Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager

Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager, Stone Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

In 1996, Stone Brewing was founded in San Diego County, just minutes from the border. Since then, influence from our southern neighbors has enriched and inspired us on our undying mission to brew bold, flavorful beers. One such inspiration is Stone Xocoveza, our imperial stout originally released in 2014 to bring the rich, complex flavors of Mexican hot chocolate to beer. It’s with mucho gusto that we now follow with our take on a classic lager that is similarly inspired (and tasty) - Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager.
This beer is available for a limited time in California only. It will gain national distribution in Summer 2020.

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ABV: 
4.7%
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Being a lager as well as having characteristics of an existing style (Gose) and fruit I am going to consider Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager by Stone Brewing Co. in the category 34B in the BJCP guidelines. I feel this beer fits that description of containing existing styles both classic and specialty styles together. Here we have characteristics of a fruited Gose and International Pale Lager.

In the aroma I get a nice solid hit of cracker-like malt, which is pleasant. I do get a low hop aroma, mostly floral. The aroma is extremely clean as I would expect with a well-made lager. I don't get much salinity in the aroma, but the light lime is there. I am very glad it was not overplayed. The beer did pour a solid gold color, mostly clear with just a very slight haze, and low white fizzy head typical with what we see with most American or Mexican lagers. The flavor is very nice, sadly we received this one in fall. It's a summer crusher for sure. Like the aroma I get a moderate tasty cracker-like malt and a slight hint of lime. There is some sodium, but it's very low. So low that I probably wouldn’t even realize it if I wasn’t told it was there. The hop bitterness is low, there is not really any hop flavor. Overall the beers flavor is clean and crisp. The balance is to the malt, and I thoroughly enjoy that. It's very easy drinking. For the mouthfeel, it's medium-light, and has a nice creamy texture. The carbonation is middle of the road, and not too poppy. I really enjoyed this beer, but it would be suited for summer for sure. We received this in fall and it brought me right to the beach. What I would have liked to see more of was the hop presence in the flavor. I really feel that all other aspects were on point with what the brewer was attempting to do. It's a great refreshing lager with a hint of salinity and lime flavor.

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

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