1906 Reserva Especial
Brewed by Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
Style: Amber Lager
LA Coruña, Galicia, Spain
My second beer from the Hijos De Rivera brewery, having tried their Estrella Galicia pale lager a while back and which I generally liked. That was a good session beer so I had highish hopes for this brew from their collection.
In the year of 1906 a Mr. José María Rivera Corral, who had just returned from his trip to Mexico and full of enthusiasm and bright ideas, decided to start his own brewery in the city of La Coruña, in the North West of Spain and called it the “La Estrella de Galicia” factory whose main products would be beers and soft drinks.The Rivera brewery is still owned and operated by the same family, by his great grandson and namesake.
In the 90’s the company diversified and expanded into new markets such as for mineral water, juices, ciders and vinegars. But the main brand of the brewery is Estrella Galicia, a 5.5% abv pale lager brewed since the beginning of the brewery, and a brand that is found all over Spain and also exported to the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and the United States, amongst others.
Review: 33cl Bottle of 1906 Reserva Especial: ABV: 6.5% vol
The beer has won a stack of international awards….at the Monde Selection and the World Beer Challenge amongst the many.
The bottle caught my eye…..the design of the label was quirky enough, looked more like a bottle of wine with its age printed……1906…..looked intriguing, so I snapped it up. The 1906 refers, of course, to the date the brewery was founded.
A pretty good looking beer in appearance, with a lovely decent sized frothy white head and a nice golden colour.
Very good lacing with a head that maintains throughout.
Lovely smell, very beery, very malty, very good smell……
Smell is very strong on nose, grains, malty. Yeah liked the aroma.
Taste is very sweet initially, front taste is hoppy and too sweet, not a great start.
Horrible! Typical, always the way….good smell n good looking but always a shitty beer, why is that?
On taste got a creamy mouthful.
Very hoppy. Not great, not smooth.
Ok, there are some tastes, mainly malt and sweet grains, but overall it is tough to drink. Not nice at all, what a pity.