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Mojave Gold - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 26.8%
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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dizztracted

North Dakota

1/5  rDev -60%

11-15-2011 02:39:52 | More by dizztracted
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Abrandonship

Nevada

1/5  rDev -60%

01-20-2012 20:48:21 | More by Abrandonship
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womencantsail

California

1.4/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Indian Wells mix pack provided by Bobby.

A: This particular creation pours light golden-straw in color with a short lived white head.

S: Smells almost exclusively like corn. There's something definitely "stale" about it. Some miscellaneous orange peel and perhaps floral notes.

T: Tastes like stale Doritos and puke. Corn and lots of sugary sweetness. Some weird vegetable flavor and lots of metallic character.

M: The body is light with the carbonation on the light end of medium.

D: This one is even worse than the last two.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 05:03:08 | More by womencantsail
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nickd717

California

1.5/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a pretty clear golden color with a one-finger white head and some lacing.

Aroma is fairly faint with sweet malt, corn, grain, and floral hops.

On the flavor...yep, there's the Indian Wells I know. Pale malt and grain give way to a cornucopia of off-flavors. Cooked corn, vomit, and metals dominate. Finishes with decent floral hops, but that's not enough to save this train wreck. Man, this is foul.

Palate is bad but could be worse. Medium-light body, somewhat astringent.

Drinking enough to get a good review of this was a real struggle. One I would not like to repeat again. Why do I keep buying Indian Wells beers? Well, why do people like walking across hot coals or wearing sleeves with stinging ants woven into them or watching anything on MTV? I'd like to say I'll never buy anything from this brewery again, but we all know that would be a lie. Stay tuned...

Oh yeah, and I really can't believe this beer stood at a C- before I reviewed it. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:36:40 | More by nickd717
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CrazyDan

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -30%

02-06-2014 02:08:06 | More by CrazyDan
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jnezda

Texas

1.98/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass to a rapidly vanishing head if one was even present at the pour. The pale gold/copper color was also not particularly appetizing. I thought the beer had a sour tinge to it when I tried it so wonder if the bottle I tried was not stored properly which in the middle of Death Valley where it was purchased is certainly a possibility. The mouthfeel matched the lacking appearance and taste and the beer came off as watery at best and soured at worst.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 11:51:31 | More by jnezda
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ste5venla

California

2/5  rDev -20%

10-31-2013 02:13:30 | More by ste5venla
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rjkeys

Arizona

2/5  rDev -20%

01-14-2012 01:26:13 | More by rjkeys
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afksports

New York

2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not entirely sure that the listing for Indian Wells' Mojave Gold Lager is accurate on BeerAdvocate when put under "Czech Pilsener". Who knows, maybe it is, but I'm so sad to have to compare this to the Czech Pils by Moonlight in San Fran that just blows it out of the water.

That said, the appearance of this is a hazy to clear yellow straw that trends toward gold. I wouldn't label it gold right off the bat. The smell sure isn't gold. Smells like water, BUT - notably for lagers of this taste profile - does NOT smell like corn or sugar or a phony citrus. It's mostly just bland. The taste has a sugary feel - which I assume comes from whatever malts they choose to use. The hops come through with that "triple hops brewed" Miller Lite effect of essentially being washed over your palate with water. There's a touch of a pilsener bite at the back of the palate, and that's about the taste's only redeeming quality.

It feels like a light bodied beer and drinks like one too. Whether or not it fits a style... this one drinks like a Stella/Pilsener Urquell/and Miller Lite mix. And although I got this in a box I was excited to receive as a parting gift from a couple professors in my old department, I'd have to say that this one may not live up to that pleased grin I gave it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:30:00 | More by afksports
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t0rin0

California

2/5  rDev -20%

10-14-2012 16:32:03 | More by t0rin0
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rab53

Washington

2/5  rDev -20%

12-01-2011 07:21:08 | More by rab53
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from the tap at the brewery in a pilsner, this beer was disappointing from the start. The color was lackluster, with no true shine or 'pop.' The beer had the proper amount of carbonation for a Gold, and was not cloudy, but rather dull in color. There was little to no aroma on the beer, and the flavor continued along with the smell. The beer itself was crisp and light on the tongue, which was the perfect consistency for a Gold, but it might as well have been crisp and light water, because there was no flavor to the beer itself. Despite that, there was an aftertaste, which was musty and flat.

Overall, I would not search out this particular beer again. I do enjoy a light beer, especially during warmer seasons, but this brew would not be on my radar again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 05:06:43 | More by GarthDanielson
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tbone1384

Wyoming

2.25/5  rDev -10%

12-10-2012 01:35:26 | More by tbone1384
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tiger88

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 02:47:54 | More by tiger88
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BrienVoll

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -10%

11-20-2012 23:21:25 | More by BrienVoll
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sloejams

California

2.48/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 18:21:35 | More by sloejams
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Irrationalist

California

2.5/5  rDev 0%

05-01-2012 02:46:03 | More by Irrationalist
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brheuer

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev 0%

03-24-2013 15:44:09 | More by brheuer
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Zorro

California

2.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:05:37 | More by Zorro
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BretSikkink

Mexico

2.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:45:23 | More by BretSikkink
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Boilermaker88

California

2.65/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 04:48:24 | More by Boilermaker88
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Gavage

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:03:03 | More by Gavage
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:38:55 | More by Dogbrick
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gpogo

California

2.7/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 00:51:21 | More by gpogo
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JBogan

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:05:47 | More by JBogan
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Mojave Gold from Indian Wells Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.