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Claro

Rating: 1.8

The final review of the non-Cuban beers that I managed to try last month when travelling about Cuba and like the can of Lagarto that I reviewed previously, this one is another Dutch offering from the Bavaria brewery. Unlike Lagarto however, this one also appears to be a beer that is available outside of Cuba which would usually give me more hope but having tried this one, that is not the case. The beer is yet another cheap pale lager that was just about drinkable but not really refreshing, even when having a bottle in the mid-day sun. Prior to visiting Cuba, this was on a list of beers I took with me because I had mistakenly assumed it was a Cuban brewed beer, you can therefore imagine my disappointment on buying the bottle and discovering it was another Dutch import; and not a very good one at that.

claro

Appearance (2/5): A clear, golden amber colour that has a lot of bubbles rising to the surface and is topped with a half centimetre, bubbly white head. There isn’t any great longevity to the head, it fades quite quickly to leave a patchy bit of surface lacing at one side of the glass whilst the bubbles eventually calm down some too.
Aroma (3/10): Quite a skunky beer on the nose, this one start with a semi-offensive aroma of cheap adjuncts and corn that is a common theme with most beers I’ve found in Cuba. There was some basic lager malts and a touch of hay with some bread coming through alongside a faint bitterness nearer the end.
Taste (3/10): Opening with a skunky bitterness, there was some cheap malts and corn coming through in the early going of this beer. I got a taste of some basic vegetable adjuncts not long after, with some hay in there as well. The beer turned out to be quite and bland and boring one with very little to keep me interested really.
Palate (2/5): Thin and quite bland on the palate, this one was a touch watery as well and didn’t really offer much in the early going. There was a faint bitterness at times but the beer also seemed more skunky than I’d have liked, the clear bottle obviously not helping much in the Cuban sun, and overall it was a very forgettable beer on the way down.

Overall (8/20): Definitely not a beer that could be considered a good one but it was far from the worst that I tried while in Cuba and I only feel slightly cheated by the fact that it was a Dutch beer. There isn’t really much that can be said about this one other than it was a fairly basic, cheap offering that came through with a lot of adjuncts and not too much else; a disappointment for sure and not one I’d have again.

Brewed In: Lieshout, Netherlands
Brewery: Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
First Brewed: circa. 2008
Full Name: Bavaria Claro
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Mercado Progreso Cubano (Cienfuegos, Cuba)
Price: 1 CUC (approx. £0.78)

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