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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Reviews: 474
Hads: 1,430
Avg: 3
pDev: 34.67%
Wants: 23
Gots: 282 | FT: 0
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Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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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 RyanGoodman
1.06/5  rDev -64.7%
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.

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Photo of BigRon720
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I saw Carlsberg everywhere when I traveled across Europe. It seems to be quite popular.

A: It came out a pale shade of yellow. The foam lasted a few minutes before slowly fading away.

S: Not too impressed with the smell. This may be the green bottle which compromises a lot of European beers. Once I got past the skunkiness, I noticed a faint sweet smell to it.

T: I noticed a bready flavor with some fruitiness to it. The hops come in at the end. Overall, better than I thought.

M: Very light in body that seemed to go down very smooth. The grains came to light here.

O: Nothing spectacular, but not too bad. I would recommend it on a hot summer day. It would be an improvement over a domestic lager.

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Photo of ghisty
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of tubeyes
2.87/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.43/5  rDev +47.7%
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.

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Photo of GMB
2.28/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of bambam2517
2.73/5  rDev -9%
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'!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.3/5  rDev +10%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
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?).

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Photo of Douberd
3.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Mitchallica
2.28/5  rDev -24%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Tresha
1.51/5  rDev -49.7%
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!

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Photo of tdm168
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.

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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

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Photo of frankiepop
3.9/5  rDev +30%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Converge
4.07/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
2.09/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Catch up rating. Ordinary European lager, nothing exceptional. Obvious use of adjunct/cereal grains in both aroma and taste. Clear golden with small airy head. Macro brew through and through.

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Photo of Duke
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.

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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.