Mexicali - Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2003

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 44
Photo of Billolick
2.97/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can..with best before dating 050515...who would have thunk it..

Pours near clear and super light, dull golden amber. decent looking loose off white head, leaves nice looking fine froth and low sheeting.

Light corn on the nose

Just a hint of flavor, medium bodied and easy drinking...Might work in a pinch...on a very hot day with some spicy food...not terrible

Photo of CIBoy10
2.32/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like a hard cider. Wtf? Very appley

Photo of BeerWithMike
1/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sampling right now on 1/29/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Falstaff' thumb-print goblet.

Brew pours a hazy straw-yellow in color with no cap and no lacing to speak of. The aroma is of grains and sweet corn. The taste is well...gross! :P Taste like dirty water and this sweet stinky flavor with a bad aftertaste which I have no idea of what it is. Horrible! Lighter-bodied with above average carbonation. It's a drain poor after about 5 sips. You seen it here.. have to go with a "1" and that is for the bottle. Worst rating of my 523 beer reviews on here. Never again!

Photo of Miami66
3.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is fine for what it is---a cheap Mexican lager. It's straw yellow and has a more refreshing taste than a lime-less Corona. Its a great beer to drink on the beach. Take it for what it is.

Photo of QuadriderMX
1.67/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Terrible. Just terrible. Yes it's terrible

Photo of SmashPants
2.93/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Format: a standard brown 330mL bottle with an okay macro label.

Appearance: a light yellow in colour with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. A small white head lingers at a cap.

Aroma: not much on the nose other than a small amount of corn adjuncts.

Taste: not much beyond corn adjuncts here, with perhaps a touch of cheap grain. Yay.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away pretty quickly with only those corn adjuncts turning into a bit of a mouth-filling fug.

Mouth feel: light in body with a medium to higher carbonation. Reasonable.

Overall: yet another 'okay but overall a bit ordinary' macro lager. Still not up there with others of the same price bracket.

Photo of dar482
3/5  rDev +17.2%

One of the better adjunct lagers I've had. Medium minus corn flavor, a crackery malt on the finish with a bit of cereal. A more malt flavor than some adjuncts.

Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

I liked this beer alot when it first became available in Austin. Yay, a cheap Mexican beer that is actually a little better than Corona! I drank it now and then for about a month. I'm not sure if its just because it is decaying due to non freshness or the old adage about familiarity breeding contempt, but this stuff tastes pretty terrible to me now. Tons of lime and salt or in a michelada and its drinkable, but its barf city on its own.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mexicali pours light pale yellowish and has little head. It has a skunky taste and smell, but still goes down somewhat smooth. It comes in a clear bottle, which could explain the degraded taste. This is not the best beer from Mexico and is somewhat rare to find in the Midwestern portion of the United States, I procured a six pack at Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago.

Photo of SoCaliC8
3.97/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better Mexican beers out there that I have had, and my favorite next to Bohemia. Refreshes the palate but not super light, like a Corona or Sol; tastes just right. Great, crisp taste and goes down easy. I wish I could find more of this but they only had one bottle left at my local Total Wine.

Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn adjuncts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little maltier compared to the other Mexican Adjunct Lagers that I had. It could pair well with some food prepared in corn tortillas if you are looking to stay purely Mexican.

Photo of Lemke10
2.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a clear, pale yellow color with a foamy white head. It has a pretty strong grain scent to it. The texture is thin and the taste is very grainy. Surprisingly decent for being a light colored Mexican beer in a clear bottle. Not much too it, but this is still a much safer bet than drinking the water in Mexico and better tasting than Corona.

Photo of Durge
2.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A very clear pale golden color with a decent white head that holds to a thin cover with reasonable traces of lacing in the pint glass. The aroma is just a light rice cereal idea and some sort of adjunct malt presence. Not a lot of action to the look, not too exciting so far. The first taste brings an acceptable cereal grain brightness, fairly typical of these macro-lager/pilsener brews. There's a slight malt sweetness blended in with maybe an illusion of some citrus. It's fairly light in body but carries a reasonably frisky, tiny-bubble carbonation that keeps the feel pretty tingly and refreshing. This is drinkable enough but that macro cheap grain sweetness just builds up on your palette and this isn't going to attract revisits.

Photo of flyingpig
2.09/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle from Lupe Pinto (Glasgow, approx £1.50):
Very clear looking and light straw in colour with a thin lacing of bubbles on top.

Sweet smelling with a sigary water aroma and some bland malts. There is a light hint of butter and some faint, grassy hops. This one is a very basic smelling lager with a mixture of various adjuncts and a light, skunky aroma.

Basic lager taste with some cheap malts and a grassy hop sweetness followed by some grain and faint sugar. There was a few lager adjuncts and it was rounded off with a light bitterness.

Thin & light body with a citrus tang and a slightly grainy feel. There was a dry and mild bitter finish that hinted at sweetness.

A basic and fairly cheap taste that was bland and too thin. A very basic, macro pale lager with not a lot going for it and one to avoid should you come across it.

Photo of FosterJM
2.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1040th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by 10/13/12

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- Much more golden in the glass with a semi white one finger medium paced (Adam Sandler anyone) head that left a couple sticky lines of cling. Not bad.

Smell- Really bland and watery. A bit of a lager note with some malt and a little bit of buttery corn.

Taste- At least a bit more flavor than nose let on. Still a macro, still a little bitter with some butter and some malts but overall, nothing to shake a stick at.

Mouth- A more thick body than I was ready for with some lingering bitter malt notes. A bit thick carbonation as well.

Drink- The smell and the taste really bring this one down. Not a lawnmower beer, just a beer to keep spicy tacos down while eating from a taco stand really. Ill pass next time.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.96/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear pale yellowish straw colour. A thick, airy white head sits there for a bit, then dissipates to eventually nothing. Surprisingly, there is some lacing. The smell is bad. An overpowering skunk smell hits the nose, even worse than some other Mexican lagers. The taste has a sweetness at the front end but otherwise is dominated by adjunct flavours like corn husk and grain. The mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, this is not a good Mexican lager. I cannot understand why this beers are brewed in clear bottles. The skunk smell is overwhelming in this case.

Photo of dunit697
1.3/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a landmark beer for me, as it is the first beer I ever poured down the sink. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something, but to me i literally tasted a metal aftertaste, this is the worst beer I have tasted yet, it makes bud light seem good. I recommend this beer to no one.

Photo of treque
3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: with a pale gold color, the body is completely traslucent, nice carb wich generates a richy and compact white head, the retention is good enough, there is almoust no waste left.

S: smells like a macro lager, corrn and butter

T: slightly bitter at the very end, crisping on tongue, not too much flavour, kind of a macro lager just a litlle bit better on body

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.43/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found these at the local Carneceria. $8 a twelve pack ain't bad. Poured into a pils glass. This beer has a decent film head for the type. Decent lacing too. Has that usual golden clear color.

Aroma isn't bad either. Nice pils aroma with a nice maltyness too.

Taste kinda is what you would expect from a beer of this caliber. Like corona but a bit maltier. Think I prefer the crispness of corona if I'm lookin to quench my thirst after some salty Mexican food. It has a slight hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel I wish was a bit more dry. High carb.

Overall it exceeds my expectations. Looked pretty cheap. Tasted decent for what it is. Will probably buy it again to have with some tacos.

Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Huge dense white head fine in composition, at least two inches thick, with great retention. Belgain-type lace adorn the glass walls. The body is quite clear and deep golden, with dense clouds of fine slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Pale malt, with a strong mineral note, clean and pleasant and a bit of skunk, no doubt due to the clear bottle.

Taste: Opens with tart pale malt, and a bit of sweetness. As the taste progresses, a mild herbal hop bitterness appears, just enough to balance the mild sweet notes. Finishes with a mild note of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft to the touch.

Drinkability/notes: Very good, certainly a standout among Mexican lagers and a very easy to drink summer beer. Would be excellent with Mexican cuisine or pizza. Recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce clear glass longneck with a twist-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Typical yellow garbage appearance, head was average, retention was above average. Sweet can o corn skunky (not in the good way) aroma.

Taste was downright revolting. Water makes for a better beer, and while this has plenty of it, I'm not really sure this stuff is potable water. Montazuma's revenge stuff. A bitterness that doesn't seem derived from hops, but not just because there is no hop mouthfeel. This bitterness is just rank. There's metallic, and then there's rusty metallic, and that's what this is.

Probably worse than Corona. Needs lots of lime and to be super cold to even make me think of getting close to this again.

Photo of JayS2629
2.11/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Better than Corona, but that isn't saying much. Very bland on the malt profile. Its a clear yellow color with foamy head that melts fast and leaves zero lace. Another skunk beer. Its got some lemony edge, and sour citrus notes, but a musty skunk overtakes it all. It has some light biscuit, toast, corn, and an overall watery presence. Its bland and boring with skunk sprayed all over it. Drain pour indeed.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corn silk yellow with lemonade edges and a tidy cap of bone colored foam that is pretty much featureless. It melts without fanfare and does not do a very good job decorating the drinking vessel. Not a bad look, not a good look.

Thanks, in part, to the clear glass bottle, skunk was appreciated as soon as beer began splashing into glass. Some of it has faded, allowed the presence of pale grains and a pungent muskiness to be appreciated. And the score slide begins... or not.

Mexicali is more flavorful than expected. That could be either a good thing and a bad thing, depending on your point of view. It tastes like the ABV is closer to 7.4% than 4.4%, which is odd. Needless to say, drinking it cold is probably your best bet.

Flavors include very lightly sweet grain (corn perhaps), a modest bitter hoppiness of the Saaz ilk, and a teensy splash of grain alcohol. This stuff might actually be okay if super fresh and consumed on a scorching hot day. At least it errs of the side of aggression rather than pusillanimity.

The mouthfeel is decent. Like the flavor, it's bigger than it should be for the ABV. It also has a fair amount of sparkly bubbles that do their best to add some amount of mouth excitement.

Cervecera Mexicana's Mexicali is definitely in the upper half of all South Of The Border pale lagers in terms of quality. Probably in the upper third. That doesn't make it great beer, but it's a damn sight more drinkable than expected. Brown glass bottles please.

Photo of karait95
2.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright golden color, two finger white head not very tight, some retention
S: Malty smell not very strong
T: Good fresh taste some bitterness at the end, not very large ending but the flavor of hops remains some in the tongue
M: It feals refreshing, balanced body

Good beer, refreshing, medium flavor

Photo of jeffjeff1
2.92/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is just average but still better than corona. Wouldn't buy it again

Appearance- wellowish gold, transparent

Smell- sweet, malty

Taste- little bit of corn, sweet

Mouthfeel- light body

Drinkablity- just average, wouldn't buy it agin but would drink it again

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Mexicali from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.