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Carib Lager - Carib Brewery Limited

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163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 394
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 24.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited visit their website
Trinidad & Tobago

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: canadianbarman on 01-30-2001

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Photo of jlindros
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this in St Martin.

Very light crystal clear pilsner

Light malty aroma, little macro lager, bit of mineral sulfury like note, hint skunky but not much, toasted pilsner lager, not bad. Grassy skunky bitterness like old hops. (228 characters)

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.95/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow, with a minimal head. This brew was a hit on the boat. Won't 'wow' you with its complexity, but for its style it's less forgetable than the competetion. I actually enjoyed pairing this our low country boil. Less metallic off flavors that you find in AB adjuncts. (275 characters)

Photo of Abbbp
4.93/5  rDev +73%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is proof to me that it don't matter a lick what bread tastes like when it's a gorgeous 85 degrees and nothing but he gorgeous Caribbean Sea before you. Cheerio, cheerio, I'd drink this any day and recommend it gladly! (227 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
2.87/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

We had a nice day in St.Kitts, where they make this. In spite of drinking a few of these and variants of it.

It is a typical light yellow and big-bubbled It is not very aromatic. The taste is boring. Slightly sweet.

It is refreshing and easy to drink. The price is usually pretty low. If you are finding this beer, most likely you also won't be finding many alternatives. Suck it up and enjoy the sun and the waves. (420 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
2.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow gold with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, normal amount of carbonation. Sweet finish. (152 characters)

Photo of christopherhantman
1.4/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A really lackluster beer. Essentially a slightly smoother version of rolling rock, coors light, or any cheap, light lager. Not bad for what it is, just not anything special. (173 characters)

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A light lager that has a little bit of bitter after taste. Something like the typical american light beer with the added bitter taste. Worth trying once or when in Rome! (171 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of April 2015. Purchased from a supermarket a little while back. The ingredient list includes sugar....

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with plentiful carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of cooked grain with faint hints of stewed leaves and overdone veg. Pretty average.

T: Tastes of cooked grain with mild notes of stewed leaves, overdone veggies and a whisper of cardboard in the background. Faintly sweet, followed by a slight bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with effervescent carbonation and a watery body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of faint stewed grain and husks.

O: Well, it's bland and watery, as anticipated. That said, it's also pretty clean with few off-notes. Looks decent, while the aroma and flavour are watery and insipid. Average body. Nothing special but would quench a thirst on a Caribbean holiday. (1,049 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Presentation: It was poured from a clear 11.16oz or 330ml bottle into a dimpled mug. The label lists the abv at 5.2%.

Appearance: The body is a very light straw yellow color with very good clarity. From an aggressive pour down the center of the glass I got a tall fizzy white head. This light fizzy head fizzled out quickly leaving only a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass.

Smell: As soon as I opened this beer it hit me right away with bright floral and grassy hops that also bring a hit of skunk as well.

Taste / Palate: There is not much going on here, as is normal for the style. Its a basic light bodied Lager with light rice cereal like malts and floral/grassy/greenhouse like hops. The palate is light, crisp and it finishes surprising clean. (767 characters)

Photo of Pencible
2.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like sour lager yeast and grassy hops, with some sweet corn.
T: It tasted like sweet corn and sour lager yeast, with some grassy hops. It had a somewhat clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was like a Corona but maybe a little cleaner. The scent and taste were clearly adjunct lager. The body was poor, but the finish was light, so it was easy to drink. Might be nice on the beach, if you don't like better beer. (537 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. 330ml bottle served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well. Pours a nice white head that stays for a while. Color is exactly what you see in the clear bottle

S- Pretty good. almost sorghum smelling.

T- Very good. Light yet flavorful. Definite lager bodied goodness.

M- Dry and slightly sweet aftertaste

O- Very good. I always buy Carib when in the Caribbean. Refreshing and full bodied for a lager

Food Pairing

This nice light beer goes well cutting through... Curried Goat. The heat of the curry can still be cut through by this wonderful little lager.

Enjoy (610 characters)

Photo of Murphious
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has some aroma, kinda like sweet corn? Yeah, boil some sweet corn, add a little hops and you have it. Sweetness at first then goes hoppy---but a very weak taste. Head disappears after poured, very yellow color. Looks like any clear-bottled tropical beer. Didn't give me "bitter beer face", but just barely better than the cheapest domestics. (341 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden pour, poor half finger head, fast to a not so sticky lace.
Smells nice, tho weak, some lightly toasted grain, faint honey-like sweet malts, faint floral hops.
Taste isn't bad. Has that adjunct lager corn, but it isn't too sweet and sticky, but cooked, like polenta. So, toasted grains also. Vegetable stew feel, light citrus, faint honey. A bit of earthy hop presence in the finish, mild bitterness.
Light body, medium carbonation. A tiny bit of unwanted sweetness gets through to the aftertaste, but it isn't horrible.
A really nice adjunct, nice surprise. (569 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this one. Has a grainy tone to it and a thick malty sweet edge. Consistent profile with a nice profile. I like it. Easy to drink. Certainly better than a lot of the BMC stuff we're stuck with in the States. I'd go for it again, if my choices were limited. (262 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with hints of corn adjuncts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather sweet with flavors of biscuit malts and hints of corn adjuncts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sweet, but I don't get as much of the adjunct malts in the smell or taste compared to other beers in the style. (729 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

275ml bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear dark straw color with a decent sized white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet honey like malt with a touch of carmelization, a hint of floral hop and a touch of minerals. The flavor is fairly sweet with a light sugary or honey like flavor with a touch of non descript fruitiness in it. Very faint earthy hop flavor and virtually no hop bitterness. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. nothing horrible about this beer, but I wouldn't seek this out again unless I was on the island of origin (646 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very pale yellow color, completely clear, and with a decent although not lasting head.
There's not much to the smell, just some hops, sweet in character.
The taste starts with a minimal sweetness and is followed by a very mild hoppy bitterness. A nice combination of bitter-sweet.
Although not much to the taste, it's a very refreshing and easy to drink beer. What I call, a perfect beach beer. (407 characters)

Photo of Sin-Boogie
3.59/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a lot like Corona and other light-style Mexican beers such as landshark and Bud Light Lime. The taste is better than other "beach beers" I've had, even though it has the same look and feel. The smell is light and sweet. The after taste is not overwhelming or too h oppy. Overall: Not as bad as I expected; good for the beach, boat, or sunny summer day. (365 characters)

Photo of comm0dore
3.42/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't going to write a review of this beer until I took a sip. For what it is, it's very good. Appearance-wise, the head is a little sudsy but the deep golden color is well-paired with the blue on the bottle label. The smell has a distinct lime presence (of course, I didn't add a lime), and the aftertaste leaves you with that citrus. It is an easy-going lager, not my type of beer per say, but again- it knows what it is and does a descent job at it. The mouthfeel is too watery and light for my taste, but I like full, bitter beers- trying to keep an open mind here. In my neighborhood (East Flatbush, Brooklyn) this is one of the better beers offered up in grocery stores. (679 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
2.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

10 oz

Pours a light gold with white sudsy head.

Has a biscuity coppery aroma, lightly hoppy.

Dry biscuity flavor, barley malts as well, but no hops.

Light body with little carbonation.

Average with a pretty terrible mouthfeel. Not horrible, but there is probably something better available wherever you are. (312 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml clear bottle served ice cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO out of the singles bin for $2.25 CDN.

Appearance - clear, pale golden color with a sufficient number of bubbles making their ascension to the surface. A thin layer of foam with minimal retention time.

Smell - slightly skunked, a healthy dose of grainy aroma. Nothing special, but the nose smell clean and is relatively potent compared to others in the style.

Taste - not a lot, plenty of sweet corn flavor, otherwise not too much going on. Mild bitterness counterbalances the flavor. It's not great, but certainly passable for the style.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light body with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

Overall - as far as AAL's go, this is pretty good. On the grand scheme of things, below average but certainly drinkable and you could do worse as far as Caribbean lagers go. (870 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Fizzy yellow brew. Some head at pour and retains a bit on top through consumption. Minor spotted lacing.

S: Bitter, citrus aroma.

T: Taste is refresing for a hot day. Can see having a few of these around the pool.

M: Good carbonation when drinking. Light.

O: Decent brew. Many characteristics of a popular Mexican brew. (326 characters)

Photo of Redrover
2.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This was one was on “special” for $4 at my hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
It came in an 11.16 oz. clear bottle and was poured into a pilsner glass.

The beer is gold with a fairly dense white head. Good clarity.

It has some grain and cooked corn in the nose.

Taste is slightly sweet, a bit grainy and then a jolt of something unpleasant and off. It becomes hard to force down as it hits mid-glass. It is not a skunk note but more an earthy overcooked vegetable thing.

Would not try this one again unless I could get it closer to the source. (545 characters)

Photo of djura
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found it in Greece,0,33l bottle. Some company from England import it to Europe.
It was exotic for me to have one Trinidad beer,so it is first plus for now.

A-Golden color,white foam lasting few seconds,medium carbonation.
S-Citrus and corn,grains,positive aromas.
T/M-Well,it is good cold,on some sunny beach i guess,but not that good in urban jungle.
A bit usual pale lager taste,drinkable. Could easily drink it all day.

O-Really nothing special,but decant lager. (467 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
2.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle purchased as a single at the LCBO; best before March 2013. Served ice cold - and I mean that literally, it actually froze in the freezer. My bad, hopefully this will still be ok (it's not like the bottle exploded) - and besides, 30 seconds under a hot tap plus some quick rotating thawed it with little effort (while keeping the actual beer nice and cold).

The pop and pour goes off without a hitch, other than the whiff of skunk I get shortly afterwards, no doubt thanks to the clear bottle. The brew itself is pale straw-yellow in colour, and topped with one finger of frothy white head. It dissipates over the next few minutes, leaving behind some scant lacing. The aroma is unfortunately dominated by skunky stank, grainy pale malts and corny adjunct. One of the worst-smelling beers I've had in a long time.

Thankfully, it actually tastes rather good - for the style that is. Grainy malts form the backbone, with some light corny adjunct sweetness that doesn't detract too much from the flavour. There is a faint brush of floral, lemony hop bitterness at the end of the sip, leading into a relatively clean aftertaste. Decent balance for the style; not vegetal or sickly sweet. Light-bodied and watery, with a solid bite from the carbonation. Basically, it's a standard issue lawnmower beer.

Final Grade: 2.92, or a C grade on the letter scale - the very definition of mediocre. Carib Lager is drinkable enough, but worlds away from interesting. If this didn't smell so rank I'd probably call it an above-average lager. The flavour is at least acceptable, but I can come up with no other meaningful praise.

That being said - imports can be costly, and there's no reason to pay a premium for this level of quality when there are equally good (and far less skunky) domestic alternatives. I don't regret trying this, but if you are looking for a decent Caribbean pale lager, I would recommend Red Stripe before this. (1,938 characters)

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Carib Lager from Carib Brewery Limited
68 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.