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Alhambra Especial - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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BA SCORE
71
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74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%


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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albern

Massachusetts

1.7/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:39:01 | More by albern
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nick76

Florida

1.83/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is like creamed corn with grain with little to no hops. The appearance is slightly hazy gold with a thin head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is typical. Overall there is nothing here worth mentioning other than to say it's not good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 14:02:26 | More by nick76
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.85/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:17:47 | More by jdhilt
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:12:35 | More by DrJay
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Onslow

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

el spain ish version, thanks ma -- Smell is of usual euro lager .. Big head on the pour, and the lacing is of medium strength .. Dark Yellow Gold .. Refreshing at its best, but does have a sour like back taste. Pass on this beer... but would work well on a beach..

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 14:18:17 | More by Onslow
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It was a good thing I bought this bottle with make your own six pack, meaning I only had one bottle... Taste look and smell similar to Corona which I don't care for... Pours clear golden with about a finger head... Smell of barley and corn... Taste was a little bitter at the tip of my tongue... All in all, will not have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 22:10:22 | More by Bajasith
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A fresh bottle from the distributor, Sampled at 1702, Tucson; April 2010
This beer pours into my glass with a brilliantly clear, light cider-yellow color. It is topped by a fizzy white head that quickly disappears. The beer smells more like cider to me than anything, but also has some nuttiness to it as well as a touch of grain.

Interestingly enough this tastes of toasted nuts underneath a more omnipresent cider like flavor. Perhaps a touch of cardboard is found here and the beer is lightly sweet which is somewhat offset by the fizzy, light texture. Some green acetaldehyde is also found here. This is certainly a beer meant to be drunken ice cold; this is a touch on the warm side, so it is not crisp and refreshing and instead has too much flavor for a beer of this type.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 14:13:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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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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karait95

Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:57:42 | More by karait95
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mattster

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

2.58/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 11:28:50 | More by WakeandBake
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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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AlexLMS

Portugal

2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very clear, medium gold color and a white very low head that fades rather quickly (good lacing though).
The nose is very weak and the taste, though also weak, is acceptable, with some hop hints.
Dry mouthfeel, strong carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a light body. Not so long and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: no news here. Same as any other macro lager available in Spain. A little better than the mass-market beer of the same company (Alhambra Premium Lager). I don’t see why the fuss about this one…

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 20:26:17 | More by AlexLMS
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a typical looking yellow color. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy and has a light skunkiness to it. The taste is like many of the other lagers out there. There a bit of grains and a bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side also pretty smooth. Overall This brew isn't as good as the Negra in my opinion. This ones average.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:34:01 | More by Knapp85
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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a white head and a bit of lace. Clear golden yellow color, medium size bubbles. Had a malty, grassy, grainy, a tad bitter, and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor was about the same. Not bad beer. Decent body. Good finish. Could drink more of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 15:55:58 | More by drpimento
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Gavage

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 21:24:48 | More by Gavage
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:08:04 | More by ZenAgnostic
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JDV

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:27:47 | More by JDV
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tmoneyba

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 16:49:43 | More by tmoneyba
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tjd112

New Jersey

3/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:41:56 | More by tjd112
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metter98

New York

3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:43:12 | More by metter98
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Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
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