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Kubuli - Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd.

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72
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd. visit their website
Dominica

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-29-2003)
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Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Dominica (Doh-men-eek-ah), a small mountainous island in the Caribbean, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic. Wanted to review it home instead of on a hot, beautiful, tropical island.

Its a macro lager...better than Coors light..not as good as Miller High Life. The color is darker gold than the usual swill. With a hard pour, big fizzy white head that hangs in there pretty good. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The taste is like a weaker version of Heineken. Skunky, crisp, but still nothing special. Mouthfeel is what you expect and drinkability is good. Especially on Domenica. The low abv is good for over there also because the roads are narrow, mountainous, with hairpin turns and crater sized pot holes.
You want to drink, but not get too impaired. I wouldn't seek this one out unless you want to drink the home brew on a beautiful island.

JayQue, May 28, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of CanuckRover
2.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light cold with a thin, snow-white head. Disappears quickly, no lacings.

Whoa, skunk on the nose with an unpleasant corn aroma.

Leans towards sweet, corn, slightly grainy malt.

Well carbonated, refreshing.

Is what it is. A Caribbean macro lager. Sweet, corny, fine in the sun if you can get past the skunkiness. Whew, one more of these things before I can get back to tasting good beer again.

CanuckRover, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I spent sometime in Belize and I found this gem of a from the Caribbean Island of Dominica. It pours light golden, not cloudy, light head, and develops evenly in the glass. It had an average aroma, with a pleasant malty taste, and very little after taste. If not properly stored and refrigerated Kubuli does go skunky because of its green bottle.

Consumed in Punta Gorda, Belize and fairly easy to find...

Belize March, 2013

ChristopherWIU-UTPA, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of the42ndtourist
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle very closely resembles that of Wadadli. Same 250mL green bottle, labels are the exact same style. Kubuli proclaims "brewed with spring spring water" and a gold medal Monde Selection 2002 in Bruxelles.

This is a fairly recently introduced brewery and beer from the same company as Antigua/Wadadli. The beer is also essentially the same - but a mite stronger and heavier.

A little less head over a (very) slightly darker light gold body. The adjunct is less distinctive in the aroma. The flavour matches Wadadli very well. Malt-like sweetness, little hop bitterness. It beats any of the North American macros.

The carbonation is a little to peppery and lively for my taste, but overall this is a good drinker, and I'm sure I'd appreciate if I was living on Dominica. (note: Dominica is an island near Antigua, and not the same as the Dominican Republic, which shares an island with Haiti and draws a lot more tourists.

the42ndtourist, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of MTNboy
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not the best in the world but if you are in Dominica you have to try it. This beer is staring you in the face everywhere you go. No matter how far I was out in the sticks this beer was advertised on almost every telephone pole and most shacks. People are selling this along the roadside everywhere. The locals are very proud of this beer too. There are metal bottles with beach scenes being sold right now. One vendor went as far as decorating the bottles with little Rasta hats and bows. The shirts are also sold everywhere.

Appearance- This beer was a very pale yellow with some clearness. There was a good bit of fizz and some head. There was some lace but not a whole lot.

Smell- Faint hops but not much for malt.

Taste- There is a strong overwhelming alcohol taste with this one as there are with many beers from the Caribbean. A little sweet like liquor taste but mildly fruity. A lot of bitterness but it does not seem to be hops like bitterness.


Mouthfeel. Light and watery with some fizzy tingles.

Drinkability- It is a lager that is refreshing for the climate and it also easy to drink.

MTNboy, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of ericjubeck
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%

ericjubeck, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ABVMVP
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

ABVMVP, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of philmen
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

philmen, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of flexabull
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

flexabull, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, May 17, 2014
Photo of GlendonTT
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%

GlendonTT, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of clvand0
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear yellow color with decent head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is big skunky at first, but there is some grain and slight caramel malt after you waft off the skunk. The flavor has quite a bit of caramel malt in it along with some skunkiness. Definite graininess. The body is pretty thin, but not "light lager" thin. Drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of spointon
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this while on a recent trip to Dominica. Presented in a 250ml crown-capped green bottle. Consumed several right from the bottle, and others poured into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a very clear gold color with a short lived snow-white head. The head dropped to a thin skim that also disappeared eventually. A few spots of lacing.

S= Aromas of light grain sweetness, some hop skunk, and a kiss of sulfur.

T= Clean malt flavor leaning towards sweetness. The hops were very light but pleasant enough. Sulfur was there but in check. Finished clean and fairly dry.

MF= Light bodied, slightly watery, fizzy/spritzy carbonation.

D= Very drinkable in the hot/humid tropical climate for which it is intended. No off flavors or anything to be offended by.

spointon, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special aluminum edition bottle. Kubuli - whose name is derived from 'Waitukubuli' the Carib name for Dominica meaning 'tall is her body' - is ironically presented in a short 250ml serving.

School bus yellow with a moderate level of white suds puffed up over top. This foam is surprisingly adhesive and envelopes a good part of the glass. Dominica is sometimes referred to as the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its seemingly unspoiled landscapes; this beer, too, is unsullied and pristinely clear (less of course the odd drowsy bubble).

The brewers consider the beer "German oriented" which seems kind of odd given that it's the national brand of a Caribbean island formerly controlled by the French and British. My nose doesn't steer me to Germany but if not for a lack of spicy, floral hops it might have. There is only a minimal presence of corn syrup and the beer's aroma seems to imply it uses a fairly clean malt bill that is *relatively* free of adjuncts.

My first few sips conclude that hunch. This is a very clean drinking beer that showcases far more crisp malt than stale corn. It's light bodied with low bitterness and medium carbonation. It's not as clean as a true German pilsner but it's not as liberal with the adjuncts as American (or some other Caribbean) macro breweries either. All things considered, it's a very agreeable drinking lager.

Part of the reason for that may be that Dominica Brewing has channeled a source of spring water directly into their bottling plant. The nearby Loubiere Spring flows along kilometers of volcanic rock which is said to infuse minerals and act as a natural means of filtration. Granted, water comprises 95% of any beer but it's especially important when brewing something that relies on little else and whose main objective is after all to be refreshing.

Dominica also bottles that spring water, along with a number of malt beverages and shandies. They are also a contract brewer for Guinness Stout. I know Caribbean Guinness can be quite tasty stuff and I'm not discounting the refreshment of a shandy, but if I were in charge of the plant I'd be focusing all my production on Kubuli - I can only imagine the kind of demand there is for a clean, refreshing beer like this in a hot climate like that.

I do find it a tad ironic that for someone who knew virtually nothing about Dominica I correctly guessed exactly what this beer would be like: a heavily filtered yellow lager. Admittedly, it was an easy guess, that could describe the national beer of nearly all the world's countries. But at least the people of Dominica seem to have a higher standard. This is one macro-type lager that I'd be proud to call my own.

I bet the 3000 or so native Caribs on the island don't drink Carib, they drink Kubuli. I certainly would too if I lived there. This is as clean as these lagers come and I imagine it's even more refreshing under the hot rays of a Caribbean sun (versus the cold winds of a Canadian winter). I'm happy to have been able to try Dominica's national beer - but I'd be even happier if I had the chance to do so again on location!

biegaman, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Jamison85
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Jamison85, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of kmpitz2
2.15/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green bottle beer. Pours a clear, pale straw color with a finger of head that falls to a light coating over top. Initial nose is green-bottle mercaptan skunkyness. After letting it breathe, there is light graineyness with a touch of adjunct sweetness. Nothing out of the ordinary. Flavor is a touch light even for a macro lager. Very light graineyness and sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, lacking the big carbonated punch I expect. Overall, a sub-par example of the style, and that is hard todo in my opinion. I guess it would be refreshing on a warm beach.

kmpitz2, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not convinced that this is categorized correctly. The label lists malted barley, hops, and water. Their shandy list all sorts of adjuncts. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by this.

a: This was a clear, pale golden color. It poured with a fairly sticky, surprisingly thick white head.

s: Pale, bready malts with cereal. Mineral notes and mild floral hops. Nothing off or artificial.

t: Very lightly sweet breadiness, clean grains, plus faint bitterness at the end. Not completely clean, but I don't taste anything that doesn't belong either.

m: Mildly fizzy carbonation, slight grainy aftertaste.

d: Probably misclassified. Nice, relatively clean lager. I brought a few back with me and I'll miss them when they are gone.

DIM, May 04, 2010
Photo of oggg
1.68/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't know how all these random beers can claim Gold Medals at World Competitions in Bruxelles. This one has a big fat sticker proclaiming it.

Anyways, it starts in a tiny green bottle, only 250cc. It's a generic fizzy lager for tropical heat. Except it tastes bad. Real bad. Harsh bitterness with no hop flavor. Is it possible to make an all-corn beer? Thin and watery. Definitely opt for the Caribbean version of Guinness (Foreign Export Stout) if given the chance.

oggg, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

AlpacaAlpaca, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Skelton
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Skelton, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Risser09
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250mL bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - Best before 08/09

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow, urine color with ample carbonation activity. The head rises to a short 1/2" with a white color, and dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Lager yeast, sort of a wheat aroma. Metal, light German hops and cereal grains. Not much else, as this smells like a macro lager.

Taste: Pale malts open up some nice cereal flavors that are typical of lagers. The lager yeast is there, too. A buttery flavor makes the beer quite smooth. Not a total disappointment.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a coating feeling. Mild alcohol, a little carbonation pinch and a pleasant finish.

Drinkability: Actually, this beer wasn't too bad. Maybe the aluminum bottle helps keep the flavor in. Too bad it's not a bigger bottle.

Risser09, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of muskiesman
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

muskiesman, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

kylehay2004, Mar 21, 2014
Kubuli from Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.