1906 Reserva Especial | Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Brewed by:
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Spain | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tesguino on 10-12-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
120
Avg:
3.08
pDev:
34.42%
 
 
Wants:
5
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Photo of mulder1010
1.9/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

330 ML poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A-- Poured a dark golden straw yellow. Medium to high carbonation by appearance, lots of bubbles. Bright cloud white head that was one finger. Decent head retention and some soapy like lacing on the sides of the glass. Do not think this is a bock at all.

S-- Heavy corn presence right off the bat. Very big chemical smell. A little bit floral and sweet as well. Very much not a bock.

T-- Sweet and almost syrupy. A little bit of a floral taste but otherwise it tastes like a run of the mill offering that is a bit more pimped out.

M-- Very little bitterness and ABV is noticeable in the mouth. A little bit creamy and more on the medium side of carbonation. Very sweet and perfume like. Does have a bit of a heavy finish. Sounds like a lager to me

D-- Basically a suped up lager that is not that great or worthy of having with good tapas. Skip and find something more interesting to have than this.

Not going to fail it even though as a bock it would get an F. As a lager or a pilsner it is barely passable

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Photo of JEdmund
1.94/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up at a Spanish import shop in Guatemala City.

Appearance
Light orange, though a bit more color than most macro lagers; clear; nice, frothy white head; minimal carbonation; head dissipates quickly

Aroma
Faint yeast and malt, a hint of hops; mostly sulphury and uninviting (possible oxidation?)

Taste & Mouth Feel
Skunky and sour malt bitterness; immediately reminds me of malt liquor; leaves a metallic and salty aftertaste that hangs around too long; creamy texture and more substantial than your typical macro—light-to-medium body; fine level of carbonation

Overall
This is not enjoyable to me; in fact, I don't even want to finish it. It has more flavor than most macros, but unfortunately that flavor is not good. It falls short of the pilsener style in every way except its color. Its texture is probably its best attribute, but overall it's not good. I wouldn't drink this again nor would I recommend it.

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Photo of hopsolutely
1.96/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Definitely not an impressive lager, and I can't fathom what might qualify it to be classified as a bock?!

Colour is a pleasant amber and carbonation is decent. However the smell is unpleasant "canned Euro lager" and the taste is downright acerbic, with a sweet finish that doesn't balance well at all with the harsh flavour.

I was drawn to the can by its honesty on the label ingredients, actually listing corn. They also make reference to hops and I think that's pretty misleading. Definitely not a beer I'd recommend or purchase again.

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Photo of gerardoluna
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Eyes] Clear orange color; clean and transparent... minimal carbonation, head is poor and dissipates quickly.

[Aroma] yeast and malt, a little touch of hops in deep

[Mouth] Freshhhh Malt bitterness, leaves a metallic aftertaste, creamy, light body gentle carbonation.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.37/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served into an Estrella Levante stemgoblet in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent thickness, no cream, and poor retention. Colour is a nontransparent gold.

Sm: Light malt. That's it.

T: Malt-ridden body. Some subtle hops, but poorly built overall. Not complex nor bold.

Mf: Light and smooth. Doesn't fully complement the flavour.

Dr: Hides its ABV very well. Far too malty - classic Spanish beer fallacy. Decently priced.

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Photo of FLima
2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Malty beer with some caramel notes. Copper appereance with persistence foam (three fingers initially then keeps a denoted ring). Hops are timid, loosing ground for the alcohol. Aftertaste a little bitter with some sweetness.
Nothing especial, not worth it a second shot.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.41/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sad to say this is my first review since moving to Mexico. I clearly would not have bothered if I'd read reviews first, but I was at the supermarket and I saw something I'd never seen.

Color is just fine, a little translucent for a bock but I'm throwing that style out the window right now. Orange with a brownish tint. Head is pretty massive at first, tons of big bubbles, but it settles down into a craggy, creamy delight.

Way downhill from there. Nose is thin and skunky. If a good lager nose is clean, this is dirty. Sharp metallic note. Flavor follow suit, skunky with a tainted medicinal quality. Like bad aspirin. Malt is toasted but comes off strangely with the herbal stink lingering to it.

Body is thin but passable for many lager styles, carbonation is way up fortunately, producing that nice head and a little relief on the palate from the otherwise very bad flavor. Trust the other reviews and avoid if possible. I'm sad that I bought a sixer, although it was mercifully cheap.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows caramel, grapes, sweet port notes. Pretty faint though.
Flavours initially include sweet caramel and bready malt but then industrial notes show through which ruin it.
Carbonation could be higher.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not a German Pilsener as the corn presence is clearly stated in the label.

1906 is a very clear beer with a deep golden color, large and slightly off-white creamy head that can be persistent. When it fades it leaves a very nice lacing.
The nose is quite agreeable with sweet malt notes. Its tastes confirm the aroma with sweet malts and some fruits.
Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, a light body and a deceptive medium alcoholic strength. The finish is sweet and reasonably long.

Overall: a nice and interesting adjunct lager. The negative part was the lack of a little more bitterness to balance the sweet malts.

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Photo of LeonSammartino
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had it from a bottle into a glass. Not a bad beer, poured darker than I would have thought, but style felt that I tastes fruity overtone, amongst all the except toasted malts.

Only very slight bitter aftertaste than ran away quickly.

Probably wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again, but if someone served it up, I wouldn't refuse it either.

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Photo of chinchill
2.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle dated BB March 2012, so a bit past recommended date. Served in a lager glass.

A: Pours a dark golden amber. Very clear with rising carbonation bubbles varying in size. Eggshell head has decent retention and leaves soapy looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Mainly smells like corn/adjunct lager, but with a more pronounced aroma. A little bit floral as well, with hints of white bread and bread dough.
T: Sweet up front; mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. Only a hint of darker malt in here, and not too much flavor from the lighter malts either. Higher ABV evident after a little warming. A little bit of a floral and herbal taste.
M: medium carbonation and near medium body.
O: tastes and feels more like a slightly strong lager. Drinkable and modestly refreshing.

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Photo of smcolw
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.84/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear dark golden color with a cloud of activity. Slightly creamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of corn, sweet grains, caramel, lemon, floral spices. Thick sugary grainy feel and faint sharpness. Slick and oily full body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, with a lingering touch of caramel and skunky hops. Feels a little adjunct and too syrupy, although it's better than most commercial brands. Still the flavors are mediocre, but with decent freshness. Overall below average quality craft.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: light orange color, medium head that settles to a thin veil, good carbonated streams, decent lacing
s: malty with some mildly sweet funk
t: malts are there along with a funky sweet lager taste reminding me of a strong polish ale, hoppy bitterness to finish
m: flat feel until the quick carbonation hit at the end
d: this beer just didn't do enough for me to try again & didn't remind me of a pilsner

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A fairly avoidable, if slightly improved, offering from Hijos de Rivera-Estrella de Galicia.

Presentation: 25 cl brown bottle. Design of an overlap of text, imitating a limited edition label, over a black star tag. Front side note brags about a culmination of work started in 1906 with a brew for more demanding palates, with a generic narrative of ingredients and brewing. Shows best by date (AGO 10), and Alc. by Vol. (6.5%). Served in a 1906 conic glass.

A - Medium to deep amber pour with a medium to large head, short retention and some lacing.

S - Skunky eurolager nose that fades a bit and leaves room to some malty range.

T - Funky eurolager bitter sense with a malty sense above the average offering from this brewery.

M - Light body with generous carbonation. Slightly funky and metallic feel with a creamy touch.

D - A touch above the average macro eurolarger offering, but very short of anything to make this a "Reserva Especial".

Notes: Pity that this tries to go as a quality notch up in the Spanish macro market. Surely better than their most common offering but the gap is not that significant.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with no BB date (missing label). Acquired recently from a friend's party, so hopefully it's still in good shape.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear honey-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with mild hints of toasted grain, corn, stewed leaves and faint solvent in the background. Uninspired.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild caramel, hints of toasted grain, faint corn/DMS, stewed leaves and cardboard. A touch of harsh solvent in the background, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation but a rather insubstantial body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves/corn and cardboard.

Meh - no great shakes. Looks pretty good, but the aroma/flavour are dull and characterless. Body is OK but not amazing. Drinkable enough but too many off-notes spoil it. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear dark golden-copper hue with a thick, 4-finger, white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace that leaves a great trail down the glass.

S: Malty aroma with some caramel notes.

T: Smooth and malty flavor and similar to the smell there is a caramel presence.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. Decent flavor and aroma but nothing really special or anything I would grab again.

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Photo of yael6666
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Amber color, with a great white head similar to belgian strong beers head

S:Alcohol and some fruit and hops

T:Alcohol all the way with some hops and fruitiness

M:good carbonation with an average dry aftertaste

D:As its alcoholic average is a little high for a lager, ill say you cant drink it like a regular lager, i cant drink more than two but still you stay with a good sensation of this beer

great surprise for an spanish lager because the others that ive tasted (ambar and mahou) are just horrible

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale malts and spicy hops are present in the nose along with hints of fruity esters.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste is a little more pronounced with flavors of caramel, pale and toasted malts as well as hints of adjuncts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and is clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Depending upon how you perceive the beer, it seems to taste either like a watered down version of an Oktoberfest or a maltier version of an American Adjunct Lager. The beer is rather easy to drink and does not have any "off" flavors.

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Photo of Valmor88
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Distributor brought samples of this to my workplace, so I got to try one.

A: Pours an orange/amber color. Less than 1 finger white head. Doesn't look much like a bock, but we'll see.

S: Malty sweetness is quite strong, with some citrusy hop aromas in there too. Definitely corn odors, too. At this point I double-checked the bottle to make sure this is supposed to be a bock.

T: Malty up front. Tangy hop finish. Just a hint of the bitterness there.

M: Medium both in body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy, although that's not the right word for it.

O: While not a bock (tastes like a lager to me), I still enjoyed this beer. It's not the best out there, though, so skip in favor or something better.

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1906 Reserva Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
74 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.
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