Carib Lager | Carib Brewery Limited

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Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 448 |  Reviews: 175
Reviews by prototypic:
Photo of prototypic
1.97/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I suppose this is going to be a reminder of perhaps the only painful aspect of my trip to Jamaica last summer. Our room happened to be stocked with this stuff and I had to drink a few of them. Not a good experience.

It's very clear and pours a very light gold color. A forceful pour yielded a foamy white head that was about three fingers deep. Sadly, it disappeared far too quickly and left very light lacing behind. Given the surprising head stature, I'll be honest and's above average (especially for the style).

Here's where things get a little ugly. I could smell this skunky beast when I cracked the cap! Whoa! The skunk is strong with this one. Ugh...the memories. Once you find your way past that, it's grainy and vegetal. Yeah, that ugly corn smell is here, too. Some light sweet malt is noted. If there's any hops here, I can't tell. Perhaps they're buried beneath this avalanche of putrescence. Do I really need to cap this off by stating how bad it is? The smell is honestly astonishing.

The flavor is better. It's not good. Hell, it's still well below average, but it's easily a notch better than the nose. It's primarily grainy. There are some sweet malty flavors that are okay, but aren't quite redeeming. Corn and strong vegetal flavor notes are prominent. Not good. Some light floral hop notes help it out a little. There's a spicy quality to them that emerges on the tail. That aspect's not bad either. But, the strong vegetal flavor is way too much to overcome. It taints the overall flavor such that there's simply nothing that could make it pleasant or enjoyable. It is slightly better than the smell, but nowhere even close to being good.

The body is light and feels a bit watered down. Carbonation is buzzy and crisp. It's not smooth or impressive. Drinkability is likewise unimpressive. This stuff doesn't taste good and does not go down easily. Frankly, I'm fighting it down, but managing. Do not want anymore.

Carib Lager is not good beer. I admit, I had a few during my trek to Jamaica, but didn't enjoy it at all. If you have trouble getting a beer like this down in paradise, it's struggling. That's exactly the case. The nose is the worst of it. The flavor isn't good, but it isn't quite sickening. The's not that far from it. Not good stuff at all. I'd strongly suggest taking a pass.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of monkist
3.22/5  rDev +15%
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 gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +25%
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%
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 -3.2%
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 Popsinc
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very pale-yellow pour with a small white head. Moderate carbonation in a clear, see-through body. The nose is boring, almost non-exisitant. Maybe some light floral hints and grainy qualities. Likewise with the taste...bland, lacking, dull. Very close to carbonated water really. This was an uninspiring beer. I suppose come from the caribbean though it does have its place in a very hot climate. Unimpressed.

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Photo of cam477
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of ricke
2.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow color with a medium-sized white head.

S: A mild smell of faint malts and a note of sweet fruits.

T: The taste is bland with an unpleasant mango-like fruity sweetness and some fragile malt flavors. The finish is short, mildly bitter and somewhat sweet.

M: Light body, quite a lot of carbonation.

D: Not recommended. Too sweet and completely pointless.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.14/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ran into a six pack of 10oz. cans at my local Broudy's store. Figured i'd give it a try.

A- Very known pale yellow beer water look that has very bubbley head that falls to nothing quickly.

S- Smell is decent with upfront scents of corn and barley followed by slight hop bitterness.

T- Astringent taste of heavy corn with a almost metallic hop bitter kick at the end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is quite smooth with mild thick feel at the end of the tongue. Drinkablity is good.

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Photo of SkiBum22
1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of grubdunkman
4.05/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDreadz
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
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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Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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 Billolick
1.74/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of talbotjf99
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Timmuh
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ADR
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear bottle, picked up as part of a mixed six pack in a somewhat limited selection Stop & Shop supermarket in Malden, MA.

Transparent medium-light yellow, fast-rising head settles to a very flat one in a minute, leaves bare marks on the glass. Slightly grainy aroma, untoasted and raw, a bit of light funky sharpness (like poultry seasoning or holiday dressing). Very light mouthfeel but not as overcarbonated as some mass-produced Lagers. Flavor is totally unremarkable, lemony with sugar and decent lasting power. Hops are bare, but there's a decent lack of overall flavor fade in the profile. Unidimensional, gets slightly gross and sugary and still keeping that signature aroma on warming, but not a terrible choice if nothing else is available.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +45%
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 chinchill
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle -- plenty fresh: BB date of July 2011. Appears to be from Puerto Rico rather than T&T, but I cant' tell for sure.

Clear golden yellow with a modest amount of white head. Except for some thin islands, head doesn't last long.

Aroma: typical mass-produced light lager. Not promising but not bad even with a slight skunkiness.

Better taste than expected, given the appearance and aroma. No off-tastes detected, flavor not too subtle, and the finish has some decent duration.

Notably smooth; Light/medium and a bit watery in body,; with moderate carbonation.

Very similar (and perhaps identical) to a "house-brand" beer of unknown origin I drank repeatedly in the Bahamas. Like that one, this would make a good accompaniment to mild seafood and hot days.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
1.8/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Carib is Miller High Life, Bud, Corona, Tecate, Modelo Especial, and Pacifico rolled into one corn-fed lager. Carib pours golden in a pint glass. There is lots of sweet malty corn in this brew, so much so I could not take more than three sips.

For the novice: Save your money and continue to buy your choice of the American/Mexican brands listed above.

Personally: I think I was more upset that a friend's father actually plunked down 26 dollars for a case of this stuff, when he could have saved his money and bought Lionshead or Iron City instead.

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Photo of mgwagman
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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