Kaliber - Guinness Ltd.
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2.3/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
07-16-2012 23:06:01 | More by metter98
2.08/5 rDev -15.1%
N.A. Shootout (With Blanks) IV will be a contest between this English entry and Buckler, the pride of Holland. Or, if you prefer, between the breweries themselves, Guinness Ltd. and Heineken Brouwerijen. Which one of these giants can brew the most palatable low alcohol beer? If the first three contests in the series were any indication, it'll come down to which one is the least offensive.
I don't believe I've ever seen such a stark difference in color between two beers in any of my head-to-head matchups. Kaliber is pale orange and Buckler is sun-bleached straw. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Guinness uses caramel coloring. The heads are both more than respectable. This one is off-white and the other is bright white. Since I have no preference regarding the colors, the appearance scores should be the same.
Kaliber's nose is the weaker of the two and smells quite a bit less like beer. There's no real offensiveness since there isn't much present to offend. Even though I'm going to give the edge to its competitor, I appreciate the fact that I can venture near this glass as many times as I want without experiencing that typical N.A. nastiness.
The difference on the palate is even more pronounced. The flavor tastes fake to me. I know that malt extract is occasionally used in home brewing and that I probably couldn't tell the difference between it and all-grain in the hands of someone who knows what he's doing. So instead of malt extract, let's just say that Kaliber tastes like beer made with beer extract. Not good.
There isn't much difference in the mouthfeels since both are lighter than light. In terms of carbonation, though, this beer is the clear loser because it doesn't have enough bubbles. There's nothing like a lack of carbonation to make a light-bodied beer feel lousy in the mouth.
It looks like Guinness has taken it on the chin in N.A. Shootout (With Blanks) IV. This isn't anywhere close to good low alcohol beer, although it isn't quite the worst version that I've ever had. Not only that, but the name has always reminded me of a brand of condoms for some reason. I'll refrain from any jokes about how flaccid Kaliber is. But it is.
01-27-2007 14:20:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.48/5 rDev +1.2%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
This is my first "near beer", and something tells me I'm not gonna wanna get many more...if any. This guy pours a clear pale golden straw with about a finger of thick, though short-lived, large-bubbly froth on top. Things look "like a normal beer", as my BMC-drinking friends would say, so things aren't goin' too bad so far. The smell is overtly sweet, like corn syrup combined with maple syrup and cane sugar. A weak hint of puffed rice meekly tries to move its way up, but is hampered by the hordes of sweetness. Hmm. This sweetness does not follow into the taste too much, though some of the corn syrup does drip down there. Instead, a very watery though overarchingly mild bitterness reigns, though a tinny, hard water taste eventually owns the court. To simplify: Imagine a cold Coors Light, then water it down (even further). That's what this tastes like. Needless to say, I'm not a fan. The body is nice and light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a very watery feel. If you really needed to drink something like this, it probably wouldn't kill ya, but I would never intentionally put myself in this position if I could avoid it. I expected something better from Guinness.
06-14-2010 00:25:30 | More by TMoney2591
3.53/5 rDev +44.1%
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.
08-10-2003 15:13:59 | More by NeroFiddled
3.65/5 rDev +49%
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.
02-25-2003 09:58:12 | More by Jason
2.3/5 rDev -6.1%
No date on bottle, poured into a shaker pint (hard pour). Forms a white head of medium and large bubbles that falls away leaving a lot of net like lacing on the glass. Beer is amber and relatively clear. Carbonation is moderate to low with large bubbles. Looks like an amber ale.
Aroma is small perhaps a hint of caramel. Eh...
Beer is thin and watery. Kind of a lingering sweetness like a dilute Kvass. There is some notes of caramel in the mouth but overall its not pleasant.
04-26-2010 01:39:47 | More by drabmuh
2.93/5 rDev +19.6%
I poured this chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a small goblet.
A - Dark golden w/ good clarity and 2 fingers of frothy white cream atop the ale. The appearance is good w/ thick bands of lace that adheres after settling
S - A mild maltiness in the scent w/ subtle yeasty fruit odor, very mild aroma
M - A slight cream texture with extra light body as to be expected w/ malt toastiness and medium carbonation w/ a dry light finish
T - Hints of woody flavor and mild green apple at the initial tste w/ a light toast taste followed by a flat cardboard after flavor. The taste is somewhat fruity with mellow malt but the taste comes and goes like a punk song.
D - For an n/a it is a beer I can't say I was turned off by, just not something I can honestly say is satisfying or drinkable. I would probably take one if it was given since it is pretty good for the low alchohol style, though.
08-06-2009 13:54:06 | More by Slatetank
2.85/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
10-22-2010 01:08:22 | More by Halcyondays
2.53/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-05-2013 06:48:04 | More by kojevergas
2.1/5 rDev -14.3%
This bottle was left in my fridge by my father-in-law on his last visit, so I decided to pop it and see what it tasted like. Pours almost still with no real head. Light brownish amber. Smells like Wasa crackers, very crackery with rye and pumpernickel aromas. Dry malt. Light tasting with some grainy sourness, more of the crackery flavor and some mouthcoating sweetness at the end that is a bit cloying. Don't think I could drink a whole one.
07-06-2008 03:42:46 | More by Georgiabeer
3.4/5 rDev +38.8%
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.
10-05-2011 16:55:58 | More by Stinkypuss
1.63/5 rDev -33.5%
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.
01-19-2010 21:55:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3/5 rDev +22.4%
The beer emerges from the 12 ounce bottle a limpid gold with a depleted semi-creamy white head that evaporates leaving a patchy coating of lace to almost cover the glass. Nose is sweet malted grain, fresh and crisp to the senses, start lightly sweet with a decent grain presence, top is light in feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops present and light as one would expect, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable brew for its type. Do to a recent recurring, medical problem, It satisfies my taste for beer, not the alcohol, I just like the taste, besides how much water and Gatorade can one person take? lol
10-16-2007 19:16:52 | More by Gusler
Kaliber from Guinness Ltd.
60 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.