Carlsberg Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Carlsberg BeerCarlsberg Beer

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a clear, stereotypical golden beer color with a one finger, white head. Moderate lacing is left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Almost non-existent. Mildly bitter, grassy, cooked corn, biscuits and very light honey.

Taste: It literally tastes like slightly dry, sweetened carbonated water. It's skunky, and syrupy while at the same time bland with none of that nice hoppy, spicy citrus flavor from real versions of the style. Normally I can tolerate a bland beer as long as it can quench my thirst but it's so sweet and syrupy it can't even do that right.

Feel: Highly carbonated. Mid-light body. Slightly syrupy.

Overall: I've had worse beers, but this reminds me of why I hated pilseners way back when before I got into craft beer and learned what a real pilsner should taste like. If were comparing adjuncts here, I'd take a Beck's or Heineken over this any day.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Ahhhh, the Budweiser of Denmark. Sweet finish and better than it's American counterpart, mine was served a bit warm. Colder and consumed on a hot day, it could be tolerated.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The look is a nice golden colored beer with a thick, frothy and bubbly white head. Lots of streaming carbonation bubbles visible.
Smells of malts and that familiar skunk smell. Just a touch of the skunk in this one though. Also getting something like crackers. Something like a bit of mineral water smell as well.
Taste is just a touch of metallic flavor coming through otherwise a real nice pilsner balance of malts with some hops coming through towards the back. The carbonation is helping to push the flavors across the tongue.
Mouth feel is just a bit slick with a nice wet finish that helps to wet the old whistle.
Overall I really liked this pilsner. It has a lot of the European lager qualities that really help make this shine. I like that the skunk is not over powering and the flavor profile is pretty darn clean. This also drinks well from a cold 16 oz. can. And the crazy part is I can pick up a shrink wrapped pack of twelve tall cans for a $12 regular price!

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Photo of Holderness
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L -- Very pale orange. Clear and fizzy, with a moderate bone white head. Surprising amount of lacing for a tallboy that wasn't particularly fresh.
S -- Mild wheat, corn, malts, and dough
T -- Grains, hops, soap(?), and a metallic aftertaste.
F -- Like a strong Heineken

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Typical yellow beer with lots of clarity and carbonation. Aroma hit those Euro lager skunky notes, something I kind of have an affinity for.

Taste has pronounced alcohol relative to its abv and body. Minimal hopping, maximum carbonation, minimal barley. Too distracting of a burn to be a relaxing lawnmower summer kind of beer. Carlsberg just isn't that good no matter what beer they kick down, but at least this isn't as bad as their red.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.49/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This isn't much different from any other macro in terms of it is clear, grassy in color, perhaps with more of a golden tinge than most, and comes with a very nice looking head that starts about two fingers in thickness but does fizzle out rather is super white in color. Carbonation looks to be plentiful with many columns of bubbly goodness rising to the top of the liquid and they look burly indeed...somewhat aggressive as well. The lacing is quite nice on this one, with a fair bit of creamy white foam sticking to the side of my glass...I'm impressed by it actually!

S- Not bad really....there is some pungent skunk for sure, but I do detect some malt sweetness, dry grassy notes, slightly citrus like zest, soda crackers and some bitter hop presence on the finish.....better than average!

T- Follows the aromas a fair bit....provides that Pilsener tang that I enjoy but to a lesser extent than say Urquell or Golden Pheasant. It still has that mass produced quality about it to a's clean as though there is rice used in the mash, but I can't be certain.....I did buy a can and there is a slight tin quality about it....The finish has a decent hop bitterness and even some floral notes.....makes a decently flavored brew!

M/O- Light bodied, plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation and lots of zesty flavor bursts from the aggressive nature of said's a very decent Euro lager and I would say could do as a solid entry level Pils style beer.....nothing about makes me not want to drink it, and I'd buy it again, when I want something simple but with some flavor.....above average for what it is!

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Photo of Extol
4.19/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - gold in color, good clarity, and good lacing. Smell - slight bready and slight hops. Taste - really smooth. Solid all across the board. Definitely refreshing. Overall - nice solid beer and if I ever see it on tap, I might have to try that. First time having this beer, but won't be the last.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.22/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new beer I have been wanting to sample.

Opened the bottle and took a deep smell. Nice. Actually smelled like beer, not floral or citrus or any of that other crap.

First sip revealed a good, strong and tasty beer flavor. Some hops, but the malt balances it pretty well. I have no tolerance for hops, so any little bit extra may as well be a truckload to me. This reminds me of Krombacher (a very good German beer which Georgia's stupid distributor laws do not allow to be sold in GA) and of Weihenstephaner (wow, GA actually allows a German beer to be sold without bowing low and long to Sweetwater) because of the good mix of malt and hops without too much hops. A very good beer to drink and enjoy.

Want to know about the foam lacing or the bready aftertaste? Go to I have no need of knowing the foam lacing, etc.. I want a beer that tastes good without all the buckets of hops. This beer offers that. Good taste, good flavor, good mix of hops and malts and a satisfied customer in me.


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Photo of Libeertarian
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken 05/11/16:

Clear, straw gold with foamy, light but thick, yellowed whitish head of moderate to great retention and decent lacing. Sweet but weak grain, honey, and light banana-ester nose. Slightly skunky palate, but green bottle so no surprise there. Sweet adjuncty grain, but also surprisingly toasty grain in the background. Very honey-like, with light floral hopping coming out toward crisp finish. Medium-bodied, watery to creamy, tingly to sloshy to sudsy. Too cloying to come across as refreshing. Not enough dry bitterness or lemony zestiness for the style.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old favorite. Kind of like Stella Artois, but maybe a little bit better. Good Pilsner flavor. Here goes:

A: Clear yellow with plenty of body carbonation. Also pours a good head, but one that readily dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Straw, lemon, wheat, and crackery bread. Good Pilsner.

T: Follows the nose, which is good. Floral and lemony.

F: Great. Nice and light. Perfect Pilsner mouthfeel.

O: A good beer. For its style, it's quite lovely.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright pale straw color with lots of pearly activity. Slightly foamy white 2 finger head, lasting less than 5 minutes, with faint lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, barley, corn, faint lemon and noble hops. Lots of sweetness, a little crispy but faint sharpness. Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, lingering malts and sugars, very faint grassy hops and skunk. Feel of alcohol lowering the freshness. Quite watery and bland. Lacking some sharpness and hops. Overall bad quality craft.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A very middle of the road beer. There's not a whole lot going on smell or flavor wise. It's drinkable but I doubt i'll ever buy it again with so many better beers out there.

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Photo of Mike_Desmonds_Dead_Horse
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - slight yellow, pale gold, very translucent, foamy head, excellent lacing.

Smell - Floral, sour fruit, fresh bread. All very mild.

Taste - Subtle, refreshing, balanced. Not huge flavors, but pleasant ones.

Feel - Bubbly, fresh, wet, watery.

Overall a nice refreshing beer in this style. Seemingly high quality ingredients. The buzz is steadying and forgiving. I prefer to have a few before reviewing. The way the beer makes one feel is just as, if not more, important than any other requisite. Flavors here are subtle and pleasing, slight hop balanced with slight malt. Bubbles abounding and clean water present. Great when you're having more than one. This is undoubtably; good beer.

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.52/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Have not had this for a long time, since I was young. Trying as an experiment..! It used to be my favourite beer before I began to drink it (as a Liverpool supporter)!

Very creamy bubbly head, good level, very foamy. Aroma is malty and fairly uninspiring...

Taste is seriously week. No hops really. Tastes malty and watery. Nothing unpleasant though, except a bit metallic...

Less nice than Heineken, which I think was my previous lowest rated beer. It is boring, mass-produced and designed to appeal to the same kind of people.

For me this could be saved if it had more hops flavour. However it is seriously tasteless. Would not have again, unless free

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Photo of JakeScully
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Carlsberg, I've never been much of a pilsner fan, but I can have a six-pack of that nonetheless... almost no head, not that great a feel, smell or look. But it doesn't taste too bad and refreshing in summer. An okay beer.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500 ml can.

A= Clear, straw gold. Almost no head - only a 1/2 inch layer of foam that disappeared after less than 30 seconds. Lacing only lasted a few seconds.
S - skunky, graddy.
T - modest, grassy hops, medium dry, low bitterness, no sweetness.
F - average, low to moderate carbonation. Light bodied.
O - neutral, not impressive. Likely won't try again.

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Photo of WriterSean33
4.23/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Danish beer was fantastic, once I learned that you should not drink it ice cold. It needs to be slightly chilled for it to be enjoyed. This beer makes me want to try more Danish beers.

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Photo of itsthegoodlifenyc
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought three 1 pint Carlesburg beers in cans from my local grocery store and poured them incrementally into a 2 pint jar. People reviewed this this beer and said the scent was skunky. My first impression was indeed until I poured into the jar after which point my perception changed and I found it fresh, hoppy and sweet, not a strong malt smell like Bodingtons definitively. It's present for sure, but underlies the prevous scents. The taste is crisp, grainy and satiating. It's a bear that is quite satisfying when having consumpted three to four pints. Great for drinking after having eaten litely i.e. snack foods, horsdoeuvres, perhaps a bau if you are in New York. Look is an appeasing fair gold.

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Photo of singletary
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is first review I have done. It has a bit of skunky smell when first opened. Taste was good not great but nice, later I noticed a sweetness to it. Overall it was a nice middle of the road beer. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/6/16 but had it before BUT it has been along time actually and never did a review on it. Comes in a pretty emerald-green 330ml (11.2 ounce) embossed bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a slight hazy golden in color with about a half-finger+ white head. LOTS of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Now for MOST brews in a green bottle, they have the typical 'skunky' aroma BUT not this one. Aroma is of some sweet malts and maybe some light hops. taste pretty much follows the nose ans goes down easy with no bitterness at all. Forgot how much I liked this one actually and I like it better than a regular "Heineken" also which has that 'skunky' smell. Lighter-side of medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of hblaze66
2.61/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to glass from 33 cl bottle in Istanbul. While i wouldn't call this beer awful, it has an overpowering metallic aftertaste which ruins the refreshing attribute of this style. Besides that it has a clean taste and about what you would expect from a macro lager.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/18/16 Chicago - (Two 20 oz pours at Vaughn's Northwest via Carlsberg wave glass). Clear blonde pour, heavy carbonation, slight white head. Light aroma and taste of mild hops. Smooth going down. Decent mega brewed beer.

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Photo of Spikester
2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just finished a Bud Light Platinum before this. Compared to the BL this is almost flavorless.
Clear gold with a three finger three minute head that left a few rings of lace.
Smell is faintly skunky some bready malts.
Taste is very modest. No bad flavors here just not much. Some very mild herbal or grassy hops. Most of the flavor comes from the malt which isn't bold either.
Mouthfeel is average with good carbonation but pretty light bodied.
Overall a nice neutral but middle of the road beer. I wouldn't turn it down on a warm day but I can think of many other beers that I would rather have.

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Photo of _drummer_
1.94/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This beer is readily available in China as it appeals to the lighter beer drinkers here. I'm not really a big fan of it, but it's not horrible by any means. I enjoy the flavor for what it is, but it's just such a light beer...I suppose that is who they appeal to, however.

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is probably one of the best commonly available cheaper beers.

Not too bad but definitely not the best. You definitely get your money's worth, and the fact that it's very common (at least in my country) and also comes in 630ml bottles is a plus. The flavour itself is not half bad. Nice golden colour, very nice foamy head. This can be considered your average beer.

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