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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

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Beer added by: soper2000 on 04-28-2005

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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 231
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 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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't bother to pour this one, the bottle was made for a hand.

clear bottle / clear yellow beer

smells ok, just a hint of funkiness

it tastes better than some other beers of this same style

it's easy to drink but I won't buy too much of this considering I can get much better craft beers for the same price tag as this.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out the same way it looks in the bottle. The head is there then it fades away kind of fast. The smell of this brew is sweet with corn and grains. The taste is kind of the same but a little more tolerable than most adjunct lagers. The mouthfeel has a crisp and clean feeling. Overall I found it to be average but it could have been much worse.

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Photo of Derek
3.28/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear with a slight yellow hue; some white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Only a hint of floral hops.

T: Very neutral flavour. Light bitterness, hint of floral hops, slight sweetness from the malt.

M: Light body is pleasantly smooth; moderate carbonation.

D: Not very enticing for a beer guy, but quite drinkable.

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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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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a small head. Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of corn. Taste was not bad but rather bland. Feels light and watery in the mouth. Drinkability is o.k. Overall a very average beer.

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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 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 r3o
3.35/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it pours very light yellow, clear, with a white head that disappears very quickly. When it comes to the nose there's not much here, mainly alcohol, a touch of malt. In the taste some malt is there, alcohol overpowers it, I got some grape-juice flavor too. It feels well in your mouth, but it's flat and leaves no aftertaste. I could drink another one, good for an american adjunct lager.

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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 cbrown1
4.46/5  rDev +85.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to tell you I rarely make reviews of beers and I was shocked at how poorly this beer was rated. This beer was recommended to me by a fellow "Beer Snob" and I am sure glad they did. I tore through a six pack of this on a sunny day while watching both a baseball game and the Daytona 500. This is a very good Spring / Summer session ale. My first impression was that the beer was similar to a Corona but sweeter. It had a light fruity / floral taste to it. Very smooth drinking. Not bitter at all as stated in some of the previous reviews. Yes the bottle is way cool. I do prefer drinking out of a glass usually so as to get the full effect of the smell and mouthfeel but with the way the bottle felt and how well the drinkability was with this, I did not feel compelled to transfer the brew to a glass. I hope whomever else reads this will give Brahma a try or a second chance for that matter.

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