Carlsberg Beer
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European Pale Lager
Ranked #184
Ranked #48,143
3.04 | pDev: 20.07%
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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Photo of MNJR
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of CWINS65
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of EJPA_0425
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Nofoba
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of johnhansen
3.94/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of WillDaniell
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.16/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
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)

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of brewme
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of FriedichVonostrowo
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

I thought that this beer may have improved since it is brewed back home instead of by Labatt (??), Molson(???) but it hasn't it is still the same bland beer that it was in Canada.
Since this is supposed to be a euro pilsner so I tried the 5 min. pour but the head was so miserable that it failed.
and a very airy white head that dissipated rapidly
no real aroma bedside the handsoap on my hands.
no real flavour except thin!
one of the most flavourless beers I have tasted since I quit drinking Canadian and US macro brews
I won't waste any more time on this beer!!! How can the Danish royalty drink this crap with Germany and Jever next door!!

Don't waste your taste buds on this beer there are many more and better beers available!!
I won't be spending my sheckles on this beer again!!

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Photo of jkblr
3.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL can bb 4/21/19 poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is bready with mild yeast and a hint of hops. The taste is a tad watery with some pale malt bready sweetness and a touch of tangyness. The hop flavor is grassy and the bitterness is medium to low. The mouthfeel is thin plus in body with adequate carbonation and a dry finish. No obvious defects or flaws and I have to believe the reason for the low score here is the green bottles and age. This beer is presumably 10 months old and held up pretty well. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden color. There's a decent amount of white-colored head, only for it to fade away quickly. Little lacing sticks to the glass.

Aye, it smells like a basic Euro lager, no more, no less. Some sweet pale malt shines through (think sugar cookie and white bread flavors), and there's even a pleasant flourish of noble hops. The hop levels aren't up to pilsner standards, but they're definitely up to Munich helles standards. PS: I'm drinking a liter can of this, and you should too. Better than buying a green bottle and getting a noseful of skunk ass.

While the whole thing generally tastes hoppier than the usual Euro lager (an aspect I appreciate), there was a metallic undercurrent that seemed to ruin everything. After a few sips, it goes away some, but not entirely. I can still notice the basic malt backbone and the mildly hoppy finish, though. Take away the copper penny notes and this one wouldn't be half-bad. Pity.

This seems to feel thicker and creamier than others in the style, but it ends fairly dry. Drinkability is good, and carbonation is zesty.

This could have been a good cheap lager, but it tastes way too metallic for my tastes. To be fair, it's perfectly drinkable, even in liter can form. Ehhhhh, it's okay when blasting death metal or watching soccer, I guess. There are other cheap lagers I'll pick over this any day of the week, though!

2.83/5: No wonder us metalheads gravitate toward this stuff, it tastes metal as fuck!

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I originally had this one rated right at average 3.0. But thinking about this one for a while, it finally hit me. This beer had one weird aftertaste. Not horrible but unpleasant.

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Photo of poguemahone
5/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kudos to Carlsberg for for introducing the plastic-less six pack carrier and phasing out plastic. For that reason they deserve our support. Besides its the best Euro-Lager out there.

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Photo of BitbEerpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carlsberg is on par with Stella for a good quality all-around beer. It's the beer of choice when watching world cup because you can drink it all day long and still feel fine the next day. This is a better alternative to Heineken.

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Photo of jamesroses
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

33cl can

Yellow, highly carbonated, fluffy head of big bubbles dissapears quickly.

Aroma was a bit grassy and sweet. Not much else.

Taste is a bit weird. Starts grassy and slightly bitter, finishes sweet. It's a weird sweetness that prevents it from being crisp.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, slightly bitter and sweet grassy aftertaste.

There are better mass produced lagers out there.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Wolff's Biergarten in Troy, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear straw yellow color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells kind of yeasty and sweet, with some sugary bread aromas as well.

This is a very basic and unexciting lager. It's got a weird flabby sweetness that I don't love, and it keeps it from being crisp. There's a yeasty sweetness, and a malty sweetness, and just sort of a staleness. It just kind of tastes pissy.

This is very light bodied, but not really all that drinkable, at all. I shouldn't have ordered a stein of this one.

This is not a good beer, really at all.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a low grade version of Stella Artois. I want to try this again now that I am older. One of the first beers I have ever tried but also one of the classic European styles. It has Heineken like qualities to it, bitter, skunky and crisp.

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Photo of JustCamIt
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light-yellow color with moderate bubbles and head. Aroma of freshly mown grass and cooked beets. Tastes of metal, corn, and traces of hops. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. I could drink 4 bottles of these without much effect. This would probably be a great post-yard work reward.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33 oz Can poured into glass
Look - mostly clear light golden straw color with a thick foam head and some lacing on glass
Smell - sweet bread and grains. Similar to the aroma of Stella Artois. Fairly generic lager smell.
Taste - white bread, slight hop bite, and some mineral water. I wouldn't call it "similar" to Heineken but it does have some of the same notes. More similar to Rolling Rock in flavor but not as pale. It's certainly easy to drink, clean crisp and refreshing. Not too many people would be disappointed if someone handed them one of these because it does taste like beer, a fairly basic lager. It doesn't have as much flavor as some of the other Euro lagers but it's a perfect lawn mowing beer or to lounge and watch sports with.

Overall, it's not bursting with flavor but it's not watery either. It's just a simple well-made Euro lager that I am sure would go great with most foods. I will probably buy this from time to time because i prefer it to most American lagers. Grade is B+

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a well balanced lager with sweet malt and a touch of bitter hops. Easy drinking, but with enough flavor to know you're drinking a lager. I had this in a can instead of the green glass bottle and it was very fresh.

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Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 1737 ratings