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Carib Lager - Carib Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
66
poor

359 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited visit their website
Trinidad & Tobago

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 01-30-2001)
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Reviews by Murphious:
Photo of Murphious
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.1/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very pale-yellow pour with a small white head. Moderate carbonation in a clear, see-through body. The nose is boring, almost non-exisitant. Maybe some light floral hints and grainy qualities. Likewise with the taste...bland, lacking, dull. Very close to carbonated water really. This was an uninspiring beer. I suppose come from the caribbean though it does have its place in a very hot climate. Unimpressed.

Photo of cam477
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of ricke
2.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow color with a medium-sized white head.

S: A mild smell of faint malts and a note of sweet fruits.

T: The taste is bland with an unpleasant mango-like fruity sweetness and some fragile malt flavors. The finish is short, mildly bitter and somewhat sweet.

M: Light body, quite a lot of carbonation.

D: Not recommended. Too sweet and completely pointless.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ran into a six pack of 10oz. cans at my local Broudy's store. Figured i'd give it a try.

A- Very known pale yellow beer water look that has very bubbley head that falls to nothing quickly.

S- Smell is decent with upfront scents of corn and barley followed by slight hop bitterness.

T- Astringent taste of heavy corn with a almost metallic hop bitter kick at the end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is quite smooth with mild thick feel at the end of the tongue. Drinkablity is good.

Photo of SkiBum22
1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of BeerDreadz
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml clear, custom bottle. Freshness date on the neck. Ingredients (in French): eau, malt, sucre, houblon.

Appearance: Pale golden, clear. Ample large bubbled head.

Smell: Grain, metallic notes and soft esters in the aroma. Quite welcoming actually.

Taste: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate. Strong and rich, more than expected from its light colour. It has many, yummy, malt-liquor qualities. Nice, refreshing build-up of a lemon/lime hop flavour, with a sting of bitterness, buffered by an awakening carbonation. Malt is a bit sweet, estery; alcohol presence is more than noticeable (as is the addition of sugar). Slight grain and metallic-like flavour in the finish. The steel lingers on the palate for some time.

Notes: I really liked this Lager, a lot. Buzz/cheer factor was high, like a malt-liquor, but it's a very uplifting beer. Quenches much more than physical thirst. Typically served with a small lime wedge.

Purchased and reviewed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Enjoyed atop Skyworld at Rudy's Bar.

Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Timmuh
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ADR
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear bottle, picked up as part of a mixed six pack in a somewhat limited selection Stop & Shop supermarket in Malden, MA.

Transparent medium-light yellow, fast-rising head settles to a very flat one in a minute, leaves bare marks on the glass. Slightly grainy aroma, untoasted and raw, a bit of light funky sharpness (like poultry seasoning or holiday dressing). Very light mouthfeel but not as overcarbonated as some mass-produced Lagers. Flavor is totally unremarkable, lemony with sugar and decent lasting power. Hops are bare, but there's a decent lack of overall flavor fade in the profile. Unidimensional, gets slightly gross and sugary and still keeping that signature aroma on warming, but not a terrible choice if nothing else is available.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This must be self punishment, pours a hazed straw golden it might have a UTI look to it with a bright white head rising high with decent retention. Nose was pretty pungent when I popped the cap on this Caribbean standard. I was really nervous about the first sip, after smelling a strong grassy herbal hop kick. Not much grains going on a bit of light biscuit malts, and a touch of light struck hops evident. Flavor isn't half as bad as I was getting ready for, actually decent qualities for light clear bottled mass produced lager. Refreshing served pretty damn cold, semi sweet balanced with grassy herbal hop flavors, some adjuncts might be in use but there's just a nice cereal/biscuit malt flavor that rides through each sip. Out of all Euro/Island/foreign mass produced beers this is definitely a solid drinkable thirst quenching offering. No heavy skunkiness even with the clear bottle, this is pretty solid stuff. Next time I hope to be on an island in the right setting drinking this super fresh and super cold in the hot sun closer to the equator. Mouthfeel was of course a bit over the top with carbonation, body was light but not too thin. Damn it, I like this beer. If you see it and never danced with the clear bottled Caribbean creation, than maybe you should go there. I'm actually regretful that I've never had this beer before now.

Photo of chinchill
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle -- plenty fresh: BB date of July 2011. Appears to be from Puerto Rico rather than T&T, but I cant' tell for sure.

Clear golden yellow with a modest amount of white head. Except for some thin islands, head doesn't last long.

Aroma: typical mass-produced light lager. Not promising but not bad even with a slight skunkiness.

Better taste than expected, given the appearance and aroma. No off-tastes detected, flavor not too subtle, and the finish has some decent duration.

Notably smooth; Light/medium and a bit watery in body,; with moderate carbonation.

Very similar (and perhaps identical) to a "house-brand" beer of unknown origin I drank repeatedly in the Bahamas. Like that one, this would make a good accompaniment to mild seafood and hot days.

Photo of WCBCFrank
1.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Carib is Miller High Life, Bud, Corona, Tecate, Modelo Especial, and Pacifico rolled into one corn-fed lager. Carib pours golden in a pint glass. There is lots of sweet malty corn in this brew, so much so I could not take more than three sips.

For the novice: Save your money and continue to buy your choice of the American/Mexican brands listed above.

Personally: I think I was more upset that a friend's father actually plunked down 26 dollars for a case of this stuff, when he could have saved his money and bought Lionshead or Iron City instead.

Photo of biboergosum
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml, clear as sin bottle. I got this to go along with a takeout Indian meal, which, around here, is not a particularly common thing, given the still quasi-Draconian licensing laws on the matter.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with a couple fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of gritty, barely sweet cooked corn and rice husk, a bit of wet metal, and vegetal, skanky, over-steamed veggies. The taste is more edgy rice pudding and crackery corn grist - almost bready at first, and then the illusion becomes reality - tame, and underwhelming lemony, sort of floral, well, hops, some oily alcohol (not warm, but just the 'flavour'), starchy, stale veggies, and a waning, but still present 'eau de skunkgrass'.

The carbonation is moderate, just a mildly probing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and rather pithy in any DOA notions of smoothness - its cloying factor also seems to rise quickly as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the adjunct graininess and vegetal skunkiness outstaying their already dubious collective welcome.

Not refreshing in the least, which one would imagine being its only marketable attribute. Disjointed, cheap, and off-putting, its below average sweetness not even worthy enough to stand up to the Vindaloo it came with. Nope - glad I only got the one.

Photo of jjohnston88
4/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of diego
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottles I drank were brewed in St. Kitts not Trinidad and Tobago. I saw a separate section for a Grenada bottling but none for St. Kitts.

Nice gold color, with a small amount of white head. It has a nice familiar taste that does more than hint and the adjuncts in it.

Lets be honest, I'm not buying this at home. But, an ice cold Carib on vacation is close to perfect.

Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of blaje
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow in colour with a good foamy white head. This one smells fruity and you can easily pinpoint a corn odour. Maybe some citrus, but quite faint. In mouth, sweet corn comes up as the major flavour. On the fruit side, it's hard to tell, no citrus flavour detected as the odour suggested. Quite unidimensional. Aftertaste is sweet and bitterness is nearly absent. Carbonation is pleasant and the overall felling is quite nice. Typical of Caribbean islands beers. This one would go down VERY easily if I was on a beach...

Photo of CanuckRover
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours... well you know.

Sweet aroma with a hint of skunk. Slight grassy character.

A little bit metallic. Malt is quite sweet. Finished with a crisp grass hop flavour.

High carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Finally through my box of Caribbean lagers!

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a half of an inch of soft, soapy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has strong aromas of sweet corn and faint, subtle grassy hops. The taste is surprisingly malty though a little sweet and there are notes of corn. The finish is smooth and grassy with a subtle hops character. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a smooth, drinkable, enjoyable beer. For the style, it's incredibly good. There are few if any off characteristics and it's surprisingly flavorful. For the style it's better than most.

Photo of Reverand
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer. It doesn't have the blandness that Corona has and Carib has a nice aftertaste. Clear golden color with a big white head. Nice aroma with a cool refreshing taste. Certainly helps on a hot day.

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Carib Lager from Carib Brewery Limited
66 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.