Carib Lager | Carib Brewery Limited

171 Reviews
Carib LagerCarib Lager

Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canadianbarman on 01-30-2001

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 435
Photo of TheWolf
2.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

In st Maarten. Better than corona no doubt. But not a very good beer. It's difficult to bifurcate the beer from the experience. When you're sitting on a beach in the middle of the Caribbean staring at the green waters and sipping on beer It's impossible to not enjoy the moment. But the if you take the beer just for what it's worth. Meh.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Corona of the West Indies, clear yellow with a grassy herbal taste, sweet malts in the finish, nicely carbonated highly drinkable, it hits the spot if you are in the right setting.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.46/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep straw (3) pour with thick tight white foam; decent cap retention; spotty lace at best; excellent clarity. Biscuits and sugar aroma. Biscuits and semi sweet malt and not much else. Light plus body, medium carbonation with a little creamyness in the feel. Better than most island lagers as this one is thirst quenching with a little malt body.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk cold straight out of 330ml clear bottle. Glucose syrup is listed on the ingredients. Mmm.

L) Clear, slightly weird lime-yellow colour.

S) The instant I opened it was a wave of skunk. When that dissipated, just typical lagery malt.

T) Slightly raisiny-malt lead flavour. Little hops or bitterness, or any sweetness which is a relief considering the ingredients.

F) Not very fizzy, not very refreshing, there is a bit of a drying effect. No aftertastes.

O) Very middling lager, not horrible, but there are better options in this category, for example Corona. Only bought it to tick off having a beer from Trinidad!

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Photo of Ottoj55
2.57/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Another Caribbean take on American Macro pilsner. It basically tastes like a Pabst. Yellow beer, corn aroma, neutral flavor with a slight metallic tinge. Drinks easily with a crisp finish.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I gotta say, I was surprised how good a cheap, generic lager from the developing world can turn out. It's got all the good qualities of a nice lager - crisp, smooth, light, easy to drink - but unusually nice flavor. Nothing groundbreaking, mind you, but a hell of a lot better than Mexican or West African swill lager that I was used to at the time I was drinking this. It's a bit malty with some interesting sweet, lemony, wheaty qualities that make it not only passable, but easy to ask for a second one. Not too far off from PBR or the like but cleaner and less intense in its flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
2.28/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lemony citrus aroma is the best aspect of this lager. Decent appearance , but flat, bland taste and little palate leave this beer lacking. May be thirst quenching in the tropical islands, but overall not very good...

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Photo of Nathan-McFadden
3.81/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this out while traveling down in the USVI and found it to be my beer of choice while relaxing on the beach. A solid light flavor with the only complaint being an aftertaste to similar to that of Miller Genuine Draft (not a fan). It's smooth with a bold flavor that I saw myself choosing on more than one occasion.

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Photo of jlindros
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this in St Martin.

Very light crystal clear pilsner

Light malty aroma, little macro lager, bit of mineral sulfury like note, hint skunky but not much, toasted pilsner lager, not bad. Grassy skunky bitterness like old hops.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.95/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow, with a minimal head. This brew was a hit on the boat. Won't 'wow' you with its complexity, but for its style it's less forgetable than the competetion. I actually enjoyed pairing this our low country boil. Less metallic off flavors that you find in AB adjuncts.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.93/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is proof to me that it don't matter a lick what bread tastes like when it's a gorgeous 85 degrees and nothing but he gorgeous Caribbean Sea before you. Cheerio, cheerio, I'd drink this any day and recommend it gladly!

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Photo of schoolboy
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

We had a nice day in St.Kitts, where they make this. In spite of drinking a few of these and variants of it.

It is a typical light yellow and big-bubbled It is not very aromatic. The taste is boring. Slightly sweet.

It is refreshing and easy to drink. The price is usually pretty low. If you are finding this beer, most likely you also won't be finding many alternatives. Suck it up and enjoy the sun and the waves.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow gold with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, normal amount of carbonation. Sweet finish.

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Photo of christopherhantman
1.4/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A really lackluster beer. Essentially a slightly smoother version of rolling rock, coors light, or any cheap, light lager. Not bad for what it is, just not anything special.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
3.48/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A light lager that has a little bit of bitter after taste. Something like the typical american light beer with the added bitter taste. Worth trying once or when in Rome!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of April 2015. Purchased from a supermarket a little while back. The ingredient list includes sugar....

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with plentiful carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of cooked grain with faint hints of stewed leaves and overdone veg. Pretty average.

T: Tastes of cooked grain with mild notes of stewed leaves, overdone veggies and a whisper of cardboard in the background. Faintly sweet, followed by a slight bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with effervescent carbonation and a watery body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of faint stewed grain and husks.

O: Well, it's bland and watery, as anticipated. That said, it's also pretty clean with few off-notes. Looks decent, while the aroma and flavour are watery and insipid. Average body. Nothing special but would quench a thirst on a Caribbean holiday.

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Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a clear 11.16oz or 330ml bottle into a dimpled mug. The label lists the abv at 5.2%.

Appearance: The body is a very light straw yellow color with very good clarity. From an aggressive pour down the center of the glass I got a tall fizzy white head. This light fizzy head fizzled out quickly leaving only a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass.

Smell: As soon as I opened this beer it hit me right away with bright floral and grassy hops that also bring a hit of skunk as well.

Taste / Palate: There is not much going on here, as is normal for the style. Its a basic light bodied Lager with light rice cereal like malts and floral/grassy/greenhouse like hops. The palate is light, crisp and it finishes surprising clean.

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Photo of Pencible
2.36/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like sour lager yeast and grassy hops, with some sweet corn.
T: It tasted like sweet corn and sour lager yeast, with some grassy hops. It had a somewhat clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was like a Corona but maybe a little cleaner. The scent and taste were clearly adjunct lager. The body was poor, but the finish was light, so it was easy to drink. Might be nice on the beach, if you don't like better beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. 330ml bottle served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well. Pours a nice white head that stays for a while. Color is exactly what you see in the clear bottle

S- Pretty good. almost sorghum smelling.

T- Very good. Light yet flavorful. Definite lager bodied goodness.

M- Dry and slightly sweet aftertaste

O- Very good. I always buy Carib when in the Caribbean. Refreshing and full bodied for a lager

Food Pairing

This nice light beer goes well cutting through... Curried Goat. The heat of the curry can still be cut through by this wonderful little lager.


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Photo of Murphious
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has some aroma, kinda like sweet corn? Yeah, boil some sweet corn, add a little hops and you have it. Sweetness at first then goes hoppy---but a very weak taste. Head disappears after poured, very yellow color. Looks like any clear-bottled tropical beer. Didn't give me "bitter beer face", but just barely better than the cheapest domestics.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.24/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden pour, poor half finger head, fast to a not so sticky lace.
Smells nice, tho weak, some lightly toasted grain, faint honey-like sweet malts, faint floral hops.
Taste isn't bad. Has that adjunct lager corn, but it isn't too sweet and sticky, but cooked, like polenta. So, toasted grains also. Vegetable stew feel, light citrus, faint honey. A bit of earthy hop presence in the finish, mild bitterness.
Light body, medium carbonation. A tiny bit of unwanted sweetness gets through to the aftertaste, but it isn't horrible.
A really nice adjunct, nice surprise.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this one. Has a grainy tone to it and a thick malty sweet edge. Consistent profile with a nice profile. I like it. Easy to drink. Certainly better than a lot of the BMC stuff we're stuck with in the States. I'd go for it again, if my choices were limited.

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Photo of metter98
2.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with hints of corn adjuncts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather sweet with flavors of biscuit malts and hints of corn adjuncts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sweet, but I don't get as much of the adjunct malts in the smell or taste compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

275ml bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear dark straw color with a decent sized white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet honey like malt with a touch of carmelization, a hint of floral hop and a touch of minerals. The flavor is fairly sweet with a light sugary or honey like flavor with a touch of non descript fruitiness in it. Very faint earthy hop flavor and virtually no hop bitterness. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. nothing horrible about this beer, but I wouldn't seek this out again unless I was on the island of origin

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very pale yellow color, completely clear, and with a decent although not lasting head.
There's not much to the smell, just some hops, sweet in character.
The taste starts with a minimal sweetness and is followed by a very mild hoppy bitterness. A nice combination of bitter-sweet.
Although not much to the taste, it's a very refreshing and easy to drink beer. What I call, a perfect beach beer.

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