Rialto | Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd
El Salvador

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zorro on 03-13-2004

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Beermazter310
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of mghotbi
3.05/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A six-pack of South of the Border (way south - as in El Salvador) lager for less than $4 at Trader Joe's? How good could this possibly be?

Pours a very clear light yellow with thin, short lived bubbly head. Little or no lacing. Smells like a macro lager - a bit of grass, no off scents, no skunkiness.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Taste starts a bit sweet - high levels of seltzery carbonation give way to to slightest hop bitterness which fades quickly and finishes dry, with a slightly metallic, but not offensive, aftertaste. Flavor really is enhanced (at least made more interesting) by a wedge of lime.

With a lime, nearly indistinguishable from Corona Extra. Very drinkable and refreshing. Would go great with spicy comfort food.

Surprisingly, not a bad beer. This is certainly no high class complex ale, but it knows what it wants to be and does it well. Clean and refreshing with no off flavors. Quite a bargain, too!

By the way...Corona always gives me a raging headache, but I felt great after downing a few of these.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. single bottle at Trader Joe's, this brew pours a light to medium straw in color and offers a rather robust and lingering head of white foam. Settles in the end to a light cap.

Offers a neutral smell with no distractions, though a bit steely perhaps. OK, I sense a bit of rice in the hood.

Taste follows and offers just a hint of sweetness. Neither corn nor rice, just a light barley malt flavor. Slightly sweet on the finish.

Overall a decent and inconspicuous lager, offering some noble hops and surely a bit of controversy. But then controversy is my friend....

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear glass bottle with a painted on white black and blue label.

Pours a clear light gold color with lively carbonation.

Smell is heavy grains and a grassy hop smell. No skunking present.

Taste is a little sweet with lots of grain flavor, similar to a German Lager. Hops are understated. No off flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, nothing great or bad about this brew. A simple competent Lager.

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Photo of goschool
2.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my masochistic purchase at Trader Joe's. A light lager from the makers of Cantina. What's wrong with me?

This isn't so hideous after all.

Appearance: The pour is straw colored with a wimpy white head.

Smell: The nose is grassy and grainy with a hint of adjunct and surprisingly no skunking.

Taste: Grains, faint grassy hop flavor, and just the slightest, barely offensive, note of adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: It's not as thin as I would've expected and there's good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a quaffable alternative to Corona and company, but I wouldn't get another bottle for myself, let alone an entire six-pack.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.87/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz clear bottle with a painted label. Pours into my glass an extremely light pale yellow with a small head of soda pop-like carbonation. Not exactly appealing in the glass. Color is lighter than most domestic light beers. Aroma is strong skunk/brickweed before I even get the glass to my nose. Underneath is a sweet cereal grain / cooked vegetal aroma. Light citrus is in there as well...just a bit too skunky overall.

First sip brings a shallow sweet cereal grain maltiness along with some light citric tones. There's a bit of herbal hops in there as well along with some skunkiness, but much less than I expected from the aroma. Finishes clean with no real aftertaste. A quenching standard lager from El Salvador.

Mouthfeel has plentiful carbonation and is somewhat creamy, it actually has a nice body to it as well. Drinkability would be good on a hot day if this was your thing. Ends up being nice and refreshing. Not something I'd seek out to drink personally, but it's good for what it is. Pick up a single at Trader Joe's and try it for yourself.

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Photo of misterscooter
2.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by no means a bad beer but it isn't one that I'd opt for if other choices are there. Out of the bottle, it has a light yellow color and this color, the name, and the smell all reminded me of many Latin American beers. Lime is definitely benificial to this brew.

It is a smooth tasting beer, a bit fruity and light. Not much body or bite. If you want to put away a lot of them, it would be easy. At least it is more enjoyable than some other light beers that have even less body.

I wouldn't choose to have too many. Not much satisfaction for all those trips to the bathroom that would be inevitable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.81/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
Trader Jo's clams this is exclusively at TJs

A- This beer pours a straw yellow crystal clear body that has a slow carbonation. The head is a thin white film that turns to small isolated clouds floating on top.

S- This beer has a light pale malt aroma with a faint hint of noble hops. There is a slight sweetness to the malt aroma.

T- This beer has a big carbonic acid flavor that covers over the pale malt flavor and cuts right to the light hop bitterness. No a big flavorful beer but very smooth and nothing offensive. The finish is a good sulfur crisp flavor.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz in the texture. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This beer is light and smooth with nothing really exciting. It has good crisp malt and soft lager qualities. Just not very interesting or dynamic.

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Photo of SuperMario
2.74/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IntriqKen
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprise. This really isn't that bad a beer...as Macro American Lagers go. It reminds me a lot of Corona but seems to have a bit more of a chemical or metalic aftertaste to it than the Corona Extras do.
Aroma is slightly sweet hops...
Lots of carbonation gives the tongue a nice tingling which is good because you couldn't rely on the ABV content to do that with this beer.
Taste is bright...light....watery hops. Definately improved upon with the addition of a wedge of lime. Covers the metalic edge this beer has. The off taste may be from sunlight exposure through their clear bottles.

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Photo of Lothore
2.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent yellow color. White fizzy head that is far from impressive follows. If I didn't know better i would say it was ginger ale.

S- Smell is sweet, slightly malty with a metallic twang. Reminds me of a corona.

T- Shallow, big brewery feel. No distinct flavors pop out, tastes watery.

M- Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy.

D- This beer lacks flavor and is not interesting whatsoever but with that said, this would be an easy session beer for a hot day.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
2.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Goes well with Mexican food if you're trying to kill the spicy flavor with an unpleasant tasting beverage!

A - Probably the best part of this one. Pale yellow body with a strong white foamy head.
S - Light corn scent. Not completely off-putting, but close.
T - Corn extract malt. Other than that, it's a very unimposing taste. I guess you could say it's smooth cuz of that.
M - Very light.
D - Doesn't taste very good, but since the flavor is fairly light I was able to get this 12oz bottle down without throwing any of it away.

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Photo of Briken
1.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A yellow, clear beer with a white foamy head with porr retention and no lacing. Malty sweet aroma and a very familiar taste of nothing but sweetness with the slightest touch of hops. Very high carbonation.

Well, if you're a Coors light drinker and decide to be a little saucy and buy somethin imported then here's your beer. It tastes exactly the same, like a soda if it were made with malts instead of HFCS.

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Photo of stephendr
1.65/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. glass bottle- color of Bright clear gold, with white head - nose of rice , citrus , bubble gum , with slight hopps – taste of yellow corn , skunk , citrus , bubble gum, and slight hopps - body crisp , fizzy , and light – aftertaste of skunk and citrus

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Photo of eigervue
1.35/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I picked up this beer at TJ's about a year ago but I forgot how awful it was until my friend brought a six pack over.

Appearance, pale and yellow in color, very little head when poured.

Smell --metallic sweet and skunky.

Taste-- watery, shallow and repulsive, even adding lime to this one didnt do to much.

Mouthfeel- Thin and fizzy

Drinkability-- I wouldnt consider this beer drinkable, It goes down okay at first but as you get to the second half it becomes unbearable. I put one down and felt sick for the rest of the night and regret not pouring it out.

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