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Brava Cerveza - Lakeport Brewing Company

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Brava CervezaBrava Cerveza

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 28.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakeport Brewing Company visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brava is a premium lager containing 5% alcohol and brewed with specialized premium hops that promote a light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing lager.

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Reviews by Bestuurder:
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not too sure whether Lakeport rebranded this beer as "Brava Premium Lager" instead of the previous Cerveza. But either way.

This brew was very clear, excellent head rentention, good size head. What I would consider to be almost 'perfect' lacing effects, and a nice lcear bottle. Though it is a "pop-top" they are attempting to compare this brew to that of Corona. I am not too big of a fan of Cerveza beers, but this took my breath away.

The taste was well-balanced, fruity after a couple of sips, but not overpowering like Corona is. This beer will NOT require a lime.

Very smooth, actually, chekc that; exceptionally smooth. Just like the label claims. Very easy to drink, would be perfect with anything spicy or better yet, spicy BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 14:03:47 | More by Bestuurder
More User Reviews:
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.5%

05-17-2014 21:19:36 | More by Magibeg
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.5%

07-28-2013 01:12:03 | More by Nephnay
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The air itself is sweating under the hot July sun. My Brava is doing exactly what I paid it to do and at $1.00 a can, it's doing it well. The bar gains a bargain. The burgers are on the bbq, the 'tater salad is in a large plastic bowl, and Brava is giving a nice slow buzz. If you're like me and understand what the product is meant to be you don't give a damn about fingers of head or lacing or any of that snobbish crap. Long live the beer of summer.

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 02:17:47 | More by Pantherbone
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.5%

07-12-2013 20:54:17 | More by DenisKolkin
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Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

06-15-2013 16:21:08 | More by TheBeeraholic
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New York

3/5  rDev +7.5%

02-12-2013 02:01:29 | More by Huffs
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

12-02-2012 18:09:16 | More by SandS
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.5%

11-07-2012 05:44:01 | More by Will12
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Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

11-03-2012 16:22:09 | More by LagerHOGGER
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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

09-24-2012 00:36:37 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -64.2%

05-05-2012 08:13:27 | More by Wordslinger
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +43.4%

04-23-2012 05:26:39 | More by vondutch
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

03-27-2012 00:26:53 | More by beerhunter13
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Alberta (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can, no indication other than the perfunctory Labatt's production info on the rudimentary label.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy white head, which leaves a decent spectral lace pattern of lace around the glass as everything subsides.

It all smells of sharp, corny grain, with an unexpected boozy nature beyond reproach. The taste is nail polish remover, adjunct-heavy grainy 'malt', and well, nothing else.

The carbonation is thankfully quite reserved, the body equally so, with a typical bland, though even, medium body weight. It finishes mostly sweet, in a weakly expected manner, nothing much else going on.

Cheap is, as cheap does. 6 bucks and change buys you the expected equivalent, six-pack-wise. A typical Blue offshoot from the brain guild down on Whitemud, try harder next time, boyz...

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 03:59:07 | More by biboergosum
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.5%

02-10-2012 19:50:30 | More by oldp0rt
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Alberta (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

355ml can poured into pint glass 2/2/12

A clear straw yellow with bubbles of all sizes feeding a thumbs width of bone white foam that sticks around long enough to leave a couple rings of lace, looks great for the style

S well my excitement was short lived, corny sweet malt with some very faint solvent, at least its not skunky

T simple and not very appealing, what I smell more or less, with a little apple on the finish

M lots of bubbles, a little watery and a relatively clean finish

O just like a thousand macros before it this one fails to impress me other then its look

I hope this was at least cheap beer, a party leftover from the other night gotta love random ticks

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 17:09:30 | More by wordemupg
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tallboy can picked up at TBS. Lakeport's version of Corona, huh? Am I a masochist? Nope, just a ticker.

Pours that familiar pale golden-yellow colour, topped with roughly one finger of surprisingly ample, puffy white head that seeps away over a period of minutes. It leaves behind a thin cap and impressive quantities of lacing on the sides. I'll be blunt - for an adjunct lager, this actually looks pretty good. Unfortunately, the praise ends here - and look how much text is still below! The aroma is faint and not interesting at all, with hints of pale malts, corny sweetness and not much else for support. Not exactly enticing, but tolerable enough.

And 'tolerable' might as well be the word of the day - the taste is similarly tolerable, but nothing more. Grainy pale malts mingling with corny, sweet adjunct notes are basically the only flavours here. I'm pretty sure I have never used the phrase 'wet cardboard' in one of my reviews, but that streak now comes to an end because it's a very apt descriptor for the flavour of this stuff. Poorly balanced, with very little bitterness to counter the sweetness. Very thin, watery mouthfeel, with appropriate (fairly high) carbonation levels for the style. Easy to drink... but why?

Why would someone who enjoys beer drink this? Perhaps this is a trick question, and the only people who buy these Mexican pale lagers are beer-loathing Philistines, or evil, sadistic men who wish only to sully the good name of Beer. More likely, it is just people who want something light and easy, or people who pay attention to advertising. The definite answer will probably continue to elude me - but for what it's worth, the people at Lakeport have used (presumably) some of Canada's greatest alchemists to create a liquid that might as well be called Coron-eh. And they have passed the savings on to you!

Rather than continue to wax philosophical, I will say only one thing: If you are planning to buy a case of some other Mexican pale lager, you might as well save 10-15 bucks and get a case of Brava instead.

Final Grade: 2.25, a solid D. Avoid this, unless you are a Corona drinker on a budget. This falls under the umbrella of 'drinkable... I guess. If I have to'.

Serving type: can

01-15-2012 04:07:02 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

01-06-2012 16:18:45 | More by ThinkAgain
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2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My CANadian CAN man, BigBry, recently sent me a nice box filled with north of the border CANs and I am slowly getting into my backlog of CANs. Bravo a la quete de CANnettes!

From the CAN: "Premium Lager"; "Exceptionally Smooth" et en Francais, mais oui.

The Crack & Glug was right on target and produced two fluffy, foamy fingers of bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. It never ceases to amaze me just how many variations there are on the same theme. Nose was redolent with ... wait for it - corn! It smelled like silage and I was actually on a farm a few weeks ago and it really renewed my sense of smell for comparison. Hey, piggies gotta eat, CANQuesters gotta drink and hatas gotta hate. It is just the nature of the business. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and I was thankful that I was not tired after a day of teaching or this may have put me right to sleep. It was the epitome of ho-hum boring and I am not going to be any less blunt than that. Finish was more of the same-old, same-old. Had one, had 'em all, I am beginning to say. It was not unpleasant, which it at least had that going for it, but that was all. More damnation with the faintest of praise. Sorry, boys.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 00:40:03 | More by woodychandler
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.5%

12-02-2011 21:58:44 | More by papawu76
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased as it was "new" and near the cash register

poured bottle into one of my Sam Adams tulip glasses. Perhaps a mistake...was better chugged out of the bottle while BBQing

A: crystal clear bright yellow, brilliant white head, very fizzy, almost selzer-ish

S: too much corny sweetness. Processed grains. Odd, but not offensive hop character.

T: was better and more flavourful than expected. Like MGD on steroids. A bit too sweet, but actually not bad

M: Carbonation about right for my liking. ABV hidden well.

O: not a bad hot weather session beer...and it was cheap. Add a lime or lemon wedge. I could drink this. Better than Corona. Also better than Bavaria, Brahma and all those other "Corona Killers" they've brought out over the years.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:29:15 | More by ozmodium
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Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow apperance with little head that quickly disappears. Smell consists of grain and a bit or corn, fairly light though.

Taste is similar to the smell, light taste of grain and corn with a hint of sweetness and a very small hint of hops. Very similar to corona. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a dry grain taste.

Overall, this is a cheaper version of corona, almost want to put a lime in it. It is refreshing in that manner. Since corona also has little taste to it, might as well save money and pick this up. Or drink something else.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:38:03 | More by CrazyMike
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

well, figured i'd give this a shot, head about it being "the beer of summer" and being sick of winter here figured i'd try it... plus it was cheap.

A: you can see it in the bottle... pale yellow. minimal lacing and retention, not as attractive as brahma or MGD in the bottle, though mostly resembles MGD.

S: skunk and wet grain. corn is present on the smell.

T: sweet corn and grain with the faintest of hops, it's a confused taste and not "smooth" at all. it has a wicked bitter aftertaste that really disapointed.

M: best part, it did cream up nicely, but that just made the sticky confused taste cling to my mouth. it's fairly well carbonated and i don't like overly fizzy beer.

D: ranks with coors light / coop gold... hah.

i will not be a repeat consumer unless it's free.

bottom line, it's a cheap Corona knock off, only problem is... Corona is terrible.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 03:54:26 | More by EsoxLucius
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Ontario (Canada)

1.68/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Brava's pale, inconsequential colour can be witnessed whilst still in the bottle - if ever there was an argument for clear class bottles it is that you can tell the shitty beers from those actually worth buying. Although the body is appreciably clean its complexion is alarmingly colourless. A swampy patch of white floats atop like moss in marshlands.

This is among the least appealing smelling beers I've ever come across. Each sniff shakes the spine like the sound of nails on a chalkboard. The dank, domineering stench of corn syrup makes for a most undesirable smell. This was surely meant to be drank from the bottle, and I wish I had. Zoos make for a more charming olfactory experience.

I have to say that so far the beer is doing a poor job of selling itself. What reason again is there for me to drink this? It took some time to summon the courage to take a sip. Fortunately, I wasn't poisoned, nor did I puke, suffocate or tun into some kind of savage monster. It did, however, incite a Frankenstein-like rage: "err, this not beer. Me angry!"

Yes, I find the taste of this beer downright infuriating. Unlike other Mexican-style swill lagers this fails to be tasteless. Instead, it has a foul, wretched, calamitous flavour - one that mimics moldy bread and sprouted grains and industrial strength corn syrup. A word like "nauseating" isn't often brought up in beer reviews, but this is a special case.

Believe me, I've brewed enough failed homebrews to know that fermented grains and hops, no matter how badly the recipe fails, require fantastic circumstances to taste this wretched and rotten - in fact, nothing short of infection will cause this kind of repugnant, reprehensible violation to the palate. Except infection isn't the case here...

It's an excess of additives and/or preservatives. Unlike *real* beers this has no crisp bitterness nor any biscuity malt sweetness. Instead, this has a very flat, stale, chemical, solvent-like texture that makes even the purest of lager drinkers beg for the cutting acidity of a lime wedge. Bleh, anything to rid this feeling from my cheeks.

I think I want a tetnis shot - I suddenly feel ill. It's anyone's guess what it is in this beer; I, for one, am not sure I even want to know (although I can imagine). Another thing I don't know is what's more of a tragedy - the fact that a brewery actually makes this or the fact that some consumers buy it. God willing this will never make it out of Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:02:08 | More by biegaman
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Brava Cerveza from Lakeport Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.