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Cinco Estrellas - Mahou S.A.

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68
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 20.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mahou S.A.
Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: donnebaby on 05-17-2004)
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Photo of dbaker61
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

dbaker61, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Acho
3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A beer, that correctly poured, has a good head and some lacing. No proper smell, but the taste is OK, malty and hoppy. The mouthfeel is awesome if it is chilled down, exceptional if it is a warm day. Anyway I would not consider this an Adjunct, but more of a European Pale Lager.

Acho, May 15, 2011
Photo of JupiterJesus
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

JupiterJesus, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

Daniellobo, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of stcules
2.83/5  rDev -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.

stcules, Oct 07, 2009
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.

thierrynantes, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 25, 2008
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...

dsa7783, Aug 09, 2008
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.

Haybeerman, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of batty
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another shitty spanish beer for me to review. These days, it seems like there's all too many of 'em. Reviewed May 2008 in Cataluña, Spain.

Pours from the can a pale fizzy looking yellow, medium head with big bubbles and very little retention. no lace to speak of.

A clean pale malt smell, nothing messing around here, but nice, not skunky smelling, seems reasonable.

taste is far from amazing, just a touch of light malt before going into a watery taste which lasts just a moment before being overwhelmed with the bitter hop extract. Finish is a bit sticky and bitter. I'd say I was looking for some more balance here, but neither flavor is good in the first place. all said, there are no off flavors noticeable.

mouthfeel is fairly good, good carbonation, a little thin but not terribly, drinkability is pretty high, pretty refreshing, but pretty sticky and without anything really good going for it I'd switch to about anything else.

batty, May 15, 2008
Photo of kenito799
2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

kenito799, Mar 20, 2008
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.

Sigmund, Aug 07, 2007
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.

Drew966, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.78/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: gold yellow color. White head with acceptable size that may not last long (little lace). Very clear.
Aroma: slightly malty with corn notes.
Taste: sweet malt and adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: drying sensation. Moderate carbonation, low-strength and light body.
Finish: bitter (weak) and short aftertaste.

Overall: fresh adjunct lager. The flavor is not unpleasant for a hot day as it can be refreshing. On the other hand nothing special. Common and characterless macro lager. Not my kind of beer.

AlexLMS, Jun 25, 2007
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

mooseisloose, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Andreji
2.28/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Andreji, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Globetrotter, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of nekronos
3.78/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

nekronos, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

donnebaby, May 17, 2004
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Cinco Estrellas from Mahou S.A.
68 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.