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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 18
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 NODAK
3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of grain, a bit of hops and perhaps some corn. Pretty standard for style it seems.

Some grassiness first is apparent on the taste....a mild bit of cookie veggie or something along those lines as well. There's a firm hop backbone here, which differentiates it from many other popular Euro lagers we receive here. The hoppiness has a fair amount of staying power...and the finish is rather clean. There's a small amount of grain perceptible after the swallow, but not much.

All in all, a clean beer. Nothing to sneeze at, and better than most green bottle Euro macros we receive.

Photo of treque
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance clear amber color, perfectly translucent, pour the foam is the average
of relatively slow dissipation, foam bubble middle of a good size, light in
waste, low carbonation, light body.
Aroma fresh, low in hops and malt. Not much flavor, cool almost like water,
a very thin final between bitter and acidic, with hints of malt.

Photo of xylophonica
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale amber colour, minimal head.

S - Sweet honey and wheat. Touch of grass.

T - Taste is slightly sweet but somewhere between a clean flavour and a malty one. This is combined with some grassy overtones and a bit of citrus.

M - Mild bitterness which is enjoyable - more typical of a lager than a pilsner. Malt coats the mouth.

D - It's ok without being exciting so overall it's bearable. Quite easy to drink but just another working-day beer.

Photo of jsprain1
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear straw golden with just a bit of a head on it.
S- Smell is of import skunk lager, sulfer, grassy.
T- Just a bit of herbal and grassy hops give a quick flash before subsiding into a grainy/grassy import lager flavor.
M- Light bodied and very smooth.
D- There is not anything explicitly outstanding about this beer but I find it highly drinkable and generally inoffensive. Reasonably sessionable. I would, however, characterize it as a euro pale lager instead of a german pils.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Surly pint glass. The small head is quickly lost no lacing present. The beer is a nice golden color.
S: I don't smell much of anything... it smells a bit malty and a bit like wet newspaper.
T: The beer has some malty flavor, there is nothing much to put your finger on. Decently well balanced with some alcohol profile. For being a pils there is not much hops to speak of.
M: Thin mouth feel with a little alcohol bite.
D: It is not the best tasting beer, but it is highly drinkable.

The beer was better than I was expecting, I would drink it over most other European imports.

Photo of gfreed
1.55/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm conflicted. Here's a beer that looks really nice in the glass, with its clear lemony color, its frothy white head and its zillions of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Yet here's a beer that smells like skunk and piss and tastes only marginally better and is loaded with gas. If you must drink it, do so quickly. The moment it warms up is the moment you'd rather be drinking bong water.

Photo of jrallen34
1.23/5  rDev -59%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Can into a pint glass...Pours a pissy super clear, light white head, gone right away...The smell and taste are both just god awful. Aroma is light hops with skunkiness. The taste is skunky too but has a horrible aftertaste that is just so bitter piss water it almost makes me choke when I swallow.

This beer is horrible, skip it.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out late to an Irish pub in the north loop and noticed this in the tap lineup. I knew it was something European but that's about it. Pleasantly surprised to see that its a Danish beer. Don't believe I've had one yet. On to the review:

Looks like a deep amber with healthy head that neither gets bigger of falls off, stays consistant. Smell is very malty and sweet with a hint of some noble hops. Taste/mouthfeel is thick and full with malt and a balanced bitterness. Drinkability is alright.

Photo of RyanBelle
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Really good. The green can with gold looks inviting from the outside, and the inside is a medium-golden beer that retains a nice head for a while, leaves plenty of lacing in a glass.

S - Great. Corn, hops, lively aromatic flavor.

T - Great. Only downfall being the strong alcohol profile.

M - Feels nice and lively with lots of refreshing carbonation hitting the tongue.

D - It would make a great session beer if it weren't for it's one flaw: the overwhelming alcohol taste.

Do try it though. It is worth trying most definitely because it's a pilsner that has some unique traits not found in many others (in a good way). Delicious if you want to think about the beer you are drinking (the alcohol is quite the reminder).

Photo of AEK
2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

440ml can poured into a standard English pint pot.
A poor offering from the Danes when compared to their Special Brew.

A. Straw coloured with a big white head.

S. Maybe a little malt but nothing else.

T. If water has any taste then it tastes like this, very, very bland.

M. Thin

D. There was so many bubbles in it all it needed was a goldfish swimming in it and it would resemble a minute aquarium!! Seriously it drank smoother than it looked. Not a bad drink - if you are into this type of beer. Great for sinking in one swallow an a hot day as I did, certainly not a beer to get enthusiastic about.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While touring Hamilton, Bermuda on a fairly hot day, we stopped in a bar and I had a couple of these. Very refreshing, but so is cold water.
The beer was a gold color with a medium sized white head.
Vaguely floral and sweet malt aroma.
Very little taste, just a bit of hops.
Certainly a session beer. Not much else to recommend it.

Photo of cudmud
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, gold color with a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: Faint hop odor combined with a hint of hops. This beer also has a metallic character.

Taste: Slight bread-like flavor noted in the malts with a medium hop flavor. In all, the flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Drinkability: A potable brew that gos well with beef and pork.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a large, creamy two fingers of white head. Fades at a moderate clip and leaves some decent lace in it's wake.

Nose is grainy, pale malts with a hint of skunk tail and metallic twang. Why do most of these green bottle, pilsener-esque beers smell the same?

Taste is cereal graininess balanced by a grassy hop presence. There is still a lingering cardboard and metal flavor that is a bit unpleasant. Still though, it is better than most exported brews that come from countries north of Germany. Not bad, went down easy and the hop flavors were actually pretty nice. I would drink this again as long as it was fresh and not lightstruck.

Photo of eschbach
3.72/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went down to the liquor store in search of a new beer to try. I came across carlsberg and it looked cool, so I bought a 6 pack. It comes in these weird 11.2 oz bottles.

The beer looks decent in a pilsner glass. It is a foggy golden color with a mediocre head. It has a good smell. It smells like hops and straw. The smell isn't overpowering. The beer tastes good. It has a strong hops flavor with subtle veggie and floral like flavors also. The taste is not that bitter either. The beer. has a very smooth feeling in the mouth. It does not feels like soda water at all. It's drinkability is reasonable. I wouldn't say it's a beer for chugging, but it goes down well.

I am impressed with this beer. I thought it would be another mass produced German lager that has no character. I enjoy drinking this beer. It has a unique flavor and aroma. I'm totally buying this beer in the future. It's a little pricey but I'd say it's worth the money.

Photo of fullsweep
3.42/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

440 mL can poured into a pint glass.

This Danish macro lager is not a bad choice when you need to buy cheap beer. I don't get it that often, but I recently needed to cut down on my beer budget, so I got a case of 15 for £8, which is pretty thrifty. On to the beer . . .

A: clear yellow brew underneath a foamy white head that dissipates in moderate speed, but leaves lots of attractive lacing.

S: sweet and floral with a bit of grain and sweetpeas (which I almost always get with pilsners).

T: not outstanding, but not band. Again, for a macro lager, this is about as good as it gets; some unpleasant bitterness in the finish.

M: active carbonation and bite.

D: more drinkable than other beers in this price range.

Photo of madjr80
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good consistent light and refreshing lager. The mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is great. This beer is good year round, but great for a hot summer day. I felt like I was cheated a bit, because the beer comes in 11.2 ounce bottles. A bit on the pricey side, but it is a much better alternative than something like a Heineken.

Photo of philphilphil
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first time in 2 years ive had this. Similar bottle to grolsch.
A - yellow with good head.
S - pale lager ish , not bad.
T - like a good euro pale lager, nothing exceptional but fairly good.
M - well carboated. Not bad.
D - medium to high, would egt boring but were it free id never complain.
A not bad brew overall, not the most exciting though.

Photo of rednrag
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of Euro lagers. This is one of the better ones. Smells like a pils,tastes like a pils. Very clean, very refreshing, very satisfying. If you like Heineken, Beck's, Urquell, Moosehead,etc. try this. You won't be disappointed. Denmark hold's their own.

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

It pours an amber/straw colour with very little head that left minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little wheaty but not overly strong.

Taste is light, crisp and clean with a slight bitterness but definitely not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy without having too much in the way of fizziness.

This beer is quite drinkable. It is one of my beers of choice when faced with sub par Aussie counterparts.

Photo of steveh
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Carlsberg? Okay, I'm in a rut -- too many extreme hop and alco-bombs have just run me down, needed something different -- probably haven't had this brew in 20 years.

A -- Long-lasting white head and a nice yellow gold color, but just a bit hazy.

S -- Damn green bottle skunkiness. That dissipates quickly and vague spicy hops and a little bready malt eek through. Pretty thin, though.

T -- Mild bready malts up front, some vague citrus character in between, and finishes with a dry bitterness. Very clean all around, if a shade thin.

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel.

D -- What can you say? No matter what, this is a whole lot more satisfying to the sophisticated beer palate than BMC -- yeah, you could suck these down all day without thinking twice. Good for a break in too many beers that scream LOOK AT ME! Or even those that say, What're you lookin' at? I'm the king of beers -- you gotta like me!

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.31/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pilsener glass a clear gold with a thin head that completely disappears within the first minute. Very little apparent carbonation.

Extremely(!) faint Noble hops, and thin, but crisp and clean malt notes constitute the nose.

The taste is comprised of a nice and clean malty backbone with a hint of cut grass. There's a tiny bit of spicy hops, but nothing too extreme in any respect.

Medium/thin body, little carbonation, though mouthfeel is not terribly inappropriate for the style. Drinkability is very good.

Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carlsberg Beer was just exactly what I had thought it would be. A very refreshing first beer after a long day at work. Ahhh, thank you. Notice I didn't say after a couple of hop bombs, or bomber of imperial stout. Pilseners and lagers don't do to well as a follow up to that. Carlsberg's German pilsener served just fine in it's intended role.

The color was yellow-gold with a half inch white head that dissipated to a collar.

The aroma was fairly typical of a pilsener, sweet and grainy, but not even a whiff of skunk.

The taste too was what one would have expected; sweet, slightly buttery and grain. Crisply refreshing with no after taste.

The mouth feel was light leaning toward medium, oily and with modest carbonation.

Drinkability had everything going it's way, this was a six pack goin' down easy.

Photo of soju6
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a light golden color with a light head. it seemed to have a slight sweet aroma, not offensive. The taste was a bit sweet and came across as crisp & clean, nothing distinct. Carlsberg is easy to drink and is good when having more than one. Again this is a middle of the road, non-offensive Danish beer.

This is a very popular beer in Singapore and Malaysia.

Photo of bgildea
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellowish amber color, with a large head that faded quickly. The beer also is still bubbling with carbonation.

S: Nothing great with the smell... smells like an average pilsener, with no strong notes coming through.

T: Tastes like an average pilsener with a hint of a sweet finish. There is also a slight aftertaste of copper which might be attributed to the brew process.

M: Very light and thin, not much chew to the beer.

D: It's drinkable, as in, I'll drink it. Other than that, I wouldnt get another one.

Overall: An ok pilsener with no strong qualities coming through. Overall, it was ok but I doubt I'll drink another.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light straw yellow color with a large foamy white head. Decent retention.

S - Grainy, sweet corn smell with light hops.

T - Fairly light and clean. Good amount of corn, adjunct lager. Some citrus hops but the hops have more bitterness than citrus. Slight metallic and mineral taste.

M - Light, crisp, and somewhat drying.

D - Decent drinkability. Like the rest of the style it is easy to drink a lot and the flavor isn't offensive, but it isn't great. A bit less sweet, corn adjunct than others.

Notes: The slogan is "Probably the best lager in the world." This definitely isn't true for me at least, but as far as similar beers go, this is pretty good. If you are in a place with limited beer selection, this isn't a bad choice.

Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.