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Kalik | Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 132
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
3.02/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow color with a bone-white finger of head. Dissipates fast. The aroma...pleasant. Biscuity malts, light sweetness and a breadiness. Nothing wonderful but for the style, it's actually rather nice. The taste doesn't measure up imo. Sweet malts, bready, biscuity, but overly sweet. Is this an adjunct, or a pale Euro lager?

Crisp, light and clean. Good overall.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had quite a few cans of this while vacationing with Alewife last week at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort.

Pours a clear, pale golden color, with average carbo rising up. Head was quite minimal, mainly a thin white layer of bubbles which lapsed quite quickly. Lacing was also on the short side for the most part. Nose was a touch bready, but mostly had a grassy hoppiness emanating forth. Somewhat on the mild side, overall. The body was close to medium, surprisingly, with a light touch of prickliness in the mostly smooth feel on the tongue.

Kalik has a subtle sweetness coming through at the start, in a corny type of manner. A little breadiness is present here, too, with lots of grassy, earthy hops dominating the taste, though not really overly bitter. Quite dry in the finish, this isn't too bad, overall. I can drink a few, but then it gets a bit tiring. Found it to be a bit better than I recall Red Stripe being....


look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3


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Photo of stinkydaddy
2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of MarkD
3.16/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kalik is what it is, a crisp and refreshing light lager. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Maybe it had something to do with the location ( Bahamas ) but this beer was very enjoyable. It had a pleasant and drinkable flavor and left me wanting more. I.m not sure that this would taste half as good at home, but it sure tasted good here.

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Photo of gibsonflip
3.3/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A summer breeze flows through the palm tree's fronds and brushes my face with a sweet refreshing coolness that suggests "welcome"-and I smile. I just arrived to Nassau Bahamas where Kalik gives you the style of a local with the swag of one of Tupac's vey own homies. I guzzle down the juice of Kalik and I shudder as the tropical water flows through my veins. I sway a little as I attempt to recycle but unfortunately drop the glass on the road. My heart breaks as the bottle shatters before my eyes. That bottle, which held one of the most beautiful beers on the planet, which gave me my swagger, my new bahamian life, has been destroyed. As I start to break down in tears, staring at the ground, this wonderful foot steps into my sight. The foot has skin white as a ghost with red hairs orange as an orange, the fruit. She caresses my body and pulls out another kalik from her purse. I glimpse waterfalls of red hairs hanging from her underarm. Her name is Aoife, and she lies in nettles with me with kaliks surrounding our bodies. Anyway, long story short, Kalik landed me with the most amazing girl ever and it tasted great

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.82/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you are in the Bahamas, the Lucayan beer is a little better. This beer is really nothing more than a Bahamian novelty. It is basically the Bud of the Bahamas.

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Photo of EBeckett3
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light golden color with a bright white head and a surprising, light hop aroma. It's not skunked even though it's in a clear bottle - they may be using pre-isomerized hops like Miller does. It has a good mouthfeel and the malt flavor is clean, sweet and lightly backed with hops. There's obviously some adjunct in use here; I'd guess it's just sugar syrup. The finish is short and sweet with a very light touch of hop. Very much like Corona but with a little more character, and I think, better made. I'm very surprised by this beer and would recommend you try one if you haven't already.

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Photo of jshusc
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beastdog75
2.43/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My relatives were kind enough to bring this and Kalik Gold back from their trip to the Bahamas. I knew that this wasn't going to be any brew that was going to alter my perception of Bahamian brewing, but it ended up being what I expected it to be: a decent enough hot weather beer.

Kalik pours a pale yellow color with one finger of foam that disappears almost instantly. The smell was very adjuncty. While there was some light skunk, the musty/husky/corny aroma was quite distinguishable. The mouthfeel was light and fizzy, standard for the style I suppose. The taste reflects the corn and adjuncts too. It starts off a bit sweet (almost like Red Stripe), but it ends in an astringent bitterness. There is a bit of dryness originally, but it fades as I reach nearer to the bottom of my glass. Aftertaste is corny and the brew has no alcoholic warmth.

I would bet that this beer would get a higher rating from me if I had consumed it on the beach in the Bahamas. It serves its purpose as a quencher of thirst, but it isn't anything that a cheap American brew can't accomplish. Average all the way.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When compared to other Caribbean or South of the Border "vacation destination" style beers, Kalik stands alone. This is a well-made lager. Golden in color with medium bodied, herbal malt. Amply hopped with tea-like and citrus bitterness. A light taste of lime blends well with a bit of sweetness. The aroma is mild but quite pleasant. The very white head lasts long enough to admire. Surprisingly nice beer!
BTW – Kalik is one of the happy sounds heard in the festive “Junkanoo” parades/celebrations of the Bahamas. It’s best to enjoy a Junkanoo celebration with a Kalik beer in hand

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Photo of FadetoBock
1.88/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of UncleJimbo
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, clear glass longneck bottle, capped.

This lager poured a clear, slightly darker than yellow color with white foam that settled after persisting for a short while. The smell was very modest but some malt could be detected. The taste was light with a thin trace of hop bitterness and a slight sweetness up front. The mouthfeel was smooth but thin with light body and moderate carbonation. There was a light aftertaste of bitter hops. This beer was OK. It is light and refreshing and is a decent brew if you are in the Bahamas near the beach.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just another adjunct lager, slightly skunked because of clear glass bottle. But hey it's the Bahamas

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Photo of purplehops
2.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very very very pale yellow with a white frothy head. The head makes a quick exit. The aroma is faint essence of malt with notes of hop spice. The taste is very crisp with a wee hint of malt and a hop finish and after taste. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp. This is a beer meant to be drank in the Bahamas or Bahamas like environment. December in Maine doesn't do it justice. When in the Bahamas we knocked back a ton of these while shooting the breeze at the beachside bar. There they were light, refreshing and thirst quenching and one of three beers at the bar. When in Rome do as the Romans do. When home drink local.

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Photo of Pleasure
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of twi1609372
1.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The bahamas sucks! $6 a bottle for this. I figure i'm in the bahamas, should give it a try, i was wrong. Bright yellow appearence, urinesq smell. I can no say this beer did not have a taste, it certainly did and it wasnt good. Grainy, want-to-be sweet, no hop taste at all, thick malt. This beer summs up the bahamas. The bahamas are hot, slummy, everything closed on sunday, people are dicks, drive on left side of road, and dam expensive for what it is. Hate to be off topic but this is the "beer of the bahamas" and it certainly embodies many charechteristics of the bahamas in it's craftmanship and taste. For $5 a bottle, i'll take the bud light as bad as it is over this!

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Photo of tommy5
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of JISurfer
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of CottomanEmpire
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Redrover
2.06/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer is packaged in a clear 12 oz bottle with no apparent freshness dating.

The beer is a crystal clear, light yellow with a quickly collapsing bone white head.

Aroma is of grains, sulfur and cooked corn.

The taste is similar to the smell. There are some sweetish grains that are dominated by the sulfur\skunk taste. There are some hops in the distant background, but they quickly surrender.

The mouth is solidly average. Drinkablity suffers from the sulfuric overtones. Perhaps this would be better fresh at the source. I won’t seek it out until I return to the Bahamas.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of kbub6f
2.88/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought bottled at restaurants on Great Guana Cay and Great Abaco (also at the liquor store on Great Guana Cay: $50USD for 24 cans. 'Sti de Kalik saint sacrement!).

The beer is clear pale yellow with a crunchy white head. The smell is just enough lagerschpoonk to give some character to an otherwise bland beer. The front is lagery, the middle somewhat cornsyrupy, the finish disappearing. It's kind of like a non-alcoholic beer with alcohol. But I'd still say it's better than the macro trio. A decent refreshing alternative to water.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Kalik from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.66 out of 5 with 347 ratings