1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ambar Especial - La Zaragozana S.A.

Not Rated.
Ambar EspecialAmbar Especial

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
68
poor

48 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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)
View: Beers (9) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Petertauro
Petertauro

Spain

5/5  rDev +82.5%

04-17-2013 12:41:48 | More by Petertauro
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear, straw yellow color, blessed with a big, softly settling, fluffy white head.
Aroma: empty, but inoffensive.
Very smooth, rich, malty flavor. Pleasant right off the start. Light bodied, but surprisingly tasty. I think I got a very fresh bottle, just off the plane from Spain, where it rains mainly on the...veranda...um, scratch that...anyway...
Tiny little hops gently ride on the palate, quickly covered over in a blanket of light, sweet, delicious maltiness.
Based on the previous reviews, I was set for a let-down, but happily cast off that presumption. Quite a nice lager, nothing wrong with it, a beer I can live with, and garner pleasure from. Just plain nice. Thumbs up from me!
...and I've been told that Ambar is a family name involved with the brewery, not any connection to the English word, "amber".

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 08:53:32 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 15:35:05 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of jonmikel
jonmikel

Spain

3.75/5  rDev +36.9%

10-21-2012 08:30:47 | More by jonmikel
Photo of BeerResearcher
BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz dark brown bottle. Very generous 06/09/05 best before date.
It pours a shiny brassy gold color with a medium sized white head. Lots of low-lying clingy little bubbles rise up from the sides and bottom of the glass.
The smell of grain, cut dry grass lasts awhile. A touch of alcohol vapor rises up then fades.
A taste bread dough, unsalted Saltines and light sugary sweetness balances well with sharp hoppy flavors. Grapefruit rind zest, lemon bitterness and a bit of metallic tang gives this an edgy, cutting quality.
Warming alcohol is noticed in the background.
Not bad!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 01:43:26 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of granger10
granger10

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 00:08:18 | More by granger10
Photo of tesguino
tesguino

Mexico

3.28/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A lager from spain; intense deep yellow, little pale; aromatic like broiled hops; taste harmonic, wide, clean, like velvet; try with spanish tapas, paella valenciana; spiced mexican food; serve in a pilsner glass; this is an example of spanish good beer over the average; 80% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 16:08:17 | More by tesguino
Photo of MichaelProcton
MichaelProcton

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

11-09-2013 17:25:49 | More by MichaelProcton
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:25:48 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Dukeofearl
Dukeofearl

California

3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 14:40:50 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of ADR
ADR

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 15:46:22 | More by ADR
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

3/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 00:37:10 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of bigaddy
bigaddy

Michigan

3/5  rDev +9.5%

01-02-2014 23:21:02 | More by bigaddy
Photo of cfalovo97
cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +9.5%

11-07-2012 02:23:58 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of nico_freespirit
nico_freespirit


3/5  rDev +9.5%

11-20-2012 17:16:51 | More by nico_freespirit
Photo of Redrover
Redrover

Illinois

3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one at 1492 which is a very good tapas restaurant located in downtown Chicago. I figured Spanish beer & Spanish food should go well together. This was much better than the Estella I also sampled.

Beer poured a nice amber/gold with a decent tan head . Some lacing.

Mostly a fresh malty nose on this beer. Hints of bread and perhaps a little fruit.

Taste was a little on the sweeter side and I‘m guessing that’s due to a large does of malts. Not a lot of hops in this one. Went well with most of the food but it could not stand up to the spicier foods. I think I really needed a good IPA.

Mouthfeel was creamy, drinkablity was average. So far, the best of the Spanish beers I’ve sampled.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 16:01:07 | More by Redrover
Photo of Gregwa
Gregwa

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +9.5%

06-15-2012 01:14:54 | More by Gregwa
Photo of BJSmit
BJSmit

Netherlands

3/5  rDev +9.5%

02-01-2014 17:18:10 | More by BJSmit
Photo of bark
bark

Sweden

2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is malty with semi-sweet notes. Bitter hints in the background. It is clean and a bit simple.

The colour is pale yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is white; it sinks quickly leaving no lacing.

The taste is clean and light with some malty sweetness and a barley noticeable bitterness. The aftertaste is light with some bitter hints, a touch of sulphur and sweet hints of cereals.

The carbonation is medium to strong; the small bubbles short-lasting. The liquid is a bit smooth.

An average adjunct lager. Probably a great thirst-drencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:09:06 | More by bark
Photo of karait95
karait95

Mexico

2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:57:30 | More by karait95
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium amber with a sparse cloud of fine particulates. The bone white cap is good-sized after my usual pour and shows off a 'bubbles piled upon bubbles' look on its upper surface. A decent amount of cheese grater lace completes the picture of a better than average looking American macro lager.

The nose, however, is standard issue Euro pale lager. How is it that pale lagers from Europe all smell alike and are easily discernable from their American counterparts? I can't even blame a green glass bottle since this one is brown. In any case... undistinguished pale malt and musty noble hops. Ho-hum.

Better on the palate, if only a little. I'm appreciative of the malt base since it's more sturdy and more flavorful than the style average. Those noble hops still aren't adding anything of value though. One good feature is that sweet and bitter complement one another nicely throughout each mouthful, with bitter edging ahead on the finish. This is actually decent beer.

The mouthfeel holds up its end of the bargain even if there's nothing especially noteworthy about it. It's on the medium-full side for the style and is appropriately carbonated. I'm pleased to see a pretty good lace display now that most of the glass has been uncovered.

Ambar Especial is an acceptable pale lager from a country not generally known for brewing. Although it's unlikely to turn any heads, it is superior to most of what comes out of Eastern Europe. Having said that, I would think that the Spanish could do a whole lot better if they put their minds to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 13:16:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of jdhilt
jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 00:24:49 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-28-2014 00:59:27 | More by Latarnik
Photo of dryndantheman
dryndantheman

Ireland

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-21-2014 15:35:52 | More by dryndantheman
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-08-2014 03:07:23 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ambar Especial from La Zaragozana S.A.
68 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.