Carlsberg Beer
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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #200
ABV:
5%
Score:
70
Ranked #49,999
Avg:
3.05 | pDev: 20%
Reviews:
566
Ratings:
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Peach63 from New York

2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a 2 inch white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is grassy, bready, metallic, cardboard.

Taste is grass, bread, biscuit malt, slight sweetness.

Light bodied, light carbonation. Semidry finish.

For a pilsner, it's ok.

Thursday at 05:03 PM
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is pretty good, easily pairs with any food, definitely solid. Not mind blowing or the best beer in the world but yeah I'd absolutely drink it again

Apr 01, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A bright green 500 ml can poured out a bright and near translucent brew. There's good carbonation and that lends to a pretty decent head. It smells bread-like, so there may be more malt taste than hops. It is very light bodied, but surprisingly full tasting for a mass produced pilsner. Neither taste is particularly pronounced, but the balance between malt and hops is pretty good. Perhaps indicative of the light body, there's no glass lacing. Maybe not the best beer in the world, but it is drinkable with a noticeable pilsner bite.

Mar 28, 2021
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diacad from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What am I drinking lately? Carlsberg lager. On the can, it modestly says "Probably the best beer in the world". This may be true, but I haven't tried even 1% of them. The first time I tasted Carlsberg was in Stockholm 9 years ago - it was $11 a glass in a cafe! Alcohol is heavily taxed in Sweden (they had prohibition longer than the US), especially when served in a restaurant. I found that it was considerably cheaper in their supermarkets. Carlsberg is based in Denmark, but has plants in Sweden - probably the most popular lager there. Living in central NH, I don't see exotic beers that often, but suddenly a grocery chain here starting carrying Carlsberg (canned in Denmark) at an attractive price (Market Basket - $12 for 12 0.5 liter cans). I am not sophisticated enough to properly assign ratings (I gave all a 4), but I like it very much!

Aug 25, 2020
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thebeard99 from Canada (BC)

2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I would have to say for an established European beer brand it's ok. Definitely a beer i would only drink ice cold; not a fan of this beer when it's warm. Look, smell, taste and feel are average. A bit of hoppy after taste as well.

Aug 22, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not good. Mediocre taste, no body, no aroma's. Propably not the best beer in the world. Marketing is everything it seems, but a great lager it is not.

Aug 13, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a bigger, fone pored, stable head.

Smells of sweet caramel, rustic wheat and lighter copper.

Has a very light, yet well balanced mouthfeel with an effervescent carbonation, which becomes apparent after the swallow.

Tastes of hay, rock sugar infused bread dough and caramel. This gets toned down by a vivid, slightly metallic carbonation, bringing up a faint, short glimpse of matured hops to the palate. Finishes one-dimensional sweet with caramel and lighter wheat dominating the flavors, balanced by the conspicuous carbonation.

Another macro lager which manages to satisfy pretty much any person in need of an easy drinking, thirst quenching beer, without looking for too much character at the same time.

Jul 28, 2020
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NordicHermit from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my college drink of choice in 12 packs back in the late 90's, when it was brewed and bottled (in brown bottles) by Labatt's. For that reason, I've always had an affection for the brand, though today I'd probably turn my nose up at the swill that was being passed off as "Carlsberg" back then. (It was likely just Blue with a different label).

Poured from a 500ml can into a glass mug. 2 fingers of head that dissolve rather quickly, but as with the light version of this, scattered lacing remains on the glass as I drink it. Minimal carbonation. Tastes of slight bread and malt with just a touch of skunk. There's a flavourful punch here that other mass produced pilseners lack, but the finish is refreshing and satisfying. I love that this remains readily available in my area, and is priced reasonably. It's my favourite after-work refresher, and also works quite well as first beer to whet the palate, before I dive into more full-bodied ales and heartier German lagers.

Jun 28, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear orange color with a spotty white head. SRM of 9-10. (4.00)

Aroma: Aromas of earthy, wet bread. A touch of rubber and lemon flower. Dry on the finish. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor is with more wet, earthy bread with only a hint of rubber. A touch of flower and rubber on the finish. Finishes rather clean and dry. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. A slight rubbery or perfume astringency on the finish. Dry. (3.75)

Compared to Stella Artois 6/14/20: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger earthy bread flavors. Less lemonflower/citrus. Slightly heavier bodied. Very similar beers.

Overall: A pretty good European Pale Lager. Better than I expected and lands somewhere around average. Get it fresh so that it isn't oxidized and skunked by the time you drink it. Not sure why they still put these beers in green bottles just asking for oxidation. Fortunately this one wasn't oxidized. (Final Rating: 3.77)

Jun 14, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.17/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I tried this beer once several years ago when I was in Germany for two weeks - I believe it was somewhere in Dresden.a Today at a liquor store in Oklahoma City is the first time I have seen it in Oklahoma, and I didn’t remember much about it, so I got the six pack of 12 oz bottles.

Pours a completely transparent gold with a thin white head. Good retention considering how thin it is. Not much lacing.

Aroma is a bit skunky, with strong corn, as well as some honey, floral hops, and maybe apple?

Taste follows the nose, but it is on the bland side for a Pilsner. Finish is quick and semi-dry, but with a bit of a skunky hit before it disappears.

Feel is the nicest part. Light to medium bodied and strong carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - best beer in the world? No. Best Danish Pilsner I have ever had? Yes. I read a review below that said not to judge it based on bottles sent here to the US, so I will make sure to give it a go on tap next time I am in Europe. I can see this being much better over there.

Jun 14, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.24/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Crystal clear gold; with a white head. Pretty good retention. Some lacing.

Smells like green apple, honey, corn, and bell pepper.

Tastes like artificial green apple skin, tart, very green apple-forward--followed by honey, flaked corn, white bread, green pepper flesh and some dried grass. Lightly sweet, finishes mostly clean and crisp.

Medium-light feel, well carbonated, slightly oily with sweetness.

Overall? Ehhh...not terrible. I wanted to like it more. It's just too much jarringly apple-forward and sweet for me to truly enjoy, even from the can to avoid skunk. I'd drink it in a pinch, but otherwise not recommend it.

Jun 09, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

2.96/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an okay Pale Lager, nothing really special about it other than it is from Denmark. It is a pretty light tasting ale, which is a good thing I believe. It is something that is fairly refreshing when the weather is hot like it is here today. I would drink it again, but I would not go out of my way to find it.

May 02, 2020
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MNJR from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Carlsberg I tried came from two stores, and neither were brewed in Denmark. The first was brewed in Estonia, and the second by "Kronenbourg Supply Company" in France. Obviously they are farming this out to the cheaper/cheapest producers. Quality control may be an issue, as the Estonian version tasted better than the French. These days with major name macro brew there is no guarantee of any kind of authenticity I suppose, just a brand and some liquid inside the can. The beer (or "brand" I should say) is hard to judge as a result, but combining my impressions of the two beers from two different countries, it is an average if not slightly above average Euro lager. Basic beer taste, slightly skunky and bitter, better than Heineken but in the pale/pilsner lager category not quite as good as Polish Zywiec or German Radeburger, which are both brewed where they originated and in the same price range. But hey, Carlsberg is not to be avoided for $1.50 per 16oz serving. It is worth what you pay for it.

Feb 15, 2020
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CWINS65

3.24/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not bad but a bit bland. When it is on sale in 160z cans it is a good deal, otherwise there are better brands. Light color without much flavor or aroma.

Feb 14, 2020
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EJPA_0425 from California

2.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Wasn't that impressed with this one. Tastes rather basic. Pours a golden color, nothing special. Smells rather funky, and old. Tastes pretty malty with a slight banana flavor. Typical European beer flavors. Definitely not buying it again.

Nov 30, 2019
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Nofoba

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a clear, bright, golden body, with visible carbonation, and a thick white head with some lacing.

It has an aroma of pale malts and corn, with notes of raisins, honey and some dustiness.

The taste has pale malts, grassy hops, citrus, raisins, metal and some cardboardy notes. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with light bitterness and light carbonation. The aftertaste feels dry.

An average pale lager.

Nov 14, 2019
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johnhansen from California

3.94/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle in the states this beer is a 3 . Yet in Europe on tap this is a completely different and much better beer. Highly carbonated and delicious and comes in filtered and non filtered form.

Don't judge this beer on bottles sent to the States.

Oct 16, 2019
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WillDaniell

3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from can into Guinness pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colour, has a large head that rapidly disappears
Smell: Bread and grain, with a small amount of floral hop
Taste: Bread and grain, with a slightly sweet malt
Feel: Smooth, light carbonation, easily gulpable
Overall: Not offensive, but nothing special, a slightly unpleasant aftertaste lowers rating significantly

Sep 16, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle @Thirsty Belgian in Rochester, MN.

Dark gold with minimal head, carbonation bubbles slowly rise a couple minutes after pour.

Nose is a bready aroma, taste very similar. Some nice carbonation mixes in, feels heavier on the tongue. Not bad.

Aug 24, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(1000 ml can, 18022018 044; purchased cold... miscalculated glass pairing - 28 oz mug; 2 pours total)

L: pale amber liquid, not all that crystal-clear; tall, gloriously rocky, curiously long-lasting white foam; lots of crusty lace

S: fresh-baked baguette, apple (cidery) spice; rather potent, lovely fragrances

T: underlying blandness; bread crust grain angle to its solid, smooth malt base... barely any bitterness, maybe just enough to register... the usual spicy bubblegum highlight when swilled from the can isn't as present in glass... mild bready aftertaste... flavors seem dulled in this one

F: soft carbonation; delicate nectary plush texture, subtle bouncy chew to its body... smooth flow, almost as if unfiltered; easily gulpable

O: interesting departure from how I normally drink this - shocking cold, from a 500ml(?) can... did buy another one of these big'uns a couple months back, but hadn't realized I never reviewed the beer... won't be my last (1407)

Jul 19, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 pack of 16oz cans picked up for 12 dollars at Total Wine in Ballard, Washington. BBD on the cans is 8/9/19.

Look- Medium straw color, small off-white head with little lacing as it goes.

Smell- Bread and grains with a little floral hop in the mix.

Taste- Bread, grains, a little malty with a slightly fruity thing in tail.

Feel- Really light, not bitter at all, and doesn't seem to start get filling at all after a couple of cans.

O- I don't understand the low rating. This is much better than most American AAL and at this price it's considerably cheaper. Total party/get together/camping/bon fire beer. Plus when you walk in with a Euro, you don't look like the guy that just a stopped at 7-11 on their way over to the party.

Jul 13, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

2.81/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours as a mostly clear yellow with a fluffy off-white head that quickly dispersed; lots of carbonation. Light aroma of sweet grains and malt. Even balance of hops and sweet malt flavors; some tastes of bready yeast, pretty nice. But there are also off-putting metallic and corn flavors.

May 10, 2019
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MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Carlsberg comes in at 5% alc. The beer has a thick white head and the beer itself is golden coloured.

The smell is white bread, biscuit, cereal grain, and some sweet malt.

The taste is grain and sweet malt and there is a subtle hop bitterness at play.

The beer is medium bodied and has a somewhat slick or fluffy mouthfeel.

I quite enjoyed this and recommend trying it.

Grade: A.

Apr 06, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the can, it pours a clear golden color with a large white head, moderately quickly shrinking as you watch. Lacing. Somewhat bready in the nose. In the mouth, it is crisp and lightly, ever so lightly, malty. Moderate mouthfeel.

Mar 23, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had one pint on draft at McSwiggan's in Weymouth, MA. Have had before, but not for a long time. Not typically a larger guy, but it was 10:45 AM (IRL v WAL), so looking for something a bit lighter. Decent, a bit of a weird aftertaste. Will probably avoid in the future.

Mar 17, 2019
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