VertBaconStrips (2139) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Total shit. On this special occasion of reviewing this sewage i actually disgraced my glass by dumping in this garbage. Monster blinding white foamy head probally caused from 355ml of beer hitting the glass in less than a second. Smells bad, tastes bad and very empty - just like any other less than low quality S. American beer brewed in a plastic pail. Almost invisible in colour, this is a harsh stinky grainy beer that even a lemon or a pail of sand couldnt help. Unfourtunatly itís drinkable, but barely AND I didnít flush it - itís not bad enough to be flushable. 138% unsatisfying. Iíve said too much. Total waste of money. Stupid bottle collection.
hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From the beers of the world box. Do all these SABMiller Central and South American beers come from the same tanker truck and simply have different labels. As usual, light yellow, no head, and the aroma of corn. Watery mouthfeel. No flavor to speak of and a bland finish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
12oz bottle from trader Joeís. Yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Light, skunky and veggie aroma. The flavor is almost non-existent and a little off in general. Quite watery stufff. The bottom of the barrel for Central-American stuff. Iíve got the light version on deck though so...
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a banana yellow with a small, fizzy head. No aroma detectable. Flavor is almost non-existent. This must be the MGD of Latin America, judging by the fact that the absolute minimum of the lowest quality ingredients were used. Pass on this. Overall, poor+.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle out of the Beers of the World multi-pack from Cost Plus. Do all pale lagers from Central America taste the same? Gold in color with a slight bitter finish. This is what I would call a beach beer. Great on a warm summer day. I just rated Caballo and it tasted almost exaclty the same.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 29, 2008
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Has a poor aroma with very little to greet the nose and no hops or malt. The color is a very light yellow almost nonexistent and the head goes away as fast as you pour the beer and is white. Flavor is bland absent of any malt or hop charateristics.
highlandlad (1432) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2008
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2008 One of the burdens of RateBeer addiction is buying crap beer because, hey it might be a new country, then logging on and finding out that not only is not a new country, but you already had three crap beers from that stoopid country. Arriba is from the SABMiller production line in El Salvador that brought you Cantina and Cabana. Judging by the pictures here on RateBeer, they all come in the same Corona-inspired clear bottles and have fairly similar ABVs. A look at the brewerís page confirms that the Cerveceria La Constancia spits out dozens of these lagers with vaguely exotic names, which means at some point in the future Iíll find myself buying Tocayo or Bareno or Caballo because hey, it might be a new country. Arriba, funnily enough is remarkably similar to Cantina and Cabana. It smells like the interior of a new car with lots of factory-fresh vinyl and three tyres on fire. The dog in the backseat has been for a swim and wet himself when he realised the car was on fire. Thereís a sheep back there and it hasnít been sheared in... oh... at least three years, so the lanolin is ripe. The beer tastes heaps better than it smells. So does toe-jam. Itís one of those malt-and-hop-free lagers that appeal to people who donít much care for beer unless thereís something else in it to take away the bitter taste. Corona drinkers. Shandy drinkers. Fortunately, SABMiller has done most of the work for them. Good old SABMilller. I look forward to buying Carriba, Carena and Tocata in the near future. Soon as Iíve got rid of this nasty smell. (355ml bottle from Liquor on Parade, KIngsford. Best Before May 09 or ideally never)
ghawener (1491) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 1, 2008
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Clean, crisp, slightly hopped. Medium body and refreshing. Typical Pale Lager.
JohnMojo (1) - Summerville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An outstanding beer; excellent taste and hop aroma; clean finish; very good foam character
madquacker (1062) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Soon as I sighted the faux Corona bottle and gaudy pyramid on the front I suspected this would be bad. I was not disappointed. Tastes of corn fired cheap alcohol. Had no head at all. Difficult to discern any hops at all in this. Iíll even drink VB over this. Awful.