Ambar Especial | La Zaragozana S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
La Zaragozana S.A.
Spain
cervezasambar.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
36
Avg:
2.78
pDev:
23.02%
 
 
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 36
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5/5  rDev +79.9%

Photo of Gimenez
4.85/5  rDev +74.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Es una de las mejores cervezas

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear, straw yellow color, blessed with a big, softly settling, fluffy white head.
Aroma: empty, but inoffensive.
Very smooth, rich, malty flavor. Pleasant right off the start. Light bodied, but surprisingly tasty. I think I got a very fresh bottle, just off the plane from Spain, where it rains mainly on the...veranda...um, scratch that...anyway...
Tiny little hops gently ride on the palate, quickly covered over in a blanket of light, sweet, delicious maltiness.
Based on the previous reviews, I was set for a let-down, but happily cast off that presumption. Quite a nice lager, nothing wrong with it, a beer I can live with, and garner pleasure from. Just plain nice. Thumbs up from me!
...and I've been told that Ambar is a family name involved with the brewery, not any connection to the English word, "amber".

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Photo of jonmikel
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Zaragozana's Ambar Especial pours a slightly hazy, light amber colored body beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice 'mountains' of lace along the side of the glass as the initial head receeds. From there it maintains a thin lid of creamy foam that slowly receeds to an average collar.

Delicately toasty, grainy, and mildly sweetish malt greets you in the nose, and a gentle swirl of the glass reveals some of its floral and grassy hops.

The body is medium and a touch dextrinous, and it's restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation leaves a light caress on the tongue before it passes smoothly away.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and it surprisingly malty with a sugary/honeyish edge that's almost like unfermented wort. Hmmm? Spicy and floral hops cut through the malt, and a solid bitterness anchors it nicely, leaving it to finish dry with an edge of raspy bitterness left behind.

It's certainly not the best-made beer, but apart from lacking a little bit of finesse it's well-made with no flaws or defects. I think it could be a bit smoother and better rounded, but it's quite interesting, and a great change from the more commonly available clear golden lagers. Probably worth trying.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.73/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying a whole lot of these while visiting Zaragoza...

It's nothing 'especial' but its a pretty solid lager. Crisp and refreshing, it's not really my style but I have no qualms about drinking it. The ratings are unfairly low in my mind, but whatever.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz dark brown bottle. Very generous 06/09/05 best before date.
It pours a shiny brassy gold color with a medium sized white head. Lots of low-lying clingy little bubbles rise up from the sides and bottom of the glass.
The smell of grain, cut dry grass lasts awhile. A touch of alcohol vapor rises up then fades.
A taste bread dough, unsalted Saltines and light sugary sweetness balances well with sharp hoppy flavors. Grapefruit rind zest, lemon bitterness and a bit of metallic tang gives this an edgy, cutting quality.
Warming alcohol is noticed in the background.
Not bad!

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Photo of _drummer_
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Koh Samui. Generally an average beer in all categories for me. I drank from a bottle, so the color is a bit of a guess, to be honest. The flavor was full and smooth, but the aftertaste was a bit bitter. It was a refreshing combination of carbonation and the initial taste really isn't bad - light hops, hint of malts. I'd have it again, but it is a bit light for my taste in general.

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Photo of granger10
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark golden color with a medium sized frothy white head. Decent amount of bubbles race to the top. Decent lacing around the glass. The smell is floral and grassy but not hoppy. The taste is strong on the sweet malt flavors but there's not much in the hops dept. Finish is sharper than most lagers and decently refreshing. All in all this is a good beer but I couldn't have too many of these because of the sweet malt abundance and lack of much else.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tesguino
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A lager from spain; intense deep yellow, little pale; aromatic like broiled hops; taste harmonic, wide, clean, like velvet; try with spanish tapas, paella valenciana; spiced mexican food; serve in a pilsner glass; this is an example of spanish good beer over the average; 80% recommended.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of mhuber
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours clear, medium copper color, not much head. This is a full-flavored beer with just a bit of sweetness to it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Being as that our options for buying single bottles of beer are so limited, I tend to pounce like a (Pitt) panther on any that I see in various coolers that I scour. This was just such a recent score.

From the bottle: "Lager Beer Biere Speciale Bier Cat I Birra Speciale Super"; "Brewed & Bottled in Spain, Espagne, Spanien, Spagna, Spanje".

My pour produced a foamy, soapy finger of bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled especial with an odd sweetness, not honey-like as lager should be, but with a kind of chemical quality, too. Not as odd as Minhas, but not right, either. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not all that bad, with a cereal sweetness along with a metallic tang and a smoky, anise quality. Okay, I have no idea what adjuncts went into this one, but it surely did not include corn. This was one strange piece of chicken. Finish was semi-dry and not all that bad, if it really is an AAL. I was surprised, but still not a fan.

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Photo of rusty3335
3.21/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back from a supermarket on holiday in Fuerventura. Pours a clear golden colour with a small white head. Aromas are sweet & malty. Tastes of corn, grass, bread & sweet malt. Aftertaste is dry with light bitterness. Overall a decent enough massed produced beer, one I'd have again if I was in Spain.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at our local Spanish restaurant last night- $5.00 for a 33 cl bottle. Gotta love restaurant prices. I had never heard of this puppy before, and the waitress described two other Spanish beers as "like Corona" and "like Heineken", and Ambar was "darker". So that was the information I was going on.

The room was dark and I couldn't read the label, nor see the color very well. But my best guess is that it was a darker than macro golden-orange, with a smallish head in a standard pint glass.

Aroma is sweet malty, slight caramel notes and a little flowery. But in general, weak. Flavor is sweet malts with the ever so slightest oily hop bitter finish. Not complex, not terrible. Mouthfeel was disappointingly thin.

I had this with some very good (and very expensive) Spanish food, and maybe the mood set me up, but I thought it went OK with the tapas and I enjoyed it. I recognized that it's not a "best of class", but considring the style, you could do a lot worse!

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Photo of ADR
3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear and medium gold in appearance, a soapy white head starts at 1/2 an inch but is no where to be found in 40 seconds. Some partial ring laces on a pint glass. Decently malty aroma, a bit of watermelon. Flavor begins slightly nutty and husky, not bad in overall composition but straying toward seedy. The mouthfeel falls apart pretty early though, heads to a watery realm with very minimal hoppiness spread out at the finish and without bite. Too much apple core in the aftertaste. Carbonation is moderate and not too fizzy. Pretty unremarkable but the aroma and the beginning give it some distinction for what it is.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this beer on multiple occasion in Spain, Morocco, Portugal, and the United States. In the United States I procured this Spanish Beer at Friar Tucks in Savoy, Illinois. Pours golden clear, with average head, some lacings, and average carbonation. Has a malt taste, notes of rice, hops, and grains; it has aroma similar to Budweiser, which fades rapidly. It leaves a metallic aftertaste, pretty refreshing on a hot day, and it won't leave you bloated. For an American Adjunct Lager it is really well made for a big brewery.

Stationed at Rota Naval Station 2003 (U.S. Army)
Morocco May 2013
Madrid/Toledo Spain May 2013
Portugal June 2013

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Photo of bigaddy
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nico_freespirit
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Redrover
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one at 1492 which is a very good tapas restaurant located in downtown Chicago. I figured Spanish beer & Spanish food should go well together. This was much better than the Estella I also sampled.

Beer poured a nice amber/gold with a decent tan head . Some lacing.

Mostly a fresh malty nose on this beer. Hints of bread and perhaps a little fruit.

Taste was a little on the sweeter side and I‘m guessing that’s due to a large does of malts. Not a lot of hops in this one. Went well with most of the food but it could not stand up to the spicier foods. I think I really needed a good IPA.

Mouthfeel was creamy, drinkablity was average. So far, the best of the Spanish beers I’ve sampled.

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Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev +7.9%

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Ambar Especial from La Zaragozana S.A.
2.78 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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