Estrella Galicia | Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Spain
estrellagalicia.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The perfection attained in the crafting of this beer is the fruit of experience transmitted through the years and constantly improved by four generations of the Rivera family.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,370
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
286
pDev:
20.07%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
80
Trade:
0
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Reviews by TeeCee:
Photo of TeeCee
3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review - American style BMC lager but with more to it.

I poured the first of two bottles of this beer into a glass provided upon request at the restaurant. The appearance was that of a typical American major brewery lager - a pretty golden, only with a more respectable (thicker) 1.5" head that held up nicely while drinking (I usually pour hard).

It smelled rather mild and typical for a standard lager.

The taste set it apart from a Budweiser type immediately, crisp but not so mild as the majors. More flavor, not bitter or wheaty, but good flavor just the same.

The mouthfeel was a little thicker than the typical major American lager, but not so thick as to match a Belgian double.

You could knock back several of these while eating boiled crawfish. Not something you want or need to sip. Definitely a session beer.

Disclaimer - this is my first beer review.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +32%
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.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Golfontap
3.92/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DeanBB
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12onz brown bottle with freshness on the fron label

The appearance golden color with a thin white head that goes away instantly.

There's some malt when you smell it.The taste got malt also,nice taste.

There's nothing amazing in this beer ,feels good on the mouth(when cold), not bad for macro...

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Photo of Hrgomar
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guinnsslvr
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Robertas
3.04/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of valkyre65
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of JIMTRK16
1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

Photo of brewQ
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A whipped white head with some staying power atop a basic macro color. (They proudly admit to Maize on the label- figure the gringos find that more exotic than corn).

The aroma is lightly earthy- leading into a metallic taste.

The finish clangs on in a harsh, metallic way. Luckily, some C02 washes it out.

Drinkable? MAYBE with spicy food or tapas.

The Gambrinus name is on the label- if this is in league with Corona that expalins alot.

Okay- I tried one Spanish beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Estrella Galicia
33 cl can, 'consume before 9/16'... 10 months to go
,66 € @ Superservis, S.A., C/ Avinyo 11-13, Barcelona, Espana

This clear golden pilsner is surprisingly rich in malt that's peppered with herbal and spicy hop flavors. Unfortunately it's not particularly grainy as it's loaded with adjunct.

Its head retention is good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is malty and hoppy as well, but also a touch fruity.

The flavor follows suit and It's balanced by a solid bitter back-bone that along with its spicy & herbal hops holds its malt well in check. (Or is that spicy edge actually coming from alcohol?). It finishes short and dry with some herbal, grassy, and leafy hops a short-lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is an interesting European lager because it's got a little bit more malt and hop to it, although it's use of adjunct and fermentation characteristics hold it back.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.46/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale golden from the twelve ounce bottle with a rather large, foamy white head. Immediate unmistakable aroma of a cheap euro lager - some pretty pervasive skunkiness. Aroma actually subsides the closer you get to the beer. Seriously foamy body holds a decent flavor of mid-grade Eurpoean lager - clean, with a slight hoppy bite. Not a bad flavor, but the body and smell make this one pretty undesirable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of PatrickCairns
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sfprint
1.8/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: transparent, single finger head, quickly dissipating, mild rising carbonation, golden orange in color.
S: malty, sour grass.
T: dull with a tinge of sourness. kind of foul and tart.
M: a bit fuzzy, but filmy and tart
O: it's a dump. pretty bad aal

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Photo of Aechavar
4.22/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a Pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is faint grainy malt and really not much else. The aroma is very faint.

T- The taste starts off with some malt and just a hint of hops in the finish. Very light and on the watery side.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, this tastes like a Spanish version of Budweiser. Not horrible, but pretty bland.

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Estrella Galicia from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 286 ratings