Once the pride of Havana, Cuba, Hatuey Beer is now brewed by Indian Head Brewery in Baltimore Maryland, USA. Backed by the Bacardi empire this brand is now found along the beach-side bars throughout south Florida. The green bottles were an early indication that the this beer's first impression might be dominated by a "skunky" aroma caused by an earlier "light-struck" experience. The flavor balance of this light golden, medium-bodied brew was on the sweet side and no real hop or malt characteristics were obvious. At 5.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), this light lager and its clean finish will no doubt be popular with the light lager crowd of this region. Expect this traditional label to return to its island home when the political climate is more hospitable. In a free market economy, the odds are that Hatuey Beer could be as popular with the casino patrons of 21st century Cuba as with the locals.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - November, 1995.
NM Virtual Brewpub