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Rio Grande Desert Pilsner - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

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Rio Grande Desert PilsnerRio Grande Desert Pilsner

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35 Ratings

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2001

A German style pilsner with German yeast, German Noble Hops and 10 percent Durst Pilsner Malt. This lager is fermented at 55 degrees for one week and lagered (German for stored) for at least two more weeks. The sharp hop bite up front is intended to keep the palette clean; giving the beer high drink ability. There is no after taste, the finish turns right off. This is the perfect session beer.

37 IBU
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 20
Photo of mscudder
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigdood33
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Wservati
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of thereal_adam
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rio Grande’ Desert Pilsner has the thinnest, little white head, a hazy, very bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, and good lacing left behind. The aroma is strong and nice- sweet, pungent, bready malt, a bit of grass, and a slight hop zing. Taste is of sweetness and bitterness, which work together exquisitely to present a biscuit-like flavor, with a lovely yeast undertone. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Rio Grande’ Desert Pilsner finishes crisp, clean refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a delicious beer, and I strongly advise trying it out!


Photo of mjurney
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, a little haze. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thick rocky head.

Very fruit, malty, some spicy hops.

Deep malt character, bready, biscuit, sourdough, slight toffee. Hop bitterness medium, spicy-herbal. Green apple tartness towards the end. Finish is mainly dry. Body is full, crisp, refreshing, very dry lingering aftertaste.

It's an excellent beer.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of aty11b
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jbarra101
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark yellow color with essentially no foam. The aroma is bready with lingering bitter hops. The palate is a tad disorganized. The grain have husky edges and a sweetish core. Together it moves toward the end, picking up a tinge of sulfur, toward the bitter end. The bitterness is fine, but it doesn't placate what preceded it. Still the beer is drinkable.

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the airport "brewpub" in Albuquerque.

The beer pours a fairly pale gold color with decent head retention and light lacing. Don't pick up a whole lot on the nose, though what I get is nice... honey, sort of an overt grassiness, and very light pepper and citrus. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but there's just more of everything. This is a very well balanced pils, but with a nice clean, crisp, somewhat bitter finish. There's some underlying sweetness from the malt as well, but this beer has the requisite amount of hoppy bitterness to counter that modest sweetness very well. The finish is long, clean, crisp and quite satisfying.

Nothing extraordinary here, but a very solid, easy to enjoy beeer, that I was very happy to discover at the airport.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy golden color with minimal head.

Smells like lemon cotton candy, if such a thing exists.

Fairly sweet throughout. Slight bitterness at the end. Not nearly bitter enough for the style, but still enjoyable.

Crisp, moderate carbonation and medium body.

I actually enjoyed this pilsener more than most because it isn't bitingly bitter. The lack of any head held it back but it was nice.

Photo of omegaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 0511 stamped on the bottom of the front label (I'm hoping that's the born on date, but it doesn't specify).

Appearance - Clear pale yellow-gold body. One finger white head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace. Good stick.

Smell - Sweet musky corn. Traces of honey.

Taste - Mild-moderate sweetness throughout, but still somehow has a dry feel. Perhaps the metallic notes and slight astringency are so thin and balanced that they don't present as off-characters, but rather give the beer some dynamic. Well done.

Mouthfeel - Coats the tongue, but isn't too sticky. Just solvent enough to remove itself. A bit acidic.

Overall Drinkability - Definitely an enjoyable take on the German pils. None like I've had before, and nowhere near the best, but has a profile of its own. Respect.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. Beer is yellow with a mild haze, nice white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is weak but mildly sweet with the pilsen malt.

Beer is thin and wet on the palate, quenching overall, it is a good one for sure. I like the lead off sweetness and the wet finish, no aftertaste at all. Very good.

Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Nearly clear yellow golden color, tiny bubble lacing sticks very well. Hint of sulfur, grassy hops and sourbread maltiness in the nose. Very smooth with a bit of crispness in the middle, moderate sized body. Fresh oily hop flavor drops some bitterness on the palate. Grainy with some breadiness within, quick flash of tartness ... almost apple-like. Finished with a clean graininess and lingering bitter hop.

Not half bad, a little rough around the edges but it ends up being drinkable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Holiday Inn bar in Albuquerque. Pours a crystal clear, light yellow color. Has a decent sized white head and retention is not bad, lacing is pretty good.

Nose has a nice Hallertau aroma, aromatic and floral. Has some sweet grain involved and a touch of light melons.

Taste is a little sweet for the style and could use a boost in hop flavor. Bitterness is there and lends a crisp finish but the beer does not completely jive with me. Certainly not a bad effort from the folks in Moriarty, and is actually pretty good for SB, especially considering it is one of their only lager offerings. A bit of a nutty yeast flavor along with a hint of sour malt. Not bad, I'd drink it again for sure, has some interesting flavors and an intriguing hop schedule.

Photo of philbertk
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sierra Blanca Brewing Company--Sierra Blanca Pilsner--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 35 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection. Clear thin straw golden hazes lemonade with sediment. Light head & lace. Mild Saaz floral front. Crisp clean smooth balanced mild light butter lemon dry mild sweet body. Mild citrus hop end. Sampled 4/22/2003.

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Rio Grande Desert Pilsner from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
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