1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Alhambra Especial - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Not Rated.
Alhambra EspecialAlhambra Especial

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
71
okay

82 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.33%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Alhambra Especial Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Allegue04
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Allegue04, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of BeerBucks
3/5  rDev 0%

BeerBucks, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of twinshen
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

twinshen, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of wesley777
3/5  rDev 0%

wesley777, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev 0%

Latarnik, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

generallee, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +25%

endless1408, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of sephyrott
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

sephyrott, May 25, 2014
Photo of Chris00710
3/5  rDev 0%

Chris00710, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev 0%

LXIXME, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -25%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of bleeps
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

bleeps, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Luiz0930, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev 0%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +33.3%

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Azpittil57
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Azpittil57, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Norseman
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Norseman, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Oakenator, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Petertauro
5/5  rDev +66.7%

Petertauro, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of DbbC
3/5  rDev 0%

DbbC, Apr 13, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
71 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.