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Carling Beer | Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
64
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30 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carling has been Britain’s best selling lager for more than three decades. It is brewed to have the perfect balance of sweetness & bitterness ensuring it is as brilliantly refreshing from the first sip to the last. The story of our product can be seen on the crest which features on all of our packaging and is designed to demonstrate the care that goes into brewing Britain’s favourite beer.

Added by Shiloh on 01-29-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
78
Avg:
2.37
pDev:
43.88%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 78
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
2.83/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours with a good thumb of head that retained and laced somewhat, which is nice for a buck a beer. Decent carbonation and has a clear straw color. Distinctly average.

Smell: The smell of this beer is decently strong, but I wouldn't call it pleasant. It has a straw and grain scent with a mix of skunk and metal to it.

Taste: Nothing overly great here, but it's not offensive. Pretty much your standard adjunct lager. Starts with a hay like taste that turns to a more corn and grain mix and ends with the barest touch of hops. However there is a definitive plastic and metal taste to the whole beer.

Mouthfeel: Well, the beer transitions well enough and the carbonation is decent but it leaves a plastic aftertaste that while not strong, does linger.

Drinkability: Well the beer does go down smoothly and doesn't cause bloating or gas issues. It's fairly refreshing and the low price gives it something of a free pass. Certainly the most redeeming part of this beer.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much your standard buck a beer fare. It's not really meant to knock your socks off, it's meant to be guzzled down and get you drunk. As far as buck a beers go, this one is pretty average. If you are on a budget, you could certainly do worse, but there isn't anything special about this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Is there such a thing as "Canadian Retro Lager"? The brand has been around since 1840, Rocky Mountains are on the label ... this one screams "BEER!"

Obvious filtered clarity donning a pale yellow color, decent head retention with a thin layer of lace that stays for a good while. Sweet, oh sweet cooked corn aroma ... not offensive and actually clean with a mild graininess in the back of the nose. A crispness that was manufactured to perfection drops a smoothness on the light body. Very light and wet malt sweetness up front with some cooked cereal and a clean, drying grain in the finish. Muted hops only bring bitterness to the palate, which does help balance. Clean and refreshing aftertaste, very little lingers on the tongue.

Yeah, this is beer. Call it macro, industrial, retro or even mass-produced, this is actually a very clean and drinkable lager and spot-on for the style--it could easily give PBR a run for its money, given the chance.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
1.83/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's been a long time since I've had a Carling, and with a new design can - and a cheap price, figured it was time to do so.

Poured into a lager glass. Light golden, lots of visible carbonation. About a half inch of head that dissolves quickly.

Nose is barely perceptible. Light malts, corn, chemical. Blech...

Tastes like a light beer. Seriously, there's nothing here of value. Light corn, tin, not a trace of hops or flavor of any kind. Inoffensive, but then again, so is tap water.

Mouthfeel is thin, aggressively carbonated. Burping like crazy...

Look elsewhere for a cheap lager product - this one has nothing to offer. I finished it, at least, but that's about all the praise I can muster.

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Photo of Miha
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MJ63
2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of biboergosum
2.36/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having recently read a book about the history of the big brewers in Canada, and not being familiar with Carling products in Western Canada, I thought it at least somewhat worthwhile to drop less than a toonie on this gem at the local LCBO during my recent lengthy sojourn to Toronto...

This beer pours a clear, very light straw 'colour', with three fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some pretty thorough lace around the glass as it quickly melts away. It smells of white grains, some nail polish remover, and a metallic edge - hops? Nah. The taste is sweet corn mash and, really nothing else of note. The carbonation is average, the body clammy, thin, and oil slickish, and it finishes off-dry, the smooth corn sweetness the only thing perceptible.

As expected, a corn-sickle, definitely not improving as it warms. At least the skunk factor is pretty much negligible.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.54/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep gold colour. Poorly retained fizzy white head doesn't lace. Smells of wet bread and grain. Beery sweet grain aroma with a bit of grassiness. Tastes grainy and stale with mild bitterness and a bit of green apple twang. Light bodied and crisp with sharp carbonation. Some cheap macros are just as good, if not better, than their "premium" counterparts. This is not one of them. This drinks as cheap as it costs. What flavour it has is so weak that it's still easy enough to drink, if you drink it as cold as possible.

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Photo of traumaqueen
1.25/5  rDev -47.3%

Photo of jahsausage
1.72/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is a domestically (NZ) produced version (by Independent Breweries) which is 4.5% alc/vol and was about medium cost for a domestic dozen. With some trepidation after reading the earlier reviews I am to going to get the can and pour...
It pours a beautiful golden, um. well... liquid effluent colour, with a small head which rapidly dissapates. Tastes fizzy and sweet at first impression. On repeated sips I discover a cloying mouth feel, there is a hint of bitterness 2/3 of the way through the swallow but the aftertaste is short and sweet. As a drink its a relatively innocuous alcoholic beverage which is easy to drink but as a beer it has little to no reedeeming characteristics.

do i feel a headache coming on....

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Photo of BigAl18
3.44/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't so bad, especially on tap.

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Photo of Barracudas
2.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ThinkAgain
1/5  rDev -57.8%

Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.6/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of 3Vandoo
1/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am going to be harsh on this one, as I worked in selling that beer for years. Taste? tastes like cheap beer, and I am very very very polite here. No aroma, the head doesnt stay at all. Leave it for a time and you will see how the sugar added in that beer will get out. This should not be even called beer, but at its cheap price some "drinkers" will buy it. Cheap price, cheap beer cheap taste. A Horror of beer!

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Photo of bacondude4
2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of headlessparrot
2.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of spinrsx
2.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste bread mixed with malts, and lots of corn. There really isn't a whole lot of tasting going on.. it drinks like a light beer. It ends with a corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Figured I'd give this one a shot based on the 'Bros' review.. but it's really nothing special. Its very light tasting and has a lot of adjunct qualities. I guess it would work well for a camping/lawn mower beer.

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Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Shiloh
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A disappointing product that leaves you wanting, a medium gold in colour with a very slight crown which quickly becomes a faint memory...speaking of faint, a light musty aroma greets the nose..the body is medium. The taste is well balanced and leaves you dry...

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Photo of soupyman10
2.48/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one's really just your standard American macro. Copper color, big bubbles that die down with the quickness. It's basically Bud in Canada (maybe a little better), but if you can't get anything better (ie. Moosehead, Keiths, etc.), and you feel like being not sober, this'll do the job. I had one before we went out and got something better.

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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.
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