Alhambra Negra | Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Alhambra NegraAlhambra Negra
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3.29/5
157 Ratings
Alhambra NegraAlhambra Negra
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
Spain
cervezasalhambra.es

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rhoadsrage on 03-18-2005

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Reviews:
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157
pDev:
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and caramel notes. Taste is very much the same with a roasted malt/grain taste and a sweet caramel presence. A very slight roast bitterness on the tongue after each sip that quickly fades. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer to me was a bit surprising. I picked up a bottle years ago at my local shop and gave it a try. It poured out as a deep brown color, the head was pretty good looking and tan in color. The smell of the beer has some aromas of sweet roasted nuts and some burnt caramel. The taste was a little sweet upfront and slowly faded into a more bitter toasted aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little watery but still had enough body to hold my interest. Overall I found this beer to be much better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of metter98
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a ½-finger high dark beige head that slowly died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface, a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing running down the sides.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts and cola in the nose along with hints of molasses and roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of dark malts and cola along with notes of molasses and roasted malts. There are also some notes of artificial sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is extremely easy to drink and almost goes down like water.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Guess I was expecting a beer more similar to Negra Modelo. I am a bit disapointed. Instead of a creamy, malty, Vienna Lager, I got this grainy concoction of semi-roastiness and raw cereal grain. Not that this session was a disapointment, just lacking any of the benifits that I hoped to receive. The beer begins with a moderately brown, lightly headed, medium carbonated brew; eerily similar to an Amber Bock, but more robust in it's look. The aromas show a light Brown Ale maltiness, but soon follows with a lot of graininess and adjuncts (residual) sweetness, and soul-less. Flavors continue the part malt / part cereal grain character, with hints of nuts, toast, and grain hulls. Nearly thin in the body with an emphasis on an over-sparge astringency that hurts the drinkability. finishes quite grainy and void. Not the beer that I was hoping for at all.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big tan head rests atop a clear dark burnt red almost brown colored lager.

A light syrupy almost roasted molasses aroma.

Roasted almost burnt caramel taste, quite interesting, don't know if this would get worse or grow on you if you were to drink a bunch of these.

Finishes with a light dry roasted aftertaste.

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Photo of chinchill
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle, dated "Best By HLH12086"?, served in an American lager glass. Pours a very deep brown color with a nearly opaque body, but when held to a light a faint red hue shows. The tan head is medium size and resembles that of a root beer float. It is moderately durable and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Purchased today {although best by date may be 8/12}, yet this is a bit skunky; the only skunky black beer I can remember. This is a problem in both the aroma and the flavor. There’s a suggestion of hops in the nose with little in the flavor, and only a suggestion of medium malt in the nose with, thankfully, more in the flavor. More sweet than bitter; a tad too sweet. Some smoke in both the nose and mouth. Alcohol is surprisingly prominent in the nose.

M: Medium body; medium carbonation.

O: needs to be revisited with a sample that is definitively fresh. Reason #1345 for a trip to Spain.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color in the wine glass with just a touch of beige head. Big bubbles and a coarse mouthfeel. Nice caramel flavor with an overlay of burnt sugar. Hops are pretty much missing, but it has a decent tanginess. Somewhat perfumey flavor. Nose is just a touch of malt and dried fruit. Surprisingly not bad and good with warm tortillas.

Bottle at a South American restaurant in Old Town, San Diego.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a solid brown where light passes through on the edge. No head beyond the thin layer of micro-bubbles on the edge of the glass. Absolutely no lace.

Sweet molasses and brown sugar smell; No noticeable hop. Really too coyingly sweet, even for a dark beer.

A little better balance on the taste. Not quite as sweet as the smell would indicate. Slight cardboard in the swallow. A touch of hop in the swallow, nearly no aftertaste. The body is very thin--like there was a lot of adjuncts added. The carbonation is too high for this style.

This may be one of the more interesting beers in the wine-loving country of Spain. However, its mass-appeal style is not my style. It is different from the ubiquitous light lagers of the world.

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Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from unholy2, a bonus beer in a on-going trade

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 4+ fingers puffy tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Toasted malt & herbal hops

T: Roasted malt & cola-like sweetness, dryness & herbal hops up front. Slight molasses flavor, more dryness & a slight cardboardy taste as this warms. Finishes with a kiss of licorice, a touch of toasted malt, some cornyness & some dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with minimal carbonation

This was alright, but seemed a bit tired/old, could be better at the source. Not a style that please me to begin with, but would take it over BMC or most Eurolagers I've had...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a slight reddish hint to it and topped by a thin, wispy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: A generally chocolaty malt nose in front of some light earthy tones.

Taste: A faux chocolate-type maltiness, though it doesn't provide too terribly much sweetness. A touch earthy and nutty. Faint hint of white grapes. Very minor hop bitterness. Odd hint of sorrow right on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so bad. Oh, wait, this isn't a malta?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt walnut brown with red and orange accents when backlit with weak morning sun. If color is a reliable guide, this could be a fairly substantial Euro dark lager. The coffee-with-cream colored cap looks decent as well and is beginning to lay down blurry rings of lace.

The nose is classic for the style. Steely (not metallic) caramel leads the way, with just a touch of molasses. There's also a little dark fruit, which is unusual in a beer that uses lager yeast. This could be an okay Euro dark lager.

Alhambra Negra isn't great beer by any means. It's an acceptable version, but that's as far as it goes. As for substantial... appearances often lie. Does Spain brew anything that's worth a damn? Just wondering.

There isn't much malt and the beer tastes like it was flavored with caramel extract and Splenda. There's also a sweet-tart raisin fruitiness that, actually, isn't too bad. Sugared pecans make an appearance as well. By the end of a six-pack I might be buzzed enough to muster up a little enthusiasm. Or not.

The body/mouthfeel becomes slightly more serious as the beer warms, but it never does impress. Creaminess is hinted at on the finish, and the carbonation is within the broad range of acceptable.

As European dark lagers go, Alhambra Negra isn't bad. Unfortunately, it isn't good either. It has just occured to me that this is what Budweiser Dark (should A-B ever decide to go that route) would taste like. Bottom line: dumbed down dark beer for those who think it's cool to be seen drinking an import.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

My first Iberian brew. It pours a translucent garnet, nearly clear when light is added, with nice black highlights (as though Klaus Jansen inked it) topped by over a finger of fluffy ecru foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, that awesome soapy smell that seems to hang around all sorts o' brews, and the slimmest possible slice o' chocolate. The taste holds notes of light chocolate, even lighter coffee, dark wheat, and a hint of hoppy florals and greenery. The body is a heavy light, with light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Not bad for a Euro dark...if I needed a fairly inexpensive darker, lighter brew, I might definitely lean this bottle's way.

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Photo of tone77
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is of malts and chocolate, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not bad, but nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thinhead and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had toffee roastiness upfront with coffee bean and faint vanilla notes. The toffee was more potent on the palate with, nutty, caramel, malts, and vanilla accents. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, nutty, and crisp finish. It drank good and was surprisingly good coming from spain.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: basic black with plenty of ruby color when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam; pretty attractive.

Smell: pleasant caramel aroma with a little bit of earthy hops. Not terribly complex, but pretty nice.

Taste: somewhat light malt flavor but with a pretty rich complexity. Caramel with some very light fruity hints, backed up by a dry breadiness which works rather well. Hops are light and, as in the aroma, earthy in character. I quite like this.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good level of carbonation. Body is a little bit light to really call this creamy, but it's got a bit of a bite to it which really works here.

Drinkability: this is a very quaffable, approachable lager. Dark in color but light in intensity, the subtle complexities make up for its lack of boldness. Good stuff.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review number 200 is this dark lager from Spain. On to the beer:

Pours dark brown into a pint glass, it has a black body that fades towards the edges of the glass. The head on top of this one crackels and doesn't retain itself too well. It has a well balanced taste that isn't overly sweet and has some roasted charactersitcs to it. It felt a little stronger than the listed ABV, but still quite enjoyable. Matched nicely with my BBQ beef sandwich.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not the greatest beer in the world, but not bad. Its generally hard to find negras in Spain, and I'm not sure I had more than one when I was over there, so I thought I'd try this here in the States. Poured a nice dark brown, almost black with some chestnut highlights. Thick creamy head with no lacing. The smell consists merely of a light sour graininess, and its surprisingly sharp. The beer's worst feature. Happily, the flavors don't taste off. It's fairly light with a little toasted grain and smooth relatively thin malts. Clean, and mostly without the grainy sourness of the smell. Light to medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. A hot weather beer that is more interesting than some- especially other Spanish brews I've had.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, nice white head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, fragrant.

T: Nice and tasty full caramel malt, toffee. Dries out a bit at the end with a nice hop note.

M: Lighter bodied than I expected, creamy, smooth.

D: A real nice surprise out of Spain which has been giving me some good beers lately.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours nearly black under a 1” light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film.

S: Dark malts, some spice, faint chocolate, no burnt or coffee with more malt than hops. Traces of fruit.

T: Dark malts with chocolate notes meld with some apple flavors to suggest dark fruit, plums. Medium malt, medium low hops.

F: Very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation. A trace of grainy astringency on the finish.

O: Actually better than expected but not as good as I would have liked.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/mahogany with a decent light tan head and good carbonation. Dark caramel, nutty, and light roasty aroma and flavor. Med-light bodied and smooth with a very light roasted walnut finish.

A pleasant surprise from Spain.

Per GCA website: 5.4% ABV. Dry Primitive Extract 13% (?)

Best Before: 12/26/06
Tasted: 03/04/06

(11.15 oz / 33o ml yellowish brown bottle with the Alhambra logo embossed around the neck 4 times)

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Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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