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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,278 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 19
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.42/5  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
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
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
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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
2.4/5  rDev -20%
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
3.45/5  rDev +15%
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%
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
3.77/5  rDev +25.7%
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
3.69/5  rDev +23%
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
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into a plastic glass, cruising at 35000 feet above Denmark.

Pours a golden stra with a little head. Not bad, not great. Smells OK, nothing special though. Boring. Tastes pretty good, surprisingly. Bubbly and malt and grain is what I get. Good mouthfeel. Could drink these all day. Sorry for the short review but that's all I really have to say about this.

Probably not the best beer ever, but it's not as bad as I expected.

Photo of jhtipton
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into my Coors Banquet pilsner glass. Picked this up at the SuperSol in Puerto for about $1. Best before date of 24 Jun 11. It says brewed and bottled in Madrid. For a Spanish brewed beer, it is not too bad. Pours a light golden with a small head but some mild lacing. Plenty of carbonation evident in the glass. Has that heavy skunky malt smell from the get go, can smell it 2 feet away! Taste is very malty with a faint metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average, some carbonation and fairly light bodied. Drinkability is fine. Probably even better on a hot day after a bike ride or cutting the grass.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.39/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean golden/ yellow color with small to no head. In the aroma, sweet and a small pilsner hop. In the taste, a dry pils hop, and a somewhat skunky bitterness. A smooth mouthfeel, with a dry, clean aftertaste. Ok lager, small dry bitter is nice, but nothing outstanging.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Heavy foam and carbonation that pervades throughout the entire beer upon pouring. It's light yellow/golden like any pilsener. Very little lacing. Kind of ordinary after the initial impression.

Smell: Lots of wet hay after a rain storm. Has an earthy smell overall. A very faint hint of sweet hops in the background. Almost smells moldy?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes and feels like water. There's a decent dryness, but that's about it. Overall there's a weird mineral taste and a sour, stale aftertaste.

Drinkability: This really doesn't have much appeal.

Overall: There are no great qualities after the initial pour. Everything else is just ok or kind of bad.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden clear pour with a medium large white, kind of uneven head. Dissipates into nice lacings.

S: Sweet malt, way too corny. Bitter hops. Kind of creamy.

T: Sweet malt, a bit less corny than the smell. Kind of grainy. Bitter hops.

M: Medium full creamy body and richly carbonated. Aftertaste dies pretty quickly.

D: This is a typical danish macro lager that doesn't make anyone happy.

Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. This was the official beer of the 2004 Euros, and you know what that means! My local work lunch faux-English pub switched a few tap lines to carry this stuff, and for cheap. The memory of watching Italy blow it against Sweden was only slightly helped by the 3 dollar pints of this massively hyped Euro-lager.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and mostly just bubbly, fizzy off-white head, which settles quickly, but not too quickly, leaving some decent broken webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, somewhat corn-fed pale malt, a certain acetone/paint thinner 'sweetness', and leafy, earthy, kind of skunky hops. The taste is more of the same (the nose - it always knows!), unfortunately, with the sweet in the wrong sort of way gritty pale malt - a corn-heavy graininess the main offender - more strangely evident industrial alcohol esters, and weakly leafy, still rather off-putting, and yep, skunky hops.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit flinty at times, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, I guess, in that oily, glycerol-like manner. It finishes mostly with an acrid sweetness, and a thankfully diminished, partly blown-off skunkiness.

Yup, pretty much what I recall. Off-kilter, skanky Euro-swill. Give it a miss, and maybe drink your local beer instead while watching sporting events from half a world away.

Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I noticed was the aroma the citrusy and slightly hoppy aroma that slight esters of grain. It has an average grainy and grassy flavor with a little bit of adjunct esters. It has a little of hops to the taste. The body is well carbonated with a bit of a bite. Overall, it is an average beer. That could work for most situations.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured into my favorite beer glass from a bottle -

maybe an inch of foam (that didn't last long )

not a bad looking beer- Golden yellow -

The smell of a pepper and something skunky

The taste was pretty much like the smell -

The mouthful wasn't very appealing but definitely not the worst beer out there.

I doubt I'll have to many more of these unless I'm ever in Denmark and see if the local brew there is better than the imported version here.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a recent visit to London, when I got tired of the intense maltiness of all the english draft beers I was having, I'd order a pilsner style beer. Like many of the more commercial beers this was good but not great. Typical color, aroma and flavor of a pilsner, it was none the less very refreshing and one I enjoyed a great deal.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing surprise, nothing remarkable but it felt pretty decent out of the blue for a braggy macro offering.

Presentation: 33 cl green capped bottle. Green label with royal emblem. Highlights all malt character. Notes best by date (09MAR11) Shows Alc. by Vol. (5.0%) Served in a tall beer glass.

A - Golden pour with long frothy head, fair retention and lacing.

S - Light grainy and hoppy sense. Not a trace of a skunky memory.

T - Lightly malty, grainy, with a nice and gentle hoppy touch, subdued but relatively pleasing.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation, which works fairly well.

D - Rather fresh and correct, surprisingly better than the other predictable offerings sitting next to it.

Notes: Maybe I was expecting so much less from this one. But this offering seems to have been rather fresh, and while unremarkable and not much of my liking, finding a middle of the road lager with no skunky trace, at least on this serving, was quite a surprise. Advertises an all malt bill and today it seemed to be the case. Is it another recipe on this Spanish distribution?

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not that bad of a beer as it hits all the right notes for drinkability though does lack in the hops department compared to say Grolsch. A little on the sweet side but still nicely balanced this is a much better beer than Heineken or Becks. Seems in a can it tastes fresher than in a bottle

Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the green 33cl bottle a pure gold clour with ample carbonation supporting a relative thin head...which leaves very little lace. it has that euro lager aroma...along with some pale malt character, some grass and grain with some subtle herbal hoppiness. flavour is bit muted with some more light graininess intertwined with a bit of grassy herbal hops. rather bland in nature with nothing really standing out as far as any taste is concerned. medium bodied at best; slightly metallic mouthfeel with a dryish finish. ok drinkability...and overall just ok and quite average for it's style...and BTW this is more of a euro pale lager rather than a german pils.

had a few bottles of this given to me so i didn't pay for it, and if i never have the opportunity to sample this again, i won't be missing anything.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A golden pour, high carbonation but minimal head, lacing etc. . .

Aroma was definitely Euro skunk. I feel slightly exotic at this point.

Taste, wow, still an alcohol burn, not as bad as their Elephant, but still, for only 5%, I would hope there would be a better masking of said alcohol. Minimal hopping, slight bitterness melds with alcohol. No body. Normally, something this basic would get a warm weather recommendation, but because of the high alcohol burn, it just doesn't even come across as a warm weather burn.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.51/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle at the Old Chicago.

Light golden colour with about a half inch of foam. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top. This looked really good...

The smell had a touch of bitterness with most of the aroma being metallic. Not a big turn on for me.

The taste was lightly bittered, had some notes of grain and a wee bit of sweetness. Boring as all hell.

Usual mf for the style, I didn't find this very drinkable at all and I won't revisit.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

and so it begins another adventure down the road of the bottom of the barrel. stopped in the store on the way home and grabbed a few more tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

ok we might have something worth a shot here. pours out a crystal clear golden amber with a ton of white foam on top that gradually settles down into a thin film around the sides and the bottom. aroma is nice, light grains, small bittering hops, i hate to say i am impressed but that horrible stench in not there. follows through nicely on the flavor which is light, crisp and clean and offers a touch of light grasses and hints of bready malts. light finish with a clean and defined taste.

this was actually not that bad, i could see myself turning to it again one time, maybe.

Photo of smithza9
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a must have for a Liverpool fan like myself. I got a can of it in Canada at the Beer Store. It was a very average beer. It had a darker look to it and smelled very metallic. It tasted better than many of the American Pilsners. It had a much better feel and was much more drinkable than all of them too.


Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.