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Mayabe Cerveza Clara

Rating: 2.0

My third ever Cuban beer and one that I picked up after about 4 days of seeing nothing but Cristal and Bucanero, with the odd bottle of Presidente thrown in. I stumbled across this one in a ‘peso store’ slightly off the beaten path in Trinidad whilst travelling around Cuba and obviously looked quite excited to have found a new beer, so much so that I didn’t complain when the guy selling be the cans charged me at least double the usual price; it is Cuba though I guess. As it happens, this was actually the only time I managed to find a can of Mayabe whilst in Cuba, I’ve read that there used to be more than one type of Mayabe beer but that no longer seems to be the case and despite what you read elsewhere, this one definitely isn’t a popular beer in the west of the country so I’m glad I grabbed it when I spotted it now.


Appearance (2/5): Definitely living up to the ‘clara’ part of its name, this one pours a very clear, golden straw colour that doesn’t look particularly appealing. The head that forms is a centimetre and a half, foamy white one that fades to a thin and patchy lacing sitting in the centre of the beer rather quickly.
Aroma (5/10): Really light on the nose with some corn and basic touches of hay that was fairly disappointing, although in truth I was expecting as much. There was some grassy notes and a little bit of lager malt showing but the beer didn’t really come through with much in the way of strength. It was at least skunk free for the most part, likely due to the fact it was in a can  but overall it was quite a simple lager type aroma from this one.
Taste (4/10): Starting with some basic lager malts and a few corn adjuncts, this one carries on from where the nose left off as quite a light and basic beer with some hay and faint grassy flavours. There was a semi-bitter middle of the beer with a weak, nondescript sort of taste that seemed fairly watery too. It wasn’t offensive tasting or bad as such but I certainly would recommend it as anything but a cheap macro pale that wasn’t very good.
Palate (2/5): Really light and basic, quite a thin bodied beer to that was watery at times and very bland. There wasn’t very much to it at all but as a result it had quite a clean palate that was dry and sharp nearer the end. There was a slight hint of bitterness at times too but overall there wasn’t much to say about the beer really.

Overall (6/20): A very basic and light beer that was quite cheap tasting, even in the Cuban heat the beer wasn’t particularly great or refreshing. There wasn’t much in the way of off-flavours thankfully, but then again there wasn’t much of anything save for some basic adjuncts and a semi-bitter finish; I can’t imagine I’d have had this one again had I managed to find it anywhere else in Cuba.

Brewed In: Holguín, Cuba
Brewery: Cerveceria Bucanero
Name Outside of Cuba: Cubanero Fuerte
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Peso store, Trinidad, Cuba
Price: 2 CUC (approx. £1.56)

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