About Spanish Beer

About Spanish Beer
Beer in Spain lags far behind wine in terms of production and what is brewed is often acceptable beer from one of a handful of commercial breweries.

Specialty beers do exist, but licensing technicalities have kept this industry down. What is produced is of very good to excellent quality, examples include amber lagers, bocks and pale ales.

Top Picks for Spain

Damm Brewery Daura Gluten Free Lager
92 points
Clear gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of egg croissant, butter sautéed carrot, rice cake, and ginger snap with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, long nutshell and nettles, clay and crayon, metal, and dried plantain finish. A spry, toasty gluten free lager with ample bitterlng hops
Damm Brewery Inedit Wheat Beer
92 points
Hazy color. Spicy aromas of coriander, floral honey, and lemon poppyseed muffin with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lilac and jasmine water, clementine and starfruit, and pink peppercorn muffin finish. A delightfully spry and spicy wheat ale that is sure to please.
Damm Brewery Inedit Wheat Beer
91 points
Clear light gold color. Delicate, grainy, earthy aromas of wet grain, butter roasted corn, and clay with a silky, bright, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy grain husk, lemon pepper, orange, and nutskin finish. Not really a wit, more of grainy golden ale.
Damm Brewery Daura Gluten Free Märzen Lager
90 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of raisin toast and egg muffin sandwich with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length fruit nut pastry, lemon pith, and nettles finish. A nice malty gluten free lager with robust bittering hops.
Alhambra Reserva Roja Bock
89 points
Clear bronze color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate dried fruits and nuts, butter toasted grain toast, and clay with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long chocolate cream pie, watercress, roasted root vegetables, and earth finish. A lovely, chewy chocolatey bock that is sure to please.
Damm Brewery Bock-Damm
89 points
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate, orange blossom honey on muffin, grape, and salted nuts with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a frothy, zippy, peppercorn, peach and radish sprouts accented finish. Nice fruitiness.
Damm Brewery Voll Damm Doble Malta Märzen Lager
85 points
Brilliant amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toast, omelet, dried fruit, and pumpkin with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length roasted nuts, chicory, and arugula finish. A rock solid, Märzen with nice balance and refreshing crispness and bitterness.
Alhambra Especial Pilsner
85 points
Bright light gold color. Savory aromas of Denver omelet, Greek toast, honey scented candle, and fruity gum with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, rapid toasted grain, crayon and clay, and waxy taffy wrapper finish. A cheery summer crusher.
Alhambra Reserva 1925 Strong Lager
84 points
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas of honeyed raisin toast, caramelized nuts, and Belgian waffle with syrup with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length buttered scone, caramelized roasted carrot, peppered greens, and clay finish. A nice toasty, chewy strong ale with a persistent snappy finish.
Familia Soroa Sidra del Verano Spanish Apple Hard Cider
84 points
Pale bright old gold color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh apple sauce and sorbet with a crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and a seamless, breezy fresh apple juice and nutskin finish. A sweet, very apple-y hard cider; try with desserts.