Bavaria Dark Beer | Cerveceria Costa Rica

Bavaria Dark BeerBavaria Dark Beer
BA SCORE
3.08/5
66 Ratings
Bavaria Dark BeerBavaria Dark Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica
florida.co.cr

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 07-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,903
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
66
pDev:
17.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of BWED
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

350 ml can poured into a tumbler.

A- Brown, on the lighter side of a dark beer. Tan head with mediocre retention. Looks almost like a cola.

S- Straw, grassy notes. Slight roast. Very mild earthy hop aroma.

T- Light and grassy. Some caramel notes.

M- Very light and a tad sweet. Wet finish. For a "dark" beer, this one is still poundable.

O- For Ticos, I think this means mixing it up. But this really isn't a great deal different from the light lagers.

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Photo of jaluria
2.02/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

With only a few beers sold in Costa Rica, I was willing to try just about every available beer. I came across a few cans of this stuff in a grocery store and decided to check it out; wish I hadn't. Just an awful beer (considering the style or not) that scared me straight.

It started with a semi-translucent, brown pour that left a soapy head. Aromas of astringent, vinegar, and spoiled fruit got my attention and not in a good way. The taste followed the smell with the addition of malt flavors that were not enjoyable or complex. Oily flavors came out as well and I had not idea what to make of it; seemed more like veg. oil than olive oil. Seemed like only one variety was used and it had passed its expiration years ago. Quite bitter in the finish with a sour taste left in the back of my throat. After a few sips, I couldn't bring myself to finish my glass, I had to give it away to my wife who had a few more sips before pouring it down the sink.

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Photo of kellywilson50
2.09/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At first sight, when comparing the other national beers in Costa Rica, one might get excited and assume that finally Bavaria Dark will deliver on the much needed flavor front. Well we all know what happens when you assume. The brownish-mahogany color is enticing but after a deep inhale it's forgotten and the thought, "this is just another unimpressive mass produced lager" enters your mind. Taste is bland with a very slight hint of caramel and not much else. Mouthfeel is watery and from the Bavaria family this in my opinion is the weakest.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.11/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Like a lager and not something dark. Something is wrong here. I ordered a dark, is the dark glass that I am drinking out of deceiving me? What is up with all this. I take it it’s opposite day or something. I do taste a bit of maltyness, but nothing like the prescription was prescribed. What drug company is this doc working for? I mean bottling distribution company, but still. This is not bavaria. Thats for sure, but end of the day in the down pour of a Costa monsoon its a lot better than bud. The head is a bit creamy, taste tolerable. Thus, I think this is the best you can aside from making it yourself in this country. That's not saying much, is it?

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Photo of Souleman
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Notninja
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color lager with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light sweet notes with not much else noticeable. Taste is also a balanced mix between light sweet undertones and a watery finish. Body is OK for style with medium carbonation. I have a feeling this is the regular lager with some kind of colouring agent thrown in there.

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Photo of bird_soul
2.36/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of mikeg67
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle in San Jose, CR. Pours dark brown with tall, creamy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt and dark fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, some earthy hops, chocolate and dark fruit. Finish is long and semi-dry. Better than most crap in Costa Rica.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AnalogErik
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of rdooley
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this one was pretty rotten, one of the worst beers i had on my trip to costa rica, and one i had a bad experience with and kept saying i would order another one at some point to give it another chance, but just couldnt bring myself to. its dark brownish red in color with almost no head, disappointingly flat looking. aroma is sweet and a little roasty, but super sugary, not done fermenting at all it doesnt seem, and i dont taste the yeast at all either. raisin juice, brown sugar, slight burnt caramel, it just doesnt come together, almost like a dark corn syrup thing, whatever it is, its too sweet and it doesnt work for me. if it had some bubbles it would help a lot, but it was dead flat from the bottle for me, and this made it heavy and thick and tiring to get through, which is a real shame in a market where dark beer is hard to come by and even a decent one would really by nice. i wanted so badly for this to come through for me, but to no avail. sugar all over my teeth, heavy in my belly. i do find a redeemable roast character in here through the sludge, and there is potential, but this seems sloppy and almost overlooked as a recipe. anyone tasting this at the brewery? it could easily be a league better than it is. a letdown for me.

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Photo of BILF
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ybnorml
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clean very dark amber, nearly brown, beer with a small beige head. Has a light malty aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate. The flavor is an unexpected bready, biscuit, cookie kind of taste and mouthfeel with maybe the slightest hint of chocolate on the finish. This is nothing like any German dark beers that I have had so far.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of wagenvolks
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can into a beer mug, served at "The Bat Cave" bar at La Mansion Inn, Costa Rica.

Pours a thin, yet dark, chocolate-mahogany color into the (frosted) mug. A small, light tan head recedes quickly thanks to the serving vessel, and leaves behind a wispy veil of foam. The aroma is unimpressive, with mostly adjuncts, cereal, and a hint of caramel malt showing up.

The flavor is fairly bland, but tries to taste like caramel and chocolate malts for a quick second before the finish takes over. Aftertaste is nearly non-existent, except for a metallic-grainy flavor that lingers a bit longer than necessary. Bavaria should take a cue from its more drinkable cousin, Imperial, and lose the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery and boring, with a decent carbonation level but not much else to write home about. Overall, a weak entry, but I suppose that's to be expected. Costa Rica deserves better beer!

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Photo of cambabeer
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of thebigredone
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ADR
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and deeper brown, but not opaque. Head is impressive at first but settles into a big-bubbled fading cap at 50 seconds. Mostly a caramel aroma with a little sulfur whiff. Flavor is malt sweet, not easy to characterize, with a hop bite early. Lighter mouthfeel than implied by the color. What little hop there is is far superior to the malt. A little raisiny wateriness as the beer proceeds past the tongue. I'm sure its drinkable in the heat but where's the beef? Mucho thanks to my bud Dave Szy. for getting the bottle past 4 airport inspections on his way back from the island.

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Photo of charlzm
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed February 24th, 2013. Poured from can into standard pint glass.

Beer looks like cola (very dark brown and clear) as it pours into glass. A two-finger off-white head forms and settled soon into the splotchiest, least-appealing crown I think I have ever seen on a beer.

Aromas - dark, juicy malts with overtones of nuts and candied fruits. An unfortunate metallic note kind of ruins it a bit.

Flavor - smooth and nutty with roasted notes. A touch of melanoidin. Not especially sweet or bitter. Easy to drink due to the relatively low flavor. Really, not much else going on there. If you've had a Negra Modelo, you know what to expect.

Mouthfeel - slightly smooth with a touch of creaminess. Finish is a little prickly due to carbonation.

Overall, drinkability is fine. A nice change from the light, fizzy yellow lagers that are apparently prevalent in Central America (and everywhere else, I guess), but nothing that's going to threaten to convert the masses or redefine the style.

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow, fizzy beer that mighta had dark food coloring added to it. Other than the fact that it's kinda dark, it really isn't much different than Cerveceria CR's other offerings. Meh.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with fine co2 and a beige rocky head -- retention is better than expected Aroma is malty, with a notable skunk presence (sulfur?). Flavor is sweet and lightly malty, with a metallic finish. Drinkable, crisp mouthfeel.
No earthshaking experience, but an interesting rendition of a dunkle. The aroma is a little unsettling, but overall, fairly well balanced. Bavaria Dark was the most drinkable beer I tied in Costa Rica.

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Photo of jcbogantes
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is the best beer made by the cerveceria de Costa Rica wish outstand a bit from the rest or their yellow lagers. The people is so just to drinking yellow beers in Costa Rica that some times they ask me what is that? what are you drinking?. luckily the craft beer movement is starting to take off around here. .
Appearance: Pours dark with white-ish 1 finger head with little retention, no lacing
Smell: lightly roasty and malty
Taste: toasty, nutty, sometimes smoky
Mouthfeel: light/midium bodied

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Bavaria Dark Beer from Cerveceria Costa Rica
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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