Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager
Stone Brewing

Buenaveza Salt & Lime LagerBuenaveza Salt & Lime Lager
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Lager - American
Ranked #114
Ranked #37,715
3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Buenaveza Salt & Lime LagerBuenaveza Salt & Lime Lager
Notes: Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager was born here in Southern California, which is vibrantly influenced by our neighbors to the south. SoCal's warm weather lends itself to outdoor activities year-round. From surfing our coasts, to snowboarding and biking in the mountains, off-roading through deserted lands, or boating and fishing in our lakes and rivers, this Baja-inspired lager is the perfect companion. Brewed with just the right amount of lime and sea salt, it’s everything a lager should be – crisp, refreshing and full of flavor.

The name is pretty simple: we took “Buena” for good and “-veza” from cerveza. Because we’ve always believed good beer is an important part of a good life. So raise a glass (or can) with us to the buena vida.
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow with a thin white head that leaves the glass quickly. Smells grassy, malts, just a hint of lime, nothing overbearing. Taste very much follows the nose, it has just a touch of lime flavor, doesn't totally take over the other flavors of the beer; also has a savory/salty taste. Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, clean & crushable.

Mar 05, 2021
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning and "best by" dates on the bottom. Served in a can-shaped pint glass.

Appearance: The bubbly, one finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind some lacing in small spots. It's a beautiful, crystal clear, pale straw color. 

Smell: It's a pleasant, delicate aroma of lime zest, grains and flowers. 

Taste: The soft, malty sweetness prevails on the palate pretty much all the way but it's balanced out by the citrusy lime and ever so slight salinity that show up afterward. There's no real bitterness present except for just a touch as it goes down. Subtlety us the name of the game here.

Mouthfeel: It's very light and refreshing with a soft, medium carbonation. It finishes dry. 

Overall: A wonderful daily drinker especially for the summer months. Simple, clean and very easy to drink.

Mar 01, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a two finger eggshell white head. No lacing.

Aroma: Tart tropical lime comes through in the background, but not in an over the top sour way. Notes of powdered sugar and soft, bready malt. Has a slight sea salt or brine element to it.

Taste: Clean and refreshing. Slight bitter/floral lime peel upfront, complemented by a generous amount of light, sweet bready malt. Slightly dry from the salt. Very simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and crisp. Dry. This is perfect warm weather beer.

Overall: Finally, a beer with adjunct lime that doesn't taste like cheap margarita mix. I appreciate that you can taste the lime, but it doesn't steal the show away from the flavor of the lager. This puts DFH Sea Quench to shame.

Jan 25, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured into a small tasting glass. straw yellow in color, clear, with a lot of head but just trace lacing. looks like an adjunct actually.

Smell - malts, with fragrant lime flavor. light but very pleasant.

Taste - plenty of malty flavor in the initial taste, and plenty of salt and lime taste afterwards. finish is very clean, with no off putting taste at all.

Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, appropriate ABV for the style at 4.7%.

Overall - light in color but not in taste. this is a delicious salt and lime flavored lager that is both flavorful and refreshing.

Dec 24, 2020
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150lRoast from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consider this a turn key Mexican Lager. It has the hint of salt and lime already there for you. What separates this from other's attempt is that it does not have a metallic/chemical taste that so many others do. This is a great summer beer.

Dec 21, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a tall can, pint 3.2 ounce, can into a pint glass.
Appears a light golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped to a thin cap.
Smells lightly bready, sweet, lime.
Taste follows the nose, malt, lime then salt.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall a nice Mexican style lager, nice and clean with no off flavors, no corn.
Just a nice clean sessionable lager that would be very nice on a hot day, and I would definitely drink again.

Dec 20, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look- light golden look...very minimal head.
smell- lime ,floral, salt
taste-great refreshing taste with a slight taste of natural lime..
overall excellent beer

Dec 08, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love being a regular at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) here in Lancaster, PA! The owner knows that I am working some insane hours (ten per day, six days per week) & sets one of each new CAN aside for me as well as those bottles (gasp!) that he thinks might have appeal to me. This one was apparently only available in a mixed-12 pack & broken open to parcel out to the regulars. Yay!

From the Bottle (eek!): "Lager w/Salt & Lime added"; "Baja Inspired, San Diego Brewed"; "In 1996, Stone Brewing was founded in San Diego County, just minutes from the border. Since then, influence from our southern neighbors has enriched and inspired us on our undying mission to brew bold, flavorful beers. One such inspiration is Stone Xocoveza, our imperial stout originally released in 2014 to bring the rich, complex flavors of Mexican hot chocolate to beer. It’s with mucho gusto that we now follow with our take on a classic lager that is similarly inspired (and tasty) - Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager."

I Pop!ped the cap & allowed it to run rather freely into my awaiting glass. It returned the favor by forming two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, bone-white head with above-average retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with filament/button brightness. 8=O Nose smelled pleasantly of lime squeezed into an adjunct-free Lager. Mmm. Hey, just because a mass-market fizzy yellow beer is famous (infamous?) for doing it, that does not automatically render it wrong. This had the nose of an all-malt Lager, which is how it should smell - not like the rubbish that marked the early days of The CANQuest (tm)! It was more lime than salt on the nose, although the salt was perceptible. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, about on-par for a Lager. The taste was pleasantly crisp, malty without being overly sweet, absent of any real hop bitterness with a lime & salt quality that was evocative of afternoons on the beach. Finish was in that twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry, making it quite refreshing. They ought to make this more widely available & put it in CANs! YMMV.

Nov 28, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone Brewing "Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "RVA07/07/20 EJBY 12/04/20"
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes: Typical appearance. Grainy malt aroma. In the flavor you get the salt and then the lime along with grainy malt. I feel the malt is perhaps a little full for the amount of salt and lime that's there although it's really the lime that suffers. Otherwise it's fairly balanced. Ice cold I'm sure it would seems even more so. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. Overall I can't really complain but it doesn't exactly inspire me.
Review #7,078

Nov 11, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager pours a golden color, with a nice large fizzy head, that lasts a while. Aroma has lots of salt and lime notes, cheap beer notes too. Flavor has a mellow chemically flavor, with a good hint of salt and lime. Good body and feel. Overall, not bad, the added flavors really help this along, very easy to drink and very approachable.

Oct 25, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a tall, oversized, aluminum can, this brew is a completely clear, pale yellow colored liquid. The aroma is fruity...light citrus and plenty of cereal grain. It literally smells like a Mexican lager with lime...but more intense. A bit more malt. The taste is tilted sweetish. There is salt on the tongue, and the finish has a bit of sweet. All in all, this was quite good, and very interesting.

Oct 24, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold in color with plenty of coarse foam in the Strubbe tulip, for lack of a lager glass. Aroma of lime. Tastes like lime. Aftertaste of lime peel with a faint dash of bitterness. Not a lot to the story. If you like a squeeze in your light beer, for some reason, this might do the trick.

Sprightly carbonation, light bodied, tangy, and utterly forgettable. After a few sips I am wishing for the pleasant taste of a pale lager instead. From the 16 oz can purchased locally. Canned 06/26/20.

Oct 20, 2020
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singletary from Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It poured a straw yellow with a foamy white head to start with. The smell is malty with some lime there also. The taste is light lime that comes in over the sweetness of the malt. Very easy to drink and enjoyable brew from Stone.

Oct 02, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Straw in color with a small fizzy head. Smells of malt, salt and hints of lime. Flavors of biscuit, malt and the salt and lime are definitely present. Smooth and crushable. Nice summer evening beer.

Sep 28, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has a pleasant malt, floral, salt and lime hints
The taste follows the nose with well balanced crisp malt, floral, salt and lime flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated crisp beer
A good American Lager

Sep 12, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce bottle copped as part of a twelve pack Stone sampler offering from Joe Canals in Parsippany. Pours a golden, straw-colored hue with moderate frothing. Pungent aroma replete with notes of lime and cilantro. Similar overall flavor profile highlighting nuances of sea salt and peppercorn. Judged in accordance to its respective style, Stone knocks this one out of the park with a perfect brew ideal for the beach, barbecues, or lazy Summer days. Highly recommended.

Aug 23, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Clear yellow, thin white head, good retention and lace, though
Smells like a corn based lager, slight lime zest
Tastes like an AAL with some lime aromatics and tartness. Salt on the finish
Light bodied, but feels a little bit more full due to the salt
How was this a good idea? I can just put a pinch of salt and a lime wedge into any number of much cheaper beers. I get the whole "buy craft" thing, but if you're just robbing me because you think I'm to lazy to put a pinch of salt and a lime wedge in a Corona, that's bullshit.

Aug 23, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear pale golden pour with a finger of fizzy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: A splash of lime. About it.

T.F: Light grains/malts and a bit of lime. Mild citrus. Not much else going on... no significant hops. Negligible bitterness. Light bodied... well carbonated. Mostly clean.

O: Not much to this one... and definitely lacking the flavor and arrogance I'd expect from a Stone brew. Poolside fare... a similar theme to (but still a step up from) a Corona with lime.

Aug 20, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nearly clear with a deep straw color. Decent starting head which dissipates relatively quickly. Some streaks for lace.

Strong corn odor. No lime that I can tell. Smells like a macro.

The taste starts with a mild unfermented malt sweetness. Again, corn dominates the profile. Highly carbonated with a thin body, this defines lawnmower beers. The swallow provides some interest with dollop of hop bitterness and faint citrus. It actually creates a decent aftertaste.

Aug 14, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.


Appearance: Pours a near-clear, faint straw-hued body with a slim, white head.

Smell: Squirt of lime (I caught a bit even upon pouring) with a nice backing of salinity. Far underneath there's just a thin trace of the subdued maltiness.

Taste: The merest hints of faintly bready and hewn-hay barley with just a kiss of restrained, brief sweetness. A little pop of lime and salt. Near nil hop character and no real appreciable bitterness. Closes crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation with ample zip to it.

Overall: Exceedingly refreshing. Moves and drinks lean and clean, the lime and salt additions are pleasant, present without feeling artificial or overwrought.

Aug 09, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow in color with a light haziness. There's a fingernail of off white on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of salt and faint lime. I'm tasting light malt, salt, and very faint lime. The mouth is light and crisp.

Aug 09, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - clear golden color with a slight disappearing head
Smell - lager... grainy with salt and lime....
taste - very light grainy with lime and salt
Feel - light body and carb
Overall - not bad but could use more body

Aug 05, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.47/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

What's happening at Stone? Why this attempt to duplicate Corona? I don't want to see the day The Alchemist or any other East coast brewers think they need to sink this low to attract a broader fan base. This one makes me lose respect for Stone, once one of my stalwarts. Oh, a review- it's a little better than Corona, but not much.

Aug 01, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Light golden. Carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Picking up a bit of tang from the malt/yeast. Almost undetectable salt/lime on the nose.

T: Biscuity malt. Salt/lime is mellow but activates the entire palate.

F: Moderately hearty and buttery.

O: Light and approachable. It's pretty good, a nice middle ground for most. The only thing stopping more people from drinking it is price and availability, and maybe the labeling as well.

Jul 30, 2020
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timon from California

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uhh pretty good! It tastes like how you wish Corona tasted, like how it tastes when you watch the commercial and they're sipping it on the beach. Price is cheap too! Less than a dollar per beer!

Jul 29, 2020
Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 192 ratings