Salva Vida | Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd

Salva VidaSalva Vida
BA SCORE
5.4%
Liked This Beer
2.64 w/ 93 ratings
Salva VidaSalva Vida
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jackndan on 08-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,414
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
93
Liked:
5
Avg:
2.64/5
pDev:
24.24%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of kylehay2004
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like one of the other reviews, mine was poured from a bottle into a plastic cup at Salva Vida as the wife shopped. Typical macro lager smell, taste and body. Perhaps Budweiser packaged in a different bottle. Has the same refreshment qualities however the same taste as well. Smooth, light bread/grain taste but no hop or malt flavor is appreciated. Overall, a beach goers beer.

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Photo of djrn2
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Boone757
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of smithj4
2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stop number two while on the Carnival Valor was Roatan in Honduras where I was able to sample Salva Vida. I asked the waiter if they had any darker beers and he recommended this one. I'm not sure he understood me :) I had this twice while there once in a can and once in a bottle. I found the canned brew metallic, and slightly more carbonated.
Poured into a clear plastic cup at Fat Tuesday's produced a liquid of pale gold color and a minimal head that went poof in the heat. Smells of corn and light husky grain minimal hops with a slight earthy aroma as well. Taste is what I expected. Light sweet malt, corn, slight dms. Smooth creamy/watery mouthfeel, medium body, crisp carbonation. Not a bad quick thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin white head that lasts a pretty impressive amount of time for the style. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of buttered popcorn, husk and a touch of hay.

The taste is of buttered popcorn. Sweetness fades as it progresses. Somewhat salty, a touch of hay gives it a dry finish.

It has a crisp, light body - not too fizzy.

The "buttered popcorn" character fades as it progresses, leaving it pretty vacant, but with enough crisp feel to make it an inoffensive "lawn-mower" beer. If it were the summer, and it was offered to me, I would gladly pound back a few!

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Photo of Tone
2.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, pale malt, sugar, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct dryness. Tastes of strong adjunct, sugar, hint of hop, hint of metallic, and hint of pale malt. Overall, and average adjunct.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Standard adjunct aroma of sweet malt, mild grassy hops and corn, a hint of soap. Flavor follows; sweet malt, hints of bread, grassy hops and biscuit, tapers off quickly to a watery light sweet malt finish with an odd, light residual unflavored bitterness. Light bodied, but decent carbonation. A fairly typical adjunct lager, lighter in finish than normal, but as usual, harmless and bland. Wouldn't be too bad on a hot Honduran afternoon, but just ticker fodder for me.

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Photo of Sweffin
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.27/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: a nice pale golden color with a good deal of apparent effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of white foam and lacks tenacity, but otherwise a decent-enough looking beer.

Smell: malty aroma with a nice complement of noble hops; on top of this, it lacks obvious flaws. As adjunct lagers go, it's pretty damn good.

Taste: starts off with a nice malty flavor and peters out rather quickly. Bitterness is low. It is clean, though, and again lacks obvious flaws.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent, effervescent carbonation. Actually pretty decent.

Overall: I like a good light lager in certain circumstances. Given a choice, I rather like Salva Vida as a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of wrightst
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In my continuing world tour of beers, I travel metaphorically to lovely, exotic Honduras only to find my self in the industrial district of Milwaukee. Salva Vida has all the right Spanish marketing elements to appeal to me: the name translates as "life saver", a great association with a beer even if it isn't literally true. The beer is pure Miller with its lagered corn flavor. The color is nice and light, and like Miller, it goes down light and easy on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn. Maybe the Honduran ad campaign involves young, barely clad 20-somethings shouting "Gustos Grandes!" and "Menos Relleno!" at each other. So... light, airy, impotent odor, harmless flavor. I added to the grade just for being from Honduras. Viva Honduras, not-so-much to Miller beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head, some solid lace.

S: Grainy husky malt, some sugar cane, quite pleasant, especially in this style.

T: Sweet grains, lots of malt flavour, hint of grassy hops, sugar cane.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, a bit grainy and cloying in the end. It is refreshing though.

O: I've never had a beer from Honduras, and this is pretty darn good. I'm enjoying this effort. Crisp, cold, easy drinking, beats the Hell out of Corona in the style from Latin America.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a willibecker. Pours a translucent yellow with a loose, half inch, bright white head the slowly recedes into a soapy slick. Nose is dull but adjuncts are definitely detectable, as well as a faint metallic quality. Taste consistent with nose - lots of corn and more adjuncts. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation shy of crisp - perfect body for a hot summer day. Overall - not bad for the style; however, there are better adjunct lagers out there.

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Photo of Sparky44
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of drpimento
1.4/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ahhh, not so good. Got it at a quick mart type place and grabbed the second one back, but it's still light struck. Get the feel it wouldn't make all that much difference though. Poured with a small fine white head. Color is a clear amber gold. Aroma is up front skunk followed by with some common world beer, corn, pale malt, cereal. Flavor is like aroma. Body is thin and carbonation is sharp. Finish is like flavor. Wonder what beers like this tasted 50 years ago. Can't finish this one.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.42/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like the painted label, the etched glass look is a favorite to have in my collection. Color is pale yellow gold, with a small refined head that faded within the first few sips. Smell is mostly sweet malt and grain, slightly biscuity. Taste is malty sweet with a dull grain and lends to a small hop edge in the end. Feel is watery and dull, medium to light bodied with just a bit of bite in the finish. Very drinkable when cold, but lost the hop edge as it warmed.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Salva Vida has a thick, white head and a semi-cloudy golden appearance. Carbonation is moderate, and the smell is of rancid grain and bubble gum. The taste is of barley and some other grains, and the hop presence is almost nil. Mouth-feel is light to moderate, and Salva Vida finishes semi-dry. I did not appreciate the spoiled profile, which, by the way, I NEVER encounter with the supposedly inferior American-made macro-brands. I did not like this, and would not want to have it again.

REVISIT- I had this again on 8/7/11, and it was fresh, roasty, easy-drinking, and pleasant. Apparently, the original sample was somehow spoiled.

RJT

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Photo of birchstick
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - pours a pale golden yellow with a pretty nice looking head on it. The head settles and forms what amounts to an above average looking adjunct lager.

N - nose is nothing but aluminum/metal and some off grain flavors. Not too pleasant on the nose.

T - the taste is better than the smell - soft grainy malts with a touch of dry grassy hops (the hops are a reach). Nothing else going on - pretty straightforward adjunct (not that I was expecting anything else).

M - nice carbonation and body

D - overall, it is somewhat refreshing, but would be even more so if there was some more flavor in it. Obviously, when in Honduras there aren't a lot of options, but I think I would take a water over this for the price.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a frosteg mug- hard to see through the ice. Very metallic tasting, which overpowers the crispness associated with lagers. Maybe not the "life saver" the beer purports to be.

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Salva Vida from Cerveceria Hondurena, S.A. / BevCo Ltd
Beer rating: 5.4% out of 100 with 93 ratings
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