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Bohemia - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%


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Portugal

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2002)
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, grassy hops, and lager yeast.

Taste: Sweet caramel, bready malts, noble hops, and lager yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little sweet syrup from the caramel malts, light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: I haven't had this one in a while. A nice euro dark lager that was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 15:28:25 | More by Flounder57
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FLima

Brazil

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance, it poured an amber reddish color with a two fingers thick head with medium retention and leaving heavy laces.
Malty sweet aroma with hints of floral hops and some booze.
Nice flavor of caramel and biscuit malt balanced with a decent amount of grassy hops. Hints of dark fruits and nuts. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with medium carbonation. Alcohol level of 6.2% ABV was a perfect match.
Refreshing and flavorful with good drinkability. A joyful session beer. I had low expectations and I was positively surprised.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:14:02 | More by FLima
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Radome

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap at Hard Rock Cafe in Lisbon. I asked for the darkest beer they had, not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised.

A - Medium reddish brown color and very clear. Thick off-white head initially; faded to almost nothing. In appearance similar to an English brown ale.

S - Surprisingly rich aromas of warm malt, brown sugar, caramel, even low levels of dark fruits. No hops noticeable. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the background.

T - Tastes again similar to an English brown, very ale-like, although I expect this was a lager like the rest of the Sagres products. Lots of malt, caramel, plum, raisin. Again no hop flavor, but enough bitterness to begin to balance the malt sweetness, although overall it was still a bit too sweet in my opinion. Smooth, clean and easy to drink, although you can sense there is some alcohol in there.

M - Medium to thick body; low hop bitterness; no alcohol burn. Residual sweetnes too high for me, seeming a bit cloying in the finish.

O - Overall a surprisingly good beer, very smooth clean and drinkable. Not the average generic dark Euro lager. By far the most interesting beer I´ve found during my short stay in Portugal. Think of it as a beacon of hope in this desert of craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 20:46:03 | More by Radome
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and reddish to mahogany brown colour with a thin, bubbly white head on top.

Alcohol laced, sweet smelling beer with some butterscotch and vanilla coming through, maybe even some honey too. There is a slightly creamy smell and some good malts together with some darker fruits.

Vanilla and sweet malts upfront with a bit of a hop character and some good butterscotch too. There is an overall sweetness and some darker fruits in there along with a sort of earthy flavouring.

Smooth and sweet as well as being well balanced and levelled. There is a nice alcohol kick to it but beyond that it is just a pleasant dark lager.

A very nice beer and one that took me a little by surprise. There is a good balance of taste and aroma, with the two pretty evenyl matched and there is a fair bit of favour in each sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 14:01:35 | More by flyingpig
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle: best before Feb 2013. Taken on my balcony during a holiday on the Algarve in July 2012.

I wasn't impressed with any beers I tried on the holiday: this beer being about the worst.

Sweet and malty from the off: nasty, cheap and so full of caramel that it was almost undrinkable; and I like sweet malty brews normally. Even the 6.2% ABV couldn't save it.

When in Portugal drink the ro'se wine is my advice.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 09:20:26 | More by BlackHaddock
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Amber/mahogany with excellent clarity. Low carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, candy sugar, hints of toffee & biscuit.

Taste
Biscuity malts with notes of toast, brown sugar and dark candy sugar. Some subtle roastiness going on with cocoa nib and toffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, clean, crisp and refreshing.

Overall
Tastes like an English Brown Ale which I wasn’t expecting. Quite refreshing and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:50:47 | More by justintcoons
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany amber with reddish tones. Thin light tan head dissipates immediately to slight patches of bubbles on the surface. Very light aroma of sweet malt with some toasted malt, a hint of dark fruit, reminiscent of a light doppelbock. Flavor follows with bready and toasted malt, faint dark fruit, slight hops. Very similar to a bock, but dryer. Nice malty finish. More flavorful than most Euro dark lagers, but not as sweet and intense as a good bock. Light to medium body with a hint of carbonation. A pleasant lager with a low-key, but nice malty taste; nothing really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 02:34:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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ckollias

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a thick, 2-finger, off-white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma with slight hints of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Surprisingly not as sweet as the aroma – comes off with a slight grassy-bitterness. Very smooth and rich and finishes crisp.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Tastes almost like a dopplebock but not as rich. Very well balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:10:06 | More by ckollias
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark caramel amber hue with a decent half finger tan head with decent retention that leaves surprisingly nice lacing for the style.

aroma is of rich earth, caramel, honey, molasses, a hint of straw. maybe a touch of hops. nothing earth shattering, but seems promising.

taste is, as noted previously, almost bock or even dopplebock like. the bottle says amber ale, and it almost begins to remind me of a bier de garde, a la Jenlain. which is certainly a good thing. some earthy caramel notes accentuate the dark fruit intermingling with the pale malt. pleasant and extremely drinkable.

mouth is clean, simple with ample carbonation. it works. not much more to it.

I like this one enough that I can definitely see myself picking up a bottle again. Somewhere between an american amber, a bock and a biere de garde, I'm liking where this one is sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:32:32 | More by djeucalyptus
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz single. Not a bad looking beer at all. nice amber body and a good thick creme coloured head. Aroma isnt to bad either..caramel.bit of nut, resiny hop deep in the back. Sweet malt driven flavour as per style, slightly toasty, slight hazelnut..actually very nice. Liked the palate on this one, quite full and also smooth. Im going to say this is quite a nice dunkel. Im way against the grain on this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 18:12:20 | More by Reidrover
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crossovert

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a reddish brown, a tad on the light side for the style. The head is big and off-white and leaves some dirty looking lacing.

It smells like a doppelbock, there is a huge dark fruit sweetness along with a hint of tasted bread that dominates the scent.

The taste is a mix of a euro dark and doppelbock. It has a suprising amount of hops (though not much, but they are atleast noticeable), a big alcoholic kick, and layers of dark fruits.

It isn't anything superb but it will get the job done, probably could have used a tad less sweetness and a bit more bdy.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:10:44 | More by crossovert
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BeerManDan

California

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was a clear medium dark amber with a reddish hue. Not much foam, nor lace on the side of the glass.

The smell of roasted malts and mild hops were evident, but, also there was a hint of sweet caramel aroma.

The taste was like the smell or aroma. There was roasted malts, mild hops and touch a caramel and a hint of other spices. A nice balance of sweet/bitterness to the finish. Not to dry nor sweet. This was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:36:32 | More by BeerManDan
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brewerburgundy

California

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, a best before date of '02.2011' is on the label.

This beer is not far short of Bock territory in color. It is a crystal burnished red-brown with a fluffy and moderately retentive dust white head.

The aroma is clean, grass, and caramel malt. A little steely.

While this has more body and caramel sweetness than a light lager, it is not much more interesting. Steely sweetness, grass, something artificial, and possibly some nuttiness.

Like I said, this is fuller than most pale lagers and it also reaches towards a Bock in mouthfeel. This is probably the strongest part of the beer, and makes me think this is among the, presumably, few Portuguese Bocks.

This is probably a popular beer in its homeland. It's sweet, full, crisp, easy to drink, and has a fairly high ABV for a standard lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 05:40:24 | More by brewerburgundy
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Beertruck for the bottle!

A - Pours with a fizzier lightly tan head that actually held pretty well and left spotty toadstool layers on top; clear darker amber brown color

S - Light earthy hop tone; some malt sweetness; pretty clean and basic

T - A little biscuity, dry, and minerally hoppiness show up; touch of sweetish maltiness; pretty well-balanced throughout and a bit fruity; one of the tastier brews I've had in the style range

M - Lightish to medium; nice lively carbonation

D - Pretty quaffable, it's an easy drinking brew because of the flavor balance and it was clean all 'round with no off-flavors.

Overall, a pretty quality example of a brew in a category loaded with pretty bad beers. Glad to have been able to try it. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 19:37:35 | More by Nickls
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bohemia pours a clear, dark amber color with a small white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the beer leaving only a couple spots of lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of caramel and toasted pale malt. Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer is dry with a soft fizz on the palate. The flavor reminds me of Michelob Amber Bock. Basically a light, american style lager with some caramel malt flavor mixed in. A sweet flavor with a crisp finish. Once gone some of the malty flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a non-offensive beer that's very easy to drink. It's not going to wow you, but if you're beer choices are slim it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 16:05:15 | More by WanderingFool
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flagmantho

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. There is a date of "Fev 09" printed on the bottle, which could be made-on or best-by. On the last Sagres I had, this date was in the future, so it would seem this bottle was best before about 6 months ago. That said, it didn't seem spoiled, oxidized or skunky in any way.

Appearance: rich amber color with a about a finger of fizzy head, which dissipated quickly.

Smell: nice malt and caramel aroma.

Taste: rather sweet, with lots of malt and caramel flavor. There is some bitterness but not a lot of hops flavor, which I think would help this beer a little bit.

Mouthfeel: medium body with not too much carbonation. It's alright.

Drinkability: while the flavor is not bad, the lack of some balancing hops flavor and the general over-sweetness would make this one a little difficult to take as a session beer. I won't have a problem finishing this one, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 03:12:13 | More by flagmantho
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NewGeneric

California

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in Sagres, and was quite happy with the amber pour. Had a good amount of just offwhite head that dissipated pretty quickly. Smelled nice, with mild roasted malt and toffee. Tasted pretty similar, just a little bit sweeter. Nicely carbonated leaving me with a smooth mouthfeel. My kind of amber lager, I could drink a bunch.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 21:10:45 | More by NewGeneric
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Redrover

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was happy to spot this one while shopping at the Mercado in Portugal. You mainly find local pale lagers, so I was anxious to give this a whirl.

.33 brown bottle with clear freshness dating. When poured into a glass, the beer is reddish brown with red highlights. It has a nifty small beige head.

The aroma is toffee, grains and toasted bread.

This beer is off to a good start. Unfortunately, the taste does not quite measure up to the looks and aroma. The beer is sweet with caramel and bagel notes. The beer becomes even sweeter as it warms and you get ½ way through the glass. It almost reminds me of the sweetness of a fortified wine.

The mouth has excellent carbonation, which helps overcome an average feel. Drinkability is just ok given the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 21:02:46 | More by Redrover
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JoeBloe

New York

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice looking reddish amber - puts up a full head , but fades rather quickly- faint sweet candy-like malt aroma - tastes ok - nut brown-ish, sweet and a little fruity - a heartier offering than the adjunct cervesas - drinks pretty easy - i'd have another - not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 18:18:54 | More by JoeBloe
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark tan, no head, no carbonation

Smell: dried plums and fruit, small floral tones--almost winelike in its complexity

Taste: a slightly sweet start small hints of fruit in the middle and a slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: very smooth

Drinkability: A unique brew and the best of the Sagres line I have tried. Very complex ..I would get another six pack

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 06:12:04 | More by tigg924
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

This pours a clear deep amber with a 2 finger head of foam. There's some lacing and head retention is good. This is a nice looking brew.

The smell has notes of caramel malt, grain, and some fruit.

The taste is interesting. A sweetish taste greets my first sip that looks to be a combination of caramel malt and some sweet fruit...wild cherry? Also, I sense a wee bit of a cinnamon presence. Mid palate on, I get a little bit of an earthy flavour that recedes and is replaced by hop bitterness that is fairly lightly done but it's nicely done. It makes *me* want to take another sip. ;^)

Mouthfeel is lightish as is the carbonation. This is quite good and easy drinking. My first brew from Portugal and I'm quite pleased with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:25:52 | More by Bitterbill
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle:

Pours reddish amber with an off-white head that stays.

The smell is of caramel and grain. Pretty clean.

The taste is of caramel candy, slight hop spicing. Sweet with a touch of cherry-like fruitiness. Alcohol well-hidden. Sweet finish.

The feel is light-bodied but coating.

One that is easy-to-drink when looking for something sweet and light. It is an easy drinking amber lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 15:37:31 | More by jwc215
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - dark amber color. Poured a large head from the carbonation and then settled. Some lace on the glass. Looks like I have soap in my glass.

smell - Grains, malt, some hops.

taste -Taste like you are drinking a macro with a nut brown lager.

mouthfeel - Light

drinkability - Kind of an odd tasting beer to me.Not too fond of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 00:06:08 | More by auxiliary
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plaid75

New York

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium murky amber hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront sweet malts, with perhaps a touch of corn.

The taste featured a sweet grainy malt with ints of green apple and some light dried fruit. Some cooked corn elemnt as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a bit of a coating sensation.

Overall average for the style. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 21:30:09 | More by plaid75
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AlexLMS

Portugal

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: reddish amber color. Head: light tan color, moderate size, persistent and kind of creamy. Very clear.
Aroma: agreeable nose, giving a vinous impression.
Taste: sweet.
Mouthfeel: creamy. Moderate carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: creamy and persistent aftertaste with a light touch of bitterness.

Overall: a satiating and balanced amber lager. An interesting beer, although the level of sweetness does not recommend it for a hot day. I could give this one another try.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 19:42:23 | More by AlexLMS
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Bohemia from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
79 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.