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 finish imparting notes of buttered grainy toast, lemon peppered arugula, and mineral ore finish. A nice malty pale lager with effortless drinkability.
Damm Brewery Daura Damm Gluten-Free Lager
93 points
Gold color. Aromas of triscuit cracker, pullman loaf, and onion roll with a supple, soft, effervescent, dryish light body and an even, cheery lemon pound cake, egg white, and orange blossom finish. A category-defying, clean gluten-free lager that refreshes.
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.
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 finish with notes of 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, crisp grain husk, lemon pepper, orange, and nutskin finish. Not really a wit, more of grainy golden ale.
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.
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 finish revealing overtones of 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
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.
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.