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Mahou Cinco Estrellas

Rating: 2.2

A twenty-fifth Spanish beer now and one that pushes it above the north of Ireland to joint tenth with Croatia in my beers by country list, this one being a beer that I’m actually quite surprised that I’ve not reviewed here before now considering how well-known it is within Spain. Mahou Cinco Estrellas (or just Mahou as it’s commonly known in the UK) is a beer that I’ve tried multiple times over the years on various trips to Spain but it’s probably been upwards of ten years since I’ve last tried it and as such it’s not one that I can remember all that much about. Brewed just outside Madrid, it’s one of the main Spanish beers but it’s not one that appeared to be overly popular in Barcelona when I visited last year. I finally managed to sample this one at a Cuban themed bar in Glasgow recently and it was worse than I ever remember it being; here’s what I thought of it at the time.

Appearance (3/5): Light amber and quite a clear looking beer, there was a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface though and suggesting quite an actively carbonated offering. The head was a centimetre tall that was bone white in colour and formed with a foamy texture but managed to hold well over the opening minutes.
Aroma (4/10): Light and definitely quite basic on the nose, there was a hint of skunk in the early going with some background hay and grassy touches. It was more of an earthy hop aroma that was quite subdued and weak at points, I struggled to detect much of anything initially and it was never really a strong nose; poor stuff really.
Taste (4/10): Similar to the nose, this one kicks off with some basic adjuncts and corn but is still quite a light offering. There was some skunk showing at times without it overpowering and a few basic biscuit flavours started to appear nearer the middle along with subtle citrus flavours. It’s definitely a very basic beer with a few grassy flavours rounding things off but little else to grab your attention really.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied, bordering on thin with quite a dry feel that’s also fairly crisp but ultimately quite basic. There was some faint fizz at times and very subtle sweetness off the back of the biscuit malts but there was also some skunk showing at times which wasn’t great; it’s a very basic and bland beer throughout really.

Overall (8/20): Quite a disappointing beer overall, it was basic and fairly bland from the start but at the same time it was pretty similar to a lot of macro pale lagers out there. There was light citrus and biscuit flavours at times but for the most part the beer was all hay, grassy touches and basic adjuncts with a hint of skunk to round things off; it’s a bad day when a beer makes Estrella look good.

Brewed In: Alovera, Spain
Brewery: Mahou S. A.
Also Known As: Mahou Five Stars
First Brewed: Brewery since 1890
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Revolución de Cuba, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.60

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  1. June 22, 2017 at 18:16

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