Bahia Lager - Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.13
pDev: 30.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TinusTime on 01-29-2004

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
2.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin head, clear and light straw colored body.
Smell is slightly metallic with a good dose of honey.
Taste is sweet beginning to middle with a metallic/bitter finish.
Crisp and light body. Moderate carbonation.
I could picture myself drinking one or six of these while laying on the beach in the sun. Better than some but...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
1.06/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A simply nasty beer. This shit tasted like rotten Corona! It poured a clear straw color with a very small head that produced small ammounts of lace. The smell was that of a skunks fart and the taste was not much better. Rotten skunk flavor mixed with malt sweetness is about all you get this with this shit. Nasty stuff!

Photo of magictrokini
1.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Damn you BeerAdvocate for making me come up with 250+ to tell you how bad this beer is. Clear yellow pour with a white head. A barely-there nose of metal and corn, with dirty water. Sweeter than Corona, it requires no lime because the nasty Mexico corn-and-water combo is nearly absent. No aftertaste, very watery.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I see that there are several Bahia Lagers listed here on BeerAdvocate. This one is from Guatemala. It pours a crystal-clear deep-golden body beneath an average-sized head of bright-white foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves only minor lacing about the glass. The nose expresses a basic, straw-like/grainy maltiness and some grassy and skunky hops. It's light-medium in body and smooth with a moderate carbonation level. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests it will be, and perhaps the most exciting thing here is the skunked hop flavor. There's obviously a good bit of adjunct in use here, 30% or more, and it's probably high fructose corn syrup. Which is OK if that's the kind of beer you want to make, and obviously, it is. A low-key bitterness balances it at around 12 IBU's, and it's clean. Basic "island" lager. Refreshing but unexciting. I think I said something about another beer like this regarding a ship lost at sea for days in the hot sun, without food or water and surrounded by man-eating sharks.... well, this would be quite welcome at that point too ;)

Photo of chiapete
2.9/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a yellow golden color. Head fades fast. Very light clean taste. A light Cerveza. light after taste, slight grainy finish. Not to watery but still very light.

A good summer time beer, easy to drink. A good way to finish off a hot summer night.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.08/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Packaged in a clear bottle.

A: Poured a traditional macro-gold with a small sudsy head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: a very faint aroma of sour corn and buttery vegetables.

T: starts out sweet with some buttery malting and warm sour vegetables and cornmash. There was a lingering metallic taste as well in the finish.

M: thin and watery.

D: Undrinkable, best part about this beer was watching the other half go down the drain. Avoid at all costs.

Photo of Pegasus
2.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear pale straw color with a large snow-white head, which quickly collapses to a thin layer. The lacing is quite thick, coating the glass walls rather well. The carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Quite skunky, due to the clear glass bottle. Aside from that, strong corn and cooked vegetable notes and little or no hop aroma.

Taste: Begins with a rather sweet corn malt note, followed by some washed out lemon hops; finishes dry with a mild, lingering metallic flavor.

Mouth feel: Lots of sharp carbonation, the body is fuller than the appearance would suggest.

Drinkability/notes: Seemingly this is a Corona wannabee, not a good thing. A particularly unspectacular example of the style.

Photo of Reidrover
1.34/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ok spotted at el cheapo canned goods outlet..$2.99 a sixer..bought just a single.
Clear screen printed bottle.
Actually not the worst Latin American beer I have ever seen, its darker yellow than many with a bubbly white head.
The aroma however is wretched, burnt plastic and fermeted grass.
taste is just as wretched..watery with some yukky astringent tastes.
Not good on the palate.
A very bad beer..never again.

Photo of jdhilt
2.31/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly leaving minimum lace. Chrystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet/hoppy, finish is sweet and clean. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of Gavage
1.24/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a 1" fluffy white head. Some lace paints the glass, but only one or two carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: big sugary sweetness and some grass are easy to detect but is a turnoff.

Taste: very mild malt presence with some grass, buttery tones, and no bitterness. This beer is sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Buttery aftertaste lasts a while.

Drinkability: this beer is just a turnoff from aroma and taste categories. Part of a mixed beers of the world gift I received. Clear bottle with a cheesey swordfish on the front should warn you to stay away.

Photo of mralphabet
1.12/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured kind of aggressive and got a big head that dissipated quickly to nothing but a thin layer. Bud yellow in color with a little lacing.

S: God awful... I thought there was a skunk in my kitchen. Once you get passed the skunk, you get corn husk and grain.... not much else. I really don't want to smell it anymore.... (I might need tomato juice to get the smell out !!)

T: Corn husk, grain and moldy sock maybe.... Nothing really good here. Aftertaste is not any better....

M: Very thin and watered down

D: Is not drinkable a measure of drinkability...

Run away.... very far away. Drain worthy... And I give everything a chance.

Photo of bort11
1.28/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Imstillthegman sent this as an Ugly for the Good/Bad/Ugly BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Thin white head, no lacing. Color is a clear sunflower yellow. One or two streamers of carbonation rise from the bottom.

Smell is mostly saccharine sweet. No hops, now malt. Just artificial sweetener. Taste has some hints of a high fructose corn syrup with a dash of lime flavoring.

Mouthfeel is lacking the crispness of other more popular cervezas. It is syrupy.

The whole reason I put together the Good/Bad/Ugly BIF is that I believe that every once in a while we should experience an Ugly beer so that we can better appreciate a Good beer. I am appreciating right now.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.58/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nearly as pedestrian as you get. A very typical grain flavor with varying adjunct flavors. A mildly astringent, grain-husk feel behind a fizzy carbonation. Bright yellow and a fleeting stark white head. Thins considerably into the finish. Light hints of apples in the end. Would be clean if not for the graininess.

Photo of zeff80
2.4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a straw-yellow color with a small white head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled of corn and a little skunk (probably due to the clear bottle).

T - It tasted most of corn and grains. Nothing really grabbed me.

M - It was crisp and very light-bodied.

D - It is okay, but nothing special. At least now I can say I've had a beer from Guatemala.

Photo of tgbljb
2.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale yellow color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is on the sweet, but not fruity. Taste is way to sweet for my liking, and it only gets worse as the beer warms. Finishes with more over-sweetness, and the refreshing veeling at the beginning becomes less so with the not-as-cold beer at the end. Is this suppossed to be generic Corona?

Photo of matad0r
3.9/5  rDev +83.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 6 pk of 12oz bottles while driving thru Richmond, VA. The clerk said it was better than Corona (which is not saying much) so I decided to give a try. Looks like a Corona but it has more flavor and better smell. It had lots of carbonation typical of latin beers but not a bad beer at all with no after taste.

Photo of Vancer
3.01/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ol' bay lager (Bahia) is not a bad brew, in fact, for a macro it's decent and would make a good lawn mower brew. Sure a heck of a lot cheaper AND better tasting than a Crapona. Didn't even need a lime.

Decent amber yellow pour, not bad!, with a smallish white head. Subtle hints of malt and veggies in the aroma. Then the taste; semi-sweet malt with a honest backbone of hops - not a lot, but balanced out well enough.

The clear bottle sucks a big one, but if in Guat. , I'd go for these - in a pilsner glass, of course.

Photo of kbub6f
1.96/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big, off-white, bubbly, noisy, soapy, sudsy head. Clear, pale, pale gold liquid with lots of carbonation. Not a bad looking beer. Big fonk in the nose with sweet ink underneath. Lemony fruit in the front, turning sour through the thin middle. Finish is sugar and alcohol, saved only by some toasty grainsiness. There's quite a bit of flavor, but it's not good.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.08/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected the worst when I pulled this from my world sampler pack... this was some of the worst looking beer I've ever seen. It looks like urine. The taste is strangely sweet, not like anything I've had before. Not something that I'd go out of my way to get, but don't be put off by it's pale color. It's actually not that bad.

Photo of TinusTime
1.2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Wow-- another beer foisted upon me by my company by the distributor that brags about featuring "budget" imports. So far they have sent Rockhopper, Mariner Lager, and Explorator. Now from the country of Guatemala comes BAJA a beer meant to compete with Corona. Most likely it should compete with battery acid.
Pours a shade darker than corona with almost no head. Smell is metallic and chemical with a bit of musty corn. Taste is vile. Chemical, Acrid, Almost no flavour that one could associate with a natural product... Maybe a little corn in the middle. The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation and the taste just makes it hard to swallow.
I almost feel bad putting this on the shelf for people to buy. When Corona is a couple steps up you know you have hit near bottom

Photo of Blakaeris
2.72/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear pale yellow. Head is slight and doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is very distinct in a bad way with a sharp metallic, musty corn smell.

Taste is better than expected, after the terrible nose. Solid pale malt base with a citrusy aspect. Sweet and grainy.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Once you get over the terrible nose, it is drinkable (considering the style). Holds as much, or more flavor as the average macro.

Photo of nick76
1.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I hate to refer to a beer as piss but this beer falls in that category. The aroma is acidic with nothing but corn. The appearance is pale gold with almost no head and white chunks at the bottom. The flavor is weak but what flavor it has is corn and astringent bitterness. The palate is watery. Overall I hate it. I can't even finish it.

Photo of Teke0611
1.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Revisited... Perhaps the same beer has been on the shelf for a while, because now it was total garbage. But for reference,

Original review:
Gotta say, although some of the others have reviewed this with somewhat 'spectacular' results, overall I feel this beer fits its category just fine (IMHO, a hot weather mexican beer with little actual flavor). It's a mexican-style import (from Guatemala), and is distributed by the same company who distributes Bahia (also from Guatemala). At a recent get-together, I brought this one along with some Corona to see reaction. While I personally don't necessarily care for either one, I was surprised to see the MUCH cheaper Baja take the taste challenge just fine. I picked up this six pack on sale in Greeley for 4.99. Perhaps a bit less skunk-like ending than Corona?

Photo of Morris729
1.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear bottle with a marlin on the front (resembles the Florida major league baseball logo) and the inscription, “Brewed and bottled under the authority of Cerveceria Monterrey, S.A., by Cerveceria Centro Americana, S.A.” on the back. Pours a very pale and clear light yellow color with a short foamy head that quickly fades into a patchy lace. The nose, which jumps out at you the second you open the bottle, has a strong vegetal aroma with notes of corn and some underlying metallic notes. The taste is at least an improvement over the smell with flavors of sweet malt initially that give way to some drier corn flavors and a bit of an odd chemical taste in the background. My first and last experience with this beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.68/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Beach ball yellow (Bahia makes me think of the beach because the clear bottle/bright yellow beer is reminiscent of Corona and because there's a blue swordfish on the painted 'label'). The cap is oyster shell off-white and starts out filling half the glass after a tsunami-like pour. It deflates at a respectable pace and looks better while doing so than your average BMC product. A few small patches of sea foam lace adhere to the glass.

Amazingly enough, there was no trace of skunkiness on crown cracking and none now that I've screwed up my courage and taken a few sniffs. The aroma isn't offensive, there just isn't much of it. Lightly sweetish grain with faintly musty hops... nothin' else and nothin' special.

The beer is borderline nasty, but it doesn't have enough flavor to reach the gag-inducing stage. As suspected, it's on the sweet and grainy side with very little in the way of hops. Perhaps that's why the skunks stayed away? This is one of the most uninteresting, one-dimensional lagers that I've ever had and I've had a lot of them. It's almost, but not quite papery... almost, but not quite metallic... almost, but not quite palatable.

The mouthfeel is propped up to some extent by corny sweetness. Or at least the slickness gives the illusion of a light-medium beer. The bubbles that stuck to the glass immediately after the pour were some of the largest that I've ever seen. They were short-lived, though, since the beer feels flat in the mouth despite all the fizzing that I see each time I set the glass back on the coaster.

I don't remember what I thought of Corona (beyond the fact that I didn't like it), but at the moment I think I'd take a bottle of it over a bottle of Bahia Lager. And I wouldn't even mind if there was a lime wedge crammed into the bottle neck. In fact, beer like this can only benefit from the addition of some outside flavor to cover up the nastiness. On second thought, skip the Bahia entirely. I'll take a Kamikaze with extra lime juice and a little paper umbrella.

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Bahia Lager from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
59 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.