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Sagres Cerveja - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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BA SCORE
67
poor

181 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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 flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
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 joepais
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a family reunion in Mass
Bottle poured into a proper glass produced a big frothy white head on top of a clear golden colored body.

This brew was the better of the two new brews I tried at the reunion. The aroma was much more balanced between the malts and bitters.

It was a light and fresh beer with enough flavors to make it enjoyable not to sweet with enough hops in it to keep me coming back. It was medium in my mouth with ample carbonation.
Like I said I went back for more of these defiantly better than most for the style

joepais, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
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 NewGeneric
2.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a typical lager, very golden and transparent, with decent white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Smell is nothing great, mildly sweet, dissipates very quickly. Taste is very average on the malt and minimal on hops with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. It's very easy to put down quite a few of these if you're just out for some drinks without worrying too much about having a high quality great beer. I put it just a slight notch above the commercial American lagers (BMCs).

NewGeneric, May 30, 2009
Photo of mjw06
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale gold and very transparent. one finger sized, light-bodied head with a descent retention and lacing.

a faint, very metallic, sweet smell. not a pleasing or pleasant smell at all.

not much taste, but what is there is a dry, crisp, corny taste. not much to complain about either. few imperfections and unpleasant notes if any. i guess this is portugal's budweiser.

an interesting, but very pleasing light-bodied mouthfeel.

a nice drinkable brew, and like I said before, has few imperfections. had this with my chicken at nando's, a popular afro-portugese chain that they have in dc. went well.

mjw06, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in Portugal on vacation, I bought this one in both 6 packs and the large 1.5 bottles. I don't think I ever saw it on tap.

Poured into a glass, the beer is a slightly darker shade of yellow. There is a bone white head good lacing.

The aroma is of grains and bit of spicy (pepper) hops. This aspect of the beer could be notched-up a bit.

The taste is semi-sweet with bready malts and a fair amount of trailing bitterness. I would say its balanced and has a clean, slightly dry finish.

The beer is slightly over carbonated with a nice bit of sharpness. Easy enough to drink several. If they could tone down the carbonation a notch and turn up the smell it would be a real winner for the style.

Redrover, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours translucent gold with thin white head that doesn't retain well. Nose is tepid with some cooked vegetables, light skunk, and faint hop aromas. Palate is light in flavor and body, somewhat unpleasantly sharp, and has more than average hop bite for an adjunct style beer.

yemenmocha, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow color, poured with a white head that quickly disappeared into nothing. Visible rising bubbles throughout the brew. Very much expected for the style

S - Sweetish graininess in the aroma, with that ubiquitous macro 'beer' aroma. No skunkiness even though it's an import macro

T - Sweetish corn and biscuit like flavors (guessing b/c of the adjuncts), and a bit of a dryish finish

M - Light/thin MF, with lots of bubbly carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable for the style. Nice snappy MF, and light body make this easy to down. Flavors aren't out-of-whack or anything.

Overall, this is very much what I've come to associate with the style, and this is certainly not a terrible brew. This is my "I want a regular 'ol beer today" brew given it's availability in my neighborhood. I've used it to wash down many Portuguese seafood dishes and have never been terribly disappointed with it.

Nickls, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of seanyfo
2/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle poured into standard glass, in nandos portuguese chicken restaurant

A - Pale gold body, with evident beading, poor head retention and lacing, leaving faint crown

S- Grains, sweet mustiness.

T- Syrupy sweet grains, with a faint hop bite in the finish. A lingering musty metallic flavours continues well after.

M- Medium/high carbonation, syrupy

D- Too sweet, not refreshing, not enough hop bite. Pretty poor on all fronts, pass.

seanyfo, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Herrbrokt
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at local beer store poured into a pint glass.

Weak white bubbly head quickly dies off. Pale yellow. real carbonated

Faint smell metallic grassy citrus

Taste like a macro lager of the region. I imagine a red stripe halved with a coors. Not bad but nothing close to impressive.

Nice for a hot weather lunch on the go type thing.

I'll leave it at that.

Herrbrokt, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of atis
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite faint and grassy aroma, above medium carbonation.

Carbonation has an impact on taste, possibly kind of enhancing citrus and hops like flavour. Aftertaste is quite sweet, did not like that. Not particularly refreshing.

Average beer, maybe would buy it in Portugal, but would not particularly look for it.

atis, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap in a restaurant (can't remember the name) in Porto. Light golden color with a thin head, leaving minimal lacing behind in the glass.

Smelled somewhat grassy yet sweet.

Tasted of grains and with a hint of corn. Also on the sweet side.

Nice mouthfeel. Somewhat on the thin side but good for a beer of this type. Good carbonation.

This was a beer that hit the spot, but I wouldn't call it a great beer. It's a pretty decent and refreshing beer which I would drink again next time I'm over in Portugal. Try it if you're in the area.

JBogan, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was the second beer I had at a local tapas restaurant this past weekend. My waiter poured into in a Duvel glass (weird?). Looked and smelled like an average lager beer. There was a lot of carbonation, and also a pretty decent sized head. Taste was decent, didn't blow me away. Went well with flavorful Spanish food, as it didn't overpower anything, but didn't do much to add to the cuisine. Just average.

morebeergood, May 12, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
1.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle
5.1%
I tried this beer on October 30, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold into the glass with very little head. What head there was...was white. The aroma was almost non-existent. The mouthfeel was very this, with high carbonation. The flavour was very grassy, with some bitterness.

cyrenaica, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of JanM
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty straightforward macro lager in the common "Mediterranian Lager" style of beers: Golden colour, sour smell, and a taste dominated by bread and citric notes. Functional and definately drinkable in a hot climate but lacks personality.

JanM, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : pils assez pâle, cristaline peu saturée, belle mousse blanche
Smell : arôme malté assez délicat
Taste and mouthfeel : saveur plutôt faible, bouche très légére
Drinkability : bière sans personnalité, très désaltérante

thierrynantes, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of brendan13
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden colour with a couple of centimetres of white head.
S - Grainy, slight floral, a bit metallic.
T - Sweet lager maltiness with some hoppiness.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high mouthfeel.
D - Not too bad actually. I wouldn't buy it again unless I was in Portugal and needed a cold, refreshing beer for which it would do the drink.

brendan13, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with a puny head. Drops quickly to nothing.

S - A touch of skunk right off the bat, followed by a sweet/metallic smell. There's some floral tones as well.

T/M - Still macro-bland, but less so than the average. A moderately assertive hop bitterness covers up the alcohol well enough, and there's a refreshing crispness in the body. Somewhat sweet as well.

D - Pretty drinkable I guess. Better than I expected, without anything off. I'll take this over the average BMC.

allergictomacros, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Georgiabeer
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
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 crwills
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of bottles of this at a restaurant in Niagara Falls (I can't remember the name -- an "international cuisine" place with a BBQ on the patio out front, somewhere on the main strip.

Poured a pale golden colour into a tall, skinny glass - might even have been a Sagres glass, I can't remember. Decent-sized white bubbly head that faded quickly and left some lacing. Mild floral aroma that carries into the flavour. Sharp, but not super aggressive carbonation. Floral, spritzy hops with little to no noticeable malt characteristics and no detectable adjuncts. Slightly bitter short-lived aftertaste.

Refreshing, and went well with my meal - a "Mexican-style" pizza type thing. Would probably have been even better with some of the Portuguese dishes they had available, or a chorizo fresh off the grill.

crwills, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 AlexLMS
2.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light golden color. White low head and very poor retention. Very clear.
Taste: lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: drying sensation. Moderate carbonation, low-strength and light body.
Finish: bitter and persistent aftertaste.

Overall: a brisk and refreshing adjunct lager. It is too common to be worthy of any special note. I was negatively impressed by the very feeble retention. In 20 seconds it was entirely gone. Not worthy a second try.

AlexLMS, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
4.08/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a tumbler at 45 degrees. This beer was ine I picked up thinking it was mostly going to be just for my label collection. Even my beer guy i bought it from said it was just a beer, nothing great. And this is kinda true, but..
The beer was a nice golden color, it smelled like ummm. beer yea beer. Taste was a little flowery but very clean and very refreshing. The beer had a crappy head and no lacing, but again, it was remarkably tasty. I will have to sat that I will buy this beer again.

Minkybut, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh.. A beer from the motherland. Many of these I had years ago in Portugal, not knowing much about beer then I drank them for what they were worth to me then, not much. But now I drink them with a much more objective eye.. Or should I say mouth.

This poured a rather boring yellow with a fine layer of foam floating on the top. Smell reminds me a bit of rotting cabbage, really nothing i'd call home about. But this quickly redeems itself in the flavor. Some sweet notes with a very slight hop edge. Level of carbonation is good and this is actually rather refreshing.

Although at first glance this doesn't appear to be the most appetizing of brews, it really isn't all that bad. Goes well with some Chouriço or a bifana, or any other slightly spicy dish.

funkengruven, Aug 11, 2006
Sagres Cerveja from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
67 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.