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Alhambra Especial - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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BA SCORE
71
okay

71 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.67%


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 tubacharlie:
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell of cereal grains greets the nose as a smooth white head forms, of decent stature, with some clinging and retention. Lots of CO2 activity.

Crystal clear and golden honey colored, it is a smooth, easy-to-drink Euro-lager. Solid malt presence with a slight sweetness in the aftertaste and a good balance of light hops. Refreshing and flavorful enough for lunch with tapas or frankfurters and chips on a hot summer day, especially if served nice and cold.

This bottle was labeled as 5.0% abv, unlike the BA profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 04:00:58 | More by tubacharlie
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A true gold color, much deeper than I could've possibly imagined. The head laces decently with its presiding half-inch of bleach white topper. Tons of bubbles rising from the glass bottom to support what's left of the foam that crowns the beer. Not bad, so far.

A familiar scent of corn and rice adjuncts dominate with a sweet mustiness that is hardly compromised by what little hop element breaches the nose of this beer. Slightly fruity, too, which reminds me of many a Belgian Pils, or so they're called. Kind of a sweet Stella with a Spanish skunk beer note that detracts a little. Malts are very thin, but boisterous in their sweetness. Not appaling, just... off.

The sweetness is still accentuated, which is a little hard to deal with. The rest of the malts seem like stale corn grain and underlying sweetness, almost completely pale and raw and without toast. Slight bitterness is picked up from a half-ass citrus hop component, which doesn't do well by itself to balance this sweet corn mess of a pale lager. Hardly any contact with alcohol, so it can be said that this drinks easy and very undisturbing of what would be upper potency of a lager with this kind of simple beer-y flavor. A little soluble carbonation works well to spritz and spike up the tail end of the mouthfeel, but the body feels a little sluggish. After all of the kind words about its disguised booze (at 5%), it's eventually warming--obviously so, for the style.

My fond memories of Cruzcampo make me want to stick to my guns in support of Spanish-brewed adjunct lagers, but Alhambra (while I've been to the city and it's utterly gorgeous) is not so good of a time.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:11:28 | More by thecheapies
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -25%

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

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-11-2013 05:46:16 | More by bleeps
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Luiz0930

California

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-10-2013 19:26:27 | More by Luiz0930
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev 0%

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +33.3%

07-06-2013 17:38:04 | More by mrfrancis
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-29-2013 00:03:05 | More by Azpittil57
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DavidS88

Massachusetts

2.49/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

After a fun evening of bar hopping in the Cava Baja neighborhood of Madrid (in between La Latina and Sol metro stops, kinda near La Plaza Mayor) I had an Alhambra Especial at the last bar and took some notes on it while drinking it. Poured out of a tap, Alhambra's Euro pale lager pours a bright gold color with about a finger of white foam and maintains some great lacing on the glass. Despite the head dying a little bit, there was always foam on top of the glass and made of a very appealing looking brew. Unfortunately for Alhambra, the appearance may be the highlight of the beer. Much like other Spanish beers that I have had while here, Alhambra didn't really smell like anything except maybe metal, a hint of malt, and some skunkiness... it's like a rich man's Corona Light in terms of aroma. The taste was moderate, nothing too special compared to a San Miguel or a Mahou, just your usual European macrobrew "beer" taste. Alhambra poured and retained very little carbonation and was refreshingly easy to drink; like other Spanish beers, this is something you drink to get drunk. Overall, this didn't really surprise me in any way (other than the general lack of a scent) but Alhambra Especial didn't really upset me in any way either. It serves a purpose (to get drunk cheaply and easily) so if you happen to find one of these in Europe, don't be afraid to sample one of these. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 01:02:26 | More by DavidS88
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Norseman

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-22-2013 00:03:07 | More by Norseman
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

04-21-2013 03:34:15 | More by Oakenator
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Petertauro

Spain

5/5  rDev +66.7%

04-17-2013 12:39:36 | More by Petertauro
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DbbC

Illinois

3/5  rDev 0%

04-13-2013 21:43:53 | More by DbbC
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle for £1.49 from Lup Pinto deli, Glasgow:
Clear and light looking, straw coloured body with a few bubbles anda finger sized, foamy head that is bone white.

Basic lager with some grassy hops and a mild skunk aroma. There is some basic lager adjuncts and a touch of grain along with some skunk at the end.

Quite a bland tasting lager with some light corn and a few basic adjuncts. There is a touch of grain with some skunk at the end.

Light and crisp feeling beer with a mainly smooth body, there is some grain but this is minimal. There is a light amount of bitterness at the end but the beer is a bland one.

A rather basic and sub-par offering from Alhambra and not a good one, even for the style. Their flagship Ahambra Lager is much better and even that's not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 15:44:05 | More by flyingpig
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hermit990

Illinois

3/5  rDev 0%

03-23-2013 23:51:48 | More by hermit990
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:33:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Noelito76

New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-17-2013 15:31:25 | More by Noelito76
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%

03-03-2013 23:43:55 | More by cfalovo97
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-20-2013 20:16:46 | More by FeelinSurley
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev 0%

01-18-2013 15:03:39 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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MiguelParreira

Spain

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

01-14-2013 18:41:43 | More by MiguelParreira
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev 0%

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


3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

09-27-2012 22:31:05 | More by hpeli
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Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
71 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.