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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%

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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a hazy light yellow 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, grass, and a slight skunky aroma. Taste is of sweet grain, white grapes, and some light grass flavors. A pretty good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and this is much better than the Elephant I tried before.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 07:14:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale corn silk yellow topped by a good looking head of rich, cream colored foam that started out rather generous in size thanks to abundant carbonation and a high-altitude pour. The cap has a quality look about it and leaves a fair amount of Swiss cheese-like lace on the glass. Much better than expected for a green-bottled Euro.

The nose is of sweetish, lemon-scented, untoasted grain. I can easily appreciate the lightly spicy, slight musky noble hops. It's my hope that they're used to the same effect on the palate as they are in the nose.

Carlsberg Pilsner isn't quite as palatable as I had hoped, but it's still drinkable. It starts out solidly enough with a semi-firm malt backbone on which are arrayed noble hops that nip rather than bite. The bittering is a little rough, but there's enough malt on hand to keep it somewhat smooth. There's more grain and less lemon than there was in the nose.

Just after the swallow, the flavor falls off abruptly and is replaced by a metallic tang that becomes less noticeable the farther into the glass I go. It never disappears entirely however. The mouthfeel is lager average until the finish, when it collapses in concert with the flavor. That's probably a good thing, since I wouldn't want that metallic aftertaste to hang around longer than absolutely necessary.

When the beer is permitted to fall to the bottom of the glass, there's a splendid display of sticky lace on most of the available surface; vindicating, in my mind, what I originally thought was a shaky appearance score.

Carlsberg Pilsner (the more generic 'Carlsberg Beer' is seen on the label) is an okay beer, but it isn't one that I'll purchase again. I can't help but think that with a tweak or three, it might not be too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 14:13:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

and so it begins another adventure down the road of the bottom of the barrel. stopped in the store on the way home and grabbed a few more tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

ok we might have something worth a shot here. pours out a crystal clear golden amber with a ton of white foam on top that gradually settles down into a thin film around the sides and the bottom. aroma is nice, light grains, small bittering hops, i hate to say i am impressed but that horrible stench in not there. follows through nicely on the flavor which is light, crisp and clean and offers a touch of light grasses and hints of bready malts. light finish with a clean and defined taste.

this was actually not that bad, i could see myself turning to it again one time, maybe.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:14:44 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle (brewed under license by Mcauslan in Montreal): Poured a yellow color lager with a medium white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt is more present then expected with some crisp hops. Taste is a notch below your average pale lager with some crisp hops that are actually discernable. I’m guessing that I fell on a recent batch because this is really better then expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 19:30:26 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A better than average pilsner. It's a good beer in the golden color, white fleeting head and carbonation. Better than average in the aroma with little corn-like aromas and not over hopped. Taste is nicely malty, noble hop balanced and subtle spiciness. The beer is balanced properly and no flavors dominate others. Firm, yet light body supported by moderate carbonation. Finishes light, airy, and crisp; leaving little sweetness or tartness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 01:07:08 | More by BEERchitect
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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a moderate-sized, white head.

Smell: As expected, the handsome green bottle has left this skunked. I'll take a few minutes to organize the cans of soup in my pantry, giving it time to waft away. BAK! Alright, so it's lightly sweetish malts flecked by some metallic hints.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with some grainy hints and a soft cereal sweetness and a perceived touch of light corn syrup. Yeah, there're those metallic hints again, as if the change from my $1.49 bottle was somehow planted in my bottle. Floral, subtly spicy hops with a mild bitterness. Finishes drying and crisp, but those metallic hints just won't let up.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. The skunkiness was hindering, but they completely lost me at the metallic tastes. I would like to look at your coin collection, not lick it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 02:10:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 19:08:20 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear, pale golden color, firm and fluffy, pure white head.
Aroma: dry, and a bit corny, and a certain funky staleness that was quite off-putting and unlikeable.
Taste is bittersweet. This beer contains some hops, and some malt, too, but neither are employed very well, or do anything to impart flavor, character, or any quality that would urge one to drink and enjoy. No, it was a chore to plow thorugh this brew. Very weak, flat, flavorless, boring as they come. A sourness emerges towards the end, and only furthered my expanding repulsion towards this bad example of a lager. Are there corn or other adjuncts at use, I wonder, for it certainly tasted that way.
I picked this up to appease a friend from Denmark who urged me to try the beers of her homeland. I'm pretty sure she's unaware of how bad this is, and I'd like to think there's still a good Danish beer out there for me, somewhere!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 01:29:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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 WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It is light and refreshing, boasting of pale malts and lager yeast. It has a slight green bottle skunkines, but it's very mild compared to some. The taste is decent. It is a typical lager with a slight green bottle flavor. The palate is mostly pale malts and mild hopping; nothing too surprising. It has a clean finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well. This is a damn fine lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 01:30:44 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured out yellow color with no head.

Smelled a little bit like corn. The corn taste came through while drinking it. It was slightly hopped. It was pretty smooth and crisp. I was very pleased that it wasn't skunky at all, despite the green bottle. Overall, it is a pretty good European beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 01:51:59 | More by zeff80
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 jwc215


2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that becomes patchy - typical Euro-lager in appearance.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk" (not that it is "skunked", but the Euro-lager yeast strain at work) with some graininess - a bit too much of the former.

The taste is of sweet grain with some husk. Euro-skunk interferes. Some bitterness to it. Fizzy finish.

Rather weak body with fizz and an oily slickness.

This is uninteresting. I would put this in the "boring Euro-lager" category and below average at that.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 21:45:29 | More by jwc215
Photo of Halcyondays


3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. Euro-green bottle, cool label though, very regal,

A: Pours a typical, pale yellow, with a good, solid, white head, which leaves minimal lacing, but has pretty good retention, for a big, mass-produced Euro beer.

S: Light and grainy, with a bit of earthy hops, and some skunk.

T: Bready malt mostly, backed with some very earthy, almost dirty-tasting noble hops, but as the beer warms some of the fruitier tasting hop notes come out making way for a better tasting beer.

M: Light and and creamy, crisp, not too watery, as many continental pilsners can be.

D: A good beer, for being so mass-produced, a light easy beer to drink, refreshing, but not really complex. Miles' line from Sideways perfectly sums this beer, "Quaffable, but far from transcendent."

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 17:40:20 | More by Halcyondays
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 tempest


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

This beer is trying to taunt me, telling me I don't need any malt flavor in my beer. Regardless, I'll do my best to keep an objective opinion while reviewing.

The beer starts off with a medium, traditional Euro-skunk a la green bottle. The aroma clears up after about 5 minutes to a very mellow extra pale grains and grassy hops with only a touch of skunk. The flavor follows with an almost tasteless sweet flavor that reminds me of a blander version of Heineken, and mild mix of skunk and noble hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 17:44:48 | More by tempest
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 lacqueredmouse


2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale lemony yellow colour. High carbonation. Reasonable head which disappears quickly. No lacing.

Nose: Grassy, hoppy vegetative arome. Very good. Very pilsener-like. A refreshing fragrant nose.

Taste: Very disappointing. None of that sharp biting pils front palate. It's rather bland to start off with, then there's only a hint of bitterness before levelling out to a wishy-washy nothingness. Mouthfeel is a little flat with a slight thingle.

It's an alright lager, all said and done, but when you've got such a huge range of much better pilseners on offer, you'd be crazy to pick this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 05:02:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Carlsberg is supposed to be supervising this beer brewed in Toronto. I think the only way to have it is get the real stuff on tap in Denmark. Good mix of hops and malt but no beef to it, light straw colored, head goes quick. Good lawn mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2002 15:56:51 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 12:37:18 | More by Jason
Photo of Zorro


2.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear yellow, almost over carbonated.

Yeasty and slightly fruity smell.

The taste is very biscuit like. There is a prominent grain flavor here to and a mild hop bite. It beats Budweiser but there are better brews.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkable, but weak.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 02:42:09 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


2.03/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light pale yellow color, some carbonation, very small head, not much lacing. The scent was skunky and that's about it. The taste was watery with some malts. Light body. I had to try this out, since I see it at the liquor store all the time. Will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 17:20:31 | More by Wasatch
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
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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.