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Alhambra Especial - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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BA SCORE
71
okay

83 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 83
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)
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Photo of albern
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.

albern, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of nick76
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.

nick76, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -25%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Onslow
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..

Onslow, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 05, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Bajasith
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.

Bajasith, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of flyingpig
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.

flyingpig, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of FeelinSurley
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

FeelinSurley, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of bleeps
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

bleeps, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of karait95
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.

karait95, May 30, 2011
Photo of animal69
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

animal69, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Luiz0930
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Luiz0930, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of blackfoot86
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

blackfoot86, May 02, 2012
Photo of sephyrott
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

sephyrott, May 25, 2014
Photo of Norseman
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Norseman, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Campodog
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Campodog, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of mattster
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.

mattster, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
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.

WakeandBake, Jul 05, 2009
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 AlexLMS
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…

AlexLMS, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jun 06, 2011
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Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
71 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.