Carib Lager | Carib Brewery Limited

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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: 169 | Ratings: 429
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 WeezyBoPeep
4.2/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear golden with a pale quality and a superior effervesence, nice little head that is soda-like hangs around for a bit. A little bit of lacing.

S: Biscuits, crackers, sourdough, lemon zest and popcorn. Smells GREAT for the style. Maybe the best adjunct I've smelled.

T: Miles better than any adjunct I've tasted recently, this beer is best described as a cross between a pale wheat ale and a pilsener if that makes any sense...has qualities of both. But only the good qualities. No bitter finish, no thick, syrupy body...light and pleasant.

D: Gimme more.

Value: I paid $5.50 for a sixer. Excellent value at that price.

This beer will suffer from bad ratings as most American adjunct lagers do because most members fail to review within the STYLE. You can't name a better, easy-to-find adjunct out there.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.19/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in bottle.

A- Clear yellow coloring similar to Corona.

S- A lime smell, but not overpowering at all.

T- Excellent taste. Can taste some hops and malts but it is not overpowering. Can taste a hint of lime.

M- Great feel, very smooth beer. Goes down easy.

D- Extremely drinkable. Very smooth beer. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of lehows
4.1/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow color with a fine but fizzy white head. Nose was of muted grain, some very faint hoppiness. Very clean and pleasant taste, I had mine with a slice of lime and it was great. Goes down smooth with the right amount of carbonation too. Perfect for a hot and humid day. This is what Corona should taste like.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.09/5  rDev +44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks really nice in a bottle with its yellow color, clear glass and blue and gold label. Once in a pint glass, The yellow dies down a bit to reveal a slightly orangish-brown, washed out gold. The fluffy white head died in no time and left me with nothing at all.

Smells of archetypal skunky lager that is really quite enticing. I’m getting hints of cornbread and maple syrup and a definite lime with faint white flour in the back ground.

The taste isn’t as impressive as the smell with a simple woody sweet corn and plum backed by an almost oaky lime. Also, the carbon dioxide is potent enough in the bubbles to leave a little of its essence behind.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a very aggressive, but not too overwhelming carbonation that leaves my mouth tingly well after I sip it. Wow!

I can see myself enjoying this a lot more on a hot, muggy summer day. The woody nature of this one makes it really refreshing. Considering what else goes by the name, "American Macro Lager", this one's far better than the competition.

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Photo of 57andcounting
4.07/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was surprising good.
Poured a nice strong head that stayed through the last drop.
Clear gold color with a lot of carbonation and bubbles.
Very little if any smell, didn't increase as it warmed.
Tase clean with lime/lemon and a hint of hops. Licorice lingers on the tongue.
Has a full moutnhfeel. Much more then most lagers.
I would by a case of these if I could find it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +43%
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 tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a half of an inch of soft, soapy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has strong aromas of sweet corn and faint, subtle grassy hops. The taste is surprisingly malty though a little sweet and there are notes of corn. The finish is smooth and grassy with a subtle hops character. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a smooth, drinkable, enjoyable beer. For the style, it's incredibly good. There are few if any off characteristics and it's surprisingly flavorful. For the style it's better than most.

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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 beerprovedwright
3.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good two finger head of thick foam. Nice lace with good cling. Color is a 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of many grains, rice, corn, and malt. Taste is bold and flavorful with corn, wheat, rice, citrus, and malt. Mouthfeel is better than water, with some creaminess and perk. Good thirst quencher with a mild punch. When I travel back the islands, I will have many more.

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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 Todd
3.8/5  rDev +33.8%
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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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pored a pale amber color with large white long-lasting head. Smell is slightly sweet with a touch of malt.Taste folows through on the sweetness with maly undertones and little if any hoppiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and refeshing. Easy to drink. Good thirst quencher

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Photo of dsa7783
3.77/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More for $1.49...
Pours a crystal clear, light, golden hue with obvious carbonation rising, a minimal head and hardly any lacing...
Smell was sharp, and noticeable right after opening the bottle top... Raw grains, hay, a distinct earthiness, corns and grains, pervade this brew...
Taste was surprisngly good for a Macro, not knowing what really to expect from this one... Crisp, refreshing, and perfect for a hot Summer day with a modest 5.2% ABV...
Average mouthfeel, could've definitely been a little thicker with a pretty good level of drinkability to match...

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Photo of shirfan
3.77/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average golden color with little head to speak of.

Nose of mild noble hops, light cooked corn, cane sugar.

Taste: For a summer / lawnmower beer, this is excellent. Sweet with a soda-pop level of carbonation, mildly caramel malt mingles with a just a hint of corn syrup. Delicate noble hops remained unskunked in the sealed case I opened to retrieve two 6 packs. Finish has a metallic hard-water twinge and a hint of vanilla.
No off flavors -- imagine a Corona without the sulfur, with more body, and with an untainted Heineken's hops -- you'd be awfully close to Carib.

A fine hot-weather quencher. It could be limed if you insist, but it's good for what it is and certainly doesn't require one.

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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 scottyshades
3.73/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bottle dated a few months old

A: Pours the standard pale straw color with a frothy head. Retention is pretty good.

S: As soon as you open the cap you get skunk (maybe because this one is a little old). Beyond that, you get lots of wheat and grain aromas. Slight corn and sweetness as well.

T: Lots of wheat, grains and corn. Slight sweetness to it. Pretty damn good. Hop profile is very subtle and only adds a touch of bitterness.

MF/D: High carbonation giving a slight bite. Sweet wheat finish.

Notes: This beer is brewed very well to style. A little more flavorful and fuller in body than others.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.73/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw hue with a fizzy snow white one finger head showing decent retention but poor lacing. The aroma is mostly made up of adjunct- either rice or corn or some combination but overall too light to determine; a hint of skunky scent is the only thing that barely sticks out- but expected due to the clear bottle. The first sip is crisp Pils malt- not sharp like more traditional pale european lagers- but softer and intwined with a hint of ester twang that is more off-sweet than cidery. Otherwise this tastes much like any other well-made macro with a comfortably bland afteratste devoid of hop flavor but with a mellow bitterness to offset the ester and mild pils. I would venture that this is an above average macro despite the obvious but subdued light-struck quality- wheather intentioanl or not. The carbonation is medium to high and not as bracingly crisp as most mass-produced lagers. This in conjuction with a less than water thin body produce a mouthfeel that allows some the malt/ester character to linger and balances the skunk and bitterness in a way that most macros either avoid or screw up. The finish is clean with none of the skunk or residual sweetness hindering the drinkability. I will order this or Red Stripe without hesitation to pair with Jamaican/Carribean cuisine, but both are hands-down good American Macro lagers on thier own.

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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 tone77
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild aroma with slight hints of corn. Taste is crisp and refreshing, but fairly mild. Light and watery in the mouth. Highly drinkable, especially in warm weather or for playing beer drinking games. Overall this is one of the better beers I have had from the Carribean.

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Photo of Spider889
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a beer that needs to be reviewed for what it is - a mass-produced adjunct lager. For what it is I find it closer to the top of the spectrum than not.

Had this in a bottle on the shores of St. Kitts from a little stand on the edge of some black lava cliffs. It was an amazing experience. We had just finished climbing the volcano on the island and no beer has ever hit the spot like this one.

The color is average straw color of a lager, looks like a Corona, clear bottle and all.

Smelled about the same, a little of that skunky smell you get from the adjunct lagers.

Taste was very similar to a Corona with a touch of citrus, maybe lime.

Nicely carbonated very light bodied and easy drinking. I finished off the bottle in about two minutes and was looking for more. Served ice cold I'd take Carib over any American adjunct lager any day of the week. But when you want some body or flavor you need to look elsewhere.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this ber with a variety pack from World Market. I compare this beer with other lagers in its class. (ie Macro Lagers). I was really surprised with this lager. It's quite good compared to others in its class. Poured a light yellow. Had a good hop balance. This was very drinkable and one beer I would have no trouble drinking again if I want a simple Macro Style Lager.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.69/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- yellow with very low carbonation not much bubbles to be seen, thin white lacing

Smell- toasted grains is the main smell component i get, not bad nose though

Taste- very light and crisp, slight toasted grain and malt, overall simple flavor but pretty refreshing flavor, simple yet decent

MOuthfeel- very crisp light and refreshing feel

Drinkability/overall- overall this beer is the good for the american adjunt style, its non skunked simple yet very refreshing and very crisp, i actually think this beer is nice for the style and with out a doubt a superb summer brew, kicks corona in the proverbial nut sack,

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.6/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of the bottle on a tour of St. Lucia. Appeared a clear straw yellow with some small white lacing around the bottle.

Smell of corn mash and some light adjunct aromas with just an inkling of any hops. Yeah I guess they were there somewhere.

Taste of malt, corn sugars and a faint flavor of hops. Strong carbonation and a light mouthfeel as an adjunct lager should be. Pretty refreshing and crisp for an adjunct lager, not overall that bad and definitely refreshing while in the sun on a nice day to go snorkeling.

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Photo of Sin-Boogie
3.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a lot like Corona and other light-style Mexican beers such as landshark and Bud Light Lime. The taste is better than other "beach beers" I've had, even though it has the same look and feel. The smell is light and sweet. The after taste is not overwhelming or too h oppy. Overall: Not as bad as I expected; good for the beach, boat, or sunny summer day.

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