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Sagres Cerveja - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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BA SCORE
68
poor

191 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Portugal

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-02-2001)
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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.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +4.9%

t0rin0, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dated 9/2012.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight grassy flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer beer that is fairly drinkable but nothing I would want again.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

GRG1313, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 09, 2010
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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 15, 2002
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, a little hops and typical macro adjuncts.

T: The taste is bready with a little bit of macro sweetness, but not quite as much as others. There’s a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good representation of style, it’s a decent alternative to BMC and not bad for a macro but I would choose it unless I were out somewhere and they didn’t have much else to select from.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It poured straw yellow with a very thin head that very rapidly disappeared to nothing, giving it a flat look. In fact, I had this at different places (when I went to Portugese restaurants) and times to make sure that it just wasn't old.
There was not much of an aroma. There were maybe some attempts at a hoppy scent, but it was masked by a watery alcohol flavor. It didn't smell terrible, just not right.
The taste was bland. Nothing necesarily bad in the taste, just the complete lack of one.
The mouthfeel was disappointing because of the lack of any flavor. I thought that maybe it could be a session beer on a hot summer day, but there are many better examples of this style that taste better.
It didn't leave much of an aftertaste, but that is because it lacked flavor to begin with. It seems that they could do something, add hoppy favors or some fruity flavors, or something to add taste.
Next time I go to a Portugese restaurant, I'll stick to Sangria, or find a different Portugese beer that has taste.

jwc215, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of smcolw
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light straw color and very clear. 2-finger thick white head.

Strong aromas of adjuncts--very little malt or hop smells. Disappointing.

Very typical of mass-produced weak pilsner-like American beers, albeit Porteguese style. Very little to compliment. Thin body with high effervesence.

When I tried this, I was thirsty and had been without beer for nearly five days! Nevertheless, this is an inferior beer, even for the Ibernian peninsula.

smcolw, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

BlackHaddock, May 09, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got two fingers' worth of creamy, bone-white head with good retention. The color was a deep-golden with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a slight Saaz-like hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild bitterness on the tongue. Very lager-like, certainly, but not overly sweet. Finish was smooth, crisp, nice on a warm afternoon in the approach to summer. An interesting beer, better than a lot of lagers which I've tried recently.

woodychandler, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a nice pour with a white fluffy head thats about 3 inches, and some okay lacing. Medium gold in color. Unfortunately, that's about as good as it gets. The smell is typical Euro lager- light graininess and some faint malt. Same with taste. 1st sip isn't bad, but immediately thereafter I taste wet cardboard, cereal grain and some faint grassiness. Mouthfeel is slick and light. Drink these in Portugal if you have to, but no reason to go out of the way to get them here.

Georgiabeer, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

DoubleJ, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveja Sagres may not have any head but, unlike many other industrially produced lagers, it does have a substantial amount of colour. The beer's ornately golden tone is something I wouldn't be shy to be seen with nor does it look like something I'd be adverse to drinking. And the clarity, of course, has achieved a sparkling state of perfection.

For a mass-produced lager such as this, it's ideal that you don't note anything aroma wise. Although it's still beyond me why the majority of people wouldn't want their beer to have a pleasant, fragrant bouquet, it's just as well because beers like this - when they actually do smell of anything - tend to reek of corn syrup or cooked rice paddies.

This one doesn't give off much of a scent, although there is a perceivable graininess that has faint overtones of corn. Whether this is a natural by-product of the brewing process or whether it is the mark of cheap fillers, we have to taste and see... Turns out, I can't be totally sure; if it was adulterated, it couldn't have been diluted too heavily.

Indeed, the mouthfeel wouldn't suggest corn syrup or industrial adjuncts. It is quite light on the palate, with an inoffensive sweetness and reasonably pure graininess. Only a drop of actual barley malt is tasted but at least it's clean and uncontaminated. This is a macro lager I'll actually be glad to finish (and seem to be doing so unusually quick).

Still, it never ceases to amaze how, for all the mishmash of cultures and tastes there are in the world, virtually every country's national brand of beer wind up so identical to one another. It also marvels me to think how little taste the majority of people must have so that these breweries can sell such phenomenal quantities of insipid, uninspiring lagers.

biegaman, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of KAF
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Rhettroactive, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Gusler
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Gusler, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. There's a date of "Dez 09" printed on the label so I'm guessing that's a best-by date.

Appearance: light-gold to straw color; thin, fizzy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: pretty light malt aroma, but nothing complex.

Taste: not entirely watery, there is some flavor here; more than I expect from an adjunct lager. While hops are not entirely ignored, they're not present in any great amount, either.

Mouthfeel: thin and carbonated, this one is a pretty good refresher.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. It's a pretty light beer without any offensive or insipid flavors; I'm sure it's great for those hot days on the Portuguese Riviera.

flagmantho, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
2.35/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 03, 2011
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.

tone77, Aug 24, 2009
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Sagres Cerveja from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
68 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.