Itaipava Premium - Cervejaria Petrópolis
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1.63/5 rDev -35.3%
Straight pour from twist-off, foil-wrapped 355ml bottle to small tumbler; best by date of December 21, 2011 printed on label (21/12/11)
Appearance (2.0): Clear, pale yellow-golden body with about a one-finger head of pure white foam fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass, and quickly. An interesting effect actually is a few fat CO2 bubbles releasing relatively steady streams of tiny bubbles to the top, kind of like champagne. Really, really thin, bad, cheap champagne.
Smell (1.5): Kind of doesn’t exist. Very weak, some sense cooked veggies and some generic German hop variety.
Taste (1.5): Fortunately, a crisp bitterness is the first thing to hit, and after it dies down, it stays low in the background. What comes to the front instead is a mixture boiled corn (but like if you took canned corn and then boiled it) and some faint pale malt. Yeast flavor is totally neutral, and the hops—weak as they are—have to be whatever is the most commonly available German variety.
Mouthfeel (2.5): This is an odd one—I think those coarse bubbles actually came back to attack my tongue. It’s interesting, it’s half-smooth and half-aggressive with the carbonation, and has almost a numbing effect in some areas.
Overall (1.5): One thing Brazil does not lack is an array of crisp, fizzy yellow beers to choose from. This isn't the worst, but out of all of them, why you would choose Itaipava Premium—unless it’s out of sheer curiosity or determination—is beyond me.
07-15-2011 00:31:26 | More by fmccormi
1.88/5 rDev -25.4%
355ml foil-topped brown bottle, not sure if the Premium is available in cans. No validity date or date of production.
The pour produces two fingers of bright white head, which quickly diminishes to a film. Almost no lacing produced, save two small stripes. Very pale straw color and crystal clear with little carbonation.
There is very little nose to the beer and even less of a pleasant aroma to the nose. There is a slightly sweet maltiness balanced with a slight hay hop aroma. This quickly disappears leaving only a raw unmalted smell that continues to increase.
Non-remarkable taste is okay, not too strong, but not unpleasant. Beginning very balanced between a bitter hop and a sweet malt taste. The malt character dries and becomes more pronounced really coming through in the finish. Overall rather bland and the use of adjuncts can hardly make it premium. Not worth the added cost in my opinion. I was ready to stop drinking it halfway through. You can almost taste the adjuncts- bland and raw.
The mouthfeel is watery with a nice crispness that finishes dry.
Ingredients list malted barley and non-malted cereals (rice and corn presumably) along with hops, water and yeast.
Made by Petropolis, a brewing company, in the city of Petropolis; which is the northern brewing capitol of Brazil.
03-19-2007 03:57:33 | More by Beeryce
2.1/5 rDev -16.7%
Pours a clear, very pale straw, almost colorless coming out of the bottle, topped by a foamy white head.
Aromas of (almost sickly) sweet grain, very sugary, with a hint of vegetal hops. Sugary and grainy on the palate, very light on the hops and bitterness. Light bodied, soft and rounded. Seems a lot like a Brazilian version of Budweiser. I'm not a fan.
01-27-2010 23:17:17 | More by wnh
2.13/5 rDev -15.5%
How sweet is Copacabana beach? I had this on-tap on the beach there (aka Chopp Itaipava Claro)! On to the beer:
It looks fine. The big creamy head served on top adds a positive impression to the slightly pale gold color of this beer. As it drops, a few spotty rings stick ot the glass. But one smell of it, and that´s when things go down. Very sweet nose, very corny nose. Too much! The same is true with its flavor. It´s too sweet. Sweet liek rotten berries with artificial sugar. Okay, maybe it´s not as bad as it sounds, but the beer is certaily unbalanded without any quality qualities. There´s no need to bother with `the beer without compromise´ when SBA (Skol, Brahma, Antarctica) are around with less overbearing nastiness.
12-14-2009 00:20:45 | More by DoubleJ
2.5/5 rDev -0.8%
330ml can served in an ordinary glass.
A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a medium bubbled white head. Medium retention and only few lacings left in the glass
S: Very weak smell. Sweet grains, adjunct grains, low fermentation yeasts which are quite bready. Light notes of flowery hops
T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet malts. Bready. Some notes of adjunct malts. Light hops bitterness
M: Light and watery body. Good carbonation. Sweet malts aftertaste
O: Low drinkability. Another brazilian mass production Lager. Difficult to classify it as a real German Pilsener. The only thing that I can say that could make it premium is the fact that you do not feel too much of adjunct malts. Easily forgettable
07-13-2013 04:16:40 | More by eduardolinhalis
2.58/5 rDev +2.4%
Itaipava is like any other big macro beer pilsner. Not sure what makes it a premium. Pours golden clear with good carbontaion that provides an intial froathy white head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are bolstered by grain with some hop in an effort to balance the beer. This is a standard no-frills beer. Tasted fine in Copacabana!
08-14-2011 19:28:10 | More by WoodBrew
2.83/5 rDev +12.3%
Had this at Texas de Brazil. I had never heard of it, but I’m never one to shy away from anything new…macro lager or otherwise.
Pours a standard straw golden color, but about 3-4 shades lighter than a pilsner…but not quite light lager territory. Fizzy and yellow, but par for the course.
No sour banana light macro off notes, but not really much going on here. This is before I had any food, too. Just really, really mild.
The flavor is a little baffling. It’s as though there’s a real lager hidden beneath way too much water. There’s a clear malt note in there, but it’s just really, really, really mild. Hops, too. I’d describe it as tasting like a random pilsner that someone had mixed with an additional 30%-40% water. It isn’t overly foamy or wonderbread/green banana tasting like most light beer. It's just so mild that you kind of wonder if there has been some kind of mistake.
Somewhere in between a beer like Bud Light and a real German style beer. Maybe a gateway beer for people who aren’t quite ready to jump ship quite yet.
Again, no off flavors, but a flavor profile mild enough to nearly be a light beer. There's nothing negative going on at all...but unfortunately the good is so mild that it's almost entirely covered up.
Certainly nothing to be avoided, but there’s no reason to seek it out either. That’s especially the case at import prices. If you’re in Brazil, it might be a pretty nice hot weather quencher, though.
11-14-2011 22:33:58 | More by Domingo
3.03/5 rDev +20.2%
Grabbed this one in a Sao Paolo Brazilian 7-11 out of sheer curiosity. Straw yellow in color, white head. Lots of carbonation. Good sticky lacing on my plastic cup when drinking this. Nose is corn, cane sugar, corn husk, and stewed vegetables. Taste is similar to a lightly sweet corn chowder, light smoke, cane sugar, and some vegetable bitterness. Feel is highly carbonated, sweet. Not bad, not great, just ok.
12-24-2013 01:38:38 | More by stoutman
3.08/5 rDev +22.2%
A - A very clear yellow body, no lace.
S - Light, sweet grain, nothing else.
T - grainy malt, light hops and a sweet corny finish.
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - standard light lager, perhaps a bit more watery than most.
10-14-2011 00:51:31 | More by nickfl
Itaipava Premium from Cervejaria Petrópolis
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