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Cerveza Barena - Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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BA SCORE
66
poor

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
Honduras

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MTNboy on 07-17-2007)
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%

Picked this one up while walking along the beach in Roatan, Honduras....1st Canadian Review....yeah!

A- Pours a typically neutral dry grassy color, and it is super clear. There is plenty of big 'ol bubbly carbonation in this one, and it aggressively rises to the top of the liquid. The head is actually impressive, starting off about a full finger thick, and slowly settles to about a half finger of dense meringue like foam! The lacing on the other hand, isn't so good, as any soapy foam quickly recedes back into the beer. Overall this looks better than most AAL's.

S- Doesn't have much of an aroma, but what there is, is mild whiffs of malt, and dry raw grains. There is also just the tiniest hint of hop bitterness. Other than this, it is made up of corn and/or rice adjuncts....

T- This virtually has no flavor....really! Now I remember why it was so good on the hot beach! It really tastes like a light lager, with slightly heavier flavors of malt, grain and corn water. Nothing of note on the finish in terms of bitterness....just bland overall

M- Thin, crisp and full of scrubbing carbonation, this is yet another great beer to enjoy during hot weather. It isn't offensive on the palate, it just doesn't remind me of anything in particular.

O- This is very highly drinkable, only because it is such a light tasting beer. I would rank this above the likes of Coors/Bud Light but not by much. Great beer for the beach but not much else....would drink again if in the Honduras, as there isn't much else for selection but wouldn't get this if I saw it on the shelves.

ChrisCage, Jan 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.28/5  rDev -12%

12 onz. (333ml) clear bottle

Appearance is a pale golden color with a white foamy head,really nice.

Smells like veggies , there's not a lot of aroma in this beer just like hints.

In the taste hops,grains and some malt,some carbonation ,it does'nt leave a bad taste in the mouth .Does'nt feel wattery in the mouth. This beer is good to try ,but not to return.

Not a bad beer for a clear bottle.

BeerDreadz, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -0.4%

Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours macro yellow with a large white head. The aroma is adjunct driven corn. The flavor is corn with some sweet malt. Not a nice flavor/aroma combination in this beer. The mouthfeel is very thin and the carbonation is medium.

Mora2000, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a clear 12 oz(355 ml.) bottle into a bar glass. This 'beer for women' as per my local guide, pours a clear golden straw in color. Men prefer Salva Vida he adds. A frothy and active half inch of white foam is short lived and yields only brief spotty dollops on the glass.

Smell is light and clean. Corny adjuncts are subtle but present, and a lager stillness rules the day. Taste follows suit with a lightly sweet corn and grain flavor. Almost neutral. Offers a nice steady carbonation that, along with the grain, yields a light easy texture on the feel. Average drinkability, easy drinking yet subtle and basic, and with not much reason to linger.

HalfFull, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of David19457
3/5  rDev +15.8%

David19457, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +48.6%

Barena has a thick, white head and a clear, golden-yellow appearance, with high carbonation. Lots of lacing is evident down the glass as one drinks. Aroma is very much of bread, which I suppose is due to the barley. I was unable to detect any other smells. The taste is good and bready, with a slight hop spice at the back end. The adjunct did not come through, so they did a nice job of covering it up. Mouth-feel is medium, and Barena finishes crisp and wetter than American lagers. I was happy that my sample, poured from a clear glass bottle, was not skunked. This is a good beer, I think.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of OregonGrown7
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

OregonGrown7, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.65/5  rDev +2.3%

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sweet adjunct malts—corn and rice seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste is a bit sweet and has notes of corn and rice from the adjunct malts. There are some slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and not too watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite good for an adjunct lager and doesn’t need a lime added to it to make the taste more palatable—the bit of sweetness is what makes it taste better. This could be a refreshing beer in a tropical environment.

metter98, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

Noelito76, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of wethorseblanket
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%

wethorseblanket, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of MTNboy
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%

I tried this recently in Puerto Rico. This is a mystery beer. I could not get much of a straight answer on this beer. I know that it is made by SABMiller owned Cerveceria Hondurena but the labels say SAB International Albany GA. and the cap says Puerto Rico. Anyway it was pretty average and a good beer as far as they go in this region.

Appearance- A mild gold color with very little head that disappeared quickly.

Smell- It had a slightly skunk odor but a little fruity, with malt and hops all in the mix. It was interesting to say the least.

Taste- It has almost a cheap adjunct flavor that was still enforced by esters of fruitiness, malt and hops.

Mouthfeel. As with most of the beer I tried while in the Caribbean it was thin and easy to drink.

Drinkability- A good beach beer. It was pretty refreshing

MTNboy, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
2.65/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of particles in suspension (I'm guessing this is yeast). The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick dense patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet adjunct malts - mostly corn and rice adjunct aromas. Very light smell of grassy hops.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell but a little stronger. There is a moderate presence of corn and rice adjunct malts with a fair amount of sweetness. Very little bitterness from the light amounts grassy hops.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp yet thin and watery.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and significantly better than comparable American BMC brands. This beer is sessionable and would be a great beer for sitting on the beach and drinking.

dbrauneis, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of BasementBer
2.03/5  rDev -21.6%

After a brief trip to Honduras, I picked up all the beer of the country that I could: Barena, Royal Export and Salva Vida. This one was my least favorite.

A: Very clear, a golden yellow with a standard head.

S: Grain, slight hop aroma.

T: Water, with a minimal amount of outstanding flavors. Ingredients listed as: Agua, Malta, Adjuntos, Lupulo. Surpisingly yeast is not in this list, but adjuncts are and there are a whole lot of them judging by my palate.

M: Standard fizzy light lager.

O: as mentioned not very good, as most of the honduran beers I tried were all just refreshments. Too light, too empty.

BasementBer, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of woscar
1.25/5  rDev -51.7%

woscar, Sep 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

Beermazter310, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%

I tried one of these in Honduras while on a Caribbean cruise. We also had a choice of Corona, Port Royal, and Budweiser.
Why anyone would travel 1,500 miles for "America's finest pisswater" is beyond me, but I'm sure it made some BMC drinkers happy.

First a couple of caveats.
I drank a bottle of one of these while sitting on a beautiful tropical beach in Honduras. Considering the idyllic surroundings, it would have been hard not to enjoy most ANY beer that day.

Secondly, the beer was served in a bottle with a lime, so it's hard for me to accurately rate the taste or smell, since they were both "tainted" by the lime.

That being said, this was an average but still enjoyable beer. Not as good as Modello Especial, but better than Corona.
I wouldn't seek it out here, but if I find myself in Honduras again, I would gladly choose one over a Bud any day.

Note: The fact that it's served in a clear bottle makes me wonder how well this beer would travel. Not that I would expect to see it around the Midwest as Latin American cervazas are poorly represented here in the Midwest.

Kahlerbock, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Xibalba
2.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Xibalba, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev +33.2%

Poured from 12oz clear bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy white foam with decent retention. Actually not bad for the style.

Smell: sweet and malty with relatively low adjunct character. There also appears to be an element of noble hops present; for the style, I can't complain too much. I'm also quite impressed with the lack of skunkiness, especially coming from a clear bottle.

Taste: a bit too sweet, with a little graininess. That said, it's relatively free of off-flavors and even demonstrates a little bit of hops. I'm quite pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big fizziness and a large but ephemeral creaminess. Good.

Overall: this might be the best-tasting, most refreshing mass-produced adjunct lager I've ever had. What's with all the hate?! It's drinkable as hell. If I could find this stuff around consistently, it would be my #1 tailgating beer.

flagmantho, Feb 04, 2014
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1.2/5  rDev -53.7%

I found this beer at a gas station mini mart and bought one simply to collect the label. I can safely say that I found something worse that Coors Light or Bud Light.

It came in a clear bottle, through which an unhealthy pale yellow was noticeable. It had a slight, yet sickening sweetness which reminded me of diluted cough medicine.

Nevertheless it earned a spot in my beer label collection as the worst swill I have ever had in my life.

beerjerk, Jan 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev +15.8%

OldTime, Sep 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Beertrader60657, Mar 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev +15.8%

wrightst, Jun 22, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -42.1%

Nattybrah123, Aug 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of harsley
1.8/5  rDev -30.5%

Recently spent a week in Roatan and drank a lot of the 4 Honduran beers on the island in the hot sun. They were quite refreshing given the weather and suited their purpose perfectly, ie: quenching thirst. I'll review all 4 at once, from what I can remember, so anyone looking to try these when they visit can have an idea of what's in store.

All were drank straight from the bottle.

Barena - This was the worst of the bunch in my opinion. Heavy aroma and flavor of DMS. It's pretty much overpowering and you can't taste anything else. Comes in a clear glass bottle so, although mine wasn't, could be easily light struck. Very clear diluted yellow in color with a bright white head that didn't last at all with each sip. Tried it once and never had it again.

Port Royal - This was possibly the cleanest of all the beers. But that also meant that it had very little flavor to speak of. Very crisp, easy to drink (fast) and thirst quenching...but aside from a little DMS in the after taste had very little going on. Came in a green glass bottle and was very clear.

Imperial - This one came in a brown bottle so that was a nice change. Not so loaded with DMS to turn me away in flavor in aroma. Had a little more body than the first 2 and little more going on in flavor...there may have been a little malt used in there after all.

Salva Vida - This quickly became my go-to beer on the island. It came in a brown bottle and had good head retention everytime the bottle was tipped to sip. Never took it out of the bottle except to drink but it looked very clear in the bottle with a white big carbonation head. Slight DMS in the taste and aroma. It had some mroe going on though...You could actually tell they used hops in the beer (although still not very prevelent) and there was a little malt in there too.

All in all they are 4 similar beers brewed by the same brewery. Not the best beer to drink but they serve the purpose when it's 85 and sunny and you've been at the beach all day and need a thirst quencher while sitting on the porch in the evening. I'd recommend trying them all for yourself but Salva is the winner in my book.

On a side note. I learned that some rich guy went over to Roatan and actually built a brewery. He planned to brew beer for the island, and I believe tried to, but was quickly run out of the business by the big wigs. I guess they went to all the businesses on the island and paid them NOT to sell his beer and continue to sell these 4 as the only local beers on the island. He tried to sell the brewery but was unsuccessful and he now makes soda with the equipment.

harsley, Feb 27, 2009
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Cerveza Barena from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
66 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.