carb. A little watery, but easy going down. 3.0

Not a bad German Pilsener. Glad I ordered one. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 01:29:06 | More by thecheapies
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carlsberg....on tap at Dark Horse bar in Tribeca, Manhattan, NYC.

Appearance-pale yellow gold with a large white head, typical of the style but still a lovely sight in the large thin glass. Lace crackles and pops before dissolving away.

Smell-faint malt and wisps of grain spice and alcohol fumes, pungent but not in the best way.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, grainy taste typical of the style, very smooth, not much there beyond the grain, a little alcohol and light hop, could be trumped up a little more as is the common complaint. What's here is decent.

Overall-Not enough here to truly recommend, still at heart I think this beer is ok and better than most of its massive Euro Pale counterparts. Worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 23:38:15 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of NICKV1117


3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never tried Carlsberg before. I was visiting Solvang, CA, which is a small town that celebrates Danish culture in Santa Barbara County. This went well with a chicken sandwich. Nothing too special in the taste, though it was refreshing. A bit to light for my palette. I probably would not go out of my way to get one, but, wouldn't turn it down if it was offered. Definitely a C+.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 04:39:16 | More by NICKV1117
Photo of WoodBrew


3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had lunch with the princesses of Disney at the norweigen village area of Epcot. With lunch I tried a glass of Carlsberg....which was quite nice. The appearance was golden clear with good carbonation leading to a foamy white head. the smell was nothing great...mostly grain. The taste was quite smooth and easy drinking. Went well with the norweigen dishes that we had. Certainly would have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 16:00:53 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On Tap. Pours deep golden hue with light carbonation. Aroma is of light bready malt and slight hint of hops. Light, smooth body. Taste is a little bit of malt, a little bit of hops but mostly tasteless. I wonder if people drank this beer with closed eyes would they realize the drink beer?

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 14:22:29 | More by mikeg67
Photo of kojevergas


2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Carlsberg tap into Carlsberg pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of decent thickness, a little cream, and below average retention. Bad. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Malted barley. That's it.

T: Creamy throughout, with a simple reinforced barley body. Built simply; balance is shite.

Mf: Light, smooth, and wet. A bit of lumpy thickness.

Dr: Low ABV; shite taste. Affordable by Irish standards and off-urine by beer standards.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 19:19:33 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Knapp85


2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is actually a pretty tasty pale lager. It's got a really interesting flavor that I couldn't place exactly. It was kinda on the sweet side, very refreshing it's a good beer for the summer. The color is golden, very nice brew and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 00:47:19 | More by Knapp85
Photo of tbrink

South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in tapered carlsberg glass, pours a light straw color with thin head that is gone quickly; no apparent lacing. Taste is...well, that's hard to say exactly. It's not bad, but unexpected if you're having it for the first time. If I say wrappers from fruit stripe gum, I don't mean to say it disparagingly; it's just so strange. There is a reason it has its own strain of yeast named for it (s. carlsbergensis). Definitely quite unlike any other beer I've had, very intriguing. One of those beers you need to ruminate about and try again to see whether or not you actually like it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 04:34:32 | More by tbrink
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2011, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with light flavors of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild for the style but complementary and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this it still worth pounding down for a while if there aren't many alternatives.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 18:48:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean golden/ yellow color with small to no head. In the aroma, sweet and a small pilsner hop. In the taste, a dry pils hop, and a somewhat skunky bitterness. A smooth mouthfeel, with a dry, clean aftertaste. Ok lager, small dry bitter is nice, but nothing outstanging.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 13:48:28 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a recent visit to London, when I got tired of the intense maltiness of all the english draft beers I was having, I'd order a pilsner style beer. Like many of the more commercial beers this was good but not great. Typical color, aroma and flavor of a pilsner, it was none the less very refreshing and one I enjoyed a great deal.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 19:19:58 | More by david18
Photo of Chaserr

New York

1.43/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ordered this because it was the only beer they served at the scandinavian restaurant I was at. Virtually undrinkable. Don't waste your time or money on this beer. It should not even be listed as a german pilsner. I made it through a quarter of a pint before I gave up.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 07:10:07 | More by Chaserr
Photo of gfreed


1.53/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm conflicted. Here's a beer that looks really nice in the glass, with its clear lemony color, its frothy white head and its zillions of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Yet here's a beer that smells like skunk and piss and tastes only marginally better and is loaded with gas. If you must drink it, do so quickly. The moment it warms up is the moment you'd rather be drinking bong water.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 19:05:03 | More by gfreed
Photo of merryjoulton


3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out late to an Irish pub in the north loop and noticed this in the tap lineup. I knew it was something European but that's about it. Pleasantly surprised to see that its a Danish beer. Don't believe I've had one yet. On to the review:

Looks like a deep amber with healthy head that neither gets bigger of falls off, stays consistant. Smell is very malty and sweet with a hint of some noble hops. Taste/mouthfeel is thick and full with malt and a balanced bitterness. Drinkability is alright.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 03:43:55 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 20:51:56 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of soju6


3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a light golden color with a light head. it seemed to have a slight sweet aroma, not offensive. The taste was a bit sweet and came across as crisp & clean, nothing distinct. Carlsberg is easy to drink and is good when having more than one. Again this is a middle of the road, non-offensive Danish beer.

This is a very popular beer in Singapore and Malaysia.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 13:10:54 | More by soju6
Photo of ThaCreep


2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose, but light enough that evokes the malt, the body of the beer is quite hoppy and mouth is very bitter. It sometimes feels artificial small side but the finish, still with that strong bitterness and a touch sour and bitter grapefruit that evokes, it is adequate. A good lager, neither more nor less.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 14:36:05 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of DerBayer


1.88/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This looks a slightly watery7transparent straw - too lih´ght I m dreading it!

The smell is thin with little of the desired hop presence and no malt but I can sense adjunct grains

The taste is thin watery and slightly tainted by adjunct grain sickliness

Mouthfeel is its best featutre kind of refreshing but the taste ruins it all

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2009 21:14:16 | More by DerBayer
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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.