Cinco Estrellas - Mahou S.A.

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 19.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Mahou S.A.
Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: donnebaby on 05-17-2004

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of adjunct malts in the nose along with notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of grainy malts. A light amount of bitterness is present and this lingers through the finish, helping to make the taste less offensive. Flavors of cooked corn seem to stand out among the adjuncts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It neither feels thin nor watery.
O: This beer goes down easily but isn't very impressive in the smell or taste categories.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JupiterJesus
2.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I ordered cerveza for one euro with my room service in madrid and this is what came. Poured slightly cold from a can into a 4oz glass.

Overall impression is that it was not terrible but it was pretty forgettable. More hop bitterness than most beers i've had in this style but no hop aroma or flavor to speak of. Slightly skunky flavor, slightly above average body and below average drinkability. I'll probably have wine instead if given the option.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired as part of a 4-pack from a B&M store.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A clear golden colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Some lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard. Faintly harsh.

Tastes of weak malt with a dry finish. Notes of ultra-light malt, stewed leaves, harsh cardboard and a twinge of solvent. Unpleasant background flavour. Well-attenuated, followed by a crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation and a thin, watery body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves and woodchips.

Meh - another subpar macrolager. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are dull and plagued by subtle off-notes that linger on the palate. Watery body. There's hardly anything to it; faint stewed leaves but that's it. Might be refreshing on a very hot day, though even then I would suspect that you could find something better. Give it a miss.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahou pours a clear, deep golden body beneath an average-sized head of creamy white. The head retention is good, and it leaves rings and patches of tiny spotted lace at the outset of the glass. Streams of tiny bubbles can be seen rising steadily. The nose combines grassy hops, gently sweet and grainy malts, a bit of corn, and yeasty fruitiness; and is simply an extension of the flavor held within. It's very lightly bitter, and leans towards maltiness with a cereal-like character to it. The grassy and subtly spicy hops help to balance it, but it still finishes a touch sweet. The malt lingers, but eventually gives way to some spicy hops as it fades. It's more interesting and satisfying than a standard American macro or Euro lager, but it's not particularly well done.

Photo of kenito799
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into an icy mug at a small "Mexican-Spanish" restaurant in Bayside, NY.

Pale golden witha creamy white head, actually leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is nothing special, dry malt, no skunk which is a plus.

Taste is fairly clean and crisp, nothing much to distinguish this macrolager from many others, but it doesn't suck. Drinkable, refreshing.

Photo of Ant777uk
3.97/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

During around a week in Madrid, this was probably the best beer I discovered. I am not really a fan of lager in general, though this has a unique taste that really complements Madrid. It is quite bitter and hoppy, with covert lemon and floral undertones, and all of its elements combine to form an overall flavour that is really different to the lagers of Holland, Germany, Czech and England.

The colour has a depth to it that is inviting in the glass. In the mouth, it's froth really gives you an experience. And the smell is as good as any lager I have had.

Beers always taste better when they are brewed locally, though I also had a Mahou in England, and the flavour was still there.

Photo of bwood06
3.09/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear golden in color with foamy white head that disappear quickly. highly carbonated. 3.5/5

S - cereal, white bread, and yeasty. herbal hops. 3.25/5

T - yeasty and herbal hops. not much else. somewhat metallic. 3/5

M - simple and refreshing. very light. scrubbing bubbles sensation. 3/5

O - best enjoyed on a hot day or with food. okay beer but probably will not revisit. 3/5

Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Boring. Will not try again

Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a extremely clear, sunset orange with a flat, fizzy, off white head that was filled with macro-bubbles. Visible carbonation was light.

S: very light in strength with a light showing of fresh grains and a touch of dried honey toast.

T: light honey-oranges with a light flowery hopping. There was a light acidic nature to the drink with oranges and sour caramel malting that was found on the finish along with some dried lemon peels.

M: fizzy despite its calm visibility, slick, with a light sour finish off the tongue.

D: Drinkability was slightly less then average, a tad boring and would be hard pressed to drink more then 2 of these at any given time.

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.9/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours amber with a small, white, fading head and lacing.
Nose shows hay, faint, plain cereal malt and very soft, spicy hops.
Similar flavours; hay and light sweet vegetal notes. Very little else.
Carbonation is much too high, body is very watery..

Photo of dbaker61
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Full yellow color. Poured with about one finger of slightly soapy-looking foam which had decent retention. Left just a little lacing.

Smell: First whiff from just-opened can was slightly sweet, but couldn't characterize it any more than that. In the glass, slight metallic odor.

Taste: A light hoppy bitterness. Very little sweetness. Not much other hops flavors either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Metallic and hops bitter tastes in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

Overall: Not hideous, but not noteworthy. A fairly typical mass market adjuct lager. The soapiness of the foam after pouring looks strange, but the smell and taste are just unremarkable. On the other hand, quite drinkable. This would be refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in a supermarket in southern Spain, this 33cl can was red and gold, featuring two lions holding a shield above the name and five stars on a banner below. Only ingredient info claimed a type of malt as an ingredient. Best before 9/20/06, I opened it on 10/27/05, still in Spain.

Pours a clear, slightly dark gold under a 1/2 finger white head that is thin and short-lived. No traces of lace. The nose is classic adjunct malt, heavy on corn but with a hint of metal. The mouth is light and very prickly. The opening reminds of sweet cornbread, followed by a fairly harsh metallic finish. The bitterness lasts a while in the aftertaste, with no malt to smooth the edges. Very standard macro swill.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a twelver at the local Sedano's where I can find various beers from all different Latin American countries. Not called "cinco estrellas" on the bottle but it does have 5 stars. Maybe this is the import bottling of "cinco estrellas" but they didn't worry about carrying the name except for Mahou. Really corny smelling. Nice head when poured into glass. Taste is mostly bitter with a steady bitter after taste. Right off the bat reminded me of San Miguel from 20 years back. Definitly a macro but the flavor is not too bad. Drinkable cold. I wouldn't want to have to drink it "clima" (room temp.) on a hot day in Spain or Florida.

Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in River Edge...
Pours a dark-gold hue with an impressive foamy head that exibited adequate staying power before slowly receding and leaving behind a thin film of lacing...
Corny, grainy aroma with mild hints of caramel detectable in the nose...
Crisp, clean, flavorful taste, surprisingly good for a Macro...
Average mouthfeel along with an equally average level of drinkability... A step-above the normal Macro, but still nothing above and beyond...

Photo of Sigmund
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. Crystal clear pale yellow colour, fizzy, moderate head. Moderate grainy aroma, hints of fruit and honey. Fairly clean grainy and fruity flavour, moderate hops. Alcohol is noticeable, but not unpleasant. A drinkable beer, but not remarkable.

Photo of mikeg67
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with short lived, white, thin head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of hay and sweet malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of some grassy hops and malt. Some bitter aftertaste. I have a feeling I just drank a pale lager.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Randomly came upon this on my local's mix-a-six rack and felt I had to try it. I mean, it's a new Spanish brew, why not? It pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild sweet biscuit, light sweet flowers, a touch of minerals, and a bit of corn for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, basically a corn bread manifested as a beer. Surprisingly, though, it works well here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice Euro lager, one I found to be surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable despite its plain-ness and seeming lack of ambition. I'd have it again were I in the mood for something in this style.

Photo of Andreji
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Talk about mediocrity. this was the only drink served on the "Estrella" night train between Barcelona and Madrid. My mate and I, open to tasting something new, started off with one of these in a fairly elaborate tasting.

Fact: this is rubbish. I don't mean just like macro rubbish, this just tastes bad. 5 stars my arse. granted, we pounded down a dozen each, but it was an effort to fall asleep on a smelly night train. even so, this is rubbish beer. next.

Photo of djura
2.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got it from Spain,bottle 0,33l

A-Not bad,white head lasts for about minute,pale color with medium carbonation.
S-Sweet. Adjuncts. Not much else going on here. Certainly not anything in the way of hops.
T/M-Cheap taste,high bitterness and medium carbonation.
O-Low quality lager,nothing special.

Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can acquired in Ibiza, Spain and served into a Guinness pint glass. 5.50% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes taken April 2011.

A: Surprising cream in the head for the low price. Decent thickness in the four finger head. Good retention. Body colour is a textbook yellow. Looks like a typical pedestrian macrolager barley shite beer.

Sm: Very light scene of generic clean barley. Very one note.

T: One note: clean barley. No watery quality, thankfully. Simple crap. Built poorly and imbalanced.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Doesn't suit the style. Unrefreshing.

Dr: Hides its ABV fairly well. A garbage beer for getting knackered. Take it for what it is. To its credit, it's priced right where it ought to be.

D

Photo of jonb5
3.09/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice. A: Golden colour, clear, small fast disappearing head, small amount of lacing. S: Faint molasses, corn syrup. T: Fairly basic, corn syrup, sugar, very slightly milky. M: Crisp body, well carbonated, went down well. O: Accompanied the salty peanuts well which is just about the best thing I can say, not terrible, could see myself throwing back a few of these on a hot Madrid day.

Photo of nekronos
3.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, not bad lager, but a little tiring, after all, Spanish like lager beers, and this is the beer for them, as in LAtin America. It is better to try it in Madrid and in tap, believe me. IN can is not the sme feeling of refreshness, and of cours,e in a hot day.

Photo of therica
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is the slightly more dry version of the Mahou line. I've had this both on-tap version and in can in Madrid. They're pretty similar but the on-tap version is more enjoyable.

A= golden, with a decent foamy white head, fair retention, then fading to lacing.

S= mild scent of malts and hints of hops florals. There's less sweetness apparent in the nose ie one senses that it's a slightly more dry beer.

T= slightly sweet barley malts, modest hops but far more than a typical US macro; slightly dry.

M= slightly dry but not astringent; hints of residual malt and slight hops bitters. An occasional metallic taste.

O= typical Euro style table lager or for casual occasions; this one is a good selection for those who aren't in the mood for a sweeter lager. Definitely much better than typical US macro lager.

Photo of donnebaby
3.42/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold-colored body with steady, creamy head, slow in dissipating and leaving sticky lacing behind. The smell is light fruity malts with a doughy texture.

In the mouth, this lager has a medium-bodied, creamy feel that I found enjoyable to drink. Bready malt flavor dominates, with notes of lemon-lime. Firm hop finish makes this beer a solid, drinkable lager in my book. Would go well with food or snacks.

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

Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. In Legado de Yuste cup. Typical commercial beer. A bit better than the average

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