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Bucanero Fuerte - Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 62
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Bucanero S.A. visit their website
Cuba

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Imbiber on 07-16-2004

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.72/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350 mL brown bottle, capped.

This lager smelled of bready malt with a mild, but pleasant, sweet aroma. The appearance was clear and golden with white foam that settled quickly. There was no apparent stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The taste was dry and biscuity malt with a fairly decent hoppiness. There was a touch of sweetness. The aroma hops came out in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium-light body and low carbonation feel. The aftertaste was dominated by bready malt and aromatic hops. Not a bad beer, actually. I was pleasantly surprised. (586 characters)

Photo of roddwolff
3.57/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (327 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.48/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (937 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (546 characters)

Photo of Imbiber
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (509 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.23/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/orange color, transparent, with very light co2. Head dies quickly and leaves a light sticky lace. Aroma is fruity, skunky and metallic. Flavor is sweet with a light hop finish (metallic). Mouthfeel is light bodied and effervescent.
IMHO: Pretty good when it is cold; better than I expected. (307 characters)

Photo of tesguino
3.22/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great example of beer from the birthplace of rum, smell aromatic like brolied and crushed hops; taste robust, to malt flower, pure, great body; serve in a pint glass, try with most mexican food, in special seafood (ceviche and lobster) it heightens its flavor; 89% recommended. (279 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (424 characters)

Photo of elricorico
2.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (581 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - low less than one finger of loose fizzy head. Clings to the side like bubbles of fish breath. Pale amber color sammon apple vinegar. Fizzy but without head.

S - vague sweet sour apple cigar vinegar. Bits of brown sugar. But mostly adjunt malts. Presumably cane sugar unclear. Label lists ingredients as barley malt and hop.

T - weak maltyness sweet bland. Smooth enough no off flavors. Also no hop or yeast.

M - fizzy soda like light bodied. Fine for a lager

D - Very proletariat but much better than I expected. Very simple too simple sadly. A fine beer for the masses but never going to win an award. (613 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap in Varadero, Cuba.

Sweet yellow corn - how appropriate - with outstanding transparency. Bucanero Fuerte appears irreproachably clean although that is, it should be said, very typical for adjunct lagers. Honestly, I'd say the condensation occurring on the glass is about the only thing making this look the least bit desirable. It seems to have fewer bubbles than most, which is curious given its head scales pretty high up the glass.

I don't consider this to smell like high-fructose corn syrup, I consider it to smell like ultra sky-high fructose corn syrup. It is sweet like soda pop, showing every bit as much glucose and fructose (but no signs of malt or hops). To many - it troubles me too much to admit 'most' - this may smell like nothing at all (perhaps because glucose-fructose has pervaded so much of our food) but to me it simply smells bad.

The taste and texture both strongly resemble corn syrup as well (if you haven't clued in by now, the "adjunct" in "adjunct lagers" generally stands for corn). An untrained palate might detect no taste at all where as a trained one should detect nothing but the taste of corn syrup. The texture is sticky sweet, stale and starchy. About average for the style, just be sure its temperature is close to 0 before starting to drink it.

Cuba has lots of culture; its beer does not. As popular as beer is with Cubans (it and rum really being their only options) none of the offerings proportionately represent the culture of the island. The beers are bland, without character or story - quite unlike the people. Actually, it is funny to think that for all their differences - ideology, language, history - Cuba's national beers taste just like the American ones. (1,722 characters)

Photo of karait95
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (253 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
2.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed based on memory as have had countless times in Cuba.

Appearance: Standard macro golden straw color. Thin bone white head, leaves a bit of lace, more some if on tap.

Aroma: Sweet, corny & grainy.

Taste: The same sweet & grainy. This one is stronger than it's sister, Cristal as it's had sugar added in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel: Light and heavily carbonated.

Final Statement: At first I preferred this over Cristal while in Cuba. But this really grew tiring. It is what it is. Would I drink it in Canada? No. Would I rather have something else in Cuba? Yes. But is it ruining my experience on the beautiful island? No. (636 characters)

Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (489 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a "chinese restaurant" in Cuba. Lovely little garden patio, except for the aphids dropping in on us...

A - Clear gold with a copious but loose head. Not a lot of staying power.

S - Some grain, but mostly just metallic smelling. A touch of maltiness maybe.

T - Bland, somewhat soapy and a bit too sweet. A mild hop presence is the only saving grace here.

M - Light. Fizzy.

D - Pretty boring, but I can't say I expected any better. Maybe an average macro. (480 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can. Sampled at a resort in Varadero, Cuba. Medium gold in color with lots of carbonation. Unmistakable malty aroma of unfermented wort which no homebrewer could mistake, along with a touch of herbal hops. Somewhat more robust than the other Cuban lagers that I sampled, but still a little on the thin and astringent side. Slight mineral flavor, along with a bit of malt and more German noble hops. Sort of like a poorly made Warsteiner. (437 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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. (797 characters)

Photo of bobsy
2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bucanero Fuerte is made in the province of Holguin in the Eastern end of Cuba. Three and a half years ago I was married in that province, and Bucanero Fuerte was available everywhere. A few months later we were in Havana, eating rice and beans and knocking back cold mugs of Fuerte to alleviate the crushing heat. Tonight, the oven is blasting away, sterilising jars, and I'm making raspberry jam at the stove. Marriage does this to a man. Bucanero Fuerte is at my side, like a loyal friend. Macro lager in appearance, with its pale, crystal clear body and minimal head, there is now way you could call this beer a beauty, yet its redeemed by being merely average when compared to its rivals. The can reads, water, hops, malted barley and sugar, the last of which makes itself more than apparent in a sickly sweet, adjunct laden aroma. The flavour (sometimes I feel I insult the word) is corn syrup over some pale malts with a touch of honey and the lightest kiss of hops in the finish. For a few moment I think its undrinkable, but then I recall how bad bars sell bad beer, and I thre my glass in the freezer for ten minutes. Thank God it dials down the sweetness a touch. The only quality I truly like is the slight warming feel the beer gives, almost like a ginger beer, and this belies its ABV (this isn't fuerte for a craft drinker). The body is light and on the fizzy side, but not as bad as I';ve seen or heard of in this category. Definitely a beer for the Carribean sun, and not for the discerning BA.

I still have fond memories of Bucanero Fuerte. It may be a truly awful beer, but in the heat of the Havana sun with a Cuban band playing in the background it fit the moment.

Thanks to biegaman for allowing me to relive a few memories. (1,747 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (385 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (379 characters)

Photo of gerardoluna
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Eyes] Brown bottle, Pale gold color, , average midium foamy head and carbonation.
[Nouse] Cereal... nothing much else. Some hop, sweet.
[Mouth] medium body,a slight metallic tang in the finish low Carbonation,

Not memorable but better than other worse Mexican "lagers" over here Is Fresh and good for a hot day!

Serving type: bottle (337 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (259 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

350ml (swuh?) brown bottle, which is a faint ray of hope in an otherwise low, low sea of expectations.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just wanly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty, grainy corn malt, rice husks, indistinct (yeah, that's the problem) stewed veggies, subtle nail polish remover, and a hint of actually rummy alcohol (the cheap, pirate-friendly stuff, natch). The taste is more of the same stripe - ungainly corn and rice cracker graininess, understated, at least, stale green vegetables, a consistent acetone astringency, soapy caramel, and a surprisingly bland boozy warmth.

The carbonation is a bit tacky in its blithely frothy manifestations, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, with the attendant clammy and pithy boxes duly checked. It finishes off-dry, the stale corn bread and rice cakes keepin' things real, senor!

Plain and as lacking in enjoyment as one might have guessed this to be - perhaps the name should have given it away: it's really just a stronger (sort of) version of Cristal, which is no big draw, IMHO. If it takes near-freezing temperatures or a lime/lemon/pineapple wedge to make this drinkable, then I suppose I should be looking elsewhere for my fix. (1,381 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.29/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big WOW for Doc’s first Cuban beer: Bucanero Fuerte. I have a sense that it will taste absolutely rank however I am hoping for a Mojito-like experience... “hoping” being the key word. Let’s look at some of the shit beer warning signs that can appear on a label: Sugar is an ingredient (unless your beer was brewed in Belgium this is a bad sign), there is a pirate on the label (again if your beer is called “Piraat” and brewed in Belgium you are safe), there are medals on the label you’ve never heard of and probably don’t exist... pray for me reader.

Poured from an odd 350ml into a pokal.

A: Clear golden body with a half centimetre white head, this was hard-poured too, just fizzled away to a thin blanket thank-you-very-much Bucanero (which sounds like a new SUV model btw). 6/10.

S: So much like Corona it isn’t funny, no really - it’s not funny. Corn husk followed by stewed cabbage and white bread. With an added hint of Cuban dark rum. Obviously this a brew that would benefit from a lime wedge being stuffed in the bottle, not a good aroma at all. 3/10.

T: The flavour really peels everything back and it isn’t quite as bad as expected. Yes it is another corn derivative Adjunct Lager but it’s light on the skunk and I imagine if it was colder, like around -4 Celsius, it would be a refreshing summer beer. The citric and bread notes give it a Euro Pale Lager dimension too. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation. 5/10.

D: Look it’s not dreadful (which is big praise for almost any Central American brew), but by another token I won’t be asking Santa to fill my stocking with this, and will be disappointed if Santa decides to do so (bad Santa!). It’s around the below average mark, and it is definitely one of those “sitting-on-the-beach-with-an-ice-cold-one-of-these” beers. No more, no less. 5/10.

Food match: Cuban food is what I imagine this would go with. I’ve never had Cuban food. I don’t know what Cuban food is. I imagine Cuban food to involve cigars and Mojitos somehow. (2,052 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

350ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/8/12

A clear light copper with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a two finger bone white foam that hangs around for a few minuets leaving a few partial rings of lace

S soap, purple candy, and a chemical thing that leaves something too be desired

T a little sweet caramel malt and faint citrus helps its cause a little compared too the smell but its not nearly enough too salvage this one, soapy chemical flavors hard too enjoy

M medium bodied with good carbonation, perhaps a highlight for this ones a average mouth-feel

O nothing I´d want too drink again, tastes and smells pretty lousy, I finished it but only because I´m quite thirsty

so I´m guessing the beers no better in Cuba then Mexico, a Country tic but that´s about it (772 characters)

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Bucanero Fuerte from Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.