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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 hustlesworth
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

A- clear pale golden with a fluffy white cap, rising bubbles, and some thin rings of lace for as the head settles down to a disk that stays with it till the end unlike most others.

S- lemony banana, noble hops, grassy/hay/cooked veg, pale malt sweetness seems artificial with some other cotton candy-ish off aromas, possibly from the yeast? could also be percieved as skunky, but to me it's the smell of raw hop oil.

T- a little citrus at first, then a surprising amount of pale malt and raw barley flavor. grassy straw notes follow with a little bit of spicy, floral hop flavor. barely fruity banana and clove flavors come out near the end and lead into a clean, well balanced finish.

MF- light MF has some body to it, evident by the decent malt flavor. mid carb, crisp and clean.

D- summertime summertime sum sum summertime. yeah. a nice little pils. i'll save it for the warm weather.

hustlesworth, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev +5%

11.2 oz green pop-top bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

Pours out very clear pale gold with big carbonation and a 1/2", thin but creamy looking pure-white head that dissipated quick but leaves a nice sticky lacing, really good for this style.

As I pop the bottle I got a big whiff of the classic "Skunked" effect right off. It's like sour'ed veggies and hops. This is a very skunky, herbal scent with sour yeast. honey-soaked wheat and grains style malt with a musty and herbal edge. The skunky factor seems to mellow after a few minutes of pouring and then blends with the rest of the aroma pretty well.

This has a light but smooth and buttery malt up-front, which is a bit of a surprise concidering the aroma. Wheat and a fresh-green herbal hop flavor with a subtle, earthy and musty yeast makes for a pretty good balance. This was much more flavorful than I had expected, with a much bigger malt charecter. Thee is no real metallic or "off" flavors here.

Light bodied, thin bodied, crispy at first then mellowing a bit with a slightly smooth edge right at the end.

Not a bad choice for an Imported, greem-bottled Pilsner.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.3/5  rDev +10%

Appearance: Straw colored with a white head that doesn't last.

Smell: Slightly skunked. Noble hop aroma present with some malt background

Taste: Slightly skunked. Hops and malts shine through. not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Tinge of carbonation. Light beer

Drinkability: Above average. Would prefer this over all the American lagers.

Squelch, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of baos
3.9/5  rDev +30%

12 oz bottle.

Had this one last night at my friend Michael's house. Always wanted to try it but never got a chance. Veru nice golden color. nice bright taste, like a heine without that weird fox piss-kind-bud taste and aroma. I'll be sure to get tis one again to drink and give it a proper review. You should try one on.

baos, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of cbleary
3.33/5  rDev +11%

The beer arrived with a small white head and left bits of lacing. It had a pleasing mild hop aroma and a mild pale malt taste with a decent, if thin, Euro hop profile. Mouthfeel and drinkability were about how you would expect for the style, nothing too special. Not a bad lager. Good for people who like a pilsner without the skunk.

cbleary, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of giblet
3.48/5  rDev +16%

i had this one at Disney. it was on tap. pretty tasty on a hot sunny day. light in color and body. nice carbonation with a little lacing. smell was nice pungent euro beer. very drinkable for summer and cookouts.

i am sure that the fact that it was on tap enhanced the flavor and body.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev +20%

I was actually supprised by this one. It poured a pale golden color with a nice frothy white head that was quite inviting. The smell was nothing great, but not skunky either. Light hops surrounded by sweet malts was in the nose and the taste was not much different either. The flavor reminded me of a smoother, less skunky heineken, with a little thicker mouthfeel as well. If you are fan of euro lagers, give this one a try!

Dmann, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
3/5  rDev 0%

Pint served in imperial pint glass.

A- Pale appple juice yellow, thin whispy head, minimal head. no lacing.

S- Not a lot, some faint grassy malts.

T- Watery in the beginning changing to an inoffensive faint hop bite in the finish. Finish is quick but its so creamy, did this turn to milk in my mouth?? Weird.

M- Thin and watery but the finish is so creamy it is confusing.

D- Mediocre bland lager. Pass!

seanyfo, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%

A: Translucent gold, with soft white head that disappears as expected

S: What you can smell is grassy and very continental

T: Soft continental hops give an overall floral character which is balanced against subtle sweet malts...

M: smooth and clean

D: simple and enjoyable... good for a long night

callmemickey, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.48/5  rDev +16%

Had this brew on tap at Celtic Mist(Springfield,Il)

A-poured a crisp clear gold,appearing lighter than most standard pilsners ive seen,the foamy snow white head did'nt last long at all,leaving behind no traces of lacing

S-hints of grass,earthy tones(very suttle)no real backbone in this that I can smell,no malt detection at all

T-a bit of sweetness upfront followed by very mild hops,traces of straw and earthy notes once again(reminds me of a kolsch)

M-very subdued,a little creamy finish that is very clean

D-if your looking for a complex brew dont bother it could be very dissapointing,if your trying to quench your thirst or just want somthing better than any old BMC give it a try

orangemoustache, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Uninspiring. Better than common, cheap American Brews, but not by much. Gold in color, hardly any white head. Clear body. Smell is chemically hoppy with pine. . .maybe? Flavor is iffy and slightly skunky, sour. Dry texture and metallicy finish. Not worth repeating, but I do happen to have a 6 pack lying around. . .give aways?

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Weird. Until just now, I kind of liked this beer.But now upon closer examination, it seems a little thin and lame. Does have some head and lace. Pale yellow gold color. Faint beery aroma. Some hops in flavor, slightly bittersweet finish. Some lingering sharpness on the tongue. Better on draft than bottle.

drpimento, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%

The downside to this beer is clearly some skunked up hops in the smell that might turn you away. The green bottle doesn't help either, but drink on. The beer pours a very light yellow, very clear, slightly frothy white head, that disappears pretty quickly. What is left is a white rim around the edges of the glass. The smell is the low point, as mentioned. There are some citrusy tangy smells, maybe a little sulfur, but overall not that good. The taste is quite nice for what this beer is. You will get a nice crisp, light, tangy citrus, dextrin sweetness, without all that much character or complexity to get in the way. There may be some overcooked straw or graininess to this beer as well. This is the ultimate thirst quencher on a hot summer's day. I had this in China this summer and it worked wonders. Sampling this again in a more contemplative frame of mind, this beer is a good drinking beer that requires nothing on the part of the drinker. Lower your expectations and enjoy this beer. No aftertaste, some creaminess and dryishness in the mouthfeel, what more would you expect. L'Chaim.

albern, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
2.73/5  rDev -9%

pours a light golden color with alot of carbonation. has a really skunky aroma to it, the taste is less than average, has a really skunky flavor to it with a watery consistency, not much flavor though just skunkiness and water. mouthfeel is watery again, it is somewhat drinkable, i guess if i were at a soccer match in europe with alot of hooligans or something

1fastz28, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of JDV
1.7/5  rDev -43.3%

Had on Tap at Fado in Austin. Lightish gold, with little white head. A slightly malty, heavily yeasty smell, with an overly bready, yeasty taste that was overpowering towards the end of the beer. Smooth overall, but with a sweetish yeasty, maybe skunky aftertaste. I don't like anything about this beer.

JDV, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of tempest
2.13/5  rDev -29%

This beer is trying to taunt me, telling me I don't need any malt flavor in my beer. Regardless, I'll do my best to keep an objective opinion while reviewing.

The beer starts off with a medium, traditional Euro-skunk a la green bottle. The aroma clears up after about 5 minutes to a very mellow extra pale grains and grassy hops with only a touch of skunk. The flavor follows with an almost tasteless sweet flavor that reminds me of a blander version of Heineken, and mild mix of skunk and noble hops.

tempest, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of SargeC
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%

Appearance: Light gold color with a white head.

Smell: Minimal aroma, very faint hints of hops and malt.

Taste: Minor initial hop bite evolves into a sour hop flavor. Malt lingers in the background, but never fully exposes itself.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkability: An OK brew but it seems to have lost something over the years.

SargeC, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +46.7%

pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a good two finger white head that holds very well and some nice sheets of sticky lace. slight weak herbal nose from the hops. light clean malt taste with a slight black pepper taste at the end. mouthfeel light, crisp tight carbonation. a clean light pilsener thats just right for anytime you just want a cold beer.

billybob, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Redrover
3.03/5  rDev +1%

11.2 oz green bottle. Poured into a glass, the beer is bright gold with a decent fluffy white head. Surprisingly good lacing.

The aroma is a tad mild. Some grains and soft perfume like hops. Thankfully, none of that green bottle skunk aroma!

The taste is of grains, a small bit of peppery bitterness and a hint of something earthy in the background. This is non offensive and a trifle bland. Still there is just enough flavor so you could match this with simple nonspicy food.

The mouth is solidly average. Drinkability is also average. There are much better German Pilsners (should this be a Euro lager?), but there are some worse ones too.

Redrover, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%

light straw color, clear with quickly fading head and no lacing.

some floral and piquant noble hop notes, but not much. some sulfur and wisp of malt.

pretty bland, hint of malt, some hop, but fades quickly into a dry finish. clean but not too bitter.

thin but carbonated.

meh... just make sure you get it in a can instead of the green bottle.

tai4ji2x, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%

After four straight days of tormenting my mouth with light beer during the College Light Invitational, I am looking forward to this sample. From an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a flute, on to the beer:

Pale blonde color with a good frothy head on top. Skunky aroma is domina....you know, let me save you some time; it's just another European pale lager. Though I should note it's much better from draft, having recently tasted a sip from a buddy of mine.

To borrow from their advertising, "Carlsberg don't make a distinguishable lager. But if we did, it would probably be the best distinguishable lager in the world."

DoubleJ, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of biggmike
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a clear golden yellow color with nice white head that lasted a while. Aroma has a faint hint of skunk to it. Flavor is malty without much of a hop character to it. This beer is very smooth, and the mouthfeel is pretty nice. Lacing on glass is excellent. This beer is offensive in no way and is a pretty easy drinker. I would not seek this out again, but it is not bad.

biggmike, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Amalak
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%

Out of the bottle it was gold and slightly bubbly. Had a little head and little lace. Very bitter smell, to be expected with a pilsner, but almost had a skunked smell to it.

Very crisp and malty, dry with bite. Easy going kind of beer, nothing jumps out.

Honestly, it is listed as a pilsner, but it doesn't taste too much like a pilsner to me. Too malty tasting. Good beer, but nothing special.

Amalak, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of mntlover
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a golden yellow light and clear lots of bubbles feeding a smaller white head that falls quick but does leave a patch or two of lace.

Aroma is light crisp malt with the light euro skunk hop aromas, over all not to exciting.

Taste is like aroma crisp malt lightly sweet. Hops imparting some grass flavors along with normal euro skunk flavors. Not bad for an mass produced euro lager but as a German pilsener it kind of sucks. Not something i would by but someone gave me one. Would rate taste higher except for the fact it is suppose to be a German Pils.

Mouthfeel is light with nice peppy carbonation, pretty normal for a mass produced lager.

Drinkability is good if you want an easy drinking light brew, myself I would prefer a nice light pale ale. But suppose it beats drinking Bud.

mntlover, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that becomes patchy - typical Euro-lager in appearance.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk" (not that it is "skunked", but the Euro-lager yeast strain at work) with some graininess - a bit too much of the former.

The taste is of sweet grain with some husk. Euro-skunk interferes. Some bitterness to it. Fizzy finish.

Rather weak body with fizz and an oily slickness.

This is uninteresting. I would put this in the "boring Euro-lager" category and below average at that.

jwc215, Oct 27, 2007
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.