jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2004
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours with a giant head, but absolutely no bubbles, "Where did the head come from?" one might ask. The answer is all the bubble went into the formation of the head. The explosion wrought by the opening of the bottle tore a whole in the space-time continuum, thatís where the bubbles went. No one knows for sure, but one thing is certain, this beer doesnít smell good. The taste is wooden and unconvincing, who knew such a product could come out of Spainís fantastic brewing traditions?
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I guess Iím rating this crap under the right listing. Mine just said Zaragozana, not Ambar Especial... so Iím going by the ABV. Anyway, not good. Pale (like sickly pale, not hops) and soapy. Watery crap that has a somewhat developed palate, but not even this can save the beer. Not for me, speedy. $1.69 a 12oz
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A go-down-easy beer without compromising taste Great in hot weather being overly fizzy.
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light style, quite thin, corny, oaty maltyness with a slight touch on the palate on the way down. Lacking a bit but pleasant.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malt aroma, and a hint of corn. Golden, pours a large cream coloured head. Malt, with a mild hops taste, giving a pleasant bitterness to this medium bodied brew. Fair, a pleasant surprise!
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
First, I really wasn't planning on rating any new beers for a couple of days, so this one was a total accident. In fact, it was born of a bad cold I've been suffering. I figured I needed to clear my sinuses and one traditional method is to take lunch at Tacos el Asador in Koreatown. I've mentioned before how much I love this place - the food, the decor, the community atmosphere. Oh yeah, and the fact that they seem to find new beers for me to try - bested in this town only by Smokeless Joe's I think. So in I go and they have a sign for this on the wall. And some bottles in the fridge. Of course, I have a bad cold. And on top of that I burned my tongue yesterday drinking tea while my mouth was still frozen from a trip to the dentist. So this is a really hobbled rating...Ambar Especial from Zaragozana is a clean, malt-accented pale lager. Their is some hop bite, but not a whole lot. By international lager standards, this seems to be one of the better ones. I would wager that it is all-malt, and it is reasonably balanced. It's a pretty safe bet I'll be back at Tacos el Asador as it is one of my favourite restaurants, so it's a safe bet I'll be rating this one soon when my senses are back to 100%. But I'm sure of what I found this afternoon. I just need to double check to make sure there wasn't anything more.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
As far as lagers go this is in the middle. By this I mean it is better than some and worse than others. The presentation is of your common or garden style, golden colour and white head. The hop aroma is present, giving it higher marks than the Aussie macro stuff, but overall it is still not quite there in overall flavour and body. A lot of this style is too gassy which isn't improved by leaving it for a while, as it then just goes flat. In the right place with the right food this is OK but I would prefer a sangria or dry red wine with my Spanish meal anyday if the only beer choice was this.
minguimore (17) - SPAIN - JUL 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You guys should remember that we are rating a lager not an ale or a bock and this is a good one. It has a nice balanced taste and the correct carbonation. The problem is that a good lager must be taken in a pub, from the barrel, and you surely buy it in bottles. Probably the best spanish beer.
caesar (4893) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2003
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
I drank this in a Dutch bar in Lloret de Mar. Usually they tap Aguila (amstel), so i was quite surprised. There weren't any noticable differences between this and the other spanish pilseners. So, it was quite ok, but i rather drink San Miguel.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Golden colour, fine white head. Good malt consistency, dry with a slightly chemically finish.