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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a hazy light yellow 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, grass, and a slight skunky aroma. Taste is of sweet grain, white grapes, and some light grass flavors. A pretty good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and this is much better than the Elephant I tried before.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

to me this is a better than average light beer, widely available and far superior to most of the other beers of the same color and light flavor profile. the pour is tall and yellow glden in color, with a few inches of slowly fading white foam. the nose is pilsener malts, could be german or czech, with that grassy fresh cut hay vibe, and some nondistinct yeast strain and just enough hops to still be called a beer. the taste is identical, seemingly with a touch of white wheat malt too, but the pils malt shines here. its dumbed down a little from the genuine article, but it fills a large void in the beer world of a full flavored beer that is golden in color and easy drinking. its much better on tap than in the bottle, and to me is a worthy all day beer when you are trying to not fill up or get too heavily buzzed. light in feel, but not watery at all. there is still some body present. the finish is quick and this is all up not a bad beer for what it is.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is actually a pretty tasty pale lager. It's got a really interesting flavor that I couldn't place exactly. It was kinda on the sweet side, very refreshing it's a good beer for the summer. The color is golden, very nice brew and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of skunk in the nose, which may be attributable to the green bottle that this comes in.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a bit of skunk to it but this isn’t as strong. There is a light amount of bitterness and some notes of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This is a halfway decent pilsener—the only drawback is the skunky aromas in the smell.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A better than average pilsner. It's a good beer in the golden color, white fleeting head and carbonation. Better than average in the aroma with little corn-like aromas and not over hopped. Taste is nicely malty, noble hop balanced and subtle spiciness. The beer is balanced properly and no flavors dominate others. Firm, yet light body supported by moderate carbonation. Finishes light, airy, and crisp; leaving little sweetness or tartness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I only got this beer to try a beer made from Denmark. Really, really boring beer. Just the average Saaz hops/European slight taste, the rest of it tastes like a macro basically. Nothing to set it apart and nothing too great about it. Is it easy to drink, sure. Would I ever purchase this again? Absolutely not.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. This was the official beer of the 2004 Euros, and you know what that means! My local work lunch faux-English pub switched a few tap lines to carry this stuff, and for cheap. The memory of watching Italy blow it against Sweden was only slightly helped by the 3 dollar pints of this massively hyped Euro-lager.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and mostly just bubbly, fizzy off-white head, which settles quickly, but not too quickly, leaving some decent broken webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, somewhat corn-fed pale malt, a certain acetone/paint thinner 'sweetness', and leafy, earthy, kind of skunky hops. The taste is more of the same (the nose - it always knows!), unfortunately, with the sweet in the wrong sort of way gritty pale malt - a corn-heavy graininess the main offender - more strangely evident industrial alcohol esters, and weakly leafy, still rather off-putting, and yep, skunky hops.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit flinty at times, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, I guess, in that oily, glycerol-like manner. It finishes mostly with an acrid sweetness, and a thankfully diminished, partly blown-off skunkiness.

Yup, pretty much what I recall. Off-kilter, skanky Euro-swill. Give it a miss, and maybe drink your local beer instead while watching sporting events from half a world away.

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2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Carlsberg tap into Carlsberg pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of decent thickness, a little cream, and below average retention. Bad. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Malted barley. That's it.

T: Creamy throughout, with a simple reinforced barley body. Built simply; balance is shite.

Mf: Light, smooth, and wet. A bit of lumpy thickness.

Dr: Low ABV; shite taste. Affordable by Irish standards and off-urine by beer standards.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (brewed under license by Mcauslan in Montreal): Poured a yellow color lager with a medium white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt is more present then expected with some crisp hops. Taste is a notch below your average pale lager with some crisp hops that are actually discernable. I’m guessing that I fell on a recent batch because this is really better then expected.

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Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured out yellow color with no head.

Smelled a little bit like corn. The corn taste came through while drinking it. It was slightly hopped. It was pretty smooth and crisp. I was very pleased that it wasn't skunky at all, despite the green bottle. Overall, it is a pretty good European beer.

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Photo of nickfl
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A light golden body, with good clarity, topped by a small, white head.

S - A very light aroma of corn and weak malt.

T - Light and clean. Some grainy flavors, but no presence of malt of hops to speak of.

M - A light body, medium-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very average light lager, some of Carlsberg's other products come closer to being a pilsner than this does. If you consider this to be a light lager, it is pretty average; if you look at it as a pils, then it is awful.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2011, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with light flavors of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild for the style but complementary and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this it still worth pounding down for a while if there aren't many alternatives.

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

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a moderate-sized, white head.

Smell: As expected, the handsome green bottle has left this skunked. I'll take a few minutes to organize the cans of soup in my pantry, giving it time to waft away. BAK! Alright, so it's lightly sweetish malts flecked by some metallic hints.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with some grainy hints and a soft cereal sweetness and a perceived touch of light corn syrup. Yeah, there're those metallic hints again, as if the change from my $1.49 bottle was somehow planted in my bottle. Floral, subtly spicy hops with a mild bitterness. Finishes drying and crisp, but those metallic hints just won't let up.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. The skunkiness was hindering, but they completely lost me at the metallic tastes. I would like to look at your coin collection, not lick it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Tonic (Hilton Beijing) in Beijing, China

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with just a hint of floral hops and a light amount of sweetness. The beer has a light amount of bitterness that lingers int he finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite refreshing, a pretty good example of the style and surprisingly without the skunky smell that I have noticed in this beer in the US (maybe the version they are getting in China is fresher?).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale corn silk yellow topped by a good looking head of rich, cream colored foam that started out rather generous in size thanks to abundant carbonation and a high-altitude pour. The cap has a quality look about it and leaves a fair amount of Swiss cheese-like lace on the glass. Much better than expected for a green-bottled Euro.

The nose is of sweetish, lemon-scented, untoasted grain. I can easily appreciate the lightly spicy, slight musky noble hops. It's my hope that they're used to the same effect on the palate as they are in the nose.

Carlsberg Pilsner isn't quite as palatable as I had hoped, but it's still drinkable. It starts out solidly enough with a semi-firm malt backbone on which are arrayed noble hops that nip rather than bite. The bittering is a little rough, but there's enough malt on hand to keep it somewhat smooth. There's more grain and less lemon than there was in the nose.

Just after the swallow, the flavor falls off abruptly and is replaced by a metallic tang that becomes less noticeable the farther into the glass I go. It never disappears entirely however. The mouthfeel is lager average until the finish, when it collapses in concert with the flavor. That's probably a good thing, since I wouldn't want that metallic aftertaste to hang around longer than absolutely necessary.

When the beer is permitted to fall to the bottom of the glass, there's a splendid display of sticky lace on most of the available surface; vindicating, in my mind, what I originally thought was a shaky appearance score.

Carlsberg Pilsner (the more generic 'Carlsberg Beer' is seen on the label) is an okay beer, but it isn't one that I'll purchase again. I can't help but think that with a tweak or three, it might not be too bad.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

and so it begins another adventure down the road of the bottom of the barrel. stopped in the store on the way home and grabbed a few more tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

ok we might have something worth a shot here. pours out a crystal clear golden amber with a ton of white foam on top that gradually settles down into a thin film around the sides and the bottom. aroma is nice, light grains, small bittering hops, i hate to say i am impressed but that horrible stench in not there. follows through nicely on the flavor which is light, crisp and clean and offers a touch of light grasses and hints of bready malts. light finish with a clean and defined taste.

this was actually not that bad, i could see myself turning to it again one time, maybe.

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Photo of Jason
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle, no freshness date. Brewed in Toronto Canada by Labatt.

Decent frothing at first pouring, a two finger cropped white head stays for about a minute then settles to a pasty lace.

Mild cooked hop aroma with a side of grain, a pretty clean aroma other than the stinky hops.

Light bodied with a thin malty palate, crisp and clean on the tongue with a semi forced carbonation. Quick flash of hop bitterness is all of the hops that you see other than a faint veggie flavour that would come from an over cooked hop. Light and grainy in the finish, dry in the end with a faint alcohol.

An ok lager, probably tastes better from Denmark … just another pseudo-import in America.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Going through some international breweries that are readily available, so here I come, easy Denmark... This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises mild funky wheat, light skunk, dry wheat, and vague grasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the skunk thankfully replaced by hard water. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, this doesn't taste too far off from every other mass-produced Euro lager out there, though the grassiness does help it a bit in my eyes. That said, I'm not likely to have too many more of these in the future.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my original, CANQuest (tm) review, dtd 10 April 2013, which nothing trumps. A bottle review (ho hum) follows.

CAN my local, in-person trader, tone77, come through in a big way, or what?!? I unloaded his big box o' beer from the other night and I could not believe all of the CANs that he had unearthed in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Uncompromising quality"; "Exclusive aromatic hops"; "By appointment to the Royal Danish Court"; "Premium beer"; "Copenhagen 1847".

In a 500 ml tallboy CAN, no less! I Cracked it open and after marveling at its fullness, began a standard Glug, still resulting in a massive amount of dense, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. Tomorrow looks to be a nice day outside with me stuck inside for most of it and no beer to dull the pain. Nose smelled like lager, the pleasant kind, with a honey-like sweetness and just a kiss of hops, to borrow from an old advertising slogan. I am not taking the piss, either. I have been subjected to so many shite lagers in CANs over these last several years that I have come to really enjoy a simple, adjunct (read, corn)-free lager when one happens my way. Mouthfeel was soft, not quite creamy, but without the kind of forced carbonation that seems to want to scrub my tongue. The taste was mild and unassuming, slightly grassy, mildly sweet and much like everything that belonged to Baby Bear - just right. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. I CAN easily see myself hanging out in the backyard, grabbing some of these out of a cooler and making a day of it. I CANnot speak for it from a bottle, but out of a CAN, it was just the ticket as a nightcap.

Aaannnd, here's the bottle review:

Today is 17 Dec 2015 and I happened to be at Subs & Six Packs on Columbia Avenue on Tuesday when this caught my eye.

From the bottle: "By Appointment to the Royal Danish Court". Wow!

I'm sorry, but I just refuse to impressed by anything that is printed on the neck label of a green bottle. Smert' Botyloks! However, the Pop!ping of the cap was a joyous occasion, so we shall begin there on an upbeat note. The aggro pour also put love in my heart and three fingers of puffy, foamy, bone-white head in my glass, albeit with moderate retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of Saaz (Noble) hops and if I did not know better, I might have guessed that a skunk was in my kitchen! Phew! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely a lager and the nose did not carry over to the taste, which was a relief, but it sill did not have the malty emphasis that I associate with GER Pilseners. It was very hop-forward to my palate, but who am I to disagree? I've traveled the world and the seven seas and everybody's lookin' for something. Some of them want to use you, some of them want to be abused by you. Finish was semi-dry, but it really should have been semi-sweet. Looking at the CAN numbers, CAN wins (again), so I am not changing it, but avoid the bottle!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carlsberg is golden with a large, ultra-white head. Carbonation levels are very good. Aroma is of a sweet, grainy malt with a touch of herbal hop. Surprisingly no skunkiness is noted. Taste is more of the same: sweet, grainy malt. Malt body is thicker than expected, as is the level of herbal hop flavor. Cereal adjuncts are noted, but don't provide a foul flavor. Overall, this is way better than I expected from a green bottled euro brew, Carlsburg's level of flavor makes this a recommendable session lager.

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Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz green bottle, thanks to Eric for gifting me with this. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a fairly clear light yellow color with some bits of particulate stuck in suspension. An initial surge of white froth forms 2 fingers strong across the top. It slowly recedes to a creamy thin film with a webbing of lace sticking all over the glass.

The aroma is quite sweet smelling with a hint of cereal-like grains. The faintest touch of noble hop quality is present with a bit of minerals and citrus. Mild sulfur and a hint of something along the lines of bubblegum fills out the back.

The taste is pretty much all inclusive based on the aroma. Cereal grain sweetness initially gives way to hints of bubblegum. A touch of herbal hops, minerals and sulfur are present, but they pale in comparison. A bit cheesy across the back, but it lingers with an almost corn-like sweetness that isn't terribly enjoyable.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and easy approaching with the 5% abv quite tamed. However, the sweetness needs to be cut back a bit for me to be able to drink the glass without putting too much effort into it. It is fairly crisp overall but the aftertaste and sweetness is what just doesn't do it for me. However you want to swing it... pilsner or euro lager, it doesn't matter. This is a one shot wonder for me, having it once was enough, no need to have it again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale gold with a thin lacing of white head

S - musty, grainy, grassy

T - musty, grainy, sweet, corn-like, grassy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent drinking beer, but it's not a great representative of a German Pilsener. It's light and crisp and refreshing but don't look here for a great Pilsener.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had lunch with the princesses of Disney at the norweigen village area of Epcot. With lunch I tried a glass of Carlsberg....which was quite nice. The appearance was golden clear with good carbonation leading to a foamy white head. the smell was nothing great...mostly grain. The taste was quite smooth and easy drinking. Went well with the norweigen dishes that we had. Certainly would have this again.

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Photo of jwc215
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that becomes patchy - typical Euro-lager in appearance.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk" (not that it is "skunked", but the Euro-lager yeast strain at work) with some graininess - a bit too much of the former.

The taste is of sweet grain with some husk. Euro-skunk interferes. Some bitterness to it. Fizzy finish.

Rather weak body with fizz and an oily slickness.

This is uninteresting. I would put this in the "boring Euro-lager" category and below average at that.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.46/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear, pale golden color, firm and fluffy, pure white head.
Aroma: dry, and a bit corny, and a certain funky staleness that was quite off-putting and unlikeable.
Taste is bittersweet. This beer contains some hops, and some malt, too, but neither are employed very well, or do anything to impart flavor, character, or any quality that would urge one to drink and enjoy. No, it was a chore to plow thorugh this brew. Very weak, flat, flavorless, boring as they come. A sourness emerges towards the end, and only furthered my expanding repulsion towards this bad example of a lager. Are there corn or other adjuncts at use, I wonder, for it certainly tasted that way.
I picked this up to appease a friend from Denmark who urged me to try the beers of her homeland. I'm pretty sure she's unaware of how bad this is, and I'd like to think there's still a good Danish beer out there for me, somewhere!

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