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Ambar Especial - La Zaragozana S.A.

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Ambar EspecialAmbar Especial

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BA SCORE
67
poor

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 22.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
3.3/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark golden color with a medium sized frothy white head. Decent amount of bubbles race to the top. Decent lacing around the glass. The smell is floral and grassy but not hoppy. The taste is strong on the sweet malt flavors but there's not much in the hops dept. Finish is sharper than most lagers and decently refreshing. All in all this is a good beer but I couldn't have too many of these because of the sweet malt abundance and lack of much else.

granger10, Jun 29, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of jcdiflorio
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap. Could not read the year part of the best by date.

Hazy,pale light amber color with a loud fizzing 1" white head quickly dissapating into a slight coating of foam. No carbination visable looked flat and uninviting.

A sweet grainy aroma with some grassyiness,also metallic and some vinious aromas present

Grainy taste,syrupyiness that wasn't enjoyable.a very slight burnt taste and a bit vinious.A sweet dry finish. The taste reminded me of a malt liqcour.

Light mouthfeel,some cloying making it feel medium bodied,was also grainy.
12 oz of this beer was enough could not drink another.

jcdiflorio, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -26.7%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear and medium gold in appearance, a soapy white head starts at 1/2 an inch but is no where to be found in 40 seconds. Some partial ring laces on a pint glass. Decently malty aroma, a bit of watermelon. Flavor begins slightly nutty and husky, not bad in overall composition but straying toward seedy. The mouthfeel falls apart pretty early though, heads to a watery realm with very minimal hoppiness spread out at the finish and without bite. Too much apple core in the aftertaste. Carbonation is moderate and not too fizzy. Pretty unremarkable but the aroma and the beginning give it some distinction for what it is.

ADR, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pretty similiar to any other lager on the markey, sweetish, thin bodied, boring, and lacking in any malt and hop character, curse the people who import this into Australia, booooo!

rastaman, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of jonmikel
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

jonmikel, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Zaragozana's Ambar Especial pours a slightly hazy, light amber colored body beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice 'mountains' of lace along the side of the glass as the initial head receeds. From there it maintains a thin lid of creamy foam that slowly receeds to an average collar.

Delicately toasty, grainy, and mildly sweetish malt greets you in the nose, and a gentle swirl of the glass reveals some of its floral and grassy hops.

The body is medium and a touch dextrinous, and it's restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation leaves a light caress on the tongue before it passes smoothly away.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and it surprisingly malty with a sugary/honeyish edge that's almost like unfermented wort. Hmmm? Spicy and floral hops cut through the malt, and a solid bitterness anchors it nicely, leaving it to finish dry with an edge of raspy bitterness left behind.

It's certainly not the best-made beer, but apart from lacking a little bit of finesse it's well-made with no flaws or defects. I think it could be a bit smoother and better rounded, but it's quite interesting, and a great change from the more commonly available clear golden lagers. Probably worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3/5  rDev +9.9%
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

ChristopherWIU-UTPA, May 04, 2014
Photo of tone77
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

tone77, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of bigaddy
3/5  rDev +9.9%

bigaddy, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at our local Spanish restaurant last night- $5.00 for a 33 cl bottle. Gotta love restaurant prices. I had never heard of this puppy before, and the waitress described two other Spanish beers as "like Corona" and "like Heineken", and Ambar was "darker". So that was the information I was going on.

The room was dark and I couldn't read the label, nor see the color very well. But my best guess is that it was a darker than macro golden-orange, with a smallish head in a standard pint glass.

Aroma is sweet malty, slight caramel notes and a little flowery. But in general, weak. Flavor is sweet malts with the ever so slightest oily hop bitter finish. Not complex, not terrible. Mouthfeel was disappointingly thin.

I had this with some very good (and very expensive) Spanish food, and maybe the mood set me up, but I thought it went OK with the tapas and I enjoyed it. I recognized that it's not a "best of class", but considring the style, you could do a lot worse!

Dukeofearl, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Noelito76
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Noelito76, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of daliandragon
2.38/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up this run of the mill looking lager at Sam's Blue Light in Durham, which is a fine establishment by the way. Plain brown bottle, oval red label without any interesting picture or design. I remember being unimpressed with the Spanish beers I had a few years ago while visiting that country but maybe this will be a surprise..

Dull bronze color without more than a thin cap of head or any other signs of life. Nose has a stronger malt profile than anticipated, with some recognizable chocolate strains and a fruity aroma as well.

Taste has a decent malt presence but also some strange yeastiness that flattens the flavor out a bit. Buttery, chemical tones also intrude upon the natural ingredients. Mouthfeel is almost flat, strange for a macro lager. Aftertaste is unpleasant enough to make me cringe. No surprise here, I won't be drinking this again unless I'm desperate.

daliandragon, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of rarbring
1.93/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer is clear pale straw colored, small bubbles, a white head that settles quickly, but leaves some lacing.

The smell is weak, very corn cereal, a bit sweet, raisins and strawberries- No acidity, no bitterness.

Starts sweet, once more the strawberry association, some corn flakes, anonymous fruity tones, like esters, a slight sour, lemon, and bitter soap presence.

Medium low carbonation, small bubbles, no body, a chemical soapy feeling. A somewhat dry finish.

Overall I find it hard imagining this beer to be good in any situation.

rarbring, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of wgfxkmf
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

wgfxkmf, May 29, 2012
Photo of Limanuljaska
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Limanuljaska, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.24/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

woodychandler, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +9.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of TastyTaste
1.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Medium to dark crystal clear body, which sits under neath a big bubbly off-white head that is about 3/4" after the pour,with fairly good retention after fading to 1/4". Smell is immediately recognizable as adjunct. Corn and gran are in the nose. Taste is very sweeet, you can almost taste the corn kernels. Too sweet, cloying even, bordering on malt liquor, in offensiveness. Mouthfeel is ok, head is creamy enough. Try it if you have neve had a beer from Spain, if you have, avoid.

TastyTaste, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Azpittil57
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Azpittil57, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Best before 6/9/05. Starts and finishes on the mildly hoppy side, really unremarkable, it would make a good lawn mower beer. $1.35 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

TMoney2591, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of karait95
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: straw color very pale maybe some golden hues inside, body looks very light with some carbonation and a withe little head that disappears fasts and doesn't last on top of the beer, nothing to remember.

S: some malts can be sensed but nothing important and not something to notice.

T: average flavor to say something positive a malty body is sensed just that.

M: not very pleasant sensation it is light and to refresh but not nice, a lasting ending but not the good one that you remember.

karait95, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of nico_freespirit
3/5  rDev +9.9%

nico_freespirit, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
1.9/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a watery, clear, pale bronze color with light amber tints. The aroma is of caramel malt, but it is so faint that it is nearly impossible to detect. The taste is like the aroma. It is a little stronger, but not by much. The mouthfeel is light bodied with an annoyingly high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

KarlHungus, Jan 01, 2008
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Ambar Especial from La Zaragozana S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.