Piton Lager Beer - Windward & Leeward Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
70
okay

77 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Saint Lucia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by BamaBeerBuff:
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the "native" beer of St. Lucia and basically all you can get on the island, except for Guinness Export Stout and Heineken, both of which are brewed on the island.

A: Fizzy yellow beer. Head is even smaller than your typical macro, falls very quickly, retains poorly, and leaves zero lacing.

S: Corn maltiness, sweet, some skunkiness. Not much else. It's not offensive like most adjuncts, but there's not a lot to set it apart, either.

T&M: Clean malt flavor, a very light hoppiness that balances things out. No offensive, skunky, or excessive adjunct flavors. It's actually relatively well balanced. Body is very light and the carbonation is fairly aggressive--both on par for the style.

D: Goes down quite nicely on a Caribbean beach.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 275ml clear bottle. Exp date on the neck.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden with a thin white foam lace.

Smell: Grainy, light esters and some DMS.

Taste: Light bodied, grainy, no real malt flavour, and thin rindy hop flavour. Light sweetness and a touch of cooked veggies (DMS) in the soft finish.

Notes: Cross between a Carib and a Corona. Nothing outstanding, wouldn't buy it if not on vacation on the islands, but ideal for sipping in the sun.

Photo of 05Harley
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2007.

Purchased in St. Lucia @ a beach bar.

I traveled to St. Lucia with Heather (my wife) back in 2007 and this is what they had for local beer. Honestly I'm surprised it's even recognized on BA. Which goes to show how far reaching BA is in advocating beer. Between this and "nice weathers" (a liquor concoction) this is what I lived on for a week.

Appearance: Served in a bottle. Pours golden yellow like Piss, what you'd expect from a light beer. No head or lacing on the bottle to note.

Smell: As Bill Belicheck would say "it is what is" Nothing to note.

Taste: Has a typical grocery store lager taste. Some say it's sweet, I couldn't tell.

Mouthfeel: Light and not much else.

Drinkability: On the Island, I'll drink it all day with what's offered.

Keep in mind the weather here is pretty hot and humid, so big beers are not thought of. When I came home I was ready for real beer. I did buy a shirt though, "save water and drink beer" I thought that was cool.

Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

275 ml. pry off bottle poured into a glass mug. Shows a golden straw, clear with a thin cap which offers average retention and lace for the style.

Nose is grainy of pale malts and perhaps a light corn adjunct. Hops are light and Noble in character but certainly present to a degree.

Decent flavor, light and neutral perhaps but pleasant. Not quite as interesting as Banks Lager but a decent drink on St. Lucia.

Photo of Gmann
2.34/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear extremely pale straw color with a soapy pure white head that quickly dissipated into nothingness. No cap, no ring, no lacing, nada. Some carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The aroma is of grain and sulfur. There is a good amount of sweetness from the malt. A subtle amount of grassy notes from the hops. Smell is similar to a Heineken.

The taste is sweet. A good amount of grain and cooked veggie flavor. Almost has a fruity sweetness. There are some sulfur and grassy flavors to offset the sweet malt. The flavors are fairly non-offensive and the beer wasn't ice cold.

The feel is light but not watery. Tingly carbonation, almost spritzy. Finishes very clean and crisp.

Not terrible. I drank it cold but not ice cold and the flavors weren't ghastly. Typical lager for the region, better than Carib IMO.

Photo of paigertx
3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much to be enjoyed in this light easy drinker. The last guy needs to enjoy the benefits of being in this lush tropical mango place. Great for a local beer as the only other option is Heinie. Alternate with a mango daiquiri and full satisfaction will be achieved.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3/5  rDev +2%

Two small bottles kindly brought back from St Lucia by a mate, poured into a CAMARA pint glass. Pours a pale yellow colour with next to no head. Quite slim on the aromas, what I can smell is of malt & corn I think. Tastes of sweet lemon & malt, but no hops.
Having tasted a few beers from the Caribbean now I wasn't expecting much from this beer, it's proved to be very average.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear 275ml bottle, best before the end of Dec 2011, obtained by my parents on a resent Caribean Criuse. Poured into my 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip glass.

Looked the part, a true/typical lager/pilsner, golden, bright, clean and clear, on top a good head of white foam.

The smell was of cheap lager, reminded me of Caribean holidays of the past. Wet cardboard and citrus fruits came to mind also.

The taste was mildly citrus, not unpleasant, but not what I want from an exotic island brewery. Might have been the greatest thing on earth if I'd been sat in the sun surrounded by sand, sea and bikini's. Sadly I was in Shropshire and it was dark and cold outside.

Not a huge body mass, but enough to carry the flavours within.

Not a UK winters brew, but OK in the correct enviroment I should imagine.

Photo of andylipp
1.86/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I should note that I'm reviewing the canned version because the bottles were undrinkable and the kegs were typically funky.

Appearance -Pale yellow poured from a can brought home from a St. Lucia vacation. Fizzy head that disappeared right away. No lacing.

Smell -Cooked corn, a bit of grain. Not much of a nose at all.

Taste -Slightly sweet, with a kind of off flavor that I think may be DMS. No real finish other than a slightly salty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -Slightly more body than, say, a Corona, but not much. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability- Well, at least I could finish the can. The bottles were the skunkiest beers I have ever encountered. The glasses I was given for a beer drinking contest on a party boat were thrown overboard. The can I'm reviewing is the best example of this beer I could find (which is sad).

Comments- St. Lucia is very proud of this beer, but they have little with which to compare it. In fact, they seemed insulted when I said that I didn't care for it. I guess that government regulations keep out most imported brews. The Heineken (brewed by the same on-island brewery) was even an improvement.

Photo of mjaskula
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This and Heineken are the only beers that you can get at the Sandals resorts on St. Lucia. Add in Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and that's pretty much what's available on the island. Given that, there's considerable local pride for their brew.

Pours golden straw with a thick soapy white head that disappears quickly and completely. Mostly exhibits the typical looks and taste of an american Macro, but there was some pale tastes of banana (like many things on the island) and yeast, both of which were welcome. Carbonation is good, easy drinking like an american macro.

Photo of MTNboy
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- I was very impressed with the way this beer looked after it was poured. It was a very light but not a pale shade of amber. It poured with a nice white head that did not last long.

Smell- The smell from this beer was strong with and yeasty but sweet as well.

Taste- This beer is not as watered down or liquor tasting as some beers in the region. It has a quality lager taste. It has almost a sweet honey like finish.

Mouthfeel- Dry and not quite full bodied but not thin.

Drinkability- This is a good one. Awesome beach, hot climate, and party beer.

Photo of papat444
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my parents for bringing this one back from their cruise.

Poured from a 275ml. bottle, best before 11/10.

Appearance: Zillions of tiny bubbles appear in a light gold body and under a 3 finger snow white head. The color looks a little like ginger ale.

Smell: Corn, cereal and a bit of lemon. No sign of being lightstruck thankfully despite it being in a clear bottle.

Taste: Lemon rind with some faint corn and a slight grainy feel. A touch of tartness actually makes the taste surprisingly tolerable.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and prickly. Smooth with a mild bitterness. It is a bit watery but i'm surprised that it has some support to it.

Drinkability: Better than most for the style. Quenches your thirst though the lack of depth in the flavor makes this a one-note affair.

Overall: I think i enjoyed this more than i would have thought because it seems to be fresh, maybe only 2 months old. For the style, it's perfectly acceptable and better than Corona and its ilk.

Photo of builder53
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours medium/light golden with a short lived but nice white head with light lacing. Light yeast/grainy scents with just a hint of citrus. Dry finish that left me with a less than desirable light sour/bitter after taste.But hey, the duty of trying the local brew when traveling is a heavy responsibility and who am I to shirk those duties!!

Photo of sweethome
2.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I compare this to your average american macro lager - in that, I rate it above several of the big macros. So here we go...

Poured from a small aluminum can. Quite clear - very light yellow. Decent head is white. Very white - whipped egg white, white. Decent nose for style - simple malt and creamed corn. Yes - I'm getting a can of creamed corn.

Decent malt sweetness upfront, a hint of hops add balance. Easy to drink - I consider the beach where this should be consumed - would probably be okay.

Simple, no particular flaws, I wish AB and M/C would deleiver this gentle balance. Not bad for a corn sugar based lager. Reminds me of Genny.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When in St Lucia drink the local. One finger head of pure white foam, settling down with little lace. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of corn and veggies, and some citrus. Taste was a mild flavor of corn, wheat, and a faint taste of malt. Mouthfeel was better than water, on par with most beers of this type. Won't look to buy any in the states, but when back on St Lucia, I will enjoy drinking it and watching the waves crash into the sandy beach.

Photo of maddogruss
2.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this while I was honeymooning in St. Lucia.

A: Pours a relatively clear, straw yellow body with a small, white head with decent retention and even some lacing until the finish.

S: An interesting blend of some barley and adjuncts. A strong corn and rice smell some through. A slight earthiness is evident, reminding me a bit of how Heineken smells, but with some sweeter notes.

T: Not much of a taste to this one. Slight bread and rice notes are evident, but are more evident in the aftertaste. Seems like the beer is watered down a little bit.

M: A light and surprisingly refreshing mouthfeel despite the fairly bland and bready tasting beer. A decent mouthfeel for the hot, humid climate that is typical of the region.

D: A mouthfeel and taste that, I guess, is built for the region. Fairly depressing what they have done with this beer or haven't really expanded too far with the beer styles, especially since they are a good source of pure cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, and other spices and oils. I guess if I ever go back to St. Lucia, I'd have to give their Shandy a go; that's something I would hope would be made of ingredients from the island itself.

Photo of jdhilt
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear yellow/amber color. Light bodied, almost watery. Nose is barely skunky. Medium carbonation. Starts and finishes sweet. The other choice on the island is Heineken - this is much better. 275ml bottle found by a friend down in St. Lucia.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.04/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 (and his awesome girlfriend) for sharing this bottle!

Our mini Caribbean tour comes to a close on the small island of St. Lucia. The beer therefrom pours a clear very pale straw topped by a finger of rather short-lived white foam. The nose comprises corn, hard water, and straight iron. The taste works a bit harder, with notes of grass, wheat, and rocks (honestly: rocks) joining those elements already established in the smell. I don't know how, but the rocks helped. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, another sad adjunct lager from the Caribbean. Come on, guys, let's get something better from your neck o' the woods, eh?

Photo of Spider889
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in Castries, St. Lucia at a little bar near the port.

Came in a clear bottle, golen color like a miller lite or the like. Smelled about the same.

The taste was similar to a Dos Equis. There were mild hints of citrus (lemon) and some olive.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and very light. This is a refreshing and drinkable brew and I could easily enjoy slugging a six pack of it while on the beach. Overall one of the better lagers you find in the Eastern Caribbean.

Photo of Boughner33
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A solid caribbean beer that is more about where you are drinking it than the quality of the beer.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

let's just say that i was sick to fucking death of this crap after a week in st. lucia. this is your basic macro/tropical lager. looks like one, smells like one, tastes like one. for those that need a description, it's a clear golden straw in color, with a minimal fizzy white head. smells of buttery sweet corn and somewhat beery. taste is a bit of malt sweetness balanced by the fizziness. zero hops. spritzy, light mouthfeel. drinkable on a hot caribbean day at the swimup bar, though.

Photo of Cylinsier
2.52/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

10 oz bottle

Pours light clear golden with dissipating white suds.

Coppery malt aroma with sugar adjunct and a light pilsner hoppiness.

Light sugary malt flavor with a mild hoppy bite.

Thin body with a sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

An average lighter lager, nothing special. Have it because its cheap and cold. Otherwise, probably the least interesting of the Caribbean beers I have tried.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The first of three beers brought back to me from the Caribbean.

Pours a very clear gold. No head. Nose is malty sweet. Flavor is much of the same. Smooth and consistent and I don't really get any aftertaste or wavering from the way things start off. The body is much thicker than I would have expected. A nice drinking beer and more interesting than I was anticipating.

Photo of kennywoodbrew
4.14/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the opportunity to drink this beer on tap, in unlimited quantities for 7 days. Therefore this gave me much time to contemplate a review. This beer is sold/served as a common beer in the Country of St. Lucia. It was packaged in corny kegs. The point is that this would serve as THEIR mega-brew. It is an all malt beer which had a medium= body/mouthfeel. Somewhat heavy for drinking in the hot sun (but I managed).
For being the local megabrew my hat is off because the BA's in the USA would be proud if this were our commonplace beer. I guess the culture of St. Lucia wouldn't stand for watered down corn / rice. A nice change but our microbrews are in another league. Named after the Piton Mountains it is best enjoyed while viewing their majesty. Salut!

Photo of schoolboy
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The best thing about this brew should be pretty obvious - you are probably going to be drinking it in the shadow of the Pitons (I was). St. Lucia is a drop dead gorgeous place that I think I could fall in love with. The people are nice without being overly so.

The beer, on the other hand, is not great. It looks, smells and tastes like a medium grade American crappy lager. There isn't anything distinguished about the brew.

It is well made with no major flaws, but it is uninteresting. It is nice to have one for refreshment while enjoying the amazing beauty of this island. I bought a Piton Beer t-shirt!

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