Estrella Galicia Especial
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #179
Ranked #29,575
2.97 | pDev: 19.87%
Apr 18, 2022
Aug 15, 2002
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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3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois on Apr 18, 2022
3.72 by Eman17 from Illinois on Apr 12, 2022
3.19 by beersampler6 from Michigan on Mar 05, 2022
2.43 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 24, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jonmikel from Spain

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
3 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Feb 22, 2020
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3.56/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

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2.75 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Dec 28, 2019
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3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Nass from Florida

There is a best by date on the box. The beer is well carbonated.I taste some malt, faint caramel, faint hops, not bad. Cheers! B-

Jun 11, 2019
3.1 by DarrellK from Florida on May 18, 2019
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3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

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
4.21 by Forrest86 from Netherlands on Feb 07, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

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3.04 by Robertas from Lithuania on Jan 03, 2019
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3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Mclusal from Colombia


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3.5 by tbeer40 from New Jersey on Dec 08, 2018
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2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by elnachooo from Spain

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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2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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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3.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by chitoryu12 from Florida

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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3.82/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by monkist from Hungary

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
3.5 by paulish from New York on Jul 26, 2018
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3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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 my research first and selected Rivera's 1906 Vienna lager as the maltiness may have gone better with the food. But this Estrella blonde lager also went fine with a paella with strongish herbs.

Estrella Looks darker and richer than the typical Helles. 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 lager that I'm glad I Had... but not one I'd pursue.

May 19, 2018
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3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by agiant from Spain

Good for lunch etc.

If you live in Spain, one of the best lagers you can find in regular restaurants and supermarkets.

May 01, 2018
Estrella Galicia Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 310 ratings