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Regia Extra - Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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BA SCORE
73
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72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 21.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd visit their website
El Salvador

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-20-2004

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, vegetables, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a very grainy aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but very mild in both the aroma and taste.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.67/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is part of Macro Smackdown XX, in which Belize's own, Belikin Beer, will attempt to show Regia Extra who's the king of the Central American jungle. An added bit of interest is that these breweries are only 270 miles apart, giving the contest a 'backyard brawl' sort of vibe. Incidently, my bottle isn't the 32 oz. monster shown above, but is the standard 12 oz.

Fuzzy amber that pales a bit when backlit with sunshine. The head on this beer is a fraction brighter white, lasts longer, looks better on the way down and leaves more lace. I prefer the color and the clarity of its competitor, however.

Regia's nose could use an overhaul. A mild perfume-like quality is overcome by a medicinal smell that reminds me of Bactine (the disinfectant). I guess it would come in handy if I ever cut myself in the El Salvadorian jungle, but it isn't something that I look forward to drinking.

The flavor profile isn't quite as medicinal. That's the good news. The only good news. Extra reminds me of dozens upon dozens of Eastern European lagers. It's neither sweet nor bitter and has a stale grain mixed with plastic flavor that might be due to excessive age. It doesn't taste oxidized, exactly, so it's hard to say. I think it's just lousy beer.

While I'm not impressed with the mouthfeel, it's better (in the grand scheme of things) than the aroma or the flavor. Specifically, it's light with less carbonation than is optimal. Since I didn't really expect much in this department...

It looks like Regia Extra got thumped by Belize's finest. I have a sneaking suspicion that age might have been a factor since my bottle of Belikin Beer was hand-carried back from Belize by a honeymooning friend. Sorry El Salvador. Better luck next time.

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle, all right, a big, full quart's worth (and 4.6% by the label) - super Stubbie!

This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves some fairly solid painted-on lace as it recedes There are some nice continuously-rising bubble streams as well. It smells of musty, dank sweet white grain, and some weedy hops. The taste mild sweet biscuit grain, corn, and some mild, earthy, dusty hops. The carbonation is average, the body moderately weighty, and it finishes a wee bit off-dry, sporting just a tiny bit of skunkiness, but with some crispness in there too.

A nicely even and balanced beer - quite easy to drink, especially when compared to its brethren.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Regia Extra pours a crystal-clear, light straw-gold body beneath a creamy head of bright white that holds surprisingly well and leaves some nice thin rings of lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose expresses lots of yeasty sulphur and some corn-like dimetyl sulphide but not much else. There's some mild adjunct-laden maltiness, and a waft of dull hops in the background, but that's it... quite generic.

The flavor is basic as well, delivering a thin, lightly sweet maltiness that's balanced by a solid bitterness. At least the DMS gives it some character, as there's no real graininess to it; and not unlike the aroma, the spicy and herbal hops are relegated to a background role.

The body is medium-light, and it's fizzy in the mouth.

An average beer at best, I think that Regia Extra's refreshing quality is its best aspect. And not unlike a light beer, you could drink a lot of it, but why would you want to? Add to that the excessive lagery sulphur and mild DMS, and you'll probably want to pass it by unless you're actually in El Salvador on a very hot day. Cheers!

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellow straw with a perfect clarity, the lace shows some retention and sticks well.

Smell: Very clean aroma with a faint corn and mild alcohol in the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Nice crispness with a light body, mild on the malt with a slight rounded husk flavor. Hops are mild to the point of merely balancing. Clean palate with a wet back ground.

Drinkability & Notes: This brew is not half bad, very fresh tasting with no off flavors or aromas.

Photo of mactrail
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Attractive fizzy yellow in the tall Pilsner glass with a decent foamy cap. Long-lasting lacing and plenty of spritz in the mouthfeel, which is what you came here for. Not much aroma, but a cheery beery smell.

Flavor is corn and grain. A little sweet, but not enough to throw off the delicate balance. Not a trace of hop flavor, though a slight bitterness is welcome at the end. Better than average crap lagers.

This beer was meant for gulping and that's just what I'll do. From a good old brown glass quart jug bought at a Palm Springs liquor store that also has a fine selection of Clamato-infused beers.

Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Oh no you didn't. Uh yeah sure why not. This is one giant ass bottle here at 32 fl. ounces. Looks like a grenade. Hey call it an intro to the temporary neighborhood and a hello to El Salvador! Onward and poured into a shaker pint glass. Hey it's either this or Bud Chelada...

A very shocking white, I mean just big bright white head is produced with some clumpyness but it dissolves in clumps pretty quickly. Body is a pale straw color looking like a simple beer. Very tiny spotted lacing. Part of the edges look like green hues also. THe drink though manages to keep a good solid white puck throughout. Ok not bad here...

Smell. A very small grain, but not much going on. It was stronger off the pour, but really seems to have disappeared. Clean wet, kind of boring, but nothing offensive.

First taste is at first not much of anything, then it becomes slightly sweet. Sweet grainy (corn?) tasting, almost syrupy. The brew does have some body to it I must admit which kind of shocked me. This isn't a weak wet mess. However, there isn't really much going on here besides it.

Overall this isn't much to write home about, or even much to say. So I'll just stop writing and leave it at that.

Photo of ShanePB
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 Oz bottle I found at M & R Liquors in Carpintera CA.

Pours a very clear pale yellow that is expected for the style.

Smell is very clean and grainy with fairly good malt scent. Crackers and grass are in here too; the hops appear as a herbal scent. There is a detectable amount of corn in the scent.

Taste is more dry than sweet. Nice flavorful hops of the noble type give this a very pleasant herbal taste. The hopping never becomes bitter this is actually like a European Macro Lager, except this one is good! Light malt flavor balances well with the restrained bitterness level. Malt to the taste appears to be mostly crystal but I know there has to be some corn in a beer from Central America. There is a flavor here of caramel and something else possibly toasted wheat.

Mouthfeel is light, this is a Macro Lager after all it is really supposed to be like that.

Drinkability is super! I have drunk a lot of the Budweiser equivalents from other countries and mostly they are disappointing, this one is not. I can't STOP drinking this stuff! I expected another mediocre beer but this stuff is good! I paid $3 for the bottle and it was damned well worth it! I fully recommend everyone try this brew!

Photo of plaid75
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw hue with a one finger foamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was a bit metallic with hints of corn.

The taste was a bit metallic as well but good overall. The grain overtones were evident, but the beer was decently balanced.

The mouthfeel was thin and carbonated.

The drinkability was average. Nothing more in this department than your average macro.

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another giant 32oz bottle in a unique shape, dark, great for homebrews. Foams up nice, light yellow to straw. Corn syrup aroma.

A decent profile of more heft than expected, but still tastes like a light adjunct beer. No hops. Another hot weather beer. This is a palate cleanser between ipas for me. Just that clean and smooth feel of a corn or rice beer. Added salt/lime halfway down, got better. Not for drinking outside of July or August.

Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

946ml giant stubby poured into pint glass feb28 2010

A the lightest pale straw yellow ever, I'm willing to bet tap water from some places in El Salvador has more color then this. that being said it dose have a big bone white head that has decent retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S corny/grassy hops with some sweet malt on par for the style

T pretty close to the smell but maybe a little sweeter and with just a hint of lemon

M quite thin but with good carbonation

D I'd drink this again, its not great but the price is right and it would make a decent summer slammer

I expected very little from this beer and as it turned out I didn't mind it. I liked the bottle it came in too, you don't see lots of giant stubby bottles in these parts

Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 32 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head, highly carbonated. Smell is of corn, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, light, some corn and grain. Feels light in the mouth and overall would probably be a refreshing beer to drink in the tropics.

Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a crystalline gold with a magnificent white creamy crown, the residual lace forms a tight seal upon the glass. Nose is the standard fresh and crisp sweet malt, with the start being a bit sweet and the grain profile adequate, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic and the hops delectable in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%

32 oz bottle pours a clear yellow with a small cap of white head. Moderate retention.

Nose is grainy malt and a faint whiff of grassy hops. Pretty decent for an AAL, and the malt has a nice fresh crush smell to it.

Taste definitely has some corn-esque flavors along with the mild grain notes and the hops make only a mild impression on the finish, but this is a pretty decent little adjunct lager. Easy to drink and goes down clean. I like it.

Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a world common lager. The brewery rep on the La Constancia tour told us the other night that while this is their budget beer, it is also the product with the largest percentage of malt and hops in it. She also said the brewery uses cane sugar as an adjunct as it's a local product.

This poured with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, white head that lasts a while, good lace, and lots of small bubble trails. Color is a clear pale yellow with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer, some malt and hop. Flavor is like aroma but sweetness comes out more, but is thankfully tempered by some hop. Had this can after it warmed a tad and the body got watery; carbonation is ok. Finish is like flavor with a slight metalic sweetness standing out. Nonetheless, it's one of the better beers of its class. I'll have more, as long as they're cold.

Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ncstateplaya
2.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa (Joey Lawrence-esque) Definitely not what I was expecting. This beer is extremely light, almost waterish clear. I have never seen a beer this light in color...or lacking color. Extremely clear that readily forms a white head when poured. The head dissipates to a clean 1/8" sudsy head. There is a pretty substantial amount of carbonation rising to the surface.

This beer smells musty with very little to offer. I do get a slight hint of some pale malts in the nose, but little else. I will say that it smells "clean".

An off flavor, or should I say an unexpected flavor...almost tropical and citrusy. No I didn't have a slice of lime on the glass. Watery -> not very malty or hoppy for that matter. What am I missing? This beer is very simple and straight forward.

Light bodied and crisp. I thought it was pretty smooth with a noticeable amount of carbonation. I could see where this beer would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Seems almost BMC, there is no complexity to the beer at all. Very boring but could serve as a great summer sessional as opposed to Corona.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regia Extra has a medium, white head, a decent amount of lacing, a clear, yellow appearance, and some tiny particles floating about. The aroma is of sweet bread and a hop zing. Taste is of lightly-toasted barley malt, sweetness, cracker, grass, and it is balanced with a nice hop bite. Moutfeel is light to medium, and Regia Extra finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This is a delicious beer.

RJT

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Regia Extra from Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.