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Carlsberg Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Photo of baiser
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale, straw colour with a nice white, foamy head that subsides quickly. Left a very thin layer of foam, with little lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Had a faint hop aroma, a little grainy and not much else.

Taste is very light. Initially, it was quite bitter, then a sort of tartness and then a bitter aftertaste. Crsip on the tongue.

It was quite smooth and it was creamier than expected.

It's alright to drink once in a while, but not anything I would buy myself.

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Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok it had been years and years since i had tried this brew..lets see if its still as I remembered.
Im beginning to think I made a mistake buying this "sixer"..by the appearance alone, lets say its only a touch darker than Budweiser..slighly darker urine colour. smal white head.
the smell is not too good..slightly metallic..nothing much at all really.
taste is not good very sweet malts followed fast by a burning plastic style bitterness.
Damn why did I have to buy a "six"..this is not good beer not even an average lager.

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Photo of sardonic
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed under license by Labatt's in Canada. There has been a big marketing push for Carlsberg because of the Euro 2004 soccer tournament. Slogan: "Probably the best beer in the world". I think just about every BA user disagrees with that, nonetheless it's reminiscent of Stella and Heineken but better.

Also, I got it at a domestic beer price, because it is technically domestic...nice not paying $2 more a six-pack.

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Photo of soper2000
1.86/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Japonese restaraunt + Brazilian city = draft beer by Carlsberg??? Ok, I'll bite, so i ordered one up, I've never had Carlsberg before so it was worth a shot. It was actually not half bad looking a 2 finger white head rested upon a golden color body. Smell was faint but pleasant. Taste left a little to be desired though, reminded me of heineken or kaiser. Mouthfeel and drinkability were borderline. Worth a try? yes. Worth two tries? no.

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Photo of bark
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For this review, I have tried a bottle that has been brewed under license by Carlsberg in Sweden.

The colour is clear yellow. The white foam dissolves quite fast into a half-finger thick layer.

The smell is fresh with lots of bitter hops. Uncomplicated.

The taste is straightforward: First, there is a clear taste of pilsenermalt that evolves into a fine, dry bitterness from the hops. The bitterness slowly dies away into a tender note of… puff pastry!

This is a beer that knows what to do and does it with precision. No-nonsense!

Carlsberg Beer is known in Sweden as “Hof”, the Danish word for “court” after the large text on the label that once informed the buyer that Carlsberg is a purveyor to the Danish court.

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Photo of MobBarley
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, white head and some lacing.

Skunky and sweet with some grassy hops.

Tastes mostly malty with a slight frutiness and alcoholic twang at the finish.

Mouthfeel light and carbonated. Refreshing.

Drinkability good but boring.

Notes: Nothing terrible here, but not much to say, really. Average all around, second-tier import.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow- a little more golden than its style-mates. Starts with a nice large white head that lasts a few minutes before it settles into a thin white covering over the head.

Aroma: Upon opening, an iImmediate aroma of sweet, citrus, and malts that I can smell from 16 inches away. Aroma fades with the head. Flavor- starts with a moderate sharp hops bite that sits along a chemically twang. Bready malt fills in around this to keep it from being too much. A bit of citrus acidity (more of the acidity than the fruit flavors)- maybe some sour orange.

Mouthfeel- thin. Overall I can drink this- not my favorite style, but it's ok.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flann O'Brien's in Boston, MA.

Pours out like your typical lager, but with a more consistent head than domestic lagers. The smell is nothing special, slightly hoppy. Tastes a tiny bit bitter, but basically just like your average beer. A bit dry on the mouth, yet very light and a very drinkable beer.

This is a step up from Bud, Miller, Coors, etc. but not by much.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml green euro style bottle

Pours with a typical euro lager hue, light amber/yellow forming a fairly decent head with acceptable lacing

Smell is like most every other euro lager, malty and hoppy

Taste is very similar to heiniken, nothing too shocking here

Not a bad lager, easy enough to wash down but unappealing

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Photo of jsolack
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with white fluffy head. Very clear... Looks like a good brew.

Skunky grainy smell. Kinda bland and not very interesting.

Mild flavor with sweet notes. Finish is slightly bitter. A pretty straight forward beer. Doesn't taste bad but isn't any special.

Crisp and light in mouth. Carbonation level is nice. Good but again nothing special.

Easy beer to drink. Pretty average though. Nothing really stands out. Much better than typical macro brews but lacks the character of a craft brew.

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Photo of shirfan
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yet another "foreign" offering brewed in far-off, exotic Toronto. Website is a typical morass of "cool" flash, which bested my patience trying to find a word about the beer.

Fizzy yellow with a lazy, uninspired head.

Aroma starts slightly skunky, giving way to a cauldron of grain steeping in a mildew infested basement.

Taste is grainy, light and dry, bordering on overcooked. I strongly suspect corn. A metallic aftertaste. No more hops that the typical sex-in-canoe lager; I'd actually reach for a Blue before another of these.

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Photo of Doiv
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Possibly the best lager in the world.”

That’s not much of an achievement. Nor is the drink itself, for that matter. It’s much better than the likes of Carling or Heineken, but hardly a touch on Stella or Beck’s for quality.

Overall, what I would consider an average lager.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of jed
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Carlsberg Beer

Presentation: Green 25 cl, best by Nov. 2004.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color w/one finger of white head, very little lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet, yeasty aroma w/some vegetable smells. Skunky.

Taste: Sour, bitter nose without the expected malty sweetness. Hints of vegetables and gain. Finish is semi-dry with a slight hop aftertaste. Oddly, tastes better as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Not much to say, very average.

Drinkability: Fairly light and inoffensive, could be used for a very boring session beer.

What to say, what to say? An average macro lager, better than its American counterparts. I wouldn't pay "import" prices for this one, and I France I prefer Kronenbourg 1664.

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Photo of Zorro
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear yellow in color with some active carbonation and a big, foaming white head.

Smell – The skunk rolled from the bottle before the “t” in the “pssst” from the cap popping was completely finished. The grain is putrid, but masked by the incredibly sharp skunk.

Taste – There’s a decent sweetness to this one, but not nearly enough to cover up the horrible grain flavor.

Mouthfeel – This is of course light-bodied, but the good news is that it is smoother than your typical macro Pale Lager swill.

Drinkability – If you could get this without the skunk it might not be half bad.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl, served in tall Menabrea glass. The beer reviewed is the original, Danish 4.6% abv. version.

Pale gold w/ OK head. Rather anonymous aroma that doesn't give too much away. Turns out that there isn't all that much to give away. Taste is rather subdued, a slight sweetness the most defining characteristic. Very easy to drink.
A fairly decent lager that certainly won't frighten anybody.

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Photo of theozag
4.29/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Take a second and read your bottle of Carlsberg. What do you see? Look closely and you can find the brew's slogan, "Probably the world's best beer." Well, I won't go quite that far, but Carlsberg certainly is a quality beer. To wit:

This brew appears in your glass as a perfectly clear pale golden color with a thich, foamy white head. Its smell is gently nutty and fairly light. Carlsberg starts rather malty with a faint flavor that seems to my tongue to be lime. It is very light bodied with slgith spice and bitter flavors, though I found the beer to be complex enough to defy solid catagorization. The beer finishes smooth, dry, and longing with a wheat note. It leaves only a small (though somewhat unpleasant) aftertaste. Essentially, every mouthful of Carlsberg begs another.

If your experience with Carlsberg differs from mine, it may be because my bottles were brewed at the Carib Brewery in Champs Fluers, Trinidad; which is about as far from the Netherlands as one can get and still find this beer. This may also explain why I thought Carlsberg was very much like Carib Lager without the aftertaste. As my mother suggested, perhaps Carib Brewery makes their signature brew and Carlsberg on the same line and just uses different bottles for each. A ridiculous suggestion, but amusing and illustrative nonetheless.

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Photo of joecast
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

deep golden color, with a thick fluffy white head.
mild hoppy aroma. just above being bland on the nose.
does have a decent flavour, however it is offset by a slight butteryness, and a slippery mouthfeel.
overall the flavor and aroma arent bad. however, that butteryness really brings it down a level or two for me.

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Photo of neg007
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in Europe. Brewed recently at the Carlsberg brewery in Denmark.

This beer is a very good example of a quality European macro lager. Crisp flavor, nothing to blow your socks off, just quality drinking.

The examples that I have had in the US are skunked due to the typically rediculous green bottles.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was fairly impressed with this one. Poured a light golden colour with an acceptable snow white head. Nice, moderately hoppy smell. Trace amounts of biscuit and faintly reminded me of asparagus. Not alot of carbonation which made it easy to drink. A pretty good lager I'd probably buy again.

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Photo of diablo14
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

what is it about danish lagers? they are all quite savory in their character. there seems to be this constant presence of cooked green veggies and potatoes. for some reason though they remain deceptively drinkable.

starts out as per usual for a lager. standard color, acceptable head. some hops aromas in there, with malts, and traces of asaparagus. flavor starts off with a nice malty sweetness, then theres elements again of asparagus, some sprouts, potatoes and a little pepper. small traces of hops in the finish, but this lager lets the carbonation do most of the work at the end. reasonably firm bodied for a lager too.

wouldnt go out of my way to drink this, but still not something id knock back if i was sorely in need of a beer. i suppose this brew is yet another example of how a style of beer varies from region to region.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is Canadian-brewed Carlsberg from a green 12 oz. bottle. It pours slightly darker than most US macros: a bit of gold instead of pale yellow. Unlike many others, I got no skunkiness. However, little about this beer distinguishes it-either for better or worse-from many other "European" lagers. The taste is slightly grainy but not offensively so. Hops are just detectable. With the light flavor and crispness, it goes down like water.

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Photo of fattyre
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beers pours a clear moderately light yellow with a smallish white bubbly dissipating head. The smell was a deceptive maltiness. The taste is bland and watery with very little hoppiness or flavor of any kind. To me this was a very unimpressive beer with almost no flavor, sort of on par with Coors light only much better looking.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

As mentioned in some other reviews, Carlsberg suffers from the "Guinness Sydrome": this beer is an "import" from Canada, not its original origin (in this case, Denmark). This is a rather average Euro-lager in every sense. There was nothing exciting about this beer, but it still remained somewhat easy to drink.

Carlsberg pours a light gold color with a thin foam head that disappears rather quickly. My bottle was surprisingly non-skunky, but it still smelled cheap: light corn and husky/soapy adjunct aromas are what I detected. The mouthfeel is of course thin and fizzy. The flavor has a light malt crispness to it, but otherwise this beer has a very grassy and haylike flavor to it. It was also slightly more bitter than most other euro-lagers. The aftertaste consisted mostly of some corn flavors, along with some other grainy tastes. This beer finishes off with only a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

All the European macro breweries seem to like making unspectacular, slightly bitter yellow beers and putting them in green bottles. This one fits the same mold. Not really worth the import prices.

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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.