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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 14
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of jaz58
3.93/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden color with a white foam head.

Clean, mild malt aroma.

Mild malt taste, slight hops and a clean dry finish.

Smooth, well carbonated and somewhat meaty in the mouth which I found surprising considering the style.

Very easy to drink. A good summer beer also great to cook with. Try marinating a pork shoulder destined to become pulled pork before you smoke it.

jaz58, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a huge white head of foam that left a sheet of lacing down the glass.

S - bitter czech hop aroma, classic 'skunk' to those who have much to learn.

T - good balance of sour hops meet sweet, grainy malts.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - a session beer if there ever was one!

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a large pilsner glass.

Appearance - an orange-golden colour with a significant 1-inch frothy head that gradually thinned out. Sudsy lacing.

Smell - fruity, fresh aroma. An interesting blend of apple and malted barley.

Taste - thin, grassy flavours of corn and veggies. A quick finish with some subtle, but lasting bitterness. Maybe a bit of can in there as well.

Mouthfeel - quite a bit of carbonation to taste through, the flavor comes in after.

Drinkability - this probably would go down easily enough but I'd rather choose something else. Glad I finally tried it though.

DoctorStrangiato, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. I am surprised I have never tried this before. This poured just an average color and average smell but the taste was pretty good. If had a good mouth feel and this is a drinkable pilsner. I enjoyed this and would drink it again.

likethetaste, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Pepeton
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful slick green bottle. Pours a light yellow brew; small white head and no lacing at all.

Smell was slightly skunky, with some maltiness in the back.

Taste was crisp, with some fizzyness due to high carbonation.

Mouthfeel was watery, some residual bitterness.

Drinkability is average, probably a good Summer beer for some people. Not me.

¡Salud!

Pepeton, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off the tap at the St. Francis Hotel in Santa Fe, NM this beer was the quintessential pilsner color, pale gold. The head was shocking white, fizzed out quickly and left thin streaks of lacing. The aroma was dry, grain mash and a certain mustiness typical of European macro-lagers. The flavors were mostly pale malt and a light hoppiness with hints of the skunky flavors typical of green bottle imports. Clean, moderate finish. The body was medium/light, the carbonation good for the style and the mouthfeel nice.

thekevlarkid, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of dstc
3.78/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden color with a nice foamy white head. Excellent lacing.

Mild malt aroma, rather clean.

Mild malt taste, slight hops and a rather clean dry finish that I find quite pleasant.

Smooth, well carbonated and somewhat meaty in the mouth which I found surprising considering the style.

Very easy to drink and very easy to put a few back. Was rather nice on tap. Much enjoyed.

dstc, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a ton of carbonation. The carbonation creates a huge white head that laces the entire way down.
Smell has a very strong wheat smell. There is a bit of a sweetness to it as well.
Taste is very well-balanced pilsner. It starts with a slight hoppy bitterness and ends with a nice crisp sweet wheat taste. Very solid ingredients that give this pilsner a solid taste.
Mouthfeel is light and creamy. There is a bit of a carbonated bite, but still creamy smooth.
Drinkability is good because of the nice balance. Very light and crisp, but still has a good amount of flavor, so it doesn't get boring. Very nice session beer.

BDIMike, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I only got this beer to try a beer made from Denmark. Really, really boring beer. Just the average Saaz hops/European slight taste, the rest of it tastes like a macro basically. Nothing to set it apart and nothing too great about it. Is it easy to drink, sure. Would I ever purchase this again? Absolutely not.

oriolesfan4, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml green bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear straw hue with a two finger, thick, frothy, and pillowy head slowly settles to a thick cap.

Husky grains with a little bit of assertive hop aroma.

Sweet grains mixed with a strong metallic flavor that lingers for a while. The hops don't show up too much, maybe providing a bit of bitterness. Light bodied with high carbonation.

BeerSox, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of nickfl
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A light golden body, with good clarity, topped by a small, white head.

S - A very light aroma of corn and weak malt.

T - Light and clean. Some grainy flavors, but no presence of malt of hops to speak of.

M - A light body, medium-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very average light lager, some of Carlsberg's other products come closer to being a pilsner than this does. If you consider this to be a light lager, it is pretty average; if you look at it as a pils, then it is awful.

nickfl, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce green bottle into a tumbler glass.

Pale golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Not really any lacing was left. The smell was sweet pale malts with some light hoppy aroma. The mouthfeel was watery and thin, but that only increases the drinkability.

Good session beer.

BierFan, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of illidurit
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head that rises and falls quickly. No lace.
Aroma is sweety toasty malt. Nothing else.
Flavor is crackery malt with some graininess and a light, barely detectable fruitiness.
Thin bodied and highly carbonated, finish is not quite clean enough for the style. Pretty refreshing and very drinkable. A minor step up from American macros.

illidurit, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Slattery's @ Denver Tech.
This is one of those beers that probably gets a hard time because it's in a green bottle and it's usually not fresh. Those two things combined with a a relatively subtle lager don't mix. However on tap this beer is a different animal.
Arrives a relatively deep golden color with a bit of foam on the top, but intentionally kept under control.
Doesn't smell old or skunky at all. In fact, it reminds me a little bit of the Munich helles beers moreso than a pils. Grainy with a kiss of hops, but not overpowering.
Taste is sweet and malty up front with a kiss of clover honey and a dry but not too sharp noble hop finish.
I ended up finishing my pint of this pretty quickly and as long as it's this fresh, I could likely make a session of this no problem.
Carlsberg's history intertwines a bit with Spaten and this beer actually has some similarities to theirs. For a Pilsner, it's definitely got the characteristics of a South German one.
In terms of the ultra-common imports everyone has, this is my favorite. The bottles are probably best left alone in the US, but on tap this is pretty solid.
I wonder if they'll end up canning this for the US? That made all the difference with Pilsner Urquell and Bitburger.

Domingo, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Delaney's Pub & Grill, New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a clean, well-carbonated golden yellow with a thin crop of soapy foam which left no lacing.

S: Smells of cooked grain and corn, a dose of that skunky import hop aroma, finished with a hint of aluminum.

T: Taste is a sharp and bubbly combo of sweet grainy malts up front, followed by a rush of carbonation and light hopping before finishing a little dry and sweetly skunky.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and slightly bitter.

D: Think Heineken with better tasting malts and a better body. If you like that, you'll love this. If not, don;t go looking for anything other than a lager with an "imported" taste.

I drank a ton of Carlsberg pint cans while in Ireland a few years back, so seeing it on tap here just brought back memories, and I got one. One being the operative word because there was way more interesting stuff to try, but in a pinch, it satisfies Euro lager urges.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six-pack on a recent trip to Chicago.

a - clean, crisp and medium bodied, this pilsner has a pleasing overall appearance with a fine, semi-frothy head

s - just a SLIGHT "skunky" mist upon opening, but quickly superceded by a light and fresh bouquet of aromatic hops

t - reminiscent of a Heineken on a good day, this pilsner is smooth with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Goes well with cheese.

m - nice balance of carbonization and effervescence

d - downed four rather briskly

I've seen this beer on the Liverpool FC jerseys for a while now, and I thought I'd buy it on a whim. I will buy some more, since I definitely enjoyed it and it beats a number of beers in a similar class hands down.

akronzipfan, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Small white head on a golden yellow body (sporting a bit more color than other macro lagers I'm used to); good stream of carbonation

Smell
Light bready notes mixed with some mineral/sulfur-like qualities

Taste & Mouthfeel
Starts with a pleasing malty note but then lends way to some bitterness that's a bit more salty than hoppy; the texture is surprisingly good as it has an even smoothness and just a bit more substance than what I'd expect; firm level of carbonation, finishing with the right amount of crispness; pretty good malt note throughout, but I'm not crazy about the bitter finish--too much sulfur

Overall
This beer is better than I expected it to be. Aside from the finish, I think it has a pretty good overall flavor, body, color, and smell. It's easily drinkable.

JEdmund, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. Large amount of long-lasting head.

S: Really didn't smell like much of anything except (faintly) of hops.

T: An underdeveloped flavor, to be sure. Some hops, a little bit of lemon, but not much else.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Below medium-bodied.

D: This is just one of those average, mass-produced Euro beers. There wasn't much personality in the taste, or in the categories. Pass on this one.

avalon07, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear golden body capped with a finger of sudsy white foam that quickly recedes to a bubbly ring and briefly leaves a a bit of flat lacing spattered about the glass.

The smell is a cereally with mildly spicy hops.

The taste is quite dry with a sour cereal-malty character atop a trace of light malty sweetness. Not tasty.

Carlsberg is thin-bodied, pretty flat, dry and somewhat sour. I loved this beer in Imperial pint-sized nonics purchased in a few London pubs 20+ years ago. It was exotic, crisp, flavorful, and new to my teenaged palate back then, but sadly, now it just sucks.

cvstrickland, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale gold. Billowing white head; dissipates quickly to quarter inch. Thin, inconsistent lacing. Bubbles rise throughout.

S: Sweet, set malt. Noble hops. Grassy notes turn to a skunky aroma that turns the nose.

T: citrus followed by pale malt and wet grain flavor. A bit spicy hop and some fight fruit flavors. Clean, nicely balanced finish.

M: Light body, a little thin. Crisp and clean complimented by the right carbonation for the mouth.

D: Drank it on a hot day and went down really smooth. Not real special, but solid. Take it over a lot of other American Pils.

Haybeerman, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of pweis909
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale, straw gold and clear, initially with a sizable creamy head that receded to liquid.

Smells like so many green bottled euro lagers - slightly skunky. Oh how I wish they wouldn't insist on marketing to people who care about the color of the bottle than the beer. Under the skunk, a noticeable malt aroma detected.

The malt was evident in the taste, perhaps a little richer than others I have tried.

Leaves a satisfying fullness in the mouth. Drinkability is hampered by slightly off aroma though

pweis909, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Romulus141
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a modest amount of fluffy white head. Lacing is left behind the glass, and carbonation bubbles to the top of the glass. A healthy looking pilsner.

Smell: A sweet, wheaty smell is the defining characteristic. There is also a slight hint of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Begins with a slight tinge of hoppy bitterness, which gives way to a slight, buttery taste. The finish is wheaty, and slightly sweet. Although there is nothing too complex here, that is not to be expected from the style. A decent representation of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy, and a decent amount of carbonation. A good feel for the style.

Drinkability: These are light and flavorful, which makes for easy drinking. Sessioning with this beer would be quite easy.

A decent beer, and worth giving a shot if you like pilsners.

Romulus141, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a decent, two-finger head on top of a pale gold body. A good whiff of some hops and something like veggies/grass/grain, more to the veggies side. Very light-bodied, like an American macro, with some crispness bordering sharpness on the tongue. While there is some hops that cause a bitter and dry feeling, they are minimal at best. Goes down semi-smooth with a little dry backbite. Basically, a watery macro Pils that people who like bland dry beers will love and people who want something more should avoid. I will.

clayrock81, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of bort11
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml green bottle poured into a tall hefe glass. Medium sized head that quickly recedes. Some decent lacing, better than I expected. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Smell has a distinct Euro skunk. What is the deal? I've had other Euro style beers without the skunk. taste is grainy with a hint of lemon tartness.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side. Very uninteresting.

bort11, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Euro Cup 2008 drew me to try this beer,local LCB don't carry it regularly.Pours a golden piss yellow,with a nice size bubbly head,which dissipates rather quickly.Nose is definetly grainy,a little skunk to it and corn.Taste is kinda flat and sour,grain and corn coming through,taste like a typical beer,not what the can advertises that's for sure,Probably the best beer in the world,that's a bold statement to make.Anyhow,easy to consume,goes down very easy,and on a hot summer day,and over ice,it goes down without a complaint.

GrimmReaper, Jul 18, 2008
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.