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

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355 Ratings

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.48%

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-18-2001)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:07:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


1.9/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 23:56:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:18:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


2/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:52:04 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 02:20:41 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of metter98

New York

2.41/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 22:37:33 | More by metter98
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 00:16:44 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


2.85/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 14:52:58 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 00:36:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 01:34:59 | More by russpowell
Photo of drabmuh


3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:18:22 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 14:48:52 | More by zeff80
Photo of jwc215


3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 02:13:42 | More by jwc215
Photo of smcolw


1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I truly dislike reviewing beers like this. Bland American macros are why I avoided beer for years. I cannot distinguish the ultra-mild flavors and near non-existent aromas. Although it's watery, there are no notable flaws.

Please, pass me the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:05:33 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, at a local Mexican restaurant,

A: Pours a pale yellow with really no head, dull and bland.

S: Corn, cooked cereal grains.

T: Some nice bready malt structures the beer, some DMS/corn but it is light. Notable hop finish in this beer for the style, not bad.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth.

D: Overall much better than I thought it would be, a solid effort out of the Mexican industrial lager category.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 16:12:27 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.19/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 21:34:16 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Jason


3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2002 13:27:44 | More by Jason
Photo of Zorro


3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/gold brew.

Smell is grain and perfume with a distinct banana scent.

Taste is a little sweet with a nice grain/biscuit flavor. Finishes dry with a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is better than an American Macrobrew.

A decent drinkable brew, beats Bud.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 04:12:27 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:18:53 | More by Wasatch
Photo of DoubleJ


1.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sampled at a local Mexican restaurant, on to the beer:

This is the kind of beer most people think about when they hear the word beer. A pale yellow body, fizzy soda head, slightly sweet note of corn, and watery. It was a chore to put down a 12 ounce bottle, and when it warmed up, it became unpalatable. Even a slice of lemon couldn't save it. Very non-descript and unenjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 03:24:23 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, ample white head. Smell was not much, if anything, but wasn't putting me off either.

Taste, crisp, light beer, faint hop spice vibe bolstered by ample carbonation. Kind of your run of the mill adjunct style beer, a little husk grain feel. Has some utility when drank w/ spicy or Mexican food.

For super hot weather only.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 17:43:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, golden-orange with a thin fizzy paper white head that quickly dissipated. No visible lacing and only a slight moderate detection of carbonation was observed.

S: very faint and light in nature, almost irrelevant, with trace amounts of honey and citrus flowers.

T: started out sweet with honey flowers, cereal grains and a very smooth citrusy hopping. The flavor made some amends for the lack of aroma. Soft citrusy flowers lace the finish which finishes quickly and crisply. Overall a moderately decent flavor, a tad sweet, but gets props per style.

M: smooth, light with a little carbonation bite finishing things off on the swallow.

D: Fairly easy enough to put down, sweet, non-offensive. Wont blow you away but wont turn you off and a good macro-alternative or entry level beer. one of the better beers ive sampled out of mexico.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 23:01:14 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A nice white head forms on a golden body. No lace.
Smell is of a light adjunct lager, some grains and just a touch of creamed corn.
The flavor is actually pretty decent. No off flavors to be found. Very light malt sweetness balanced with a slight bitterness. Not skunky like many light imports.
Mouthfeel is slick and thin.
This is a pretty drinkable lager here. Compared to most others in the genre I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 17:48:00 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Gusler


2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color on the pour is a translucent light gold the head average and white with something that resembles lace skulking down the glass. Aroma of malt dominant in the nose that is also lightly sweet, crisp and clean. Begins malt and a cloyingly sweet with the top skeletal, finish is astringent, sparsely hopped, dry, and just not something I would want to drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 05:11:43 | More by Gusler
Photo of Dogbrick


1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The label on the one I has was not so fancy. I don't really feel like coming
up with a creative way to describe how bland and typical this Lager is.
Suffice it to say that it tastes a lot like the bland and typical Lager from
every other country.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 10:11:39 | More by Dogbrick
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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.