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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 80 | 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 BeerSox
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml green bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear straw hue with a two finger, thick, frothy, and pillowy head slowly settles to a thick cap.

Husky grains with a little bit of assertive hop aroma.

Sweet grains mixed with a strong metallic flavor that lingers for a while. The hops don't show up too much, maybe providing a bit of bitterness. Light bodied with high carbonation.

BeerSox, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of nickfl
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A light golden body, with good clarity, topped by a small, white head.

S - A very light aroma of corn and weak malt.

T - Light and clean. Some grainy flavors, but no presence of malt of hops to speak of.

M - A light body, medium-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very average light lager, some of Carlsberg's other products come closer to being a pilsner than this does. If you consider this to be a light lager, it is pretty average; if you look at it as a pils, then it is awful.

nickfl, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce green bottle into a tumbler glass.

Pale golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Not really any lacing was left. The smell was sweet pale malts with some light hoppy aroma. The mouthfeel was watery and thin, but that only increases the drinkability.

Good session beer.

BierFan, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of illidurit
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head that rises and falls quickly. No lace.
Aroma is sweety toasty malt. Nothing else.
Flavor is crackery malt with some graininess and a light, barely detectable fruitiness.
Thin bodied and highly carbonated, finish is not quite clean enough for the style. Pretty refreshing and very drinkable. A minor step up from American macros.

illidurit, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Slattery's @ Denver Tech.
This is one of those beers that probably gets a hard time because it's in a green bottle and it's usually not fresh. Those two things combined with a a relatively subtle lager don't mix. However on tap this beer is a different animal.
Arrives a relatively deep golden color with a bit of foam on the top, but intentionally kept under control.
Doesn't smell old or skunky at all. In fact, it reminds me a little bit of the Munich helles beers moreso than a pils. Grainy with a kiss of hops, but not overpowering.
Taste is sweet and malty up front with a kiss of clover honey and a dry but not too sharp noble hop finish.
I ended up finishing my pint of this pretty quickly and as long as it's this fresh, I could likely make a session of this no problem.
Carlsberg's history intertwines a bit with Spaten and this beer actually has some similarities to theirs. For a Pilsner, it's definitely got the characteristics of a South German one.
In terms of the ultra-common imports everyone has, this is my favorite. The bottles are probably best left alone in the US, but on tap this is pretty solid.
I wonder if they'll end up canning this for the US? That made all the difference with Pilsner Urquell and Bitburger.

Domingo, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Delaney's Pub & Grill, New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a clean, well-carbonated golden yellow with a thin crop of soapy foam which left no lacing.

S: Smells of cooked grain and corn, a dose of that skunky import hop aroma, finished with a hint of aluminum.

T: Taste is a sharp and bubbly combo of sweet grainy malts up front, followed by a rush of carbonation and light hopping before finishing a little dry and sweetly skunky.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and slightly bitter.

D: Think Heineken with better tasting malts and a better body. If you like that, you'll love this. If not, don;t go looking for anything other than a lager with an "imported" taste.

I drank a ton of Carlsberg pint cans while in Ireland a few years back, so seeing it on tap here just brought back memories, and I got one. One being the operative word because there was way more interesting stuff to try, but in a pinch, it satisfies Euro lager urges.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six-pack on a recent trip to Chicago.

a - clean, crisp and medium bodied, this pilsner has a pleasing overall appearance with a fine, semi-frothy head

s - just a SLIGHT "skunky" mist upon opening, but quickly superceded by a light and fresh bouquet of aromatic hops

t - reminiscent of a Heineken on a good day, this pilsner is smooth with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Goes well with cheese.

m - nice balance of carbonization and effervescence

d - downed four rather briskly

I've seen this beer on the Liverpool FC jerseys for a while now, and I thought I'd buy it on a whim. I will buy some more, since I definitely enjoyed it and it beats a number of beers in a similar class hands down.

akronzipfan, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small white head on a golden yellow body (sporting a bit more color than other macro lagers I'm used to); good stream of carbonation

Light bready notes mixed with some mineral/sulfur-like qualities

Taste & Mouthfeel
Starts with a pleasing malty note but then lends way to some bitterness that's a bit more salty than hoppy; the texture is surprisingly good as it has an even smoothness and just a bit more substance than what I'd expect; firm level of carbonation, finishing with the right amount of crispness; pretty good malt note throughout, but I'm not crazy about the bitter finish--too much sulfur

This beer is better than I expected it to be. Aside from the finish, I think it has a pretty good overall flavor, body, color, and smell. It's easily drinkable.

JEdmund, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. Large amount of long-lasting head.

S: Really didn't smell like much of anything except (faintly) of hops.

T: An underdeveloped flavor, to be sure. Some hops, a little bit of lemon, but not much else.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Below medium-bodied.

D: This is just one of those average, mass-produced Euro beers. There wasn't much personality in the taste, or in the categories. Pass on this one.

avalon07, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear golden body capped with a finger of sudsy white foam that quickly recedes to a bubbly ring and briefly leaves a a bit of flat lacing spattered about the glass.

The smell is a cereally with mildly spicy hops.

The taste is quite dry with a sour cereal-malty character atop a trace of light malty sweetness. Not tasty.

Carlsberg is thin-bodied, pretty flat, dry and somewhat sour. I loved this beer in Imperial pint-sized nonics purchased in a few London pubs 20+ years ago. It was exotic, crisp, flavorful, and new to my teenaged palate back then, but sadly, now it just sucks.

cvstrickland, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale gold. Billowing white head; dissipates quickly to quarter inch. Thin, inconsistent lacing. Bubbles rise throughout.

S: Sweet, set malt. Noble hops. Grassy notes turn to a skunky aroma that turns the nose.

T: citrus followed by pale malt and wet grain flavor. A bit spicy hop and some fight fruit flavors. Clean, nicely balanced finish.

M: Light body, a little thin. Crisp and clean complimented by the right carbonation for the mouth.

D: Drank it on a hot day and went down really smooth. Not real special, but solid. Take it over a lot of other American Pils.

Haybeerman, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of pweis909
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale, straw gold and clear, initially with a sizable creamy head that receded to liquid.

Smells like so many green bottled euro lagers - slightly skunky. Oh how I wish they wouldn't insist on marketing to people who care about the color of the bottle than the beer. Under the skunk, a noticeable malt aroma detected.

The malt was evident in the taste, perhaps a little richer than others I have tried.

Leaves a satisfying fullness in the mouth. Drinkability is hampered by slightly off aroma though

pweis909, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Romulus141
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a modest amount of fluffy white head. Lacing is left behind the glass, and carbonation bubbles to the top of the glass. A healthy looking pilsner.

Smell: A sweet, wheaty smell is the defining characteristic. There is also a slight hint of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Begins with a slight tinge of hoppy bitterness, which gives way to a slight, buttery taste. The finish is wheaty, and slightly sweet. Although there is nothing too complex here, that is not to be expected from the style. A decent representation of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy, and a decent amount of carbonation. A good feel for the style.

Drinkability: These are light and flavorful, which makes for easy drinking. Sessioning with this beer would be quite easy.

A decent beer, and worth giving a shot if you like pilsners.

Romulus141, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a decent, two-finger head on top of a pale gold body. A good whiff of some hops and something like veggies/grass/grain, more to the veggies side. Very light-bodied, like an American macro, with some crispness bordering sharpness on the tongue. While there is some hops that cause a bitter and dry feeling, they are minimal at best. Goes down semi-smooth with a little dry backbite. Basically, a watery macro Pils that people who like bland dry beers will love and people who want something more should avoid. I will.

clayrock81, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of bort11
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml green bottle poured into a tall hefe glass. Medium sized head that quickly recedes. Some decent lacing, better than I expected. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Smell has a distinct Euro skunk. What is the deal? I've had other Euro style beers without the skunk. taste is grainy with a hint of lemon tartness.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side. Very uninteresting.

bort11, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Euro Cup 2008 drew me to try this beer,local LCB don't carry it regularly.Pours a golden piss yellow,with a nice size bubbly head,which dissipates rather quickly.Nose is definetly grainy,a little skunk to it and corn.Taste is kinda flat and sour,grain and corn coming through,taste like a typical beer,not what the can advertises that's for sure,Probably the best beer in the world,that's a bold statement to make.Anyhow,easy to consume,goes down very easy,and on a hot summer day,and over ice,it goes down without a complaint.

GrimmReaper, Jul 18, 2008
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This light yellow brew glistened in the not so existent New York sun. The white head disappeared slowly to almost nonexistence. As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the skunkiness of the beer mixed with light malts and corn. The taste wasn't much different from the smell; it was very light kind of bitter. In my mouth it felt light, watery and fizzy with a bitter aftertaste. I don't think that there are enough flavors to keep me coming back.

Photo of orcasteve
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one is a bit bitter for mt taste. it is a wonderful aroma of hops that trualy come out in this brew. the start is a bit sour but nut to much then the hops kick in, the hop finish is clean and crisp. this one is a bit flat though, their elephant is a much beter brew but i wouldent refuse a bottle of this one if offered.

orcasteve, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of biegaman
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Watching Spain celebrate it's victory at the 2008 European Cup Championship, I thought I'd toast them with the tournament's most advertised sponsor - Carlsberg.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this one is scantily worth 16 or so, maybe. A clear golden yellow body with paper thin trim and the odd few bubbles that float by. A rare instance where the bottle is better looking than the beer.

The aroma is sweet with adjuncts. I almost mistook the corn for softer orchard fruits (pears, apples) but no, this is pure corn. I don't think there is anything in this aroma that anyone could find enticing.

The corn is not so pungent in flavour although the body is gassy, damp, and cloying. In fact, an argument could be made that there really is no flavour, a nearly tasteless fluid that passes over the palate and simply falls down the throat. I'd bet that's the idea actually. Too bad it's not at least refreshing.

For some time Carlsberg's slogan was "probably the best beer in the world". Still now, after trying it, I have no clue where they get that idea from. These things may be subjective but if you ask me, this is not even close!

biegaman, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours very pale yellow, crystal clear, with about 1/2" of soapy head. Retention is actually relatively good, lasting for half the glass or so. Lacing is light.

S: Lemons. It's the first thing on the nose and it's there the whole time. There are also some light herbal or grassy notes as well as a completely separate citrus hop aroma. A cut above average for a pilsener.

T&M: Relatively dry, clean, and slightly bitter hops carry through with a light weight but surprising flavor. Malts are very mild and light matching the relative body of the brew very well. A somewhat sharp citrus bite accompanies the otherwise mild flavors allowing for an interesting character. Finish is very quick and clean with just a bit of a bitter linger. Carbonation is moderate and persistent.

D: Relatively thirst quenching and mostly enjoyable. Aside from the sharp citrus bite, there isn't a lot of interesting flavors to speak of. It's a solid brew with decent taste. Worth trying at least.

SIRIUS2, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
1.78/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

355ml can poured into a Tom Collins glass (the best glass I had on hand). I had this in Beijing, China. It could not be old since it had markings relating it to current 2008 soccer tournament. Perhaps I evaluated this in the wrong category but no other seemed to fit. This is marked as Carlsberg, the can is almost completely in Chinese but it does say "under the supervision of the Carlsberg Breweries, Copenhagen, Denmark." I assume they intended this to taste good, so they must accept the blame.

A = White head formed but quickly dissipated with no lacing. Clear golden liquid with steady medium carbonation bubbles.

S = There is an almost offensive barnyard smell right up front, with deeper sniffs I can get some earthy hops, baked white bread.

T = The best I can say for the taste is it is almost completely inoffensive. For a lighter lager it actually has a relatively strong flavor but it is not that pleasant. I detect some dirt, some hay, some overripe meadow flowers, after that I also get a normal light lagered toast flavor. Unpleasant bitter finish.

M = Light bodied, frothy over carbonated feel.

D = This is not a very good light lager. Avoid.

Traquairlover, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of cbros
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an average Pilsner. It poured a pale yellow with no head. Smelled of skunk and hops. Tasted like an average pilsner.

This is an normal pilsner that I think is a slight step up from other available import pilseners in this area. Nothing special about this beer but definatley better than its counterparts. I would not mind drinking this again but I would rather try others in the style.

cbros, May 24, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Felt I'd give this typical pilsner a nice touch and poured it into a tulip glass. A clear gold beer glistens in the sunlight under a decent white head that dissipates leaving little lace.

Smells are grassy hops, some slight floral character.

Taste is light malt character flashed away by just enough hops to leave a cleansed palate. I guess German pilsners always dissapoint me a bit since they lack the mineral like character of the true pilsner. Simple, but not bad.

Carbonation was sufficient.

rtratzlaff, May 03, 2008
Photo of batty
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

bought and drank in Spain, April 2008.

pours very clear, light yellow, applejuice color, white head that drops quickly but leaves a thin lace, some of which even sticks to the glass. looks high carbonation.

smell is corny-metally, little bit sweet.

taste is corn, slightly sweet with just a touch of malt balanced with a small touch of hop. not too special, and ends a bit dim, on a bad city water type taste.

mouthfeel is very thin and watery, even for a macro. drinkability is exceptional, feels just like water. and tastes pretty much like it too.

batty, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real Carlsberg! (actually brewed in Denmark), not like the usual stuff brewed in Mississauga, Ontario we get here in Vancouver.

I'm guessing it's here on promotion for the upcoming Euro 2008 tournament this summer (since the Euro 2008 logo is on the label)

A: pours an clear gold with a 2 finger white head that actually has pretty good retention and leaves some very nice lacing on my glass.

S: skunky right away, but once in my pilsner glass, it gives off some grassy, grainy hop aromas with the typical pilsner malty sweetness in the background.

T: crisp, grainy, slightly bitter hops up front that give way to some bready sweetness and ends with quite a dry, nutty, bready, not-too-sweet and spicy finish.

M: light, slightly creamy and VERY crisp, goes down smooth and dry with a good amount of tingly spice as well.

D: This beer is light, crisp and refreshing. Nothing that exciting but I would buy this beer again.

Graham5161986, Apr 23, 2008
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.