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Estrella Galicia

Rating: 2.05

Finally a first review of a Spanish beer that I sampled on my recent trip to Barcelona now, this one follows on from two Russian beers from the Baltika brewery that I also managed to sample in the city. The beer in question is the flagship pale lager from the Hijos De Rivera brewery, Estrella Galicia and it shouldn’t be confused with the Estrella Damn beer from the Barcelona’s Damn brewery, despite the fact the names are similar. This is a beer that I was aware of prior to my visit, mainly due to the fact its name is so similar to the Estrella Damn offering I’ve already reviewed here but it’s not a beer that I’ve ever spotted within the UK despite the fact that the brewery does export to here. Even though Spain is one of the UK’s closest neighbours, this one will be only my 15th review of a beer from the country and although that number will rise some in the coming days, given my recent visit, it’s still not nearly as many as I’d have liked to try from the country. A product from A Coruña in the Galicia region of Spain that the beer takes its name from, the Hijos de Rivera brewery that makes the beer is still 100% family owned but they have an annual production of around 2 million hectolitres which is why this particular beer seemed to be available almost everywhere I looked in Barcelona.

Estrella Galicia

Appearance (2/5): Clear bodied and pouring a slightly brighter than expected amber colour, this one was topped with a centimetre tall, bubbly white head that looked quite rough and harsh before halving in size then eventually disappearing from the surface of the beer.
Aroma (4/10): There wasn’t too much in the way of a noticeable aroma from this one but it did start off with some touches of corn and skunk before a faint hay and grassy aroma started to come through around the middle. It was definitely a faint and quite weak beer on the nose with touches of bitterness towards the end but not a lot of anything else I’m afraid.
Taste (4/10): The taste carried on much where the nose had left off, with some faint malts and grain coming through alongside touches of corn and basic adjuncts. There was again some grassy hops coming through but they too seemed weak and the hay that followed was also to be expected. There was a touch of citrus and a moderate background bitterness with this one towards the end with a few bread malts sneaking in too.
Palate (2/5): Thin and quite a light body with this beer, there was also a faint tang from the citrus but this was minimal if I’m honest. Carbonation wise the beer seemed fine initially and even crisp but it also started to get a bit bland and boring soon after before a moderate bitterness made itself known at the end too.

Overall (9/20): Quite a light and thin beer that was also pretty bland but on the whole it probably wasn’t quite as bad as I’d been expecting, although nor was it a particularly enjoyable beer either. There was some basic bread malts and faint citrus but beyond that there wasn’t too much of anything to get me interested sadly.

Brewed In: A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Brewery: Hijos De Rivera
First Brewed: Brewery since 1906
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Mini Mix Russian Shop (Barcelona, Spain)
Price: €0.80 (approx £0.63)

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