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Famosa (Gallo) - Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

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BA SCORE
56
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192 Ratings
THE BROS
54
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 2.26
pDev: 26.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. visit their website
Guatemala

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is known as Gallo outside the US.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-05-2002)
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BeerBob

Nebraska

1.65/5  rDev -27%

Famosa "Lager Beer" pours a light lager amber from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head goes to over two fingers before turning rocky and settling out to a full carper of white foam with lacing along the walls of my 16oz beer tumbler.

Nose is mostly carbon dioxide gas and whiffs of cut green grass. Palate is a sour cut green grass with the bight of carbonation.

If I had a choice to not review this beer, I wouldn't have, but it’s too late for that now...

01-02-2006 08:02:48 | More by BeerBob
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brownbeer

Missouri

1.6/5  rDev -29.2%

Well I thought I would go ahead and knock out Guatemala from the list. Pale yellow color, I could only score it lower if it had know head or carbonation whatsoever. This is the skunkiest beer I think I've ever encountered. So, unless that's what you're looking for, avoid at all cost.

09-15-2010 22:43:17 | More by brownbeer
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iemailjack

Florida

2.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-08-2013 03:06:12 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -1.3%

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer. Imported by Central Beer Import And Export Inc.

Appearance: Wow, one of the lightest colored beers I have ever seen … I have seen tap water darker than this. Very clear with a dusty ring of lace.

Smell: Vague hop, hint of grain husk and cooked corn.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Quite crisp with a film that cover the mouth. Thin and watery with little malt character at all, hops are almost nil … the cooked corn is there. Faint bite of alcohol and astringent grain in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Why? Very close to water, very little flavor at all.

01-07-2005 21:19:52 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

1.38/5  rDev -38.9%

12 ounce bottle

Pours super light golden, clear next to no head, no film, collar or lace.

Perhaps a trace of corn on the nose.

Super light and lacking any and all tasty

What can be said...one of the worst beers I've ever sampled

A waste of some probably decent water

04-01-2014 01:57:35 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev +32.7%

The beer pours a clear light yellow color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma is grain with a little bit of citrus notes mixed in. The flavor is full of grain, some malt sweetness and a little bit or orange or lemon. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is not exciting at all, but it is not offensive like so many other Central American pale lagers. You can do worse than this.

04-25-2011 01:25:08 | More by Mora2000
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +32.7%

09-07-2012 20:48:30 | More by standardcherry
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deebo

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -11.5%

12-03-2011 07:43:28 | More by deebo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.33/5  rDev -41.2%

Uh, more like "infamoso".

A beer with water spilled in it. Maybe even more watered down than light beer. Appearance says as much. Weak, hints of yellow in the water. Funky beer spilled in couch aroma.

Taste, flavored water. No malt or hops. No mouthfeel, kinda expensive for such poor quality of a beer. Why do all the south of the border imports have like no ingredients in them, but they still cost over a dollar a bottle? This shitz terrible. Recommend only for people who don't like beer. Or hard liquor. Or mixed drinks. Or wine. Or wine coolers. Or pond water.

02-24-2010 00:42:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.15/5  rDev -4.9%

If i were working in a field in Guatemala I would probably have enjoyed this one more but out for dinner it's just mediocre. Appears a fizzy yellow tone with a large white quickly disipating head leaves behind specks of uneven lacing. Aroma is all corn, rice, 2 row malts very cereal in nature with a kiss of grassy hops coming through. Tate is okay non offensive but yet it not impressive lacks depth or flavor but it's refreshing semi sweet cereal grains blended with low hop bitterness makes for a great mass produced beer from Central America. Mouthfeel is run of the mill light bodied high carbonation very unnatural nothing great. Drinkability is not bad I'm glad I got a chance to try a new beer but it's another mass produced lager.

09-15-2006 13:07:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -22.6%

02-26-2014 21:51:32 | More by JIMTRK16
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.03/5  rDev -10.2%

Small white head quickly dies into no lacing above a clear light golden colored beer.

A sour lemony and hops aroma on this light watery bodied beer.

The taste is more of the sour lemons and light hops bitterness that the aroma forewarned us about.

The best thing about this beer was the dry aftertaste with some of the hops sticking around throughout, if that is a saving grace.

Buy Natural Light in a can if you want a beer like this, at least you can recycle the cans.

09-07-2011 02:18:16 | More by LXIXME
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.75/5  rDev +21.7%

04-19-2013 20:51:30 | More by mdaschaf
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -4.9%

Famosa

Appearance- light yellow with a huge white head. The head held up nicely though.
Smell- light sweet corn. Polenta(grits) came to mind.
Taste- very watery. sweet corn husk flavored. Not horrible though.
Mouthfeel- watery and sweet.

Overall- a sugary sweet polenta flavered beer. Not that good but much better than a bud, miller, or coors!

01-07-2006 20:54:42 | More by NJpadreFan
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ShawneeIrish

Indiana

3/5  rDev +32.7%

04-09-2013 22:45:42 | More by ShawneeIrish
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -1.3%

Cheesy and malty aroma. Some initial foam, light colour, hardly even yellow. Some malty and corny and salty taste, a tad like Saaz hops. Light body, strong carbonation, somewhat astringent. Not too drinkable, marginal overall. A point only for mild bitterness.

08-19-2007 03:21:50 | More by Sammy
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -20.4%

Pours a clear yellow beer with a thin head,mildly carbonated. Smells of slight corn,,actually has very little smell. Tastes of corn very thin,,not good at all. What a lame beer.Mouth feel is watery. Drinkability is low i would totally love to drink bud over this crap.

08-22-2008 01:47:10 | More by tweeder263
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augustgarage

California

3.05/5  rDev +35%

Branching out in my adjuncts here (heh)...

Poured from a 33.8oz (999.58 mL?) bottle into a pilsner glass.

Blasting Alice in Chains - "The Rooster" of course.

Very pale green-yellow and clear body with heavy carbonation supporting a creamy finger and a half of ghost white merengue. Average lacing, but surprisingly good retention.

Corn and malt aromatics - was expecting some off notes or sourness but instead it is rather neutral (I am serving this quite chilled though). Very faint dank alley note suggesting pilsner malt.

Sweet bland, but clean and (dare I suggest) refreshing. Corn, rice, water...yep.

Light bodied, effervescent.

Gallo is borderline characterless (as is the style), but seeing how this is brewed by one of the oldest (and only remaining) independent brewers in Latin America, and it tastes quite a bit better than Corona (for example), I wouldn't dismiss it so readily. I bet this would pair well with a hearty bowl of Kik'ik (as for me, I tried it alongside some smoked chicken I made tonight)...

02-16-2010 05:33:51 | More by augustgarage
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -10.2%

I have had this beer on several different occasions, with most recent in San Salvador of December 13. To me this beer taste is similar to Miller Lite, but has stronger and better taste. It pours light pale yellow/straw, with a petite head, and has sparkly appearance because of carbonation and heat of the country I was in. It leaves the mouth dry, unquenched, but it does have a unique hint of citrus. It is also light filling and can put back many in one sitting.

This is sold under the name Famosa in the United States and I have procured this from Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago (IL), Holiday Liquor in Edinburg (TX), various locations in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Guatemala March 2013 and El Salvador December 2013.

04-10-2014 01:58:24 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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cliff1066

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -0.4%

12-09-2012 18:35:55 | More by cliff1066
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Fatehunter

Oregon

1.69/5  rDev -25.2%

Despite pouring the beer into the middle of the glass, the thin head could not even cover the surface. The body is clear, light straw colored.
There is absolutely no aroma, which might be a good thing.
The taste is a little grain, metal and mild bitter at the end.
The texture is crisp with a high carbonation.
Not a good beer.

02-06-2013 02:36:04 | More by Fatehunter
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jheezee

Texas

3/5  rDev +32.7%

07-31-2014 00:50:26 | More by jheezee
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jackndan

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -9.3%

Famosa, from Guatemala. Pure white head, with some staying power, and sticky lace. Very clear, very pale yellow. Has a bad aroma of lemon detergent. Very light bodied, almost absent, and seems a little flat. Very light malt taste, but otherwise shockingly tasteless. I’ll save the 90 cents for something better next time.

08-05-2002 19:32:59 | More by jackndan
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.13/5  rDev -5.8%

Pale, white gold in hue, clear with no animation. An impressive and fairly rocky white head topped the beer; it was almost two fingers in height. The head retention was good; it slowly faded to a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty. The nose does nothing for me, there is a sickly, industrial aroma that is somewhat sweet, kind of herbal and grassy, a bit lemon but very unappealing overall. At the back there is some heat or spice or something, it doesn’t seem like it is derived from alcohol so I have no idea what it is. The bouquet is closer to offensive then inviting. The palate is bland, there is a sweetness that is distant and stale, in the middle it tastes like carbonated water but the finish does offer a weak kiss of hop bitterness. This is really insipid and pointless to drink. There is a tacky, sweet aftertaste that is bothersome. I guess this could be deemed refreshing on a hot day but so is water. Because the carbonation was lively enough to scrub away the flavors from my tongue I was able to drink about half my glass before I gave up. The body is just a little bigger then light, the mouthfeel is ordinary, if not a little weak and watery. Well, now I can say I’ve had a beer from Guatemala. This beer has been in Omaha for a while but I wasn’t about to buy a six-pack of it, recently I found this in Lincoln for $1.25 a single. Curiosity killed the cat and one is enough for me.

06-22-2004 20:45:19 | More by bditty187
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JamLand

Hawaii

2.25/5  rDev -0.4%

06-26-2013 22:54:19 | More by JamLand
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Famosa (Gallo) from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
56 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.