Kalik | Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

Liked This Beer
2.65 w/ 336 Ratings

Brewed by:
Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of Sammy
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -34%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.34/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

 472 characters

Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of nmann08
2.17/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

 501 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
2.15/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

 339 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.59/5  rDev -40%
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.

 402 characters

Photo of Boone757
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

 595 characters

Photo of chinchill
2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

 511 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
2.66/5  rDev +0.4%
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).

 953 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.42/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

 691 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.79/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

 194 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.65/5  rDev 0%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 706 characters

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.06/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -14%
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.

 1,219 characters

Photo of ZEB89
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 1,349 characters

Photo of mdfb79
2.02/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

 333 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

 437 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Kalik from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 5.4% out of 100 with 336 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.