Karlsberg Brauerei

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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #102
Ranked #48,140
3.17 | pDev: 16.72%
Karlsberg Brauerei
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review: Large black 568ml can of ACDC Beer Rock or Bust: ABV: 5% vol

I love rock music and heavy metal and It’s not that I think that ACDC are a bad band or anything but truth be told I was never into them at all. If I had to pick an Aussie band then I’d go Cosmic Psychos, a criminally underrated band who sing about getting drunk and shit.

Having said all that, It’s A Long Way To The Top is a rock classic.

Coming in an all black can with ACDC spelt out in shiny grey lettering. “German beer, Australian hard rock”. “Rock or Bust” is the name of the bands most recent album and the name of their last tour, which In Germany set a new record for the number of tickets sold within the shortest time span, with more than 300,000 tickets sold out in 77 minutes.

The beer is exclusive to Aldi, and is sold in a good few central European countries, and in Brazil and Australia, and sold in cans or big fuck off kegs. The beer also strictly follows Germany’s ancient beer purity law, the Reinheitsgebot.

On pour, get a very fluffy, massive white head, and a light golden beer. Head maintains well. Some lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Smell is beery and malty with corn and grains. Aroma is good.

Ok lets get down to the taste then, does this beer rock, literally?

Nice big creamy mouthfuls at the start, a good full bodied lager taste, nice and smooth.

Easy to drink, crisp soft tastes easy on the tongue. Very drinkable, goes down very well. Light clean tasting malts and easily digestible floral hops.

No stand out tastes or flavours, but easy to drink.
Very smooth, very clean and thin, with a straight finish and so easy to drink. I liked it.
Was in good spirits so it helped the mood. A very enjoyable and refreshing beer that does the business. Albeit I wonder would a heavy metal band not have made something with a bit more of a kick or soul to it rather than an inoffensive light tasting beer.

I guess this is the kind of beer that would be a perfect gift for a metal head on his (or her) birthday or for Christmas, and also not bad to chug a few at a party.

Oct 12, 2018
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generallee from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This lager had a bright light yellow color with excellent clarity and a tall white foamy head. The aroma has notes of light malt and floral hops. The flavor is clean and matches its aroma with light cracker like pale malt and floral hops. The finish has a good balance of bitterness that quickly fades of the tongue giving it a snappy refreshing feel.

Oct 07, 2017
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

2.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass. High hopes after the pour....great look and frothy head. Smell is somewhat metallic. Taste and feel is on the watery side but there is some lemon and malts up front. Just an ok brew.

Sep 04, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again a fair re-evaluation of a beer that I had first years ago. At that time I was into much more malt-heavier stuff, also I didn't like German beers (which I still don't) so it was natural that I hated this beer.
Now trying it out again after many years, I started to appreciate it's lightness, crispness and neutrality. It doesn't have anything extra to it - which can be good with a purely refreshing beer. Carbonation is still at a tolerable level and bitterness isn't disturbing yet. It is on the verge of still making it and not making you sick. It falls into the still acceptable category. The good thing in the end was that it was much better than I remembered.

May 13, 2017
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw color with a good amount of activity. Slightly foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 2-5 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of corn, barley sweet grains, metal music, and noble spices. Slick full body with crispy carbonation. Soft biscuit and cereal feel. Light finish, lingering corn syrup feel, slightly skunky, with a dash of leafy noble spices. Too sweet and syrupy. Okay freshness. Quite bland, nothing special here. Poorly flavored and overly accessible. Overall mediocre quality craft. Not very rocking, nor having much bust.

Sep 15, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear pale gold with a faint greenish hint & a nice steady flow of effervescence streaming from the bottom, producing slightly more than a finger of foamy, rapidly diminishing, very white head that leaves only a few motes & strings of lace. Aroma is grain, biscuit, honey, lemon & grass with a faint buttery hint in the background. Taste is buttered biscuit, white bread, grain & a little corn like sweetness (even though corn should not be present since it says, Brewed in accordance with the German purity law), some honey, grass, lemon, cotton candy & a marginal hop bittering in the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with m0derate carbonation, crisp & clean with a peppery bite across the tongue. Pleasant, nice & refreshing on a hot afternoon but nothing special.

Sep 02, 2016
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Bikeman_110 from New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheap tasting beer or maybe just the fact that it was in a can- all can beer tastes like crap. More of a novelty than a real beer for beer lovers. Kept the can!

Aug 29, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a bright yellow two inches of Bright white head and high carbonation evident. Corn wheat, bready malts, dough, and biscuit malts; lightly sweet. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.
Overall not a great beer but cool can and name.

Jul 05, 2016
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matuto from Brazil

3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

568 ml can, pouring in a Pilsener glass. Exp. 06/2016. Golden liquid with a dense white foam that sticks to the glass. Nice aroma of grassy hops. Light body. It's a good beer.

Jun 19, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

2.44/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Color clear gold, clear. Head white, fluffy, creamy, very high.
Soapy aroma, malty with a hint of bread in the background and that's it.
The taste is slightly sour, surprisingly there are some notes of lemon, malt, and white bread, is also a soap again.
Hop bitterness at the finish, soap. High saturation.

Jun 17, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

2.89/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pour a golden color with a full white head. It does produce some lacing.

Smell: It has aromas of grass, grainy, and a bit of spice.

Taste: It has flavors of grass, grain; which are somewhat sweet tasting. There is a bit of spice as well.

Feel: It has a light feel it is with a light bitter finish.

Overall: A decent drinking session beer with a close to neutral balance.

Jun 04, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So, this is the AC/DC Beer, packaged in a tall boy 19.3 oz. can with two inch letters emblazoned up and down on both sides. I am not expecting to love this, but like The Trooper, you kind of have to try it at some point while rocking out to the tunes.

Pours straw colored and crystal clear with tons of visible carbonation and almost no head but a pencil thin lace from the nanosecond the head was intact. Nose is grainy and barely hopped.

The taste imitates the nose of grainy blah until a late bitter kick that gives this a touch of creativity and flavor. Overall a bit too much carbonation leaves the finish watery and a little sour. Didn't exactly rock me all night long, but not awful for what it is.

May 29, 2016
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Dr_Beerishealthy from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great look and taste with nice body, actually much better than what expected unfortunately the smell is too smooth for a strong beer like this, good beer even though. Definitely I will buy it again!

May 19, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a pale gold with a fairly large but not sustaining head. The aroma offers up corns and biscuity malts, with a touch of peppery hops. The The flavor offers a fairly sweet biscuity malt with touches of roast corn, bubblegum, and pepper and grass. The mouthfeel is thin but with a greater touch of fullness. Overall this is not a great beer. Very little flavor and too much sweetness. Cool can though.

Apr 05, 2016
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smells like your usual German lager.
Pours just as many big company lagers with a clear, straw color, but a huge creamy white head and much carbonation.
Actually a solid taste with a little hop, and a good funk finish. A nice lemon grass taste with a good hop bite.
a nice crisp mouthfeel with some taste to grab on too.

Mar 05, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1/11...pours clear gold, heavy white foam. Grainy hay straw nose, pale. Clean light pale taste, but very thin. Modest pils taste. Clean more than anything. Very light flavor. Not bad.

Rock or bust? I choose rock.

Feb 14, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

19.21 oz can purchased at Wegman’s, Millcreek, PA – can’t find the price info
Poured into a hand washed and dried SA “Perfect Pint” at 42 degrees
Aroma of wet grain and corn
Head large (Six cm, gentle pour), white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular two to four mm ring and thin frothy layer
Lacing poor – some irregular drag marks from the ring
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor of disulfide, tastes more like an AAL than a German lager
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

Feb 11, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been a rocker since I was a kid, but when I reached teenage status, I got into heavy metal, first, and later, punk. We listened to AC/DC until our ears bled & there is a great cover band, Back In Black, that routinely plays at one of our local live music venues, The Village. Most people know of my alter/altar ego of Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder and one night, following a fest, I headed over for the show, still wearing my robe. One regular saw me and dubbed me "The Metal Monk". Ha! Stand back, lads! This review is going to be LOUD!

From the CAN: "German Beer Australian Hardrock"; "Brewed in Accordance With the German Purity Law"; "Rock or Bust"; "Rock or Bust[;] Play Ball[;] Rock the Blues Away[;] Miss Adventure[;] Dogs of War[;] Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder[;] Hard Times[;] Baptism By Fire[;] Rock the House[;] Sweet CANdy[;] Emission C[AN]trol".

The Crack! was as loud as thunder & I did a dirty deed by performing an inverted Glug. This was like setting off T.N.T. & I had to back off before everything exploded! The three-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head glared at me like I had done something wrong. Hell's Bells! I wish that I CAN tell you that the color was Back In Black, but instead, it was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a honey-like lager sweetness & although some CANsider Lagers to be hell(es), I know that Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be! I was having trouble with that high school head, since it simply refused to drop and so I dialed 36 24 36 and got my mate, Angus, who is always home. He came straight over & put it right and before he left, he told me, "For Those About to Drink, I Salute You!" Some great sticky lacing began to form in the glass. My next door neighbor, Rosie, stopped by for a drink, and she is a Whole Lotta Woman, I tell ya! We agreed that the mouthfeel was slightly thin, not watery, but not more than thin. Taste was definitely a clean, adjunct-free lager & after the early days of The CANQuest (tm), I truly appreciate such things. It had a honey-biscuit flavor that would be great on a hot day or in a live music venue. The finish was in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. It was highly refreshing in total. I was also beginning to appreciate Rosie's overtures, so we drank up. I was Hard as a Rock, so I broke out the Big Gun & she Rocked Me All Night Long. We Got Big Balls here at Chez Woody.

Feb 04, 2016
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Bunman3 from Canada

3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The packaging is superb. If you've imitated an Angus Young guitar solo at least once in your life, you will be tempted (as I was) to pick one of these up. Rock or Bust, motherfuckers! Once you crack and pour, you enter the predictable world of Euro Lager. It's not a bad beer, but it really doesn't make me want to grab another one. A purity law hardbock is a one time thing for this cowboy.

Jan 29, 2016
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Antc2382 from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

Casual AC/DC fan so I wanted to check out this beer. Can is cool as shit. It has the track listing for rock or bust, their latest album. Beer pours nicely and it is yellow gold. A little more head and lacing than your typical lager. S: actually a little sweet, with the tiniest hint of skunk. T: a flavorful lager! It actually has the characteristics if a German Kolsch more so than any american lager. Fairly tasty. Typical of Kolsch beer, some skunkiness like a Heineken. F: good, appropriate carbonation. An ok aftertaste of muted German hops. O: for a tie-in beer, this is not too shabby at all. I would drink again and not complain about it. Rock on!!!

Jan 18, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

1.7/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: January 17, 2016... GLASSWARE: 22oz. lager... OCCASION: having returned from Philly after witnessing the metal spectacle of Anthrax and Lamb of God, chilling with Shan and watching football... APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear golden body--like the production of most /albums--with sparse bubbles projecting upwards to the pace of "The Jack"...the head is soapy, bubbly, and whispy as clouds--snow-white as Angus Young’s ankles...the head ultimately collapses to a murky middle... AROMA: here’s where the beer meets the lyrics--like a sophomoric play on words ("Miss Education" or "Emissions Control," for example), the buttery biscuit mingles with cheap perfume counter mist to arrest the nostrils--think "A Whole Lotta Nosey"... PALATE: next to the appearance, this is its second-best quality, with a thin, drinkable body that exhibits little effervescence or texture....the aftertaste is fleeting, with only a tinny ripple... TASTE: slightly malty, with bread and cracker giving light flavor to an otherwise flat profile...watery, hopless and swift in its finish--the antithesis of Bon Scott’s persona... OVERALL: a shameless shill, with the can sporting the band’s newest album tracklist displayed on its can...much like AC/DC’s non-singles, this beer can get lost in the Carlsburg pale lagers of the world, forgettable and only of relevance when currently being experienced...but the can does look cool...

Jan 17, 2016
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PhillyB from New York

3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got this for a buck at the local beer store. A dollar well spent.

Look: Clear gold colour, foamy head.

Smell: Fruity. Sight grain.

Taste: Same as smell, with a little more grain coming through.

Feel: Light and crisp.

Overall: A solid inexpensive beer perfect for warm weather.

Jan 12, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Bright clear gold pour with a micro thin white lacing ring, NO carbonation.

S - Grainy, lemons, earthy, biscuity crackery malt.

T - Lemons, slightly musty, very grainy, some caramel malt on the back end, and a biting citrus bitterness.

M - Thin body, minimal carbonation, somewhat creamy in the body.

O - Best for a hot weather beer and to quaff.

Dec 20, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 20 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with some fast rising bubbles. Big two finger white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit and cracker. Pale malt with hints of cracker, cereal grains, biscuit, straw, and yeast. Some spicy and grassy noble hop hints. A decent Pilsner aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and cracker. Pale malt with bready notes of cereal grains, cracker, straw, biscuit, and yeast. Subtle spicy and grassy noble hop presence. A decent light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and pretty smooth.

Overall: A decent light German Lager. Nice crisp bready malt flavor with some subtle Euro hops.

Dec 17, 2015
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in a pint glass.

Am I the only one digging the feel of this can? So smooooth... Does the beer follow suit? Let's find out: It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-sweet corn, mild barley, and some flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with a mild bit of hard water for character. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid, no-frills pale lager, one that actually kind of evokes the music of the eponymous band: It's nothing all that outstanding these days, but it's reliable and more than adequately gets the job done.

Dec 14, 2015
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