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Carib Lager - Carib Brewery Limited

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320 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 24.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

03-02-2013 17:34:23 | More by djrn2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear, pallid gold with a small number of fine, floaty bits. Thanks to the clear glass bottle, the color can be 'enjoyed' without ever opening the beer. Given the smell that greets my nose on the pour, that might not be such a bad idea. The good looking head of bleached bone white is superior to the heads on most macro lagers and drops a fair amount of lace to boot.

The cloud of sulfurous skunk is only now beginning to dissipate, but is still noticeable when I stick my nose into the glass. Underneath is a sweet graininess that might not be bad if I was able to appreciate it unaccompanied by such pungently musky, possibly light-struck hops. While Carib isn't a total loss, the clear glass bottle has seen to it that off-aromas, and probably off-flavors, are pervasive.

Things aren't quite as bad on the taste buds as far as skunkiness goes, but the beer itself is still no great shakes. Wait, that's too kind. The flavor is lousy as well and hasn't escaped a few 'off' characteristics of its own. It tastes like stale grain flecked with bits of metal, soggy cardboard and musky hops. I'd have to have them side-by-side (on a day when I was feeling especially adventurous), but I'm not sure that Carib tastes much different from another south of the border, clear glass-bottled beer named Corona.

It's a bit of a chore, but I can still manage to get and keep it down. As lousy as this beer is, I'd still take it over a Bud Light (for some reason, most beer from BMC tastes aggressively bad to me). A little light sweetness helps it to be barely palatable. The body/mouthfeel is light, lighter, lightest and comparisons to water are not out of line. Since it fits the style, more or less, I'll go easy on the score.

Carib Lager may be drinkable in the strictest sense of the word, but anyone with high standards (hell, any standards at all) will likely find it to be unacceptable. Maybe... on a Trinidadian beach with the sun at high noon and the sound of surf in my ears... ... nah.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 14:41:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:52:05 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in Total wine when I was trying to get some beers from countries that I had never had one from before, saw trinidad and figured what the heck...

A - Poured a very pale, super clear golden yellow. Nice big fizzy white head formed on top, faded slowly and left about a quarter inch thick layer across the top of the glass. Lots and lots of carbonation was very visible.

S - Very light, lats of grain, some very light hoppiness in the back, but that was about it.

T - your classic light lager, total maltiness and not much else, slight bready taste.

M - A bit slick depite the carbonation. it was ok, nothing special just an average feel for a lager

D - Very cold on a very hot day I could drink a few of these with ease, but other than that, not enough taste.

Overall very forgettable. This was a macro lager at its finest, which is average, better then a BMC but thats not saying much. If it was free at a bbq, I would have one, but no more buying it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 23:56:00 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +6.4%

12-14-2011 04:24:34 | More by nmann08
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2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An ordinary (at best) beer. Made for hot weather consumption. Looks brightly straw-yellow in color, highly carbonated and little head retention. Smells mildly sweet of corn sugar and adjunct grains. Lightly hoppy and a bit pungent from light strikenness. Tastes sweet on the side of vegetables--mainly corn. Also has notes of cereal grains. Mildly hopped for balance. No hop flavoring and little in the way of bittering. A sharp 'bite' is present in the back of the throat- a side effect from fermentation? Slight creamy mouthfeel. Not too thin, but this beer does disipate as it moves toward the finish. The finish is short of crisp or refreshing. Not dry either. Not the cleanest finish. I'll gladly drink another one--if it's free.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 18:36:16 | More by BEERchitect
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1.27/5  rDev -55%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Best Before: Oct/09.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body and despite a continually heavier pour, I just can't coax more than a few bubbles to form an ultra thin, white head. Ah well.

Smell: What a stink! Extraordinarily skunky aroma that strikes your nose mere seconds after the bottle is opened. If you don't mind a big snootful of skunk with each whiff, you can barely make out faint hints of cereal-scented malts.

Taste: Gah! Oh, how horrid. Some pale malts with a cereal sweetness and very minor hop character and bitterness, but mostly you're treated to a whole host of icky tastes. Plasticy, skunk spray, and metallic! Three disastrous tastes together at last. A couple glasses of cool, clean water only begin to wash that out.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As much as I usually appreciate it's inclusion on the bottle or label, the Best Before date serves no purpose whatsoever here, as this beer died an ignoble death long, long before October 2009. Sure, the year is still young, but this is, by far, the worst beer I've had all year! Avoid at all cost.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 18:57:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

08-21-2013 22:34:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: clear bright golden body with a thin head.

S: typical adjunct lager pale malt aroma. Little else.

T: pale malts with little bitterness. Very simple beer.

M: moderate to high carbonation and light body.

Overall: may be the most drinkable and refreshing of all of these Caribbean adjunct lagers. Therefore like the rest it skips out on flavor.

Serving type: can

05-03-2012 12:12:54 | More by kylehay2004
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2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes close to being just like a Landshark or a Corona. I'm just not much a fan of these types of beers I guess. This beer pours out basically the same as most lagers. It's yellow, clear and has a decent head for a little while. The smell is typical hops and malts, mostly malts. The flavors would have been much better with some lime I think. The taste is just too boring without it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 00:05:41 | More by Knapp85
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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Thanks (I guess) to VDubb86 (and his awesome girlfriend) for sharing this bottle!

The mini Caribbean cruise continues on to Trinidad & Tobago. Full disclosure: This bottle came to us more skunked than any beer I have ever encountered. It seriously smelled as though a skunk crawled into the bottle, died, and decomposed at an accelerated rate. Lovely. Still, many things could be gleaned from around the skunk, as well as from past experiences. So here goes, then:

It pours a clear very pale sallow topped by a quick-dissolving finger of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, light corn, and hard water. The taste does not deviate too far from this recipe, though the corn and wheat are slightly beefier than before. Not much, though. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a sad little lager, though not necessarily as offensive as it could be. Just not something I really wanna go after again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:19:35 | More by TMoney2591
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2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a small, white, fizzy and foamy head. It had good carbonation and left no head.

S - It smelled of grain adjuncts and corn.

T - It tasted sweet and of corn/grains. There was a light caramel malt taste and some bitter kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - It works in the islands after snorkeling, otherwise I wouldn't run out to get any.

Serving type: can

06-13-2008 20:01:21 | More by zeff80
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Alberta (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this to go along with a takeout Indian meal, which, around here, is not a common thing, given the still quasi-Draconian licensing laws...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with a couple fingers of thin soapy white head, which leaves nary a speck of lace as it quickly dissipates. It smells of corn/rice sweetness, and cooked veggies. The taste is rice pudding, almost bready at first, some oily alcohol, starchy veggies, and eau de skunkgrass. The carbonation is moderate, the body cloying as hell, and it finishes off-dry, that grainy, vegetal skunkiness outstaying it's already dubious welcome.

Not refreshing in the least, which one would imagine being its only marketable attribute. Nope.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:58:43 | More by biboergosum
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3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 22:34:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn, malt and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty decently balanced for a macro, not quite as sweet as most and a little bit more hops than most, but overall the flavor is still pretty dull. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty for the style, but nothing special, goes down ok, not filling at all. It’s one of the better beers of the style, but it there still isn’t anything impressive about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 02:42:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

05-18-2013 20:55:11 | More by nickfl
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3.71/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 04:18:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 08:06:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

05-16-2013 16:16:56 | More by Slatetank
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New York

3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent along with a clean, crisp lager yeast aroma that's quite dry. The taste is average as well. It has a light refreshing flavor that is full of corn and rice along with some pale malts. It goes down like water, but finishes dry with some lingering lager yeast notes. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average macro lager, but it hits the spot on the hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 21:12:08 | More by WesWes
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2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow (lighter than it looks through the clear bottle). Despite constant carbonation, the fizzy head almost immediately disappears to virtually nothing (outside of some scattered white bubbles).

The smell is of some grass and a touch of hops.

The taste is of watered-down hay and a bit of skunk. No noticeable hops. A very slight sweetness.

The feel was watery, but malt gives it a little body. It's somewhat smooth and refreshing, but more from the water than anything else.

It's okay for the Caribbean heat, and i would probably take it over Corona or Sol, but it wouldn't be anywhere near my first choice of a heat-beating brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 23:30:45 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +6.4%

12-06-2011 01:49:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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United Kingdom (England)

2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

275ml Clear bottle poured into a half-pint tumbler while on holiday in Tobago. The view from the balcony, the sun and warmth it gave made this almost taste OK, almost being the main thing!

Typical lager appearance, very pale golden yellow with a thin white head that legged it to leave a minute collar around the glass.

My normal score of 3 for an aroma-less lager.

Almost tasteless, even as it warmed in the heat no flavours came to me.

Weak and watery, soul less and wet.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 18:36:17 | More by BlackHaddock
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2/5  rDev -29.1%

05-08-2013 08:21:06 | More by beernads
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1.18/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was everywhere in the three port stops of a recent carribean cruise so I decided to try it in St. Martin.

Pours a clear, dark golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly dissipates into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy, metallic aroma with faint hints of hops but it's overpowered by a a very grainy corn/adjunct presence. Smells pretty bad.

On the lighter end of medium boded with a dry earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the sweet corny, metallic body into an astringent dry finish. Funky and metallic with lots of grainy sweet corn flavor. A below average adjunct lager that is tough to drink even on a hot day in St. Martin.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 06:14:47 | More by corby112
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Carib Lager from Carib Brewery Limited
67 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.