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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hijos De Rivera, S.A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tesguino on 10-12-2005)
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BretSikkink:
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2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

BretSikkink, Aug 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of chinchill
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

chinchill, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of yael6666
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Amber color, with a great white head similar to belgian strong beers head

S:Alcohol and some fruit and hops

T:Alcohol all the way with some hops and fruitiness

M:good carbonation with an average dry aftertaste

D:As its alcoholic average is a little high for a lager, ill say you cant drink it like a regular lager, i cant drink more than two but still you stay with a good sensation of this beer

great surprise for an spanish lager because the others that ive tasted (ambar and mahou) are just horrible

yael6666, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of wilsonbaron
4/5  rDev +23.5%

wilsonbaron, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

tone77, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

CrazyDavros, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

DavidHume, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

JARCasas, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +34%
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!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

metter98, Sep 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Jerseyislandbeer, May 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

civicm87, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of LeonSammartino
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

LeonSammartino, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Irilian
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Irilian, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Moncho, Jul 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Blumstein, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of roddwolff
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is regular, with an amber deep color, the foam have little consistency; the smell is good, some malta and corn, dominating the last one; very tasty flavor, essence of corn, combined with a medium bitterness; the mouthfeel is to cereals, high carbonation and medium body; in the drinkability, is well, of any way hides the 6,5° of alcohol, I took it with popcorn.

roddwolff, Mar 15, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

schaffer9252, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

TapRoomMonkey, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.04/5  rDev -6.2%

Flavio_Gama, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of mulder1010
1.9/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

330 ML poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A-- Poured a dark golden straw yellow. Medium to high carbonation by appearance, lots of bubbles. Bright cloud white head that was one finger. Decent head retention and some soapy like lacing on the sides of the glass. Do not think this is a bock at all.

S-- Heavy corn presence right off the bat. Very big chemical smell. A little bit floral and sweet as well. Very much not a bock.

T-- Sweet and almost syrupy. A little bit of a floral taste but otherwise it tastes like a run of the mill offering that is a bit more pimped out.

M-- Very little bitterness and ABV is noticeable in the mouth. A little bit creamy and more on the medium side of carbonation. Very sweet and perfume like. Does have a bit of a heavy finish. Sounds like a lager to me

D-- Basically a suped up lager that is not that great or worthy of having with good tapas. Skip and find something more interesting to have than this.

Not going to fail it even though as a bock it would get an F. As a lager or a pilsner it is barely passable

mulder1010, May 20, 2010
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3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

ckollias, May 15, 2012
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1906 Reserva Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
76 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.