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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Photo of kylehay2004
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -19%
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 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 BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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 -20.4%
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 zeff80
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
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 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 NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +5.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
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 dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
1.31/5  rDev -53.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear, pallid gold with a small number of fine, floaty bits. Thanks to the clear glass bottle, the color can be 'enjoyed' without ever opening the beer. Given the smell that greets my nose on the pour, that might not be such a bad idea. The good looking head of bleached bone white is superior to the heads on most macro lagers and drops a fair amount of lace to boot.

The cloud of sulfurous skunk is only now beginning to dissipate, but is still noticeable when I stick my nose into the glass. Underneath is a sweet graininess that might not be bad if I was able to appreciate it unaccompanied by such pungently musky, possibly light-struck hops. While Carib isn't a total loss, the clear glass bottle has seen to it that off-aromas, and probably off-flavors, are pervasive.

Things aren't quite as bad on the taste buds as far as skunkiness goes, but the beer itself is still no great shakes. Wait, that's too kind. The flavor is lousy as well and hasn't escaped a few 'off' characteristics of its own. It tastes like stale grain flecked with bits of metal, soggy cardboard and musky hops. I'd have to have them side-by-side (on a day when I was feeling especially adventurous), but I'm not sure that Carib tastes much different from another south of the border, clear glass-bottled beer named Corona.

It's a bit of a chore, but I can still manage to get and keep it down. As lousy as this beer is, I'd still take it over a Bud Light (for some reason, most beer from BMC tastes aggressively bad to me). A little light sweetness helps it to be barely palatable. The body/mouthfeel is light, lighter, lightest and comparisons to water are not out of line. Since it fits the style, more or less, I'll go easy on the score.

Carib Lager may be drinkable in the strictest sense of the word, but anyone with high standards (hell, any standards at all) will likely find it to be unacceptable. Maybe... on a Trinidadian beach with the sun at high noon and the sound of surf in my ears... ... nah.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in Total wine when I was trying to get some beers from countries that I had never had one from before, saw trinidad and figured what the heck...

A - Poured a very pale, super clear golden yellow. Nice big fizzy white head formed on top, faded slowly and left about a quarter inch thick layer across the top of the glass. Lots and lots of carbonation was very visible.

S - Very light, lats of grain, some very light hoppiness in the back, but that was about it.

T - your classic light lager, total maltiness and not much else, slight bready taste.

M - A bit slick depite the carbonation. it was ok, nothing special just an average feel for a lager

D - Very cold on a very hot day I could drink a few of these with ease, but other than that, not enough taste.

Overall very forgettable. This was a macro lager at its finest, which is average, better then a BMC but thats not saying much. If it was free at a bbq, I would have one, but no more buying it for me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.26/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Thanks (I guess) to VDubb86 (and his awesome girlfriend) for sharing this bottle!

The mini Caribbean cruise continues on to Trinidad & Tobago. Full disclosure: This bottle came to us more skunked than any beer I have ever encountered. It seriously smelled as though a skunk crawled into the bottle, died, and decomposed at an accelerated rate. Lovely. Still, many things could be gleaned from around the skunk, as well as from past experiences. So here goes, then:

It pours a clear very pale sallow topped by a quick-dissolving finger of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, light corn, and hard water. The taste does not deviate too far from this recipe, though the corn and wheat are slightly beefier than before. Not much, though. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a sad little lager, though not necessarily as offensive as it could be. Just not something I really wanna go after again.

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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 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 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 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 jwc215
2.32/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow (lighter than it looks through the clear bottle). Despite constant carbonation, the fizzy head almost immediately disappears to virtually nothing (outside of some scattered white bubbles).

The smell is of some grass and a touch of hops.

The taste is of watered-down hay and a bit of skunk. No noticeable hops. A very slight sweetness.

The feel was watery, but malt gives it a little body. It's somewhat smooth and refreshing, but more from the water than anything else.

It's okay for the Caribbean heat, and i would probably take it over Corona or Sol, but it wouldn't be anywhere near my first choice of a heat-beating brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a very pale, crystal clear saffron-gold coloring with a tall, dense, foamy white head. Aromas of roasted corn and toastiness. Flavors are light and mild, with a smooth malt backbone and toasty highlights that are very balanced and blended. Light bodied and smooth, with a minute toast and sour aftertaste and a crisp, clean finish. Not bad for the style.

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Photo of Duff27
2.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden body with a short white head. Minimal lacing, low head retention.

Can't say I care a lot about the smell of Carib. Kind of like a lemony funk.

The taste isn't quite as bad as the aroma. Biscuity malt sweetness. Low hop profile.

Medium mouthfeel. Higher side of carbonation.

Certainly worse beers out there, Carib offers a little uniqueness wirh its sugar-like sweetness. Worth seeking out if you're looking for a Trinidad tick.

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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 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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