Sublime Mexican Lager
AleSmith Brewing Company

Sublime Mexican LagerSublime Mexican Lager
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Vienna Lager
Ranked #24
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3.75 | pDev: 12.27%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Sublime Mexican LagerSublime Mexican Lager
Notes: Formerly Sublime Mexican Lager (40oz. To Freedom)

"The band members are all big fans of this style of beer. We wanted to create our thirst-quenching version of a traditional Vienna-style lager (famously brewed by the Mexican breweries) that showcases a grainy, malt-forward sweetness and easy drinkability. Clean and crisp with subdued hop bitterness to balance, makes Sublime Mexican Lager the go-to beer for hot summer days or pre-concert tailgating." -- AleSmith owner/CEO, Peter Zien
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 112
Photo of kflorence
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden, copper in color with minimal head and lacing. Darker than expected. Smells heavily of sweet grains and malts with some spicy, grassy hoppiness in the background. For the style, happy to have some hint of hops on the nose. Tastes similar to the nose. Buttery toffee and roasted, sweet grains up front with a bitter hop, crisp and dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is spot on with a subtle, zesty carbonation, some creaminess and high drinkability. Overall, this is a pretty fantastic lager. It's like a thicker more flavorful version of Tecate. The marketing, for once, is spot on. Cheers!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty nice beer.
Clear gold, nice white head.
Sweet grassy, grainy aroma. A hint of floral hops.
Ditto for the taste.
Light-bodied, goes down easily.

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Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darkish amber with a handsome pile of white foam in the tall Pilsner glass. Very grainy and malty with a buttery overtone. Certainly a workmanlike light beer. I don't get what this has to do with Mexican anything but WTF. It's certainly sweet like a mouthful of a really big Blonde.

Maybe there is a hint of lime, or my imagination, but not really bitter at all. I don't think this is a step toward "40 oz to Freedom." But an attractive label. And it slides down the gullet without complaint. From the 12 oz can purchased somewhere in San Diego and gifted me by Clayton.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of beer nerds tend to crap on this beer but let me present a counter argument, if I may: this is a beer modeled after the band, Sublime. Sure, it's a pretty standard Mexican style lager that doesnt jump up and bite you right in the liver but isnt that the idea here? Its a beer made for a 90's band of white dudes that apparently doesnt like to wear shirts, plays ska/reggae/punk/rap and is almost always high. Now, if that's the bar youre aiming for, a 5.2% lager that you can swill by the gallon hits the nail on the head.

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Photo of VoodooBear
2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can with no freshness dates. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Two finger bubbly head that goes away pretty quickly and leaves little lacing. Clear, light amber color.

Smell: A typical light lager nose, meaning: barely there. A faint whiff of grains and that's pretty much it.

Taste: Sweet, malty and grainy with the slightest hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing with medium carbonation.

Overall: In the sea of bland, light lagers that is the "Mexican style", this stands out above the rest. That being said, the bar is pretty low to begin with. A crisp and refreshing brew that fans of these type of beers will appreciate but that everyone else can just skip. The can it comes in is pretty cool though.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great album, great album art, very good beer. Went into this one with slight trepidation, will it be just a cash grab or what? Pours a copper auburn kind of color, good Vienna malt, 1/3" off white head, lots of clarity despite the fall like colors. Has that Vienna slightly sweeter Octoberfest smell to it.

Taste, wow, this is really smooth yet malty and easy drinking, not heavy, not sticky, not bitter. Hops almost entirely absent and appropriate for style that is. Man this is some decent summer and fall kind of drinking beer. Can see it being a crowd pleaser, its good enough for this discerning hop head, but definitely for those who don't like hops, this could be right up their alley.

What came off as suspect actually turned out to be a really good beer. They really nailed this one methinks.

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Photo of DaltonNameAlrdyTaken
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

First off, I am not what I'd call a competent reviewer. If you are still reading at this point then you must be interested in the lager I am praising. While I am not presenting here a full critique, I really just want to say a couple of things that don't really measure up to the language of reviewers seen here. So you won't find words like corn, bready, adjunct, look, smell, taste, feel ... you can already see my ratings. What I do want to say is that I have consumed a great deal of this liquid, from Coors Light to The Sixth Glass Boulevard Belgian, and I do think I have a pretty good idea of what I like and what tastes good. But beer is like politics, a matter of taste about which you really can't argue. OK, get on with it ... I think ... Ale Smith's Sublime is the best, most drinkable lager, one I would choose to drink over any of the others if I had to choose. Going just a bit further, I have seen complaints regarding this brew in cans. Well, I have decanted this one to glasswear and found it is hands down, best out of the can for some reason. I could drink a lot of this stuff. Back in the day Sierra Nevada was my go to. That was to me, and I dare say all of us, a gift. I had a bad case of it once, thanks to being left in the AZ heat by the supplier. That pushed me out into the wild again and here I am. They're nothing alike and I cannot even believe that I'm liking a lager again. Thanks for reading.

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Photo of rarigney
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly transparent golden amber with a thin white head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma has grainy malt and subdued floral hops. Taste is malt forward with a slight sweetness and a clean, dry finish.

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Photo of twage04
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper, dark gold with normal carbonation. Taste is a malty fruitiness, reminds me of an english bitter without the english yeast. Okay but lots of other craft lager options out there.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange with a small haze and steady stream of effervesce. Light golden straw colored head last only momentarily.

S: Clean nose with hints of lager yeastiness, melon fruit and wet corn. Fresh wet sense of greenery, soft green pepper and fresh barley close.

T: Spicy hops are met with a clean grain bill for the flavor. Barley grain sweetness that finishes with a soft pepper and flowery leave along with some oranges.

M: Smooth, silky soft texture. Medium body, some good substance per style.

O: Crisp summertime drink. Expect nothing less from Alesmith. Lagers seem to be a resurgent style of lately dominated by ales. A nice addition to the summer time weather is good lagers. cheers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear dark orange color, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like corn, grassy hops, honey, and caramel malt.

Even though this is a bit old, it's still holding up nicely. I don't know if there's any corn in here, but I do kind of get that flavor. There's also some honey sweetness, a nice crisp grassy hop flavor, a bit of caramel sweetness, and some fruity yeast character. Alesmith always does me right.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean, and slightly watery, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a very fun beer and a nice change-up for this brewery.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm well to start off - this is a lager so ya, what more can I say. The taste is underwhelming. A bit too much caramel notes, not much on the refreshing notes. Cool can though. Aroma was very lager-ish. So ya, nothing to write home about. Cool can though. The big question is, would you have purchased this if it didn't say "Sublime" on it? Short answer: no. Check it out if dig Sublime, don't buy it if you appreciate good beer. :)

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woo ha! Sublime in the house like it’s ‘94 all over again! And you know what, we have a good one here, my peeps! Light like a ballerina with an eating disorder, this one says hello. On the tongue is delicate malts and bready hops like Jean Luc Godard cooking a French loaf.

All around good!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the viceroy of Vienna lagers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bready, some corn. Taste is toasted malts, crackers, a touch of corn, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer that probably would be great to drink on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal-clear amber colored body; lots of fine carbonation; thick, sticky, white head. Wheat and honey notes in the aroma. Bread crust and biscuit flavors; low-key yet balanced hop bitterness that builds in intensity as the taste lingers. Medium body; warm; crisp on the palate; mostly dry finish overall.

A rock-solid lager, definitely hitting the points for a Vienna lager. Flavorful, malty, easy drinking.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rank it up there with Devils Backbone VL. Not much aroma. Taste is sweet malt little corn with good carbonation. I like this and would buy again if not a brewed once type beer.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found my new favorite lager. I'll be spending a lot of time with this one Fishing and camping this summer.
Nice clean crisp taste and a lot my flavor then you would think. Nice job Alesmith.

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Photo of Rob5150
1.91/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I recently purchased this at a local BevMo, you can find them around San Diego, Orange and LA County pretty easily. I heard about this promotion from the local radio station KROQ years ago, I remember the band being popular when I was in high school so I decided to check it out. While I was only able to obtain these in aluminum 6-packs, I was disappointed how hard it is to find them in 40 oz. bottles (hence the anniversary of 40 oz. to Freedom).

It has a caramel taste to it, the color is reminiscent of the seasonal Samuel Adams that come out. It's similar to El Chango to some degree, but far more expensive. It's disappointing that I was only able to find these in cans, had this been bottled properly it may have had a better taste.

This was a big letdown, it's just a San Diego brewery making a cash grab from a Long Beach band that died around the mid to late 90's. The beer is alright, nothing special but because they're promoting a popular band the 6-packs cost over $12 each, which is a complete ripoff. Last I recall this band was known to promote cannabis more than alcohol, the surviving members of the band (not the frontman) have been exploiting the legacy of Sublime over the past 8 years so none of this surprises me.

This is an average Mexican beer at best, it's simply a beer brewed 500 miles south of where the band originated from, ripping off the fans 25 years after one of their favorite albums came out. The actual beer is basically a caramel version of Tecate, so it's just a cash grab the brewing company came up with. Don't drink it warm, it needs to be chilled, but this is a gimmick beer so it's only worth saying you tried it before.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mildly grainy biscuit, bready and caramel malt, slight grassy hops, a light but distinct toffee note. Flavor is grainy biscuit with a very slight caramel and corn adjunct, grassy hops. Finishes with husky grain and grassy hops. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A good domestic recreation of a Mexican (Vienna) lager, with good grain flavors, hints of sweet adjunct and caramel with continental grassy hops. The finish is a bit rougher than most Mexican lagers, which tend to finish a little more sweet and malty. There seem to be a number of craft recreations of this style, which seems a bit odd, since they are readily available from the original source. Still, as an exercise in creating a classic beer style, this is done well, as expected from AleSmith.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear caramel with a white head. Smells of malts and caramel. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, bread, and biscuit. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall one of the better Mexican lagers out there.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 8/24/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness. Minimal herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a very good Vienna lager. All around nice complexity and robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the minimally bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Clean and nicely rich Vienna malt flavors; with mild hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of dertyd
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a dark gold/light amber color, with no head---------- the aromas are of malt, Carmel, toffee, grass and kettle corn------------ the flavors are of malt, grass/floral, Carmel, toffee and corn, the beer had a thin to medium mouthfeel with a spicy hop finish--------- overall this beer was nice, nothing fancy but a well done adjunct lager

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite this being a can (really wish I could find the 40ozer), this was my fav die hard band from my childhood, I even somehow got down their crappy lemonades for the hell of it. However good to see a good brewery doing this.

Pours a nice fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, little lacing, crystal clear pilsner slight amber color

Nose plenty of pilsner malt, toasted, straw, grainy, a little maize like or maybe corn adjunct, soft light lagering.

Taste more of the same, crisp soft lagering, with plenty of toasted pilsner malts, grainy, husky, straw, a bit of maize like but not really corn adjunct, more malt flavor than I expected, a touch of hop bitterness, weird sticky corn syrup like thing at the finish with more bitterness that is a little nagging, although that is typical of Mexican style lager I'm not a big fan of that finish.

Mouth is lighter bod, soft crisp lagering, decent carb

Overall OK, I guess you get what you order, this was a Mexican lager, better than any others out there or at least macro commercial ones that is, but still has some components I'd rather do without, still I could easily pound a 40 of this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (tm) CANtinues with this 12-fl. oz. CAN from AleSmith. I drank & reviewed their Speedway Stout from a CAN earlier, so this seemed like a natural follow-up to the ongoing madness.

From the CAN: "Crisp, Balanced, Easy-Drinking"; "How do SoCal's favorite reggae-punk pioneers honor their iconic album "40oz. to Freedom?" [sic] The release their own beer, of course. In celebration of this, Sublime contacted AleSmith Brewing Co. to craft this unique brew. As Mexican-style lagers are a favorite beer style of the band, AleSmith has brewed a beer that showcases a grainy, malt-forward sweetness and easy drinkability. Clean and crisp with subdued hop bitterness to balance, makes Sublime Mexican Lager the go-to beer for hot summer days, the beach, your backyard bbq, of of course before your favorite concert. Cheers!"

I Crack!ed the CAN open & for an inexplicable reason, decided to go with an inverted Glug to kick things off. This resulted in just under three fingers of foamy, rocky, eggshell=white head with limited retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a semi-sweet biscuity maltiness, but that was about it. It seemed pretty innocuous on the nose. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly above it, either. The taste was definitely malty, very biscuity, but any hops were lost on me. Finish was semi-dry & certainly refreshing. I drank a LOT of AALs at the outset of The CANQuest (tm), so this was head & shoulders above those types of beers, but this just did not really do much for me.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Bronze, 1 finger of head and some lacing left on brew. Looks like an IPA, not a mexican beer

S - Malty extract, ready

T - Crisp, malty, maybe too malty?

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - An easy to drink malty light brew. Not as good as expected from one of my fav all-time breweries

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Sublime Mexican Lager from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 112 ratings