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 JerzDevl2000
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this recently from a relative. Since I'm part Portuguese, this intrigued me a bit and it was the first time that I'd ever seen or heard of this beer. I didn't know what to expect, and now that I've nearly finished it, it went down pretty easily. Since I actually enjoy savoring beer and the nuances that come with the territory, this was a bit of a disappointment, but still better than what I had anticipated...

Nothing special about the pour. Light color, little carbonation, no lacing, and a decently frothy head could all be seen in this brew. The taste was basic, but not empty. A bit soapy and citrusy in taste, but there were no hops to be found and the maltiness could be felt from nearly start to finish. The aftertaste was a bit oily, but it never felt hollow or "skunked" like the European beers that come in green bottles. This reminded me of Pabst Blue Ribbon a bit, but it wasn't as filling or even on the level of a guilty pleasure.

I didn't think this would have a lot of depth or notes to explore as I opened it, and that is indeed the case with this. Goes down easy, doesn't involve much thinking, but it was still worth a try once and slightly enjoyable to swish around. The 5.10% ABV could not be felt at all, just like the brew itself. I'm glad I only got one bottle of this to sample!

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Photo of Freshie
2.87/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color, with light to non-exsistent head. Rather soapy, with some large bubbles.

Smells clean with some citrus rind, but mainly musty.

The taste has that lime/citrus tang that I like with these lighter hispanic lagers. But other than that taste doesn't impress me much. Basic, clean, with a nice citrus crispness.

The aftertaste is somewhat sour, which is not enjoyable, though this beer on the whole is not as bad as it could be.

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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 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 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 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 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 JanM
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty straightforward macro lager in the common "Mediterranian Lager" style of beers: Golden colour, sour smell, and a taste dominated by bread and citric notes. Functional and definately drinkable in a hot climate but lacks personality.

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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 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 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 allergictomacros
2.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with a puny head. Drops quickly to nothing.

S - A touch of skunk right off the bat, followed by a sweet/metallic smell. There's some floral tones as well.

T/M - Still macro-bland, but less so than the average. A moderately assertive hop bitterness covers up the alcohol well enough, and there's a refreshing crispness in the body. Somewhat sweet as well.

D - Pretty drinkable I guess. Better than I expected, without anything off. I'll take this over the average BMC.

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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 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 JBogan
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap in a restaurant (can't remember the name) in Porto. Light golden color with a thin head, leaving minimal lacing behind in the glass.

Smelled somewhat grassy yet sweet.

Tasted of grains and with a hint of corn. Also on the sweet side.

Nice mouthfeel. Somewhat on the thin side but good for a beer of this type. Good carbonation.

This was a beer that hit the spot, but I wouldn't call it a great beer. It's a pretty decent and refreshing beer which I would drink again next time I'm over in Portugal. Try it if you're in the area.

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

Crystal clear. Pale yellow blonde with a bright white head that drops quickly but leaves a pretty good collar and a whispy surface foam as well as some lace around the glass. The aroma is light, but offers some fruitiness above a hoppy malt. It's not skunked, but I notice that the bottle isn't quite brown, it's more of an amber. The body is medium with a gentle carbonation. It has a dull presence in the mouth, not really full, not really creamy, and not really smooth. It kind of just passes through. The flavor is reflective of the aroma, but it's a bit fuller. The fruitiness is still present; most noticeable on the front of the tongue. The maltiness is more solid than expected, but kind of dull. It's well entwined with bitterness, and even a bit of hop flavor, but that doesn't really take off either. The finish is short and dry. Very dull. The most interesting thing about this beer is the fruitiness and yet it's kind of generic. Somewhat apple-ish, somewhat like summer fruit - maybe strawberry, but too subtle to reveal any specific character. Overall, however, it has more character than most American macros, but that's about all you can say about it. In fact, it lacks their crispness and finesse. Fairly boring. Not worth the effort.

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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 crwills
3.01/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of bottles of this at a restaurant in Niagara Falls (I can't remember the name -- an "international cuisine" place with a BBQ on the patio out front, somewhere on the main strip.

Poured a pale golden colour into a tall, skinny glass - might even have been a Sagres glass, I can't remember. Decent-sized white bubbly head that faded quickly and left some lacing. Mild floral aroma that carries into the flavour. Sharp, but not super aggressive carbonation. Floral, spritzy hops with little to no noticeable malt characteristics and no detectable adjuncts. Slightly bitter short-lived aftertaste.

Refreshing, and went well with my meal - a "Mexican-style" pizza type thing. Would probably have been even better with some of the Portuguese dishes they had available, or a chorizo fresh off the grill.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Portuguese offering is light gold in color with a fast fading head and thin running lace. The medium malt and maybe corn body is a little nondescript. Not much malt or hop aroma, but there seems to be a cardboard and corncob smell. The medium/high metallic hops create a sharp-edged bite and the hop edge is tempered by the sweetness of the malt. The full mouth feel improves throughout.

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Photo of yen157
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, dense foam with some courseness sat on this clear, slightly darker than yellow beer. The aroma was of fruit (but not estery) and wine, in my opinion like a reisling. Nice malt / hops balance with a slightly bready finish with some lingering bitterness. The aftertaste, when breathing through your nose, is of alcohol and some vegetable. Not too bad, but that vegetable taste bothers me a little when I pay attention to it.

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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?


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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, a little hops and typical macro adjuncts.

T: The taste is bready with a little bit of macro sweetness, but not quite as much as others. There’s a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good representation of style, it’s a decent alternative to BMC and not bad for a macro but I would choose it unless I were out somewhere and they didn’t have much else to select from.

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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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