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

Famosa (Gallo)Famosa (Gallo)
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
From:
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
 
Guatemala
Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #275
ABV:
5%
Score:
58
Ranked #30,053
Avg:
2.39 | pDev: 26.36%
Ratings:
291
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 07, 2022
Added:
Aug 05, 2002
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  42
SCORE
58
Awful
Famosa (Gallo)Famosa (Gallo)
Notes: This beer is known as Gallo outside the US.
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
 
2.62 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois on May 07, 2022
 
3.01 by Antg8989 from New Jersey on Jan 21, 2022
Photo of Mariogudiel
1.05/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
by Mariogudiel

Taste like a cheap cheap beer

Oct 30, 2021
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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
 
3.03 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jul 24, 2021
 
 
2.74 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on May 06, 2021
 
3.14 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Oct 23, 2020
 
2.24 by BlueSpader from Washington on Oct 12, 2020
 
3.06 by dpagesch from Florida on Jul 14, 2020
 
2.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jul 01, 2020
Photo of Dagjuarep
2.84/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by Dagjuarep

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
 
2.56 by smi69 from New York on Apr 19, 2020
Photo of Closedmri
3/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Closedmri

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
 
2.31 by mamaraza from Texas on Mar 14, 2020
 
3 by Dino1018 from New York on Dec 13, 2019
Photo of Nass
3.23/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Nass from Florida

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
Photo of RaulMondesi
2.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by RaulMondesi from California

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
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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
 
2.68 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Jun 11, 2019
Photo of VoxRationis
3.72/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by VoxRationis from New York

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
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
3.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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
Photo of BBThunderbolt
2.79/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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
Photo of detgfrsh
2.38/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by detgfrsh from Texas

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
Photo of Beginner2
2.92/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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
 
3.38 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2019
 
2.42 by Zaktcc from Maryland on Dec 26, 2018
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 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
Photo of abarquerov
1.75/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by abarquerov from El Salvador

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
 
3.08 by beerfam205 from Texas on Jul 11, 2018
 
2.6 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2018
 
3 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on Apr 21, 2018
Photo of jmdrpi
1.95/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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
 
2.5 by JasonBatz from Guatemala on Dec 21, 2017
Photo of Brolo75
2.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by Brolo75 from California

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
 
1.53 by Alexrdvz from Oklahoma on Oct 13, 2017
 
2.5 by cryptichead from Illinois on Aug 13, 2017
 
3.25 by paulish from New York on Jul 31, 2017
 
3.25 by mrcraft from California on Jul 31, 2017
Famosa (Gallo) from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
Beer rating: 58 out of 100 with 291 ratings