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

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70
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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
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 tempest
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of nico_freespirit
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jaimenavarrog
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GClarkage
2.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
2.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of biegaman
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of baos
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of roddwolff
3/5  rDev +2%
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.

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

Montejo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
70 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.