Kaliber - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 192
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 30.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-07-2002

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Photo of metter98
2.32/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (2,191 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,232 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.51/5  rDev +34%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (896 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +39.3%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (479 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/13/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers, Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, toast, biscuit, caramel, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, toast, cereal, caramel, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, toast, cereal, herbal, and grass on the finish for a very short bit. Okay flavor balance and robustness of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a dry finish and zero lingering flavors. Pretty bland/watery on flavors but not horrible. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and dry mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a pretty solid low alcohol beer. Solid balance and robustness of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Considering the style, this was pleasant and quite enjoyable. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev +29%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.15/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (443 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.15/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.19/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice deep gold colour and brings close to a 1 finger head of foam. The lacing is good; actually better than many a brew I've had before.

The smell is all cereal grain. Corn Flakes, Post Toasties...I almost want to reach for some milk and a bowl.

The taste follows the nose to a tee, maybe a slightly better perception to my palate than to my nose. Cereal grain with slight sweetness, no bitterness. Not at all surprising, considering the style, and not offensive in any way to my palate and, in fact, has a kind of appeal that is hard to explain. Hey, we are working here with the bare minimum in alcohol content. 'nuff said.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability? I bought a sixer and this bottle sure left the scene in a hurry. I'm not saying that I'd want to drink it every day but it does make for a good change of pace. I think this is a very good Malt beverage. (895 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.65/5  rDev -37%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of bark
1.69/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The colour is gold, the large foam sinks slowly down to a finger thick uneven head.

The smell is strong with sweet flavours of oats and roasted malt. It is bitter and very artificial – chemical.

The taste is bitter and sweet, it tastes a bit like carbonated treacle with bitter hops. The aftertaste is similar to toffee ice cream sauce with some bitterness.

The carbonation is strong, almost sharp, and short. (421 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 (612 characters)

Photo of avalon07
1.66/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A truly nasty-smelling beer: An over abundance of malt, combined with corn, bread, and a sweet quality.

T: As disgusting as the aroma was, the taste was worse: Too much malt, an almost chemical taste, a wet paper bag quality, corn, and a cloying sweetness. Very much a repellant flavor that falls flat.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: I tried Kaliber basically for the sake of trying a low alcohol beer (I don't dismiss anything out of hand). NA beers are unpopular for a reason, and not just for the reason that it won't get you drunk. This is a poorly made brew in all respects. (793 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.21/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This low-alcohol beer promises, but fails to deliver. Maybe because I am so used to fine imports and craft brews? Aroma is malty with a hint of sweetness. Color is a deep golden brown, so it at least looks like real beer. Flavor, however, leaves a lot to be desired. It scarcely tastes like beer - the flavor is thin and, though not nasty, barely mediocre. It feels watery, like a "light" beer. An "A" for effort, but unfortunately somehow the brewers removed the taste along with the alcohol. (493 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Deep gold/tan color with a big creamy white head...slighty hazed..

S-Doesn't smell much like a complete beer...has some worty characteristics....sugary...bready...I had this at a bar the other day and thought it had some bock like notes....not getting that as strong today but it leans that direction.

T-Has a sweet worty flavor...bready...

M-Feels watery and thin despite the sweeter flavors and aroma...has the feel of an NA when you drink it.

D-I thought I really liked this at the bar the other day and it is fine...much better than a Sharps or O'Douls, etc...this has a nice sweeter flavor and if you try real hard you might be able to convince yourself this has some "bock" like notes. Overall though the thin body and watery texture keeps this from being a great NA...decent...not bad....a nice change up if you don't want the alcohol but I'd much prefer the Beck's NA which is actually very good. (910 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.26/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.54/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.57/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

This beer poured a light amber color with creamy, white foam that slowly settled to leave a thin ring on the surface. The smell was surprisingly good: dry caramel and molasses malt aromas. The taste was dry caramel and molasses with some woody and grain notes, and with good, aromatic hops at the finish. Not bad at all for a Non-Alcohol beer. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with light body and decent carbonation. The malty flavors and light hoppiness lingered. This was a surprisingly flavorful N/A beer, and I will look for it when the need arises. (573 characters)

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Kaliber from Guinness Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.