October 12, 2005

Beer Review (2): Carling

Tonights test object was a Carling – 'Britain's best selling lager'

1. External characteristics:

Its colour is golden. The froth is white, although I think it doesn't froth very much or disappears a little bit too fast.

2. Taste:

The froth is good, the beer has a likeable, even fruity taste, perhaps a whiff of lemon. Nevertheless, like other malts, the aftertaste is a little bitter.


Overall: 8 out of 10


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  1. Skinner

    Andreas, the true Englishman will tell you that you are barking up the wrong tree. Carling and most of the best-selling beers in this country are poor, filtered, pasteurised, carbonated copies of European styles that don't stand up to comparison with continental beers. For the genuine English style there are only two words you need to know – Real Ale. Your best bet is to try the Graduate on the second floor of the union, before going further afield and trying whatever Coventry and Leamington have to offer. Happy drinking!

    12 Oct 2005, 23:42

  2. I agree with EVERYTHING Skinner wrote there.

    Carling is piss, there is no other word for it. You may well find it is a gentle introduction to the average English lager, but it's cheaply made, mass produced and doesn't even START to compare to a decent pint of a good Real Ale. Try a pint of Deuchars IPA if you can find somewhere that serves it – you will be converted. I was. I'd even go with stronger lagers (Grolsch or Stella) before I'd drink Carling.

    13 Oct 2005, 00:52

  3. Barbara

    If I didn't know it better, I'd think that students don't really have much to do in England… But as there are probably no (really good) glaces in England, my brother has to taste other things, of course.
    Well, my opinion is that there aren't very big differences concerning beers… I prefer to taste Cappuccinos (began my list on Thursday ;-) )... or Cocktails, but they're too expencive, here!!

    14 Oct 2005, 00:08

  4. Well even it's taste good but the side effect is really bad. It's similar like smoking. It's nice to puff but leave a rubbish in your lung. Always remember don't drink and drive….! It's dangerous to other people.

    15 Oct 2005, 07:44

  5. Talking about Deuchars IPA, there is this pub in Leamington calledd The Bowling Green, which usually has it on (if it isn't they'll have 2 or 3 good quality, well-kept ales). If you're trying to get a taste of Real Ale, the Cask and Botle in Leamington has a (sometimes even two) different guest ales every week. There you could start forgetting the awful experience of having had a Carling

    19 Oct 2005, 20:00

  6. John

    Oh come on! get me some more beer. I’m indifferent as long as brands go.

    05 Feb 2007, 10:44

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