Alhambra Especial | Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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74
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98 Ratings
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Alhambra EspecialAlhambra Especial
BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerSox on 09-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
47
Avg:
2.99
pDev:
18.06%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up at Rogers and Casey in Western Mass. Marketing:"The bottle is dressed in gold and white – symbolic of its purity. It projects an image of elegance." The appearance of the beer was white with golden yellow and nice initial head. Malty aroma. The mouthfeel was on the thin side, and the taste extreme metallic, if you are looking for that sort of thing.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, alcohol, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and chemical flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a fairly decent aroma but the flavors make it somewhat undrinkable.

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Photo of djrn2
2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a typical looking yellow color. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy and has a light skunkiness to it. The taste is like many of the other lagers out there. There a bit of grains and a bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side also pretty smooth. Overall This brew isn't as good as the Negra in my opinion. This ones average.

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Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down but left lots of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of corn and sweet, grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of sweet grainy malts and corn.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but isn’t overly interesting.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught at La Adelita in Andorra. Served in stemware.

A: ~1cm white cap. Frothy and soft in appearance. Retention is decent - ~2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear vibrant pale copper; almost a gold. Clean-looking, bereft of yeast or sediment.

Sm: Clean malted barley taste. Fresh mineral water. Subdued grassy hop character. Fresh Pilsner malts. Cleanly attenuating lager yeast/saccharomyces.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T/Mf: Follows the aroma in terms of flavour, with a soft mouthfeel supporting its simple malty taste. Munich malts fill out its light-body, but unlike many beers in the style, it never tastes too sweet. Balanced albeit shallow and plain.

It's somewhat refreshing. Smooth, wet, well-carbonated.

O: A drinkable brew for pairing with food, but little more. Its simplicity is both its strength and it's weakness. I'd nab another for casual drinking, but discerning drinkers won't be dazzled.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Draft: Poured a clear golden color lager with a nice pure white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of light adjunct notes with some light cereal notes and residual sugar notes is OK. Taste is also a mix of adjunct and residual sugar notes with light cereal notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Typical pale lager with more residual sugar then I would care for.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This turns out to be my manager's go-to Euro lager, so I figured I'd give it a go, especially considering I'm not averse to the Negra. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat, very light grass, and a few small puddles of corn syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more straight corn and a pervading sense of vague grain. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decent enough Euro pale lager, nothing close to special, but it's inoffensive, so it can work if you just want a simple nip.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gavage
2.76/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: faint malt sweetness and a hint of grass is all you can detect.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green grapes, grass, and a bit of breadiness. Some light bitterness balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is OK for the style as it is easy to qauff with some mild flavor.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A fresh bottle from the distributor, Sampled at 1702, Tucson; April 2010
This beer pours into my glass with a brilliantly clear, light cider-yellow color. It is topped by a fizzy white head that quickly disappears. The beer smells more like cider to me than anything, but also has some nuttiness to it as well as a touch of grain.

Interestingly enough this tastes of toasted nuts underneath a more omnipresent cider like flavor. Perhaps a touch of cardboard is found here and the beer is lightly sweet which is somewhat offset by the fizzy, light texture. Some green acetaldehyde is also found here. This is certainly a beer meant to be drunken ice cold; this is a touch on the warm side, so it is not crisp and refreshing and instead has too much flavor for a beer of this type.

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jdhilt
1.96/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a white, four-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is hoppy. Flavor is weird, definitely not sweet maybe metallic, finish is like old socks. Almost a pour. Expensive at $2.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 10314??

It pours a clear light gold with a 2 finger head of foam and some lacing. Lots of bubbles.

It has smells of grain, corn, some typical AAL sweetness, with a bit of bitterness.

The taste is the above. The bitterness is nondescript and the grain and sweet and corn all add up to a typical example of the style; and by that I mean it doesn't stand out in a good way like the few I've liked did.

The body is medium, that's good, and the carbonation is too brisk, that's not so good. Worth a try, I guess.

Man, with all of the great imports out there, I do not see the need to bring this into town...

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head. It smells like sweet malt, grain and grassy hops. It tastes like sweet malt at first, and then has a slight hoppy finish. This beer has decent balance, enough to set it apart from most other Macro Lager style beers. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and has a nice clean finish. Drinkability is good too, it's not too hard to drink at all. At first I was expecting this to be some typical Euro Macro Lager, but Alhambra isn't bad at all for the style of beer it is. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of DrJay
2.22/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear and light gold in colour with a thin cap of white bubbles. Decent head retention after the foam initially settled and there was a bit of lacing on the glass. Aromas of cooked corn, cereal grains, light floral hops and faint fruitiness. Low bitterness with a touch of spicy hops in the finish, dry malt sweetness, lingering metallic aftertaste. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, just short of crisp with a bit of dryness.

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Photo of drpimento
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a white head and a bit of lace. Clear golden yellow color, medium size bubbles. Had a malty, grassy, grainy, a tad bitter, and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor was about the same. Not bad beer. Decent body. Good finish. Could drink more of these.

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Photo of ovaltine
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of dirtylou
3.57/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pretty common beer in the Granada area...ironically they have amstel on tap at a kiosk at Alhambra and not this beer

this was consumed at a sidewalk cafe in the streets of granada

appearance: pale and golden like many spanish lagers, minimal pale beige froth and no retention

smell: pale malts and no hops, nothing special but no skunk either

taste: pretty similar to other spanish lagers but of higher drinkability than estrella...its all quite drinkable just not very complex with a pale malt structure and no hops

mouthfeel: light/watery

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.15 oz bottle split in a Bruery tulip.
5.0% ABV, Best By: ALH9315

A - Clear goldenrod color with a low white crown resting on top. Low retention with almost no lace left over.

S - Cooked corn is noticeable instantly with pale malt and pils sweetness. No real hop aroma from this one. A bit cold, metallic smelling.

T - Oy. Bland pale malt and corn flavor. Not much beyond that actually.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a clean, bland finish. Slightly dry.

O - Not offensive I guess, it's just bland as can be.

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Alhambra Especial from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
2.99 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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