Cerveza Aguila - Cervecería De Barranquilla
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2.48/5 rDev -6.1%
Had this on a trip to Cartagena, Colombia back in November. Review is from notes I took.
A - Pale, straw gold with a small, soap like white head. Left little lacing.
S - Not much to smell, some light corn notes, a little grass.
T - Follows nose, slightly sweet, corn, grainy, thin malt profile. Not too bad, pretty much your standard adjunct.
M - Highly carbonated, easy to drink brew. Didn't leave a bad aftertaste and was quite light.
O - A typical adjunct, slightly above average for the style if anything.
01-24-2012 00:48:15 | More by gatorguy
2.68/5 rDev +1.5%
So you are a ticker, and you see a 6er of this on a shelf in Florida. You think "that probably can't be very good, but shit! I can't pass up the opportunity to tick Colombia!" So you grab the 6er, toss it into your cart, and head to the checkout. You grab a glass as everyone else sips right from the bottle. "Why the glass?" they ask. You try to explain ticking. They don't understand.
The body is pretty standard for an adjunct lager. Not expecting much, I was not disappointed, though the thin and soapy-looking bubbles that form this beer's sorry excuse for head are slightly off-putting. Despite that, the carbonation is lively.
Aroma is of corn adjuncts and some coarse grainy notes, along with a touch of grassy hops. Surprising. This must be multi-hop brewed, too. The flavors are similar, and nothing more really comes through, though the sweet corn adjunct comes through more in front of some coarse grains, almost nullifying any hop character altogether.
The feel is thin and prickly due to the overly high carbonation, regardless of style. Happy to tick, but also happy that the beer pong table was set up only 15 feet away to consume the rest of this.
09-30-2011 23:51:46 | More by NittanyBeerFan
2.93/5 rDev +11%
Appearance: We got a finger of head that's lasting a while, but it's not lacing, and the body isn't doing it any favors. Not very much carbonation in the body, and it's just a bit too much on the yellow side.
Smell: What smell? The only thing I'm getting is some light corn and touch of skunking, which I didn't expect from a brown bottle.
Taste: A run of the mill adjunct lager. Starts with some sweet corn notes, turns to a bit more barley and a touch of earthy hops and ends with a slight pang of skunk that's just subdued enough to not harm the beer.
Mouthfeel: Lacking in carbonation without question, as it turned watery on me quick. The skunk pang also has a bit of an odd after-effect. Apart from that though, it wasn't too bad.
Drinkability: Glug, glug, glug, hey where's my beer? This stuff went down ridiculously quickly, which I'm fairly sure is the idea. To be fair, I can't really I expected anything but from a beer from Columbia.
Final Thoughts: Well, I can't say I'm surprised as this beer is one of those tropical tourist beers that is designed to rehydrate you during the hot weather. It goes does well enough, and strangely the negative factors seem to conspire to make you want to drink it quicker. Hmm... anyways nothing special, but worthwhile if it was all that was there.
08-19-2011 06:17:29 | More by TheHammer
2.8/5 rDev +6.1%
A: a very pale straw, completely traslucent, some carb and constant, white head quick dissipation
S: not smell at all, some butter and thats it
T: better taste than smell, some malty and bitter after taste, final is not so long
M: light body, but not like water
06-19-2011 18:06:42 | More by treque
3/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
03-02-2011 23:54:41 | More by WoodBrew
2.95/5 rDev +11.7%
The aroma and appearance of this lager leave much to be desired. Pale yellow in color, little to no thin, white head. It has some faint grain and bready smells, but nothing truly distinct or amazing.
The texture is crisp and light. It has a rather bitter flavor with a biscuity overtone. Its suprisingly refreshing and goes down quite easy. But again, nothing incredible here. Pretty much a middle of the road lager. Goes pretty well with just about any style of Latin American food.
01-17-2011 23:04:21 | More by great7dividers
1.53/5 rDev -42%
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.
01-16-2011 03:09:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.78/5 rDev +5.3%
First time I've seen a Columbian beer up these parts so why not give it a try, though, cal me cras but my judgment is pretty much a forgone conclusion.
Pours a clear light honey with a two finger white head. Low retention.
Hints of Green apple and pear mingle with subdued pale malt and grain scents. I detected a scant buttery note. The beer is very effervescent.
Not too much going on in the taste department. Watery grain flavours and pale melt struggle to make an impact on my taste buds. Light hop bitterness provides some excitement. A fairly high carbonation rounds out the drink.
Another bland adjunct lager. Regardless I could see this being quite refreshing on a sweltering Columbian day when you don't want much more then water.
11-25-2010 18:27:30 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
2.98/5 rDev +12.9%
A - Clear straw with barely any head.
S - Nose is typical macro, but with a bit of a grassy and metallic touch.
T - Kinda lemony take on a macro lager. Light overall flavour really brings out the bitterness in the finish. A bit of acid up front as well.
M - Light body and hard carbonation.
D - OK drinker. Nothing really interesting to say about this one.
11-04-2010 01:12:58 | More by allergictomacros
1.5/5 rDev -43.2%
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.
10-20-2010 20:21:20 | More by Phyl21ca
2.68/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-17-2010 00:58:18 | More by Sammy
3.18/5 rDev +20.5%
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
09-27-2010 21:25:58 | More by Viggo
3.23/5 rDev +22.3%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.
Translation: "Eagle Beer." Their marketing is heavy on eagles and girls in bikinis--"Eagle Girls" in this case. We can't say this too many times: The proof is in the bottle. Imported into the US by Latam Imports, Fort Worth, TX.
Pours with a frenzy of carbonation and a thick, big-bubbled head with decent retention. Perfect clarity with a dusty yellow straw color. Faint aroma of cooked cereal and yellow grits, with an undertone of lemon and flowers. Spot-on crispness, very refreshing from the start. Light-bodied and smooth. Cooked gritty grain comes off as slightly astringent. Watery lemon peel, grain husk and a dull bite of hop bitterness in the middle. A bit more of that astringent character comes in the finish, but fades for the most part, leaving a clean aftertaste.
In comparison to the many pale Lagers that come from south of the border, this one isn't half bad. If they cleaned up the astringency a bit and stepped up the malt half a notch, this would be a really good Lager. An ideal pairing for this beer would be bandeja montañera, which consists of a fried egg, grilled steak, fried pork back, rice, beans, salad and sliced avocado.
09-27-2010 18:13:52 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.85/5 rDev +8%
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.
09-22-2010 00:45:07 | More by biegaman
2.9/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured a pale golden colour, a 1/2 inch head that quickly receded to a ring. Scattered visible carbonation. Looks like a lager.
Nose is mild: a bit of sugar, honey, flowers, light hops.
Tastes like a slightly better-than-average south American mass lager. Nothing offensive, but nothing of interest either. Flowers, honey, a lemony finish. A strong cereal taste - almost like regular Cheerios. I can drink it, but that's about it. Could have used a stronger hop presence to counteract the sweet, cereal quality. And by stronger hop presence, I mean ANY hop presence.
Thin bodied, but adequate carbonation.
A resounding "meh", although I can't say I was surprised. Cheap, easy to drink, boring. Your typical tropical-climate thirst quencher.
The only thing this beer did for me was add another country to my all-time list.
09-10-2010 18:14:30 | More by JohnnyBarman
2.53/5 rDev -4.2%
Very pale yellow, no cap to speak of, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is almost non existent, some wet cardboard smell.
Thin and watery , boiled cereal and maltose tones , counterfeit hoppiness, fast finish.
At least it was clean with no off tastes, just a wimpy extract-adjunct latino welfare brew from some gastronomic backwater where beer is confused as some kind of soft drink. or a chaser for cheap cactus whiskey.
Drinking this is like a trip to Columbia...You try it, You survive unscathed but you won't be back.
08-28-2010 22:20:19 | More by pootz
2.5/5 rDev -5.3%
Clear pale gold, no head, no lace. Some citrusy hops in the nose, alongside corn and malt. Light, thin bodied. Corn taste with a slightly spritzy, bitter finish.
Not much here. Pretty nondescript as a beer goes. It has the virtue of being basically non-offensive in character. Meh.
08-23-2010 01:05:53 | More by TerryW
2.73/5 rDev +3.4%
I really dont mind this style of beer, we all drink them when we travel, at least i do, so....this was not very good in my opinion. First off, it could be an age thing, bottles pull date was over a year ago, and i know they can last longer but this had some signs of age. typical golden, no head pour, typical corny, sweet smell. But where this stands out, or doesn't is the lack of any taste and almost syrupy sweet mouthfeel and non-fizz metal finish. Don't get me wrong, if i'm in Columbia, i'm drinking these all day, but at home in the US, i'm moving down the import section to something else.
08-08-2010 06:26:16 | More by chickencoop
3.25/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
07-28-2010 13:46:42 | More by tone77
3.38/5 rDev +28%
Pours a pale yellow. Decent head develops then drops quickly to a film.
Smell is hops, malt and some light citrus notes.
Taste is hops mostly with some malt, citrus and vanilla notes.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence that is stronger up front. Hops fades in aftertaste leaving mostly malt behind. Pretty good, I would drink it again, at least.
04-22-2010 01:21:21 | More by PorterLambic
2.65/5 rDev +0.4%
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!
03-13-2010 07:42:07 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev +32.6%
(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.
12-02-2009 22:51:55 | More by rhoadsrage
2.88/5 rDev +9.1%
This would be my preference as far as Colombian beers go. This is an adjunct lager, and therefore pretty straightforward.
For me, this lager distinguishes itself with a slight citrus note and general smoothness that is pleasant when sitting on the beach.
05-28-2009 23:18:56 | More by abstractpablo
Cerveza Aguila from Cervecería De Barranquilla
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