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 Voll-Damm Doble Malta Märzen
93 points
Brilliant medium deep amber color. Malty, minerally, chemical aromas of wet slate, ash cheese rind, and charred romaine with a round, soft, spritzy, medium body and an even, quick whole wheat cracker, dried leaves, dried fig cake, and rye spice finish. A sumptuous Marzen that rewards the palate with waves of flavor.
Damm Brewery Inedit Witbier
92 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honey, herb crackers, banana souffle, and cracked coriander with a lean, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a fast finish displaying notes of club soda, underripe tropical fruit, and chai finish. A light and lean Witbier refresher; tasty and pairable for the summer table.
Damm Brewery Daura Damm Gluten-Free Lager
92 points
Pale golden yellow color. Grassy, clean aromas of arepa, fresh cotton, and bakery bread with a soft, shy, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a graceful, fleeting sourdough bread crust, lemon cookie, chalk, and cornmeal finish. Refreshingly light and smooth, an excellent gluten-free option that would appeal to any beer drinker.
Damm Brewery Complot IPA
90 points
Minutely hazy bright light goldold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple smoothie, sliced grapefruit, lime spritz, and parsley with a satiny, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of seeded multigrain bread finish. A juicy, delicious IPA with a bold but balanced bitterness.
Damm Brewery Estrella Damm Pale Lager
89 points
Brilliant yellow color. Woody, perfumed, fresh, baked, floral aromas of corn on the cob, brioche, flower stems, and peach pit with an oily, vibrant, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy buttered baguette, mango skins, iceberg lettuce, and doughy finish. A fun, fruity Lager for everyday pleasure.
Damm Brewery Keler Pale Lager
89 points
Brilliant old gold color. Grassy, herbal, woody aromas of toasted banana and white muffin, roasted almond brittle, unlit cedar incense, and melon rind with a round, soft, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, rapid fruit custard tart and radishes finish. A nice fruity Lager for sessions or lunch.
Damm Brewery Complot IPA
89 points
Pale clear golden yellow color. Aromas of cilantro leaf, catty, toasted rice, and honeysuckle with a silky, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length peach juice, cottony, papaya jam, and fresh cucumber finish. A very smooth IPA with soft, fruity flavor that invokes a feeling of springtime.
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 finish with notes of chocolate cream pie, watercress, roasted root vegetables, and earth finish. A lovely, chewy chocolatey bock that is sure to please.
Damm Brewery Daura Gluten-Free Märzen
88 points
Amber color. Aromas of lemon balm, rice cracker, and corn husk with a soft, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nickel, pepper, navel orange pith, and light caramel finish. A great gluten-free beer that has a clean, slightly bitter finish.
Damm Brewery Voll-Damm Doble Malta Märzen
85 points
Amber color. Boozy aromas and flavors of fresh cracked black pepper, banana fondant, floral syrup, and crispbread with sprouts with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, interesting, breezy finish that shows notes of chamomile, honeydew, and charred nuts finish. A very boozy, malty Märzen that drinks like a Maibock.