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

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 25.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
Honduras

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: jackndan on 08-06-2002)
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2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChrisCage
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!

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3/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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2/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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2/5  rDev -22.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

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3/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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2/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Beeraucrat
3/5  rDev +16.3%

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1/5  rDev -61.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Overlord
2.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of schmidtn
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of armock
2.8/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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

Photo of drpimento
1.4/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Salva Vida from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.