Carib Lager - Carib Brewery Limited

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 391
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 24.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 alpinebryant
3.6/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of the bottle on a tour of St. Lucia. Appeared a clear straw yellow with some small white lacing around the bottle.

Smell of corn mash and some light adjunct aromas with just an inkling of any hops. Yeah I guess they were there somewhere.

Taste of malt, corn sugars and a faint flavor of hops. Strong carbonation and a light mouthfeel as an adjunct lager should be. Pretty refreshing and crisp for an adjunct lager, not overall that bad and definitely refreshing while in the sun on a nice day to go snorkeling. (524 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
3.73/5  rDev +30.9%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, pale straw color with three fingers of foamy white head. It gets the job done for a beer of this style.

Smell: dry, sour grain with just a hint of skunk. Could be worse, but it's not good.

Taste: better than the aroma, thankfully. Flavor is a bit sweeter than the aroma, but it is noticeably adjunct-y. There's a hint of bitterness toward the end; overall, it's pretty smooth and inoffensive. Par for the style.

Mouthfeel: pretty watery but there's a good level of carbonation here. That puts it about in an even book for me.

Drinkability: relatively light and refreshing. If the beer were a bit colder and the day a bit hotter, I might rate it even higher.

I suppose every country needs its own macro lager, and I guess this is Trinidad & Tobago's. I see only now that the best-by date stamped on the bottle is February 2010; still, I don't feel like a fresher bottle would have much more to offer. (967 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a beer that needs to be reviewed for what it is - a mass-produced adjunct lager. For what it is I find it closer to the top of the spectrum than not.

Had this in a bottle on the shores of St. Kitts from a little stand on the edge of some black lava cliffs. It was an amazing experience. We had just finished climbing the volcano on the island and no beer has ever hit the spot like this one.

The color is average straw color of a lager, looks like a Corona, clear bottle and all.

Smelled about the same, a little of that skunky smell you get from the adjunct lagers.

Taste was very similar to a Corona with a touch of citrus, maybe lime.

Nicely carbonated very light bodied and easy drinking. I finished off the bottle in about two minutes and was looking for more. Served ice cold I'd take Carib over any American adjunct lager any day of the week. But when you want some body or flavor you need to look elsewhere. (928 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, nearly a finger, straw coloring, head fades to an uneven layer of lace.

s- skunk, sweetness, hay, straw.

t- skunk, echoes nose, not great taste here, there is a residual candy like sweetness that isn't pleasant.

m- light, watery.

d- not great drinkability here, i wouldn't seek this beer out again. (332 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.13/5  rDev -25.3%
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... (1,098 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Following the recent thread on finding fault w/expired beer, I purchased this beer at a LeClerc in France. The entire stock was marked "BB Apr 10." I asked a stocker if they were going to drop the price. He was shocked that the expiration had slipped by them, called his mgr to ask if they'd drop the price for the customer. The mgr said no, take them off the shelf, (but did not say they were expired and shouldn't be consumed). So cheers to the stocker, but this is a perfect example of a store selling dated beer w/no fault belonging to the brewer. I bought one bottle just for kicks, and I'm about to rate it, so there's a little fault to the consumer since I know better. But when's the next time I'll see this stuff?

A- Golden straw color. Head & retention aren't bad, and leave bits of tracing. Slight haze.

S-Grainy w/bit of sweet malt. Faint hint of hops, bread and citrus.

T-Slightly sweet upfront rounded out by slightly fruity (lemon & pear) midpalate, light bready malt, noble hops in the finish, a tad of booziness in the aftertaste, and a bit of fruit that resonates too.

M-Light-bodied w/puckery little suds. Well-balanced.

D-Not a bad little beer. I don't have any to compare at the moment, but it'd go w/Latin American fare as good as most of the beers from that region. (1,295 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Strong, clear yellow color with foamy, thick head that doesn't dissipate too quickly.

S: Strong adjunct malts and extremely strong cooked veggies... slightly offending at first, but the smell grows on you.

T: Strong wheat and straw with a bit of funk and some honey sweetness. I was expecting the typical thin lager but it seems that Carib is a different animal... a stronger concoction than the average stuff.

M: Lighter on the carbonation with a slightly heavy, smooth body.

D: Surprisingly drinkable; I can see this being good for cooling off in the Caribbean. (573 characters)

Photo of sammiles
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this at an off license in near the Ala Mona Centre in Waikiki but actually ended up drinking it in Vegas, looked average but have not had much beer from that part of the world so thought I would nip in.

Looks average to me, too bubbly and very strawy and the smell was a little funky actually, reminded me of Bintang. Taste is a little watery but to be honest I could see myself drinking it in the right climate, on a beach in the West Indies. I should of drank it in Hawaii instead of Vegas in November. Like a lot of these beers they are made to refresh and suit the climate in the country they are made in. (619 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Carib Lager is a light yellow in color with a one inch, white head that fades to a collar. The first thing I get out of the beer, as I pop the cap, is a skunk aroma. Hard to overcome. Surprisingly, I do not find the taste skunked. I was expecting a lager in the Landshark vein, but Carib is better. It has the sweet, grainy malt taste, but it adds a nice bite and a bit of lemon to the after taste. The feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability is also good.

Carib is an above average lager. I found it to be satisfying. (537 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.26/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (1,449 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
2.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Carib Lager, tried in St. Thomas.

Appearance-a pale yellow color, whispy white head that isn't really controlled, it rushes up and decipitates quickly.

Smell-pale grain, fusel alchohol, light malt, hop

Taste/Mouthfeel-grainy, slightly sour, not memorable, I've tasted this flavor many times before and this isn't the best example.

Drinkability-not even all that refreshing on a hot summer day, flavors are weak and don't really go together.

Overall-dissapointing, not a good lager by any stretch, doesn't stand out in any way. (532 characters)

Photo of Surdel
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale, crystal clear, small head.

Taste - Very malt liquor. Surprisingly it has a bit of body, but nothing to brag about. Not bad as far as the style goes. The only really unpleasing part was the metallic like taste that tends to hang around for awhile.

Serving type - Bottle. (304 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct1 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow, with a two finger head with poor retention and no lace

S what smell maybe some faint grass and lemon

T some bread, grass and some skunk, gotta love the clear bottles with an open top box

M another thin flat lager nothing special here

D I could drink this on a hot day if there was nothing better

perhaps a certain health magazine is not the best judge of beer (go figure) because this is not the best beer in the world or even Trinidad for that matter (539 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.23/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale, clear golden color with a good amount of bubbly head.

The scent was of grains mostly.

The taste wsa mostly of grains, slight hop bitterness, some notes of lemon, and slightly metallic.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

Very easy drinker, not much different than most other American Lagers. (330 characters)

Photo of ricke
2.21/5  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. (369 characters)

Photo of blaje
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
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... (532 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into Pint Glass

A: Yellow and straw colored... with about 1 fingers worth of foamy white head, that disappeared quickly... No lacing to speak of.

S: Very sour fruity soda like... lime & lemons mixed with corn...

T: Corn right up front with a sour backbone... The limes & lemons come on at the end.... Ends a little bitter but not bad.

M: Light, crisp with a sharp carbonation...

D: If I was sitting in the Islands this my be great, you could pound them down.... But overall too corny for me...

After reading some review I saw someone nail it... It is the Caribbean Corona... It reminded me of the Le Presidento I had in the Dominican... If you like this kind of beer give it a try. (701 characters)

Photo of WCBCFrank
1.8/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the sister-in-law for bringing this back from the Virgin Islands. Clear bottle has a best by date of MAR/10. Pours a light gold color with a thin cap of white head that fades at a moderate clip for the style. Some, but not much lacing is evident.

Not too much going on in the nose, but what is there smells very fresh. Some lightly sweet malts and a bit of lagery sulfur.

Sweet maltiness dominates the flavor on this beer and there is not really any hops to balance it out, maybe just a slight drying effect on the finish. It is pretty fresh tasting and has more of a malt flavor than corn or rice adjuncts. Mouthfeel is a bit above average as it is even a touch creamy and plenty carbonated. I could drink more than just a few of these on a nice Caribbean vacation. (778 characters)

Photo of gford217
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330mL can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very, very light straw with tons of bubbles streaming to the top feeding a big white fluffy head that recedes quickly to a soapy cap and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma is pretty uninspiring with some pale malts, yeast and a hint of lemon and grassy hops.

The taste isn't much better with the light yeast and pale malts dominating. There's not much in the way of the lemony hops I got in the aroma, so the taste is possibly more bland than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light and watery with good carbonation but very little substance overall on the palate.

When you're sitting on a beach in the Caribbean, you might could argue that the quality of the beer should be the least your worries. That said, this is not one I'd go back to and will stick with a Red Stripe next time. Once it warms up, even a slight bit, it gets pretty tough to finish. (891 characters)

Photo of Risser09
2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

275ml bottle poured into a nonic - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a very pale, transparent, urine yellow with a 2.5" white head. It shows good retention and some tiny bubbles that flow to the surface. Foamy suds make a modest coating on the glass.

Smell: Pretty skunky aroma mixes with a light lager yeast and lemon filled hops. Basic, pale, and pretty uninteresting.

Taste: Smooth lager malts combine with some hop bitterness that is mostly citric. Not a whole lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and well balanced with malt and hops. Lingering hop bitterness with some alcohol, too.

Drinkability: A session brew without much flavor or complexity. Better than the mass-produced lagers of the United States. A welcomed brew from the island of Grenada. (754 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of prototypic
1.97/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (2,348 characters)

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