Rio Bravo Lager | Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brent on 09-01-2010

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Photo of vikinggary28
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours and looks like a typical North American lager, nothing special. Okay to buy on sale because it's not terrible and the abv is 4.6. The Keystone light of Mexican beers with a little kick to it.

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Photo of GMB
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A standard pour of Rio's Pilsener* yields a moderately pale straw body and an inch or so of snow-white foam. The head falls slower than expected, but fails to leave any mementos; a small island of fizzy bubbles floats atop the brew, that's it. Carbonation is aggressive. Large bubbles race in throngs towards the top. I predict a stringent mouthfeel.

The nose offers nothing special. Corny sweetness. When I "squint" with my tastebuds, I pick up some grassy and peppery aromas.

The taste is better than what one gets from macro-brewed Mexican lagers (e.g., Corona, which this beer seems to imitate), but that isn't saying much. Sweet corn up front and and some bitterness on the tail end, which makes the beer crisper than others brewed south of the border. The mouthfeel is too thin for a standard macro lager, and the foam is stringent. Blah.

I have been impressed by Rio Bravo's other offerings. Their light beer is nice, and their dark lager is delicious. Their Pilsener isn't good. I won't be revisiting this one.

If you're in the mood for a crisp, sweet Mexican lager and find yourself at Trader Joe's, pick up a bottle of Rio Bravo Light. It's better.

* I am assuming for the sake of this review that Rio Bravo Lager and Rio Bravo "Mexico's Famous Pilsener" are the same Trader-Joe's-sold beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light golden in color, very little of interest, head is fairly sticky as it turns out. Clear body with a white cap. Nose is DMS-y, with light cereal grains and a faint sweetness. Again, nothing to write home about. The flavor comes through with a chunk of pils style malt, a metallic note, lots of sweetness from a corn note, and some steamed vegetable.

Very clean, slightly dry finish, very "macro". Drinkable but not recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An average lager beer that projects flavors of corn and sulfur above maltiness and cleanliness.

Rio Bravo pours a bright, light golden color and with great clarity. An airy white head forms about an inch before reducing to a patch work sheet across the beer. Light lacing left behind.

Aromas of cream corn, cooked vegitables and cereal grain lead the way with a sweeter and grainy background.

Flavors of pilsner malt, corn, and cooked vegitables are also previlant in taste but with a better malt balance. The sweet grain/raw grain flavor seems to intensify the corn/vegitable flavor with the low balance from hop flavor or bitterness. Match stick-like sulfur flavors grow as the beer reaches its finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied, much like a Bohemian lager- creamy to start but instead of leading to a crisp and cleanly dry finish, the beer's sulfur seems to scrub the throat in an unnecessarily harsh way.

The corn flavor and sweetish flavor/feel keeps the beer from enjoyment and would even be intense for a Cream Ale. Not a particularly good beer.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very clean lager, slightly astringent up front with no adjunct or grain notes indicating cut-corners. Hopping was adequate but a bit thin. Finish was slightly dry. A bit over-processed in nature. A worthy accompanyment to a meal of spicy food or a thirst quencher, but not much to merit contemplation.

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Rio Bravo Lager from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
2.71 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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