Alhambra Especial - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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BA SCORE
72
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44 Reviews
THE BROS
78
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 89
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 16.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerSox on 09-17-2006

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 89
Photo of RyanDL
4.3/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked-up this beer on a whim and figured it would be an average Spanish lager. I was impressed when I took a few sips and noted a far more complex flavor than the color would indicate. It starts a little sweet and ends with a malty aftertaste that has very good balance. I would certainly buy this beer again! Great for a warm day. (334 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of andebrice
4.05/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden yellow with a nice frothy persistent head. Nice lacing towards top of glass as head dissipates. Nice looking lager overall. Smells sweet floral overtones, slightly malty. Initial taste is mildly malty, then hops kick in and has a bit of a bite, finishes smooth with a bitter sour after taste. Just the right amount of carbonation for my liking, and a great lager body. Not too much not too little. very drinkable. (434 characters)

Photo of baos
3.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into Falstaff goblet.

A: Look pretty good, deep golden with a 1 finger white head that dissipates to a fine film and nice collar. Decent lacing as well.

S: Lots of stuff going on here: I get hay, straw, grass and sweet clover. Like stepping out of the straw pile into a field of clover.

T: I get the hay, grass and straw again with the slightest hint of a smoke flavor that ends dry. I take that to be the hops. Pretty good. Not what I expected from a lager at all.

M: Pretty good. Big on carbonation but the body isn't to watery for a lager.

D: This one finishes as good as it starts. Lets start another. Yes I taste smoke. I get a big smoky aftertaste. I don't know if my taster is off or if there's something that lends smokiness to this brew. Try one one. (780 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +28.4%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 330 ml brown bottle (that’s 11.15 oz to you and me) lists 5.0% abv and ingredients as water, malt, cereals, hops and yeast.

Aroma: Fairly promising mix of malt and hops. There is a “white bread” quality about it, and some rice or corn, I have trouble telling the two apart, but I’m leaning rice.

Appearance: Deep yellow glass has good clarity and a frothy white head that seems to want to hang and lace. It actually gives up some seriously clumpy lace.

Flavor: It is what it is, an American Lager, a fairly pleasant one at that. No off flavors, a slight lemongrass note. It’s really pretty well balanced. A little fusel alcohol started to show up as it warmed a bit.

Mouthfeel: An odd feel, it seems flat but it’s not. I dropped the bottle yesterday, so left it until today to review, I don’t know if that has had an impact. A medium body, thick texture, clean finish.

Overall Impression: Not bad at all! As I got into the bottle I started losing interest, but this style has that effect on me.

Note: I didn't read ECB's review before writing mine, funny how we both came up with "it is what it is". (1,145 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 3/4" white head on top of a golden beer. Good retention at 1/4" and left thick foamy lace.

S - Light bready malt. Cereal. Light whiff of butter.

T - Light caramel maltiness. Lightly hopped with a pleasent bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry, clean finish.

D - Surprised me! (321 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent straw-gold with several small bubbles rising to the formidable four-finger white head. Head stays intact until nearly the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind a several gorgeous rings of lacing. Practically textbook for the style.

S - Some light grains and noble hops come through immediately after opening the bottle. Pretty typical euro lager but minus the skunked smell (thank you brown bottle).

T - Toasted grains with a hint of grassiness upfront. The body is a solid blend on lightly toasted grains with hints of sourness and slightly grassy noble hops. Strong flash of noble hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a toasted grains and sour mash in the finish.

M - Light bodied, but with enough substance to not be mistaken for a macro lager. Moderate carbonation rounds out the mouthfeel profile fairly well.

Alhambra is a gorgeous looking beer and to my surprise tops all other Euro lagers I have had to date. The flavor profile is interesting enough to get me through at least one bottle, and the skunked notes so prevalent in this style are nonexistent. Heineken, St. Pauli Girl, and patrons of lesser Euro lagers will want to think twice. (1,257 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of tubacharlie
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.57/5  rDev +20.6%
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 (565 characters)

Photo of fizzy
3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
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"!! (819 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.. (467 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 10314??

It pours a clear light gold with a 2 finger head of foam and some lacing. Lots of bubbles.

It has smells of grain, corn, some typical AAL sweetness, with a bit of bitterness.

The taste is the above. The bitterness is nondescript and the grain and sweet and corn all add up to a typical example of the style; and by that I mean it doesn't stand out in a good way like the few I've liked did.

The body is medium, that's good, and the carbonation is too brisk, that's not so good. Worth a try, I guess.

Man, with all of the great imports out there, I do not see the need to bring this into town... (615 characters)

Photo of tjd112
3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (334 characters)

Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from The Dock.

Poured clear pale color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate sweet grainy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Worth trying once. (293 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.76/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (459 characters)

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