Carta Blanca - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 08-18-2001

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Photo of ordybill
3.49/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, a Mexican version of Coors. Not horrible but completely average. good with food.

Photo of J_Chavez15
4.01/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really pleasant beer to me. Pretty much taste like a good lager should. Like the light body has more flavor than other lagers. Its Better than Dos Equis. Taste as good as Bohemia and Negra Modelo. This beer pairs well with anything!

Photo of tyleeis
4.02/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great AAL, def better than the last Corona I had. In terms of Mexican lagers I'd still pick Victoria(yea I know it's a Vienna style) over this but this hangs right with XX, Pacifico or Modelo

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.25/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Just an OK Mexican beer for me

Photo of jzlyo
3.39/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is grainy and beery. The flavor is similar to the aroma along with some sweetness and a hint of hops in the finish.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is hard to get where I live, and it´s not that good. I know its very popular in the northern states, but here in central Mexico it has a bad rep.

Photo of TAMU99
2.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok with some tacos. Needs salt and lime

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fantastic mouthfeel, and the flavor seems to downplay the adjuncts in favor of very soft malts. The aroma suffers as with many of these beers, but this is a solid choice with Mexican fare.

Photo of dikebrewery
2.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I'll stick to staying thirsty my friends

Photo of Lobina
2.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Better than Pacifico. A very light beer

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is mostly of a bready and crackery smell with a bit of a grainy smell. Along with these smells are some light papery smells and a little bit of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a very light bready flavor with a little bit of caramel and corny sweetness. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade, bringing a more cracker like flavor to the bready taste. All the while, a little bit of grass and earth as well as a papery taste all come to the tongue, leaving one with a rather dry and crisp, but slightly off, lager flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the crisp and lighter flavors of the brew the feel is quite appropriate and makes for a more refreshing summer style beer.

Overall – Ah… Nothing all that spectacular here. It is pretty much a sub-standard lager, that while light and crisp, really does not have the most palatable flavor profile.

Photo of DrMindbender
2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Carta Blahnca more like it

Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev +14.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Stamped 03124. Sampled on December 5, 2014. No lime.

Golden to pale yellow pour and a quick lasting white fizzy head. Active carbonation.

Like most beers of its ilk I pick up a toasted barley and grainy malt character, maybe some corn, and clean crisps hops on the nose.

Light body but reasonably smooth.

The taste is pretty basic with its barley and grainy malt flavor and a refreshing hop finish. Just typical of the style like dozens of other beers in its class. Drink it with tacos.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a thin white head that lasts and laces a bit; straw yellow color. Aroma is clean and inoffensive with no skunkiness--just light grain and hops. Flavor is dry and crisp but just blah, not much to it. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall nothing really special.

Photo of Learux
3.96/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must have strange taste compared to most of you but this is exactly the type of beer I like.

Bought it in a large bottle at Albertson's. I was not expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised.

I really like Euro style beers(grew up there) and I have noticed that the Mexican beers come much closer to these then your typical, watery American run off the mill beer(coors etc)

This is a non-pretentious, good tasting, thirst quenching Cerveza.

Just what a beer needs to do. Definitely will buy this again.

Photo of Foyle
3.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1" white head that recedes quickly with some mild lacing. Color is a clear light gold with plenty of carbonation present.
Aroma: mild aroma of lightly toasted barley and some corn sweetness.
Mouthfeel: light and crisp, slightly papery with a dry finish.
Flavor: corn and sweet barley dominate the flavor, maybe a hint of hop spice in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant, drinkable light lager that pairs well with spicy Mexican food.

Photo of KYGunner
2.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This pours as any adjunct would with a crystal clear pale yellow with a white fizzy head.

The aroma is a little grainy, with a touch of corn and grass.

The flavor is light adjunct grain, even wheat, with a crisp corn flake.

The feel is very crisp, very light and the carbonation, though prevalent, is not as sharp as expected.

Typical Mexican adjunct, served best with a lime, for hot sunny days.

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled back on 3/10/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a golden-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some very light spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is really nothing special at all, some yeast. The taste is about the same with some grains with a hint of corn. A little on the 'watered-down' side and slightly stale even, though no date is found on the bottle and bought it just in the past 2 weeks. Average to above average carbonation. Really nothing special about this brew.

Photo of DavidDiem
1.38/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

CB is essentially a pale, almost tasteless beverage that smells stale. It leaves a musty aftertaste. Little carbonation and a few bubbles for a head.
Forty years ago, Carta Blanca was a passable beer, available nationwide in Mexico, and sponsor of many sporting events. Since then, it has been reduced to essentially a regional brand targeted toward the Mexican Northeast.
Since then, CB has taken a backseat to other products made by Cuauhtemoc such as Dos Equis, Tecate, Tecate Light, Bohemia, Sol and even Indio.
I have noticed that Carta Blanca is far more common at soccer matches and sleazy bars. This is not an exaggeration.
Beyond that, CB really has two practical uses. We have used it for cooking, namely in borracho beans and slow-cooked beef. Beyond that, I suppose you can use CB to put out a small fire.

Photo of GMB
2.32/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A modest pour produces a slightly darker body than I expected. What little head rises falls quickly. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Flat beer?

Those nose is faint, but what little smell there is comprises corn, musk, and faint skunk.

Carta Blanca is a more flavorful brew than I expected it to be. Light it is, but insipid or bland it is not. Sweet malts are up front, quickly followed by a bit of earthy bitterness. Overripe corn and boiled carrots come to mind. Sweet maltiness outstays its welcome on the palate.

The mouthfeel is more alive than the appearance suggested. Perhaps too much so. Beers should not feel like seltzer water on the tongue.

I'd choose a Carta Blanca over a US macro lager. But that's not saying much.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

this is a pretty lousy beer, another one of the Mexican beers that's okay from the bottle but flattens right out when you pour it. this one has a caramel color to it, virtually no carbonation, and a lot less refreshment and relief from spicy food that I anticipated. the lime wedge it is generally served with actually helps a bit, giving some acidity and making it pop, but I hate to rely on fruit to bail out a poor brew. the malts taste watered down and overly sweet, and there are no hops at all to speak of. I still prefer it to corona, as I do with mostly all beers, but this is more of a lateral move than a vertical one, fairly pedestrian, but short of awful.

Photo of jimmah120
3.26/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown quart bottle. small pour into a mason jar to check appearance. no date given.

look is a full piss-yellow, almost no head. smell is light zest, corn, sugar cookies. taste hits heavy and sugary, with a light estery middle, hint of lemon zest, and a sweet dusty finish. feel is light-medium, highly carbonated, zesty.

not a bad Mexican lager choice

Photo of bmwats
2.49/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Pale yellow. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving spotty pockets of foam on the surface. Fair amount of beer ring lacing.

S: Hay, yeast, and that's it.

T: Grainy, yeast. Very pale malt flavor.

M: Light and shallow.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Pale washed-out coloration, pretty nice foamy head, and fair lacing. Not much in the nose. Light grain and a little yeasty. Very light body, white bread, and a little yeast. Not much else. Overall, this is a not so good quaff.

Photo of metter98
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellow in color. It has no visible carbonation and poured without any evidence of a head, except for a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose along with hints of bready and grainy malts.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, having flavors of grainy and bready malts and bits of sweetness mixed in with corn adjuncts plus notes of apple juice. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a very low amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer didn't have much in the aromas or flavors of adjuncts, it is really lacking when it comes to hops.

Photo of RickS95
1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has very little color, unless clear, watered down golden straw is a color. I've flushed darker colors than this. I give it a half point for a nice, fluffy white head.

Has a grainy, rice-like scent. I guess you could call something in there hops, but I'm not sure what type it is.

Only slightly better than an American macro. I really don't know how to define the taste because I'm not sure what ingredient makes the flavors, or lack thereof. Kind of tastes like I'd expect cardboard to taste like. Almost a floral taste in the finish, thus the 2 points.

Maybe 25 years ago when I thought macros were good would I score this higher. It's slightly watered down, ricey, grainy. Loose with a not so good bitterness.

Not the worst beer in the world, but close to it. Probably wouldn't kill you if you were dying of thirst, but that's the only other time I'd want one.

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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.