Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

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Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #206
Ranked #29,920
2.65 | pDev: 23.4%
Apr 03, 2022
Mar 18, 2002
Notes: None
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Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz clear glass bottle. Poured out a crystal clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It left some lacing on the glass. It smelled of caramel, toasted corn and floral notes. Sweet caramel taste with cracker, sweet breads and a very mild bitterness.

Apr 03, 2022
3 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Feb 20, 2022
1.1 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Feb 18, 2022
3.49 by BEZMEZ on May 29, 2021
2.5 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2021
2.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 06, 2021
3.14 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Jul 18, 2020
2.75 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Jun 28, 2020
Photo of 1009
2.18/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75
by 1009 from Massachusetts

When in the Bahamas, do as the Bahamians do -- and drinking an islander not named "corona" seemed like a good deal to me on vacation just a few weeks ago. Like a lot of things in life, it may look good but things can get a bit crazy once you actually commit: a lot of skunk from this guy and a bit harsh on the mouth, but not a bad overall taste. Not the worst, but definitely, DEFINITELY, not the best.

May 11, 2020
Photo of dcall384
1.15/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by dcall384 from Indiana

This beer had a sweetness about it I just didn't like. It was also kind of cloudy. Not sure why a AAL would be cloudy. I would take about any other AAL over this one.

Nov 08, 2019
2.75 by rdub from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2019
Photo of OllieStalz
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
by OllieStalz from New York

I had one on tap while on my honeymoon in the Bahamas. It was watery and inoffensive. It is typical to its style (an island AAL), so I wouldn't penalize it for that. However, even for the style, I wasn't too impressed with the taste and flavor. It is versatile and works with many meals. However, it isn't a good mouthfeel. The color is decent.

Sep 02, 2019
2.62 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Sep 01, 2019
2.75 by BabaBeer from California on Aug 29, 2019
Photo of q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey

Bottle to pils glass.

Smugglers, Nassau, Bahamas.

Jul 22, 2019
Photo of Nass
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by Nass from Florida

There is no date on the bottle. Right off the bat I have to admit that I do like this better than the stronger Kalik Gold, it's smoother. I don't see why so many people are complaining about this beer it's not that bad. I taste a good amount of malts, slight corn with a little bit of bitterness on the finish. I don't detect any corn syrup which is a plus but the aftertaste is not very pleasant. There is not a whole lot going on in the taste it's sort of bland, I prefer Carib Lager. I can't believe this beer has won awards, was it up against Bud Light & Corona Light? Cheers! C

May 05, 2019
3 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
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3.03/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

This OK lager does its job. A beverage suitable for tropical weather. Washes down average food. Crisp.
But, it has crummy-to-poor ratings. Why ?
Could it be because Heineken owns Commonwealth Brewery ? Or is it that raters want flavor and alcohol for under $2 ?
So, I try to figure out the "Why" of the low ratings and go on Heineken's website. And I was surprised to see how much they are updating their image. (Last time I looked on their site, it was several years ago when they funded the huge Lagunitas factory and brewpub in Chicago's ghetto.)
Amazingly, Heineken is following many themes of local crafters: sustainability, local sourcing, giving back to the community, reducing CO2, and lots of other good stuff. What can be bad if a big company is actually trying to do good ?
Regardless of the answer, I am glad to add the Bahamas to my list of countries.

Jan 21, 2019
2.92 by Bigwil75 from Florida on Jan 13, 2019
4 by jguzman718 from New York on Dec 19, 2018
2.67 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2018
Photo of Amendm
2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Amendm from Florida

12-oz. can BBD 07/18 needed a strong pour into a 16-oz. mug to get a fizzy very short-lived white head with no lacing.
Clear golden yellow with a few rising bubbles.
Smells of unattenuated yeast, corn and slightly sour malt.
Taste is the same as the smell with faint hops that are more pronunced as it warms.
Hidden carbonation gives the mouth feel a boost, slightly above thin.
Looks okay, the head comes back with a stern swish. Taste and smell are below average.

Jul 27, 2018
Photo of chitoryu12
2.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Amber gold with very little white head.

Smell: Ugh, skunked bad. The skunkiness of light exposure in the perfectly clear and colorless bottle has completely ruined the beer.

Taste: The skunk is a little less pronounced in the taste. Other than that, just a bit of metallic bitterness and adjunct malt.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated, like soda water.

Overall: Maybe a better container would improve this, but I have the feeling it would only be a typical adjunct lager. In these cheap clear bottles, the beer is ruined by the time it reaches your fridge.

Jul 17, 2018
3.03 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 14, 2018
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1.35/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by TXGecko47 from South Carolina

I had this on draught in Nassau. It was urine yellow with a quickly fading head of foam. Smelled like wet grass clippings. the taste was overly sweet with absolutely no hops. The mouth feel was very watery and thin. Over all not horrible but not great either. If you happen to be in Nassau, New Providence Island and want something to quence your thirst then ask for a Kalik. I'd reach for one over Bud and other crap from AB.

Jun 08, 2018
3.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Mar 14, 2018
Photo of papposilenus
2.77/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

Drink as cold as possible. In fact, feel free to add ice as this will not in any way detract from the flavour and may even improve it. +0.25 for being the only beer in the complimentary hotel mini-fridge. Overall: not utterly vile.

Feb 27, 2018
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

when you get down far enough south in florida, you start to find this one all over the place at every little beachside tiki around. its an extremely light offering, even in a style known for being extremely light, it barely even constitutes beer for me, with the grain profile so minimal here that its as much water or soda as it is beer, the lightest of yellow goldens and of perfect clarity. good soda fizz rising up to the next of the clear bottle each time i take a drag. its immediately a little metallic, but not all that bad, honestly the flavor isnt terrible, its just absent, if that makes sense. if had adjunct lagers taste far worse, but by being so minimal in every possible capacity here, this fails to really do much for me, and being a tad off of dry, it doesnt even quite quench my hard thirst as much as id like it to, especially after it warms up even a little bit. subtle lemon and lime here, yellow corn, and an irrelevant lager yeast that doesnt seem to have quite completed the task. its lightness and high carbonation set it apart, and it washes down some chilled shrimp pretty easily, but outside of an island vacation vibe, im not sure how much value this has, even amongst its peers...

Feb 26, 2018
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2.71/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Had it in the Bahamas at a straw market, so being close to the source doesn't help.

Dec 17, 2017
2.55 by Amp from Oklahoma on Sep 01, 2017
3.06 by craigbelly from Iowa on Aug 20, 2017
2.43 by Nace4 from Virginia on Jul 21, 2017
3.5 by parkwood from Pennsylvania on Jul 01, 2017
2.57 by goblue3509 from Pennsylvania on Jun 26, 2017
3 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Jun 25, 2017
2 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Jun 09, 2017
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1.26/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Why in the world did I pick up a 6er of this...Why?

This may quite possibly be the worst beer I have rated on this fine website. I picked this up being open minded and reminding myself I have found some gems I thought were turds along the way. Well, this ended up being a sad turd. The look was your classic piss-colored brew, though it did have a nice white head to start off with. The smell and taste were simply not good - no scent of hops or malt, just a skunky odor and taste that was miserable from start to finish. The feel was about the only thing notable as it had a spicy quality to it that was of surprise to me. Overall, I split the difference and I'm not wondering how in the heck I am ever gonna finish the other five I have.

May 15, 2017
2.9 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Apr 06, 2017
3 by Mr_Rocca from Canada (ON) on Apr 06, 2017
Kalik from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 364 ratings