Cerveza Chilebeso
Great Basin Brewing Co.

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Great Basin Brewing Co.
Nevada, United States
Chile Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #16,046
3.91 | pDev: 16.11%
Oct 30, 2022
Aug 26, 2005
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed in the pilsner style, light in body, crisp and fresh, with just a kiss (beso) of Jalapeno. Judged as one of the best beers in America; a three time Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival.
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Rated: 4.56 by Johncicero from California

Oct 30, 2022
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Rated by Morie

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Taste the fresh jalapeno with your sense of smell, then sense of taste. I'm loving it! Super; especially freezing cold. Worth joining BA for.
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by rawbraves from Colorado

Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by ttpfau from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Among the best chile beers I've tasted and I'm grateful it's available in Utah.
Sep 10, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
definitely among the best chili beers i have had, neat to have these guys in the market here in idaho now. this is a solid base lager, which i think is the key, its not just a throwaway blonde ale with some peppers, there is a light noble type hop profile that hits at the end about the same time the peppers do, and there is a crispness to this that makes the finish fast, the the peppers dont have a chance to linger too long. this is not a pepper beer thats a novelty, a one and done, only good for a red beer, or anything like that, its drinkable and flavorful and really very good. i like that its just jalapeno, an identifiable aroma and flavor, and how the heat is well restrained. i have no doubt they use real peppers, but it seems like they have been seeded and deveined, there really isnt any appreciable to heat to this at all, just the natural flavor of the pepper. it sets up on the middle of the palate like its going to get fiery, but it never does, just a clean even refreshing wash of crisp lager coming though to wash it clean. its really well designed in that way, nice and light, and all the intangibles are here. this is intelligent stuff and i look forward to trying more of their beers now that they have come to the state. a top chili beer for sure, worthy of its gold medals i reckon.
May 20, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pour is a clear dark golden color with just over two fingers of tight soapy white bubbles of head. Some sticky lacing on the glass as I drink it as well.

Smell is amazing like you had just cut a fresh jalapeno pepper in half and sniffed it. Getting some bread like white bread type of malts behind that. Just lots of fresh jalapeno.

Taste is very much jalapeno. Not like a lot of heat, just a tease of spice. A lot of fresh pepper on the taste Slightly fruity and floral like a good pepper. The beer itself is so hidden due to the pepper presence. You do get some of that bread like quality of the malts. No real hop presence. Tastes like a good lager infused with peppers, jalapeno that is.

Mouth is medium with a lingering pepper flavor going down the throat. Lots of chili burps also.

For a chili beer this really nails it. The jalapeno pepper is really showcased in this beer. If you like jalapenos and chili beers try it. If no on either I would be careful trying this. Chili beers always to me seem to either try to be hot or attempt to present a chili pepper. This one has just a slight tease of heat at the back but really showcases the pepper for what it really is, a fruit. My hat is off to these guys that brewed this beer this really works. Cheers!
Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Oct 07, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Copper to slightly red with lots of carbonation and 2 fingers of glassy off white head.

Smells of fresh chilli peppers, the heat is evident.

Tastes of jalepenos, cayenne, red chilli with a slight sweetness, very fresh off the vine peppers.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

I got this at Safeway in Reno, and am drinking it in my hotel here, July 13, 2019. Taste of Nevada.
Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Often the subject of ridicule and scorn from neckbeards, the blonde ale is quite an efficient adjunct delivery vessel. Whether it be chile or coffee, they both come across uninhibited with a blonde ale base.

As far as chile beers go, I really can't think of much, if anything that does it better. Now of course, there is some differing information on whether this is a blonde ale or a pilsner base, whatever, the point is it stays out of the way, unlike most stouts and porters people like to use for a chile beer.

Nice golden pour, solid 1/2" white head. Aroma smacks of jalapeno. I thought this was gonna be hotter than it was, because the nose is spot on like a bunch of nachos with jalapeno. Carbonation just right, nice grain character, mild hopping stays out of the way. Perfect amount of chile heat and flavor.

Das it mane.
Oct 19, 2016
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a Great Basin Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Jalapeño jumps out, but not heat, all flavor, faint floral notes, a hint fruity, and some light malt.

T: Nice jalapeño flavor, faint smoke, herbal, fruity and floral notes, a hint of lemony citrus, and some light crackery maltM: Medium body, moderate carbonation, with some pleasant but not overwhelming chile warmth.

O: Well done beer. Jalapeño shows up in the smell and taste, but it doesn't obliterate your palate with heat. Would be great with tacos.
Oct 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Rogerlb from California

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A bomber from Tavour. Great beer for a hot summer evening grilling carne asada. Pour slight and straw color, a slight opaque cloudy look but no visible carb bubbles. Slight to zero head. Smell is pilsner, grain and some pepper (as in green pepper). I'm getting no heat on the aroma.

Taste is a crisp lager, some grain and the jalapenos come in slightly. This has heat but not at all so off-putting where you don't want to recommend it to people. Pepper taste (besides the heat) is there, a vegetable undercurrent. Malt and barley comes in with no serious distraction. 5.5% means you can drink this without worrying you'll start slurring. No bitterness to be found.

Simply a great session chili-beer, perfectly balanced with the flavor of pepper and some heat, neither too much or not enough.
Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Jun 09, 2016
Rated: 4.73 by Sinhoptra from Nevada

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by sansho from California

May 07, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2014
Rated: 3 by Satan70 from Wisconsin

May 19, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by crnhusker from Nevada

May 13, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by rolandblais from Nevada

Aug 15, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by mmilyko from Nevada

Sep 03, 2012
Rated: 4 by marct from Nevada

Feb 19, 2012
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Reviewed by Cinderbike from Nevada

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I can best describe this beer as a mexican adjunct lager with a hint of Jalapeno. Imagine a Corona with hot sauce in it, but, you know, actually worth drinking.

It's not an every day drink, but when the usually serve it, in the summer during the rib cookoff, it's a nice thirst quencher with a kick.
Dec 03, 2011
Rated: 4 by jh1982 from Nevada

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Briarscratch from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Haven't reviewed a beer in quite sometime but this one is a style I don't get to try all that often.
Served on tap at the Great Basin Brewpup in Sparks, NV. Walking distance from the Nugget which is where I'm staying this week. The beer is very straw yellow and clear. Looks very similar to a domestic adjunct light lager. Slight carbonation little to no head but some lingering lacing on the glass. Smell is of sweet grains and a hint of fresh jalapeno pepper. This beer has a phenomenal subtle pepper flavor that just sets it apart from anything else. Super light mouthfeel, overall a very light pilsner with a very big flavor! Well done and review worthy in my opinion.
May 02, 2011
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Reviewed by ThreeWiseMen from California

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Purchased at the brewery a week ago and sampled with the roommates tonight.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Originally had a thick, foamy, head on top, but that dissipated to a thin white crown in no time. Body is bright, crystal clear, and very pale gold in color. Very light carbonation, possibly due to the age of the growler. Wispy lacing.

Smell: Mmmm... jalapeños. This smells like high school football game nachos, and I mean that in the best fucking way possible. I absolutely love the nose! This is the first chile beer I've encountered, and I'm already dying to try some more!

Taste: Lighter than the nose, but not by a lot. Jalapeños loom large, but malted grains come in for some nice balance. Beer finishes with very light spiciness, but it's an oily spiciness that definitely builds with each successive sip. As a big hot sauce fan, I'm in heaven. This is such a unique and delicious beer. I'd give it a 5.0, but I think that'd be a little presumptuous given this is my first chile beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and oily, but not too oily. Mildly carbonated with nice mouth-coating, leading to that building spiciness mentioned above. Very refreshing and balanced. I dig!

Drinkability: I could imagine getting tired of this, but it hasn't happened yet. I only got a single pint from the growler (since it was split four ways), but I would have loved a second glass (I think).
Oct 13, 2009
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Reviewed by KoG from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this before at a beer festival but it has changed.

Golden color with a foamy white head that leaves little lacing but keeps a thin layer on top.

Smell is light malt with some very light hop. No real detectable chile this time around.

Taste was well balanced malt with some hop bitterness on the end. Chile "burn" and flavor are much much weaker than it used to be making it easier to drink but not as good as it was the last time.

Not a bad chile beer at all, but the last version I liked more because it had more Jalapeno flavor and bite.
Aug 26, 2005
Cerveza Chilebeso from Great Basin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 25 ratings