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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%

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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 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
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 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 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
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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 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 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 Tresha

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
Photo of tdm168

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 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 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
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 BryanCarey


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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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 stakem


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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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 djura


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
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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
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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