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Brahma - Companhia Cervejaria Brahma

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 231
Avg: 2.41
pDev: 38.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: soper2000 on 04-28-2005

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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 231
Photo of rousee
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a good head and decent carbonation. Looks a lot better than it does in the hideous clear bottle for sure. Decent lace--better than avg here.

Smell is somewhat unpleasant. Elements of corn and grass --doesnt even have the ballpark swill smell which does have some endearing quality to it. It is almost vinous which is absolutely disgusting for a beer in this category.

Taste is not quite a drain pour but lets face it--its not real good. PBR, Coors original or Yuengling are much better than this from a macro standpoint.

This might be good on a really hot day as it is light and watery and thats when these type beers taste better but I would still avoid.

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

Pours from of a hourglass shaped, "skunk me please" clear glass bottle. The white head fades down to almost nothing on top of the golden body. The nose has herbal hops and faint fruit. No skunky aroma. No skunky taste either. This stuff ain't not bad. When ice cold, sweet, fruity malts and hops just about completely conceal the adjuncts. This is one of the best "nothing special, yet refreshing" macro's I've had.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml clear bottle poured in a pilsener glass. Cool looking bottle with a modest neck label.

Clear, pale straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin ring around the outside. Spots of lace here and there.

Corn sweetness and skunk. Perhaps a little grain as well. Fairly mild aroma.

Corn sweetness throughout. A hint of astringency at the start, but that's gone by the time the carbonation rush is finished. Aftertaste is corn sweet.

Thin and watery with moderate carbonation. A bit of sharpness at the start.

None too special this. The cool bottle is the best feature of this beer. My guess is that it's intended to compete with the likes of Corona and A Marca Bavaria, and as far as that goes it's a bit better, but there's better macros out there than this.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
1/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Unfortunately there are no zero for noting beers, because I would have use them quite often!

Appearance is a yellow golden limpid color with a good foamy head that come and say "Alô!" and ranaways quite fast.

Smell is horrible, skunky, cerealic, with high notes of corn syrup.

Smell is more horrible, metalic, cerealic, no real taste, more likely to be water from Rio de Janeiro or something!

One of the worst I had!

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Photo of stoutman
1.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours from a clear, swoopy sided 12 oz bottle. Nasty urine yellow with almost no head. Smells really bad, I thought it was skunky. I even tried another a couple weeks later from a different batch, same result is bad. Body is really flat, even though there were lots of quickly fading bubbles. Mild, sweet malt-and-corn skunk flavor. This beer is certainly crap and ranks as one of my worst pours.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a small head that disappeared very quickly. Aroma of corn is quite evident and not that pleasant. Taste is your typical South American pale lager with lots of corn. At least the clear bottle was not skunked. Mostly boring and watery but not offensive in any way and definitely not something I will seek again.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.4/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well, holy crap, they did it. Somebody finally made an American Macro Lager that is truly worth drinking!
The malt area is as uninspiring as you'd expect a macro-lager to be -- thin, tasteless, you know, a yellow fizzy. But wait, there's more, there is something different about this beer. Why, if I'm not mistaken, it's the earthy grape taste of spalter hops! Hops, in a macro lager!
Now, this isn't hoppy like a German pils, but it is hoppy in a way macro lagers aren't, if that makes sense.
Not really a 'good' beer, but I could see many, many people making this their everyday beer. It is what BMC ought be.

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Photo of scottoale
2.45/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12fl.oz.clear bottle pours gold with a disappearing white bubble head, lace= none. Not much in the way of carbonation, a few bubbles rising.

Sweet grainy pale malt nose with a green, grassy hop hint. Smells a bit like piss.

Bready malt, faintly sweet with yeast and green grassy hops that bitter your tongue in the finish. Flavor is ok, but very short lasting.

Light body with a rather thin, watery mouthfeel and that fizz on the tongue thing.

Very much an American macro, not much going on with this one.

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Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep yellow; the large airy foam is white, it sinks down to a two finger thick head with a massive crater.

The smell is mild; it is dominated by a citric-sour flavour. There are also some simple malty notes.

The taste is candy-sweet with flavours of fruit salad (red apples, pineapples, pears, water melon…) and egg yolks. There is no bitterness at all. The aftertaste is mild with sweet malt.

The carbonation is rather low. Medium sized bubbles.

Normally I don’t like sweet adjunct lagers, but this one had some interesting fruity flavours. Extremely gulpable!

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Photo of gnoff
2.95/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget".
Tried it on April 4, 2006.
LAbel said 4.8% ABV.

Light golden color, white bubbly head.
Malty scent, smells of flour and oat meal.
Thin watery malty taste, low bitterness.
Still a bit refreshing. Not too malty. Sweet after taste.

It’s different from the badly made Swedish and Danish beers that they usually sell cheap in Sweden.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK... why not?

Appearance: very pale gold/yellow, flacid layer of white spittle-like foam that slowly fades out of existance

Aroma: like Corona with a little Heineken drizzled into it (can't get any more descriptive than that)

Flavor: soft sweetness with a touch of grain in the background; canned pineapple fruitiness; hint of iron; finishes semi-dry with a "beer-like" aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pin-prick carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Tesco (a supermarket) dropped the price of a twelve-pack of Brahma from £9.99 to £4.99 because they weren't selling. Looks like it's time for me to try this latest atrocity from InBev (I was very pleased to see that they had to severely slash the price to make it sell). I can now confirm that it is not worth the time, money, effort, and pollution to import something like this to ANY country that has plenty of good beer made within its shores. Keep this crap in Brazil! Having said that, it's drinkable on a hot day if you get it nice and cold.

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Photo of schiaveto
2.56/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Similar products, similar comments:
A product of Ambev, this beer is a commercial lager style, made for a mass of consumers wishing to drink something (slightly) different than water. It´s not too different in comparison with their competitors, many of them also produced by Ambev (Antarctica, Skol, Bohemia, Original).
A pale lager beer, with low bitterness (around 11 IBU), Original Gravity around 11,5 Plato. Almost no fermentation aroma.

Well, the only purpose of this is to make you drink a lot of it in a brazilian hot day...

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Photo of pootz
2.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If I had to summarize this beer in a couple of words I'd choose ; "bottled hype"..."...all the hype has this fizzy pale adjunct selling for more than a bottle of DFH 60 Min. IPA. This is another In-bev all hype international beer with the same dull pale fizzy corn/rice adjunct profile of the degenerated SA export beers: pale yellow, fizzy, no head, clear-crisp-dry-clean rice and corn dextrins in the nose, taste and body,... fast dry finish with no substance in between...there I tried it, it sucks I can live out my life without it.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was a deep yellow lager with a half finger head that disappeared very quickly. No retention.

The aroma was of skunky hops and grains, with a hint of bitterness. Nothing spectacular.

Taste was sweet, with almost no other flavors, with the merest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel was water-thin, but not offensive.

Drinkability was surprisingly average... I thought it would be lower, but compared to other macros, this one went down easily with no offensive aftertaste.

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Photo of JanM
2.16/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The pale yellow Brazilian Brahma was introduced in the Swedish market in 2006. It pours with a finger of foam. The beer does not have much smell except a suspicios whiff of macro lager. The taste is sweetish and watery with a fizzy mouthfeel. Not much to hang in the X-mas tree, as we say in Sweden.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.6/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This Beer isn't available for sale in Manitoba yet. How do I have a couple in my fridge? The Labatt's rep was in the restaurant having lunch with my boss today, and gave him a sixer of this stuff to try out. My boss, in turn, gives me two to try out. I'm sure he wants my approval to see if he should start selling it. I'm not holding out for much, based on the other reviews, and based on the fact that I've never had anything but bad Macro-Lagers from Central and South America...

I'm not going to be fooled by the very cool-looking clear 330ML bottle, not one bit. Poured into a Pilsner glass. There is almost no head whatsoever, which is surprising since I poured it into a PILSNER GLASS. Nose is all corn and veggie adjuncts, very malty, but sour. Just a bad "beery" smell.

First taste isn't as bad as I thought, but really nothing exciting. Again, bitterness is very very low, with mostly a nutty/bready alcoholic taste. I'm wondering how I can taste that much alcohol in a 4.8% beer. Mouthfeel is very, very watery, with just a bit of weak carbonation to make it so it isn't completely flat. As such, it slides down incredibly easy, but there's nothing here that's going to make me come back. Maybe if I was sitting on the Copacabana checking out Brazilian Bikinis?

How many weak Latin American Lagers can a Mexican Restaurant have? Well, if we start carrying this one, seven. Which is seven too many.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nothing to see here, just move along.
Sampled while in Chile the last week or so. Went out on a limb for something different, and ended up with Brahma. Much better choices if you happen to actually be in Chile.
You have been warned, don't spend any money or time on this drain pour.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A fairly hefty price for a 6 of these around here, more expensive than any of the local micros. And the woman in their commercial, while they are aiming for sensuality, has far more clothes on than the rest of the Brazilian beers I've seen advertised. Then there's the curiously curved bottle, made for an easier and firmer grip on the bottle I suppose.

Came in a clear 355 ml bottle, 4.8 abv% listed on the neck label, best before date of Feb/27/06 stamped on the shoulder. Pours out a rather pale clear golden colour, but with a decent head that lasted close to a minute, and leaves a bit of lacing. Impressive to see on such a flaccid looking body. Grain and sweet malt can be picked up on the nose, very slight herbal hops well into the background, it doesn't seem very offensive, but also doesn't leave much to go by either. The flavour, however, is very fizzy and watery, only a slight bit of grain can be detected, not much flavour to be detected. In fact I had a couple of these previously right from the bottle, and the flavour seemed to be a bit more off drinking them that way than this almost neutral taste I'm getting from out of the glass. The mouthfeel is also fizzy and thin. Personally I wouldn't be going back for any more of this stuff, especially for the price of it, there's not much of a product here to consume. Generic all the way.

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Photo of talkingpoints
1.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is one of those beers that is just bottomline ridiculous. Now I like to take an occasional Corona down like the next guy but this beer was like drinking colored water. I could drink a case down and not know the difference. Now someone might ask if I could drink so many what's my problem. My problem is that this beer has no body or texture or distinguishing features. Remember, I'm no beer snob, I love Shipyard Pumpkinhead beer for its drinkabilty but dislike this Brahma for the same reason. If you have to decide between a beer and water then you shouldn't drink that beer.

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Photo of radshoesbro
2.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

NOTE: i think that first and foremost you should remember that you're drinking a very very light beer before you go off condemning it. if you don't like drinking light beers don't waste your time trying it.

this poured a very unimpressive light straw yellow with very little head and minimal to no lacing. appears to be piss in a bottle. it had a smell to match. so you can believe that i wasn't very excited to take a sip. i was acutally quite suprised! very very smooth with a tiny bit of taste! there was actually a very small amount of taste to this. not much, but it's there! i was expecting that this was going to be an expensive corona with a bit more taste and i got exactly what i planned on.

would i buy this again? no. would i tell people that it's awful? probablly not, but i would never suggest it to anyone.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz clear bottle
Jet ink reading on the side of the bottle: F.30.J.5.2 11:22
Served in a 8 oz glass and from the bottle

Pours a golden shade of yellow. Thin, fizzy off white colored ring for a head. Small carbonation bubbles are rising to the top of the glass.

Bland nose. Some whiffs of corn, grains and rotten fruit. A tad skunky as well.

Sweet and syrupy mouthfeel with most of the flavors coming from corn or rice. Grainy quality with some a slight fruity taste, but overall this is rather watery and bland. Easy to drink on a hot day when you are looking for something thirst quenching, but not a quality beer by any standards.Yet another imported macro brew with not much to offer.

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Photo of steinlifter
2.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden, no head to speak of.
smell was vague, grainy aroma, made me a bit queasy.
taste was of an average Carribean brew.
mouthfeel was light and watery, tasted a bit flat to me as well.
drinkability is average, might make a decent lawnmower brew, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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

Tasted a couple of bottles of this recently. Given to me by my host at a social gathering.

The beer came in a bottle that is flatter left-to-right than front-to-back, if you know what I mean! I was not in a position to pour this brew, but I suspect it would not have made any difference. I think this type of beer is meant to be quaffed in a social setting where you can clink the bottles together.

No particular smell, taste was quite "clean" with a decent freshness. I enjoyed drinking a couple of these, but this is not a drink one would consider ordering in a pub, or even purchasing at your local beer shop for home enjoyment

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Photo of grdahl
1.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This must be the Budweiser of South America. I've had tap waters with more flavor. Cool bottles however. I figured at $8.00 per six pack this might be worth a try. It is very light in color and taste ,probably decent on a hot day as a gatorade substitute, but not with food. My advice...if you want
cheap flavorless you need not by an import.

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Photo of jettjon
3.29/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle, pours golden clear with a white “spit” head that fades quickly, and with no precipitating carbonation. Fruity, appely nose, which is the best part of this otherwise unimpressive beer. Citrus, somewhat acidic taste typical of “Caribbean” beers such as Sol, Corona, etc. Bubbly mouthfeel and a clean finish make it quite drinkable. Largely an unremarkable beer with a citrus twist.

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Brahma from Companhia Cervejaria Brahma
60 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.