Cerveza Aguila
Cervecería De Barranquilla

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #324
Ranked #50,551
2.74 | pDev: 20.8%
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Nass from Florida

3.14/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is golden yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is grains & mild corn. Oh well, it was interesting to try a beer from Colombia. Cheers! B-

Apr 26, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.02/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Half Time, Country Tick
Brilliantly clear medium gold in color with a small bubbly white head fed by a steady stream of carb bubbles. Cereal grain and light green apple with faint earthy spicy hops. Typical macro not offensive.

Jan 07, 2021
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dcotom from Iowa

3.81/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was given to me by a friend who picked it up while on a cruise. He said it was the worst beer ever, but I found it to be a pleasant surprise. Poured from a 473-ml can into a lager flute. Very nice appearance, with a thick snowy white head atop a pale golden colored body. Aromas and flavors of light biscuit and notes of grass, grain, and herbal hops. There is a spicy hop kick on the palate, with some pleasant bitterness and a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied as expected, with a little sweetness that is not at all overpowering. Recommended, if you can find it.

Apr 02, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There is a lesson here: that when you chase getting beers from "countries" as I have (Columbia is my 63rd), then you are far more likely to end-up drinking beer that is not as good as you like to drink. So it is with Aguila.

There are adjunct lagers that define the style... and then there are those who brew but don't have lots of competition. I suspect Aguila is a product of the latter.

Aguila Looks of average color, but mine is almost non-existent foam. Smells are pleasant (almost a faint hard fruit in there), but then it fades to not much quickly. Tastes are so nondescript that I almost want my money back (but the goal was to get to 63 countries.) Feel is semi-dry like most good AALs, but Aguila is thinner than at least half of the competition .

As for who Barranquilla is and who owns them, that is above my pay scale. Google says they are Columbia's #1 beer because it is "balanced" (not too far from my truth) and that it is owned by MillerCoors. Then RateBeer claims Barranquilla (now Bavaria) is owned by AB InBev. Regardless of who owns them, I'm not getting rich off of any of them... or are they elevating my enjoyment.

Feb 01, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.74/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; best by June 20, 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a one finger, foamy white head, brief retention, bit little lacing.
S: Grainy and grassy aromas with an apple note.
T: Dry. Fruity (apple) and very lightly malty with light bitterness, only enough to create crispness and balance.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Drinks smoothly, crisply, and cleanly.
O: This is a solidly constructed lager. I would say a cut above most AALs, international or domestic.

Mar 22, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with no date shown. Sampled on March 15, 2019.

Yellow, bubbly and carbonated pour with good clarity and a fizzy, short-lived white head.

Like all these adjuncts, I pick up a kind of crackery and gassy sensation on the nose. It seems to be sweet, But it does not put me off, Worth at least a 3 rating based on the style elements.

Mar 15, 2019
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear, pale yellow, lots of medium sized bubbles, medium coarse foam reducing fast
aroma is Pilsener malt, a little butttery but not in a disturbing way, hint ofspicy noble hops
Pilsener malt, some sweetness that could be attributed to corn possibly, buttery again, minerally, hops just to balance no real taste or bitterness
refreshing, feels like mineral water with lots of carbonation, thin
Typical pale lager from a hot country. The slight buttery note adds to complexity in my opinion rather than be something I would like to smash on. If the world only had such beers it would be a shame, but there are other styles and therefore also such beers have a place in this world in particular on a hot summer day.

Jul 15, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

2.84/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a spanish BB date - possibly Jan 2017? Acquired a little while back from B&M. The label calls it the beer of Colombia.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. A clear light-gold colour with some floating sediment and low carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating.

S: Aroma of husky pale malt, a touch of corn and faint stewed leaves. Bland but inoffensive.

T: Tastes of very light malt with a hint of stewed leaves, subtle corn and vague overcooked veg. A faint acrid note in the background. Mild bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is light with soft carbonation. A bit textureless but OK. Aftertaste of vague sweet grain, husks and mild stewed leaves.

O: A bland and subpar lager, but about average as macro brews go. Looks the part, while the flavour and aroma are almost missing. So-so body. Not too many off-notes. I guess this might quench your thirst in a hot climate, but otherwise it's pretty forgettable. Not one to hunt down.

Mar 22, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a crisp clean golden body with minimal white head
Smells of corn based cereal and rapeseed oil
Not much taste but mainly once again corn
Isn't thin though and tbh have had far worse lagers

Sep 19, 2016
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woomThomas from Sweden

1.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The beer has a clear bright yellow color. The foam is white with medium bubbles. The foam disappears quickly, leaving no trace. Smells of caramel malt, bread, caramel. Scents of some fruit, sweet tones. The flavors are as scents. The flavor of malt, breads and sweets. Some fruit taste of apricot finds its way along with some candy tones. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet and greasy.

May 26, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

2.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From bottle, pours a clear straw colour with not much head just a ring that circles the glass. Aroma malt, hay, grain. Taste grain, malt, sweet, watery.

Apr 12, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.96/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A; crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: some skunkiness; a hint of pilsner malt;

T: pilsner malt up front; a touch of skunkiness in the middle; a little malt sweetness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not much to it; for the style, it wasn't too bad;

Jan 19, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light straw in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is watery straw and grain, with light toasted malt. Average, clean, sessionable adjunct lager. Nothing style changing, but certainly drinkable.

Dec 04, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2.67/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A lifht bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I have to give my peeps at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop big ups, madd props and much love, yo! I do not know how they happened to begin carrying this beer, but when I asked them to break a sixer so that I could buy a single, they readily did so. I love just browsing in there and I have yet to leave empty handed.

From the bottle [translated]: "The Beer of Columbia"; "Famous Since 1913".

Let's face it, a 330-ml. bottle of 4% beer is not going to be very harmful to my health, as the rest of the label warned. It featured one of the tightest screw-top caps that I have encountered in a while, so it took me a combination of levering almost to a Pop! before I could get it to twist. Wow!

I gave it a really aggro pour since it was not going to overfill the glass and I wound up with two fingers of dense, bone-white head with moderate retention as a result. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and my chums, Midas, Mammon and Croesus showed up for some gelt. Perhaps I have been away from them for so long that I have lost touch, but the nose did not smell all that bad for an AAL. Yes, there was a touch of corn silage, but it did not seem as pronounced as in many other iterations of the style. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was pleasant, slightly sweet, definitely a lager, but I was not getting the heavy corn flavor that I often notice from this flawed style. The finish had an odd tobacco/nicotine flavor, like stale cigarette butts were in the bottom of the bottle. Uh oh! No, false alarm, but what an odd, astringent aftertaste. Finish was semi-sweet. I bought this as a novelty and I got my money's worth, but I really wouldn't buy more than a single or two.

Mar 12, 2015
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

2.64/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up last month at Top Hops in New York, having never had this before nor having an American Adjunct Lager in quite some time. I didn't expect much from this, which made this that much more enjoyable when it turned out not to be a drain pour. There was enough body here to make this enjoyable but underneath it all, this turned out to be true to form stylistically.

Of course, this had a golden appearance with a fluffy head that quickly settled down. Just a small ring of lacing that slid down the side of my pint glass after each sip. Lots of cereal and grain with just a hint of Noble hoppiness and hardly any malt to be found. The mouthfeel was soapy, weak, and a bit astringent. Some type of filler could be detected in the back to go with the sour bitterness that lingered in the aftertaste but thankfully, that didn't last long. The carbonation was present enough to scrub any floral notes away, ensuring that this stayed relatively level when it came to the taste and mouthfeel.

Session beer? Look no further, although I couldn't see anyone having more than one bottle in a sitting. Some potato chip-like body and crispness would have added a lot to this but as it was, this called for one tasting and nothing more. Too dry to enjoy in large amounts, the grain didn't quite measure up and a big glass of water was called for once I polished this off. Not the worst example of this style out there but still a bit lacking when all was said and done.

Jan 20, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains and sweet malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes fairly clean.

Jan 06, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +11.3%

330 ml bottle, date code of 112314. Best by 11/23/14? who knows?

pours a bright clear yellow color. mild grainy aroma. clean mild malt taste as well. slightly sweet. thin body, high carbonation. drinks easy.

Aug 02, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. It's a not-quite Colombian 86 degrees out, but it's as good a context as I'm going to get in Seattle.

Appearance: light golden hue with a strong effervescence and a finger of frothy white foam. Par for the style.

Smell: slightly malty with a little adjunct character and a small dose of noble hops. That said, it is relatively free of those flaws that typify the style. Not as bad as it could be.

Taste: a little malty, a little bit of a corn character, and a little bit of hops. The hops stand out more than I'm used to in the style, and there's actually a decent bitterness. This beer is rather working for me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a refreshing fizz. Not really creamy, but that's not likely in the style.

Overall: this is a pretty good adjunct lager. For a Latin American megabrew, you could do a whole lot worse. Plus, it's extra drinkable on a hot day.

Jul 02, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 27/3/14

A clear straw yellow with bubbles ranging from pin pricks to giants, no head or lace after a dump down the middle

S smells faint, sweet grains, a little hay, paper shredding, nothing offensive but not much of anything really

T maybe a little rice cake to go with what I smell, nothing really tastes bad but I struggle to find flavour good or bad

M light, well carbonated and a very clean finish if you can believe it, I mean I've had more after taste from first world tap water

O sometimes I'd prefer no flavour to bad flavour and this might be one of those beers, nothing to complain about but nothing to praise either, its just bland

I thought I got a country tic out of this one but was wrong, I doubt I'll remember my second beer from Columbia much like I didn't remember the first.

Mar 27, 2014
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another lager on the menu.
Pours with a typical clear, golden color, and is topped with a medium white head of short retention. Also, quite bubbly.
There's not much to say about the nose really, since it's pretty weak with only faint grainy hops present.
The taste is similar. Not much there, light and feels watered down. The start is slightly sweet, while the finish does have a minimum amount of bitterness.
Very easy to drink, but not much to the taste really.

Jan 18, 2014
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schoolboy from Ohio

2.62/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a cold can of this from a street vendor in front of the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena for $2. Selling them for that much to Americans has to be a great living for a Columbian, and the vendors are providing an important service. I was happy to support them. There were vendors everywhere we went and they were selling any and every thing.

We did not walk up the Castillo (it is huge) but drinking a quick light beer at 9:00 in the morning standing in front of it on a typically hot day in Columbia was a pleasant experience, even if the beer is a lot like bad American swill (a miller would be a major improvement over this).

The beer has little character, but I would recommend it in the circumstances under which I bought it - it was there, it was cheap, I was on vacation, why not. BTW, I enjoyed drinking it with a new friend who was sharing my cab, Oz, from San Francisco. Cheers, Oz.

Nov 23, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

2.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden color with a head of short retention.
Not pleasant smell of corn and faint notes of floral hops.
Flavor of corn, malt and floral hops. Hints of butter and vanilla. Mild dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Average adjunct lager, a bit more bitter but not really refreshing. It seems they sell more the “Chicas Aguila” than real beer.

Apr 10, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

1.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

269cl can bought in Cartagena (Colombia) and opened on 1st Feb 2013 while off the coast of Mexico.

Tasted cheap, which it wasn't: I got stung by a young lad in a dark shed for a bottle of water and this can for $10.00, the little shit. I suppose he and his family needed the money more than me though.

To be fair it looked fine: your usual lager/pilsner golden clear and bright body with a fading head of white.

Sadly it then began to fail: seaweed and metallic in the nose and mouth, dry and boring feel to the whole thing. My Colombian box is now ticked.

Apr 09, 2013
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bark from Sweden

2.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is straw yellow (5 EBC), the liquid clear. The finger thick airy head sinks down to a white lid.

The smell is very, very light. Some wet paper, some spices (cardamom?).

The taste is very light. Some sweetness, some paper and pulp. Fragile anonymous bitterness in the background. Light, almost non-existing body. Hints of flour and butter in the aftertaste as well as some sour-bitter chemical notes.

The carbonation is strong. Lots of big short-lived bubbles. The liquid is watery.

Well, it is a tropical adjunct lager. Some off-flavours, but I have had much worse ones.

Dec 10, 2012
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Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 172 ratings