Reserva 1925
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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European Strong Lager
Ranked #8
Ranked #47,162
3.33 | pDev: 15.32%
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
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Photo of mooseisloose
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 12er at TW. Cool bottles, looks like a mini wine. Smells sweet and adjunct. Pours to a pee yellow with a bright white pillowy head. Taste is silky in the mouthfeel, sweet upfront, a tad bit of bitterness and lightly bitter aftertaste. A nice brew, sweet for my tastes, but pairs well with the pool.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is of caramel and some sulfur. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of herbal hops and some caramel. Finish is long and dry. Drinkable brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Mar 26, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6.4도길래 페일에일인가? 하고 시켰는데 스트롱 라거였다. 잔에 따르지 못해 룩 스멜은 중간값으로 했다. 도수에 비해 시원하게 잘 넘어간다. 부드럽다고는 표현할 수 없겠으나 거부감은 없다. 마지막에 홉 향이 살짝 올라오는데 약하긴 해도 나쁘지 않다. 스트롱 라거라는 게 거의 처음이라 신ㄱㅣ..

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Photo of elnachooo
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cerveza con una cabeza espumosa. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y caramelo. En boca es suave, dulce, con un gusto a malta y cereales.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a willybecker

the color is ruddy amber with 3 finger white head with tiny bead with lasting retention and good clarity
The smell is sweet with caramel in the malt upon opening with lightly fruity and cereal like aroma
the feel is moderately sweet with mild carbonation and gentle yeast texture with moderate alcohol in the feel and dry finish
The taste is semi-sweet with mix of malt sweetness and almond-like nutty dry taste with light alcohol in the middle that increases to a dry toasted taste as it finishes with a semi-sweet caramel linger in the end
This is good in general but just ok as far as the style goes w/ mild adjunct taste yet moderately strong quality

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, Aug 30, 2018
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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Westover Beer Garden. Poured into a small plastic solo cup.

I enjoyed this beer. Was unaware of the style when I first tried it and thought it to be a Vienna Lager. BA has this beer rated as a Euro Strong Lager. That may or may not be correct but I can assure you this beer does not taste like a typical Euro Lager (strong or not).

Sorry, did not have the time to write a detailed review as I was socializing.

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Aug 12, 2016
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3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a dark golden colour with a decent white head that disapates slowly and laces.
Aroma malt, caramel, grass
Taste pretty much follows the nose, malt, caramel, grassy, very easy to drink.

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Andrewharemza from Australia, Aug 08, 2016
Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Standard macro strong lager, clean, light-copper, standard white head, some laces, caramel malts, oak-aged character, bread, paper, almost no hops, boring, simple, reminds whiskey/rum scottish ales, like Innis & Gunn & other trash.

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Dentist666 from Russian Federation, Mar 29, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml bottle. Beautiful bottle (despite being green coloured). Embossing and curved shape makes it very tactile.

Pours a dark gold with a one finger head that diminishes slowly, leaving sheets of lacing and a thick smear.

Bready, malty, woody nose.

Pronounced malt flavours. Some honey and light treacle.

Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Lightly drying. Some carbonation. Almost no sense of alcohol.

For a Mediterranean lager this is good. When in Spain this is a beer to seek out in preference to the usual San Miguels and Estrellas. Just be careful because the 6.4% ABV creeps up on you.

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Spike from United Kingdom (England), Oct 18, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alhambra Reserva 1925
500 ml green glass bottle

Appearance: Clear, amber-copper body beneath a full head of frothy white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

Aroma: Malty with caramel and background notes of sweet bread. Subtle grassy hops. It's not bold but neither is it hard to find. Pleasant. Surprisingly not skunked given the green glass bottle.

Flavor: As the aroma indicates in every way. It's kind of like a malty Vienna lager with it's caramelish malt and mildly grassy, floral, and gently spicy (alcohol?) hops. A stiff bitterness anchors it and it finishes dry, subtly spicy, and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge and a crisp, gently effervescent carbonation that softens to smooth as it warms.

Overall: The bottle makes a great impression, and the beer has some depth of character to it. Pleasant and enjoyable.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, May 04, 2015
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3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with subtle hints of corn and grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by light flavors of malts. There is a light amount of bitterness, which masks any traces of sweetness. Slight bits of grassy hops are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink because it doesn't feel that heavy on the palate and does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste. Despite the green bottle, no skunk is evident. It's not a bad lager, except that it can be considered a little bland.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Mar 28, 2015
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2.81/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow-amber with decent head retention. Malty aroma with some skunkiness, notes of Belgiumy yeast. Mild fruity flavors of grape skin and caramelized plantain accompany a strong, malty beer beverage. It's not great. I could see it accompanying a large, greasy pizza. Or a dimly-lit hipster-Euro-trash college party.

What she said: "It's very... something."

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CraigS119 from Florida, Mar 24, 2015
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2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a small head.
Slightly skunky aroma with some grassy and spicy hops alongside biscuity and grainy malt.
Flavours are a little harsher but retain some of the spicy hops and grainy malt. Some cardboard notes.

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CrazyDavros from Australia, Dec 28, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear, coppery golden; pours with a thick, long lasting head.

s: Corny sweetness, some bread, a touch of honey, and some faint grassy hops.

t: Sweet overall with fairly well masked alcohol. Honey, bread, and corn.

m: Feels bigger than the abv.

o: Not bad when ice cold.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, May 26, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant surprise. Beautiful towering fluffy, lasting head head. Malty lager aroma, taste is also malty, some cereal taste coming through. Overall, very enjoyable.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep gold beer with a good white head. Palate is fairly dry with a light crispness. Dry malt, a little cream. Light minerals. A whisper of hop - and citrusy marmalade. Lingering finish with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Finishes smooth. A touch dry but okay.

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stoutman from Michigan, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light amber; small head; no real lacing

Aroma: Malty; slight honey; grassy

Taste: Very smooth and well balanced; wasn't too complex, but very drinkable; like a pale lager, but slightly sweeter

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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IchLiebeBier from Virginia, Jun 15, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer bottle (62 cl.) purchased in Grenada (Spain), and tasked in may 2013.

Appearance : dark golden color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : moderate malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : mild holy and spicy flavors with dry malty finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style strong pale lager.

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Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden colour with a creamy two fingers foam taht takes its time to fade and leaves some lace. Smell... well, you can detect both malts and hops. Corn, liquor and a bit of barnyard. Creamy and sticky palate, medium to full body. Taste of corn, some caramel and liquor.

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janubio from Spain, Apr 03, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The official blurb goes like this: Reserved for the most demanding palate. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is a high quality beer crafted to perfection. With its deep, exquisite taste and exclusive masterpiece in bottle design. Reserva 1925: Our vast brewing experience, to enchant the beer connoisseur.

My fancy bottle must hold something special: lets open it!

Poured @ home into a Duvel glass on 16 Nov 2012. Looked fine, in fact it looked good, a nice clear, clean, light amber body waith a full white head (at first).

The aroma was of malts and nuts, with a mini yeast presence in the smell as well.

The taste was more malts than hops with the alcohol content also being detectable in the mouth feel. Fairly thin for a 'super lager' and I'm sure three 33cl bottles would give almost anyone a hangover, even so I quite enjoyed the thing.

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BlackHaddock from United Kingdom (England), Nov 16, 2012
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2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. The embossed green bottle is uncommonly fancy for a lager - it seems to imply higher quality (although the ingredient list mentions maize).

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep amber colour with medium carbonation and some slight floating sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam with decent stability; this slowly subsides to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of light malt with notes of harsh stewed leaves, overdone veg, corn and a hint of sulphur in the background. Deteriorates as it warms.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of stewed leaves, overcooked veggies, solvent and corn. Rather harsh and astringent, with a hint of cardboard and slick, solventy booze in the background. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, oily and tingly, with decent body. Somewhat acrid; dries the palate. Aftertaste of stewed leaves/veg/corn and alcohol.

Not very nice. A crappy lager with lots of unpleasant off-flavours and excessive booze. It's strength doesn't improve anything. It gets worse as it warms, but it wasn't good to begin with. Don't let the classy bottle deceive you - this is best avoided.

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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), Nov 01, 2012
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3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting 330ml bottle which has no paper labels. All information is "carved" directly in the glass. Served in a small chalice.

A: Pours a orange golden color. Clear. Forms a medium creamy fluffy and aired head leaving many spotty chunks of foam and some lacings in the glass

S: Sweet and biscuity. Notes of honey. Lager yeasts. Flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Notes of honey, caramel malts and bready Lager yeasts. End is slightly bitter

M: Light to medium body. Medium to high carbonation. Sweet malts aftertaste

O: Medium drinkability. Not a beer that I'll drink againr

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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland, Oct 28, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted it 8 months ahead of expiration date. Interesting engraved bottle. Poured a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. Golden color apperance.
Pleasant and mild aroma of hops. Good carbonnation, with a medium body. Taste of grains, with bitterness coming in the middle and fading. Alcohol of 6.4% was well hidden, and use of corn did not harm much. Above average lagers.

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FLima from Brazil, Oct 21, 2012
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3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber colour with a foamy, bone white head on top that is about a centimetre tall and stays for a good few minutes and several drinks of the beer.

Some definite alcohol and grain notes, there is some corn and lager hops and malts. I was surprised at how light on the nose the beer was for a fairly strong beer in the alcohol department.

Subtle hops and some light lager malts along with a touch of grain and alcohol that gets stronger the longer you leave the beer. There is some corn and even some spice with the tiniest hint of some skunk right at the end.

Medium in carbonation and body. There is a touch of bitterness and the finish is crisp yet slightly wet with touches of alcohol and minimal grain too.

Nothing to exciting or really worth noting about this strong pale lager, it started off quite nice but gradually faded to an average beer about half way down. It was drinkable but a little basic and unimaginative for my liking with nothing grabbing my attention other than perhaps the nice look of the beer.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Aug 18, 2012
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml engraved label bottle. Pokal glass. Review on jun´12 –enjoyed many times since Antonio, one of my best friends, bought it for me fifteen years ago. Bright golden color, crystal appearance. White, small bubbled, froth creates a close & creamy crown. Good retention. Sweet malty aroma & citric hop hues. Light body, moderate carbonation. Sweet maltiness & pleasant bitterness provide smooth & creamy palate. Very nice drinkability. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Reserva 1925 from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 177 ratings