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Carlsberg Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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1,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 12
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -15.9%
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 +0.7%
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
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This light yellow brew glistened in the not so existent New York sun. The white head disappeared slowly to almost nonexistence. As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the skunkiness of the beer mixed with light malts and corn. The taste wasn't much different from the smell; it was very light kind of bitter. In my mouth it felt light, watery and fizzy with a bitter aftertaste. I don't think that there are enough flavors to keep me coming back.

Photo of orcasteve
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one is a bit bitter for mt taste. it is a wonderful aroma of hops that trualy come out in this brew. the start is a bit sour but nut to much then the hops kick in, the hop finish is clean and crisp. this one is a bit flat though, their elephant is a much beter brew but i wouldent refuse a bottle of this one if offered.

orcasteve, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of biegaman
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Watching Spain celebrate it's victory at the 2008 European Cup Championship, I thought I'd toast them with the tournament's most advertised sponsor - Carlsberg.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this one is scantily worth 16 or so, maybe. A clear golden yellow body with paper thin trim and the odd few bubbles that float by. A rare instance where the bottle is better looking than the beer.

The aroma is sweet with adjuncts. I almost mistook the corn for softer orchard fruits (pears, apples) but no, this is pure corn. I don't think there is anything in this aroma that anyone could find enticing.

The corn is not so pungent in flavour although the body is gassy, damp, and cloying. In fact, an argument could be made that there really is no flavour, a nearly tasteless fluid that passes over the palate and simply falls down the throat. I'd bet that's the idea actually. Too bad it's not at least refreshing.

For some time Carlsberg's slogan was "probably the best beer in the world". Still now, after trying it, I have no clue where they get that idea from. These things may be subjective but if you ask me, this is not even close!

biegaman, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours very pale yellow, crystal clear, with about 1/2" of soapy head. Retention is actually relatively good, lasting for half the glass or so. Lacing is light.

S: Lemons. It's the first thing on the nose and it's there the whole time. There are also some light herbal or grassy notes as well as a completely separate citrus hop aroma. A cut above average for a pilsener.

T&M: Relatively dry, clean, and slightly bitter hops carry through with a light weight but surprising flavor. Malts are very mild and light matching the relative body of the brew very well. A somewhat sharp citrus bite accompanies the otherwise mild flavors allowing for an interesting character. Finish is very quick and clean with just a bit of a bitter linger. Carbonation is moderate and persistent.

D: Relatively thirst quenching and mostly enjoyable. Aside from the sharp citrus bite, there isn't a lot of interesting flavors to speak of. It's a solid brew with decent taste. Worth trying at least.

SIRIUS2, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
1.78/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

355ml can poured into a Tom Collins glass (the best glass I had on hand). I had this in Beijing, China. It could not be old since it had markings relating it to current 2008 soccer tournament. Perhaps I evaluated this in the wrong category but no other seemed to fit. This is marked as Carlsberg, the can is almost completely in Chinese but it does say "under the supervision of the Carlsberg Breweries, Copenhagen, Denmark." I assume they intended this to taste good, so they must accept the blame.

A = White head formed but quickly dissipated with no lacing. Clear golden liquid with steady medium carbonation bubbles.

S = There is an almost offensive barnyard smell right up front, with deeper sniffs I can get some earthy hops, baked white bread.

T = The best I can say for the taste is it is almost completely inoffensive. For a lighter lager it actually has a relatively strong flavor but it is not that pleasant. I detect some dirt, some hay, some overripe meadow flowers, after that I also get a normal light lagered toast flavor. Unpleasant bitter finish.

M = Light bodied, frothy over carbonated feel.

D = This is not a very good light lager. Avoid.

Traquairlover, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of cbros
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an average Pilsner. It poured a pale yellow with no head. Smelled of skunk and hops. Tasted like an average pilsner.

This is an normal pilsner that I think is a slight step up from other available import pilseners in this area. Nothing special about this beer but definatley better than its counterparts. I would not mind drinking this again but I would rather try others in the style.

cbros, May 24, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Felt I'd give this typical pilsner a nice touch and poured it into a tulip glass. A clear gold beer glistens in the sunlight under a decent white head that dissipates leaving little lace.

Smells are grassy hops, some slight floral character.

Taste is light malt character flashed away by just enough hops to leave a cleansed palate. I guess German pilsners always dissapoint me a bit since they lack the mineral like character of the true pilsner. Simple, but not bad.

Carbonation was sufficient.

rtratzlaff, May 03, 2008
Photo of batty
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

bought and drank in Spain, April 2008.

pours very clear, light yellow, applejuice color, white head that drops quickly but leaves a thin lace, some of which even sticks to the glass. looks high carbonation.

smell is corny-metally, little bit sweet.

taste is corn, slightly sweet with just a touch of malt balanced with a small touch of hop. not too special, and ends a bit dim, on a bad city water type taste.

mouthfeel is very thin and watery, even for a macro. drinkability is exceptional, feels just like water. and tastes pretty much like it too.

batty, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real Carlsberg! (actually brewed in Denmark), not like the usual stuff brewed in Mississauga, Ontario we get here in Vancouver.

I'm guessing it's here on promotion for the upcoming Euro 2008 tournament this summer (since the Euro 2008 logo is on the label)

A: pours an clear gold with a 2 finger white head that actually has pretty good retention and leaves some very nice lacing on my glass.

S: skunky right away, but once in my pilsner glass, it gives off some grassy, grainy hop aromas with the typical pilsner malty sweetness in the background.

T: crisp, grainy, slightly bitter hops up front that give way to some bready sweetness and ends with quite a dry, nutty, bready, not-too-sweet and spicy finish.

M: light, slightly creamy and VERY crisp, goes down smooth and dry with a good amount of tingly spice as well.

D: This beer is light, crisp and refreshing. Nothing that exciting but I would buy this beer again.

Graham5161986, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Deadstar
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light yellow in color with a one finger head that quickly fell away. There isn't a whole lot of lacing on this one.

Smell: An earthy plant kind of smell, not a whole lot there.

Taste: A bit of hop bitterness in the beginning and then lingers a bit on the back of the tongue. This beer leaves my mouth a little bit dry.

Feel: Quite light and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: I think that the light mouth feel and 5% ABV make this an easily drinkable beer. I'm not incredibly keen on the taste, but it is rather drinkable.

Deadstar, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never heard much about this beer so I took a shot and bought a bottle. I wasn't too crazy about it but it wasn't a bad all around pilsner. Would have liked to see a tad bit more carbonation and a little more flavor. It was my first and probably my last beer from Denmark unless I get word of something else.

VaTechHopHead, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear pale golden with a fluffy white cap, rising bubbles, and some thin rings of lace for as the head settles down to a disk that stays with it till the end unlike most others.

S- lemony banana, noble hops, grassy/hay/cooked veg, pale malt sweetness seems artificial with some other cotton candy-ish off aromas, possibly from the yeast? could also be percieved as skunky, but to me it's the smell of raw hop oil.

T- a little citrus at first, then a surprising amount of pale malt and raw barley flavor. grassy straw notes follow with a little bit of spicy, floral hop flavor. barely fruity banana and clove flavors come out near the end and lead into a clean, well balanced finish.

MF- light MF has some body to it, evident by the decent malt flavor. mid carb, crisp and clean.

D- summertime summertime sum sum summertime. yeah. a nice little pils. i'll save it for the warm weather.

hustlesworth, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz green pop-top bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

Pours out very clear pale gold with big carbonation and a 1/2", thin but creamy looking pure-white head that dissipated quick but leaves a nice sticky lacing, really good for this style.

As I pop the bottle I got a big whiff of the classic "Skunked" effect right off. It's like sour'ed veggies and hops. This is a very skunky, herbal scent with sour yeast. honey-soaked wheat and grains style malt with a musty and herbal edge. The skunky factor seems to mellow after a few minutes of pouring and then blends with the rest of the aroma pretty well.

This has a light but smooth and buttery malt up-front, which is a bit of a surprise concidering the aroma. Wheat and a fresh-green herbal hop flavor with a subtle, earthy and musty yeast makes for a pretty good balance. This was much more flavorful than I had expected, with a much bigger malt charecter. Thee is no real metallic or "off" flavors here.

Light bodied, thin bodied, crispy at first then mellowing a bit with a slightly smooth edge right at the end.

Not a bad choice for an Imported, greem-bottled Pilsner.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw colored with a white head that doesn't last.

Smell: Slightly skunked. Noble hop aroma present with some malt background

Taste: Slightly skunked. Hops and malts shine through. not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Tinge of carbonation. Light beer

Drinkability: Above average. Would prefer this over all the American lagers.

Squelch, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of baos
3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Had this one last night at my friend Michael's house. Always wanted to try it but never got a chance. Veru nice golden color. nice bright taste, like a heine without that weird fox piss-kind-bud taste and aroma. I'll be sure to get tis one again to drink and give it a proper review. You should try one on.

baos, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of cbleary
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer arrived with a small white head and left bits of lacing. It had a pleasing mild hop aroma and a mild pale malt taste with a decent, if thin, Euro hop profile. Mouthfeel and drinkability were about how you would expect for the style, nothing too special. Not a bad lager. Good for people who like a pilsner without the skunk.

cbleary, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of giblet
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this one at Disney. it was on tap. pretty tasty on a hot sunny day. light in color and body. nice carbonation with a little lacing. smell was nice pungent euro beer. very drinkable for summer and cookouts.

i am sure that the fact that it was on tap enhanced the flavor and body.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was actually supprised by this one. It poured a pale golden color with a nice frothy white head that was quite inviting. The smell was nothing great, but not skunky either. Light hops surrounded by sweet malts was in the nose and the taste was not much different either. The flavor reminded me of a smoother, less skunky heineken, with a little thicker mouthfeel as well. If you are fan of euro lagers, give this one a try!

Dmann, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint served in imperial pint glass.

A- Pale appple juice yellow, thin whispy head, minimal head. no lacing.

S- Not a lot, some faint grassy malts.

T- Watery in the beginning changing to an inoffensive faint hop bite in the finish. Finish is quick but its so creamy, did this turn to milk in my mouth?? Weird.

M- Thin and watery but the finish is so creamy it is confusing.

D- Mediocre bland lager. Pass!

seanyfo, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Translucent gold, with soft white head that disappears as expected

S: What you can smell is grassy and very continental

T: Soft continental hops give an overall floral character which is balanced against subtle sweet malts...

M: smooth and clean

D: simple and enjoyable... good for a long night

callmemickey, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap at Celtic Mist(Springfield,Il)

A-poured a crisp clear gold,appearing lighter than most standard pilsners ive seen,the foamy snow white head did'nt last long at all,leaving behind no traces of lacing

S-hints of grass,earthy tones(very suttle)no real backbone in this that I can smell,no malt detection at all

T-a bit of sweetness upfront followed by very mild hops,traces of straw and earthy notes once again(reminds me of a kolsch)

M-very subdued,a little creamy finish that is very clean

D-if your looking for a complex brew dont bother it could be very dissapointing,if your trying to quench your thirst or just want somthing better than any old BMC give it a try

orangemoustache, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Uninspiring. Better than common, cheap American Brews, but not by much. Gold in color, hardly any white head. Clear body. Smell is chemically hoppy with pine. . .maybe? Flavor is iffy and slightly skunky, sour. Dry texture and metallicy finish. Not worth repeating, but I do happen to have a 6 pack lying around. . .give aways?

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
70 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.