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 RyanBelle
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Really good. The green can with gold looks inviting from the outside, and the inside is a medium-golden beer that retains a nice head for a while, leaves plenty of lacing in a glass.

S - Great. Corn, hops, lively aromatic flavor.

T - Great. Only downfall being the strong alcohol profile.

M - Feels nice and lively with lots of refreshing carbonation hitting the tongue.

D - It would make a great session beer if it weren't for it's one flaw: the overwhelming alcohol taste.

Do try it though. It is worth trying most definitely because it's a pilsner that has some unique traits not found in many others (in a good way). Delicious if you want to think about the beer you are drinking (the alcohol is quite the reminder).

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

440ml can poured into a standard English pint pot.
A poor offering from the Danes when compared to their Special Brew.

A. Straw coloured with a big white head.

S. Maybe a little malt but nothing else.

T. If water has any taste then it tastes like this, very, very bland.

M. Thin

D. There was so many bubbles in it all it needed was a goldfish swimming in it and it would resemble a minute aquarium!! Seriously it drank smoother than it looked. Not a bad drink - if you are into this type of beer. Great for sinking in one swallow an a hot day as I did, certainly not a beer to get enthusiastic about.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While touring Hamilton, Bermuda on a fairly hot day, we stopped in a bar and I had a couple of these. Very refreshing, but so is cold water.
The beer was a gold color with a medium sized white head.
Vaguely floral and sweet malt aroma.
Very little taste, just a bit of hops.
Certainly a session beer. Not much else to recommend it.

Photo of cudmud
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, gold color with a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: Faint hop odor combined with a hint of hops. This beer also has a metallic character.

Taste: Slight bread-like flavor noted in the malts with a medium hop flavor. In all, the flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Drinkability: A potable brew that gos well with beef and pork.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a large, creamy two fingers of white head. Fades at a moderate clip and leaves some decent lace in it's wake.

Nose is grainy, pale malts with a hint of skunk tail and metallic twang. Why do most of these green bottle, pilsener-esque beers smell the same?

Taste is cereal graininess balanced by a grassy hop presence. There is still a lingering cardboard and metal flavor that is a bit unpleasant. Still though, it is better than most exported brews that come from countries north of Germany. Not bad, went down easy and the hop flavors were actually pretty nice. I would drink this again as long as it was fresh and not lightstruck.

Photo of eschbach
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went down to the liquor store in search of a new beer to try. I came across carlsberg and it looked cool, so I bought a 6 pack. It comes in these weird 11.2 oz bottles.

The beer looks decent in a pilsner glass. It is a foggy golden color with a mediocre head. It has a good smell. It smells like hops and straw. The smell isn't overpowering. The beer tastes good. It has a strong hops flavor with subtle veggie and floral like flavors also. The taste is not that bitter either. The beer. has a very smooth feeling in the mouth. It does not feels like soda water at all. It's drinkability is reasonable. I wouldn't say it's a beer for chugging, but it goes down well.

I am impressed with this beer. I thought it would be another mass produced German lager that has no character. I enjoy drinking this beer. It has a unique flavor and aroma. I'm totally buying this beer in the future. It's a little pricey but I'd say it's worth the money.

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

440 mL can poured into a pint glass.

This Danish macro lager is not a bad choice when you need to buy cheap beer. I don't get it that often, but I recently needed to cut down on my beer budget, so I got a case of 15 for £8, which is pretty thrifty. On to the beer . . .

A: clear yellow brew underneath a foamy white head that dissipates in moderate speed, but leaves lots of attractive lacing.

S: sweet and floral with a bit of grain and sweetpeas (which I almost always get with pilsners).

T: not outstanding, but not band. Again, for a macro lager, this is about as good as it gets; some unpleasant bitterness in the finish.

M: active carbonation and bite.

D: more drinkable than other beers in this price range.

Photo of madjr80
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good consistent light and refreshing lager. The mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is great. This beer is good year round, but great for a hot summer day. I felt like I was cheated a bit, because the beer comes in 11.2 ounce bottles. A bit on the pricey side, but it is a much better alternative than something like a Heineken.

Photo of philphilphil
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first time in 2 years ive had this. Similar bottle to grolsch.
A - yellow with good head.
S - pale lager ish , not bad.
T - like a good euro pale lager, nothing exceptional but fairly good.
M - well carboated. Not bad.
D - medium to high, would egt boring but were it free id never complain.
A not bad brew overall, not the most exciting though.

Photo of rednrag
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of Euro lagers. This is one of the better ones. Smells like a pils,tastes like a pils. Very clean, very refreshing, very satisfying. If you like Heineken, Beck's, Urquell, Moosehead,etc. try this. You won't be disappointed. Denmark hold's their own.

Photo of madvoice
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours an amber/straw colour with very little head that left minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little wheaty but not overly strong.

Taste is light, crisp and clean with a slight bitterness but definitely not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy without having too much in the way of fizziness.

This beer is quite drinkable. It is one of my beers of choice when faced with sub par Aussie counterparts.

Photo of steveh
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Carlsberg? Okay, I'm in a rut -- too many extreme hop and alco-bombs have just run me down, needed something different -- probably haven't had this brew in 20 years.

A -- Long-lasting white head and a nice yellow gold color, but just a bit hazy.

S -- Damn green bottle skunkiness. That dissipates quickly and vague spicy hops and a little bready malt eek through. Pretty thin, though.

T -- Mild bready malts up front, some vague citrus character in between, and finishes with a dry bitterness. Very clean all around, if a shade thin.

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel.

D -- What can you say? No matter what, this is a whole lot more satisfying to the sophisticated beer palate than BMC -- yeah, you could suck these down all day without thinking twice. Good for a break in too many beers that scream LOOK AT ME! Or even those that say, What're you lookin' at? I'm the king of beers -- you gotta like me!

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pilsener glass a clear gold with a thin head that completely disappears within the first minute. Very little apparent carbonation.

Extremely(!) faint Noble hops, and thin, but crisp and clean malt notes constitute the nose.

The taste is comprised of a nice and clean malty backbone with a hint of cut grass. There's a tiny bit of spicy hops, but nothing too extreme in any respect.

Medium/thin body, little carbonation, though mouthfeel is not terribly inappropriate for the style. Drinkability is very good.

Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carlsberg Beer was just exactly what I had thought it would be. A very refreshing first beer after a long day at work. Ahhh, thank you. Notice I didn't say after a couple of hop bombs, or bomber of imperial stout. Pilseners and lagers don't do to well as a follow up to that. Carlsberg's German pilsener served just fine in it's intended role.

The color was yellow-gold with a half inch white head that dissipated to a collar.

The aroma was fairly typical of a pilsener, sweet and grainy, but not even a whiff of skunk.

The taste too was what one would have expected; sweet, slightly buttery and grain. Crisply refreshing with no after taste.

The mouth feel was light leaning toward medium, oily and with modest carbonation.

Drinkability had everything going it's way, this was a six pack goin' down easy.

Photo of soju6
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a light golden color with a light head. it seemed to have a slight sweet aroma, not offensive. The taste was a bit sweet and came across as crisp & clean, nothing distinct. Carlsberg is easy to drink and is good when having more than one. Again this is a middle of the road, non-offensive Danish beer.

This is a very popular beer in Singapore and Malaysia.

Photo of bgildea
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellowish amber color, with a large head that faded quickly. The beer also is still bubbling with carbonation.

S: Nothing great with the smell... smells like an average pilsener, with no strong notes coming through.

T: Tastes like an average pilsener with a hint of a sweet finish. There is also a slight aftertaste of copper which might be attributed to the brew process.

M: Very light and thin, not much chew to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, as in, I'll drink it. Other than that, I wouldnt get another one.

Overall: An ok pilsener with no strong qualities coming through. Overall, it was ok but I doubt I'll drink another.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light straw yellow color with a large foamy white head. Decent retention.

S - Grainy, sweet corn smell with light hops.

T - Fairly light and clean. Good amount of corn, adjunct lager. Some citrus hops but the hops have more bitterness than citrus. Slight metallic and mineral taste.

M - Light, crisp, and somewhat drying.

D - Decent drinkability. Like the rest of the style it is easy to drink a lot and the flavor isn't offensive, but it isn't great. A bit less sweet, corn adjunct than others.

Notes: The slogan is "Probably the best lager in the world." This definitely isn't true for me at least, but as far as similar beers go, this is pretty good. If you are in a place with limited beer selection, this isn't a bad choice.

Photo of zebco
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer after bottling my first batch of Homebrew, therefore I was thirsty and in need for a drink. So I probably sucked this one down quick. Sorry. That's just how I roll.

Appearance: Light and golden with a thin, wispy head.

Smell: Crisp and grassy. Other than that I'm really not catching much else on the nose. But I do work in construction sucking in dust and who knows what else thru the day so my smeller probably isn't top notch.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Dry with an active but light carbonation. Very clean tasting. It has that Heineken after taste.

Drinkability: I could probably pound these all night. They just have a smoothness to me that makes the beer go down fast. Or maybe I was just thirsty. Probably the latter. Not very good to mix these with other beers (I'm assuming from the aftertaste), so if you start with one I'd stick to it. I won't make this something I look to pick up often, but I'm glad I tried it nonetheless.

Photo of dinnersd
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very nice slightly pleasant sweet tasting lager. the best ive had so far... in terms of commercialised lager. fun fact . proud sponsors of liverpool football club in england united kingdom. which is a soccer club. it is a very easy drinking lager which i would highly recommend to all you guys.

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

A - it poured a clear yellow with a inch worth of rapidly disolving head. the lacing was weak, but stuck throughout the drink.

S - initially a bit skunky after initial opening, sweet florals and hops were the first smells to hit me

T - sweet florals translated into citrus mixed with hops taste. overall a sweet beer.

M - fairly light bodied with a decent ammount of carbonation. pretty basic.

D - i needed a quick change off the ales and tripels, so i picked this up. hit the spot well. it goes down easy and i soon found myself with an empty box after the first beer.

bottomline... i like it about as much as becks, but not as much as lowenbrau and warteiner. i like it more than stella and heiniken.

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

German pilsner i guess, but I would have to throw this into the whole euro-lager ring instead, and based on that, this is a more drinkable beer than most. This is a simple beer, kinda on the lighter side but still good. I wasn't expecting this to knock me out and it didn't, but it was smooth and refreshing and would be perfect to pound a bunch and watch West Ham kick the crap out of Everton.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose, but light enough that evokes the malt, the body of the beer is quite hoppy and mouth is very bitter. It sometimes feels artificial small side but the finish, still with that strong bitterness and a touch sour and bitter grapefruit that evokes, it is adequate. A good lager, neither more nor less.

Photo of Midway
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty average English Bitter, I bought a 4 pack of theese so I decided I might as well do a reveiw on the beer.

Appearance - Pours a lightish/Darkish (mix of both) amber colour, decent ammount of carbonation, spongy looking head with lots of holes in it and looked pretty creamy, the beer itself looked nice and inviting.

Smell - It had a very sweet smell with a very small hint of citrus, very malty.

Taste - It had a strong, skunky taste with just a hint of citrus/sweetness, and a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth but over-carbonated, the beer had a good balance of conecentration (thick/thin.

Drinkability - It was a decent lightish beer which was pretty easy to consume, I would drink it again maybe 1 or 2 more times, 3 at maximum.

Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this seems to a be a pretty fresh, non light struck six pack that i'm drinking/reviewing from. reviews seem to be all over the place with this one, but judging from what i have, i have a fairly good representation of what this beer is supposed to taste like.

pours a crystal clear gold out the bottle with a fair sized white head that doesn't disappear too quickly. no complaints here.
the aroma is of grainy malts, and some soft herbal hops, a touch grassy also, like dry grass. just a bit of cooked vegetables.
the taste is grainy and sweet. middle to back some hops kick in noble in character, but not very strong. nothing too complex, but pleasant enough. there is something distict about this beer, that is probably derived from the yeast, but i can't put my finger on it, you probably know what i mean if you've had it.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation. a little slick in the mouth. it's crisp and clean despite being somewhat sweet without a lot of balance from the hops. crisp and clean
the drinkability is good it is very easy to drink a couple of these without batting an eye. a nice, tasty albeit fairly run of the mill euro lager.

Photo of alleykatking
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear light golden yellow color. Two finger fluffy white head stays around for a little while. Light lacing on the glass that falls back into the beer.

S- Sweet alcohol along with a earthy grainy smell. Nothing different than let's say oh I don't know Miller Lite in the aroma.

T- Not good at all. Sweet alcohol and grain with a tinge of metallic bitterness. This tasted god awful.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style I would say. Sickly sweet grains left on the palate and in the aftertaste with a hint of metal to go with it. Very watery feeling.

D- This is a drinkable beer to someone I would think....not me but someone. This bottle I had was all metal tasting. I can see BMC fans going ape shit over this beer. Me? I'll pass onto something else. And yes this ended up being a drain pour for me.

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