Claro | Swinkels Family Brewers

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
11 Ratings

Brewed by:
Swinkels Family Brewers

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheBrewo on 05-02-2011

View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of polloenfuego
2.17/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

What can I say about this beer? Well it is like a lot of lagers that are mass produced,it's light and fizzy. I will say that I found this beer to be extremely easy to go down,which may have been a winning factor in why I returned to it so many times while in the Caribbean. I can't say I'd recommend it, but it'll do in a pinch.

 329 characters

Photo of mishi_d
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of VILJ
3.65/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crissxhou_96
2.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of flyingpig
1.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

330ml bottle from Mercado Progreso Cubano (Cienfuegos, Cuba):
Definitely not a beer that could be considered a good one but it was far from the worst that I tried while in Cuba & I only feel slightly cheated by the fact that it was a Dutch beer. There isn't really much that can be said about this one other than it was a fairly basic, cheap offering that came through with a lot of adjuncts & not too much else; a disappointment for sure & not one I'd have again.

 464 characters

Photo of der_meister
3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
2/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of thagr81us
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks goes out to Budweiser of Greenville for this one! No seriously... That is where this bottle came from for free. Shared during one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured straw yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral notes, wheat, grain, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral notes, wheat, grain, and skunk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was just plain BLAH. When I say 'skunk' in this one, I don't mean skunky hops, I mean that it tasted like a skunk smells. Just plain horrible. It was so abrasive that it took everything in my power not to spit this one out. Good thing it was free though. I suggest this as a cruel joke to one of your friends. Trust me, you will get a laugh out of it.

 926 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
2.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a crystal clear brew of medium yellow, which nearly becomes neon when light is passed through it. It holds a brief one finger head of choppy white bubbles. Lacing is left in little rings as the head dissipates. No sediment is noted and carbonation appears highly active, with many bubbles clinging around the bottom of the glass. The aroma is full of pale malts and floury adjuncts. There is a metallic twinge coming from the yeast. These characteristics combine and give off an aroma akin to a cold, alcoholic water cracker. There is some cutting sweetness of white sugar, but no other balancing aromas appear. As we sip the mouth is met, at first, by souring and bitter grains. There is a bite through the middle, of metallic malts, with any traces of other flavoring being washed away. The finish is quite mild, with more bittering adjuncty grain hitting the back of the tongue on its final stop down the gullet. The aftertaste breathes with little flavoring, with only hints at malt and baking flour, and a slight boozing. The body is light and the carbonation is very high. The feel to each sip is simple, without any clear slurpability or froth, despite the robust carbonation. The beer is actually thin and watery. The abv is within range, and the beer drinks as easily as anything in the style.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was how, as advertised by the bottle, it was fairly refreshing. This is the type of beer you want to grab a cooler of and head down to the beach with a group of friends. There is nothing outright offensive about this beer, but rather there was just nothing to really grab your attention. It is light, watery, and above all, lacked any punch of flavoring. It is on the scale of something such as Presidente or Carib, but only lighter in the flavor department.

 1,826 characters

Claro from Swinkels Family Brewers
Beer rating: 2.51 out of 5 with 11 ratings