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Cinco Estrellas - Mahou S.A.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 125
Avg: 2.86
pDev: 36.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Mahou S.A.

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: donnebaby on 05-17-2004

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Photo of metter98
2.63/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -28%
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.


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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden pour with a pretty large white head that leaves some lace after it dissipates after a little while.

S: Some sweet malt with citric notes. Could pass for an euro pale lager.

T: Malt (at least some of it is caramell) with some sweetness, but surprisingly there is also some bitter hops as well as floral hops. Citric notes.

M: Short aftertaste, with sweetness and bitterness. The body is light to medium and there is rich carbonation.

D: By far the best and most complex American Adjunct Lager I ever had.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly pale gold. White creamy head that dissipated quickly leaving a light lacing throughout

S: Bread and light malts (maybe corn too).

T: Same as smell; I got this wet cracker sort of flavor. Pleasant hop finish.

M: Surprisingly medium in body. Nicely carbonated. Probably its best attribute.

D: Drinkable all right, just nothing special.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.9/5  rDev -33.6%
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..

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Photo of stcules
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full yellow color, not a lot of foam, not too compact.
Lager smell, normal, no point. Light, some malt, no hop. Some grain.
In the mouth the grain effect is stronger, with a maltiness that give it a decent body.
Quite scarce aftertaste, not long, some malt and no more.
Served very cold, under the hot Alicante summer, it is drinkable.

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Photo of FLima
2.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No foam, just a very thin ring. Low-medium carbonation with tiny bubbles. It tates sweet grains with a rather dry feel. Light body.
Though it carries just 5,5% of alcohol content, It shows up entirely in its aroma and taste. At least I did not feel any non-desired metalic taste.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Run of the mill Spanish macro beer. Initially (and still in many circles) the iconic social larger. It´s not as bad as some of its light counterparts elsewhere but pretty forgettable nevertheless.

Presentation: 33 cl aluminum bottle. Promotional design of a Atletico de Madrid soccer team, as part of one their special release series. Perfunctory legal notes including a "contains malted barley" line. Displays best by date (02/04/10) Shows Alc. by Vol. (5,5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep yellow/golden pour. Good head with fine retention and fair lacing.

S - Faint hoppy notes and a bit of a grainy malt scent.

T - Low key character of malt with light hops. Faint grainy sense, and a tiny bitter range towards its end.

M - Light body with high carbonation holding the brew. Slightly skunky and bitter finish.

D - Not as bad as other light beers or mainstream lagers, rather boring in any case.

Notes: Death by abundance. In any of its many packaging versions it is almost unavoidable in Spain, in Madrid in particular, unless one happens to be in a region where another regional macro wannabe is taking over and offers something of a similar quality, notch up or down. Avoid and drink wine (or water) instead unless there is no other alternative. Again, not dreadful but rather forgettable...

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
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...

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : very light but well hopped with a dry finish.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style Adjunct lager.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahou pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown eleven point two ounce bottle. The aroma is maltier than I expected, definitely on the sweet side. Taste is pretty good for the style, much better than I would have anticipated. Grainy, sweet malts are noticeable, maybe even a bit of hops can be tasted. Worth a try, definitely a decent substitute for BMC.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250ml served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a medium aired white head. Medium to low retention and practically no lacings left

S: Sweet in the nose. Sweet grains. Reminds an adjunct lager. Some flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet grains, lager yeasts. A bit metallic. Bitter citrus hops in the end. Good bitterness. In overall, a dry taste

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Sweet upfront and quite pleasant hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Mild but good hoppy bitterness. Not bad

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Photo of Sigmund
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of therica
3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.42/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Andreji
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
3.09/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Cinco Estrellas from Mahou S.A.
71 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.