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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 17
Gots: 115 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.55/5  rDev -48.5%
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
3.25/5  rDev +8%
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
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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
2.73/5  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 -12%
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 -11%
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
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Soneast
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow color with a 1/2" thick, white bubbly head with very little retention. A rapid stream off bubbles vigorously cascades towards the surface of the beer.

A fairly light aroma, mostly grainy, with a touch of lemon and some spicy skunkiness throughout.

The flavor is rather bland, with mostly a light, bready, grain-like flavor backed up by some citrus notes, finishing light and fizzy.

Light bodied and highly carbonated. A good session beer, I suppose, although considering the lack of pronounced flavor and the higher price tag, I could think of many other beers I'd rather session. Besides that, I can think of several beer within this style that I'd much prefer.

Photo of decimator
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 1/2 head that didn't last. Produced a bit of lacing.

S - Light aroma of sweet malts and faint traces of hops.

T - Some sweet malts with a light hop bitterness. There's also a faint hint of citrus fruits.

M - Crisp & smooth. Goes down easy.

D - It's drinkable alright but for the wrong reasons; It lacks flavour.

Overall it's a pretty inoffensive brew that's easy to drink. It's occasionally one of the standbys in my fridge.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle

Appearance - A pale, slightly gold-ish hue, with little foam retention.

Smell - Not too much going on here, but nothing offensive. Light malt character, not so much hops.

Taste - A light, and refreshing lager, on the maltier side. Not a whole lot of hops or any other complex characteristics to speak of, but simple, straightforward, and inoffensive.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and refreshing, but a bit foamy going down.

Drinkability - A pretty sessionable beer, but a bit on the foamy side at times.

Overall - A nice, refreshing euro-lager. I think I'm more of a Munich Helles and Czech Pilsner fan as far as lagers go, but this blows away any BMC stuff (of course), and is a better option than some of the more accessible import lagers, such as Heineken. Definitely worth trying if you like this style of beer.

Photo of taxguyjase
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to swing into the Skeptical Chymist, watch the game and have some brew. Carlsberg, which is apparently a good sports beer, was on special and I had never had it before. The beer was a light golden color, with minimal head. No real smell to speak of - just a little hint of malt. The taste was where it hit home for me - really crisp, malty and refreshing. The flavor got shaper and crisper as it went down your throat. With no aftertaste, the beer was extremely smooth. I would have this beer again, especially if I was watching football and wanted a good beer to wash down my team's defeat....

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Light golden color with minimal head
Smell - 3.0/5.0 - Crisp malt smell, although very subdued
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Nice malty hop flavor, crisp but medium body and crisper as it went down
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - No aftertaste and real smooth
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - Would have again; a really nice beer for a regular drinking need (sports, tailgating, etc...)

Photo of kshankar
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden with small (if any) head with some carbonation coming through

Smells like grass and..grass. Grains too.

Taste is grainy with some grass notes. Clean finish for the mouthfeel. Crisp and light.

Drinkability is on the higher side, its a pilsner. I've had better ones of this style though. Not a bad offering. Just nothing new or special.

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

Had at Hard Rock Cafe, Pune, India 8/29/09
This beer pours clear pale golden color, very active carbonation and a small white head that receded to a film pretty quickly. Slight spotty lacing was left on the glass. Nose is of corn, grains, and malts. The carbonation hits you first and then grains come through, a touch of grassy hops hit here that carries a bitterness to the finish. Light bodied, high carbonation, crisp and clean, goes down easily, slightly dry finish. Nothing overly impressive about this beer but one that you can sit with for a while.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a moderate-sized, white head.

Smell: As expected, the handsome green bottle has left this skunked. I'll take a few minutes to organize the cans of soup in my pantry, giving it time to waft away. BAK! Alright, so it's lightly sweetish malts flecked by some metallic hints.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with some grainy hints and a soft cereal sweetness and a perceived touch of light corn syrup. Yeah, there're those metallic hints again, as if the change from my $1.49 bottle was somehow planted in my bottle. Floral, subtly spicy hops with a mild bitterness. Finishes drying and crisp, but those metallic hints just won't let up.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. The skunkiness was hindering, but they completely lost me at the metallic tastes. I would like to look at your coin collection, not lick it.

Photo of morebeergood
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap the the Lansdowne Pub. Served in a particularly large branded glass. Nice. Dark yellow body. Clear and bubbly. Smell was a bit like wet hops. Taste was not much more than I expected. A typical Euro lager. Has that unusual musty taste that reminds me of Heineken sometimes. Mostly easy to drink, except for that flavor that takes time to get used to. This is the kind of beer that you love if you grew up on it, or it's just a run of the mill beer if there are other choices at hand.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/17/2009- from notes.

Green bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale gold with about a finger and a half creamy white head that fades pretty quick. Mildy active carbination, some lacing.

S- A little sweet, faintly grassy.

T- Sweet malt with some citrus hints.

M- Pretty crisp, a little carbination tingle on the tongue.

D- Pretty easy to drink, a great hot weather session beer.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the shape of the bottle that is available in India. The beer is very close to what Tuborg Gron is like, except a little more citrusy. Poured from a pint into a pilsner glass, golden yellow with a thin but firm head. Smelt a little grassy and fresh with citrus notes. Tastes crisp and twangy. Mouthfeel is above average for a macro lager, more weighty definitely. Above average carbonation, definitely not a lager to pick for a beer drinking competition. Good choice for a shandy.

Photo of ADZA
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was my only option of beer last night at a friends so thought id review it please dont get excited,this beer pours a pale golden straw colour and smells mainly of grain with some feint sweet,hop,malt notes quite bland actually very much a macro invention which finishes quite sweet and blandish the sort of beer you would drink if you just had a really hard day of work and it was steaming hot outside and the beer was freezing cold and was your only option for hours,but in saying that its not the worst macro invention out on the market there is just no love put into this beer.

Photo of vancurly
1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On draught at Country Club, Shoal Bay, NSW.
This is really ordinary.... a faint cheesiness, with funky/sulfur notes all over the place. Some grainy, pale malt hints in there, at least giving some indication of its intention.
I'd rather drink Tooheys New.

Photo of DT7
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pale yellow with a white head, the head goes away after a few seconds

S-Hoppy, a little sour smelling

T-A little bit of hops,watery, finishes sour and smokey

M-Crisp, it has a bite caused by the carbonation, quite smooth

D-Fairly drinkable, not the best the brew but easy to drink

To me Carlsberg is like the european version of budweiser

Photo of Macca
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a crystal clear light golden colour with a couple of centimetres of head. Some retention.

Aromas dominated by graininess. What a surprise.

Sweet taste. Some reasonable malt flavours in there but it is a bit of a mess. Some drying but then that awful macro sweetness kicks in and coats your mouth.

Medium bodied.

This is brewed under licence by Fosters. Maybe the original is better.

Photo of TheSarge
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've always steered clear of this brew, fearing it was a cheap swill. What the heck, huh? I don't want to be a snob, so here I go...

Carlsberg pours well with a good two finger thick and pillowy head, and has a golden clear body. Head retention is decent, and dissolves into fine lacing after a few minutes.

The aroma is very metallic, with a slight hint of lemon drop.

This brew has all the taste traits and mouth feel of a typical lager, but I wouldn't call this a German Pilsner. In fact, it has a strange sour funk to the brew.

Carlsberg beer is an okay brew for the swill, but not something I'd make a trek to seek out for. It's quality above an American Adjunct lager, but not to the standard of an average German Pilsner.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant brass, with great clarity and mild carbonation. The dense white cap forms a pillow that never fully subsides. Leaves a nice sheet of lace.

S: Husky malts, plus a heavy dose of lemon. Also slightly musty, with a bit of grass.

T: Crisp and refreshing. The overall flavor isn't terribly complex, but it's certainly pleasant. Starts out with straw like malt. A healthy lemon bitterness follows. Finishes slightly dry and rather clean.

M: The light body has just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I was bracing myself for another middle of the road euro lager. What I got was a light and refreshing beer that was quite enjoyable. Not the most complex beer on the planet, but easy to drink and good for a session with friends.

Photo of PizzaQueen1
4.13/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer! Love the finish the best on this beer. Has a great bitterness that lingers on your tongue. A good beer to pair specific foods with because the contrast will intensify the meal's flavors. The carbonation is perfect and it's suited for all seasons.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Seems like a fairly typical pilsner.

Pours a golden yellow with a very white head that hangs around for a a bit but leaves hardly any lacing.

The smell is mostly malty, with a hint of citrus in there. The aroma is definitely nothing to write home about, though not bad either.

The taste is more hoppy up front, with some malts coming in to bring a decent balanced beer. I can taste a bit of citrus towards the end of the sip. The taste does not stay in my mouth for as long as I would have hoped, but it does have a decent flavor.

Has a pretty average mouthfeel. Nothing really to report other than that.

The drinkability of this beer is solid, as there is nothing in it that I would get sick of or feel overwhelmed by, and the flavor is nice enough to entice me to have another.

Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.