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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A taste of… Aguila (Pilsner Type Beer)

Bavaria S.A.
Barranquilla, Colombia

Preface: The Bavaria Brewery (Cervecería Bavaria), listed as Bavaria S.A., was founded in 1889 by German immigrant Leo S. Kopp when the Deutsche Brauerei Bavaria began operations on April 4, 1889.

The flagship brand Aguila was introduced in 1913. Seventeen years later Consorcio de Cervecerías Bavaria was created when Kopp's Deutsche Brauerei and other regional breweries merged. The company became the primary Colombian brewer and in 1959 changed its name to Bavaria S.A.

In 2002 the worldwide move to “light” beer resulted in the introduction of Aguila Light beer. Three years later GEB was incorporated into SAB Miller.

The cost: ($1.84 US)

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A golden yellow well carbonated, slightly hazy brew is topped with a white head of not too closely knit bubbles. The head falls relatively quickly and leaves a semblance of Belgian Lace.

Aroma: The first impression is a slightly malty aroma with hints of phenol. The second impression reveals a hint of wet cardboard.

Mouth feel: This is a light bodied brew with little obvious impressions.

Flavor: From the lip-to-sip, there is a clean, refreshing sensation. The following flavor sensations are slightly sweet grain sensations followed by only a slight tough of hop bitter.

Finish: There is little finish to this brew. It disappears quickly but leaves a refreshing sensation.

Comments: Beer breweries on this scale are most often brewing for the local population and the products complement both the local physical environment and cuisine. In this case, although I have never been to Colombia, I will assume that this beer quenches the average Colombians thirst and insures relief from the spicy cuisine.

Alcohol content – 4% abv

The Brewery: http://www.cervezaaguila.com/HomeAguila2.aspx?scc=478&css=413&grp=477

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/722/46969

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/cerveza-aguila/13629/


Anonymous said...

First of all, the name of our country is Colombia not Columbia.
Now that we set that clear let's move on.
Aguila is one of the cheap options in Colombia, Bavaria basically makes all beers the same, but they're aimed at different populations. Aguila is meant to be drank by people in the north (where I come from). Being on the Caribbean Coast, this zone is really hot,that's why we need a refreshing beer. If you want to taste good Colombian beer, your choice should be "club colombia" that's our finest and my favourite among our brews, despite being from the coast, I'm not an aguila fan, if I have to drink colombian beer I choose club, pilsen or costeña.
I just discovered this blog and I think it is really good.
Cheers mate!

Peter LaFrance said...

The spelling is changed... your comments appreciated.