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Sagres Cerveja - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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BA SCORE
68
poor

206 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Portugal

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-02-2001

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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 104
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
2.11/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Em cinco, quatro, três, dois, e um...on to the beer:

This national lager has a light golden color, a translucent body, and a short head formed on top. In less than a minute of the pour, much of the head has dissipated into a lace. The aroma has a strong boiled corn note. There's a strange fruity note as well. That's the adjunct lager I know.

The taste is slightly more palatable than the aroma. It's pretty clean, which helps this beer more than being a big bite of boiled corn and DMS. Still, the overall flavor is weak. In fact, the taste is "perfumy" in character, being where the taste doesn't seem to come through until halfway through a sip. It has a woody element, a slight ester note, and a seltzer-like carbonation which attempts to provide the bitterness.

That was a weak effort. Now I see why their Port is highly revered.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this beer, except it was better than water.
In a pint glass the beer was a golden color with a small white head.
Not much aroma, sort of a sweet, grassy, floral scent.
Even less taste. Some malt and a tiny hint of hops.
As I said, it was better than water, but didn't have much else going for it.

Photo of Todd
3.54/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz light brown bottle. Very unusual shape that almost squares off before the short neck. Bottle is "one way," meaning no deposit, which is also unusual. Best before date clearly marked, but in Portuguese.

Appearance: Nice golden liquid with a steady, sparce large bubble carbonation. Head is patchy, practically dead, less some large bubbles surfacing. It does however turn to a creamy lace as you start drinking it, and even has a slight stick to it.

Smell: Fairly clean in aroma with that faint, unmistakable import lager smell (raw and grassy).

Taste: Relatively smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a crisp citrus/lime bite, as if a lime wedge was in the bottle. Carbonation, although barely noticed in the appearance, lifts and snaps at the palate ... making the limey-like hops that much more pronounced. Body is medium with an even foundation of light malt sweetness with a touch of dextrin sweetness. Finishes nice and clean with little residual flavour.

Notes: Sagres Cerveja is a fairly tasty and refreshing beer. No great shakes though.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.97/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle picked up at the LCBO in the "Aisle of Lost Brews." Haven't had a beer from Portugal before.

Poured into a mini Stella glass. Nice pale golden, and clear as the day is long. A thin layer of head quickly burns off.

Nose is pretty tame, all macro lager with a bit of bread, lime and floral hops. Not altogether unpleasant. Every so often a whiff of what might be a pils.

Good palate cleanser, tastes a great deal better straight out of the bottle. A few of these on a hot day in Braga would be just the ticket, but nevertheless this is a pale lager that's been stretched to the boundaries. Not much except a bit of citrus and floral hops. A little metallic twang too.

Aggressive carbonation, slightly creamy, still quaffable.

A run of the mill pils/Euro lager brew that tastes pretty much like everything else. Bland, and with only a mild hoppage to distinguish itself. But is it drinkable in vast quantities? You bet. Just don't expect much.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2011. Picked this up as a 4-pack from my local off-licence, cheap stuff to start the evening.

Poured into a pint glass. A pale golden colour with strong carbonation. Small foamy white head that settles after a minute or so to leave a surface film. There is almost no aroma to this beer, a very light hint of malt but that's it.

Taste is light and clean. Mild malt flavour with light bitterness. No hoppy notes to mention. Mouthfeel is OK with slight tingling from the carbonation. Virtually no aftertaste.

Could be described as light and refreshing, but is also pretty bland. Inoffensive beer to start a session, but wouldn't seek this out specifically.

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Simple, bland and boring but drinkable, but not interesting drinkable, a bit of a malty character in there aswell, but not enough to do anything for me.

Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a thin broken wall of lace around the glass as it quickly retreats. It smells of light white grain, and some thin weedy hops. The taste is sweet white grain, and a bit sour grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly light, but kind of smooth as well, and it finishes dry, with a mild acrid hoppiness.

Nothing overly complex, and better than average for a Euro-lager.

Photo of Sammy
2.45/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nothing special. Better than a Bud or Molson or the like, but little malt - sweet taste. Slightly floral berry aroma. Nothing much in appearance, with bit of lace and pale blond. Touch of hops. Light dry taste. Bitter aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel. Unsatisfying.

Photo of augustgarage
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

To think after all of the festas I've marched in (my best friend's family is Portuguese), and all the various foods I've eaten from Portugal, I've never had a beer from the country. After spending the morning weeding, I think it's time to remedy this:

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic pint glass.

Pale stained-glass Mikado yellow liquid supports a thin but lasting splash of white. Light, lazy, sandy lacing courses down the sides with every sip.

Pale malt, faint adjunct (corn?), and a very mild floral note in the nose.

Lemon-lime salt on the palate, proceeded by a faint graininess - with a dry-ish crackery finish including vague hints of coffee and cola. No hops to be found. Rather bland as you would expect from the style, but not stale or too sweet.

Zesty somewhat heavy carbonation, thin-bodied, yet almost slick.

A bit more sour than many domestic takes on the style - still "refreshing" I suppose, though wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear. Pale yellow blonde with a bright white head that drops quickly but leaves a pretty good collar and a whispy surface foam as well as some lace around the glass. The aroma is light, but offers some fruitiness above a hoppy malt. It's not skunked, but I notice that the bottle isn't quite brown, it's more of an amber. The body is medium with a gentle carbonation. It has a dull presence in the mouth, not really full, not really creamy, and not really smooth. It kind of just passes through. The flavor is reflective of the aroma, but it's a bit fuller. The fruitiness is still present; most noticeable on the front of the tongue. The maltiness is more solid than expected, but kind of dull. It's well entwined with bitterness, and even a bit of hop flavor, but that doesn't really take off either. The finish is short and dry. Very dull. The most interesting thing about this beer is the fruitiness and yet it's kind of generic. Somewhat apple-ish, somewhat like summer fruit - maybe strawberry, but too subtle to reveal any specific character. Overall, however, it has more character than most American macros, but that's about all you can say about it. In fact, it lacks their crispness and finesse. Fairly boring. Not worth the effort.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.32/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sagres is a beer that just didnt do it for me....tough on the pallete and nose. The appearance is nice, golden clear with white head that laced on my glass. The smell was slightly skunky and very grainy that had a twang. The taste was similar to the smell very grainy. Mouthfeel is affected by the strong grain smell and taste.

Photo of jackndan
3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sagres, from Portugal: a light bodied, light amber beer, with a slightly skunky euro-lager aroma. The best by date is March of 2002 (bought it from the dark recesses at the bottom of the shelf). Not bad at all, with a heavy dose of malt sweetness with toast/bread flavors. Highly carbonated with a clean dry finish. I’ll look again for it fresh, as even a couple of months out of date, it was very nice.

Photo of KTCamm
2.41/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a mini-bottle into a hotel water glass. Best I could do.

Pours clear golden with some copper. Splotches of white gfoam. Corn adjunct-y nose that does not impress. Strong adjunct taste, clean, crisp, but unflavorful. Corn too. Easy dribnker but not impressive. Just so so.

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 11.2oz. bottle. Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild, somewhat hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp with light malts and some bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and goes down pretty easily. Overall I found this to be a fairly enjoyable beer.

Photo of Padron4KM
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.
Pours out clear golden yellow, with a small off-white head.
Light carbonation.
Aroma is mostly malt, grain and wet cardboard.
Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, grain.
A little sourness on the finish.
Better than BMC, but not by much.Don't think I'll be buying this again.

Photo of TLove
2.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(From Notes)

Had at the Brickskeller in DC.

Puzzling delivery from this beer. Thought this one would be decent. Turned out pretty poor for an American-style lager. Portugal should stick with wine.

Quite thin and light-bodied in appearance with a thin head. Malt is barely noticeable and taste inconsistent throughout. Rather strange sweet-sour balance, almost like a cheap sour mash whiskey. Metallic and light grains in the taste. Citrus and dried purple corn. Crisp finish, but a bit too much like an American macro than to my liking.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color lager with a nice bug white foamy head. Aroma is pretty bland with a light touch of skunkyness, which isn’t surprising considering the mileage it had to do before reaching home. Taste of crisp hops is pretty subtle with a faint malt presence. I had a whole lot worse but I definitely had much better beer.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear yellow with weak head lacking any density or retention.

S-Dry faint grass aroma with mix of grain, adjuncts, hint lime

T-Dry with grainy flavor and grassy hops, and again a hint of lime which is kinda weird. Almost no residual sweetness, which saves this beer.

M-Pretty robust carbonation. The balance leans toward dry with some citrus.

O-Decent little beer, light and easy to quaff.

Photo of dolzan
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's better than Super Bock, but that's not really saying a lot.

The taste is a bit bland and not very complex, but very refreshing and not completely watery - there is some flavour in it, perhaps reminiscent of caramel.

So, not bad, but not great at all.

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another mediocre euro lager. pours medium gold in colour with a white head that turns into a nice sticky lace, which was probably the best thing about this brew. smells of grain with maybe an ever so slight hint of lemon. not much character here. same goes for the taste. it's very straw like and grainy. watery with a verry dry finish. this one's drinkable but boring, pretty much what i expected out of portugal, and i certainly enjoy the westen euro lagers to the general off-taste that the eastern euro ones provide.

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

So I'm a beer guy and went to Portugal and Spain. Was on a structured trip, so didn't get to get to anywhere with very good beer. But I got to sample the BMC of their countries . . .

So this was pretty standard lager. Not bad, but nothing I'd go to great lengths to find now that I'm home.

Aroma (3): Smells kinda of beer.
Appearance (4): Nice golden color. Just like a lager should be.
Taste (3): It is better than Bud Light I suppose. A little malt and a little bit of hop. Not much to speak of really.
Palate (3.5): No real complaints, nothing to write home about either.

Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent gold color with a modest white head and fair sheets of lace. The nose is that of a wet wool blanket. Start is malt, the top emaciated, with a biting acidic finnish, sparsely hopped, dry aftertaste, and a “Total Loss”, as far as I’m concerned.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown 33cl bottle, best before Sept 2007, drank May 2007.

Poured into my 0.2 Litre Veltins glass.

Looked like a lager should, clear, golden with a white head, a bit pale in its overall colour, but a lot of lagers are more paler these days. The head soon turned into a thin wisp of nothing.

The aroma was of wheat or corn and hops at first, but after about a minute the smell had completely gone, there was nothing.

A little bit of hops in the taste, corn also in there somewhere.

No exciting mouthfeel, a hint of fizz and a lingering dryness, but no great shakes in this department.

The bottle claims this beer has won medals at beer awards, can't really see how. This is an average lager, if I was on the beach in Portugal, I would have no problems with it, but on a cold wet evening in Britain, no thanks.

Mini update: had on-tap in Portugal, not much better than the bottled stuff.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ahh, Sagres. When I lived in Guinea-Bissau in the late 80s, this was the best beer available on a regular basis. Those were not great times in my beer drinking history. The sample I have now comes in a pale brown 33cl bottle with the familiar red and white label featuring the brewery's coat of arms and a couple of medals the beer has ostensibly won. Ingredients include "non-malted cereals." Best before 6/30/04, I opened it on 5/14/04.

Pours a clear deep gold under a 1/2 finger white head that is gone in a flash, leaving just a few spots of lace. There's not much nose at all - maybe just a touch of metallic hops. The mouth is light and prickly. The opening features grainy malt and metallic hops. The hops dominate, with a tinny finish and a big lasting harsh edgy bitterness. This has more hops than your average macro, but drinking this is still not a pleasant experience.

Photo of roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer of Portugal i try. Poured in a pint glass. Look: Golden crystal color, thin foamy head, very fair, good lacing; Smell: Dry malts and grains; Taste: Something between dry and sweet malts, grains, and salt, some earth hops in small proportion; Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry finish, medium bitterness, medium body and very good carbonation; Drinkability: Good adjunct lager, very well balanced flavor.

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Sagres Cerveja from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
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