Carib Lager | Carib Brewery Limited

Carib LagerCarib Lager
442 Ratings
Carib LagerCarib Lager

Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by canadianbarman on 01-30-2001

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: clear bright golden body with a thin head.

S: typical adjunct lager pale malt aroma. Little else.

T: pale malts with little bitterness. Very simple beer.

M: moderate to high carbonation and light body.

Overall: may be the most drinkable and refreshing of all of these Caribbean adjunct lagers. Therefore like the rest it skips out on flavor.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes close to being just like a Landshark or a Corona. I'm just not much a fan of these types of beers I guess. This beer pours out basically the same as most lagers. It's yellow, clear and has a decent head for a little while. The smell is typical hops and malts, mostly malts. The flavors would have been much better with some lime I think. The taste is just too boring without it.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of metter98
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
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 BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An ordinary (at best) beer. Made for hot weather consumption. Looks brightly straw-yellow in color, highly carbonated and little head retention. Smells mildly sweet of corn sugar and adjunct grains. Lightly hoppy and a bit pungent from light strikenness. Tastes sweet on the side of vegetables--mainly corn. Also has notes of cereal grains. Mildly hopped for balance. No hop flavoring and little in the way of bittering. A sharp 'bite' is present in the back of the throat- a side effect from fermentation? Slight creamy mouthfeel. Not too thin, but this beer does disipate as it moves toward the finish. The finish is short of crisp or refreshing. Not dry either. Not the cleanest finish. I'll gladly drink another one--if it's free.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml, clear as sin bottle. I got this to go along with a takeout Indian meal, which, around here, is not a particularly common thing, given the still quasi-Draconian licensing laws on the matter.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with a couple fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of gritty, barely sweet cooked corn and rice husk, a bit of wet metal, and vegetal, skanky, over-steamed veggies. The taste is more edgy rice pudding and crackery corn grist - almost bready at first, and then the illusion becomes reality - tame, and underwhelming lemony, sort of floral, well, hops, some oily alcohol (not warm, but just the 'flavour'), starchy, stale veggies, and a waning, but still present 'eau de skunkgrass'.

The carbonation is moderate, just a mildly probing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and rather pithy in any DOA notions of smoothness - its cloying factor also seems to rise quickly as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the adjunct graininess and vegetal skunkiness outstaying their already dubious collective welcome.

Not refreshing in the least, which one would imagine being its only marketable attribute. Disjointed, cheap, and off-putting, its below average sweetness not even worthy enough to stand up to the Vindaloo it came with. Nope - glad I only got the one.

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.32/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a small, white, fizzy and foamy head. It had good carbonation and left no head.

S - It smelled of grain adjuncts and corn.

T - It tasted sweet and of corn/grains. There was a light caramel malt taste and some bitter kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - It works in the islands after snorkeling, otherwise I wouldn't run out to get any.

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Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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 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 dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a patch of thin film in the center of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Moderately strong aromas of corn adjunct malts with the associated sweetness and lighter amounts of skunk.

T: Quite a bit of sweetness from the corn adjunct malts, not unexpected for the style. Very little hop presence but there is also a light presence of bready malts.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink, and sessionable - this would be an easy beer to have more than one of during a session, especially in the hot weather or hot climate. Nothing special from a flavor or aroma perspective, but that is not unexpected in the style. I really wish they would get rid of the clear bottle as it definitely does not help the beer.

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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 TheManiacalOne
2.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn, malt and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is pretty decently balanced for a macro, not quite as sweet as most and a little bit more hops than most, but overall the flavor is still pretty dull. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty for the style, but nothing special, goes down ok, not filling at all. It’s one of the better beers of the style, but it there still isn’t anything impressive about it.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.24/5  rDev +15.7%
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 ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Gkruszewski
2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.31/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Best Before: Oct/09.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body and despite a continually heavier pour, I just can't coax more than a few bubbles to form an ultra thin, white head. Ah well.

Smell: What a stink! Extraordinarily skunky aroma that strikes your nose mere seconds after the bottle is opened. If you don't mind a big snootful of skunk with each whiff, you can barely make out faint hints of cereal-scented malts.

Taste: Gah! Oh, how horrid. Some pale malts with a cereal sweetness and very minor hop character and bitterness, but mostly you're treated to a whole host of icky tastes. Plasticy, skunk spray, and metallic! Three disastrous tastes together at last. A couple glasses of cool, clean water only begin to wash that out.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As much as I usually appreciate it's inclusion on the bottle or label, the Best Before date serves no purpose whatsoever here, as this beer died an ignoble death long, long before October 2009. Sure, the year is still young, but this is, by far, the worst beer I've had all year! Avoid at all cost.

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Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Carib Lager from Carib Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 442 ratings
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