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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Photo of Vdubb86
2.32/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chilled flute glass

This beer pours like a light champagne. There is lots of fizzy bubbles that fade quickly and there is little to no color to the body of this beer. The smell is nothing, but in the pantheon of beer smells that's not too bad. The flavor is like beer flavored water. I honestly believe that someone took stock beer, and mixed it with water to make it cheap. If I didn't pour the bottle into the glass myself I would have assumed that I was I was being cheated. The mouthfeel was all sorts of really thin, it was bothersomely watered down. Overall this was drinkable, but since mineral water has more flavor than this it's hard to say it's even average.

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Photo of KLAYNE87
2.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this on my vacation in The Bahamas. Consumed straight from a cold bottle (wrapped with a paper bag no less) while walking around Nassau. Extremely light in color like a Corona, but not as light as the glorified bottled water Corona Light. Taste is non offensive. A perfect beer for people that dislike beer, or only consume macros. There's a little sweetness and a slight grainy taste that I did enjoy, but I wouldn't seek this beer out unless I'm back in The Bahamas. Typical hot weather beer that is refreshing and tastes "good" when you're enjoying island culture.

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Photo of gopens44
2.17/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is what it is, an American adjunct lager that is fairly narrow on purpose, that purpose being the frequent refreshment choice of those visiting an island or hoping to reminisce on a trip. Why else would you grab this pale yellow headless beer? The aroma carries with it a little lightstruck quality that does peek out a little in the flavor. Speaking of flavor, this one has a ton of barley with little else. Finish is flat and watery despite the high carbonation. Aftertaste is fleeting, but there long enough to realize a touch of bitterness. With all that said, this buries Corona and is quite similar to Tusker.

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

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a pale yellow with a large (2-3 finger) fizzy white head that diminished quickly and had poor lacing.

The aroma was almost non-existent but did have a mild scent of a grain malt, a weak grassy hop and a moldy yeast with just a hint of caramel.

The taste was very lightly sweet and just a tad malty with a hint of caramel from the beginning to end and not much else. The flavor lasted a very short time with any aftertaste fading very quickly.

Mouthfeel was extremely light in body with the texture being rather watery and having a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a super light beer that did not have a lot of flavor.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Poured a pale yellow with less than a fingers worth of head that settled to nothing with no lacing at all.

S: I'm getting skunk.... Strong pungent malts, adjuncts, grain, corn and a tiny bit of hops.

T: Taste, very adjunct lager... some grain, malt breadiness and some corny sweetness. There's a very mild hops mid palette, but it is very light. The aftertaste is pretty clean.

M: Crisp, light with pretty heavy carbonation.

D: It is what it is... ABV feels pretty light so you could drink a bunch but why would you.... There is nothing here or maybe I need to be drinking this in the Caribbean...

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.38/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass, it's a clear bubbly gold color with a minimal head.

It has a typical grassy aroma with a bit of funk and not much hop profile at all. Its a bit sweet as well.

The flavor is more of the same, sweet, earthy, a little funky and not bitter at all.

I could see this being good on a hot beach but it's not as appealing on a November night, even a warm November night.

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Photo of drpimento
2.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another world common lager. With an aggressive pour I got a medium sized white head and no lace. Color is a clear yellow with lots of bubble trails. At first the only aromas I picked up were the beery hop and then I picked up more malt and wet grain. Flavor is similar to nose but with some additional big floral qualities and plenty of carbonic tang. Body is a little thin and carbonation very prominant. Finish also has major tang and some ot the above flavors and is on the short side.

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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 Paincane
2.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from can into pint glass at Atlantis resort in Bahamas. Golden yellow appearance with thin white head lasting only a short minute. Grainy aroma with mild carbonation and a hint of hop activity. At best, a beer you would drink on a hot summer day while mowing the lawn or while at a resort in the Bahamas where it was the only beer I had not already tasted.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kalik has a medium, fizzy, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with very little lacing left behind. There are a few bubbles streaming up, but not a lot. Aroma is of lightly-roasted barley malt and dash of hops. The flavor is not much different, except that sweetness is also present. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kalik finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This is an enjoyable and round beer. I really think you should try it! RJT

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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 beerprovedwright
2.87/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Less than a finger head of white foam, little lace and little cling. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smells of cereal grains and malt. Taste is bland, with flavors of wheat, corn, malt and lime. Mouthfeel is bland and watery, but better than water. Had to try one while I was in the Bahamas, but not likely to look for it anywhere else.

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Photo of Ralphs66
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this at the Hyatt Resort poolside bar in Key West. They had some interesting crafts on tap (which were all eventually tried by me), but there were alot of people drinking this, so I inquired. Me to Bartender;"Is Kalik any good?"- Bartender; "Hell yeah, it's my favorite" - Me;"Really?!, then I'm going to try it" - Bartender;"Ok dude, you're gonna love it!"...I should have know better, especially after he called me "dude"...and he's saying this in front of some really yummy taps. But it's from the Bahamas and all good things come from there, like...well, like....Atlantis, I guess. All I can say is, give it a shot at poolside, say you've been there, brag about the fact you drank a beer brewed in the Bahamas of "Export Quality", and move on. I have.

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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 Dalgren
3.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift in a box marked Beers of the World. Poured into standard beer pint glass.

A) Pours with light head that dissipates very quickly. Light golden yellow and very clear.

S) Malt and light citrus smell .

T) Sweet, malt and grain.

M) Medium light body and good carbonation. With a slight linger of sweetness

D) Average lager. I could drink one or two on a hot day on the beach. A lager is not first choice but it was a nice change of pace.

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

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a bubbly golden colored concoction that had no head after a minute. The beer was a bit sweet tasting for me. I think it was pretty refreshing. It might be really good on tap, but for me I will not buy again.

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Photo of abc3
3.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I had to submit this to counter all the Kalik haters! What we need here is CONTEXT.

Make no mistake, this is a macro-brew lager. How good could a macro-brew lager possibly be? Don't try to put it up against a Czech pils, or even a Hieniken or Stienlager.

I don't have that sensitive of a palate, so there is really only one difference between this, a Bud, a Corona, or a Pabst...it is actually made in the Bahamas.

I drank mine on a beach in the Bahamas, through a small plastic cup as part of an "all inclusive" resort experience. I was so happy they chose something local.

So what if it was barely discernable from other simple yellow beer? It now reminds me of that beach, that island, and that culture.

Bud can't compete with that, now can it?

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Photo of megahurts4
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Appearance: Straw yellow, small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Malty, skunky grains.

Taste: Malts, grains, slight barley, and a subtle honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and a fair amount of carbonation.

Bottom line:
Not a bad lager. It is almost syrup like, but not thick. While not complex, it is full flavored with a slight bitterness.

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

A - Pale clear golden color, very standard. Pretty crappy head that is clumpy.

S - Smell is not great. Very generic beer smell

T - Taste is average at best, I'd rather have a Budweiser, or almost any other lager for that matter.

MF - very light bodied, medium carbonation

D - It's an easy to drink lager but not noteworthy at all

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Photo of sholland119
2.38/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a couple of these during an extensive delay at the Freeport airport, after the Sands ran out.

A-Clear, very pale gold with some fizzy white head.

S-Just a hint of malt, nothing else.

T-Tastes cold and wet. A little bit of maltiness and a hint of a hop.

M-Dry, crisp.

D-I'd drink it in the absence of an alternative but otherwise, no thanks. About as flavorful as a light BMC 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 ChopperSmith
2.5/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We drank quite a few of these while we were in the Exuama Islands in the Bahamas recently.

Appearance: Pale clear yellow with minimal soapy white head and little lacing, if any.

Smell: Our beers were fairly fresh, so no problem with skunkiness like others have reported. Scents are grassy and grainy, like a typical adjunct lager. Very average.

Taste: Sweet, grainy with minimal hops. Basically a watery adjunct lager and low ABV. Not horrible, but nothing too special either.

Mouthfeel: Watery and light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: When it was good and cold, it was an adequate beer for drinking several on a beach in the sun. They go down easily and you could do worse. I wouldn't seek them out again in the U.S, but I would drink them again while in the Bahamas.

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Photo of ToasterChef
2.34/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. The beer is a pale straw color. It has a small head of white bubbles and plenty of carbonation rising in the glass. It looks similar to champagne. the head disappeared quickly. The aroma is full of skunky malt. It tastes sweet with some unimpressive malts. It has a light body. I can feel some carbonation when I hold the beer in my mouth, but not as much as I expected. This beer goes down very easily (just don't stop to smell it). It is great for relaxing on the beaches in Nassau, but probably not worth seeking out unless you are really interested in it. Of course, if you do find yourself in Nassau, at least two liquor stores sold it as singles, so it would be worth acquiring that way.

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Kalik from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
2.66 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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