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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 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 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
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 fizzy
3.6/5  rDev +20%
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"!!

fizzy, May 07, 2011
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 tubacharlie
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.

tubacharlie, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of tjd112
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

tjd112, May 05, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.18/5  rDev +6%
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..

sixerofelixir, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Dec 24, 2009
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 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 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 tmoneyba
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 18, 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 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 dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
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

dirtylou, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of baos
3.95/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

baos, May 24, 2008
Photo of drpimento
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.

drpimento, May 16, 2008
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.73/5  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!

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
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.

JDV, Feb 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 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 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
Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
71 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.