Carling Beer | Molson Coors Canada

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Carling BeerCarling Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
molson.com

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
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
30
Avg:
2.37
pDev:
29.11%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -26.2%

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 olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -15.6%

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

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 DrJay
2.45/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with a collar and skim of white soapy bubbles. There was a bit of spotty, short-lived lacing. Grainy cereal aroma, a little bready, slightly fruity. Sugary sweet up front with a dry, slightly metallic finish. A bit of fruit mid-palate and a hint of bitterness towards the end. The body started out fuller than I expected, but it felt thin by the end of each sip and the carbonation was a bit coarse. Not bad for an adjunct macro lager, but I know these guys can make a better beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of FLima
2.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Added again after vanishing from Beer advocate...

Bright golden color with a thick head that would not go away (even 30 minutes later) and leaving laces, to make any true Pilsner envy.
Very light aroma of bready malt and very distant floral hops.
Sweet flavor of pale malt and corn with floral and herbal hops. A little cardboard on the finish.
Light body with good carbonation.
An adjunct lager a bit over average.

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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 DaPan
2/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev +37.1%
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 ZachT
1.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Can't think of anything good to say except for maybe the price?

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Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +26.6%
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 thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +25.7%
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 AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of misternebbie
2.6/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.78/5  rDev +17.3%
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 +16%

Photo of Squire123
2.64/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
2.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev +58.2%

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Carling Beer from Molson Coors Canada
2.37 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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