Brewed by Hijos de Rivera
Style: Pale Lager
A Coruña, Spain


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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.31   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Cerveza Especial / Premium Lager
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, maize and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod909 (43) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Average beer. Unremarkable aroma, appearance, and even flavor. I might as well just be drinking a miller lite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
obguthr (4770) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Strong barley aroma approaching that of mushrooms. Golden color, sudsy snow white head. Tastes like it smells, not so bad, but boring. Bitter grass finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very pale yellow with big fluffy white head. It’s skunky at first, but it dissipates; the rest of the aroma is cornflower and lemon with some hay. The flavor is like very stale cornbread with some grassiness. The finish is astringent. This is hard to drink.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Enjoyit (3621) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Pale yellow of color with a weak white head. An aroma of of corn and notes of bad hops. A flavor of corn, metallic and hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2007
A nice pale lager that I tried out of a bottle in Palo Alto, Ca. Has a very nice texture and refreshingly cool. Overall its a pretty good pale ale especially for being from southern Europe.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zaplutus (3) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2007 does not count
Doubt I get this one again; certainly not a 600 liter candidate; better than cheap domestic lagers, but not a lot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shag (2716) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2007
A golden color with a white soapy head. The aroma contains some freshly cut grass, lemons, and corn. The flavor is on the dry side but certainly not hoppy with some lemons and corn. In the 104F heat we are having lately this would be refreshing but really not good for much else.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
05-Jul-06 (12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA; Bottling date of Nov, 2005) Ugh, the bad pale lagers just never seem to end. With the cheap, sweet graininess, the cardboard and the metal shaving, it’s hard to pick out the worst of the flavors of this "Cerveza Especial?" What they really mean by "Especial" is Especially Bad! Some corn in the finish as well, and hops is apparently a four-letter word to the brewer. In the nose, cardboard definitely wins out. Light-bodied, but rather than being clean and refreshing, it has such an awful aftertaste, the only way to get rid of this hang is to brush my teeth. Medium straw in color, but the significant amount of haze masks the scattered carbonation bubbles, an unfortunate turn of events which I find a big detriment to the overall appearance. And that’s too bad because the white head demonstrates pretty nice retention and leaves a few large, dense patches of lace on the glass. Another bad European pale lager that’s unfit for (my) consumption, so down the drain this will go. Beside, a suicidal fly just crash-landed in the beer and now I guess I’ll have to pour the remaining eight ounces down the drain. I will reward that self-sacrificing fly by extracting him from the beer and extending his life. Who knows, maybe he’s been appointed my guardian fly and will save me from drinking another bad beer some day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Bottled. Clear golden with a white head. Very "Lagery" with a corny nose and typical corn-hop finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (8659) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2007
Very white head, shrinking despite good carbonation from dark golden beer. Slightly perfumey nose, a whiff of rosewater, lemon and pale, dull malts. Straw, wet hay, old tired malts. Grainy character,little restsugars, and a metallic(copper) - hoppy finish, and traces of mint. Rather watery but not thin bodied; reasonably refreshing. Ho-hum lager. Nothing wrong, little to enjoy. Would it beat a dry white Rioja or a Priorato with garlicky Galician sea-fruit? I doubt it.

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