Belikin Beer - Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.
Belize

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2003

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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 46
Photo of Nickholland
3.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Only beer widely available in Belize. Weird that no American adjuncts (esp Budweiser) or even Heinken were available anywhere. That being said I was happy to drink this all week on beaches and in rainforests. A good refreshing lager with a little more hop profile than many adjuncts. But yeah, I'll admit the surroundings may have influenced my opinion. And I loved the heavy duty bottle, even though it always seemed like I had another 2-3 sips.

Photo of Brewstradamus
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For what it is, this beer is great. Loved Belize!

Photo of Shane_Gr
2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank a lot of this on vacation but I would stick with the stout. This didn't have any kick.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I travelled to Belize for Spring Break in 2013, I drank quite a few Belikin Beers while I was there to say the least. Unlike most of the surrounding countries whose main beers are American Adjunct style this splendid little beer is a pale lager. It pours light golden, little head, it has a somewhat strong aroma, and has light hops taste. The bottle is pretty cool in itself, pretty heavy duty, because they recycle most of the class bottles continuously.

Belize City/Punta Gorda/San Ignacio March 2013

Photo of mscottjohnston
4/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not going to lie; this one was probably influenced by the surroundings where I had it. From tropical beaches to dark rainforests, Belikin followed me throughout my week long trip to Belize. A very enjoyable beer that just might lose its charm when consumed stateside.

Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, pale, straw-yellow color with a small, short-lived head of fizzy white head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel, grains and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with grains and bread crust. There is a subtle bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice lager. I'm glad I finally got to try it.

Photo of Homebrew35
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an average BMC looking head and body. Half finger of white foam and a crystal clear ultra pale body. A ring of lacing remain and not much else.

Smells of sweet corn and grainy malt. Touch of fruity hops and lager yeasty smells.

Tastes like what you would expect. Grainy, sweet and some fruity and grassy hops. As this warms some more grainy malts come out and not in a good way.

Thin body and low carbonation make this quaffable on a hot summer day.

Overall this is a refreshing and simple beer. Not something I'd buy but I doubt I'll get the chance to anyways.

Thanks Bryan for bringing this back.

Photo of Overlord
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Relatively inoffensive macro-swill.

Pours a dark golden color with a huge off-white foamy head. Smells like husked corn with a bit of offputting rancid bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly bitter, with that weird almost rancid/vegetable bitterness overlaying the familiar cheap lager/malt liquor sweetness that is reminiscent of corn mixed with bubbles and disappointment.

Quenched my thirst. Forgettable, but not abysmal.

Photo of Genghis22
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A friend brought this back from her cruise for me. Best by date of "11 April 12" stamped on the bottle.

A - Pours a very pale straw yellow color. Very little head which did not stick around very long.

S - Smells like your typical adjunct lager. Slightly sweet and corny. The nose reminds me of PBR.

T - Tastes like a PBR too. Bland flavor with a good amount of sweetness. There is a very quick flash of hops that hits the tongue, but it leaves quickly, one could easily miss it altogether.

M - Epic fail. This beer is just barely carbonated. If you're going to put out a pale, light flavored, adjunct lager, it should at least be crisp and refreshing.

O - Yikes. This beer is just not good. I guess if it were 100+ degrees out and I was half blitzed on a beach, this beer might be better, but really, that would be the only scenario that would save this beer.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, the first of both bottles I managed to bring back with me from a cruise that took us through the beautiful country of Belize!

A- The initial pour produces a chill hazed grassy colored brew, that shows off plenty of carbonation. The head is quite impressive, starting off about two fingers thick, and quickly settling down to a half inch frothy layer over the beer. There is some lacing...actually much better than I would have initially imagined, leaving traces of patchy foam clinging to my Peroni glass. Decent looking for an AAL!

S- There is some malt sweetness mixed in with the expected grainy, grassy aromas. Also, there is some pleasant hop bitterness right on the finish that actually makes this smell like something of substance!

T- Yup, I'd have to agree with another reviewer here that there is some floral/herbal notes within the flavor. Along with this, there is some malt blended with cleaner adjuncts...rice in particular. The finish is of moderate hop bitterness, and interestingly enough, the flavor takes on a honeyed quality after the swallow as the carbonation pops on the palate. Quite nice overall!

M- Light bodied, which should be expected for this style, but also because of where it comes from. The carbonation is plentiful and palate scrubbing but not offensive. Overall, this area is exactly what I thought it should be....

O- All in all I feel that this is a very decent lager! Its better than most standard fare and I think it is a perfect hot weather beach beer, as I had the pleasure of enjoying in that exact scenario! Flavorful, thirst quenching and overall an appealing brew! Cheers!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For an AML this isn't all that bad. And if I were in Belize, I'd look for this one. That said, it's not my thang.

Pours straw pale, nice fluffy head. Looks like a macro lager for sure.

Aroma is straw and non-sweet pear. Bubbly in the nose. Yup, bubbly..

The flavor has a bit of a filminess to it. The pear is the best I can come up with. Not very sweet. Some corn and vegital. Green corn husk.

Again, if in Belize, sure. Distribution is cutting down in Denver so probably won't see this one around much any more.

Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to E&K for bringing back this surprise central american beer! Serendipitous 01OCT11 date on the bottle. "Brewery Fresh"

Poured out of a 284mL bottle into a wine glass.
Pale straw gold color, thin layer of white foam, about a quarter inch in width. Fizzy foam lasts for a few minutes, eventually fading to a thin island of skim floating in the center.

Wet barley, honey, hint of grassiness. Pretty plain and nondescript, thankfully no off notes.

Taking a few swigs, it's surprisingly bitter and grassy. Some cracker and honey notes, very brief flavors with a drying finish. Fairly effervescent and crisp. Clean and dry, simple beery flavors, take it or leave it. In the sweltering heat of the tropics, this beer has to be a godsend.

Photo of hopfiend666
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is all we drank in belize, but it leaves good memories.

Appearance: yellow beer, bottle is thick and heavier than the average, because they recycle the bottles. nice painted bottles.

Smell: pleasant, lightly floral

Taste: lightly floral, but pleasant

Mouthfeel: well carbonated light bodied.

Overall: a memorable beer, but still an average beer that is just..well different.

Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seems more flavorful than the average industrial lager.

Has the coarse big-bubbles look with a quickly-dissipating head. But creamy in the mouth for a quick gulp, which is probably its intended purpose. Light golden in the glass. Surprising herbal flavor that is quite pleasant, given the expectations. Grassy, with a touch of hops. Hint of meadow fragrance. Has a modest charm, and it's good to know they make something in Belize.

Collectors: Belikin now comes in the swell printed-on-the-bottle label (like Rolling Rock). Says "Beer" proudly on the neck.

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When in Belize try the local brew. Poured from the bottle to a normal, but clean drink glass. Light yellow in color about a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. A one finger head of white foam, with a wispy lace that had moderate cling. Smell was that of cereal grain and malt. Taste was that of corn, wheat, rice, and malt. There was just a slight flavor of hops. Mouthfeel was sort of mild creaminess with moderate tingle, refreshing, not dry. I would make sure I drink this beer again when I travel to Belize, but I will not spend any money or effort to try and find it elsewhere.

Photo of NODAK
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells like any other generic American beer that's mass produced, honestly. There aren't many particular points about it.

The taste starts off tasting like a generic macro, like a Coors Light. Nothing special there. This leads to a pretty substantial graininess that is appreciated...with a somewhat medicinal, off-putting bitterness on the finish that isn't all that pleasant. I'd rather they put zero hops in a beer than that, it just didn't seem natural.

The verdict is that it's no worse than any macro you'll find in the USA.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.7/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very surprised by this Belizian lager! The beer is very fresh and smooth. It has a normal lager aroma, nothing out of the ordinary, normal amounts of carbonation, head. Where this beer truly surprised me was the extra smooth taste. It seems to be brewed with pure water and has a sort of a sweet taste to it. I found myself finishing this bottle in just a few minutes! This beer is definitely a surprise! Pick one up.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Typical of the style but without the bad flavor. Pretty tasteless. Still smooth and refreshing.
The slightest notes of hops and cheap malts but the adjuncts are better hidden than some others of this style. I suppose if paired properly with food and atmospere this drink could be better enjoyed, but it left me unimpressed.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.61/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review is based on the AAL style guidelines.

A: Bright, clear golden yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head with some retention to a thin skim. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Sweet corn. Slight crackery malt character. Faint hay and grass noble hop aromas.

T: Slightly sweet, very subdued malt character. Mellow noble hops for an even bitter. Clean finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Good balance.

D: Good for the style. Nothig wrong; its just such a nondescript style.

Photo of thecarster1
3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one plus finger of bright white head, clear light lemon coloring, nice carbonation.

s- adjunct-y, grain, light hops, light lemon, some grass.

t- 'not terrible, surprisingly' - not the most encouraging words to start off a review but thats how i have it transcribed in my notes. still adjunct like but some light hops shine through, lightly bittered, some grain.

m- light but not overly watery.

d- okay, i belize i would drink this again if given the chance - yeah, pun intended.

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: poured a thick white quickly diminishing head light yellow color and lots of carbonation.
S: sour lager yeast and light malt smells with no distinct hop aroma.
T: tastes like the usual American lager with a little sourness working in. Definitely uses corn or rice fillers and no distinct hop flavor.
M/D: light and watery feel with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is good if you like budweiser and similar beers but it's not my style so it's harder to drink.

Photo of kingsdirt
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2 Belizian dollars gets you a 10 oz. pour.

A- looks like most shit creek lagers of central america. Cat urine color with a head that falls off quick.

S- Yeasty smell and some wet dog. Could have been an old keg or uncleaned keg. Bottle was nicer.

M- not much of any mouth feel to speak of. It is designed to slam on a hot tropical day.

D- I can not imagine drinking this beer out side of the tropical heaven that is central america.

From Mexico to Argentina, this beer ranks some where in the middle of overall lagers.
Think hot day and you would drink anything that resembles beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a couple of these after a day of Cave Tubing.
Strange little bottle that looks like a 12oz bottle but is marked 260ml which roughly equates to 9oz. If you look closely the glass in the bottle is really thick, apparently glass is cheaper than beer in Belize. Anyhow.
Pours a pale fizzy yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of light grains, corn, dms. Not all that appealing. Taste is much the same. Fizzy and bubbly mouthfeel and carbonation level, light body. This was probably my least favorite light lager of my trip. Serve it ice cold, pound it straight out of the bottle and its thirst quenching, but lacked just about everything in taste. Stick with the Belikin Premium which is much better.

Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one, as far as I know, isn't yet available in the Durham/Raleigh, but it may be soon. I was given this sample bottle by a local distributor's rep.

It pours a light golden with a short-lived head of lean white bubbles. They don't last long, but a few cling to the edge of the glass for the duration, which is a tad impressive for the style. There's not much of an aroma here; it's just a bit of grain with a subtle hint of fruitiness and corn. Corn certainly is noticeable in the flavor, with nearly every other character taking a distant back seat. A bit of sweetness occurs on the front. Oddly, there is a bit of body here, and the finish is strangely satisfying, especially as the warming alcohol lingers. This isn't something I expected. Average, all around.

Photo of HalfFull
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a thick green capped bottle holding an odd 284 ml. Pours golden straw with a light bubbly head, offering short retention yet some light lacing as a surface cap can be regenerated with a light spin.

Lots of corny adjuncts on the nose yet somewhat inviting given the deeper malt structure. A somewhat rich nose with a muddled hop presence. Another tropical brew that celebrates the maize.

Taste is rather sweet yet robust enough in complexity, particularly on the finish. Decent feel with a good level of carbonation throughout the glass. Holds up to a bit of warming. Average drinkability given that the beer might become somewhat cloying if sessioned from the simple sweetness offered.

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Belikin Beer from Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.