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Not the greatest beer of all time (by any stretch of the imagination!)
Member Name: millwallcris1885
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.
Summary: Give it a swerve!
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