Reserva 1925 | Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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Reserva 1925Reserva 1925

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Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 148
Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Photo of DoktorZee
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 3/4 pint glass (Creemore Springs Lager Theme!). No best before date (just the custom bottle).

A - slight head that stays around less than a minute with very little lacing. Dark amber, clear and with very little obvious carbonation.

S - malty base with just a slight overtone of skunkiness (in a good way).

T - clear and tart with very subtle hops and an enduring subtle toasty malt. Strong flavors, but noting really stands out!

M - very nice sharp carbonation to offset the bitterness. Heavier than it looks.

D - extremely drinkable. Could (and have) had a number of these to great effect. Nice daily drinking beer.

Very satisfying drink with a knife's-edge balance of hoppy bitterness with toasted malt to great effect. Would love to have this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of Spike
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | 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 some lacing and a thin smear.

Bready, malty, woody nose.

Pronounced malt flavours. Some honey and light treacle.

Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Lightly drying. Very little carbonation. 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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Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in the main liquor store and they had 6 six packs that sat on a pallet near the back. Some restaurant ordered this and for some reason it ended up being sold at retail. I gave one to Malto on his trip to Vancouver and he had to add the brewery to BA. I would be interested if anyone else has had this beer.

This beer poured a nice dark gold and had a bready nose. I enjoyed the fullness of the body as I expected standard Eurolager.
The higher ABV makes this beer taste more like Singha than Becks. Cool find.

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Photo of niangelo
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a not-excited gold with a foamy head.

Smells of mild malt, fruit, some hop.

Mouthfeel is a touch chewy for a basic lager, a little thicker than what I'd expect from a cerveza, and in a good way.

First taste is corn, but not adjunct corn, like the real-deal maize. Some tiny hop bite, a whiff of alchohol and a very refreshing finish.

A good brew. A welcome departure from standard macros.

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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark gold beer with an off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell has some earthy aromas from the malt, the hops adds some grass and spices.

There is sweetness upfront, brown sugar, but also bread and wood, a good balanced bitterness. Almost a vinous feeling.

Medium carbonation, smooth, rather complex, a small dryness at the end.

A bit sweet but rather well balanced, worked well with dark meat.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this on 9th Oct 2006, a present from Spain.
This was presented in a green unlabelled 330ml bottle with embossed writing on the glass.
Poured a very nice darkish shade of amber with a good dense white head that lasted and left lacing on the glass. Smell was very strong, bursting forth before the brew was poured. Smelled of dense "grassy" hops.
Taste was subdued hops with some other undertones (couldn't put a finger on it). Alcohol well disguised and a nice mouthfeel made this a good well crafted brew and quite drinkable.

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in The Smiling Jack club in Lleida during my stay in Catalunya. A nicely designed bottle.

A: Copper/yellow color with a tiny white head

S: Sweet malts with some fruity notes. A bit thin.

T: Malts, sweetness which is best defined by caramel (might also come from the use of corn). Red fruits make this brew special. Hint of citrus.

M: Medium/high carbonation with a pleasant bosy that fits this beer.

D: Had this one for 2 nights in a row at the same club. Will surely drink this one again on my return to Lleida, but will not do any effort to find this beer in Holland.

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Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of DIM
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of dasmith52
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice beer that is worth trying if you are in Granada.
A: A very nice golden color that is slightly darker than a standard lager and almost a dark golden color.

S: A nice hops and malts smell that lends itself to the overall beer experience.

T: A very nice strong malt flavor and a very nice bit of skunkieness that can be tasted. There is also a slight aftertaste of the higher alc content.

M: A slightly smooth feel that is a bit on the thin side. The carbonation was a bit light.

D: A very nice beer paired with with food or by itself. Perfect with tapas.

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Photo of fostachild
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice clear golden yellow color, with lots of head.

smell had a slight bit of citrus, malt, and overall kind of an aroma you would expect in a cheap beer but still intriguing in a way.

slight hops in the taste. malty with a nice bitterness and also little sweetness to it. better than i expected and was definitely enjoyable, especially in the hot weather.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium yellow color. A few shades darker than your typical urine lager color.

A vigorous pour results in a frothy white head that recedes to a mere after thought of a head. Said afterthought remains throughout the session.

Not much on the nose. A hint of malts, a whisper of hops, and some alcohol to boot.

On the taste one finds the malts that were hinted at on the nose, plus a nice warming from the alcohol.

Medium to heavy mouth feel. The feel of the beer lingers for a while.

This is probably one of the better Spanish beers available, and as the most expensive 6-pack for sale in my local supermarket (costing twice as much as a 6-pack of Heineken), it damn well better be a good beer. I will probably "splurge" on an other 6 pack of this, but I'm in no hurry to do so.

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Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 330 ml bottle with no label and bar code on cap. Closer inspection is a very attractive embossed bottle with Reserva 1925 on front and Alhambra on shoulder, back lists alcohol content, ingredients, and brewer (in spanish). Received free logoed, gold rimmed glass with purchase of 6 pack. Poured dark yellow, with bright white moderate head that left nice lace, and good carbonation. Flowery sweet aroma with added smell of hops and malt. Slightly sweet malt flavor well balanced with taste of grains. Full mouthfeel with a dry, somewhat bitter, hop finish.

Note to Self: Rated #4 Euro Strong Lager

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 EwaldEichstaett
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me by a friend from Spain. Supposedly one of the best Spanish beers, (and he knows what he is talking about as he "studied" with me here in Germany). Thanks Alvaro!

A: Dark straw/brown color. Weak head which disappears quickly.

S: Big malts, some grass and a bit of wet cardboard... actually, the smell of this beer reminds me of Stella Artois... maybe a bit stronger smell but very similar.

T: Very similar to the smell: this beer really reminds me of Stella. The flavor is just much stronger in every aspect (not sure if that is good or bad) Big round flavor... tastes a bit earthy/full, not sure how to explain it... a bit like popcorn or a gram cracker... I cannot detect the alcohol and that counts for something.

M: very thick and rounded character, I believe this is because of the alcohol.

D: Good drink-ability, the alcohol content is not to terribly high. This beer makes me imagine what a high alcohol Stella would taste like. More flavor, bigger character...

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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Alibi Room special import. Perfumy hops, then something off, or rotten later on in. Creamy head, creamy and also grainy mouthfeel. Above average carbonation. Drinkable and my rating is good for this one. Tigglmtl insists it is skunked and so could be.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
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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