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Kaliber - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
KaliberKaliber

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BA SCORE
60
poor

174 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 2.45
pDev: 32.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by CFHMagnet:
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.08/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

CFHMagnet, May 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
2.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a little dimpled Guinness mug.

Appearance: The body had a nice light honey color with a small creamy off white colored head. The head fades quickly leaving nothing behind.

Smell: Its aroma was light and some buttery, sweet and bready notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a light body and a thin watery texture with odd buttery and grainy flavored malt. Also there is a mild and bland over cooked hop flavor that sneaks into the finish. The carbonation is lifeless and almost flat.

Notes: Overall it had more beer flavor than I expected (similar to a weak watered down English Bitter) but I still wouldn't seek this one out.

generallee, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, product of Canada.

Appearance: Foamy off white head, clarity is perfect with a dull bronze hue. Lacks in retention as the head slowly disappears.

Smell: Bready sugary malt and grassy hop, smells a bit like unfermented beer.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, very crisp with a dry palate. Grassy hop bitterness and a watery sugary malt flavour meld well. Tastes a little like tea with a graininess to it. Dryness sets in well in the finish with a lingering hop and mildly astringent grain.

Drinkability & Notes: Not bad for a near beer, I have memories of high school back in the 80’s of drinking this stuff just because of the taste.

Jason, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of Happy_Camper
2/5  rDev -18.4%

Happy_Camper, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
2/5  rDev -18.4%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
2/5  rDev -18.4%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.68/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.63/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Jeez, I have to stop drinking stuff just because its part of a variety pack.

This looks like a BMC. Pale yellow, the smell of cornish "malt", instead of the smell of alcohol, its just stale corn. Taste, more of the same. Like baby food. Like creamed corn w/o salt or sugar added.

Mouthfeel = nothing desireable, maybe a bit of corn on the cob. Thin. Drinkability, this probably comes closer to drinking water than any beer I've ever had.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of rastaman
1.1/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pretty bad, but slightly drinakble surprisingly, very thin watery texture, a bit fizzy and just not much happening in the end, sorry, its hard to write much about this one.

rastaman, Aug 11, 2002
Photo of RobeerCop
4/5  rDev +63.3%
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....

RobeerCop, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -38.8%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see this around a lot and never realized it was a low-alcohol beer. I try this one more or less to expand my horizons.

This brew is a sort of clear, bright copper leaning toward a burnished bronze. Retention of a small, puffy white head is a bit light as is lacing, but each is respectable enough to put this just above the average.
There's a bit of caramel malt on the nose with an unusual touch that typically is some odd yeast characteristic; in this case I have to wonder if it's simply what unfermented yeast smells like. A sweetness is imparted with a strong grains presence filling it out. A touch of hops with an earthy note to it is detectable.
The taste is pretty much the same; interesting yeast notes under a caramel backbone with s strong sweetness imparted and grains underlying. There may be just a very light hops presence, which actually makes it just a touch dryer. Interesting.
Surprisingly, the body is medium, which is more than I expected (not sure why). A moderate carbonation remains throughout. This one is actually quite crisp. I can't say much for smoothness or fullness, but crispness there is. The finish is semi-dry.
Well, this one actually isn't bad, and I'd take it if I was on some kind of diet or for medical reasons.

Brenden, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of InsaneBeerLover
2/5  rDev -18.4%

InsaneBeerLover, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Stigs
2/5  rDev -18.4%

Stigs, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of cokes
2.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a tough one to review. My experience in NA's is pretty limited...I've probably only had one or two in my entire life until this. I saw this one lying alone in the cooler, and felt sorry for it.

Looks the part. Deep golden with a persistant white head that never fades below a healthy skimming. Tons of rapidly surfacing tiny bubbles.
Nose is almost entirely of green tea, with some graininess underneath.
Taste is similarly heavy on the green tea (and sweetened iced tea as well). Not all that close to actual beer, but pleasant in its own way. I can imagine that this would turn alot of people off. Some grain in here as well. Just lightly fruity.
Solid, beer-like mouthfeel. Hefty to a small degree. Akin to a pilsner.
Not something that makes me want to run and grab another, but it probably exceeded my expectation. When a NA is in order, this bears enough beer traits to do the job. There are probably better NAs out there, but there are certainly worse.

cokes, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of pmcadamis
2.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This amber brew sports a small but decent-looking off-white head, and leaves a very small amount of alce on the glass.

S - Smells sweet and grainy with a little trace of hops and lots of caramelish malts. Syrupy and sweet to my nose.

T - This is pretty damn malty and tasty for an NA brew! It still doesn't quite taste like beer, but if I think of it as just another beverage and not an actual beer it's damn good! The main flavor component is carmel malt with some dry and tangy aproximation of hop bitterness.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, but very solid and hefty for the style. This finishes sandy, dry, and slightly bitter with a lingering aftertaste that makes me want another sip.

D - Loads of carbonation (when combined with a near-freezing temperature) help this one go down easy. Easily the best NA that I've tried so far.

pmcadamis, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%

tdm168, May 02, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear, deep-amber body rests beneath a full head of frothy white foam. It slowly erodes to a thin surface covering ; but initially leaves some thin lacing about the glass. The nose delivers a touch of wort-like caramelish malt that's carried over into the flavor, and seems to be the main note of the beer. Otherwise it's clean, and delicately crisp in the mouth. One of the better non-alcoholic beers.

NeroFiddled, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of cjgator3
2.15/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The appearance is actually surprisingly pretty good with a orange/amber color with a nice creamy white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is decent as well and a little better than expected with some malt and dark bread. The taste is pretty faint and watery with just a touch of malt. The mouthfeel is the one trait that really detracts from the brew as it is thin and fizzy like a soda. Overall, this is a beer that is decent for what it is but really lacking in the flavor department. I poured my bottle into a glass, but I think this beer actually may be a little better straight out of the bottle.

cjgator3, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev +32.7%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of freewill35
2/5  rDev -18.4%

freewill35, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I guess this is no better than I could've expected, but at least it's a step up from, say, an O'Doul's. Pours a soda pop fizziness with no head. But I must admit, it does look a bit like an ale, and there's a slight ale smell, so points there. Taste is still weak and watery, but there are the remains of a slightly malty ale taste here, even a slightly floral hop note. If you don't compare it to real beer, it stands up as something you can drink for lunch that's still less than half the sugar of a soda.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.73/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Grabbed this one by mistake out of a friend's refrigerater. Immediately spit it into the sink. Did not taste like beer, but wather like a "tea" product. Avoid at all costs.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 08, 2002
Photo of bditty187
2.83/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber in hue, which was a pleasant surprise as it wasn’t a clear-yellow abomination, the off-white head was smallish, maybe a half finger, it was quick to dissipate. There was no subsequent lace. Strong tea-like nose, it is very noticeable that the alcohol is absent; there is little depth. Dry, tealeaf palate, malt is scantly discernible and there is little hops bitterness. The mouthfeel is not too light or thin, which is a plus, moderate carbonation. The finish is curt, slightly leafy and malty. Very refreshing, something I’d recommend for those who cannot drink alcohol. Frankly, this brew is closer to iced tea than beer, I guess, at times, that could be a good thing. This was a one-time drink for me.

bditty187, Jan 29, 2003
Photo of atlbravsrno1
1.5/5  rDev -38.8%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 14, 2014
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Kaliber from Guinness Ltd.
60 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.