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Port Royal Export - Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 81
Avg: 2.85
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2003

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Port Royal has a very thick, frothy head, which is much like whipped cream- very unusual. Lots of frosty lacing is left behind on the glass. Carbonation is medium to high, and the beer has an overriding bready aroma. Taste is a fine balance of grain and hops, but both are subdued, and it comes across almost as a champagne-style brew, not unlike Miller High Life, but with a lighter body. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Port Royal finishes crisp and refreshing. I was happy that the green bottle had no associated skunkiness. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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Photo of jizdepski
3.66/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

i don't get all the negative reviews. yes, this beer is brewed in honduras. yes it has a clean, crisp taste to it. yes it is a pilsener. you don't expect complexity or anything extra special from it. but it does deliver on the style. and for a pilsener style lager its right in line with urquell or warsteiner. i found it better tasting than warsteiner in fact. do a blind taste test of a couple and leave preconceptions behind. you will be surprised. it has the light hoppy smell, but nothing much else. taste is a little hoppy up front then very clean and and a bit dry on the finish. a little malty and grainy tasting. is thin to medium bodied, which is right for the style. drinkability is through the roof. exactly what you want in a pils. a good beer, though not outstanding.

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Photo of ordybill
3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC.
The beer has a faint grass and malt smell with a hint of the green bottle skunkiness in the backdrop.
The color is a clear light golden color with a small white head.
The flavor is not bad, not great either. A good hot day beer (fits Honduras well)
Overall- not a great beer, in fact I think the label on the bottle is the best part of the beer, but it isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale golden/straw; medium frothy white head, decent lacing

Smell: malt with light hops and citrus; reminds me of a Radler in aroma

Taste: Juicy malt on the sweeter side; light hops, but just enough to balance the sweetness; clean and crisp; nothing special, but a decent brew for a hot day

Mouthfeel: medium body, slightly creamy

Remarks: Gift from a friend of my wife; pretty pleased overall

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Photo of JEdmund
3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear, honey colored, moderate carbonation bubbles, and hearty inch head; head levels to a creamy dollop and leaves loads of lacing; the head on this beer was a big surprise and my favorite characteristic

Nothing extraordinary, but smells within line—yeasty and a little citrussy

Taste & Mouth Feel
Immediate reaction to the texture; it's very creamy; has a nice bitterness and a very clean finish; balanced all the way through; no complaints, which was a big surprise for me!

Tastier than other Central American beers and my favorite so far. It held up better against the other Honduras beers, which weren't bad either (though a bit bland). It's not my favorite style, but it is a good Pilsener and the tastiest Central American beer I've come across.

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Photo of ChrisQ
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have been told that this beer is nothing to write home about. Sitting at a grass and bamboo bar in Honduras, one is told to reach for another brand of drink. I'm sure that is good advice.

When out snorkeling or scuba diving, you'll want to stock your boat with Port Royal for the return trip. This beer blends well with the salty brine that has infiltrated your mouth and sinuses. The salt brings forth the crisp yet nutty characteristics that may be lost on an un-marinated tongue. The rejuvenating characteristics of a cold Port Royal feel great to a body that has been pickling in the briny deep all day.

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Photo of techdiver
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a substantial head that lingers. Leaves wild lacing like I haven't seen before.

Malty nose, nothing special.

Taste is very malty and smooth.

This was sampled in a hotel restaurant in Honduras after having toured the Copan ruins and had little to choose from. Glad to have tried it and found quite acceptable for the middle of Central America.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, so this beer marked my return to drinking after a long hiatus and I did have many of them in 100+ weather in Honduras. No this is not a craft beer by any stretch, just a decent adjunct lager that, served ice cold, will go down easy, quench your thirst, and make for a lovely sunset on a tropical third world beach. I wouldn't think of ordering one in the states unless I was on a seriously nostalgic kick, and I will rate this one a little higher than it should be simply for its nostalgia value to me.

Good head with lots of lacing on a clear amber beer. Grainy malt, adjunct flavor, not much in the way of hops, low bitterness, tastes like one of the better AAJL's. Not super flavorful, there's a hint of the pilsner like taste you might expect from this style but not too much. Extremely easy drinking. Clean and dry finish sends you back for more gulps.

This one is all about cold moderately alcoholic refreshment on the beach after a long day in the sun. If you're looking for a better beer experience in Honduras try a Pina Colada cuz you probably ain't gonna find it.

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Photo of Kenyabrewfan
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My dad (a German Brewmeister) came up with this beer and even though it is not a A Class beer, it is smooth and a bit stronger hopsy malt flavour compared to other Honduran and Central American beers out there. It certainly deserves more credit than given in the reviews.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one in my crystal mug, the color being a pale yellow with little white head building, leaving some lacing on the glass.
The smell is fruity, with lemon and grass, maybe some hints if apple.
Tasting the beer those fruity notes rule the front, being replaced by a earthy feel of malt and being finished with a slight dryness.
Medium to light bided lager, that is perfect for very hot climate.
Therefore a good beer for a hot country like Honduras.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.22/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass. The label expressly says "Pilsner style", so I'm not sure why this is listed as a Dortmunder.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a strong effervescence and a finger of frothy white foam with surprisingly good retention. A nice lace is left on the glass as I drink, and more than halfway through there's still a good finger of foam going on -- great!

Smell: quite malty with a little bit of over-sweetness. There's also a nice graininess here providing necessary counterpoint to the extract-like malt character. Very light noble hops are present; overall, though, it's a surprisingly clean and serviceable aroma.

Taste: kind of extract-malty with minimal hops and, again, a hint of graininess. A little bit less inspiring than the aroma. This is still pretty clean, though, even if a bit bland.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Maybe not the best in the world, but not bad at all.

Overall: this beer seems to be pretty strongly underrated in my opinion -- it's definitely no gag-inducing adjunct lager. That said, it's a somewhat bland but serviceable beer; it's not really crisp enough to be a Pilsner nor rich enough to be a Dortmunder, but it's refreshing enough for me.

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Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a nice foamy white head that stays, leaving lacing.

The smell sweet grain, slight bread and some non-descript hop balance. A faint wet cardboard is in the abrupt finish.

It's light-bodied and crisp. Not too fizzy.

Rather bland, but a mainly inoffensive brew that I could drink plenty of to quench a thirst, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of JMad
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a pale straw color with lots of bubbles rising and a thick, white, mattress-like head that grew into a snow cone shape above the rim of my glass and just stayed there. It smells of grassy, lemon hops and adjuncts. The taste is mostly bready malt with some lemon and hay. There some musty flavors and it's pretty macro-ish. It feels pretty light with some stinging carbonation and the finish is very dry. This beer is ok at best.

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Photo of farrago
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bone white head of noticeably delicate foam, dimples like it was bubble bath bubbles, crests at close to fingers than dissolves down, thin but persistent streaks of lacing. Pale yellow straw color, clear, not sufficient hue depth to notice much change at the rims, haphazard large bubbles launch upwards with good speed. The nose is simple but clean, sweet cornmeal and cereals, more honey than sugar, apricot pits, white grapes, no bitter residue, marked more by the absence of negatives than presence of positives. In the mouth it's light-bodied and almost evanescent, the carbonated swirl enhances palate presence. Same general appeal as in the nose, grains, cornbread, molasses, light white fruit, creamy enough with a hint of malts, just not a lot of length. Easy to drink and doesn't piss you off, two fairly big compliments for beers of this sort.

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Photo of tone77
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a bit on the sweet side, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours sunshine yellow; almost 2 fingers of rocky foam.

S: earthy aroma; hints of fruit (apple, pear)?

T: following the aroma, a hint of fruity flavor; also, some bready, grainy notes

M: light and crisp when cold; weak and watery when warm

D: amazingly easy to drink; could toss them back all day

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Photo of BasementBer
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 favorite. Also this was described to me as "womens" beer. Laughable.

A: Standard light stuff, carbonated, pearl white head.

S: Standard slight hop with much grain character.

T: This is where it got a little different, green grapes or fermenting pear. No bitterness to speak of, but more of a white wine flavor than i was expecting.

M: Had a soapy soft quality on the palate. Possibly the use of champagne yeast? Dunno.

O: This was the best of the three I tried because it had something unique about it.

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Photo of papat444
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my parents when they went on a cruise of the islands down south.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: IMO, strongest point of the beer. Pours a pale, clear yellow with incessant carbonation. Fairly large head that looks like fluffy clouds.

Smell: Very faint grassy aroma.

Taste: Cereal-like character but not much else, taste fades very fast.

Mouthfeel: Slightly better than taste, light-bodied, a bit watery, maybe some fruit (papaya?).

Drinkability: Drinks fairly easy but there's not much going for it. Taste is kind of weak.

Overall: When a beer's appearance is it's strongest point, not a good sign. But it's more drinkable than some other down-south brews.

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly just sweet grainy malt

T - Like the smell its very sweet and pretty gainy tasting

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

D - Overall this really isn't a bad beer sure its not really exciting but its a good easy to drink lager that I could drink a few of in a sitting hey its worth a shot

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Photo of schmidtn
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice light golden color. Clear. A thin white head remained for only a short time.

Nice lacing remained.

A light malt smell, some earth, not much in the hops area.

Seeing “Pilsner Style” raised my hopes for some noble smells.

A refreshing taste. Light Lager. Similar to other regional brews. Malty rather than hoppy.

Carbonation was at a nice level.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Well this one has the same basic coloration as its' sister brews....that being of light grassy/grainy color, and it is super clear. The head is actually quite nice, starting out rather thick and cloud like, before settling into a thick egg white like film over the beer. The lacing is nice too, actually having thick clumps of foam that cling to the side of my glass. As expected, there is aggressive carbonation rising to the top, suggesting a fizzy lager!

S- The aromas are fairly clean here, and suggest adjuncts, which isn't a surprise. There is some malt sweetness, but it is muted. Boiled corn and/or rice are noticed as well, and there is no hop bitterness to smell.

T- The flavor of this one is stronger than its' sister beers, that having a flavor of sweetness, but it seems to be more of a maltodextrin type sweet....not the richer malt I was hoping for. There is more of the corn noted....more like sweet tinned corn so that doesn't go well for me. The finish has a cloying sweetness that lingers....there is really no hop bitterness to be noted here.

M- Medium-ish body, but that, I feel, is due to the added adjunct and/or sweetener to the mix. The carbonation isn't quite as bristly as I thought it would be and is actually quite pleasant....actually has a creamy quality about it!

O- Out of all 4 of this brewerys' products, this one is probably the best in terms of flavor, fullness, aroma, and most definitely looks. Still not one of the better beers out there, it serves it's purpose and if I had to drink this one again, I wouldn't complain...I probably woundn't seek this one out again though, unless on vacation in the Honduras! Average at best, I've definitely had worse!

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Photo of Sammy
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A yellow beer from another country that was not bad. Neutral smell. Some bitterness which makes it reasonably drinkable. Middling mouthfeel. Corn and sugar but not too oppressive.
Thanks Josh for doing a fairly fresh bottle. I could do this at the end of a hot day.

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Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd call this a completely decent beach beer. There was a fair share of DMS and the aroma reminds me of corn casserole. The flavor is a basic, but fairly clean, crisp bready malt character that drops the mild spiced corn aroma. Yes, the label says "Export" but this just tastes like your basic pale Euro lager with a hint of fruit that most American lagers lack.

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Photo of birchstick
2.87/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a frothy head. Nose is grainy, cereal malts without much hop presence. Taste starts off with sweeter malts, which turn more to a softer cereal malts; not much else complexity on the palate. Mouth is full and has nice carbonation. Overall, kind of what I expected - light, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 355 ml. green can and poured into a cylindrical glass. Pours a deep clear straw with 3/4 of an inch of fluffy white head. Offers decent retention and lacing throughout the glass.

Notable adjuncts and sweetness on the nose. Creamed corn in a sense, not atypical for the latitude and rather neutral in that sense.

A bit bready and coarse in flavor yet has a lingering sweetness that is a touch off. Reminds me of corn syrup in a sense. Decent body and a slightly chewy texture tries to rebound from the oddness in flavor but doesn't quite pull it off. Offers a creamy simple finish.

Noted as a crisp and refreshing premium Pilsner on can.

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Port Royal Export from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
70 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.