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Alex and Eds' Beer Database
Alex and Ed are currently on a tour of South America. They wanted to keep a record of some of the delights they sampled on their trip but felt that blogs were just too 2004, so they decided to start a beer database instead. Here is what they've come across so far.

Brahma (0.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 4/10

Party status rating
Rated 4/10

Sampled 21 Sep 2005
Taste
Very watery, not much taste. Below par.

Party status
Big sponsors of Brazilian football which helps out a low-scoring beer.

Notes
Quite a boring beer.

We sampled this beer in Brazil
Becker (4.50%)
Taste rating
Rated 6/10

Party status rating
Rated 5/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Dry. Not too fizzy. Taste doesn't linger much.

Party status
One of Chile's second tier beers. No advertising, moderate potential.

Notes
Has to be ice-cold to be good.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Austral (4.60%)
Taste rating
Rated 7/10

Party status rating
Rated 5/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Good aftertaste. Refreshing. Not too fizzy. Standard beer, well-brewed.

Party status
Looks good, big bottles. Not mainstream though.

Notes
No distinguishing features but inoffensive.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Lemon Stones (2.50%)
Taste rating
Rated 6/10

Party status rating
Rated 2/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Lemony. Very refreshing but also very sweet. Almost an "alchopop".

Party status
Basically shandy so you'd be laughed at!

Notes
Good afternoon drink but couldn't drink more than two or three.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Cerveza del Puerto Rubia (4.50%)
Taste rating
Rated 5/10

Party status rating
Rated 5/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Malty, quite bitter.

Party status
Probably low but at least it's different.

Notes
Local beer to Valparaíso brewed with Málta Palída.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Dorado (6.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 5/10

Party status rating
Rated 4/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Full flavour but uninspiring.

Party status
Fair to poor (but maybe the alcohol content helps it!)

Notes
Strongest beer in Chile.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Potosina (5.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 8/10

Party status rating
Rated 4/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Almost fruity, not too fizzy. Distinctive, full-bodied taste and easy to drink..

Party status
Minimal advertising but it is a national beer so may improve.

Notes
A pilsner.

We sampled this beer in Bolivia
Huari (4.80%)
Taste rating
Rated 3/10

Party status rating
Rated 6/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Bad smell. Very salty taste which lingers. Nasty head to it.

Party status
Interesting packaging. Looks expensive, sounds good. Decorative label (chinese theme).

Notes
It's a pilsner.

We sampled this beer in Bolivia
Bock (7.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 8/10

Party status rating
Rated 4/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Good first impression. Alcohol content doesn't overpower the taste. Fizzy, crisp and interesting.

Party status
No advertising and dodgy name.

Notes
Foil around the neck comes off in small bits - can be annoying.

We sampled this beer in Bolivia
Sureña (0.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 4/10

Party status rating
Rated 3/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Sweet and unpleasant aftertaste.

Party status
No advertsing and poor branding.

Notes
No mention of alcohol content.

We sampled this beer in Bolivia
Baltica Dry (5.80%)
Taste rating
Rated 4/10

Party status rating
Rated 3/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Definitely dry. Higher ABV noticeable. Quite flat. A little heavy. Different to many standard lagers.

Party status
Cheap, not heavily advertised. Not very imaginative packaging.

Notes
Hard to drink more than a pint but at least it's different.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Cristal (4.60%)
Taste rating
Rated 8/10

Party status rating
Rated 7/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Crisp, sweet, good. Not too fizzy, Good full bodie taste without being overpowering.

Party status
Top Chilean beer, could become popular in UK.

Notes
Fabtrastic advertising campaigns - babes in bikinis and football.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Escudo (5.50%)
Taste rating
Rated 8/10

Party status rating
Rated 7/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Full-bodied. Lingering, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Party status
Very popular in Chile.

Notes
Good value for money.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Paulaner (4.60%)
Taste rating
Rated 3/10

Party status rating
Rated 2/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Quite flat, fruity, unpleasant aftertaste.

Party status
Cheap, bland, uninspiring.

Notes
German by origin.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Royal Guard (5.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 4/10

Party status rating
Rated 2/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Bland. Very average.

Party status
Low. Tries to be authnetic but fails.

We sampled this beer in Chile
Sucreña Stout (0.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 7/10

Party status rating
Rated 3/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Chocolatey with a hint of coffee. Smooth but fizzy!?

Party status
Low because it's a stout unfortunately.

Notes
Inclusion purely for interest's sake.

We sampled this beer in Bolivia
Taquiña (5.50%)
Taste rating
Rated 8/10

Party status rating
Rated 7/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Quite light. Sharp taste. Not overly fizzy. Barley flavour stands out.

Party status
National beer. Advertised in pubs as a party beer.

Notes
Available in bottles, cans and on tap.

We sampled this beer in Bolivia
Arequipeña (5.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 8/10

Party status rating
Rated 7/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Very refreshing. Crisp, slighlty bitter. Little too fizzy but a good aftertaste.

Party status
Good especially in Arequipa and supported by heavy advertising.

Notes
Bought the beer and bought the T-Shirt! Regional beer from Arequipa.

We sampled this beer in Peru
Cusqueña (5.00%)
Taste rating
Rated 8/10

Party status rating
Rated 7/10

Sampled 16 Aug 2005
Taste
Good, clean, crisp. Strong across the board.

Party status
Loads of advertising and is pretty much the only beer in Cusco. Maybe less popular elsewhere?

Notes
Organises a good beer festival in Cusco.

We sampled this beer in Peru

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