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Kalik - Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

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KalikKalik

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BA SCORE
64
poor

248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 24.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. visit their website
Bahamas

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Reviews by Vdubb86:
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Vdubb86

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -14.3%

Served in a chilled flute glass

This beer pours like a light champagne. There is lots of fizzy bubbles that fade quickly and there is little to no color to the body of this beer. The smell is nothing, but in the pantheon of beer smells that's not too bad. The flavor is like beer flavored water. I honestly believe that someone took stock beer, and mixed it with water to make it cheap. If I didn't pour the bottle into the glass myself I would have assumed that I was I was being cheated. The mouthfeel was all sorts of really thin, it was bothersomely watered down. Overall this was drinkable, but since mineral water has more flavor than this it's hard to say it's even average.

01-29-2012 18:41:59 | More by Vdubb86
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RoyalT

Ohio

2/5  rDev -24.8%

Appearance – Light and bright yellow in color with some visible carbonation and a James Brown head.

Smell – This one smells like a Latin American Heineken. The skunk wasn’t too bad, but the corny grain was revolting.

Taste – The sweet creamed corn flavor shows up here in force. The finish tries to be dry with a bit of hops, but fails miserably.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation feels nice in the mouth, but the beer itself is ultra thin and hardly worth the effort.

Sinkability – If I was in the 90 degree Bahama sun and had already put away a half dozen daiquiris I might be able to finish this one, but tonight it’s going in the sink.

01-12-2004 00:53:20 | More by RoyalT
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24.8%

02-20-2012 17:20:07 | More by beerhunter13
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -4.1%

Well here goes...my first beer from the Bahamas...in a clear bottle no less. Thanks to kmpitz2 for this gem. Pours a urine sample bright clear yellow with a drop of orange and a tiny head that dies quickly. The skunk/brickweed was noticed as soon as I began the pour. Upon closer inspection there's a sweet grain nose along with some spicy, grassy hops. Not half bad for an adjunct.

First sip is a sweet grainy body with just a smattering of hoppiness. A hint of lemon and slightly doughy. While there's nothing that really excites me about this beer...it is inoffensive and actually quite thirst quenching.

Pretty thin in the mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess to the body. More presence that most adjunct lagers in my opinion. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this...but there's no reason to go back...too many better brews to be had.

04-02-2005 04:29:48 | More by orbitalr0x
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.2/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from a 12oz. can into a plastic cup.

A slightly hazy straw color with a little foam and not much head retention.
Smell is slightly bready, maybe a hint of yeast.
This tastes better to my palate than most American Lagers. A pleasant sweetness from the malt a bit of a hop bite. Nice.
Mouthfeel is typical lager.
Overall, I give it a bit of a bonus because I'm DRINKING IT IN THE BAHAMAS! It's actually the perfect beach beer. Easy drinking, smooth and tasty.

03-03-2014 20:23:53 | More by SD-Alefan
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twi1609372

Florida

1.88/5  rDev -29.3%

The bahamas sucks! $6 a bottle for this. I figure i'm in the bahamas, should give it a try, i was wrong. Bright yellow appearence, urinesq smell. I can no say this beer did not have a taste, it certainly did and it wasnt good. Grainy, want-to-be sweet, no hop taste at all, thick malt. This beer summs up the bahamas. The bahamas are hot, slummy, everything closed on sunday, people are dicks, drive on left side of road, and dam expensive for what it is. Hate to be off topic but this is the "beer of the bahamas" and it certainly embodies many charechteristics of the bahamas in it's craftmanship and taste. For $5 a bottle, i'll take the bud light as bad as it is over this!

07-25-2005 05:26:14 | More by twi1609372
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev +12.8%

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this beer. This is my first beer from the Bahamas. The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very macro-like with lots of grain and corn. The flavor is typical macro with some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible and certainly not undrinkable, but not very good either.

03-27-2010 16:19:10 | More by Mora2000
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

08-27-2013 20:15:32 | More by dankjohn
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Hugh37

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

08-13-2013 00:52:36 | More by Hugh37
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virinow

New York

2.5/5  rDev -6%

07-13-2013 23:18:46 | More by virinow
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dogfishandi

New York

2.93/5  rDev +10.2%

my sister got this and a few others on her honeymoon, and brought them back for me. bottle out of the fridge poured into a pint glass. pours a super clear straw yellow with some bubbles at first. a quick disappearing foamy white head. no lacing to speak of.

pretty skunky at first, sweet corn, light grains, thats about it.

in the taste you get some light grains, sweet corn, some citrus as well. pretty standard macro we got here.

light body,watery, thin mouthfeel, somewhat creamy, high carbonation.

very easy drinking for those hot summer days, goes down easy if you dont mind the taste. although not on the bottle, i believe its 5 %abv.

08-18-2009 23:06:40 | More by dogfishandi
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Dizzy

Texas

1.93/5  rDev -27.4%

Pours transparent yellow with white head. Aroma is grainy with a little bit of hop aroma. Can't taste much malt, but the corn is definitly there. There seems to be a lot more bitterness then most macro type lagers. Mou thfeel is pretty thin as you would expect and there's a moderate amount of carbonation. I wouldn't reccomend this unless there's nothing else available.

08-13-2006 23:20:29 | More by Dizzy
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -3%

undated but coded clear 12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue (sorry Unibroue) snifter.

A: Poured a pale golden color with less a fingers of head that was surprisingly creamy but short-lived. Some lacing left on glass.

S: Corn, light malt and a tiny hint of hops.

T: Light toasted grain with a heavy corn component and a bit of spicy hops. Sweet/bitter components are balanced.

M: Crisp; light-bodied with medium+ carbonation.

O: A light, corny beer that would be more enjoyable on a hot day in the Bahamas.

03-29-2012 01:05:19 | More by chinchill
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -34.2%

11-28-2013 04:48:25 | More by acurtis
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SetarconeX

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -7.9%

Fairly generic yellow straw color. Head retention's possibly a little better than other beers from sunshiny areas like this one. Pretty good amount of skunk coming out of the bottle though. Had a couple of these before though, and that seems like par for the course.

Taste is not unlike Corona, only quite a bit more bitter. They seem to have used more hops than I expected, but they seem to have all gone bad from extreme skunking.

A less clear bottle and some quality control and this might be a drinkable brew. Right now, it's not.

03-01-2007 23:48:16 | More by SetarconeX
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ltdantheman

Georgia

2/5  rDev -24.8%

02-27-2012 00:10:40 | More by ltdantheman
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markmccoy

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

11-08-2012 02:16:24 | More by markmccoy
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seavercm

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-15-2014 13:20:08 | More by seavercm
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Griffith

Connecticut

3/5  rDev +12.8%

01-09-2014 21:47:41 | More by Griffith
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +12.8%

Beer Review #1 of my cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, May 15-22, 2004.

Pale yellow in color in a clear bottle with white label.

Very standard for a pale lager, with all the boring, unoffending aspects of other similar beers, although I thought Kalik had a nice, strong bite on the tail end--perhaps from its higher-than-standard 5% abv.

The liquor store in Nassau where I bought this beer popped the cap and sent me down the street with it in a brown bag, adding to the experience. Although it was uncomplex, there can't be many better beers for a hot tropical day in the sun.

05-23-2004 01:19:04 | More by RockyTopHeel
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -6%

We drank quite a few of these while we were in the Exuama Islands in the Bahamas recently.

Appearance: Pale clear yellow with minimal soapy white head and little lacing, if any.

Smell: Our beers were fairly fresh, so no problem with skunkiness like others have reported. Scents are grassy and grainy, like a typical adjunct lager. Very average.

Taste: Sweet, grainy with minimal hops. Basically a watery adjunct lager and low ABV. Not horrible, but nothing too special either.

Mouthfeel: Watery and light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: When it was good and cold, it was an adequate beer for drinking several on a beach in the sun. They go down easily and you could do worse. I wouldn't seek them out again in the U.S, but I would drink them again while in the Bahamas.

03-15-2010 00:36:06 | More by ChopperSmith
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured out pale gold beer with less than 1 finger head. Highly carbonated,,i can smell the skunk and the glass is over a foot away.Taste isnt horrible very neutral slightly grainy. I can almost taste skunk because the smell is so powerful.All the other aspects are nothing special.

07-17-2007 01:25:23 | More by tweeder263
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -6.8%

I tried this at a little palm tree covered outdoor cafe in the quaint old part of Key West. It was about ten in the morning, and the guy at the cafe sort of raised an eyebrow when I asked for a beer at that hour. I kindly informed him that I was on a cruise, and that beer at ten am is perfectly normal whilst on vacation. So there.

A - Golden yellow with a small white head. The brew is perfectly clear, and there is no trace of lace.

S - Fruity with a macro lager trace of funk. I can smell some mango notes on top of the adjuncty smells.

T - Fruity, grainy, and a bit zesty. Papaya and mango are there, but just barely.

M - Moderate carbonation and a fuller-than-excpected mouthfeel add up to a decent feeling beer. The finish is off-dry and gritty.

D - Good. This isn't an outstanding brew, but I like the unique mango and papaya flavors. A half way decent session beer for the beach.

06-24-2007 13:28:45 | More by pmcadamis
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +27.8%

A - pale golden yellow; thin layer of soft, loose, white head; little retention

S - musty, grainy, grassy

T - grainy, grassy, straw, a bit musty, lagery

M - smooth, well carbonated, smooth, light bodied

It's easily drinkable and smooth, but it doesn't offer much flavor-wise. It's better than most in this style, but it still leaves much to be desired.

05-13-2012 00:37:34 | More by tdm168
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +12.8%

Clear, light golden color with a bright white head and a surprising, light hop aroma. It's not skunked even though it's in a clear bottle - they may be using pre-isomerized hops like Miller does. It has a good mouthfeel and the malt flavor is clean, sweet and lightly backed with hops. There's obviously some adjunct in use here; I'd guess it's just sugar syrup. The finish is short and sweet with a very light touch of hop. Very much like Corona but with a little more character, and I think, better made. I'm very surprised by this beer and would recommend you try one if you haven't already.

08-01-2002 05:35:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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Kalik from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.