Bavaria Gold
Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #787
Ranked #48,923
3 | pDev: 20.33%
Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this one wasnt bad either, pretty similar to imperial, but a little fuller bodied and sort of generally beerier, whatever that means, less adjuncty and more hearty a little bit, i liked this one probably second best behind the pilsen of the national stuff these guys make. big foamy white head on a crystal clear but not super light looking golden beer, tastes like some of the canadian lagers, with just a little more substantial of a malt base than the imperial line, and still quite cris in the finish with a little sweetness there and a faint note of the lager yeast is all. clean and simple beer, a touch more satisfying, but also kind of lousy when it warms up, so its one to drink quickly. i liked the high carbonation this had, and thought i could even get a light bittering hop, european and sort of stale, but a hop note there nevertheless. probably not the hot weather pounder, at least for me, but a nice start the evening kind of beer and perhaps better in some food contexts than some of the less flavored stuff they make. in its category, i really had no issue with the gold at all, and actually quite enjoyed it.

May 14, 2017
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BWED from Colorado

2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

350 ml can poured into a tumbler.

A- Gold and clear. Effervescent. 1/4" white head with good retention.

S- Malt aroma is a little grainy, straw, and a little fruity/apple.

T- Sweetness, some toasty grainy malt. Maybe a faint earthy hop.

M- Smooth, wet, really easy to drink.

O- Sweetness is a bit off, a little apple. But this is easy to drink and refreshing on a hot day.

Feb 25, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yellow, fizzy beer that has a tad more going for it, taste-wise. Or maybe I was just hot and anything cold tasted good. Slim pickin's when you're in the tropics.....

Feb 21, 2015
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jcbogantes from Costa Rica

2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the pilsners' in CR this would be the best, is refreshing and crisp, light yellow color, with a white heat without retention, easy to drink in tropical Costa Rica.
Nose: slightly malty with a hint of hops
body: light
Overall: A bit better than its cousin imperial

Jul 27, 2013
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kenito799 from New York

2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into iced mug

Golden color
Fresh clean taste. Bittreness is somewhat timid, this is not distinctive but smooth, refreshing and drinkable. Very smooth and refreshing. Subtle for a pilsener. A step above the ubiquitous Imperial that one finds everywhere in this country.

Mar 09, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

1.59/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color pils with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light corn notes and balanced residual sugars is OK. Taste is quite bland with light adjunct notes and a dry aftertaste. Refreshing while drunk under the hot Costa Rican sun but really quite bland overall.

Jan 05, 2011
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Yesac from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Transparent yellow/gold with a bright white head. Some lacing.

S- Toasty malt, grass.

T- Bold malt, balanced well.. not to bitter.

M- Thin bodied, refreshing carbonation on the palate.

D- Easy drinker here. I'm sure a few of these are easy to consume on a hot day in Coasta Rica.

Nov 26, 2009
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rallison from California

3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought and tasted in Costa Rica - side to side with Imperial, Pilsen and Bavaria Gold.

A: All were fine for the style with good carbonation that produced a nice head. 4s all around.

S: Imperial had a strong cooked corn smell with other vegetal notes - 2.5. Pilsen had light vegetal notes but mostly a simple grainy aroma - 3.0. Bavaria had no discernable vegetal or off notes and had a simple grainy aroma - 3.5.

T: Imperial was a touch harsh at the front with bitterness and hotness. Refreshing the rest of the way through. 2.5. Pilsen was simple throughout, but refreshing. Light bitterness. 3.0. Bavaria was the least bitter and had a touch more focus on bready malts (just barely). 3.5.

M: Imperial came on slightly strong but was otherwise fine. 3.0. Pilsen - 3.5. Bavaria - 3.5.

D: Given that these are meant for a hot Costa Rican day, they all drink well. I'll give a slight nod to Pilsen and Bavaria. Imperial - 3.5. Pilsen and Bavaria - 4.0.

Sep 10, 2009
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kellywilson50 from Costa Rica

3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being held captive with a limited beer selection in C.R. Bavaria Gold is by far my favorite of the national beers. Poured into the glass its appearance varies depending on how much detergent residue is present (not a lot of commercial dishwashers in C.R.) but when I have the control, it pours with nice carbonation, a clean crisp golden color with a nice head (not super creamy though).

You'll pick up some subtle hop aromas and a touch of maltiness. I find it very smooth to drink and with a bit more consistent flavor than Imperial (proper beer storage is also a problem here). Sometimes it is kept in refrigerators below freezing, if so, give it a few seconds to bask in the warmth of the Costa Rican air so more of its true flavors come out. Of course don't wait too long or you'll have a pretty warm beer on your hands.

Overall a nice beer for drinking pool or beach side, or simply out with friends.

Mar 21, 2009
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JoeBloe from New York

2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

like everyone says here, it's a decent beer - given the options in costa rica - heineken and corona are the 'imports' that sit beside it - better than those and good enough on the beaches of manuel antonio - reviewed in this context, a decent beer.

Feb 23, 2009
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TheEremite from California

3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer isn't always available in Costa Rica, but it's my favorite of the 3 Costa Rican breweries. It's a fairly well crafted pilsner. It's got a decent head, it's light crisp and refreshing. It's also usually a little more expensive than Pilsen or Imperial.

May 31, 2008
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alysmith4 from District of Columbia

2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this beer in Costa Rica.. only when we ran out of Imperial and Pilsen though. It was decent at best, nothing all that outstanding. Flavors were quite mild and somewhat watered down. Better than a Budwiser, but not by much. Of course, being in CR to drink it would definitely help it taste better!

Jan 18, 2007
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GooberMcNutly from Florida

3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden color in the glass, crystal clear and just the right carbonation. Tastes better the hotter it gets outside. I give the beer high marks for appearance and aroma, as it has at least a modicum of both. All "hot weather" lagers seem to be lacking something to me.

Oct 03, 2006
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mwinnie from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer in CR. It has more malt and hop flavor than Imperial. The body is light enough to make it easy to drink a fair number without getting too full. There is a light noble hop aroma and light maltiness. This could be higher to be true to style, but it would probably detract from drinkability in this hot climate.

Jul 26, 2006
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Anderbrau_IPA from Panama

2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

oh well, . . when you hear "Gold" the first thing you think is "the best beer brewed by the company or by the brand" you might think is something special you are drinking... in this case is not that time.

when i say minimun head, im really saying no head at all, it like opening a can of soda... lots of bubbles, thirst quencher etc etc.

good to drink in high temperatures, like my coutry, but CR is not that hot, oh well.
At least it name is use for something, with a gold, not bright but darker color, looks good, 4 tumbs down for the head, no smeel what so ever, mouthfeel is just average, nothing to be impress with.
i mean the beer is not bad, you can probably compare it to some Bud or Coors and drink like 38 in one hour, but that's not the deal here.

Jun 24, 2006
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just returned from my second extended visit to Costa Rica & drank quite a bit at this at Playa Negra Hotel which is located at great surfing beach in the NW section of Costa Rica.

The beer pours a bight gold with an off-white head.

The beer smells of fresh grass, some slightly peppery hops and a bit of biscuit.

Solid beer reminds me a bit of a Lowenbrau. The hops add a nice spicy compliment to the sweet malts. This beer will not overwhelm you, but it does seem well made without the adjuncts that most beers from this brewery contain.

The mouth is solid and it is an extremely easy drinker that compliments Costa Rican food. I was always glad to see this one offered at the bars and eating places we visited.

Apr 06, 2006
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nekronos from Mexico

4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, not with all those additives from almost all the beers in Central America. BUt it was a little light for being a Pilsener anyway. But I have a great time drinking this one. The foam sticked to the glass properly, but it was not that much.It was Golden, but a little darker.

Oct 13, 2005
Bavaria Gold from Cerveceria Costa Rica
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 53 ratings