Mexicali - Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
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2.83/5 rDev +7.6%
1040th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
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.
01-18-2012 02:54:44 | More by FosterJM
1.98/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
12-25-2011 18:48:05 | More by JuicesFlowing
1.25/5 rDev -52.5%
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.
11-08-2011 16:56:22 | More by dunit697
3/5 rDev +14.1%
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
11-03-2011 00:15:05 | More by treque
3.38/5 rDev +28.5%
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.
07-11-2011 07:36:11 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.35/5 rDev +27.4%
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.
06-15-2011 00:03:26 | More by Pegasus
1.25/5 rDev -52.5%
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.
05-06-2011 22:27:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5 rDev -19%
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.
03-06-2011 06:27:55 | More by JayS2629
2.68/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
10-26-2010 13:08:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.88/5 rDev +9.5%
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
07-17-2010 19:19:30 | More by karait95
2.93/5 rDev +11.4%
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
06-17-2009 01:06:52 | More by jeffjeff1
2.9/5 rDev +10.3%
The first thing i noticied when i drink this one is that "Mexicali Special Dark Beer" is a lot better. The appearance is a blond color, the foam have one finger that nevere disappears; the smell is smooth, slightly spicy and hoppy; in the drinkability, very tasty with food, and is easy to drink; the taste is very simple, some malt and a light pear flavor, don't become offensive; the mouthfeel is refreshing and watery, a little bitterness and low body
04-16-2009 16:55:58 | More by roddwolff
2.9/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours a golden yellow colour with a heap of frothy head. Much much more than I expected. The head hung around for a bit and left a lot of lacing. Smelled citrussy sweet. More lemony than anything else. Reminded me of Corona (is there any surprise there?). I expected the watery almost tasteless Corona flavour but was met with a citrussy malty flavour that was *gasp* drinkable. Mouthfeel was a bit fizzy but it goes down ok. Not something to seek out but if it were on offer for free I'd drink it.
03-06-2009 09:45:56 | More by madvoice
2.98/5 rDev +13.3%
Out of a bottle found in NYC this beer was a perfectly clear straw gold color. The head was a glowing, toothpaste-commercial white that retained itself as a skim and left spots of lacing. The aroma was light, dry macro grain. The flavors were solid for a Mexican Lager, but no more complex. Think a better version of Corona. Dry, sessionable, boring. The mouthfeel was prickly though, due to high carbonation of the light/medium body. OK, but it still needed to be near-frozen and served with a lime to make it good.
01-22-2009 17:30:33 | More by thekevlarkid
3.58/5 rDev +36.1%
Best before date is 092608, so it about three months past the good date.
Pours clear gold with a two finger white head and surprise, plentiful lacings. Slightest aroma of skunk which fades quickly. Taste is light maltiness and a touch of euro hops. A very light pale lager but that does make it a very easy drinker. Palate has a slight soapiness which doesn't hurt the flavor. Super session beer due to the low abv. Fine for a day at the beach. Would like to try a fresh one sometime.
01-15-2009 07:39:02 | More by Spikester
2.4/5 rDev -8.7%
Appearance: Pours with a thin white head. Nice light honey color. Suprisingly, there was spiderweb lacing left on the surface. Not bad!
Smell: Aroma is traditional American Adjunct with a little sweetness and unfortunately minor skunkiness.
Taste: The flavor is macro adjunct beer. The taste is a little strong for American macro drinkers. The hops are a little sharp, but not in a refined way. The taste is juvenile in definition and depth. This is NOT recomended for novice drinkers.
Mouthfeel: Ok, this is where this selection nose-dives. This brew tastes like a cheap macro beer. Thin...terrible aftertaste, and spastic flavoring. The only thing good about this is that it was over in 12 ounces.
Drinkability: I couldn't wait to be done. This brew sucks.
12-12-2008 18:26:12 | More by stockingcpl
2.13/5 rDev -19%
12 oz. bottle, best before 9-26-08. Very light golden color. Thin white head disappeared very quickly. Not very impressive.
Pale malt, a hint of sulphur and skunky aroma. No shocker, coming from a clear bottle.
Very pale malt character, with some sweetness. A bit of a corn-like flavor. Not much bitterness at all. A slight skunky feel to the whole thing.
Very light body, not much going on here at all.
09-11-2008 16:40:22 | More by Bierguy5
2.93/5 rDev +11.4%
Mexicali = Mexico California ???
pours a light gold color with a quickly fading white head. the nose is a little grainy, a little yeasty, typical cheap lager aromatics. the taste consists of sweet malts, grains, syrupy mouthfeel. its medium bodied and medium carbo.
09-09-2008 16:17:17 | More by stumac
Mexicali from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.