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Ambar Especial - La Zaragozana S.A.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-12-2002

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Photo of Kyrojack
1/5  rDev -63.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.68/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pour is straw colored and the white small head sinks quickly into decent lacings.

S: Corn galore, sweet malt and only faint bitter hops.

T: The corn is dominant. Sweet malt and bitter hops are in the back. Some citric notes.

M: Body is light and carbonation strong. Aftertaste holds some bready notes combined with bitterness, but to me it's very artificial.

O: On a warm summer day on a beach in Spain, why not? Otherwise; you could pick a better beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
1.9/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Photo of rarbring
1.93/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of TastyTaste
2.01/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -22.8%
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!

Photo of Azpittil57
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of mrjez
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of mcewesr
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Vancer
2.34/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours surprising light amber - kinda straw yellow with a tint of copper from the 11.2oz bottle, no dating. Not to bad of a white head, and an attempt at sheet lacing.

Euro skunk with a malt backbone in the aroma, quaff is a lifeless club soda - with a bit of beer mixed into the brew. Not offensive, but nothing going on either. Glad this is a one and done sample.

Photo of Hibernator
2.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ambar Especial
11.2 oz brown bottled
Served in a glass and out of the bottle

Pours a cloudy light amber with a decent head.

Not a pleasant beer by any stretch of the imagination. Weird malts whiffs with a sour herbal kick.

A sweet flavored and lightly malted beer. The finish is watery and fizzy. There is a weird sour milk thing going on here.

I love beer, but this one is a struggle.

Photo of daliandragon
2.44/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Noelito76
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wgfxkmf
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Arch578
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sephyrott
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Campodog
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of budgood1
2.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out a clear dark golden colour, with a thin but tight frothy head. enough lacing to satisfy my eyes. light grainy aroma...i swore i smelled tomatos too. grainy taste in the european style, but much more subdued than the german or eastern european counterparts. the sturdy malt base is held together by some light hopping, but pretty much the entire beer revolves around the coarse graininess. the body is fullish and rounded and the mouthfeel is a bit rough and tumble. finishes with a lingering graininess that gets annoying. drinkability is ok if you like a change of pace and enjoy the euro offerings of american style lagers. overall, it's uninspired and rough around the edges. i wouldn't recommend it, but if you see it, try it.

Photo of koolk
2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber in colour (duh!) with a chunky head.

Nose is non-exsistant, very little going on. Some malt, bread and grains but that is it.

Palate has a hint of sweetness and a bit of roundness to it but flavour wise it still struggles with light malt and only a touch of hops.

Pretty average stuff.

Photo of endovelico
2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into stein.

Appearance: Pours a yellow-golden brew with a thin cap that holds reasonably for a macro-lager. Slight lacing and decent head retention. Non perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Assertive grainy aroma with strong adjunct notes. Prominent enough, albeit not really that pleasant. Faint evergreen hops aroma.

Taste: Bland and unremarkable. You can just barely taste the sweet corn. Theres a noticeable metallic twang to it aswell. Very uninteresting.

Palate: Medium high carbonation. Light bodied. Low bitterness. Dries out but leaves a metallic / adjuncty taste.

Drinkability: Very unremarkable even by macro-lager standards. It's very light, yet i struggle to finish it. Overall, it's probably as low as i'll rate a beer without severe flaws.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

first beer from spain, atleast i think so, but if this is like other spanish beers, zzz

its like a crappy version of budweiser, a generic plane lager.

looks average, has a slightly more amber color to it, but thats about it.

smell is of corn and water, taste is prety boring, a mixture of adjuncts, corn, water, and a little bit of alcohol.

its somewhat refreshing if that means much of anything.

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