Carlsberg Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: German Pilsener

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 IronDjinn
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
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 -16.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +11%
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 +4%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of clvand0
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours a very clear golden color with a tall head that sticks around a while and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice and malty and doesn't have that typical 'lager stank' that I was expecting. Probably a fresh keg. Some sweetness in the aroma as well. The flavor is nice. Clean and smooth. Slightly malty and not much hops. Thin body. Great drinkabilty, but lacking a bit in flavor strength.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a Carlsberg pilsener glass. It pours a clear light gold color with three fingers of head. There's lots and lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. Lots of sugar and honey aromas. Maybe just a bit of hops. The taste is light, with more honey and some grassiness. Not much hops, just there. The body was a little light and watery. The drinkability was really good though. Just an average lager.

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Photo of jvajda
2.18/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light yellowy appearance and fizzy head.
Smell: Kind of weak, like an American lager.
Taste: From what I've heard, this was supposed to be a good beer, but it's not. It's gross. Yuck. Light malt character and kind-of-bitter light hoppiness. Tastes like wet cardboard.
Mouthfeel: Watery and fizzy.
Drinkability: Nothing about this beer is desirable.

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Photo of baiser
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale, straw colour with a nice white, foamy head that subsides quickly. Left a very thin layer of foam, with little lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Had a faint hop aroma, a little grainy and not much else.

Taste is very light. Initially, it was quite bitter, then a sort of tartness and then a bitter aftertaste. Crsip on the tongue.

It was quite smooth and it was creamier than expected.

It's alright to drink once in a while, but not anything I would buy myself.

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Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok it had been years and years since i had tried this brew..lets see if its still as I remembered.
Im beginning to think I made a mistake buying this "sixer" the appearance alone, lets say its only a touch darker than Budweiser..slighly darker urine colour. smal white head.
the smell is not too good..slightly metallic..nothing much at all really.
taste is not good very sweet malts followed fast by a burning plastic style bitterness.
Damn why did I have to buy a "six"..this is not good beer not even an average lager.

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Photo of sardonic
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed under license by Labatt's in Canada. There has been a big marketing push for Carlsberg because of the Euro 2004 soccer tournament. Slogan: "Probably the best beer in the world". I think just about every BA user disagrees with that, nonetheless it's reminiscent of Stella and Heineken but better.

Also, I got it at a domestic beer price, because it is technically domestic...nice not paying $2 more a six-pack.

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Photo of soper2000
1.86/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Japonese restaraunt + Brazilian city = draft beer by Carlsberg??? Ok, I'll bite, so i ordered one up, I've never had Carlsberg before so it was worth a shot. It was actually not half bad looking a 2 finger white head rested upon a golden color body. Smell was faint but pleasant. Taste left a little to be desired though, reminded me of heineken or kaiser. Mouthfeel and drinkability were borderline. Worth a try? yes. Worth two tries? no.

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Photo of bark
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For this review, I have tried a bottle that has been brewed under license by Carlsberg in Sweden.

The colour is clear yellow. The white foam dissolves quite fast into a half-finger thick layer.

The smell is fresh with lots of bitter hops. Uncomplicated.

The taste is straightforward: First, there is a clear taste of pilsenermalt that evolves into a fine, dry bitterness from the hops. The bitterness slowly dies away into a tender note of… puff pastry!

This is a beer that knows what to do and does it with precision. No-nonsense!

Carlsberg Beer is known in Sweden as “Hof”, the Danish word for “court” after the large text on the label that once informed the buyer that Carlsberg is a purveyor to the Danish court.

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Photo of MobBarley
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, white head and some lacing.

Skunky and sweet with some grassy hops.

Tastes mostly malty with a slight frutiness and alcoholic twang at the finish.

Mouthfeel light and carbonated. Refreshing.

Drinkability good but boring.

Notes: Nothing terrible here, but not much to say, really. Average all around, second-tier import.

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

Pours a pale yellow- a little more golden than its style-mates. Starts with a nice large white head that lasts a few minutes before it settles into a thin white covering over the head.

Aroma: Upon opening, an iImmediate aroma of sweet, citrus, and malts that I can smell from 16 inches away. Aroma fades with the head. Flavor- starts with a moderate sharp hops bite that sits along a chemically twang. Bready malt fills in around this to keep it from being too much. A bit of citrus acidity (more of the acidity than the fruit flavors)- maybe some sour orange.

Mouthfeel- thin. Overall I can drink this- not my favorite style, but it's ok.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flann O'Brien's in Boston, MA.

Pours out like your typical lager, but with a more consistent head than domestic lagers. The smell is nothing special, slightly hoppy. Tastes a tiny bit bitter, but basically just like your average beer. A bit dry on the mouth, yet very light and a very drinkable beer.

This is a step up from Bud, Miller, Coors, etc. but not by much.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml green euro style bottle

Pours with a typical euro lager hue, light amber/yellow forming a fairly decent head with acceptable lacing

Smell is like most every other euro lager, malty and hoppy

Taste is very similar to heiniken, nothing too shocking here

Not a bad lager, easy enough to wash down but unappealing

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

Golden yellow with white fluffy head. Very clear... Looks like a good brew.

Skunky grainy smell. Kinda bland and not very interesting.

Mild flavor with sweet notes. Finish is slightly bitter. A pretty straight forward beer. Doesn't taste bad but isn't any special.

Crisp and light in mouth. Carbonation level is nice. Good but again nothing special.

Easy beer to drink. Pretty average though. Nothing really stands out. Much better than typical macro brews but lacks the character of a craft brew.

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Photo of shirfan
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yet another "foreign" offering brewed in far-off, exotic Toronto. Website is a typical morass of "cool" flash, which bested my patience trying to find a word about the beer.

Fizzy yellow with a lazy, uninspired head.

Aroma starts slightly skunky, giving way to a cauldron of grain steeping in a mildew infested basement.

Taste is grainy, light and dry, bordering on overcooked. I strongly suspect corn. A metallic aftertaste. No more hops that the typical sex-in-canoe lager; I'd actually reach for a Blue before another of these.

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Photo of Doiv
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
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 +20.3%
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 -7.6%
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 -20.3%
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 -18.6%
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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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
3.01 out of 5 based on 1,548 ratings.
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