Ambar Especial | La Zaragozana S.A.

Ambar EspecialAmbar Especial
BA SCORE
7.2%
Liked This Beer
2.78 w/ 69 ratings
Ambar EspecialAmbar Especial
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,239
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
69
Liked:
5
Avg:
2.78/5
pDev:
23.02%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of tone77
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, grains, corn. Taste is not so good. Something a bit sour or medicinal like is present, along with grains and corn. Not sure what it is, but it's not pleasant. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was not impressed.

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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: straw color very pale maybe some golden hues inside, body looks very light with some carbonation and a withe little head that disappears fasts and doesn't last on top of the beer, nothing to remember.

S: some malts can be sensed but nothing important and not something to notice.

T: average flavor to say something positive a malty body is sensed just that.

M: not very pleasant sensation it is light and to refresh but not nice, a lasting ending but not the good one that you remember.

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1/5  rDev -64%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ambar Especial
11.2 oz brown bottled
Served in a glass and out of the bottle

Pours a cloudy light amber with a decent head.

Not a pleasant beer by any stretch of the imagination. Weird malts whiffs with a sour herbal kick.

A sweet flavored and lightly malted beer. The finish is watery and fizzy. There is a weird sour milk thing going on here.

I love beer, but this one is a struggle.

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1.68/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pour is straw colored and the white small head sinks quickly into decent lacings.

S: Corn galore, sweet malt and only faint bitter hops.

T: The corn is dominant. Sweet malt and bitter hops are in the back. Some citric notes.

M: Body is light and carbonation strong. Aftertaste holds some bready notes combined with bitterness, but to me it's very artificial.

O: On a warm summer day on a beach in Spain, why not? Otherwise; you could pick a better beer.

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1.93/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer is clear pale straw colored, small bubbles, a white head that settles quickly, but leaves some lacing.

The smell is weak, very corn cereal, a bit sweet, raisins and strawberries- No acidity, no bitterness.

Starts sweet, once more the strawberry association, some corn flakes, anonymous fruity tones, like esters, a slight sour, lemon, and bitter soap presence.

Medium low carbonation, small bubbles, no body, a chemical soapy feeling. A somewhat dry finish.

Overall I find it hard imagining this beer to be good in any situation.

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2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is malty with semi-sweet notes. Bitter hints in the background. It is clean and a bit simple.

The colour is pale yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is white; it sinks quickly leaving no lacing.

The taste is clean and light with some malty sweetness and a barley noticeable bitterness. The aftertaste is light with some bitter hints, a touch of sulphur and sweet hints of cereals.

The carbonation is medium to strong; the small bubbles short-lasting. The liquid is a bit smooth.

An average adjunct lager. Probably a great thirst-drencher.

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2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into stein.

Appearance: Pours a yellow-golden brew with a thin cap that holds reasonably for a macro-lager. Slight lacing and decent head retention. Non perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Assertive grainy aroma with strong adjunct notes. Prominent enough, albeit not really that pleasant. Faint evergreen hops aroma.

Taste: Bland and unremarkable. You can just barely taste the sweet corn. Theres a noticeable metallic twang to it aswell. Very uninteresting.

Palate: Medium high carbonation. Light bodied. Low bitterness. Dries out but leaves a metallic / adjuncty taste.

Drinkability: Very unremarkable even by macro-lager standards. It's very light, yet i struggle to finish it. Overall, it's probably as low as i'll rate a beer without severe flaws.

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Ambar Especial from La Zaragozana S.A.
Beer rating: 7.2% out of 100 with 69 ratings
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