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Carling or my own urine? Tough choice!
Author Name: King Fisher
Advantages: Er, can't think of any except that it isn't Fosters
Disadvantages: Taste, texture, gassiness, that it exists.
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!
Summary: One of the worst beers I've ever tried, not quite the very worst though.
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