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 Keler Pale Lager
94 points
Gold color. Grainy, toasty aromas and flavors of corn bread and nibblets and candied lemon peel with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long buttered grainy toast, lemon peppered arugula, and mineral ore finish. A nice malty pale lager with effortless drinkability.
Damm Brewery Inedit
92 points
Bright golden yellow color. Attractive, citrusy aromas of orange soufflé, jasmine and lemon blossoms, lemon poppyseed muffin, and spiced nuts with a supple, full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long lemon tea with cream, lemon cake, and hint of clay finish. A delicious, lemony witbier with delicate spiciness and stupendous drinkability.
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
Estrella Damm Pale Lager
91 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fresh baguette egg sandwich, toasted polenta, banana chips, and grapefruit pith with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long caramelized citrus, pepper, and herb muffin finish. A robust, toasty pale lager 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.
The Good Cider Apple Hard Cider
86 points
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple juice, hard green apple candy, and apple pop tart with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, medium-long apple cider and golden raisins bread finish. A nice sweet and simple apple cider that tastes like apple juice.
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.