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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of leechungsr


3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a few from bottle on the BART between Walnut Creek and San Francisco =P

A: can't say much because I had it from the bottle. It tastes fairly light, and judging from the mouthfeel, I imagined the beer is a faint yellow and that there would be a moderate amount of white head.

S: not impressive. Faint floral hops and malts. The hops didn't smell particularly fresh.

T: some may want more flavor, but I prefer lighter beers. No real stand out features. A good balance of hops and malts, with preference to malts.

M: the first word that came to mind was "creamy." Maybe this is due to low carbonation. It really went well with the flavor.

D: very drinkable. I enjoyed it. Great thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 03:13:48 | More by leechungsr
Photo of scoobybrew


3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a clear golden straw color with a nice ice-cream-like head that has excellent retention. The aroma is a clean malt scent lightly accented by noble hops. The taste is clean and well-balanced between the delicate malt and noble hop flavors with a slight lean toward the hops. It has a light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a great Euro-style mass-marketed lager. It's a great thirst quencher. I have a special affection for Carlsberg, as it's one of the first 'real' beers I ever tasted (aside from Guinness). I first experienced it very close to source while staying in Denmark for 4 days as a student in the very early '90s; good memories.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 20:12:23 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of theopholis


3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Body is a nice light amber. Very clear. Pretty good head that actually laces pretty nicely.

Aroma- Lots of sour mash with a lot of graninees. Still smells very fresh and inviting.

Taste- Nice blend of hop bitterness, graininess,and malt sweetnes. Very crisp and clean tasting. I'd rate this as one of the better German or Czech pilsners;. Not the best, but a very worthy effort.

Mouthfeel- Nice light body with a good level of carbonation, Very smooth and refreshing,

Drinkability- Crisp, clean, and has the potential to be a pretty good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 04:54:46 | More by theopholis
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

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

appearance - Straw color, with ring around the top.

smell - Hops and the typical skunked smell from those euro beers.

taste - Watery, light, sweet, skunked, like a Heineken

mouthfeel - Watery, some carbonation.

drinkability - Not much going on here for me, light watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 21:36:46 | More by auxiliary
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a brown 341ml twist off bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- One of the lightest beers ive ever seen. Very pale yellow in color. Pretty good head that actually laces pretty nicely.

S- not much aroma. A little malt and some floral hop notes.

T- nice hop malt balance. pretty crisp and clean with floral hops. (not much flavor overall)

M- smooth and light bodied. pretty mild carbonation.

D- Crisp, clean, and has the potential to be a pretty good session beer.

Overall this was the first beer i ever bought, so there will always be a special place in my heart for this simple thirst quenching brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 22:51:14 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


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

On a recent trip to Ireland, I noticed that next to Beamish, Murphy's, and Guinness, Carlsberg & Heineken seemed to be the next two most popular beers. Like Heineken, Carlsberg also has that little bit of skunkiness to it, but I did enjoy it. The appearance is a bubbly yellow with a foamy 1+ inch thick head, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The smell was a bit hoppy, as was the taste. Overall, I enjoyed this and might place it a little higher than Heineken. Has a dry finish and the mouthfeel is good. A considerable amount of carbonation. Could be a very good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2007 02:08:33 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of AlexLMS


2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: very clear with a golden color. The head is white, substantial, frothy and with a moderate retention.
Aroma: very nice with a tendency towards hoppy.
Taste: not much there. Very slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength, very light body, almost watery.
Finish: kind of bitter, short.
Overall: brisk, refreshing, but not very special pale lager. If not presented with better options I could have another one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 17:33:53 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of Bamabrew22


3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Easy drinking, light style euro lager. I prefer this over the heinekens and the stellas.

Appearance: bubbly and golden, almost like champagne, but with a small head.

Smell: Light and effervescent, floral hops but not much

Taste: Crisp, clean feel (hate to use the bud adjectives). Minor hint of malt and a hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Fast-vanishing. Carbonated water feel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and enjoy. A step up from the typical Euro/American macros, in my opinion. Not the best beer in Copenhagen, however.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 18:59:40 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of darkcarrington


2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess none of the Liverpool soccer players ever drink this beer because if they did they might request a new sponsor. I tried this beer under the recommendation of several friends but was pretty disappointed.

Serving: Glass Bottle

Appearance: Light straw color with a fair amount of carbonation and more head than I expected

Smell: Sort of like a skunky Heineken, which in itself is a little bit skunky

Taste: Sort of like a skunky Heineken, imagine that. I would equate it to the taste of a Heineken that someone had urinated in

Drinkability: Kind of felt like I was chewing on it...the first one made it down alright but I really had to struggle through the second one.

I was pretty disappointed with this and can't see any reason why I would buy this again. Unless you can't spare the 50 extra cents, buy Heineken. Or if you can spare a dollar buy Grolsch. Or if you can spare 2 dollars buy Stella.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 18:18:01 | More by darkcarrington
Photo of mithrascruor


2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with a white head that is more foamy and dense than I had remembered. Sticks to the glass a bit.

Smell: Grainy/grassy with some malt undertones. Relatively generic.

Taste: Has way more sweetness than I had remembered -- so much that it precludes the crisp recollection I'd had of this beer. Still, there are grains present.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and generally smooth, with soft, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: The sweetness becomes bothersome after a while.

It's been quite a while since I've had this (and that was in Europe), but I was not impressed this time. It was much too sweet for me, at least for a pilsner. I'll probably pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 00:29:20 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong and spicy noble hop and a soft biscuity grain.

The taste was upfront hop spiciness which lingered for a few moments as the beer finished with soft doughy element.

The mouthfeel was clean and balanced. There was a slightly dry finish.

Overall a pretty good pils. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 16:01:12 | More by plaid75
Photo of superdudeo


4.05/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dry beer. Crisp, had a thin head that laced around the glass. Clear, almost to the point of being invisible (not literally, just in figurative "beer" language). What I am trying to say is that this beer is very clear.

Overall, I was impressed by this beer. Unlike Heineken, it has a nice hop taste that compliments the dry finish. Good malt presence too.

This is a very drinkable beer. For what I perceive as being a "mass produced beer" this is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 23:18:51 | More by superdudeo
Photo of aluskungs


3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is really really pale almost as clear as a beer can get. The head never shows, just a thin mustache along the edges. The head is soon gone but leaves a foam fingerprint floating in the middle of the glass.

Smells a little skunky and funky (green bottle syndrome?). A dry sweet malt smell, sulfurish, some oak and grassy hop smells hidden but is there if you look hard enough.

Dry and crisp. Bitterness from hops cuts well on your tongue. You can taste the pilsner grains and the hops. The aftertaste lingers in good way. A very clean beer that cannot hide any flaws and there are none to hide. I would buy this beer again in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 03:58:50 | More by aluskungs
Photo of mpyle


3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale gold color, sparkling clarity. Healthy sized thick and creamy white head. Retention noticeable but not overwhelming.

Noble hop aroma ( and/or the "Pilsner smell"), otherwise very clean

A gentle malt sweetness throughout, coupled with a noble hop flavor. Hop bitterness very subdued, and the resulting balance is slightly malty. Slight lingering sweetness - the finish is clean but not crisp. A sharper hop bitterness might improve the finish.

Light to medium body, and medium to high carbonation. Very smooth, although carbonation borders on adding a slight harshness. Overall mouthfeel is nice.

Overall a clean lager, with a malty balance that feels out of place. Highly drinkable - certainly better than the American Macros, but not the best Pilsner available.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 03:03:51 | More by mpyle
Photo of kimcgolf


2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There was nothing good about this beer at all. It was a poor attempt by a Danish brewer to copy Heineken, which in itself is marginal.

This poured to a light yellow gold color, with thin white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma and flavor were both almost non-existent, and the palate was stale and tasted like wet cardboard.

Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:59:43 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Vancer


2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light, bright straw yellow greets me upon the pour. A decent white head tops this puppy, and it’s leaving small lace ring.

But whoo, the ol’ Euro yeast skunk raises his head in the aroma, but it dies after she sits for awhile.

I hate to stereotype beers, but this one is another Euro clone on the German pilsner train (Heineken, Becks, etc).

It’s drinkable (if cold enough), but why bother?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 20:25:43 | More by Vancer
Photo of MusicmanSD


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

Don't know why this is classified as a pilsner, it tastes exactly what a premium version of Hieneken might taste like if possible. Pours a dark golden color out of those damned 11.2 ounce Euro-bottles, little head, but a very German beer-like appearance. The smell is mostly malt, but a very good, and thick malty flavor, unlike the american counterparts that are trying to be this beer. The taste is very much like an unskunked Heineken (it was on the dimmly lit top shelf...), and is quite satisfying for what it is. A damn good lager! Pilsner...not so much, very little hops to this Danish beer. The mouthfeel is suprisingly heavy for a lager. It has the hop oil charachter to it, but not the taste. It's quite wierd. The drinkability is damned good, from my first expierance, I could drink these all day! A well done and celebrated lager from Europe!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 08:57:02 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In 341 ml brown bottle. Brewed under license by McAuslan for the Quebec market.

A- Small white head that doesn't last long. Clear pale gold colour. Some bubbles rising in beer..

S- Classic pale euro-lager. Mild hops and light malt. Pleasant if somewhat ordinary.

T- Basic crisp pale lager. Too bland but no off flavours.

MF- Not too watery. Better than many of this type. Crisp and refreshing. Bland. Leaves mouth a bit pasty.

D- Easy to drink but bland. Pretty much as expected for a euro macro. Would be OK beer as hot weather thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 03:18:12 | More by JOaikido
Photo of kajerm


2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had from a bottle twice in copenhagen and twice more on tap at gunpoint at bars there. pours like every other macro lager, and smells like every other one two ("pilsener" be damned-- there are no noble hops to be found here.) it tastes mild, inoffensive, adjuncty, and vaguely metallic. it is unpleasant and the best part about it is finding the bottom. for me to like this beer more, they'd have to tighten it up a lot in ways that søren six-paack isn't going to like-- play up the pils character with some legitimate hopping.

worth a try my arse. if it looks like a bud and it smells like a bud and it drinks like a bud, is it not a bud?

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 04:24:29 | More by kajerm
Photo of guitarmage


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

Appearance: Very clear golden yello, minimal white foam settles into a thin somewhat sticky lacing. Nice bubbles rise up the beer.

Smell: Hints of caramel malt, not sweet though, mostly grassy hops, alcohol in the nose, a little metallic.

Taste: First steely alcohol goes to the head, then it becomes somewhat sour and bitter from the hops, leave the mouth dry and a little biscuity. Light flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, fuzzy carbonation, smooth and a little watery. Easily drinkable, doesn't stand out from the pack however.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 02:44:43 | More by guitarmage
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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