Bavaria Dark Beer | Cerveceria Costa Rica

Bavaria Dark BeerBavaria Dark Beer
BA SCORE
12.3%
Liked This Beer
3.07 w/ 65 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:
#42,486
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
65
Liked:
8
Avg:
3.07/5
pDev:
17.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
Trade:
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -25.7%
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 Gobzilla
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Suds
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a gift from a friend who spent a few months in Costa Rica.
Pours with a thick, soft, very sticky head. The head retention is simply amazing. Extroridnary carbonation. No much in the smell...slightly grainy maltiness. Mildly chewy malt sweetness up front. Medium body. Overall, it's a sligthly better than average Dunkel. On the downside, there's a medicinal, slightly solvent-like off-flavor.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redrover
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can no freshness date.

Beer pours a nice light brown with a large head (chemicals?). Not much lacing.
The smell contains some malts and adjuncts.

This was the best tasting beer I had in Costa Rica, but thats not saying much. Don't travel there for the beer, go to this country for the great beaches, rain forests, friendly people, etc.

Beer is on the sweeter side with the malt out muscling the hops. Adjuncts clearly present. I would have like to to tried on tap or from a bottle to see if the metallic taste I experienced was only there because of the can.

The drinkability is not bad and you won't have many better alternatives while visiting. I only found this beer in the capital of San Jose and could not find it again once I went into the remote areas.

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Photo of thebigredone
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of wagenvolks
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
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 ADR
2.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 Biggiekrock627
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mikeg67
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
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 BabaBeer
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DbbC
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rdooley
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of mscudder
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cambabeer
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Beertracker
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cerveceria's Bavaria (Dark Beer) pours up with a decent effervescance that creates a smallish tannish-white head that manages to ring the glass above the clear reddish brown body. Head retention is average at best! The aroma is rather lacking for such a dark beer with modest hints of caramel & roasted black malted barley, but otherwise very clean with a touch of pear like fruitiness. The flavor is fairly straight forward not unlike other mass marketed dark lagers that I've had, as there's good balance between the bitterness, graininess & roastiness that creates a fairly even, crisp drying finish that's neither distinct or offending. Medium-light bodied that's a bit thin, but not watery. Quite crisp for a dark lager. This really isn't a bad little beer especially considering where it's brewed e.g. tropical climate where there aren't many "dark" options. It doesn't remind me of Bavaria, but I'd drink another if I found myself stranded in Costa Rica.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dbl_delta
2.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ybnorml
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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 riotontheroad
3.5/5  rDev +14%

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Bavaria Dark Beer from Cerveceria Costa Rica
Beer rating: 12.3% out of 100 with 65 ratings
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