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Brahma - Companhia Cervejaria Brahma

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BA SCORE
59
awful

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 25.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Companhia Cervejaria Brahma visit their website
Brazil

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: soper2000 on 04-28-2005)
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1.25/5  rDev -47.7%

pipinmalikonj, Nov 21, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

beerbtl, Jun 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

rorjets, Jan 25, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

petluo, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of phishbone23
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of biegaman
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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.

biegaman, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of cyrenaica
1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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.

cyrenaica, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of magictrokini
1.53/5  rDev -36%

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.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of grdahl
1.68/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

grdahl, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.73/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

Igormatos, Sep 02, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

fccarv, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of MMansfield
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

MMansfield, Aug 12, 2007
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1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

Anacross, Jun 01, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

dansmcd, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of FLima
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

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).

FLima, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of getkrunkhoe
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of auxiliary
1.8/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

auxiliary, Apr 29, 2007
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1.8/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

talkingpoints, Oct 07, 2005
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1.85/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

stoutman, Jun 10, 2006
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1.85/5  rDev -22.6%

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!

barleysandwich, Aug 22, 2008
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1.9/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

smcreator, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Hautacam
1.9/5  rDev -20.5%

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 ??

Hautacam, Apr 01, 2007
Brahma from Companhia Cervejaria Brahma
59 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.