Sublime Mexican Lager | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Sublime Mexican LagerSublime Mexican Lager
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3.76/5
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83 Ratings
Sublime Mexican LagerSublime Mexican Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by bigkahuna2187 on 06-16-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,201
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
83
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by WVbeergeek:
Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More User Reviews:
Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It’s an awesome release, being everyone loves sublime!

The beer itself is nothing special, all about the can here.

Very reminiscent of a Budweiser. Malt and corn forward with a decent somewhat refreshing finish.

This would be a decent bar beer, but nothing to rave over. If you like your standard corporate beers like Budweiser and coors, you’ll love this amped up version.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.97 with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: Sept. 1, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 1, 2017
Reviewed as: Vienna Lager
Misc.: Canned on Aug. 9, 2017

Picked this up on a recent trip to Bine & Vine as part of a variety 6-pack (and 10 percent off). Saw the release for the collab with Sublime called 40 Ounces to Freedom awhile back, but was hoping to have it at the brewery. A 12-oz. can would work just fine. Going in was trying to decide if it was an American Adjunct Lager, an American Pale Lager, Light Lager or Vienna Lager. After some research, AleSmith’s Peter Zien “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.” Let’s do it.

Poured a light amber clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of off-white rocky head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent watery lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled grain, Cheerios, corn, hints of caramel, lightly toasted malts and hints of dry honey. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was about the same as the nose, maybe slightly better. Got grain, Honey Nut Cheerios, lightly toasted caramel malts, bread and Marzen-like flavors. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, clean finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Liked this one for the style. Would have again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.93 | 88 | B+

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Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper hued with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of beige covering the majority of the top. The aroma is of sourdough bread. I'm tasting sourdough bread with a trace of grassy hops at the back of the palate. The mouth is very smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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 MeanMotaScootah
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
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 prototypic
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light amber gold color with a small white head. The aroma is faint hops. The taste is a mild hop flavor. very sessionable.

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

Photo of dvmin98
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 TrojanRB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Rob5150
1.91/5  rDev -49.2%
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 VeganUndead
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear light amber color with a white head, lots of carbonation, no lacing or retention, looks very light.

Lots of grainy sweetness, subtle biscuit malt, light honey, pretty straightforward.

Grainy sweetness is really strong on the taste, light honey, light biscuit malt, finish is clean but not crisp like I was expecting, grainy note lingers in the finish.

Light bodied, good amount of carbonation, clean finish.

O: It follows the description, it's grainy sweet, malt forward and easy to drink, there isn't any depth or complexity to this beer, but it's definitely a beer to drink in hot weather.

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Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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 user785335
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Sublime Mexican Lager from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 83 ratings