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

Famosa (Gallo)Famosa (Gallo)
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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #436
ABV:
5%
Score:
59
Ranked #50,158
Avg:
2.35 | pDev: 26.38%
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
284
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Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
 
Guatemala
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  42
SCORE
59
Awful
Famosa (Gallo)Famosa (Gallo)
Notes: This beer is known as Gallo outside the US.
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Closedmri

3/5  rDev +27.7%
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
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Nass from Florida

3.23/5  rDev +37.4%
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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RaulMondesi from California

2.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Yep!

Aug 25, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +60%
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
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VoxRationis from New York

3.72/5  rDev +58.3%
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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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.37/5  rDev +43.4%
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.

B- / WORTHY

May 09, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.79/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Quart+1.8oz (that's a liter in metric) bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very hazy uric yellow with over an inch of white head that moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was low grain, low hopped, and a lot of skunk, despite the brown bottle.

The flavor was a big step-up, the skunk was almost non-existant, the grains had a gentle background, and there was a touch of floral hops.

The body was light, crisp, smooth, almost refreshing (and probably would be in a humid or beach side environment), and finished much drier than I anticipated.

Drinkability was fine, I knocked off that bottle with no problem. Overall, about what I expected when I grabbed this $4 quart+. If ya don't try it, you're not missing anything. But, if you're on the lookout for a lawnmower/beach/river/lake/chore beer, ya could do worse.

May 07, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

2.38/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From a bottle. Pale golden color with fluffy white head. Sweet malt and straw smell. Light feel. Sweet malt flavor with just a hint of floral hops. Just your standard AAL, nothing really stands out. A way to check Guatemala off your list, but that's about all to recommend it.

Apr 19, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poor perhaps, but certainly not as poor as these average ratings.
Let's not have high expectations for this beer. It is made to be refreshing in a tropical climate. If it is expected to go with the native kitchen, it is somewhat spicy which requires a modestly soothing beer... which Famosa is. And the brewer has been in business for 125 years in a small country, which means (to my cynical mind) that the brewer is in tight with the powers-that-be and doesn't have too much competition... and so doesn't have to get better.

As for Famosa, it does not have good Looks. It Smells better as I get mostly malt. Tastes are balanced by hops. It finishes clean and refreshing, tho not full.

Would I have it again? Well, I have no choice. I bought a sixer. Maybe I should become a trader. I am nonetheless glad to add another country to my list... and move on.

Feb 17, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into glass. Undecipherable stamping on bottle neck.
Clear, straw colored body. Half a finger of white head upon pouring, which eventually disappeared. No lacing.
The skunky aroma was immediately apparent upon opening, which is unfortunate because the real beer smells show sweet malts and spicy hops.
Taste is also skunky, but there is a sweetness to the malts and a spiciness to the hops that is not generally found in "Mexican" lager beers.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Besides the skunk, this beer is more refreshing than smooth.
I liked the heightened flavors of sweet malts and of spicy hops. If I can find this beer in the can, I will try again and report back.

Nov 17, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.13 (Including tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.177/oz) from World Market, The Forum, Live Oak, TX. Reviewed 11/17/18.
“XF WB XH C 1412 XF WB XI”” on can bottom. On shelf in the store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Light yellow, clear, very slight effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, good retention, diminishing to a four to seven mm ring slightly fed by effervescence and a thin complete layer. Head retraction leaves a few small islands of tiny bubbles and a nearly complete ring of thin lacing.
Lacing – Very good. Volume reduction leaves a wide raggedy band of tiny bubbles with stalactites and connecting columns to the next band.
First pour – Light yellow, nearly colorless, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Dimethysulfide.
Flavor – 3 - Not much. Some corn and a very slight bitterness. No alcohol (5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.25 – Very much better than expected. Lacks the skunkiness of mercaptans which I expected. Seems a little less crisp than US AALs but otherwise very drinkable. I can definitely see this being desirable when working or eating in the Yucatan or southward area.

Nov 17, 2018
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abarquerov from El Salvador

1.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Easily the worst beer I've had. I've only had it direct from the bottle so I can't judge the look. The taste is where it really gets bad. It felt like an alcohol-free malt drink. No personality, no good malt flavor, no bold colorful hops. Horrible aftertaste.

Oct 11, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

350 ml refillable bottle in Guatemala

clear yellow straw color, white head. aroma is a bit grainy and sweet. taste isn't bad when cold but as it warms it's not very good even for an adjunct lager. thin and fizzy mouthfeel.

Apr 17, 2018
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Brolo75 from California

2.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Big bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a very clear pale straw color with lots of carbonation, no head, no lacing, looks really light and watery. Tons of sweet corn, grains, light honey and pepper, not very appealing. Taste does not follow the nose, there is flavors of sweet corn and gain but the honey and pepper shine a bit more on the flavor, light lemongrass hoppy note as well, finish is crisp, clean, and dry, lingering notes of lemongrass, honey, and pepper are in the finish.

Overall, better than I thought it was going to be, appearance and aroma are not good but for what it is, the taste and mouthfeel are pretty solid, I would enjoy one of these on a hot summer CA day while outside grilling or just relaxing, it's fairly tasty, light, and easy to drink but keep it cold!

Dec 05, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.74/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle - sometimes, ya just gotta reset your palate after all those IPAs, stouts, Saisons, and sour brews, eh?

This beer pours clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some scratchy coral atoll lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty mixed malt (the corn kind of jostling with some pale graininess), stale apples, a weak minerality, and some very ephemeral weedy, dead grassy, and skunky green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, corn pone, a bit of phenolic yeastiness, overripe pome fruit, and more understated skanky, weedy, and wet leafy 'hop' bitterness.

The carbonation is adequate in its structurally mandated frothiness, the body on the medium-light side, and sort of smooth, as an indeterminate acridity exacts a minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the wan malt essentially ushering us out the door.

Overall, this is by no means good, but is hardly the worst example of the style that I've come across. Very plain, unassuming, and yes, likely something that if you were drinking it very cold, with some spicy local cuisine, would work just fine. However, as a one-off, display your national brewing prowess sort of thing - not so much.

Apr 23, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

1.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Really? This stuff is 'famoso'? Methinksnot. Truly has one of those equal parts light beer and water appearance going for it. Super weak yellow almost no head formation. Aroma was industrial beer spilled on a carpet.

Taste didn't have malt or hops. Carbonated water with a splash of beer in it. Whats worse is this stuff is still like $7 a 6 pack. I just can't see any context to ever recommend this beer to someone. Other than to see how bad it is. Or maybe if they need to hydrate.

Jul 22, 2016
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Ace_Edwards from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I drank this beer in Guatemala in restaurants, in a bottle, served in a branded frosted mug. The reviewers who said this is a good beer to drink in Guatemala were exactly right. Mine were very enjoyable. One restaurant served it in a narrower frosted mug, which helped the head last longer. I also tried one on tap and it was like college keg party beer. No bueno.

Again, the reviewers are correct who said this is an unremarkable beer compared to the zillion other beers available in the US. The look was light amber and clear. I don't have the vocabulary to describe the smell and taste notes, but it was fine for me. The feel was good too. I don't like to chew my beer.

If I found a Famosa beer in the US that was fresh, I would definitely try one, just for the fond memories.

Should you find yourself in Central America, I recommend it in bottles. In the Guatemala City airport, they sell to-go packages of Gallo to take on the plane. I'd bring home some 30 year old rum from duty free before I'd bring home the beer.

Jun 17, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

2.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Straw to pale gold pour, with white cap that disappeared quickly; spotty lace at best; excellent clarity. Light corny nose and light corny taste. Lite watery mouthfeel with moderate plus carbonation. Odd bitter metal bite on tip of the tongue.

Jun 08, 2016
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MusaJames from Texas

3.2/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

So I saw this bottle in the supermarket and had to give it a try. Pours well develops a good head that doesn't hang around for long. Flavor and feel are pretty well just mundane for a lack of a better term. No thrills or spills this is just Beer. Its actually pretty damn good for what it is.

May 29, 2016
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EnojysAnyBeer from Colorado

2.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Possibly the most plain beer I have ever drank. Flavor is of corn, not too sweet, not really bitter, but at least it tastes all natural with no off-flavors or chemical preservatives.

May 06, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

2.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the 1 liter bottle, it pours a pale golden with a small head, replenished at a slow rate by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom. Slightly grainy smell and very light flavor. Drinkable. Probably excellent after a day in the wilds of Guatemala.

Mar 28, 2016
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hardy008 from Minnesota

1.46/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Found this at Total wine.

Pours a light yellow color with a small white head that vanishes quickly. Leaves no lacing. The aroma has corn, grain, and some skunk.

Tastes like it smells. and the skunk is even stronger in the taste than the aroma.

Thin and watery, and just nasty. Avoid.

Mar 02, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Kennesaw, GA. This is a very pale straw colored beer with a slightly skunky aroma. This beer has a very weak beer taste and is completely unremarkable.

Sep 12, 2015
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jcbogantes from Costa Rica

1.7/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very Pale looking lager wish I don't think is very carbonated and like the other beers from gallo they don't produce head at all. Taste like a light beer again from the macro lager point of view I guess it is very expected knda beer. At least doesn't have any nasty off flavors.

Jul 09, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this from a bottle in Guatemala. I may remember it slightly more fondly than it deserves as I drank it at the Tikal National Park. Pretty generic macro lager. Pale yellow and fizzy... low on the flavor. Highly carbonated and actually moderately refreshing if one finds themselves in a Guatemalan rainforest. Under no circumstances should this be consumed outside of some sort of ecotourism in Guatemala. If you find yourself in country... get yourself good and thirsty and go grab one. It's safer than the water.

May 24, 2015
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