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

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BA SCORE
81
good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2001)
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
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javlin624

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-16-2014 02:58:13 | More by javlin624
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Wservati

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-20-2014 22:22:23 | More by Wservati
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thereal_adam

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

01-13-2014 03:30:38 | More by thereal_adam
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-12-2014 14:05:30 | More by rorjets
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nickfl

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-29-2013 19:47:46 | More by nickfl
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Lovely85

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-29-2013 19:47:20 | More by Lovely85
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.14/5  rDev +16.3%

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!

RJT

12-01-2013 15:05:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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mjurney

Texas

4.19/5  rDev +17.7%

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

Aroma:
Very fruit, malty, some spicy hops.

Taste:
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.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer.

09-01-2013 06:36:49 | More by mjurney
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-22-2013 19:37:26 | More by SportsandJorts
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aty11b

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

05-14-2013 01:40:47 | More by aty11b
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-29-2012 01:46:41 | More by buckyp
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jbarra101

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-26-2012 22:38:49 | More by jbarra101
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

10-30-2012 23:34:53 | More by BeardedBoffin
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John_M

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-14-2012 14:38:50 | More by John_M
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

03-04-2012 20:33:22 | More by Fatehunter
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omegaman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-15-2012 18:48:42 | More by omegaman
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

11-08-2011 21:23:43 | More by ZenAgnostic
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-16-2011 13:44:05 | More by drabmuh
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

04-08-2011 01:38:41 | More by Jason
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-06-2010 01:46:36 | More by twiggamortis420
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philbertk

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-14-2010 02:05:52 | More by philbertk
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%

Poured a clear goldenish color with a medium sized white head that quickly dies off. Leaves an small yet ok lacing that lingers a while, drank it kinda slow, might have lasted throughout if I'd drank faster, my bad. Light sourish aroma leads into a bear with similar tastes, nothing outstanding but not bad either. The aftertaste is light and slightly dry. I'd say that there are a lot of better beers out there, but at the same time there are a lot worse offerings.

03-04-2010 23:41:07 | More by LXIXME
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Zorro

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Murky clouded dirty gold colored beer with a good white head. Loses big time for appearance.

Smell is sweet and grassy with a sweet bread aroma. Quite spicy and fruity smelling. Looks and smells like a Roggenbier in truth.

The taste starts out little sweet and bread like flavor, very thick in the mouth. Mild hop in the aftertaste this is quite close to liquid bread.

Mouthfeel is thick, this beer style isn't supposed to be thick.

Interesting beer, call it Roggenbier and this would score higher.

12-30-2008 03:33:39 | More by Zorro
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +34.8%

It had a very light gold to straight up yellow color and consistent throughout the glass. It has citrus aroma like lemon and tastes of oranges. The feel is smooth with not an overwhelming presence of carbonation to disrupt the flavors. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and was pleasently surprised for what it had to offer in way of taste and smell. It was very hard ot resist gulping it down quickly.

10-28-2007 20:18:28 | More by Kemmerlin
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

This beer was a murky yellow colored body. A very thin white head vanished rapidly. Average amount of carbonation bubbling to the surface. Light clumps on side of glass.

A light and buttery sweet aroma of malt. A second whiff provided a blend of light spices. A very hard to detect cirtus note was buried under the other aromas.

A flavor of light lemon wedges had a spicy finish. Taste of light pepper went down in the back of first sip. A nice blend that is above average. Nothing subtle about the flavor, just very nice.

A decent burst of carbonation. Nice average thickness of the body helped it hold taste everywhere.

A balance of flavors made this a nice beer. I would enjoy this with a cheeseburger in the clubhouse after a round of golf. Something surprising I got in a trade with eclipsehts. If you get a chance try one.

11-03-2006 03:08:41 | More by RedChrome
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Rio Grande Desert Pilsner from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.