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Brahma - Companhia Cervejaria Brahma

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BA SCORE
59
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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 23.75%


Brewed by:
Companhia Cervejaria Brahma visit their website
Brazil

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: soper2000 on 04-28-2005)
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dcloeren

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 15:02:42 | More by dcloeren
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 03:48:42 | More by Noxious26
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KenOnBass

New York

2.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is golden but nothing special. I am definately not impressed by the packaging, it sort of reminds me of one of the "beer alternatives", i.e. Mike's Hard (insert appropriate joke here).

The smell is pretty skunky and could be compared to stagnant pool water. Taste is surprisingly better than the aroma would foretell. There is a strange sweetness underlying which does do the Brahma some justice. I believe it would add to the overall experience if it were more prominent. The consistency could best be described as half a beer.

This beer does go down easy but the only way I think I'd drink it is while hanging out with my Brazilian friends... but they all just drink PBR anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:21:36 | More by KenOnBass
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AgentZero

Illinois

2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:33:40 | More by AgentZero
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brendan13

Australia

1.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Medium golden colour with a centimetre of white head that falls away very fast.
S - Cereral graininess, some cooked vegie aromas.
T - Quite a sweet pale malt thing going on here. Still pretty crap though.
M - Not water like as expected, a slight bit of body. Fairly high carbonation.
D - On a hot day on a beach on the Atlantic coast of Brazil I guess it'd be OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 10:04:15 | More by brendan13
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Dithyramb

Maryland

1.95/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 17:06:19 | More by Dithyramb
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear straw with not bad head - a good size and pretty sticky with some retention ability.

S - No skunk despite the clear bottle. I guess I got a good one. Still, there's a wierd cigarette smoke smell, feet, and some booziness. The smell on this one is actively unpleasant.

T - Watery with a bland light bitterness. Slightly astringent.

M - Fizzy, Yellow.

D - My bad for pouring it into a glass. Probably a decent thirst quencher if drunk straight from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 01:04:33 | More by allergictomacros
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jwc215

Wisconsin

1.93/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours yellow with virtually no head retention.

The smell is of cooked corn and adjunct sweetness. Mild.

The taste is of cooked corn/veggies. Plenty of water and adjuncts. I suppose that there is malt. It is sweet, but not overly so.

The body is light and too watery. Some slickness. Could be refreshing on a very hot day were it not for the bad taste, which fortunately does not linger.

Why bother with this one...There is enough swill here - no need to import more. Not much to it - sub-standard even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:11:45 | More by jwc215
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Amalak

New York

1.93/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Looks like slightly colored water. No head, slight bubbling.

S: Terrible. Very bitter, sour smell.

T: Considering the appearance and smell, I was surprised that it wasn't completely terrible. Kind of like a Bud.

M: Bitter.

D: Couldn't have too many of these without throwing up.

I got this beer because it was from Brazil and I've never had a Brazilian beer, and now I've learned my lesson.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 00:22:14 | More by Amalak
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Sunnanek

Sweden

1.93/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This beer pours very light-coloured (remainds me of very light german white wine) with a white head that dissipates very quickly.

S: At first I didn't smell anything but when I really consentrated there was faint floral hops.

T: Some floral hops, some fruit (citrus) and some malt - not much of anything but better than the apperance and smell indicated. Almost no aftertaste.

M: Carbonic acids - small bubbles, and lots of 'em. Otherwise is this a lightbodied beer.

D: This isn't very interesting - you get something that quenches your thirst, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 17:56:01 | More by Sunnanek
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macpapi

Maryland

1.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle brought back from a friend visiting Mexico.

Pours a pale, pale yellow colored liquid. Looks extremely watery. Has a very thin white head.

Smells like corn and little else.

Tastes a bit sweet and watery. There is a definite corn presence to this beer. A bit of unpleasant bitterness completes the swallow.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and very thin.

Overall this is a typical macro. I could see swilling these on a warm day in South America. That is provided there is no palatable water, Coke or something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 01:06:43 | More by macpapi
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Hautacam

Connecticut

1.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Described on menu as "Full Bodied Brazilian Beer " at a local Mexican place.
No head...no fizz...gold.
Very little smell ...kind of grainy.
Taste....watery , thin canned corn leftover water. A little sweet.
Mouthfeel very low..almost no carbonation.
Why would someone even think to import this stuff ??

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 15:12:09 | More by Hautacam
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smcreator

Texas

1.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-03-2011 14:26:29 | More by smcreator
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stoutman

Michigan

1.85/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 06:02:52 | More by stoutman
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barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

1.85/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have been spying this at the beer store for ages and finally decided to give it a try. I am sorry that I did, I basically wasted my money and will never buy this again. In fact, it has been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks and I really have no intention of drinking any more of it.

This is a terrible beer, do yourself a favor, don't buy this beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 06:02:04 | More by barleysandwich
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talkingpoints

Connecticut

1.8/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 16:53:24 | More by talkingpoints
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

1.8/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

appearance - Clear gold color, not much head unless you shake the bottle and pout it. Head is carbinated so it will disapear to little or nothing.

smell - Grainy, like a common macro lager.

taste - Grains, and corn taste here.

mouthfeel - Light body and carbinated.

drinkability - If you have like 15 BA reviews, then you must drink real beer. Stay away from any Macro Lager. I think I just learned. Water, light, not much taste going on. Wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 04:43:03 | More by auxiliary
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Pale as pale gets, yellow hay colour. Medium fluffy head sticks around for a while. Doesn't look that bad actually.

Aroma: Skunky grains, alcohol, some corny adjuncts, sweet, not nice.

Taste: Cereal, toasted wheat with a giant grainy alcohol finish, leaving a terrible taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light bodied. Low drinkability

Final Statment: Not a nice beer, only 1 of 2 that I poured out at the Seaport Beer Fest. Just a crappy beer from Brazil brought in to grab some of the Corona market. This is a bad product that I just want to go away.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 20:31:50 | More by MMansfield
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FLima

Brazil

1.75/5  rDev -27.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 00:10:01 | More by FLima
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 14:42:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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grdahl

Florida

1.68/5  rDev -30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 01:11:28 | More by grdahl
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magictrokini

California

1.53/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 22:51:11 | More by magictrokini
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

355ml bottle
4.8%
I tried this beer on August 31, 2007 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a white head that disappeared quickly. There was a lot of effervescence. The aroma was very grassy with a hint of both malt and hops. The mouthfeel was crisp and thin with some mild carbonation. The taste was similar to other pale lagers with grassy tones. Another beer I didn't enjoy and would not push onto my friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 13:38:07 | More by cyrenaica
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 19:07:59 | More by biegaman
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RaphaelSC

Brazil

1.1/5  rDev -54.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 05:34:24 | More by RaphaelSC
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