Carling Black Label | South African Breweries plc

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Carling Black LabelCarling Black Label

Brewed by:
South African Breweries plc
South Africa

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002

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2.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AlexM
2.46/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Oidmoe
3.1/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted all right on a cruise where only other macros were available.

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Photo of KeithE
2.67/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2/5  rDev -15.6%

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2.28/5  rDev -3.8%

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1.8/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev +26.6%

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2.12/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +58.2%

Photo of snitsky
5/5  rDev +111%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The second best cheap beer out there besides Coors Banquet. Just an easy drinking beer that has a good taste. Goes down smooth with no nasty bitter taste or nasty aftertaste. I have tried lots of cheap beers for around the same price that were awful. Very hard to drink because of the taste. Where I live I can get a 12 pack for $7 to 9 usually around $8. However its hard to find and only comes in cans. Other people on here have gotten it in glass. Its also great (for me) to bring to parties because the majority of people don't know what it is, won't drink it, and it tastes good (to me). Its one of my go to beers if I can find it in the store.

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Photo of chogm54
2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

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2/5  rDev -15.6%

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3/5  rDev +26.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +16%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 440ml can with no BB date. This was given to me back in December by a friend visiting from SA. Not sure if it has any connection to the UK version of Carling - this one is produced by SAB Miller.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale straw colour with plenty of fine carbonation. Forms a brilliant white head of foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of ultra-light malt with an unpleasant sweetness, followed by notes of stale corn, stewed veg and a sulphurous background hint. Gross.

Tastes of weak, watery malt with a corn-like sweetness. Notes of overcooked veg and stewed hops. An acrid staleness and a hint of solvent in the background. Mouthfeel is light and watery, with prickly carbonation. Quite dry. Aftertaste of sweet stewed veg/corn.

Vile. I haven't rated many of the African lagers that I've tried particularly highly, but this really scrapes the barrel. The taste and aroma are disgusting, and the mouthfeel is weak. The only thing going for it is that it looks quite nice. I'm not sure I'd want to drink this even if I were dying of thirst under the relentless African sun - avoid.

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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

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Carling Black Label from South African Breweries plc
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