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Ambar Especial - La Zaragozana S.A.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
67
poor

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
La Zaragozana S.A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-12-2002)
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3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Pours clear, medium copper color, not much head. This is a full-flavored beer with just a bit of sweetness to it.

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2.65/5  rDev -2.6%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I think they spelled "Amber" wrong... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-straw topped by a finger or so of relatively short-lived dirty white foam. The nose comprises corn, wild rice, hard water, and light sweet vinyl. The taste brings in more of the same, a sweeter, less watered-down version of your usual macro fare. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this is as bland and unfortunately-everyday as it gets. Its Spanish origins aren't helping, as they're not contributing anything. Pass, and then some.

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2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this beer on multiple occasion in Spain, Morocco, Portugal, and the United States. In the United States I procured this Spanish Beer at Friar Tucks in Savoy, Illinois. Pours golden clear, with average head, some lacings, and average carbonation. Has a malt taste, notes of rice, hops, and grains; it has aroma similar to Budweiser, which fades rapidly. It leaves a metallic aftertaste, pretty refreshing on a hot day, and it won't leave you bloated. For an American Adjunct Lager it is really well made for a big brewery.

Stationed at Rota Naval Station 2003 (U.S. Army)
Morocco May 2013
Madrid/Toledo Spain May 2013
Portugal June 2013

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3/5  rDev +10.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, grains, corn. Taste is not so good. Something a bit sour or medicinal like is present, along with grains and corn. Not sure what it is, but it's not pleasant. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was not impressed.

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3.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Being as that our options for buying single bottles of beer are so limited, I tend to pounce like a (Pitt) panther on any that I see in various coolers that I scour. This was just such a recent score.

From the bottle: "Lager Beer Biere Speciale Bier Cat I Birra Speciale Super"; "Brewed & Bottled in Spain, Espagne, Spanien, Spagna, Spanje".

My pour produced a foamy, soapy finger of bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled especial with an odd sweetness, not honey-like as lager should be, but with a kind of chemical quality, too. Not as odd as Minhas, but not right, either. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not all that bad, with a cereal sweetness along with a metallic tang and a smoky, anise quality. Okay, I have no idea what adjuncts went into this one, but it surely did not include corn. This was one strange piece of chicken. Finish was semi-dry and not all that bad, if it really is an AAL. I was surprised, but still not a fan.

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Ambar Especial from La Zaragozana S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.