Carling Beer | Molson Coors Canada

81 Ratings
Carling BeerCarling Beer

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

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

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of dylan_r
4.24/5  rDev +78.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +68.1%
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 ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev +57.6%

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saigon (can)

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

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Photo of Metalsnota
3.73/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigAl18
3.44/5  rDev +44.5%
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 Matheus_Ferreira_Rosa
3.35/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From Hipecor. 50cl can. In Ikea's pint glass. Reading CSHTP6 Ch7. Much more balanced than other adjunt lagers, with the corn little noticeable. Very drinkable and smooth. Good body for its low ABV.

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Photo of Raime
3.18/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden yellow into the glass, with a big head of white frothy foam. Some notes of lace and a medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Some notes of adjuncts and biscuity malts, and a touch of yeasty bread. Fair.

T: Middle of the road Canadian lager. Some mild maltiness is washed away with thrifty hops and mineral water flavors. Slightly sweet finish. Average.

M: Crisp, nominal, slightly sharp. Would go well on a hot summer day. Carbonation makes things entertaining, albeit, nothing out of the ordinary.

D: Fair. Better than Bud, but that's not really saying much, and that's all i'm gonna say.

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the sample.

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Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

purchased on a trip to Tweed, Ontario. Poured a pale yellow color with white head. Smell was almost non-existent. Taste was cold and thats about the best I can say for it. No offensive taste or odors. Used it as spacer between some of the good beers I consumed there.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev +26.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO. I've never had this Canadian classic before, but according to this year's Canadian Brewing Awards it's one of the better pale lagers available to us Canucks. I kind of want to see if they're full of it or not (like I need an excuse to drink new beer...)

Pours a familiar pale golden-straw colour, topped with a little more than a finger of bone-white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate into a reasonably thick, creamy cap. Bland aroma; corny adjunct and grains.

Wow this is boring. Pale grain malts and sickly-sweet corn are basically the only flavours. Clean finish with virtually no aftertaste, but that may have to do with the fact that it has little taste to begin with. Heavily carbonated, watery and thin-bodied, but ridiculously easy to drink. If nothing else, it's inoffensive.

This is without a doubt the least-interesting non-light beer I have ever consumed. I have definitely had worse beers, but I am struggling to think of anything I have ever had that approaches this level of blandness. I get that this is an adjunct lager and minimal flavour was probably intended, but it's possible to make an AAL that doesn't just taste like corn water. Why bother? Oh right, the price.

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Photo of pieman25
2.93/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a party, poured it into my generic pint glass. This stuff is one of the cheaper offerings from Molson-Coors in Ontario. I should really start reviewing some beers that I actually like, but for now, this will do.

Appearance - Nothing too special, a nice golden colour, with some foamy white head that dissipated relatively slowly (after about a minute or two) into a slightly thicker foamy white head.

Smell - Nothing too special, just some grains, nothing else that I could smell.

Taste - I didn't like it too much, it started out nice and grainy, then it just kicked into this overpowering sweetness that I did not like. It gets points for not having any of that funky "boiled cabbage/vegetables" flavour that I find very off putting, but the odd sweetness - I assume from corn or perhaps not enough fermentation - was just terrible after a while. No hops that I could taste either, I wasn't expecting much but this beer could really benefit from some nice sharp bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel, the body for the style was pretty good, not heavy at all, but a bit too light for my preference. Carbonation was actually really nice. Lastly, the light body of the beer and the overwhelming sweetness caused it to really slick down my throat in an unpleasant way.

Overall - This isn't going to win any awards, although I've heard it one a canadian brewing award in the pale lager category. While I would definitely rate it over some other beers in it's price range, this beer couldn't stand up to some of the other, pricier pale lagers out there like moosehead, in my opinion. In general, a frat boy beer that isn't completely repulsive, but there are other beers I would definitely pick over this.

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Photo of mschipper
2.9/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of CBrodbeck
2.87/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Noxious26
2.86/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured in a pilsner glass.

Clear, pale straw yellow in colour with lots of carbonation streams. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour, but settles down to a steady 1/8 inch cap. Sporadic lacing on the sides.

Fairly standard aroma for a macro lager. Grains with that typical adjunct (petrol) undertone. A little sweetness and corn as well.

Lightly sweet and grainy at the start with undertones of corn. After the carbonation rush the sweetness fades away and a harsh adjunct (petrol) quality sweeps in briefly before disappearing into a slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is grainy with a bit of a veggie taste and little bitterness, as if someone waved some hops over this batch.

Thin bodied and fizzy and generally smooth, but with a harsh caustic blast between the fizz and the finish.

I found this to be a fairly average macro lager in all respects. Strangely enough, it's better than more expensive and well known beers from Molson. A couple of times I had one of these from a 6 pack after a different lager (macro or euro) and at times it seemed quite good and at other times it seemed sub-par. Whatever the case, I found that it can stand up against other Canadian macros, but that still doesn't mean I'm going to drink it all the time.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.83/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.79/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From a can, pours a bright gold colour with a good thick white head that disapates but laces well. Aroma grass, grain, bread, corn. Taste malt, corn, malt, sweet crisp and clean.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.78/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden yellow color. 2 fingers of white head with some retention. Sparse lacing. Lots of bubbles rise to the top of the beer. Looks decent.

Smell - Some adjuncts and light grassy and grainy aromas. Nothing offp putting and nothing powerful here either.

Taste - Fairly bland with some corn which makes the beer a bit on the sugary sweet side. Retains a clean and refreshing taste too.

Mouthfeel - Clean crisp and refreshing. Medium- high carbonation.

Overall . Not a lot to say other than a better than expected AAL and definitely preferred to many of them.

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Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of redsoxjim
2.75/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Squire123
2.64/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.6/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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