Kaliber - Guinness Ltd.

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64
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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 192
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 30.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-07-2002

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.84/5  rDev +46.6%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
1.72/5  rDev -34.4%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of RTJakarta
1.06/5  rDev -59.5%
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. (447 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 harrymel
3.07/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of deadliest
1.91/5  rDev -27.1%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.01/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (645 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 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 ronniebruner
2.56/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Of all the non alcoholic beers on the market, this is the only that is actually enjoyable. It has a watered down taste, but I suppose thats part of the whole point? Anyways, if you gotta have a few brews but you cant drink the alcohol, this is as goos ad youre gonna get, or if you need a designated driver, but the DD wants to put a few back. 100 times better than O'Douls. (374 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 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 irishking1977
3.02/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Non-alcoholic beer, eh? Hmm, there are a few beers that if they weren't alcoholic, (Duvel, Delirium Tremens, Southern Tier's Choklat, to name a few) I would still enjoy. What about this one?

A: Golden amber hue with virtually no head and scant lacing.

S: Tough to pinpoint what this smells like. It's somewhat harsh, but not overwhelmingly so. Burnt caramel or malt comes to mind.

T: Odd. This one is definitely a weird one. Malty and biscuity, but with an overwhelming finish of graham crackers. The kind that have been in the cupboard for years.

M: Carbonation is good. Somewhat chalky.

D: Meh, nothing amazing, but I could see how kids would want to drink this to "pretend" that they are actually drinking beer. On the flip side, this is not a good introduction to an actual good beer. (795 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
1.09/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

330 ml green bottle, bought in Sweden. Crystal clear very pale yellow colour, big to moderate white head. Typical n/a beer aroma of over-boiled vegetables and baby maize porridge. Thin and watery mouthfeel. The flavour has notes of over-boiled vegetables and wet cardboard, hardly any bitterness. Terrible. (306 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My Dad only drinks non-alcoholic beer and this is his favorite. So...

Clear gold with a bubbly 1 finger head. Thin, but consistent, retention leaves sea foam lace stuck upon mine glass. Kaliber's nutrition facts are on the back of the bottle which I think is a great idea that all breweries should adopt.

Smells like malty seaweed (the brown kind) accompanied by a cider-esque earthen character. Tastes like sweet toffee flavored soap suds. Grainy, dry, fizzy finish.

If you're going to drink a lot of beer, drink good beer and get a designated driver. Skip the NA stuff. (575 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 armock
2.23/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is os sweet stinky grainy malt

T - Follows the nose with a bad grainy malt flavor and some vegi taste too

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - All I can say is that I'm glad that I'm not trying to quit drinking because I don't think I could drink this on a regular basis I guess it's still better than a macro na beer (435 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 whtguitarguy
2.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was one of the better N/As I have had. It pours to a golden color, with little to no head. It has a sweet quality to it, a malty grainy corn like flavor. It is rather smooth, tastes like a beer at least when it is cold. Has a slight fruity note. (254 characters)

Photo of tjd112
1/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this at some dive in Syracuse, New York

Appearance - Pours golden straw colour with fast dissipating head, little to no lace

Smell - Corn, corn, corn

Taste - Corn, corn, corn

Mouthfeel - Light and fizzy, like seltzer water

Drinkability - Nay

Overall - if I want something fizzy and low alcohol, I will go with a soda, thank you very much (347 characters)

Photo of brdc
1.73/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

It is hard to judge this beer. As far as low alcohol beer is concerned, it is well above average. As far as beer is concerned, it is a bit above horrible.
Light golden, slightly hazy, white head with low average retention. Smells like grains, corn particularly noticeable.
Light on the palate, with a grainy taste that dissipates in seconds. A soda tastes a lot better. (419 characters)

Photo of aristeros
2.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Decent head, about a finger. Golden, tinged with orange, very clear, with visible carbonation. Smells very much like apple juice, which is not a good thing. Common to most NA beers I've had but others mask it much better.

Light malt with a lot of sweetness, apple juice, a lightly toasted flavor, and a woody aftertaste that just ain't right. Very watery texture, somewhat crisp finish, almost no body, relies heavily upon being ice cold and carbonated.

It's trying to be a Harp, I guess. Not the worst NA out there, but there are better offerings. (576 characters)

Photo of dfillius
1.6/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger white head with good retention. Clear golden colored liquid. Decent though fizzy.
S: Grainy, no hop character whatsoever. Smells like wort. Yikes
T: Like nougat or a candy bar. Cloying. Where are the hops? Ugh. I can't stomach it.
M: Sweet, prickly, watery
D: Horrible. Stomach turning. I poured it out after two sips. The N/A in the name might come from the brewer writing n/a on the sheet asking what type of beverage this is - the term beverage is not applicable. (528 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
2.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one has been mysteriously sitting around in the fridge for a while so I figured I'd give it a spin (and a drink).

Pours a surprisingly nice, near-amber color. Head was fizzy, then non-existent after about 10 seconds. Aroma smells slightly sweet, and is reminiscent of raw dough.

Flavor is not great. Kaliber does not taste like beer. Actually it isn't really beer because the fermentation, once completed, is reversed by evaporation. Tastes like extremely watered down bitter apple juice, with fizz. Mouthfeel is all bubbles. Not good. (543 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)

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