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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 17
Gots: 102 | 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 Tone
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, pale hops, pale malt, and slight citrus aroma. Fits the style of a German Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness, pale malt, and slight hop. Overall, not a bad pilsner, but the green bottle and long trip have surely skunked the beer to a degree.

Tone, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml. green bottle no. 20824000. Sampled on Father's Day 2009.

A - Typical for pale lager or pilsner. It is pale yellow with a fizzy head that does not last for more than a few seconds although the carbonation bubbles continue to rise upward during the sampling.

S - Not a lot to report on. The malts are the most notable aroma and maybe some light hops in the background.

T/M - Medium to thin mouthfeel with a taste that is vaguely malted and hopped but not very outstanding. Everything about this reminds me of the typical Danish macro.

puboflyons, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a very clear pale yellow color that pours decently enough. A pure white head settles to a thin layer and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.
The skunkiness in the aroma is not in this one when I get it on tap. There are some herbal notes and grains, and there's a much more respectable malt and hops backing.
There's a very light hops bite right up front, and a decent malt for balance. Grains are evident and there's a vegetable taste in there as well.
The body and carbonation are both light. The mouthfeel is crisp.
It's an improvement over the bottle and drinkable.

Brenden, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. It has a rich golden color with a small head. Slightly grainy aroma. Feels light in the mouth and goes down very smooth. Good crisp flavor makes this brew highly drinkable. Overall a good selection, especially on a warm day.

tone77, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the funky pressed glass Carlsburg bottle, with the simple neck wrap label.

Pale yellow, with a whispy thin head - not much to look at, but not as light as I'd expected. A bit more robust than your casual lager.

Mild skunk to the nose, but that could be attributed to the fact that it has been in my fridge for awhile - it's one of the few stragglers of a fargone Christmas mixer that showed up beneath the tree. Otherwise, it's just a bit grainy.

Bitter carbonation that rolls around the mouth - fairly full for an imported adjunct.

Decent mouthfeel, in a refreshing way that lends itself well to the spring.

Drinkable, though it does trail away with a characteristic bad bitterness that shocks just a bit, but not enough to be a turn-off.

mdcrouser, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

The color is a gold/yellow with some sudsy head on the top of the beer. No lacing.

The smell is a grainy with a little corn flavor, with a slight hop aroma.

The taste is sweet with some grainy malt feel, is a little dry and crisp.

This beer has a bit of a crisp easy feel to it that makes for great drinkability. Is pleasant to have and is really enjoyable.

Duhast500, May 14, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a good bit of white very fluffy head, lots of lacing.

Not much of a scent, a little skunky, some grain.

The taste is of slightly bitter hops, grain, not much else.

Light bodied feel, crisp and refreshing, high carbonation.

Easy drinker, nothing special really.

BeerCon5, May 13, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a big amount of white head. A little lacing on the glass.

Smells of a little malt and maybe some floral hops.

Taste is of a malt backbone with a floral hop over it. The tastes aren't offensive, but there is not enough of it.

The mouthfeel is the nice light and crisp body expected from a pilsner.

This is very drinkable.

Not quite a Spaten, but a decent alternative. Wouldn't refuse one if handed to me, but probably won't buy this again because there are better beers.

ocelot2500, May 07, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a draft glass.

A: Poured a clean, straw colored body with a 1.5 finger, white head - looks like what you would expect form a pilsner. Head dissipates after about a minute. Lacing is light, leaving thin, patchy rings of bubbles around the glass.

S: It's definitely got some of the "skunk" going on - something I've noticed with most Euro lagers. It also has that similar, faintly sweet, grainy note like you get from an American adjunct lager. Maybe a hint of hops? I'm not entirely sure if I'm getting its presence, but others assure me that it's there. Otherwise, there isn't a lot going on in the nose.

T: Crisp, quite clean profile. There is a slight second of bitterness upfront which gives away as the clean malt profile takes over with a faint sweetness and a touch of grains and husks. Finish is slightly dry, but otherwise pretty smooth and un-offensive to the palate.

M: Fizzy; good carbonation on the tongue. Very light bodied; maybe a tad watery but not overly thin.

D: If you're going to session euro lagers, this might be a good choice... not hard to drink for the style.

Carlsberg, along with Newcastle, Guinness, Stella and Heineken/Amstel Light will always be nostalgic for me because these beers were my first steps towards drinking better beer. While none of these beers may be remarkable in their own right, they were a part of that step that opened my eyes to new flavors and styles and opened the floodgates into craft beers. As such, I do enjoy a Carlsberg from time to time, usually when I frequent local pizza parlors, and it is a crisp, clean stand-by pilsner in my book.

Buschyfor3, May 06, 2009
Photo of Portertime
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So they may be the first beer I have had from Denmark. Poured the usual golden pilsner color with a soft white head and many racing bubbles. Taste was light at first then some faint flavors developed, straw, cereal grain. Mouthfeel was harsh and biting.

Portertime, May 05, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber colour with frenetic bubbling that produces a modest but resilient pearl head. Carbonation is still strong but slower and less determined after a while. A bit of lace, but nothing that sticks to the glass. This seems like a beer in a hurry to get out. Nothing proud or stubborn at all, so while it's humble, it has good reason to be.

Has an adjuncty nose that is quite pungent when pouring and the head is still there, but once that dissipates is far milder. Quite heavy on the malt, mild bitterness hiding behind. Has a clean but uninteresting and weak smell about it.

Unassuming palate with little exciting going on. Starts with a pronounced malt hit on the front, tapers off to a clean but very modest finish, with no significant bitterness. There is enough to soak up the malt and leaves the beer dry, but nothing that really captures the attention. I think I may sound like I'm panning this, but I'm not. Its profile is not harsh but also not too weak: it's simply modest, and the subtlety makes this very drinkable. Given the intense fizz on pouring, mouthfeel is astonishingly unfizzy. It's not too thin though, just enough to know it's there.

This is a decent job of lager production - certainly not great, but very suitable for sessioning. I notice from the neck that this is a supervised brew done by Fosters and it astounds me that they can do a reasonably good job with this and yet so comprehensively fuck up Stella Artois.

laituegonflable, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of SickBrew
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For what it is Carlsberg "Beer" is a good brew, not great but it is good. I really like that initial whiff of Nobel hops when the beer was poured. It did pour a bit light and with a weak head that quickly dissipated to a thin sheet, however. From this respect it does remind me of a macro American lager, for which I'm sure it's a macro Euro-Lager. Taste is clean and crisp with a nice balance between the malts and hops. Nothing special there, just nice. It finishes good as well a nice balance between the dry and the sweet. Body is light and the carb level is supporting. Overall I like this beer and would drink lots more.

SickBrew, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of BaerBeer
1.1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My buddy chose this beer on Saturday night for us to drink. I told him it would probably taste like a Heineken that a skunk sprayed into. I was right. I don't want to go into a huge review here, but all I can say is I hated this beer so much. I'm usually super open minded about beers and give some the benefit of the doubt. It tasted like spoiled Heineken, Smelled too skunky, had a strange aftertaste, weird mouthfeel, looked like flat and boring, and I couldn't even finish a half of one. Sorry :(...I do like their master brew though, so props to that

BaerBeer, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the appearance, is a pale yellow color, regular head of foam; in the bottle says that this beer is made with 100% of Malt, thing that i agree, both in the smell and taste are lof of malt; the mouthfeel is very refreshing, medium bitterness and light body; the drinkability is good, very ease to take, tasty to watch soccer or to accompany light foods or cheeses.

roddwolff, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Came in a green Can, that states it is probably the best beer in the world. Somehow I doubt that, but moving on. The beer pours with a single finger of fairly gassy head, that laces somewhat, but does not retain. The beer itself is a off yellow color with a loud of cloudy particles in it.

Smell - It's barely there, even after the beer has warmed up. I'm catching a little bit of hay like scent and touch of grass, but that's it. It's not offensive, just boring and subdued.

Taste - I really wish I could give this beer a 3.25 but such is life. It's better then most generic pilseners, that is for sure. It starts with a fair well hay like flavor (which is better then how it sounds) and then moved to a nice malt sensation, with almost fruit like undertones and finishes with a slight tap of grassy hops that isn't overdone or all that bitter.

Mouthfeel - This is one of those beers that manages to walk the light and medium bodied line perfectly. Very crisp feeling, but it does leave a very slight grass aftertaste. The carbonation is good, however points get deducted for the lack of head.

Drinkability - It's not bad, I've had better but I've had many worse. This beer is a bit gassy on the stomach for some reason, and the slight grass taste is just enough to stop this beer from being guzzled. Very refreshing beer though as the crisp taste is very nice a goes down smoothly.

Final Thoughts - Well, I have to say, I don't think I'm entering my Carlsberg years quite yet. The beer leaves something to be desired and isn't really unique enough to stand out. Not a bad offering, but there are more drinkable beers I'd rather guzzle (cheaper too) and more flavorful beers I'd rather savor.

TheHammer, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and vibrant in the glass, this vivid yellow brew reminds me of wearing a pair of BluBlockers sunglasses. The head is initially fluffy and large, but settles in at a small wispy cap.

S - Whoa! This super-skanky brew is a love it or hate it thing. I happen to like this ultra-stinky "saaz in yo face" note, but my wife sniffed and said that it smells terrible. "Smells like a skunks ass!" is exactly how she put it.

T - Moderately hopped with some spicy and funky flavors. This is an odd beer with an oddly bitter flavor. I don't think that it's much like a German pils, but its probably one of the closes styles that this could be put into. I think there should be a Danish/Dutch pilsener category, since all of those lowland brews have a similarly dank note.

M - Crisp and light bodied. Cleans the palate well after a bite of dinner, and it's very thirst quenching.

D - A good food beer for a light sandwich or even a burger. I could see this being a poundable super-session beer for a warm spring day.

pmcadamis, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into a 0.5l branded Staropramen mug.

Appearance: Pale, straw-colored, and translucent. Fizzy head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Very faint...Smells of hops and grains predominantly.

Taste: Very faint taste of hops with a little bit of bitterness towards the end. Not a huge fan...

Mouthfeel: Thin, like water. Some carbonation but not too much.

Drinkability: Not that great...Can't see myself buying this again...Much better beers out there.

wahhmaster, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of prosper
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark straw; a few shades darker than the norm for a euro lager. Streamers of big bubbles, and a coarse white hear. Some lacing.

Smells of 'green' malts, slightly sweet, with some vegetal DMS.

Tastes of balanced hop bitterness and softly sweet malt. Has a trace of bready toastiness there, too. Finishes crisp, bitter, and clean save for a shot of vegetal DMS. Better than I expected, frankly.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with moderately strong carbonation.

Not a very charasmatic brew, but I do like it

prosper, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A bright golden-yellow color with lots of visible carbonation rising to the surface. The head is somewhat large, fluffy, and white, with solid retention and some lacing.

S: Some noble hop aroma, light grain malt, and faint citric/yeasty notes. Some champagne hints as well. A bit of a skunky nose also.

T: Some rough, husky grain malt accompanied by some noble hop bitterness that is leafy and herbal. Again, dry champagne hints, along with a fading, faintly metallic/soapy taste. The malt collapses into a bland, cooked leafy vegetable flavor.

M: Medium light in body, and quite crisp, with solid carbonation. A rather astringent, basic feel on the tongue towards the finish.

D: This has potential, but the hop profile and off flavors really do not do anything for me. This tastes like a rough, bargain basement American macro with a slightly fuller body and a simplistic noble hop profile for a bit of character and complexity. I won't be seeking this out in the future.

Clydesdale, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of JesseP09
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a solid all-around brew, and one of my favorite imports. Carlsberg has an average straw-colored appearance, but every other aspect of this beer is certainly above average. This beer has a nice but not too overwhelming flavor that is nice and crisp, but also makes this beer very drinkable.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Carlsberg Beer
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Style: German Pilsener
ABV: 5.00 %

Reviewed 1/4/09, leftover from Martin @ our NYE party, bottle>tulip glass
A 3.0, pale straw in color, okay head- gone quick.
S 3.0, Balanced hop and malt profile, mild citrus notes
T 3.0, satisfactory taste, mild pils malt w/ mild hop finish
MF 2.5 - medium-high carbonation, semi thin body & finish
D 3.0 - not bad at all, just not a standout in my opinion.

unclejimbay, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of rodenbach99
2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

green bottle, 330 ml. engraved, with euro 2008 label.

A: clear golden colour, white head, suprisingly lasting
S: malt, grainy, nothing much there.
T: malt, almost tasteless.
M: thin beer, light body
D: easy drinking lager, made for hot summer days. headache in bonus

rodenbach99, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of froghop
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had this in hong kong sitting at the fleet landing, it was all they had on the first floor, but that was okay, it was a nice brew to just sit with and chill.

pours a pale yellow with a medium size white foamy head, nice lacing.

smell is of grain, some hops, and malt in the back.

taste is clean, grain, corn, sweet malt, and ends a little dry.

froghop, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of craytonic
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Mediocre macro head and lacing, looks like any typical lager/pils

Smell: Macro bland smell, a little corn grain, a little hops, a little herb. Smells stale with a little euro-funk.

Taste: Some light malt, some hops, metallic twang

Mouthfeel: Water

Drinkability: Boring and flavorless.

craytonic, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much a dry version of your average pilsener.

Smell and taste are both grainy, with lots of dry rice and some herbs. Some bad chemical flavors seep in, but that's to be expected from macro beers.

Feel is light and fairly smooth. Easy to drink but otherwise not very noteworthy.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 16, 2009
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.