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

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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 471
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 08-18-2001

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.83/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Really Nice Mexican Brew, Smooth,but with a fair amount of Flavor and you can actually taste some Hops in back,behind the Nice Malty Finish ,I would put this Brew right up there with "Tecate" and miles ahead of "Corona" [skunk piss in the bottle corona anyway] same for "Sol"~beware of Mexican brews in clear or Green Bottles my Friends,anyway I really enjoy this Beer and @ 2 bucks a Quart? SCORE! Cheers! (408 characters)

Photo of J_Chavez15
4.01/5  rDev +44.2%
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, Modelo, and Corona. Taste as good as Bohemia and Tecate. This beer pairs well with anything! (246 characters)

Photo of tyleeis
4.02/5  rDev +44.6%
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 (191 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (156 characters)

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (189 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (522 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of Learux
3.96/5  rDev +42.4%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.92/5  rDev +5%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of DavidDiem
1.38/5  rDev -50.4%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of GMB
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.19/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
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 (358 characters)

Photo of bmwats
2.49/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of RickS95
1.85/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink. Smell is very mild and watery with some malt, grain, and corn-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a very watery and pretty flavorless quality. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer and another one of the gross mass produced Mexican beers. (415 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale golden with a tall, white head and plenty of streaming bubbles. The head dissipates quickly. The beer has the aroma of lightly toasted malts and crackers. There are some mild hops in the smell as well. The beer has a mild, bready flavor with some bitter hops in the background. It tastes like a standard pale lager. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer that stands above most Mexican lagers. (521 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am reviewing this beer with tha fact in mind, that it is supposed to be a cheap, thirst quenching, beer, after a long day of work in the sun.
The color is a pale , clear gold, with a white head building about half a finger high. It dissipates fast , leaving no lacing on tha glass.
The smell is grain and some malt.
The taste is mild, and mostly of grain.
Easy drink, not much substance, but exactly what it is supposed to be. (428 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.57/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, pale, yellow color with a thin, filmy, white coating along the surface. Aromas of butter, toasted cereal, and floral highlights. Flavors are watered down, with a subtle buttered toast backbone and a sharp, slightly sour overtone. Musty, slightly roasted aftertaste, with a watery, limp finish. Not good. (367 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
2.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with a white head that receeds too quickly. There's a little lacing.

Smell: I don't smell anything. I think I smell a mild sweetness, but it could be my imagination..

Taste: Artificial sweetner, watermelon rind. Salt.

This beer is pretty average and boring but there's a little salt taste that doesn't belong in any drink. It would be more than easy to do better with another beer. (415 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a caguama, one of those big quart bottles.

This is a crystal clear yellow gold color. Musty ‘light beer’ aroma, smells stale even when its fresh. Virtually no flavor. Keep it cold so it stays crisp and drinkable. Anything above 32 degrees and the flavor, such as it is, drops off completely. (309 characters)

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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.