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Alhambra Especial - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerSox on 09-17-2006

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 44
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.41/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mattster
2.56/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tjd112
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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

Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fizzy
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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"!!

Photo of jdhilt
1.96/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a white, four-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is hoppy. Flavor is weird, definitely not sweet maybe metallic, finish is like old socks. Almost a pour. Expensive at $2.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This turns out to be my manager's go-to Euro lager, so I figured I'd give it a go, especially considering I'm not averse to the Negra. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat, very light grass, and a few small puddles of corn syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more straight corn and a pervading sense of vague grain. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decent enough Euro pale lager, nothing close to special, but it's inoffensive, so it can work if you just want a simple nip.

Photo of Gavage
2.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: faint malt sweetness and a hint of grass is all you can detect.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green grapes, grass, and a bit of breadiness. Some light bitterness balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is OK for the style as it is easy to qauff with some mild flavor.

Photo of karait95
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A pale yellow color, it is very clear it seems to be a really light body, low carbonation almost imperceptible, the head is also really little not something to see that dissipates somehow fast and did not leave any traces on the glass, in general nothing to remember.

S: Very similar case, nothing to remember a poor barley aroma can be sensed but nothing else.

T: Very little flavor to malt almost nothing of barley can be sensed.

M: As it is very simple the mouth-feel is very refreshing but nothing more very little ending with some bitterness.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours hazy pale gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint bready malt, with sweet cornish notes. The taste is of bready malt, notes of caramel, and a mellow sweetness. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with nice carbonation that doesn't go overboard the way most macro lager do. Overall, this is a very fine example of how a macro lager can be both light and tasteful. I could certainly drink this beer again.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A clear dark golden color pour with a two finger head,medium carbonation. Aroma of corn husks,garss and honey. Flavor is lightly bitter,slightly floral, with a light sweetness,hints of butter and old fruit,light to medium body with a thin,slightly sticky mouthfeel, odd sweet grassy finish. Drinkable but nothing I would buy again.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.15oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BEST BY ALH10260, whatever that means.

Appearance - Super pale straw body. Huge billowing seafoam head with great retention and huge stick.

Smell - Corny musk. Skunky. Wet hay and cardboard. Slightly noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Strong corn. Very musky. Kind of stale. Almost offensively potent, but despite that is still drinkable and somewhat interesting.

Mouthfeel - Pretty astringent. I make a face after nearly every sip. Almost watery except for the stickiness of the body.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty flavorful for an AAL. Not exactly all good flavors, but flavorful nevertheless. Interesting and possibly worth checking out.

Photo of albern
1.73/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I've had the Alhambra Negra, which is a rather enjoyable and aromatic beer. The Especial I'm giving a big thumbs down on. The beer pours a straw pale color with a white lightish, efforvescent head. The aroma is diacetyl, a bit of sourish notes, maybe some sulfery lager smells too. The taste is not good. Diacetyl is overwhelming here, and there is a cloying sweetness, a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a lack of refreshingness that makes this a rather poor lager. There is a veggie, grassy, and cheap quality to this beer. This went down the drain quickly.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.15 oz (!)(?) bottle. "Best by" alphanumeric code is indecipherable.

Pours golden with a big white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smells like an adjunct lager, albeit a better one, lol. Taste is husky and of light grains, and is not too bad. This beer is very carbonated - tons of streamers and the feeling lingers on the palette, which is basically trashed by too much of that and whatever hops agent is in there. A dry, sticky, parched mouth is inevitable..

Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice rich gold color with just a little head. Very slight skunk in my bottle, along with malt, and a touch of yeast. Smooth, but ample carbonation makes it pretty nice and refreshing. Decent pale lager, actually. Maybe a touch drying in the finish which gives it a slightly unique character. Very drinkable and I wouldn't mind having again if for some reason it was availabe.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, alcohol, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and chemical flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a fairly decent aroma but the flavors make it somewhat undrinkable.

Photo of DrJay
2.22/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear and light gold in colour with a thin cap of white bubbles. Decent head retention after the foam initially settled and there was a bit of lacing on the glass. Aromas of cooked corn, cereal grains, light floral hops and faint fruitiness. Low bitterness with a touch of spicy hops in the finish, dry malt sweetness, lingering metallic aftertaste. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, just short of crisp with a bit of dryness.

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Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
71 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.