Carib Lager
Carib Brewery Limited

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #248
ABV:
5%
Score:
66
Ranked #48,573
Avg:
2.82 | pDev: 24.47%
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
468
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Carib Brewery Limited
 
Trinidad & Tobago
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  76
SCORE
66
Poor
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Reviews by Todd:
Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml clear, custom bottle. Freshness date on the neck. Ingredients (in French): eau, malt, sucre, houblon.

Appearance: Pale golden, clear. Ample large bubbled head.

Smell: Grain, metallic notes and soft esters in the aroma. Quite welcoming actually.

Taste: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate. Strong and rich, more than expected from its light colour. It has many, yummy, malt-liquor qualities. Nice, refreshing build-up of a lemon/lime hop flavour, with a sting of bitterness, buffered by an awakening carbonation. Malt is a bit sweet, estery; alcohol presence is more than noticeable (as is the addition of sugar). Slight grain and metallic-like flavour in the finish. The steel lingers on the palate for some time.

Notes: I really liked this Lager, a lot. Buzz/cheer factor was high, like a malt-liquor, but it's a very uplifting beer. Quenches much more than physical thirst. Typically served with a small lime wedge.

Purchased and reviewed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Enjoyed atop Skyworld at Rudy's Bar.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
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 jlindros
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
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 TheWolf
2.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 monkist
3.22/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually like American Adjuncts for their clear taste and drinkability (way more than Euro Lagers) so I take as many chances as possible to try new ones out.
As it is in South-East Asia, American Adjuncts suit tropical climates very well ice cold. So it is in the Caribbean and Red Stripe is their representative, so I wanted to try another beer from there. This Carib Lager looks a bit more pale than the rest Adjuncts and starts with a lighter taste. The first impression is good but then somehow it turns into a bit bitter, bit awful aftertaste. One feels that something is missing and the bitterness is somehow artificial, as if it was meant to cover up for the lacking taste. Once it warms up a bit, this aftertaste stands out more but you are supposed to drink these lagers ice cold.
It is a bit on the B- side but not THAT bad after all - still better than Coors Light!

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.77/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clear yellow-golden with a thin white head that dissipates rapidly. Nil lacing. Slightly skunked aroma with mild hops. Light-bodied with a bland hoppy flavor, along with a touch of stale malt. Some skunkiness here as well. The finish is bubbly and mildly bitter. I wouldn’t drink this again, and would rather have a Margarita on the beach than this.

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Photo of JohnBeerRun
1/5  rDev -64.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This basic, golden, adjunct-lager from Puerto Rico is similar to most of the "island" lagers, namely Corona (which is the best known). It utilizes nothing but base malt and sugar in the grain bill, and little more than balancing hops. There's some mild floral and grassy hop flavor here, and a decent backing of bitterness, but it still falls somewhat to the sweet side.

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Photo of Nyskizy
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of VoxRationis
2.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; bottled Oct 17, 2018.
A: Pours an off-puttingly hazy, golden color with a one finger, foamy white head, rim retention, and minimal lacing. There is stringy, white crud that I noticed in the bottle after consuming quite a bit of it.
S: Very peppery and corny with a bready to burnt, bread crust note.
T: Dry. A little corny up front, but low flavor with a healthy dose of peppery to cumin bitterness.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Drinks fairly smoothly, but a tiny bit more astringent than the style affords.
O: An odd looking, overly hazy lager. Did not taste bad, although not really particular flavorful, even within the limitations of the style. As soon as I detected the linear crud, it went down the drain.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.01/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When I think of the great brewing nations of the world, Trinidad and Tobago isn't amongst them. Carib seems suspiciously a lot like Corona, from the clear bottle with painted on label to the yellow color and skunky aroma.

Carib pours a light yellow color with a somewhat decent white foam head that leaves some sticky lace. The smell was of pure skunk. The mouthfeel is thin and not unlike seltzer water. The skunk carries over to the flavor, and underneath that the cheap flavors of adjunct grains and corn are noticeable, giving a husky/musty grain flavor to the beer. There is some light fruitiness in the flavor as well. Not much in the line of hop bitterness in this beer, although it is slightly detectable in the finish. The aftertaste is a continuation of the cheap adjunct flavors, and this beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I wish I could say more about this beer, but it would probably end up reading a lot like my review for Corona. This is one beer that would benefit from the addition of citrus as well. This is a weak tropical beer that doesn't have too many redeeming qualities about it. Don't let this one warm up either: drink it cold.

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Photo of TeachChefs
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Great substitute for Red Stripe or Corona when you can't find a real beer

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Photo of genaro
2.16/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Carib Lager came in a clear bottle. It was a light gold color with a decent head. There were some traces of lace. The aroma was grainy and a bit skunky. The taste was a little earthy and grainy with some sweetness and some hop bite. The finish was a little dry and grainy and unremarkable (just like this beer in toto). A weak, thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of Plantinau
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LarryKemp
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the cruise ship, I could drink Carib or some Bud thang. Most often chose tea or something on the rocks. That said, I enjoyed several Caribs on the beach. It was always a bright yellow and thirst quinching. The flavor was much less than mild. But it never disappointed me. It is what it is and when on vacation enjoy what the locals brew.

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Photo of bvlaminck
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This must be self punishment, pours a hazed straw golden it might have a UTI look to it with a bright white head rising high with decent retention. Nose was pretty pungent when I popped the cap on this Caribbean standard. I was really nervous about the first sip, after smelling a strong grassy herbal hop kick. Not much grains going on a bit of light biscuit malts, and a touch of light struck hops evident. Flavor isn't half as bad as I was getting ready for, actually decent qualities for light clear bottled mass produced lager. Refreshing served pretty damn cold, semi sweet balanced with grassy herbal hop flavors, some adjuncts might be in use but there's just a nice cereal/biscuit malt flavor that rides through each sip. Out of all Euro/Island/foreign mass produced beers this is definitely a solid drinkable thirst quenching offering. No heavy skunkiness even with the clear bottle, this is pretty solid stuff. Next time I hope to be on an island in the right setting drinking this super fresh and super cold in the hot sun closer to the equator. Mouthfeel was of course a bit over the top with carbonation, body was light but not too thin. Damn it, I like this beer. If you see it and never danced with the clear bottled Caribbean creation, than maybe you should go there. I'm actually regretful that I've never had this beer before now.

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Photo of npendres
3.19/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shiloh
2.09/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very diffacult to enjoy a brew with the smell of skunk in the air and that is what I have going for me now.....Light bodied brew with limited crown...taste is not acceptable....It may be the aroma of this beer affecting my other beer sences.

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Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Barraclou
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: This beer had a bad reputation, but I wanted so much to try a West Indies beer. The clear glass bottle (330ml) was a good hint on what will follows in my review.

Appearance: Pale yellow colour with a good white head.

Smell: Skunky.

Taste: Bitter with a typical adjunct lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Too smooth and creamy. It felt like molten ice cream.

Drinkability: That's ok, but it is nothing worth in that lager to make me buying again.

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Photo of TheStoutHound
2.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pootz
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale gold...not much of a cap and it didn’t last...agressive carbonation. Aroma of grains but sweet with some vegital notes. Starts sharp from the aggressive carbonation, goes watery and sweet on the palate with some light citrus then a wet finish with slight bittering. Watery, too sweet and non distinct. I see the ingredients lists sugar as an adjunct component of this beer... this does not belong in a proper lager.

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Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +33%

Photo of slitherySOB
2.62/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Usually I'm wary of any beer contained in a green bottle, but thought that one bottle was cheap enough it was worth the risk. Poured pale yellow, typical of just about all adjunct lagers. Head foams up violently, only to settle down to nothing after three seconds. No lace. Sweet malt is smelled after the initial whiff of skunk juice. Bit of lemon grass as well. Taste started out surprisingly tart, mellowing out to a biscuit sweet and leaving lemony and herbal. Mouthfeel was a bit too harsh and overcarbonated. Not too bad, but not worth buying again.

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Carib Lager from Carib Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 468 ratings