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Estrella Galicia | Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Estrella GaliciaEstrella Galicia

Brewed by:
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Spain | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jackndan on 08-15-2002

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Photo of Spike
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml brown bottle. Label shows 4.7% ABV, which is different to brewery's own website.

Pours gold with subtle carbonation and a white head that recedes quickly to a ring with little lacing.

Smell is grainy and sweet. Typical lager nose with no nasty surprises.

Tastes sweet, grainy, bitter. Nothing unpleasant.

Medium body with a little richness and nice spritz of carbonation. Some drying bitterness in the finish.

A solid bitterness saves this lager from the watery, bland grave inhabited by the big-name European pale lagers. Drunk cold, outside, preferably with friends, this is a perfectly acceptable thirst quencher. Better than expected.

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Photo of jamesroses
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml can

Appearance: pale golden, 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell: roasted grains, lightly malty, very similar to most macro lagers I've tried, without the skunkiness.

Taste: malty, grainy and much bitter than I had expected. It's ok.

Mouthfeel: bitter, light body, highly drinkable, goes down like water.

Overall: it's an OK beer, nothing special, nothing regretable. Better than nothing.

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Photo of hophugger
2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light gold in color with almost a finger of head and very light spotty lacing. Aroma is very heavy with grain, yeast, corn, rice, etc. Taste is very similar close to the big AAL's, but has just a touch more refinement. Overall, a step above the Buds and the Coors...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before end: 5/2015.

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, frosted corn flake, and sugar cane aromas. Taste is much the same with frosted corn flake and grass 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 drinkable, but the predominant quality in both the smell and taste is frosted corn flakes.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Experienced in : Manila
Appealing to me : good foam and looks inviting, smooth texture
Less appealing to me : its kind of bitterness

I am neutral on this beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is being paired with a dinner of scallops and shrimp over pasta - should work, I guess...

Appearance: Pours a light golden color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is poor, but a small amount of lacing is left behind. (3)

Smell: Luckily, I'm not getting much in the way of cereal grains or cooked vegetables. Rather, I'm picking up a lot of crackery malt sweetness - and I mean, a lot. There's also a substantial amount of cotton candy and faint white wine. It smells much like an underhopped helles...or, maybe an overmalted one. As far as simple, regional lagers go, it's pretty decent. (3)

Taste: First comes the not-so-good news: it's very sweet. I'm tasting plenty of cotton candy and bready malt. I can't call it underhopped, though, because I actually do taste a grassy bite on the back end. So overmalted it is, then. But now comes the good news: the adjuncts are concealed beautifully. It really just tastes like an average helles instead of a lame AAL. Awesome, I s'pose? (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Despite the sweetness, the crisp bite keeps it easy to drink. But also because of the sweetness, there's to much body when the carbonation fades. And the carbonation fades very quickly. It's decent to start off, though. (2.75)

Overall: I can't hate on it. It's not really a bad beer at all. It goes really well with the dinner I made, too. I just wouldn't buy it again with so many other (cheaper) lagers around. Still, it's actually good by adjunct lager standards. (3)

2.86/5: Much better than Budweiser, at least...

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Photo of bark
3.49/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4.7 % ABV version.

The colour is yellow with some gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white, firm, uneven and compact. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sweet with some floral notes. Hints of minerals and butter.

The taste is bitter than expected, and less sweet. Very slight notes of corn and flowers. French loaf and a touch of black pepper. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit dense with growing sweetness and metallic bitterness. The finish is short with distinct iron flavours.

The carbonation is medium to strong; the many very small bubbles are long-lived and fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Better than expected, almost no off-flavours at all.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.62/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color, topped with a very decent and solidy stable white foamy head.
The aroma is easily picked up, mostly grainy and malty.
The taste is pleasantly bitter, no initial sweetness and watery feel, nicely balanced body, coming together with more than nice bitterness.
Very nice for a lager, actually one of the better ones lately.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with fluffy white head and soda like carbonation. Nose is of some pale malt and hint of hops. Body is light and crisp. Taste is of sweet malt balanced by some hop bitterness. Finish is almost non-existent. Typical pale lager.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.04/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - It is a dark golden color, with not much of a head.

Smell - A light malty smell.

Taste - Like the smell, just malts; doesn't have that weird adjunct taste.

Mouthfeel - A good amount of carbonation, and it is slightly heavier than most AAL.

Overall - I prefer this Spanish AAL over some of the stuff they make here in the US.

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1.94/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Pokal glass. Brass color, cristal clear appearance. White froth, brief crown leaving some rings. Metallic & sugary to the nose. Grainy upfront. Light but fat body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery. Cloying sweetish maltiness, low bitterness & subtle spicy touch. Flat beer. You´d better avoid it.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.39/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Picked this up at the local Latino super mercado pricy but something new so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of barely malt but there is the characteristic sweetness of adjunct lurking in the background. Pours into the SAPP with a deep golden color with a thick pillow top multi size bubble head. On the taste this brew has a thin mouthfeel upfront then the flavor comes in with some maltiness and an array of un consolidated hopping that goes in no particular direction. Aftertaste is neither bitter nor sweet but a flat sourness that lingers. May be great for washing down tapas but this brew is not my cup of tea.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Madrid.

Pours a strong straw, with a thin, lingering head. Looks like it should.

Not much of an aroma to speak of, but what is there is clean and inoffensive.

Taste is subtle yet delightful, with no off flavors, clean, bright malt, and a pleasantly nutty finish, primarily of hazelnuts. Went very nicely with a few slices of jamon iberico.

Mouthfeel is foamy and tender, like ocean breakers. Could be a bit less heavy, but not major issues here.

Overall, a solid choice for navigating the mercados of Madrid, and probably the best Spanish macro. Take that for what you will.

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Photo of metter98
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts—corn stands out in particular—are present in the nose. Hints of grassy malts are also evident.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish. The initial taste has faint hints of sweetness from the corn.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although there is nothing special about the taste of this beer, it's easy to drink and is a palatable compared to other American Adjunct Lagers.

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Photo of FLima
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow color. Made lots of thick head with medium retention which was an unexpected positive surprise for an adjunct lager.
Faint aroma of non-malted cereals and a very distant floral hop.
Tastes like an adjunct lager, though it seems to be a little ahead given no strong off-flavors or too insistent corn taste and it definitely has a bit more hops than usual.
Light body with a medium carbonation and a spicy and refreshing feeling.
Dry aftertaste and mildly bitter, again more than average for the style.
Not great but not awful. Good option as an Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: pretty standard macro fare. 330mL brown bottle, average label.

Appearance: pours a medium straw colour, brightly clear, and with very solid head retention.

Aroma: not much there on the nose, but there are some standard grains as well as some more pungent adjuncts.

Taste: follows from the aroma. Quite a reasonable beer to be honest.

Aftertaste: starts becoming a bit awkward metallic after the fact.

Mouth feel: crisp beer with moderate carbonation that carries the flavour well.

Overall: not a bad lager, at least it's a bit different tasting. Not brilliant, but not terrible.

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Photo of freditoj
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark yellow color, clear color. The beer looks very alive.
Smell - Smoky, toasty and inviting.

Taste - Hoppy flavor, classic Lager taste, well balanced. Very well built beer.
Mouthfeel - Somewhat coarse and over-carbonated, but overall good feel.

Overall - Great go to Lager, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of sfprint
1.8/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: transparent, single finger head, quickly dissipating, mild rising carbonation, golden orange in color.
S: malty, sour grass.
T: dull with a tinge of sourness. kind of foul and tart.
M: a bit fuzzy, but filmy and tart
O: it's a dump. pretty bad aal

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Photo of flagmantho
3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy white foam which deaves a decent-enough lace. Not bad for the style.

Smell: sweetish malt with a light adjunct-y aroma. Not too bad.

Taste: very light malt with a hint of hop flavor. For the style, not bad and largely flaw-free. There's also a pretty robust bitterness here which I like.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light fizziness. Not exciting but not bad.

Overall: a very mediocre beer, but one which is definitely quaffable. I imagine during an insufferably hot Spanish summer this stuff is exactly what you want.

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Photo of Jayli
2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at Barcino's in the PHP 2/28
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a translucent yellow iwth a two finger of white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grain, grass and a touch of malt sweetness.

T: Taste grain at the forefront, hints of corn. A grassy flavoring comes in to mingle with the grain. Finish is a hint of malt, with parger grass presence.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, light and crisp.

O: Goes down ok, not overly tasty, not filling, mild kick, not a great representaton of style.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into pint glass from bottle

A: Pours a transparent gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates without lacing.

S: Fairly sweet adjuncts. Bready some honey like sweetness.

T: Sweet and crisp. Some hints of fruit(citrus) come through with a breadlike finish. Decent flavor profile as it cleansed the palate nicely.

M – Light bodied and crisp. Good mouth coating.

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Photo of matjack85
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago, mainly because I never saw it anywhere else before. 11.2oz brown bottle with no freshness date or anything about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a perfectly clear pale gold color and made a ½-finger of white head that lasted about a minute. There was very little lacing.

The best way to describe the smell is - there isn't any.

Nice malt and grain flavor with perhaps a touch of honey as well. Then came the big surprise. OMG there are actually detectable hops in here that impart a mild bitter flavor. Much better taste than I expected.

Light, smooth, and crisp with a medium high carbonation level - which I liked.

It's still just a macro lager, but one of the better ones that I have tasted. No alcoholic flavors and very drinkable.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.12/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Clear gold. Low white head.

S – Fresh tobacco, bread and honey.

T – Sweet honey on bread. Mild yeast character. About mid way through there’s a crisp lemon peel bitter note that ramps quickly and fades slowly throughout the rest of the profile.

M – Light body with a sweet bready finish.

O – A touch too sweet but nice flavor overall.

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Photo of xylophonica
2.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: this beer is rated (according to the label) as 4.7%, not the 5.5% listed above.

A - No head, incredibly pale yellow colour. Very unappealing.

S - Bit of wheat and grass with some crisp malt cereals.

T - Crisp malt lager. Slightly sweet with plenty of cereal flavours.

M - Some sweetness mixed with a more bitter feel.

O - Bland and uninspired. Easy enough to drink but why..?

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Estrella Galicia has a thin, white head and a clear, golden appearance, with low to medium carbonation. The aroma and taste are very bread oriented, but some hop spice is detectable at the back end of the sip. Mouth-feel is light to moderate, and Estrella Galicia finishes refreshing and not as dry as American lagers. Overall, although this is a rather mundane European pale lager, it is enjoyable to drink, and I'd recommend giving it a try.


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Estrella Galicia from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
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