Kalik Gold - Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 20.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-28-2003

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, touch of skunk. Taste is grains, malts, corn, touch of alcohol, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, despite the 7% abv, is a beer that would be great to have several of on a hot day.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color beer with a large poured white foamy head with medium retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light adjunct with medium sweet notes. Taste is mostly dominated by mildly sweet adjunct notes with not much else in terms of flavour profile. Body is light with surprisingly good carbonation. Better then expected but we are still talking malt liquor qualities here.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kalik Gold has a thin, fizzy, slightly off-white head and a clear, deep gold appearance, with a few bubbles and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet barley malt and water. Taste is sweet, bold, malty, and it has an underlying hop bite or bitterness. Mouthfeel is generally light, and Kalik Gold finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and nicely drinkable. Yes, it has the typical malt liquor characteristics, and yes it’s quite good. I say you should try it!


Photo of scottyshades
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent straw color (duh) with a small white cap. Retention is decent.

S: Wheaty, grainy, and nicely malted. Hops are decent, subtle, and slightly earthy and floral.

T: Identical to the nose. Pretty flavorful actually, with lots of alcohol in the flavor. There is an underlying sweetness in this beer as well.

MF/D: Fuller body than the others, very drinkable.

Notes: This went head-to-head with PBR in our blind bracketed macro tasting as the #5 seed (upset the #4 seed- PBR). Proving to taste better than most of the other 9 beers.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.31/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I received a bottle of this as a gift from my good friend the Louisiana Spitfire after her trip to the Bahamas, and along with a Kalik t-shirt as well, the whole ensemble. I also work with a fella from the Bahamas who was telling me all about the Kalik line, and the story behind the name regarding the Junkanoo festival.

Comes in a clear 345 ml bottle, the word Kalik embossed on it. Pours out a clear golden hue, casual carbonation, and a fairly tall shock white head that lasts less than 30 seconds before completely dissipating.

The aroma starts off fairly neutral, sweet malt and very faint grassy hops, but as it warms the adjuncts start crawling out.

Adjuncts are clearly present in the flavour, no doubt about it. Grainy malt up front, with some sour corn in the middle, finishing off with some puckering astringent herbal hops. Quite the mouthful. However I've been told this all becomes less noticable when you drink a few of these in the hot sun of the Bahamas. Had to have been there I suppose.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but still fairly substantial for a 7% abv lager.

I thank my friend once again for bringing me back a bottle to sample, however I don't think that the general population is missing out on much that we don't have this available on domestic shores. No better or worse than most of our domestic macros.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.44/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear bottle with a freshness stamp of 03/10 on the neck of the bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a fluffy white foam. Average retention and little to no lacing.

Nose has a tropical fruity aspect from the elevated alcohol content along with some candy sweetness and grains. Does not smell very good, almost like a malt liquor.

Taste is a little bit better, but the sweet grains really are approaching cloying status. Not balanced very well by any semblance of hops. The alcohol helps to dry out the finish. This is quite a bit like many of the stronger Euro Pale Lagers found in the States. I dont think this would be overly enjoyable in hot weather on a beach, not very refreshing or crisp. Thanks to my Aunt for bringing this one back for me during a recent vacation. I think I'd rather have 2 regular Kaliks over this for roughly the same alcohol intake.

Photo of dstc
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a big white head. Head falls to nothing. No real lace.

Smells like an adjunct lager, grains. Lightly skunked.

Bigger flavor than the regular Kalik. Bit bitter and alcohol is present.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth. Fuller than expected.

Average warm weather beer. Easy drinking and I like the higher alcohol.

Photo of mralphabet
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a clear straw yellow with about 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head that faded quickly to a small ring with very little lacing.

S: Little skunky with strong hit of corn and grainy sweet malt.

T: Not bad to start with.... Not at all skunky as I was expecting... Little Euro, corny grain and sweet malt with very little hops upfront, but the hops comes end at the end... very light though.

M: Oddly heavy for this style.. Mid body, with a pretty high carbonation to it. Best part of this beer.

D: Not a bad beer at all.... Average, but surprising. I had the normal Kalik and found it quite bad, but this one surprised me maybe the higher ABV helps... All I know if is you see this and the regular Kalik go Gold...

Photo of BEERchitect
2.21/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With all of the bad brews that swirl around the Bahamas, this is about as good as it gets. Sad I know, but servicable in the meantime. Smells vegitol, grainy, lightly malty, with a distinct corn-like scent. Light hopping lends a light striken aroma that disipated midway through. Tastes about the same with a solid alcohol punch that never melds well into the beer. The flavors are of corn sugar to the point of nausiating. Grainy and bite-ey throughout. It waters into the finish, leaving an alcohol dry flavor. Not a particularly good beer, but it'll do in a pinch.

Photo of zeff80
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a pale, golden-yellow color with small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains and some caramel.

T - It tasted of grains and grasses. Some sweet caramel with a mild bitterness.

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

O - This is an okay lager. I could see it being popular on the beaches of the Bahamas.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kalik Gold is a little bit better than the regular Kalik. While it is still nothing but your average Tropical lager, it tastes less adjuncty than the regular version. It also might be of interest that this has a much higher ABV than the regular, but the alcohol barely effects the taste.

Kalik Gold pours a yellowish gold color with a 2 finger foam that lasts for about 35 seconds. The smell is a bit fruity, and some malt is actually detectable (although in low quantities). There are some light husky/musty scents, and I would venture to say there is some "riciness" in the aroma as well. The mouthfeel was actually a bit flat and was much less carbonated than I had expected. The overall flavor of the brew is sweet and fruity. As mentioned, there is a slight alcoholic presence in the beer but it doesn't overpower. Whereas the regular Kalik seemed like a Bahamian Corona to me, this gold version is more akin to a Bud. There is some dryness in the finish, with the alcohol, fruitiness, and riciness linger for a bit. The beer concludes with very little alcoholic warmth.

I would choose this over the regular Kalik due to it being a little less harsh and less adjuncty. Strictly a hot weather beer, or more specifically strictly a beer to drink if you're in the Bahamas (seeing as they probably don't have too much of a selection down there).

Photo of ToasterChef
2.04/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from my notes. The beer is golden straw in color, with a thin head and lots of carbonation. It looks nearly identical to the regular version of Kalik, if I remember correctly. It has a skunky beer smell. It has a flavor composed of alcohol and corn malts. This isn't a beer you drink for its taste though. It has a light body and some carbonation, but generally feels watery and unimpressive. This beer isn't nearly as drinkable as its non-Gold cousin. The strong alcohol aftertaste gets old fast.

Photo of Matt0708
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Good beer but sometimes difficult to find

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a clear straw color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is of sweet corny grainy malt

T - Follows the nose with a grainy malt flavor

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This really wasn't a bad beer it was better than I expected it to be after having regular Kalik first worth trying at least once while in the Bahamas

Photo of kbub6f
2.16/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is a clear, medium yellow with a small white head. The smell is lagery, with obvious alcohol. The front is somewhat grainy, the middle kind of corn-syrupy. The finish is dominated by alcohol. This is really not very good at all. It tastes like Miller with vodka added for maximum sun-dehydration-drunkenness effect.

Photo of Jarod
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Extra strength
Etched bottle of name of company on it.

This beer poured a lemon yellow that when poured a slight chill haze to it. The head that was produced was an off white color and not lasting at all. No lace was present. The aromas that came up from the glass were of light hops, some tropical citrus and a hint of caramel. Over all impression of the aroma was that it was on the bland side. The flavors that I tasted were of hops, light fruits, some light malts in the middle and near the end and finished with a pine taste. The aftertaste was present and wisped of piney hops, but were very light, it kind of left your mouth feel dry. To be honest, it seemed kind of thick on the tongue, I would say almost medium bodied, but not quite. For a beer that boosts a 7% abv no alcohol could be detected. Probably because most of the flavors really could not be detected. But on a hot day in the Bahamas, and sitting a Pirate bar, it seemed appropriate. I would say that it is an average beer at best.

Photo of Kadonny
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank a ton of these while in the Bahamas a few weeks ago. I drank them from bottle, plastic cup and small drinking glasses. Extra strenth...huh? Interesting way to spin something.

A: A medium golden yellow color with a mininal white head. A minimal amount of lacing.

S: Grainy, grassy and a bit of herbalness to it from the hops.

T: Malty flavor presides up front with hints of grass, grains, a bit of lemony fruit and a little bit of funk. The nice part about this beer (compared to the regular Kalik) was the nice floral hops kick in the end. Not bad, not bad at all for an island quaffer.

M: Pretty thin, nothing lasting but they are refreshing.

D: High, sit back and drink them all day...even with the 7%.

Overall not a beer I would regularly consume here in the states, but lacking the only other good beer down there (Guinness Export) these did very well in a pinch. I actually found myself seeking out the Gold than settling for the lesser regular Kalik becuase it had the much bigger hop punch.

Photo of lwillitz
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 2 fingers white head over a golden/yellow body, high amount of visible carbonation

S - light grainy/corn smell, slight hint of lemon

T - corn, grass, cooked veggies, touch of caramel, hint of citrus, a bit sour

M - medium body, high carbonation

O - The taste is a little off. All in all not a great brew.

Photo of jrschaef
3.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a step up from the regular name brand beer. Worth getting if in the Bahamas

Photo of Higravity
2.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

While smoking a Churchill Cohiba this beer was decent fun in the sun. Slightly stronger color than the other Kalik I had, I think it is just the none watered down version of regular Kalik. Tastes of nothing really a perfectly bland lager with a nice alcoholic kick. After a few they drinkablity faded quickly and I left the rest of the six pack on the sidewalk for some local kids to find.

3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty good for getting ripped on the beach of the Bahamas. It pours a strong colored yellow, darker than straw. It is not that hazy,only at the beginning, if at all. The head was a creamy white that dissapates quickly. There was no lace at all. It was somewhat citric and didnt need any limes like that horrible corona does. The reason I like it is because it is easy to slam down, its got a reasonably high ABV, and it's a family tradition for me to get wasted off of it in Abacos islands in the Bahamas.

Photo of Brett47
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for the beach.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear pale gold with a thin head.

S: musty and a touch sour pale malts and lemon.

T: semi sweet with pale malts. No hops coming through and no bad aftertaste or bitter notes.

M: standard light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: the ABV is higher than the standard Kalik I guess. No bad tastes from this one though the aroma is too sour.

Kalik Gold from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.