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!

Alhambra Negra - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Not Rated.
Alhambra NegraAlhambra Negra

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

139 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 139
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 03-18-2005)
View: Beers (6) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 89 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of oglmcdgl
oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at bar ferdinan with friends and lots of tapas.

A- Very dark almost completely black with a brown haze on the edges. Not much head if any at all but as it warms you can get a bit with a swirl.

S- Sweet dark malts and roasted nuts. The nuttiness really grows as it warms and balance out the malts nicely.

T- malty and sweet but the aforementioned roasted nut is even better in the taste, almonds and peanuts really work great with the dark brown sugar caramel coming from the malts.

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carb, far lighter on the palate then the full flavor and dark color would lead you to believe.

D- Super nice drinkability i was able to pair many very excellent dishes with it and the best being some simple roasted almonds go figure.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 14:36:44 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of armock
armock

New York

3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt and some dark fruits

T - Follows the nose roasted malt and dark fruits

M - This beer has a thin body with lighter carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a decent beer definitely not the first beer I'd grab but if given to me I'd still drink it if Euro lagers are your thing its worth a shot

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 19:55:07 | More by armock
Photo of kirkpjr
kirkpjr

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Thin pour, as expected from a lager. Dark brown, practically opaque with 2 fingers of light tan/beige head thanks to my vigorous pour. Head sticks around for a bit and some lacing forms.

S: Bananas, very yeasty. Almost smells like a hefe. Some malts as well. Nothing outstanding.

T: Reminds me of mix between a Newcastle and a Negra Modelo. Sweet caramels but very crisp. Gets better as it warms.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Very light creaminess. For the most part - exactly what I would expect in lager, crispness.

D: Could definitely drink a few of these with a meal. Would love to see this offered at Mexican restaurants. Would be good on a hot summer day too.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 23:34:40 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of KonigObHops
KonigObHops

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This dark lager has a rich, dark brown color and a creamy (yet quick to disapear) head.

The beer produces an inviting crisp, roasted, nutty aroma that is almost smokey.

The taste begins a little sharp, but mellows quickly. The main feature of this beer is the roasty caramel taste that is present from beginning to finish. This beer is not all that complex and has a full body as a dark lager should. The finish, like the aroma, has a lingering roasty sensation that borders on being smokey.

Overall, this is a good dark lager that I would reccomend to others, particularly since you don't often get a chance to sample a quality Spanish beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:54:10 | More by KonigObHops
Photo of dtivp
dtivp

Pennsylvania

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

Received this beer from the Beer of the Month club.

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip glass, nice foamy off white head that does not last long, some lacing remained after the head dissipated. Aroma was not strong, a earthy dark fruit smell. Tasted some malt, maybe a little fig or raisin. The beer was thin not much body body which you would expect with this type of beer. Was drinkable and I would drink again, however, I would not go out of my way to obtain one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 15:27:23 | More by dtivp
Photo of birdypowder
birdypowder

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what some dark malts can do. In the case of Alhambra Negra those dark malts were able to transform what otherwise would be a lackluster brew into a tasty, highly drinkable dark lager worth buying.

Aroma:
Corn and a slight DMS note (which brought it down a bit) swirl around with chocolate, earth, and smoke. Attractive except for that DMS hit at the beginning. It seems the aromas from the dark malt help mask the DMS a bit but even so the DMS is light and doesn't overpower or ruin the overall aroma.

Appearance:
Almost opaque, a very deep brown. Bright, no haze. Almost a two finger foam but minimal lacing. A unique mysterious brown color to the foam lends an ominous quality to this brew.

Taste:
Corn and other grain flavors appear up front but luckily soon afterward the roast and smoke flavors kick in helping you forget the lackluster beginning to this highly sessionable light bodied brew. The finish is pleasant. Very dry, with no lingering bitterness, very clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 20:35:37 | More by birdypowder
Photo of OneDropSoup
OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a BotM club shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: dark brown you can round up to black, with lots of ruby highlights. 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves a little lacing around the crown.

Smell is lightly bready, sweet malt, slight molasses. Lightly fruity & honey-like, like white grape jelly. As it warms a cookie-like smell develops, like shortbread.

Smell notes dominate the taste, combined with a cola-like light caramel, crisp. Mildly peppery hops. Starts off good, but a metallic aftertaste grows after a while & sticks around, not real pleasant.

Mouthfeel is very active & crisp, on the prickly side, thin-bodied.

Not bad in small doses, but that aftertaste shows up & just builds, which hurt my overall enjoyment of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 13:21:19 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of rfabian
rfabian

Texas

4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces 10 mm of head with persistence and light lacing. The appearance is very dark brown and clear when held up to the sunlight. The aroma is spicy with earthy hops. The taste is of roasted malts, mildly bitter earthy hops, and some muted spice overtones, anise perhaps. The feel is light with a clean finish.

This is a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:54:18 | More by rfabian
Photo of ktrillionaire
ktrillionaire

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Very dark cola-brown hue, nearly impermeable to light, with a two-finger soda-foam head that lasts, and clings desperately to the glass.

S – Dark bread, figs, raisins, light anise and clove impressions. Similar to Doppelbock and/or Dunkel.

T – The taste is an extension of the aroma, basically. It has a vaguely discernable alcohol bite, perhaps it’s a bit too malty, and the flavors are slighty muted, but overall it’s pretty damn tasty. I am a fan of the style, I guess.

M – Thin, but relatively full-bodied.

D – Very drinkable, quenching, substantive and pairable. This is mass brewing at its finest.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:02:04 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of feelmefoam
feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaquely dark brown color with lighter nut brown highlights clinging to the edges of the darkness. A fluffy, pockmarked, tan head pushes up just about two fingers over top of the liquid. Although retention isn't spectacular, it still leaves really nice lacing around the glass. Good lookin' beer.

Pretty run of the mill aroma, a bit of dark maltiness with a smidgen of caramel as well as a slight dark fruit presence. Pretty aromatic, too.

The flavor is actually the least attractive part of this beer. Not a lot of maltiness up front, rather a bit of maltiness mixed with a "watery" flavor. There is a little nuttiness followed quickly by some sweetly acidic dark fruits, then that about wraps up the flavor.

Alhambra Negra is pretty smooth, but a little thin. Maybe a bit more on the syrupy side and this would be better; still, the carbonation works nicely by not overpowering the beer too much.

Pretty drinkable... my first beer of the style, so I don't know a whole lot about them, but this certainly isn't bad. It's just not great. I'll have no problem finishing these, but there's probably better out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 05:04:12 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of crossovert
crossovert

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle "Brewed with the waters of the Sierra Nevada".

Pours dark brown with a hint of ruby and a terrible looking head that quickly dissipates.

It smells super malty just like really unexciting smelling dark malts.

It is watery, tinny, but mostly has the flavor of chocolate cake.

Average stuff from southern Spain.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:54:29 | More by crossovert
Photo of beertunes
beertunes

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a barely translucent black with just a thin cap of dark tan colored head that dissipated immediately and left just the barest of traces of lacing.

There is pleasant, grainy aroma with just a hint of roastyness hiding at the back. The flavor profile is what the aroma said it would be, with a bit of a hop tang on the finish.

The body was what you'd expect from a lighter lager like this. The drinkability was also typical for the style. Overall, a pleasant enough beer, I'd grab another one from the deli to go with a sandwich, buy I probably wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 20:17:59 | More by beertunes
Photo of tone77
tone77

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is of malts and chocolate, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not bad, but nothing special about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 14:37:31 | More by tone77
Photo of drperm
drperm

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one was a pleasant surprise. I was intrigued by the selection of Spanish/Brazilian/Central American beers at a local Latin/Mexican restaurant. I've had plenty of generic Latin lagers, as well as the famous Spanish Damm Lager. This one, though, was quite nice. And excellent along with my Cuban dish!

Ap: Dark and alluring. Thin tan head laces the glass.

S: Nice and mellow-malty, fresh lager nose. It invites me in for a closer inspection.

T: Mellow again. And smooth. No awards here, but nothing offensive either. A hint of hop bitterness seals the deal.

M: Spritzy, easy-going, and nice.

D: Highly drinkable!! This is a nice schwarzbier that could be an easy session beer, especially with spicy Latino food.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 01:26:27 | More by drperm
Photo of bohemiandonut
bohemiandonut

California

4.5/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/6/2010- Aged 3 months room temp. Everything below but a much thicker mouth. Figgy sweetness coats the nose. Off-notes are diminished replaced with with folds between the flavors. Oddly gorgeous.

I have a feeling this will be an ongoing review for me, as the experience tends to cycle around an unapproachable center.

Poured a snifter.
Black and glassy, ruby-rimmed cola. Thin cirrus ceiling with intricate, Archimidean formations.
Scent of bran and kola nut with raisin, cherry, vanilla. Bittersweet.
Tastes like undersweetened Coke. Hard to describe this. Somewhere between a stout and a craft lager; Sam Adams comes to mind with its cherrywood bite.
Mouth is a little thin but definitely smooth and crisp. A great session beer for the barbecue or the beach.

As far as the most underrepresented category goes, this beer produces a very pleasant warmness after a single bottle. Lovely.

This beer is very unique for me. I think it could be improved on, but the overall character is something refreshing to my senses. Hard to find, but definitely worth the trip if you do.

EDIT: How I cherish
being the first
to speak of
coffee-tinged
tamarind.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 04:15:49 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays

California

3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, nice white head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, fragrant.

T: Nice and tasty full caramel malt, toffee. Dries out a bit at the end with a nice hop note.

M: Lighter bodied than I expected, creamy, smooth.

D: A real nice surprise out of Spain which has been giving me some good beers lately.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 20:09:14 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of WakeandBake
WakeandBake

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deep dark brown color body with a short lasting light tan head , light carbonation . Aroma of licorice, brown bread faint floral hops and brown sugar . Flavor of toasted malt , caramel, cereal grain , light chocolate , spicy hops , and a hint of dark fruit . Light body, thin mouthfeel, with a hint of licorice in the finish . Drinkable and better than expected but nothing special .

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 22:58:03 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of BeerSox
BeerSox

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle into nonic. Surprised to see this one here. I've seen Alhambra Especial, but not this one.

Little bits of steely burnt malt along with a little but of a cocoa aroma.

A bit of chocolate mixed with caramel, but tastes more like burnt malts mixed with an overload of diacetyl. Slightly metallic finish, slightly acerbic.

Maybe a bit of oxidation in this one after a long trip across the sea and maybe some considerable shelf time.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 03:53:56 | More by BeerSox
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

BB 28/03/09, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a highly carbonated, deep mahogany body, topped with a dark beige fluffy head that breaks fast down into oblivion.
S: caramel, sweet red dates, licorice candy and black sugar syrup overpower anything else, w/o any support of a decent fruitiness or sourness of a lager-bier at the back. Very simplistic and sweet overall.
T: only a little thin-bodied sour fruity touch (like dates or dried plums) accompanies the otherwise boring and one-dimensional flavour, suggesting thin and slightly metallic dark malts, a little earthy and herbal touch of something, and absolutely nothing else (apart from a little hint of bitterness of... hop extracts??). A weird chewy palate in the finish doesn't go well with the overall (lack of) flavour, either.
M&D: the mouthfeel is effervescent, with any bit of supposedly refreshing carbonation broken up on the palate and disappearing in no time at each sip; this is a artificially fizzy, super thin-bodied, really bad-made beer that has almost nothing to provide apart from sugary water - definitely (one of) the worst I've had in the past two years...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 20:59:09 | More by wl0307
Photo of SerieDNo3
SerieDNo3

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this at a Spanish restaurant. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass.

A: Poured a dark ruby, though some light could get through. Almost no head, and very minimal lacing down the glass.

S: Smelled a bit fruity, with a decent malt presence.

T: Tasted like dark fruit. Very little hop presence, though some malts were there to give some body to the fruity flavors.

M: A very thin and watery beer. The carbonation was pretty low, and it just felt somewhat flat.

D: It goes down easily, and has some flavor to it. I would have rated the drinkability higher, but I don't really want more than one.

This could be a decent dessert beer, maybe with some ice cream or chocolate mousse. The fruit flavors would go well with that. On its own, though, or with a meal, there's just not much exciting about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:32:05 | More by SerieDNo3
Photo of nick76
nick76

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is dark fruit and toasted malt with a touch of paper. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not bad but not good. It's one of those beers where you can feel the potential but the brewer won't get it there.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 14:04:40 | More by nick76
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt walnut brown with red and orange accents when backlit with weak morning sun. If color is a reliable guide, this could be a fairly substantial Euro dark lager. The coffee-with-cream colored cap looks decent as well and is beginning to lay down blurry rings of lace.

The nose is classic for the style. Steely (not metallic) caramel leads the way, with just a touch of molasses. There's also a little dark fruit, which is unusual in a beer that uses lager yeast. This could be an okay Euro dark lager.

Alhambra Negra isn't great beer by any means. It's an acceptable version, but that's as far as it goes. As for substantial... appearances often lie. Does Spain brew anything that's worth a damn? Just wondering.

There isn't much malt and the beer tastes like it was flavored with caramel extract and Splenda. There's also a sweet-tart raisin fruitiness that, actually, isn't too bad. Sugared pecans make an appearance as well. By the end of a six-pack I might be buzzed enough to muster up a little enthusiasm. Or not.

The body/mouthfeel becomes slightly more serious as the beer warms, but it never does impress. Creaminess is hinted at on the finish, and the carbonation is within the broad range of acceptable.

As European dark lagers go, Alhambra Negra isn't bad. Unfortunately, it isn't good either. It has just occured to me that this is what Budweiser Dark (should A-B ever decide to go that route) would taste like. Bottom line: dumbed down dark beer for those who think it's cool to be seen drinking an import.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 13:28:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a slight reddish hint to it and topped by a thin, wispy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: A generally chocolaty malt nose in front of some light earthy tones.

Taste: A faux chocolate-type maltiness, though it doesn't provide too terribly much sweetness. A touch earthy and nutty. Faint hint of white grapes. Very minor hop bitterness. Odd hint of sorrow right on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so bad. Oh, wait, this isn't a malta?

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:42:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ATLbeerDog
ATLbeerDog

Georgia

2.05/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle - Pours dark brown almost black but clear pale with a small almost non existent head. Smells of malts and corn. First sip is malty with some corn with a not much hop presence. Finishes well. Nicely bodied not typical of beers from Latin America.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 18:53:12 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of jbphoto88
jbphoto88

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an dark amber brown with a just off white head that is soft, fluffy but very unimpressive.

Smell is very sweet and of light caramelized grains. Weak and uneventful.

Taste is a disappointment. It reminds me mostly of corn syrup, overly sweetened and not much else to balance it out. There are some light caramel and toasted cereal flavors but those are eclipsed by an over aggressive carbonation and a slight metallic taste.

Thin body with not much going for it other then the fact that its cold and wet. Feels slightly watered down and has an unnatural processed flavor. This one I bet tastes great on vacation in Spain but here in the comfort of my home its a poor showing.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 23:49:16 | More by jbphoto88
Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
76 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.