Cariboo Genuine Draft | Pacific Western Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pacific Western Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cariboo Genuine Draft is a smooth, mild beer that’s perfect for watching the game or sharing good times with friends. Straw-coloured, light on the palate, a frosty mug of this brew is perfect for a summer afternoon or after a steaming winter sauna.

Added by Grunewald on 08-26-2009

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Pheedom
1.24/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely horrible. Flat, tasteless, and utterly devoid of character. Even on a beautiful, warm, sunny Friday afternoon after a long work week, the two I opened to taste and the rest of the case will be going down the sink drain.

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Photo of tasteslikeapplejuice
1.26/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I signed up just so I could give this off-brand apple juice a review. It ranks somewhere between malt liquor and Budweiser. I'd certainly rather drink the latter among the three. Here in Alberta, there are some other beers on offer of this calibre: Co-op Gold, PC Lager, Clear Creek, AGD... all are markedly superior to this Cariboo stuff. I would not give this to a guest and the couchsurfer who left it with me is not welcome back.

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Photo of Exeter
2.44/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Eric_Standard
2.66/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of FrazFraz
2.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of travolta
2.62/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of iamstevetay
2.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bunman3
2.62/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's not great. It's not awful. It's inexpensive. If you want a cheap, drinkable adjunct, Cariboo might well be the beer for you. The taste is very much in line with other comparably priced beers - fizzy, sweetish, with plenty of corn, minimal malt and zero evidence of hops.

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Photo of ziggig
2.9/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Svingjo
2.93/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of speedonthis
2.96/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This isn't something you should spend much time thinking about. For a cheap adjunct lager Cariboo delivers, a far better beer than many of their competitors with a bonus that it's brewed in BC. If you're playing beer pong, going out into the woods for whatever reason you deem worthy or you want a few pops to toss back without the regard you'd normally give to a quality craft beer Cariboo is the way to go plus the the "free gift with purchase" or swag is awesome.

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Photo of DeeGeeeC
4.5/5  rDev +82.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very refreshing with a smooth mouthfeel

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Photo of BcCraft710
2.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jrempel
1/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of ZachT
2.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bumchilly25
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of itomek
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Geoffeweizen
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of KalanM
2.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of maclean25
3.27/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From one of the biggest breweries in BC and it is from Prince George! As a northern BC resident I got a soft spot for the company. I've had Cariboo Genuine Draft a couple times before but this is the first time I've rated it.

It pours with lots of white foamy head and reduces with some lacing along the sides. It has a clear pale yellow body with small carbonation bubbles. The aroma is predominately grain and wheat, as well as some corn. The tastes has both a tangy and sweet quality. I detect mostly apple and a dull honey flavour. The feel is light (or as they call it "mild") and fizzy.

Overall, I want to like this but it obviously fails in a few areas. The taste is much better than the aroma. It is 'mild' in that it is light tasting but still has all the calories and 5.5% alcohol. I consider it a decent, inexpensive (~$1.45 per can) lager.

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Photo of chickenm
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of EskimoDave
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can - Deer Beer! The label gives new meaning to the term 'Buck a beer'...tip your waitress, boyos, I'm here all night!

This beer pours a clear, pale piss-yellow colour, with two fat fingers of thin, puffy, and weakly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a broad range of coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly fades away. Why is the word "lipstick" suddenly floating around my head?

It smells of pale grain, cornbread, spoiled apples, a sharp metallic flintiness, and skunky, weedy hops. The taste is pretty sweet, mostly of the corn mash and overripe apple sort, with some additional plain graininess, and practically imperceptible leafy hops, save their contribution to the generally musty skank factor.

The carbonation is moderate, just a mild probing frothiness, the body on the far side of medium weight, with a cloying, pithy character, one that some might mistake for 'smoothness'. It finishes mostly sweet, the stale fruit and corn doing their damnedest to stay past their dubious welcome. There it is - 'oink'.

Not particularly or overly offensive for the style, but pretty unimpressive in the end (not to mention most of the middle), and not worth drinking, unless it's for free, and even then...wait, you say this is the house brew waiting for me backstage? Shit - I gotta stop playing these small rural BC towns.

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Cariboo Genuine Draft from Pacific Western Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.47 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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