Hatuey Lager Beer | Hatuey Brewery

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Hatuey Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in the discontinued bin at Binny's in Chicago for just 99 cents. Never had a Puerto Rican beer before so I bought one and took it home. Wasn't expecting much from a macro lager at that price and in a green bottle yet, but I was soon to be pleasantly surprised. I still don't know why there is a map of Cuba behind the Indian head on the label when the side label clearly states the beer is brewed in Mayaguez Puerto Rico, but that doesn't affect the taste of the beer, so I'll leave that question for someone else to answer.

The beer poured a clear medium gold with a full 3 finger white head that dissipated rather quickly leaving just a thin white ring on top, but as I drank it, it actually left some spotty lacing on the glass which I wasn't expecting.

The beer had a typical lager smell - nice and clean with no skunky or other offensive odors.

As for the taste, this beer actually had a nice balance between malt and hops. It starts out with a little bit of sweet malt taste and ends up with a little bit of bitter hops in the finish. Not a whole lot of either flavor but not bad for 99 cents.

The beer has a somewhere between light to medium body with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with only moderate carbonation. I also recommend you drink this one ice cold as it doesn't hold up that well as it warms and the carbonation goes flat. While not outstanding, I would rate this one higher than the standard macro brewed lagers that I've tried, and for the price I think I'll go back and snag the rest of them from the discount bin.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.41/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, very deep gold body reveals hundreds of very fine, effervescent bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. The creamy white head holds quite well, buoyed by the rising time of carbonation from below; and it leaves some thick splashes of sticky lace throughout the glass. Sweetish grainy malt infused with some floral and spicy hops welcome you in the nose, and carry over into the flavor. The malt is a bit sweeter than the nose suggests, and there's an interesting but hard to pinpoint note that's somewhat nutty and a bit caramelish. It's sweetish and rich, but kind of sugary. Fortunately, the delicate hops lend a thin spiciness that helps to balance it as the bitterness is quite restrained. The body is medium and it's very fine, gently effervescent carbonation leaves it slightly creamy with just a mild zest on the tongue before slipping away from the palate almost unnoticed. It seems that there's a good deal of malt involved apart from its adjunct, and I'd guess that there's some type of lightly kilned malt as well. Although it's sweet, it still finishes semi-dry with just a short-lingering note of malt; and it doesn't seem to build on the palate. Quite interesting.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.62/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going back a couple of weeks through my notes for this one, which I found at a Hispanic grocery while trekking around in the Miami heat.

Pale gold, average lager appearance with a white bubbly head. Good, vigorous aroma; yeasty, malty - indicative of a good lager. It was quite crisp on the palate with more hoppiness that I was expecting, a pleasant surprise. Clean drinking, refreshing, above average - though not really anything exceptionally great. Dry, moderately bitter finish. Imbibed in 84F Florida heat, it quenched my thirst and proved enjoyable too.

By far the best of three different Hispanic beers I tried down there.

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Photo of fattyre
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear medium yellow/golden. The smell is rather sour. The taste is mildly syruppy sweetness with an even milder hopiness. The mouthfeel is suprisingly moderate. A must admit that once you get past the smell this is a suprisingly tasty cheap beer that is much better than I expected.

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Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Hatuey, served at Cuba de Ayer, un restaurante fantastico in Burtonsville, MD. The beer, on the menu, is misleadingly called a Cuban beer. The lager is cold.

Appearance: The lager is a clear, yellow color. There is a clear carbonation, and the light color of the beer provides for a nice picture as the bubble stream from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: There is a faint hop aroma in the beer, most likely from some oils. There is also a faint malt presence.

Taste: For a macro lager, this seems to fit the bill. The taste is bland and inoffensive, with faint hop and malt flavors (little to distinguish it from colored soda water).

Mouthfeel: The lager is not rough or unpleasant.

Drinkability: For what it is, I could drink a few at a time.

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Photo of ClearDog
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Served in the bottle at Cubanitas Cuban Restaurant in Milwaukee. Bottle is made of green glass. Label has an Indian on it with the island of Cuba in the background. Through the bottle the beer looks pretty clear.

Smell -- Nothing much here. It smells clean, with some mild whiffs of hops. Not offensive at all.

Taste -- For what it is, it's pretty good. It's got a very clean taste with a sharp European hop finish. This would taste very good on a hot day. The taste is almost reminiscent of a Czech Pilsner.

Mouthfeel -- Light and crisp. Very clean.

Drinkability -- Again, for what it is I could drink a few of these. This is not a beer I'd seek out, but if offered I wouldn't have a problem drinking a few. This would taste great on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of felipesegundo
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First thing that hit my palate was a slight espresso-like taste. Darker than average lager with not a very palatable taste. Very average feel as it hits the tongue, but with a 5.5 abv, the drinkability only gets better. If you can get it for less than 6$ (per six), it's worth a try.

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Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all. Very bright and spritzy - sweet malt is prominent, almost too much so, but at the end a sufficient dose of hops yanks the sweetness back and rounds things out for a refreshing beer. Struck me as a rather old-fashioned beer, in a classic sort of way. Interesting.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - Saaz hops? Pretty much what I expected. Not much aroma overall.

Appearance - Slightly reddish tint with a pale yellow. Also a thin white head.

Taste - Sweet unoffensive watery beer that was decently refreshing. Pretty light on flavor though.

Notes - My bottle said it was from Wisconsin (I think) definitely not Purto Rico (I'm sure).

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Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow beer without much head formation.

Scent is light and mostly of biscuit malt with a light floral hop scent. Notable cooked vegetables scent.

Taste is a little sweet with a little bit smoky floral hop. Pretty much a macro lager with a little more hop punch.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is just so-so here. This is a lawnmower beer period. I could see chugging this on a hot day in Puerto Rico but it just isn't that great.

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Photo of 67cuda
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pale yellow macro-brewish color, with one finger of white head. Interestingly, the head was short-lived, though the beer itself is very carbonated. It smelled fairly skunky, odd considering how close Puerto Rico is to our shores, but it also smelled a little sweet, though the skunk was rather powerful. Fortunately, it tasted better than it smelled; somewhat sweet with a bit of malt. The mouthfeel was fairly average, seemed a bit watered down and lighter than expected. It's fairly drinkable, though I wasn't really left craving another one or anything.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold colored body, big white head, fades to a thin film. Smell is cooked grains, slightly sour. Taste is fairly crisp and grainy, a small hop finish is perceptable. A little metallic mouthfeel. Not the worst thing I have ever had, but not good. Average.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I remember scoring a 6 pack of this in Milwaukee, WI in 2002. Pours a straw yellow with lots of clarity and little substance to it, white head fizzes up to 1/2" and quickly secedes from the union down to nothing. Aroma of mass produced lager lacking 100% barley, you get the corn instead up front in the nose.

Taste, easy to drink, another highly carbonated mass produced lager with little in the way of hops, a few noble/Saaz hops thrown in, splashes of barley, corn and a barely discernable lager yeast that who knows if it is contributing to the sweetness because the corn syrup could be (and more likely) is doing that as well.

Seems more like a retro hipster marketing thing more than a beer you like on its merits. I mean it has its place, hot weather, palate cleansers, people who don't like beers etc. . .

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, knock another country off the list of ones from which I’ve had a beer. Other than that, not much to be said about this one. Poured to a yellow body with thin white head that disspated quickly to no lacing. Couldn’t tell much on the aroma, and the flavor was similar to that of a cheaper European lager, or most of those from Central America....grainy with a short, dry aftertaste. Not much here, but not the worst I’ve ever had either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.26/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I won't be able to rate this beer as highly as my BA bretheren. I may have gotten an old or bad bottle, but the aroma shows much graininess, and light strikenness (i.e. skunky). Though this aroma disappears midway through the session, little else shows beyond a mild breadyness and graininess. Looks fizzy and lightly golden. A good take on a continental pilsner that had been weakened. Flavors would be crisp and refreshing if not for the grainy flavor and texture, nor the off-putting aroma. Texture is thin and over carbonated. Waters a bit too quickly. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and grainy with a cereal quality.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a recent trip to Pensacola, Florida, whilst I was at Pensacola Airport waiting for my Flight back to Houston, I decided to grab a Sandwich and a Beer from the only Food Outlet in the Gate area. I ordered my BLT and Fries and went to grab a beer from the deep ice bucket, imagine my surprise to find a strange looking bottle cap nestling amongst all the other familiar crown caps protruding out of the ice. As I extracted the bottle, I figured it had to be worth a try. I do remember that the woman behind the counter told me this was brewed in Cuba, but it is interesting to see that it is actually brewed in Puerto Rico actually.

Appearance: Exceptionally clear dark golden body that had plenty of life and streamers punctuating its serene appearance. Large white head quickly formed when poured into a half pint glass and settled to a thin uniform overall covering. Looked like any other Lager beer, not bad, but nothing exceptional.

Nose: Sweet malts in the nose and not much else simply put.

Taste: Yet more sweet malts in the fore. Slightly cloying finish with a light bitterness. Thirst quenching when cool and when slightly warmed which is unusual. Clean tasting. Not that bad actually if I’m honest to admit it.

Mouthfeel: Average, enough to do the job. Light enough to be a good drinking Lager that is inoffensive, but sufficiently robust enough to stand up to pairing with my Ketchup covered BLT and salt laden Fries.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but not my kind of session beer, still it went well very well with my BLT & Fries. Much better than the other Bu-Co-Mill-ite & Colonic bottled beers that were on sale at the Airport – but only just.

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Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Drew966
2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hatuey Lager Beer, Cuban beer brewed in Puerto Rico, pours a pale yellow with a fluffy white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. Not much aroma, nothing off, perhaps some corn. A little sweet, maybe some corn flavors and a little bit of hops in the finish. Nothing to particularly recommend it, but not bad compared to other Carribean beers. Decent on a hot day.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean yellow beer. Has a small quick passing white head. The aroma has a crisp biscuity malt character up front but there was a less pleasant skunky background note. A very light malt sweetness washes over the tongue first and is followed by a sharp spicey bitterness on the the back of the tongue. The malt note returns to make a mild finish.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.51/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear green 12oz bottle. Brewed in Winston-Salem, NC. Also brewed in Baltimore, MD and San Juan, PR.
This "Cuba Style Lager” poured a pale yellow color with a fizzy, fast-fading white head.
It has a wretched stale fart smell to it. A smell of damp and moldy cornhusk lingers. Then a lasting spent grain smell remains.
There is barely any hop flavor at all. Just a faint lemony bitterness, followed by a mildly astringent metallic tang that seems stick to the back of the throat.
Based on the original Cuban beer closed by Castro and his communist regime. Maybe we should give Castro credit for at least one thing?

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.06/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Puerto Rico is 42 miles from US soil. Pours gold and clear. Darker than some of the major macro beers that most are familiar with but nothing impressive. Very little head retention and no laciness to speak of.

To start there is a limited malty taste that has a graininess to it. Some off mixes of spicy notes and off floral malt. Not really a hop note but more of an off yeast taste. Really off setting. There is noticeable skunk notes.

There is a diactyl feel in the body. Limited depth and malt presence. Some harsh note on the back end. A lot of things going on here that could use help.

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Photo of plrooney
3.55/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of Hatuey's sitting in the Tampa Airport and found it to be a surprisingly good beer. This beer reminded me of a good Mexican beer, it won't set the world on fire, but it has a nice sweet taste and is very smooth and drinkable. The beer was a nonunique gold color without much of a distinctive smell. The mouthfeel was helped out by the fact that it was so smooth. This would be a good beer to drink sitting on your patio on a hot day. No limes please.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jettjon
3.27/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Nose
Lows: Everything else is only mediocre

Pours and orange golden clear with a few bubbles, with a 1-finger head of off white foam that fades away leaving minimal lacing. The nose is interesting for this style, quite malty with some citrus and yeast evident, kind of like a weird citrusy ale. The nose belies the taste, however, which is merely ordinary: a bit malty, citrusy, and with a lightly bitter finish. I’d say it tastes a whole lot like Dos Equis. The mouth is watery, bubbly, and refreshing as one would expect, and drinkability is in the “lawn mowing beer” category—either that, or taco-eating.

Overall: A decent “Mexican style” macro, but nothing special. Yes, I know this isn’t a “Mexican beer,” but neither are Kalik or Brahma, but they taste very similar.

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Photo of rx-beer
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

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