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

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 2.3
pDev: 25.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-05-2002

This beer is known as Gallo outside the US.
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Ratings: 224 | Reviews: 134
Reviews by marc956:
Photo of marc956
3.2/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Better than Corona, but that's not saying much. I would imagine it's better suited for a bbq than
the post-hockey I was just at when it was 45F (6C) which is unusual down here. Anyway back to the beer. It's got a pretty good taste, might need a lime but was drinkable without. I wouldn't get it again but don't let that stop you from trying it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
1.6/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Jason
2.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
1.35/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pat61
2.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Brilliant straw under a 1” pure white foam cap. Lacy. S: Aromas are very low. Light grain and some spice.
T: The flavor is very light with grain, light sweetness at first then dries out, some apple. Apple flavors grow as it warms.
F: Light bodied with above average carbonation.
O: This is a straw colored liquid with little flavor or aroma. While not grotesque, this beer provides little reason to drink it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.31/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of LXIXME
2.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


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!

Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of tweeder263
1.83/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.04/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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)...

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.01/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Fatehunter
1.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

Photo of EHopkinsi
4/5  rDev +73.9%

LOVE this beer, but for pretty much sentimental reasons. Back in the mid 90s, when the civil war was still on in Guatemala, that little nation somehow became the darling of the backpacker and hippy-expatriate set. Some friends and I bummed around the country for three weeks. This was the only beer I saw the whole time there. Honestly, it's not great tasting, but it easy to drink, and reminds me of an awesome adventure, some great friends, and a fantastically beautiful country full of wonderful people.

So I score it higher than its taste merits, but for me, the Gallo is about more than just its flavor.

Photo of jackndan
2.04/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of bditty187
2.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of LittleDog
3.54/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this problem when I reviewed music for a metal magazine. The editors always reviewed based on what they liked rather than what the band was doing. Here we have a perfectly fine example of an adjunct lager. For what it is, it's great. Nice "full" flavor for the style. Effervescent. Quaffable. It's not trying to be Heady. If you don't like adjuncts, you won't like this. If you do, it's first rate.

Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some hints of malts. Taste is crisp, some corn, not a whole lot going on. Feels light in the mouth. Goes down very easily, I could see why this would be popular in the tropics. Overall this is a very mediocre beer.

Photo of Samp01
1.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured a pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and taste of grains and cereal, corn and light fruity notes. A light body with moderate carbonation, a bit watery. Finish the same as taste with a bit of a bitter grain ending. Best served cold and drink fast, as it warmed up aroma and taste begin to deteriorate. There are a lot of good brews out there, this is not one of them.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear pale gold with a creamy, soft ½ finger snow white head. Visible carbonation was light while the head stood up fairly well clinging to the sides of the glass as it receded in the middle to a thin film covering.

S: quite odd, sugary, mealy, and maize notes.

T: sugary sweet, with fresh grains, and maize. Light bread dough and fresh citrus peel with wet grains. Overall a rather sweet drink.

M: light, watery thin, with a light malt sweetness.

D: Drinkability was pretty uneventful, sugary sweet, to much so to drink in multiples and not worthy of seeking.

Photo of emerge077
2.92/5  rDev +27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

House beer at El Tinajon Restaurant in Chicago.
They stopped serving Moza Dark 2 years ago, and this is the only Guatemalan beer left to go with the regional food.

Always served in a frosted mug, oh well. It looks more ghostly that way, pale straw color with a fizzy, irregular head of foam. Smell is pretty average and inoffensive. Grainy without any malt complexity, possibly some yeast-derived white grape that comes through weakly in the taste as well.

Very thin and watery, no hint of alcohol. Low bitterness, very hard to discern hops. At least there's not a big corn presence. Washes down the spicy fare. Drinkable yet forgettable.

Photo of Beejay
2.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear yellow fizzy water, with a nice white head.

S: A little skunk, a bit of corn, and sugar, and a slight bit of hops.

T: Sweet and mild malt, with some corn flavors. Slight hop flavor, but not a lot.

M: Very fizzy, light on body, about right for the style.

D: Better than american macro, a little more flavor. Would I chose it over american macros, yes. Would I choose it over a nice craft ale, hells no.

Photo of Bluegrass49
3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average beer. Good in a pinch.

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Famosa (Gallo) from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
57 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.