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

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MTNboy on 07-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
19
Avg:
2.63
pDev:
24.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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 dbrauneis
2.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of particles in suspension (I'm guessing this is yeast). The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick dense patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet adjunct malts - mostly corn and rice adjunct aromas. Very light smell of grassy hops.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell but a little stronger. There is a moderate presence of corn and rice adjunct malts with a fair amount of sweetness. Very little bitterness from the light amounts grassy hops.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp yet thin and watery.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and significantly better than comparable American BMC brands. This beer is sessionable and would be a great beer for sitting on the beach and drinking.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZEB89
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rab53
2.15/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev +31.2%
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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Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours macro yellow with a large white head. The aroma is adjunct driven corn. The flavor is corn with some sweet malt. Not a nice flavor/aroma combination in this beer. The mouthfeel is very thin and the carbonation is medium.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is a typical straw yellow with a decent and firm, though typical, white head. Crisp, malty aroma has a fruity undertone, typical for this style. Flavor is malty - and rather insipid. Smooth texture has little body or fizz. OK, I had to try it just for something from Honduras.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +46.4%
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 mrcraft
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Pens1967
2.54/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
2.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Kahlerbock
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
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 OldTime
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of OregonGrown7
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of farrago
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
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 JoEBoBpr
1.17/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer is not my favorite. It pours a bright pale color with very thick foam. There is not much a malt taste but i can taste a lot of rice in it reminding me of some of the dryer Japanese beers. Still it doesn’t carry the flavor the whole way through there is a lot of metallic tastes as well. Overall in my book it is as bad if not worst than Coors Light.

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Photo of Act25
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
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 harsley
1.81/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Recently spent a week in Roatan and drank a lot of the 4 Honduran beers on the island in the hot sun. They were quite refreshing given the weather and suited their purpose perfectly, ie: quenching thirst. I'll review all 4 at once, from what I can remember, so anyone looking to try these when they visit can have an idea of what's in store.

All were drank straight from the bottle.

Barena - This was the worst of the bunch in my opinion. Heavy aroma and flavor of DMS. It's pretty much overpowering and you can't taste anything else. Comes in a clear glass bottle so, although mine wasn't, could be easily light struck. Very clear diluted yellow in color with a bright white head that didn't last at all with each sip. Tried it once and never had it again.

Port Royal - This was possibly the cleanest of all the beers. But that also meant that it had very little flavor to speak of. Very crisp, easy to drink (fast) and thirst quenching...but aside from a little DMS in the after taste had very little going on. Came in a green glass bottle and was very clear.

Imperial - This one came in a brown bottle so that was a nice change. Not so loaded with DMS to turn me away in flavor in aroma. Had a little more body than the first 2 and little more going on in flavor...there may have been a little malt used in there after all.

Salva Vida - This quickly became my go-to beer on the island. It came in a brown bottle and had good head retention everytime the bottle was tipped to sip. Never took it out of the bottle except to drink but it looked very clear in the bottle with a white big carbonation head. Slight DMS in the taste and aroma. It had some mroe going on though...You could actually tell they used hops in the beer (although still not very prevelent) and there was a little malt in there too.

All in all they are 4 similar beers brewed by the same brewery. Not the best beer to drink but they serve the purpose when it's 85 and sunny and you've been at the beach all day and need a thirst quencher while sitting on the porch in the evening. I'd recommend trying them all for yourself but Salva is the winner in my book.

On a side note. I learned that some rich guy went over to Roatan and actually built a brewery. He planned to brew beer for the island, and I believe tried to, but was quickly run out of the business by the big wigs. I guess they went to all the businesses on the island and paid them NOT to sell his beer and continue to sell these 4 as the only local beers on the island. He tried to sell the brewery but was unsuccessful and he now makes soda with the equipment.

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Cerveza Barena from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
2.63 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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