Brewed by South African Breweries (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Sandton, South Africa


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.94/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Recognised as being a beer thats full bodied, well rounded and truly rewarding, Carling Black Label is strong and full flavoured, with a low bitterness and a distinctive fruity aroma.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, - FEB 5, 2013
Straight from the bottle. Slightly above average pale lager, a bit more malty but also a bit grainy and corny. Sweetish, decent body but still nothing special.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
nazzty (1376) - dkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2017
Strange metallic bitter aftertaste that really dont want to leave after a zip of this watery lager. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerLieutenant38 (64) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 23, 2017
Pale, golden with small white head. Grainy aroma. Medium sweet favour with a light bitterness in the background. Thin texture, not much happening in the finish. Unremarkable, but decent industrial lager that is a welcome after-work refreshment.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lore (2626) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 5, 2017
tasted in parallel the versions brewed in Botswana and South Africa - and they are quite different. South African version: clear golden colour, medium sized typical pale lager head; aroma of grains, some citric notes, hay and bread, maybe hints of herbal notes, too; taste is the same with corny sweetness; points: 4, 3, 4, 2, 7 - 2.0 The one breved in Botswana: brighter golden colour, medium sized white head; aroma of grass, hay, acidic and metallic notes; taste is the same with metallic-artificial like bitterness as well as some cardboard; points: 2, 3, 2, 1, 5 - 1,3 In summary: it is strange that these two beers are aliased despite the obviously different recipes. I tried to give the average of them as rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
androman (2219) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2017
33cl bottle at work. Sweetish cornish poor lager. Easy to drink, refreshing, hasnt seen too much barley or hops. Waste of water.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
AntonyWilson (332) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 23, 2016
340ml Bottle: Pours a crystal clear light golden with thin white head. Subtle fruity aromas that are over powered by a metallic note possibly from the bottle cap. Bitterness is more than the average lager with a definite apple flavour as well. Finishes sweet with medium carbonation. Medium light bodied which works well in summer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Vighals (3821) - Srumsand, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2016
Gammel utgtt 340 ml flaske, men m jo bare teste. Ser fortsatt bra ut, gylden brun klar med fingerhyt hvitt skum. Er nok litt FOR gammel denne, lukter rdvinseddik. Noe ntteaktig karamell sitter igjen. Smaken var eddik, med noe stlighet. Kan ikke rate til noe annet enn snitt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mkel07 (5742) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle from Copper & Oak Liquor Merchants 200516. Nothing to get too excited about with this beer, just another pale lager really. Thin bodied with a low lying white head. I didnt realise that this was the South African version until I read the label.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
visionthing (5243) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 5, 2016
33cl can as a gift. Pours clear, pale golden with a rather small, white head. Grainy and slightly fruity aroma (ripe pears) with hints of cooked vegetables and hops. Moderate sweet and much cleaner and less sweet than expected - even some bitterness is noticeable. Fairly easy to drink, but far from interesting, but I have certainly tasted worse.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
climberbob (455) - Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Can into glass in Malawi. Golden w decent white head and moderate carbonation. Minimal aroma of hay. Initial taste has distinct corn flavor that turns into a bit of a lingering sweetness followed by very mild grassy hop notes and watery finish at the end. Slightly slick almost creamy mouthfeel but not particularly pleasant. Will not be going back to this one. Ingredients listed as water barley malt (gluten), maize extract and hops. 5.5%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FraekkeFyr87 (518) - - MAY 3, 2015
The aroma is full of hops and corn. The taste is full of hops and honey. Typical pilsner color. Not that impressing but I have grown a big fond of this beer since the first time I traveled to South Africa. I have become a decent drinker of this beer, drinking it on a daily basis on my 14 days long vacation.

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