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Carib Lager - Carib Brewery Limited

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351 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 24.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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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5/5  rDev +77.3%

JohnEricaLawson, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Jgldillon
4.51/5  rDev +59.9%

Light and crisp. Very little aftertaste. Wish I could find it easily in US.

Jgldillon, Oct 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +59.6%

bparrish792, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +59.6%

Paracelsus, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.25/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear golden with a pale quality and a superior effervesence, nice little head that is soda-like hangs around for a bit. A little bit of lacing.

S: Biscuits, crackers, sourdough, lemon zest and popcorn. Smells GREAT for the style. Maybe the best adjunct I've smelled.

T: Miles better than any adjunct I've tasted recently, this beer is best described as a cross between a pale wheat ale and a pilsener if that makes any sense...has qualities of both. But only the good qualities. No bitter finish, no thick, syrupy body...light and pleasant.

D: Gimme more.

Value: I paid $5.50 for a sixer. Excellent value at that price.

This beer will suffer from bad ratings as most American adjunct lagers do because most members fail to review within the STYLE. You can't name a better, easy-to-find adjunct out there.

WeezyBoPeep, Mar 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +50.7%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +50.7%

GRFounder, Feb 23, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +48.9%

Dur921, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Bagman007
4.2/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in bottle.

A- Clear yellow coloring similar to Corona.

S- A lime smell, but not overpowering at all.

T- Excellent taste. Can taste some hops and malts but it is not overpowering. Can taste a hint of lime.

M- Great feel, very smooth beer. Goes down easy.

D- Extremely drinkable. Very smooth beer. Would definitely have again.

Bagman007, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of lehows
4.18/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow color with a fine but fizzy white head. Nose was of muted grain, some very faint hoppiness. Very clean and pleasant taste, I had mine with a slice of lime and it was great. Goes down smooth with the right amount of carbonation too. Perfect for a hot and humid day. This is what Corona should taste like.

lehows, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +46.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 10, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks really nice in a bottle with its yellow color, clear glass and blue and gold label. Once in a pint glass, The yellow dies down a bit to reveal a slightly orangish-brown, washed out gold. The fluffy white head died in no time and left me with nothing at all.

Smells of archetypal skunky lager that is really quite enticing. I’m getting hints of cornbread and maple syrup and a definite lime with faint white flour in the back ground.

The taste isn’t as impressive as the smell with a simple woody sweet corn and plum backed by an almost oaky lime. Also, the carbon dioxide is potent enough in the bubbles to leave a little of its essence behind.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a very aggressive, but not too overwhelming carbonation that leaves my mouth tingly well after I sip it. Wow!

I can see myself enjoying this a lot more on a hot, muggy summer day. The woody nature of this one makes it really refreshing. Considering what else goes by the name, "American Macro Lager", this one's far better than the competition.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 28, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was surprising good.
Poured a nice strong head that stayed through the last drop.
Clear gold color with a lot of carbonation and bubbles.
Very little if any smell, didn't increase as it warmed.
Tase clean with lime/lemon and a hint of hops. Licorice lingers on the tongue.
Has a full moutnhfeel. Much more then most lagers.
I would by a case of these if I could find it.

57andcounting, Mar 06, 2004
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4/5  rDev +41.8%

jjohnston88, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +41.8%

DLSheidy, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +41.8%

aquamonster, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +41.8%

tomgossert, Mar 04, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +41.1%
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.

tdm168, Feb 29, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good two finger head of thick foam. Nice lace with good cling. Color is a 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of many grains, rice, corn, and malt. Taste is bold and flavorful with corn, wheat, rice, citrus, and malt. Mouthfeel is better than water, with some creaminess and perk. Good thirst quencher with a mild punch. When I travel back the islands, I will have many more.

beerprovedwright, Mar 30, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

Todd, Jan 30, 2001
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3.83/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pored a pale amber color with large white long-lasting head. Smell is slightly sweet with a touch of malt.Taste folows through on the sweetness with maly undertones and little if any hoppiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and refeshing. Easy to drink. Good thirst quencher

tgbljb, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average golden color with little head to speak of.

Nose of mild noble hops, light cooked corn, cane sugar.

Taste: For a summer / lawnmower beer, this is excellent. Sweet with a soda-pop level of carbonation, mildly caramel malt mingles with a just a hint of corn syrup. Delicate noble hops remained unskunked in the sealed case I opened to retrieve two 6 packs. Finish has a metallic hard-water twinge and a hint of vanilla.
No off flavors -- imagine a Corona without the sulfur, with more body, and with an untainted Heineken's hops -- you'd be awfully close to Carib.

A fine hot-weather quencher. It could be limed if you insist, but it's good for what it is and certainly doesn't require one.

shirfan, May 02, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bottle dated a few months old

A: Pours the standard pale straw color with a frothy head. Retention is pretty good.

S: As soon as you open the cap you get skunk (maybe because this one is a little old). Beyond that, you get lots of wheat and grain aromas. Slight corn and sweetness as well.

T: Lots of wheat, grains and corn. Slight sweetness to it. Pretty damn good. Hop profile is very subtle and only adds a touch of bitterness.

MF/D: High carbonation giving a slight bite. Sweet wheat finish.

Notes: This beer is brewed very well to style. A little more flavorful and fuller in body than others.

scottyshades, Aug 22, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More for $1.49...
Pours a crystal clear, light, golden hue with obvious carbonation rising, a minimal head and hardly any lacing...
Smell was sharp, and noticeable right after opening the bottle top... Raw grains, hay, a distinct earthiness, corns and grains, pervade this brew...
Taste was surprisngly good for a Macro, not knowing what really to expect from this one... Crisp, refreshing, and perfect for a hot Summer day with a modest 5.2% ABV...
Average mouthfeel, could've definitely been a little thicker with a pretty good level of drinkability to match...

dsa7783, Jul 29, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw hue with a fizzy snow white one finger head showing decent retention but poor lacing. The aroma is mostly made up of adjunct- either rice or corn or some combination but overall too light to determine; a hint of skunky scent is the only thing that barely sticks out- but expected due to the clear bottle. The first sip is crisp Pils malt- not sharp like more traditional pale european lagers- but softer and intwined with a hint of ester twang that is more off-sweet than cidery. Otherwise this tastes much like any other well-made macro with a comfortably bland afteratste devoid of hop flavor but with a mellow bitterness to offset the ester and mild pils. I would venture that this is an above average macro despite the obvious but subdued light-struck quality- wheather intentioanl or not. The carbonation is medium to high and not as bracingly crisp as most mass-produced lagers. This in conjuction with a less than water thin body produce a mouthfeel that allows some the malt/ester character to linger and balances the skunk and bitterness in a way that most macros either avoid or screw up. The finish is clean with none of the skunk or residual sweetness hindering the drinkability. I will order this or Red Stripe without hesitation to pair with Jamaican/Carribean cuisine, but both are hands-down good American Macro lagers on thier own.

PBRstreetgang, Feb 16, 2008
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Carib Lager from Carib Brewery Limited
66 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.