Reserva 1925 - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-23-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a ginger-ale color lager with large bubble and a medium head with average retention. Very strange looking beer. Aroma of malt and crisp hops is clearly identifiable and no trace of skunk even though green bottle had to travel 3000 miles. Taste is quite refreshing with very fresh and crisp hops. Easy to distinguish from a pale lager and quite refreshing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 330ml 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 clear, medium golden amber hue, with lots and lots of puffy, foamy, and frothy bone-white head, which leaves a consistent ring of tightly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready, crackery pale grain, a mild corn sweetness, nutty yeast, a bit of floral honey, and somewhat skunky grassy, leafy hops. The taste is gritty, bready caramel malt, husky corn mash, more floral, earthy honey, still fairly skunky vegetal hops, and a moderately strong alcohol warming.

The carbonation is average, just a tame frizzante character throughout, the body a pretty solid medium weight for the style, and plainly smooth, the alcohol taking its standard measure of flesh here. It finishes on the sweet side, muddled malt and alcohol carrying on through the siesta, alongside some unwelcome and persistent vegetal skunkiness.

Cool bottle aside, this prime candidate for being light-struck seems to have had its ticket punched, as such. Too bad, since I remember liking this a lot more in the past, but perhaps it was really the heat of the summer day, and the long-awaited paella.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of wl0307
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in the main liquor store and they had 6 six packs that sat on a pallet near the back. Some restaurant ordered this and for some reason it ended up being sold at retail. I gave one to Malto on his trip to Vancouver and he had to add the brewery to BA. I would be interested if anyone else has had this beer.

This beer poured a nice dark gold and had a bready nose. I enjoyed the fullness of the body as I expected standard Eurolager.
The higher ABV makes this beer taste more like Singha than Becks. Cool find.

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Managed to get a single of this at my local, recommended by the cashier who's opinion I trust. I like the embossed green bottle it comes in, no paper label on it whatsoever. Large frothy white head on the initial pour, with a fairly impressive head retention. Deep golden in colour with an amber tint to it, good carbonation seen through a clear body. Crisp grainy malt, almost bready, with herbal hops to round out the aroma. Sweet bready malt up front for the flavour, becoming more grainy in the middle, and finishing with a bitter, somewhat astringent hop character. A full mouthfeel for a lager, rolls over the palate and tongue, but has a bit of a caustic texture to it, making it more of a sipping beer than one to tip back and chug. More impressive than what I had been expecting, but still average all things considered.

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of DIM
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 330 ml bottle with no label and bar code on cap. Closer inspection is a very attractive embossed bottle with Reserva 1925 on front and Alhambra on shoulder, back lists alcohol content, ingredients, and brewer (in spanish). Received free logoed, gold rimmed glass with purchase of 6 pack. Poured dark yellow, with bright white moderate head that left nice lace, and good carbonation. Flowery sweet aroma with added smell of hops and malt. Slightly sweet malt flavor well balanced with taste of grains. Full mouthfeel with a dry, somewhat bitter, hop finish.

Note to Self: Rated #4 Euro Strong Lager

Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.05/5  rDev -9%
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

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Reserva 1925 from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
77 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.