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- Background -
First off, Carlsberg is not a danish beer, it is brewed in Leeds, even Carlsberg 'export' is brewed in the UK so the idea that the "Danes hate to see it leave" is catagorically false since they never saw it in the first place!!
You may be realising that I dont like Carlsberg and you would be correct: the Carlsberg brand represents everything that is wrong with beer brewing today, because it involves a gigantic corporation brewing millions of gallons of beer a week in huge industrial plants with little care as to the quality of the product they make because they know beer swilling louts will lap it up anyway. Meanwhile their huge economies of scale were nearly putting small independent and micro-breweries out of business (until CAMRA came along that is).
Anyway, this would not preclude them making a good beer for once, so we shall proceed to looking at the beer in question - Carslberg.
- The Beer -
Ok so if it is cold, it can be refreshing, but only so far as any cold wet drink can be refreshing, not because of any other special merits that deserve mentioning. Basically this beer has no taste, its like somebody has taken a mediocre 5% lager and watered it down so that its only 3.8% with no flavour. There are bubbles, so its got that, but it really doesnt do anything for me and I would rather pay a little bit more for a beer with flavour than feel washed out and dejected after drinking this swill.
It also looks like a lager. Thats all there is to say about its looks. The label is fairly nice I suppose.
However, if you happen to be in Denmark and you get the proper carlsberg that they sell (and brew) there, it is a different story. I believe it is a little stronger and has a much fuller taste, so if your over in that region, bring a crate back and don't fall for the deal in Asda because it is a con.
- Other Factors -
There are two things going for this beer!
The first is the price. There is almost invariably some ridiculous deal going on for carslberg which mean that you can get 100 cans for 20p or some such offer. This is great, because it means that if you are going to a party, you can pick up a load of this stuff and then subtly drink some good stuff to yourself while everyone else gorges themselves on Carlsberg.
Second is the adverts. Given that Carlsberg is a huge company that pretty much owns all other mass produced lagers we get in the UK, it has a giant budget for advertisements, and consequentially it has some pretty clever ones, all using the tagline "probably the best lager in the world", which never fails to make me smile.
Basically, the answer to the question "shall we get some carlsbergs?", should always be no!! This is because you won't be happy with what you get, if you know what other (good quality) beers taste like.
I am a huge fan of lager, and there is nothing better than an ice cold beer from the fridge. I love all of the brands of lager, but I have always liked carlsberg the best! Many people I know prefer it also. Normal carlsberg is 3.8% alcohol which means it is by far not the strongest out there! I can consists of 1.7 units, compared to Stella which has 2.2. That is a huge benefit, you will not get as drunk with a few cans of carlsberg compared to others.
I really enjoy the taste of it too, it has a really crisp and clean taste. There is no funny after taste and it Is great out the can, out the bottle or from the tap. It tastes nice all the time and is an all round beer. What's best about it is that it is Normally the cheapest beer on sale I'm the pubs and shops diene to the lower alcohol content. This benefits me because it's so nice to drink.
As a brand they are "probably the best in the world" for lager. They have really pushed there promotions and to my belief are worth a try. They have also been given part of the sponsorship for this years euros (come on england) Ths means that currently they have a special edition can out which is in the style of a football pitch. It will be with us until the euros are over and it says on the can, limited edition.
I bought two 15 can boxes today at tesco for £16, normally it's not that cheap, but very often they will be on offer' which pleases me a lot. There are many different ways you can buy it, from 10 packs to 25 packs. Bottled are great too. You can also but carlsberg export, tips is a stronger beer of there's and also has a clean crisp taste. The beer is well worth trying.
I think carlsberg is mainly drunk by the younger generation and is a huge seller at my local pub. Also the weather spoons pub is selling pints of it for 1.99 at the moment! Great price I believe.
Overall this as a brand is great. I really like carlsberg and have had no problems with it what so ever!
Thanks for reading my review. Hoepe it has helped you decide on your next choose of lager :)
Announcing you beer drinking credentials at the opening of a review is a tricky thing to do without sounding like you have a drinking problem.
I like a drink....no
I've spend most of the past 10 years drinking....hmmm
I drink a lot....erm
I like a drink.... that's a bit better.
I like a drink, and as well as being a frequenter of pubs, I work in a pub and also drink at home a fair bit. 8-12 cans of lager are a define feature of our trolley on our weekly trip to Sainsburys.
I drink a wide range of beer - from ale to lager, stouts to porters. Light, dark - mild, strong and session beers have all quenched, been the start and end to good and bad nights, livened up afternoons, wound down evenings - or just plain been chugged.
Living in Norwich, Real Ale is a real passion. I love real ale for many reasons. Variation in taste and flavor, character and the local beer is just part of local life - its brewed where you live.
So, controversially, I'm reviewing Carlsberg - maybe the furthest beer from a hearty real ale as you can get. Its a larger , its from a commercial brewer and its very fizzy - but I like it.
Its billed as a global beer, specifically a Continental beer. Continental beers are have been a staple of the pub and home drinking market over the past few years, with a few global beers such as Fosters and Bud holding formidable wight this side of the planet, among the staples of Stella and the beer reviewed here - Carlsberg.
The standard Carlsberg we actually have in the UK isn't the same as on the Continent, unless you pick up Carklsberg export. There is a difference in taste as well as ABV between the two - regular Carlsberg only being 3.8% Vs 5% packed into the export.
This drop in ABV gives the beer a much lighter taste, on top of an already light beer. Carlsberg is a very sweet, palatable pale lager originally brewed in Copenhagen, Denmark brewed in the UK in Northhampton. Pale lager is a popular type of beer, its has a refreshing light taste that quenches the thirst and is easy to gulp - with Carlsberg being one of the easiest of the lot to chug. Its far from even a light session ale, such as Ruddles or Abbot ale - being something your more likely to enjoy in a beer garden on a hot afternoon rather than cold evening.
As you may note however, I'm writing this review in the late winter -its infact just snowed and I'm currently drinking a can as I type - and this is down to price. Being one of the cheapest on the market, without stooping to really low ABV budget beer, and its usually part of the most cut price offer. This weeks buy was no exception at 8 for £6.50 - not bad.
As I have a wide palate and a strict budget, I can't afford the expensive bottled real ales I'd much rather be enjoying at this time of year - so I go for value with a keen eye on quality. This beer straddles both, with more of a footing in value. Its got no overwhelmingly strong taste, much like Fosters or Bud, both also mild pale lagers - unlike Heinekien or Stella that do have some strong hops and much more of a deeper, more gutsy taste. The problem with this, more gutsy flavors, is you can go off it, especially if you bought it in advance. Sometime I really fancy a Heiniken, sometimes I can't stand it.
Its cheap, and easy to drink - with food, after work or just winding down. Due to its low ABV its not something you'd drink prepping for a night out - you will spend more time visiting the toilet than the dancefloor.
I buy it because I like to have beer in the fridge and I when I'm on a budget its nice to have a reliable beer stocked up. Lager drinkers get a lot of stick from the real ale crowd, but I like both and although it has a rep for a cheap, commercial beer - it does the job. A low, but acceptable ABV meaning you can have a couple of cans of an evening without any regrets the next day - and its smooth, non-offensive sweetness means you can relax with this or just chug is down to wet you whistle.
I am not really a beer drinker however spirits and strong alcoholic beverages really get me drunk so fast and I tend to get really aggressive so over time I have learnt to drink less alcoholic drinks to which beer serves its purpose well.
Tonight my mate and I stayed in and ordered a lovely Indian take away and to go with it we had a glass a wine each and a couple of beers, lovely to chill with whilst watching celebrity big brother!
We had cans tonight which are dark green and are 500ml in size. On the front and back of the can we are told that they are Carlberg 'Copenhagen, 1847' and that it is 'Probably the best lager in the world...'. Other information on the can includes being told that it contains 3.8% alcohol (1.9 Uk units is in a can this size) that the can is made from aluminium and contact details for Carlsberg are given. Nice enough can this is.
The Drink Itself:
Light golden in colour with a few bubbles in it but it isn't overly fizzy and this isn't strong tasting beer really. It does have a malthy undertone to it but with a bit of a sourness that lingers in the mouth way after it has been consumed and a little too sweet (although naturally sweetened to be fair to it) in my opinion.
For me this just isn't rich enough in flavour and has a cheap taste to it but with 4 cans only retailing in my local corner shop only costing £3.50 for four I guess they are!
Probably the best lager in the world? Sorry no way pass me the Cobra or Stella!
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Cool and crisp it can certainly quench your thirst on a hot summers day and for me the advertising slogan is a stroke of genius. If you don't drink your can or bottle quickly then it goes flat sooner than other brands.
Many pubs in Britain serve Carling, Fosters or Carlsberg but unlike its main competitors it is only 3.8% as opposed to the standard 4%. It also seems that premium lager is becoming more popular with Stella readily available and fosters gold seemingly popping up almost everywhere. If this is a sign of things to come then we may find that weaker brands become a thing of the past.
In supermarkets and local shops expect to pay anything from £7-8 for 8 440ml cans or a crate of 20 for £16. I find this very expensive when for the same price you can pick up stronger (and in my opinion better tasting) Carling or Fosters
To be perfectly honest if any other lager is available they will be my first choice. If Carlsberg is the only lager on offer then I'll have a glass of tap water thanks.
This larger just cant get me drunk.It leaves me with a weird feeling, cant explain it. I am drinking it as i type this though.Not a bad larger, but not the best by any means. Stella is a far superior smoother taste
Ok so I drink quite a bit during the week and generally prefer real ale when it comes to alcoholic beverages but throughout the summer months I find a nice pilsener or lager goes down a treat at a bbq for instance. Recently I bought a 24 pack of Carlsberg lager (Cans 440ml) from my local Netto as it was well priced at just £10.99, which works out at just over 40 pence a can 'Bargain!' I thought.
I remember drinking Carlsberg years ago when I was at Uni and although it never really had much of a kick to it like some of the more continental lagers do it was pleasant enough and its pretty much the same story now I'm sat here drinking it today, except for the fact Carlsberg have watered the strength down to a meager 3.8% as opposed to the original 4%. When I contacted Carlsberg about this matter they replied with a statement with regards to rising barley prices being the culprit and so as to avoid raising the price for their customers they decided to water the beverage down slightly, of course none of this tinkering influences the taste...apparently.
Overall Carlsberg is an ok drink its not terrible but is by no means the best in any category, if you consume a dozen cans of it you might feel a bit tipsy but at the same time if anyone lights a match near you chances are you will spontaneously combust, I'm not sure if this is another Carlsberg cost cutting measure but this lager is extremely gassy. If you want something a bit stronger I'd suggest Carlsberg Export at 5% as it is a decent drink and is priced more competitively than the other 5% lagers on the market such as Stella.
I'm neither a lager connoisseur nor a lager lout. I'm just an ordinary chap who likes a drink of lager from time to time. I always have some in the house, but don't drink that often.
I bought a 4 pack of Carlsberg bottled lager a couple of months ago and I'm having the last one tonight, so I don't think I've got a drink problem (oh - unless you count the 3 barrels of Boddingtons Bitter that I have shipped since the start of the month - Hic!)
To me, lager isn't something to be tipped down your neck in order to feel inebriated. Like all drinks, it is there to be savoured and enjoyed. With lager generally being served cold, that takes away a lot of the taste to me, so chilled rather than ice-cold is my preference.
Everyone is familiar with the 'probably the best lager in the world' advertising. I beg to disagree and would say that in my view, it definitely isn't. It's not a bad drink in itself and slips down well, but to me it lacks a bit of body and taste. It's very thin and insubstantial as a lager.
There are so many good newer, better tasting lagers on the block that Carlsberg can no longer count amongst the top brands and I know others who feel the same.
If they are on a good price offer, I will sometimes buy this brand, but it wouldn't come in my Top 5 lagers. It's better than most supermarket own brands, but then that isn't saying much, is it?
The bottle under review is a 275ml size - too small to slake your thirst really because it will be gone before you know it, but just about the right size in my opinion to accompany a meal. 275ml, according to the bottle is equivalent to 1.0 unit of alcohol. Alcohol content is 3.8% by volume. That's fine by me, because I don't drink it to get drunk.
This drink is still widely available and is stocked by most major outlets, so there are a lot of people out there who do buy it and do like it. I have now finished the bottle. There isn't anything particularly disagreeable about this lager. It's just a bit of an ordinary drink to me.
Now that the Christmas offers are starting to appear in the supermarkets, I'm going to experiment with a couple of brands I've not previously bought I think and leave Carlsberg and other more traditional brands on the shelf.
In keeping with my reviews of alcohol - and my strong review of Export - I felt obligated to warn consumers of the tragedy that is Carlsberg. It used to be a pretty good lager to buy for sporting occassions, or just a casual drink. 8 for £5, a higher alcohol content. Then it all went downhill. Lower %, more expensive, a seemingly more watery taste.
About taste, actually. There's still a distinctive taste which I will admit is better than other cheap lagers out there, like Carling, ugh. It's not bad, but if a pub doesn't serve it right - read, if a pub serves it flat - it is terrible. Likewise for a can that's been open for 20-30 minutes, no hope. I worry that this deterioration will only only continue, and Carlsberg will end up just being a brand of bottled water.
The price is on the lower end for lagers, but stop and ask why? The better choices include Export, for those brand loyal, or Grolsch/Kronenberg, etc, which are all not much dearer. Stop drinking water, and get a real lager!
Carlsberg is my drink of choice and i really like it, if you like a light beer thats not too sweet then this is the lager for you, its got a lovely taste it is 3.8% so its a light beer that wouldnt get you as drunk as their export version which is 5% and sold in silver cans and is also a nice lager but i prefere the 3.8% green can version as its a slower drink that you could have at lunchtime and go back to work after drinking. What i also find so great about this lager is the price it must be one of the cheapest branded lagers out there, it always seems to be on special offer at various supermarkets either 3 4 2 or buy one get one free, and it often works out under 50p a can sometimes as low as 37p . Enjoy!
The other half bought me some of this a few weeks ago because it was on offer (8 bottles for £5) in the local convenience store. I do drink larger and I have drank Carlsberg in the past, but it isn't exactly my "larger of choice." However I am not going to say no to a bottle of beer, regardless of the brand...
When I first opened a bottle of this it was a bit warn and it tasted disgusting. I am not usually a stickler for chilled beer, although it is always nicer chilled, I'm usually able to drink a bottle that isn't ice cold. However if Carlsberg is anything other than freezing is disgusting.
The taste of this larger is very mediocre, it just tastes like your average cheap larger. It isn't particularly fizzy and it doesn't have a distinct taste like other brands (such as Stella), however it does leave a bit of an after taste.
It is 3.8% in alcohol, which isn't particularly strong (compared to other lagers). It comes in a green tin that is either 440ml or 500ml in size and you can also buy it in bottles, as well as in a lot of pubs and clubs.
If there was a good deal on Carlsberg or I was having a party then I might consider buying it again. I would also take a pint of Carlsberg over a pint of Carling any day (because I find that stuff disgusting).
Overall this is a pretty average larger, widely available at a cheap price. Three out of five stars from me.
Carlsberg seems to get mixed reviews on here and I can understand why. It isn't the most expensive lager on the market, it isn't the strongest and it doesn't have the full flavour of some other brands yet it is my number one choice when it comes to drinking a pint of it in a pub or for having a can at home.
It may be because the taste is rather generic and non offensive why I enjoy it, it certainly isn't as fizzy and carbonated as say Fosters and doesn't taste as full and rich as Stella Artois but it goes down nicely and always refreshes and sits happily on my stomach. I'm by no means a binge drinker and rarely drink to get drunk anymore but even if I have over indulged in the past I find that I don't have the usual furry tongue and banging hangover that I have had when drinking other beers and lager.
Recognisable in the distinctive dark green can and cleverly marketed with the tag-line "probably the best lager in the world" it is a brand that you can't fail to know. Brewed in Copenhagen, Denmark the can informs you that it has been brewed since 1847 and "has preserved its fine Danish heritage by creating a superior, well balanced lager with a distinctive refreshing taste"
By no means the strongest lager available at only 3.8% volume and often described as "Dishwater" by people who prefer the premium brands I feel Carlsberg has a bad and unfair reputation. Like any alcoholic drink there will be people who use it as a means to get off their faces' and will be a favourite with binge-drinkers, however for me, it's a lager that I always buy and have in my fridge to enjoy a can or two on a weekend night whilst sat in front of the television.
I like it, it provides a refreshing cold drink that doesn't overpower or leave me with a headache and for that reason it rates very highly with me. Costing around 90p for a single can and coming in 440 or 500ml size tins Carlsberg is quite often on offer in supermarkets in boxes of 12, 15 or 24 cans and can vary in price depending on the time of year. Being Christmas there are plenty of excellent offers on at the moment and you can easily pick a box up for as little as £5.00.
As already stated, it is my lager of choice and for that reason from me it rates 5/5 Dooyoo stars.
First of all, let me start this review by quickly telling you that Asda are doing a deal on crates of Carlsberg Export (date: 30/10/09) at the moment (same as Carlsberg but 5.0% instead of 3.8%) and it's £5 for 15x275ml bottles, Lovely!
Carlsberg is the 4th largest brewing company in the world, with their main product being Carlsberg lager and they are often sponsoring sporting events.
So, i'm sure you've heard Carlsberg's advertising slogan "Probably the best..." in the world, and whilst many would agree that Carlsberg lager is probably not the best lager in the world, like with everything its always a comprimise, I agree with many others that Stella or Kronenberg are nicer drinks, but you pay more of a premium.
For the price, I do think that Carlsberg is 'probably the best...' though i'll always go for and recommend Export if it's there, for the higher alcohol content and crisper taste.
My advice when it comes to buying lager, think when you're going to be drinking it... If you're going to be drinking it with a nice meal etc then go for the more premium brands for that nicer taste, and if you're going to be drinking it socially at a party etc then Carlsberg is the perfect mix of taste and price.
Carlsberg or Carlsberg Pilsner is a lager that was originally brewed in 1904 and can be found to have an ABV of 3.8% - 4.2% depending on where you are in the world. Unfortunately, if you are in England, it's going to be 3.8% Known in other parts of the world has Hof, the Danish word for court, as it is a lager which is by royal appointment to the Royal Danish Court.
Back in my student days, thriftyness was one of my virtues and regurlarly upon visiting the Student's Union a pint of Carslberg at £1.70 always seemed like a good idea. And it was - eventually I got drunk and my wallet hadn't taken a huge battering. The downside was that this beer tasted watery, failed to keep a good head and was not particularly lively.
Giving Carlsberg the benefit of the doubt having been served to be my people who, let's be honest, don't really know how to keep beer, I sampled it in other pubs - both company run establishments and free houses. Alas, even in these places, Carlsberg failed to redeem itself. It doesn't taste terrible - it just doesn't taste like you're really drinking beer.
However, in these tough economic times, Carlsberg does serve the purpose of being cheap - especially when bough in bulk from supermarkets where 32 cans can often be purchased for £15. Even better news for the thrifty is that it can now be found at Wetherspoon pubs at the low low price of £1.80 in some instances.
I may be being a tad unfair, I do like stronger lagers that bombard me with a strong taste so don't take my word as gospel over this. But you know what? Probably the best lager in the world? Probably not.
I have been an on and off drinker of Carlsberg for the past ten years. It's most normally my larger of choice when out at a bar. However, Carlsberg has also increasingly become my carry out drink of choice. Mostly due the price but also it's easy to show up at a party or somewhere with a 12 pack and offer a few out to seem generous and still have enough left yourself.
A bit about Carlsberg
Carlsberg is a Danish brewing company that was founded in 1847. The company is reportedly named after the founder's son who was called Carl. The headquarters for the brewer are in Copenhagen in Denmark. On a recent visit to Denmark I was surprised to see that Carlsberg was not very widely sold in its home country. Seems a bit like Fosters in that way.
In the UK Carlsberg is widely available in both pubs and off licences. Currently Tesco are selling a 12 pack for £8.99, a 24 pack for £14 and 15 packs for £10. I normally buy mine in the can format of 440ml but it's also comes in a smaller bottle which is generally more expensive. Recently my local Tesco sold a 15 pack for £5 if you spent over £30 which was a really good deal.
Carlsberg the main sponsors of Liverpool FC and has its named on their shirts and have been since 1991. It's also a secondary sponsor of the Republic of Ireland international football team.
Nutritional information - Per 100 ml of 440ml can
I have been a fan of this lager for the past ten years. It is normally pretty cheap as a carryout drink and I find it to be very easy to drink. Out of can the drink is not overly carbonated and if poured into a glass it would be very hard to keep a head on the beer for any more that a minute or two. The beer should only be served chilled as it looses a lot of its appeal warm.
Taste wise and when served in a good pubs I find it very easy to pick out distinct flavourings of hops, malts, pine and even a hint of sweetness perhaps bananas or apples but that could be just I sign its turning me bananas. However that being said I think this beer strikes and excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness which is perhaps which makes it so easy to drink. I would definitely recommend this lager to any lager or beer drinker.