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Stag Lager Beer | Carib Brewery Limited

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Stag Lager BeerStag Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by theozag on 01-13-2004

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 59
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small 275 ml. bottle poured into a clear plastic cup at the beach in St. Kitts. Pours a clear golden straw with a thin white cap and showing somewhat brief retention.

Aroma of pale malts and a hint of corn along with some lemony noble hops. Taste is light and clean and a bit reminiscent of the local Heineken as for aroma and flavor. Does offer a bit more of a husky graininess however, yielding a bit more body in the feel and finish.

Overall an easy drinking island lager and a bit more Euro. in influence given the subtle adjunct character vs. noble hop character.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

275ml translucent green bottle. How this will be any different from the Carib Lager, I'm just dying to find out. No deer were harmed in the making of this brew, right?

This beer pours a clear, somewhat bright medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of gritty, puffy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered lace around the glass as things rapidly bleed away.

It smells of musty biscuity, bready pale malt, plain brewer's yeast, a bit of adjunct astringency - stale veggies and corn grist - and some herbal, dead leafy hops. The taste is more grimy pale and adjunct malts - wet multigrain bread and corn pone - a touch of overripe lemon, an thankfully ethereal hint of acetone, and earthy, weedy, and mildly skunked hops.

The bubbles are generally well-behaved, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, with a mild pithiness. It finishes off-dry, barely, as that Franken-malt has to at least still deal with the underwelmingly weak skunky hops.

This has more character and more 'beerness' than any big brand in the States or anywhere else for that matter. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's actually good, but that relatively speaking, I'd take this over a Bud or a Heineken if I was pool or beachside somewhere, somewhere where it really shouldn't be an issue.

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Photo of Plantinau
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of cwd
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of wilsonbaron
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of lzepplin01
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

275ml bottle gifted by a friend who'd picked it up in Antigua. Pours hazy pale gold with no head. Aromas of hops & bread. Taste is sweet, grain and corn malts. The aftertaste is sweetish-grainy, fresh, only hints of bitterness. Overall not by far the worst beer I've had from the Caribbean.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another beer reviewed while on holiday in Tobago.

275ml Bottle (like all the other bottles from this brewery). Poured into a half-pint tumbler on the balcony of the hotel.

Golden, pale yellow colour with a white head that soon left leaving a weak white collar around the glass.

Fairly malty in both the aroma and taste, not bad for a Carib product (I am becoming an expert on their beers, bloody hell, I hope not!).

Sharper, cleaner and a bit of body to it. The 5.5% alcohol helped to take it well past the normal Carib Lager in the flavour stakes.

All in all not bad, my beer of choice at my hotel (it was free in my All Inclusive Package).

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Photo of HardyA
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MTNboy
2.84/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- A pale straw yellow with a lot of bubbles and an average head.

Smell- It is more skunk than anything. It is not a very pleasant smelling even for a mass produced lager.

Taste- DO NOT LET THE SMELL PUT YOU OFF. It has actually a good taste. Light but almost weizen like for a lager. A balanced flavor with a little bitter bite.

Mouthfeel- Light and bubbly.

Drinkability- A refreshing beer and a good beer for the climate. I would try it again.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep straw (3) pour with white head; decent cap retention; excellent clarity; no real lace; lite cornbread nose. Light, semi sweet corny taste. Thin watery feel; moderate carbonation. Ok for an island lager.

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Photo of OHAiTHARU
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of MrIncognito
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic Caribbean lager. Clean and crisp. This one is not particularly skunky. Smooth and lightly sweet with minimal bitterness

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Photo of cam12
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of mrmanning
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my friend Dave for the can- Sparkling golden pour. Medium white frothy head. Nose of pale malts, grains, floral hops are faint. Tastes of sweet grains, lemon, a bit of floral hops. Spritzy finish leaves a bit of a bite. Slightly above average.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Head was a little fizzle, less than a finger of thin foam. Lace was a very thin ring with little cling. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. This beer is much the same as Carib, maybe a little more zing. Smell was scents of corn, wheat, and veggies. Taste was a little sharp and refreshing, with tastes of corn, cereal grains, and a touch of citrus. A very bland as it flowed over my tongue and soft palate. In the hot sun watching the waves slide into the beach, this beer was just fine, but I would not go out of my way to buy it other than in the islands of the Caribbean.

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Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of theozag
3.29/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If you have ever been to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, you can hardly miss seeing a few signs for "Stag Lager Beer," most bearing the self-assured slogan, "A Man's Beer." Indeed, even the Trinbagonian populae themselves has bought Carib Brewery's marketing pitch for Stag hook, line, and sinker - meaning, if you are under 25 and carry a bottle of Stag long enough, you're bound to get a few comments that you're "too young for Stag." Believe it or not, a six-year-old boy smirked and told me I was supposed to drink Carib Lager instead. Oh well, what does a foreigner know of domestic market shares?

Stag is described by Carib Brewery Ltd. as "slightly bitter and hoppy, consistent with European lagers." My own experience with such lagers being limited, I can only say it is a good taste equivalent to mainstream, medium-bodied American lagers. By the way, one-third of the Trinidad and Tobago beer market is the property of Stag Lager Beer. But, on to the review...

Stag pours light gold and settles to a crystaline light yellow with a pure white, thick head. It smells sharply of citrus and what I thought might be banana. Stag starts impossibly light with a wheaty texture. I thought it was practically without taste when first entering my mouth. Stag is light-to-medium bodied with flavors of lemon, lime, and ginger throughout. Its finish is paste-like and wet with suggestions of creme, and a jolt of cold as it slips off the tongue. This beer's aftertaste is mildly bitter and a touch sour.

Overall I found Stag to be superior to its better-known cousin, Carib Lager. I admit, however, that both Stag and Carib are nearly interchangable, and I found it enjoyable and interesting to switch between the two during a meal or a night lounging by the pool. Just remember that a young face and a Stag don't make much sense to the locals, though they'll sell it to you just the same. Enjoy!

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Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of gregcordle
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Boughner33
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Okay beer. A little stronger than Carib with more taste. Considered the guys beer.

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