Kaliber | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-07-2002

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Photo of fredkols
2.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I thought a Guinness malt beverage would taste like stout but I was wrong. Instead, the flavor reminds me of the mass-produced 24-packs of cheap lager/pilsner that are guzzled by frat boys to get drunk. I suspect that the beverage was made with adjuncts instead of barley so that might be why the flavor seems off. While its taste is mediocre, it actually has a nice mouthfeel and head. The beverage is okay but I prefer drinking non alcoholic beers that taste like craft beer.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
1.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BenHoppy
2.95/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beciel
4/5  rDev +60%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an N/A beer, and I feel needs to be rated as one. Therefore, personally, I like it a lot when compared to other NA beers, I feel like i am drinking a beer.

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Photo of animal69
2.67/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of foal
1/5  rDev -60%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Think of the worst medicine your mother made you take. This beer tastes and smells twice as bad

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Photo of akopczyk
2.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Arzoey
4.53/5  rDev +81.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had a lot of na beers, and this is so far my favorite because of flavors

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Photo of OzmanBey
2.99/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of imbibehour
3.41/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pale amber body color, hints of red and pale orange with a very nice clarity. Minimal carbonation through the body with a creamy to fairly bright white two finger head. A bit of staying power, as it slowly settles to a thin puck and collar.

Aroma is slightly a mix of good and bad. Floury and pasty malts, hints of straight DME, and a faint touch of grass like quality. Light touch of caramel sweetness, but also a bit of a chalky quality.

Palate is a bit of a surprise. A pretty decent body on this, with touches of light malt sweetness that doesn't go overboard. Clean finish with a pretty simple malt character. There's a bit of carbonation almost mineral quality but the body is big enough to cut through it to not be distracting.

A pretty passable and easy drinking N/A brew. Quite a surprise actually.

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Photo of Libeertarian
1.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

From notes taken 04/21/17:

Barest amount of haze in an otherwise very clear pasteurized and strained honey amber. White sea-foamy head of moderate-low retention. Fast-drying frosty lace. Smells like waxy honey comb, a little grain, a little honey. Palate is mostly the same. No real beer flavor here. Closest thing is candy corn without the sugar, a little skunk despite brown glass. This just isn't a good beer at all but to be fair it doesn't make me gag. There are way better non-alcoholic beers out there. Even a thoroughly skunked Clausthaler or O’Doules beats this by a long shot. Oh well, at least I can drink it about how I drink water. Light body, very soft and fine near-effervescence.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opted for a pokal for this because of the tightness of the top of the glass, I figured this would be the best glass for this (ie. the lower ABV needs a glass to keep the head from dissipating too quick, that way correct aromatics would be attained). Well, okay, fine, here's the rest.
The appearance was a soft burnt yellow color with a thin quarter finger's worth of white foamy head that wanted to quickly dissipate. I tried my best to keep that head tight but it didn't want to last. No lacing.
The aroma had some sweet corn and grassiness.
The flavor was basically the same with no aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was light bodied and sessionable. Carbonation felt fine. ABV, I guess seemed fine, but hard to say as I'm not used to assessing beers with an ABV so low, I hate to say it but am I drinking water.
Overall, trying not to slam this beer as I realize that there are people out there that this is all they can drink and when comparing to others of this style, this would be the one that I'd recommend due to no off flavors. Numbers are higher due to trying to do my best to rate to style.

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Photo of Johncnh
2.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of davisrs
1.31/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

Comparing only NA beers, not my favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Has a nice golden amber color.
Starts off with a great 3 finger head, diminishing to a ring after a few minutes.
The aroma is that of burnt grass and marshmallows or corn in my pellet stove??!!
The taste is a combination of sweet, like marshmallow, yet very bitter, like burnt grass or grain ... not a pleasant piney/citrus bitter like ale.
The feel is light, very little apparent body, but possibly masked by the negative attributes.
Leaves a bitter burnt aftertaste in the back of the palate.
This was a very disappointing taste test compared to other NA beers and full bodied ales (Clausthaler Dry Hopped) I won't be trying this beer again unless major changes are made.

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Photo of moon_dog
2.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes are subjective. This near beer is too sweet for my particular taste. it isn't bad, but I prefer something else when it comes to non alcohol beers.

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Photo of gshak
3.32/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.2/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you ever had a Budweiser and thought, yeah, but I wish this was non alcoholic, well here you go. Comes in AAL/BMC yellow. 1/2" white head. Plenty of corn not barley feels in the nose. Old corn. You call it maize.

Taste is again a bunch of corn. And I don't know if this has any whatsoever, it just comes off that way. Like a cream ale with 50% barley/50% corn. I really don't know who the target market is for this stuff, but it isn't me.

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Photo of PMarcy78
2.26/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with a fluffy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of lightly toasted grain and grass.

The taste is of watered down grain with a touch of balancing grassy hops.

A bit watery, but still has a decent malty body for the style.

For the style, this isn't bad at all. A watered down version of a decent Euro Pale Lager. Not a bad choice at all if you want the characteristics of a beer without the alcohol affect.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SaltofOH
3.08/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated L6018gf004 FL 01:58. Go figure. DFH tulip.

A: pours a dark gold with lots of carbonation and one finger of very foamy, soapy off-white head. Laces and retains like a champ! A thick scum of bubbles retains right to the end, and lacing is probably the best I've had from a lager in months.

S: really malty, slightly yeasty/sour. Really smells like fresh commercial white bread. Maybe a hint of some orange blossom honey, but that's a stretch.

T: really tastes like, well, bread. Like fresh white bread. Like Sunbeam or Wonder bread.

M: it's definitely a lager, but a malty one. Carbonation fills the mouth, but isn't biting.

O: I have never had a N/A beer before, so I have no basis for comparison in the style, but this is not bad. Really lacking in flavor, but appearance and texture are excellent by any standard. If you're driving, wanting to cut back for health reasons, or don't want alcohol for any other reason, this is a good substitute for beer.

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Photo of Squire
2.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Kaliber from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.5 out of 5 with 227 ratings