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Sagres Cerveja - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 226
Avg: 2.89
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-02-2001

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Photo of JanM
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Derranged
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at some Portuguese hole in the wall. 330ml bottle poured into a Sagres stemmed pokal.

A- Pours a medium gold with a near nonexistent head, no lacing.

S- Metallic sweet malts, not much else. The smell was relatively weak.

T- Sweet malts, slight metallic taste, not much going on.

M- Thin and flat.

O- Not a bad beer for the style, better than expected. Not a beer I'd seek out, but if I ever happen to go to a Portuguese restaurant, bar, party etc, I might have it.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan 2016. I've only had one other Portuguese beer (Super Bock), and wasn't terribly impressed with it - but this sixer was absurdly cheap by local standards (about $1.66 per bottle) so it's not like I've got much to lose here. Served ice cold.

Pours a clear golden-yellow hue, capped off with one finger of loose, soapy white head, which lasts about a minute or two before fading. A bubbly film remains at the surface, in addition to a foamy collar and a few scattered swathes of lacing. Looks fine, but the aroma is somewhat less reassuring - it mostly smells like corn chips, with a pale, malty sweetness and some vegetal undertones. Not a terrible aroma - I can't really fault a cheap adjunct lager for smelling like adjunct - but it's still worlds away from enticing.

Not much I can say about this one. The flavour consists of grainy pale barley malts, corn husk and damp cardboard. Vaguely grassy towards the finish, but it goes right back to that corny, vegetal flavour in the aftertaste; thankfully it doesn't linger long. Light-bodied and a bit watery, with the sort of aggressive carbonation levels I'd expect from this sort of beer. There is nothing overtly offensive about this beer, but I can think of no convincing reasons to pick it specifically over its many competitors in the imported lager category... other than the price.

Final Grade: 2.98, a C. Sagres is yet another mediocre, forgettable pale lager to throw on the pile. It's definitely not the worst European adjunct lager I've ever had, but there are few redeeming qualities to be lauded here. It's easy to drink, and tastes like beer - what else were you expecting? Marginally better than Super Bock, but to be honest I haven't had that stuff in years, so it's not really a fair comparison. The bottom line? For a cheap imported lager, you could do much worse than this. Mexican lager enthusiasts should appreciate this one.

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Photo of JBogan
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of crwills
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Portuguese offering is light gold in color with a fast fading head and thin running lace. The medium malt and maybe corn body is a little nondescript. Not much malt or hop aroma, but there seems to be a cardboard and corncob smell. The medium/high metallic hops create a sharp-edged bite and the hop edge is tempered by the sweetness of the malt. The full mouth feel improves throughout.

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Photo of yen157
3.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, dense foam with some courseness sat on this clear, slightly darker than yellow beer. The aroma was of fruit (but not estery) and wine, in my opinion like a reisling. Nice malt / hops balance with a slightly bready finish with some lingering bitterness. The aftertaste, when breathing through your nose, is of alcohol and some vegetable. Not too bad, but that vegetable taste bothers me a little when I pay attention to it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Delaney's into a Sagres pilsner glass. Why not drink a cheap Portuguese beer at happy hour, and then use the resulting buy-one-get-one chip for something I actually want to drink?

A: Clear, fizzy straw body with a finger of creamy white head; good retention, soapy lace; pretty good for the style.

S: Nothing. Very bland, generic lager aroma of faint breadiness and nothing else. Meh.

T: Boring but crisp, with breadiness up front and a touch of metallic sharpness on the finish. Drinkable, but insipid. I.e., average for the style.

M: Frothy, prickly, but not too thin. Pretty good for an AAL, actually.

O: Portugal can brew a forgettable lager, too. Good for them?


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Photo of boss302
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sagres Cerveja

A Clear golden, moderate head. 3

S Slight grainy aroma and a little estery. 3 

T More malty than most light colored beers. Not bad. A little astringent in the finish.  3

M Light to medium. Feels thick on the tongue. Surprising. 3.5

D Good drinkable light lager. 3 

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - A pale golden color with a 3" head of thick white suds.

Smell - Caramel, hops and grains.

Taste - Sweet light caramel but no hops like the smell.

Mouthfeel - A little thin with a Nice carbonation to it.

Drinkability - It is an average beer of this type. Nothing great but nothing bad either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is mostly a doughy bread with light lemon and spice notes. It pours a clear, effervescent, yellow-gold with a white, dense foamy head that retains and laces well. The taste is a medium-light bittersweet, maybe a touch more sweet than bitter (not truly balanced). It's texture is watery with a fuzzy carbonation. The light body has a bread-first flavor with supporting notes of mellow citrus and spice. The finish is dry and crisp with notes of light spice and mellow, bitter citrus. The aftertaste is light and clean with bread crust and mineral water hints.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.12/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of dolzan
3.12/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mjw06
3.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Nickls
3.15/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of endovelico
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taken from notes. Reviewed 25 - 12 - 2011 under medium high natural light. Poured into plastic cup.

Appearance: Pours a golden brew with frothy thin white head that fizzles out leaving some lacing. Perceived effervescence is medium high.

Aroma: Aroma is of medium intensity. Sweet malty notes upfront with floral hops (noble hops most likely) on the back. Surprisingly rich, for a macro-lager that is.

Taste: Medium intensity. The floral notes from the hops and malt notes blend up front albeit in a very subdued manner on the back then some hop vegetable character and a bit of brisky cereal notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium high to high carbonation. Medium light to light bodied. Low bitterness. Medium short finish.

Overall: It certainty complies to the guidelines and that is the main reason I've given it reasonably high scores in other fields, HOWEVER overall, one can't get past the fact that it is a macro lager and lacks complexity, boldness and structure and while it's not flawed it's still very forgettable. Drink it cold, because has it gets warmer, it gets soapy and foul.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of spoons
3.19/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pretty cold bottle to a tulip.
Best by date says July so I am well within the limit.

A clear golden body that looks pretty nice. Has a tall foamy head that dissapates pretty quickly.

Smells kinda meaty. Some old hops, sausage like. Not nice.

Taste has some upfront sweetness to it. Bready with a little tanginess. A decent malty finish and aftertaste. A lagery metallic finish though.

A decent lager. I'd try it again but it smells a little funky.

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