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

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3.09 | pDev: 10.03%
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz clear glass (ugh..) bottle with simple label art and unbranded copper colour twist-off pressure cap acquired at me local Trader Joe's and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Best before: 090514.

"Imported by: Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC. Los Angeles, CA 90063."

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

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

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Not much creaminess. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Clean and appealing, if simple.

It's not unique or special, but it looks above average for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. No egregious flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Fresh malts, clean barley, crisp grains, and an impressive dose of floral hops greet the drinker. There's even a hint of a spice I can't quite place - maybe clove? Even a bit of bready malt character. I'm shocked at the seeming depth of this beer. Is the aroma just a trick, or is the beer really as complex as it seems for the style?

An impressive aroma for a light lager; average to above average in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: I'm impressed! Has a crisp clean barley foundation with some fairly intricate malts riding atop - not the dirty stale malts you'd associate with a Mexican/Spanish lager, but rather clean pilsner malts and maybe even Munich malts. Some complementary graininess fills out the body nicely. Some light adjunct (corn, methinks) is also seamlessly integrated and is barely noticeable. There's also ample floral hop character which seems well paired with the malt selection. This is a surprisingly complex and balanced beer for the price and style. I didn't expect this at all. Really liking this one.

It's not intricate, subtle, or nuanced, but very few beers in the style are. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Unlike most beers in the style, it's not watery or weak. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Surprisingly full bodied. Crisp, smooth, wet, clean, and refreshing. Very approachable. Nicely soft as well. Well-carbonated. Texture complements the taste nicely, even feeling custom-tailored specifically for it. Good execution here.

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

Dr: Blew right past my meagre expectations. This is easily one of the better Light Lagers I can remember having in the last year. One of the great joys of reviewing new beers regardless of your expectations is stumbling across gems like this. I already want another and can't believe its price point. An incredibly drinkable light lager that doesn't compromise on taste. Would make a great beer to ease macro adjunct lager drinkers into craft. This is how a light lager is meant to be brewed, and will likely be my benchmark for the style going forward. Really tasty stuff. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B-

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Rio Bravo Mexico's Famous Light from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 3 ratings