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

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BA SCORE
63
poor

416 Ratings
THE BROS
65
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 23.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-18-2001)
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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.41/5  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.

metter98, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bright, pale gold with a light sprinkling of fine yeast. The head is exceptionally nice for a macro lager. It's ultra-bright white with a firm tackiness that would make an IPA proud. The pebbly, divoted surface slowly recedes and manages to deposit a generous amount of lace that, unfortunately, melts like an ice cube left on a Monterrey sidewalk.

I figured there was no way the aroma could measure up to the appearance... and it doesn't. Carta Blanca smells scarily similar to any number of macro lagers from north of the border. There isn't even a hint of skunkiness (thanks to the brown glass bottle), although what's present doesn't distinguish itself at all. A lack of any overt badness is a minor plus.

The flavor is a noticeable step down from the aroma. Truth be told, this beer just isn't any damn good. It has a lot in common with BMC lagers and is worse that the best of that lot. Since it isn't the least bit sweet, I'm guessing that this is a corn-free zone. Some amount of sweetness would have helped. As is, it's pretty rough sledding; and the beer is still pretty cold.

The finish is slightly sour and a little tinny; thank goodness it's relatively brief. The mouthfeel is as light as any light beer you'd care to name and is probably lighter than a few of those. A lack of carbonation does its part to contribute to an insipid mouthfeel.

Carta Blanca does nothing to make me change my mind about Mexican macro lagers. Maybe I should change that to North American macro lagers. On third thought, how about just macro lagers the world over. It was a chore to get this one down. I can't imagine things would have been much different if it was ice cold and I was parched. Pass.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing in the Cinco-de-Mayo festivities, I owe it to our neighbors to the south to drink a few beers from the homeland. To those neighbors, "Your beer sucks!" No, all kidding aside, its similar to our U.S. lagers. Just as sweet with adjucnts, just as vegetol, just as grainy, just as void of flavor as our Macro Lagers are. Straw? yes. Smells like cream corn? yes. Tastes grainy? yes. Watery mouthfeel? yes. Finishes bite-ey? yes. So what does it have that's good....there is a light sweetness that is balanced with a grain husk / hop bittering. Good for washing down those burritos. Light bodied with a light creaminess. It's not bad. I actually enjoyed it.

BEERchitect, May 06, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -23.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
2.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amazing that i am actually hunting down some of the worst beers on earth now. i found this and a couple more to help me kick this list on my way home from winston last night and decided to drink them as i was out in the yard all day today. served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 08/29/2010.

same old yellow clear pour i have come to expect lately with a fizzy white head that simply dies as soon as it gets started.

aroma of light grains, corn, hints of musky, stale bread and a touch of skunk, getting scared already but i found the flavor to be not nearly as bad as it could have been given the rest of the profile. while being etremely light, there was a decent malty flavor an it was crisp and clean with no bad aftertaste and an easy to drink feel.

overrall i have had worse and on a hot day it was not that bad at al, dont think i will be rushing out to buy it though.

mikesgroove, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is just about the same as many other beers of the same vain.

S: What a smell. Corn, cardboard, skunk, and grass. There is a little bit of a grain smell and a decent sweetness to it. Pretty bad, but I guess I've smelled worse.

T: A lot of corn with an astringent grain flavor to it. Skunky and a touch of metal is present as well. Some sour/tartness to it and a bit of grass.

M: The body is light with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: There are certainly worse beers out there, but this one is pretty bad and I could not recommend this one.

womencantsail, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When eating Mexican cuisine out and about I like to order this one,pours a light straw color with high carbonation,aroma is slightly metallic and hoppy.Taste has a definent malt profile to it with a light grassy taste lingering in the background,easy to drink alot of these.I think this beer is second only to Bohemia in the Mexican beer market.

oberon, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev +5%

largadeer, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev +5%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On special at a local Mexican restaraunt this weekend so I fgiure I'd have one.

A - Poured out a golden, yellow color with a fizzy, small, white head. Pretty good head retention, but no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It was fairly sweet tasting. Mostly just a corn/grain flavor. Nothing bad or unusual but nothing particularly flavorful.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't bad for a Mexican beer. It does just fine while throwing down so tacos.

zeff80, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Carta Blanca pours a clear golden body beneath an average-sized head of white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some pretty nice walls of very thin lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is brightly grassy and slightly spicy - even a touch citrusy - over notes of husky, cereal-like grain. The flavor is even more grainy and straw-like, with the hops falling towards the back. It's a good balance though, except that the bitterness level seems a touch low. Some dimethyl sulfide appears, and perhaps some dialkyl sulfides as well, giving it a cooked corn/cooked vegetable character that's distracting but not off-putting. It's rather dull in the finish, with a smear of husky and mealy grain followed by a minor showing of hoppy spiciness. An average beer at best, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma should be able to do much better - unless, of course, they're keeping it this way because the consumer likes it and expects it.

NeroFiddled, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.19/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Slim yet foamy white lace, good clarity.

Clean to the nose with a faint spicy hop and thin grain.

Not bad at all, very little off flavours detected ... clean dry grainy palate. Refreshingly crisp but very light on the malt flavour. Hop character follows the same but that is better any way to keep the balance with a thin spiciness. Vague cooked veggie flavour that is close to corn grits does not offend.

Must be served ice cold. A good pick out of the main stream Mexi-lagers.

Jason, Jul 31, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

WVbeergeek, May 07, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.83/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is not as pungent as most macros and contains grain, corn, some sweetness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but is loaded with the typical macro sweetness along with corn and grain. The hops presence is very thin but decent for the style. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish despite the sweetness.

D: A little tastier than most beers I’ve had in the style, goes down easy, not filling at all, I have to say that it was much better than I was expecting, although I wasn’t expecting much.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +52.7%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this with my dinner tonight

Pours pale golden with mininal1/4' white head that dissapears without a trace

S: A little iron & that's it

T: A sweet malt & rice taste. Iron some grainyness as this warms. Finishes sweet & thin

MF: Light bodied with low cabonation, balance, what body is there to balance?

Drinks slow due to the thiness & lack of flavors. Still better than many of its cousins north of the rio grande

russpowell, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

40 ounce bottle poured into a Carta Blanca pint glass (one of the more unfortunate periods in my glassware photo project currently underway).

Beer is clear (shocking I know), carbonation low to moderate, white head falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Light yellow in color, looks exactly like I expected. Does not maintain head at all.

Smells like a lager. Uninteresting smell, filled with crispness, some DMS, but fortunately no sulfur or "skunk."

Thin, almost no flavor until the back end. Lots of aftertaste and cornish bitterness. Some sweetness upfront, and by some I mean very little. Not a whole lot to write about because there isn't a whole lot going on.

I have a problem reviewing beers of this nature. There aren't really palatable examples in this category. I rated this beer based on a mixture of bias and trueness to style. Will I ever drink this beer again? Probably not. Is this a good example of its style? Its above average.

drabmuh, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -23.7%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that has decent head retention for the style, though slowly it becomes wispy. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of a touch of grain with a touch of husk. Inoffensive, and pretty "clean".

The taste is of mild husky sweetness with a touch of non-descript mild hops giving some balance to the sweetness. Mild cooked veggies are there. A sweet touch in the finish. A pretty vacant beer overall.

It has a crisp, light body. Not too fizzy for what it is.

As far as bland Mexican macros are concerned this isn't too bad - could do worse. Easy enough to drink a few while washing down some tacos (without adding or detracting much)...though for a Mexican macro to do the same, I would go with Bohemia.

jwc215, Jan 08, 2010
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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.