Estrella Galicia - Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hijos De Rivera, S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jackndan on 08-15-2002

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Photo of BeerDreadz
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12onz brown bottle with freshness on the fron label

The appearance golden color with a thin white head that goes away instantly.

There's some malt when you smell it.The taste got malt also,nice taste.

There's nothing amazing in this beer ,feels good on the mouth(when cold), not bad for macro...

Photo of brewQ
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A whipped white head with some staying power atop a basic macro color. (They proudly admit to Maize on the label- figure the gringos find that more exotic than corn).

The aroma is lightly earthy- leading into a metallic taste.

The finish clangs on in a harsh, metallic way. Luckily, some C02 washes it out.

Drinkable? MAYBE with spicy food or tapas.

The Gambrinus name is on the label- if this is in league with Corona that expalins alot.

Okay- I tried one Spanish beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear golden pilsner is surprisingly rich in grainy malt that's peppered with herbal and spicy hop flavors.

Its head retention is good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is malty and brightly hoppy as well; and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. It's balanced by a solid bitter back-bone that, along with its spicy & herbal hops, holds its malt in check. It finishes short and dry with a short-lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a very nicely done European pilsner that's satisfying and refreshing.

Photo of ElGordo
2.46/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale golden from the twelve ounce bottle with a rather large, foamy white head. Immediate unmistakable aroma of a cheap euro lager - some pretty pervasive skunkiness. Aroma actually subsides the closer you get to the beer. Seriously foamy body holds a decent flavor of mid-grade Eurpoean lager - clean, with a slight hoppy bite. Not a bad flavor, but the body and smell make this one pretty undesirable.

Photo of sfprint
1.8/5  rDev -38.1%
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

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a Pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is faint grainy malt and really not much else. The aroma is very faint.

T- The taste starts off with some malt and just a hint of hops in the finish. Very light and on the watery side.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, this tastes like a Spanish version of Budweiser. Not horrible, but pretty bland.

Photo of jackndan
3.11/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Estrella Galicia, from Spain: made from “water, maize, barley, hops” got to hand it to a company that boasts its use of adjuncts right on the label. This Spanish macro-brew really grew on me over the course of the six pack. Light amber color, with a head that disappeared very quickly, and had that slightly skunked euro-lager aroma. Initial taste was a mild soapy malt taste, followed very quickly very by a strong hop bite. On its own, it wasn’t very good, but it matched extremely well with slightly spicy foods. I’ll look for this next time I’ve having tapas.

Photo of HalfFull
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, this premium lager pours a quite clear light straw in color with a half inch of soapy white head. Retains a solid cap with an occasional spin and yields some soapy lacing.

Bit of husky grain on the nose and some Noble hops, somewhat grassy. Bit of light corn syrup sweetness detected yet typical of a macro. Euro. Lager.

Taste follows suit with no notable adjuncts in the house. Light malt flavor is simple but pleasant. Offers an average feel and drink.

Viewed as a Euro. Pale Lager, this beer has no resemblance whatsoever to any Amero-adjunct I've witnessed. Overall a bit sweet and simple minded in a Euro Strong sense. Not much character..

Note: Best by May 2010.

Photo of TeeCee
3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review - American style BMC lager but with more to it.

I poured the first of two bottles of this beer into a glass provided upon request at the restaurant. The appearance was that of a typical American major brewery lager - a pretty golden, only with a more respectable (thicker) 1.5" head that held up nicely while drinking (I usually pour hard).

It smelled rather mild and typical for a standard lager.

The taste set it apart from a Budweiser type immediately, crisp but not so mild as the majors. More flavor, not bitter or wheaty, but good flavor just the same.

The mouthfeel was a little thicker than the typical major American lager, but not so thick as to match a Belgian double.

You could knock back several of these while eating boiled crawfish. Not something you want or need to sip. Definitely a session beer.

Disclaimer - this is my first beer review.

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild, slightly grainy. Taste is rather bland, not much flavor and a tad bit of bitterness. A bit watery in the mouth. Drinkability is o.k. Overall a very average beer.

Photo of TLove
1.93/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured yellowish/pinkish and otherwise indistiguishable from most Euro/American macro lagers.

Very sour and hard, with a moderate crispness and light body. A touch of pine needle and macadamia nut.

Could use a touch of sweetness or citrus on the back end, but otherwise refreshing in the summer with some white fish if you like really acidic beers.

Very poor drinkability. Poured it out 3/4 of the way through.

Photo of waybackto
3.87/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh and nice to drink

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.64/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of mixed bag of European/Central/South American adjunct lagers I inexplicably picked up a couple days ago. Poured into a standard pint glass, this Spanish brew had a clear golden color, a reasonable level of carbonation, and a soapy-looking white head that collapsed within 30 seconds, leaving no trace or lace.
The nose had a sweet grainy malt and creamed corn aroma initially. Then came a modest herbal scent and a faint metallic note. Half point came off for the dominant essence, that telltale calling card so common to a Heineken, that of skunk.
The taste made no pretenses as to whether it was an adjunct lager or not. Corn dominates up front before giving way to a moderately hoppy bite. Scorched metal far back on the palate. Feel was more full-bodied than a lot of brews of this style yet had a click, soapy quality that was somewhat disconcerting.
Overall, pretty much another in an all-too-long line of cheap swill. Save yourself the buck and change and pass this brew by.

Photo of matjack85
3.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +32.3%
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.


Photo of metter98
2.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Brent
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If I'm reading the bottle dating right, this beer is two years old - hard to believe because I bought it at a place with good turnover. If it is that old, it has held up well, and I'll cut it some slack on that assumption. A surprising amount of caramel malt for the style, fairly sweet, a sort of Euro-German lager hybred flavor. Not bad, but not worth a second.

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The standard color for lagers, a translucent golden yellow, the head average in size, frothy and the lace covers the glass. Malt is the nose, somewhat fresh and clean, sweet with the start cloyingly sweet, top cadaverous. Finish is caustic in its bite, the hops sparse and the aftertaste dry. Just to sweet and watery to appeal to this old dark, heavy beer lover.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle, best before June 2010, drank in Feb 2010. Yet another lager/pilsner to be imported into the UK, how many different labels do these people think our supermarkets can carry?

Poured into one of my Veltins 0.2 litre stemmed tulip glasses (twice).

Mid-range golden pilsner colour, with the normal pure white head on top. It looked your typical pilsner/lager, clean, clear and bright.

The smell reminded me of stale tuna sandwiches left over after a buffet.

Luckily it tasted OK, no fishy bits to report on! In fact it tasted more than OK, fresh, crisp and tangy. A good summer sunshine drink, pity it is pitch dark and around freezing point outside. The beer seemed to have more alcohol than the 4.7% on the label, I almost liked it.

Suprised to find the beer so well made and flavoursome, one of the better lager imports I've come across, pity about that smell.

1.94/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed by bottle in numerous bars and cafes in Galicia.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some sweetness, a light adjunct grain, doughy malts and a grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced and richer than the standard Estrella. A touch sweeter and a bit of an earthier hop separated this beer from the standard faire.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller sid eof the style.

Overall a very nice and super easy drinking lager. Delicious ice cold.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of Nov 2010 tasted on 5/1/2010

Aroma - Aromatic hops and the usual lager nose

Appearance - Big white head with a good amount of residual carbonation. The beer itself was a clear golden yellow.

Taste - Sweet smooth and creamy no detectable hop presence but just a light dry flavor.

Notes - Heavier and smoother than I expected. The mouthfeel had a weight I was surprised by and enjoyed.

Photo of megahurts4
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Estrella Galicia

Appearance: Clear golden with a fair amount of lacing and a nice head.

Smell: Warm malts and grains.

Taste: Warm malts, nuts, honey, grains, and very subtle floralness.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

This is a good, plain lager. It is inexpensive and medium-light flavored. It is best suited as a session beer.

Photo of Cresant
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. light brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Label dated Nov. 08. The body was a bright hay color. Clear with a crisp white head that faded to a thick film and stayed throughout the drink. Whispy lace remained.

Smell was lemony, light sourness. Wet grain.

Taste was Well balanced but faint. Some corn sweetness balanced with some drying bitterness. Subtle, yet executed better than many macro-style lagers.

Mouthfeel was silky with a zsty finish. Low to medium carbonation. Medium to light body.

Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden colored beer with a skimpy white head to it. This was poured carefully to leave the little bit of sediment in the bottom out of the beer.

Smell is fairly clean and a bit lemony to the nose. Malt aroma is a little honey like and a bit on the sweet side. Hops are herbal and grassy and slightly spicy. Skunk free bottle so it was treated somewhat decently.

Taste is sweet and a little spicy in the first taste. Good herbal bitterness here that kicks a little more in the after taste. This might be a good beer but there is a bit of oxidation flavor to the malt. Despite the oxidation this isn't offensive and the hop level is rather nice in its aggressive kick.

Mouthfeel is OK, maybe a little light.

Drinkability is still good even with the oxidation flavor, this is a beer I would like to try again at the brewery. I suspect this was a better than average lager before it was shipped over to the USA.

I remember beer in Spain when I was at the navy base there, can't say it was anything worth remembering. It probably wasn't this stuff.

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Estrella Galicia from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
69 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.