Showing It Can Be Done
A Review of Tuborg Guld (Gold) by Carlsberg Brewery
Posted on 7/9/2012 by Chops
On a recent trip to the Baltic region of Northern Europe, I made a very interesting discovery. For the most part, even the bad beer is still pretty good. I had already tried the big Danish domestic: Carlsberg Lager. As an American, I expect popular beer to taste like rancid toilet water. But much to my surprise, Carlsberg Lager was actually an okay beer. So based on that discovery, I decided to try another brew from the Carlsberg product line: the Tuborg Gold. As a little history tidbit, the Tuborg Bryggerier was founded in 1873 and bought by Carlsberg in 1970.

In the glass, this beer has a straight golden coloration that resembles apple juice. It comes with a frothy white head that has good retention. On the nose, I detected lemongrass with a dusting of herbs. The body ended up being surprisingly full for the style, which was a pleasant surprise. It had a creamy nature which translated into a smooth and easy drinking profile. The taste was perfectly foreshadowed by the aroma, nothing but lemongrass and a dash of herbal citrus. As an added bonus, the beer is mercifully free of any metallic undertones. The hops are very mild and only appear on the finish, which exits relatively clean with little aftertaste.

Overall, the Tuborg Gold is actually a fairly decent brew. Granted, it comes nowhere close to competing with craft lagers, but that doesn't mean it should be discounted for what it is. I would happily drink more in a low option situation. While I can't recommend it on the craft circuit, I can certainly recommend it on the mass produced circuit.

I learned a few important things from my visit to Denmark. First, mass produced beer doesn't have to taste terrible. At the very least, large companies can make decent beer. It's possible. I've now seen it. Secondly, I have confirmed that the mass produced American domestic brews are abysmal. Not exactly a new flash, but seeing how other countries treat their baseline products has given me an even deeper hatred for America's big beer companies. It is painfully evident that they are only concerned with peddling the cheapest possible products made from the cheapest possible ingredients to the lowest common denominator.

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