Estrella Galicia Especial
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #348
Ranked #49,325
2.98 | pDev: 19.8%
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Estrella Galicia EspecialEstrella Galicia Especial
Notes: Nace en 1972 como la Especial Rivera. Pronto se convirtió en la cerveza más representativa de la Compañía.
Elaborada a partir de un mosto específico, en el único centro de producción de Hijos de Rivera, en A Coruña. Los Maestros Cerveceros emplean en su fabricación aproximadamente un mes de trabajo, el 50% del cual se dedica a su guarda en frío.
Cerveza dorada y brillante. Excelente balance aromático entre las maltas y lúpulos. En boca ligeramente floral y herbal, de calidez moderada y con una intensa y prolongada sensación lupulada.

Born in 1972 as “Especial Rivera”, it would soon become Company’s most representative beer.
Brewed by Hijos de Rivera’s Brewmasters in the only Company’s brewery placed in A Coruña. It takes a whole month to be brewed, half of it inside the maturing tanks.
Golden color. Clean and bright. Excellent aromatic balance between malts and hops. Lightly floral and herbal flavors, with a moderate warm mouthfeel, and an intense hoppy bitter taste that lingers in the mouth.
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jonmikel from Spain

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look is better than expected for such a beer. Doesn't smell. Taste is good but not very lasting. Feel is pretty normal. It is not bad for a rather cheap beer from the Supermarket in Spain.

Mar 28, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.56/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of lightly grainy, slightly sweet malt, lemon citrus, grassy hops; mild. Flavor follows with moderately husky, grainy malt with light corn sweetness, lemon with a light breadiness. Finishes with an almost honey like light sweetness and mild grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Has a profile somewhere between a Euro pale ale and a helles. The graininess of the malt resembles a classic helles and this looks like one too, but the there is a macro-like light sweetness (not sure if from corn adjuncts or not). A bit more robust than a macro lager, and with a more interesting graininess, but still slightly sweet and not assertive. A quite drinkable, but not memorable helles.

Jan 12, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's classified as an adjunct and performs as one I think. Not so sure it should be rated as poor as I enjoyed for what it is. Light tasting, golden color with decent lace. Not bitter. Corn, malt, and hint of fruity aroma/flavor. Not much more to say. It's okay.

Mar 03, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 6/2019. Pours crystal clear medium golden/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/corn, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity corn aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/corn, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/corn, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a delicious pale adjunct lager. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich pils malt/grain showcase; with great earthy noble hop presence for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example.

Feb 01, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Una de las cervezas mas comerciales y populares de España. Tiene un aroma débil y un sabor bastante dulce, casi sin amargor. Es de cuerpo ligero. Cumple.

Oct 15, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has grainy malt and some classic, leafy hop character. Taste is bitter and earthy with grainy malt in the background. Medium body and carbonation. Feels quite mineral, overall decent macro lager.

Oct 06, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.12/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Slightly hazy dark gold. Almost no head.

Smell: Corn, something fruity, yeast.

Taste: Extremely mild, to the point where it’s hard to identify any particular flavor beyond sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and carbonation.

Overall: So easy to drink it’s almost like water.

Sep 30, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

3.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When you're out testing/tasting mostly the typical lagers of a country (in this case, Barcelona, Spain), there isn't too much to remark about lagers. Still, tjis one has a slight Saaz smell (good), has a bit too much carbonation (not too good) and ends up a bit watery and dry bitter. However as I love Saaz, it really makes a good point and I quite enjoyed it, perhaps just because of the hops. It is an okay beer, better than some of the cheap Damms in Spain.

Sep 19, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My first from this brewer who, I presume, is a prominent brewer in a small, isolated region whose culture prides itself on a cuisine focused on fish and wine. So, crafted beers are slow to emerge (possibly explaining the low ratings here.)
Had at a Spanish tapas restaurant, I should have done me research first and selected Rivera's 1906 Vienna lager as the maltiness may have gone better with the food. But this Estrella adjunct lager also went fine with a paella with strongish herbs.

Estrella Looks darker and richer than the typical adjunct. It doesn't Smell wonderfully crafted, giving me a malt bill that has less barley than I prefer. In the Taste, its hops come out a bit stronger and balances nicely with the food. Even for a beer designed to be refreshing, it sits in the mouth slightly thin.

OA: A decent adjunct that I'm glad I Had... but not one I'd pursue.

May 19, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

2.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; best if consumed by 09/2018.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light copper color with a quarter inch, white head, retention down to little more than a rim, and no significant lacing.
S: An slight acetic acid aroma initially that gives way largely to bread rind and pepper.
T: Dry. Watery, but with a bread rind flavor giving way to more of a light caramel. Peppery bitterness is a little strong consistent with a European take on American Adjuncts. Rather a bitter aftertaste limiting the generally thirst-quenching quality of the style.
M: Very light bodied with rather low carbonation.
O: Overall, drinkable but just. Have had the 1906 Reserva Especial, which is more than a cut above this. Wouldn't decline one, if being social, wouldn't order or but another.

Apr 17, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017. ABV is stated as 4.7%. Acquired recently from Home Bargains. The ingredients include maize.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. A bright golden-amber colour with excellent clarity and good carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of light malt with hints of mild grain, husks, faint stewed hops, a touch of earthy yeast and a twinge of corn in the background. OK - par for the style.

T: Tastes of pale malt with notes of subtle grain, mild stewed hops, faint husks and vague earthy yeast. Very dry, followed by a crisp, understated bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the style. Light but lively. Aftertaste of pale malt, faint grain and subtle stewed hops.

O: No world-beater but decent enough for a macro lager. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a bland mix of light malt and faint hops. Body is OK. Goes down readily enough; would be fine on a hot day. That said, no need to hunt it down.

Nov 15, 2017
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

2.67/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Review: 33cl Bottle of Estrella Galicia : ABV: 5.5%

Came in a nicely looking brown bottle with the Estrella Galicia logo standing out.

On pour I got a big fluffy white head and a golden coloured beer. Head does maintain well, but there is a lot of carbonation and feck me there isn’t much left to come out of the bottles, a lot of it evaporated!!!

Get a faint lagery, yeasty and malty smell, very malty smell in fact but it is ok.

Not a bad first impression, a nice light bodied taste on mouthful, easy to chug, not bad. Light, no bitter tastes.
Corn taste to it as well.

Smooth and crisp, very smooth.

Smooth, no great standout tastes. or complex flavours, but its a regular lager so dont expect too much. Light in the mouth. Overall not bad, solid.

Lager taste. Barley malts. Light and smooth. Nice mouthfuls. Good session beer, pleasant and easy enough to drink, I liked it overall.

Ok, not bad, and can imagine it would be a good accompaniment to some tapas on a hot Spanish day.

Aug 19, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

2.34/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is old musty malt. The taste matched the smell. This was a completely unpleasant experience. I was not able to read the age of the beer on the bottle.

Jul 09, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from the bottle. Notes of grain, cereal grain, grassy & herbal hops that are more bitter than expected. Decent flavors but nothing special here.

May 29, 2017
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass creates a frothy 3 finger head. Not much to the smell. Taste is slightly hoppy mostly cracker. Just the right amount of carbonation. I'm a fan.

Sep 13, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

1.58/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar and adjunct notes is more or less pleasant. Taste is also dominated by residual sugar notes with some adjunct that is more or less pleasant overall. Body is about average with good carbonation. Adjunct base lager with limited flavour profile.

Aug 25, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

2.77/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From bottle, label states it's 4.7% ABV, pours a clear golden colour with a good white head that disapates to a small thin ring.
Aroma grainey, light malt, sweet.
Taste malty, grainey not to bad goes down easy.

Jul 31, 2016
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lmaduells from Spain

2.19/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sometimes people think that beer is good and it is still the same crap that the vast majority of Spanish commercial beers. With star galicia happens, beer unfortunate that people think that is good. All this lamentable

Jul 19, 2016
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Ant777uk from England

3.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good head level, inviting reddish lager colour, good amount of effervescence.

Frothy aroma with hops.

Fairly well-balanced, dry and quite bitter. Not a strong taste, though pleasant and complex.

Feel is good also, great altering of flavors on the tongue.

Liking this actually

Jul 05, 2016
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woomThomas from Sweden

1.84/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

The beer is finished with a light dark yellow color. The foam is white and a little svårflörtat to come up. The foam has small to medium bubbles and disappears relatively quickly. The foam does not leave any direct traces in the glass. The scent has a lightly roasted barley. It is light malty with hints of lemon and some honey. Are some bread smell, but otherwise resembles that of a typical light lushunna stock. The flavor has a slightly roasted malt tons in itself. Also here you will find lemon and a little bread. Some honey and a little more bitter than expected. Got it in the finish. Light body. Average high Carbonic. Slightly bitter and surprisingly affordable okay. Small resentment and bitterness.

Jun 23, 2016
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml Can from Mini Mix Russian Shop, Barcelona (€0.80):
Quite a light & thin beer that was also pretty bland but on the whole it probably wasn't quite as bad as I'd been expecting, although nor was it a particularly enjoyable beer either. There was some basic bread malts & faint citrus but beyond that there wasn't too much of anything to get me interested sadly.

Jun 14, 2016
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Spike from England

2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 330ml brown bottle. Label shows 4.7% ABV, which is different to brewery's own website.

Pours very dark gold with subtle carbonation and a white head that recedes quickly to a ring with little lacing.

Smell is grainy and sweet.

Tastes sweet and grainy, with a bitter finish

Medium body with a little richness and nice spritz of carbonation. Some drying bitterness in the finish.

A solid bitterness saves this lager from the watery, bland grave inhabited by other European pale lagers. Drunk cold, outside, preferably with friends, this is an acceptable thirst quencher. Would prefer a German pilsner though.

May 07, 2016
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jamesroses from Argentina

2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml can

Appearance: pale golden, 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell: roasted grains, lightly malty, very similar to most macro lagers I've tried, without the skunkiness.

Taste: malty, grainy and much bitter than I had expected. It's ok.

Mouthfeel: bitter, light body, highly drinkable, goes down like water.

Overall: it's an OK beer, nothing special, nothing regretable. Better than nothing.

Dec 25, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

2.77/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light gold in color with almost a finger of head and very light spotty lacing. Aroma is very heavy with grain, yeast, corn, rice, etc. Taste is very similar close to the big AAL's, but has just a touch more refinement. Overall, a step above the Buds and the Coors...

Aug 20, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A lifht bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
Estrella Galicia Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 301 ratings