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Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Knapp85
2.18/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Skol didn't really show too much more than just being another Adjunct Lager. This flavor is crisp and a bit on the dry side. The color is yellow and has a minimal head on it. The smell is of grains and malts. Not much hops. This is a regular drinking social type of beer. Fun it you want to try something from another country but that's about all.

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Photo of Risser09
2.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

9.6666 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · best by june 10th, 2011 · this beer was brewed in St. Kitts under license from Skol International

Appearance: Looks like a buttery chardonnay, with deep golden yellow hues. A quite soapy, white head builds quickly and leaves almost as fast.

Smell: Another immediate skunky aroma hits right after opening the bottle. It sticks with the beer, which isn't a good sign. Behind all that is a raw pilsner malt (think mash tun aroma) smell that is different. Corn Flakes would be a good way to describe this one. Maybe it's a stale hop aroma?

Taste: A pinchy beer reveals a minerally malt flavor along with sharp dryness. More of that familiar Corn Flake taste mixes with a bitter hop bite. Not quite the flavor slouch you'd expect.

Mouthfeel: Thin, well-carbonated, cereal, slight bitterness, no apparent alcohol.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer that drinks quickly because of the latent dryness. It really does beg for more drinking. Need to fix the skunk!

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Photo of cambabeer
2.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- 2 fingers of persistant off-white head, carbonation throughout a clear gold body. Definately not outstanding

S- Sweet grains with some fruityness and a hint of butterscotch are hidden beneath a layer of skunk.

T- Not astounding. Very watery start leads to ethanol middle a a stronger hops end. A bitter aftertaste that lingers on with the rotten veggies.

M- Clean, mostly beacause it's watery. Leaves very little on palate.

D- Easy to down but I wouldn't want another... probably ever.

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Photo of jlindros
2.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this while in Brazil, at a decent wine, beer, and liquor shop in the downtown area of Larajeiras, Vitoria, E.S.

Super clear almost no color beer with just a hint of yellow, and light fizzy head.

Nose light cheap lager, extract and light malts, light skunk.

Taste is the same, very light and watery with light lager flavors, very light malts, plenty of skunk and cheap extract flavors, some icky bitterness, minerality watery.

Mouth is light and watery, with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, light and watery, but lots of skunk to offset it.

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Photo of smcreator
3.08/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A thin layer of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass, but practically no head retention. No lacing.

S: Weak sweet aroma.

T: Best served extremely cold (-4C). It has a sweet dominating taste without any strong indication of hops.

M: Coarse in the mouth since it lacks any head and has medium-heavy carbonation.

D: Easier to drink than Bohemia since it not as bitter, however, it's ingredients/make is not as good as Bohemia. It is a better "every day beer," but it is on the sweet side so some might be turned away from it.

This is a very common and easy to find beer in Brazil; I am not sure how much different it would be when exported to the USA.

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Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It has a greenish color, clean, with half finger of white foam.
A hint of hop in the smell, and malt, all very light.
Same for the taste. No problem here, but for sure really light, and a very faint taste.
Just some hop.
Extremely watery, thirst-quenching, sure, and relatively dry.
No body.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

269 mL mini-can,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a light white head, surprisingly good head retention for this style and some light lace.

S: It's corny, not much else, smells a lot like a MGD.

T: Taste of sweet corn dominates, sickly sweet at times, can't find the barley or a hop.

M: Cloying sweet, especially as it warms, not clean. Crisp at cold temperatures, very light-bodied with a tad too much carbonation.

D: Not the worst macro in the world, but drink it fast and cold so the sweetness doesn't go crazy. The can went down fast, but I don't see myself wanting to drink multiples of this lager.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev +27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at the local good beer store for $5 a sixer... not bad!

A - Looks like a plain ol' adjunct later... golden clear brew with a foamy white head.

S - Not much going on here...a bit more malty than American mass-produced lagers, but nothin' special.

T - This is somewhat boring, but it's head and shoulders above mainstream BMC stuff (at least for what it is). The solid malts are essentially what BMC should be shooting for in a mass produced and easy to drink lager, but it seems that the average palate here in the states demands LESS FLAVOR! and LESS FILLING! brew.

M - Light in body, and easy going, but full for the style. This isn't some 55 calorie bulshit.... this is a decently weighted lager.

D - Excellent for a post-workout brew or a lawn mower beer. Again, nothing about this is outstanding or even interesting, but it is a solid easy going and easy drinking lager. Someone needs to turn that interesting Dos Equis guy on to this stuff... it's honestly better that most Mexican lagers (which I would consider this brew's peers).

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

That's one of the most popular beers in Brazil (and I've spent many years of my life drinking it, unfortunately). In the end, one more mass production "beer" from Ambev.

A: Clear pale yellow color and a huge aired and bubbled head. Nevertheless, the concentration of bubbles in the bottom looks like it's artificially carbonated. Well, so far, it looks like a real beer :))

S: Not much to tell here. Cheap corn, some malts... A bit stinky to tell you the true

T: I'm still looking for the taste. Couldn't find it. Really tasteless... Additionally, no bitterness! For god's sake, this is meant to be a Beer so, where are the hops?!

M: Very light and watery body. High carbonation

D: If you can, avoid it. If you can't, well... avoid it anyway... :p

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Photo of Jmoore50
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Rio de Janeiro, Carnival. The only thing these Brazilians drink is this brew. It is so aweful that you have to binge drink as fast as you can to put it down. Gross.

I am not even going to break this up. I looks like urine. It tastes like urine. I smells like corn water. Its mouthfeel is that of a cheaper Miller Light. It is fizzy, so the mouthfeel is not entirely bad. The drinkabity is amazing because it tastes like water and goes down the same. It also has great drinkability because it is cheaper to buy than water.


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3.8/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance- light yellow golden in color

smell- like a beer

taste- very smooth and could be consumed by the many

mouthfeel- refreshing

drinkability- good with friends and hot summer days, also could be mixed with others if tried

overall- very nice and smooth for brasilians, very nice on draft and as well in bombers

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Multiple samplings from multiple cold bombers at a party in São Leopoldo during my first ever day in Brazil, on to the beer:

Very, this is becoming redundant in my pale lager reviews.The head is creamy on top with decent retention. Okay, I'll shorten this one...rice seems to pave the way for it's light, neutral, and semi-crisp flavor with an herbal aftertste. Like a Budweiser, but with a bit stronger taste. Not too great, but not one I would reject if handed to me,

This is the #1 selling beer in Brazil, and most of its reason IMO is to the credit of thier commercials (do a YouTube search for Skol if you're intersted). Kind of meh, but it did go well with churrasco.

And one other thing...if you're clubbing in Brazil, this (and its brother Skol Beats) is one of the few beer options available.

Update 11/30/09: I've had this a number of times already on my second trip to Brazil. There's more excessive sweetness and graininess to this beer, and one that gets really nasty as it warms. It's half-tolerable when it's at -2 C, but after that, prepare your gag reflexes.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 350 mL can of Skol. A lighter golden color, I have not seen in a beer. A light bready malt character to the aroma. Light as a ballerina the beer sallies the palate. Not much flavor with a light maltiness and broad unimpressive and bland bitterness. Not a great macro beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A new offering to the region-- figured I'd give it a shot. I expect a certain amount of grain character, adjucts (corn), and thinness. This beer is quite on par per my expectations. A clear, straw colored beer with very active carbonation, and with a head retention that did not hold much weight. The aromas and flavors show initially strong pilsner malt sweetness and raw grain qualities, but soon shift to mostly grain, leaving some harsh astringency on the throat and undersides of the toung. Hops have a medium bitterness and lay a grassy note on the toung. Alcohols seem quite high, with low beer qualities to absorb any strength. Quite hot and solvanty / soapy late, going into the finish. All grain in the end with a light linger of hops and metal. A beer to drink under only the most dire of circumstances.

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Photo of botham
2.01/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a light straw color with a finger of white head. crystal clear.

smell is malty, pale and munich, with a hint of a floral base and a touch of caramel. not much on the hop side. there is a slight skunky character as well.

taste is not impressive. there is a light malt flavor up front, though very watered down. there is also a grainy character, which is also very subtle. finishes on a light malt note that turns into a corn-mash flavor. this is too watered down to be refreshing.

mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a watery texture and a light bite from carbonation.

drinkability is good, if one enjoys water with a touch of flavoring in it. if the flavors were intensified two-fold, then they might have a decent brew here.

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Photo of khiasmus
2.54/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Looks like a good pilsner. A large, creamy head floats atop a completely clear, golden yellow beer. No bubbling and minimal lacing.

S- Weird. Smells like burnt corn, grain, and... cheap coffee? What the hell?

T- I might as well be drinking corn on the cob. That's pretty much what it tastes like. Still, That's an improvement over any other macro lager except for Sam Adams. I can't really taste any hops, and just a very minimal amount of malt... but mostly corn.

M- Though head is good, carbonation is actually very low. ouch. Makes it a watery, very light bodied brew, with a clean, smooth finish.

D- It's okay for a macro lager, but gets much worse as it warms... There are much better lagers out there. I wouldn't waste my time on this one again.

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Photo of brdc
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another hard to describe south american beer.
Very pale, with a white head that is rather small but perhaps secondary to it being very cold.
Smells of really nothing but alcohol/beer, a little better than Budweiser. Thin on the palate, with very little taste but refreshing.
Other than that, nothing special. Very weak overall.
I had maybe half of it, and discarded the remaining.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Skol Beer
11.2 oz brown bottle
Jet ink on the back label - 06. 10. 2006 P2 08
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a pale yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. A frothy, bleach white forms top and transforms to a circular lace around the glass.

Light nose with wiffs of grains and cereal.

Grainy corn flavors with a touch of honey sweetness. Similiar qualities to a watered down pilsner. Refreshing, clean and drinkable.

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Photo of blackie
3.16/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Moderate bone white head of which a little remains after receding. The beer is a clear, pale golden in color. No lacing.

smell: Light malt and cereal grain (rice). Light hop aroma, slight sulfur funk.

mouthfeel: High carbonation and very light body.

taste: Pretty much the same as the smell. Crisp and clean.

drinkability: Very easy and refreshing

Entered from notes taken this past summer. Cancelled Varig flight, put up in the Dobly Hotel in Guarulhos, found this Skol in my minibar. I must've drank 50 bombers of this stuff over my stay, but never got around to rating it before now.

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Photo of schiaveto
2.7/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A product of Ambev, this beer is a commercial lager style, made for a mass of consumers wishing to drink something (slightly) different than water. It´s not too different in comparison with their competitors, many of them also produced by Ambev (Antarctica, Brahma, Bohemia, Original).
A pale lager beer, with low bitterness (around 10 IBU), Original Gravity around 11 Plato. Almost no fermentation aroma.

Well, the only purpose of this is to make you drink a lot of it in a hot day...

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Friend of my wife's brought this back from Brazil. Glad I got a chance to try it, but also glad I only had 1 to put down. The appearance is actually very nice with a very clear, golden body and a super frothy white head that left massive lacing. The aroma was typical of a macro lager. A hint of skunkiness followed by sweet smell of a corn-based beer. The taste and mouthfeel are where this beer goes south. The taste is metallic and a bit sharp. The body is lifeless and the psuedo-sweetness is a bit gross. One thing is for sure, a taste of this out of the can is 20x worse than when poured in a glass. This just brings me back to college parties with a keg of Beast Light. Nice to try a beer from Brazil, but now I can move on.

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Photo of Vancer
2.99/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My co-worker, stationed in Sao Paulo, brought me 5 samples of Brazilian beer (all pilsners) – so these are fresh (and cheap, only .50 each from a market). This was sample #3

This one poured a very lite and clear yellow, however with a decent white head that laced my pilsner glass. Good lookin' carbination bubbles arose for the entire quaff duration.

Just some hints of malt and euro skunk in the aroma, and the taste was equally weak - some subtle grains with a small hop finish. On the bland and uninspiring side.

Mouth was sharp/biting/clean/crisp. This would make for a good lawnmower brew in the summer, IF the price was right.

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Photo of decom
2.27/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

pours a very pale yellow (as in: "this doesn't look very good").
bubbly head that subsides VERY fast, not leaving much of a lace.
smells of water with a little beer mixed, and the same can be said about the mouthfeel.

as for tha taste... well, really lacking. I used to like this stuff, but after I started tatsing craft beer, it just seems like yellow water. not worth trying, if you really thirsty and it's a hot day, go for cold bottled water.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.38/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another south american/central america beer, another pale beer. I think they push for refreshing and alcohol before flavor, but this beer was the best I tasted in Brazil. Pours very pale, with a slight and quickly disappearing head. The flavor is somewhat citrus. On a hot day at the beach in Rio, it's a great commodity. Cool, refreshing and fullfilling. The bikinis don't hurt either.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

350 ML can. Poured into a fruit juice-sized glass. Freshness date stamped on side.
It pours a pale yellow gold with a snow-white head.
It smells mainly of fresh mowed lawn with a bit of grainy malt.
The malt body is thin and weak. A taste reminiscent of cornflakes comes to mind. A mild grainy malt taste is in the background.
The hop bitterness is made up of a very mild citrusy taste, then a touch of a harsh metallic bite. This beer tastes a little old and moldy. There’s a lightly waxy mouthfeel and no really redeeming factors to this brew.

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