Cerveza Barena - Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
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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.
10-29-2010 21:52:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
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.
02-04-2014 23:46:34 | More by flagmantho
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
07-17-2007 14:05:24 | More by MTNboy
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.
02-21-2008 16:14:28 | More by Kahlerbock
3.1/5 rDev +19.7%
The beer pours a light golden, straw color with a half inch of white foamy head. There is a medium lacing left down the glass as the beer is consumed. The aroma is grain and corn, a very slight bit of green apple and a touch of lager "funk". The taste follows the aroma quite closely, the mouthfeel is creamy smooth, yet crisp and refreshing on the finish. The taste here is mediocre, but it has a great mouthfeel for the category of an adjunct lager.
04-22-2011 03:02:33 | More by cpolking
3.03/5 rDev +17%
A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of sweet grainy malt with some corn
T - Like the smell sweet malt upfront with a corny finish
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - Not a bad beer fits the style pretty its an average lager that pretty easy drinking a good no frills beer
11-19-2010 04:42:35 | More by armock
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.
02-02-2010 03:36:08 | More by HalfFull
2.78/5 rDev +7.3%
Pure white, fairly forthy given its cresting below one finger, thin but persistent lacing streaks, swift dissolve. Watery yellow color, fully transparent with bubbles visible within. Corn, earth and yesterday's cut grass typlify the nose, on the sweet side given the paucity of scents, chestnuts, no fruit nor citrus of note. Light-bodied but very foamy which increases the mouth presence. Dried yeast, corn husk and grass most of the flavors, here you get a curious splash of green apple. And maybe some lemon peel. No sweet maltiness, no bitter hoppiness. Seems to be aiming for the Platonic form of "generic beer" and comes close to the mark. While it is entirely uninteresting, not any better nor worse than its cheapie American counterparts. Certainly have had worse.
11-18-2009 03:21:40 | More by farrago
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.
07-13-2012 01:17:23 | More by metter98
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.
07-09-2012 22:07:27 | More by dbrauneis
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.
01-18-2012 04:16:30 | More by ChrisCage
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.
02-06-2010 00:45:52 | More by Mora2000
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.
07-31-2007 22:32:48 | More by BeerDreadz
Cerveza Barena from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
66 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.