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Kalik Gold - Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

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72
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. visit their website
Bahamas

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-28-2003)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
2.28/5  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.

IronDjinn, May 06, 2007
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Hugh37, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -1%

markmccoy, Nov 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -1%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Sanchezrox23
3/5  rDev -1%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -1%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +39.3%
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!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

scottyshades, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of JKG
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

JKG, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.45/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

twiggamortis420, May 09, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

dstc, Sep 27, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ShucksBruh, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of KeyWestGator
3/5  rDev -1%

KeyWestGator, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of mralphabet
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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...

mralphabet, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of zeff80
2.88/5  rDev -5%
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.

zeff80, Apr 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

hogrider, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of AdamNowek
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

AdamNowek, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Beastdog75
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
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).

Beastdog75, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of ToasterChef
2.05/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

ToasterChef, Jan 15, 2010
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2.96/5  rDev -2.3%

TomT2, Wednesday at 12:08 AM
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3/5  rDev -1%

SlickestWilly, Apr 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Thedrizzle, Jun 03, 2013
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Kalik Gold from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.