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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | 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 Amalak

New York

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

Out of the bottle it was gold and slightly bubbly. Had a little head and little lace. Very bitter smell, to be expected with a pilsner, but almost had a skunked smell to it.

Very crisp and malty, dry with bite. Easy going kind of beer, nothing jumps out.

Honestly, it is listed as a pilsner, but it doesn't taste too much like a pilsner to me. Too malty tasting. Good beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 02:18:01 | More by Amalak
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a golden yellow light and clear lots of bubbles feeding a smaller white head that falls quick but does leave a patch or two of lace.

Aroma is light crisp malt with the light euro skunk hop aromas, over all not to exciting.

Taste is like aroma crisp malt lightly sweet. Hops imparting some grass flavors along with normal euro skunk flavors. Not bad for an mass produced euro lager but as a German pilsener it kind of sucks. Not something i would by but someone gave me one. Would rate taste higher except for the fact it is suppose to be a German Pils.

Mouthfeel is light with nice peppy carbonation, pretty normal for a mass produced lager.

Drinkability is good if you want an easy drinking light brew, myself I would prefer a nice light pale ale. But suppose it beats drinking Bud.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 17:49:40 | More by mntlover
Photo of jwc215


2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that becomes patchy - typical Euro-lager in appearance.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk" (not that it is "skunked", but the Euro-lager yeast strain at work) with some graininess - a bit too much of the former.

The taste is of sweet grain with some husk. Euro-skunk interferes. Some bitterness to it. Fizzy finish.

Rather weak body with fizz and an oily slickness.

This is uninteresting. I would put this in the "boring Euro-lager" category and below average at that.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 21:45:29 | More by jwc215
Photo of LittleCreature


3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a very pale, clear straw colour, with one finger of white head that all but disappears rather quickly.

Smell - 2.0
Definite skunk upon opening, which reduces but is still apparent. Very little smell whatsoever, but what there is, is mostly malty sweet with vague grain and hops.

Taste - 3.0
Quite refreshing, as you would expect. Malty sweetness upfront, grain flavours, a little grassy hop bitterness and quite dry in the finish, and a mild, sweet aftertaste. Inoffensive, maybe a little better than Heineken.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Low in carbonation with a tingly finish. Moderately weighted in the mouth, feels somewhat thick from the sweetness, so it could not be called watery.

Drinkability - 4.0
Perhaps a little flat to want to drink all night, but otherwise this is a highly sessionable pilsener/lager.

Probably not the worlds best beer, as the advertising would have you believe. Otherwise there is not a lot to complain about here. As before mentioned, I think this is better than Heineken, but it is still a very average Euro lager (I think the style suits it better than pilsener). I would choose this over most Aussie macro lagers because it is barely costs any more (hence pretty good value) and is better in all areas with the exception of smell, where there is the expected skunk of green bottled Euros.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 14:01:31 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in Canada (brewed by Moosehead breweries Ltd.)

A: Golden-yellow, plenty of white head, some retention & lace.

S: Mineral (sulfur?), metallic, grassy, floral hops.

T: Earthy-metallic, grassy & floral hops, with a underlying biscuity maltyness. Good bitterness.

M: Nicely attenuated, moderate body is smooth; moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 22:32:38 | More by Derek
Photo of armock

New York

3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw color with a bubbly white head. Smells hoppy and my bottle had a skunky odor to it. The taste was pretty good malt tasting and better than most american pilseners. Mouthfeel is also good it has a good amount of carbonation but its still very smooth. Over all I think this is a pretty drinkable beer really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 04:55:56 | More by armock
Photo of Halcyondays


3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. Euro-green bottle, cool label though, very regal,

A: Pours a typical, pale yellow, with a good, solid, white head, which leaves minimal lacing, but has pretty good retention, for a big, mass-produced Euro beer.

S: Light and grainy, with a bit of earthy hops, and some skunk.

T: Bready malt mostly, backed with some very earthy, almost dirty-tasting noble hops, but as the beer warms some of the fruitier tasting hop notes come out making way for a better tasting beer.

M: Light and and creamy, crisp, not too watery, as many continental pilsners can be.

D: A good beer, for being so mass-produced, a light easy beer to drink, refreshing, but not really complex. Miles' line from Sideways perfectly sums this beer, "Quaffable, but far from transcendent."

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 17:40:20 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

'Probably the best beer in the world'. Says so right on the case. I guess this will be my first 5 out of 5 rating right, right?

Starts off good for a mass produced lager/pils.A nice, rich, creamy head that showed very good retention for it's style and gobs of lacing. Crystal clear and light amber in color.

Aroma is a let down, some grainy, grassy malt/hop and not much else.

hmmm..some grainy malt and hop bite that doesn't seem to want to do the jive with the malt. A touch of metallic taste in the middle that wasn't too impressive.

for a mass produced beer, this one has a very smooth, almost creamy feel to it.

The mouthfeel alone makes this worth drinking more than one. Will I buy another 6...probably not.. but the price is only 50 cents more a sixer than our domestic 'premium' brands so...stay tuned

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 23:36:36 | More by Shadman
Photo of Brad007


3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with minimal if any head at all. Light and somewhat bland with a hint of malt and grain and very slight skunk. Taste is very strong upfront and somewhat watery/bitter. Leaves a bready aftertaste. Still seems quite drinkable with the exception of the mouthfeel, which I'm not too much a fan of. Leaves some lacing though and it's not too skunky if at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 22:16:55 | More by Brad007
Photo of kdales77


2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

During my times in Europe I've had this one many times. There's nothing special about this Pilsner but we always seem to grab one or two, usually toward the end of the night. Very light in color and taste. Ocassionally you will get the green bottle skunk.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 04:12:33 | More by kdales77
Photo of BeerDreadz


3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported to Puerto Rico by Medalla distributors.

Appearance : Nice straw color with some white head.

Smell : Some hop in the smell, maybe some grains but far away.

Taste: Hops, malt, light to medium bodied,very nice beer

Mouthfeel : I really enjoy a beer it is on-tap, very easy to drink, not a hard taste, very some flavors in there.

Drinkabilty: Nice beer, can go again with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2007 08:02:30 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow, straw color pour. White head which dissipates quickly. Macro skunk, some hops in the aroma. Minimal hop and malt accent in the flavors, watery macro, euroswill. A bit of grainy flavor and a hint of hop bitterness. I remember enjoying this beer years ago. Now, not at all. Probably the beer has gotten worse as my tastes have changed. Easy to drink, but why would you want to?

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 14:51:41 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of Suds


3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My long standing opinion of Carlsberg is that it's a sweet continental pilsener, a little better than most other macro brews, but not by much. Trying to keep an open mind, I found it a little better than my initial presumption, but still pretty ordinary. Pale and yellow, with a nice white head, this is a pretty beer. Its aroma is perfumy and grainy, with a notable herbal hop presence. The flavor is indeed sweet, but it's a satisfying and enjoyable sweetness. The flavor is a bit plain, and I wish that there was more hop bitterness, but it's alright. The beer is light in body, but appropriately so. It's a well made and fairly satisfying everyday pilsener. I wouldn't go much further than that, but it did exceed my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 12:53:58 | More by Suds
Photo of shadow1961


3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carlsberg Pils pours a huge stiff head over a clear, pale yellow brew.
Carbonation is very active, and the nose is lager yeast and light barley
malt. The flavor is thin barley up front and a bit of grassy hop in the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and a little thin due partially to that carbonation,
and is a bit dry, too. This sample, green glass and all, exhibited no skunky
aromas and flavors, though in my opinion a good pils has a bigger malt and
hop presence than this beer has. Still, it gets the job done and it's a good a
lawnmower quencher as anything else. If that's what you need wait 'till it's on
sale. Competent.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 23:16:09 | More by shadow1961
Photo of BigRedN


2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased a single bottle for a mixed 6-pack because I was curious. Took my bottle from the back of the shelf where there was less light in order to avoid a lightstruck beer. I do not think this beer has suffered any ill affects.

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is golden in color, perfectly clear. My pour produced a nice 1 inch white head that faded to a ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: Typical euro skunk, some slight malt. Reminds me a lot of a Heineken.

Taste: Some sweet, grainy malt, minimal bitterness. Its clean and inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: A little light in carbonation, the beer is also light in body. A touch of a lingering aftertaste on the finish.

Drinkability: An ok beer, not real good for the style. Also a touch expensive for a 6 pack around here (about $8). My curiosity has been settled. When picking a macro Euro lager, I'll stick to Heinekin.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 04:34:36 | More by BigRedN
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served to me with a white 2 finger head that bubbled down fairly quickly. A transparent, golden color. Smell was slightly sweet, maybe with a drop of honey, but what mostly came through was the smell of grains and a bit of skunkiness. The taste was that of a standard, run of the hill marco beer, but a little more pleasant. It was crisp, with a little hoppy bitterness to round off the light malt taste. There was also the tiniest dab of sweetness in there as well. Average carbonation, thin mouthfeel, not at all dry. By no means a terribly unique beer, but if you want a solid session beer, or something fairly light that you don't have to think about, I would recomend it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2007 21:02:30 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of WillieMoe


1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was actually surpirised at the appearance of this one. It poured a pretty nice medium straw color. Typical of a pilsner, it was pretty clear as well, but a good pour for a pilsner. Unfortunately, this was probably the best part of this beverage.

It had a pungent skunky smell about it, which was none to pleasant.

You feel a bit if that skunky smell in the taste, but is not as dominant as the smell, and sort of fades after you gt about halfway into it.

There is not much of a mouthfeel. About the same, as say, a Budweiser.

It's somewhat drinkable, especially once you get past the initial few sips.However, It's not something I would go and get a 12er of.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 14:33:39 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not to impressed but there is much worse out there. Although Carlsberg does deserve a lot of credit for brewing innovations. A clear pale yellow. The head just barely hangs on. I think this beer smells a bit funny ( not skunky but weird) a touch of hop. Clean on the palate slight hop taste in there as well not much else. Drinkable but nothing to write about. Ha ha.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:56:49 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of supercolter


3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is lack luster, no lacing closer to clear than I am used to seeing.
Smell is on par with the style, nothing special light on hops, very light on malt.
Taste- see smell.
Mouthfeel- very light but so is the style so I can't bag on it too much.
Drinkability- goes down to easy, but I guess that makes it drinkable too.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 02:35:22 | More by supercolter
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a clear golden color into a pilsner glass. Had a finger of white head that dissipated to a single layer and leaves a bit of lacing. Pretty.

S- Not a whole bunch of aroma, in fact. A hint of corn, and very faint malt as well as some hops, but overall corn and a hint of sourness.

T- Initially like a good pilsner, but as it goes down, in comes some sourness and a strange, almost lemon and yeast flavor. The finish leaves a sour flavor in your mouth. Not very good.

M- Clean, smooth, high carbonation, thin body. Typical for a pils.

D- You could swill down a bit of it, but it's so subpar for a pilsner, why bother? Go purchase some Trumer or even Pilsner Urquell, and save yourself from "probably the best beer in the world."... cause it's not.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:32:22 | More by khiasmus
Photo of kguyty


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

Pours a nice light gold color. Decent head that fades away quickly. A good amount of lacing is left on the side of the glass and in patches. Lower carbonation, kind of a skunky smell, but the taste belies the smell. It has a decent taste... its almost as if I've had it before... In other words, this beer seems kind of like a standard... Not the best, but definitely not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 22:10:24 | More by kguyty
Photo of joekfsu


2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle. Pours a pale, clear, yellow color; white, fizzy head initially, 1.5 cm tall. The head diminishes quickly. Very mild aroma, can't put my finger on it. Non-distinct flavor initially, finishes mildly bitter. In general I feel as though this beer is too watery and is no longer appealing once above the chilled temp. Pretty disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 01:24:09 | More by joekfsu
Photo of gestalt162

New York

2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a Polish bar.

Appearance: Surpisingly good. Golden color. Thick (2 finger width) white head that diminished, but at least some head stayed on the beer the entire time. Light lacing around the glass due to the sustained head.

Smell: Disappointing. Only tinges of nobel hops and alcohol.

Taste: Watery malt with a tinge of dry hops, with a bitter finish. Aside from the finish, this beer didn't taste like much of anything. Repeated tasting yielded the same results.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with medium/high carbonation.

Drinkability: The beer's only saving grace is its thin texture, which makes it easy to drink. The near-complete lack of any flavor would make me search for another beer pronto.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2007 19:58:14 | More by gestalt162
Photo of Minkybut


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

I poured this beer from its green bottle into a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice straw color and had a fine bubble white head that did not last long. It had decent lacing though. The taste and smell were fresh. Nothing really special about the beer but it is a good refreshing summertime brew. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 11:13:21 | More by Minkybut
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a classic beer. I remember the commercials as a child with the famed Carlsberg Clydesdales. Haven't seen those in years, makes me wonder if they still have those. This beverage has an alright aroma, typical beer aroma. The colour is a nice golden colour. It has a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is bland, similar to other beers of the style. One thing of note is that this beer tastes better ice cold than at room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 01:44:00 | More by cyrenaica
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.