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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager by Stone Brewing Co.

November, 2019
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.

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