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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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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 45
Photo of deckyeti
3.76/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these on the deck at my cabin on a scorching hot day. That would appear to be the ideal setting for this fizzy, light guzzler, because I enjoyed it greatly. Maybe you don't like the style Lakeport is immiitating here, but you have to admit they've done well. For a rock-bottom price, they've brewed a beer that's better in every way than the premium-priced import they're targeting.

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Photo of vikingmike
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to divide this review into the different components of tasting, like I usually do...this beer is meant to be enjoyed in the scorching heat, similar to the "leading clear bottle import", and not analyzed for "lacing", "phenolics" or "billowy head retention".

Seriously, this beer isn't bad. It really isn't. In fact I'd say its far better than the beer its trying to imitate. It goes down easier, has more flavour, and sits better after a few.

Lakeport brewery gets a lot of flack in Southern Ontario for being...well...crap, but they succeeded with this one. Will buy again!

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Photo of mintjellie
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
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 TheHammer
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
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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Photo of steeler
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another hometown favorite, esspecially popular in the summer. Anyway, its a nice golden yellow color, just like every other macro. Smells not all that bad, grainy, and fresh. Decent. It tastes like a corona with a beefed up flavor, its smooth, with a crisp finish. Very low hop bitterness. My only complaint with this beer, is the mouthfeel, its very thin and watered down. This beer can be sucked back in mass quantities with ease, in all honesty I've only really enjoyed this just sitting on the deck on a hot day, otherwise on normal occasions I will avoid this, because it just doesnt have much of taste. Lakeport has basically perfected the "mexican macro" here, i must give them kudos for that. They basically over a better version of corona at a fraction of the cost. Props. Definatly pick this up if you are a corona fan, you will definiatly enjoy this one!

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light straw. Head isn't too bad at all and some patchy lace to boot.

S - A bit of quick skunk which clears up to grassy hops and sweetness. Some chalky/metal aroma.

T - A little bit lemony and a very, very mild bitterness. Not enough flavour to be offensive. Not much malt, some hops to keep balance but not much else going on.

M - Light, watery body but not overcarbonated, which is nice.

D - Very drinkable - like water. Not great, not bad.

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.52/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

My buddy likes this beer and puts limes in it because he's too cheap to buy Corona.

So this is a rip-off of Corona I guess, a pretty low standard to try to imitate but its still pretty bad.

Aroma is non existant and the beer is very crisp and dry. For sure this is drinkable but its pretty over carbonated, and that takes a lot away for me. With the lime this beer is middle of the road, without a lime its pretty hurtin

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent beer from Lakeport. A nice pale yellow colour, very smooth and very drinkable. Not much taste or smell, but it doesn't need taste if you drink it to get wasted. This is much better than Corona and other mexican cervezas and much cheaper!

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Photo of funkengruven
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
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 Bestuurder
4.25/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not too sure whether Lakeport rebranded this beer as "Brava Premium Lager" instead of the previous Cerveza. But either way.

This brew was very clear, excellent head rentention, good size head. What I would consider to be almost 'perfect' lacing effects, and a nice lcear bottle. Though it is a "pop-top" they are attempting to compare this brew to that of Corona. I am not too big of a fan of Cerveza beers, but this took my breath away.

The taste was well-balanced, fruity after a couple of sips, but not overpowering like Corona is. This beer will NOT require a lime.

Very smooth, actually, chekc that; exceptionally smooth. Just like the label claims. Very easy to drink, would be perfect with anything spicy or better yet, spicy BBQ.

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Photo of BigBry
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
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 Phyl21ca
1.3/5  rDev -53.2%
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 Zorro
2.18/5  rDev -21.6%
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 canadianbarman
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
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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Photo of slitherySOB
3.98/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Much better than most cervezas I've tastes, especially Corona. One of the few cervezas I've had that doesn't require a lime to mask the taste. Comes in clear bottles, unfortunately. Lucky for me, I only had one skunked bottle. Yellow grain appearance with a liquid head. Aroma was also grain, with a bit of fruit. Excellent taste. Crisp and smooth. Could drink a sixer in minutes. An excellent cloned Mexican beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.08/5  rDev +46.8%
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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