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Montejo - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 146
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Mexico

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-07-2003

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Photo of BigDRS
1.58/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes - had this beer while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a glass.

Apperance - Straw yellow (what else?) with just a film of head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell - There's a bit of corn, but nothing else. Very unimpressive.

Taste - I get smacked on the front of my palate with a strong corn taste which isn't all that pleasing. There's almost nothing else to this beer - 95% of the taste is on the front end and the rest is like water.

Mouthfeel - Like carbonated water.

Overall - Ugh. Avoid if at all possible. (574 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
1.81/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Not a fan of pilsners, but it is what it is, not bad but not good either. Refreshing beer, hoppiness and bitternes makes it very sessionable, great in southern mexico, but as it is shipped to the north it loses character. (221 characters)

Photo of bunbury
2.22/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a 12oz bottle - My bottle says 4.5% and it clearly tastes like one and not a 6% as stated here.

A: Clear see thru light yellow w/ medium carbonation
S: not impressed; it has LIGHT BEER written al over it.
T: bitter, corn, foamy.
M: watery.
D: You can have this to win a beer-bong competition, it really goes down easily.

I was pretty disappointed with this beer, probably because I had some expectations to it. Believe it or not most of my mexicans friends do not now the existence of this beer.

This one will go down as a memory of life since i'll never ask for this one again. (587 characters)

Photo of Falcone
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a darkish yellow with good clarity. Average head, weak lacing.

Smell is grainy and slightly grassy. Aroma is a bit stale and even a tad sour. Not very inviting.

A fair amount of malt flavor gives way to a rather unpleasant finish and aftertaste with a bit of unpleasant sourness. I have a feeling this is well past its prime. Overly carbonated; too sharp and biting. Slick and wet mouthfeel. Kind of gross.

If this is really a Czech Pilsener than it is a rather poor example. Stick to the Vienna lager style if you want a Mexican beer. (545 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.34/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I haven't had one of these light El Cheapo beers for a while. So I was surprised that it's sort of drinkable as a watery gulp. But then the corn and club soda taste take over. There is something like hops, I am thinking, but then it turns soapy.

This stuff even looks cheap in the glass. The coarse bubbles peter out quickly. Sort of sweet and grainy. Not even refreshing, though if you were seriously sweating and gasping from thirst it would be welcome enough. But rated as a Czech Pilsener it's laughable. From the 12 oz bottle with the longest neck I have ever seen. (572 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.42/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden yellow. A burst of carbonation and one finger of white head quickly give way, leaving a lethargic yellow liquid. Looks like ginger ale, but with less fizz.

Smell is lager yeast, some light hops, and a strong background hit of adjuncts.

Tastes slightly wheaty, slightly corny, with an odd chalky bitterness that comes in for the finish. Thin and meh.

Light body, almost flat. Not good, in my opinion. Watery, but with a lingering chalky feel on the tongue that I really don't like.

Not impressed. Whatever this beer is, I don't think it's very good. Minimal flavor, and what's there isn't great. (625 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
2.57/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a small bar in Cozumel. Your typical thin bodied, somewhat grainy Mexican beer without much distinguishing nose or flaveor, and a slightly stale finish. But it was a hot day, the beer was cold, and I was on vacation, so nothing is too bad at that point. Besides, I have never seen this beer in the states, so I got to try something different. (354 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw gold with the faintest orange notes. Head is actually worse than Pacifico, dying almost instantly. Little streaming, no lace. Aroma is mostly dry and grainy, like stale corn meal. Hops are peppery and earthy, contributing to the overall effect of drinking dirt.

The flavor is like a slightly boozy corn syrup, not overly sweet but a touch of that, and not overly skunky but a touch of that as well. Light in body, carbonation is actually pretty well attenuated to keep this creamy smooth.

In general, this is simply an undercooked pilsner, not that I'm claiming it should be off the spectrum. It is much better tasting than its cousin Pacifico, but it showcases its alcohol proudly where quality beers are more subtle. Not a good beer, but slightly better than the competition (in terms of Mexican pale lagers, not genuine pilsners). (843 characters)

Photo of krazyboi
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 1.2 liter bottle into a regular glass cup.

A: Light golden yellow color with a bubbly head that dissipates extremely quickly.
S: Strong corn aroma with alcohol and maltiness.
T: Slightly metallic with a peculiar bitter ending.
M: Light bodied with high carbonation.
D: While easy to drink, it is not too enjoyable. I can see this being refreshing on a hot summer day. Nothing special about this beer. (416 characters)

Photo of BierFan
2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a pint glass. Printed abv on the bottle of 4.5%.

Appearance: Small white head is here 1 minute and gone the next. Clear bright yellow body with pretty good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet pale malts, adjuncts, and no hops to speak of.

Taste: Perhaps a slight metallic taste to it. Has a little bit of a skunky and bitter finish. (366 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.64/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a light yellow in color with a slight shade of orange. The bright white head came up easy and actually showed some retention.

Smell - The grain is light and easy here if a bit on the stale side.

Taste - The grain turns corny at the taste with an offputting sweetness.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied lager was smooth with a light carbonation that gave it a refreshing character.

Drinkability - Parts of this beer begged to be dumped but the positive aspects of it just did keep it out of the sink.

Note: I think this is only the second time in almost 2,000 reviews that I have five different ratings that none are the same. Bizarre . . . (661 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsner my ass. For a pils, this is a big underperformer. Like Estrella, it hints at good pilsner qualities, but doesn't go all the way. It is most unoffensive and can wash down food on a hot day. I got mine as a 5 peso upgrade from water with a lunch in Cancun, and I guess it wasn't horrible for 5 pesos. Still, no hops or decent malt profile. (345 characters)

Photo of PhilHeinricke
2.69/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meh?

I was in Chicago for a week, and every evening on the way back to the hotel I'd stop by some convenience stores and see what beer they had. I'd get a slice of pizza and a six-pack and head back to the hotel.

I saw this. I like to try new things so I grabbed a can. I wasn't interested in drinking the greatest new craft beer. I just wanted something light to go with the pizza before it was sleepy time. This did the trick. It's not heavy. It's almost like Corona Light. It's got the light golden color, barely any aroma and a taste of cheap beer. I'm not going to write a song about it, but it was okay and did the trick. (638 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Quite clear, light golden in color, with a large, coarse white head, and scattered, patchy lacing. The carbonation is sparse, with fat bubbles drifting lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Cooked corn and vegetal notes dominate the aroma, with no perceptible hop notes.

Taste: Opens with a wave of corn malt, with a vaguely burnt characteristic. As the taste progresses, earthy and metallic hops appear, and dominate to the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly soft, a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: Not much here, seems very cheaply-made and mediocre. I paid ninety-nine cents plus tax for a single bottle, that seems about right for this Corona knockoff.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom, enameled, twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (805 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As others have noted, I don't see any comparison between this and a pilsener. There just isn't that much there. It was a clear yellow with no head. Not much aroma, maybe a little graininess. A vague, sweet taste. Couldn't find any hops. Refreshing on a hot day, but that's about it. (282 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Pours with a nice head which quickly disappears. Maybe a bit of lave. Not much scent to the beer. Corn, maybe a bit of malt. Don't really smell any hops though. You can taste the malt and there are a few actual hops you can taste. Decent carbonation, but still a bit watery like all the rest of the beers in Mexico. Not horrible, but still barely decent. Fortunately I only have about three more I think to review and two of them are at least decent. (508 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This can lists 4.5% ABV. I am surprised to see it classified as a "Czech pilsner", as in my opinion it is pretty much the epitomy of an "adjunct lager".

The only ingredient listed on the can is "100% aluminum" - which explains the metallic taste? However as there is only a hint of grain and a defined corn sweetness, I am reviewing this as an adjunct lager. Either that or it would be the worst pilsner ever...

Pale straw colour and sustained rapid effervescence. No aroma to speak of, and very light flavour profile. No maltiness and the only hops are in a slight bitterness to the finish.

Perhaps I've been in Mexico too long and now see corn everywhere, but I am convinced this is an adjunct. Fine if one is looking for volume & "cold", but certainly not ideal if looking for taste. (791 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flake, and sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, frosted corn flake, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is fairly drinkable, but it's quite sweet and corn flake like all around.

Serving type: bottle. (578 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Montejo looks far classier than it actually is; its crystalline clarity, microscopic bubbles and faint whitish hue give it the air of champagne, especially when held up into the light. Its fragmentary head and the diminutive lacing it is just barely able to contrive are probably a little more indicative of the beer's level of quality and craftsmanship.

The bouquet smells alright - provided you don't mind corn syrup. I appreciate that Mexico's culture, cuisine and history are entwined with corn, and while I can overlook a little corn being used in the mash, I have to insist that it makes a much worse smelling grain than wheat, barley or rye. This particular scent is compounded by a chemical-like aura.

Corn is also obvious in the taste but it's curiously not nearly so disagreeable. In fact, it's actually quite palatable. I'm not sure what makes this so but if the Mexicans would be so kind as to share this secret with the rest of Latin America, the big producers in North America and Europe and the rice brewers in Japan, that would be much appreciated.

As inoffensive and palatable as it is, I'm glad to find there's no aftertaste. The bubbles are energetic enough to wash a lot of the sweetness away and, with only a minimal bitterness, the palate is left with little to remember the beer by. And having had the good mind to pair it with corn tortillas and corn salsa, I can say it works well with salty snack foods.

If the world's beer drinkers wanted a better light-bodied, quenching and characterless beer for their patio and poolside drinking, I'd suggest Montejo rather than Grupo Modelo's more famous brand, Corona. For my palate, I find it much more agreeable and much closer to passing for a decent, commonplace beer rather than offensive, chemical-laden water. (1,789 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a small, white head on top. Very little head retention and practically no lacing whatsoever.

S: Some sweet corn, grainy malt and an extremely faint grassy aroma.

T: A little better than the aroma. Heavier malt presence, with some sweetness and a bit of corn, but not very much. The grass component is a bit stronger as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy drinking.

O: Not the best Mexican beer, but better than many. Would drink this over Corona/Sol everday of the week. (551 characters)

Photo of baos
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into dog-faced mug.

A: Looks very pale-golden. Not much lacing head virtually disappears.

S: Smells kinda like a Corona, not much there. although this beer is much better than a Corona.

T: Very light maybe a bit of well pasteurized hop character. Faint grains. Bit metallic.

M: light bodied but not terrible for this type of beer.

D: Very refreshing for those of you that have a palette for lime and salt add it to this beer its good for what ails you on a hot summer's day. (485 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
2.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white head, no head retention, really thin, lots of carbonation, no lacing, looks very drinkable.

A: Grainy, earthy, herbal malts, no alcohol, not much else, smells okay.

T: Mild grainy, earthy, herbal flavor, slight citrus bitterness in the middle, finishes smooth, it's not bad.

M: Very light with lots of carbonation.

O: I actually enjoyed this, I could see myself drinking this while grilling some carne asada on a hot summer day, a mild touch of grainy, earthy flavors, touch of citrus bitterness in the middle, finishes smooth, light, easy drinking. (641 characters)

Photo of roddwolff
2.99/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 40 oz bottle. Look: Pale yellow color, poor head of foam; Smell: Soft, dry malts and grain; Taste: Again dry malts and chayote with floral hops; Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, slightly bitter with a subtly salty finish; Drinkability: I always hated this beer but the last time i drank it was good. (308 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Drank while on vacation at Playa Del Carmen in Mexico.

Unique but still quite average.

Pours a yellow dried straw color. A weak fizzy head and very little lacing. Scents are wheat and sweet corn. A hop bite fights its way through. Scents are the weakest part of this beer.

The flavors pick it up a bit. There are sweet malts and sweet corn flavors. The hoppy bite is stronger and present. A bit of fruit and a tangy finish. There is a unique dry flavor to all the flavors that separates this beer from other Mexican pilsners. It is nothing overly special but it is different.

A very crisp and easy drinking beer. On a hot day many of these could go down easy. A good refreshing quality.

Not my first choice of Mexican beers but definately a step up from Corona and a few of the others. At least this beer feels like some creativity went in to making it. (881 characters)

Photo of giblet
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured ok into the glass. thin body, pale color, decent one half inch head, steady carbonation. light taste that was very nice on a hot vacation day in Cancun. Si! not a great beer but a decent thirst quencher on a hot day.

suckem up and movem out...Si!

giblet (262 characters)

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Montejo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.