Ambar Pale Ale 1900 | La Zaragozana S.A.

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Ambar Pale Ale 1900Ambar Pale Ale 1900

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La Zaragozana S.A.

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by jhtipton:
Photo of jhtipton
2.64/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure about the legal requirements in order to use the term "Pale Ale" in Spain but it perhaps was a misprint on the label. The bottle is interesting enough but the product lack what I was hoping for, a decent domestic pale ale in Spain. Pours a very light golden slightly fizzy small head into my cerveza mug. The nose is weak and more reminiscent of belgian than pale ale. Has that yeasty sweet rotten banana taste and smell more than pale ale. Not any hops flavor at all. Mouthfeel is light bodies and a little fizzy-average with macrolager being the benchmark. Drinkability is also below average as I won't be hunting this down. I'll stick to Crz Cam[o for my domestic fix, if at all.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of juannmcc
2.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale Ale, my arse, my rating should end right here, but gotta right a bit more (rules are rules!!!!). A sweetish pils/lager style beer, very thin and in no way complex, boring.

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Photo of Misterefe
1.5/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of adamcthomp
2.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Ant777uk
2.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Looks good, refreshing, nice small bubbly head...

Aroma is crisp and hoppy, similar to a German pils...

Refreshing and malty, however it is ununique and tastes similar to other lager-pilsner-amber ales. Needs more hops!

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Photo of metter98
2.43/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Foley67
2.22/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.17/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw with a little carbonation, clean filtered and a finger of white head.

Aspirin, malts, skunk and cardboard.

Aspirin, malts, rust.

Light with a slightly drying finish, light foamy carbonation.

Why bother, don't know how this survived over a century. Found and drank in Chiang Mai, May 9th, 2015.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, I was pleasantly surprised. More sweet than hoppy, difficult to classify, definitely not pale as the label says, more a golden or a pilsner. Bought in Madrid and not available in this country (USA). Worth looking for if traveling in Spain. It did keep two months before I drank it. The brewery is in Zaragoza, Spain.

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Photo of k3ve
3.29/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tesguino
2.65/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An english style beer made in Zaragoza spain; its fermentation in hot make this beer smell like ester, or mature banana; its taste oily, little smoky and with body; try this with american food, drink from the bottle or serve in a pint or pilsner glass; 70% recommended.

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Photo of janubio
1.54/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330 ml. bottle, pours a golden colour with almost no head. Smell of hop and herbs and some skunky thing. Medium body, boring palate. Taste of malt and some caramel. So, smell of hops, taste like malts and it pretends a pale ale when it really looks a like a common lager and if it wasn't for the sweetness it would taste like a common lager. Confusing? Yes. And bad.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
1.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: very fizzy, small head, body is a light yellow

Smell: This doesn't have much of a nose to it. It's a bit malty and sweet, but I can't pick up much else.

Taste: malty, bitter aftertaste, slightly sour, bread tones, watery, lacking in texture and mouth feel, not very well-balanced, more like a lager than an ale

Conclusion: This beer is lacking in many respects, but it might go well with a tapa like cured ham. However, it is impossible (and I mean impossible) to enjoy this alone. The taste is highly disorganized and unbalanced.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Hipercor. In Adnams glass. Playing Magic 2015. Although an ale, it tastes more like a lager, and not a bad one though, but nothing memorable either. Avg 2.97.

10 Jun 2018. In Teku glass. At lunch, with golden bacalao + russian salad from Calamocha. Adding light soapy and cleasing product notes doesnt add value over an standard industrial. No ale resemblance

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Photo of Allegue04
2.65/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of flyingpig
2.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale golden colour with tinges of yellow and a tiny patch of white for a head. The beer is quite clear and has a few bubbles rising to the surface too.

There was some corn and grassy aromas once you really made an effort to notice them. Some basic malts made a brief appearance as well and the beer had a ever so slightly skunky aroma to it towards the end.

Some cheap malts and a little bit of malts had me thinking this was more of a pale lager than a pilsener. It was poor and pretty bland overall.

Bland on the palate with a slightly skunky feel and some grain in there too. There was a slightl tang to the drink but nothing much if I'm honest.

A rather awful excuse for a beer in my book and I definitely need some clarification on what style of beer this one is meant to be. It tastes, looks and almost smells like a pilsener or pale lager but it claims to be a pale ale so I'm confused. Either way it wasn't a good beer.

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Photo of batty
2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

wow, this beer is bad. pretty sure it's not retired though, I bought one yesterday (April 2008) at a normal grocery here in Spain. but then, maybe it's just that no one buys them...

appearance is a fast rising (and dropping) bright white head, medium density, light straw-gold color, very fizzy looking. lace does stay.

smell is banana-y, but combined with some funk i can't quite place.

taste is all over the place, mostly bad, and always very poorly balanced. starts off like an american macro lager, the very very light malt and fizzy, with that bitter taste in there, not a good hop bitter, but like something else weird is going on. then you got a slight sweet as the macro lager fades into a sweet bland banana water which then goes down, leaving a sticky-fizzy bitter on the palate.

mouthfeel is similar to american macro lager, a shitty one though. drinkability is low because of the wack flavor, as well as the sticky-ick finish. good luck is all i got to say.

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Photo of endovelico
2.2/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pokal. Reviewed under high artificial light. Best before date: 29-11-2011. Batch: L623.

Appearance: Straw clear brew with fizzy white head that quickly recedes. Medium to medium high effervescence. Weak lacing and head retention.

Aroma: Not much in the way of smell. Faint sweet corn and german hops notes. Metallic smell is also evident.

Taste: Very insipid profile. Some metallic and adjunct character but otherwise nothing. The overall taste is very mild, which is a good thing to be honest.

Palate: Medium high carbonation. Low to medium low bitterness. Earthy / dusty lingering taste. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Lacks everything and very flawed. Probably one of the most insipid beers without going into terrible territory. Not even the high fermentation helped this beer.

On a final note: Unlike other users, i don't doubt for a second that this beer is an "Ale" in the true sense of the word. See, Ale only means that it uses yeast that ferments at high temperatures / rises to the top during fermentation.

It's perfectly plausible for an Ale yeast to be neutral in the contribution to the taste profile (see American yeast strains) so it shouldn't come as a surprise that theres a bland, flavorless Ale counterpart to the Macro-lagers / American adjunct style (read, full of adjuncts and very light malts with little hopping).

This is part and parcel the reason i dislike categorizing beers based on anything other than the taste/palate/aroma profile. Since theres no official style for such a type of Ale, it ends up being labeled an EPA, which it most certainty isn't. But it's an Ale, so you can't call it an Adjunct lager.

In closing, i won't be having this adjunct macro Ale in the near future.

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Photo of AlexLMS
1.47/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

First of all this beer seems more like a lager than an ale.

Appearance: clear gold colour. Very small white head (almost non-existent), which disappears as the beer is being poured.
Aroma: sweet malts and some red fruits.
Taste: cooked vegetables and cardboard off-flavours. Awful.
Mouthfeel: dry, average carbonation, average alcoholic and a medium body.
Finish: mouth puckering and cardboard again.

Overall: I really did not like this one. Horrible stuff. It was almost an ordeal to get to end of the bottle.

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Photo of Superaad
1.61/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Tastes like water, far from a pale ale

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Photo of Petertauro
5/5  rDev +104.1%

Photo of rekel
2/5  rDev -18.4%

Ambar Pale Ale 1900 from La Zaragozana S.A.
Beer rating: 2.45 out of 5 with 24 ratings