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Reserva 1925 - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Reserva 1925Reserva 1925

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 14.85%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-23-2004)
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Photo of stoutman


3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep gold beer with a good white head. Palate is fairly dry with a light crispness. Dry malt, a little cream. Light minerals. A whisper of hop - and citrusy marmalade. Lingering finish with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Finishes smooth. A touch dry but okay.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:33:24 | More by stoutman
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light amber; small head; no real lacing

Aroma: Malty; slight honey; grassy

Taste: Very smooth and well balanced; wasn't too complex, but very drinkable; like a pale lager, but slightly sweeter

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:05:54 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of thierrynantes


3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer bottle (62 cl.) purchased in Grenada (Spain), and tasked in may 2013.

Appearance : dark golden color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : moderate malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : mild holy and spicy flavors with dry malty finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style strong pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:25:29 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of janubio


3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden colour with a creamy two fingers foam taht takes its time to fade and leaves some lace. Smell... well, you can detect both malts and hops. Corn, liquor and a bit of barnyard. Creamy and sticky palate, medium to full body. Taste of corn, some caramel and liquor.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 21:16:22 | More by janubio
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The official blurb goes like this: Reserved for the most demanding palate. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is a high quality beer crafted to perfection. With its deep, exquisite taste and exclusive masterpiece in bottle design. Reserva 1925: Our vast brewing experience, to enchant the beer connoisseur.

My fancy bottle must hold something special: lets open it!

Poured @ home into a Duvel glass on 16 Nov 2012. Looked fine, in fact it looked good, a nice clear, clean, light amber body waith a full white head (at first).

The aroma was of malts and nuts, with a mini yeast presence in the smell as well.

The taste was more malts than hops with the alcohol content also being detectable in the mouth feel. Fairly thin for a 'super lager' and I'm sure three 33cl bottles would give almost anyone a hangover, even so I quite enjoyed the thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 16:56:14 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. The embossed green bottle is uncommonly fancy for a lager - it seems to imply higher quality (although the ingredient list mentions maize).

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep amber colour with medium carbonation and some slight floating sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam with decent stability; this slowly subsides to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of light malt with notes of harsh stewed leaves, overdone veg, corn and a hint of sulphur in the background. Deteriorates as it warms.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of stewed leaves, overcooked veggies, solvent and corn. Rather harsh and astringent, with a hint of cardboard and slick, solventy booze in the background. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, oily and tingly, with decent body. Somewhat acrid; dries the palate. Aftertaste of stewed leaves/veg/corn and alcohol.

Not very nice. A crappy lager with lots of unpleasant off-flavours and excessive booze. It's strength doesn't improve anything. It gets worse as it warms, but it wasn't good to begin with. Don't let the classy bottle deceive you - this is best avoided.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 22:20:52 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting 330ml bottle which has no paper labels. All information is "carved" directly in the glass. Served in a small chalice.

A: Pours a orange golden color. Clear. Forms a medium creamy fluffy and aired head leaving many spotty chunks of foam and some lacings in the glass

S: Sweet and biscuity. Notes of honey. Lager yeasts. Flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Notes of honey, caramel malts and bready Lager yeasts. End is slightly bitter

M: Light to medium body. Medium to high carbonation. Sweet malts aftertaste

O: Medium drinkability. Not a beer that I'll drink againr

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 12:32:11 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of FLima


3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted it 8 months ahead of expiration date. Interesting engraved bottle. Poured a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. Golden color apperance.
Pleasant and mild aroma of hops. Good carbonnation, with a medium body. Taste of grains, with bitterness coming in the middle and fading. Alcohol of 6.4% was well hidden, and use of corn did not harm much. Above average lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 13:44:34 | More by FLima
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber colour with a foamy, bone white head on top that is about a centimetre tall and stays for a good few minutes and several drinks of the beer.

Some definite alcohol and grain notes, there is some corn and lager hops and malts. I was surprised at how light on the nose the beer was for a fairly strong beer in the alcohol department.

Subtle hops and some light lager malts along with a touch of grain and alcohol that gets stronger the longer you leave the beer. There is some corn and even some spice with the tiniest hint of some skunk right at the end.

Medium in carbonation and body. There is a touch of bitterness and the finish is crisp yet slightly wet with touches of alcohol and minimal grain too.

Nothing to exciting or really worth noting about this strong pale lager, it started off quite nice but gradually faded to an average beer about half way down. It was drinkable but a little basic and unimaginative for my liking with nothing grabbing my attention other than perhaps the nice look of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:30:00 | More by flyingpig


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml engraved label bottle. Pokal glass. Review on jun´12 –enjoyed many times since Antonio, one of my best friends, bought it for me fifteen years ago. Bright golden color, crystal appearance. White, small bubbled, froth creates a close & creamy crown. Good retention. Sweet malty aroma & citric hop hues. Light body, moderate carbonation. Sweet maltiness & pleasant bitterness provide smooth & creamy palate. Very nice drinkability. Refreshing & flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 22:58:57 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of RodneyFarva


3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass. interesting glass bottle, with the writing out of glass. also incredibly difficult to read.

a: pours a light copper color with a 2 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly.

s: some nice malts and hoppiness to it. i can detect the alcohol as well.

t: malts up front, and a bit of skunkiness, which may simply be the hops. quite sweet as well, with the alcohol somewhat present at the end.

o: pretty decent, although the sweetness/alcohol detracts. however, coming in at the same price as Leffe/Grimbergen and almost twice as much as better lagers means I probably won't pick this up again

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 18:25:35 | More by RodneyFarva
Photo of sfprint


2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

exp 5/31/12

A: Foamy and healthy head with lots of rising carbonation. Medium gold and transparent.

S: Very weak in smell. Actually hints of lime. Bits of grass, but very very weak.

T: Metallic, but also a fairly weak flavor. Higher alcohol is detectable but not negative. Grassy. But fairly neutral, a hair sour.

M: Watery.

O: The taste is Ok, but the rest really doesn't stand up.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:53:48 | More by sfprint
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice clear golden yellow color, with lots of head.

smell had a slight bit of citrus, malt, and overall kind of an aroma you would expect in a cheap beer but still intriguing in a way.

slight hops in the taste. malty with a nice bitterness and also little sweetness to it. better than i expected and was definitely enjoyable, especially in the hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 05:11:46 | More by fostachild
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 3/4 pint glass (Creemore Springs Lager Theme!). No best before date (just the custom bottle).

A - slight head that stays around less than a minute with very little lacing. Dark amber, clear and with very little obvious carbonation.

S - malty base with just a slight overtone of skunkiness (in a good way).

T - clear and tart with very subtle hops and an enduring subtle toasty malt. Strong flavors, but noting really stands out!

M - very nice sharp carbonation to offset the bitterness. Heavier than it looks.

D - extremely drinkable. Could (and have) had a number of these to great effect. Nice daily drinking beer.

Very satisfying drink with a knife's-edge balance of hoppy bitterness with toasted malt to great effect. Would love to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 20:43:03 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me by a friend from Spain. Supposedly one of the best Spanish beers, (and he knows what he is talking about as he "studied" with me here in Germany). Thanks Alvaro!

A: Dark straw/brown color. Weak head which disappears quickly.

S: Big malts, some grass and a bit of wet cardboard... actually, the smell of this beer reminds me of Stella Artois... maybe a bit stronger smell but very similar.

T: Very similar to the smell: this beer really reminds me of Stella. The flavor is just much stronger in every aspect (not sure if that is good or bad) Big round flavor... tastes a bit earthy/full, not sure how to explain it... a bit like popcorn or a gram cracker... I cannot detect the alcohol and that counts for something.

M: very thick and rounded character, I believe this is because of the alcohol.

D: Good drink-ability, the alcohol content is not to terribly high. This beer makes me imagine what a high alcohol Stella would taste like. More flavor, bigger character...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 04:01:30 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of rarbring


3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark gold beer with an off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell has some earthy aromas from the malt, the hops adds some grass and spices.

There is sweetness upfront, brown sugar, but also bread and wood, a good balanced bitterness. Almost a vinous feeling.

Medium carbonation, smooth, rather complex, a small dryness at the end.

A bit sweet but rather well balanced, worked well with dark meat.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 19:12:36 | More by rarbring
Photo of mfkr


2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- A golden red color and a really good head.

S- Sweet malts and some hint of hops, felt a bit to artificial.

T- Lots of sweet malt flavor, some hops.

M- Thin body and low carbonation.

To sweet for a lager in my opinion, could be a good lager if it would get some more bitternes.

Serving: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 01:46:22 | More by mfkr
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass oct26 2009

A clear golden color with no real head or lace

S hops, some sweet grains and corn

T as it smells with a tiny bit of booze

M a little bite, but pretty watery with mild carbonation

D no real problems with this one, slightly higher marks for drinking like a light beer even though its 6.4%

this is the first time I've ever drank this beer with out a plate of nachos from Julios Burio here in Calgary. This is an average beer that's better with some spicy food then by itself

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 07:13:04 | More by wordemupg
Photo of PapaEugene


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in The Smiling Jack club in Lleida during my stay in Catalunya. A nicely designed bottle.

A: Copper/yellow color with a tiny white head

S: Sweet malts with some fruity notes. A bit thin.

T: Malts, sweetness which is best defined by caramel (might also come from the use of corn). Red fruits make this brew special. Hint of citrus.

M: Medium/high carbonation with a pleasant bosy that fits this beer.

D: Had this one for 2 nights in a row at the same club. Will surely drink this one again on my return to Lleida, but will not do any effort to find this beer in Holland.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 11:59:00 | More by PapaEugene
Photo of dasmith52


3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice beer that is worth trying if you are in Granada.
A: A very nice golden color that is slightly darker than a standard lager and almost a dark golden color.

S: A nice hops and malts smell that lends itself to the overall beer experience.

T: A very nice strong malt flavor and a very nice bit of skunkieness that can be tasted. There is also a slight aftertaste of the higher alc content.

M: A slightly smooth feel that is a bit on the thin side. The carbonation was a bit light.

D: A very nice beer paired with with food or by itself. Perfect with tapas.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 04:50:57 | More by dasmith52
Photo of laituegonflable


3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep urine colour with minimal bead but a pleasantly dense, frothy off-white head. Sinks fairly quickly but retains a moderate crown. Lacing is slippery and pretty thin, but doesn't diminish from an otherwise decent beer.

Nose is a rich lagery smell, almost pilsenery, with a buttery, biscuity malt balanced quite well by some tart, citrusy hops. Could be more complex, there's not much more than those two elements, but again, decent.

Taste is a rich, organic affair with a lot of sweet flavours dancing around the edge, hints of biscuity malt, corn and maybe a hint of diacetyl, while the middle has a decent funky twang. Hops are a little phenolic with a moderate alpha acid but certainly not overpowering. Alcohol at 6.4% is disappointingly prominent, however, with a slight burning pang of booze on the finish. It's not an immensely well-balanced beer but it's OK for what it is. Mouthfeel quite smooth apart from that intrusive alcohol at the back.

Has some good stuff here, but not the right stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 23:29:21 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another one of those import beers that I only seem to have when faced with the corresponding ethnic food, in this case, tapas always seems to match well with a '1925'. The stylish green bottle, with mucho raised type, informs us ahead of time that it's made with corn. Good to know, I guess...

This beer pours a medium golden hue, with lots of puffy white head, that leaves a consistent thin ring of lace around the glass. It smells of somewhat acrid white cracker grain, and floral hops. The taste is caramel malt, fairly skunky hops, and a moderately strong alcohol warming. Cool bottle aside, this prime candidate for being lightstruck seems to have had its ticket punched. The carbonation is average, the body pretty solid for the style, and it finishes with more skunkiness. Too bad, I remember liking this a lot more in the past, but maybe it was the heat and the paella...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:44:46 | More by biboergosum
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33 cL bottle with best-before stamped on glass poured into pokal.

Pours a deep yellow that nears amber, producing a good-sized fluffy white head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

Grains and honey nose, bare hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings a big dose of sweet malt; sometimes honey-like, more often a candy sweetness, followed by a mild burst of bittering hops that are quickly swallowed up. Doesn't feel particularly light in the mouth. There's a stickiness to it that just doesn't fit. Not quite carbonated enough for my tastes, combined with the sweet taste, this seems almost syrupy. I was surprised to taste some warming alcohol near the finish.

The drinkability takes a hit from the syrupy quality. Can't imagine myself drinking more than one or two at a sitting. There's just nothing to balance the sweetness.

The bottle is intriguing - raised text for the ingredients and logos - but is unfortunately green, which can cause problems (though this bottle does not seem to have been lightstruck).

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 19:22:58 | More by nighthawk
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium yellow color. A few shades darker than your typical urine lager color.

A vigorous pour results in a frothy white head that recedes to a mere after thought of a head. Said afterthought remains throughout the session.

Not much on the nose. A hint of malts, a whisper of hops, and some alcohol to boot.

On the taste one finds the malts that were hinted at on the nose, plus a nice warming from the alcohol.

Medium to heavy mouth feel. The feel of the beer lingers for a while.

This is probably one of the better Spanish beers available, and as the most expensive 6-pack for sale in my local supermarket (costing twice as much as a 6-pack of Heineken), it damn well better be a good beer. I will probably "splurge" on an other 6 pack of this, but I'm in no hurry to do so.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 09:45:23 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Alibi Room special import. Perfumy hops, then something off, or rotten later on in. Creamy head, creamy and also grainy mouthfeel. Above average carbonation. Drinkable and my rating is good for this one. Tigglmtl insists it is skunked and so could be.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 20:03:08 | More by Sammy
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Reserva 1925 from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
77 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.