1906 Reserva Especial
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #205
Ranked #48,963
3.29 | pDev: 18.84%
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
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Notes: Elegant, bright, amber beer. Aromas of roasted malt with soft notes of caramel and coffee. Water from the city of A Coruña, two-stroke malts (Pilsen and toast), corn, and hops Perle Hallertau. Selected yeast from Hijos of Rivera. Hops with slight floral and herbal nuances on the nose. Roasted taste predominates on the palate, with the hint of a pleasant, well-integrated warmth with each drink. Made from a specific wort in the exclusive production centre, Hijos de Rivera in A Coruña. It has one of the longest ageing periods among national lagers.
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joeagain from New Jersey

1.53/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Label announces this beer as a Helles Bock. Some reviews on here call it Viena style. I think it falls somewhere in between the two, but clumsily so.

Pours a reddish, coppery color, almost like a Rose wine in appearence. Nose is slightly coffee and brown sugar like, no hops noticable.
Head dissapates quickly, resulting in a carbonated beverage that strikes notes of a vanilla (cream) soda. Hops are very faint, more hop bitterness than aroma or flavor. Nothing much, really.

The 6.5 alcohol content shows up as the beer warms, this doesn't pair well with the other characteristics of the brew.

With this beer coming from a family owned independant in Spain, I was hoping it'd be worthy of a decent review. But the overall product, and the fact that it goes for about 10 bucks in the tri-state area, made it difficult to find anything redeeming about the beer.

Mar 15, 2021
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy light amber. A thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Smell: Mild toasted malt. A little bubblegum and earthy hops. Slightly sweet.

Taste: Biscuity malt, slightly toasted, a little bitter but not much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average, with mild carbonation.

Overall: A fairly typical example of a cheap European amber.

Feb 21, 2021
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jonmikel from Spain

4.24/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33 cl can to a glass. Very dark orange color. Opaque. A lot of carbonation. Small head of 5 mm head. Grassy smell, not as hard as you would expect from a heavy lager. It is rather a "humid" smell. You can smell oak smell. It leaves a bitterness in the tongue after sipping it. I believe it is a very decent beer regarding the Lager scene of Spain.

May 09, 2020
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lmaduells from Spain

1/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm still looking for beer. The tin put it was a special beer. As if it were a special beer, well made and worked. Made for people who like good beer. I can not stand up, I prefer to tell me it's a normal beer. This beer is a crap

Oct 17, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear darkish amber, white head recedes to a nice looking film, some lacing; It has a nice mild beer small; Moderate carbonation; The flavor is very mild.

May 24, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% lager and generally mild. Had one from the bottle and another on tap. My review initially considered the bottle but now based on the version on tap. Medium amber color. Medium/luscious lacing (originally, I wrote it was thin from the bottle). Light carbonation, little bitterness, pleasant finish. Nice tasting but nothing stood out in particular. Sweet, caramel, malt overtones. Good balance. Enjoyable.

Mar 03, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 3/2019. Pours crystal clear medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of honey, nuttiness, caramel, pepper, wood, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big cracker, white bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of honey, nuttiness, caramel, pepper, wood, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, honey, nuttiness, caramel, pepper, wood, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a delicious Vienna Lager. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very clean and rich Vienna/Munich malt showcase, with nice earthy noble hop presence/balance. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

Feb 07, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero y baja carbonatación. Aroma a malta y caramelo. En boca es dulce, con un leve sabor a caramelo. A mí gusta le falta un poco de cuerpo.

Dec 17, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is quite an okay red lager with slightly higher ABV than your average lagers. There is nothing wrong with its taste, quite well made imho (as a lager should be), with a bit hoppy tone, crisp carbonation and here, as a red lager, a bit maltier body - but not too sweet at all! and therefore it's right there at that sweet spot where you can still enjoy amalt-heavy beer without it being overwhelming, or too sweet or too boozy. This is like the lager counterpart of an Amber Ale, I think, and it is good. And this one is still being brewed, try it (also try the original Estrella Galicia) when in Barcelona, it is maybe one of the best in Spain!

Sep 20, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best if consumed by 11/2018.
A: Pours a crystal clear copper color with a three quarter inch, egg shell white head initially, good retention to more than a rim, a solid rings of lacing. Champagne bubbles.
S: Aroma of caramel and dry grasses with cherry and chardonnay notes. Nutty aroma.
T: Caramel and bread rind flavors predominate with light but solid bitterness leaving a clean, crisp finish.
M: Light bodied with excellent persistence of carbonation.
O: This is a well designed and well made Vienna Lager. Certainly on a par with any I have had in the past, Import or Craft.

Apr 16, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

only a decent vienna lager objectively speaking, but its an outstanding food beer for a number of reasons, and in that context, especially with quality spanish food, its tough to argue with. lightly copper colored and impossibly effervescent from the bottle, soda-like fizzy white head on top of the clear beer. aroma here is mildly malty, a little sweet and a little nutty, but thin, dumbed down to me, which would bother me if it wasnt about to be consumed with an enormous meal. its earthy and grounded, and the lager yeast is just flavorful enough. its a relatively neutral palate, which really works with food. everything from spicy shrimp to grilled beef, this beer refreshed the palate after every bite whether it was oily, fatty, spicy, or whatever, and allowed me to appreciate each bite anew. the high carbonation works not only to get this down quickly, but also to cleanse the palate of food residuals, i liked it a lot in the context of our meal. the beer is dry for a vienna type, and its less filling than many. im not sure i would call something this basic a special reserve if i was a brewer, but as a food beer, i really dug its role on the table...

Nov 10, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm not sure how many times I can do anything to get my phone to the point of the day when it stops being on my iPhone

pours a bronzed body with splattered white head
Corn syrup aroma
Slight aesthete flavour

Aug 02, 2017
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GentleKnight1 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on a visit to Spain. Very nice every day brew with nice malt, good carbonation and is widely available. Would most certainly buy again. (and did before I left Spain).

Jun 03, 2017
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mncoinman from Florida

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium translucent brown. Reasonable head, nice effervecsence. Aroma indicates good malty presence. Good carbonation at start of taste that just goes flat. No afterbite or follow through on the malt. Low hops presence (yahooo!!!!). This is an OK beer for the second or third one of the night...but I wouldn't make it my first.

May 15, 2017
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Clear dark Amber color with medium bubbles to the body.

Smell: Lemon and hops,

Taste: Bitter citrus feel, malts are pretty smooth.

Mouth: Medium stickiness.

Overall: Nice free one, reminds me a bit of Bavarian not sure of they are one in the same but similar characteristics.

May 07, 2017
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matuto from Brazil

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

It's definitively worth the price. Nice balance between bitterness and a sweet upfront. High drinkability. One can notice foam is reasonably dense and even produces some scattered lacing.

Nov 10, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

23 Oct 2016. From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 4x11. Herbal in aroma and bittrrness, with a bit of alcoholic sweetness (yet not bothering) and a good body. Avg 3.43

6 Dic 2020. En copa aflautada de Hirsch. Jugando a Darksiders 2. Dulzor y calor alcohólico que no llegan a resultar excesivo pero que tampoco le dan un especial interes. Se bebe sin problemas pero pasa sin pena ni gloria. Avg 3.25

Oct 22, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a clear Amber colour with a good creamy white head with good retention.
Aroma floral, grainey, sweet.
Taste corn, grains, lemon, caramel, bready.

Jul 31, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a bright amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of light grainy notes with light diacetyl notes is more or less pleasant. Taste is also grainy with some diacetyl notes and a thin finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. I was not a big fan of the malt bill used in this beer.

May 25, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel and toffee malt flavor dominate. Very modest light coffee roast taste. Slightly corny, and relatively sweet. Decent flavor, but still tastes cheap - I'd say it's a slight step up from many imported adjuncty brews. Forgettable, but not horrendous at all.

Sep 06, 2015
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up one of these at the local Carulla pricey for what it looks like, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a grape and earthy hop smell. Pours to a light bronze with a one finger head that recedes to a 1/4 inch. On the taste this brew is malty up front then transitions to a metallic middle then finishes slightly bitter and dry. A good drinker but not something I would seek out.

Aug 25, 2015
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CLEISON from Brazil

3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good sample of a German Märzenbier style from Spain. A amber lager whit a good orange-gold collor. A light aroma of malt like a crust of bread in foreground with a little of floral hops in background. The malt aroma could be more pronounced, but is ok. In mouth the malt is again in foreground but balaced by the hop bitterness. The aftertaste is dry whit a persistent bitter end.

Jul 01, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before end: 4/2015.

Pours a clear dark golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar cane, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast, earth, and sugar cane flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is super sweet and a bit hard to drink much of because of it.

Serving type: bottle.

Jun 05, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This brew pours a bright honey amber with a moderate white head. Nose of caramel malts and some light grains. Flavors are lightly sweet with a light mild grain aftertaste. Smooth easy drinking mouth feel finishes slightly dry and crisp. Decent session brew, nothing overwhelming.

Mar 12, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served with no head, only rim bubbles. But there's decent spotty lace on the glass. Dark gold color, reasonably clear.

A bit sweet to the nose. Lots of caramel.

Highly carbonated with a touch of "macro" brewery flavors. Rather sweet but not rich. Short, cloy aftertaste. Overall, disappointing.

Nov 08, 2014
1906 Reserva Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 169 ratings