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Cerveza Aguila - Cervecería De Barranquilla

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BA SCORE
65
poor

105 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería De Barranquilla visit their website
Colombia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-04-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another pale lager finding its way into the LCBO. Pours light yellow with a crown of white. Neutral aroma,a bit of horse, a bit of malt. Initial swallow is malty, middling mouthfeel. Very undrinkable, a little minerally. Uninteresting.Carbonation a bit aggressive.

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of metter98
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of corn and musty grapes in the nose. The grapes seem to become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of chemical flavors and hints of white wine.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The chemical flavors in this beer do not make it very pleasing to drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color lager with a tiny bubbly head with not much retention and no lacing. Aroma of light adjunct is quite bland. Taste is incredibly bland with light ginger ale feel and almost no malt. Body is incredibly thin with almost no body and medium carbonation.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body with a tiny, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling corn aroma riddling with skunkiness smelling of unwashed swim suits. Bleh.

Taste: Sweaty, sweet pale malts and corn with a gulp of drainage basin water. Ugh. Quick hint of flowers. There's a skunkiness here that would give even Heineken a run for its money.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A beer that elicits feelings of surprise, worry, and disappointment.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale straw with a quickly dissipating white frothy head that leaves a tiny bit of sudsy head behind. The nose is mossy, lots o' leafy greens, and soil. The taste is mostly carbonated water, with a subtle hint of corn syrup and a vague light bitterness. The body is quite light, with a good amount of carbonation and an unsurprisingly watery texture. Overall, a very mediocre brew, even for an adjuct lager. Come on, Colombia!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rough pour brings up a frothy head of bright white foam over a crystal-clear straw-gold body that reveals hundreds of tiny bubbles rising steadily upwards. The head drops shortly to a creamy collar and partial, cottony, surface covering; but it does leave some sticky, splotchy and spotty lace. The nose reveals a mild, lightly sweet and delicately grainy maltiness and some nice, floral hops. The body is light and its fine, standard carbonation leaves it crisp in the mouth. The flavor echoes the nose with a well-balanced combination of delicate malt and fair hops backed by a surprisingly noticeable but delicate bitterness. It finishes short and dry. Quite refreshing but somewhat light in overall character.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.53/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pungent adjuncts, grain, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and light lager yeast. Then some mild adjunct and malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very faint and there's a distinct lack of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, despite being light it does not go down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, even though this is not a good style there are a lot of other beers in the style I would pick first.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a buttery pale malt scent with a clean, crisp, and dry lager yeast finish; very nice. The taste is decent. It has a light and enjoyable pale malt flavor with a sweet, yet dry buttery finish. It is a watery brew, but it has excellent flavor for an adjunct lager/pilsner. There are little hops present. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn fine import. I went into this review not expecting much and I was pleasantly surprised; a good drinker.

Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pils glass -

Pours straw yellow with a one-finger head that descends to barely a cover. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt and cereal adjuncts.

The taste is of sweet malt and husk. A touch of sulfur mixed in. Sweetness "balanced" by overwatering. Hops here? Well, if there are they are very bland. A bit soapy. Quite salty. No finish to speak of. A subtle chemical-like aftertaste.

The body is thin - some slickness. A touch of dryness is there, or else I would have had the impression of drinking something akin to tonic water.

Another misuse of the term "pilsener", which the label claims that it is. Whatever - I reviewed it as a macro-lager and it still falls short. Certainly not worth spending import prices on when we have our own swill here.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
1.99/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

269cl can bought in Cartagena (Colombia) and opened on 1st Feb 2013 while off the coast of Mexico.

Tasted cheap, which it wasn't: I got stung by a young lad in a dark shed for a bottle of water and this can for $10.00, the little shit. I suppose he and his family needed the money more than me though.

To be fair it looked fine: your usual lager/pilsner golden clear and bright body with a fading head of white.

Sadly it then began to fail: seaweed and metallic in the nose and mouth, dry and boring feel to the whole thing. My Colombian box is now ticked.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin (1/8 finger tall) white head that quickly reduces to a patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a very thin ring at the edges of the glass (not quite all the way around the glass). Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjunct malts and fruity with a slightly chemical smell.

T: There is something off in the taste of this beer, something akin to the chemical flavors that are subtle in non-alcoholic beer but much stronger. I'm not a fan of the taste of this beer. Light amounts of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not a huge fan of this one, way too much chemical taste and smell for me to enjoy it.

Photo of tempest
2.23/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well there's a little lacing, other than that its a typical pale straw yellow. It smells like a mix of corn and cheap chardonnay and tastes a little sweeter. The flavor is quite low and I'd call this a light lager considering the low alcohol and taste.

I guess this beer goes to show Columbia can make a fizzy lager with the best of them. Kudos to you.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- The crystal clear body has a light hue of golden color with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a bubbly snow white head that last for the full beer.
S- This beer has a noble hop green note with a hone malt aroma to follow and a slight sulfur note coming through as the beer warms.
T- This beer has light sweetness to the honey malt hint then a green hop hint that takes on a green apple tartness and a light sweet, sulfury note in the finish. As the beer warms there is a field corn hint that comes through.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a scrubbing bubble fizz note.
D- This beer is light but has a good depth and a nice balance of hops and malt with just enough sweetness to give it a freshness and enough sulfur to dry it out.

Photo of biegaman
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aguila is a nearly colourless straw yellow that, frankly, seems a little pale for even a light lager and would probably look more apropos if it belonged in the realm of white wines. The frothy head which should distinguish it as beer is negligible (it itself is hardly distinguishable, nothing but a thin collar no more prominent than that of a cheap sparkling wine).

I don't particularly mind those Latin American lagers that smell like not much of anything good (as oppose to those that smell like plenty of something bad, usually corn syrup). Aguila's aroma - if we can call it that - is neutral enough to be considered agreeable. While a trace of adjunct use is suspected, I don't anticipate anything too abominable.

Indeed, there is nothing at all appalling about Aguila but, by the same token, there is nothing we can legitimately call appealing either. The taste consists of little more than a faint graininess and smidgen of sweetness, both accented by a tinge of corn flavour. The whole thing weighs about as much as helium and offers the palate little to appreciate.

Which is probably why it's so popular in a country of such hot climate. I have always maintained that flavourful beers are infinitely more refreshing than tasteless ones, but I've never denied that, in the right moment, the watery, flavorless ones can be fit to quench. Apparently that's how 43 million Colombians feel too - this is the country's best seller.

Beer may be the universal drink but it doesn't mean the same thing to everyone everywhere; obviously Colombians have a different relationship with the beverage than the people of, say, Belgium or Oregon. While this kind of watery, characterless lager may be preferred in their beer culture, it doesn't garner much worth or affection from the one I subscribe to.

Photo of Latarnik
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a very clear straw yellow, touch of golden, frothy medium sized white head forms and slowly fizzes down to a thin ring and layer around the glass, no lacing.

Smell is alright, lightly corny, some sweet malt, a bit of honey and some sugar, light citrus, a touch of floral, a bit grassy with some lemon, touch of tang or sourness, not awful.

Taste is similar, relatively plain, some sweet malt, a touch of corn, a bit of sugar, floral, lightly grassy, a bit of toast and lemons in the finish, very faint skunkiness, a touch watery but not bad.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Refreshing, nothing special but a half decent light lager

Photo of flagmantho
3.3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. It's a not-quite Colombian 86 degrees out, but it's as good a context as I'm going to get in Seattle.

Appearance: light golden hue with a strong effervescence and a finger of frothy white foam. Par for the style.

Smell: slightly malty with a little adjunct character and a small dose of noble hops. That said, it is relatively free of those flaws that typify the style. Not as bad as it could be.

Taste: a little malty, a little bit of a corn character, and a little bit of hops. The hops stand out more than I'm used to in the style, and there's actually a decent bitterness. This beer is rather working for me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a refreshing fizz. Not really creamy, but that's not likely in the style.

Overall: this is a pretty good adjunct lager. For a Latin American megabrew, you could do a whole lot worse. Plus, it's extra drinkable on a hot day.

Photo of wordemupg
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 27/3/14

A clear straw yellow with bubbles ranging from pin pricks to giants, no head or lace after a dump down the middle

S smells faint, sweet grains, a little hay, paper shredding, nothing offensive but not much of anything really

T maybe a little rice cake to go with what I smell, nothing really tastes bad but I struggle to find flavour good or bad

M light, well carbonated and a very clean finish if you can believe it, I mean I've had more after taste from first world tap water

O sometimes I'd prefer no flavour to bad flavour and this might be one of those beers, nothing to complain about but nothing to praise either, its just bland

I thought I got a country tic out of this one but was wrong, I doubt I'll remember my second beer from Columbia much like I didn't remember the first.

Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its extraction from the 355ml brown bottle sets in the glass a translucent gold with a petite sized semi-creamy white head that erodes quickly leaving a thin sheet of lace to obscure the glass. Prototypical lager nose, sweet and rich in malt, fresh and clean, start is sweet with a fair malt profile, top is light in its feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops light but present, quite dry and a drinkable beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Como estas...mi amigos! Salutations from Cartagena, Colombia. Aguila....La Cerveza de Colombia! Since 1913! Si, Si, this is a typical cerveza, much like Corona, Sol, Tecate, Brahma, etc. It is pale yellow, with minimal white head that doesn't lace. Smell....none. Taste...like I said, get yourself a corona, etc. The taste does hang on the pallete and you will begin to taste the yeast, like your chewing on bread. The mouthfeel is fine and since the taste doesnt bother me all that much, I could drink the sh&t out of it. Hey its better than the water down here....there are plenty of hot chicks to look at, stop complaining and start fiestaing!

Photo of bark
2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is straw yellow (5 EBC), the liquid clear. The finger thick airy head sinks down to a white lid.

The smell is very, very light. Some wet paper, some spices (cardamom?).

The taste is very light. Some sweetness, some paper and pulp. Fragile anonymous bitterness in the background. Light, almost non-existing body. Hints of flour and butter in the aftertaste as well as some sour-bitter chemical notes.

The carbonation is strong. Lots of big short-lived bubbles. The liquid is watery.

Well, it is a tropical adjunct lager. Some off-flavours, but I have had much worse ones.

Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Hardly no carbonation. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is like the smell, corn with a touch of malts, slightly sweet. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre offering.

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Cerveza Aguila from Cervecería De Barranquilla
65 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.