Carlsberg Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: European 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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Ratings: 1,668 |  Reviews: 531
Photo of jaluria
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color without much head or lacing. Very little to work with in the smell department. Some malt character is detectable, but not much else; unusual for this style. The taste is relatively bland without much flavor or distinctness. More of a light lager taste to it than anything else. The aftertaste isn't overly bitter or powerful, a positive for this beer. So, despite it's bland taste, it is a mild beer that is relatively cheap and readily available. A decent beer to have on occasion.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale lemony yellow colour. High carbonation. Reasonable head which disappears quickly. No lacing.

Nose: Grassy, hoppy vegetative arome. Very good. Very pilsener-like. A refreshing fragrant nose.

Taste: Very disappointing. None of that sharp biting pils front palate. It's rather bland to start off with, then there's only a hint of bitterness before levelling out to a wishy-washy nothingness. Mouthfeel is a little flat with a slight thingle.

It's an alright lager, all said and done, but when you've got such a huge range of much better pilseners on offer, you'd be crazy to pick this one.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best beer in the world .... and it's probably not Carlsberg ... at least it's one of the best advertised beers in the world .... I admit it did help that Carlsberg put their logo on the shirts of my fav football ("soccer" for Americans) team (FC Liverpool of course ...) ... the problem with this brew (as with some other global brands) is that it's quite difficult to judge how close the bottle you are drinking is to the original (if you do not happen to be in Denmark that is), as most of it will be brewed under licence by a local brewery ... in general, brews under the name of Carlsberg Pilsner are decent lagers, with a hoppy taste and a medium-rich body (for a lager), not very spectacular, but no disappointment either ... or as they say, Danes don't lie ...

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Photo of tesguino
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Magnific Dansk beer, its combination of hops, give an special like a weath taste, its presentation its special for american food and snacks, not recommendable for a mexican or latin food, one of my favorites euro beers, has a touch of ancient bohemian beers, its presentation is like a heineken, but without the great flavor.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Carlsberg Beer
11.2 oz green bottle
20500317 printed on the back label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden yellow color with a sudsy, fluffy white head on top. Soapy, spotted lacings cling to the side of the glass. Tons of carbonation bubbles in appearance, but rather subtle in the mouthfeel.

Aroma of hops, vegetables and grains in the nose. Reminds me of other European brews.

Very clean on the palate with grassy and grainy flavors. I detect hints of sulpher and grains. Sweet honey like quality with a biting imported hop bite on the finish.

I was expecting a less favorable beer, but I think this is a pretty solid Pilsner. I could see where this beer would have some trouble with it's green bottle and freshness issues if it has sat on a shelf for a long time, but this beer is enjoyable.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
2.59/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Absolute ass. One of the more offensive smelling brews I've had the misfortune of having, it reeks of skunked hops and cooked corn. Every bottle I've ever tried of this stuff smelled like a bag of old grain that had gotten wet and left to fester. Once you get past that, you're presented with a grassy, adjunct filled euro skunk lager. I've really never had a good bottle of this stuff and would much rather drink Busch. Yeah, I just said it. Why this is as expensive it is in many stores defies imagination. At least Heineken seems to be making an attempt to deskunkify their beer. I had in on draught once in Europe though and it wasn't quite as bad, just kinda an average pale lager. Stay far far away in bottles, however.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I place this in the Heineken, Lowenbrau, becks category of beers. Not crap. Not great. Probably higher end of moderate. (If there is such a thing)

A = Pours straw coloured with thick foam head.

S = Skunky hops

T = Grassy taste with a light hop finish.

M = Moderately carbonated.

D = A pit pricey but ok. Often on sale in Australia.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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 unit555
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer while visiting Norway. This beer was a nice example of a pilsner. Light in color and very clear. Considerable lacing on the glass that persisted to the end. I was impressed with the clean taste and non-existent aftertaste. Very nice.

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Photo of palliko
2.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a light gold, a bright white foam and a little lace. Aroma is skunky with some cooked vegetables, silky mouthfeel. Clean and dry Middle is thin followed by a sweet malty finish that has a grapefruit finale that is quite spicy. A mediocre beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep yellow color with large puffy head that quickly feel to a light coating. Smell is slightly sweet with a touch of malt. Taste is a bit on the dry side with a sweet note. Mouthfeel is a little crisp but not as much as I prefer. Average at best.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on a trip to Denmark. I could smell the brewery from where I stayed. The beer poors a golden yellow, with a small head. The head disappeared quite quickly. The smell of somewhat herbal, somewhat hoppy. The flavor is smooth and crisp. All around a good Pilsner.

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

It's disappointing, for me, to see so many bland imports occupying tap lines around NYC. The assumption is that because it is an import - like Bass, Harp, Carlsberg, or Stella Artois - that it is premium quality. They charge premium prices - usually just as much as a domestic microbrew (or more), but the quality does not justify. Really, you're paying for the import cost.

Carlsberg is such an example. On tap stateside it is a bland and rather tasteless lager. My sample poured with little to no head retention, little hop aroma, and a rather weak flavor.

I think we all have to do our part to keep beers flavorful and allow the public to get their money's worth. It's encouraging to know that domestic microbrews are gradually replacing these bland imports.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 bashiba
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bubbly yellow with a fizzy white head.

Smells of that Skunky Euro hop flavor, very grassy and weedy

Taste is crisp and clean with just a touch of grassy hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery as expected.

Drinkablity is fine, very similiar to any other Euro beer in a green bottle, nothing great, but still slightly more drinkable than American Macro Swill.

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Photo of jp32
1.44/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Even though its from Denmark, the bottle looks Irish. This looks like a St. Patrick's Day bottle if I've ever seen one. It pours a golden color with an enormous sized foamy head, yet no bubbly perspective or any other noticeable form of carbonation. The smell is terrible. It reeks of an awful skunk-odor, not the bitter skunky smell you would expect from a german pilsner, but just a really old, bad skunky smell. The taste is not much better. Its a touch hoppy at first, but that is quickly drowned by an onslaught of horrible bitter skunk. The aftertaste is really bad. I'll probably never try another one of these. Even considering the style of beer, it is still way out of hand, and not enjoyable whatsoever.

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

Clear, light yellow body with a small, puffy white head and lots of bubbles. Nose is sweetened honeyish malt and Corn Chex cereal with a wallop of skunky euro hops. No surprises so far. Taste is much the same, with lightly toasted and sweetened malts up front, followed by skunky, cardboardy hops. Lightly bitter in the finish with a light fruity sweetness. Not terrible, just okay.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carlsberg “Beer” pours a fair amber from a 330ml dark green glass bottle. A creamy head went to about one finger before collapsing to a full ring with islands of foam on the surface of the beer and lace on the sides of my glass.

Nose is of grain, a bit of grass, and a slight sulfur yeast. Palate is is a well bittered malt with some grass clippings on the side. The bight of carbonation is very apparent and pleasing.

A good refreshing beer from Denmark, if you should see it on the shelf, don’t be afraid to try it.

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Photo of ybnorml
1.86/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clean fizzy yellow beer. Has a big white head. There is a hint of skunkiness as you bring the glass to your mouth followed by light touch of lemony citrus. Watery mouthfeel and lack of any real body to this beer deliverys completely flat taste experiance.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Up to this point I haven't had good experience with imported Danish beers, I'm under the sneaking suspicion that like the Australians they are keeping their good beers for themselves, and we get the tripe that they don't want either. And then I notice on the back label that this Danish beer is contract brewed in Mississuaga. A double edged sword? Too much thinking out loud by this point, time to get to the beer.

It pours out a decent enough looking lager, nice two finger creamy white head that possesses good retention and leaves its fair share of lacing. Clear gold in colour, leaning more towards the lighter side, but a ways from being pale like straw. The aroma is pretty good as well, deep bready malt underneath sweet grains, with a small presence of grassy hops. A lager with a couple layers of aroma, not too shabby. Ooops, and then I took a sip and wrecked that pretty picture. I'm trying to discern whether it's the grains or the yeast that are guilty of giving off that bitter/sour flavour. The aftertaste would point more directly to the grains. It starts off unsassuming enough, crisp grain, and then you get sucker punched by sour grains in the middle, and after that you forget why you were drinking this in the first place. No hops to greet you at the finish, they were frightened off long ago by this off-flavour monster which instead dons the hop's glasses and nightgown, waiting for you, Red Ridinghood, to catch you off guard and pounce on you once again. And it lingers... I had this rated a bit higher for taste until the aftertaste hit me. And yet through all of that torment with the flavour, the mouthfeel is quite good for a lager, light and creamy smooth, I wish most macro lagers had this sort of mouthfeel (well, and better taste as well....). In fact this is a decent lager on most counts, except for the flavour, which of course is where everyone lays down their money. And because of that, aside from it's other better attributes, makes this beer far less drinkable than it actually should be, I know I won't be picking up any more of this. And in light of that will always be under the assumption that the Danish are holding out on us, as Carlsberg makes more than enough other beers alone, aside from Denmark's other brewers.

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

Friend was serving this at a party. Thought I would take a couple of notes. It poured a slight gold color, with a thick foamy head. The smell was wrong. Skunky? I just clump that aroma under the Heineken repulsiveness. The flavor is not particularly complex with only a mild hop bitterness at the end of the sip that was worth noting. The mouthfeel was rather fizzy. However, I still found this beer very easy to drink, but that may have been because of the company. Not sure I could sit at home and drink one of these.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale "Euro Lager" gold color. Nice creamy white head that quickly fades. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Typical pale malt aroma, slightly skunky and vegetable. Pale flavor, fairly clean. Moderatew amount of hop bitterness comes out in a floral flavor. Much more hop character than other beer in this style. Light body, high carbonation. This may be a bit better than its counterparts. Still, not much to write home about.

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Photo of mynie
3.34/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bad pour. Weak yellow with almost no head. This is a beer to be slugged from the bottle.

Smells pretty nice, though. Hint of skunk backed by a very nice, sweet malt.

Tastes very much like it smells, only with less skunk. A sweet, mellow honey malt flavor makes way to hints of citrus in the back. Very sweet and crisp with a surprisngly sharp aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is just a little creamy and very crisp. Great session beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear intense light gold color with a bright white shiny head 3 fingers of foam, and leaves lots of lacing down the side.
Had this on tap here in Calgary. Was served in the large Carlsberg pilsner glass. Gold rimmed glass with proper logo always makes a beer more appealing.
Wasn't much for a smell, maybe a bit of sweet malts, and not much hops. Highly carbonated, the flavor is a lot nicer and rounder than most lagers. Crisp and refreshing, easy to drink.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a light sweet malt backed by a mild spicy hop type aroma.
Smallish head for style. Dark clear gold.
Taste is unbelievably mild and light. Very mild malt at first then moves to a primarily hoppy bitterness in middle and stays on through a long finish.
Average carbonation fullness for style. Appropriately thin, but a little watery.
Even though it's been over 20 years since I was there I recall Danish beers being bolder than this and relying less on hoppy bitterness. Maybe this is an "Americanized" version for this side of the pond.

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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 1,668 ratings