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Generic and tasty
Member Name: pmcds
Advantages: Taste, price, gas, no fuzzy headache
Disadvantages: None really
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.
Summary: Good generic 4% lager
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