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Rio Claro Premium Lager

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Formerly brewed at Cerveceria Centro Americana
Style: Pale Lager
Guatemala City, Guatemala

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 1.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.1   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Available at Fine Retail Stores. This Gold Medal winning formula makes Rio Claro the perfect compliment to good friends, good food and good fun! Rio Claro exhibits powerful shelf presence with impactful "Brand" packaging and provides an excellent alternative to other Mexican style beers.

Before 2006 it had 3.9% and was brewed by Constancia in El Salvador


1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
nealblind (917) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Clear like the name says. Dark for a pale lager. Also smells like malty postage stamps. Flavor of malt syrup and muddled acidic water. Deserves some respect for being a more malt inclined pale lager... I guess.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Six pack from Gil’s market in Cooper township, MI. Typical light lager look. Faint aroma. Thin taste with a bit of malt and slight astringent finish. Inoffensive, nothing bad, maybe a spark of character here and there but not much. Might be nice on a hot summer afternoon and I’d take it over many North American macro brews.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Barreras (1055) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a clear yellow orange color. Tastes very metallic throughout, especially n the aftertaste. A very light tasting beer with nothing special about it. I bought a six pack because it was on sale, I won’t do that again.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Clear light orange, golden wheat color. Highly effervescent with a big foamy white head. Aroma of sweet corn. Taste of sweet additives. Not that bad.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Not sure what the difference is between this and Nautica Especial. It even had a similar packaging color. But the beer is pretty much identical, except for a few % points of alcohol. Body is straw yellow, 2" fluffy head and crystal clear. Aroma is slightly grassy and some skunk character. Flavor has some undefined sweetness to it and not much else. Body is watery and light. Didn’t expect much from the beer, and didn’t get much from it.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Pailhead (5092) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle: Sweet pale lager aroma with the slightest hint of grass. It pours a transparent gold (not yellow) with a half-inch white head that diminishes to to a thin film after a minute or. It’s actually a decent head for a pale lager and leaves some decent lacing. The flavor has some sweet apple (slightly sugary sweet apple juice flavors) with a hint of pale lager sweetness as well. The finish has the slightest hint of grassiness. I’d say it’s sweeter than most other pale lagers. Light bodied and a little thin with mild carbonation. Certainly not good, but it’s not offensive and you can definitely do worse. However, if I was in a bind and it was the only thing available, I don’t think I could drink a lot of these as the apple sweetness would probably get to me after more than one bottle. Appearance inflates the score in relation to BMC beers, but if I had to choose multiple bottles of a BMC beer or this, I’d choose a BMC beer.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Staight up mediocre/bad pale lager. Drank this because it was available when I was visiting family and it scored me Guatemala. Otherwise avoid.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Not as bad as I had expected for another Latin American beer. Going for that Corona customer, and it was cheap. For me, it got me that Guatemalan rating. Not horrible for a pale lager that needs a bit of lime.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
bhensonb (11532) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2007
My bottle produced by Ceveceria Centro American, S.A., Guatemala. Grassy aroma; not too bad. Pale gold with a subtstantial white head. Starts with a carbonation bite, followed by corny malt. A bit sweet. There is some bitter at the finish, but not quite enough to balance the sweetness. Slight herby aftertaste. Not really all that clean a finish. Better than Bud.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Reid (1948) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Nice packageing plain and simple Blue, white and gold label. 12 oz bottle. Usual cheap lager yellow colour with next to zero head, some insipid lace. Aroma is very grassy and some skunk, I dunno though its not as bad as many I have had. Taste is bitter , with weak malts and some sweetness at the end. Actually not that bad on the palate, it does for some reason appear to have some heft and seems less watery than many in this category. Overall not a good beer at all, but compared to other Latin American cheap lagers its not bad. I could drink this at a party if I had to.


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