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Salva Vida - Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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64
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 25.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
Honduras

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jackndan on 08-06-2002)
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Reviews by BasementBer:
Photo of BasementBer
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 the second to least favorite (make sense?!). This one was described to me as the "mans" beer in relation to the "womens" royal export. Looks like they need to work on their demographic as the latter was superior. Or maybe now im embracing a womanhood i didnt know i had.

A: golden yellow color, standard head, standard carbonation.

S: faint bitterness and plenty of rice/adjunct smells with grain.

T: nothing to write home about except it goes well with the heat.

M: Again standard, nothing about the hops stood out on the palate, had a slight thickness in the wash (but thats just by comparison to the other lagers I had).

O: 1916 is when it started, and in 2012 it needed work.

BasementBer, Jan 19, 2012
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ltdantheman, Feb 26, 2012
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1.98/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Salva Vida, from Honduras, in a very nice 12 ounce bottle, with a painted on label, and a lot of hype on the back. The beer itself is a deep golden color, with an unpleasant adjuncty aroma/grain aroma. The taste is very sweet, with a hint of a bite towards the end. Aftertaste is a little hoppy. Blah.

jackndan, Aug 06, 2002
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2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Salva Vida pours a golden straw into a pint glass from a 12 oz. can. An inch of white foam settles out moderately. Carbonation was notably better in the can vs. from the bottle though both allowed the carbonation to escape a bit too swiftly.

Sweet corny grain on the nose. Earthy and musky in nature, rich in sweet notes. Bit of noble hops become evident as the beer warms but are otherwise hidden by the sweet notes.

Creamy on the tongue as a syrupy sweetness keeps the carbonation at bay. Malt flavor of adjucts and corn syrup typical of the region. This gives the beer a full and rich body but keeps the drink in check as the sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a couple. Rather rich and surely an acquired taste as the style is consistent throughout much of Central America.

HalfFull, Feb 02, 2010
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2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was poured into a Flying Fish pint glass. It appears about a few shades darker than your average AAL, and the head and lacing look a bit better. The smell is kinda skunky, but there was a bit of cereal and honey in this brew. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery, and this is pretty much a beer of last resort.

tjd112, Feb 03, 2010
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2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Like Cerveceria Hondurenas' other brews, this one pour a very clear grassy color, but I do have to say that there is a more golden coloration about it. There is plenty of carbonation rising to the top, suggesting a palate scrubbing experience! Not much head here, and what there is, is a patchwork of soapy white foam. As for lacing, it starts off looking impressive, but fizzles away rather quickly. Overall, not a very appealing brew....just what one would typically expect from an AAL style beer.

S- More malt aromas than it's sister beers, but that doesn't say much really. In general, there is more rice and/or corn adjunct smelled here, and it still has that overboiled quality to it. Nothing in terms of hop aromas either.

T- Refreshing, and with more malt flavor than the sister beers, which is a good thing. That's where the positives stop...it is still full of corn husk adjunct, which dumbs the overall flavor to the point of tasting cheap. No hop bitterness on the finish either, but if I'm strolling the beaches of Roatan, I'm probably not going to complain.

M- Thin bodied, but leans slightly toward medium fullness surprisingly. It is rich in carbonation, keeping any lingering flavors of my palate for any length of time, which is probably a good thing in my opinion.

O- Better than its' sister beers?....yeah, I'd say so, but still this isn't a very drinkable beer....at least nothing I'd seek out, again, unless, I'm in the Honduras and there isn't much selection, which I know there isn't! Clean, refreshing, and crisp, this one is best suited as a very hot weather type beer!

ChrisCage, Nov 14, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the 3 beers (imperial & port royal) i had during my trip to the Bay Islands, this beer was the best, which isn't saying much. This beer had a decent body & drinkability considering. If anything i would say it compares to Budweiser. Overall if this was the last beer on an island (which it was) i would drink it.

bonbini26, Feb 02, 2009
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Aroma is herbal and sharp like a pungent cheese, but with mild lemony notes. Orange-ish in color with a slowly diminishing pinky sized white head. Huge honeycomb flavor in the fore. Not much else. That flavor carries all the way through and leaves a lingering raw honey flavor. It’s not really even very thirst quenching which is one saving grace for some S American Lagers.

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2378GCGTG, Mar 29, 2012
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2.84/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Standard adjunct aroma of sweet malt, mild grassy hops and corn, a hint of soap. Flavor follows; sweet malt, hints of bread, grassy hops and biscuit, tapers off quickly to a watery light sweet malt finish with an odd, light residual unflavored bitterness. Light bodied, but decent carbonation. A fairly typical adjunct lager, lighter in finish than normal, but as usual, harmless and bland. Wouldn't be too bad on a hot Honduran afternoon, but just ticker fodder for me.

LiquidAmber, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +55%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Salva Vida has a thick, white head and a semi-cloudy golden appearance. Carbonation is moderate, and the smell is of rancid grain and bubble gum. The taste is of barley and some other grains, and the hop presence is almost nil. Mouth-feel is light to moderate, and Salva Vida finishes semi-dry. I did not appreciate the spoiled profile, which, by the way, I NEVER encounter with the supposedly inferior American-made macro-brands. I did not like this, and would not want to have it again.

REVISIT- I had this again on 8/7/11, and it was fresh, roasty, easy-drinking, and pleasant. Apparently, the original sample was somehow spoiled.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Oct 16, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my limited notes a few years ago on a volunteering trip to Honduras. Went through many of these beers when we visited the big city of San Pedro Sula after a week of hard labor and certainly satisfied most of us.

Pours a clear yellow color with a large white head, some lacing.

Smell is a typical lager aroma but with some earthy/grassy notes.

Taste is a bit light, seems more of a light beer, crisp taste with a decent malt backbone and some bitterness to balance out.

I suppose being without a drop of beer for a week in the hot sun while doing manual labor will make any beer taste amazing, but the notes are what they are at the time and I certainly can't argue how easily this beer went down.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 10, 2008
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Beeraucrat, Dec 14, 2011
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1.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this beer on the Isle of Roatan in Honduras. It poured a light straw color with a fluffy white head, but with a couple brownish foreign objects in the head. Not a good start.
The smell was nonexistant save for a mild, corny sweetness.
Taste was vegetables, corn, and maybe a hint of barley. This was one bad beer. I thought it was one of the worst beers I've ever had... then I tried another brand and THAT was the worst beer I've ever had.

DaveFL1976, Jan 04, 2007
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3.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin white head that lasts a pretty impressive amount of time for the style. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of buttered popcorn, husk and a touch of hay.

The taste is of buttered popcorn. Sweetness fades as it progresses. Somewhat salty, a touch of hay gives it a dry finish.

It has a crisp, light body - not too fizzy.

The "buttered popcorn" character fades as it progresses, leaving it pretty vacant, but with enough crisp feel to make it an inoffensive "lawn-mower" beer. If it were the summer, and it was offered to me, I would gladly pound back a few!

jwc215, Feb 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer was poured directly into our moths from a fairly clean bottle. The taste and drinkability were bumped up due to us actually drinking this in Honduras. Where, it is excellent compared to the soggy, adjective provided by the five year old son, beers that were the alternatives. It is about a decent american macro alternative.

Gilgemesh, Mar 15, 2010
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Salva Vida from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
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