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Mojave Gold - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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65
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 26.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our traditional Pilsner. Mojave Gold is made with two-row malted barley, European Saaz hops, pure artesian spring water and our proprietary strain of yeast. We lager this exquisitely refreshing brew to perfection every time. This is a crisp golden beer that appeals to beer drinkers of all types.

(Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 09-03-2003)
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Photo of Beermazter310
3.75/5  rDev +48.8%

Beermazter310, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Offa
3.53/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've found this to be a very nice, enjoyable pale lager, but I do not think that it is properly listed as a Czech pilsner since it does not have those characteristics and I think it is supposed to be a traditional American-style pale lager ("pilsner") rather than a true Czech (or German) pilsner.

I had this on tap at Indian Wells Brewery itself.

This is a nice, solid basic pale lager, very enjoyable, and with some good light character.

Gold, big white head steadily shrinks to foamy ring and some nice lace.

Aroma is nice, full corn, apple, hint of grass. It is simple but very nice and full-bodied.

Taste is light, crisp mineral, grain, grassy, and fruity, with light grassy finish with a hitn of green apple peel, and dryish bitter-sweet balance overall. It has a strong corn-grain aftertaste following the mostly grassy finish.

Offa, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jaredkc889
3.5/5  rDev +38.9%

jaredkc889, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - light amber in color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-white/grayish colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - a little sweet, maybe a bit floral.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little herbal maybe, maybe a bit medicinal in taste. Slightly sweet, not bitter. Interesting taste that I can't quite narrow down. Texture is a bit thin and more on the watery side than creamy.

Overall - interesting taste and good-tasting in general. In general it doesn't seem to fit the category very well, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Nerudamann, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +29%

LXIXME, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of paulriccio
3.25/5  rDev +29%

paulriccio, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev +29%

tpauer, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of timmah427
3.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, pale golden color with a big, fluffy white head that dies down after a minute. A little bit of lacing.

S - Mostly faint traces of grass, straw, and malt. No hop aroma. Nothing overwhelming here.

T - Very grassy and malty. Has that classic pislner taste, but not a whole lot of flavor. Almost no hop flavor whatsoever.

M/D - What can I say? It's a pislner. Very drinkable. I would have liked some more hop flavor, but I also don't like pislners with too much hop flavor. I really don't think this beer is as bad as some other reviews have made it out to be.

Overall, decent taste, but just a bit on the bland side.

timmah427, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.18/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a nice golden yellow with a silky white head that stuck around for about twenty minutes

Smell was mainly oats and barley

Taste was nice and smooth, refreshing crisp taste almost comparable to a Heineken or something like that

Could drink a good amount of these, especially during on a hot day

Floydster, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of noknife83
3.05/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad brought this beer back from a week long fishing trip. I had high hopes for it, but sadly it did not live up to my pallet... It pretty much tastes like Heineken and Bud Light mixed together. Not something I'd recommend... To be honest this is a pretty horrible beer, and if I wasn't already really drunk I wouldn't be drinking this crap...

noknife83, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of ATXRyan
3/5  rDev +19%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of OscarO67
3/5  rDev +19%

OscarO67, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
2.9/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

thanks to tiger88

a - poured a one-finger thick fizzy, off-white head that was gone quickly into my sam adams glass. it left a slight ring throughout. the body was clear and golden.
s - floral hops and a malty sweet aroma like apples.
t - same as above.
m - slightly crisp but too thin.
d - not the worst lager in the world and goes down easily.

GPHarris, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of JBogan
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with almost no head or lacing.

Smelled rather weak. Hops were present as well as some sweet malt, but nothing really very appealing.

Tasted somewhat better than it smelled, and better than I was expecting. A bit peppery with some hint of lemon. Still, nothing great going on here.

The mouthfeel was actually pretty decent. Light/medium bodied with a very crisp bite to it at the end.

Other than the mouthfeel there's nothing special going on here. I'm glad I managed to pick a single bottle of this up rather than having to buy a six pack. It's not a terrible beer by any means, there's just dozens and dozens of other beers of this style that are a better choice.

JBogan, May 19, 2008
Photo of gpogo
2.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy pale straw with absolutely no head.

A- Grainy malt aroma with the slightest amount of hops.

T- Taste was a bit better than the aroma and appearance. Sortof lemon/citrus sweetness. Almost no bittering.

M- Medium-light body. This beer falls flat!(almost no carbonation)

D- It surprises me that Indian Wells actually sells this beer. It doesn't really seem to follow the style at all, nor is it that good of a beer.

gpogo, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up by a friend who stopped by the Indian Wells Brewery after a trip up to Lake Tahoe. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle.
Poured a hazy straw color with a white head that vanished in less than 30 seconds despite a decent amount of carbonation visible. Looks like a hefeweizen with the head cut off.
Mild fruity aroma. Some citrus fruit notes mild malts.
A light taste of malt with a lemony citrus flavor and easy floral hops taste in the finish. Not all that flavorful.
Feel is crisp, dry and light-bodied. Refreshing.
Overall, this beer has the low ABV% and refreshing quality to be a good session beer. Now it just needs a taste boost to make me want to drink more. An underpowered beer.

Boilermaker88, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of Gavage
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: pale golden yellow in color with a wispy head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: very sweet smelling along with a citrus aroma that is not very pleasant.

Taste: grainy malt base with some grassiness. Very little bitterness here, and the citrus flavors seem a bit strong.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: the flavor profile is just off style IMHO. The citrus tones are a bit strong too. Avoid this one.

Gavage, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Whole Foods in Henderson, NV. Pours a clear yellow-gold color with a thin and foamy white head that recedes slowly. Stringy lacing. Sweet malt and corn in the nose. Light-bodied and sweet with grainy malt and mild hops flavors. The finish is mildly hoppy with a touch of pepper and spice aftertaste. A below average Pils overall.

Dogbrick, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Zorro
2.58/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

New brewery at the local store which is sort of weird because Kern County isn't that far away.

Clear golden yellow colored beer, a little darker than any macro lager. Next to no head formation.

Smell is sweet and malty with a herbal hop aroma. Strong scent of tobacco with some grain and a slight berry scent.

Starts out sweet and malty with a slight tobacco flavor. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste but this really doesn't have all that much flavor, tastes a lot like a light beer.

Mouthfeel is thin like seltzer water.

Overall this is a snooze of a beer. Not that much taste here, it smells better than that though.

Zorro, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
2.58/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with a darker brown-orange tint. Head is short lived and spotty, although it leaves behind a fairly rich lather on the sides. 

Nose seems overly malted, with pale sweetness edging out the element of darker, possibly wheat malts as well. Flavor follows suit, and bears out the sweetness thought by bringing a fairly strong not of cherry cough syrup to the table. 

Body is pretty full, finish is warming, and the bubbling is a hair shy of up to the task. But for the strangely powerful cherry flavor that lasts well into the finish, this could be a drinkable brew, but I'm having trouble getting over that hump. 

BretSikkink, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Irrationalist, May 01, 2012
Photo of brheuer
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of sloejams
2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have been drinking some tasty pilsners of late. This wasn't really one of them

Ok - that starts harsh. It's not the worst, but in a beer where every little flaw is magnified, there are plenty here. It looks like a pilsner should. The aroma is a butterscotch and citrus. The taste highlights the butterscotch. It's kinda of oily - which I didn't like.

Like the previous poster - I got 4 of these as well as 4 each of 2 other Indian Wells beers. I cross my fingers that those are better.

sloejams, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of tbone1384
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

tbone1384, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of tiger88
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is pretty much Budweiser with a Rattlesnake Label. I was not impressed at all with this beer. It is drinkable if you want a macro tasting beer. Not a fan and I wish I didn't have 3 more from the beer of the month club. I only hope the Mojave Red and Lobotomy Bock are better than this.

tiger88, Feb 19, 2008
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Mojave Gold from Indian Wells Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.