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Average: 1.59 | pDev: 32.7%

Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 49

American Adjunct Lager | 4.90% ABV

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 49
Photo of kitschiguy
1.02/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I recently reviewed Victoria Bitter which I drank for old time's sake by chance and it reminded me of one of the other beers I drank whilst in Australia; Carlton Cold.

I wanted to review this beer because unlike VB which I liked at the time but recently gave a very poor review, this beer I disliked even at the time so I wanted to see if it really is as bad as I remember.

My friend recently went to Australia so I asked him ton grab me a bottle so I could review it.

Poured most of a 355ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a pale watery yellow with a very loose, low head that disappeared almost immediately. No lacing.

Nose was extremely disappointing. A faint hoppy aroma, some other faint but unidentifiable aromas. maybe chemical. Horrible.

Palate. Much the same as the nose; faintly hoppy and watery. No complexity or malt. Horrible. Probably worse than the nose.

Mouth was watery with very loose medium to heavy artificial carbonation. Horrible.

Overall, probably even worse than I remember. An almost unbelievably woeful attempt at brewing beer. Breweries that churn out abominations like this shouldn't be allowed to call it lager or beer. It should perhaps be called "Carlton Cold - Adjunct Grain Derivative"

Absolutely horrible. Highly unrecommended.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.95/5  rDev +85.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carlton Cold is filtered below zero degrees celsius, creating a full flavoured fresh taste. The mid strength beer has subtle bitterness with a crisp dry finish, providing an easy drinking experience.

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Photo of SmashPants
1.62/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Format: a standard clear 355mL bottle with that old Carlton Cold macro label. I get the feeling that CUB has dropped Cold from being a full strength to a mid at 3.5% (as this bottle is) when they started their big advertising campaign a year or so ago. I used to drink Cold at barbeques because I was a poor student. Let's revisit it at 3.5% and see if it is any good.

Appearance: poured out a light yellow in colour with a continual swirling cascade of carbonation. Even with a fairly generous pour, very little head pops up - just a light white cap and ring.

Aroma: this has a smell? I got so close to try and smell it that I accidentally snorted some, which was both embarrassing and a bit of a mistake. Once it was clinging to my nose (and possibly my brain), I got wet cardboard and some cheap grains. Great.

Taste: a pretty damn awful cheap grain and corn adjunct dominates what little flavour this thing has. One of the rare few beers that actually makes me pull a weird face.

Aftertaste: drops away quickly with just a touch of sweetness coming through from the grain.

Mouth feel: light and watery in body with a mouth-filling carbonation. Not great.

Overall: for the sake of my many barbeque memories, I will assume that the Carton Cold that I used to drink 10 years ago (the full strength 4.9%) was less bad than this 3.5% that you get now. This beer manages somehow to be both boring, and taste bad. Most of it was donated to the Gods of the sink. It's only AU$40 a case, but seriously, just drink water or something. It certainly tastes better.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
2.1/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Just a typical Aussie macro lager. Whilst the taste is not offensive and thankfully lacks the coin flavour that many others feature, it is just so plain and unimaginative that I couldn't commend it in any way other that to say it does not make me recoil. Basically water with a slight generic beer taste. OK for a knock-off beer after grafting on a stinking hot day

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Photo of WaynesWorld
1.12/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Honestly and without hesitation I can say that I used to love this beer.
When it was considered a heavy, in the older style bottle and before the $5m relaunch.
It had the crisp yet satisfying appeal but now that Carlton have sucked the the living essence out the first beer I ever tried I will never be buying it again.

All I can say is good job to the dickhead who thought that that was a good idea.

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Photo of piss-wreck44
1.28/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

this beers is crap when i open there is minimal fizz from the low carbonation in the beer its self. the aroma that comes out when first opened is putrid my fat chicks girlfriends shit smells and tastes and better than this and trust me i would know. give me a VB any day that shit is fucking holy water even better taken as a suppository.

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Photo of Olek4374
1.57/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is the second of three Australian beers my store has brought in, and is surprisingly the most expensive one despite... on here anyway, looking like the worst. I had to go for it though. My store, to make any sort of decent margin, sells this catastrophe for 4 Canadian dollars per small 330ml bottle, making it by far the biggest rip off in the entire store. Nobody even gave it a chance as a $21 6-pack. I digress though.

The beer honestly looks pretty nice - it as a slightly darker shade of yellow than most adjunct lagers and has a copper-y colour to it that makes it resemble almost exactly the bottle of maple whiskey that is sitting on my table. Not bad on that front.

The smell is also not bad. It's got the standard adjunct smell, but it has some kind of deep, fruity smell that makes smelling it almost interesting and is not offensive, especially considering the beer vatriety. Smells good; looks good; what could go wrong?

Well, after the first sip, I very well knew what went wrong. The taste of this beer is just bad, bad, bad. It's a corny burst on the tongue with an explosion (no joke, it felt that way) of sour aftertaste. Going down the beer felt like straw... it was ROUGH, a term I don't even use much for heavy beers, but that is what was going on. 1's for taste and feel for sure - I can't even finish more than 5cm of the glass, it is just that putrid. Do not want.

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Photo of dansmcd
1.45/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Just a typical Aussie macro lager. Whilst the taste is not offensive and thankfully lacks the coin flavour that many others feature, it is just so plain and unimaginative that I couldn't commend it in any way other that to say it does not make me recoil. Basically water with a slight generic beer taste. OK for a knock-off beer after grafting on a stinking hot afternoon.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
1.03/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother with this crap. Oh well, I payed a dollar fifty for this so I could satisfy my "curiosity" to find out whether this beer is as bad as I remember it.

A- For some reason, I poured this into my pilsner glass. Hell, I bet most drinkers of this wouldn't pour it at all. Looks like piss with dissolved chemicals on top that attempt to form a thin layer of head which dissolves instantaneously.

S- This smells like the result of blending a small amount of soap and a HUGE amount of water together. Unless my imagination is playing tricks on me, I can also detect a faint, bizarre metallic twinge which worries me a little. I do wonder EXACTLY what goes into this mass-produced bile.

T- Oh. My. GOD!! This actually tastes feral. The taste reminds me of water that has been left in a plastic bottle for a year- where the plastic has started to seep into the water. Hideously offensive, this is a true assault on the palate. Battery acid would be more appealing. What saddens me, is that there is no beer flavour of any kind at all. I tend to think that the label of "filtered" is refering to the ingredients themselves- that they have all been entirely 'filtered' out.

M- Insultingly watery and horrendously flat. I could have spent my dollar fifty on a bottle of water instead, hey, it would have tasted and felt the same. So disgusting that any chance this had of being somewhat refreshing is completely negated.

O- I utterly don't believe that people can label this atrocity 'beer' while keeping straight faces. This is to beer what Justin Bieber is to music: fake, mass-produced, weak and a disgrace. Yet despite all this trash talk about this *splutter* beer, I actually had a positive experience drinking this- it reminded me of precisely why I switched to craft beer in the first place. The people at CUB need to be jailed for fraud- or even better, shot on sight.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.16/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a pale, clear gold colour. Not a lot of fizz crawling up to a fluffy white head that consists of visible bubbles, sinking slowly and leaving a frankly unappealing trail of lace behind that looks more like soap sud residue than traces of residual malt. Pretty bland, unimpressed.

The smell combines all the bouquet of a chemical weapons plant with the organic undertones of a mass grave for holocaust victims. Seriously though, it's the bitter alkali aroma of chemically-induced beer flavouring with weak yet syrupy undertones of sucrose. Objectively speaking, it's appalling.

Taste is actually a bit of a nostalgic journey for me. While it wasn't Carlton Cold, it was Hahn Ice that gave me my first ever taste of beer when I was about eight years old. And, like that first encounter, this beer also makes me want to rush, gagging, for the bathroom before I'm sick all over my mother's linoleum floor. Front palate is virtually non-existent with maybe some light granules of insta-malt dissolved in water. Bitterness kicks in midway, all metallic and alkaline with that battery acid component and just the taste of the inside of Carlton's "big metal things" that they use to manufacture (not brew) this horrific liquid waste. It's not even worth noting any more, because it's so far gone that it's beyond the boundaries of meaningful human reproach.

There's a bit more body than I expected. Not a lot of fizz and leaves without a trace. Yep, mission accomplished, it's an empty beer, suitable for downing by the six-pack before your shotgun wedding to your own pregnant cousin.

If, as Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said, beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, then surely Carlton Cold is God's way of testing our faith. Unlike Job, I will not simply 'endure' this tribulation but rather take advantage of another of God's useful inventions, the sinkhole, and return this manifestation of His bounty to the bowels from whence he excreted it.

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Photo of Finite
1.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Filtered and chilled to within an inch of its life. This beer presents little to no character whatsoever.

Smell is non existent aside from the usual dull malt and adjuncts tones we come to expect from a beer of this kind.

Taste is again artificial and the high carbonation makes for a truly rough drinking beer.

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Photo of philphilphil
1.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - like a beer coloured soft drink.
S - none, only more than 1 because it isnt offensive
T - halfway soapy, nasty.
M - the rating says it all
D - i wouldnt have it again, but then again its the cheapest beer in australia, so if i was drunk and wanted more maybe i would get it again.

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Photo of sammiles
1.52/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Normally I would not bother submitting a bad review, however if "Coldies' get enough of them maybe CUB will pull it from the market so that if someone offers me it beer next time I come over, it will be impossible that it is the only thing in the house.

It has no smell I can make out and the appearance is typical of a cold filtered beer (avoid at all costs). Also as usual for some reason, like all cold filtered beers in Australia, as soon as I opened the bottle it frothed over the top.

The taste? I would of welcomed it. Yellow water.

The beer may have some application of a 45 degree day, however I can think of at least 50 beers in the same price bracket that I would slam down ahead of this.

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Photo of istarilord
2.01/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Boldly going where many reviewers have gone before and ending up unsurprised. Had a hard time figuring out which beer to review, the labeling is very vague.

Pours a nice light golden color, smells of malt, metal and fruit snacks.

Flavor is incredibly light, very little going on. Very light malt, very light fruitiness, very watery. Decent carbonation at least....

I've had worse lagers, but I'd pick several others before grabbing this one.

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Photo of ADZA
1.48/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well im sure we have all heard it before but as im leaving work im asked if i want a beer so i reply yes and to my my horror yes its carlton cold i didnt recognise the bottle at first as they have tried a revamp on it and lowered the alcohol percentage too which is now 4% the beer pours a golden straw colour and smells mainly of water and feint grains,it tastes of water and mass production you can tell when tasting this beer that there is no love whatsoever put into making this beer,try at your own downfall i know i wouldnt waste my hard earned on it.

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Photo of vancurly
1.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

There's a good mate of mine who, when knowing I'm coming over, buys some decent beers. I'm happy to have converted him, even if he's just keeping me happy.
It's sad that he hasn't been converted for his own sake, as a recent foray into his fridge uncovered.
Carlton Cold.... the original Australian cold filtered beer, and one that I had not intended reviewing, as I would not part with my hard-earned money for this swill.
Cold, lifeless, bodyless. The best descriptor is "macro-flavoured cardboard water".
And avoid my mate's fridge, too.

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Photo of biboergosum
1.83/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a clear glass bottle (how do they expect that to help, especially in sunny Oz?), this beer pours a clear, very pale golden, like once, twice, three times diluted apple juice. It has a whole whack of puffy, airy, white head, that leaves some lacing around the glass.

It smells of very faint white grain, and, well, hard water. The taste is mildly sweet white grain - rice husk and mealy corn, and skank. Don't know if it's from the grain or any hops that might have made it into this waste of time, but I also don't care. It gets a decent score on the skank scale, actually, and that's because I have a recent Coors Light experience from which to make comparisons, and frankly, the Coldness of Colorado beats out the Coldness of C.U.B., hands down in this case.

The carbonation is moderate, the body pretty thin, and it finishes off-dry, with more of that adjunct sweetness lingering like a bad cold...wait, no, ok, pun intended...

Had to try this in the interest of Beer Advocacy and general ignorance on my part of Australian beer. Never again. I want my 7 bucks back, kitschy Aussie theme pub!

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Photo of Macca
2.14/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a golden colour with a good finger of head. Some lacing and retention.

A nose of grains and some hops. I keep thinking about burnt toffee but maybe I am imagining it.

Some grainy notes on the palate. The normal CUB metallic taste is not there, thank god.

Reasonably crisp with medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of matthewarmstrong
1.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My first review so I may as well start with a doozy.

375ml bottle, I could (should) have just swigged it back out of the bottle but decided to pour it into a glass.

It's your standard golden lager, poured with less than 1cm of head that dissipated pretty fast. It has a slight yeasty smell to it but nothing special.

It tastes rather bland, in fact there isn't much to taste at all. Didn't get any better towards the end.

The drinkability factor is rather low, I'll give it a 1.5 because there are worse beers out there but this certainly isn't anything special. If you're really thirsty and you don't have access to water then try a Carlton Cold, the taste is about the same.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.13/5  rDev +34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 2.5
Pours half a finger of foamy white head that reduced to a thin patchy layer over a clear golden body. Surprisingly left decent lacing as I drank it, despite the almost non-existant head.

Smell - 2.0
Grain, corn and metallic aromas are all subdued.

Taste - 1.5
Quite clean and crisp with very little flavour. Almost no malt character, a faint corn tate and very vague hops in the slightly bitter finish. Becomes quite nasty with warmth, as a metallic and chemical taste sets in.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Crisp and light with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat astringent after the beer has been swallowed.

Drinkability - 3.0
As long as it is consumed cold, this is quite easy to drink. Let it warm and you will suffer the consequences.

Never before has this been more important - DRINK THIS BEER ICE COLD! If you do so, there is not much to dislike (or like for that matter). I drank this beer a lot in my late teens simply because it was easy to drink and had little taste. A bad beer, but there are worse out there.

Footnote: I can't believe I am giving Carlton Cold its highest scoring review! It's bad people, but not as bad as the 1.39 average would suggest!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
1.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm almost embarrased to admit that I've drank this beer. Luckily I got a bottle for free with a meal on Lygon Street in Melbourne. (the meal wasn't very good, either).
With its clear bottle ready to skunkify the beer, Carlton proudly exclaims that this beer is cold! Wow, way to go Marketing Department!
No smell, no head, mildly sweet corny taste, patented metallic CUB aftertaste. This is one to avoid; maybe even if it's free.

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Photo of jarmby1711
1.52/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Being right out of thedemographic traget for "colds" I havent had this for a while.
I havent been missing out
Its prety pale , plenty of bubbles so starts off ok
The smell is a beer mat at a dirty pub.
It has a taste that is corn and water stuck together.It doesnt really taste like beer to me
It feels like soft drink in the mouth and I wouldnt imagine it would even be refreshing on a stinking hot day.
Drinkability : Draw a line through the cold genre

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Photo of BeerNutta
1/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If there was such a thing as yellow mineral water, I would assume that this is what it would taste like.
Pours a light straw colour. Faint skunky aroma that is a precursor to bland beer crap. Why crap? Cause theres no taste. Crap.

Stay away from this cheap beer. Cold filtering must mean it takes out all the taste leaving your tastebuds in the cold. Ugh.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep amber gold colour with a good sturdy head. Huge amount of carbonation which may explain where that head comes from. It actually looks quite good.

Hmm. Very, very, very bland. A little bready, a little bitter, but yeah, there's almost no nose on this at all.

Ok, here's the deal. Imagine Carlton Draught with no flavour. You've got Carlton Cold. It seriously tastes like almost nothing. More so than any beer I've ever tried. I have to keep looking at the glass to make sure I'm actually drinking something.
The only discernible taste is that infamous lingering Carlton Flavour that no amount of "cold filtering" could get rid of.

For all of that watery blandness it's not particularly drinkable either.

M-E-H. Meh.

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Photo of koolk
1.08/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Clean filtered colour of light pale orange/amber.

Nose is so unbeliveably unexciting. Faint hints of malt and hops. Very very faint.

Flavours on the palate are really non-exsistant except for a disturbing fruity flavour that doesn't seem to be in the 'fruit hops' area, but more in the stank corn area. Ewwww. Short, soapy and has an aweful aftertaste that requires a quick swill to destroy, which in turn brings the rotton aftertaste again. Its a vicious cycle.

People of Australia, please do us all a favour an avoid this beer! Pay the extra few bucks and get some flavour happening in your life!

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Beer rating: 57 out of 100 with 49 ratings