Brava Cerveza | Lakeport Brewing Company

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Brava CervezaBrava Cerveza

Brewed by:
Lakeport Brewing Company
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brava is a premium lager containing 5% alcohol and brewed with specialized premium hops that promote a light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing lager.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this once from my uncle, although summer is coming shortly so I'll probably pick some up before the year is out.

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that didn't retain overtly well but did leave a slight lacing. The beer itself is a golden yellow color which lies somewhere between your standard lager and an almost orange color.

Smell: The smell is there, that is for sure but it's nothing to write home about. Pretty much your standard Lager smell, with corn and grain with the barest touch of citrus hops. It didn't really take that much warming to come out, but it's pretty much a very generic beer smell.

Taste: I've had this beer before, back when it had an orange label and it's gone downhill a little since then, where it would have been a 3.5. The taste starts with an unmistakable light grain that shifts to a bit more of a corn-like flavor and ends with a slight dusting of smooth citrus hops that smooths out the slightly bumpy transition before it.

Mouthfeel: The big problem with the beer is the initial transition between the grain flavor and the more corn like elements. However, unlike most Lakeport offerings the plastic and metallic taste is not present. The carbonation is solid, and the final touch of hops leaves it quite smooth. It is a little bit watery at the end, but given it is a Mexican style beer, that makes it a good thing.

Drinkability: This is where this beer shines, and true to a Mexican style beer, is designed to refresh on a hot summer's day. Incredibly refreshing, the hop touch at the end smooths it out nicely. Also the price also gives this beer even more of a free pass in this department.

Final Thoughts: Brava used to be a bit better, back when Lakeport wasn't owned by Labatt. The beer didn't seem to have as much of a corn flavor and transitioned initially a bit better. However, I also recall that this beer wasn't as cheap as it is now. Sadly, Lakeport's strategy has always been to be a discount brewer, and that's pretty much the reason Labatt bought them in the first place.

If you are looking for a Mexican style beer, this beer is for you. This beer is a cheaper, better tasting, just as drinkable version of Corona. The lime for this brew is optional. Just keep in mind, this is still a Mexican style beer designed to refresh and be guzzled on a hot summer's day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of EsoxLucius
1.93/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

well, figured i'd give this a shot, head about it being "the beer of summer" and being sick of winter here figured i'd try it... plus it was cheap.

A: you can see it in the bottle... pale yellow. minimal lacing and retention, not as attractive as brahma or MGD in the bottle, though mostly resembles MGD.

S: skunk and wet grain. corn is present on the smell.

T: sweet corn and grain with the faintest of hops, it's a confused taste and not "smooth" at all. it has a wicked bitter aftertaste that really disapointed.

M: best part, it did cream up nicely, but that just made the sticky confused taste cling to my mouth. it's fairly well carbonated and i don't like overly fizzy beer.

D: ranks with coors light / coop gold... hah.

i will not be a repeat consumer unless it's free.

bottom line, it's a cheap Corona knock off, only problem is... Corona is terrible.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.21/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can, no indication of origin other than the perfunctory Labatt's production info on the rudimentary label.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a decent spectral lace pattern of lace around the glass as everything subsides.

It all smells of sharp, corny grain, musty rice, overcooked green veggies, with an unexpected boozy nature beyond reproach. The taste is understated nail polish remover, adjunct-heavy grainy 'malt', hard water, thankfully faded vegetal astringency, and well, nothing else.

The carbonation is quite reserved, the body equally so, with a typically bland, though even, medium body weight. It finishes mostly blithely sweet, with a musty corn/rice graininess, but again in a weakly rendered manner - nothing much else going on.

Cheap is, as cheap does. 6 bucks and change buys you the whole six-pack, yes sirree Bob! A typical Labatt's LCD offshoot from the brain guild down off Whitemud Drive - try harder next time, boyz...oh, right, you don't need or have to.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle poured into a mug.

Pale straw with two fingers of white head that quickly fades to a thin cap, leaving very little lace behind. That thin cap seems to stick around for a bit though.

Very typical pale lager smell. A little bit of grain with hint of grassy hops. It doesn't smell bad. It's just meek.

Sweet corn and crackers up front. A touch of grassy hops and citrus in the finish.

It's not as carbonated as you'd expect, given what it is. It's smooth, but also light in body. It's watery. It's thirst quenching and cooling on a hot summer day. That's what a beer like this is supposed to be. It's better than Corona, and cheaper too. It goes down extremely easy on a hot July day.

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Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A passable beer, with a creamy head and mouthfeel. Bit of interesting orange colour. Lace. ABout as high as I have rated a Mexican style beer, but its clearly a below average brew from one of the weakest brewers in the continent. Not much else to look at, nor desireable aroma. WOuld not go good with food, but beats tap water.

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Photo of ozmodium
2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased as it was "new" and near the cash register

poured bottle into one of my Sam Adams tulip glasses. Perhaps a mistake...was better chugged out of the bottle while BBQing

A: crystal clear bright yellow, brilliant white head, very fizzy, almost selzer-ish

S: too much corny sweetness. Processed grains. Odd, but not offensive hop character.

T: was better and more flavourful than expected. Like MGD on steroids. A bit too sweet, but actually not bad

M: Carbonation about right for my liking. ABV hidden well.

O: not a bad hot weather session beer...and it was cheap. Add a lime or lemon wedge. I could drink this. Better than Corona. Also better than Bavaria, Brahma and all those other "Corona Killers" they've brought out over the years.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.3/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow liquid with very little head and a funny aroma (a bit skunky). Taste (for what little taste there is) is all corn and very uninspiring. I don’t get why a Canadian brewery would try to replicate skunky corn beer from Mexico. Do we really need more of that type of beer?

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Photo of ThinkAgain
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Dean1139
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Someone mentioned this beer is reminiscent of MGD, is right a good summer beer for a few dollars less. Would buy again, if MDG wasn't available.

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Photo of Pantherbone
3.71/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The air itself is sweating under the hot July sun. My Brava is doing exactly what I paid it to do and at $1.00 a can, it's doing it well. The bar gains a bargain. The burgers are on the bbq, the 'tater salad is in a large plastic bowl, and Brava is giving a nice slow buzz. If you're like me and understand what the product is meant to be you don't give a damn about fingers of head or lacing or any of that snobbish crap. Long live the beer of summer.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Zorro
2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is sweet and buttery with a corn scent.

Taste is sweet with a weird adjunct taste to it I can finger; mild hop bitterness kicks in later. Best I can ID the taste is Bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Weird brew won't drink it again though.

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Photo of SandS
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Shiloh
4.08/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exellent lager in all aspects with the exception of misleading the consumer into believing it was a Mexican product.Semi sweet taste that satisfies with no lingering after taste. What we have here is a Mexican style "cerveza" brewed in Canada to US standards. Truly North America's Beer.

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Photo of mrmanning
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

341 ml bottle sample-Ohh man, what's going on here? I don't have time for games. This stuff is rough. Corn, and a slight alcohol aroma, with a similar taste and added wet paper for good measure. Spritzy and overly carbonated. How does this stuf get approved?

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Photo of BigBry
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear glass bottle, in liquor style aisle with the Corona and Sol. Lakeport's attempt to copy mexican cerveza, and I would say a good job. Pale yellow color, little or no head. Not too strong and not too light, crisp and smooth taste. Thin mouthfeel so it is easy drinking but not so bad that you need a lime to kill the taste. A Corona clone without the over-inflated import price.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.27/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tallboy can picked up at TBS. Lakeport's version of Corona, huh? Am I a masochist? Nope, just a ticker.

Pours that familiar pale golden-yellow colour, topped with roughly one finger of surprisingly ample, puffy white head that seeps away over a period of minutes. It leaves behind a thin cap and impressive quantities of lacing on the sides. I'll be blunt - for an adjunct lager, this actually looks pretty good. Unfortunately, the praise ends here - and look how much text is still below! The aroma is faint and not interesting at all, with hints of pale malts, corny sweetness and not much else for support. Not exactly enticing, but tolerable enough.

And 'tolerable' might as well be the word of the day - the taste is similarly tolerable, but nothing more. Grainy pale malts mingling with corny, sweet adjunct notes are basically the only flavours here. I'm pretty sure I have never used the phrase 'wet cardboard' in one of my reviews, but that streak now comes to an end because it's a very apt descriptor for the flavour of this stuff. Poorly balanced, with very little bitterness to counter the sweetness. Very thin, watery mouthfeel, with appropriate (fairly high) carbonation levels for the style. Easy to drink... but why?

Why would someone who enjoys beer drink this? Perhaps this is a trick question, and the only people who buy these Mexican pale lagers are beer-loathing Philistines, or evil, sadistic men who wish only to sully the good name of Beer. More likely, it is just people who want something light and easy, or people who pay attention to advertising. The definite answer will probably continue to elude me - but for what it's worth, the people at Lakeport have used (presumably) some of Canada's greatest alchemists to create a liquid that might as well be called Coron-eh. And they have passed the savings on to you!

Rather than continue to wax philosophical, I will say only one thing: If you are planning to buy a case of some other Mexican pale lager, you might as well save 10-15 bucks and get a case of Brava instead.

Final Grade: 2.25, a solid D. Avoid this, unless you are a Corona drinker on a budget. This falls under the umbrella of 'drinkable... I guess. If I have to'.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow apperance with little head that quickly disappears. Smell consists of grain and a bit or corn, fairly light though.

Taste is similar to the smell, light taste of grain and corn with a hint of sweetness and a very small hint of hops. Very similar to corona. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a dry grain taste.

Overall, this is a cheaper version of corona, almost want to put a lime in it. It is refreshing in that manner. Since corona also has little taste to it, might as well save money and pick this up. Or drink something else.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My CANadian CAN man, BigBry, recently sent me a nice box filled with north of the border CANs and I am slowly getting into my backlog of CANs. Bravo a la quete de CANnettes!

From the CAN: "Premium Lager"; "Exceptionally Smooth" et en Francais, mais oui.

The Crack & Glug was right on target and produced two fluffy, foamy fingers of bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. It never ceases to amaze me just how many variations there are on the same theme. Nose was redolent with ... wait for it - corn! It smelled like silage and I was actually on a farm a few weeks ago and it really renewed my sense of smell for comparison. Hey, piggies gotta eat, CANQuesters gotta drink and hatas gotta hate. It is just the nature of the business. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and I was thankful that I was not tired after a day of teaching or this may have put me right to sleep. It was the epitome of ho-hum boring and I am not going to be any less blunt than that. Finish was more of the same-old, same-old. Had one, had 'em all, I am beginning to say. It was not unpleasant, which it at least had that going for it, but that was all. More damnation with the faintest of praise. Sorry, boys.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of LagerHOGGER
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Mindsquall
3.82/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd give Lakeport's attempt at a Mexican style beer a shot. and I was rather impressed.

Appearance was pretty average, yellow typical of a corn lager. Smell was interestingly clean, with no metallic undertones typical of Lakeport. Flavor was definitely surprising, no metallic aroma, a delicate sweetness exists here. With or without a lime it's pretty good. Smooth, much smoother than other pale Mexican beers. Also very easy drinking. No offensive aftertaste or aromas that should not be there.

Bottom Line: Get a product better than the genuine article for 2/3 the price.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must say that I enjoyed this beer. It had a nice 'tropical' beer taste, which is what I expected. It poured a nice clear golden color, and had a nice not too sweet taste that was very refreshing. If I can't be in Mexico and drink authentic, than this will do in a pinch.

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Brava Cerveza from Lakeport Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.79 out of 5 with 45 ratings