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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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Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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New York

3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured medium gold with a sudsy coarse head that dropped to a half inch fairly quickly. Carbonation was lower than normally seen in this style, and this may have contributed to the slightly watery mouthfeel. Aroma of Sazz mixed with a bit of skunkyness [what IS it with Continental European brewers and green glass???] . Taste was thin and unexciting; honey sweetness of malt and a pang of bitter hops. Ho-hum. European macro Pilsner. Better than American macro by far, but still, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 21:30:40 | More by alexskovan
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

EDIT: Copied & Pasted old review because I had reviewed the wrong Carlsberg.

Bought a case at the NSLC.

I've had it before, but I remembered it being better.

Appearance: It pours like a typical higher quality macrobrewed lager. Very transparent golden colour with a high white as snow head. The head diminishes to a lace ring after a bit.

Aroma: The smell is typical of a euro lager, strong typical hop scent with a strong skunky yeast smell.

Taste: Sweet and skunky, similar to a lot of euro lagers.This is something noticeable with this beer. Basically, it's similar to all euro lagers, Heineken or Carlsberg... doesn't really matter. But Carlsberg in Canada is much cheaper.

Final Statement: It's ok if you're in the mood for getting drunk and watching football, but for a nice relaxing brew... no way. It's just not satisfying. I'm sure it's much better in Europe.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 16:54:01 | More by MMansfield
Photo of bditty187


3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, sickly-pale yellow in hue with a kiss of gold; I hate looking at such thin colored beers. Fizzy white head, at the apex there was only a half finger of foam. Unimpressive head retention, it quickly faded to a soapy cap. There was no subsequent lacing of note. The appearance is quite average.

Faint hints of skunk but it faded, grainy notes become evident as well as some spiciness. The more I smelled it the cleaner it seemed but it did get hot. Moderate potency, the nose doesn’t say much but the simplicity is okay. I found it neither inviting nor off-putting. Fair.

Not what I was expecting, grainy and not really that malty. It doesn’t seem like a Pilsner to me but it doesn’t taste like a Pale Euro Lager either. Seems like a cleaner version of Old Milwaukee or something… I guess green bottle doesn’t really mean high class, does it? Clean finish, it is not sweet or bitter, not really hoppy or malty. This is a bland and balanced beer. No aftertaste. It is kind of pointless to drink.

Medium-light in body, light but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is uneventful. Yawn…

I found it very easy to drink, damn near alcoholic water (who wants that?). Lousy. It is nothing more than Euro-swill for folks who don’t like much flavor in their beer. My English family and friends like Carlsberg, damn shame really. Why drink local artisan ales when you can have this? Nothing I’d buy again; boring… forgetful. How long has this beer been in Omaha before I even tried it? Anyway… purchased in Omaha; skipable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 15:03:31 | More by bditty187
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed under license in Canada. Average pilsener. Decent pale gold colour, white foamy head. Skunky malt smell with bland, less than impressive hop profile. Decent taste, not very crisp, even when served very cold. Can I detect some adjunct in there?

Nice and refreshing when served very cold. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 06:20:43 | More by BDTyre
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3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a clean 14oz Pilsner glass.

After pour it appears golden with an extreme amount of carbination activity which produces a quarter inch of stark white head that holds. The beer appears very active and lively. after a few drinks the head is slightly clingy and holds to the side of the glass in thin laces.

When held to the nose it has a slight sweet smell.

At first taste it comes across with a bitter hops flavor and then it subsides. It feels light across the tongue and tart when flowing against the palate. It leaves a slight bitter after taste that sort of makes you want to take another drink.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. I could easily drink a six pack or two of these when tailgating or when sitting back on the couch watching a game.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 05:14:14 | More by Rennpferd
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3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poors from a 12 oz green bottle into mug that has a thin foam head that dissolves quickly and leaves a nice, white lace on top.

Smell is wheaty, mild carboniation, tastes better than expected, good taste for a macro, has crisp taste, some floral characteristics and mildly sharp hop bitterness throughout. All and all a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 22:01:55 | More by Adamthome1
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 mL green glass bottle.

A- Nothing special here. Looks like a plsner, light yellow, fizzy, nothing for head.

S- Slightly pungent with skunky odor. Hops are present. Nothing much else.

T- Kinda skunky. Reminds me a lot of Henieken. Flavorful, but not much depth.

M- Standard macro mouthfeel. A little bit dry at the end because of the hops.

D- Meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 17:14:27 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of monkeybutler


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

Poured a fizzy light-golden hue, with a thin white head and some lacing.

Smell is of faint floral hops, and perhaps a bit of dry grain aroma.

Taste is a nice hop bitterness up front which dissipates to a wan pils malt aftertaste and a very slight sourness. Didn't seem dry enough to really knock my socks off.

The mouthfeel was a little cloying.

Definitely has good drinkability, though I imagine it could wear on you.

I'll crack one of these open with a spicy meal anytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 22:53:16 | More by monkeybutler
Photo of afinepilsner


3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz green bottle

Carlsberg Beer was a clear golden color with a thick white head. The head had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma was light, but hops and a little malt were noticeable. The taste was more hops than malt with a dry finish. The body was fairly light with medium carbonation. It's refreshing and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 20:32:50 | More by afinepilsner
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2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Lynch's in Jacksonville Beach. Pale yellow in color, modest off-white head. I remembered this fondly from many years back, and had been meaning to try it again. My mistake. Aroma was very light, mainly some malt. Flavor was very bland, a little bit of hops was about all I picked up. Mouthfeel was fine, quite light with medium carbonation, no drying or astringency. Overall, might work as a lawnmower beer, but much too bland for my taste nowadays.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 18:09:43 | More by
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South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Carlsberg and I have a bit of a history. I was first introduced to it in Sweden by my friend Johan. A native Swede, he drank the stuff down like water and sung its praises, at one point proclaiming "Carlsberg -- it's all a man needs!" For some reason I found this phrase unaccountably funny and it entered our lexicon. So when I returned to the States, I made it a point to seek out the legendary Carlsberg... and found it!

So it pours a pale clear golden beer with a soapy, white head that sticks around for a long while and actually leaves decent lacing down my glass. Smells like sweet malts and vague hops that you usually get out of Pilsners. No skunk here, thankfully.

This is really just a basic Pilsner, it's got a little "bite" to it, but mostly it's gold malts, hop bitterness, some corn adjunct flavor, and a finishes sweet and dry, reminds me of a cider. Sweeter than a lot of Pilsners, I think. Yes, you can find better, but this is fairly gulpable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and grainy. Aftertaste is a little sour over time.

You know, I have to admit that Carlsberg isn't *quite* all a man needs, but it really is above average for the US, and certainly better than a lot of cheap Euro brands we get here (See: Heineken, Amstel, et al). Every time I drink Carlsberg I'll raise my glass to my tattooed Swedish friend. Johan, you may not drink the finest beer, but you could have done much worse!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 04:14:24 | More by kkipple
Photo of veech


4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am rating the European version on tap that I had while in Ireland. Neither the botttled nor draught versions that I've had in the States can hold a candle to the stuff overseas. The bottled U.S. version is much skunkier and overpowered with unbalanced hoppiness. The draught is better, but still not to the level of the European offering. The color, nose and taste are all equally solid with hoppiness being the main characteristic. Slight corn and grain are present but not dominant. A crisp clean finish dominates a smooth drinking, refreshing pilsener. If you find yourself in Europe imbibe without reservation, but in the U.S., proceed with caution, it pales in comparison to it's European cousin.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2006 04:36:20 | More by veech
Photo of Drew966


2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Carlsberg Beer pours yellow with a white head from a green eleven point two ounce bottle. Smells skunky, just like I expect a Euro lager to be. Skunky hop flavor and metallic notes. Nothing to particularly recommend this as there are plenty of other, better beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 00:13:54 | More by Drew966
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New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a hazy golden color topped with a fizzy, white head. Husky grain aroma. The flavor is light grain with cooked veggies. It's similar to many macros, but better than most. A bit sweet and sticky. Drink it fast, because a nasty sour flavor appears as the beer warms. Overall, this is a weak beer and I doubt I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 03:46:49 | More by beveragecaptain
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Quebec (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (brewed under license by Mcauslan in Montreal): Poured a yellow color lager with a medium white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt is more present then expected with some crisp hops. Taste is a notch below your average pale lager with some crisp hops that are actually discernable. I’m guessing that I fell on a recent batch because this is really better then expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 19:30:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Light, clear gold color with a fluffy white head that has a bit of persistence. Moderate carbonation.
Aroma: When cold, aroma is nearly absent, but as it warms a little a nice, if somewhat slight, spicy hop aroma emerges.
Flavor: Very clean, well balanced pale lager flavor with little bitterness until the finish, where it gets kicked up a notch; aftertaste is faintly dry but does not persist very long.
Mouthfeel: Good for style, on the light side. Carbonation not overwhelming, as it sometimes is with light lagers. Again, good balance.
Overall: Very clean, and very drinkable, due to good balance. Perhaps the best lawnmower beer that I have yet tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 00:39:48 | More by utahbeerdude
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2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a can of carlsberg is awfully cheap at my local store, about half the price of many other beers. but in this case, i probably won't be getting this again (unless i have a party or barbecue, and want to get lots of beer, and a good variety).

disappointing head retention after a nice pour. mildly pleasant to the nose. definite, pilsener aroma. the taste is passable, but just not enough character or bite, nowhere near bitter enough for me to want more.

by itself, i don't think this beer deserves such a low score from me. it's really not bad - but - i have had much tastier and overall better german pilseners, including many great japanese takes on the style. so if i want a cheap can i'll go with Löwenbräu, and if i want a german pilsener i'll take my pick from the ridiculous selection at every store in japan.

Serving type: can

05-29-2006 12:59:43 | More by davidchollar
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4.58/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you haven't tried Carlsberg yet go out and buy yourself a six pack. You'll love it!

My favorite beers are the Sam Adams family of beers however, when you drink Carlberg you will be very pleasantly surprised.

One of the best beers I have ever tried. Now I will drink it next to one of my favorites, Heineken. ;-)

Carlberg kicks arse!!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 04:38:06 | More by A38Fitness
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3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle at 4.2% at Kafé Åkaj at amusementpark Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Medium yellow straw color. Big white head, settling into about one finger thick.
Malty and sweet scent, no hops that I can detect.
Initally a bitter taste mixed with malts. Not much finishing bitterness, but a bit fruity aftertaste. Medium body.
Ratehr ok beer to be consumed on a warm and sunny day as I did.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 20:34:39 | More by gnoff
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3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured out yellow color with no head.

Smelled a little bit like corn. The corn taste came through while drinking it. It was slightly hopped. It was pretty smooth and crisp. I was very pleased that it wasn't skunky at all, despite the green bottle. Overall, it is a pretty good European beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 01:51:59 | More by zeff80
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3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving was lightly chilled poured into glass mug. Poured golden amber with dry white head, lacing abounds. Smell is sweet and grainy, better than most cheap green bottles, but barely. Taste is thick, corn is very present, no skunkiness. Full bodied mouthfeel. Not horrible, better than most American macros and cheaper. Only complaint is 11.2 oz bottles and not 12 oz.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 00:42:51 | More by Rifrafboy
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Contract Brewed by Moosehead for distribution in Canada, explaining the non-import price.

330ml Bottle poured into a pint glass. A very pale lager, Generous head, mild carbonation, and nice lacing. There is definitely some cheaper malts in here, some corn perhaps, a little bit sweet. A bit of earthiness. not much.

First taste is a bit more hoppy than expected, nice bitterness. The cheap malts really come through, but there is a pleasant lemony zest in there that almost makes me forget about it. Nice mouthfeel, not over-carbonated, very drinkable in my opinion. As far as macros go, I'm OK with keeping this one in the fridge for my buddies for drinking while watching football matches, nobody will argue.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 02:50:20 | More by trevorwideman
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2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Glear gold color, streams of carbonation rise to the frothy white head. Nice looking.

Smell: Grainy, cooked vegetables, maybe metallic, pretty bad.

Taste: Murky with a bad grainy flavor, very bad off flavors.

Mouthfeel: Needs more carbonation.

Drinkable: I could do without ever having to drink this ever.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 14:45:03 | More by TastyTaste
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz grren bottle with no freshness date. Average import type beer. 1 finger white head that faded rather quickly and average lace for the style. Again average smells - a bit skunky, honey, fairly clean. Slightly sweet malt with a bit of citrus and a dry prickly hop falvor that fades halfway through. Clean and crisp. A slightly better than average import macro (from Canada, not Demark). I could and have drank a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 01:39:23 | More by sabrills70
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3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden color with a medium yet dense fluffy white head. Aroma is a bit sweet corn and a bit estery. There's also some yeast flavors I'm getting. Taste is really well balanced. It might lean a bit towards the malt side with a clean grain flavor followed by an almost sweet and sour yeasty bready note. Some floral type hops come and dry out the grains leaving a clean drying finish. There's a great mix here of malts and hops and everything seems to be working well together. Easy drinking and smooth. I quite enjoy this beer when it's on tap. Much better than the bottled version.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2006 13:06:36 | More by granger10
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.