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

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Hijos De Rivera, S.A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tesguino on 10-12-2005

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.36/5  rDev +40.6%
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 (622 characters)

Photo of fido
4.2/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1906 Reserva Especial, Pours a nice honey color, very good head and excellent lacing; Smell is fruty, malty and a little bit of alcohol; Taste is malty and maybe some caramel; Mouthfeel is smooth and bitter; Drinkability is good.

This is a good beer.

¡Salud! (265 characters)

Photo of Pepeton
4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprised with this beer. Brewed in Spain, where wine is by far King, I'm still amazed.

So amazed, that the style puzzles me. Has most features of a German Pilsener, buy color and ABV are different. I have the feeling it's a Maibock, so I wrote the brewers and waiting their answer.

Pours a dark golden, it almost remembers me a Pale Ale. White quasi tan and stubborn head and a lacing that seems everlasting along the walls of my glass.

Smell is malty and more fruity than most lagers I've had. I can't find the corn that the ingredient description says it has.

Taste is crisp, just as a lager is supposed to be. Lots of malts, although round and balanced; fizzy due to carbonation. So much carbonation that a light swirl and up goes the head again.

Mouthfeel is bone dry and bitter, oh, yes, bitter.

Good beer, will buy it again. No doubt. But with an ABV of 6.5% it's not a session beer.

¡Salud! (933 characters)

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.01/5  rDev +29.4%
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! (699 characters)

Photo of Irilian
4/5  rDev +29%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of CLEISON
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this 33cl can in April 2006, best before 11/06. It came as a six-pack.
Poured a clear tan body with a nice white head. Good malty smell welling up. Not your usual pale euro/spanish lager at all, I don't know if it's description on BA as a German Pilsener is correct. It has a nice "bite" to it, reminded me a little of an English bitter.

Overall, a nice refreshing drinkable beer (a present from Spain; thanks Alfonso!). (431 characters)

Photo of roddwolff
3.69/5  rDev +19%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of tesguino
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good in its appearance, made by gallegos, smell , appearance and mouthfeel, good, can be drink with mexican and american food, had more mouthfeel and drinkability than its sister estrella galicia, only sold in the center of my country, easy to drink, in general very recommendable spanish beer. (294 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of 8Phoenix
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle from a local bottleshop for cheap price, $1.5 Aus (didn't investigate why)

It pours a nice head which slowly decede into a lace. Pretty dark colour for a lager, tannish.

The smell is average, a bit skunk but strong toffee.

The taste is very maltly, with strong flavour of toffee and caramel, yet no fruitness. This puzzled my mate who looked at the bottle to find out that it was 2 and half year old, best before October 2005.(assuming it was brewed in Oct 2004)

No crisps, it is a bit full-bodied for a lager.

This surprised me as it is average-nice beer for past its best by. Hard to say if it is an off beer. But drinkable.

Might give it another try. (to make sure it is not freakish once off bottle) (741 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%

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. (248 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (637 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of Valmor88
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.16/5  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. (885 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +1%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of yael6666
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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 (509 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A fairly avoidable, if slightly improved, offering from Hijos de Rivera-Estrella de Galicia.

Presentation: 25 cl brown bottle. Design of an overlap of text, imitating a limited edition label, over a black star tag. Front side note brags about a culmination of work started in 1906 with a brew for more demanding palates, with a generic narrative of ingredients and brewing. Shows best by date (AGO 10), and Alc. by Vol. (6.5%). Served in a 1906 conic glass.

A - Medium to deep amber pour with a medium to large head, short retention and some lacing.

S - Skunky eurolager nose that fades a bit and leaves room to some malty range.

T - Funky eurolager bitter sense with a malty sense above the average offering from this brewery.

M - Light body with generous carbonation. Slightly funky and metallic feel with a creamy touch.

D - A touch above the average macro eurolarger offering, but very short of anything to make this a "Reserva Especial".

Notes: Pity that this tries to go as a quality notch up in the Spanish macro market. Surely better than their most common offering but the gap is not that significant. (1,117 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: light orange color, medium head that settles to a thin veil, good carbonated streams, decent lacing
s: malty with some mildly sweet funk
t: malts are there along with a funky sweet lager taste reminding me of a strong polish ale, hoppy bitterness to finish
m: flat feel until the quick carbonation hit at the end
d: this beer just didn't do enough for me to try again & didn't remind me of a pilsner (402 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.76/5  rDev -11%
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. (298 characters)

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1906 Reserva Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
74 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.