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Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner - Florida Beer Company

Hurricane Reef Caribbean PilsnerHurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner

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BA SCORE
67
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47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 20.45%


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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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 17:16:45 | More by jlindros
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 04:35:50 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

2.03/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, sour fruity malts, grain, and some wheat. Wow, the sour fruit and bready malts combine into a truly awful smell. It just smelled skunked, but I don't think the beer has gone bad; I think this is how it is supposed to smell.

t - Tastes of wheat malts, some fruity malts, grain, and light citrus. Not as bad as the smell but quite bland.

m - Light, crisp body with moderate to high carbonation.

d - I wasn't a big fan of this beer at all. It smelled horrible, which was a big turn off. Taste was a little bland as well. I think this might be one of the worst beers I've ever had. I would not want to have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:10:02 | More by mdfb79
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Wasatch

Utah

3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, very little sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, slight spice, and caramel. Light body. Drinkable, not too bad, glad to have had a chance to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 01:23:43 | More by Wasatch
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Dogbrick

Ohio

1.35/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Found at King's Supermarket in Kissimmee, FL. This was a total drain pour. Not sure if it was the clear bottle or what, but this was a real disappointment. Pours a dark yellow color with a thin white head and next to no lacing. Aroma is moderately hoppy with an unpleasant sourness. Flavor is lacking in pretty much every way. Tart and sour finish. Don't they make enough bad Caribbean beers IN the Caribbean? Why make them in the USA?

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2003 12:07:23 | More by Dogbrick
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Brent

Kentucky

1.68/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 04:00:41 | More by Brent
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cjgator3

Florida

2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 05:31:17 | More by cjgator3
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 23:34:58 | More by WoodBrew
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz, clear longneck bottle with twist off cap. "Best by" month and year notched on back label.

This pilsner poured a slightly darker than yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was very minimal while cold, but as the beer warmed a sweetish lager malt aroma came through. The taste was mild: some malt and a sweet (corn?) taste. Very low hop presence but a very slight bit of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth but very light - light body and low carbonation. There was a lingering sweet aftertaste. Not a very memorable pilsner, and I am not sure what the "Caribbean" refers to, as this beer is not even as flavorful as Kalik.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 06:09:12 | More by UncleJimbo
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armock

New York

3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a light smell of pale malt with some grassy hops

T - Follows the nose slightly sweet malt with a touch of grassy hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This really isn't a bad beer its just very average so nothing really sets it apart from other lagers out there buts its decently easy to drink I could drink a few of these while hanging out with friends

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 19:15:15 | More by armock
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Drew966

Florida

2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hurricane Reef Caribbean Style Pilsner pours a fizzy macro yellow with a thin white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. Smells like corn and maybe some malt with some grassy aromas as well. A litle on the sweet side with some grassy flavors. Finish is too sweet and sticks around too long. Not very good, but I would say it compares favorably to Corona and it's ilk.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 00:27:52 | More by Drew966
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granger10

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 14:51:59 | More by granger10
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 01:41:08 | More by daliandragon
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a bright, sunny yellow. An almost greenish cast to the color, like cadmium yellow pigment. Tons of carbonation bubbles rapidly float up through the perfectly clear brew, magnifying my fingers on the other side. A finger's worth of head tops the beer, settling into a thick, even coating. A few sparse blobs of lace cling to the glass, the head keeping at least a thin collar throughout.
The aroma is rather pleasant, with an immediately spicy, floral hopping. Sharp, grainy pils malt forms a solid foundation, with a touch of grass and a suggestion of wet hay. A slight chemical aroma, kind of like Heineken, with perhaps a touch of rice. Not a bad thing, just something I don't particularly care for.
The flavor starts with a sweetish pils malt, the graininess immediately creating a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. A bit of grass and lime breeze through the middle, easing into a fairly hoppy finish. Very floral and spicy, with perhaps an inkling of skunkiness. Maybe that's the Heineken flavor I smelled. Definitely hopped with german varieties, I'd guess some hallertauer in here, with the slightly metallic floral quality. The bitterness is only moderate, definitely in proportion to the malt. A rather quick finish, decent dryness, leaving a lingering pasta/white bread rice aftertaste. Fizzy, effervescent carbonation easily moving the light body across the palate. Crisp, slightly dry mouthfeel.
Not a bad pilsener. I'm not sure what constitutes a caribbean style pilsner, but this is certainly refreshing in the humid, hot weather we're having today. I'd prefer a more agressive hopping, and less of the sweetish, almost sugary malt aftertaste, but it was an enjoyable glass of beer.
Thanks to Mikeys01 for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 23:40:47 | More by UnionMade
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david18

New York

3.73/5  rDev +38.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 20:09:12 | More by david18
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another beer that I had while I was away this summer. Never tried anything from the Florida Beer Company and after having this, I know now that I don't have to buy a Corona to get that same great Corona taste and filling!

This poured light, tasted light, and had a little bit of head. Too bad the lacing was nowhere to be seen. The taste? Well, that's being a bit generous, as the taste here was mostly filler with some skunky-notes behind it for good measure. I suppose a lime or the like would help liven this up a bit, but I've never been one fo put fruit in my beer, nor would I this make me want to start doing that.

Yes, there's alcohol in here but I could think of quite a few other ways to get my fix of that. This is just a step above a macro and nowhere near a pils like Brooklyn or Victory. Only worth a try if you're on a beach in the Sunshine Dead and don't want to get caught dead with a mass-market brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 07:01:39 | More by JerzDevl2000
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 00:28:09 | More by LXIXME
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changeup45

Florida

2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 19:25:52 | More by changeup45
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 04:17:25 | More by paulthebeerguru
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Disney Dolphin. Not near as nice as their pale ale but still drinkable. More like a typical american lager than a true pilsner. Color was a pale gold. with a white head that faded quickly. Aroma was faintly floral, very subtle and little or no malt discernable. Taste was mild. Some doughy biscuit notes and a short slightly dry finish. A little thin on the palate though refreshing. When you consider the other options in the Magic Kingdom this is a nice fall-back beer. This might also do nicely as a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 13:03:54 | More by Citadel82
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errantnight

California

2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:06:59 | More by errantnight
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chickencoop

California

3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance and smell - golden pour with a little head, poured out of the bottle.
Mouthfeel and Taste -pretty good, some banana, not what I was expecting from a lager, but than again, it says caribbean style so I guess that means banana. Easy to drink, mouthfeel light.
Drinkability - I liked it, I would by a 6-pack next time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 05:17:00 | More by chickencoop
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 22:30:48 | More by jwhawkins81
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BeerRun13

California

3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat pale yellow gold with a thin white film on top. Some malt in the nose but some strong corn shows through.
Sweet front with a slightly spicy character. A little bitterness and hops at the swallow. The corn does show through in the flavor.
Light bodied and niceley carbonated.
Not bad... better than Corona. Loose the corniness and it might make a nice lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 01:36:32 | More by BeerRun13
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fattyre

Georgia

2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 19:53:20 | More by fattyre
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Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner from Florida Beer Company
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