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Kaliber - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
60
poor

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 33.33%


Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-07-2002)
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Dope

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

No bottling date.

A: Pours a crystal clear red/amber. Tall, frothy white head. Head fades slowly with heavy lacing and great retention.

S: My first thought upon sniffing it was green tea, oddly enough. I'm not sure why. There is a bready sweetness to this as well.

T: Huh. Some malty sweetness but again with the tea. Some ...steamed vegetables in the finish and aftertaste. Bleagh.

M: Pretty thin as you'd imagine. Higher carbonation leaves it prickly.

O: I poured this one out pretty fast. Lots of tea and vegetables. And neither in a good way. Whew. One of the worst I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:27:56 | More by Dope
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mikebraun1225

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best tasting NA beer I have had so far. way better than O dools and St pauls. my dad who likes Guinness tried it and like it. I would recommend this to anyone. it is a Good malt beer highly recommended they need to make more NA malt beers like this this is an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 16:17:37 | More by mikebraun1225
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. The label claims less than 0.05% ABV. Picked up a little while back from a discount store.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with faint floating sediment and plentiful carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that persists for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet stewed grain and little else; perhaps a touch of cooked veg/leaves. Unimpressive.

Tastes of steamed grain with a mild finish. Notes of grain, unfermented malt, faint caramel, overcooked veggies and a hint of stewed leaves. Slightly sweet, with a very weak bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, watery body. Aftertaste of cooked grain.

Not very wonderful. I know alcohol-free beer is there to meet a specific need, but this is just gross. Looks decent - this is the best thing about it. The aroma and flavour consist primarily of sweetish stewed-grain and a hint of cabbage water. Watery body. Lacking in substance and character - if I needed to avoid alcohol I don't think I would choose this. Give it a miss.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 22:52:09 | More by jazzyjeff13
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mralphabet

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Nice amber color with a big fluffy white head that settles to nothing with no lacing.

S: I'm getting sweet grainy malt.... No hops at all, good news is I'm not getting corn in the sweetness.

T: No bad, matches the smell.... Sweet malt, hanging on the caramel side.... Really much more flavor than I was expecting from a NA brew. Clean finish.

M: Light bodied with lots of carbonation, has a nice clean aftertaste.

D: It is a NA beer but is really not too bad. So if you are looking for NA, this one is worth a look.

(From Notes)

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:08:59 | More by mralphabet
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RobeerCop

Michigan

4/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no one size fits all when it comes to beer. On an average workday, I prefer to avoid alcohol. Personal preference. I tend to save it for the weekends when I am not working. Come home from work, and what is in the fridge? Kaliber. Thank the beer gods. I enjoy NA beer. It gets a bad rep, but it is evolved. Beer has evolved over the centuries. Maybe NA beer is the next step?... maybe only the whispers of time will tell. I am probably a damned heretic for saying so, but this stuff is much needed. I wish they took high quality beer and removed the alcohol. Yes, Kaliber is not high quality beer. But it is refreshing and super-drinkable.

I'mma gonna have another now....

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 03:03:27 | More by RobeerCop
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kojevergas

Texas

2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was only out of my devout faith in Guinness that I picked this up. .50% ABV confirmed. "Malt Beverage." "Serve Ice Cold." 71 Calories. 10.3g Carbohydrates. 0g Fat. 1.4g Protein. "Imported by Diageo Guinness USA, Norwalk, Connecticut." "Product of UK." "Bottled by Diageo Great Britain, Ltd., Runcorn, UK under license from Diageo Ireland." In other words, this isn't from the Canadian Guinness producer. 12 fl oz bown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of bad cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty standard looking, but not pale and weak like most low alcohol beers. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Very festbier-esque. Caramalt, heavy grainy character, corn adjunct, mild floral hops, and a bit of pale malt. Malted barley. Clean and generally appealing, but boring and bland. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Somewhat artificial and treated. A mild strength aroma.

T: Graininess is dominant. Some corn/grain adjunct rounds it out. Mild floral hops. Light grass. Malted barley. Caramalt. It definitely comes off artificial and constructed, but it's still not awful. Balance is okay. Build is okay. I wouldn't quite say I like it, but there's nothing overtly horrendous about it. Decent all around, if bland and boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit thin. Definitely weak. Horrid presence on the palate. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A rather pedestrian beer. That said, if you're looking purely at low alcohol beers, it's rather flavourful. I might get it again in some fictional scenario in which I have to have a non-alcoholic beer, but otherwise I won't be revisiting this one. I love a lot of Guinness products, but this is not one of them.

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 06:48:04 | More by kojevergas
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Spikester

Oregon

2.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber gold with one finger of snow white head and modest lacing.
Smell is lightly floral.
Taste is sweet and malty with a kiss of euro hops.
Mouthfeel is fine for the style and lingering carbonation.
Overall a bit too sweet for my tastes. Has some apple juice like character.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 06:12:51 | More by Spikester
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SLeffler27

New York

3.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden in a pilsner glass with a thin, foamy white head that is short lived and leaves no lacing. Carbonation streams from within.

The aroma is reminiscent of caramel candy and caramelized sugar, but little else.

Heavily leaning toward a malt flavor profile, only a touch of bitterness can be discerned. There is no real finish in this “beer soda”, however, lots of toasted grain can be found.

The body is thin and fizzy with obviously no alcohol.

Given what this is, it seems a good example of “non-alcoholic” beer. However, it lacks most of what I personally seek from the experience of drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:32:29 | More by SLeffler27
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metter98

New York

2.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a high to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell isn’t very pleasant and has aromas of wort, cracker malts and cereal.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer looks impressive when poured but after that it’s all downhill. I wouldn’t try this again as there are other low alcohol beers that are much more palatable than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 23:06:01 | More by metter98
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good pour yields a little over half a finger of fizzy white head. Body is a light amber color with a load of bubbles rising bottom to top. Head dissolved to a thin ring in less than half a minute.

Smells odd and malty. Perhaps a little bread or crackers? Either way, it isn't good.

Flavor is light, perhaps bordering on watery, but you get light crackery malt with a hint of pepper and fresh grassy hops. Definitely got your sweet corn adjunct flavor, but you expect that and can't really take points off for it in this style. Not too bad at all.

This is very fizzy. It almost has the body of seltzer water with how light and fizzy it is. It goes down so quickly it takes more sips than usual to get at the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 21:24:43 | More by CFHMagnet
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.18/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice medium to dark orange amber. Thin head, but some spotty lacing. Faint aroma of malt and yeast. Taste is sweet and malty with some light grain. I like the malt flavor in this and would consider this any time I wanted a no/low alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:58:50 | More by LiquidAmber
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

1.83/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours straw/gold with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

N: Tomato soup and toasted crackers. Seriously.

T: Tastes like liquid crackers. A mix between butter and vegetable oil upfront. The toasted crackers come in mid-palate. Finishes with a sweet vegetal acidity that's akin to tomato soup along with some corn. It tastes pretty disgusting.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, tingly with carbonation and clean.

O: Not really sure how this compares to other NAs but it is extremely unpleasant. It's rather hard to force this swill down.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 20:54:28 | More by justintcoons
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bnes09

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light bronze and transparent. Minimal to no head. Can see some bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is odd with tart apple and Subway bread notes.

Weak bread character in the taste is overpowered by an odd sour apple flavor. No hops. No balance. Just bad.

Super light feel. Some bubbles. Slick and clean with no texture.

Not good at all. Might be ok for a non-alcoholic beer but I have not tried enough to make a good comparison. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:56:14 | More by bnes09
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kaliber

Pours a clear straw yellow, half inch of soda like head. Surprising, a little bit of lace.

Aroma is sweet, like dough. A bit like unfermented wort.

Taste has a hint of green apple tartness, chalky yeast tones, and no hop flavor. Malt tastes somewhat like how wort smells, with vague suggestions of watery caramel and mild toasted qualities.

Light bodied, feels like beer. Good carbonation and crisp.

Overall, for a near beer, this rates decently. It's flavors I've never experienced in a beer before, but to style, it's on point. Tastes almost like beer. I would still drink a light lager over this though.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 16:55:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.83/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little near beer, crisp, light, slightly sweet, toasted English muffin tasting brew. Another decent thirst quencher for the designated decoy. (Write me if you don't know the joke!)or for when you can't afford to get buzzed out! It is surprisingly beery in flavour, sort of watered down version of Harp.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:40:44 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with big head at first, frothy, but recedes to not much. Aroma of sugar cookies on the nose, quite prominent, with some herbal sweet tea. More sugar cookies on palate, simple grains, and light bodied. More sweetness on finish. Seems targeted at the youthful drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:45:46 | More by yemenmocha
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

1.93/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Little to no head. Pale off amber in color, light golden tones.

S: Cardboard, soy, sweetness (like teriyaki?).

T: Weird. Tastes like a lot of gluten free beers I've tried. Honey, teriyaki, apricot, copper, sour tinge, bagel.

M: High carbonation. Thin.

D: Maybe one of the better N/As out there but not for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 20:57:16 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at 45F.

Pours clear amber with a large off white head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is some sweet grain, honey, caramel, and good bread/toast. Moderate to good strength and actually rather enjoyable aroma. The bread & toast really come out as it warms.

Flavor is sweet grains, light caramel, bread, finishes with some grassy/herbal notes, a touch metallic. Moderate sweetness, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, good carbonation.

Ya know...this ain’t bad for a non-alcoholic beer. Certainly smells and tastes better than your typical adjunct lagers, that’s for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 18:16:03 | More by elgiacomo
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured a 2" white head which dissipated completely. Clear straw yellow in color. Smell has a little hint of malt and grain but it also has a sort of soapy smell which turned the lady of the house off immediately. Taste has sour malt. The body is watery. Hey, this has much more flavor than the average non-alcoholic beer (and mind you, it does have alcohol, .5% of it) but it's no more than a shadow of real beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 08:44:39 | More by MoreThanWine
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RTJakarta

Kentucky

1.05/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours (Yes, I seriously poured this.) a nice golden yellow with a frothy off-white head and an impressively surprising amount of lacing for this style. This is actually my first non-alco beer.

Sounds like corn and wheat. Both hilarious and disgusting.

Oh my God, this taste is awful. It's like dirt and stale yeast. Taste kind of like my least favorite beer (Killian's).

Light body, of course.

Terrible. Don't know why anyone would drink this.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 08:02:18 | More by RTJakarta
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

mystery bottle code. label says "serve ice cold". not a good sign.

appears a golden amber color with tons of bubbles and a white frothy head. not much aroma, maybe a little caramel.

sorta sweet, kinda like a crappy cream soda or semi-sweet iced tea. really no hop or malt flavor.
not much worse than a light beer.
super high carbonation, thin. sorta like soda, but not much worse than a light beer.

if for whatever reason I couldn't drink alcohol, I'd just choose another beverage. This doesn't taste like beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:45:16 | More by jmdrpi
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harrymel

Washington

3.05/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes verbatim on 10/7/10

A: Thin soapy film of white foam over a golden to amber ale with excellent clarity. No lacing.

S: Smells like orange pekoe and hints of tomato. Herbal, sweet, fruity. I like it.

T: Sweetened, soft white bread with a thin sheet of tomato paste over the top. A sweet beer. I like for an afternoon quencher.

M: Bubbly, light and falls over the tongue and burns the tongue a hint. Okay.

D: Nice Non-Alc. Best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 08:25:05 | More by harrymel
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deadliest

Texas

1.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Part of a mix 6, didn't realize I picked up a non-alcoholic until I opened this. Oh well, never tried one before.

A: Pale straw color. A soapy head that dies down quickly.
S: Smells like deer corn. Funky.
T: Not as bad as the smell, more like creamed corn than deer corn, but then again I've never tried eating the deer corn...
M: Fizzy and dry.
D: I need to look harder at the bottles I throw in my next random pick-6. Blurgh.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 20:14:36 | More by deadliest
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tewaris

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Brilliantly clear, dark golden colored with some white head, poor head retention, but some lacing. Looks like a beer and better than many real beers.

Sweet toasty bready aroma with ugly sulfur notes and the exact same taste with plenty of sweetness, zero hops, sulfur notes and a sweetish finish. Body is very decent, and better than many other regular beers, but manages to stay crisp with carbonation. If you're willing to ignore the sulfur and drink cold and fast enough such that the sweet finish fails to bother, it's a decent drink.

Overall a "not horrible" non-alcohol alternative but I'd rather drink Coke etc.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:40:43 | More by tewaris
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Halcyondays

California

2.85/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark yellow with a soapy white head with below average retention, no lace.

S: Light nose, with a hint of Munich type malt.

T: Interesting fruity character mixed with the carbonic acid. Very seltzery.

M: Light-bodied, lightly acidic, very crisp.

D: An solid low ABV beer, worth a shot, has a nice beer character.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:08:22 | More by Halcyondays
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Kaliber from Guinness Ltd.
60 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.