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Brahma - Companhia Cervejaria Brahma

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 230
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

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Beer added by: soper2000 on 04-28-2005

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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 Zorro
3.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear yellow fizz with a short-lived white head, looks like any American mass-market beer.

Smell is clear and strong whiff of diacetyl. Slightly sour smelling and faint herbal hops aroma.

Taste is sweetish with a fairly stout hopping level for the style. Clear flavors of corn and biscuit noticeable butter flavor, again diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is good; carbonation level is a bit high though.

Drinkability is good, but not great. I don't think I would buy this again. The 6 pack cost me $10 and this is not a $10 a sixer beer.

Bizarre looking bottle and a rare brew apparently, so how did it end up at Albertson’s in Lompoc, California? I suspect UFOs were involved.

Bottle says 4.8 % alc/vol. so maybe this has been reformulated.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is a half inch white cap which recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint bready malt and hints of caramel. The taste is like the aroma, but a little stronger. The finish is a nice lingering light caramel. The mouthfeel is light bodied with lively carbonation. It is nice that the carbonation isn't so high that is masks the taste the way it does for most beers of this style. Overall, this is a pretty good adjunct lager. I could drink this again.

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Photo of marc956
3.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have never seen this one in the States, but a friend in Montreal swears by it, so I got a couple while up north last christmas. It's better than Corona, but that's not saying much. And this coming from someone living less than 20 miles from the border. A little better with a lime but not worth seeking out unless it's over 100F. in the shade and you're tired of American lagers like Bud and Coors.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a cooked corn adjunct aroma with a secondary husky grain.

The taste was mildly sweet which was a nice suprise, with a crisp grain and mellow hop. Not too much corn.

The mouthfeel was light and caronated with a light medicinal finish.

Overall a better than average macro. Tasty served ice cold.

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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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3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pale yellow slight head no lacing

S: smells like a lager nothing really stands out too much.

T: very light, watery somewhat crisp.

D: It does remind me of some what Mexican beers in the fact that it is very easy going, feels like you can drink these all day.

F: easy finish.

okay beer, wouldn't go out my way to drink it again. But the bottle was pretty dope.


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

Had this at Penguin Pizza in Boston, because it's on my Mug Club list.

Pours a clear, goldeny color,with a tiny fizzy head, typical of this type. (Think Bud)

Underwhelming scent of mild grains and malt.

The taste is dominated by the malt(s). There's a slight earthiness to go with the malts and grain. Has mild bitterness in the end. Bitter and grainy, much like my grampa. It goes down smooth enough for the style, which is one of my least favorite. Probably not as terrible as some of the reviews make it seem, but for what it is, it's at least average. Crisp and fairly drinkable. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but not the worst macro lager I've ever had.

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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 Shaw
2.9/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a bit more color than typical macro lagers. The head is very white but disappears after a few seconds, leaving just wisps on the surface.

There is a bit of hop aroma (Saaz perhaps?) and some sweet malt notes.

The flavor doesn't hold up to the appearance or smell, sadly. It is very light. The flavors aren't bad, they are just too weak.

The body is equally light and watery. The bubbles are nice and fizzy.

I almost would say this is a lawnmower beer, but it doesn't make that cut. There are plenty of beers with more flavor out there. Look elsewhere.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
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!!!

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Photo of Viggo
2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a clear yellow/straw, decent white head forms, settles to a thin layer, lots of lacing, looks okay. Smell is sweet and corny, bit of grass and citrus, some peppery spices, but not very much is discernible. Taste is very sweet, corny, adjuncty sugar, wheat, bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. I've had worse!

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Photo of eberkman
2.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a basic piss yellow leaving a thin, white head that didn't hang around for much of a visit.

Gave off a faint aroma of sweet malts and corn -- not particularly powerful.

Also tasted a weak sweetness with some evidence of corn -- really no hop presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel was thin, crisp, and highly carbonated, like a Poland Springs sparkling water with some corn mixed in. It was pretty drinkable -- like downing a soda.

A very average beer -- I guess it's OK for what it is -- a highly drinkable macrobrew. Nothing to ever go looking for. But a decent option for beer pounding. Or for cooling down after mowing the lawn or something like that.

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Photo of shivtim
2.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark yellow brew in an interstingly shaped bottle. No real head. Very macro looking. Nose is gentle with a hint of yeast and slight sugarcane. Taste is cereal and metal, with corn and sugar. Not awful, just not anything spectacular. It's actually quite drinkable, although I can't see myself drinking it anywhere other than a South American restaurant.

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Photo of JOaikido
2.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden with white head. Very few bubbles. Head decreases quickly then dissappears. Colour is nice as it is noy too pale.

S- Smell of corn. Slight hint of fruit. Surprisingly unskunked despite clear bottle.

T- Very watery. Pleasant little fruity/bitter aftertaste. Really not that bad. Pleasant in an inoffensive bland sort of way. A faint corn/vegetable flavour appears as it warms.

MF- Light bodies/watery.

D- Musch as you might expect. Refreshing but ordinary macro lager from the tropics.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.81/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent golden with a thin fizzy head that doesnt last.

Smells like a typical lager, grainy, corny and tastes somewhat like corona though a bit better.

A velvety mouthfeel, but a terrible finish, I'll never try this again, a good refreshing beer but thats about it.

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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 mithrascruor
2.75/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold color with minimal head (more like a film), though it does lace the glass a bit towards the top.

Smell: Relatively subdued smell of corn and malts.

Taste: Dull malt flavors. There's some taste, and it's not bad, but it's far from exciting.

Mouthfeel: Light and generally smooth. A bit of grainyness and minimal tinglyness.

Drinkability: Certainly a drinkable beer, but it gets old fast.

It's what I like to call an average Central/South American beer. Gernally dull but not objectionable. Will pass on this in the future, unless I'm not paying...

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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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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 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 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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Photo of fullsweep
2.65/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cL bottle.

Aroma and visuals are pretty standard fare for a lager. Slightly more amber perhaps in color.

The taste was a little different than what I expected, there's a malty character unlike most of the other lagers I've had. No citrus tones or anything like that, almost a slight nutty/caramel taste to it. While it's pleasant and surprising at first, it lost my interest less than halfway through the bottle.

I do give it points for originality, but overall it's not a beer I'd go for repeatedly.

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