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La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #93
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,284
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
70
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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
 
New Mexico, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  10
SCORE
84
Good
BEERBEER
Notes: Looks like beer . . . Smells like beer . . . Tastes like beer . . . it’s BEER. Our aptly named lager is light in body but substantial enough in flavor to let you know that yes . . . You are drinking beer. Yeah BEER!
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very Pale indeed. Quite clear and a lovely white top. Pale hay color. Lots of lacing, more than I expect from this style.
Aroma is a little sulfur, some yeast, for a moment a touch of citrus and a bit of grain. But mostly the yeasty character.
Smooth drinking lager. Nice drying on the finish with some hop bittering that lingers, but enjoyable. Some grain, but light. A fair amount of yeast character and a smooth hop flavor that moves to the bittering. A touch of the citrus as with the aroma. Some astringency.
Fully carbonated as is want for this style. A little water, covered by the carbonation, but close for style.
Nice lager. Enjoyable hop flavors. I'm gonna' be done with this one before it warms
Many thanks to ONovoMexicano for this little slice of pleasure.

Jun 12, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is La Cumbre’s aptly named American style lager—an American-style pilsner, from what I understand, right down to the use of rice. Proving that adjunct brewing does not have to mean flavorless.

“Give me a beer.” Ha. Under the most nondescript of names goes one of the most flavorful of light pilsners I have tasted in recent memory. (Which means, one of the most flavorful of pilsners I have tasted, period. I’d say this ranks second to Live Oak’s incredible brew in my opinion.) Utterly fantastic.

This poured a clear, light golden straw in color with thin lacing. It has a lightly hopped aroma with green grassy notes. Flavor—oh, what flavor!—is crisp and grassy, with a mild biscuity finish and a honeyed sweetness that emerges as it warms. Pleasing and enjoyable.

Jul 17, 2012
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
CO 06/29/17
BB 09/27/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, some hops, kinda citrusy. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, citrusy, nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. True to style. Nice thirst quencher. Great with pizza.

Sep 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is brilliant stuff, shockingly underrated, but just like the name, the can, and the nondescript nature of its presentation, this beer is nothing crazy, just an infinitely better version of your grand daddys swill. its clear and bright and bubbly and heady and creamy and super low alcohol yet full on flavor. love how clear and pretty this is, delicate looking, but one taste and its obviously so different than the yellow beers of old. the lager yeast is crisp and clean, but flavorful over the pale malt. there is a classic old world hoppiness to this, bitter enough, impossibly dry, yet also flavorful. something this drinkable that still has character is hard to come by, and these guys have nailed it. i like the lager yeast, i like the fluffy grainy feel for how low alcohol it is, and i like the huge champagne style carbonation. its infinitely refreshing when its ice cold and it doesnt warm up too bad either, way better than macro lagers of any kind that i have found anyway. amazing mouthfeel and flavor overall, maybe some corn in here with the pale barley. i wish it were a little cheaper than it is, its not exactly the keystone suitcase pricing, but its worth paying the difference for such a superior beer in the light lager category. glad to have this awesome beer in our state of colorado now. i am going to drink the absolute crap out of this one this summer! needed a beer like this and finally found it!

Jul 11, 2017
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MJSFS from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 26, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 16 oz can for $2.99 from King's Beer and Wine in midtown Phoenix on 10-21-17. Canned on 10-10-17 and best by 1-8-18. La Cumbre is officially in Phoenix-yeah!

Beer poured a very clear pale gold with a decent white head. The clarity is stunning!

Nose was adjunct lager malts and a slight hint of euro hop family.

Taste was pilsner and pale malts with a light hallertau hop finish.

Feel was light bodied with a very clean finish.

Overall a nice clean pilsner that kind of lacked that hop bite i enjoy with this style of beer. Definitely a beer that you could get a craft beer neophyte to drink!

Nov 17, 2017
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Zorro from California

3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear very pale colored beer with a momentary white colored head. Whatever its charm is looks are not it.

Smell is pilsner malt and noble hop. Hop scent is mostly grass and hay with a little lemon. That is about it not a very aromatic lager.

Starts out mildly sweet and spritzy with a lemon and toasted grain after taste. Medium level of bitterness. Nice mild ale that would be wonderful on a hot day.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall pleasant light lager.

Nov 27, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an almost clear goldenstraw with a fluffy head that fades; splashy lacing abounds

Smell: Bready, with a hint of graham; slightly grassy

Taste: Bready flavors forward and throughout, with a hint of graham sweetness; moderate grassy tones, through the middle, with a slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with light to medium body; not as crisp as I would like for the style

Overall: A decent flavor profile and a nice beer for the summer

Thanks, M_chav, for the opportunity

May 25, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ONovoMexicano for this divine Pils from the Land of Enchantment.
Disclaimer: I don't get very excited for Pilseners.

This is one of the best Pilsener style beers I have ever tried!
Pours a luminous straw color. Giddy head leaps from the pour. Dear Lord, this is the clearest beer I have ever seen. New category? KristalPils? I coould actually read the can THROUGH the glass. Amazing.
Smell is slightly sweet and hints of floral and spice.
Taste is sublime, subtle waves begin with a bready malt sweetness then moves to a little hop spice. Finish is understated hop bitterness that taps down the sweetness.
Keeps a mild carbonation throughout.
Overall, a GREAT beer.

May 23, 2016
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 19, 2017
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nickfl from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 05, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oct 04, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into pilsner glass.
A 1" white head drops quickly with some decent foamy lacing. Color is a hazy straw with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of biscuit, grain husks and grassy hops. Light and silky mouthfeel with a dry finish. Flavors of bread crust, biscuit, some lemon and citrus rind hops. Overall a really enjoyable lager.

Nov 27, 2016
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jan 03, 2019
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 07, 2017
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sunsjammer from Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz'er canned, 1/29/18 and best by 4/29/19 , from Craft Beer Hop Stop

Apr 21, 2018
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

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

Jun 30, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 01, 2016
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 02, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, grains, some malts. Taste is the same, light grains and malts, a bit of an unusual aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer, no better than many cheap lagers.

Jul 17, 2016
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taospowder from New Mexico

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 23, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 29, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, light gold colored body; plenty of carbonation; one-finger thick fluffy, white head; nice lacing down the glass. Light cereal grain aroma; bread crust. Light, bready flavor with a subtle hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp; mostly dry finish.

A refreshing, delicately balanced pilsner-styled beer.

Sep 14, 2017
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VaTechPhilly from New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 07, 2017
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denver10 from New Mexico

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2016
BEER from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 70 ratings