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

Drank this in Poland on 7/19, from notes. The GF's grandfather had a .5L bottle that we split into pint glasses. Poured that typical clear bright gold with a big head that dissapated fast. Smelled of sweet pilsner malt, no hint of hops. Carries over the flavor, this is more of a euro lager than a German Pilsner. Sweet malt with just a hint of bitterness, neutral mouthfeel and refreshing carbonation. Easy to drink but wholly unremarkable.

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Photo of digitscd
3.79/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is not really a German-style pilsner. It is not supposed to be. It is a Scandinavian style. The best taste is what is found in Denmark. Straight from the brewery and not jacked up for travel. Great go to on a hot summer day or at the beach.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.72/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer does not taste like original.In Australia carbon dioxidation is different than in Europe and water is different. It will never be like a original. but it's still drinkable.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

In Legado de Yuste glass. Playing KB Dark Side. Easy to drink. One of the good macro lagers. Soft. Avg 2.72.

1 Nov 2016. Euro 2016 Limited Edition. In Teku glass. Playing Magic 2015. All to be expected in a good euro lager. Refreshing and easy drinking. Nothing special in taste and aroma but not unpleasant either.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Notes of cereal grains and a little grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a clean malt flavor.

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Photo of jjunit
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It looks and and smell ok nothing great or good for that matter. The taste is a little sharp and is also ok but not good. The head doesn't stay for any period of time and feel a little grainy. A good beer to replace a cheap beer on a hot day but not that good.

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Photo of DevAJ
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is a little skunkier than most beers that come in a green bottle. I didn't realize this was considered a German Pilsner (that explains the slightly increased bitterness over the likes of Heineken and Grolsch). This is only my second German Pilsner, but I have to say that I like Bofferding a little bit better.

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Photo of barczar
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Floral hop aroma, moderate grain, crackery.

Slightly sweet, with a big herbal hop presence and a moderately bitter finish. It's a tad malty sweet, but fairly clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden colour with a thin bubbly head. The nose has some sweet malt breadiness with only a hint of hoppiness. The taste brings much of the same with a bit of yeast and grass. It almost finishes as soon as it hit your tongue with a crisp dryness. Honestly doesn't taste like much. An okay beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carlsberg from Danmark. The first time I heard about that beer was during he fifa world cup in 2006 and I think it was the official sponsor for the beer.

So the look of it: A clear yellow golden color, lots of carbonation with about half of a finger. I find the appearance a bit too light.

The smell of it: Definitely some hops here. You smell the sweetness also. Smell more like a larger than a Pilsener

The taste of it: Remind of that Heineken but with a bit more sweet to it. Some malt but on the finish is a bit dry but not too much and the finish is sour. I did enjoy the sour on the end

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, if you find it on special this is a nice beer I did more enjoy that beer than the heineken.

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Photo of SillySir
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell: slightly acidic apple.
Look: straw yellow with medium heading that dissipates relatively quickly.
Taste: a little bitter for a lager, venturing close to pilsner territory. Great balance with the apple notes, and mild floral hop finish. Grassy malt undertone.
Feel: high levels of carbonation.
Overall: unassumingly complex for a lager. Great balance.

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Photo of supervike
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent pale yellow. Nice foamy head. Smell reminds me of empty beer bottles in need of recycling. Taste is light with a nice amount of carbonation. Has a bitter finish that lingers a bit too long. While I like this style of beer, this one seems a bit lacking compared to others. Not horrible, but just ok.

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Photo of ordybill
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- ahhh, the green glass skunkiness strikes again.
Appearance- Straw yellow with almost no head
Taste- has an almost citrus flavor with some grain thrown in
Palate- A light bodied brew with moderate carbonation.
Overall- an ok beer. I am sure this beer has suffered in the US market when craft beer took off.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.22/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Carlsberg looks like a relatively decent lager, and if you temporarily disable your taste buds - it might even fool you that it is a good lager, as it is incredibly smooth. However, as I was unable to do so, I was overcome by the incredibly metallic aftertaste, which completely ruined any sense of flavor for me.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

A- Somewhat hazy. But it's got the typical golden, straw appearance overall. It's got a nice rim of foam that seems to be sticking around, as well as a touch of lacing. Looks like a step up from American beers.

S- There is some upfront sweetness, but it's not dominating the scent at all. There is a "kiss" of hops here. It's a very grassy and earthy hop. Not bitter at all. And I also get the spicy note from the hops as well. The grain is the same as well. It's grassy and earthy. I get a biscuity note as well as a lightly roasted, pale maltiness. Smells inviting for a lager. Smells like no rice or corn or any kind of adjunct, that's for sure.

T- Pale malts, earthy grains, and slight bitterness. It's got that "green bottle" flavor like you get from Heineken, but this isn't screaming skunky to me. I get the grainy, bitter, sweet note before the beer finishes dry and minimally sour. The sour could be considered skunk, but nothing is sticking out to me as foul to my taste buds. But the more I'm drinking this one, the more I'm thinking it is slightly on the skunked side.

M- Light to medium. This is a pretty rich lager. It does have a slight creaminess. It's super crisp and refreshing.

I may be biased here, but I absolutely love Carlsberg. My sample is a bit skunked, but it's not creating a un-enjoyable drinking experience. If anything, it's making the beer finish on the sour side. I personally find that interesting. Out of all the pale type lagers I've ever had, this one is my absolute favorite. I'd buy this over Bud, Miller, Coors, PBR, Corona, or even Heineken. I don't know if we in American can get the cans, but I'd say buy cans for a more pure taste. I love this stuff!

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Photo of ClePaul
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Carlsburg Elephant

Look 8/10
Smell 9/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 76/100

Super strong pilsner, reminds me of Heineken on steroids.... I actually kinda like it. It does have a bit of a bitter taste, it stays dank and drinkable enough to be enjoyable. With so many good beers out there, not likely I would Seek it out again... In fact it was a gift. Still pretty good for as much heat it gets~

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Photo of Urk1127
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pilsners are one of my favorite styles and I enjoyed this. Lightish yellow. Little head. Good lacing. Smell is hops yeast. Medium carbonation. a little bitterness. Clean. Very good beer

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pale yellow gold in colour with pretty good CO2 activity in the glass. Decent rocky two finger white head that lasts around a minute then settles to light cover and leaves spotty lace.

Smell – Mild kilned grain aromas with light hop whiff with a side of grain, a pretty clean and fresh aroma that is straight down the line if a little uninspired.

Taste – Light alcohol flavour with stewed vegetable and leaf flavour. Some mild kilned malt flavour with a tiny flash of true hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied and leaning towards thin. Fairly crisp and clean on the tongue with a moderate amount of added carbonation. Dry finish

Overall – This beer is very popular in the UK and it is easy to see why. It is straight forward and does not do anything particularly wrong. It may not be very interesting but it is a damned sight better than most of the Pilsners I’ve had from outside Germany.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.25/5  rDev +8%

draft: Drank at Laurel's Restaurant in Kilarney, Ireland.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow / golden beer with a nice white head that quickly settles to a thin white foam lace. Active carbonation.

Smell: slightly. Skunky. Herbal OK

Taste: Light-bodied. smooth mouthfeel. Crisp. Dry. Malt sweetness is low. Hops contain a sharp citrusy bite with notes of spicy herbal and floral in a light malt character. Finish is quite dry with a slighty spicy herbal hop residuals and a husk character.

Euro beers??? Mundane, struggle. Pretty average. Here in Ireland many of the Euro's are far less than that.

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Photo of Foyle
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a 1"+ fluffy white head. This recedes moderately leaving behind faint lacing. There is lots of carbonation evident. Color is clear golden.
Aroma: lightly roasted barley malt, standard euro pale lager yeast funk, with a hint of grassy hops. Mouthfeel: light and watery. Quite refreshing with a dry, almost champagne like finish.
Flavor: mild combination of sweet malt and those grassy, earthy hops. Taste a bit like a Groslch that has been slightly watered down.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild smell of cloves and "tea" like.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops. With some mild grassy notes.

Overall: Good brew. I would have this one again. Got a pint glass to take home with it too.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.49/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very bright and clear golden color. Body is clear as day and highly carbonated. Head is average in size, but doesn't stick around very long.

S- Classic German pilsener scent here. Slight bit of skunky, light-struck scent with more prominent light malt and slight malt bitterness. Not much more than the classic pilsener scent.

T- Starts off with a slight hops bitterness before moving straight into a crisp and light malty flavor. The hops linger just a bit at the end. The overall combination of hops and light malt provide a fairly pleasant flavor overall.

M- Light, easy to drink, and relatively high in carbonation. Not much else to say about this one.

Overall, this is what it is, a widespread, cheap, yet fairly delicious pilsener style beer.

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Photo of Treath
3.19/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First time tasting this beer.
From a 16oz can into a glass mug.

A- clear yellow, one finger of head that fizzles away, but leaves a little ring of froth and some lacing.

S- Very faint smell. Malts anda bit of flowery hops. Clean water smell.

T- Malts up front along with grassy hops. The taste is a blast of both flavors. The hops then overpower the malts . Mostly bitter with some malty/bready sweetness on the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and stinging carbonation. Semi-light mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this beer has a good amount of bitterness with some malt taste. It would of tasted better if there was a little more sweetness to it. It's an ok beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into an 8 ounce sampler. There is no indication of the brewery location on the can- if I didn't know any better, I might assume Denmark. A moderate pour threatened to overfill the glass. I back off, let the head subside a little, and top it off. The head is snow white and fairly sticky. The beer is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

The beer has a very light aroma not easily detectable, but basically just a light lager aroma with just a touch of skunk and very very subtle aromatic hops. A little bit of hop bitterness is detectable on the back of the tongue. Some mineral qualities are also apparent. The beer has a fairly dry, clean finish. Some pleasant burpiness ensues. This brings out maybe a little bit of a very subtle caramel flavor with a little metal and some alcohol.

This beer is easy drinking and lacks any strong adjuncty flavors and is a pretty good session brew, but nothing very distinguished. I think I paid around 8 bucks for a four pack of pint-plus cans, which isn't too bad of a deal. This beer is only available in one store in my town that I know of (Hennesey Grocery).

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a bottle at a Calgary Pub in the Kensington area with dinner, poured into a pub glass. Looks darker than many other Euro lagers, a yellow to just shy of amber hue with a smattering of white bubbles. Smells like grainy pale malt, grassy and slightly spicy hops, skunk, and a decent whiff of sulphur. Palate features a light cracker malt backbone, some DMS, green grassy hops, subdued lemon and lime rind, white grape notes, and a noticeable but reduced residual sweetness compared to many of its Euro pale lager cousins; perhaps this is what earns it a bona-fide pils designation. Very fizzy and light-bodied as one would expect, yet reasonably creamy and smooth. Not too bad all things considered. The usual flaws found in green-bottled mass market imports are reduced or absent. Considerably better than Heineken (to name but one example) even if it remains pretty mainstream in overall feel.

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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
3.01 out of 5 based on 1,530 ratings.
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