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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,258
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 19
Gots: 150 | 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 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.

Photo of zebco
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer after bottling my first batch of Homebrew, therefore I was thirsty and in need for a drink. So I probably sucked this one down quick. Sorry. That's just how I roll.

Appearance: Light and golden with a thin, wispy head.

Smell: Crisp and grassy. Other than that I'm really not catching much else on the nose. But I do work in construction sucking in dust and who knows what else thru the day so my smeller probably isn't top notch.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Dry with an active but light carbonation. Very clean tasting. It has that Heineken after taste.

Drinkability: I could probably pound these all night. They just have a smoothness to me that makes the beer go down fast. Or maybe I was just thirsty. Probably the latter. Not very good to mix these with other beers (I'm assuming from the aftertaste), so if you start with one I'd stick to it. I won't make this something I look to pick up often, but I'm glad I tried it nonetheless.

Photo of dinnersd
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very nice slightly pleasant sweet tasting lager. the best ive had so far... in terms of commercialised lager. fun fact . proud sponsors of liverpool football club in england united kingdom. which is a soccer club. it is a very easy drinking lager which i would highly recommend to all you guys.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - it poured a clear yellow with a inch worth of rapidly disolving head. the lacing was weak, but stuck throughout the drink.

S - initially a bit skunky after initial opening, sweet florals and hops were the first smells to hit me

T - sweet florals translated into citrus mixed with hops taste. overall a sweet beer.

M - fairly light bodied with a decent ammount of carbonation. pretty basic.

D - i needed a quick change off the ales and tripels, so i picked this up. hit the spot well. it goes down easy and i soon found myself with an empty box after the first beer.

bottomline... i like it about as much as becks, but not as much as lowenbrau and warteiner. i like it more than stella and heiniken.

Photo of chickencoop
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

German pilsner i guess, but I would have to throw this into the whole euro-lager ring instead, and based on that, this is a more drinkable beer than most. This is a simple beer, kinda on the lighter side but still good. I wasn't expecting this to knock me out and it didn't, but it was smooth and refreshing and would be perfect to pound a bunch and watch West Ham kick the crap out of Everton.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose, but light enough that evokes the malt, the body of the beer is quite hoppy and mouth is very bitter. It sometimes feels artificial small side but the finish, still with that strong bitterness and a touch sour and bitter grapefruit that evokes, it is adequate. A good lager, neither more nor less.

Photo of Midway
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty average English Bitter, I bought a 4 pack of theese so I decided I might as well do a reveiw on the beer.

Appearance - Pours a lightish/Darkish (mix of both) amber colour, decent ammount of carbonation, spongy looking head with lots of holes in it and looked pretty creamy, the beer itself looked nice and inviting.

Smell - It had a very sweet smell with a very small hint of citrus, very malty.

Taste - It had a strong, skunky taste with just a hint of citrus/sweetness, and a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth but over-carbonated, the beer had a good balance of conecentration (thick/thin.

Drinkability - It was a decent lightish beer which was pretty easy to consume, I would drink it again maybe 1 or 2 more times, 3 at maximum.

Photo of kmo1030
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this seems to a be a pretty fresh, non light struck six pack that i'm drinking/reviewing from. reviews seem to be all over the place with this one, but judging from what i have, i have a fairly good representation of what this beer is supposed to taste like.

pours a crystal clear gold out the bottle with a fair sized white head that doesn't disappear too quickly. no complaints here.
the aroma is of grainy malts, and some soft herbal hops, a touch grassy also, like dry grass. just a bit of cooked vegetables.
the taste is grainy and sweet. middle to back some hops kick in noble in character, but not very strong. nothing too complex, but pleasant enough. there is something distict about this beer, that is probably derived from the yeast, but i can't put my finger on it, you probably know what i mean if you've had it.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation. a little slick in the mouth. it's crisp and clean despite being somewhat sweet without a lot of balance from the hops. crisp and clean
the drinkability is good it is very easy to drink a couple of these without batting an eye. a nice, tasty albeit fairly run of the mill euro lager.

Photo of alleykatking
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear light golden yellow color. Two finger fluffy white head stays around for a little while. Light lacing on the glass that falls back into the beer.

S- Sweet alcohol along with a earthy grainy smell. Nothing different than let's say oh I don't know Miller Lite in the aroma.

T- Not good at all. Sweet alcohol and grain with a tinge of metallic bitterness. This tasted god awful.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style I would say. Sickly sweet grains left on the palate and in the aftertaste with a hint of metal to go with it. Very watery feeling.

D- This is a drinkable beer to someone I would think....not me but someone. This bottle I had was all metal tasting. I can see BMC fans going ape shit over this beer. Me? I'll pass onto something else. And yes this ended up being a drain pour for me.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is very drinkable, light, with decent head. This is a very versatile beer, and very widely known. I like this beer, it's not great, but it's good. This is a good beer to start with when exploring into European beers. This is a good beer, not crazy good.

Photo of rwrk42
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent head at first pour but settles very quickly.

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Slight and I mean a slight hop taste. A very faint citrus taste finish.

An okay beer but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Spineypanda
2.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a golden color with no head at all.
Smells yeasty to me and tastes just about the same!
Has a bit of a skunky smell and taste as well.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and nice and reminds me of a basic pilsener.

I would probably drink this again but only on tap.

Photo of DerBayer
1.9/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This looks a slightly watery7transparent straw - too lih´ght I m dreading it!

The smell is thin with little of the desired hop presence and no malt but I can sense adjunct grains

The taste is thin watery and slightly tainted by adjunct grain sickliness

Mouthfeel is its best featutre kind of refreshing but the taste ruins it all

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.58/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours pale yellow with almost no head.
Aroma shows skunky Euro hops and stale cigarette smoke, with just the faintest hint of sweet malt.
Flavours include more of the stale cigarette smoke along with some sweet cooked corn.
Watery body, but the carbonation is alright (as in not too high).
Wow, and I didn't think they could make anything worse than Carlsberg elephant.

Photo of thecarster1
3.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- 11.2oz bottle poured into a prima pils glass, large two finger bright white bubbly head that fades slowly to an uneven coating of lace with more clinging to the glass on the way down, clear golden yellow coloring, few sporatic streams of bubbles.

s- bright grain, grass, little bit metallic.

t- very light, crisp pils here, some grass again, yeast, more of a hop finish than i was expecting, ever so bitter turned moserately dry on the finish. every so slight bit of muted lemon in the aftertaste.

m- slightly watered down, very light in the mouth, slightly bubbly.

d- much better than i thought it would be, carlsberg is very light and crisp and refreshing, with just enough flavor to be enjoyable, i could session this easily. i've had better pilsners but this is not a terrible one by any stretch.

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml glass poured into pint glass dec4 2009

A clear golden yellow with a thumbs width of head that has great retention (to my surprise) and even leaves a fair bit of lace, rating for style this is almost as good as it gets for a pilsener

S some floral hops and a little fruit

T a half decent balance of malts and floral hops perhaps a little grass on top of it

M light, crisp and well carbonated

D overall this beers OK nothing offensive but nothing great, good for such a major brewer

it's unlikely I'll be spending any money on this beer any time soon, it looks better then it actually is

Photo of imanidiot777
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light gold color, crystal clear, not much head and it goes down fast.

S: light malt and a little bit of hops, not really good with the nose though.

T: Pretty light, very little malt, a little bit hoppy at the end but nothing special.

M: Good carbonation level, very light though.

D: Somewhat drinkable, light enough to have a lot and goes down pretty smooth.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not only am I offended by zzajjaber's review of this beer on any number of levels, but I think this tastes generally worse than most American macros.

The flavor is honestly bland. There's nothing much to describe it. It tastes like a pilsener, only watered down. Watered down hardcore, like one of those really powerful super-soakers before they went out of business.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear light gold w/one-finger white head, not much in the way of retention.

S-Bits of spice, hop skunkiness, faint metallic character, light grass and floral notes, and light malt.

T-Light and slightly sweet malt, slightly spicy in beginning of finish, and aftertaste is of spicy noble hops w/some floral notes. The aftertaste is spicy w/a metallic sensation on the back of the tongue.

M-Light-bodied w/decent balance. Moderate carbonation.

D-Drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing special. I have some good memories w/this brew.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.01/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm reviewing a Carlsberg? Oh God! Have I hit rock bottom?

What can I say? I'm bored. And it was free. So here goes.

The can says probably the best beer in the world. Probably? They keep using that word. I don't think it means what they think it means.

Pours a clear golden color with a bucketload of carbonation. A 1/4" head retains nicely.

It has that typically floral Euro lager aroma that I, for one, am not a fan of. A little grassy, a lot floral.

The taste is biscuity pale malt. Light bitterness. Soapy floral hops.

The mouthfeel is medium, surprisingly so for this kind of beer. Good carbonation.

I can't say as I love this beer but for what it is and if faced with other macro type Euro options, I would probably reach for this over many others of its ilk. I only hope this never happens.

Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.