The 8 most consumed beers in Costa Rica by 2020

Updated: Jan 25, 2020

The following are the 8 most consumed beers in Costa Rica. From the Imperial, Pilsen, Bavaria, Heineken and others that are always present at every party and activity of Costa Ricans. Other varieties are craft beers that are increasing in the beer atmosphere. More information on this Tafies blog.

We begin the list of the most important beers in the Costa Rican territory:

1. Imperial

It is the most popular in Costa Rica and the number 1 in sales. It is the first positive water beer in the world (Costa Rica is well known for its efforts to promote carbon neutrality of its industries, protection of the seas, forests, fauna and flora among many other efforts to protect the environment).

Imperial has its beginnings in the year of 1924, with an American Lager style, it has a percentage of alcohol of 4.5%, an IBU of 14, its distributor is Florida Ice & Farm Co. and its elaboration is based on malt (cereal), hops, water and yeast

*IBUs: For its acronym in English (International Bitterness Units). It chemically measures the number of compounds that generate a bitter taste to the beer.

The Imperial beer line was expanded in 2006 with Imperial Light beer (less bitter taste and alcohol content of 3.7%). Then followed the Imperial Silver, the Imperial Zero (for those people who want the drink without alcohol content but keep the beer flavor) and finally the Imperial Ultra (the lowest calorie beer in Costa Rica with a 4% volume of alcohol and 85 calories). According to the distributor:

"Imperial Ultra is an ideal choice for people looking to enjoy a beer and maintain a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle"

Imperial beer is so popular in Costa Rica that it is an official sponsor of a large number of events and party activities in Costa Rica such as the Zapote parties, the Palmares parties, Barra Imperial, among many others.

-You can see events like the previous ones in Tafies or by downloading the application on both Android and iOS.

2. Pilsen

It is a type of lager beer made since the beginning of the 19th century. This type of beer is made with Pilsen type malts, low hard water and Czech hops from Zatec (Saaz). It is fermented with low fermentation yeast. It is a light-colored drink and its alcohol content is medium (from 3% to 5%).

In Costa Rica, it is also called "blonde" (in Spanish "Rubia") because of its particular color. It has an alcohol content of 5.1%. It is one of the oldest beers in Costa Rica (over 100 years old).

It has a slightly stronger and bitter taste than Imperial beer, as well as a "fuller body". It is also produced by Florida Ice & Farm Co.

3. Bavaria

Like the previous types of beer, they are manufactured by Florida Ice & Farm Co. It has its beginnings in 1932.

It has different presentations such as

1. Bavaria Gold: It is the oldest in the portfolio of

Beers. It has a European legacy and an alcohol content of

5%. Well known for the golden tone and dense body and has won 4 medals in Monde Selection of Brussels.

2. Bavaria Light: It has fewer calories and content of alcohol than the other presentations mentioned before. It has its beginnings in 1992 and its percentage of alcohol ranges around 3.4% with only 98 calories. Its tone is golden and has a smooth flavor.

3. Bavaria Dark: The only dark beer offered by Cervecería de Costa Rica. It has a 5.0% alcohol level and a dark amber tone. It also has the presence of roasted and dark malts

4. Bavaria Red: With a percentage of alcohol of 4.5%, it has reddish tones because of the fusion of 3 different Malts which are Carared, Munich, and Pale. It started in Costa Rica at the beginning of 2016.

5. Bavaria Chill: Start-up year in Costa Rica is at the beginning of 2015. It has a percentage of alcohol of 4%, in addition to a mild and refreshing taste (little bitter).

4. Heineken:

It has a Dutch origin and is made since 1873. It is

distributed in more than 170 countries and is produced in Costa Rica since the year 1986. Made with the “A” type yeast that gives the characteristic flavor to the said beer.

Its nutritional content is as follows:

1. 0g of fat

2. Energy: 42 kcal

3. 5.0% alcohol content

5. Rock Ice:

Since 1995 it is produced in Costa Rica with a production of more than 39 million gallons per year. Owns a refreshing and light taste. It is made by a system called "Ice Brewing" which consists of a sub-cooling method to form crystals. The alcohol percentage is 4.7%

It has different versions such as the following:           

           1. Rock Ice Lemon: it has a lemon flavor with a little salt, ideal for those beach parties. It has a percentage of alcohol of  5.2%


   2. Rock Ice Golden Monkey: It has a mangosteen flavor (fruit           originally from Indonesia with benefits like low calorie and high in fiber, in addition to many essential nutrients and does not contain saturated fats or cholesterol). Rock Ice beer is considered to have a fruity taste and heaviness for some, however, it is the most enjoyed among Costa Ricans.

6. Corona:

It began in 1925 and is distributed in more than               159 countries. In Costa Rica, it began in the year of 1995 because of an alliance between the Cervecería Costa Rica and the Modelo Brewery. Corona beer is one of the most sold worldwide and is served primarily with lemon or lime. It is of the Lager type. It has a soft, sweet and low bittered body.

Among the main ingredients are malt, barley, corn, hops, yeast, antioxidants (ascorbic acid ) and propylene glycol alginate as a stabilizer. The percentage of alcohol is 4.5%

7. Bohemia:

Cerveza Bohemia

It is a golden beer of the pilsener type, made with Styrian hops. Beer of great robustness and complexity (similar to red wine). It has an alcohol content of 4.7%. It has several presentations such as:

1. Dark Bohemia: It has caramel and toasted malts with notes of coffee and nuts, dark color and a 4.9% alcoholic volume

2. Bohemian Weizen: Based on malted wheat. It is made with hops (which is an essential ingredient for brewing that brings the bitter taste and aroma that are characteristic of beer, also helps make the beer's own foam more stable), Mount Hood, coriander and orange. It has a 5.7% volume of alcohol

8. Craft beer:

Another type of beer that is acquiring a great boom

in Costa Rica is the craft beer (which has been

awarded more than 30 times by foreign entities

for its high quality).

Craft beer has its own association in

Costa Rica which is the Brewers Association

Costa Rican Artisans, which is composed of

more than 25 brands of different Costa Rican producers. Some of the brands are:

  1. Wilk Craft Beer

  2. La Cofradía Brewing Co

  3. Dos Hermanos

  4. Arajo Brewing Company

  5. Nomade

  6. Cervecería Primate

  7. Cervecería Salsa Brava

It is easy to see that in Costa Rica there is a wide variety of beers of amazing qualities. It is important to take into account that such product must be consumed with responsibility.What you can be sure is that at any party in Costa Rica at least some of the types of beers mentioned before will be present, as well as good company and good times. If you want to know a little more about the previous topic and meet people with whom to enjoy the best beers, you can use the Tafies service to not miss the best parties and events in Costa Rica. This is a service in which the vast majority of events are for adults, and the presence of good beer and other drinks with alcohol content are almost 100% guaranteed. Some of the events you can enjoy can be seen here

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