Estrella Galicia | Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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Estrella GaliciaEstrella Galicia

Brewed by:
Hijos De Rivera, S.A.

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.

Added by jackndan on 08-15-2002

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Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before end: 5/2015.

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, frosted corn flake, and sugar cane aromas. Taste is much the same with frosted corn flake and grass 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 drinkable, but the predominant quality in both the smell and taste is frosted corn flakes.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts—corn stands out in particular—are present in the nose. Hints of grassy malts are also evident.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish. The initial taste has faint hints of sweetness from the corn.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although there is nothing special about the taste of this beer, it's easy to drink and is a palatable compared to other American Adjunct Lagers.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Althought the beer is nothing special, it provides a high drinkability for summertime consumption. The beer pours a medium straw colow, brightly clear, and with very solid head retention. Smells are faint, but take the shape of mild malts, adjuncts (rice?), apples and a light hop spice. Tastes light as well and also mimic the characters found in the aroma, with emphasis on the mild sweetness and light hopping rates. The texture is fairly smooth, clean, and refreshing and with a mild hop linger. Billed as a Cerveza, the brew proves to be better quality than most.

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Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a golden yellow with a high ammount of carbonation. A small, short-lived head that leaves no lacing.

S - Smells of corn, grains and some floral notes.

T - A mix of malt and corn. It has a fairly strong bitterness to it.

M - It is crisp and dry. Light-bodied.

D - It is an okay lager. I certainly like to have it at my local Spanish restaurant, but that's about it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.58/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a typical golden yellow. Head is short, fizzy, and has almost no retention. The aroma an uncomplicated light malt smell. The taste is easily better than the average American adjunct beer. Flavor is straight-foward light malts with just a trace of metallic grain taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp enough to do the job and drinkability is quite good. A decent import, I'd rather have this than many of the popular adjunct imports that dominate supermarket shelves.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Clear gold. Low white head.

S – Fresh tobacco, bread and honey.

T – Sweet honey on bread. Mild yeast character. About mid way through there’s a crisp lemon peel bitter note that ramps quickly and fades slowly throughout the rest of the profile.

M – Light body with a sweet bready finish.

O – A touch too sweet but nice flavor overall.

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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 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 largadeer
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -32%

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1.5/5  rDev -49%

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lucent gold with multiple, steady streams of bubbles that plow into the underside of a great looking, ivory colored cap that is more a loose collection of glassine bubbles than a tight mass of foam. Delicate clumps and small sheets of lace look good as well. This is one of the best examples of the style that I've seen in a while.

The nose, while no great shakes, doesn't come close to the appearance's quality. It's toasted grainy, mildly corny sweet and a little metallic, as if the beer was stored in stainless steel vats instead of a brown glass bottle.

Estrella Galicia is not an especially wonderful example of the style, although it is head and shoulders above most of what is brewed by BMC simply by virtue of having a considerable amount of (not overly offensive) flavor. Like the nose, toasted grain is uppermost, as is an impressive amount of bitterness that, unfortunately, isn't accompanied by much actual hop flavor.

Without much in the way of sweetness, I don't pick up the same corniness that I appreciated in the nose. The label lists maize as one of the ingredients, but it's fairly obvious that Hijos De Rivera didn't use an a-maize-ing amout of it. An increasingly harsh bitterness is the focal point and is making it increasing difficult to drink. As usual, colder is preferable to warmer.

I can't find much wrong with the mouthfeel. It's medium in a general sense and doesn't really change much over the course of the bottle. It starts out with a zippy amount of carbonation and finishes the same way.

According to the neck label, Estella Galicia is "Brewed in Spain, one of Europe's leading beer-brewing countries". That's news to me because I can't recall ever having a Spanish beer that could crack the top 100 from either Belgium or Germany. Although the name means 'star of Galicia', this offering is really nothing more than a dim glimmer in the dull macro lager sky.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, adjunct, hint of sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, slight citrus, and adjunct. Overall, one of the better adjuncts I've had in a while.

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3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild, slightly grainy. Taste is rather bland, not much flavor and a tad bit of bitterness. A bit watery in the mouth. Drinkability is o.k. Overall a very average beer.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before Dec. 4

Poured golden with a small white head that quickly faded to a bare whisp.

The smell was a bit weak - a touch of skunk, a hint of sweet grass.

The taste was primarily of corn adjuncts. There was a bit of sweetness that became more prominent as the drink progressed. It was thin, but not overly watery. Not well-balanced, the adjuncts were foremost with some malt and virtually no hops. Some saltiness emerged as the drink progressed that interfered with the taste.

A corn sweetness, along with a bit of a flat blandness was left. A slight metallic tinge was left on the tongue.

Overall- while not terrible, it's certainly not a good example of the style - flavors are a bit off and it's too sweet.

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Estrella Galicia from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 283 ratings