Kubuli | Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-29-2003

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by philmen:
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3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CanuckRover
2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light cold with a thin, snow-white head. Disappears quickly, no lacings.

Whoa, skunk on the nose with an unpleasant corn aroma.

Leans towards sweet, corn, slightly grainy malt.

Well carbonated, refreshing.

Is what it is. A Caribbean macro lager. Sweet, corny, fine in the sun if you can get past the skunkiness. Whew, one more of these things before I can get back to tasting good beer again.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I spent sometime in Belize and I found this gem of a from the Caribbean Island of Dominica. It pours light golden, not cloudy, light head, and develops evenly in the glass. It had an average aroma, with a pleasant malty taste, and very little after taste. If not properly stored and refrigerated Kubuli does go skunky because of its green bottle.

Consumed in Punta Gorda, Belize and fairly easy to find...

Belize March, 2013

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Photo of DocManza
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Light tasting beer, has an attractive smell but the aftertaste has a limey taste to it.
Perhaps the fact that it is seemingly made from a specific spring water?

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle very closely resembles that of Wadadli. Same 250mL green bottle, labels are the exact same style. Kubuli proclaims "brewed with spring spring water" and a gold medal Monde Selection 2002 in Bruxelles.

This is a fairly recently introduced brewery and beer from the same company as Antigua/Wadadli. The beer is also essentially the same - but a mite stronger and heavier.

A little less head over a (very) slightly darker light gold body. The adjunct is less distinctive in the aroma. The flavour matches Wadadli very well. Malt-like sweetness, little hop bitterness. It beats any of the North American macros.

The carbonation is a little to peppery and lively for my taste, but overall this is a good drinker, and I'm sure I'd appreciate if I was living on Dominica. (note: Dominica is an island near Antigua, and not the same as the Dominican Republic, which shares an island with Haiti and draws a lot more tourists.

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Photo of HardyA
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of MTNboy
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not the best in the world but if you are in Dominica you have to try it. This beer is staring you in the face everywhere you go. No matter how far I was out in the sticks this beer was advertised on almost every telephone pole and most shacks. People are selling this along the roadside everywhere. The locals are very proud of this beer too. There are metal bottles with beach scenes being sold right now. One vendor went as far as decorating the bottles with little Rasta hats and bows. The shirts are also sold everywhere.

Appearance- This beer was a very pale yellow with some clearness. There was a good bit of fizz and some head. There was some lace but not a whole lot.

Smell- Faint hops but not much for malt.

Taste- There is a strong overwhelming alcohol taste with this one as there are with many beers from the Caribbean. A little sweet like liquor taste but mildly fruity. A lot of bitterness but it does not seem to be hops like bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Light and watery with some fizzy tingles.

Drinkability- It is a lager that is refreshing for the climate and it also easy to drink.

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Photo of ericjubeck
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of ABVMVP
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flexabull
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JayQue
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Dominica (Doh-men-eek-ah), a small mountainous island in the Caribbean, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic. Wanted to review it home instead of on a hot, beautiful, tropical island.

Its a macro lager...better than Coors light..not as good as Miller High Life. The color is darker gold than the usual swill. With a hard pour, big fizzy white head that hangs in there pretty good. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The taste is like a weaker version of Heineken. Skunky, crisp, but still nothing special. Mouthfeel is what you expect and drinkability is good. Especially on Domenica. The low abv is good for over there also because the roads are narrow, mountainous, with hairpin turns and crater sized pot holes.
You want to drink, but not get too impaired. I wouldn't seek this one out unless you want to drink the home brew on a beautiful island.

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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Parmesan
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dicers
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GlendonTT
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of clvand0
2.89/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear yellow color with decent head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is big skunky at first, but there is some grain and slight caramel malt after you waft off the skunk. The flavor has quite a bit of caramel malt in it along with some skunkiness. Definite graininess. The body is pretty thin, but not "light lager" thin. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of spointon
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this while on a recent trip to Dominica. Presented in a 250ml crown-capped green bottle. Consumed several right from the bottle, and others poured into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a very clear gold color with a short lived snow-white head. The head dropped to a thin skim that also disappeared eventually. A few spots of lacing.

S= Aromas of light grain sweetness, some hop skunk, and a kiss of sulfur.

T= Clean malt flavor leaning towards sweetness. The hops were very light but pleasant enough. Sulfur was there but in check. Finished clean and fairly dry.

MF= Light bodied, slightly watery, fizzy/spritzy carbonation.

D= Very drinkable in the hot/humid tropical climate for which it is intended. No off flavors or anything to be offended by.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special aluminum edition bottle. Kubuli - whose name is derived from 'Waitukubuli' the Carib name for Dominica meaning 'tall is her body' - is ironically presented in a short 250ml serving.

School bus yellow with a moderate level of white suds puffed up over top. This foam is surprisingly adhesive and envelopes a good part of the glass. Dominica is sometimes referred to as the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its seemingly unspoiled landscapes; this beer, too, is unsullied and pristinely clear (less of course the odd drowsy bubble).

The brewers consider the beer "German oriented" which seems kind of odd given that it's the national brand of a Caribbean island formerly controlled by the French and British. My nose doesn't steer me to Germany but if not for a lack of spicy, floral hops it might have. There is only a minimal presence of corn syrup and the beer's aroma seems to imply it uses a fairly clean malt bill that is *relatively* free of adjuncts.

My first few sips conclude that hunch. This is a very clean drinking beer that showcases far more crisp malt than stale corn. It's light bodied with low bitterness and medium carbonation. It's not as clean as a true German pilsner but it's not as liberal with the adjuncts as American (or some other Caribbean) macro breweries either. All things considered, it's a very agreeable drinking lager.

Part of the reason for that may be that Dominica Brewing has channeled a source of spring water directly into their bottling plant. The nearby Loubiere Spring flows along kilometers of volcanic rock which is said to infuse minerals and act as a natural means of filtration. Granted, water comprises 95% of any beer but it's especially important when brewing something that relies on little else and whose main objective is after all to be refreshing.

Dominica also bottles that spring water, along with a number of malt beverages and shandies. They are also a contract brewer for Guinness Stout. I know Caribbean Guinness can be quite tasty stuff and I'm not discounting the refreshment of a shandy, but if I were in charge of the plant I'd be focusing all my production on Kubuli - I can only imagine the kind of demand there is for a clean, refreshing beer like this in a hot climate like that.

I do find it a tad ironic that for someone who knew virtually nothing about Dominica I correctly guessed exactly what this beer would be like: a heavily filtered yellow lager. Admittedly, it was an easy guess, that could describe the national beer of nearly all the world's countries. But at least the people of Dominica seem to have a higher standard. This is one macro-type lager that I'd be proud to call my own.

I bet the 3000 or so native Caribs on the island don't drink Carib, they drink Kubuli. I certainly would too if I lived there. This is as clean as these lagers come and I imagine it's even more refreshing under the hot rays of a Caribbean sun (versus the cold winds of a Canadian winter). I'm happy to have been able to try Dominica's national beer - but I'd be even happier if I had the chance to do so again on location!

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Photo of newbeeraday
1/5  rDev -64.4%

Photo of tbone1384
2.44/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jamison85
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of kmpitz2
2.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green bottle beer. Pours a clear, pale straw color with a finger of head that falls to a light coating over top. Initial nose is green-bottle mercaptan skunkyness. After letting it breathe, there is light graineyness with a touch of adjunct sweetness. Nothing out of the ordinary. Flavor is a touch light even for a macro lager. Very light graineyness and sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, lacking the big carbonated punch I expect. Overall, a sub-par example of the style, and that is hard todo in my opinion. I guess it would be refreshing on a warm beach.

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