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 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 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 mjw06
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale gold and very transparent. one finger sized, light-bodied head with a descent retention and lacing.

a faint, very metallic, sweet smell. not a pleasing or pleasant smell at all.

not much taste, but what is there is a dry, crisp, corny taste. not much to complain about either. few imperfections and unpleasant notes if any. i guess this is portugal's budweiser.

an interesting, but very pleasing light-bodied mouthfeel.

a nice drinkable brew, and like I said before, has few imperfections. had this with my chicken at nando's, a popular afro-portugese chain that they have in dc. went well.

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Photo of Nickls
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light yellow color, poured with a white head that quickly disappeared into nothing. Visible rising bubbles throughout the brew. Very much expected for the style

S - Sweetish graininess in the aroma, with that ubiquitous macro 'beer' aroma. No skunkiness even though it's an import macro

T - Sweetish corn and biscuit like flavors (guessing b/c of the adjuncts), and a bit of a dryish finish

M - Light/thin MF, with lots of bubbly carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable for the style. Nice snappy MF, and light body make this easy to down. Flavors aren't out-of-whack or anything.

Overall, this is very much what I've come to associate with the style, and this is certainly not a terrible brew. This is my "I want a regular 'ol beer today" brew given it's availability in my neighborhood. I've used it to wash down many Portuguese seafood dishes and have never been terribly disappointed with it.

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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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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 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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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 biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a thin broken wall of lace around the glass as it quickly retreats. It smells of light white grain, and some thin weedy hops. The taste is sweet white grain, and a bit sour grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly light, but kind of smooth as well, and it finishes dry, with a mild acrid hoppiness.

Nothing overly complex, and better than average for a Euro-lager.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--Poured a golden 'apple-juice' like color.
--Not much head and very little lacing.
--Had a clean smell to it, almost fruity.
This was a not bad beer. It had an almost citrus taste to it, which was unexpected. It went down smooth but it also had nothing stand out to make it exciting. For a lager/pale it was not one of the best. That said, I would drink it again on a hot day!

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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 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 Redrover
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in Portugal on vacation, I bought this one in both 6 packs and the large 1.5 bottles. I don't think I ever saw it on tap.

Poured into a glass, the beer is a slightly darker shade of yellow. There is a bone white head good lacing.

The aroma is of grains and bit of spicy (pepper) hops. This aspect of the beer could be notched-up a bit.

The taste is semi-sweet with bready malts and a fair amount of trailing bitterness. I would say its balanced and has a clean, slightly dry finish.

The beer is slightly over carbonated with a nice bit of sharpness. Easy enough to drink several. If they could tone down the carbonation a notch and turn up the smell it would be a real winner for the style.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 330ml bottle, 5,1% ABV

Appearance: Nice golden color. High carbonation and small white head. The stereotypical look.

Smell: Nothing really special.

Taste: It has no special taste or aroma. It taste your average beer.

Mouthfeel: Good and bubbly mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Average beer. Not bad, but that's about it.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from a friend of mine. He wanted to help me with my New Year's resolution of trying at least one new beer a month.

I poured from a bottle into a 16oz glass. There was a 1/2 inch head that had some staying power. I found the taste and drinkability similar to domestic macros (which I happen to like, so it is good by my standards, which are different from most on this site). I guess I would actually place the taste as similar to some Canadian brews I have tried. Overall I give this a C+ and am quite thankful that I have friends like this.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh.. A beer from the motherland. Many of these I had years ago in Portugal, not knowing much about beer then I drank them for what they were worth to me then, not much. But now I drink them with a much more objective eye.. Or should I say mouth.

This poured a rather boring yellow with a fine layer of foam floating on the top. Smell reminds me a bit of rotting cabbage, really nothing i'd call home about. But this quickly redeems itself in the flavor. Some sweet notes with a very slight hop edge. Level of carbonation is good and this is actually rather refreshing.

Although at first glance this doesn't appear to be the most appetizing of brews, it really isn't all that bad. Goes well with some Chouriço or a bifana, or any other slightly spicy dish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. There's a date of "Dez 09" printed on the label so I'm guessing that's a best-by date.

Appearance: light-gold to straw color; thin, fizzy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: pretty light malt aroma, but nothing complex.

Taste: not entirely watery, there is some flavor here; more than I expect from an adjunct lager. While hops are not entirely ignored, they're not present in any great amount, either.

Mouthfeel: thin and carbonated, this one is a pretty good refresher.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. It's a pretty light beer without any offensive or insipid flavors; I'm sure it's great for those hot days on the Portuguese Riviera.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.39/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Smells of musky grain and sweet malt, maybe rice, and a very light hop. Taste is mostly sweet malt, almost a fruity hop presence but mostly empty. Dull and medium bodied that goes down without much effort. Drinkable, but could use some help for a pale lager.

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Photo of jackndan
3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sagres, from Portugal: a light bodied, light amber beer, with a slightly skunky euro-lager aroma. The best by date is March of 2002 (bought it from the dark recesses at the bottom of the shelf). Not bad at all, with a heavy dose of malt sweetness with toast/bread flavors. Highly carbonated with a clean dry finish. I’ll look again for it fresh, as even a couple of months out of date, it was very nice.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice thick head that stayed around almost to the last drop.
The color was a bit on the honey side.
A lot of carbonation that kept bubbles flowing upward which made a nice looking beer standing in the glass.
After that the beer is drinkable, but not exciting. Has no real aroma. It tastes like a beer. A little on the sweet side, but it did not turn me off. Some hops in the after taste. Had a real light mouth feel. Even being sweet, left my mouth feeling clean. You could drink more then one of these without getting tired. Good on a hot day.

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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 tone77
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 11.2oz. bottle. Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild, somewhat hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp with light malts and some bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and goes down pretty easily. Overall I found this to be a fairly enjoyable beer.

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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 WilliamPhilaPa
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off by pouring a shiny yellow / golden color. On the nose a faint hop aroma and a tad grassy. On the palate there is a faint hoppiness, malt, slightly sweet, and slightly bitter, and slightly dry in the finish. Overall I think pretty neutral IMO, but a drinkable beer.

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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 Todd
3.54/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz light brown bottle. Very unusual shape that almost squares off before the short neck. Bottle is "one way," meaning no deposit, which is also unusual. Best before date clearly marked, but in Portuguese.

Appearance: Nice golden liquid with a steady, sparce large bubble carbonation. Head is patchy, practically dead, less some large bubbles surfacing. It does however turn to a creamy lace as you start drinking it, and even has a slight stick to it.

Smell: Fairly clean in aroma with that faint, unmistakable import lager smell (raw and grassy).

Taste: Relatively smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a crisp citrus/lime bite, as if a lime wedge was in the bottle. Carbonation, although barely noticed in the appearance, lifts and snaps at the palate ... making the limey-like hops that much more pronounced. Body is medium with an even foundation of light malt sweetness with a touch of dextrin sweetness. Finishes nice and clean with little residual flavour.

Notes: Sagres Cerveja is a fairly tasty and refreshing beer. No great shakes though.

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