El Rio Mexican Style Lager
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

El Rio Mexican Style LagerEl Rio Mexican Style Lager
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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #65
Ranked #39,026
3.45 | pDev: 8.41%
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States
El Rio Mexican Style LagerEl Rio Mexican Style Lager
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 15
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a one finger head; decent enough retention and some spots of lace

Smell: Bread and caramel, with an orange tone

Taste: Tastes of orange marmalade, with the bread underneath; hints of caramel add some sweetness that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A nice, malty Vienna lager; pretty well constructed but not in a style that gets much respect around here

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, corn. Taste is mild, malts, a bit of corn is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is refreshing, but nothing special.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am indulging The CANQuest (tm) for the next several beers as I have enough for a brewery horizontal and Manayunk is getting its turn. I love NeroFiddled's mention of the river which has "swallowed up" the nearby brewery & while I CANnot outdo that allusion, I will be listening to Duran Duran's "Rio" for the durantion of this review.

From the CAN: "El Rio (The River) is our crisp. light-bodied, malt-forward Mexi[CAN]-style lager with a balanced profile. We use the choicest Noble hops to [CAN]pliment the smooth mouthfeel and tasty malt flavors. On a hot day, take a plunge into El Rio."; "The Place Where We Drink".

I love when the Crack! reveals a brimful craft CAN! It is like getting a Baker's Dozen (a little extra at no extra charge) & I began a gentle Glug into my best Pilsner glass. Once sufficiently decanted, an in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, tawny head with low retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty & sweet, but I do not think that it was adjunct-laden. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. Instead of being bready, it was more biscuity with a honey-like quality. Mmm. The heat wave of the past several days has broken, but this would have been perfect. 8=( Finish was semi-sweet, but very clean and seemingly adjunct-free. I CAN certainly see putting a buncha these in the beach-bound cooler. I might do just that.

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3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Manayunk Brewing Co. "El Rio"
12 fl. oz. can without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting label. Pretty good artwork. And the name works, el rio means the river, and the brewery is right on the river, so much so that the river has swallowed it up at least 4 times now! It's a little lighter in color than I expected given the colors of the label, I'd call it copper. Short head of frothy then creamy white. Average to better than average head retention, but only average lacing. It's slightly hazy, but it's also unfiltered so that's a decent trade-off. The aroma expresses a basic maltiness. I was expecting more. The flavor is nicely bready and toasty though, and there's a hint of fruit that cuts through and helps to balance it along with a moderate bitterness. It's medium-light in body with a fine-bubbled median carbonation. It's much softer and smoother than I thought it would be, and less malty ~ it's remarkably easy to drink in that sense and at just 4.0% ABV you could probably throw back a few. So, in conclusion, for an easy drinking beer on a hot summer day next to the river this is a flavorful option.

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3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly dissipated. Medium light bready and toasty malt aromas. No hop aromas. Medium light body. Medium light carbonation with a light, delicate, smoothness through the middle. Medium light, bread crusty malt flavor up front followed by grainy malt notes. Medium light bitterness through the middle. No hop flavor. Toasted bread malt flavors on the back end. Finished cleanly with light bready notes. Although this has been categorized as an adjunct lager, this is a vienna lager. It's generally very light in almost every aspect. Clarity is not very good, carbonation is too low, body is a bit light, malt character is on style but on the light side. Finish was very clean. Very easy drinking. Since this is labeled as a Mexican Lager, maybe this is a variation of the Vienna Lager style.

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El Rio Mexican Style Lager from Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 15 ratings