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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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466 Reviews

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Reviews: 466
Hads: 1,362
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 19
Gots: 236 | FT: 0
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Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Photo of mickeymac
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of fattyre
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.33/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pale golden colored brew with a tiny little bit of white foam that dies instantly. The aroma is sweet and very grainy. Not a lot of hop character to it at all.

Simple, but somewhat satisfying, this is not a bad beer. I will not go out looking for it, but it was a pretty good drinker for a day at work. It is pretty light in body, and it is very smooth. It has a strange buttery kind of flavor to it. Lots of sweet malts and bready grains make up the flavor. It is really nothing special, but it did me no wrong. (518 characters)

Photo of Loki
2.26/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on draught

Served a pale golden color with lots of carbonation and small, bubbly white head. Minimal lacing around the glass. Appears very carbonated.

Aromas of corn, malt, grains, and other scents much like most macro lagers. Nothing special, but it is not the skunked flavor I've experienced with the green bottles.

This could have been the worst beer I had in my two week honeymoon in France and Italy had it not been for Kronengborg. Tastes of corn, cheep malt and barley, and stale hops. Reminds me of Heineken before skunking.

Not a good beer. I would select something else. (600 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical green-bottled skunky euro-lager. Generously carbonated, pours to a frothy white head that falls to the sides and sticks around with a little lace. Aroma is severely skunky (not necessarily the brewers fault, must be lightstruck) but suggests spicy noble hops. Flavor is typical hop/grain/alcohol and tons of fizz. Finishes with a slight bite and refreshing throat tickle. If I had to choose between this and a Mickey's malt liquor, it'd be a toss-up, honestly. (468 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The head was white, small, soapy in texture with fine-small bubbles.The body was carbonated and clear.The hue was gold and the nose was fruity.The lacing was only fair with this beer.The flavor was bitter with an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth, tingly on my tongue and thin.This beer lacks character as there is not much that I can say about it. (350 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.28/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Kind of your average Euro-lager. Light gold color, large head. Light tasting larger style beer. Slightly hoppy, nice mild malt, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is round. Good Balance. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is very slightly bitter, some sweetness. Not green bottle skunkyness. (300 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.51/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold appearance, head piles up to a white and fizzy 3/4 inches and settles down almost as fast to foamy patches, some of which stick to the glass. Slight skunk aroma, some sense of cream corn smells as well. A pretty dry Lager, minimal sweetness with light herbal hops and sulfur in small amounts coming in from the nasal passages. Relatively clean finish, carbonation a little too high for my tastes. Drinkable enough, doesn't differ markedly from many of these so-called "imports" from Canada -- and there's that added skunk "cachet"... (544 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.46/5  rDev -18.5%
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! (910 characters)

Photo of Boto
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I recently had this again while on vacation in London. It is a rather non-descipt beer. OK to sit back and have a few, but no compelling reason to go out of your way to buy it. Pretty typical fizzy yellow color and taste. Not much aroma. Still, better than American Macros. (273 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got a free can during a poker game. Tried this swill before and wasn't impressed, but considering the beer selection, this was what I'd drink. Poured with little to no carbonation, resulting in little to no head. Smelled a little more malty than what I remember the bottle version to be, but still corny and alot of cheap adjunct. Bland taste. Little corn adjunct, slight malt, very little hops. Yeast was detected on teh tongue. It's drinkable swill. (451 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.92/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed the bottled version a while ago and wouldn't have bothered with Carlsberg draft if the Sunset Cantina didn't "run out" of my first five draft requests. That said; I added or subtracted a few comments from the Carlsberg bottle review.

A Carlsberg chemist, Emil Hansen in 1883, invented the single cell yeast culture strain. Brewers worldwide know it today as Saccharomyces Carlsbergenis. So you would think that with such distinction to their name, they would take extra measures to produce a beer of equal merit. And, IMHO, Carlsberg beer is does produce a nice, mild everyday, lager. Clear pale gold in color, light bodied, with a fairly sharp metallic hop bite and a nice white head. The draft version is smooth and less harsh with a hint of sweetness. There was no skunky aroma in the draft version and that made a world of difference in the aroma and drinkability rating. (888 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is better on tap than it is in the bottle. It pours a light yellow color with a small white head and it has the aromas of hops, malts, and some spicy adjuncts. It tastes nice! Very sharp, hoppy, and all around tasty. Sure there are other beers that are better but this one is very good. It has a super drinkability as well and goes great with wings, pizza, or any pub grub. The mouthfeel is pretty full as well. Carlsberg beer is decent.
Give it a try!
F. (472 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
1.62/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

It's pretty damn similar to a typical American macro. Add skunkiness to it and you have yourself one very unattractive brew. And it costs a LOT more than American macros. There is nothing to gain from this beer. I would love to try it fresher than I got it, but the skunkiness was overpowering in the aroma just completely turning me off. As far as flavor, there was a certain peppery spiciness in there that surprised me. Other than that, it was very bland. If you can get it fresh, go for it. If not, spend your money on something else. (538 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This danish beer is just above the ordinary.

It pours a nice clear golden tone with an average and consistent foam head. Smells somewhat malty and with an average amount of hops.

The taste is an average lager taste, sweet but considerably bitter showing off a good range to its tones, which doesn't harm a nice mouthfeel. I could chug a few of these down, but its not my top choice. (390 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a light golden yellow with a small white head that faded after a minute or so leaving some touches of patchy lace.
Smells of bright, sharp hops, very clean and has some malt and sweet spice but is all very faint. Taste is more of the same with a weel balanced sweetish malt and spiced hop thats clean and refreshing, and lends itself into smoothing, but is a little on the uneven bittery side in the hop bite. Feel is light and wet with no real rounded or bold, standout qualities. Givin all that its a very good, easy drinker thats clean and goes down down smooth. (575 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty nice lager, when poured it comes out looking real crisp and clear, with a inch head that dissapated after about a minute. Pretty nice tasting, not the best lager ive ever had, but it seems like a nice beer. Had a nice label so i thought id give it a try (262 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excellent and very drinkable brew. I never knew how good this one was until I tried it at one of my new haunts, MacGrady's in Bethlehem, PA. A very crisp and golden-colored brew with some snap in the taste, yet oh so drinkable. Well worth seeking out. Prost! (261 characters)

Photo of Scoats
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at a very well run and popular bar that had a predictible selection of imported beer. I tried this because it was the only one I never had before. It is a very tasty beer with a nice sharp hoppiness at the end, no off flavors and some sweetness at the beginning. It is a fine beer but reminded me a lot of the bottle PBR I had a few days before. The PBR is easily 1/2 the price.

Verdict: this is a nice quafable beer that one can enjoy happily with friends, but one can find equal beers at 1/2 the price, so why pay more for this? (554 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear medium golden color with an inch thick snow-white head which fades to a paper-thin layer rather quickly. Carbonation is moderate with fairly good lace. Aroma consists of cooked vegetables, hops, and a little of the ubiquitous skunk. Taste begins with smooth maltiness and a touch of carbonation overlaid with a slight sweetness. Towards the middle of the taste, citrus hops come into play. These then fade and the malt flavors return. This version of Carlsberg is not as good as the local version that I enjoyed in Copenhagen, but still, very good. Not a great beer to be sure, but refreshing and very easy to drink. (630 characters)

Photo of Morris729
2.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale golden straw color with a foamy white head that fades into a thin and bubbly lace. Nose is cooked corn and some skunkiness. Very light in body with a crisp mouthfeel. Taste is grain husks and a spicy herbal flavor blended with overcooked hops. Finish is dry and crisp. Another average Euro lager, nothing more. I won’t be buying more of these. (363 characters)

Photo of inebrius
2.81/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deepstraw gold with a clingy bonnet. Subdued bouquet of grain hulls and greens. Nice malt to hop balance, but the buds get distracted by some boiled celery on the edges. Light and fluid, nothing to holler about. I may never have met this beer if it wasn't for a 2 hour layover and it's a good thing I took notes 'cause I forgot about it before I even finished. (360 characters)

Photo of the42ndtourist
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's not much to say. It's a European Continental Lager for the masses, brewed by Labatt's for those who feel too good for Blue or Canadian.

Yellow, little head, little lacing. This one's at least potable, less cloying than Beck's, and less stale than Heineken. Thin, with a slight corn adjunct flavour to it. Bleah. (322 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ultra-clear very pale golden color with lots of carbonation action. The head was a small white head that shrunk down to a thin layer. The smell of cooked corn, light grain, and faint alcohol notes make up the aromas. First taste at the start is a carb bite that transcends into an earthy grain with light hops and fades into a light peppery hop. This is a lighter bodied beer that finishes crisp, clean, a lightly dry and drinks down plenty easy. Not the best of this style, but I’ve learned to appreciate the more subtle beers as well as the bold ones. Not bad! Skaal! (579 characters)

Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.