Sagres Cerveja | Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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Sagres CervejaSagres Cerveja

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Sociedade Central de Cervejas

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Marius
2/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled at THT June tasting. Clear pale golden with a white head. Boiled corn, sugar and that is it. Not even worth the 150 characters required for this review.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle, pours as clear gold with a thin white head that quickly dispersed. Really subtle aroma like an Corona or adjunct beer. Hops and Malt are nicely balanced, but there are also distracting corn, grass, and rice flavors. The carbonation makes for a refreshing beverage, but it's just OK as a beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 litre brown glass screw-top bottle nabbed at a Lisbon supermarket as a fuckabout beer for a sub-2 euro price.

Taste is malty. Hop-bereft. So simple balance isn't even a factor; there's no second note to keep in harmony. Shallow. Brief flavour duration.

Lacks the stale and metallic notes that trouble so many (even more) inferior attempts at the style.

Overcarbonated, smooth, wet, medium-bodied.

Downable cheap swill for students and the apathetic hoi polloi. A couple notches above the usual pale lager fare found in Europe, and fairly priced for its meagre quality. I would buy it again merely by virtue of price to quality ratio, but that doesn't make it a recommended brew. If anything, its neutralityand insipidness are its key strengths, particularly since it avoids being watery.

High D+ (2.50) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Head goes down fast, usual lagerish look.

Aroma is refreshing, hoppy and fresh.

Very fizzy, like sparkling water. Quite refreshing, though not much in the way of flavor to comment on. However if I was in Portugal on a hot day in the sun, this would be very welcome.

Nothing unpleasant and very crisp and fresh. Though it really does mostly taste like fizzy water...

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.49/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An offering from a Portuguese-American in law, this one's fairly crisp, light-bodied and full of pretty refreshing lime-wheat type of flavor. Okay stuff.

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Photo of MacMalt
2.56/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass. It pours a clear golden amber with a one-finger, snow-white head and lacing. It has virtually no smell; just a little grain. It's like drinking a light beer; there is little, if any, flavor: just some grass and grain. It's also very watery and light. It's nicely carbonated and has a low ABV so it is easy to drink but it simply has no flavor. Overall, I've tried to be fair with this lager but it simply isn't memorable. Perhaps having it on draught in Portugal would yield a different experience.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.73/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is of sweet malt, vegetables and pickles. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of cooked vegetables. Who brews such a crap?

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Photo of msondel
3.61/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a 2 or 3 if you found this in the states (and opted to buy it?), but quickly approaches 4 if you are drinking one at a beach bar in Portugal sitting in a bean bag chair. They must have brewed this beer specifically for that situation.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
1.37/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Canned (and on reduced to clear)
Classic looking lager amber body with white head
Tinny aroma the flavour, its like a malt fizzy vitamin drink
Very thin and fizzy

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Photo of ARoman
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is mostly a doughy bread with light lemon and spice notes. It pours a clear, effervescent, yellow-gold with a white, dense foamy head that retains and laces well. The taste is a medium-light bittersweet, maybe a touch more sweet than bitter (not truly balanced). It's texture is watery with a fuzzy carbonation. The light body has a bread-first flavor with supporting notes of mellow citrus and spice. The finish is dry and crisp with notes of light spice and mellow, bitter citrus. The aftertaste is light and clean with bread crust and mineral water hints.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan 2016. I've only had one other Portuguese beer (Super Bock), and wasn't terribly impressed with it - but this sixer was absurdly cheap by local standards (about $1.66 per bottle) so it's not like I've got much to lose here. Served ice cold.

Pours a clear golden-yellow hue, capped off with one finger of loose, soapy white head, which lasts about a minute or two before fading. A bubbly film remains at the surface, in addition to a foamy collar and a few scattered swathes of lacing. Looks fine, but the aroma is somewhat less reassuring - it mostly smells like corn chips, with a pale, malty sweetness and some vegetal undertones. Not a terrible aroma - I can't really fault a cheap adjunct lager for smelling like adjunct - but it's still worlds away from enticing.

Not much I can say about this one. The flavour consists of grainy pale barley malts, corn husk and damp cardboard. Vaguely grassy towards the finish, but it goes right back to that corny, vegetal flavour in the aftertaste; thankfully it doesn't linger long. Light-bodied and a bit watery, with the sort of aggressive carbonation levels I'd expect from this sort of beer. There is nothing overtly offensive about this beer, but I can think of no convincing reasons to pick it specifically over its many competitors in the imported lager category... other than the price.

Final Grade: 2.98, a C. Sagres is yet another mediocre, forgettable pale lager to throw on the pile. It's definitely not the worst European adjunct lager I've ever had, but there are few redeeming qualities to be lauded here. It's easy to drink, and tastes like beer - what else were you expecting? Marginally better than Super Bock, but to be honest I haven't had that stuff in years, so it's not really a fair comparison. The bottom line? For a cheap imported lager, you could do much worse than this. Mexican lager enthusiasts should appreciate this one.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

So I'm a beer guy and went to Portugal and Spain. Was on a structured trip, so didn't get to get to anywhere with very good beer. But I got to sample the BMC of their countries . . .

So this was pretty standard lager. Not bad, but nothing I'd go to great lengths to find now that I'm home.

Aroma (3): Smells kinda of beer.
Appearance (4): Nice golden color. Just like a lager should be.
Taste (3): It is better than Bud Light I suppose. A little malt and a little bit of hop. Not much to speak of really.
Palate (3.5): No real complaints, nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of MrCharlieMops
4/5  rDev +40.4%

Appearance: Light, blonde and very liquidy/watery. Thick head which soon becomes watery / bubbly.
Aroma: Subtle rice smell, beery, no hops.
Taste: Grainy, typical lager taste with no floral attributes. Crispy and clean with a kick which you can feel in your throat with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Overall: Typical lager which is great on a hot day. Easy to drink loads! I enjoy the crispy clean flavour.

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Photo of titvs
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1B). Bottle 20cl. AROMA: very subtle grainy aroma. no hop aroma. slight DMS present. APPEARANCE: very clear pale straw color with average persistance white head. TASTE: low grainy flavour with no sweetness altough it has corn. no hop flavour and no bitterness discernible. no fruitiness and no diacetyl. a bit on the "watery" side. PALATE: very light body (maybe from high dosage of adjuncts - corn and rice). medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a very light, watery pale lager just to kill your thirst.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.11/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Em cinco, quatro, três, dois, e um...on to the beer:

This national lager has a light golden color, a translucent body, and a short head formed on top. In less than a minute of the pour, much of the head has dissipated into a lace. The aroma has a strong boiled corn note. There's a strange fruity note as well. That's the adjunct lager I know.

The taste is slightly more palatable than the aroma. It's pretty clean, which helps this beer more than being a big bite of boiled corn and DMS. Still, the overall flavor is weak. In fact, the taste is "perfumy" in character, being where the taste doesn't seem to come through until halfway through a sip. It has a woody element, a slight ester note, and a seltzer-like carbonation which attempts to provide the bitterness.

That was a weak effort. Now I see why their Port is highly revered.

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Photo of FLima
1.79/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Golden color with apparent carbonation and a thick two fingers head with medium retention and leaving good laces.
A very unpleasant aroma with notes of corn, lots of sulphur, cooked vegetables, booze and lemony notes.
Flavor improves just a bit, not very sweet with hints of herbal and floral hops, which is good but stop right there. Notes of butter, non-malted cereals, sulphur, mild spicy yeast and cooked vegetables. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
The only positive side of it is to have nice looks and identifiable hops, but that is shadowed by some annoying flaws in both aroma and taste.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Sagres pours with a thin white head which covers the clear and golden content.The aroma is mild. There are some malts as well as some grains.
The taste follows what the nose pick up. Starts sweet, followed by some hoppy bitterness and grains in the body, coming together with a slightly bitter finish.
Nothing special, but a nice drinkable lager.

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Photo of jonb5
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Slightly darker than other pale lagers, clear, small head, moderate retention, decent lacing.

S: Some funky vegetable like aroma I couldn’t quite figure out, points to some sort of hop content, even got notes of Chardonnay grape!.

T: Rice, corn, candi sugar, slightly artificial but had a hint of doughy bitterness at the finish.

M: Fairly light body, well carbonated.

O: I’d take Super Bock over this if I happened to be in Portugal, but it’s drinkable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
2.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This bottle was received as a gift. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear straw in color, with a one-finger white head atop a modest amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malts, some sulfur and corn, with some light grassy hops in the background.

T: Follows the nose. Significant corn and graininess but has a light grassy and herbal hop presence that makes this more palatable than expected. Still has a slightly sweet lingering finish.

A: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, alcohol well-hidden.

O: This actually was a decent beer for an AAL. Nothing I'd seek out actively, but better than some of its cohorts.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dated 9/2012.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight grassy flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer beer that is fairly drinkable but nothing I would want again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pokal glass.

Appearance: very clear gold with heavy carbonation on the body, head is little thing maybe 1/4" coming off white.

Smell: light hoppy scent not much to go with here.

Taste: believe or not is it a little creamy, marzen like but still bitter. Yes it is that tasty.

Mouth: smooth and crisp, toasted bread after taste and sticking feel even with my steak I can't say it is bad at all.

Mouth: Very good and worth keeping as a steady with your meal. This is my first and definitely not my last before I leave. Salud

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Photo of KTCamm
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a mini-bottle into a hotel water glass. Best I could do.

Pours clear golden with some copper. Splotches of white gfoam. Corn adjunct-y nose that does not impress. Strong adjunct taste, clean, crisp, but unflavorful. Corn too. Easy dribnker but not impressive. Just so so.

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Photo of Douberd
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought this one with me from Mexico. It pours a golden yellow colour with a froathy one finger head that disappeared straight away.
Aroma of malts, nothing special.
Taste is bitter and very metallic. Slighty disappoitned here.
Medium thinness on the body, slighty carbonated.

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Photo of CHickman
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with bubbles racing up it and a small 1 finger white foamy head that faded in average time and left great spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, grains, floral hops, grass and light yeast; very soft and basic Euro lager aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, grains, floral hops, grass, light grains and light yeast; on the sweeter side for a Euro lager and it went down quite easy, washing down steak quite well.

Light, crisp and refreshing, this had average carbonation that was on the light fizzy side, a light body that finished clean and high drinkability.

The flavor is average at best, but these were cold, crisp and flowing at a Portuguese restaurant last night and my crew drank the place out of all of the cold ones; not sure how a Portuguese restaurant runs out of cold Portuguese beer on a Saturday night, but that’s their problem. Decent beer, worth a try.

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Photo of endovelico
3.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taken from notes. Reviewed 25 - 12 - 2011 under medium high natural light. Poured into plastic cup.

Appearance: Pours a golden brew with frothy thin white head that fizzles out leaving some lacing. Perceived effervescence is medium high.

Aroma: Aroma is of medium intensity. Sweet malty notes upfront with floral hops (noble hops most likely) on the back. Surprisingly rich, for a macro-lager that is.

Taste: Medium intensity. The floral notes from the hops and malt notes blend up front albeit in a very subdued manner on the back then some hop vegetable character and a bit of brisky cereal notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium high to high carbonation. Medium light to light bodied. Low bitterness. Medium short finish.

Overall: It certainty complies to the guidelines and that is the main reason I've given it reasonably high scores in other fields, HOWEVER overall, one can't get past the fact that it is a macro lager and lacks complexity, boldness and structure and while it's not flawed it's still very forgettable. Drink it cold, because has it gets warmer, it gets soapy and foul.

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