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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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974 Ratings

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Ratings: 974
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 Treath


3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First time tasting this beer.
From a 16oz can into a glass mug.

A- clear yellow, one finger of head that fizzles away, but leaves a little ring of froth and some lacing.

S- Very faint smell. Malts anda bit of flowery hops. Clean water smell.

T- Malts up front along with grassy hops. The taste is a blast of both flavors. The hops then overpower the malts . Mostly bitter with some malty/bready sweetness on the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and stinging carbonation. Semi-light mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this beer has a good amount of bitterness with some malt taste. It would of tasted better if there was a little more sweetness to it. It's an ok beer.

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 01:08:13 | More by Treath
Photo of archyquaffer


3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into an 8 ounce sampler. There is no indication of the brewery location on the can- if I didn't know any better, I might assume Denmark. A moderate pour threatened to overfill the glass. I back off, let the head subside a little, and top it off. The head is snow white and fairly sticky. The beer is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

The beer has a very light aroma not easily detectable, but basically just a light lager aroma with just a touch of skunk and very very subtle aromatic hops. A little bit of hop bitterness is detectable on the back of the tongue. Some mineral qualities are also apparent. The beer has a fairly dry, clean finish. Some pleasant burpiness ensues. This brings out maybe a little bit of a very subtle caramel flavor with a little metal and some alcohol.

This beer is easy drinking and lacks any strong adjuncty flavors and is a pretty good session brew, but nothing very distinguished. I think I paid around 8 bucks for a four pack of pint-plus cans, which isn't too bad of a deal. This beer is only available in one store in my town that I know of (Hennesey Grocery).

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 05:34:54 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Murrhey


3.14/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into a conic-style pils glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head, fluffy and bubbly. Very light, fizzy yellow body.

S- Golden malts, light hops. Crisp and wet aroma.

T- Crisp, clean, golden malts and subdued hops. It's pretty good actually.

M- Malty, dry feel. Very interesting for a Pilsner. Not as crisp as I expected.

O- Decent beer. I had it many times in England, but it actually holds up pretty well in comparison over here.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 01:47:54 | More by Murrhey
Photo of DrDemento456


2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I don't usually pick up a Pilsner but when they throw a pounder at me for under 2 bucks I can't resist!

A - Actually quite good it had a solid 1/4 inch of head that settles to a pretty thick lace ring. Color is a bright golden ale.
S - Some hops, skunked wheat, and just a bit of metal.
T - Bamn I can taste the metal and it's not the can! In a way it really subdues any shunky hints of yeast or malts which is OK but upsetting. Bite is pretty strong almost as much as Heineken so it's very hard to chug.
M - Light to medium but like chewing a truck hitch covered in a few flakes of hops.

Overall I prefer the more sweeter balanced tasting Euro Lagers. If this is the "traditional" way to have one I may skip mass produced Pilsners all together.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 03:35:37 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of rangerred


2.69/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a tiny white head that is quick that is quick to fade.

Aroma is bready with some faint hints of grass and hay. A little apple juice too.

More apple in the flavor along with more light bread and grass. Not very pilsner like tasting more like a typical Euro mass produced lager. Light, watery mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Overall, a cheap euro beer and not a very good one. Too much apple and just a bit lifeless. Better options out there in this style.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 02:34:22 | More by rangerred
Photo of IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a golden straw colour, crystal clear with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. Poured with 2 fingers of flimsy bright white head which dissipates almost immediately leaving next to no lacing behind.

Smell - Some light grains, a little bi of straw and a some faint floral notes.

Taste - Grains here as well...not a whole lot going on here. There's some very, very, verrry light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light body, high carbonation makes for a very dry crispy finish.

Serving type: can

09-05-2013 05:12:31 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500mL can purchased from my liquor store in Edmonton. Also noteworthy that this is my 50th review on BA. Carlsberg is one of the first import beers I've ever had, so it seemed like a fair beer for a milestone review.

I chilled the fuck out of this particular can - it's the only way to drink Carlsberg. It pours a semi-dark yellow with 2 fingers of head. The head is very silky looking and lasts forever it seems. There's a column of bubbles rising up the glass which is almost hypnotic to look at. It's like a lava lamp - very cool.

The smell of the beer is extremely malty and there's only a hint of bitterness in the aroma. Overall, it is a very straightforward smell. The head of the beer tastes very metallic. The taste is more metallic than most canned beers, but it also offers a really nice hoppy taste. It's very standard for a pilsner, but there aren't too many flaws either. Honestly, the bottled version is far superior to the canned one since it doesn't have the metallic taste. I'll say : this is the first time a canned beer for me has had this noticeable of a metallic taste to it. Perhaps I'll review the bottled version another day (or even better, on tap), but it's just... average. Oh well, I'm totally drinking it again for nostalgia's sake.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 09:13:39 | More by Olek4374
Photo of elNopalero


2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours a fizzy pale golden yellow with foaming that quickly dies out. There’s a nasty aroma of adjuncts: cereal and corn malt bla-ness. Tastes light and forgettable, no bitterness, thin finish.
The pride of Denmark shouldn’t be this forgettable adjunct lager.

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 07:29:53 | More by elNopalero
Photo of woodychandler


4.13/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN my local, in-person trader, tone77, come through in a big way, or what?!? I unloaded his big box o' beer from the other night and I could not believe all of the CANs that he had unearthed in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Uncompromising quality"; "Exclusive aromatic hops"; "By appointment to the Royal Danish Court"; "Premium beer"; "Copenhagen 1847".

In a 500 ml tallboy CAN, no less! I Cracked it open and after marveling at its fullness, began a standard Glug, still resulting in a massive amount of dense, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. Tomorrow looks to be a nice day outside with me stuck inside for most of it and no beer to dull the pain. Nose smelled like lager, the pleasant kind, with a honey-like sweetness and just a kiss of hops, to borrow from an old advertising slogan. I am not taking the piss, either. I have been subjected to so many shite lagers in CANs over these last several years that I have come to really enjoy a simple, adjunct (read, corn)-free lager when one happens my way. Mouthfeel was soft, not quite creamy, but without the kind of forced carbonation that seems to want to scrub my tongue. The taste was mild and unassuming, slightly grassy, mildly sweet and much like everything that belonged to Baby Bear - just right. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. I CAN easily see myself hanging out in the backyard, grabbing some of these out of a cooler and making a day of it. I CANnot speak for it from a bottle, but out of a CAN, it was just the ticket as a nightcap.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 02:41:41 | More by woodychandler
Photo of RyanGoodman


1.05/5  rDev -65%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was rather excited to try this beer as I now live in a country that surrounds me with mediocre adjunct lagers. (BTW, I'm tired of using the word "adjunct" in my reviews lately...however it won't be the last time I use it in this review.) Back to my excitement...a European premium beer, well yeah, I should expect something decent.

I have to say I was sadly disappointed. The appearance was the only "saving grace" of this so-called German Pilsener. It looked the part, shiny golden body, average head retention, evidence of proper carbonation. But that's where the anticipation ended for me. I got nil on the hop/malts in the nose. Major ADJUNCT suggestions, though. There I go with that word. Well, the taste followed exactly. Palate senses where also underwhelmed.

Overall, yes, I finished the beer. All 500ml of it.

End of line.

Serving type: can

02-12-2013 21:18:07 | More by RyanGoodman
Photo of ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a deep yellow. slightly hazey. which id didnt expect from such a generic brand.
there was a hint of head, and i even poured slightly faster to see what i could do
for a head. didnt help. this beer has very little head. if thats ur thing ..right on..
i prefer to have at least a bit. just adds to the experience of a beer.
deceivingly carbornated. looks to be not so much..but past the haze..its in there.

more grains than anything. reminds me of an american adjunct. with a bit less bite
and a slight cabbagey smell i cant quite figure out. not offensive..just reminds me a bit of some more domestic type beers ive had..major grassy notes also.

lagery. smooth. not so sharp. but still crisp. ..yeah i suppose fresh and crisp are good descriptives. has a malty finish. nothing strong..but nothing about this beer is strong
probably best served somewhat warm. in a plastic cup, at a premier league match.
seems like pretty basic beer. but it has some qualities that are endearing.
its very good for drinking alot of. i enjoy it along with the usuals.
its a bit of stretch to be considering this beer a pilsner.
as the classification says.
its no where near dry on the finish.
and fails in the comparison to even cheaper pilsners.
but im not knocking it here..
its got a purpose.
but its hardly pilsner.

goes down like a draft. (on tap..not this bottles "draught" nonsense)..
nice level carb. good range of flavour. if anything id say they should make
a slightly higher abv version. and id be a frequent flier..

pretty much .very good. not the best. but definatly worth a sip. i regular this beer when i plan on watching some soccer highlights. sunday afternoon waxing the car. really just a slightly better than average "drinkers beer"..perfect for hooligans and malcontents.perfect for a beer to drink when you dont want the bloaty feeling of foamy numbers.crisp and clean. drink some when ur on the go. makes a good hiking/ camping brew.
(interestingly enough ..its stated on the can that its "imported premium beer".)
tastes pretty similar to some more basic canadian offerings ive had the mild pleasure of sampling over the years)..seems kind of odd..i know they talked about brewing it in canada here..like moosehead green. but with a cleaner finish. and less malt.

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 20:56:56 | More by ghisty
Photo of eriktoyra


2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear and golden liquid into the glass. The off-white colored head is frothy and about two fingers high at first. It quickly dissolves into a very thin layer. There are lots of visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells of damp hay, molded cellars and some very faint spicy tones.

T: It doesn't taste much. Sweet corn up front, then sweet malts and some very faint flowery hops at the end.

M: Medium to thin body. Medium carbonation.

O: Well, this beer does not need a presentation. It's far from bad but it is nothing I normally buy either. A typical Euro-Lager.

Serving type: can

10-15-2012 18:53:54 | More by eriktoyra
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a pale golden yellow color forming a big bubbled and aired white head. Clear body, standard Euro Lager. Good retention and tons lacings left

S: Sweet grains, Lager yeasts and flowery hops. Good malty profile with classic bready Lager yeasts. Hops are also bit citrus

T: Follows the nose. Sweet grains upfront, bready Lager yeasts tempered with citrus hops. Finish is smoothly bitter

M: Smooth and light body. Good carbonation. Upfront is sweet and bitter but aftertaste is smooth and grainy

O: Easy drinking beer. Classic Euro Lager. Nothing but an average session Lager

Serving type: can

10-12-2012 15:32:50 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of Everydayoff


3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml can poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Gold in color, the pour forms a decent white head with average retention and leaves with some laces behind, high carbonation showcase. Smell of sulfur and grass poke to a nose and yeah with a hint of malt. Grainy malt and grassy hop accompany in a taste with smooth mouthfeel from its vivid crisp and carbonation that ends by a dry and clean finish. I once drank this straight from a can and found something terrible. Anyway, through a glass, there is no offensive.

Serving type: can

06-04-2012 17:34:08 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours an average adjunct lager yellow, with a creamy white cap on top. Decent head retention for a lager, with a creamy foam resting atop the beer long after the pour. Lacing is minimal.

S - This... doesn't even smell like a lager. I'm getting wheat, banana, clove and a really strong aroma of pear. Some clean barley malt and a touch of honey for some sweetness. Sort of like a lager/hefeweizen hybrid. Not even the slightest trace of skunk. This is way, way above average for the style.

T - Wow. This is just a crisp, fresh, and clean lager, that even delivers some actual flavor. Base of pale malt with lots of light citrusy and fruity notes upfront. Notes of wheat, honey, banana, and pear dance across the palate before a crisp finish of grassy noble hops. For the style, this is incredibly clean, with virtually no off flavors whatsoever, and even provides plenty of tasty flavors as it goes down. Puts almost every other lager I've ever tried to shame. Just wow.

M - Surprisingly big body for a lager; clocks in at about medium weight. High carbonation, definitely in fizzy territory, but that's common for the style. Finishes crisp and dry.

D - Given past experiences with this beer, ratings here on BA, and the general mass-brewed adjunct lager feel surrounding this beer, my expectations were about as low as they could be. However, this is a hell of a brew, and does NOT deserve to be lumped in with the average adjunct lager crowd. Drinkability is through the roof. An absolutely great beer all around, and taking style into consideration this is nothing short of exceptional.

Serving type: can

05-24-2012 23:59:46 | More by Converge
Photo of Duke

British Columbia (Canada)

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

(Poured from a 550 ml can, into a hollow-stemmed goblet)

Appearance: Carlsberg pours a clear gold. I got a little head that faded away to a filmy cap very quickly.

Smell: The beer smells like a freshly cut field of grass, with a malty scent in there too.

Taste: In following the smell, the beer is fresh and grassy. After that I'm struggling to get anything beyond the malts, but neither the malts nor the hops are very distinct.

Mouth: I'd say Carlsberg is light-bodied, with a light-medium carbonation.

Overall: I found this can in a liquor store and I was curious about this beer that I'd last had when I was about 16! The whole experience is quite light and I drank my glass before I finished this review, but the beer is alright. It's much better than the likes of the generic adjunct lagers.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 05:45:47 | More by Duke
Photo of RodneyFarva


3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml can poured into pint glass

a: pours a clear golden with a fluffy two finger white head, fading to a film.

s: maltiness, a bit of grassiness from the hops as well. clean.

t: malts, with a bit of bite from the hops, but not much. a distinct grassiness as well. a decent crispness.

o: a standard macro lager, but a cut above the rest. i was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 17:47:07 | More by RodneyFarva
Photo of tenaciousp65


2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been studying in london and have been encountering lots of beer i wouldn't normally find in the states. This beer is an average pale lager and is my go to when i can't get stella or becks. This is still easier to drink than the big three light beers at home in my opinion but again is nothing i would go out of my way for. Easy to start of a night with a few of these guys

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 19:36:13 | More by tenaciousp65
Photo of Cozzatoad


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

33cl can

A- Classic pale golden, perfectly transparent. A decent hint of foamy white head at first, but it disappears very quickly

S- A hint of grainy sweetness. Then some lemon and herbal notes from the hops, a bit on the metallic side. Exactly what you would expect

T- Pretty much what the aroma suggested, once again just like you would expect. That metallic feel that was in the aroma is still there, and the beer feels very 'industrial'. Bitterness is quite pronounced for the style, expecially in the aftertaste

M- Quite watery on the palate but densely crisp and very lively on the tongue (dense carbonation). Decently refreshing

O- Boring and predictable. Nothing worth interest unless you just need something to quench your thirst

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 14:31:50 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of socon67

New York

2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours golden and clear with a high white foam. Light carbonation in glass.

S - Skunky, earthy, and slightly floral.

T - A bland lager that has a bit of a crisp and refreshing feel. Not that bad.

M - Light bodied, yet crisp and well with food.

O - A euro lager that I'm sure us americans get an inferior version. It is quite generic but better than most of the macro produced euros.

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 00:36:52 | More by socon67
Photo of rarbring


2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is clear pale straw colored, has small bubbles and a white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is rather weak, slightly sour lemon character, some grass.

The taste starts rather fresh, some white bread, lemon juice and some bitter grass notes.

Light carbonation, a rather smooth texture, a medium small body and some dry finish.

For being an Euro Pale Ale this is fairly clean and balanced (not too sweet), but no surprises.

Serving type: can

07-23-2011 18:16:41 | More by rarbring
Photo of woosterbill


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

500ml can, consumed therefrom while playing croquet on a sunny day in the UK. Yay.

A: Gold body, thin frothy white head. Boring.

S: Boring aroma of lager yeast and grassy hops. Not too bad, really, but just really weak and uninteresting.

T: What to you know? It follows the nose. Boring, water lager, but a clean and inoffensive one at least.

M: Light body, fizzy carbonation. Again, average.

O: I thought that this would be listed as a Euro Pale Lager, and reviewed it as average for that style. It's total blandness is more of a sin as an actual Pilsner, though, so I'll adjust my Overall accordingly. At least it's easy to drink, and reasonably refreshing. I just expect more flavor from this style.


Serving type: can

06-19-2011 02:25:34 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Pale yellow, big head.

Smell: Mild skunkiness.

Taste: Hint of grassy hops before some grainy/bready malt sweetness.

Drinkabilty: Another easy drinking beer for hot weather.

Carlsberg from the 7-11 in Hong Kong. Gives the skunky smell despite being in a can and a best-before date of May 2012. Tastes fine, nice to have a pilsner that actually brings a little hop flavor along.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 11:41:52 | More by Mdog
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a hazy golden colour with a nice two-finger head that settles down but doesn't disappear.

The smell is light and hoppy, but not too intense.

The taste is nice and balanced. Starts out malty, and gives way to rich sweetness and light hop bitterness. I would prefer more hop flavour, but it is a really smooth drink.

Nothing too exciting here, but nothing to complain about. I'd drink this again, maybe even by choice!

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 03:55:50 | More by evlu1441
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, skunk, hops, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a bit of a fruit sweetness.. either apples or pears. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Yet another average and unremarkable euro-beer. It’s very drinkable but nothing about it sets it apart from the rest.

Serving type: can

06-01-2011 17:03:06 | More by spinrsx
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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.