Carib Lager - Carib Brewery Limited

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389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 01-30-2001

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Ratings: 389 | Reviews: 172
Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear straw with a decent sized head. Seems to drop quickly though.

S - Whiff of dissipating skunk followed by light grassy hop.

T/M - Astringent, boring mild bitterness and an up-front sourness. Bitter finish is one dimensional. Very fizzy, and luckily cold. Extremely sweet.

D - Not really no. One of the worst clear-bottle-lagers out there. Not just bland but actively bad tasting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
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 ricke
2.21/5  rDev -21.1%
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
3.14/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Todd
3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
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
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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
4.06/5  rDev +45%
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
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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
1.8/5  rDev -35.7%
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
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
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 diego
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
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 blaje
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
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
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev +41.8%
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
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This basic, golden, adjunct-lager from Puerto Rico is similar to most of the "island" lagers, namely Corona (which is the best known). It utilizes nothing but base malt and sugar in the grain bill, and little more than balancing hops. There's some mild floral and grassy hop flavor here, and a decent backing of bitterness, but it still falls somewhat to the sweet side.

Photo of prototypic
1.97/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I suppose this is going to be a reminder of perhaps the only painful aspect of my trip to Jamaica last summer. Our room happened to be stocked with this stuff and I had to drink a few of them. Not a good experience.

It's very clear and pours a very light gold color. A forceful pour yielded a foamy white head that was about three fingers deep. Sadly, it disappeared far too quickly and left very light lacing behind. Given the surprising head stature, I'll be honest and's above average (especially for the style).

Here's where things get a little ugly. I could smell this skunky beast when I cracked the cap! Whoa! The skunk is strong with this one. Ugh...the memories. Once you find your way past that, it's grainy and vegetal. Yeah, that ugly corn smell is here, too. Some light sweet malt is noted. If there's any hops here, I can't tell. Perhaps they're buried beneath this avalanche of putrescence. Do I really need to cap this off by stating how bad it is? The smell is honestly astonishing.

The flavor is better. It's not good. Hell, it's still well below average, but it's easily a notch better than the nose. It's primarily grainy. There are some sweet malty flavors that are okay, but aren't quite redeeming. Corn and strong vegetal flavor notes are prominent. Not good. Some light floral hop notes help it out a little. There's a spicy quality to them that emerges on the tail. That aspect's not bad either. But, the strong vegetal flavor is way too much to overcome. It taints the overall flavor such that there's simply nothing that could make it pleasant or enjoyable. It is slightly better than the smell, but nowhere even close to being good.

The body is light and feels a bit watered down. Carbonation is buzzy and crisp. It's not smooth or impressive. Drinkability is likewise unimpressive. This stuff doesn't taste good and does not go down easily. Frankly, I'm fighting it down, but managing. Do not want anymore.

Carib Lager is not good beer. I admit, I had a few during my trek to Jamaica, but didn't enjoy it at all. If you have trouble getting a beer like this down in paradise, it's struggling. That's exactly the case. The nose is the worst of it. The flavor isn't good, but it isn't quite sickening. The's not that far from it. Not good stuff at all. I'd strongly suggest taking a pass.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden in color with a white head. Clear bottle, but fortunately this one must have been fairly fresh as there was no skunk detected.
Aroma of sweet pale malts, some hops, and a slight lemon scent.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Malt sweetness with sufficient hop balance. Slight lemon flavor. Grainy. I don't know what temperature it was served at, but it was fairly clean at the start, but as it warmed more and more off-flavors became noticeable and gained in prominence.

Light in body and mouthfeel.
Drinkability was very good cold, but waned as it warmed a little.

Overall, a decent lager. Much better than the more widely distributed Red Stripe IMO. Sampled at a Disney World resort.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.13/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this out of a tulip. Looks a little funny pouring.

A- Wow, I'm holding the bottle to the light and what looked like a dark gold is actually very light. Almost like some sort of peach water.
Poured it and got a lot of fizz which foamed up and right back down just as fast leaving a very thin crown. Halfway through my serving, the liquid is totally still. Looks like it's been sitting there for three days.

S- I don't think I'm going to like this. Burnt cream of wheat. A bit of rice alcohol or something reminding me of sake anyways. Warming up releases a nice noble hop aroma, at least it feels nice amidst all the other less appealing flavors.

T- Very similar to smell. Clean finish with a fleeting after-taste.

M- Medium carbonation. Quite smooth but I think a little drier would be better.

D- Seems good but I dislike the taste too much to be able to drink lots.

Don't want to drink this again.

EDIT: Finished my bottle off with some Mushroom Oka which was by no means a good pairing but made the beer blander thus easier to swallow. Washing down beer with stinky cheese...

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
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.

Photo of elricorico
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very pale in colour, yellowish. Lots of bubbles. A large white head formed, but faded away in short order.

A bit of cooked veggie smell. Somewhat sweet, but really faint aroma overall.

Mildy sweet corn flavour. Light and inoffensive. Very little hop flavour to speak of, just a bit of dry grain taste.

Fizzy and watery mouthfeel. More like a Sprite from a fountain pop dispenser than a beer.

Can be downed easily I suppose, since there is not much here to slow you down, but why not just have some cold water...?

Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
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.


Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild aroma with slight hints of corn. Taste is crisp and refreshing, but fairly mild. Light and watery in the mouth. Highly drinkable, especially in warm weather or for playing beer drinking games. Overall this is one of the better beers I have had from the Carribean.

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Carib Lager from Carib Brewery Limited
66 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.