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

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 33.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 mulder1010
1.9/5  rDev -38.9%
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

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of yael6666
3.08/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of roddwolff
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of gerardoluna
2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Eyes] Clear orange color; clean and transparent... minimal carbonation, head is poor and dissipates quickly.

[Aroma] yeast and malt, a little touch of hops in deep

[Mouth] Freshhhh Malt bitterness, leaves a metallic aftertaste, creamy, light body gentle carbonation.

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Photo of JEdmund
1.94/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up at a Spanish import shop in Guatemala City.

Light orange, though a bit more color than most macro lagers; clear; nice, frothy white head; minimal carbonation; head dissipates quickly

Faint yeast and malt, a hint of hops; mostly sulphury and uninviting (possible oxidation?)

Taste & Mouth Feel
Skunky and sour malt bitterness; immediately reminds me of malt liquor; leaves a metallic and salty aftertaste that hangs around too long; creamy texture and more substantial than your typical macro—light-to-medium body; fine level of carbonation

This is not enjoyable to me; in fact, I don't even want to finish it. It has more flavor than most macros, but unfortunately that flavor is not good. It falls short of the pilsener style in every way except its color. Its texture is probably its best attribute, but overall it's not good. I wouldn't drink this again nor would I recommend it.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.86/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not a German Pilsener as the corn presence is clearly stated in the label.

1906 is a very clear beer with a deep golden color, large and slightly off-white creamy head that can be persistent. When it fades it leaves a very nice lacing.
The nose is quite agreeable with sweet malt notes. Its tastes confirm the aroma with sweet malts and some fruits.
Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, a light body and a deceptive medium alcoholic strength. The finish is sweet and reasonably long.

Overall: a nice and interesting adjunct lager. The negative part was the lack of a little more bitterness to balance the sweet malts.

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Photo of 8Phoenix
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
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)

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Photo of fido
4.2/5  rDev +35%
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.


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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
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!).

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Photo of Pepeton
4.13/5  rDev +32.8%
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.


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Photo of tesguino
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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