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

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BA SCORE
64
poor

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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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -41.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
2.23/5  rDev -13.6%

Like one of the other reviews, mine was poured from a bottle into a plastic cup at Salva Vida as the wife shopped. Typical macro lager smell, taste and body. Perhaps Budweiser packaged in a different bottle. Has the same refreshment qualities however the same taste as well. Smooth, light bread/grain taste but no hop or malt flavor is appreciated. Overall, a beach goers beer.

kylehay2004, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev +23.3%

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
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +52.3%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head, some solid lace.

S: Grainy husky malt, some sugar cane, quite pleasant, especially in this style.

T: Sweet grains, lots of malt flavour, hint of grassy hops, sugar cane.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, a bit grainy and cloying in the end. It is refreshing though.

O: I've never had a beer from Honduras, and this is pretty darn good. I'm enjoying this effort. Crisp, cold, easy drinking, beats the Hell out of Corona in the style from Latin America.

Halcyondays, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of wrightst
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

In my continuing world tour of beers, I travel metaphorically to lovely, exotic Honduras only to find my self in the industrial district of Milwaukee. Salva Vida has all the right Spanish marketing elements to appeal to me: the name translates as "life saver", a great association with a beer even if it isn't literally true. The beer is pure Miller with its lagered corn flavor. The color is nice and light, and like Miller, it goes down light and easy on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn. Maybe the Honduran ad campaign involves young, barely clad 20-somethings shouting "Gustos Grandes!" and "Menos Relleno!" at each other. So... light, airy, impotent odor, harmless flavor. I added to the grade just for being from Honduras. Viva Honduras, not-so-much to Miller beer.

wrightst, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev +23.3%

Stop number two while on the Carnival Valor was Roatan in Honduras where I was able to sample Salva Vida. I asked the waiter if they had any darker beers and he recommended this one. I'm not sure he understood me :) I had this twice while there once in a can and once in a bottle. I found the canned brew metallic, and slightly more carbonated.
Poured into a clear plastic cup at Fat Tuesday's produced a liquid of pale gold color and a minimal head that went poof in the heat. Smells of corn and light husky grain minimal hops with a slight earthy aroma as well. Taste is what I expected. Light sweet malt, corn, slight dms. Smooth creamy/watery mouthfeel, medium body, crisp carbonation. Not a bad quick thirst quencher on a hot day.

johnnnniee, May 04, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev +26%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: a nice pale golden color with a good deal of apparent effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of white foam and lacks tenacity, but otherwise a decent-enough looking beer.

Smell: malty aroma with a nice complement of noble hops; on top of this, it lacks obvious flaws. As adjunct lagers go, it's pretty damn good.

Taste: starts off with a nice malty flavor and peters out rather quickly. Bitterness is low. It is clean, though, and again lacks obvious flaws.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent, effervescent carbonation. Actually pretty decent.

Overall: I like a good light lager in certain circumstances. Given a choice, I rather like Salva Vida as a nice thirst quencher.

flagmantho, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
2.84/5  rDev +10.1%

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 atrocity
2/5  rDev -22.5%

atrocity, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev +32.9%

I really like the painted label, the etched glass look is a favorite to have in my collection. Color is pale yellow gold, with a small refined head that faded within the first few sips. Smell is mostly sweet malt and grain, slightly biscuity. Taste is malty sweet with a dull grain and lends to a small hop edge in the end. Feel is watery and dull, medium to light bodied with just a bit of bite in the finish. Very drinkable when cold, but lost the hop edge as it warmed.

tavernjef, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of Boone757
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

Boone757, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of drpimento
1.4/5  rDev -45.7%

Ahhh, not so good. Got it at a quick mart type place and grabbed the second one back, but it's still light struck. Get the feel it wouldn't make all that much difference though. Poured with a small fine white head. Color is a clear amber gold. Aroma is up front skunk followed by with some common world beer, corn, pale malt, cereal. Flavor is like aroma. Body is thin and carbonation is sharp. Finish is like flavor. Wonder what beers like this tasted 50 years ago. Can't finish this one.

drpimento, May 29, 2010
Photo of birchstick
2.56/5  rDev -0.8%

A - pours a pale golden yellow with a pretty nice looking head on it. The head settles and forms what amounts to an above average looking adjunct lager.

N - nose is nothing but aluminum/metal and some off grain flavors. Not too pleasant on the nose.

T - the taste is better than the smell - soft grainy malts with a touch of dry grassy hops (the hops are a reach). Nothing else going on - pretty straightforward adjunct (not that I was expecting anything else).

M - nice carbonation and body

D - overall, it is somewhat refreshing, but would be even more so if there was some more flavor in it. Obviously, when in Honduras there aren't a lot of options, but I think I would take a water over this for the price.

birchstick, May 01, 2013
Photo of Overlord
2.58/5  rDev 0%

Of course I ordered this just so I could tick off another country on the old reviewing chart. Surprisingly, it was only mildly bad, instead of terribly horrendous.

Pours a light golden yellow. Some white crusted foam. Smells faintly sweet, like corn/malt liquor.

Taste is, again, malt liquor like in corn-y sweetness, with some light rotting hay/grass notes, and an interesting bitter bite.

Overly carbonated, despite the lack of any real head.

Eh. not horrible.

Overlord, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev +16.3%

TX-Badger, Jun 28, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

Sparky44, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of armock
2.8/5  rDev +8.5%

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly to a ring

S - Has a sweet grainy malt and corn nose

T - Follows the nose sweet grainy malt with corn flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this isn't really even an average beer for the style sure theres worse out there but don't bother with this one

armock, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +55%

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
Photo of animal69
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

animal69, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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
Photo of HalfFull
2.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev +39.5%

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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Salva Vida from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.