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Brahma - Companhia Cervejaria Brahma

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 230
Avg: 2.41
pDev: 25.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: soper2000 on 04-28-2005

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Remember when InBev spent a ridiculous amount of money acquiring this brand and then marketed the crap out of it in North America (as, like, a Corona competitor) and it flopped?

I suspect one of the reasons that happened is that this stuff is arguably even worse than Corona. Corona is at least tasteless, where as this has a taste--it's just a borderline offensive one.

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Photo of elguru
1.36/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

looks ok smell very weak but it taste like piss and give you aches over all your body, because is rejecting it, the worst beer i tasted in my short life.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is beer #4 from my Brazilian swill tick pack. Pours a light pale clear golden with white head and a nice amount of retention. The nose is nondescript. Some mild grainy notes with a touch of corny sweetness, zero hop character. Taste is much like the nose, very nondescript. This could be perceived as a good thing for the style as it is light, there aren't significant flavors that are offensive, and is easy drinking. For my palate, it is just boring and watered down. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. This beer is exactly what it intends to be, light flavorless swill that could be consumed in mass quantities on a summer day if one so desires. This is not something I am going to recommend people to seek out, however it is definitely more palatable (read: less offensive) than many others in the style.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
1.12/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

While this beer pours a gold yellow body with little head, that dissipate instantly.

There is no smell or there is a metalic smell.

The alcoholic flavor is surprising but terrible. Surprising given the 4,6% of alcohol that hints refreshing beer, but reveals itself as a sickening beer with some bottles behind.

The mouthfeel isn't good with alcohol warmth and much carbonation.

A real poor "pilsener" as the brazilian calls this bad american adjuct lager.

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Photo of FLima
1.71/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Almost a copy paste of other mass Brazilian lagersPale yellow color. Head dissipates quickly. Smells mostly grains other than barley-malt and metalic, dependant on temperature.
Tastes lager with just a small hint of hops and  addition of water. Taste is also not consistent on different temperatures, as it warms up gets a little metalic. Some unpleasant sweetness from cheap cereals, and a little funky aftertaste.
Beer to drink close to freeze temperatures, to hightlight refreshness from its lightness and high carbonation. The tap chopp version , specially the dark one tastes much better, probably given its freshness. I guess aging is a killer for those type of pseudo pilseners.
Intersting that I have the impression that Brazilians slams this beer more than others, probably given the exotic effect are nule to them (including this brazuca one).

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Photo of flyingpig
2.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quite a light golden straw colour with a thin, centimetre tall head that is bubbly and turns to a soapy lacing after about twenty seconds.

Corn & bread with a little touch of light, grassy hops and a background skunky aroma that isn't helped by the clear bottle of the beer. There is some basic cheap adjuncts in the way of malts as well but the beer isn't offensive in any way and smells better than a lot of cheap pale lagers out there.

Corn and bread along with some malt like adjuncts and a grassy hop background taste. There is a little bit of citrus lemon in there and a slightly acidic taste.

Light but not watered down, slightly grainy but not overly and with medium to strong carbonation and a wet, crisp finish and some sort of citrus tang as well.

Not a great lager but easy drinking and goes down well meaning it will still be my go to beer when no craft offerings are available. Not great but decent as a session beer if nothing else is on offer.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straight pour from 350ml can to a small, maybe 8oz glass tumbler that’s basically an old Mason jar, except not a Mason jar, and Brazilian. Freshness and batch info clearly printed in black ink underneath the kick-up of the can (“151012 NR17:162”), indicating an October 15, 2012 freshness date.

Appearance (4.0): Absolutely clear, pale, straw-yello body capped by a fluffy, one-finger head that actually recedes relatively slowly and leaves some clumpy lace all around as it goes. This actually looks pretty good!

Smell (3.5): There’s actually a pretty nice, grassy, herbal scent that comes through in the nose. It’s not VERY strong or aromatic, but it’s a nice scent. There’s a very light, simple, crackery pale malt tone underneath, and there’s another, almost botanical note underneath that I can’t pin down . . . it’s very light, though.

Taste (3.0): Whatever potential hop character there was in the nose is largely absent from the taste. There’s a slightly soapy flavor behind the malt body here. The hops might be making up a vaguely grassy character in the finish, but it’s very light and that’s it. The malt, meanwhile, is very light and plain, almost bready but not as rich—like water crackers. Slightly vegetal in the finish. This has a distinctly lager-ish snap in the malt finish, too.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Quiet, moderately foamy carbonation that isn’t sharp or crisp at any point here. It’s extremely light-bodied and quenching, which is nice, and just barely on the dry side. If there are session beers and non-session beers, this is for pounding.

Overall (3.0): Hey, y’know what, this isn’t so bad, for the style. It’s light, it’s simple, it doesn’t have a ton of character, but it is what it is, is at no point offensive in any way, and it does what it’s supposed to do, at least as well as any of its counterparts in the mainstream, Brazilian macro market. This is a decent AAL.

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Photo of Acho
2.58/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear bottle that shows how this beer is very pale. The head is nearly nonexistence after a quite slow pour.

Nearly no smell, some weirdly cooked grains.
A crisp taste and a good mouthfeel for a summer hot day, quite bubbly.

Overall an import that is not worth it but if I went to Brazil I would not mind having this beer again especially in a humid day.

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Photo of ccrida
2.7/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dominican Republic bottling, it's a little stronger, 5%, and made here. Poured into a chalice, Brahma is gold with a small white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is a little buttered popcorn.

Taste is some sweet corny cereals, with a little buttery diacetyl, which actually provides some character, but it is quickly tiring. There's a dusty quality to it as well. My driver said this is what he keeps at the house. Sorry Julio, it may be the cheapest one at the store, but there's a reason.

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp.

Drinkability is ok, it's a light bodied, dry lager, but on the other hand, the diacetyl doesn't work for me. Below average.

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2.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served into a Pokal glass.Enjoyed long time ago.
Pours golden yellow.Clear body.White crown.Large bubbles quickly dissipate the head.Sugary,hints of corn on nose.Slightly sweet & dry, low hoppiness.Light body,watery mouthfeel,heavy carbonation.Bland finish & aftertaste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.61/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
2.05/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had by default in Brazil on business trip. Review from notes.

Poured a pale yellow with an inch of bright white fizzy head. Typical adjunct yellow fizzy lager.

Smell was virtually non existant. I guess you could say that it smelled of sweet corn but not as good... The only reason I'm not giving it an F is because it didnt smell like armpits

The taste of this beer was very light, corny and sweet. Basically a sweeter version of BMC light.

The mouthfeel was extremely carbonated and light bodied. Left somewhat of a semi sweet aftertaste.

Considerring that Brazilians actually like their beer as cold as possible is the only thing that made this beer drinkable. I was working all damn day and needed a beer after words and this was the best choice available to me most of the time. When it was cold it was "refreshing" but lacked quality taste for sure. I would never ever buy this in the states if I saw it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out the same way it looks in the bottle. The head is there then it fades away kind of fast. The smell of this brew is sweet with corn and grains. The taste is kind of the same but a little more tolerable than most adjunct lagers. The mouthfeel has a crisp and clean feeling. Overall I found it to be average but it could have been much worse.

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Photo of Northsider
2.43/5  rDev +0.8%
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?

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.01/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of r3o
3.35/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it pours very light yellow, clear, with a white head that disappears very quickly. When it comes to the nose there's not much here, mainly alcohol, a touch of malt. In the taste some malt is there, alcohol overpowers it, I got some grape-juice flavor too. It feels well in your mouth, but it's flat and leaves no aftertaste. I could drink another one, good for an american adjunct lager.

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Photo of nkersten
2.95/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for this Brazilian pilsner tick....The beer pours and unbelievably light color, its almost clear as water, only the slightest tint of yellow. Totally see through. A decent fluffy white head, that tries to make up for the body...Typical aroma for this style sweet corn with skunk...The taste is really light, a hint of sweet and skunk. Not offensive, but can't imagine drinking this for anything but seeking out a glass of water. Could never get my drunk on with this.

Can't recommend this, but if you can't find clean drinking water, this is the next best thing.

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Photo of smcreator
1.86/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - When served in Brazil, it is custom to dump the beer into the glass from several inches above the rim instead of letting it roll down the side of a slanted glass for example. Even with this pouring technique there is no head retention and zero lacing.

S - Skunk like smell with no appeal.

T - Water taste with a hint of bad.

M - Heavy carbonation (yet no head retention). Large/coarse mouth-feel.

D - If you needed to get drunk on cheap beer you might be able to do so with this beer if you can get past the initial horrible smell.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - A simple looking, clear yellow beer, with little to no head that left no lacing.

S - Smells like an AAL, really there is nothing going on here. Some sweet corn malt.

T - Actually, this tastes quite a bit like water, very little taste at all. Some sweetness, that's about it.

M - Weak, watery, light.

D - Can session this, but you don't want to, it's just not a good beer.

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Photo of rarbring
2.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very pale straw colored beer, some white head and some lacing.

Very weak smell, slightly sour and sweet.

Sweetish, very distinct corn taste, some acidity. nearly no bitterness.

Little carbonation, rather refresh to drink.

A very canoe type of beer.

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Photo of biegaman
1.49/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer's faint yellow colour does little more to hinder clarity than posted speed limit signs do to slow down hurried, impatient drivers. The striking brilliance notwithstanding, its deplorably flat surface requires bulking up before the beer looks truly impressive.

Pretty much all mass, industrially produced lagers employ adjuncts (such as corn syrup or other synthetic fillers) to save on cost, speed up the brewing process and/or ensure product consistency, however not all of them show it to the same degree. Brahma, it must be said, makes it perhaps more obvious than any other beer...

Its aroma is, in a word, repulsive. Quite literally, like opposing ends of a magnet, one quick sniff of it is enough to repel the nose in the opposite direction. It is a wretched, foul, horribly unnatural smell that resembles some kind of corn water that has been left to sit out in the sun for a month... at a garbage site... next to a cesspool.

The taste, likewise, should be awarded some kind of prize for being leading experimental research in the field of sewage recycling. Yes, it really is that revolting and unpalatable. It's like moldy rice and processed corn syrup were left to fester in a cesspit and the resulting liquid was captured and intensified by the world's most advanced flavor chemists.

But in all seriousness, this was made with the same type of business model, through the same industrialized means and with the same inherent values and purpose that, say, a sewage treatment plant or flavor manufacturer operates. It is a product meant to be turned out at efficient, fast pace through a heavily mechanized and unnatural process.

And the result shows (at least to anyone with half a palate). This beer is so much worse than insipid, it is far more offensive than it is ordinary. The cloying, chemical-like flavours, its malodorous smell and polluted mouthfeel not only make for nasty beer - they dishonor our cultural, physiological and historic connection to the beverage.

They also reveal the alarming side about the industrialization of our modern food system, its emptiness and the disconnections we suffer, the extent of the compromises that it demands from us. This is kitsch, a pathetic and twisted mock-up of a true beer. There does exist certain mass, industrially produced lagers that I honestly don't mind drinking (cold) on a (hot) summer day, but Brahma is most definitely not one of them.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.17/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may30 2010

A clear pale straw yellow with very little carbonation and no head or lace

S some sweet grains and a touch skunk

T again a little sweet malts with some sour skunky flavor that's not all that nice

M watery but more carbonation then what you could see in the glass

D nothing special going on here, I wouldn't bother if I was you

I don't see myself drinking this again, another beer that would be cheap to make yet costs a lot of money

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Photo of Fizzlybear
2.98/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Pours a light, tinted gold with a thin white head, which managed to stay for quite a while.

S - The main smells I got where a floral hops and a slightly metallic smell.

T - The taste was very mellow, I got a bit of smoked fruits and a bit of wheat and hops.

M&D - It felt average in the mouth and went down very easily.

Overall not too bad, I am sure it makes more sense when drinking it in the sun in Rio!

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Brahma from Companhia Cervejaria Brahma
60 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.