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Cariboo Genuine Draft - Pacific Western Brewing Company

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 26
Avg: 2.53
pDev: 42.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pacific Western Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Grunewald on 08-26-2009

Cariboo Genuine Draft is a smooth, mild beer that’s perfect for watching the game or sharing good times with friends. Straw-coloured, light on the palate, a frosty mug of this brew is perfect for a summer afternoon or after a steaming winter sauna.
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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 26
Photo of Bunman3
2.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's not great. It's not awful. It's inexpensive. If you want a cheap, drinkable adjunct, Cariboo might well be the beer for you. The taste is very much in line with other comparably priced beers - fizzy, sweetish, with plenty of corn, minimal malt and zero evidence of hops.

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Photo of speedonthis
2.96/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This isn't something you should spend much time thinking about. For a cheap adjunct lager Cariboo delivers, a far better beer than many of their competitors with a bonus that it's brewed in BC. If you're playing beer pong, going out into the woods for whatever reason you deem worthy or you want a few pops to toss back without the regard you'd normally give to a quality craft beer Cariboo is the way to go plus the the "free gift with purchase" or swag is awesome.

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Photo of maclean25
3.27/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From one of the biggest breweries in BC and it is from Prince George! As a northern BC resident I got a soft spot for the company. I've had Cariboo Genuine Draft a couple times before but this is the first time I've rated it.

It pours with lots of white foamy head and reduces with some lacing along the sides. It has a clear pale yellow body with small carbonation bubbles. The aroma is predominately grain and wheat, as well as some corn. The tastes has both a tangy and sweet quality. I detect mostly apple and a dull honey flavour. The feel is light (or as they call it "mild") and fizzy.

Overall, I want to like this but it obviously fails in a few areas. The taste is much better than the aroma. It is 'mild' in that it is light tasting but still has all the calories and 5.5% alcohol. I consider it a decent, inexpensive (~$1.45 per can) lager.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can - Deer Beer! The label gives new meaning to the term 'Buck a beer'...tip your waitress, boyos, I'm here all night!

This beer pours a clear, pale piss-yellow colour, with two fat fingers of thin, puffy, and weakly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a broad range of coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly fades away. Why is the word "lipstick" suddenly floating around my head?

It smells of pale grain, cornbread, spoiled apples, a sharp metallic flintiness, and skunky, weedy hops. The taste is pretty sweet, mostly of the corn mash and overripe apple sort, with some additional plain graininess, and practically imperceptible leafy hops, save their contribution to the generally musty skank factor.

The carbonation is moderate, just a mild probing frothiness, the body on the far side of medium weight, with a cloying, pithy character, one that some might mistake for 'smoothness'. It finishes mostly sweet, the stale fruit and corn doing their damnedest to stay past their dubious welcome. There it is - 'oink'.

Not particularly or overly offensive for the style, but pretty unimpressive in the end (not to mention most of the middle), and not worth drinking, unless it's for free, and even then...wait, you say this is the house brew waiting for me backstage? Shit - I gotta stop playing these small rural BC towns.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The CANQuest (TM) rolls on, thanks to my having gotten the hang of resizing photos for submission. I have a bunch of CANs that I was holding in abeyance until I could get a picture uploaded since they look better unopened, IMHO. This was one of them. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Brewed with Pure Spring Water"; "Cariboo Brewing Spirit of the North Since 1957"; "Climate change affects us all. Our forests have been devastated by the mountain pine beetle infestation, an effect of climate change. All of us [CAN] make a difference and at Cariboo Brewing we are donating a portion of all Cariboo Genuine Draft products sold to refroestation projects in our northern communities."

The Crack & Glug led to a rocky finger of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pretty sweet with a cereal-like quality to its lager sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a fairly sweet lager taste in the mouth. I was a little bothered on the finish by a metallic taste that was present briefly at the initial finish and then reverted to an overall sweetness on the extreme finish. I am not sure that the style is correct, but I CANnot tell from their website, either. This was an okay beer, but one was plenty.

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Photo of BreWolf
1.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A green case of green cans. It pours a clear yellow with thin white head. Smells somewhat metallic. Faint apple in the nose but nothing unique or impressive. Tastes cheap, faint sweetness and not crisp at all. Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat oily. Drinkability? Hmmm... Well as a cheap beer here on Vancouver Island this stuff is fairly common, but usually a second choice to Lucky Lager. It's like their goal was to create a generic factory beer, and if thats what you like you'd be better served buying Budweiser. It sure tastes better than this crap.

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Photo of Graham5161986
1.6/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not expecting much from this beer but, hey, let's see what we got here.

It pours a clear gold colour with a small fizzy head that doesn't last and leaves almost not lace with a oily appearance on the swirl.

Aroma is of sugary malt grain with some sour apple, not much else.

Taste is really sweet, cloyingly so and again with sulphuric sour apple, sugary grain flavours and an aftertaste that tastes like I just had a big mouthfull of corn pops. This one tastes alot like cheap apple cider.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp but, because of all the sugars, is somewhat oily and unclean on the finish.

Despite it's relatively low ABV, this beer is made much more of a chore to drink from its cloying corn sugar profile and imbalanced mouthfeel. Man am I glad I got this beer for free. Now that I know what it's like, I won't waste any of my hard earned money on this beer. It's just another below-par effort from a below-par brewery.

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Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into 400ml dab glass nov3 2009

A light golden yellow with a fast falling two finger head that leaves a patch or two of lace

S sweet grains and a little honey

T as it smells nothing great but nothing offensive

M thin but with good carbonation that helps it a little

D as average as it gets I want too say something sticks out about this beer in a bad way but I just can't place it so it can't be that bad

don't go looking for this beer and perhaps only worth drinking between paydays

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Photo of Grunewald
2.38/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 355ml can into a mug. It pours clear brassy color with vanishing white head.

S - malt, honey and skunk/gasoline

T - subdued malt, tart honey, flowers and chemicals (gasoline)

M - well carbonated light body and little sticky

D - smells like some kind of fuel but this does not harm the taste as much as I feared it would

*note - this may be an adjunct lager, but the only info I could find pointed to American Pale Lager

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Cariboo Genuine Draft from Pacific Western Brewing Company
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