Kaliber | Guinness Ltd.

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64
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216 Ratings
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KaliberKaliber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
108
Avg:
2.51
pDev:
31.47%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
27
For Trade:
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1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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2/5  rDev -20.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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2.32/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a high to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell isn’t very pleasant and has aromas of wort, cracker malts and cereal.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer looks impressive when poured but after that it’s all downhill. I wouldn’t try this again as there are other low alcohol beers that are much more palatable than this.

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2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was only out of my devout faith in Guinness that I picked this up. .50% ABV confirmed. "Malt Beverage." "Serve Ice Cold." 71 Calories. 10.3g Carbohydrates. 0g Fat. 1.4g Protein. "Imported by Diageo Guinness USA, Norwalk, Connecticut." "Product of UK." "Bottled by Diageo Great Britain, Ltd., Runcorn, UK under license from Diageo Ireland." In other words, this isn't from the Canadian Guinness producer. 12 fl oz bown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of bad cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty standard looking, but not pale and weak like most low alcohol beers. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Very festbier-esque. Caramalt, heavy grainy character, corn adjunct, mild floral hops, and a bit of pale malt. Malted barley. Clean and generally appealing, but boring and bland. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Somewhat artificial and treated. A mild strength aroma.

T: Graininess is dominant. Some corn/grain adjunct rounds it out. Mild floral hops. Light grass. Malted barley. Caramalt. It definitely comes off artificial and constructed, but it's still not awful. Balance is okay. Build is okay. I wouldn't quite say I like it, but there's nothing overtly horrendous about it. Decent all around, if bland and boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit thin. Definitely weak. Horrid presence on the palate. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A rather pedestrian beer. That said, if you're looking purely at low alcohol beers, it's rather flavourful. I might get it again in some fictional scenario in which I have to have a non-alcoholic beer, but otherwise I won't be revisiting this one. I love a lot of Guinness products, but this is not one of them.

Low C-

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3.33/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/13/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers, Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, toast, biscuit, caramel, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, toast, cereal, caramel, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, toast, cereal, herbal, and grass on the finish for a very short bit. Okay flavor balance and robustness of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a dry finish and zero lingering flavors. Pretty bland/watery on flavors but not horrible. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and dry mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a pretty solid low alcohol beer. Solid balance and robustness of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Considering the style, this was pleasant and quite enjoyable.

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3.51/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear, deep-amber body rests beneath a full head of frothy white foam. It slowly erodes to a thin surface covering ; but initially leaves some thin lacing about the glass. The nose delivers a touch of wort-like caramelish malt that's carried over into the flavor, and seems to be the main note of the beer. Otherwise it's clean, and delicately crisp in the mouth. One of the better non-alcoholic beers.

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2/5  rDev -20.3%

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1/5  rDev -60.2%

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1/5  rDev -60.2%

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2.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

N.A. Shootout (With Blanks) IV will be a contest between this English entry and Buckler, the pride of Holland. Or, if you prefer, between the breweries themselves, Guinness Ltd. and Heineken Brouwerijen. Which one of these giants can brew the most palatable low alcohol beer? If the first three contests in the series were any indication, it'll come down to which one is the least offensive.

I don't believe I've ever seen such a stark difference in color between two beers in any of my head-to-head matchups. Kaliber is pale orange and Buckler is sun-bleached straw. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Guinness uses caramel coloring. The heads are both more than respectable. This one is off-white and the other is bright white. Since I have no preference regarding the colors, the appearance scores should be the same.

Kaliber's nose is the weaker of the two and smells quite a bit less like beer. There's no real offensiveness since there isn't much present to offend. Even though I'm going to give the edge to its competitor, I appreciate the fact that I can venture near this glass as many times as I want without experiencing that typical N.A. nastiness.

The difference on the palate is even more pronounced. The flavor tastes fake to me. I know that malt extract is occasionally used in home brewing and that I probably couldn't tell the difference between it and all-grain in the hands of someone who knows what he's doing. So instead of malt extract, let's just say that Kaliber tastes like beer made with beer extract. Not good.

There isn't much difference in the mouthfeels since both are lighter than light. In terms of carbonation, though, this beer is the clear loser because it doesn't have enough bubbles. There's nothing like a lack of carbonation to make a light-bodied beer feel lousy in the mouth.

It looks like Guinness has taken it on the chin in N.A. Shootout (With Blanks) IV. This isn't anywhere close to good low alcohol beer, although it isn't quite the worst version that I've ever had. Not only that, but the name has always reminded me of a brand of condoms for some reason. I'll refrain from any jokes about how flaccid Kaliber is. But it is.

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3.65/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, product of Canada.

Appearance: Foamy off white head, clarity is perfect with a dull bronze hue. Lacks in retention as the head slowly disappears.

Smell: Bready sugary malt and grassy hop, smells a bit like unfermented beer.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, very crisp with a dry palate. Grassy hop bitterness and a watery sugary malt flavour meld well. Tastes a little like tea with a graininess to it. Dryness sets in well in the finish with a lingering hop and mildly astringent grain.

Drinkability & Notes: Not bad for a near beer, I have memories of high school back in the 80’s of drinking this stuff just because of the taste.

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2.91/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a small goblet.

A - Dark golden w/ good clarity and 2 fingers of frothy white cream atop the ale. The appearance is good w/ thick bands of lace that adheres after settling

S - A mild maltiness in the scent w/ subtle yeasty fruit odor, very mild aroma

M - A slight cream texture with extra light body as to be expected w/ malt toastiness and medium carbonation w/ a dry light finish

T - Hints of woody flavor and mild green apple at the initial tste w/ a light toast taste followed by a flat cardboard after flavor. The taste is somewhat fruity with mellow malt but the taste comes and goes like a punk song.

D - For an n/a it is a beer I can't say I was turned off by, just not something I can honestly say is satisfying or drinkable. I would probably take one if it was given since it is pretty good for the low alchohol style, though.

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1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

This is my first "near beer", and something tells me I'm not gonna wanna get many more...if any. This guy pours a clear pale golden straw with about a finger of thick, though short-lived, large-bubbly froth on top. Things look "like a normal beer", as my BMC-drinking friends would say, so things aren't goin' too bad so far. The smell is overtly sweet, like corn syrup combined with maple syrup and cane sugar. A weak hint of puffed rice meekly tries to move its way up, but is hampered by the hordes of sweetness. Hmm. This sweetness does not follow into the taste too much, though some of the corn syrup does drip down there. Instead, a very watery though overarchingly mild bitterness reigns, though a tinny, hard water taste eventually owns the court. To simplify: Imagine a cold Coors Light, then water it down (even further). That's what this tastes like. Needless to say, I'm not a fan. The body is nice and light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a very watery feel. If you really needed to drink something like this, it probably wouldn't kill ya, but I would never intentionally put myself in this position if I could avoid it. I expected something better from Guinness.

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1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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1/5  rDev -60.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +36.3%
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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2.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
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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1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

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3.15/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice medium to dark orange amber. Thin head, but some spotty lacing. Faint aroma of malt and yeast. Taste is sweet and malty with some light grain. I like the malt flavor in this and would consider this any time I wanted a no/low alcohol beer.

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Kaliber from Guinness Ltd.
2.51 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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