Minerva Viena - Cervecería Minerva
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3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/5/12
A clear bronze whit lots of bubbles feeding a thumbs width of well retained off white foam that leaves a couple partial tings of lace
S some earthy hops and tea bag with a handful of pennies, there's some honey and some fruity notes
T the pennies are gone and more of a herbal aspect, decent beer but not mind blowing
M medium bodied with good carbonation faint aftertaste of earthy hops lingers faintly
O respectable stuff and probably the best beer I've had from Mexico
I could drink a few of these under a hot sun, nothing amazing but considering how bad all the Mexican beers are that I've had so far this is a nice change of pace
05-04-2012 23:24:46 | More by wordemupg
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
355ml bottle. 100% malt, is all I get from the Spanish-only label. Sounds good to me.
This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of frisky, foamy ecru head, which leaves a span of Tim Burton lace around the glass as it evenly settles.
It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, some dark tangy fruit, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is tempered caramel malt, some bready toffee character pulling things away from any sugary sweetness overload, with some decent leafy, forest ester hops balancing things out for the most part.
The carbonation is a tad prickly at the outset, but swiftly delves into a steady, underlying soft hiss, the body somewhat short of medium weight, but not egregiously so, and makes up for that picky shortcoming with its straightforward smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, the bready malt still quite strong, the hops showing little staying power.
Well, Mexico is notable of late as a producer of this almost lost style, and this example doesn't disappoint, nor does it enthrall, but I don't think that's the point - simple drinking pleasures are the focus here, and for that, credit is due.
04-27-2012 02:44:22 | More by biboergosum
3.98/5 rDev +17.4%
Dark brown, chestnut, clear, with a tanned and bubbly head. Standard obscura appearance. Nose and flavor are slightly maltier, with a dark fruit note emerging that sets it apart from the rest. Body is full and less carbonated, with a strong note of peppery malt. Slightly herbal finish with a touch of carbonated metals. This is much better than your typical Mexican brown, with complexity and attenuation that show attention to detail without completely breaking the mold. Your abuelo would drink this without batting an eye, and I enjoyed it too.
11-09-2011 03:46:32 | More by BretSikkink
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
Minerva is one of the very few craft breweries I've found in Mexico and they deserve full accolades for going up against the omnipresent "big guys".
This "Viena" has a lot more flavour that its macro counterparts. It is exceptionally malty, with a nice dry finish. And stunningly, I can not taste corn : a non-adjunct Mexican lager!
Clear dark amber with an aesthetically pleasing off-white head. The aroma is much sweeter than the taste, which is bitterer than expected.
All in all, a delightful change from other lagers. Not at the same "level of excellence" as Minerva's stout, but still definitely worth trying!
06-04-2011 02:41:39 | More by hopsolutely
3.1/5 rDev -8.6%
A: Pours a nice amber color, a small head formed and lasted a few minutes. Some lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Some roasted malt, a little bit of hops, and some caramel.
T: The roasted malts come through on the taste, there is a slight hop presence, with a sweet finish.
M/D: Medium bodied. Not a bad offering from Minerva here. Not the best, but better than a lot of the beer from Mexico.
09-27-2010 02:31:30 | More by mdaschaf
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Pretty amber color not totally transparent with a two fingger head with small bubbles in the bottom and mixed big and small on top and finally moderated carbonation.
S: Nice toasted aroma with a touch of caramel, even it is not complex it is nice.
T: Faint toasted flavor with some hops combination.
M: Refreshing feeling with a medium bitter ending.
08-07-2010 03:50:35 | More by karait95
2.28/5 rDev -32.7%
A: Amber red, small foamy head and disappears quickly;
S: Roasted malt;
T: Too syrupy, roasted malt and toffee;
M: Bitter sweet, light body, and sometimes has malt syrup consistency;
D: Another beer from Minerva that dont suit with me, too sweet, like a beer made from candy.
01-12-2010 21:05:51 | More by roddwolff
3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
A beer that is like the XX amber, but with the advantge that is made from a microbrewery.
Good color, very german taste, round and little hoppy;
basic for the mexican cuisine, like cabrito or panzate.
Serve in a pilsner glass, and look its marvelous color and carbonation.
11-25-2008 21:30:11 | More by tesguino
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
A very nice Oktoberfest inspired beer.
It is a brown reddish beer with almost no head that vanishes quickly.
Smell is malty, and roasty.
It tastes good, with a nice touch of spices and bitterness.
A nice beer that reminds me from Victoria, only that this one is made from better malts.
05-14-2008 03:22:10 | More by moonman00
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
[A] the color is brillant like the sun in the afternoon.
[S] Excelent flavor and aroma, the malt escence is the best perfume of all the Beers in this country.
[T] Amazing flavor, For me, this is the best Beer in Mexico.
[M] Fresh and Crisp
Bravo! to Cervecería Minerva! they are rescuing the way to make Good Beers in Mexico.
03-22-2008 19:28:26 | More by gerardoluna
3.85/5 rDev +13.6%
It certainly was a pleasant surprise to find this one in a new super deli in town.
It's made from a micro in Guadalajara from which I had good references but not the chance to try it's brews.
Pours a dark reddish amber, with a small and short living white head. Some lacing.
Smell is of malts, picked a trace of hops, though.
Taste is refreshing, malty, some roasted too.
Mouthfeel has some bitterness and is light, as most Mexican beers since our weather isn't really suited for big thick --especially in our humid Summers.
Drinkability is high since this one can easily become a favorite of mine for any Sunday BBQ.
07-08-2007 17:21:31 | More by Pepeton
Minerva Viena from Cervecería Minerva
79 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.