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Bahia Lager - Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.11
pDev: 32.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-04-2004)
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Reviews by nick76:
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1.43/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:53:19 | More by nick76
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2.5/5  rDev +18.5%

06-08-2014 02:32:49 | More by wrightst
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2.5/5  rDev +18.5%

06-04-2014 17:52:17 | More by cmbeddoe7997
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -5.2%

05-25-2014 01:47:30 | More by Latarnik
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2.25/5  rDev +6.6%

04-13-2014 23:52:02 | More by DaveMiller
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1.75/5  rDev -17.1%

10-26-2013 13:52:55 | More by jaydoc
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2.25/5  rDev +6.6%

04-04-2013 15:10:16 | More by harpus
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2.55/5  rDev +20.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:44:30 | More by Fatehunter
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2/5  rDev -5.2%

08-25-2012 20:13:44 | More by beerpadawan
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New York

1/5  rDev -52.6%

06-01-2012 22:58:56 | More by crisis44
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3/5  rDev +42.2%

05-16-2012 18:19:04 | More by Beermazter310
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1.1/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:03:31 | More by mralphabet
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New Jersey

1.23/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 22:48:04 | More by Gavage
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1.3/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:29:34 | More by bort11
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1.43/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 22:07:41 | More by magictrokini
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New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 22:35:48 | More by beerthulhu
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2.83/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 23:29:41 | More by Blakaeris
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2.88/5  rDev +36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 20:51:55 | More by chiapete
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1.68/5  rDev -20.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 06:09:19 | More by Teke0611
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3.98/5  rDev +88.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 18:25:31 | More by matad0r
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3.03/5  rDev +43.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 14:39:08 | More by Vancer
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2.3/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Mmmm, skunky, sweet, bubbly, and lightly malty – all of that is readily apparent in the nose, and that’s really all you need to know about this beer. Perfect for those of you who are into this sort of thing, which is to say a light-bodied, lightly-malty pale lager with very low bitterness. Color is a brilliant/clear yellow and carbonation is moderate. Very little bitterness to speak of, and about the only character you’ll find in this beer, whether it’s served ice-cold or slightly warming in the summer sun, is a mild cereal-grain aftertaste. Whoops – I almost forgot about this brew’s light, almost nonexistent mouthfeel, wherein the ample carbonation also adds a sense of “character” to this beer. An extremely easy drinking “beer” especially if flavor is an option that isn’t high on your list of drinking priorities. Bahia belongs to that rare breed of beers where I’ve actually turned down a free bottle when offered one. When down this way, try fruit juice with rum instead!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 01:50:39 | More by Chaz
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2.42/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 03:20:57 | More by zeff80
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2.9/5  rDev +37.4%
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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 22:47:19 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.68/5  rDev +27%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 22:00:22 | More by tgbljb
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Bahia Lager from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
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