Sagres Cerveja | Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sociedade Central de Cervejas
Portugal
centralcervejas.pt

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-02-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
258
Avg:
2.85
pDev:
18.25%
 
 
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Photo of woosterbill
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Delaney's into a Sagres pilsner glass. Why not drink a cheap Portuguese beer at happy hour, and then use the resulting buy-one-get-one chip for something I actually want to drink?

A: Clear, fizzy straw body with a finger of creamy white head; good retention, soapy lace; pretty good for the style.

S: Nothing. Very bland, generic lager aroma of faint breadiness and nothing else. Meh.

T: Boring but crisp, with breadiness up front and a touch of metallic sharpness on the finish. Drinkable, but insipid. I.e., average for the style.

M: Frothy, prickly, but not too thin. Pretty good for an AAL, actually.

O: Portugal can brew a forgettable lager, too. Good for them?

Cheers!

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Photo of portia99
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a Portuguese friend poured into a Foonf Zane pilsner glass.

A - Pours a very pale straw golden color...crystal clear. Can only manage a thin cap of fizzy foam that leaves a faint trace of lacing. The lack of head is the only disappointment on an otherwise attractive pale lager.

S - Minty and herbal up front followed up immediately by a floral and perfumey hop bouquet. Chased by a grainy and lightly bitter hop aroma.

T - Cereal grainy, adjuncts, earthy and floral hop flavor and light bitterness. A touch of sugar-like sweetness. Flavors are clean and well balanced, light and smooth. Fairly typical for a European lager.

M - Fizzy, bubbly - crisp and tingly on the tongue. Even blend of bitter hops and sweet malt - clean and smooth drinker.

O - Decent beer for what it is. Very much in the style of most internationally brewed lagers. Clean and crisp, smooth and grainy with a light hop presence. A good warm weather drinker...gives me the impression of being able to quaff these all day long outside. Isn't likely to wow the BA crowd, but definitely a solid Euro lager.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straight out of 12oz bottle.

Cannot recall having a previous beer from Portugal. This one is OK for me. Has a commercial quality taste of mainstream marketed beers here in U.S. with a hint of European taste.

Nothing out of the ordinary here. Crisp and plain and easy drinking but not of unique craft and depth of other European beers from UK, Germany, etc.

If you see this one when out, give it a try.

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Photo of cagocubs
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pours a transparent gold with small white head that fails to retain or lace.

S: Mostly adjunct ingredients. Some citrus and earthy aroma.

T: Grain, faint hops, some bitter citrus.

M- Carbonation is powerful. Light bodied, crisp, with decent coating.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear yellow with weak head lacking any density or retention.

S-Dry faint grass aroma with mix of grain, adjuncts, hint lime

T-Dry with grainy flavor and grassy hops, and again a hint of lime which is kinda weird. Almost no residual sweetness, which saves this beer.

M-Pretty robust carbonation. The balance leans toward dry with some citrus.

O-Decent little beer, light and easy to quaff.

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Photo of treque
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: a pale straw in color, no head at all, disspiates inmediately, carb permanent altough there is no too much

S: only adjucnts, corn and butter, and still too low

T: a common adjucnt beer, metalic taste, crisp on tongue, refreshing, probably good for a very hot arternoon, very light body

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle picked up at the LCBO in the "Aisle of Lost Brews." Haven't had a beer from Portugal before.

Poured into a mini Stella glass. Nice pale golden, and clear as the day is long. A thin layer of head quickly burns off.

Nose is pretty tame, all macro lager with a bit of bread, lime and floral hops. Not altogether unpleasant. Every so often a whiff of what might be a pils.

Good palate cleanser, tastes a great deal better straight out of the bottle. A few of these on a hot day in Braga would be just the ticket, but nevertheless this is a pale lager that's been stretched to the boundaries. Not much except a bit of citrus and floral hops. A little metallic twang too.

Aggressive carbonation, slightly creamy, still quaffable.

A run of the mill pils/Euro lager brew that tastes pretty much like everything else. Bland, and with only a mild hoppage to distinguish itself. But is it drinkable in vast quantities? You bet. Just don't expect much.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sagres is a beer that just didnt do it for me....tough on the pallete and nose. The appearance is nice, golden clear with white head that laced on my glass. The smell was slightly skunky and very grainy that had a twang. The taste was similar to the smell very grainy. Mouthfeel is affected by the strong grain smell and taste.

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Photo of Derranged
2.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at some Portuguese hole in the wall. 330ml bottle poured into a Sagres stemmed pokal.

A- Pours a medium gold with a near nonexistent head, no lacing.

S- Metallic sweet malts, not much else. The smell was relatively weak.

T- Sweet malts, slight metallic taste, not much going on.

M- Thin and flat.

O- Not a bad beer for the style, better than expected. Not a beer I'd seek out, but if I ever happen to go to a Portuguese restaurant, bar, party etc, I might have it.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Settles to a clear, orangey amber colour with a small, pinky sized head that soon settles to a thin lacing.

Not too strong smelling but quite fruity. Pretty much standard for a run-of-the -mill pale lager with very mild grassy smell & some vague fruit aroma.

Like the smell, the flavour has all the hallmarks of a standard pale lager, being light & clean tasting with some grassy hops & a very mild bitter finish.

Light bodied & generally quite smooth, the beer has a mild tang to it when drank & is again standard for the style.

A really average although slightly fruity tasting pale lager, nothing to write home about here or to go out of your way to try.

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Photo of xylophonica
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro-tap mini-keg into a tulip.

A - Very pale golden colour. Big creamy head on top with some decent lacing.

S - Slightly malty - bit of wood and nuts. Continuing the wood theme it kinda smells a bit like freshly cut wood-chips mixed with a bit of grass and something citric.

T - Soft and fairly mild. Hint of malt underlying. Quite smooth with a very subtle hint of sourness. Ever so slight hint of lemon as well.

M - Some carbonation is present but overall it's far too creamy and smooth in this format to offer up much of a feel.

O - Easy to drink but a bit bland. Would like some more flavour or maybe a bit of variety here.

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Photo of JoKo
3.95/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden yellow, highly carbonated, typical pils color and appearance. Small white head that fades down quickly.

Smell: Pilsner malts up front, faintness of hops in the background.

Taste: Bready notes, some lingering hop bitterness in the background. Nothing too complex with this beer, there is a nice balance of ingredients.

Mouth feel: A little lackluster, not as crisp as I'd expect, smooth.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, fits pilsner style but seems like it could be a crossover between a pils and a general pale lager. Overall criticism would be the dull mouth feel, if it were a bit more crisp it would have been a perfect representation.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz single. Typical pale golden, but with a nicer than usual thick bubbly/frothy white head. Aroma very subdued..but i get wiffs cereal/bread. Taste is very non-descript..some slight cereal, little earth at the end. Slight bitterness. Ok on the palate for style. Not too bad..no off flavours at least.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2011. Picked this up as a 4-pack from my local off-licence, cheap stuff to start the evening.

Poured into a pint glass. A pale golden colour with strong carbonation. Small foamy white head that settles after a minute or so to leave a surface film. There is almost no aroma to this beer, a very light hint of malt but that's it.

Taste is light and clean. Mild malt flavour with light bitterness. No hoppy notes to mention. Mouthfeel is OK with slight tingling from the carbonation. Virtually no aftertaste.

Could be described as light and refreshing, but is also pretty bland. Inoffensive beer to start a session, but wouldn't seek this out specifically.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. The first thing I noticed is the skunky smell. The beer has an average Budweiser-esque amber hue, exceptionally high carbonation, and is slightly bitter to the pallette. This beer is very watered down, has a low ABV, leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, and leaves much to the imagination. This is an ordinary beer that you might not remember after you try it.

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Photo of boss302
3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sagres Cerveja

A Clear golden, moderate head. 3

S Slight grainy aroma and a little estery. 3 

T More malty than most light colored beers. Not bad. A little astringent in the finish.  3

M Light to medium. Feels thick on the tongue. Surprising. 3.5

D Good drinkable light lager. 3 

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Photo of dolzan
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's better than Super Bock, but that's not really saying a lot.

The taste is a bit bland and not very complex, but very refreshing and not completely watery - there is some flavour in it, perhaps reminiscent of caramel.

So, not bad, but not great at all.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in my favorite chalice.

Nada impressionate, I would say in Portuguese.

A: Clear golden-yellow color with a big white head that dissipates quickly leaving very few lacings
S: Not good. It's a quite simple beer which, IMHO, should have a better smell of malts
T: Not impressive too. Malts, basically. The medium bitter "hoppy" end helps it a bit
M: Very light body with a medium to high carbonation
D: Not impressive. To be avoided

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this beer, except it was better than water.
In a pint glass the beer was a golden color with a small white head.
Not much aroma, sort of a sweet, grassy, floral scent.
Even less taste. Some malt and a tiny hint of hops.
As I said, it was better than water, but didn't have much else going for it.

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Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveja Sagres may not have any head but, unlike many other industrially produced lagers, it does have a substantial amount of colour. The beer's ornately golden tone is something I wouldn't be shy to be seen with nor does it look like something I'd be adverse to drinking. And the clarity, of course, has achieved a sparkling state of perfection.

For a mass-produced lager such as this, it's ideal that you don't note anything aroma wise. Although it's still beyond me why the majority of people wouldn't want their beer to have a pleasant, fragrant bouquet, it's just as well because beers like this - when they actually do smell of anything - tend to reek of corn syrup or cooked rice paddies.

This one doesn't give off much of a scent, although there is a perceivable graininess that has faint overtones of corn. Whether this is a natural by-product of the brewing process or whether it is the mark of cheap fillers, we have to taste and see... Turns out, I can't be totally sure; if it was adulterated, it couldn't have been diluted too heavily.

Indeed, the mouthfeel wouldn't suggest corn syrup or industrial adjuncts. It is quite light on the palate, with an inoffensive sweetness and reasonably pure graininess. Only a drop of actual barley malt is tasted but at least it's clean and uncontaminated. This is a macro lager I'll actually be glad to finish (and seem to be doing so unusually quick).

Still, it never ceases to amaze how, for all the mishmash of cultures and tastes there are in the world, virtually every country's national brand of beer wind up so identical to one another. It also marvels me to think how little taste the majority of people must have so that these breweries can sell such phenomenal quantities of insipid, uninspiring lagers.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer of Portugal i try. Poured in a pint glass. Look: Golden crystal color, thin foamy head, very fair, good lacing; Smell: Dry malts and grains; Taste: Something between dry and sweet malts, grains, and salt, some earth hops in small proportion; Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry finish, medium bitterness, medium body and very good carbonation; Drinkability: Good adjunct lager, very well balanced flavor.

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - A pale golden color with a 3" head of thick white suds.

Smell - Caramel, hops and grains.

Taste - Sweet light caramel but no hops like the smell.

Mouthfeel - A little thin with a Nice carbonation to it.

Drinkability - It is an average beer of this type. Nothing great but nothing bad either.

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Photo of eschbach
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle. It has a traditional looking label.

Look: It's a rich golden color, and it has a good head. It looks like a beer I'd want to drink.

Smell: Overall it has a very malty smell. with slight hops aroma as well.

Taste: It's a bitter taste. I can really taste the hops. It has a malty aftertaste.

Drink: It is a crisp beer to drink. It goes down smoothly. It does however feel foamy on the palate.

Notes: As adjunct lagers go this is is a good one. It has a bitter crisp taste. When I bought this beer I was skeptical of it since it's from Portugal, but I am impressed.

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Photo of augustgarage
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

To think after all of the festas I've marched in (my best friend's family is Portuguese), and all the various foods I've eaten from Portugal, I've never had a beer from the country. After spending the morning weeding, I think it's time to remedy this:

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic pint glass.

Pale stained-glass Mikado yellow liquid supports a thin but lasting splash of white. Light, lazy, sandy lacing courses down the sides with every sip.

Pale malt, faint adjunct (corn?), and a very mild floral note in the nose.

Lemon-lime salt on the palate, proceeded by a faint graininess - with a dry-ish crackery finish including vague hints of coffee and cola. No hops to be found. Rather bland as you would expect from the style, but not stale or too sweet.

Zesty somewhat heavy carbonation, thin-bodied, yet almost slick.

A bit more sour than many domestic takes on the style - still "refreshing" I suppose, though wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of spoons
3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pretty cold bottle to a tulip.
Best by date says July so I am well within the limit.

A clear golden body that looks pretty nice. Has a tall foamy head that dissapates pretty quickly.

Smells kinda meaty. Some old hops, sausage like. Not nice.

Taste has some upfront sweetness to it. Bready with a little tanginess. A decent malty finish and aftertaste. A lagery metallic finish though.

A decent lager. I'd try it again but it smells a little funky.

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Sagres Cerveja from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
2.85 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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