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Regia Extra | Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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Regia ExtraRegia Extra

Brewed by:
Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd
El Salvador

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 12-20-2004

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 84
Photo of mattisloco
4.45/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very Very Impressive Beer, for what it is... A very impressive lawnmower/fishing/camping/campfire beer

The 32oz'er was very nice to drink out of, had my 1st right after mowing the lawn... had my second immediately after.

The smell is a bit yeasty, slight corn and some fruit . The taste is very flavorful with an abundance of fruit and extremely smooth start to finish.

Nice bottle, wonderful flavor, try to get your's fresh... very hard, but can be arranged, infact if you're up for a trade just let me know I have a guy that supplies me with these as fresh as you can get them in the US. Excellent beer for what it is!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regia Extra has a medium, white head, a decent amount of lacing, a clear, yellow appearance, and some tiny particles floating about. The aroma is of sweet bread and a hop zing. Taste is of lightly-toasted barley malt, sweetness, cracker, grass, and it is balanced with a nice hop bite. Moutfeel is light to medium, and Regia Extra finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This is a delicious beer.


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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 Oz bottle I found at M & R Liquors in Carpintera CA.

Pours a very clear pale yellow that is expected for the style.

Smell is very clean and grainy with fairly good malt scent. Crackers and grass are in here too; the hops appear as a herbal scent. There is a detectable amount of corn in the scent.

Taste is more dry than sweet. Nice flavorful hops of the noble type give this a very pleasant herbal taste. The hopping never becomes bitter this is actually like a European Macro Lager, except this one is good! Light malt flavor balances well with the restrained bitterness level. Malt to the taste appears to be mostly crystal but I know there has to be some corn in a beer from Central America. There is a flavor here of caramel and something else possibly toasted wheat.

Mouthfeel is light, this is a Macro Lager after all it is really supposed to be like that.

Drinkability is super! I have drunk a lot of the Budweiser equivalents from other countries and mostly they are disappointing, this one is not. I can't STOP drinking this stuff! I expected another mediocre beer but this stuff is good! I paid $3 for the bottle and it was damned well worth it! I fully recommend everyone try this brew!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very oddly shaped 32 oz. (quart) brown glass bottle. Clear medium gold color, lots of visible carbonation, with a small white layer of foam. Smells grainy and grassy, very subtle in nature. Nothing off detected. Taste is also very grainy, with grassy malt in the background, once again no skunky flavors anywhere. A little alcohol is noticeable, but does not detract from this beer at all. Mouthfeel well carbonated and crisp. For an adjunct lager, this is one of the best I have had from the style.

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Photo of nekronos
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I do ont know what would be the difference between the other Regia and this, but anyway, the very same thing I said about the other I say about his one. Althoug, the label is great and I got a keykeeper as a gift from this beer and it works to open the beers. I have used it a lt of times. It is a boot black, with the REGIA name in white motts and in the print, you would find the hardware.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.99/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light gold colour that was extremely transparent. It looks thin, if that's possible. It retained a small white head, though. The smell is of grains and water. It SMELLS watery. I haven't tasted it yet. But I can already smell it. It also smells Mexican, if that's possible. It has the typical smell of many Mexican adjunct lagers, even though it is from El Salvador. Not to say that Mexican beers are really THAT much different than their American adjunct counterparts.
The taste is really quite good. It is refreshing. That is a quality that I would consider good in a beer from south of the border, where it is hot most of the time. Reviewing this in winter seems inappropriate, but I can see myself enjoying this during Texas' spring or summer. It doesn't taste too starchy as some Mexican beers do, it doesn't have a weird sour flavour or any off flavours, really. This is SERIOUSLY refreshing. But it still manages to taste a bit like beer and is well balanced. Thumbs up on this. This is something I'd totally go for in a hot place like El Salvador. Of course, if I was somewhere THAT hot, I'd probably prefer an aqua fresca to a beer most of the time. I've tried drinking when it's 100 degrees outside. Not fun. Anyway, if you want a very refreshing light-flavoured beer that still tastes like beer, this is what you want. Enjoy.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.94/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just the other day, I was in the liqour store, (Woodman's in Green Bay, WI) and I was in the mood for something different. I didn't have a lot of money for beer, so I was looking for both quantity and price. As I was eyeing the various products, I saw this one, it stuck out like a sore thumb. A poop brown bottle, with a little label on it, saying REGIA extra. Then I saw the price, and I knew I had to pick it up. Seeing that I am an advertious individual, meaning I try numerous beers often, I was intrigued by this one, because I have never heard of it. I couldn't wait to dive into this one. At first taste, I was like "WOW, this is actually pretty tasty." And the rest went down smooth. Everything about it was pleasant, from the smell to the drinkability. So if you have never had this one, dive right in and you will be pleased with this beer. CHEERS!

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Photo of bboven
3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The waiter at the restaurant said this was a dark beer so I ordered it over BMC Corona, etc. It was surprisingly good for the style.

Deep yellow, more colorful than most in the style. No head or lacing.

Rich, sweet smell, little tinge of hops.

Really sweet flavor, could be cut back a bit but the surprising thing is the very blatant hop bitterness throughout the beer and especially at the end. really, unexpectedly good for what it is.

Mouthfeel is high carbonation, thin, drying but the sweetness makes it a tad sticky.

The next time I want a macro lager for some reason (softball, lawnmowing) this would be my first choice by a long shot. try it out.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.89/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good take on an adjunct lager. Smooth, easy to drink and true to style. Wish I could find it in non-32oz bottles. Good beer, but caters towards the 40oz market.

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Photo of scubahood
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Yellow straw. A bit foamy but an awkward pour from the 32 oz bottle.

Smell: Malty and sweet.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very light but not watery like this style can be from time to time. Tasted a bit unhopped but close to balanced.

Drinkability & Notes: It started out a bit disapointing but rounded out nicely through entire glass. Probably won't try again but it was a nice reminder of the beers I had on my honeymoon in Costa Rica.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
3.57/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the quart bottle into an English pub glass

Light straw color, clear as day, fizzy head which dissipates quickly

Smell is very sweet, it is an adjunct lager but the corn does not stand out right away

Taste is crisp, refreshing, although watery but has a pleasant corn aftertaste

It goes down real smooth but because it's still an AAL it's hard to drink the whole thing on its own, I need some pupusas with this one!

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a crystalline gold with a magnificent white creamy crown, the residual lace forms a tight seal upon the glass. Nose is the standard fresh and crisp sweet malt, with the start being a bit sweet and the grain profile adequate, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic and the hops delectable in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%

32 oz bottle pours a clear yellow with a small cap of white head. Moderate retention.

Nose is grainy malt and a faint whiff of grassy hops. Pretty decent for an AAL, and the malt has a nice fresh crush smell to it.

Taste definitely has some corn-esque flavors along with the mild grain notes and the hops make only a mild impression on the finish, but this is a pretty decent little adjunct lager. Easy to drink and goes down clean. I like it.

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Photo of ChiSox05
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fizzed off the surface quickly leaving it clear. Noticeably pale and clear, the color of chardonnay, maybe paler.

Smell had malt on the light side of the spectrum and a whiff of corn and grain.

Taste of light malt and grain, corn secondary on the aftertaste. Clean and crisp, light bodied, moderate carbonation, balance that kept the 32 oz mini-jug on a steady drain.

A quality macro lager. Just smooth, crisp, easy lager sipping, this needs to be more readily available, found in the 40 oz section of the store fridge this beer would dominate its shelf in the overall. Front porch session candidate.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

946ml giant stubby poured into pint glass feb28 2010

A the lightest pale straw yellow ever, I'm willing to bet tap water from some places in El Salvador has more color then this. that being said it dose have a big bone white head that has decent retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S corny/grassy hops with some sweet malt on par for the style

T pretty close to the smell but maybe a little sweeter and with just a hint of lemon

M quite thin but with good carbonation

D I'd drink this again, its not great but the price is right and it would make a decent summer slammer

I expected very little from this beer and as it turned out I didn't mind it. I liked the bottle it came in too, you don't see lots of giant stubby bottles in these parts

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a bodega type store in Harrisonburg. Cool 32 oz. bottle with a small mouth and an old-looking label - had to at least try it. It pours into the pilsner glass a light gold that looks like it might be unfiltered, and it has a medium amount of carbonation beads with a half inch white head that leaves some lacing. It smells kinda fruity - like maybe apples or grapes - but it's pretty clean besides that. It has light DMS in the flavor along with hints of the same fruits, some grainy malts, and a mild bitterness with a light and tingly body. Not too bad - drinkable enough - and I kinda like drinking from the big quart bottles.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellow straw with a perfect clarity, the lace shows some retention and sticks well.

Smell: Very clean aroma with a faint corn and mild alcohol in the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Nice crispness with a light body, mild on the malt with a slight rounded husk flavor. Hops are mild to the point of merely balancing. Clean palate with a wet back ground.

Drinkability & Notes: This brew is not half bad, very fresh tasting with no off flavors or aromas.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A perfectly clear pale yellow with some active carbonation. A decent sized, foamy and somewhat dense white head with above average retention. A nice amount of patchy lace.

S: Some mild, sweet grainy malt. A bit of corn as well. Hints of alcohol and grassy hops. Clean and mild.

T: Mild malt sweetness, with some husky graininess. Some sweet corn and very light cooked vegetable flavors. Faint grassy/herbal hops and a touch of alcohol.

M: Rather light and immaculately clean. Crisp and tingly carbonation. A slight astringent/husky dryness into the finish, but rather even overall.

D: This is what it is - a macro, adjunct lager. However, it achieves an extremely clean and perfectly quaffable macro adjunct lager. This is stereotypical in a good way.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I picked it up at the local guadalajara supermarket. Anyways, the appearance on this one was very good. It had one of the most fluffiest heads I've seen. Sure, it died out, but it lasted a good amount of time. Everything else was pretty much average for an adjunct. Actually, it was nicer, because the smell and taste didn't have any offensive characteristics, ie skunk or rotting veggies. Not sure it's worth the $4.50 I paid for it though. Then again, that might be the gringo price.

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Photo of droomyster
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this guy in a big 32 ouncer at my local Whole Foods. Pours a better than average clear yelllow with white head into my white wine glass and jettisons a steady stream of tiny bubbles to maintain soapy white white film. Very faint smells of honeyish malts and grassy, lemon hops. The taste is the best part of this beer: pleasantly sweet tastes of grainy malts that don't have a whole lot of character or leave much of an impression beyond that "it's good." Light bodied and carbonated enough to pass muster on my scale. Not particularly memorable but it proved a fine beer to show to my group of Latin Americanist buddies tonight, and one that will hopefully intrigue them enough to buy something out of the ordinary the next time they shop.

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Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a world common lager. The brewery rep on the La Constancia tour told us the other night that while this is their budget beer, it is also the product with the largest percentage of malt and hops in it. She also said the brewery uses cane sugar as an adjunct as it's a local product.

This poured with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, white head that lasts a while, good lace, and lots of small bubble trails. Color is a clear pale yellow with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer, some malt and hop. Flavor is like aroma but sweetness comes out more, but is thankfully tempered by some hop. Had this can after it warmed a tad and the body got watery; carbonation is ok. Finish is like flavor with a slight metalic sweetness standing out. Nonetheless, it's one of the better beers of its class. I'll have more, as long as they're cold.

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Photo of putnam
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It would not be fair to publish a thumbs-down review of this beer, as it was purchased in July 2004. Even though its been kept dark and cool in the fruit cellar or fridge ever since, I normally wouldn't expect Third World industrial light lager to survive that long.

Baby's piss yellow with no top unless agitated -- and even then it is a noisy, hasty affair -- there is an absence of aroma. It passes the smell test. I am impressed by its clean dryness. There is a subtle, raw grainy flavor the provides something for the palate to do, even if turns out to be empty calories for the extended synapse family. A dull surge of acidity suggests it might have once been snappy. There are absolutely no flaws here. By the same token, a truly exceptional light lager (like Birra del Vecchio, Rothaus and Mahr's Leicht) will still have character of some kind after such extended aging. It is apparent this was alway empty. Functional beer. Sorry I waited.

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Photo of Rayek
3.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pokal.

A: Brilliant gold with nice clarity and a steady bead. A dense and foamy white cap slowly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves a decent amount of lace.

S: Musty cut grass dominates the nose. A bit of lemon and a touch of straw round things out.

T: Light, crisp and unassuming. Dry cracker-like malt comes out first. A sharp bitterness comes on that, while mild in the bitterness spectrum, has a bigger kick than this style usually brings. It lends a lemon and pepper bite that gets somewhat metallic as the beer nears its finish. The bitterness lingers for a bit before fading away.

M: The light body is dry and has about the right carbonation tingle to it.

D: There's nothing mind blowing going on here. Just your basic pale lager that doesn't stray from the formula. The beer's lightness makes it an easy drinker. Metallic flavors in the finish provide the only real negatives.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle, all right, a big, full quart's worth (and 4.6% by the label) - super Stubbie!

This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves some fairly solid painted-on lace as it recedes There are some nice continuously-rising bubble streams as well. It smells of musty, dank sweet white grain, and some weedy hops. The taste mild sweet biscuit grain, corn, and some mild, earthy, dusty hops. The carbonation is average, the body moderately weighty, and it finishes a wee bit off-dry, sporting just a tiny bit of skunkiness, but with some crispness in there too.

A nicely even and balanced beer - quite easy to drink, especially when compared to its brethren.

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Photo of mactrail
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Attractive fizzy yellow in the tall Pilsner glass with a decent foamy cap. Long-lasting lacing and plenty of spritz in the mouthfeel, which is what you came here for. Not much aroma, but a cheery beery smell.

Flavor is corn and grain. A little sweet, but not enough to throw off the delicate balance. Not a trace of hop flavor, though a slight bitterness is welcome at the end. Better than average crap lagers.

This beer was meant for gulping and that's just what I'll do. From a good old brown glass quart jug bought at a Palm Springs liquor store that also has a fine selection of Clamato-infused beers.

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Regia Extra from Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd
3.08 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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