Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, skunk, hops, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a bit of a fruit sweetness.. either apples or pears. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Yet another average and unremarkable euro-beer. It’s very drinkable but nothing about it sets it apart from the rest.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

An old favorite from college that I haven't had in a while. Poured from a nifty embossed green bottle, Carlsberg is a translucent plain gold colour. Poor head retention; carbonation looks average. Nose is mostly barley malt with some grassy hay undertones; decent but nothing special.

Very smooth-tasting, although not complex at all. Sweetish barley malt and grains dominate the flavour, and a weird sourness I can't put my finger on. These both blend themselves with some bitterness in the finish. Not a lot of hop presence; clean and crisp-tasting with no skunk. High carbonation, and medium-to-light-bodied.

This is better than most macro lagers, but there is nothing to really distinguish it from other imports. It is definitely refreshing, and always a respectable choice when the pickins are very slim.

[Updated Oct. 20 2013]

I picked up a can of this and tried it beside a few other random Euro lagers. I don't care what anyone says, this isn't a pilsener, it's just a mediocre EPL with very little hop flavour to speak of. It's fairly easy to drink, but not very well-balanced and a rather poor substitute for most German equivalents. There are domestic macros of comparable quality at lower price points, so this isn't really worth it.

Final Grade: 3.05, a C+.

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

Carlsberg tap into Carlsberg pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of decent thickness, a little cream, and below average retention. Bad. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Malted barley. That's it.

T: Creamy throughout, with a simple reinforced barley body. Built simply; balance is shite.

Mf: Light, smooth, and wet. A bit of lumpy thickness.

Dr: Low ABV; shite taste. Affordable by Irish standards and off-urine by beer standards.

Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the all-green bottle 12 oz into a pint glass. Picked up as part of a mix-a-six from The Fresh Market.

Poured pale golden yellow with wisps of white foam. Some lacing. Grainy smell. Some hay. Smooth clear clean taste, very mild background hop. A little watery. Goes down smooth. good taste.

Not half bad.

Photo of alankwak
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden brew. Weak head retention but decent lacing. Medium to high carbonation.

S: Light hoppy smell and an odor of grass. Not bad.

T: Weak grassiness but little hops taste. Weak here

M: Decent medium body. Right for a pils.

O: OK. Just a decent quality all malt pale euro lager. I do pick up more grassiness that Heineken which isn't bad. Low on the hop aroma. But overall on a par with the classic Dutch Lager(Heineken).

Photo of RickS95
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden straw color. Very clear. Thin-ish white head with little retention. Looks like a mass-produced American beer.

Smells biscuity. Maybe a tiny bit of flower from the hops.

Tastes a little better than I remember, but still not great. Nothing but the same biscuity flavor comes through.

It wants to start off sweet, but before it does, it goes off onto a sour and bitter tangent.

Tastes like any other American beer you can find for $15 a case. Not really a great beer, not even sure it's average.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light golden in color, clear, with about 2 finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - fairly hoppy, but I'm not sure of which hops are being used, probably a blend of nobles with cheaper types. No other smell besides the typical "pilsener" smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - not nearly as hoppy-tasting as was in the smell. The taste is actually a bit sweeter than I would have imagined, a little closer to some of the local beers in Bavaria. Texture is fairly light and a bit on the watery side.

Overall - Very drinkable and not very bitter at all. Although also not very complex.

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is actually a pretty tasty pale lager. It's got a really interesting flavor that I couldn't place exactly. It was kinda on the sweet side, very refreshing it's a good beer for the summer. The color is golden, very nice brew and easy to drink.

Photo of tbrink
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in tapered carlsberg glass, pours a light straw color with thin head that is gone quickly; no apparent lacing. Taste is...well, that's hard to say exactly. It's not bad, but unexpected if you're having it for the first time. If I say wrappers from fruit stripe gum, I don't mean to say it disparagingly; it's just so strange. There is a reason it has its own strain of yeast named for it (s. carlsbergensis). Definitely quite unlike any other beer I've had, very intriguing. One of those beers you need to ruminate about and try again to see whether or not you actually like it.

Photo of boudreaux
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a good thick head; settled down in a couple of minutes; a straw/gold color; lots of fizzy carbonated bubbles

S: same as pretty much every lager; faint smell of malted barley and usual lager ingredients; a hint of grapefruit citrus bite, but barely enough to address

T: your average lager flavors; malted barley, with a hint of mild, hoppy bitterness on your tongue

M: crisp and refreshing when cold; light body; as it warms, crispness becomes watery and weak, and tastes more like an adjunct lager

D: actually easy to drink; if i had a a few on ice, i could drink them rather quickly


Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear and golden with a nice foamy head

S- The smell is very crisp and a bit stingy with spicy hop aroma.

T- The flavor is very clean with the bulk tasting like cereal grains.

M- Light with a foamy carbonation

D- A decent beer, very easy to chug with few off-flavors

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carlsberg Premium has a thick, white head and a very clear golden appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up the glass and not much lacing left behind. The aroma is a typical, faint beer smell, and the taste is also an ordinary European pilsner flavor, yet with more hop bite at the back end of the sip than one would expect. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Carlsberg Premium finishes refreshing and mostly dry. Overall, it's pretty good, and I think it's worth a try.


Photo of Giggy
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold to yellow in color with a small white head. Aroma is mild, sweet and slightly spicey. Slight skunkiness in smell only. Flavor is fresh and mellow, with sweet notes, and a mildly hopped finish. Crisp mouthfeel, not too bubbly, quite refreshing. Light bodied with a slightly bitter mouthfeel and finish. Easy to drink.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold, with a super thin white head. Aroma is a bit funky, and similar to most mass produced European lagers. Flavor is mostly malty and grain, with a bit of spice. However, it's bitter without the nice hop notes. Palate has a bit of fizz, and finishes a bit dry for my tastes. Carbonation gives this the ability to be tasted few more times after its finised. Overall a drinkable, and flavorful pale lager, but not really my cup of tea.

Photo of Lemke10
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this in a 8-pack Beers of the World variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Pours a pale yellowish color with the scent of wheat and grains. Upon tasting there is a mixture of grains, citrus, and hops. The description of this this beer sounds good, but it basically tastes like a stong cheap beer. It's beer but I doubt too many people will call this their favorite.

Photo of CrazyMike
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw/golden appearance with white foamy head. Smell, picked up grain, hops and a hint of malt.

Taste doesn't stray away from the smell, light grain and malt. Picked up a hint of citrus and bitter hops. Light bodied, but clean, with high carbonation. After taste is a bit sweet.

Overall, this is a generic beer, but it is clean and refreshing. In terms of Euro Pilsener's, there are better ones out there.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a slightly hazy 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Atop the light orange brew sits a one finger head of course foam. The head recedes to leave a bubble ring with just a touch of non clinging lace. Smells of malt and hops. Taste is grains finished with hops. Not a lot of feel in my mouth but some creaminess and body. Not one of my favorite beers, but not on the bottom of the list either. I would order one, while dining out, if it was on the drink menu.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2011, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with light flavors of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild for the style but complementary and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this it still worth pounding down for a while if there aren't many alternatives.

Photo of patreely12
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a straw-light orange color. about a half inch of pale white head after an aggressive pour, then disappears.

S - slight hops, but more so a weird metallic odor. skunky.

T/M - tastes like a light beer. watery malts and some hops coming through. slight citrus note. light bodied and carbonated.

D - this beer is okay. definitely not a go-to but if it was around and I had nothing else to drink I could drink a few of these. pretty disappointing considering they sponsor my soccer club: Liverpool.

Photo of flyingpig
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale straw yellow, average sized, bubbly white head that fades.

Clean & with gain & hops aroma.

Some hop bitter to begin with & grain with hints of some citrus fruits.

Light bodied although not too watery with okay carbonation.

It is what it is, cheap pale lager aimed at the masses. Nothing exciting or special about it, just a solid cheap lager that is very drinkable.

Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faint haze was apparent after the pour, marring the golden colour of the beer. A bright white cap didn't linger for long, but left behind spotty lacing, a modest collar, and a thin skim of bubbles coating the surface. Faint aroma, cereal and slight lemon, bread crust. Low to moderate bitterness with floral/citrusy hops and bready malts. Lingering bitterness and slight spiciness. Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture. This was a pleasant surprise. Not as strong in flavour as I prefer in a German pils, but the profile was all there. Solid.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pale gold with a hint of orange. 1/2 a finger or less of head that dissipates to a ring with no lacing, lively carbonation is visible throughout the session.

S: Slight hint of hops and malt, with a little metallic odor mixed in.

T: A lot like the smell.... well balanced. Bread like malt hits you first with a light hops in the finish. Aftertaste is clean and light, the metallic odor I was smelling is really not coming through.

M: Light and crisp with a very lively carbonation.

D: Not bad, above average for most euro brews I've had in green bottles.

Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty run of the mill with a moderately tempered fizzy head and a clear straw color. Nothing too adventurous.

S - Yeast and some hop action. I also detected some light citrus notes dangling around the yeasty smell

T - Not too bad at all. More bitter than I thought it would be, which is good. Malty also. The citrus in the nose really doesn't make an appearance in the taste.

M - Pretty basic. Highly carbonated with a rather light feeling on the tongue. Little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer pretty well. I could drink this when it's available and I'm jonesing for a German Pils for sure!

Photo of Stunner97
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden yellow and pours with good thick white head, very vibrant carbonation and bubbles stream nicely in the glass

Smell- grain and slight malt and hop, overall not ton going on in the nose,

Taste- overall nice malt base up front and nice soft hop and mildly bitterfinish, not an ultra complex flavor but an overall nice enjoyable euro-lager flavor, overall nice clean finish enjoyed the flavor,

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy feel medium bodied for a lager and good feel on finish,

Drinkability- definitely very easy drinking, i enjoyed the flavor of this beer much more then I enjoyed the only other carlsberg I had years ago which was the elephant which was less then impressed with, this is a style i am into right now the euro lagers and I though this was pretty decent example of the style i would enjoy again

Photo of tubacharlie
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single digit white head appears after a quick pour, dissipating quickly with little lacing. It covers a clear, pale yellow beer with a few lines of carbonation ascending to the surface.

The metallic, mineral water smell with a hint of floral hops on the periphery seems like the signature Euro pale ale aroma.

A big mouthful releases more carbonation, enough to give some life to the defined grain body of the brew and leave a pointed-but-not-prolonged bitter hop aftertaste.

Good product for this style. Would not turn down if offered.

Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.