DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Bottle number four of the Beers Of The World gift pack. I donít know what it is with these El Salvador beers, but all three of them have had nasty dark particles floating in them. Appearance wise, about the only thing different with this offering is there is a massive army of carbonation bubbles rising at record levels through the beer. I mean, this is crazy, Iíve never seen so many bubbles in a beer, and itís showing no signs of diminishing. Clear, medium straw colored body is capped by a persistent, white head, but certainly the rising mass of bubbles is what is mostly responsible for keeping the head alive. Very little in the way of aroma initially, just some mild grain, but once a little head space is cleared out, the cardboard is unmistakeable. And in the flavor, itís simply overwhelming. Rather than showing the standard cheap graininess, the finish on this one seems more bready in nature, but regardless, this is just horrible stuff. Light bodied and much less carbonated than one would have thought based on the visuals. Visuals are the only positive with this beer, as the creamy head is still going strong and there is actually some patchy lacing on the glass. I simply cannot believe how bad these Latin American beers are. BMCs seem light-years ahead in terms of quality, how sad is that?! Three ounces of this swill is about all I can stand.
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Crystal cler golden colour body with a super-thin white head. Aroma of pale malt, cardboard & light malt and some funky sugars. Aftertaste shows some funk but nothing harsh. Overall, a pretty bad beer-but not the worst. Thanks Jon! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from a íWorldí 12 pack on 31-May-2005.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Well done highlandlad. As one of my nominated beer buddies you located this for me. We must have had this about the same time, menaing another shipment of evil Latin American beer has hit our shores. So what do you say about a beer that is going to emulate a Corona? I checked my rating for that beer and came up with some rant about Mexican food and its equally unexceptional cuisine. All I can be happy about is that I have added another country.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2005
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
It doesnít much matter what a beer geek thinks about this beer because weíre not the market. Nonetheless, this is a pale beer by any measure. Itís about as pale a gold as a beer can be and pours with a short now-you-see-it-now-you-donít head that leaves a thin rim of foam. The clear glass guarantees plenty of skunk in the aroma. There is also popcorn and wet dog. A neat trifecta of offensive beer odours. In fact, this smells so much like a CUB lager that it just might catch on in Australia. The flavour is as pale as the colour. Yep, itís Corona all over again. Spritzy body. Itís all sugar, plastic, soggy cardboardy malt and barely a hint of hop in the swallow. Distressingly, it developed faecal notes, which is a first in my experience. Of course, I bought this for a country rating for El Salvador but this is the kind of experience that makes you wonder if you arenít one of the biggest mugs on the planet. (355ml bottle, Vintage Cellars, bb March 2006)
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wasnít expecting much so fortunately I wasnít disappointed although I wasnít excited either. Pale yellow body, decent head. Sweet aroma, sugar and corn. A little bit oily in the taste as well as citrus, not a lot of body but people will drink it.
motelpogo (6693) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2005
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
bottled. pretty damn pale and yellow. faint lemon aroma and plain flour flavour. apparently a lot of this is going to be appearing on sheves in australia and itís going to be marketed as the new corona. which it is
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Blah...vinegary and vegetable aroma. Pours a flat pale yellow. Harsh plastic taste, corn. Central American lagers now pass Euro-piss as the beers to avoid.
ALLOVATE (2407) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This would have to have to have been the palest Lager Iíve ever seen. Pouring it into a pilsner glass the colour got even more lighter, but did manage to sustain a decent loose, soapy, white head. Apples, plasticine, rice and corn starch, and grassy hops made up the interesting aroma (everything in it, but malt). Similar in the mouth, almost like alcoholic tonic water with a splash of fruit concentrate and rice starch. Quite pasty across the palate, watery and a little gassy (seems to repeat on you) with odd medicinal and alcohol flavours. Not at all a beer, but in El Salvadorís dry season it may just serve itís purpose.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2005
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Chardonnay, white gold body. Thin skin of white film for a head. Smells of sugar, cheese. Taste is painful. Strong flavor of stale cheese and tobacco, cardboard. Drying seltzer water finish. Wood blocks. bad flavors abound. Different for a Spanish beer (not like Corona), however not tasty.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2005
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Well, it wasnít as bad as I expected. Much like a Corona knockoff with perhaps a little more sweetness. Pale yellow in color, small, white head; aroma of grain and sweet corn. Sweet malt flavor with a slight trace of skunkitude most likely brought on by a clear bottle. Iíve had far worse ... thatís about the best one can say.