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Offline fredthecat

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Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« on: January 20, 2021, 01:16:31 pm »
Does anyone know any numbers for carbonation by commercial brewers?

Ones I found just now from a non-homebrew or beer dedicated source are:

Guinness: 2.2 Vol CO2
Fosters: 2.3
Pilsner Urquell: 2.32
Heineken: 2.39
John Smith's (A popular bitter [never personally had it tho]): a surprising 2.44 ???
bud light: 2.46
stella artois: 2.6
Budweiser: 2.7

sierra nevada pale ale: 2.6

a site called micromaticdotcom seems to be about bartenders discussing CO2 volumes of named beer brands but it is permanently down.



Has anyone here ever carbed with an intentionally low CO2 volume? The cask ale style ~0.8 - 1.3 range? It took a while for me to get used to it, but I did learn to enjoy bitters with low carbonation.

To be honest, I have done a general ~2.4 Vol for everything except the occasional hefeweizen or some belgians for quite a while now. I might try to make things more exact now.




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Re: Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2022, 08:50:12 pm »
ok, im bumping my own thread that is very old, but i was just sipping on a tuborg and noted how significantly gassy it felt for a pale lager and googled.

found this great source of info: https://draftmore.com/product-overview/ don't know how accurate it is, but anyway

Beer Type   CO2 Volume
Albani Odense (Alle typer)   2.6 – 2.75
American Lager   2.6 – 2.7
American Pilsener   2.6 – 2.7
Belhaven Twisted thistle   2.3
Bud/Bud Light   2.6
Carlsberg (Alle typer)   2.6 – 2.75
Coors/Coors Light   2.8
DAB   2.4
European Lager   2.4 – 2.7
European Pilsener   2.4 – 2.7
European Stout   2.3 – 2.6
Faxe   2.7
Fosters   2.75
Fuglsang(Alle typer)   2.6 – 2.7
Fullers London Pride, Ale   2.2
Fur (Alle typer)   2.5 – 2.6
German Pilsener   2.5 – 2.6
German Wheat beer   3.3 – 3.6
Heineken   2.7
Hofbrau   2.5 – 2.6
Hoegaarden   2.95 – 3.0
Jacobsen Brown Ale   2.3
Jacobsen Extra Pilsener   2.6
Jacobsen Golden Naked(Juleøl)   3.1
Keizer Karel   2.5
Kirin   2.7
Killians Irish Red   2.75
Klosterbryg (Aarhus Bryghus)   2.3
König Ludwig Dunkel   2.5 – 2.75
König Ludwig Weissbier   2.75 – 2.9
Kölsch   2.7
Labatt   2.7
Leffe   2.4
Leffe Blond   2.5
Lowenbrau   2.7
Mcfarland Red Beer   2.2 – 2.4
Miller Genuine Drafft   2.7
Miller Lite   2.7
Newcastle Brown Ale   2.2
Pabst   2.7
Pilsener Urquell   2.6
Primus   2.6 – 2.7
Royal(Alle typer)   2.6 – 2.75
Samuel Adams   2.6
Sierra Nevada(All beers)   2.6 – 2.7
Stella Artois   2.5 – 2.6
Sneider Weisse   3.3 – 3.6
Speciale 1900(Haacht)   2.6 – 2.7
Stormflod (Vadehavsbryggeriet)   3.0 – 3.1
Tongerlo Bruin   2.4
Tuborg(Alle typer)   2.6 – 2.75
Vesterhavs Schwarzbier   2.5
Westmalle Mørk(Trappist)   2.2 – 2.3
Weihenstephan Pilsner and Lager   2.5 – 2.75
Weihenstephan Wheat beer   2.75 – 2.85
Ørbæk, Fynsk Forår   2.6

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Re: Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2022, 11:31:22 am »
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2022, 04:13:01 am »
I am a fan of lower CO2 levels, not liking gassy Champagne like beers.

What is the difference in body and mouthfeel from a 2.2 to a 2.6 and a 3.0 level? The numbers are interesting.

And what about draft vs bottled beer?
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Re: Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2022, 06:19:55 am »
I am a fan of lower CO2 levels, not liking gassy Champagne like beers.

What is the difference in body and mouthfeel from a 2.2 to a 2.6 and a 3.0 level? The numbers are interesting.

And what about draft vs bottled beer?
I am curious about the bottle versus draft carbonation also. I find I need to let bottled commercial beer sit in a glass several minutes before it starts to approach draft taste for the same beer.

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Re: Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2022, 02:16:25 pm »
ok, im bumping my own thread that is very old, but i was just sipping on a tuborg and noted how significantly gassy it felt for a pale lager and googled.

found this great source of info: https://draftmore.com/product-overview/

Interesting find.  Thanks for posting.  Appears to be of Danish origin, and sadly does not include much in the way of UK or US beers, but there's a lot from the EU in general.

Most of the Danish notes are probably easy to figure out (e.g., "alle typer" is "all types"), but if anything isn't clear, I'm happy to translate.

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Re: Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2022, 02:53:20 pm »
ok, im bumping my own thread that is very old, but i was just sipping on a tuborg and noted how significantly gassy it felt for a pale lager and googled.

found this great source of info: https://draftmore.com/product-overview/

Interesting find.  Thanks for posting.  Appears to be of Danish origin, and sadly does not include much in the way of UK or US beers, but there's a lot from the EU in general.

Most of the Danish notes are probably easy to figure out (e.g., "alle typer" is "all types"), but if anything isn't clear, I'm happy to translate.


thanks, yes its fairly clear. westmalle mork is westmalle "dark" (dubbel i assume). funny how it only gets 2.3 vol, while all the lagers get 2.6 minimum.

if you are danish, whats your take on faxe stout? faxe products in general hold a spot in my and my friends' hearts here because it was always the cheapest but not too bad beer in my university days, and it was nice having the range of strengths going from 4.5 (some odd one i cant remember)up through 7, 8 and then 10% ABV). faxe 7.7% "festbock" (now slightly altered and rebranded as 'faxe stout') was an imperfect but legitimately good beer i always thought. slight off-notes, little corn and things at its worst, but a ton of flavour overall for a crazy good price.

sadly, i cant get it here anymore.



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Re: Known carbonation ranges/values for commercial breweries?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2022, 03:54:06 pm »


if you are danish, whats your take on faxe stout? faxe products in general hold a spot in my and my friends' hearts here because it was always the cheapest but not too bad beer in my university days, and it was nice having the range of strengths going from 4.5 (some odd one i cant remember)up through 7, 8 and then 10% ABV). faxe 7.7% "festbock" (now slightly altered and rebranded as 'faxe stout') was an imperfect but legitimately good beer i always thought. slight off-notes, little corn and things at its worst, but a ton of flavour overall for a crazy good price.

sadly, i cant get it here anymore.

I used to live in DK, but I don't anymore.  I'm in the US now.  I can't recall that I ever had any Faxe stout, I'm sorry to say.