Salva Vida - Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
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2.25/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
01-19-2012 22:30:58 | More by BasementBer
2.25/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours a transparent golden with a small white head and lots and lots of bubbles.
It smells very simply of wet grains with a hint of skunkiness. It was in a clear bottle, so that may be why.
The taste is a bit skunky as well. As a result, this is not a good stand-alone beer. Luckily, I'll be enjoying it with a tamale pie. Hopefully, that'll go good together. It's got that weird starchiness that some foreign adjunct beers tend to have. It's got no other real flavour. Just the mild graininess, starchiness, and some skunk. It's also very high in carbonation. Not a good beer. Not terrible, but not good.
12-23-2011 03:58:40 | More by ElCommodoro
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.
12-01-2011 22:49:54 | More by flagmantho
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.
11-22-2011 20:09:36 | More by Overlord
3/5 rDev +16.3%
A golden lager, pours with a nice white head that remained for awhile.
The brew has a sweet smell. Malted barley and corn. Smells like a high life.
Sweet taste and a little hops to add flavor. Very carbonated. Burp!
Thus the mouth feel is strongly bubbly.
It is what it is, and that is a standard brew not pretending to be something else.
07-12-2011 01:52:16 | More by schmidtn
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.
07-03-2011 00:14:01 | More by kylehay2004
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
10-31-2010 21:20:04 | More by armock
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.
10-16-2010 16:17:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
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.
05-29-2010 02:35:27 | More by drpimento
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.
05-04-2010 23:34:28 | More by johnnnniee
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.
04-01-2010 04:03:03 | More by wrightst
3.25/5 rDev +26%
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.
03-15-2010 19:52:36 | More by Gilgemesh
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!
02-24-2010 03:39:18 | More by jwc215
2.83/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
02-03-2010 03:55:09 | More by tjd112
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.
02-02-2010 03:57:24 | More by HalfFull
Salva Vida from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.