Bucanero Fuerte - Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
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Reviews by TheHammer:
1.7/5 rDev -37.3%
I just got back from Cuba and having had the bottle, can and on-tap version of this beer, I opted to go with the on-tap as it would seem to be the most charitable (and resort available) medium for this beer. Here's from my notes
Appearance: The body is a deep gold which is nice, and despite pouring with minimal head, it still managed to retain well enough. Not much in the way of lacing though.
Smell: Has a slight raw sugar scent to it, but it's buried beneath a very muddy smell that I don't think is being caused solely by hops. It's however mild enough to not be offensive.
Taste: It starts with a slight sweet sugar and rough grain taste that immediately makes a vicious turn into an excessively bitter taste that is somewhere between mud and wet sand. This taste just keeps pressing on until it's down.
Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is decent and accentuates every part of the beer, making it a bit of a double edged sword in this case. The transitioning is terrible, but the lack of aftertaste is what saves this one.
Drinkability: By no stretch of the imagination would I call this beer smooth. It starts out rough and quickly turns vicious and does not sit down well. There were a couple times my stomach was beginning to reject it. The only salvation likes in the fact it somehow manages to refreshingly quench your thirst.
Final Thoughts: This beer was awful and wore out it's welcome after the third cup, but somehow I ended up drinking a lot more then I wanted to. Either being handed a cup in the pool, the lobby or a can on the balcony. I switched to Rum fairly quickly. I ended up buying a bottle at the airport because I wanted the bottle cap and it fared no better. A word of advice, stick to Cristal or Rum when in Cuba. Even though it's apparently the "Lady's" beer of Cuba and Bucanero the "Man's" beer (due to the ABV) I enjoyed it far more then this stuff.
05-06-2012 03:46:08 | More by TheHammer
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3.5/5 rDev +29.2%
350mL bottle had at an international beer night in Japan.
For all the bad reviews, this beer is superior to the one I had immediately before, it, Schloss Eggenberger Hopfenkönig.
Not a complex beer by any standard, but this sample is a fresh, yellow lager without great head retention but a perfectly quaffable brew nonetheless. Hops are very mild but detectable as slightly piquant on the palate (no idea what kind of hops they are though). Slightly astringent, but with a satisfying thirst-quenching bitterness. Nose of cereals, but no adjuncts are immediately obvious.
Basically, a quaffable lager without fruitiness or bitterness, suitable for a hot climate where you don't want anything too rich. Not the best lager I've had, but since I've been living in Japan surrounded by egregious happoushuus, this is not bad at all. I'd go so far as to say I'd buy it if I found it in a store. Which I won't, not in southern Japan anyway!
06-27-2009 17:54:50 | More by Weizenmensch
2.38/5 rDev -12.2%
rates with the worth of them. Deep yellow with chemical cleaner bubbles. A little cheese and chemical aroma. Sharp taste, almost no drinkability. Some malts, nothing else to ingest. Thanks Radek for the mixed six-pack.Sugar, rice. Light after the astringency.
07-15-2012 22:42:30 | More by Sammy
3.28/5 rDev +21%
Brought back from Cuba by a friend (thanks Jennifer).
From a brown bottle, which I was quite surprised at. Pale gold, slightly hazy, average head and carbonation. Aroma corny to a degree, nothing much else. Some hop flavour in the taste, which is quite mild. A slight metallic tang in the finish isn't appealing. Carbonation dissipates to quite a low level, so there's not much harsh gas bite which is a bonus.
Not great but there are far worse lagers out there. Drinkable, and quite good for a hot day.
07-16-2004 15:42:17 | More by Imbiber
2.28/5 rDev -15.9%
Sitting in a bar in Mexico that actually has decent beer but I spotted bar signage for this and I had to try it. So while I know you shouldn't downgrade a beer because of personal likes I am being very realistic with this because its keeping me from a London Porter or a St Pete's cream stout.
The appearance is the best part of this event, it pours with a full head and a robust golden color. The smell though is reminiscent of a bar the morning after a college beer pong event and the taste is very syrupy after the initial burst of carbonation. Other reviewers said that they have sugar in the ingredients but I didn't see it on the bottle, but then again it is in Spanish. As a Fuerte the mouthfeel isn't as thin as most Island beers but this really just means it has no drinkability even on a hot summer day. All in all it makes me think fondly of Gennesse cream ale!
The bar by the way is Kings pub in Polanco in Mexico city (there are 3 other locations)and it has a very good bottle list. Mostly English but they won back this Irish guy with a Slainte over the bar!
01-27-2010 01:16:45 | More by cilldalua
3.08/5 rDev +13.7%
A medium golden colour, very clear. Had a finger of off-white head, but that faded to a thin cap and ring around the glass.
The only smell I can really pick up is a mild corn sweetness. Does not bode well....
A mildly sweet corn taste from front to back in this one. Very very faint hint of spicy hops in the very end. It isn't offensive in any way, I'll admit to being pleasantly surprised.
This one is a little fuller in mouthfeel than other lagers from hot countries. Still light and somewhat fizzy, but better than many I've had.
My choice so far, if I was in Cuba.
01-09-2007 03:49:17 | More by elricorico
2.5/5 rDev -7.7%
From a can on the beach in cuba, wanted to like this one but was disappointed. Poured a fluffy two finger head that was short lived, some lacing, light amber color.
Smell was a grainy corn with a funky stale bread and some pale fruit.
Taste followed the nose.
Slightly bitter this was light bodied with lots of carbonation, not entirely smooth or refreshing.
A disappointing brew.
02-17-2012 10:53:36 | More by Stocean1
2/5 rDev -26.2%
Tap: Poured a golden color beer with a medium foamy head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Aroma is quite weak with only some malt being noticeable. Taste is quite sweet withy slight watery finish. Overall, this is better then most Caribean lager out there.
01-11-2005 21:13:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.43/5 rDev +26.6%
A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head. A very light of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy and sweet malts in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of bready and grainy malts.
M: The beer feels light- to medium- bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a fuller body compared to other beers in the style.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and has some qualities that make it refreshing.
12-09-2010 03:48:29 | More by metter98
1.6/5 rDev -41%
Had lots of this beer on tap the most recent trip to Cuba. The beer was extremely overcarbonated every time, you would take a few sips then have bad gas. The beer was so light it hardly had any taste. It reminded me of a can of pabst blue ribbon that had been rolling around under your car seat for 6 months and then you find it and drink it. There was always no head, unless it was from a freshly cracked keg. Overall very poor. The worst beer I have drank to date.
02-21-2013 18:14:29 | More by Spook
2.55/5 rDev -5.9%
12oz can brought back from Cuba for me by my buddy Tyler
Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes.
Smell - Breads/grains, corn, alcohol
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some bread and grains. There is also some light hops and a light metallic flavour and a bit of a alcohol harshness. It ends with a grainy/corn aftertaste.
Overall - When I first opened the beer and it was cold, it was much better than when it got to room temperature. When warmer I could really pick up on the cooked vegetable/corn flavour. Regardless, I could still down a few of these ice cold while on the beach.
02-11-2013 17:25:08 | More by spinrsx
3.6/5 rDev +32.8%
In the appearance, is an amber color, with a regular head of foam, have a buccaneer in the logo; the smell is sweet, some notes of Malt; the taste is rich, some essences of sugar and corn; the mouthfeel is bittersweet; the drinkability is ok, tasty with the food or alone. Thanks to my friend Miguel Caifanes I could tasted it.
03-29-2009 21:20:22 | More by roddwolff
2.5/5 rDev -7.7%
Can brought back from my Mother on a recent trip to Cuba. This Cuban gem pours a pale yellow and is topped with a frothy, but short lived white foam. Nose of corn and sugars, some grass and a bit of honey. Tastes initially sweet of malts and some adjunct, almost syrupy, leading to a bit of grassy hops and melon frutiness. Finishes a bit heavy, but overall better than expected.
08-03-2009 13:26:29 | More by mrmanning
2.7/5 rDev -0.4%
Got this beer from a friend of mine who went to cuba.
Poured from a can into a glass with a crisp white head the disappered almost instanly. The color is weak as well, being a watery straw color. At this point I'm guessing its a cheap beer.
Smell is kind of weak, but it is sweet.
Taste is much better than I thought, with some caramel notes, but it does have a watery finish and it sits kind of heavy on your stomach.
Better than I thought but still not great. I would drink it again.
07-13-2008 23:23:54 | More by weissbierdrinker
2.75/5 rDev +1.5%
A: Pale yellow translucent color with a small head almost white color.
S: Vague barley aroma some cereal bread smell.
T: Malty taste with a little sweetness and little hop bitterness.
M: Refreshing tasting but really light body with almost no ending.
08-09-2010 02:19:44 | More by karait95
3/5 rDev +10.7%
A- deep gold yellow color with fast off white head and pretty big carbonation... boring.
S-Very sweet and malty. Obvious barley and fruityness with a little hops.
T- Again, sweet with toasted malt. Just a little bitterness, not strong enough. A little burnt and some ethanol. Not too bad but nothing to stand out or make it unique.
M- Medium bodied with big carbonation and a very clean feel.
D- Easy, I'd have another.
05-11-2011 22:31:07 | More by cambabeer
Bucanero Fuerte from Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
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