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My favourite alcoholic drinks are lager, ale and white wine (not together though).
Earlier this year my partner and I developed a bad habit of buying a crate of lager along with our food shopping every week and we have yet to kick this habit. We always say that we are buying lager because we want quantity and not quality (and we go for individual bottles of ale when we want something a bit more tasty). We don't drink this irresponsibly, but a few lagers each now and then means we run down our crates of lager very quickly.
~ Price ~
This week we bought a pack of ten cans of Carling for £8.00 at Morrisons.
Similar deals can be found in the other supermarkets.
If bought from a pub or restaurant, a pint of Carling will cost your around £3.00 - £4.00.
~ Packaging ~
The cans have a fairly plain and boring design. The bottom of the can is white in colour and the top half is black with, 'Carling' in white lettering across the front.
In smaller lettering underneath, 'since 1840 brilliantly refreshing lager'.
The cans hold 440ml of lager.
~ Taste ~
The lager has 4% alcohol. The 440ml can contains 145 calories and is the equivalent to 1.8 units of alcohol.
It is very fizzy and gassy and I know a few older men who prefer to drink bitter because lager is too gassy for them.
Once you get past the fizziness the taste of the lager is quite bitter and I think the fizziness helps to mask this and make the lager taste more pleasant. I is very easy to drink and the alcoholic content isn't too strong.
I often have one or two cans of Carling when I get home from work or at the weekend (not every night though). I find it a very refreshing drink that quenches my thirst.
I don't mind whether this lager is chilled or not. I think it is probably easier to taste at room temperature (although it holds its taste quite well when chilled) and it saves me some space in the fridge, but my other half often puts it in the fridge, which I don't mind.
I tend to only drink one or two cans of this at a time. I don't drink it to get drunk. I just have a few drinks and enjoy the taste.
If I go on a night out or bar crawl and drink this lager, which is very rarely, I can manage about 6-8 pints of Carling before I am full and no longer want to continue drinking this. By this point I have probably drank rather irresponsibly and would be rather tipsy.
I like Carling, but I have to confess that to me this tastes much the same as any other lager and if someone told me I could never drink Carling again in my life, but could still drink other lagers such as Carlsberg, Fosters and Stella then I wouldn't care at all.
I often find that if I have had a few Carlings then a few hours after consuming them I start to feel quite dehydrated and need to drink water, but this is no worse than with other lagers.
~ Conclusion ~
I enjoy this drink now and then, but it is very similar to other lagers on the market and I wouldn't particularly recommend Carling over any other lager.
I must admit we only buy this because it is cheap and I'd much rather have a bottle or two of ale or even a glass of wine, but buying a crate of lager means that I can have a few at a time more regularly at a cheaper price.
Weekends at my mothers mean one thing....good food and plenty of drink on tap! I like lager and so my mother and stepdad buy that in for me, this weekend was no exception with cans of this stocked up in the fridge all for me!
I know this is on tap in bars and pubs cos I drink it there however when it comes to how I have seen this packaged I have only ever seen it in cans which is what I am actually currently supping whilst writing this review!
The can itself is white, black and grey on colour and to the front and back of it we are clearly told that it is Carling 'Since 1840' Lager and that it contains 4% alcohol and we are also told that it is made Burton-Upon-Trent then down the sides of the can other information listed includes being told the nutritional content, that the can I have in front of me is 440ml and that it contains 1.4 UK Units and contact details for the manufacturer are given. You open it with a sturdy ringpull to the top of it and all in all its nice enough packaging and I do appreciate the nutritional information given cos on most cans I have you don't get that!.
The Lager Itself:
This is a light straw colour with a slightly yeasty and malty fragrance to it, not all that fizzy and certainly best served cold in my experience. I appreciate the way this does have a gentle bubble to it though its not ferocious, so it does have some life within it. Course you can mix this or drink it as I do, alone and chilled!
I like the fact that this lager has a natural but not overpowering sweetness to it, it doesn't have a bitter edge to it and its light in alcohol content compared to many lagers on the market.
It does have a slight tinny aftertaste to it which I put down to the malty flavour it contains but this is a refreshing lager and I really like it to be honest though do be careful it does bloat your belly!
Available from all good supermarkets etc and my stepdad pays about £15.00 for 20 cans in a pack from place like Sainsburys though you can buy packs of 4 of this in all over the place for about £4.00 too!
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I've been drinking this alcoholic beverage for years. I've tried many other lagers but I have never liked one but this. Carling is not bitter and its not too sweet either. It's perfect as it sits in the middle and leaves a great aftertaste on your tongue. If you pour it correctly out of the can on the side of a cold glass you get a little bit of froth and it is extra nice for that extra bit of flavour and texture. I best like this alcoholic beverage served cold. There's nothing like a sip of this after cracking open the can after a stressful day.
A lot of people look down on me for drinking this product. I get told that I am a woman and should be drinking wine or spirits and I say hell no. I had a bad experience with it and since I have only ever drank Carling. A woman can drink what she likes. I personally like this product with a little blackcurrent to make it a lager and black. The lager doesn't go flat quick and if you don't add blackcurrent you can still see the bubbles a couple of hours after it has been poured. Though I don't know who waits that long.
The product itself comes in a can or bottle depending on whether you get anything other than just Carling. I have tried Carling zest which came in a glass bottle which had a great tinge of orange. You can't taste it through drinking it but you can definitely taste it afterwards. The original Carling alcoholic beverage is of a dark yellow colour. However, when buying from a pub light yellow because it is watered down I imagine.
I highly recommend this product but as this is an alcohol review I must say, be safe when you drink it. The prices of this product also vary, but at the moment Sainsbury's are selling a crate of 15 for £8.
Carling is the most ubiquitous brand of lager sold in the UK. It has a rather unsophisticated taste and seems watered down compared to premium continental brands. It is cheaper, but often flat and I would rather pay the extra for better quality. Served cold on a hot day it can be refreshing, but it wouldn't be my tipple of choice. In pubs Carling is significantly cheaper than the mark up on other brands, but it is not as good value in the supermarket. Deals on other brands make Carling worse value for money when consider its quality. I think the UK produces better real ale than lager and the lager we drink is best from Czech Republic or Germany. The target market for Carling seem quite happy with it though as it quenches first and gets you drunk. This isn't really a brand for a discerning customer though. I don't normally buy this product.
Some may say this is the "cheap and cheerful" option, but I must strongly disagree. Although it is the budget option, it is by far the best you can buy for your money. When I decide to have a drink (as I often do on weekends) this is my preferred larger over the more predominant brands, and another advantage is it goes down smoothly, not wreaking havoc on your stomach an hour or so later. Also the taste is great, it doesn't taste cheap as other budget brands do and seems very smooth and thirst quenching, refreshing you as you drink, unlike other brands that either seem to make you extremely thirsty or just overly bloated.
I would definitely recommend this as a cheap afternoon pint or even as a weekend drink. One problem I have noticed though is the morning after headache, even if you've only had a little to drink. so be warned, although this is the best choice as far as a cheap drink goes, even in some respects better than the more outstanding brands, this does have a nasty kick in the morning at times, no matter how little or much you've had. So one bit of advice: make it a good night!
What does the popularity of this Canadian moose piss prove? Most Brits are white-van driving Sun readers who wander about with their arse crack out and obviously haven't got a clue about lager. Or anything else for that matter.It just goes to show we should ban adverts - too many morons get brainwashed by pretty pictures and catchy slogans and end up buying magic shampoo and beer that tastes like bath water.Here's some slogans for you ...."I bet he drinks Carling Black Label .... he's a retard""Carling. Brilliantly depressing""Your best bet for no flavour""You know who your mates are ..... the other ones in the bar with their knuckles dragging on the floor trying to remember what day it is drinking the same pint of stagnant pond water as you."I'd rather drink fresh piss from Kate Middleton's fanny.......... now there's a thought.
I like a good lager. Budweiser Budvar (not the horrific US version) and other Czech beers are usually refreshing and tasty. But Carling epitomises everything wrong with a lager. Gassy, metallic and thin, it amazes me that modern brewing technology can produce something so appalling from hops malt and yeast, though I suspect that many unnatural ingredients such as flaked maize or rice grits have found their way into Carling. It has a sharp, acrid initial bite and the aftertaste is stale and quite offensive. I would think carefully if forced to choose between drinking a pint of Carling or a pint of my own urine. The only good thing I can say is that it's marginally less disgusting than Australia's bum steer, Fosters or most mainstream US brands (Coors, Millers, Budweiser). I can only assume that those who like this beer have been donors in a brain transplant.
Avoid like the plague!
I thought about this a lot, generally my reviews are fair and often I review things I really like, so they never have much bite to them, well unfortunately I saw Carling lager and thought i'd give it a review.
I think i've got enough experience to review the product, i've probably bought most lagers it is possible to drink over the years either in pubs, bars or at home and Carling has been a lager which has been forced on me at numerous events as it sponsors a number of UK music venues meaning once you get to the bar it has a virtual monopoly on what is available. The trouble is its bland and unexciting and gassy, it also feels old fashioned and outdated.
Carling is a UK brand and it is about as fashionable as Arsenal's defence at the moment, it is a gassy lager which doesn't have any special selling point, its solid lager, end of.
When I go to the supermarket, my preference is for a bottled beer as cans feel old fashioned and outdated, i'd only use cans for parties or for exceptional beers which I wanted to hold in bulk, Carling is the former a cheap party drink and the kind of drink you accept when nothing else is left in a bar.
It has a metallic after taste, is horribly gassy and really does taste a bit industrial, it doesn't mix well with lemonade, I wouldn't suggest it for any meal except a curry which is so hot you can't taste anything anyway as it isn't subtle enough to combine well with other tastes.
The beer comes in a bland black and white can with the carling logo down the middle, it can be bought in all good supermarkets, when we have a party I have occasionally bought a couple of 12 packs for £16 in Sainsburys, the can contains just under half a litre in 440ml measures and it is fairly reasonably priced compared to other lager, a four pack costs roughly £4 and a 20 pack costs £15, it is available in all good supermarkets, off-licenses and bars, it is always on offer in Asda, Sainsbury and Tesco and understandably as it has a distinctive flavour which some may love but I find unpalatable.
Overall, there are much better lagers on the market that taste fresher, combine better with other things and are enjoyable, this is endurable which really shouldn't be a reason to buy it.
Arguably one of the pioneering drinks in Great Britain. It was originally brewed in Canada but made the transition to Britain in 1952. Traditionally a nation of ale drinker Britain took time to adjust to this new drink but a massive advertising campaign in the 1970's and the production of carling in Cans increased its brand awareness and allowed people to drink it at home.
To this day it is still one of the nation's favourites. At just 4% it is not as strong as its continental competitors but its light flavour and cheap price keep it ahead in terms of consumption. 1 in 4 pints sold in the UK is a pint of Carling.
Best served cold this iconic lager is great on a hot summers day and is a welcome refreshment after a long day of work or play.
I can quite honestly say that this is my favourite standard lager. If it ceased to exist then I would shed a tear and switch to fosters, almost as satisfying but just not quite the same.
If you're looking for a general average lager, staying away from the premium stuff and being a bit kinder to your pocket without sinking to the lowest of rubbish lagers, then you could do a lot worse than Carling. brewed from 100% British barley, it's a 4% ABV (alcohol by volume) lager that has a nice smooth taste to it. It's been around for quite a while now, and you often find it in a bar in lieu of Carlsberg, if you want something to make a comparison with - rarely would you see the two next to each other on a pump.
You can tell a lot about a beer by how the first mouthful tastes. With Carling, I find there's a refreshing feeling (especially on a Friday afternoon after work!) and not too gassy. Quite often, beers end up being overly gassy and that first sip you expect to be luxurious ends up being more of a struggle to get down. However, with Carling, there's that soothing aspect.
The taste is also vital, and the way the beer slips down the throat also carries with it a certain subtle barley taste to it, and it has a really indulgent and generic element to it that makes you really want to finish drinking it. Nor does the taste disappear, and after you finish your first, you're likely to want another pretty soon after! You get the feeling that the taste is well preserved as well, and Carling have actually made a lot of effort, especially with their cans, to keep the taste at top level for that much longer. The cans explain it on the side, pointing out that there's a two stage 'in can' liner and an improved seam that prevents any inner friction that may change the chemical balance of the beer inside. What this means is that when the can is opened, the beer is supposedly as fresh as when it's put into the can. I certainly find it's a refreshing drink, and a beer I thoroughly enjoy drinking.
Another quirky little thing they've done with the can is put a padlock symbol on the side which turns blue when the can is chilled enough so it's cold enough to enjoy it at its best quality. Beer most definitely is better when chilled, and Carling certainly represents this. I've had a warm one, and it wasn't too good, which is the same as a warm drink of pretty much any lager you're likely to find.
Nor do I get much of a chemical headache the next day, or even that same day. I'm not talking about a hangover, as that's a completely different type of headache, but every now and then a beer can give you a fuzzy head that's to do with its chemicals. Drinking too much Carling would naturally give me a hangover, but I rarely get a fuzz headache from Carling. This is a thumbs up for me!
Pricewise at the moment you're not really going to get much of a difference between standard lagers. The 4% ABV allows you to get enough of a taste without feeling the effects too quickly, and at the moment, you can get a pack of 8 cans for £7, which seems to be thereabouts the standard sort of price at the moment. No doubt you'll find some places doing it cheaper, and others will do it more expensive, but this is a good guideline.
I recommend Carling. It tastes nice, and they're obviously making an effort to keep this going. Very generic, and goes down very smoothly indeed, keeping its fizz all the way down without being over gassy. Recommended.
My brother in law drinks too much lager. Like a lot of others he doesn't drink as much as he used to in the pubs but with canned lager still being much cheaper, he does always tend to have a stock in the house and that is really far too handy for him.
In visiting him recently however, during the lovely warm weekend that most of the country enjoyed, I did partake of a few lagers with him. I enjoyed them all the more because he had paid for them.
The brand he happened to have in the house was Carling, bought from his local 'Offy' at 4 cans for £3.75, but of course widely available from all leading licensed outlets as well as on draught in pubs and clubs.
The drink is made from 100% British Barley and is 4% Alcohol By Volume. I am not a connoisseur of lager but I have to say that this one went down very nicely chilled from the fridge. Each can has a padlock indicator on the front which when blue, means the can is at the right chilled temperature to enjoy the lager at its best, or as Carling would say 'to unlock the great taste'.
Brewers have invested a lot in recent years to improve the taste of canned lager, what with the widget and in the case of this Carling canned lager a two stage in can liner ' for great taste protection'. I wouldn't know whether this makes a real difference or not, but my brother in law won't drink cheap and nasty lager so if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for my uneducated taste buds.
I note that each can contains 165 calories and represents 2.0 UK alcohol units. Hardly surprising then that aforementioned brother in law has something of a beer belly.
The ring pull can is metal and fully recyclable.
I enjoyed this lager and would be quite likely to buy it for myself if at a decent offer price.
One of the cheapest branded lagers available and in my view still one of the best. I have been drinking Carling since I could first get served in the pub, and I still more often than not choose it before other more 'exclusive' brands such as San Miguel and Peroni. The big advantage to me about drinking Carling is that it doesn't bloat me as much as other lagers do - I have the unfortunate characteristic of not being able to burp, and so if I drink other brands (such as Stella, Budweiser or say Guinness) I often find myself feeling pretty full after a few pints. With Carling however (like Corona) it goes down very easily and I don't suffer so much for it.
I also like the taste of Carling, particularly compared to other products that are in the same price range. My housemate used to buy Fosters and I could really tell the difference between the two - while the latter would often taste tinny, seem really fizzy, and make you more thirsty, Carling was smooth and refreshing (of course I know that both dehydrate ultimately, but I still felt that Carling quenched my thirst more). It also doesn't seem as heavy as other lagers such as Grolsch and so its perfect if you're having a quick lunchtime pint before having to do something active in the afternoon....
Carling lager is a rather peculiar phenomenon on the British beer scene. It is without doubt one of the most popular brands of lager on the market with me yet to see a pub without an appropriately titled tap or a shop which does not have mountains of the stuff on sale. The reasons for this apparent popularity baffle me as the taste is bland, unnatural and faintly metallic.
Despite the "Extra Cold" branding attempts by Carling in recent years, it seems to be perpetually served warm and flat by pubs up and down the country and the single point of appeal is its price - the lowest you'll see in any drinking establishment. Given the significantly cheaper price of tap water and a much more pleasant & refreshing taste, it is still surprising that people are prepared to pay £2.50 a pint given the relatively small extra outlay for much better brands.
In the shop, you can only typically find Carling sold in cans, mostly down to the cheap brand image. Numerous promotions typically make buying a large crate of the stuff fairly appealing from the pricing point of view. Until you remember what it's going to taste, that is, and put down your 24-pack of Carling to replace it with one of the many other available beer types.
Having said all of the above, I do have friends, who when given the choice of a number of premium & mid-level brands in a pub will opt for Carling regardless and without any consideration of the price. While these people exist, the brand will live on despite no effort to take the lager into the 21st century.
I have never been much of a lager drinker. I prefer wine spritzer or cider. But of late I have enjoyed an ice cold lager at the end of a long day whilst sat out the garden. The summer evenings have turned me into a bit of a lager lover. But the lager that really 'floats my boat' is Carling.
Carling lager is one of Britains most common lagers. It represents quality and good value for money. The white can with the black red and white logo is easily distinguished as the Carling brand. On the reverse side of the can is all the information you need in order to decide if this alcoholic drink is suitable for your needs. Each can has a contents of 440ml of lager. With an alcohol content of 4.1%. This is pretty strong in terms of lager and can certainly pack a punch.
I love the deep barley flavour of this lager. Although it also has a rather bitter kick which counter acts the darkness of the barley beautifully. I also love the fizz which is in this drink. It is very gassy, which I understand some people don't like. But I feel this gassy aspect of the drink, makes it some what more refreshing to my palette.
I much prefer Carling ice cold. I could not even attempt to drink this beverage without it being chilled. The chilling process, changes the taste of the drink. When luke warm the drink tastes tinny, overly bitter and flat. However the chilling process turns this drink into a really good barley flavour which packs a very good bitter kick. The ice coldness of the drink really does hit the spot and makes for a really refreshing beverage.
The cost of Carling will differ greatly, pending on where you purchase the drink. If you are drinking in the pubs It can be from £3 upwards for a pint of Carling. However, if you buy cans from the supermarket to drink at home then they have an excellent offer on in Asda at the moment. 3x15 pack of cans for £15. That is 45 cans for £15. Which is just amazing value. Great for a bbq.
Carling is a bit like Marmite in the lager world. 'You either love it or hate it' when talking to friends, I have come to the conclusion that it is a well aquired taste. My husband doesn't like Carling at all. He thinks it is far too gassy and bitter. He also believes that the lager is quite tinny. So I suppose it is a case of preference.
When opened, I have noticed that the drink of Carling does go quite flat very quickly. It does not maintain it's fizzyness for very long. When flat the Carling looses it's appeal to me.
In conclusion, I think that Carling is a very honest, good quality lager. You know when you purchase this drink, that you are in for a refreshing, deep and rich tasting lager. However, I can fully appreciate why some would find it too gassy. Particularly after a few cans, as it can make you feel slightly bloated.
Ah Carling, whenever I'm feeling a little patriotic at the pub I invariably end up deciding to give Carling "one more chance". Unfortunately it is always as bad as I remember it being. At 3.6% it is amongst the weakest mainstream beers on the market. It is similarly lacking in the taste department, having a very watery flavour. I always think that Carling has a very faint, slightly chemically taste which is fairly unpleasant. It also looks fairly anaemic with quite a pale colouring. It is not really fizzy at all and seems to go flat the second it is poured, which is a major bone of contention for me.
In terms of price it is fairly good, usually a pint in a pub is around £2.20. In supermarkets the 440ml cans go for as low as £1.00 per can, which is amazingly cheap. My advice though would be not to let yourself be tempted by the price because at the end of the day, you get what you pay for.
It's a shame that the beer is so naff because there advertising campaign is actually fairly entertaining (with it's "You Know Who Your Mates Are" slogan). It is also a British beer, which means I want to like it, but I just can't, no matter how hard I try.
All in all then, not really a beer I would recommend. It is decidedly weak in every department; taste, colour, aroma, the lot. It's only redeeming feature is the price, but even that should not be enough to entice you.