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Brahma - Companhia Cervejaria Brahma

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 25.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Companhia Cervejaria Brahma visit their website
Brazil

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: soper2000 on 04-28-2005)
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Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
2.42/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Overall I was not impressed with Brahma. I must say I do prefer the Brahma Extra (whatever that means) to this one. Really this beer has no smell or taste, if anything it's bread flavored water...and a carbonated alternative to soda on hot days in Brazil. I really can't say much more other than this stuff is EVERYwhere...there's no escaping it's blandness.

If you must drink Brahma, try to go for the "Extra". Extra what though?

Northsider, May 21, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -16.3%

cam477, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of cbrown1
4.55/5  rDev +90.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to tell you I rarely make reviews of beers and I was shocked at how poorly this beer was rated. This beer was recommended to me by a fellow "Beer Snob" and I am sure glad they did. I tore through a six pack of this on a sunny day while watching both a baseball game and the Daytona 500. This is a very good Spring / Summer session ale. My first impression was that the beer was similar to a Corona but sweeter. It had a light fruity / floral taste to it. Very smooth drinking. Not bitter at all as stated in some of the previous reviews. Yes the bottle is way cool. I do prefer drinking out of a glass usually so as to get the full effect of the smell and mouthfeel but with the way the bottle felt and how well the drinkability was with this, I did not feel compelled to transfer the brew to a glass. I hope whomever else reads this will give Brahma a try or a second chance for that matter.

cbrown1, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.55/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber, low carbonation, minimal head retention. Pretty ordinary for the style, perhaps missing the adjuncts that make the head look good for longer.

Smell: Not bad for a macro. Grassy hop notes don't appear to have disintegrated on the long trip to Australia in the clear bottle. Not overly skunky. Not a complicated mix of aromas though.

Taste: Inoffensive on the tongue, but a bit rough on the palate. Wait - I just realised what this would taste like after your tenth. Drinkability just lost a mark. Otherwise, not very complex, but not too bad. No noticeable adjuncts, a fairly clean taste, no excess maltiness, but nothing too exciting either. Can't complain.

Mouthfeel: A little bit watery yet frothy. Not nice anyway.

Drinkability: Hmm... feels like there's a little reservoir on the palate, to store this beer up. When you've had enough, the reservoir is waiting to jump right out of your mouth again.

Overall: OK for a macro, but I'm only drinking this because my dad picked up a few cheap. Wouldn't ever choose to drink this.

Weizenmensch, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of bsp77
2.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pale gold with stark white head that completely recedes.

Smell: Mostly dry (thankfully), light malt and slight spicy hops. Not bad, but wait a minute, where has the smell gone? Completely absent two minutes after pouring.

Taste: Not too much. Slightly sweet, maybe a touch of corn. Also maybe the tiniest touch of hops noticeable at the end. Maybe.

Feel: Highly carbonated (but not as bad as Budweiser), very light.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff but unless you are visiting Brazil, why bother?

Actually, I did drink this on draft in Sao Paulo a few years back. The waitress will automatically refill your glass from the pitcher when empty. They lay an extra coaster down next to your glass to keep track of your refills. They will endlessly refill unless you place a coaster on top of your glass to stop them. It is actually kind of fun, and at only $2 a fill, not too bad. Plus it was the ONLY beer in the bar. Overall, much better experience than just pouring from the bottle in the good ole US of A. Of course, it really didn't taste any better there.

bsp77, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of innominat
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

innominat, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
1.53/5  rDev -36%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Sugarwater. Yellow fizzy pour. Smell is cotton candy and corn. Taste is not good. Liquid kettle corn. Can't really put this in a category with Mexican or Central American beers as it is that weak. Doesn't come close to other South American beers, such as Xingu. Very weak.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of wattoclone
3.75/5  rDev +56.9%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of fionn13
2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -16.3%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml clear glass bottle with a BB of July 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with medium carbonation - it looks just the same as in the bottle. Yields a good head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma is so weak it's almost non-existant; a hint of light, bready malt.

Tastes of exceptionally light malt with a hint of sweetness in the background. The merest suggestion of stewed leaves. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly with a pleasing level of carbonation. Practically no aftertaste.

A very bland lager. I'll damn it with faint praise and admit that it tastes clean, but flavourwise it's a non-event. Acceptable if you're on a beach in Brazil and need refreshment, but in any other circumstances give it a miss.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Dello
2/5  rDev -16.3%

Dello, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of doremite
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of mocktm
1.25/5  rDev -47.7%

mocktm, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

dcbeers, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.48/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I remember the launch of this a number of years ago, and the feeling that it was just a thinly-veiled addition to the BMC club, with a Latin marketing edge. Let's see about that.

The bottle is admittedly pretty cool, its contoured swoopiness fits in the hand quite nicely.

This beer pours a clear golden colour, with minimal white head. The smell is mild sweet grain cracker malt. The taste is sweet grassy malt, with an acrid astringency. There is a bit too much carbonation, and it has a dry finish, with a slight skunkiness. A bit better than average for the category, but one is still more than enough.

biboergosum, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of nkersten
2.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for bringing this one over. Poured from bottle into LA tumbler, watery yellow in color with a white head that is gone almost immediately. Smell is watered down malt, slightly bready, honey and a hint of saaz/euro hops. Taste is a very watery honey, not a whole lot going on in the flavor. Pretty one dimensional. Slightly sweet in an artificial way, crisp finish. A watery light body with a medium carbonation, not too fizzy. For an American Adjunct lager, this isnt the worst thing out there. Very easy to drink, but not in a good way - one of the more watered down beers I have had to date. An average version of the style.

nkersten, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of BamfBacon
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

BamfBacon, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to steve and yonali for bringing this back from la republica dominicana.

Looks just like it should for the style. The clarity of an acid trip epiphany with carbonation thats more appropriate than a bill cosby stand up show.

The nose actually smells like a decent pilsner. A little bit of old ass grain makes its presence known though. Hiding like a rape that you somewhat enjoyed.

Taste is less appealing than the nose. Pretty much straight up adjunct lager, but the yeast profile seems more authentic, despite being older than larry kings suspenders.

mouthfeel is ideal for the style. Tickles the throat like pet dander during an allegra shortage.

overall, a very nice nose, but the flavor is nothing more than a slightly above mediocre macro lager. This could be an old can, probably is, but its ok.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
2.28/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very basic beer, nominally drinkable. Some foam, ligh yellow body. Light mouthfeel. Only slightly acidic for macro. Emergency thirstquencher. Corny sweetness. Some kind of marginal bitterness. Sweet and not too sweet. Brazil version for Canadian market.

Sammy, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can I say about this beer? It's from Brasil... at least they have their own beer, right? (Nod to Frank Zappa...). The packaging is obviously what sells it, and to be honest, I'm fairly impressed. It looks good, and it feels good in the hand. It catches the eye!

Beyond that it's a fairly basic golden lager, although I will note that it's not as clean as it could be.

It pours a clear yellow-gold body beneath an average sized head of bright white that drops relatiely shortly into almost nothing, and leaves behind only minor spots and splashes of lace.

The aroma is surprisingly malty, but with a clear adjunct bent to it, and there are also some grassy and herbal herbal hops present. I didn't detect any diacetyl as has been mentioned in previous reviews, although some dimethyl sulfide (cooked corn) is present at low levels. Oddly, or perhaps I should say surprisingly, it was not skunked despite the clear glass bottle. It may be that they're using pre-isomerized hops but I doubt it. I think I just got a good bottle - my sample came through someone in the brewing community, and I suspect that it hadn't gone through the regular distribution channels.

The flavor is as might be expected given the aroma... somewhat sweetish, mildly grainy maltiness with a bit of a toasted, aromatiic malt edge... a firm backing bitterness... some balancing grassy, herbal, and gently spicy hops. It's sweetish, grainy, then hoppy, and finally drying with a smear of hops and a bit of residual bitterness.

Overall, it's an average crisp golden lager that's not as clean as most American versions, but offers a little more character. I find it on par with some of the lesser Euro lagers, but well above many of the eastern European attempts. Not worth seeking out, but if you're in Brazil, hey, what does it matter? - you're in Brazil!!!

NeroFiddled, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of socon67
2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

socon67, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
2.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brahma is like any other big macro beer/american adjuct lager. Pours golden clear with good carbontaion that provides an intial froathy white head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are bolstered by grain with some hop in an effort to balance the beer. This is a standard no-frills beer. Drink it cuz its beer.

WoodBrew, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

Ciocanelu, May 09, 2013
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Brahma from Companhia Cervejaria Brahma
59 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.