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

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60
poor
254 Ratings
THE BROS
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Famosa (Gallo)Famosa (Gallo)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
Guatemala
cerveceriacentroamericana.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is known as Gallo outside the US.

Added by kbub6f on 08-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
254
Reviews:
142
Avg:
2.31
pDev:
26.84%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of cryptichead
2.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrcraft
3.25/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stout_Scout
4.66/5  rDev +101.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of Bitburger
4.1/5  rDev +77.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good beer to drink to in hot countries.

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Photo of petermethot
2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of hockeypuck
2.52/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Campodog
2.56/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of YumaLaowai
3.32/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very average. Would not say anything bad about this beer

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.68/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of Griphon
2.28/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
2.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
2.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ace_Edwards
3.68/5  rDev +59.3%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.54/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of MusaJames
3.2/5  rDev +38.5%
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.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
2.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
1.46/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.03/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cashcaliman
1.52/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Awful!

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Photo of leftsideride
1.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Avatar113
2.84/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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Famosa (Gallo) from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
2.31 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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