Reserva 1925 - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alhambra Reserva 1925
500 ml green glass bottle

Appearance: Clear, amber-copper body beneath a full head of frothy white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

Aroma: Malty with caramel and background notes of sweet bread. Subtle grassy hops. It's not bold but neither is it hard to find. Pleasant. Surprisingly not skunked given the green glass bottle.

Flavor: As the aroma indicates in every way. It's kind of like a malty Vienna lager with it's caramelish malt and mildly grassy, floral, and gently spicy (alcohol?) hops. A stiff bitterness anchors it and it finishes dry, subtly spicy, and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge and a crisp, gently effervescent carbonation that softens to smooth as it warms.

Overall: The bottle makes a great impression, and the beer has some depth of character to it. Pleasant and enjoyable. (900 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with subtle hints of corn and grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by light flavors of malts. There is a light amount of bitterness, which masks any traces of sweetness. Slight bits of grassy hops are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink because it doesn't feel that heavy on the palate and does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste. Despite the green bottle, no skunk is evident. It's not a bad lager, except that it can be considered a little bland.

Serving type: bottle (918 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow-amber with decent head retention. Malty aroma with some skunkiness, notes of Belgiumy yeast. Mild fruity flavors of grape skin and caramelized plantain accompany a strong, malty beer beverage. It's not great. I could see it accompanying a large, greasy pizza. Or a dimly-lit hipster-Euro-trash college party.


What she said: "It's very... something." (367 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a small head.
Slightly skunky aroma with some grassy and spicy hops alongside biscuity and grainy malt.
Flavours are a little harsher but retain some of the spicy hops and grainy malt. Some cardboard notes. (222 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear, coppery golden; pours with a thick, long lasting head.

s: Corny sweetness, some bread, a touch of honey, and some faint grassy hops.

t: Sweet overall with fairly well masked alcohol. Honey, bread, and corn.

m: Feels bigger than the abv.

o: Not bad when ice cold. (276 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
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 (298 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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 (578 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
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 (631 characters)

Photo of sfprint
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
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... (989 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of mfkr
2.02/5  rDev -37.8%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (526 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of dasmith52
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (568 characters)

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Reserva 1925 from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
76 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.