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Semper Ardens Wiener

Rating: 3.05

Another Carlsberg brewed offering that I picked up and sampled while on holiday in Copenhagen last month, this one being a Vienna lager offering introduced in 2013 as part of their Semper Arden line of beers. Translated from Latin, Sempers Arden means ‘always burning’ and was apparently a motto of Carl Jacobsen, son of the brewery’s founder. The beer is one that I picked up in a Netto supermarket in the city soon after arriving and it’s not one that I was aware they brewed as almost nothing from the brewery except their pale lager and Elephant Beer offerings seem to make it to the UK in any great quantity. I initially grabbed this bottle thinking it was a hefeweizen at first glance, having not realised the it said ‘Wiener’ on the bottle for Vienna and assuming it read ‘Weizen’ so I was a little surprised when I first opened it but either way it’s a new beer that I was happy to try. This offering from Carlsberg will be the third from the brewery that I sampled in Denmark and follows on from the very disappoint King Pilsner and the very average bottle of Tuborg Classic that I reviewed here not too long ago; thankfully this one didn’t prove to be as bad as either of those though.

Semper Ardens Wiener

Appearance (3/5): A light copper coloured beer with amber tinges and a relatively clear body. This one is topped with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is a slightly off-white colour that is almost cream with a foamy texture to it. The head starts to turn a little patchy soon after pouring but some touches of lacing manage to hold on, sticking to the edges of the glass as it fades a little.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a malty nose to this one with some fairly sweet aromas coming through in the early going as well, most notably some caramel and the odd touch of toffee. There was some bread malts and doughy notes around the middle with some background fruits and citrus making an appearance too. Towards the end the nose was slightly floral and further sweetness came through thanks to a light butterscotch aroma.
Taste (6/10): The taste seemed to be a continuation of the nose with some bread malts and caramel to open things up then a little sweetness and toffee featured soon after that. Towards the middle the floral touches from the nose came through alongside some citrus which seemed slightly more pronounced this time around. There was some sugars and hints of vanilla in there was well as we got closer to the finish but nothing really stuck out with this one in truth.
Palate (3/5): Light medium bodied and quite tangy thanks to the citrus coming through a little stronger with the taste. This one was moderately carbonated with a semi-sweet taste, although there wasn’t much bitterness to speak of and towards the end it was quite a crisp, dry beer on the palate.

Overall (13/20): This one was a fairly average beer on the whole, maybe slightly above average if I’m honest but pretty good when you consider it’s a Carlsberg brewed offering and for the most part I’ve found their beers to be pretty poor in the past. The beer came through with a pleasantly sweet taste and some nice malts that were backed up by touches of caramel and toffee as well. Nothing in particularly really stood out about the beer but it was relatively easy to drink and had a decent enough balance without ever really exciting.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Carlsberg Brewery
First Brewed: 2013
Full Name: Carlsberg Semper Ardens Wiener
Type: Vienna Lager
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Netto Supermarker (Copenhagen)
Price: 12 Danish Krone (approx. £1.32)

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  1. April 7, 2016 at 08:39

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