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Endurable rather than Enjoyable
Member Name: paulie1975
Date: 06/08/11, updated on 10/09/11 (99 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, easy to find
Disadvantages: Horrible taste, no redeeming features.
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 The trouble is its bland and unexciting and gassy, it also feels old fashioned and outdated.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When I go to the supermarket, my preference is for a bottled beer as cans feel old fashioned and outdated, i'd only use cans for parties or for exceptional beers which I wanted to hold in bulk, Carling is the former a cheap party drink and the kind of drink you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.
Summary: Endurable rather than Enjoyable
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