Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con Chili
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Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con ChiliOriginal C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con Chili
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Chile Beer
2.03 | pDev: 39.9%
Chili Beer Co.
Arizona, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con ChiliOriginal C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con Chili
Notes: The beer is now owned by Cerveza Mexicali - listed at https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/11174/221542/
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

1.34/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

First off it's not as bad or as hot as the ghostface killah beer (I could'nt even finish that one). This beer is at least drinkable (to a degree) but not really enjoyable unless you're a hardcore spice lover, and as much as i love spice and spicy foods, spicy just doesn't mix well with a beer. It's good for the novelty but nothing else.

Jun 21, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.11/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by August 2014. What have I done.

Pours a pale gold color with pepper sediment and yeast sediment both. No head at all.

Aroma of jalapeno and light cereal.

Flavor is a whole lot of nothing, and then a huge pepper burn. Like liquid fire. There's really no flavor, just slight substance. It's not a complete fail, but it is indeed pretty awful. Took a bite of the jalapeno and it tastes like a green bean.

Feel has some sort of mouthfeel to it, but I can't really pin it down. It's like a 1% milk heaviness, but with a lot of carbonation and heat. Hmph.

Overall, it's not the vomit fest I thought it would be, but it's still a pretty bad beer overall. The stuff of nightmares.

Feb 02, 2018
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MaltTeaseFalcon from Georgia

1.49/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

L- yellow with greenish tint. Organic matter located throughout. Sparse head, almost non-existent. Decapitated.
S- turpentine followed by a hint of embalming fluid.
T- literally unforgettable as your primary gustatory cortex will refuse to function normally for between 36 and 48 hours following ingestion.
F- burning sensation of mucous membranes. Shame, remorse.
O- if you suffer from any gastrointestinal disorder and have close relatives you honestly dislike be sure to change your will before drinking.

Nov 20, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass with a chili pepper floating in the brew

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a hot pepper smell mixed with some other aromas of a light caramel nature as well as a little bit of a bread.

Taste – The taste begins with a light bready and caramel taste mixed with a hot pepper taste. The hot pepper taste gets even stronger as the taste advances and is met with some other black pepper tastes, all while the bready and the sweet get even lighter in flavor. In the end with the increase in the heat and with a loss of the bready and the caramel, a very watery hot pepper taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is very thin with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly on the lower side. A higher carbonation level would have certainly been better for the spicy tastes to help keep them from overwhelming the light tastes of the brew.

Overall – This was not a very pleasant beer in my mind. I actually couldn’t even finish it which is super rare. I would certainly recommend to stay away from this one.

Jul 15, 2016
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev +72.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden body with lots of fizz and foam on pour; no head retention at all. Oh, and it has a pepper in it

Smell: smells like a pilsner with just enough pepper smell to notice it. Reminds me of a chili relleno smell at a restaurant. Not that bad, actually.

Taste: I'm scared from the reviews. Here goes...Fairly smooth, refreshing, citrusy pilsner flavor to it, with some, but not a lot of pepper flavor; the heat starts to kick in pretty quickly, but it's not overpowering at all. It's about as much heat as a good bar of chili chocolate. I'm actually pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it is. As it warms up, the pepper's vegetal flavor starts to come through.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin overall, which is expected; but smooth and balanced.

Remarks: It think it's much better than some folks are saying. Maybe it has a short shelf life and they got an old one. I'm not saying it's an award winner, but heck, I'd buy it again, just for the conversation aspect.

Apr 12, 2016
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beertraveler08 from Louisiana

1.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The look of this beer was what attracted me.Its looks clean and refreshing with an actual chile in it.The smell was a hot saucy cheap beer.The taste was a horrible cheap mexican cerveza with intense heat.It felt terrible going down and was way to hot and cheap tasting for my preference.I was suprised how hot this beer tasted and will always have the memory of my brothers face as we finished these beers,but i would never drink this beer again.

Mar 29, 2016
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vikinggary28 from California

3.13/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It is what it is... a chile beer, what do you expect? It looks like a standard mexican pilsner in a clear 12 oz bottle with a chili floating in it, nice gimmick. It taste similar to the lager I mentioned previously with a little spicy bite to it. Not the best but certainly not bad. If you ever thought of popping a hot pepper into a bottle of Corona then these guys just saved you the time and effort and did it for you.

Dec 13, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

1.91/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Chili Beer Co. "Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer"
12 oz. clear glass bottle

I don't know why I would drink this beer again seeing as I've had it probably a half dozen times over the years, and most of those times didn't even finish it. I've gotten used to the heat, and perhaps that's the draw for me - other than drinking it at a special event. The malt is basic, but what else could it be? To put the whole pepper in there it's going to be hot, and no matter what you do with the malt, it's screwed. There's also no sense in making it dark because then you wouldn't see the chili; because really, this is about the chili, and that's the gimmick. So what you get is a corny lager with a bit of pepper aroma (which actually comes off a little odd) and a lot of heat. Unless your friends have bought it for Cinco de Mayo or something like that it would probably best just to avoid it.

Sep 24, 2015
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's been a long time since I had this beer, but I'll never forget it...and not in a good way. Although this beer was, as many others have stated, flat with way too much pepper, it did make some of the best ever jalapeño beer bread! I'd give it a 4.25 on its bread potential but straight 2's otherwise.

Sep 21, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

2.84/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

& I do admit to not being a fan of lager or chilli
My already doubtful opinion is not helped by its appearance
it look flat no head
urine sample yellow with tainted with blood red hue
The aroma is cheap sweet lager with earthy chilli notes
the flavour is just burning chilli, hot but without being thirst quenching like other chilli beers I've had
I couldn't accurately tell you the mouthfeel because of it

well it certainly is a chilli beer

Aug 26, 2015
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jackgriffin from Wales

4.57/5  rDev +125.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying I loved this beer. How could I not? Combining two of my favourite things, beer and chilli. I'll admit I bought it because of the novelty of a beer, not only flavoured with chilli but with a real green chilli pepper floating in each bottle. How cool is that? However I was very pleasantly surprised that the beer itself was of a high quality, really nice and refreshing. Then you get a little chilli tang which works well. Then the heat. Works for me. A wedge of lime makes it even better.

Aug 22, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

11.2 oz bottle into a teku. CLASSY.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention sucks big floppy donkey dick. So does lacing. By the way, I didn't pour the chili pepper in. (2)

Smell: Well, that little pepper deserves some credit - it's smothered the aroma of cheap, shitty Mexican lager really well. There's no overt corn, All I seem to get is chili pepper. Not complex at all, no, but I'll take that over the smell of cheap, shitty Mexican lager any damn day of the week. Okay, I do pick up a bit of corn chips after a while. For a joke beer, though, this doesn't smell half-horrible. It really doesn't. (2.5)

Taste: This tastes JUST like corn chips and salsa - salsa with too much Tapatio in it, to be fair, but salsa and corn chips nonetheless. A corny beginning begets a spicy finish. Spicy is no joke, either: this is up there with Ghost Face Killah in terms of heat, nearly. While it's ridiculously hot, it also masks the taste of the El Cheapo lager hiding underneath it beautifully. This would make a great chili adjunct (if nothing else). (2.25)

Mouthfeel: The heat burns the palate nicely, while accumulating all at the same time. HEARTBURN CITY, POPULATION: ME. Oh wait...this is a beer. It features the typical corny sweetness and high carbonation of a cheap Mexican lager, so I guess that's a plus. (2.25)

Overall: I know what I hate...and I don't hate this. Granted, I've been guilty of adding way too much Tapatio to my salsa and not giving two damns, but this really isn't awful either way. It's far too single tracked for me to give this a good score, of course, and it's still just a total gimmick that's only useful for cooking chili. Still far better than Bud Light Chelada, though! (2.25)

2.3/5: Some 'abomination' this turned out to be...I might even buy it again for my chili!

Jul 29, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

2.95/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (best by date 21Sep15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a... Chili pepper?! Yeah! This beer has an actual green chili pepper in it. Wow. Anyways... Pours with a line of white foam that dies into nothingness in the lengthy amount of 3 whole seconds. Pale straw yellow in color with a minimal amount of bubbles and absolutely no lacing (I know I keep saying this, and last time it was about Dogfish Head's sahti beer, but THIS beer is the most physically unnatractive beer I have ever seen).
SMELL: Has very strong aromas of chili peppers (almost burns the nose, but I kinda like it) that mix with mild buttered-bread malt and sugar aromas (not too bad of an aroma).
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild buttered-bread malt flavors. A split second passes as intense (but not unbearable) chili flavors hit the palate. A hint of sugar enters last as malt and chili flavors both increase in strength.
FEEL: It goes down pretty smooth and has virtually no carbonation. Honestly, this is not even horribly spicy like others made it seem. It's spicier than the Taco Bell fire sauce, but that's not saying much. Maybe it's because I'm Mexican and am accustomed to eating spicy foods. However, my stomach is on fire, as I am not accustomed to drinking spicy beverages.
NOTE: This would be a perfect beer to pair with a burger, enchiladas, hot dogs, or just about any meal other than breakfast. Just please DONT DO WHAT I DID and drink this on an empty stomach. Now if you excuse me, I'm gonna go drink some Peptol. And yes, I ate the pepper. It was very rubbery.

Jul 15, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev +63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by date 05/30/2015. At long last I've acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack from the local Binny's. "Cerveza con chili" " Premium lager beer with a chili pepper added". No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - Pours how it appears in the clear glass bottle: a pale pissy lager gold. A flat appearance. Some bubbles, but no real head or any lacing. The chili pepper does look nice in the glass.

S - The aroma isn't 'hot' or spicy, but a very authentic vegetal pepper smell is more than apparent. Smells fresh, if I had to guess. Reminds me in a way of how Stone Crime smelled.

T - The initial taste is of quick refreshing grainy lager beer, but the heat from the chili pepper takes over and it builds and builds as you sip. Very vegetal tasting.

M - The feel is quick, crisp, & clean in the lager sense, but the building pepper heat makes the beer unrefreshing.

Overall, not bad for a novelty beer drinking experience, but it's not something I'd opt for again, and drinking this one small bottle will be a struggle, even after it was split between three people. Definitely reminded me of Stone Crime and Stone Punishment at times, though.

Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer -----3/5.

Jul 08, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +129.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The floating chili pepper is pure gimmicky genius and I love the fiery flavor of this. But hey, I also loved almost every pepper and habanero flavored beer I have had to date. If it is well chilled the flavor is killer and in my humble opinion it gets the party rolling with all kinds of potential session drinking.

Jul 07, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

1.42/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It burned. I needed another beer to wash this one down. It was simply too hot with not enough caramel or toffee sweetness to mellow out the chili spiciness.

Jun 25, 2015
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skaboom420 from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

this is the first time ive been forced to review a beer for rating it too high. its not a good beer by any stretch. but the chili pepper does give an ok flavor to an otherwise flavorless beer.

May 09, 2015
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shadwg from Arizona

2.73/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has the taste of a standard Mexican Lager with a really nice spicy chili finish. The spicy chili flavor is what makes this beer taste well. I don't think that it is a great beer, but the spiciness wakes some senses that many others lack.

Mar 16, 2015
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.47/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forced to write a review due to my rating being an outlier. Anyway, I fully expected to hate this given it's bad reputation paired with the gimmicky nature of the beer - seriously did they really need to float a chili in the bottle? Turned out I liked this beer as it has a spicy chili flavor I really enjoyed. This is pretty high on the spiciness level by my standards, but not unbearably hot. The base beer is not very interesting or seems to be very well made, but the chili flavor is dominant making it somewhat irreverent. I see the chili beer category as a very "open to interpretation" category and for whatever reason this beer works for me. I would like to also try using it in a michelada. Still, this isn't a beer I would recommend to most people as I can fully understand why others have not liked this beer.

Feb 08, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

1.91/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a crystal clear deep straw producing only a tiny amount of frothy, white head that leaves no lacing.
Aroma is lager yeast, chili peppers & not much else. Taste like the nose, lager yeast, chili peppers and not much else. Finishes prickly with a prickly pepper aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied due to the chili spice, moderate carbonation bite may be exacerbated by the chili bite & light burn. First third of the bottle is okay at best, middle of the bottle becomes cloying and the final few swallows put you in mind of pepper vinegar seasoning for your winter greens. I'm not a fan.

Jan 31, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

2.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I've got to give the appearance an extra point cause there's a pepper in the bottle! The nose is all chili pepper, vegetative and spicy.

The flavor is a novelty as there's little actual beer flavor. It's all pepper with a natural vegetable flavor. I get a nice bit of heat, nothing offensive but nothing exceptional. The feel is actually easy to drink with a kick.

This reminds me of Corona with a lime except it's a chili pepper. The flavor is so weak that it fully accepts the additive and it becomes whether you enjoy that additive.

Jan 17, 2015
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DrainBamage from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev +77.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the bottle and starts to erupt. Quickly poured it with no head whatsoever. It's a slightly cloudy orangish gold color. Smells like liquid chile. Not too spicy going down on the first sip and tastes like liquid chile as expected. Overall this isn't a bad chile beer. This is the second time i've had this and it's much better than i remember. This time it was poured in a glass instead of straight from the bottle. Not sure if that made any difference.

Jan 16, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light notes of medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chili peppers are present in the nose with some additional hints of grainy malts and corn adjunct sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts with some light amounts of corn adjunct sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of chili pepper with a light to moderate amount of chili pepper spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of chili pepper warming in the finish.

O: Do you get a prize if the pepper comes out of the bottle into your glass? Do you have to eat it? Overall, this beer is not as spicy as some of the others in the style and is fairly easy to drink though I don't think I will be running out to get another.

Dec 27, 2014
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Nintendocore from California

3.75/5  rDev +84.7%

I'm in love with this beer right now and had saw all the poor reviews. I had to stand up for it. I'm a fan of most kinds of beer, used to be obsessed with hops and now think I am burned out on that so I'm taking a bit of a break. My new thing is pepper beers. I tried a jalapeno ale from a local brewery a while back and have been hooked since. They also had a 11.2% habanero porter that was AMAZING. Sadly they don't make either anymore. They have moved on to other varieties.

I agree with much of what has been said about Cave Creek beer. "It's just a boring lager with spicy pepper oil added." "It has no head/carbonation." Why I love this beer: It satisfies my pepper beer craving, it's relatively inexpensive and it's not hard to find. I have tried several other pepper beers, all of which I believe taste better, but none of them are as easy to get a hold of, inexpensive or deliver the spicy kick that this one does.

Nov 25, 2014
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metter98 from New York

2.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and poured with no head whatsoever and a very slight amount of visible carbonation.
S: Moderately strong aromas of chili peppers are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is all about spicy flavors of chili peppers and not much else.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some burning sensations left in your mouth from the chili peppers.
O: This beer is pretty spicy, but isn't as undrinkable compared to some of the other beers that I've had in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 16, 2014
Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con Chili from Chili Beer Co.
Beer rating: 52 out of 100 with 451 ratings