Rio Grande Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
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4.28/5 rDev +29.3%
Pours a light gold with no head to speak of, only a rim. Aroma is like a freshly opened can of green chile. The taste is green chile dip on tortilla chips - cool! This is a absolutely great chile beer. Not hot at all but with big green chile flavor. New Mexicans (like me who love green chile) should flock to this. I'm going to have to try this with all sorts of New Mexican foods such as chile rellenos or chicken enchiladas ... will update. Should be beautiful.
04-28-2011 00:03:13 | More by atomicbeer
4/5 rDev +20.8%
My first chile beer. Not a fan of "flavored beer", but had a chance to try it on-tap.
If you like the taste and smell of green chiles, you must try this beer. Pronounced green chile taste (no jalapeno) and a nice mouth feel.
I am a fan.
07-19-2011 05:56:42 | More by cunninusa
3.85/5 rDev +16.3%
A- pretty average looking beer. Lots of fizziness in the glass. Tiny head with a little bit of lacing. In all, it basically looks like a fizzy yellow beer
S- whoa! All I smell is chile juice. It's very upfront and awakens the nose, but not overpowering to burn your nose hairs. Get a tiny bit of mild citrus notes and cumin as well.
T- surprisingly after the smell, it's not overly spicy/hot. Nice even chile/pepper presence all the way through with a splash of citrus and light hop.
M-a bit creamy, light body, good carbonation. Pretty average. But it leaves a interesting warmth on your lips.
O-My first chile style cerveza. As stated in another review, this is a superb "lunchtime" beer. Which is exactly when I drank it....with my lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Not bad at all :)
04-27-2011 02:14:42 | More by Bierlerner
3.8/5 rDev +14.8%
Yes, I would have this beer again. I don't think it gets a fair shake from most people. I was a little afraid to try it myself and looked at the bottle wondering why the heck I bought it. Got it at Tops in Phoenix.
APPEARANCE: Respectable looking. Nice clear, medium gold color with just a little foam that quickly disappeared.
AROMA: Smells like a light lager beer with--no surprise here--noticible green chile aroma.
TASTE: Again, no surprise, tastes like a light later with chile flavoring. Imagine a Bud Light Lime or Miller Child WITHOUT the lime and bit more Chile kick and you've got the idea.
MOUTHFEEL was medium with nice carbonation--not too much and not flat. Pretty smooth considering the pepper.
01-24-2011 00:32:15 | More by cdcarresq
3.79/5 rDev +14.5%
First Chile beer here and as a lover of hot and spicy foods I am pretty excited.
Pours a clear gold with a moderate head. The smell is a little underwhelming, I pick up the green chile for sure but it mostly just smells like any ole standard lager. The more of the beer I drank though the more that green chile smell came forward.
The beer is crisp, clean, and has some mild sweetness to it. After that I do pick up the green chile flavor and a very very mild hot pepper kick lingers that has me going back for more.
Overall, this beer is quite drinkable and enjoyable. It's not amazing (wish it had quite a bit more kick to it!) but still a solid beer. If you aren't a huge fan of hot food this might be a good example of a milder chile beer to try. Perhaps if I have multiple in one sitting the hot pepper flavor will slowly build like it does when eating spicy food over the course of a meal. Guess I'll have to get multiple bottles next time to find out.
04-17-2013 00:51:43 | More by kp29
3.78/5 rDev +14.2%
It seems Sierra Blanca Brewing took over the old Rio Grande brewey and decided to carry on a few of their beers, this is one of them. 12 oz bottle pours a light yellow color with a thin and rapidly diminishing white foam. Readily apparent this is a lager based chile beer.
The nose is pretty nice as the green chiles smell very much like being fire roasted. As with most beers in this category, the chiles dominate every other aroma in the beer. That's fine with me as I dont know if I could ever get sick of eating, drinking or smelling them!
Tastes like the base of this beer is a pretty bland lager, there is a light graininess from the malt and that is balanced by a faint hop bitterness. The chiles are great, not overly powerful or hot, but the roasted flavor has the faintest reminder of cardboard. This is far from the abomination that is Cave Creek, it's a pretty drinkable beer. There is a very slight heat in the back of the throat, but nothing dramatic. I probably will like this beer more than most, as I absolutely love green chiles in beer. This one is a pretty decent attempt, I like it.
01-31-2010 03:05:21 | More by twiggamortis420
3.73/5 rDev +12.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):
With the pop of the cap, the nose is invaded by an even green-chili flavor. Crystal-clear golden color and fine bubbles keep the lacing alive. Fluffy crispness in this lighter-bodied beer. Green chili flavor is very prevalent from start to finish, very even, while still letting other flavors through. Beery flavors ensue, with fermented grain and a quick kiss of hops. Clean dry finish with a very mild chili warmth. It screams "lunchtime beer"--what a great way to wake up the palate. Without a doubt this is a very well put together chili beer.
04-07-2011 00:29:35 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.73/5 rDev +12.7%
A - Pours a golden pale color with a thin white head that vanishes quickly.
S - Pickled green chiles, mild grain, savory aromas.
T - Follows the nose but more of a sweeter red chile, bits of muted vinegar, no heat, mild hops in the background.
M - Moderate foamy carbonation, light bodied.
Very interesting flavors. This would go great with chips and salsa.
07-30-2011 00:44:30 | More by StaveHooks
3.61/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured from a bottle in Flagstaff AZ (after purchasing in Albuquerque the same day.)
A: Beer pours a light gold color, with rich white head.
S: Smell is of light malts, vegetables, and definitely green chiles.
T: Surprising flavor profile. Oddly refreshing with hints of green chile, caramel, and even salt.
M: nothing out of the ordinary, similar to a clean light lager style.
O: Gotta give it a try, it is not too hot. a unique beer for sure. I would definitely drink again.
02-28-2013 23:04:17 | More by InlandTaipan
3.58/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance: Pours a pale goldenrod with a very modest head that fritters away quickly
Smell: The chile pepper comes through but the predominate aromatic is grainy
Taste: Opens clean and grainy, with the chile pepper starting to assert in the middle and lingering in the finish; the heat builds as the bottle is consumed; the malt grows sweeter, too, over time
Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation
Overall: For a chile beer, this has potential; if only the base malt and hopping were more interesting
Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity
06-04-2013 22:19:35 | More by brentk56
Rio Grande Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
77 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.