Famosa (Gallo)
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

Famosa (Gallo)Famosa (Gallo)
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Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #272
Ranked #30,205
2.44 | pDev: 27.46%
Saturday at 05:17 AM
Aug 05, 2002
Famosa (Gallo)Famosa (Gallo)
Notes: This beer is known as Gallo outside the US.
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has corn aromas with some grass. There are hints of sweetness in the background.

Taste: There are corn flavors and it is quite syrupy. There are some grassy hops in the background.

Feel: It has a medium light body and it finishes sweet.

Overall, the flavors are standard for pale lagers but the syrup notes are quite different.
Saturday at 05:17 AM
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
From a 12 oz can with a BB date of Mar 2024. They're optimistic since I'm sampling it May 25, 2023.

Golden-yellow appearance with great clarity and a modest white head. Busy carbonation.

Typical mass produced aroma of cooked grain, bread, corn syrup and a whiff of floral or grassy hops.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Better than some of its ilk.

Sweet, grainy and bready taste. Nothing that really stands out. Crisp finish. Easy to pound it down.
May 25, 2023
Rated: 3.58 by morsa_95 from California

May 15, 2023
Rated: 2.24 by markallmon from Tennessee

Apr 16, 2023
Rated: 3.03 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Apr 08, 2023
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

4/5  rDev +63.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Taking a trip to Guatemala, we have Famosa lager. It pours a straw gold with a quickly disappearing white head. It smells of malt and the taste follows suit. The body is pleasant and leaves you ready for another sip. In a blind taste test, I'd have thought this was German. I would absolutely drink this again.
Apr 03, 2023
Rated: 2.68 by not2quick from Missouri

Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 2.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Dec 19, 2022
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

3.74/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. Famosa American Adjunct Lager, 5% ABV. Pours light golden with a 3-finger white head that left some lacing. Nose is malty and sweet. Taste is malty, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, and faintly tart. The first sip seemed over-carbonated and alka-seltzer like, but after it sat a few minutes it seems fine. Overall very good.
Oct 28, 2022
Rated: 3.66 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +77.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
40oz'er - oops, I mean 33.8oz'er

Clear pale yellow, lacing on the glass. Smells like sweet corn, dough, just slightly sour. Drinks surprisingly clean, just a very faint aftertaste of garbage juice and booze, mildly bitter. I plan on buying this one again
Sep 22, 2022
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Rated by JKIK

5/5  rDev +104.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Its not Gallo beer being rated here it is Famosa beer being rated. It's like an American version of Sofia Vergara. It doesn't compare.
Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 3.44 by ChazBoner from Tennessee

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 3.3 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by DarrellFine from Florida

2.75/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
It's pretty average. Very light in color with minimal head. Slightly skunky, bready, non- offensive flavor. Quickly dissipating head, almost non- existent. Easily poundable and inexpensive, on sale, at 10 bucks a 12 pack at Fresco here in Central Florida. Overall, average AF to say the least, though drinkable and not undesirable. For a cheap summertime brew, not bad. Nice and light, with a SLIGHT bit of flavor and hugely refreshing. Although, I prefer Icehouse or Budweiser to this stuff, to be honest. Definitely not my weekend truck washing/ grass cutting beer, for sure, but I would take it over Natty Ice any day. Great brew to try out if you haven't already, but won't be rushing back for more. It's ok if ya get it on sale. Worth a shot.
Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

1.38/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5
Shared bottle at local tasting, as Famosa. Pale golden colour, low white head. Artificial and "chemical" sweetish / sourish aroma. Sourish flavour, otherwise bland as hell, dust, no bitterness
May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Funny that this is rated as awful. For what this is and the travel it goes through as well and the unique quality it has over other beers from its region make me question if reviewers are simply saying it's bad because it's not an imp stout or ipa.

It looks like every other adjunct lager yes. But the smells are spicy and herbal underlying beneath a cracker base. The flavor follows the nose and is pretty unique given the region and style it comes from as previously stated. The feel is light enough and inoffensive.

If you are comparing this beer to American craft beers then you're doing it wrong. If all you drink is a Dipa then why even bother with this. From a point of view of this that's why I believe the rating is low. If you like clean lagers then this is a great beer.
May 22, 2022
Rated: 1.75 by mpenske from California

May 22, 2022
Rated: 2.62 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.01 by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Jan 21, 2022
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Rated by Mariogudiel

1.05/5  rDev -57%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
Taste like a cheap cheap beer
Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear light straw color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a doughty and caramel smell. There is an odd, salty almost meaty like aroma to the brew as well. At the same time there is a touch of bread and some light must.
Taste – The taste begins with a crisp cracker and caramel malt flavor mixed with a touch of graininess and some light hay. As the taste advances, the graininess increases and is joined by some very light lime like tastes. Toward the very end the sweetness increases a touch and with a bit of herbal flavor, one is left with a crisp, slightly sweeter, lager taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thin and crisp with a carbonation level that is average to slightly higher. For the style and the abv. the feel is great and makes for a nice crisp sipper.
Overall – A nice crisp “Mexican” actually Guatamalan style lager. Very easy drinking.
Aug 17, 2021
Rated: 3.03 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jul 24, 2021
Rated: 2.5 by balizz

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 2.74 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

May 06, 2021
Rated: 3.14 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 2.24 by BlueSpader from Washington

Oct 12, 2020
Rated: 3.06 by dpagesch from Florida

Jul 14, 2020
Rated: 2.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jul 01, 2020
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Rated by Dagjuarep

2.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
This is the national pride of Guatemala, it is a good regular beer, but once you check other beers out it no longer stands.
Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 2.56 by smi69 from New York

Apr 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Closedmri

3/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Doesn’t blow you away in any category, but very few pilsners do. It’s super light in body & flavor, probably a good substitute for water when it’s hotter than hell in Guatemala. Tastes a little sweet when poured into a glass and is most refreshing straight out of the can.
Apr 15, 2020
Rated: 2.31 by mamaraza from Texas

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 3 by Dino1018 from New York

Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.23/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
There is no date on the bottle. The pour is straw colored. The taste is grains, malt, with a touch of hops. I'm not getting any corn syrup in this beer, I would drink this again. I highly recommend this beer if you can get a hold of it, it's easy drinking & sessionable. Oh well, at least now I can say that I've had a beer from Guatemala & it was good. Cheers! B-
Dec 04, 2019
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

2.6/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Well, first up: it’s better than jail hooch. But nah, it actually ain’t that bad. It definitly is one of the most clear beers I have ever seen - I mean, this thing is more transparent than Trump’s brainwaves. Taste is here and there. Bad, but not all that bad (like Raul’s first sexual experience). I mean, I’ll drink it and high five my friends after - but greener pastures in the future are in-store.

Aug 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
(1000 ml bottle - though it says 1 qt 1.8 oz on the label... no bottle coding... purchased cold... poured into a liter Maßkrug)

L: crystal-clear, pale yellow-gold liquid; stupid amount of frothy, rocky white foam, as if this is over-carbonated or expired; loose honeycomb of bubbles on the sides, but beautifully craggy, tight cottony head in the middle... hmm, looks dreamy; Himalayan lace

S: almost smells skunked(?!), but also smells like a junk, dusty German pils (a la Bitburger?)... it gets more pleasant as it goes, almost like honey atop cream of wheat... overall intensity is mellow yet has relative depth

T: ultra-dry, cereal meal malt base; the finish does a relative 180, shifting to a restrained herbal-grassy bitter bite, as well as vague nutty-nougat malt; the combo of the grain and green lend a peculiar earthy color, perhaps like woolen upholstery??... it stays rather dry throughout, but the malt does tease with a faint honey sweetness... as it goes, it does improve (it's gotta breathe); the malt and perfumy phenolic aftertaste is rather Euro pale

F: slow flow and finish, though cut dry at the bottom and back... the warmth lingering may in part be the bitterness and/or smoky phenols

O: perhaps reminds me of Tsingtao maybe?; at any rate, definitely more akin to a Euro pale than AAL; grew on me along the way... had to get this bottle for its novelty gargantuan size - the empty bottle itself feels almost as heavy as a six-pack (of full cans)... I could see grabbing this again, especially in the liter bottle; funny conversation piece (1466)
Aug 23, 2019
Rated: 2.68 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Jun 11, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.72/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint glass; no production stamp.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark straw color with less than one finger head formation, spotty retention, but partial rings lacing.
S: Aromas of corn, caramel, and grasses predominate the nose.
T: Semidry. Palate follows the nose, but slightly grainy. Light bitterness contributes a very clean finish.
M: Light bodied with low effervescence.
O: A nicely constructed AAL. Drinkable and very enjoyable.
Jun 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.37/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
12 fl oz cans run $7.49 USD per sixer at some grocers in Austin, TX.

"Lager beer." "Contains sulfites."

Pours a dull depleted yellow body. Clear/obviously filtered, but lifeless.

Head is thin and a bit weaky, but pleasantly fluffy.

AROMA: Mineral water, faint 6-row, obvious maize, a hint of starchy grassy hop character. Marries its adjunct to the rest of its profile decently, but the corn would be obvious even in a blind tasting. Suggests a skullable neutral lager with an inoffensive taste.

TASTE: Pleasant 6-row and corn sweetness is the name of the game in this simple lager, but a bit of fringe grassiness from limited hopping does surface as well.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, clean, refreshing, and approachable. Light-bodied. To give it credit, it's not a watery or syrupy brew like so many budget lagers. A little soft. Its texture is probably the best executed aspect of it.

OVERALL: A step up from most adjunct lagers and Euro pale lagers out there, with a refreshing taste and enough flavour to make it worth pairing spicy food with. Would make a nice table beer not to think too much about, but it's not worth seeking out. Within the style, it's generally well-executed. I could pound a sixer in a sitting.

May 09, 2019
Famosa (Gallo) from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
Beer rating: 59 out of 100 with 309 ratings