Kalik | Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

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Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.34/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: single finger white foam head, lots of bubbles on a bright clear golden body.

S: very skunky and pungent grains and malts. one of the more offensive aromas of these caribbean american adjunct lagers.

T: I really waited for this one to offend and it never really did. grains, pale malts with light lemon and sweet corn notes. Aftertaste isnt terrible.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: Smells terrible, tastes barely drinkable but not in large quantities.

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Photo of nmann08
2.17/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From a bottle, pours a light golden color with a fizzy off-white head.

The nose is skunky, a little musty, corn and wheat. The flavor is what I would expect from a pale lager in that part of the world. Simple, a bit rough around the edges, just enough of a citrus flavor to make you wonder if it could be something more...Nope. Don't get me wrong, if I am sitting on a beach in the Bahamas, I may think this is good, clean, refreshing. But I don't think a setting can hide the flaws in this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Not a particualrly good beer. A watered down American Macro beer. All of the flavors are very light. Virtually no malt presence or hop detection. Cereal grains vaguely show in the aftertaste. A light metalic and fizzy taste and mouthfeel. Kind of like alka-selzer. If it weren't for the view of the beach, this whole experience would suck.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.59/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super bright golden yellow color lager with a pure white foamy head with light retention and light lacing. Aroma is dominated by corn adjunct notes with very little else to report. Taste is also dominated by sweet corn notes with some adjunct clearly coming through. Body is light with medium carbonation. This one is probably best left to drink ion the beach under on a hot sunny day.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.79/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Aroma grains, crackers, lemon, light spice, slight skunkiness, medium carbo. Taste bready malt, dough, sweet corn, faint citrus, metallic bitter finish, medium body. Just another barley water.

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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 chinchill
2.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

undated but coded clear 12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue (sorry Unibroue) snifter.

A: Poured a pale golden color with less a fingers of head that was surprisingly creamy but short-lived. Some lacing left on glass.

S: Corn, light malt and a tiny hint of hops.

T: Light toasted grain with a heavy corn component and a bit of spicy hops. Sweet/bitter components are balanced.

M: Crisp; light-bodied with medium+ carbonation.

O: A light, corny beer that would be more enjoyable on a hot day in the Bahamas.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.42/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a very thin head that fades almost instantly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light pungent malts, adjuncts, grain and a tiny bit of hops.

T: The taste has very little to it, some grain and malt breadiness and some adjunct sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not tasty at all, doesn't go down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, not a good representation of style, this is simply not a good beer in any way.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a patchy thin film covering about three quarters of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn and grain adjunct malts with a light amount of sweetness.

T: Upfront this beer is all adjunct malt with moderate amounts of sweetness - I get quite a bit of corn with a slightly lesser amount of grain. Light hints of bitterness in the finish which fades fairly quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is one of the better American Adjunct Lagers that I have had from the Caribbean and would probably be really refreshing on a hot day by the beach (unfortunately it is cold and windy here today).

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best Before: 09/09.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body dotted with a few stray bubbles but no real head formation.

Smell: Clear bottles sure can make for ghastly, nose-melting skunk aromas. Given a few minutes to dissipate, you get some sweetish, light malt hints and a discreet whiff of floral hops.

Taste: Sweetish, light cereal grains taste. Faint floral hops with a very low amount of bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Perhaps it'd be a might bit better in a lush, tropical vacation destination surrounded by babes in bikinis. Lobsters would be a good idea, too. Otherwise, it's just another bland, boring lager.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale banana-amber with a bright white head of active, bubbly froth that slows down its disappearing act after about a minute and actually hangs around long enough to be considered respectable. It's too soft to stick though, so lacing is negligible.

Fairly typical adjunct lager nose, complete with eau de skunk when the cap is popped. The pungent noble hoppiness (Saaz no doubt) hasn't completely faded, but has dissipated enough so that a lightly lemon-scented graininess is apparent. While it isn't as nasty as some, it's nothing to write home about either.

Lackluster on its best day. Kalik is hoppier than many beers of this style, but that's not necessarily a positive. It's sharply bitter, quickly fades to artificially sweet, touches briefly on mildly citrusy and finishes with a stale, grainy, metallic flourish. The two-dimensional flavor loses what little charm it might have possessed with even slight warming. Thin body with a lifeless mouthfeel.

This is my first Bahamian beer and I won't be in a hurry to have another. Kalik Regular might be acceptable on a scorching hot day in the islands if nothing else is available. Absent that, I can't see myself drinking another bottle without a gun to my head.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle that was purchased in Nassau, Bahamas and consumed on 07/09/2008.

My mother picked this one up for me on her cruise through the Bahamas, and to be honest I just never did get around to trying it. I grabbed it out of the fridge last night as I needed something light to drink during the grilling of dinner. The pour was rather uneventful, a dull golden yellow, with a touch of orange highlights came through on this one. Nothing much ion the way of side glass lace, and a smallish, maybe one inch high head of white foam came over the top, faded fast, and left a bare, crystal clear liquid in front of me.

The aroma was dull grain and corn. Musky with not much depth to it. Your classic American macro lager. The flavor went equally no where fast. Nothing much to speak of as it was just rather bland. Lots of bready malts, with a musty taste, sort of wet cardboard like in nature. Decent carbonation on the profile, but overall it was far too thin. It was an easy drinker, only because of the light body and low ABV, but why you would want to have another, well that I am just not sure of.

Overall not terrible, but just right above that line . I appreciated the effort of bringing this one back, and it was better then the other two I tried, that I have to admit, however I think I will have to pass on any future endeavors.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.02/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Parents brought me back a can of this from the Bahamas.

Pours a clear bright piss yellow color with high carbonation evident and one inch of bright white head. Nose is corn and sweet fruits, grains, taste is much worse like cigarettes. Thin body and high carbonation.

A terrible beer; drink something else if you're in the Bahamas.

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Photo of stakem
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle care of my brother, thanks dude. Poured from a clear glass bottle into a "brutus" glass. This is not your typical glassware but then again there isnt anything typical about this experience for me. It appears in the glass with a clear golden yellow color that is light with tiny particulate floating all through the body. A thin fizzy white head with constantly rising bubbles has a hard time staying afloat here. Let me side track for a moment and say that in a strange coincidental side by side comparison with miller high life, the champagne of beers actually looks sexy with a crest of white froth where this Kalik is naked with no head even after some swirls.

This brew smells quite sweet, like excessively sweet for an adjunct lager. In a failed attempt to try and get more aroma from this brew, I suspect I imagined a faint scent of bready grains and a touch of sulfur. The overall dominating sweetness of this beer has a hint of something reminiscent of candy sweetness almost like original flavored bubblegum.

The taste is no surprise given what the aroma would warn you is forth coming. It wrecks the palate with a taste of sweetness and a touch of bubblegum with faint, light bready grain. A touch of sulfur is evident as well. By this point I feel like I am just reiterating everything I described in the aroma but honestly this beer remarkably tastes the way it smells. It has a lasting lingering minor sweetness that hangs inside your mouth.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is prickly on the tongue even though it hardly gives any visual signs of bubbly. There is no indication of the alcohol content in this brew which is awesome because I imagine a flavor of alcohol included here would have turned this experience into an absolute train wreck. All things considered, even under the most optimal conditions, I still would not want to drink this beer again. To be fair, it is an average adjunct lager. There are others out there for the style that are better.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle received in trade.
Brilliantly clear light golden color with a decent but short lived bubbly white head. Skunk in spades as soon as I pop the cap it envelopes the room. It slowly fades but it is constant in the aroma and flavor. Light crackery bready malt with some residual sweetness, carbonic bite, and faint hop presence. I guess I could say I've had worse and maybe these aren't always light struck. If I find myself in the Bahamas I will try again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale golden yellow; thin layer of soft, loose, white head; little retention

S - musty, grainy, grassy

T - grainy, grassy, straw, a bit musty, lagery

M - smooth, well carbonated, smooth, light bodied

It's easily drinkable and smooth, but it doesn't offer much flavor-wise. It's better than most in this style, but it still leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If there is one good thing about hot weather...it makes standard adjunct beers taste good....especially when they are cold. Kalik is no different. A golden clear color with decent carbonation. Grain provides the smell and most of the taste. Certainly there are some hops to help balance slightly...but hey who we kidding. The mouthfeel is fine on a hot summer day...if it were winter this would not get you to where one would want to be.

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Photo of jwc215
2.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that descends to a thin patch. Typical/average macro appearance.

The smell is of sweet grain/cereal.

The taste is of sweet fizzy cereal and some rather bland grainy malt. Plenty of adjuncts with some sulfur. Tonic water finish.

The feel is watery/fizzy. Though there is some body to it for the style, it remains soildly light. Very light - expected, but enough sulfur sticks to tongue to make it rather unimpressive, even for the style.

This is pretty much flavorless. It's another seltzery macro mess for the most part. Might be quenching in the heat of the Bahamas, but there are macros out there that are better than this, if that is your thing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cruise to the Bahamas, and was served in a bottle at a local restaraunt in Lacaya, Bahamas. The beer is a very pale, crystal clear, vibrant yellow color with no head. The nose is heavy toasted aromas, with slight floral and corn highlights. Flavors are toasty and slightly sour, but light. The beer is very crisp and light, but carbonation stays low enough to keep from being sharp. Slightly sour malt and roasted aftertaste, with a clean, crisp finish.

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Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is a little malty and slightly skunky. Taste is crisp with slight bitterness but not a lot of flavor. Feels light and bitter in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a very impressive beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this beer. This is my first beer from the Bahamas. The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very macro-like with lots of grain and corn. The flavor is typical macro with some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible and certainly not undrinkable, but not very good either.

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Photo of plaid75
3.43/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a musty noble hop and a light adjunct sweetness.

The taste was typical of the style with a slightly livelier hop than most. Pretty moderate malt-wise.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an above average macro lager.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a fan of the clear glass bottle- particularly in the tropics. Nothing much to say here- a typical adjunct lager, a bit cleaner than some. Pours the standard piss yellow with a slight head, and a constant stream of bubbles. Some grain and corn in the nose, as well as hint of bitterness. Fairly clean. Similar taste, but with a slight acridness as well. A bit grainy feeling in the mouth, not quite as crisp as I'd like for this style of beer. There is a slight edge of bitterness, which is nice. Basically, a throw-away beer good only for mowing the lawn or sweating on a tropical island.

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

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and not much else on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes kind of dirty.

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Photo of avalon07
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very little lacing.

S: Not a particularly strong nose here, but some traces of malt and citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, lemon, a grassy quality and some grain. A not particularly interesting flavor that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not an especially drinkable beer.

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2.66 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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