Cerveza Barena | Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd

Cerveza BarenaCerveza Barena
BA SCORE
3.6%
Liked This Beer
2.56 w/ 55 ratings
Cerveza BarenaCerveza Barena
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
Honduras

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MTNboy on 07-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,372
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
55
Liked:
2
Avg:
2.56/5
pDev:
24.22%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barena has a thick, white head and a clear, golden-yellow appearance, with high carbonation. Lots of lacing is evident down the glass as one drinks. Aroma is very much of bread, which I suppose is due to the barley. I was unable to detect any other smells. The taste is good and bready, with a slight hop spice at the back end. The adjunct did not come through, so they did a nice job of covering it up. Mouth-feel is medium, and Barena finishes crisp and wetter than American lagers. I was happy that my sample, poured from a clear glass bottle, was not skunked. This is a good beer, I think.

RJT

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz clear bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy white foam with decent retention. Actually not bad for the style.

Smell: sweet and malty with relatively low adjunct character. There also appears to be an element of noble hops present; for the style, I can't complain too much. I'm also quite impressed with the lack of skunkiness, especially coming from a clear bottle.

Taste: a bit too sweet, with a little graininess. That said, it's relatively free of off-flavors and even demonstrates a little bit of hops. I'm quite pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big fizziness and a large but ephemeral creaminess. Good.

Overall: this might be the best-tasting, most refreshing mass-produced adjunct lager I've ever had. What's with all the hate?! It's drinkable as hell. If I could find this stuff around consistently, it would be my #1 tailgating beer.

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3.25/5  rDev +27%

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3.25/5  rDev +27%

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3.25/5  rDev +27%

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3.25/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MTNboy
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this recently in Puerto Rico. This is a mystery beer. I could not get much of a straight answer on this beer. I know that it is made by SABMiller owned Cerveceria Hondurena but the labels say SAB International Albany GA. and the cap says Puerto Rico. Anyway it was pretty average and a good beer as far as they go in this region.

Appearance- A mild gold color with very little head that disappeared quickly.

Smell- It had a slightly skunk odor but a little fruity, with malt and hops all in the mix. It was interesting to say the least.

Taste- It has almost a cheap adjunct flavor that was still enforced by esters of fruitiness, malt and hops.

Mouthfeel. As with most of the beer I tried while in the Caribbean it was thin and easy to drink.

Drinkability- A good beach beer. It was pretty refreshing

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried one of these in Honduras while on a Caribbean cruise. We also had a choice of Corona, Port Royal, and Budweiser.
Why anyone would travel 1,500 miles for "America's finest pisswater" is beyond me, but I'm sure it made some BMC drinkers happy.

First a couple of caveats.
I drank a bottle of one of these while sitting on a beautiful tropical beach in Honduras. Considering the idyllic surroundings, it would have been hard not to enjoy most ANY beer that day.

Secondly, the beer was served in a bottle with a lime, so it's hard for me to accurately rate the taste or smell, since they were both "tainted" by the lime.

That being said, this was an average but still enjoyable beer. Not as good as Modello Especial, but better than Corona.
I wouldn't seek it out here, but if I find myself in Honduras again, I would gladly choose one over a Bud any day.

Note: The fact that it's served in a clear bottle makes me wonder how well this beer would travel. Not that I would expect to see it around the Midwest as Latin American cervazas are poorly represented here in the Midwest.

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Photo of cpolking
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light golden, straw color with a half inch of white foamy head. There is a medium lacing left down the glass as the beer is consumed. The aroma is grain and corn, a very slight bit of green apple and a touch of lager "funk". The taste follows the aroma quite closely, the mouthfeel is creamy smooth, yet crisp and refreshing on the finish. The taste here is mediocre, but it has a great mouthfeel for the category of an adjunct lager.

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Photo of Act25
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trip to Utila - Honduras - stayed at Utopia - a must snorkel / dive all inclusive - the best ever!
They secured some Jamaican made Export Guinness 7.5% for us, and we made black & Tans that were both refreshing and lighter with lagers like Barena 4.6%.

Of the 4 Hondura adjuncts, Barena rated best for me. Super light, crisp, sweet, dry finish.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow in body with huge amounts of visible carbonation with a 1.5 finger tall bright white meringue head that lasts and laces - very sudsy. Significant amounts of lacing are observed all the way down. It's a 4 for looks.

S: Light sweet malts - lighter lemony, grassy hops.

T: Follows smell but more ample. it's sweet, light, brassy, but fresh and dry finishing due to grassy hops.

M: Soda like body. ie heavier due to corn sweetness and heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Much better than any American mass adjunct brands. It's great beer for the beach and swimming.

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt with some corn

T - Like the smell sweet malt upfront with a corny finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer fits the style pretty its an average lager that pretty easy drinking a good no frills beer

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3/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OldTime
3/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dren74
3/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz(355 ml.) bottle into a bar glass. This 'beer for women' as per my local guide, pours a clear golden straw in color. Men prefer Salva Vida he adds. A frothy and active half inch of white foam is short lived and yields only brief spotty dollops on the glass.

Smell is light and clean. Corny adjuncts are subtle but present, and a lager stillness rules the day. Taste follows suit with a lightly sweet corn and grain flavor. Almost neutral. Offers a nice steady carbonation that, along with the grain, yields a light easy texture on the feel. Average drinkability, easy drinking yet subtle and basic, and with not much reason to linger.

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Photo of farrago
2.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pure white, fairly forthy given its cresting below one finger, thin but persistent lacing streaks, swift dissolve. Watery yellow color, fully transparent with bubbles visible within. Corn, earth and yesterday's cut grass typlify the nose, on the sweet side given the paucity of scents, chestnuts, no fruit nor citrus of note. Light-bodied but very foamy which increases the mouth presence. Dried yeast, corn husk and grass most of the flavors, here you get a curious splash of green apple. And maybe some lemon peel. No sweet maltiness, no bitter hoppiness. Seems to be aiming for the Platonic form of "generic beer" and comes close to the mark. While it is entirely uninteresting, not any better nor worse than its cheapie American counterparts. Certainly have had worse.

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Photo of mrcraft
2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sweet adjunct malts—corn and rice seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste is a bit sweet and has notes of corn and rice from the adjunct malts. There are some slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and not too watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite good for an adjunct lager and doesn’t need a lime added to it to make the taste more palatable—the bit of sweetness is what makes it taste better. This could be a refreshing beer in a tropical environment.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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Cerveza Barena from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
Beer rating: 3.6% out of 100 with 55 ratings
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