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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Portertime


3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So they may be the first beer I have had from Denmark. Poured the usual golden pilsner color with a soft white head and many racing bubbles. Taste was light at first then some faint flavors developed, straw, cereal grain. Mouthfeel was harsh and biting.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:34:22 | More by Portertime
Photo of laituegonflable


2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber colour with frenetic bubbling that produces a modest but resilient pearl head. Carbonation is still strong but slower and less determined after a while. A bit of lace, but nothing that sticks to the glass. This seems like a beer in a hurry to get out. Nothing proud or stubborn at all, so while it's humble, it has good reason to be.

Has an adjuncty nose that is quite pungent when pouring and the head is still there, but once that dissipates is far milder. Quite heavy on the malt, mild bitterness hiding behind. Has a clean but uninteresting and weak smell about it.

Unassuming palate with little exciting going on. Starts with a pronounced malt hit on the front, tapers off to a clean but very modest finish, with no significant bitterness. There is enough to soak up the malt and leaves the beer dry, but nothing that really captures the attention. I think I may sound like I'm panning this, but I'm not. Its profile is not harsh but also not too weak: it's simply modest, and the subtlety makes this very drinkable. Given the intense fizz on pouring, mouthfeel is astonishingly unfizzy. It's not too thin though, just enough to know it's there.

This is a decent job of lager production - certainly not great, but very suitable for sessioning. I notice from the neck that this is a supervised brew done by Fosters and it astounds me that they can do a reasonably good job with this and yet so comprehensively fuck up Stella Artois.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 04:11:43 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of SickBrew


3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For what it is Carlsberg "Beer" is a good brew, not great but it is good. I really like that initial whiff of Nobel hops when the beer was poured. It did pour a bit light and with a weak head that quickly dissipated to a thin sheet, however. From this respect it does remind me of a macro American lager, for which I'm sure it's a macro Euro-Lager. Taste is clean and crisp with a nice balance between the malts and hops. Nothing special there, just nice. It finishes good as well a nice balance between the dry and the sweet. Body is light and the carb level is supporting. Overall I like this beer and would drink lots more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:44:07 | More by SickBrew
Photo of BaerBeer


1.1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My buddy chose this beer on Saturday night for us to drink. I told him it would probably taste like a Heineken that a skunk sprayed into. I was right. I don't want to go into a huge review here, but all I can say is I hated this beer so much. I'm usually super open minded about beers and give some the benefit of the doubt. It tasted like spoiled Heineken, Smelled too skunky, had a strange aftertaste, weird mouthfeel, looked like flat and boring, and I couldn't even finish a half of one. Sorry :(...I do like their master brew though, so props to that

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 06:05:42 | More by BaerBeer
Photo of roddwolff


3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the appearance, is a pale yellow color, regular head of foam; in the bottle says that this beer is made with 100% of Malt, thing that i agree, both in the smell and taste are lof of malt; the mouthfeel is very refreshing, medium bitterness and light body; the drinkability is good, very ease to take, tasty to watch soccer or to accompany light foods or cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:50:01 | More by roddwolff
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Came in a green Can, that states it is probably the best beer in the world. Somehow I doubt that, but moving on. The beer pours with a single finger of fairly gassy head, that laces somewhat, but does not retain. The beer itself is a off yellow color with a loud of cloudy particles in it.

Smell - It's barely there, even after the beer has warmed up. I'm catching a little bit of hay like scent and touch of grass, but that's it. It's not offensive, just boring and subdued.

Taste - I really wish I could give this beer a 3.25 but such is life. It's better then most generic pilseners, that is for sure. It starts with a fair well hay like flavor (which is better then how it sounds) and then moved to a nice malt sensation, with almost fruit like undertones and finishes with a slight tap of grassy hops that isn't overdone or all that bitter.

Mouthfeel - This is one of those beers that manages to walk the light and medium bodied line perfectly. Very crisp feeling, but it does leave a very slight grass aftertaste. The carbonation is good, however points get deducted for the lack of head.

Drinkability - It's not bad, I've had better but I've had many worse. This beer is a bit gassy on the stomach for some reason, and the slight grass taste is just enough to stop this beer from being guzzled. Very refreshing beer though as the crisp taste is very nice a goes down smoothly.

Final Thoughts - Well, I have to say, I don't think I'm entering my Carlsberg years quite yet. The beer leaves something to be desired and isn't really unique enough to stand out. Not a bad offering, but there are more drinkable beers I'd rather guzzle (cheaper too) and more flavorful beers I'd rather savor.

Serving type: can

03-29-2009 02:02:02 | More by TheHammer
Photo of pmcadamis


3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and vibrant in the glass, this vivid yellow brew reminds me of wearing a pair of BluBlockers sunglasses. The head is initially fluffy and large, but settles in at a small wispy cap.

S - Whoa! This super-skanky brew is a love it or hate it thing. I happen to like this ultra-stinky "saaz in yo face" note, but my wife sniffed and said that it smells terrible. "Smells like a skunks ass!" is exactly how she put it.

T - Moderately hopped with some spicy and funky flavors. This is an odd beer with an oddly bitter flavor. I don't think that it's much like a German pils, but its probably one of the closes styles that this could be put into. I think there should be a Danish/Dutch pilsener category, since all of those lowland brews have a similarly dank note.

M - Crisp and light bodied. Cleans the palate well after a bite of dinner, and it's very thirst quenching.

D - A good food beer for a light sandwich or even a burger. I could see this being a poundable super-session beer for a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 05:09:47 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of wahhmaster


2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into a 0.5l branded Staropramen mug.

Appearance: Pale, straw-colored, and translucent. Fizzy head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Very faint...Smells of hops and grains predominantly.

Taste: Very faint taste of hops with a little bit of bitterness towards the end. Not a huge fan...

Mouthfeel: Thin, like water. Some carbonation but not too much.

Drinkability: Not that great...Can't see myself buying this again...Much better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 19:38:11 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of prosper

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark straw; a few shades darker than the norm for a euro lager. Streamers of big bubbles, and a coarse white hear. Some lacing.

Smells of 'green' malts, slightly sweet, with some vegetal DMS.

Tastes of balanced hop bitterness and softly sweet malt. Has a trace of bready toastiness there, too. Finishes crisp, bitter, and clean save for a shot of vegetal DMS. Better than I expected, frankly.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with moderately strong carbonation.

Not a very charasmatic brew, but I do like it

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 20:53:40 | More by prosper
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A bright golden-yellow color with lots of visible carbonation rising to the surface. The head is somewhat large, fluffy, and white, with solid retention and some lacing.

S: Some noble hop aroma, light grain malt, and faint citric/yeasty notes. Some champagne hints as well. A bit of a skunky nose also.

T: Some rough, husky grain malt accompanied by some noble hop bitterness that is leafy and herbal. Again, dry champagne hints, along with a fading, faintly metallic/soapy taste. The malt collapses into a bland, cooked leafy vegetable flavor.

M: Medium light in body, and quite crisp, with solid carbonation. A rather astringent, basic feel on the tongue towards the finish.

D: This has potential, but the hop profile and off flavors really do not do anything for me. This tastes like a rough, bargain basement American macro with a slightly fuller body and a simplistic noble hop profile for a bit of character and complexity. I won't be seeking this out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:36:23 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of JesseP09


3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a solid all-around brew, and one of my favorite imports. Carlsberg has an average straw-colored appearance, but every other aspect of this beer is certainly above average. This beer has a nice but not too overwhelming flavor that is nice and crisp, but also makes this beer very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 16:17:52 | More by JesseP09
Photo of unclejimbay


2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Carlsberg Beer
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Style: German Pilsener
ABV: 5.00 %

Reviewed 1/4/09, leftover from Martin @ our NYE party, bottle>tulip glass
A 3.0, pale straw in color, okay head- gone quick.
S 3.0, Balanced hop and malt profile, mild citrus notes
T 3.0, satisfactory taste, mild pils malt w/ mild hop finish
MF 2.5 - medium-high carbonation, semi thin body & finish
D 3.0 - not bad at all, just not a standout in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 18:51:25 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

green bottle, 330 ml. engraved, with euro 2008 label.

A: clear golden colour, white head, suprisingly lasting
S: malt, grainy, nothing much there.
T: malt, almost tasteless.
M: thin beer, light body
D: easy drinking lager, made for hot summer days. headache in bonus

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 21:42:46 | More by rodenbach99
Photo of froghop


2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had this in hong kong sitting at the fleet landing, it was all they had on the first floor, but that was okay, it was a nice brew to just sit with and chill.

pours a pale yellow with a medium size white foamy head, nice lacing.

smell is of grain, some hops, and malt in the back.

taste is clean, grain, corn, sweet malt, and ends a little dry.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 08:10:52 | More by froghop
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Mediocre macro head and lacing, looks like any typical lager/pils

Smell: Macro bland smell, a little corn grain, a little hops, a little herb. Smells stale with a little euro-funk.

Taste: Some light malt, some hops, metallic twang

Mouthfeel: Water

Drinkability: Boring and flavorless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 22:58:03 | More by craytonic
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


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

Pretty much a dry version of your average pilsener.

Smell and taste are both grainy, with lots of dry rice and some herbs. Some bad chemical flavors seep in, but that's to be expected from macro beers.

Feel is light and fairly smooth. Easy to drink but otherwise not very noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 15:23:02 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of CityBoy1986


2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The pour is a pale yellow with a nice white head. The head hangs around for a while, and lacing is decent.

The nose was very bland, with the most dominant aroma being yeast. The taste is a little more complex with some fruity flavours making an appearance.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and decently carbonated for its style. Drinkability loses a bit with the blandness--it's a bit like drinking seltzer water.

It's not bad, but I feel a bit cheated. I will not revisit this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 00:58:46 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of hopdog


2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap (at Disney World - I needed a beer!)

Poured a medium and see through golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of grass and sweet malts (maybe some light honey). Not much else to say that the ~300 other people have said!

Notes from: 2/17/06

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 19:11:23 | More by hopdog
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, I've avoided this beer for too long. Saw it at Upbeat on Banasawadi Road. After a few Belgians I ordered the 'berg.

Pours like a typical macro lager. Looks flat, very little head and a quick swirl doesn't do much. Pale yellow, but with a bit of a golden hue, somewhat richer looking than expected.

Smell, well it wasn't bad. I expected skunk or old socks (green bottle), but it really lacked anything strong. So, it wasn't bad, but not good, either.

Taste was subtle. Again, surprisingly so. A slight hint of sweet malt, but not too much. No grain aftertaste. Quite average, and that's good. Served cold, which helped in the feel of it. Semi-crisp and rather clean. I had 3 of these.

Drinkability was good, perhaps because I was a bit lubricated at the time. But, if I see this in a list of macros, I'm going for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:00:54 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Faune

New York

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin white head which quickly disappeared. Little bubbles with a bright pale yellow-golden color.

Smell: malt and some hops, yeast, grain.

Taste: Crisp, grainy, seems to be balanced

Mouthfeel: Light and thin

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 17:27:47 | More by Faune
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color, with a quickly fading 3 cm head. Leaves no head or any lacing on the glass.

Smell: A little bit skunky, but I get a slightly sweet and hoppy aroma.

Taste: The most noticeable taste is the grainy, semi-sweet malt. The taste is somewhat light, but pleasant. Hops kick in with a nuanced citrus kick, and I am left with a little bit of sulfur at the end. A pretty simple lager flavor, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light-bodied, but not as watery as other macros. Smooth, but not much bite. Lower than average carbonation, maybe due to the can.

Drinkability: Light carbonation and slightly sweet taste make it easy enough to drink. Not a bad tasting beer, but not something I would really go out of my way to get.

"Probably the best beer in the world." Not so much.

Serving type: can

01-01-2009 12:47:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden color with a white foam head.

Clean, mild malt aroma.

Mild malt taste, slight hops and a clean dry finish.

Smooth, well carbonated and somewhat meaty in the mouth which I found surprising considering the style.

Very easy to drink. A good summer beer also great to cook with. Try marinating a pork shoulder destined to become pulled pork before you smoke it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 14:46:14 | More by jaz58
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a huge white head of foam that left a sheet of lacing down the glass.

S - bitter czech hop aroma, classic 'skunk' to those who have much to learn.

T - good balance of sour hops meet sweet, grainy malts.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - a session beer if there ever was one!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:18:31 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a large pilsner glass.

Appearance - an orange-golden colour with a significant 1-inch frothy head that gradually thinned out. Sudsy lacing.

Smell - fruity, fresh aroma. An interesting blend of apple and malted barley.

Taste - thin, grassy flavours of corn and veggies. A quick finish with some subtle, but lasting bitterness. Maybe a bit of can in there as well.

Mouthfeel - quite a bit of carbonation to taste through, the flavor comes in after.

Drinkability - this probably would go down easily enough but I'd rather choose something else. Glad I finally tried it though.

Serving type: can

12-17-2008 02:13:17 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of likethetaste


3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. I am surprised I have never tried this before. This poured just an average color and average smell but the taste was pretty good. If had a good mouth feel and this is a drinkable pilsner. I enjoyed this and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 00:19:39 | More by likethetaste
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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