Franca | Ajeper S.A.

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Brewed by:
Ajeper S.A.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by olimpia84 on 09-26-2011

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, pale golden body with a slender, finely-textured, white head.

Smell: Thinnish nose, with only rather minor notes of grainy barley and grassy-scented hops.

Taste: Sweetish taste of lightly malted barley, faintly grainy, and even lighter tasting of bread. Lightly grassy, lightly spicy hops with sufficient bitterness to counter the sweetness. Sustained grainy hints on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation, though the fizziness, like the head, is finely-textured.

Drinkability: A basic, easy-drinking lager out of Peru. So, get out and get yourself a Franca today, or any basic lager, it’s all the same, really.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Groucho75
2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this over dinner at Machu Pichu last night; if you're in Atlanta and want to try something unique for dinner, Peruvian fits that bill. Tasting notes from memory.

Poured into a mug brought a frothy head, good carbonation, and a clear gold appearance. The head lingered for a good while before finally evaporating.

Very little to smell; some grass, a little corn and some sweetness.

Taste was a straight-forward adjunct, but refreshing considering some of the cuisine I was enjoying.

The mouthfeel was average; crisp bubbles and no bitterness. Did not feel like a 5% lager; could have easily crushed a few of these but didn't feel like it.

To be honest, if you presented it in a mug and said it was Budweiser, I wouldn't have disputed you. Not bad with the food and now I can say I've tried Peruvian beer. Would I order it again at Machu Pichu? Sure. Would I go out of my way to find it at my local? No.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.88/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stemmed pokal from the bottle. Drank with appetizers (fried yuka, grilled flank steak & anticuchos) while waiting for my main course.

A - Poured pale golden straw with a very thick sudsy eggshell head. Excellent head retention and crazy lacing...very surprising. Good sign that it was fresh, which is a nice sign for an import. Quite fizzy looking, almost a tad soda-like.

S - Crisp lime and orange, just a pinch sweet. Nice bright citrus hops. Certainly not a strong aroma, but a lot more than you would expect from a beer categorized as an adjunct. Very enjoyable.

T - Drastically different flavor from the aroma. Dry and bitter. No malt character, but also no adjunct sweetness other than a very light hint in the finish. There's a nice almost savory taste up front that I really enjoyed. I did not really pick up on the corn/cereal sweetness that the other four reviewers mention.

M - A bit heavier body than your average adjunct, somewhere between light and medium. Good amount of carbonation in there.

O - I was expecting boredom after reading the few reviews, but I think they've got it all wrong. Perhaps mine was fresh and their's were not...who knows? This is a very interesting beer, and dare I say, would fit far better in the pale lager category. The dry character makes it a great aperitif. An excellent starter if you plan on having more than one with dinner. I was very happy with it. I had a Cristal (another Peruvian lager) after this and it was far less enjoyable. Franca seems to be very uncommon. Not only are there almost no reviews, but my in-laws who are from Lima, Peru (where it's brewed) had never even heard of it. If you see it on the menu, give it a may not ever get a chance to try it again.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This sample was brewed in 2009 and the best-by date was May 12, 2010. France has a medium, white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, some bubbles, a large number of roiling white (and some tan) particles, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of overly-aged barley malt, funky sweetness, slightly turned fruit, and syrupy sugar. Taste is of those same things, especially the syrupy sugar, with a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Franca finishes dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Taking into account the old age of this sample, I still think it's very good, and I would like to try a fresh bottle.


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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jodio
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Kuongming
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Another day, another lager. Pours with a clear golden color, decent white head which settles down quickly. Aroma is basically grains throughout - nothing special. Sweet start is followed by grains in the body. The end is bitter, but only just - needs some more.
Not a bad one, but nothing to remember it by. An OK beer to freshen you up.

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Photo of jharris0624
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of zeff80
2.81/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of caramel and corn with a slight bitterness.

M - Crisp and smooth.

D - Not bad for an imported lager

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Photo of supermeniscus
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of olimpia84
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured the 12oz bottle into a regular glass (no beer glassware available at the place of consumption). I won't go very deep as I usually do with my reviews since there was nothing in particular that stood out in this beer.

A: Body was golden pale and translucent with lots of carbonation bubbles rising towards the one finger white head. No lacing present.

S: a bit mute but some grains, corn and hops were present.

T: almost none, slight hints of corn, hops and malts. Not very watery like some other cheap pale lagers, so that's a good thing.

M: light body, drinkable, cheap feel

O: not the best example of South American beer and lager. From what I read on the internet, this beer has a certificate of 'premium beer' conceded by the Weihenstephan Research Center. I don't know what the criteria is in order to receive such certificate; but this beer, as mentioned before, didn't really do a whole lot for me.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kwesib
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Look - pale golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - typical adjunct or even just a pale lager type of smell. Pretty strong on the cereal grains.

Taste - much like the smell. It tastes pretty typical of that of a adjunct lager, although still better than most. It almost has a sweeter taste, which is still subtle.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but still leans a bit on the watery side.

Overall - not an interesting brew at all, but decent enough for its type.

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Franca from Ajeper S.A.
Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 18 ratings