Port Royal Export - Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
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3.13/5 rDev +11.8%
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 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.
01-19-2012 22:22:29 | More by BasementBer
3.35/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
10-04-2011 15:07:10 | More by tobelerone
3.03/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
07-17-2011 02:13:49 | More by schmidtn
3.28/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
06-18-2011 03:27:00 | More by Hopfenpeter
3.2/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
04-06-2011 18:05:01 | More by JMad
3.13/5 rDev +11.8%
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
02-22-2011 20:34:02 | More by boudreaux
2.95/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
01-14-2011 04:43:03 | More by tempest
3.03/5 rDev +8.2%
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
10-28-2010 21:16:55 | More by armock
4/5 rDev +42.9%
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.
10-17-2010 16:03:32 | More by RonaldTheriot
1.7/5 rDev -39.3%
12 oz green bottle pours a very clear yellow color with a decent sized white head. Retention is excellent and the lacing might be the best I've seen on a Central American brew.
Nose is kind of stinky, not unlike a fart. Not green-bottle skunky, but this is more of a sweet, grainy manure smell. Bad, very bad.
Dortmunder? Tastes more like an Adjunct lager to me. I would be shocked if this was all malted barley. Cereal grains are very sweet and not balanced at all by even a mere hint of hops. Mouthfeel approaches cloying, just too sweet. Does not taste as bad as it smells, but bad enough to contemplate drain pourage.
09-04-2010 00:14:12 | More by twiggamortis420
2.48/5 rDev -11.4%
I decided to check this out after seeing it on the menu at Mellow Mushroom in BR. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... yellow color, not much head, nothing to get excited about at all.
Smells more like an adjunct to me, but stronger than the really weak ones. Corn, yeasty... not all that appealing.
The taste is more of the same, but a little better than the smell led to believe. Definitely a step up from the pitchers of Bud Light the table had ordered before.
So... in summary, a step up from the big American macros, but nothing worth seeking out.
Edited after drinking again. The old "drinkability" score had to be adjusted now that it's the "overall" score.
06-24-2010 14:27:09 | More by theboozecruise
1.63/5 rDev -41.8%
port royal export green glass bottlePOured with a light white head and some lace. Color is a clear pale yellow. aroma is a bit skunky + world common corn/rice beer. Flavor is exactly like aroma. Body is like and in context with the above characteristics - in other words, not that great. Finish is like flavor and can serve the purpose of the moment, but in the longer term, best forgotten. Except to remind yourself to try and get something better.
05-30-2010 06:48:05 | More by drpimento
3.25/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
05-05-2010 11:42:31 | More by Kenyabrewfan
2.68/5 rDev -4.3%
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
(Go ahead, make fun of the spelling above...I deserve it for not knowing how to spell the name of my glass properly...and being too lazy to look it up.)
Finally, an import from Central America that isn't an American Adjunct Lager. ...At least not officially. This thing pours like a lighter version of the store-brand vegetable oil in my kitchen. Come on, Honduras, don't do this to me, the ol' Bait 'n' Switch. Dirty pool, Honduras. The nose better eat its spinach, 'cause it's pretty damn weak right now: only some vague corn syrup and rice notes waft through the thick haze that is the air. The taste comes pretty close to approximating this, but with less sweetness than would normally be expected. The rice fights its way through from the back of the bus. Damn bullies... Once again, I would recommend this brew eat its spinach, or anything for that matter, as the body is so very thin, finishing with an unsurprisingly dry effect. Honestly, I'm not sure how they get away with calling this thing a 'Munder. For that style, this is piss-poor. As an AAL, though, it's par for the course--though anybody can shoot par at that crappy old putt-putt down the road. You know the one.
05-04-2010 02:57:07 | More by TMoney2591
2.05/5 rDev -26.8%
Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this beer.
The beer pours macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is corny macro. The flavor is more of the same with corn, rice and some malt sweetness. Just your basic adjunct flavor here. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
02-06-2010 00:42:49 | More by Mora2000
3.18/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-20-2009 03:38:50 | More by farrago
2.68/5 rDev -4.3%
12oz bottle. Pours clear yellow/green with a surprisingly ample, fizzy white head. Smells of typical macro lager adjuncts, though with a slightly malty kick to it that makes it a bit more pleasant on the nose. Very similar taste--like any other nasty adjunct lager, but somewhat more substantial. Light body. As bad as this is, it's quantifiably better than BMC stuff, at the least.
09-13-2009 00:37:49 | More by philipquarles
3.2/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
09-10-2009 21:02:16 | More by jwc215
2.83/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-01-2009 05:29:03 | More by HalfFull
3.68/5 rDev +31.4%
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.
05-20-2009 07:39:29 | More by jizdepski
2.45/5 rDev -12.5%
Recently spent a week in Roatan and drank a lot of the 4 Honduran beers on the island in the hot sun. They were quite refreshing given the weather and suited their purpose perfectly, ie: quenching thirst. I'll review all 4 at once, from what I can remember, so anyone looking to try these when they visit can have an idea of what's in store.
All were drank straight from the bottle.
Barena - This was the worst of the bunch in my opinion. Heavy aroma and flavor of DMS. It's pretty much overpowering and you can't taste anything else. Comes in a clear glass bottle so, although mine wasn't, could be easily light struck. Very clear diluted yellow in color with a bright white head that didn't last at all with each sip. Tried it once and never had it again.
Port Royal - This was possibly the cleanest of all the beers. But that also meant that it had very little flavor to speak of. Very crisp, easy to drink (fast) and thirst quenching...but aside from a little DMS in the after taste had very little going on. Came in a green glass bottle and was very clear.
Imperial - This one came in a brown bottle so that was a nice change. Not so loaded with DMS to turn me away in flavor in aroma. Had a little more body than the first 2 and little more going on in flavor...there may have been a little malt used in there after all.
Salva Vida - This quickly became my go-to beer on the island. It came in a brown bottle and had good head retention everytime the bottle was tipped to sip. Never took it out of the bottle except to drink but it looked very clear in the bottle with a white big carbonation head. Slight DMS in the taste and aroma. It had some mroe going on though...You could actually tell they used hops in the beer (although still not very prevelent) and there was a little malt in there too.
All in all they are 4 similar beers brewed by the same brewery. Not the best beer to drink but they serve the purpose when it's 85 and sunny and you've been at the beach all day and need a thirst quencher while sitting on the porch in the evening. I'd recommend trying them all for yourself but Salva is the winner in my book.
On a side note. I learned that some rich guy went over to Roatan and actually built a brewery. He planned to brew beer for the island, and I believe tried to, but was quickly run out of the business by the big wigs. I guess they went to all the businesses on the island and paid them NOT to sell his beer and continue to sell these 4 as the only local beers on the island. He tried to sell the brewery but was unsuccessful and he now makes soda with the equipment.
02-27-2009 15:45:23 | More by harsley
Port Royal Export from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
68 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.