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1906 Reserva Especial - Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 20.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hijos De Rivera, S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tesguino on 10-12-2005

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel and toffee malt flavor dominate. Very modest light coffee roast taste. Slightly corny, and relatively sweet. Decent flavor, but still tastes cheap - I'd say it's a slight step up from many imported adjuncty brews. Forgettable, but not horrendous at all.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up one of these at the local Carulla pricey for what it looks like, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a grape and earthy hop smell. Pours to a light bronze with a one finger head that recedes to a 1/4 inch. On the taste this brew is malty up front then transitions to a metallic middle then finishes slightly bitter and dry. A good drinker but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of CLEISON
3.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good sample of a German Märzenbier style from Spain. A amber lager whit a good orange-gold collor. A light aroma of malt like a crust of bread in foreground with a little of floral hops in background. The malt aroma could be more pronounced, but is ok. In mouth the malt is again in foreground but balaced by the hop bitterness. The aftertaste is dry whit a persistent bitter end.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before end: 4/2015.

Pours a clear dark golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar cane, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast, earth, and sugar cane flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is super sweet and a bit hard to drink much of because of it.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This brew pours a bright honey amber with a moderate white head. Nose of caramel malts and some light grains. Flavors are lightly sweet with a light mild grain aftertaste. Smooth easy drinking mouth feel finishes slightly dry and crisp. Decent session brew, nothing overwhelming.

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Photo of smcolw
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served with no head, only rim bubbles. But there's decent spotty lace on the glass. Dark gold color, reasonably clear.

A bit sweet to the nose. Lots of caramel.

Highly carbonated with a touch of "macro" brewery flavors. Rather sweet but not rich. Short, cloy aftertaste. Overall, disappointing.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is bready, malts, alcohol, some light apple, a bit unusual aftertaste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Irilian
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From my point of view really nice beer; strong enough but not so alcoholic you cannot have 2 in a row.

A: Amber with a creamy head

S: Faint, but somehow persistant, alcoholic smell with hop notes

T: Smooth and malty, The light thickness and flavors work in the mouth creating a tasteful and low bitter beer. The complexity can be better tasted when comparing several intakes. Again in my opinion the mix makes an almost perfect beer for repetitive drinking. ( Please, see my tastes have been raised in Europe. )

M: Refreshing and quite drinkable.

O: Astonishing price/quality ratio ( $1.5 / 1 Eur ) Refreshing in Summer when served almost chilled and able to join a stew in Winter.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle: poured into a 'Chimay' chalice at home on 4th March 2014.

Nice old gold colour to the clear body with a white head that fell away to a wisp and collar fairly swiftly.

Malty feel throughout the brew, in all aspects, the nose being full of molasses type smells with very little else to find.

The taste is also leaning heavily towards a semi-sweet maltiness with next to no bitterness until the finish which has a weak hop dryness which helps to balance out the malts sweetness a little.

I like the sweeter brews so this suited my taste buds, others will find it too sweet for the style and unbalanced because of that.

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Photo of jonb5
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into beer specific glass.

A: Strawberry blonde, darker than adjunct lager, clear, no head, minimal lacing.

S: Not overly pronounced but notes of farmyard, molasses, malt and slight hop.

T: Caramel, molasses.

M: Body on the thick side, slight tingle from the carbonation but went down well.

O: Definitely a step up from typical mass produced lagers, more challenging but not one to throw back.

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Photo of metter98
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale malts and spicy hops are present in the nose along with hints of fruity esters.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste is a little more pronounced with flavors of caramel, pale and toasted malts as well as hints of adjuncts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and is clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Depending upon how you perceive the beer, it seems to taste either like a watered down version of an Oktoberfest or a maltier version of an American Adjunct Lager. The beer is rather easy to drink and does not have any "off" flavors.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with no BB date (missing label). Acquired recently from a friend's party, so hopefully it's still in good shape.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear honey-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with mild hints of toasted grain, corn, stewed leaves and faint solvent in the background. Uninspired.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild caramel, hints of toasted grain, faint corn/DMS, stewed leaves and cardboard. A touch of harsh solvent in the background, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation but a rather insubstantial body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves/corn and cardboard.

Meh - no great shakes. Looks pretty good, but the aroma/flavour are dull and characterless. Body is OK but not amazing. Drinkable enough but too many off-notes spoil it. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.01/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well to me 1906 Reserva Especial is the best cost x benefit beer to the moment, it costs the average price of the america adjunct lager but with much more quality and flavour.

A: a Ligh copper amber with a creamy head that leaves a lace when dissipates.

S: A faint alcoholic smell with some hop notes, nothing special here.

T:The malts and hops working together in the mouth creating a tasteful and bitter beer, with a complexity not found in some expensive/famous beers.

M: Bitter and refreshing, the toasted malts and hops brings a excellent mouthfell.

O:When a drink this beer I cannot stop to think that it is too damn good for its price ($1,50). I'll make 1906 my session beer from now on!

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Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml. bottle. Copper-amber colour, correct head that dissipates too soon but leaving a good lace. Smell of malts, caramels and some hints of ripe fruits, even some damp earth. Light to medium body, creamy palate. Taste of caramels and ripe fruits. Not too complex, but overall a good beer that one can enjoy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.36/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1906 Reserva Especial has a thin, white, soapy head, a hazy, orange-golden appearance, lots of little orange chunks floating about, some streaming bubbles, and a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is bold and rich. One picks up medium-roasted barley malt, some alcohol sweetness, and brown bread. Taste is of all those, plus some bread crust, a slight hop bitterness, and even a fruitiness (figs?). Mouthfeel is medium, and 1906 Reserva Especial finishes mostly dry, fairly refreshing, bold, and strong. This is more of a sipper, really. Overall, I think it’s a really delicious beer. You should try it!


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Photo of chinchill
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle dated BB March 2012, so a bit past recommended date. Served in a lager glass.

A: Pours a dark golden amber. Very clear with rising carbonation bubbles varying in size. Eggshell head has decent retention and leaves soapy looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Mainly smells like corn/adjunct lager, but with a more pronounced aroma. A little bit floral as well, with hints of white bread and bread dough.
T: Sweet up front; mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. Only a hint of darker malt in here, and not too much flavor from the lighter malts either. Higher ABV evident after a little warming. A little bit of a floral and herbal taste.
M: medium carbonation and near medium body.
O: tastes and feels more like a slightly strong lager. Drinkable and modestly refreshing.

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Photo of FLima
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Malty beer with some caramel notes. Copper appereance with persistence foam (three fingers initially then keeps a denoted ring). Hops are timid, loosing ground for the alcohol. Aftertaste a little bitter with some sweetness.
Nothing especial, not worth it a second shot.

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Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear dark golden-copper hue with a thick, 4-finger, white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace that leaves a great trail down the glass.

S: Malty aroma with some caramel notes.

T: Smooth and malty flavor and similar to the smell there is a caramel presence.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. Decent flavor and aroma but nothing really special or anything I would grab again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows caramel, grapes, sweet port notes. Pretty faint though.
Flavours initially include sweet caramel and bready malt but then industrial notes show through which ruin it.
Carbonation could be higher.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.37/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served into an Estrella Levante stemgoblet in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent thickness, no cream, and poor retention. Colour is a nontransparent gold.

Sm: Light malt. That's it.

T: Malt-ridden body. Some subtle hops, but poorly built overall. Not complex nor bold.

Mf: Light and smooth. Doesn't fully complement the flavour.

Dr: Hides its ABV very well. Far too malty - classic Spanish beer fallacy. Decently priced.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl can poured into a a stein

billowy three finger head dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing. beer color, however, looks nice: a deep amber color

smells more like a standard Euro lager - some malts, and a lot of corn and metallic aromas as well

malt sweetness up front, the sweetness carries through as well, and a bit of warmth from the alcohol at the end. alcohol flavor doesn't become noticeably more present as it warms, though. some grassy notes and the corn flavor too

overall, definitely not a bock, but still a big step above most mass-marketed spanish lagers, even those placing themselves in a "premium" category

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Photo of Valmor88
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Distributor brought samples of this to my workplace, so I got to try one.

A: Pours an orange/amber color. Less than 1 finger white head. Doesn't look much like a bock, but we'll see.

S: Malty sweetness is quite strong, with some citrusy hop aromas in there too. Definitely corn odors, too. At this point I double-checked the bottle to make sure this is supposed to be a bock.

T: Malty up front. Tangy hop finish. Just a hint of the bitterness there.

M: Medium both in body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy, although that's not the right word for it.

O: While not a bock (tastes like a lager to me), I still enjoyed this beer. It's not the best out there, though, so skip in favor or something better.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sad to say this is my first review since moving to Mexico. I clearly would not have bothered if I'd read reviews first, but I was at the supermarket and I saw something I'd never seen.

Color is just fine, a little translucent for a bock but I'm throwing that style out the window right now. Orange with a brownish tint. Head is pretty massive at first, tons of big bubbles, but it settles down into a craggy, creamy delight.

Way downhill from there. Nose is thin and skunky. If a good lager nose is clean, this is dirty. Sharp metallic note. Flavor follow suit, skunky with a tainted medicinal quality. Like bad aspirin. Malt is toasted but comes off strangely with the herbal stink lingering to it.

Body is thin but passable for many lager styles, carbonation is way up fortunately, producing that nice head and a little relief on the palate from the otherwise very bad flavor. Trust the other reviews and avoid if possible. I'm sad that I bought a sixer, although it was mercifully cheap.

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Photo of hopsolutely
1.96/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Definitely not an impressive lager, and I can't fathom what might qualify it to be classified as a bock?!

Colour is a pleasant amber and carbonation is decent. However the smell is unpleasant "canned Euro lager" and the taste is downright acerbic, with a sweet finish that doesn't balance well at all with the harsh flavour.

I was drawn to the can by its honesty on the label ingredients, actually listing corn. They also make reference to hops and I think that's pretty misleading. Definitely not a beer I'd recommend or purchase again.

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Photo of LeonSammartino
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had it from a bottle into a glass. Not a bad beer, poured darker than I would have thought, but style felt that I tastes fruity overtone, amongst all the except toasted malts.

Only very slight bitter aftertaste than ran away quickly.

Probably wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again, but if someone served it up, I wouldn't refuse it either.

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1906 Reserva Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
74 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.