Frio Light
City Brewing Company, LLC

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City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States
Light Lager
Ranked #143
Ranked #30,217
2.16 | pDev: 40.74%
Sep 27, 2021
May 29, 2013
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Rated: 2.77 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Sep 27, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

2.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
12 oz. can poured into Imperial pint class
Look: Light straw color, no head development, no lacing, minimum carbonation
Smell: Malty, nothing else
Taste: Slight sourness, not much malt, feels kinda metallic, expected watered down flavor
Feel: No much mouthfeel, about a half-second of bubble, alcoholic finish
Overall: Nothing stands out about this beer, other than the 75 cents I paid in the discount shelf. Will not get again.
Pair with, well I would suggest foods for a light lager, but since I don't want to drink this I would not pair food with it.
Sep 21, 2021
Rated: 3.41 by markallmon from Tennessee

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.03/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75
Pours piss pale yellow with a decent two-finger white head that fades from the glass quickly. Smells of hay barn, corn funk, faint sweet grain maltiness. Taste is mainly corn, not a lot of flavor going on since it is a light lager. Light-bodied, high carbonation, smooth, crisp & oh so crushable... If your goal is getting tossed on the frio river, drinking copious amounts of light lager & forgetting where you are; then this beer is most certainly on your menu.
Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

1.4/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
Looks slightly darker gold than I expected. Not that it’s dark or anything close to it. There’s an unpleasant aroma, like wet cardboard and rotten wood.
The taste is not much better. I can’t really say it’s any worse than the uber popular MU. It has this weird grape koolaide flavor that is not something I want in a beer. It tastes like mineral water and cardboard, there’s no distinct hop or malt profile I can detect. That being said, I’m not planning on drinking them by themselves. I use cheap beers like this to mix micheladas with. It’s actually pretty good for that purpose, otherwise, it’s undrinkable.
Feb 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a straw color with a small white head that fades very fast to leave almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is of a off corny and cardboard smell mixed a little bit of light cracker smell.
Taste-The taste begins with a off light cracker malt and a bit of a cardboard taste that gets stronger as the taste advances. Toward the end of the taste an off metallic taste and some hay comes to the tongue and leaves one with a off taste to linger on the tongue
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is light and the feel is very light. For the style the feel is good and makes for a quick sipper.
Overall - Ahh.. not too special here..
Dec 24, 2019
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Reviewed by BoiseBoiseBop from Texas

2.95/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75
I've been famialir with this brew since it s inception, being carried e at our local HEB stores here in So. Cntrl. Tx.

When Frio Light first hit the shelves here, I bought a six pack of 16oz. of it, and it was amazing-it tasted like a poor mans Belgain Triple! Not too long after that I bought another 6 pack and it was flat out putrid and undrinkable. They seem to have stabilized the quality control of int to where it is generally a disagreeable pretty poor swill...that said, I really am of the firm opinion that QC , or more precisely the LACK of QC,is integral how this beer may present at any given point in time...I mean, with the more expensive American Adjunct Lagers you get precise consistent product. Case in point, I just bought a 30 pack of this Frio Light and it presented as a interesting AAL akin to a Pabst, or maybe the dregs of the barrels of some very good beer?
All that said, I think , and I am of the opinion that, when the beer travels all the way from where it is brewed in Memphis Tennessee by "Quality Brewers"( that.s what the can says despite being said in the headliner of review page it is made in Wisconsin by " City Brewing") in hot truck (broiling hot actually in the summer), it can and will ruin the beer. Maybe tha's why the stuff I just bought here in December tastes pretty good, in fact, I rate it a solid 3 right now.
Dec 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Ryuga661 from Texas

2.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
So this is a good cheap beer running about $20 for a 30 in texas. Tastes very similar the Coors Light and is a good going to a party budget buy. I have converted many to drinking this as their daily buy and they have a 6.0 option thats a little stronger but still good. All around a good beer for those that dont want to spend $10+ a bottle for micro brew.
Jul 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

1.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
Pours to thin head that laces a bit. Pale clear straw color.

Smells of sweet syrup, candy corn, overripe pears and apples, and a hint of solvent. Very cheap smelling.

Flavor is just plain "off"-- candylike and not very much like a real beer. Almost like a non-alcoholic brew, except you can detect the alcohol through the thin veil. Tastes of chemicals. Aftertaste liuke cheap waxy candy or artificial sweetner. Yuck.

Light and bubbly. Moderate CO2 (about 2.5 volumes). No astringency. Watery but quenching.

Tastes weird, not enjoyable. Even at the rock bottom low price point, it is pointless.
May 22, 2019
Rated: 2 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Sep 15, 2018
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Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

2.81/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Looks like a classic cartoonish beer with huge white sudsy head and clear golden body. Smells like damp corn husk, cardboard. Tastes fairly neutral with a little bit of corn adjunct and slight metallicism. Mouthfeel is light and fluid.

Overall, not spit-out bad, just plain and watery but not in a good way. If I want plain and watery in a good way I’ll drink Natty Light.
May 12, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
I received this CAN from my local, in-person trader, tone77, who always come through with unexpected and surprising additions for The CANQuest (tm)! This is just one more exCANple of his ability to suss out new CANned beers.

From the CAN: "American Brewed"; "92 calories/2.8 carbs"; "Premium Pilsner Brewed and Canned by Quality Brewers, Memphis, TN".

I got some foaming through the vent when I initially Crack!ed it open, so I quickly CANmenced a Glug into the awaiting glass. Unbidden, it formed just under three fingers of foamy, fizzy, rocky, bone-white head with very limited retention, quickly falling to wisps & leaving only a trace of lacing behind. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd maltiness, not of an adjunct like corn, but instead almost like wheat, slightly honeyed. Hmm. I have smelled MUCH worse in/from the style. Remember to review to style, not to taste! Mouthfeel was thin & watery, about par for the course. The taste was really bland, barely registering as anything more than fizzy water. The site's style guidelines read: "The hop character is low and should only balance with no signs of flavor or aroma." Agreed. It was pretty close to flavorless, but the smell was at least noticeable. It would be hard to rate it as "Poor" in that case. Finish was quite dry & refreshing, but it was a decent beer in a crappy style. I suppose that it would be nice on a hot, humid Summer's day, but then again, so would a glass of water. YMMV.
Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 2.54 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 1 by prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

Apr 27, 2017
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

1.38/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a crystal clear pale light yellow with an almost non-existent head. The aroma is basically tap water. The taste mirros the nose. it doesnt taste bad, but it doesn't taste like a regular beer. more like a flavored water or near beer.
Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 2.26 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 21, 2016
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Rated by BlackBeerDown from Arkansas

1.2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
Imagine pouring 6 ounces of Miller Lite into a glass with 6 ounces of water and you have Frio Light.
Apr 27, 2016
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, hints of corn. Taste is nowhere to be found. Maybe the lightest grains, not much "beer" flavor at all. Feels light in the mouth and overall it just doesn't feel like I drank a beer.
Nov 18, 2015
Rated: 1.97 by South2NW from Oregon

Oct 15, 2015
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Rated by bdewer01 from Texas

1.2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Worst beer in the world
Jun 04, 2015
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Reviewed by LeonardFournette from Texas

5/5  rDev +131.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Good beer. Cheap as can be but you do not get the nasty taste like other cheap beers like Miller, Keystone, etc. You get what you pay for but with this low alcohol beer you can have it if you still have to drive home, tailgating, etc. It is a very smooth beer and very watery. Does not have a nasty taste because it does not have much of a taste at all. Would recommend this. Not quality but not terrible. Very good and highly drinkable beer.
May 20, 2015
Rated: 1.79 by MammothTarantula from Colorado

Mar 23, 2015
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Rated by mdphill from Texas

2.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Not great, but $1 for a 24oz can. Gotta love HEB!
Mar 12, 2015
Rated: 1.25 by ksi4077 from Texas

Nov 12, 2014
Rated: 3.24 by BJasny from Texas

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 1.5 by Dello from Texas

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by SicemWT from Texas

Jul 01, 2014
Rated: 2 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Jun 23, 2014
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

1.94/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Frio Light has a thick, white head, a clear, very light straw, bubbly appearance, and pretty much no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strong, right after the can is popped open. The smell is of an odd grape skin and some very thin grain odor. Taste is of faint grain and some background grape skin. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Frio Light finishes decently refreshing and dull. Overall, this is not too good. I would suggest avoiding it.

May 04, 2014
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.89/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
16 fl oz silver aluminum can acquired at my local H-E-B grocery some weeks ago. Served into a Pinthouse Pizza branded conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are below average. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a light/adjunct lager since the label identifies it as such. No ABV is listed on the label.

Per 12 fl oz: 92 calories. 2.8 carbs. 2.8g protein. .06g fat.

Served chilled. Side-poured gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one figner wide head of off-white colour. Horrendously thin, without any cream at all, and stale looking. No lacing at all. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. The complexion sucks. So does the consistency, which is uneven. Not a frothy or appealing head.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow of average vibrance. Clean, without any visible yeast. Appears adequately carbonated.

Admittedly, it's pretty bland looking, albeit to-style. Standard fare for a light lager.

Sm: Cereals, blonde malts, corn adjunct, clean barley, a generic malty sweetness, and the slightest hint of floral hop character. The adjunct presence is obvious. It's a standard aroma for a light lager, and luckily doesn't have the sickening medicinal sweetness or stale feel of inferior light lager aromas. I'm apprehensive but optimistic. I'll add that it does smell mostly like beer, not like water. And that's an important distinction.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

An inoffensive aroma of average strength.

T/Mf: Cereals, corn adjunct, clean barley, sweet generic maltiness, and generic floral hop character. The malty sweetness comes through more in the taste than it did in the aroma, but it's still not medicinal or cloying. And it does have body and weight; it's not watery bland crapola. The adjunct may bother some, but I don't mind it so much here.

Light, smooth, and wet. Lightly crisp. Overcarbonated. Decent thickness.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Very shallow depth of flavour. Low intensity of flavour. Below average duration of flavour. It's a very simple build, but it does have cohesion, and to a small extent balance. While you won't find any complexity, subtlety, intricacy, or nuance here whatsoever, it's got a likable simplicity and there's a fair amount of flavour here given that it's a light lager.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Dr: It's a drinkable brew and I think it's better than many light/adjunct lagers at the same price point. Certainly, Frio Light is an easy target for reviewers, but I think we need to give credit where it's due and acknowledge that this beer accomplishes its (admittedly meagre) goals. It's what you expect it to be when you buy it. I wouldn't personally buy it again, but it has its merits and perhaps those on a diet who still want to drink beer would find it quenching. I think it's fair to say that it's a fairly refreshing brew and you could do worse for a beer pong* or student beer. At the end of the day, it's an average light lager. I can't fault it for its style.


*Notice how I didn't call it fucking "beirut."
Feb 07, 2014
Rated: 1.77 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Jan 12, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Anacross from Oregon

Jan 06, 2014
Rated: 1 by cgrunin from Texas

Jan 05, 2014
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Reviewed by kyleelton from Texas

1.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
This beer was left at my house by a friend. I think as a prank. I was about to just toss it out then decided to just give it a go.

Incredibly yellow, with a white head that fizzes up then thins out quickly. That smell is its most defining characteristic. It smells like corn, corn and more corn. I don't mind corn. But not in beer.

The taste is more offensive the more you drink it. I gave it a 1.25 based on what it is lacking, but that seems generous after a few more sips. Up front it's watery, but the more I live with the taste in my mouth the more the it just makes me think of what it might be like to suck on a penny.

I do not care for the watery, fizz at all. I hate it. I hate it so much.

The rest of this is going down the drain.
Dec 05, 2013
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Reviewed by JayBeer from Texas

1.03/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
This is the absolute worst beer that I have ever tasted.

Poured a light, piss colored, see-through blond, with a white foamy, non-lasting head. It does have some lacing.

This smells like boiled potatoes, for crissake!

Taste is like water that has been mixed with a sir peary that went flat and skunky.

Not a hop to be had.... this is just aweful... a horrible beer-like fluid.
Nov 11, 2013
Rated: 1 by wejohnsn from Texas

Oct 07, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by raffy313 from Texas

Sep 27, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by Hoganlaw from Texas

Sep 21, 2013
Frio Light from City Brewing Company, LLC
Beer rating: 59 out of 100 with 49 ratings