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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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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 20.3%
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 theWrkncacnter:
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North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -3%

Pretty average, underwhelming beer. It's fairly sweet, and for something this boring, at least it's got that going for it. The sweetness lingers a little bit though, which I don't find very nice. It's very drinkable and I could see myself maybe having some in the summer if there wasn't anything else around. Kind of tastes like a sweet corona, and given a choice between this and Corona, I'd go for this. Oh, and the label on the beer is a complete ripoff of the cover of the Jimmy Buffet book, "Where is Joe Merchant?" Unless they licensed it.

12-16-2006 23:36:07 | More by theWrkncacnter
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2.9/5  rDev +7%

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.

08-28-2003 20:20:57 | More by DarrellK
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New Mexico

2.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

06-27-2009 00:28:09 | More by LXIXME
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3.18/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

04-18-2011 23:34:58 | More by WoodBrew
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2.7/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

04-05-2008 05:31:17 | More by cjgator3
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2.33/5  rDev -14%

$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.

03-20-2009 04:35:50 | More by tempest
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4/5  rDev +47.6%

09-01-2012 05:23:20 | More by broller
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2.45/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

04-11-2003 19:53:20 | More by fattyre
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-07-2012 00:46:44 | More by LJWalker
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-16-2013 04:57:56 | More by jaydoc
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1.68/5  rDev -38%

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.

10-19-2005 04:00:41 | More by Brent
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2.45/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

09-02-2010 00:06:59 | More by errantnight
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3.2/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

07-11-2009 22:30:48 | More by jwhawkins81
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +37.6%

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.

06-22-2011 20:09:12 | More by david18
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North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

02-09-2007 01:41:08 | More by daliandragon
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

09-08-2012 01:14:19 | More by redfire89
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2.78/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

03-12-2005 14:51:59 | More by granger10
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2.61/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

01-10-2013 17:16:45 | More by jlindros
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-10-2012 15:50:57 | More by tfsimpkins
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

12-21-2011 00:57:45 | More by CGMLS3
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1/5  rDev -63.1%

12-30-2011 03:46:43 | More by Jamstone714
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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)

02-23-2003 00:05:41 | More by Bunnyhop
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-09-2012 22:35:39 | More by animal69
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

07-31-2014 02:37:52 | More by Donkster46
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2.88/5  rDev +6.3%

2/18/2008. Just relocated and this one is a local brew. About what you would expect as far as appearance and aroma for the style. Very thin head that dimished quickly. Very light and refreshing. It is what it is, nice and refreshing and great for a warm day. Not going to blow you away with flavor but it's got some. I'd have it again. Next time I'll just slug it from the bottle. It's that kind of beer.

08-26-2008 19:25:52 | More by changeup45
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Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner from Florida Beer Company
67 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.