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

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BA SCORE
65
poor

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 24.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecera Mexicana S.A. De C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2003)
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-15-2012 02:50:06 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.68/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 13:08:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

2.74/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 14:16:21 | More by metter98
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Zorro

California

2.1/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ultra clear yellow colored beer with a momentary white head.

Despite the clear bottle, no skunk here. This is sweet and malty with a bit of cooked vegetable scent to it. A little lemon hop scent and a bigger corn scent.

Taste starts out neutral with a little bit of seltzer water flavor. Corn and a lemon hop flavor not very bitter or highly hopped.

Mouthfeel is OK.

What can you say about this one, pretty much just beer. Better than Corona I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 03:11:20 | More by Zorro
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.25/5  rDev -52.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:27:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-26-2014 21:11:20 | More by Latarnik
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Gusler

Arizona

2.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer gushes forth from the clear bottle a crystalline gold, the head small and frothy, fades fast, leaving a patchy bit of lace. Nose is sweet malt, nothing else; start is sweet malt, some bitter bite at the back, skinny top. Finish has a fair acidity, light hop presence, still sweet at the dry aftertaste, not much else to say, well I can say its better than Corona.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 17:46:36 | More by Gusler
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illidurit

California

1.5/5  rDev -42.7%

07-05-2013 03:10:51 | More by illidurit
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-12-2013 20:47:48 | More by mrfrancis
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Durge

Connecticut

2.94/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 05:25:31 | More by Durge
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2/5  rDev -23.7%

12-01-2011 21:14:06 | More by ROGUE16
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FosterJM

California

2.83/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:54:44 | More by FosterJM
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Boone757

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev +5%

04-29-2014 22:30:17 | More by Boone757
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beerpadawan

California

2/5  rDev -23.7%

08-25-2012 20:13:17 | More by beerpadawan
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 17:30:33 | More by thekevlarkid
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Pegasus

Texas

3.35/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:03:26 | More by Pegasus
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Bierguy5

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 16:40:22 | More by Bierguy5
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Jame515

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-22-2014 01:27:21 | More by Jame515
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LJWalker

Alabama

2/5  rDev -23.7%

02-06-2012 17:21:27 | More by LJWalker
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khargro2

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev +5%

07-22-2012 23:46:09 | More by khargro2
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JayS2629

Alabama

2.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 06:27:55 | More by JayS2629
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2GOOFY

California

2.75/5  rDev +5%

12-25-2012 22:52:24 | More by 2GOOFY
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.09/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 15:56:36 | More by flyingpig
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SFC21

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-08-2014 22:33:47 | More by SFC21
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +52.7%

01-28-2013 08:12:18 | More by dertyd
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Mexicali from Cervecera Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.