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Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner - Florida Beer Company

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Hurricane Reef Caribbean PilsnerHurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner

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67
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-19-2001)
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Reviews by paulthebeerguru:
Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a crystal clear straw yellow color. white head. low retention rate. light, fickle lacing. I could read a newspaper through this beer.

S: huge corn malt aromas, no hop aroma.

T: tastes...caribbean style. light, some flavor, but disappointing. too much corn malt for me.

M: low bodied, medium carbonation, very clean.

D: very easy to drink. decent pils, but too much missing for me. needs some hops, to accompany the massive corn flavor.

paulthebeerguru, Feb 16, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of DarrellK
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despite the disadvantage if being brewed by Ybor and the clear bottle, this Pilsner stands up decently. There is a reasonable hoppy nose and a surprising mouth for a domestic Pils and a clean finish. Color, head and general body are typcal of the style but I wouldn't put in the crappy Corona class despite the marketing. It's a decent hot day pilsner that is fairly local for me so I may be getting some of the fresh stuff before the clear bottle let's go bad.

DarrellK, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of LXIXME
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light lazy golden color.
White head quickly dies without much lacing at all.
Light sour to citrus and malt aroma.
Aroma follows through in a light sour taste with citrus and malt flavors added.
A light bodied beer that leaves a light sour dry aftertaste.

LXIXME, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hurricane Reef from Florida Beer Company was the second bottle of healing needed after tonights hockey game. The color is a mild cloudy golden…thin, almost non-existent head. Not much to sniff, maybe some grain. The taste is decent. There is a slight citrus to this beer that tastes pretty good. Very good mouthfeel and I could certainly spend some time on a beach drinking this treat. It is interesting….I did not know Caribbean Style Pilsner was even a genre.

WoodBrew, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best By 05 12 2008 etched on neck of bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a pretty decent white head that leaves some lacing around the glass. The aroma is faint grainy malt with a touch of spicy hops. The taste is sweet and malty, with a touch of spicy hops in the finish. Overall, this is a drinkable lager to enjoy on a warm day, but nothing to get too excited over.

cjgator3, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of tempest
2.33/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$4 bottle (like all bottles) at Zeke's in South Beath. Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a tall white head. There's something off about this beer. There's a strange lemon fruitiness that makes me wonder if the brewers have an odd sense of creativity, or there's just a mild infection. Still, basic pale malts shine through along with hints of spicy hops. The lemon kind of ruins it for me though. I can't recommend this beer.

tempest, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of broller
4/5  rDev +46.5%

broller, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of fattyre
2.45/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a smallish lightly clingy quickly dissipating white head. The body is thin and watery. The smell is sweet (slightly breadlike?) and slightly sour. The taste is slight sweet with an underlying sourness and a mild spicy hop finish. Overall an unobtrusive drinkable but completely boring beer.

fattyre, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Brent
1.68/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The best I can say for this beer is that is was a little short of ghastly - one of those beers where you buy a six-pack, and then wonder what you are going to do with the other five. Pale yellow leaning toward gold. Some sweet malt in the aroma. Flavor was redolent of sweet corn and cane sugar with a clashing bitterness at the finish that did nothing to help. Much as I tried, I simply could not warm up to this beer. I even tried adding lime, since that can make Corona marginally drinkable on a hot day, but the lime was no match for this unenjoyable brew.

Brent, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of errantnight
2.45/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I can't say I'll be terribly sad to see my beer of the month subscription come to an end... but it's certainly helped me recalibrate my tastes!

This brew pours a rich, golden hue with some thick white head and tight bubbles, but holds only moderate retention and lacing. Still better than the macros.

On the nose this is slight, hints of stale cracker and some honey notes coming from what little hops there are and the pale malt base.

This is... not offensive on the palate, but it's one-dimensional and overly sweet, the malt is not nearly complex enough to stand on its own with so little hop backing, and it comes up short for it.

The carbonation seems right, but it's distinctly medium bodied and sweet up front, which leaves this feeling less refreshing than it should be. It's EASY to drink, and there's no off flavors, so a slight bump on drinkability, I'd take one of these over a Bud, but as a growing aficianado of GOOD pale lagers... this is not one of them.

errantnight, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Definite hop aroma not just the usual bland pilsner.

Appearance - Clear yellow with a thin white head and a decent amount of carbonation as well too.

Taste - Interesting flavor, dry with a malty sweetness and a dry finish. More of a blah flavor than offensive.

Notes - Decent if watery mouthfeel.

jwhawkins81, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of bottles of this on a recent trip to Orlando. Not my favorite lager but not terrible either.

Appearance was lighter than an amber, darker than a pilsner. Good carbonation that didn't go away too fast.

Aroma was slightly malty with some grassy notes.

Flavor was decent and refreshing but nothing out of the ordinary. Not a bad end of the work day beer but nothing I would seek out on my own.

Overall, nothing really to complain about but it just didn't stand out in any way.

david18, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
2.17/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in Key Largo last weekend with a bunch of the other Hurricane Reef brews and a few more promising selections. This pours a classic golden color with almost no head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Nose is slightly sweet and malty but there just isn't much there at all.

Taste is sweeter than average for the style but it seems to come from corn as oppossed to barley. Mouthfeel is tolerable but highly carbonated. Not abysmal but barely a step above BMC, and not remotely a pilsner to boot. Avoid.

daliandragon, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of redfire89
3.25/5  rDev +19%

redfire89, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of granger10
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on a very hot day down in Florida after sweating up a lot playing tennis. Very refreshing qualities in this beer. Not too flavorful but it went down easily. Semi sweet corn flavors and a light spicyness in there. Finish is not crisp as I expected it would be but rather sweet and it kind of vanishes after a few seconds. Not a terrible beer when the right occassion calls for it but I don't think I could drink this any other time.

granger10, Mar 12, 2005
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2.61/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Whoa... what bad reviews so far. Got this in a trade recently thanks to Lukahn (Reddit), normally this would be a great summer beer, but can't wait that long to try it.

At least it's not a screw cap. Pours a large fizzy quickly rising 2 finger head that keeps trying to fade but is quickly reinforced by the millions of bubbles streaming from the bottom, and not just the etch at the bottom of the SA PP glass. As the head fades, the edges fade first and it gets a little pillowy and collapses on itself, but alas no lacing, over a very clear slightly hazed golden pilsner color.

Nose starts a little yeasty, with very light pilsner malts underneath it, a light C02 aroma even there's so much carbonation, a hint of a pale malt maybe, and touch of grassy hops, but it's hard to get much aroma over the crazy yeasty trube aroma.

Taste brings more yeast, again like chewing on the trube. Then sourness, a slight infection like sourness or just a terrible beer flavor, not sure which. Light metallic tinny flavor, little adjunct malt, and a soda like sweetness really has a Sprite like flavor. Light gritty but semi dry finish, little yeast and sour Sprite flavor as well as lots of bleh!

MOuth is somehow both thin and gritty, grimy, way too much carbonation too.

Overall, I can see why this got bad reviews. It's hard to tell if infected or just a really bad beer, with the sourness, tinny flavors, yeasty overkill, way too much carbonation, and very little malt to begin with, and no hops. No way I'm gonna finish it.

jlindros, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of tfsimpkins
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

tfsimpkins, Feb 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev +9.9%

CGMLS3, Dec 21, 2011
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1/5  rDev -63.4%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Bunnyhop
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear, golden yellow Carribean Style Pilsner with a smallish, lightly clinging, dissipating, white head. The smell is slightly sweet. The taste is slightly sweet, with a mild hoppy, musty finish. The body is thin in my mouth. Overall, I found this Pilsner boring wih a dead after taste.

(source: Beers Across America)

Bunnyhop, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of Dheil
4/5  rDev +46.5%

Nice light tasting beer for hot days

Dheil, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of animal69
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

animal69, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev +19%

Donkster46, Jul 31, 2014
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Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner from Florida Beer Company
67 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.