Rio Bravo Mexico's Famous Pilsener
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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German Pilsner
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2.37 | pDev: 44.3%
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
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2.78/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.8/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz clear glass (ugh...) bottle with generic label art and unbranded brass-colour pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local Trader Joe's and served into an Independence Brewing pilsener glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average just based off the presentation, but this is my first beer from this brewery. I added this beer on 11/11/13; there are other entries under the "Rio Bravo" moniker but nothing at all about the label or description of the bottle I'm looking at suggests it's the same beer as "Rio Bravo Lager." I'm a big proponent of accurate beer name additions for exactly this reason. 5.2% ABV. Reviewed as a pilsener because it identifies as such; it doesn't specify whether or not it's Czech or German, but I figured it was probably German since the Mexican Pilsener tradition is much closer to German Pilseners than Czech.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of dull white colour. Fairly thin. Lacks creaminess. Poor consistency and unwelcoming complexion. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings unevenly to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale yellow/copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. High clarity; you could read through this beer.

Overall, it looks like any other cheap Mexican or Spanish pilsener. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's far from unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Flaked corn, pilsner malts, clean barley, crystal malts, a light hint of buttery character (possibly diacetyl), and assorted bland lagery malts. A fairly clean aroma of average strength.

No real hop profile is discernable. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pilsner malts, pleasant buttery character (probably diacetyl, but I don't mind it), flaked corn adjunct, some malt extract, clear barley, and some crystal malt. It's a clean cohesive flavour profile, and is enjoyable, though painfully simple. Decently balanced for what it is, but not gestalt. This style doesn't call for much complexity or subtlety.

No hops, yeast, or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Should be more crisp. Thankfully, it's not watery. It is a bit too light on the palate though, and lacks presence as well as body. Decent thickness. Smooth and wet. Buttery. Overcarbonated. It does have a nice softness up front.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A passable Mexican pilsener which isn't bad for the price. About what you'd expect from a brewery with a distribution agreement with Trader Joe's. Would pair nicely with pizza. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends, but I can't see anyone being disappointed. I'll kill the bottle with ease.

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look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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3.89/5  rDev +64.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Rio Bravo Mexico's Famous Pilsener from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Beer rating: 2.37 out of 5 with 6 ratings