Alhambra Negra | Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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Alhambra NegraAlhambra Negra

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Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rhoadsrage on 03-18-2005

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 94
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 avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a black color and a thick texture. There was almost no head or lacing whatsoever.

S: There was a kind of malty smell, along with a small bit of hops. Not a lot else.

T: The taste was malty and grassy, but not exactly brimming with personality. Not much going on in this department.

M: Had a fair amount of carbonation a good finish.

D: This beer didn't do much for me. While it did have some strong points, it didn't measure up with its taste.

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Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on at Emilio's Tapas, just a great restaurant in Westchester, IL.

12oz brown longneck with no apparent freshness dating. Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer is coco brown with a large but quickly collapsing tan head.

The aroma is of slightly toasty malts, brown sugar and brown bread.

The taste is similar. It is slightly sweet with just a bit of caramel and toast. Not bad, but not earth shattering.

The mouth is slightly above pedestrian. Easy enough to drink and went well with the grilled octopus, curry chicken salad & olives.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a semi-translucent black with approximately one half finger of reddish brown head. The head disappeared almost instantly and there was minimal lacing. I drank this at a cigar bar and they poured it into a semi-frosted mug.

Nothing distinctive about the smell of this brew. A bit of malt perhaps.

The taste is somewhat bland, nothing remarkable.

Mouthfeel is thin and unremarkable.

I would not drink this beer again unless I were presented with extremely limited options.

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Photo of alamode
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle given to me by my neighbor, who didn't care for it. Poured into an English pint glass.

A - nice dark color with some head. looks promsing.

S - sweat, malty, grassy, didn't expect much, so its no surprise I'm not really diggin' it

T - malty, weak, no aftertaste, not much happening. almost tasted better than it smelled. the foundation is average, but it delivers nothing at all. very blah.

M - decent, good carbonation

D - tried it cold: didn't like it. let it warm: liked it less. maybe paired with the right dish it could be better... I have no idea how old this is, but based on the carbination I imagine its within expiration. I've moved past my days of being a beer snob (like I had any rite) and try my best to go at every beer I try with an open mind. we have american macro-lagers that turn their nose up at this one. Maybe this is an aquired taste?

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with retention that stays for 1/2 of the glass. Dark brown in color.

Smell is of caramel and some chocolate malts. However, there is a bad corny aroma that I don't care for very much.

Taste is somewhat adjuncty and has some weak caramel and pale malts followed by a weak attemppt to balance with some chocolate malts. Sort of a step above BMC euro lager.

MOuthfeel is semi crisp and dry

The adjuncts in this beer make it a lower quality brew. I got this in my beer of the month package and it's the only thing that has disappointed me so far.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - deep dark ruby amber color with a thick ice cream-like head that settles slightly into a chunky lacing

S - clean roasted malt aroma

T - roasted malt flavor characterized by bready, chocolaty and licorice notes; a faint hop dry finish; overall very clean

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice clean, drinkable lager. Even though Spanish beer might be viewed as a novelty beer in the US (and perhaps North America), this beer is done well and I believe it is suited well to quite a wide range of food pairings. I tried this with North African-style marinated fish and spicy Spanish rice and it was quite wonderful.

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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 AlexLMS
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light black and good clarity despite the dark colour. Head: light brown and low head with very poor retention (no lacing whatsoever).
Aroma: weak nose with some sweet malt notes.
Taste: slightly roasted with corn presence.
Mouthfeel: smooth, gassy, low alcoholic strength (5.4% ABV) and light body.
Finish: short slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: not offensive but weak watery beer. It can be quite refreshing for a dark lager but not much in there.

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Photo of bigeyedfish
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle by way of Amada restaurant in Old City.

Pours a dark brown, almost root beer-ish color into a pint glass; halfway through the pour the color becomes even darker, finishing at an almost RIS-level color. Gives a thin, off-white head that fizzles out very quickly.

Smells primarily of malts, with a sporadic hint of an almost piney/licorice thrown in for good meaure.

The taste is primarily flat- not sure if this is the bottle, or just the style. Some malt in the beginning, maybe a little lingering oak in the middle part and again, licorice coming on strong at the end. But in all, not that much really going on.

Mouthfeel, I mean, yeah, I guess ok. Some hops on the front of the sip, but after that it's just a light coating of malts- goes down very easy, that's for sure.

Drinkability is good, I guess, since this beer is less than 5.5% alcohol. To be honest, if it were not for the black color to it, there's a chance in a blind taste test I might confuse this with something served at a party; a ballsier, more complete version of Pabst/Natty and on par with Yuengling.

Not a bad beer, and it sure is a nice treat to try a European beer not from Belgium, just to see what other countries are doing again. If I'm at Amada, I might order it again. But I just can't see myself buying this beer outside of a restaurant.

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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 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 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 CharlieMopps
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.15oz, 5.4 abv : Granada, southern Spain

A: Pours a pitch black hue, impenetrable to light, topped by a fairly whispy finger and a half of head, that dissipated to a thin layer of bubbles.

S: A faint whiff of chocolate and roasted malt, but other than that, an otherwise scentless beer.

T: Tastes of licorice and roasted malt, but very subtle, a mix of a lager's smoothness and an ale's malty side. But for the most part, there's not much to this beer.

M: Carbonation seems a bit on the low side, but for a lager it's suitable. The body is smooth with a crisp character. Pretty good in the mouthfeel department.

D: A very sippable beer, but it could use a bit more flavor to make it stand out. In the dark lager category, it seems like more could be done to distinguish itself, especially being from southern Spain, I expected some form of regional distinction.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was actually better than I thought it would be. Poured to a dark brown with medium tan head that lasted well and left decent lacing. Aroma was a little faint, but I caught a combination of malty dark fruits and a hint of licorice. Flavor was a semi-sweet molasses. Body was a tad on the thin side, and mouthfeel was a little tingly. All this led to a finish that was of medium duration and a little warming.

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

I tried this in a Tapas restaurant and was not expecting this one at all. For a beer that has a modest ABV, this one packs a punch. It is a very dark, thick, somewhat syrupy pour. The head is okay, smell is good, but not great. The taste is definitely caramel or molasses, and lot's of it. Not a strong bite, some hops in the nose, but more malt than anything else. It's a good beer, not great, and I can't say that it particularly went well with the tapas I ordered, but it was a surprise for a Spanish beer. It's worth a try. L'Chaim

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Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beautiful looking brew. Black core and a deep ruby red around the edges. Huge tan head that is mountainous and has complete cover staying power. Lace is thick and sticky.

First drink had me thinking "how can I get this more often". Truth be told I got this in a "beers around the world" gift pack. I've had more bad luck than good with those things but this is a shining star. Malts are toasted to perfection, giving it the depth that it needs while putting off an incredibly rich roasty flavor. A slight dark grap vinous suggestion. Nice bitterness about 3/4 of the way through to straighten this out and a nice carbonation sizzle towards the finish does its best to clean up. The body of this brew tends to coat the palate and stick around a bit.

Notes: I'll have to keep my eyes open for this in the future. Judging by the number of reviews it can't be all that common. Would love to see this in some mexican/spanish style restaurants.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a dark black beer with chocolate milk head that leaves stripes of sandy lacing all the way down. The smell is delicious milk chocolate. Tast is smooth, but a little heavy for the style. Before I looked it up I thought I was surely drinking porter or stout. Definately has the mouthfeel of stout. Drank it down no problem. A great brew.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite surprised to open this offering from a Cost Plus Beer of the World package. I saw that it was from Spain and assumed it was a standard Euro lager or Pils, but no, this one is dark!

Pours a deep dark brown with a pretty tan head that is quite persistent. Lacing sticks firmly to the side. Aromas of rich malts, I think I'm gonna like this beer!

Flavor- ok, not quite as great. Rich dry malts (almost Irish stout-like) with a rough acid ending. It has some interesting coffee/chocolate notes that provide a lot more flavor than I would have expected, and it is much better than I thought it would be. But not quite over the top crazy wonderful.


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Photo of nortmand
4.16/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brownish red pour with a very stable brown head.

Chocolate aromas dominate the nose. Good, but not too exciting.

A bit of roast in the flavor. Some noble hops and a bit metallic.

An entirely unoffensive beer with a surprising amount of flavor. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of ZAP
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, almost black color...nice tan head...sweet roasted malts and dark fruits on the aroma..

Nice flavor to this....roasted malts...some light molasses and rum...a little toffee too...definitely has some mineral water like elements to it too...

Body is medium....finishes pretty dry with a tartness...

I really like the way this smells and the taste isn't far behind....I'd like to try this side by side with Negra Modelo....seems similar....perhaps a little more of a fruity component to this....

I'd buy it in a restraunt that is lacking in good beers...otherwise I don't think I would seek it out..solid though

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this lager pours a dark red color, with a tan, coca cola colored head, and lots of swift carbonation

S - this is definitely the most aromatic euro dark ive ever head, roasted malt aromas, and also a slight nutty smell

T - rather tasty also, most euro darks cant hide the alcohol, this does a very nice job, a great roasted malt flavor that carries over from the aroma, a great euro, definitely the best ive ever had

M - smooth and tasty, im am very impressed with this beer, i wasnt expecting much, what a great flaovr, refreshing and easy down, would make a great session beer

D - which all results in a high drinkability, very surprised and impressed

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out of the Cost Plus World Market "Beers of the World" ten pack thing.

Pours out black in the glass with a good one finger head. Good amount of carbonation.

Lighty sweet malty scent.

This tastes like a flat Coke without as much sugar. It's got a slight molasses flavor too. The sweetness isn't too high at all. This sounds like a bad review, but for the style it's all right.

Light mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable. This is a good Summer time substitute when you're in the mood for a porter or stout, but it's too hot for one.

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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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Photo of brushpig
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked great with it's coffee dark appearance, and its cream colored head. Roasted malty smell. Yum. However the taste
left me wanting for more, I wanted what I was smelling to come though in the taste. It just needed a little kick. Still the experience was still enjoyable, and would have you try a bottle if ever given the opportunity.

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