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Kaliber | Guinness Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-07-2002

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Photo of aristeros
2.22/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
1.6/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.91/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
2.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Wasnt terribly impressed with the color, but when poured in a glass, it left a nice creamy head which was enjoyable. As the head went down it left nice lacing on the side. A pleasant surprise right before drinking it. Like the calm before the storm.

Smell: Not a very good smell. Admittedly not horrible, but pretty skunky. Smells like old beer without the stale alcohol smell. Unappetizing.

Taste: An unfortunately terrible taste. Tastes extremely sweet and malty with a stale bitterness from what I can only imagine is an attempt at hoppiness. It tastes like club soda or hard water with more grainyness thrown in. This tastes like I hate to say it, but I'd much rather be throwing back a Busch Light or something equally cheap and shitty. Ick.

Mouthfeel: Average. Nothing good or bad about it. Doesn't leave a great aftertaste. Somewhat stale.

Drinkability: Not very light and not very refreshing. However it could be worse. That being said, I still wouldnt grab one of these if I was very thirsty

Honestly, if its between this or no beer at all...I hope youre not too thirsty. Look for other options in NA Beer

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.57/5  rDev +42.2%
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.

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Photo of againes
3.68/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the NA beers that I have tried thus far, this definitely is the best. Imagine a Harp Lager minus the alcohol and you have Kaliber. Very malty aroma and flavor as it is sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. The lack of alcohol results in it being a bit over the top in sweetness. Still, this has flavor unlike the other major American brands; which taste like lemon flavored Perrier.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear copper w/one-finger head that lasted about 15 seconds.

S-Sweet grain and malty wort.

T-Lots of fruitiness...apple and cranberry, w/sweet malty ale character, and a tired English hop finish.

M-On the sweet side w/robust carbonation. Sweetness lingers.

D-I haven't had a low-alcohol brew in several years...this one was sitting in the fridge for awhile, but it was better than I expected and easy to drink.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.16/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this 'beer' was a pale amber color with good clarity and good rising carbonation. The head was two fingers of of-white foam that became a thin cap and left good lacing. The aroma was of cereal grains and sweet malt - think Product 19 Cereal. The flavors were dry at first and the yeast was distinctly similar to Guinness . Then it got sweeter with the cereal grains, a hint of toasted malt and a rather European taste like salt water taffy. The mouthfeel was semi-smooth, the body light and the carbonation medium. As far as the non-alcoholics go, this is probably one of the best.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.12/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, pop-top; this says it was brewed in the UK; that surprised me

Appearance: Light burnt orange beer with a white cap which is halfway decent for a near beer and fades to a thick ring

Smell: Dead on like unfermented homebrew, about 45 minutes into the boil; ultra fresh, husky grain, just a hint of hops

Taste: See above

Mouthfeel: Light, semi-crisp, and watery

Drinkability: Pretty decent

Conclusion: Since I'm still on my Lenten kick, this is (sadly) the only beer I get to enjoy on St. Patty's day...that being said, for what it is, it's not bad. The only other NA beer I've tried to date is Odouls; where Odouls is very similar to many light macro lagers (but fairly lacking in flavor), Kaliber has much more flavor but it's less "beerish" and more "fresh wort". All in all, not too bad for what it is.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
1.94/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed 3/12/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a pretty clear orangish off-brown color body, with a small creamy off-white head. Funky aroma, some maltiness and some funk. Berry aroma. Blueberry. Strong ripe blueberry pancake smell. Tastes like blueberries, very carbonated. Thick carbonated taste, soda water harsh. Light sweet taste. Better than water? Maybe.

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Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
2.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A dark golden amber color beer that had a one finger head. The head dissipated to a 1/8 quarter inch white ring around the ale glass. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a slight cloudiness. It just seems there is some some particles suspended in the beer.

Nose: It smells like cheerios, and wheat bread. with a hint of citrus and floral.

Taste: The beer taste like Wheat bread/cheerios there is a funky note that seems like a light molasses and citrus note.

Overall: God forbid the human that like this shit. It is not good. There is a carbonation mouth feel with little to no finish except for that funky note.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review #300

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a deep caramel copper with a 2 inch white head that left no lacing as the beer recedes. The aroma is pretty vacant from the beer. There is just a slight caramel note if you really focus. This beer is pretty void for flavor also. Slight toffee notes with a club soda flavor intermingled. The mouthfeel is dry and unassuming. This is probably one of the better beers for a NA but give me the booze. I think that the process of extracting the alcohol really took a lot out of the beer. Judging by the color, I actually thought I was in for a treat.

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Photo of generallee
2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.15/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of dewalt
1.49/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for Kaliber, since it's brewed by the makers of Guinness. Alas, I was disappointed. Kaliber boasts a strong, sickly sweet aroma of wort, kind of a hay-like barnyard smell. It tastes sweet too, with hints of corn, but mostly just like sugar water with hay in it. In a word: gross.

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Photo of scaliasux
4/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear dark gold. Fairly tall white head that disappears quickly into a thin film.

Smell - Light honey and molasses scent. Not at all difficult to discern, unlike many low alcohol beers.

Taste - Watered down flavor - as one would expect. Delivers on the scent. Light honey and molasses flavor. No indication of hops. Not spectacular, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Light. Very crisp.

Drinkability - This beats most low alcohol beer simply by providing something to taste. Doesn't exactly deliver much in the way of beer flavor - but you can't have everything. I'd pick this over the other low alcohols I've tried.

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Photo of Onslow
4.23/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly great beer... has a delicious flavour for a reduced alcohol beer .. the foam level is awesome, lower on the lacing ... flavour is good, even fooled a friend thinking this was a regular beer ... wonderful on a warm day when alcohol is not an option!!

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Photo of JDV
1.06/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very pale clearish, orange amber color. Frothy white head that faded quickly. Oddly sweet malt smell. kind of plasticy bandaid-ish, medicinal sweetness. Tastes like a honey dipped band-aid. Strange, unnatural, and I would rather have a coke poured in a beer bottle if I wanted people to think I was drinking beer without drinking beer. Awful. I can't believe the ratings are even this high.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +19.5%
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

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.73/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.19/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.21/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Kaliber from Guinness Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.