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Alhambra Especial - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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BA SCORE
71
okay

79 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 09-17-2006)
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Reviews by Pegasus:
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Pegasus

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +22.3%

Appearance: Stunningly clear medium golden color with a large white head, which soon falls to a small, but persistent layer on the surface. Thin lacing coats the glass walls, there are numerous large, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Unfortunate aroma of skunk pervades the aroma, in spite of the brown glass bottle, it smells very much like a Heineken. Beneath this there is a light malt aroma, perhaps rice, and mild grassy hops. I think it more likely a Spanish brewer would use rice than corn, but that is a supposition only.

Taste: Opens with light, mildly tart malt. This carries through the taste. Late in the taste there are grassy and lemon hops. Finishes dry, with a slight metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, fairly full, with a little sting of light carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of the style, quite pleasant.

Presentation: Packaged in a light brown glass Euro-style brown glass long neck, served in a standard pint tap glass.

12-10-2006 03:53:13 | More by Pegasus
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +14%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Beautiful lacing, clear pale golden color

SMELL: Spicy, clean, dried grass, creamed corn, crackers, chalky, carbonic

TASTE: Very crisp, lighter bodied, clean, herbal hop, spicy, balanced bitterness, mild breadiness, cooked corn; grassy, dry finish

Not half bad for a Euro lager brewed with corn. While it might not be making the Earth tremble with each sip, it is impressive how clean this beer is. To sum this beer up, you’ll probably end up seeing it at a Spanish restaurant with a very lacking beer selection, and this will end up being your go-to beer.

09-09-2013 15:59:35 | More by BeerAdvocate
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generallee

New York

3.25/5  rDev +8%

06-06-2014 13:04:00 | More by generallee
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mattster

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -14.3%

Opened 11.15 Fl Oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a night frothy head of 1" atop a clear golden brew. Bubbles rising in brew.

Smell is of corn malts, and typical of beers this style. Taste also typical of style. Slight bitter taste but otherwise uneventful. Carbonation seems sort of heavy, but finishes with slight aftertaste.

Not overly impressive, but not horrible.

01-13-2009 06:56:30 | More by mattster
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -0.3%

04-22-2014 00:47:33 | More by LXIXME
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -30.2%

Picked up at Rogers and Casey in Western Mass. Marketing:"The bottle is dressed in gold and white – symbolic of its purity. It projects an image of elegance." The appearance of the beer was white with golden yellow and nice initial head. Malty aroma. The mouthfeel was on the thin side, and the taste extreme metallic, if you are looking for that sort of thing.

07-22-2007 03:20:00 | More by Sammy
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dirtylou

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +18.9%

pretty common beer in the Granada area...ironically they have amstel on tap at a kiosk at Alhambra and not this beer

this was consumed at a sidewalk cafe in the streets of granada

appearance: pale and golden like many spanish lagers, minimal pale beige froth and no retention

smell: pale malts and no hops, nothing special but no skunk either

taste: pretty similar to other spanish lagers but of higher drinkability than estrella...its all quite drinkable just not very complex with a pale malt structure and no hops

mouthfeel: light/watery

drinkability: good

07-09-2008 23:29:37 | More by dirtylou
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adamcthomp

Spain

3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

03-30-2012 17:51:21 | More by adamcthomp
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -0.3%

01-04-2013 18:07:28 | More by cliff1066
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -0.3%

07-07-2013 20:35:24 | More by TheMrFarnham
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tjd112

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -0.3%

Presentation - Poured into River Horse pint glass

Appearance - Clear yellow with white fizzy head, however, lacing looks good

Smell - Corn and grains

Taste - Same as smell, but a little bit of honey sweetness

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp for the style

Drinkability - If I was desperate

Overall - Not good, not bad, but in between

05-05-2010 18:41:56 | More by tjd112
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +8%

09-08-2012 15:26:14 | More by Kunstman
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goochpunch

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +18.9%

Pours a honey color with minimal bubbles, and a head that forms plateaus and lace. Aroma is of caramel, wort, malt, and an odd tinge of tomatoes (those Spaniards). Flavor is rather sweet with a bready malt flavor throughout. That weird tomato thing turns up again. Finishes with some earthy hop. Mouthfeel is moderate. Carbonation is fine. A decent beer.

04-28-2007 04:44:39 | More by goochpunch
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +25.6%

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head. It smells like sweet malt, grain and grassy hops. It tastes like sweet malt at first, and then has a slight hoppy finish. This beer has decent balance, enough to set it apart from most other Macro Lager style beers. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and has a nice clean finish. Drinkability is good too, it's not too hard to drink at all. At first I was expecting this to be some typical Euro Macro Lager, but Alhambra isn't bad at all for the style of beer it is. I'd drink it again.

03-18-2007 01:23:41 | More by bluejacket74
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +36.2%

330mL brown bottle with a gold and white label. Two lions are embossed in the glass just below the neck.

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color. Thick egg-shell white head with reasonable retention. Sticky lacing down the glass.

The sweet grainy smell was a pleasant surprise. No detection of adjuncts, although this beer does use some cereal grains, which may have created the sweet smell.

Grainy malt taste in the front with a slightly metallic finish. There is some hoppiness detectable toward the end. Husky aftertaste.

Fuller bodied for this style of beer, but still light bodied. Lower carbonation. Very smooth finish.

This beer is a pleasant surprise. It was crisp and refreshing and still had a generous amount of flavor. I recommend this one over any domestic macro lager.

09-17-2006 01:09:34 | More by BeerSox
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -21.9%

11.15 oz bottle split in a Bruery tulip.
5.0% ABV, Best By: ALH9315

A - Clear goldenrod color with a low white crown resting on top. Low retention with almost no lace left over.

S - Cooked corn is noticeable instantly with pale malt and pils sweetness. No real hop aroma from this one. A bit cold, metallic smelling.

T - Oy. Bland pale malt and corn flavor. Not much beyond that actually.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a clean, bland finish. Slightly dry.

O - Not offensive I guess, it's just bland as can be.

05-05-2011 12:07:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

10-19-2013 16:51:58 | More by jaydoc
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metter98

New York

3/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Clear yellow in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down but left lots of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of corn and sweet, grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of sweet grainy malts and corn.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but isn’t overly interesting.

12-27-2011 22:43:12 | More by metter98
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Noelito76

New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

03-17-2013 15:31:25 | More by Noelito76
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%

330ml bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed many times. Golden color & filtered appearance. White froth & correct retention. Some lacing on sides. Pale malt & sweet cereal aromas. Flavor is malty with smooth & gentle sweetness. Slightly hoppy touch in the middle. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Texture is watery to dense. Smooth finish. Easy drinkability.

07-20-2012 14:39:18 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-20-2013 20:16:46 | More by FeelinSurley
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hermit990

Illinois

3/5  rDev -0.3%

03-23-2013 23:51:48 | More by hermit990
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

11-15-2013 06:04:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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fizzy

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +19.6%

I read the previous reviews on most beers in anticipation of what I am going to experience. Most of the time, but not always, I concur with the others. I got this bottle of beer as a "build it yourself $4.99x6 pack" at Zipps Liquor in Minneapolis. Side bar here. A little about Zipps, just down the road for the U of Minnesota. Around for "millions of years" this liquor store was the premier store for students from the U of M until some of the big stores invaded the sidelines. It still exists as the "store par excellence" of the campus crowd.
As with all foreign beers I envision myself sitting in a small cafe on a street with small cars and motorbikes cruising by. A warm summer day with a slight breeze. Imagining that scenario I would give this beer a BIG THUMBS UP!! Back in Willmar, a big "hey, what's next"!!

05-07-2011 16:08:50 | More by fizzy
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -0.3%

03-03-2013 23:43:55 | More by cfalovo97
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Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
71 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.