Mahou S.A.

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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #530
Ranked #50,721
2.62 | pDev: 22.14%
Mahou S.A.
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jonmikel from Spain

2.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought at a bar in Langreo (Asturias) from Tap.
-Pale looking. No foam head.
-Very few smell.
-Pilsner taste. But low.
-Carbonation felt

Back to Spanish reality from Czech Republic

Jun 10, 2021
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle. Pours golden with fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and grain. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of grain and some hops. Finish is medium and dry. Ok on hot day.

Mar 25, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

1.79/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y poco más. En boca se siente la malta, además de lúpulo y una pizca de caramelo. Acuosa, ligeramente amarga con un final extremadamente seco.

Dec 17, 2018
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Ant777uk from England

3.13/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drinking in Madrid :) On my balcony in sun...recently moved!

Standard lagerish look, not much really to write about.

Unique aroma, different to most, hoppy and inviting, though a bit chloriney.

Taste is really well balanced, and also quite unique, though not sure how to describe the flavor. Improves a bit as it warms up...quite appley kind of, with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

This is dry and refreshing, a quality lager.

I am going to have the red Mahou next in order to do a fair comparison...

Jul 01, 2016
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ithacabaron from California

2.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Pours a flat yellow into my tumbler. No head to speak of, just some thin strings of tracing along the top.

Aroma is tin cans, glue, corn, and that's about it. Among the worst that I've nosed.

Taste is equally uninspiring, with oxidized notes, lots more corn, and more metal. Atrocious.

Mouthfeel can't even get the job done, being far too think, and almost sticky, at times. Undercarbonated and sugary.

All in all, an abjectly poor beer.

Aug 09, 2013
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Radome from Florida

2.38/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from 200 cl bottle in Spain.

A - Dark golden color, exceptionally clear. Head is pure white and thin, quickly fading to almost nothing.

S - Malt is fairly clean and grainy, perhaps Pilsner malt. Hint of corn. No overt hops in the aroma, but there's a whiff of skunked noble hops aroma in the background.

T - Not much flavor to grab on to. Indistinct hops flavor at first, then fading to nothing. No real malt flavor to speak of. After the hops there is an astringent chemical aftertaste at a low intensity. In between the initial hops and the aftertaste is no taste; like water.

M - Light body. Fizzy carbonation. No alcohol heat. Slight hops bitterness.

O - The very definition of watery, "drinkable", generic light lager. The only redeeming value is that I can reuse the 200 cl bottle for a strong homebrew, and it's cheaper to buy it with this beer in it than to buy the bottle from a homebrew supplier!

Sep 15, 2012
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RodneyFarva from Spain

2.23/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml can poured into beer stein

a: pours a pale golden yellow, lots of carbonation, a decent head comes down to almost nothing quite quicky.

s: a tiny bit of malts and hoppiness, but mostly just that standard sweet corn aroma.

t: lots of carbonation gives some bite to an otherwise bland and mostly flavorless mass produced lager.

o: maybe refreshing on a summer afternoon in Sevilla, but pretty much indistinguishable from the long list of mass produced European lagers I have been so lucky to have tried.

Feb 03, 2012
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dbaker61 from Ohio

2.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden yellow, poured with about three fingers of dense white foam. Retention was excellent, left lots of lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Just the faintest whiff of sweetness as soon as I opened the can.

Taste: Definitely can taste the corn adjunct. A little bitterness. Similar to most mass-market AALs.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body. Some metallic twang in the aftertaste. Enough carbonation.

Overall: Aside from the look in the glass, this doesn't stand out in the world of BMC clones. Not terrible, but not worth having again.

Jun 06, 2011
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

2.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One litre bottle into Guinness pint glass in sea level San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain.

A: Pours a clear yellow. Perhaps urine. Appears undercarbonated. Four finger head of no cream and okay thickness. Surprisingly decent retention. Not appealing, but not awful looking.

Sm: Clean barley. Thank YHWH it doesn't smell malty; this has been a huge problem with Ibiza beers.

T: Clean barley body, with a refreshing slight cream finish. Built to extreme simplicity. A bit watery. It's sort of balanced, but how difficult is it to balance two notes? Not bold, but overall refreshing. More a summer beach beer than anything else.

Mf: Slightly undercarbonated. Very light and smooth. There's not much to say about this beer, as it's rather bland overall.

Dr: This is the cheap one litre bottle swill you get for next to nothing to get smashed on the beach; it's an ideal choice because if sand gets in it, you can toss it to the 'gulls instead of having to finish it, and crack open another without feeling guilty. To this end, it's a success. Is that really what a beer lover wants? Probably not. But to quote Pulp Fiction, you fucking better know better.

May 08, 2011
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peterjk from Texas

2.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Every country has to have some mass produced lager beers. These are not always that bad and sometimes can be really great for the hot days of summer. Mahou fails to emerge from the crowd of generic and indistinguishable "international lagers". The main complaint is that the beer has a lot of off flavors, skunk and some fermented vegetal flavors. If they had kept this in check in could have survived as "pool beer" for those of less discerning taste.

Sep 05, 2010
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahou Clasica pours a clear, darkish golden, and is topped by a creamy, bright white head that fades to a film, leaving good lace. The aroma is light, with grassy, slight peppery hops, and sweet notes.

Upfront this beer is mildly sweet, with a neutral graininess throughout. The finish only has a mild, mild hint of bitterness. This beer is light-bodied, mildly carbonated and thin.

Mahou Clasica is pretty bland, there's not much flavor at all, and it feels watery.

May 17, 2010
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roddwolff from Mexico

2.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow, almost no head of foam;

S: Predominantly corn with a lot of carbonation;

T: sweet malt and lot of corn;

M: Refreshing and bittersweet, slightly sour end, medium body and excesive carbonation;

D: I liked the first, second and third but the fourth no, i would't buy it again.

Jan 08, 2010
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AChamberlain from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daniela, my cousin, for bringing this back from Barcelona. Poured into a pilsner glass. Pretty golden yellow color, with tiny bubbles, classic. Crappy head though, fizzed away quickly. Adjuncty, grainy aromas. Malt, not really much else. Smooth sweet malt flavor. Almost biscuity. A bit of apple. Some hop bitterness. For a supposedly normal macro adjunct lager this is damn tasty! One of my favorite macro beers in all of the world. Damn tasty, damn drinkable.

Sep 22, 2009
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dbalsock from Vermont

2.38/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not very good I must say.

There's a white head that lasts awhile on a clear gold body. It fits the style and this is the best part I think. The smell is of sourdough bread, musty and tart while the taste has some graininess and reminds me of corn flakes. It tastes off, but I can't pinpoint it other than to recall the mustiness of the aroma. The mouthfeel has the tartness from the smell and is a little crisp with a slight bitterness on the aftertaste. It's not a clean beer and it's not crisp enough to be refreshing... I'm quite disappointed even for an american style adjunct lager.

Aug 15, 2009
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Cheech22 from Ohio

1.34/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This stuff is swill, pure and simple. It is absolutely loaded with skunkiness and other rather unpleasant off-flavors. This junk makes Budweiser look like a Trappist beer. Definitely not worth a try.

The infuriating thing about Spain is that most of the cafes only carry one type of beer. If you happen wander into one and this is all they've got, be sure it's ice-cold and on-tap. If not, get a glass of wine (in fact, I'd do that anyway. Spanish wine is outstanding).

May 11, 2008
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plaid75 from New York

3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt with a smattering of floral hops and corn.

The taste was light and grainy with a heavy corn element and some metallic flavors. Corn sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style and a bit slick.

Overall a typical macro. Light bodied with some off flavors.

Jan 28, 2008
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Amalak from New York

3.88/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amazing lace and a good head. clear, dull gold, slightly fizzy.

S: Not much of a smell, but it is a nice mild, buttery kind of smell.

T: Excellent caramel taste. Smooth, buttery, nice.

M: Smooth. Easy on the mouth, but not much flavor.

D: Very easy to drink. Excellent flavor and smoothness.

Good beer. I think that it is the classico, but not 100 percent sure. Red lable with five stars across. Smooth and easy to drink.

Oct 17, 2007
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AlexLMS from Portugal

2.35/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mahou Clasica is a very clear beer, has a pale gold color and a white low head that fades rather quickly.
The nose has some hops and its taste, though rather weak, is pleasant.
Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, low alcoholic strength and very light body. Short and bitter aftertaste.

Overall: refreshing and unpretentious adjunct lager. Better than its sister beer (the Mahou Cinco Estrellas).

Jul 08, 2007
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tesguino from Mexico

2.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Special beer made in madrid; rice, corn malt, and hops; smell like yeast, little a corn starch; taste pure, well ballanced, soft and harmonious; try in a pint glass; low carbonation; average in its ABV, classic spanish lager; try with spanish tapas; snacks too; 85% recommended.

Oct 24, 2005
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kmcnair from California

3.29/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recently tried this both on tap and in the bottle during my stop in Madrid on a recent Euro trip. I found the draft version more enjoyable as I am reviewing that version.

This was presented in a goblet, light yellow in color with lots and lots of fluffy white head. Makes a really nice lacing down the glass as I consume. I honestly don't recall a macro lager that presents itself so nicely... I am really impressed with the appearance. Aroma is very typical and average of the lager, a shy hint of spice and light caramel. Flavor reminds me of a heineken, has very little bittering and somewhat smooth but nothing exciting here. The mouthfeel was quite nice though, carbonation was near perfect, very creamy and smooth texture on the palate with a slightly dry finish. I think this is a great example of how a lager should be carbonated. Of the pretty drab selection of beers brewed in Spain, this was my first choice on my trip.. not too bad.

Aug 16, 2005
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahou is everywhere you go in Spain and most always you can choose between a bottle or can or the draft version. Choose draft! This Lager is pale yellow with a nice white fluffy head (not much lace). Light malt and hop aroma that fades fast. The smooth, light malt body is slightly herbal and bread-like. The medium slightly metallic and citrus hops act to balance the brew. Well rounded with an easy drinkability. Nice white head. Much better on tap.

Apr 25, 2003
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