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Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner - Florida Beer Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 53
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-19-2001

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 53
Photo of a0lbudman
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Hazy golden color with a large white head that leaves a good lace around the glass
S-malt and hop mixture
T-hop and malt mixture with a hop bitter aftertaste that is not overpowering
M-light body and heavy carbonation
O-good beach beer with some hop flavor. I could see myself on the beach with one of these (309 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,522 characters)

Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of armock
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 (468 characters)

Photo of errantnight
2.46/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.35/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.22/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
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. (450 characters)

Photo of changeup45
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.69/5  rDev 0%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
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. (369 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
2.18/5  rDev -19%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of theWrkncacnter
2.67/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (545 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.46/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
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. (534 characters)

Photo of Brent
1.7/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of granger10
2.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in clear bottle and looks a lot like Corona.

Pours a light golden color with decent carbonation and a nice frothy head.

The smell is a little citrusy and a hint of a chemical flavor.

The taste is crisp, sweet and citrusy. A lot like Corona. Mostly smooth with a bit of a chemical taste. Not bad.

The mouthfeel is smooth with just a little bit of a bitter bite.

Highly drinkable in warm weather. Not a lot of punch to it.

The mou (452 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
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! (1,744 characters)

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Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner from Florida Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.