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Bavaria Dark Beer - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.09%
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

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -26%

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.

12-31-2010 03:42:30 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Suds


3.08/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

10-04-2003 19:34:49 | More by Suds
Photo of wagenvolks


2.73/5  rDev -10.2%

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!

01-06-2009 16:32:22 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of ADR


2.9/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

07-31-2002 07:21:34 | More by ADR
Photo of Redrover


3.03/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-01-2003 16:21:52 | More by Redrover
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-12-2012 17:37:40 | More by bonbini26
Photo of charlzm


2.9/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

02-25-2013 03:33:23 | More by charlzm
Photo of thebigredone


2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

03-16-2013 01:04:41 | More by thebigredone
Photo of Beertracker


3.35/5  rDev +10.2%

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

01-30-2012 19:05:55 | More by Beertracker
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Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

11-29-2004 23:21:16 | More by ybnorml
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

05-13-2014 18:55:12 | More by Tom-Peters
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-27-2013 02:02:35 | More by rdooley
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

02-26-2012 14:02:00 | More by wdarcy77
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-30-2014 16:35:58 | More by AnalogErik
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

02-20-2013 22:07:09 | More by magnusdave
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +16.8%

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!

03-28-2014 01:24:59 | More by GodOfBeer
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

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.

03-14-2006 21:26:09 | More by jaluria
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-01-2013 21:44:53 | More by BILF
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

06-06-2013 15:45:30 | More by cambabeer
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

12-03-2013 02:56:42 | More by mds1101
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

2.9/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

04-02-2005 00:09:19 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

3.3/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

02-23-2009 18:10:08 | More by JoeBloe
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2.36/5  rDev -22.4%

08-19-2014 08:24:55 | More by bird_soul
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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-04-2012 21:34:40 | More by jmhart
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2.25/5  rDev -26%

03-28-2012 14:16:11 | More by Souleman
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Bavaria Dark Beer from Cerveceria Costa Rica
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