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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

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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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Photo of MarkoNm
2.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and golden color. Medium head (two fingers), white and with decent retention.
Medium hoppy aroma, not too strong nor too weak.
Sweetness in the beginning, slightly watery body (not too much) and some small bitterness in the finish.
Light, drinkable, refreshing.

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

Poured a super light and watery yellow complexion the head was fizzy but was able to mount a stiff reply.

The nose held little to no real aroma other than a "beer" smell. Not discernible but not offensive there is little to discuss.

The flavor is a sweet cereal grain with a little breadiness. There is a hop presence but it's weak.

The feel is crisp, very crisp, almost too crisp. The carbonation makes it drink easy but it can be sharp at colder temperatures.

This is the definition of an okay beer with little real complexity but an easiness that allows you to drink a lot of them.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from the bottle.

A - Assuming it looked like all German Pilseners do.

S - Bready malts and yeast up front. Lager dankness and a hint of grassy notes. Smells like a German Pilsener!

T - I'm a fan of cheaper European Lagers (Heineken, Beck's, St Pauli Girl, etc), and I'm a fan of this one. Crisp malts up front, with just a touch of dankness and citrus notes. Some noble hops ever so slight in the aftertaste. Not a lot going on, but a crisp and tasty lager.

F - Crisp and clean. Good carbonation kick, leaves a refreshing tingle. Easy to drink and will probably sit down and have a few of these easily at some point.

O - As with many beers of the style (and similar styles), there isn't a ton going on. Still though, a very tasty and crisp lager. No cheap filler taste or piss smell/taste. Tasty and extremely drinkable pilsener. Will drink again.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into a conic-style pils glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head, fluffy and bubbly. Very light, fizzy yellow body.

S- Golden malts, light hops. Crisp and wet aroma.

T- Crisp, clean, golden malts and subdued hops. It's pretty good actually.

M- Malty, dry feel. Very interesting for a Pilsner. Not as crisp as I expected.

O- Decent beer. I had it many times in England, but it actually holds up pretty well in comparison over here.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I don't usually pick up a Pilsner but when they throw a pounder at me for under 2 bucks I can't resist!

A - Actually quite good it had a solid 1/4 inch of head that settles to a pretty thick lace ring. Color is a bright golden ale.
S - Some hops, skunked wheat, and just a bit of metal.
T - Bamn I can taste the metal and it's not the can! In a way it really subdues any shunky hints of yeast or malts which is OK but upsetting. Bite is pretty strong almost as much as Heineken so it's very hard to chug.
M - Light to medium but like chewing a truck hitch covered in a few flakes of hops.

Overall I prefer the more sweeter balanced tasting Euro Lagers. If this is the "traditional" way to have one I may skip mass produced Pilsners all together.

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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 rangerred
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a tiny white head that is quick that is quick to fade.

Aroma is bready with some faint hints of grass and hay. A little apple juice too.

More apple in the flavor along with more light bread and grass. Not very pilsner like tasting more like a typical Euro mass produced lager. Light, watery mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Overall, a cheap euro beer and not a very good one. Too much apple and just a bit lifeless. Better options out there in this style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull straw yellow. Perfect clarity. Two fingers of rocky white head display excellent retention. Lacing is foamy, clumpy, sticky, and prevalent.

S: Grassy herbal hops, touch of sulfur, some skunk, and a crackery malt base.

T: Bone dry on the palate. Cracker malt, bready. Hops are fairly subdued, with a modest grassy flavor and a slight herbal tinge. Mild floral/vaguely fruity quality. Very clean. Quick bready finish.

M: Light in body. Creamy. Shows some substance. Carbonation is modestly aggressive and scrubbing.

O: It has more character than your average European macro lager, but it still doesn't do much to stay memorable. I still prefer this to certain other green bottle imports.

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

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a golden straw colour, crystal clear with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. Poured with 2 fingers of flimsy bright white head which dissipates almost immediately leaving next to no lacing behind.

Smell - Some light grains, a little bi of straw and a some faint floral notes.

Taste - Grains here as well...not a whole lot going on here. There's some very, very, verrry light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light body, high carbonation makes for a very dry crispy finish.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a small white head of a more fizzy nature. There are tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the brew popping at the surface as the head of the beer fades fast to leave very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is on the lighter side overall but is of a mainly grainy and malty in smell. Mixed with these smells is a little bit of grass, hay and lemon as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready malt taste mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness. As the taste advances a little bit of grassiness begins developing on the tongue. The grassiness grows a bit stronger, which in the end with the malt and the lighter caramel flavors, leaves a crisp and clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. It is pretty much dead on in terms of carbonation and feel for the lighter tastes and smoothness of the brew making it very easy to drink.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse by any means, but it is rather refreshing and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Light golden lager colour, medium amount of bubbles and a nice head which seems to hold up for a while.

S - Nice sweet smell and a little malty.

T - Sweetness of the grain upfront and a slightly dry malty finish.

M - Watery but smooth overall.

O - I prefer Carlsberg over both Heineken and Budweiser. It has a little more flavour going for it and I used to drink this quite a bit before getting into more exotic beers. Best choice for me between the common tap beers over here.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Leftover 330 ml bottle from Canada day six pack. About $2 CDN per bottle. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - crystal clear golden color. Some bubbles and finger of head that dissipates pretty quick. Some decent lacing left over.

Smell - grassy aroma faintly sweet smell.bthe beer is not skunked despite the green bottle.

Taste - crisp slightly bitter taste counterbalanced by a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Overall - definitely a little better than the other euro pale lagers. Pretty good readily accessible and easily accessible.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500mL can purchased from my liquor store in Edmonton. Also noteworthy that this is my 50th review on BA. Carlsberg is one of the first import beers I've ever had, so it seemed like a fair beer for a milestone review.

I chilled the fuck out of this particular can - it's the only way to drink Carlsberg. It pours a semi-dark yellow with 2 fingers of head. The head is very silky looking and lasts forever it seems. There's a column of bubbles rising up the glass which is almost hypnotic to look at. It's like a lava lamp - very cool.

The smell of the beer is extremely malty and there's only a hint of bitterness in the aroma. Overall, it is a very straightforward smell. The head of the beer tastes very metallic. The taste is more metallic than most canned beers, but it also offers a really nice hoppy taste. It's very standard for a pilsner, but there aren't too many flaws either. Honestly, the bottled version is far superior to the canned one since it doesn't have the metallic taste. I'll say : this is the first time a canned beer for me has had this noticeable of a metallic taste to it. Perhaps I'll review the bottled version another day (or even better, on tap), but it's just... average. Oh well, I'm totally drinking it again for nostalgia's sake.

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Photo of jesseejames
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is probably suffering from over production. It is a nice pilsner with a long history of production. It is a quality European Pilsner that is very drinkable and quite nice after a long hot day. Be careful as you can drink too many and the after effects are quite nasty. It seems this beer will give you a nasty hangover.

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Photo of jpro
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2 oz single. Picked up for fun / nostalgia. Poured into a Carls Glas...

A: gold with a tinge of copper; thin white, effervescent manages decent retention.

S: cracker malts; metallic; grass.

T: light bready malts; hay; dry / earthy finish; pretty simple and straightforward.

M: light-medium feel; high carbonation; refreshing.

O: an easy drinking beer; nothing special, but still decent.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this on tap at Whiskey Priest. There's nothing intriguing about a super-mass produced German pilsner named "Carlsberg", but damnit I was curious. Well, I shouldn't have been. This tasted like an upper-middle class Budweiser. The color is pretty nice, dark for a pilsner, but other than that it was a super pedestrian beer. Which I guess is fine for what it is.

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Photo of ppvora
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Golden hay color with 1.5 fingers of head. Plenty of bubbles. Head disappeared within 60 seconds.

Aroma: Barley aroma, very straight and narrow, not complex at all.

Taste: Classic Pilsener taste. Straw, hay, barley. Straight and narrow. Not complex. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Not much difference over time. Holds the flavor and aroma.

Overall: Refreshing pilsener. A classic. Somewhat narrow taste, but very refreshing.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours a fizzy pale golden yellow with foaming that quickly dies out. There’s a nasty aroma of adjuncts: cereal and corn malt bla-ness. Tastes light and forgettable, no bitterness, thin finish.
The pride of Denmark shouldn’t be this forgettable adjunct lager.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden straw color with a half finger of head. Sub-par retention, leaving a thin, broken layer of microbubbles on the surface.

Smell - Grain and dextrin sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose; grain and malty, sugary sweetness. Passing note of grassy hop character in the aftertaste that really does nothing to balance the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with a malty presence. Somewhat lively carbonation.

Overall - Malt forward, unbalanced brew. Not a good German Pils by any stretch of the imagination.

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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 RyanGoodman
1.06/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was rather excited to try this beer as I now live in a country that surrounds me with mediocre adjunct lagers. (BTW, I'm tired of using the word "adjunct" in my reviews lately...however it won't be the last time I use it in this review.) Back to my excitement...a European premium beer, well yeah, I should expect something decent.

I have to say I was sadly disappointed. The appearance was the only "saving grace" of this so-called German Pilsener. It looked the part, shiny golden body, average head retention, evidence of proper carbonation. But that's where the anticipation ended for me. I got nil on the hop/malts in the nose. Major ADJUNCT suggestions, though. There I go with that word. Well, the taste followed exactly. Palate senses where also underwhelmed.

Overall, yes, I finished the beer. All 500ml of it.

End of line.

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Photo of BigRon720
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I saw Carlsberg everywhere when I traveled across Europe. It seems to be quite popular.

A: It came out a pale shade of yellow. The foam lasted a few minutes before slowly fading away.

S: Not too impressed with the smell. This may be the green bottle which compromises a lot of European beers. Once I got past the skunkiness, I noticed a faint sweet smell to it.

T: I noticed a bready flavor with some fruitiness to it. The hops come in at the end. Overall, better than I thought.

M: Very light in body that seemed to go down very smooth. The grains came to light here.

O: Nothing spectacular, but not too bad. I would recommend it on a hot summer day. It would be an improvement over a domestic lager.

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

a deep yellow. slightly hazey. which id didnt expect from such a generic brand.
there was a hint of head, and i even poured slightly faster to see what i could do
for a head. didnt help. this beer has very little head. if thats ur thing ..right on..
i prefer to have at least a bit. just adds to the experience of a beer.
deceivingly carbornated. looks to be not so much..but past the haze..its in there.

more grains than anything. reminds me of an american adjunct. with a bit less bite
and a slight cabbagey smell i cant quite figure out. not offensive..just reminds me a bit of some more domestic type beers ive had..major grassy notes also.

lagery. smooth. not so sharp. but still crisp. ..yeah i suppose fresh and crisp are good descriptives. has a malty finish. nothing strong..but nothing about this beer is strong
probably best served somewhat warm. in a plastic cup, at a premier league match.
seems like pretty basic beer. but it has some qualities that are endearing.
its very good for drinking alot of. i enjoy it along with the usuals.
its a bit of stretch to be considering this beer a pilsner.
as the classification says.
its no where near dry on the finish.
and fails in the comparison to even cheaper pilsners.
but im not knocking it here..
its got a purpose.
but its hardly pilsner.

goes down like a draft. (on tap..not this bottles "draught" nonsense)..
nice level carb. good range of flavour. if anything id say they should make
a slightly higher abv version. and id be a frequent flier..

pretty much .very good. not the best. but definatly worth a sip. i regular this beer when i plan on watching some soccer highlights. sunday afternoon waxing the car. really just a slightly better than average "drinkers beer"..perfect for hooligans and malcontents.perfect for a beer to drink when you dont want the bloaty feeling of foamy numbers.crisp and clean. drink some when ur on the go. makes a good hiking/ camping brew.
(interestingly enough ..its stated on the can that its "imported premium beer".)
tastes pretty similar to some more basic canadian offerings ive had the mild pleasure of sampling over the years)..seems kind of odd..i know they talked about brewing it in canada moosehead green. but with a cleaner finish. and less malt.

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Carlsberg Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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