Brahma - Companhia Cervejaria Brahma

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 25.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Brazil

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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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 108
Photo of WillieMoe
2.95/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of gnoff
2.95/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of Shaw
2.9/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev +22%
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!!!

Photo of Viggo
2.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoo!

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!

Photo of eberkman
2.87/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of shivtim
2.87/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of JOaikido
2.85/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of GodOfBeer
2.81/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
2.8/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brahma
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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...

Photo of homebrew311
2.74/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.72/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of radshoesbro
2.72/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of ccrida
2.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of fullsweep
2.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.63/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Didn't really mind this one,came in a wierd shaped bottle,kinda like a ergonomically correct bottle or something,maybe better for holding so you don't drop when you had a few too many.
Pours a very weak clear yellow with a good size creamy white head that holds well and some decent lacing.
Aroma was kinda stale grass and corn along with some musty air in there,really has a green smell to it.
Taste was grassy,grainy kinda acidic and sour at the same time,little bitterness and really leaves your mouth dry,has some kinda tangyness to it as it goes down.
High carbs on this one,you can definetly feel it working,kinda makes you feel full.
Overall,not really that bad,drinkable on a hot day,the ladies sure seem to like it,maybe it's the bottle shape? Or maybe the carbs that give it that spritzy feel.

Photo of billybob
2.63/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

saw this beer from brasil thought i would try it, thought i would be disappointed and i was. pours a bright clear golden color with a one finger white head that rapidly fades and leaves a minimal lacing on the glass. smell is of corn taste is corn malt. mouthfeel light, good carbonation. not worth the 8.29 for a six pack you can buy much better beer for that.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.61/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of trevorwideman
2.6/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.59/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of steinlifter
2.59/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Acho
2.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of schiaveto
2.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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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...

Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Brahma from Companhia Cervejaria Brahma
58 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.