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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: Euro Pale Lager

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 Doiv
2.41/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Possibly the best lager in the world.”

That’s not much of an achievement. Nor is the drink itself, for that matter. It’s much better than the likes of Carling or Heineken, but hardly a touch on Stella or Beck’s for quality.

Overall, what I would consider an average lager.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It is light and refreshing, boasting of pale malts and lager yeast. It has a slight green bottle skunkines, but it's very mild compared to some. The taste is decent. It is a typical lager with a slight green bottle flavor. The palate is mostly pale malts and mild hopping; nothing too surprising. It has a clean finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well. This is a damn fine lager.

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Photo of jed
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Carlsberg Beer

Presentation: Green 25 cl, best by Nov. 2004.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color w/one finger of white head, very little lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet, yeasty aroma w/some vegetable smells. Skunky.

Taste: Sour, bitter nose without the expected malty sweetness. Hints of vegetables and gain. Finish is semi-dry with a slight hop aftertaste. Oddly, tastes better as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Not much to say, very average.

Drinkability: Fairly light and inoffensive, could be used for a very boring session beer.

What to say, what to say? An average macro lager, better than its American counterparts. I wouldn't pay "import" prices for this one, and I France I prefer Kronenbourg 1664.

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Photo of Zorro
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear yellow, almost over carbonated.

Yeasty and slightly fruity smell.

The taste is very biscuit like. There is a prominent grain flavor here to and a mild hop bite. It beats Budweiser but there are better brews.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkable, but weak.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear yellow in color with some active carbonation and a big, foaming white head.

Smell – The skunk rolled from the bottle before the “t” in the “pssst” from the cap popping was completely finished. The grain is putrid, but masked by the incredibly sharp skunk.

Taste – There’s a decent sweetness to this one, but not nearly enough to cover up the horrible grain flavor.

Mouthfeel – This is of course light-bodied, but the good news is that it is smoother than your typical macro Pale Lager swill.

Drinkability – If you could get this without the skunk it might not be half bad.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.01/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl, served in tall Menabrea glass. The beer reviewed is the original, Danish 4.6% abv. version.

Pale gold w/ OK head. Rather anonymous aroma that doesn't give too much away. Turns out that there isn't all that much to give away. Taste is rather subdued, a slight sweetness the most defining characteristic. Very easy to drink.
A fairly decent lager that certainly won't frighten anybody.

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Photo of theozag
4.29/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Take a second and read your bottle of Carlsberg. What do you see? Look closely and you can find the brew's slogan, "Probably the world's best beer." Well, I won't go quite that far, but Carlsberg certainly is a quality beer. To wit:

This brew appears in your glass as a perfectly clear pale golden color with a thich, foamy white head. Its smell is gently nutty and fairly light. Carlsberg starts rather malty with a faint flavor that seems to my tongue to be lime. It is very light bodied with slgith spice and bitter flavors, though I found the beer to be complex enough to defy solid catagorization. The beer finishes smooth, dry, and longing with a wheat note. It leaves only a small (though somewhat unpleasant) aftertaste. Essentially, every mouthful of Carlsberg begs another.

If your experience with Carlsberg differs from mine, it may be because my bottles were brewed at the Carib Brewery in Champs Fluers, Trinidad; which is about as far from the Netherlands as one can get and still find this beer. This may also explain why I thought Carlsberg was very much like Carib Lager without the aftertaste. As my mother suggested, perhaps Carib Brewery makes their signature brew and Carlsberg on the same line and just uses different bottles for each. A ridiculous suggestion, but amusing and illustrative nonetheless.

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Photo of joecast
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

deep golden color, with a thick fluffy white head.
mild hoppy aroma. just above being bland on the nose.
does have a decent flavour, however it is offset by a slight butteryness, and a slippery mouthfeel.
overall the flavor and aroma arent bad. however, that butteryness really brings it down a level or two for me.

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Photo of neg007
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in Europe. Brewed recently at the Carlsberg brewery in Denmark.

This beer is a very good example of a quality European macro lager. Crisp flavor, nothing to blow your socks off, just quality drinking.

The examples that I have had in the US are skunked due to the typically rediculous green bottles.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was fairly impressed with this one. Poured a light golden colour with an acceptable snow white head. Nice, moderately hoppy smell. Trace amounts of biscuit and faintly reminded me of asparagus. Not alot of carbonation which made it easy to drink. A pretty good lager I'd probably buy again.

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Photo of diablo14
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

what is it about danish lagers? they are all quite savory in their character. there seems to be this constant presence of cooked green veggies and potatoes. for some reason though they remain deceptively drinkable.

starts out as per usual for a lager. standard color, acceptable head. some hops aromas in there, with malts, and traces of asaparagus. flavor starts off with a nice malty sweetness, then theres elements again of asparagus, some sprouts, potatoes and a little pepper. small traces of hops in the finish, but this lager lets the carbonation do most of the work at the end. reasonably firm bodied for a lager too.

wouldnt go out of my way to drink this, but still not something id knock back if i was sorely in need of a beer. i suppose this brew is yet another example of how a style of beer varies from region to region.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is Canadian-brewed Carlsberg from a green 12 oz. bottle. It pours slightly darker than most US macros: a bit of gold instead of pale yellow. Unlike many others, I got no skunkiness. However, little about this beer distinguishes it-either for better or worse-from many other "European" lagers. The taste is slightly grainy but not offensively so. Hops are just detectable. With the light flavor and crispness, it goes down like water.

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Photo of fattyre
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beers pours a clear moderately light yellow with a smallish white bubbly dissipating head. The smell was a deceptive maltiness. The taste is bland and watery with very little hoppiness or flavor of any kind. To me this was a very unimpressive beer with almost no flavor, sort of on par with Coors light only much better looking.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.33/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

As mentioned in some other reviews, Carlsberg suffers from the "Guinness Sydrome": this beer is an "import" from Canada, not its original origin (in this case, Denmark). This is a rather average Euro-lager in every sense. There was nothing exciting about this beer, but it still remained somewhat easy to drink.

Carlsberg pours a light gold color with a thin foam head that disappears rather quickly. My bottle was surprisingly non-skunky, but it still smelled cheap: light corn and husky/soapy adjunct aromas are what I detected. The mouthfeel is of course thin and fizzy. The flavor has a light malt crispness to it, but otherwise this beer has a very grassy and haylike flavor to it. It was also slightly more bitter than most other euro-lagers. The aftertaste consisted mostly of some corn flavors, along with some other grainy tastes. This beer finishes off with only a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

All the European macro breweries seem to like making unspectacular, slightly bitter yellow beers and putting them in green bottles. This one fits the same mold. Not really worth the import prices.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pale golden colored brew with a tiny little bit of white foam that dies instantly. The aroma is sweet and very grainy. Not a lot of hop character to it at all.

Simple, but somewhat satisfying, this is not a bad beer. I will not go out looking for it, but it was a pretty good drinker for a day at work. It is pretty light in body, and it is very smooth. It has a strange buttery kind of flavor to it. Lots of sweet malts and bready grains make up the flavor. It is really nothing special, but it did me no wrong.

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Photo of Loki
2.26/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on draught

Served a pale golden color with lots of carbonation and small, bubbly white head. Minimal lacing around the glass. Appears very carbonated.

Aromas of corn, malt, grains, and other scents much like most macro lagers. Nothing special, but it is not the skunked flavor I've experienced with the green bottles.

This could have been the worst beer I had in my two week honeymoon in France and Italy had it not been for Kronengborg. Tastes of corn, cheep malt and barley, and stale hops. Reminds me of Heineken before skunking.

Not a good beer. I would select something else.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical green-bottled skunky euro-lager. Generously carbonated, pours to a frothy white head that falls to the sides and sticks around with a little lace. Aroma is severely skunky (not necessarily the brewers fault, must be lightstruck) but suggests spicy noble hops. Flavor is typical hop/grain/alcohol and tons of fizz. Finishes with a slight bite and refreshing throat tickle. If I had to choose between this and a Mickey's malt liquor, it'd be a toss-up, honestly.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The head was white, small, soapy in texture with fine-small bubbles.The body was carbonated and clear.The hue was gold and the nose was fruity.The lacing was only fair with this beer.The flavor was bitter with an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth, tingly on my tongue and thin.This beer lacks character as there is not much that I can say about it.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.28/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Kind of your average Euro-lager. Light gold color, large head. Light tasting larger style beer. Slightly hoppy, nice mild malt, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is round. Good Balance. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is very slightly bitter, some sweetness. Not green bottle skunkyness.

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Photo of ADR
2.51/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold appearance, head piles up to a white and fizzy 3/4 inches and settles down almost as fast to foamy patches, some of which stick to the glass. Slight skunk aroma, some sense of cream corn smells as well. A pretty dry Lager, minimal sweetness with light herbal hops and sulfur in small amounts coming in from the nasal passages. Relatively clean finish, carbonation a little too high for my tastes. Drinkable enough, doesn't differ markedly from many of these so-called "imports" from Canada -- and there's that added skunk "cachet"...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.46/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of Boto
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I recently had this again while on vacation in London. It is a rather non-descipt beer. OK to sit back and have a few, but no compelling reason to go out of your way to buy it. Pretty typical fizzy yellow color and taste. Not much aroma. Still, better than American Macros.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got a free can during a poker game. Tried this swill before and wasn't impressed, but considering the beer selection, this was what I'd drink. Poured with little to no carbonation, resulting in little to no head. Smelled a little more malty than what I remember the bottle version to be, but still corny and alot of cheap adjunct. Bland taste. Little corn adjunct, slight malt, very little hops. Yeast was detected on teh tongue. It's drinkable swill.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.92/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed the bottled version a while ago and wouldn't have bothered with Carlsberg draft if the Sunset Cantina didn't "run out" of my first five draft requests. That said; I added or subtracted a few comments from the Carlsberg bottle review.

A Carlsberg chemist, Emil Hansen in 1883, invented the single cell yeast culture strain. Brewers worldwide know it today as Saccharomyces Carlsbergenis. So you would think that with such distinction to their name, they would take extra measures to produce a beer of equal merit. And, IMHO, Carlsberg beer is does produce a nice, mild everyday, lager. Clear pale gold in color, light bodied, with a fairly sharp metallic hop bite and a nice white head. The draft version is smooth and less harsh with a hint of sweetness. There was no skunky aroma in the draft version and that made a world of difference in the aroma and drinkability rating.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is better on tap than it is in the bottle. It pours a light yellow color with a small white head and it has the aromas of hops, malts, and some spicy adjuncts. It tastes nice! Very sharp, hoppy, and all around tasty. Sure there are other beers that are better but this one is very good. It has a super drinkability as well and goes great with wings, pizza, or any pub grub. The mouthfeel is pretty full as well. Carlsberg beer is decent.
Give it a try!

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