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Bavaria Dark Beer - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Bavaria Dark BeerBavaria Dark Beer

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BA SCORE
73
okay

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica visit their website
Costa Rica

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 07-31-2002)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color lager with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light sweet notes with not much else noticeable. Taste is also a balanced mix between light sweet undertones and a watery finish. Body is OK for style with medium carbonation. I have a feeling this is the regular lager with some kind of colouring agent thrown in there.

Phyl21ca, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Suds
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a gift from a friend who spent a few months in Costa Rica.
Pours with a thick, soft, very sticky head. The head retention is simply amazing. Extroridnary carbonation. No much in the smell...slightly grainy maltiness. Mildly chewy malt sweetness up front. Medium body. Overall, it's a sligthly better than average Dunkel. On the downside, there's a medicinal, slightly solvent-like off-flavor.

Suds, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of wagenvolks
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can into a beer mug, served at "The Bat Cave" bar at La Mansion Inn, Costa Rica.

Pours a thin, yet dark, chocolate-mahogany color into the (frosted) mug. A small, light tan head recedes quickly thanks to the serving vessel, and leaves behind a wispy veil of foam. The aroma is unimpressive, with mostly adjuncts, cereal, and a hint of caramel malt showing up.

The flavor is fairly bland, but tries to taste like caramel and chocolate malts for a quick second before the finish takes over. Aftertaste is nearly non-existent, except for a metallic-grainy flavor that lingers a bit longer than necessary. Bavaria should take a cue from its more drinkable cousin, Imperial, and lose the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery and boring, with a decent carbonation level but not much else to write home about. Overall, a weak entry, but I suppose that's to be expected. Costa Rica deserves better beer!

wagenvolks, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and deeper brown, but not opaque. Head is impressive at first but settles into a big-bubbled fading cap at 50 seconds. Mostly a caramel aroma with a little sulfur whiff. Flavor is malt sweet, not easy to characterize, with a hop bite early. Lighter mouthfeel than implied by the color. What little hop there is is far superior to the malt. A little raisiny wateriness as the beer proceeds past the tongue. I'm sure its drinkable in the heat but where's the beef? Mucho thanks to my bud Dave Szy. for getting the bottle past 4 airport inspections on his way back from the island.

ADR, Jul 31, 2002
Photo of Redrover
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can no freshness date.

Beer pours a nice light brown with a large head (chemicals?). Not much lacing.
The smell contains some malts and adjuncts.

This was the best tasting beer I had in Costa Rica, but thats not saying much. Don't travel there for the beer, go to this country for the great beaches, rain forests, friendly people, etc.

Beer is on the sweeter side with the malt out muscling the hops. Adjuncts clearly present. I would have like to to tried on tap or from a bottle to see if the metallic taste I experienced was only there because of the can.

The drinkability is not bad and you won't have many better alternatives while visiting. I only found this beer in the capital of San Jose and could not find it again once I went into the remote areas.

Redrover, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of charlzm
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed February 24th, 2013. Poured from can into standard pint glass.

Beer looks like cola (very dark brown and clear) as it pours into glass. A two-finger off-white head forms and settled soon into the splotchiest, least-appealing crown I think I have ever seen on a beer.

Aromas - dark, juicy malts with overtones of nuts and candied fruits. An unfortunate metallic note kind of ruins it a bit.

Flavor - smooth and nutty with roasted notes. A touch of melanoidin. Not especially sweet or bitter. Easy to drink due to the relatively low flavor. Really, not much else going on there. If you've had a Negra Modelo, you know what to expect.

Mouthfeel - slightly smooth with a touch of creaminess. Finish is a little prickly due to carbonation.

Overall, drinkability is fine. A nice change from the light, fizzy yellow lagers that are apparently prevalent in Central America (and everywhere else, I guess), but nothing that's going to threaten to convert the masses or redefine the style.

charlzm, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

thebigredone, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Beertracker
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cerveceria's Bavaria (Dark Beer) pours up with a decent effervescance that creates a smallish tannish-white head that manages to ring the glass above the clear reddish brown body. Head retention is average at best! The aroma is rather lacking for such a dark beer with modest hints of caramel & roasted black malted barley, but otherwise very clean with a touch of pear like fruitiness. The flavor is fairly straight forward not unlike other mass marketed dark lagers that I've had, as there's good balance between the bitterness, graininess & roastiness that creates a fairly even, crisp drying finish that's neither distinct or offending. Medium-light bodied that's a bit thin, but not watery. Quite crisp for a dark lager. This really isn't a bad little beer especially considering where it's brewed e.g. tropical climate where there aren't many "dark" options. It doesn't remind me of Bavaria, but I'd drink another if I found myself stranded in Costa Rica.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of ybnorml
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clean very dark amber, nearly brown, beer with a small beige head. Has a light malty aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate. The flavor is an unexpected bready, biscuit, cookie kind of taste and mouthfeel with maybe the slightest hint of chocolate on the finish. This is nothing like any German dark beers that I have had so far.

ybnorml, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Tom-Peters, May 13, 2014
Photo of rdooley
2.5/5  rDev -18%

rdooley, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of wdarcy77
3/5  rDev -1.6%

wdarcy77, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of AnalogErik
2.5/5  rDev -18%

AnalogErik, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +23%

magnusdave, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Most likely the best beer produced in Costa Rica. Beats the hell out of Imperial and any other local beer you can find.

Don't really remember the details of this beer as I mostly drank it out of the bottle on the beach.

From what I gather it was a dark brown with a thick white head, some nice roasty maltyness and sweetness mixed in.

Highly recommended for sure if you're ever in the country!

GodOfBeer, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of jaluria
2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

With only a few beers sold in Costa Rica, I was willing to try just about every available beer. I came across a few cans of this stuff in a grocery store and decided to check it out; wish I hadn't. Just an awful beer (considering the style or not) that scared me straight.

It started with a semi-translucent, brown pour that left a soapy head. Aromas of astringent, vinegar, and spoiled fruit got my attention and not in a good way. The taste followed the smell with the addition of malt flavors that were not enjoyable or complex. Oily flavors came out as well and I had not idea what to make of it; seemed more like veg. oil than olive oil. Seemed like only one variety was used and it had passed its expiration years ago. Quite bitter in the finish with a sour taste left in the back of my throat. After a few sips, I couldn't bring myself to finish my glass, I had to give it away to my wife who had a few more sips before pouring it down the sink.

jaluria, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of cambabeer
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

cambabeer, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of BILF
2.5/5  rDev -18%

BILF, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of mds1101
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

mds1101, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of SeanChouffe
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with fine co2 and a beige rocky head -- retention is better than expected Aroma is malty, with a notable skunk presence (sulfur?). Flavor is sweet and lightly malty, with a metallic finish. Drinkable, crisp mouthfeel.
No earthshaking experience, but an interesting rendition of a dunkle. The aroma is a little unsettling, but overall, fairly well balanced. Bavaria Dark was the most drinkable beer I tied in Costa Rica.

SeanChouffe, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of JoeBloe
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

doesn't really taste like a 'dark' beer - sort of like i remember lowenbrau or beck's dark that were offered as premium beers at certain 'steakhouses' - but bavaria dark is better than the other local (and 'imported'(heineken/corona/tonga)) offerings in costa rica - easy drinking with a modicum of flavor to compliment a meal - ok stuff in it's world.

JoeBloe, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of bird_soul
2.36/5  rDev -22.6%

bird_soul, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of jmhart
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jmhart, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Souleman
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

Souleman, Mar 28, 2012
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Bavaria Dark Beer from Cerveceria Costa Rica
73 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.