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Kalik - Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.


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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 24.53%

Brewed by:
Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. visit their website

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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Photo of SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 20:23:53 | More by SD-Alefan
Photo of rangerred


3.96/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear darker gold with a thin, wispy white head. Really poor head retention and no lacing to speak of.

Bready aroma with some hints of flowers, hay, and grass. Somewhat reminiscent of a European lager.

More bread in the taste. There is just the lightest bit of toast in there along with grass and hay from the hops. Bitterness in on the light side and the finish is extremely dry and crisp. This has to be one of the most refreshing beers I have had.

Overall, what an awesome lighter lager! It is so crisp and has just enough flavor to keep it from being boring. A great beer to drink in hot weather and just blows away Red Stripe

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:46:36 | More by rangerred
Photo of BMMillsy


1.89/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

From old notes. Pours clear light golden with small white head. Aroma of skunk and pale malts. Flavor follows with a blast of skunk and light corn flavor. Some sweetness from the malts, but overall this thing is nearly gag inducing. Dirty finish. Not a fan. In the Corona and Land Shark area here, maybe between the two.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:45:14 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of gibsonflip


3.33/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A summer breeze flows through the palm tree's fronds and brushes my face with a sweet refreshing coolness that suggests "welcome"-and I smile. I just arrived to Nassau Bahamas where Kalik gives you the style of a local with the swag of one of Tupac's vey own homies. I guzzle down the juice of Kalik and I shudder as the tropical water flows through my veins. I sway a little as I attempt to recycle but unfortunately drop the glass on the road. My heart breaks as the bottle shatters before my eyes. That bottle, which held one of the most beautiful beers on the planet, which gave me my swagger, my new bahamian life, has been destroyed. As I start to break down in tears, staring at the ground, this wonderful foot steps into my sight. The foot has skin white as a ghost with red hairs orange as an orange, the fruit. She caresses my body and pulls out another kalik from her purse. I glimpse waterfalls of red hairs hanging from her underarm. Her name is Aoife, and she lies in nettles with me with kaliks surrounding our bodies. Anyway, long story short, Kalik landed me with the most amazing girl ever and it tasted great

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:30:38 | More by gibsonflip
Photo of KYGunner


3.13/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale golden coloring but the head is soapy and light.

The scent is grainy with cereal like maltiness and even some lemon. Weak but not off putting.

Strangely I find the taste quite satisfying. Light cereal malts, German influences with a bread, cracker dryness. Not much wateriness, as I find in the other hot weather quenchers, I wasn't yearning to throw a lime in it.

Overall, I like it and I liked it more than many of the same genre.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 00:42:15 | More by KYGunner
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a patchy thin film covering about three quarters of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn and grain adjunct malts with a light amount of sweetness.

T: Upfront this beer is all adjunct malt with moderate amounts of sweetness - I get quite a bit of corn with a slightly lesser amount of grain. Light hints of bitterness in the finish which fades fairly quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is one of the better American Adjunct Lagers that I have had from the Caribbean and would probably be really refreshing on a hot day by the beach (unfortunately it is cold and windy here today).

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:28:08 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of sommersb


2.78/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 07-29-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. clear bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

Appearance is a very light blond and clear beer. The head is white and about 3 fingers, with good retention but no lacing.

Smells consist of hay and grassy hops, plus light pilsner malts.

The taste is lightly bitter and has the same grassy quality as in the nose. Also has some spiciness and a touch of unpleasant vegetable notes. Overall not very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a high level of carbonation. The body is light and aftertastes are lightly sweet and slightly bitter.

All around, this is a simple and average lager, but makes for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 23:46:02 | More by sommersb
Photo of kylehay2004


2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: single finger white foam head, lots of bubbles on a bright clear golden body.

S: very skunky and pungent grains and malts. one of the more offensive aromas of these caribbean american adjunct lagers.

T: I really waited for this one to offend and it never really did. grains, pale malts with light lemon and sweet corn notes. Aftertaste isnt terrible.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: Smells terrible, tastes barely drinkable but not in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:07:00 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of 12stepCornelius


3.93/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huh. This beer surprised me. Much different than I expected. I was thinking Red Stripe. But it's way different. The smell is typical of an adjunct lager at first, but then there's this oddity that sort of throws you off. It's a little darker than an American adjunct. By the way, I poured it into a pint glass. That oddity in the smell hits you on the taste. I swear I'm getting hints of prunes or figs. A pleasant surprise. The mouth feel reflects this as well. While there's the typical lager crispness and sharpness from carbonation is there but there's also a slickness left behind. Maybe from the fruit? I had this with a shot of rum. So whenever I drink some Sailor Jerry's again, I'm gonna want one of these with it. Went perfect with the rum.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:04:39 | More by 12stepCornelius
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:37:34 | More by tdm168
Photo of EgadBananas


2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow color with a bone-white finger of head. Dissipates fast. The aroma...pleasant. Biscuity malts, light sweetness and a breadiness. Nothing wonderful but for the style, it's actually rather nice. The taste doesn't measure up imo. Sweet malts, bready, biscuity, but overly sweet. Is this an adjunct, or a pale Euro lager?

Crisp, light and clean. Good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:03:56 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:05:19 | More by chinchill
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Quebec (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super bright golden yellow color lager with a pure white foamy head with light retention and light lacing. Aroma is dominated by corn adjunct notes with very little else to report. Taste is also dominated by sweet corn notes with some adjunct clearly coming through. Body is light with medium carbonation. This one is probably best left to drink ion the beach under on a hot sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 14:53:37 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Vdubb86


2.28/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 18:41:59 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of KLAYNE87


2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this on my vacation in The Bahamas. Consumed straight from a cold bottle (wrapped with a paper bag no less) while walking around Nassau. Extremely light in color like a Corona, but not as light as the glorified bottled water Corona Light. Taste is non offensive. A perfect beer for people that dislike beer, or only consume macros. There's a little sweetness and a slight grainy taste that I did enjoy, but I wouldn't seek this beer out unless I'm back in The Bahamas. Typical hot weather beer that is refreshing and tastes "good" when you're enjoying island culture.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 17:22:54 | More by KLAYNE87
Photo of gopens44


2.2/5  rDev -17%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is what it is, an American adjunct lager that is fairly narrow on purpose, that purpose being the frequent refreshment choice of those visiting an island or hoping to reminisce on a trip. Why else would you grab this pale yellow headless beer? The aroma carries with it a little lightstruck quality that does peek out a little in the flavor. Speaking of flavor, this one has a ton of barley with little else. Finish is flat and watery despite the high carbonation. Aftertaste is fleeting, but there long enough to realize a touch of bitterness. With all that said, this buries Corona and is quite similar to Tusker.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:21:53 | More by gopens44
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

1.9/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a pale yellow with a large (2-3 finger) fizzy white head that diminished quickly and had poor lacing.

The aroma was almost non-existent but did have a mild scent of a grain malt, a weak grassy hop and a moldy yeast with just a hint of caramel.

The taste was very lightly sweet and just a tad malty with a hint of caramel from the beginning to end and not much else. The flavor lasted a very short time with any aftertaste fading very quickly.

Mouthfeel was extremely light in body with the texture being rather watery and having a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a super light beer that did not have a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 13:52:09 | More by KajII
Photo of mralphabet


1.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Poured a pale yellow with less than a fingers worth of head that settled to nothing with no lacing at all.

S: I'm getting skunk.... Strong pungent malts, adjuncts, grain, corn and a tiny bit of hops.

T: Taste, very adjunct lager... some grain, malt breadiness and some corny sweetness. There's a very mild hops mid palette, but it is very light. The aftertaste is pretty clean.

M: Crisp, light with pretty heavy carbonation.

D: It is what it is... ABV feels pretty light so you could drink a bunch but why would you.... There is nothing here or maybe I need to be drinking this in the Caribbean...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:28:02 | More by mralphabet
Photo of theboozecruise


2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass, it's a clear bubbly gold color with a minimal head.

It has a typical grassy aroma with a bit of funk and not much hop profile at all. Its a bit sweet as well.

The flavor is more of the same, sweet, earthy, a little funky and not bitter at all.

I could see this being good on a hot beach but it's not as appealing on a November night, even a warm November night.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:58:13 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of drpimento


2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another world common lager. With an aggressive pour I got a medium sized white head and no lace. Color is a clear yellow with lots of bubble trails. At first the only aromas I picked up were the beery hop and then I picked up more malt and wet grain. Flavor is similar to nose but with some additional big floral qualities and plenty of carbonic tang. Body is a little thin and carbonation very prominant. Finish also has major tang and some ot the above flavors and is on the short side.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 19:30:35 | More by drpimento
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

I'm not a fan of the clear glass bottle- particularly in the tropics. Nothing much to say here- a typical adjunct lager, a bit cleaner than some. Pours the standard piss yellow with a slight head, and a constant stream of bubbles. Some grain and corn in the nose, as well as hint of bitterness. Fairly clean. Similar taste, but with a slight acridness as well. A bit grainy feeling in the mouth, not quite as crisp as I'd like for this style of beer. There is a slight edge of bitterness, which is nice. Basically, a throw-away beer good only for mowing the lawn or sweating on a tropical island.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:12:21 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Paincane


2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from can into pint glass at Atlantis resort in Bahamas. Golden yellow appearance with thin white head lasting only a short minute. Grainy aroma with mild carbonation and a hint of hop activity. At best, a beer you would drink on a hot summer day while mowing the lawn or while at a resort in the Bahamas where it was the only beer I had not already tasted.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 23:16:28 | More by Paincane
Photo of WoodBrew


2.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If there is one good thing about hot weather...it makes standard adjunct beers taste good....especially when they are cold. Kalik is no different. A golden clear color with decent carbonation. Grain provides the smell and most of the taste. Certainly there are some hops to help balance slightly...but hey who we kidding. The mouthfeel is fine on a hot summer day...if it were winter this would not get you to where one would want to be.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 23:23:06 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kalik has a medium, fizzy, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with very little lacing left behind. There are a few bubbles streaming up, but not a lot. Aroma is of lightly-roasted barley malt and dash of hops. The flavor is not much different, except that sweetness is also present. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kalik finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This is an enjoyable and round beer. I really think you should try it! RJT

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 15:25:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cruise to the Bahamas, and was served in a bottle at a local restaraunt in Lacaya, Bahamas. The beer is a very pale, crystal clear, vibrant yellow color with no head. The nose is heavy toasted aromas, with slight floral and corn highlights. Flavors are toasty and slightly sour, but light. The beer is very crisp and light, but carbonation stays low enough to keep from being sharp. Slightly sour malt and roasted aftertaste, with a clean, crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:00:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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Kalik from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.