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Sagres Cerveja - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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BA SCORE
69
poor

103 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 223
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 223
Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
2.36/5  rDev -18.9%
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). (483 characters)

Photo of mjw06
3.14/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
2.59/5  rDev -11%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
2/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Herrbrokt
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of atis
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of JBogan
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
1.94/5  rDev -33.3%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of JanM
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (238 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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 (292 characters)

Photo of brendan13
2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.56/5  rDev -12%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of AlexLMS
2.47/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +37.5%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
3.54/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For its unpretentious, utilitarian perfection, I love this beer. It's what Thoreau would have had at Walden. Self-actualized and acceptant of its place in the world, Sagres tastes like what all the macro brew beer commercials say beer tastes like. It tastes cold; yes, the Coors marketing department's ignorant description of beer makes sense here. Ultimately Heineken without the sweetness blended with a bit of Budweiser, Sagres is fulfilling, clean, and crisp. Its hop profile is basic, but green and ferny enough to dry out the round cereal taste of a malt. And while the taste of hay and grass is often unappealing, this beer succeeds where others fail because of its balance and length. I almost wish I had a lawn to mow right now.

Relax, relaxx.
ng (759 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this recently from a relative. Since I'm part Portuguese, this intrigued me a bit and it was the first time that I'd ever seen or heard of this beer. I didn't know what to expect, and now that I've nearly finished it, it went down pretty easily. Since I actually enjoy savoring beer and the nuances that come with the territory, this was a bit of a disappointment, but still better than what I had anticipated...

Nothing special about the pour. Light color, little carbonation, no lacing, and a decently frothy head could all be seen in this brew. The taste was basic, but not empty. A bit soapy and citrusy in taste, but there were no hops to be found and the maltiness could be felt from nearly start to finish. The aftertaste was a bit oily, but it never felt hollow or "skunked" like the European beers that come in green bottles. This reminded me of Pabst Blue Ribbon a bit, but it wasn't as filling or even on the level of a guilty pleasure.

I didn't think this would have a lot of depth or notes to explore as I opened it, and that is indeed the case with this. Goes down easy, doesn't involve much thinking, but it was still worth a try once and slightly enjoyable to swish around. The 5.10% ABV could not be felt at all, just like the brew itself. I'm glad I only got one bottle of this to sample! (1,330 characters)

Sagres Cerveja from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
69 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.