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Corona Extra - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Corona ExtraCorona Extra

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3,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 3126
Reviews: 1060
rAvg: 2.29
pDev: 31.44%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.51/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for whatever Corona is going for these days.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded only 1/2 finger of fluffy white head which dissipated inside a minute. Pale golden straw color. Some wispy soapy residue left on top once the head is gone. Not terribly impressive. Some decent lacing left on the glass saves this a bit.

Smell - Sweet corn adjunct and absolutely nothing else. Aroma isn't too strong but a bit on the sickly sweet side. Almost a funky bubblegum smell.

Taste - Corn and bubblegum flavored water. No bitterness and rather thin tasting. It's not horrible but definitely very mediocre. Sort of a funky stale chewing gum aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin but nothing really wrong here, Ok carbonation too. Thin bodied and watery feel.

Overall - This is a beer where I find the first one tolerable, but from there things go steadily downhill. No lime added here either, I imagine it may make it a little more palatable though.

Serving type: can

02-20-2014 01:00:47 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of BeerBateo

Ontario (Canada)

2.46/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I've only ever drank this beer with the lime inside the bottle, so pouring it feels odd.

See: Yellow gold, hardly any bubbles, 1 finger of whitish head that dies quickly and ends up in a small crown with some lace here and there.

Smell: I could smell it when I first opened the can but am having a hard time getting any aroma off it now.

Taste: Very mild and thirst quenching.

Feel: Not much different than drinking almost flat ginger ale (less the ginger). No after taste what so ever.

Blanket: This beer would be ideal while canoeing in the warm sun. It's about as boring as this review, I'd say. No wonder they spruce it up with lime, but it is drinkable, though. Especially if you don't like the smell or taste of beer.

AKA: WIAWG (Water In A Wine Glass)

Serving type: can

08-01-2013 00:35:53 | More by BeerBateo
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow color with an inch thick white head. Smell isn't bad, smells "refreshing" but not much in terms of flavor. taste again isn't bad, it just doesn't have much of a taste at all. Honestly tastes like youre drinking water. Easy to drink. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is an okay beer for what it is. Not sure why it gets so low marks on here, its not horrible.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 23:56:51 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of flagmantho


2.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass. I just wish that I reviewed this when I was in Mexico!

Appearance: light straw-yellow hue with a haze free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam which dissipated quickly with no lace. Par for the style, I suppose.

Smell: kind of a light, dusty-plastic aroma with perhaps a hint of wet grain. Not the worst thing in the world, but really not too good for even an adjunct lager.

Taste: sweet malt with perhaps a bit of corn to it. Not bad, but the aftertaste is a bit grimmer, with more of that plastic character. I gotta say, I've had worse macro lagers, but this still isn't too good.

Mouthfeel: light body with a strong carbonation and a light but surprising foaminess in the mouth. I don't want to call it creamy, but at least there's *something* going on here.

Overall: I don't love this beer, but I will admit I enjoyed a couple of them on the beach in Mexico. That's really about the only context in which you'll want to drink one of these.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 22:48:45 | More by flagmantho
Photo of metter98

New York

2.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down very quickly but never completely faded away.
S: There are faint aromas of malt in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are some faint aromas of adjunct and grainy malts and possibly the slightest hint of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because of its light body. It’s not that bad when served ice cold and has some refreshing properties but as it warms up the beer beings to taste bland.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 23:42:53 | More by metter98
Photo of TheBrewo


2.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

We open a 12 oz. can and pour a brew the color of pale goldenrod. It holds a very brief one half-finger head that quickly dissipates, leaving not even a film on top of the beer. No lacing is noted, and the beer appears to have a watery consistency. Carbonation appears rather active, and the beer is crystal clear with no haze or sediment. As we sniff, we notice a distinct fermented apple quality to the very present alcohol. This is accompanied by grainy pale malts, and some metallics. There is a hint of barley, but the grain profile is otherwise very adjuncty. As we sip, the first thing noticed is the adjunct-grain profile. It is sweet, but has an odd oily taste, like that of greasy French fries. The alcohol is also most present here, but not overly so. As we move to the middle, the grain takes on a more sour and metallic vibe. This is also present in the finish, which includes more alcohol, a penicillin flavor, and fermented apple sweetness. The aftertaste has bitter notes, of adjuncty inclusions, along with fusel alcohols. Bitter and grainy. The body is light, and the carbonation is very active, and stings the lips. This is undoubtedly the most prominent aspect to the beer’s feel as the other components are very similar to water. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks okay.

The best thing about this beer is the sweetness at the beginning, and how well the bitter metallic adjuncts balances this out. This is not to say that the beer is well balanced flavor wise, but rather that the mouth is not left with a sickeningly sweet, or offensively bitter flavor in the end. On a more negative note, the beer is over-carbonated. Finally, it lacks any real complexity, is overly adjuncty, and is bland in aromatics.

Serving type: can

03-30-2012 04:12:23 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of mactrail


2.55/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Big splashy head that dissipates right away. Modest carbonation but a good fizz on the tongue while it lasts. Smell is pretty insignificant. Just a wee hint of pleasant malt and an actual kiss of hops. Bitterness and other flavors melt away fairly soon but it's a beery sort of taste. Slightly tart.

Not as offensive as I remember, but you have to get down to its own level. I suppose it might have a little more flavor than some American industro-brews.

A freebie courtesy of Southwest Airlines on a delayed flight. Adding insult to injury!

Serving type: can

01-13-2012 06:41:43 | More by mactrail
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.58/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, Corona, my fairweather friend. Perhaps it is I who is really your fairweather friend, as I enjoy you often after a shift at work, or in the hot sun, on boats, etc., and yet as oft-maligned as you are, I seldom take up your defense. I really liked you in the 'Familiar' bottle; you are not bad in your normal skunky form, and I have a real soft spot for your little Coronita. You are hiding in a can now? Well, we'll just see about that:

The pour is vibrantly yellow-gold, and is capped with faint white wisps of froth, but deposits lace from seemingly out of nowhere. The aroma is quite plain, with maybe, maybe, a hint of of corn sweetness atop a light husk and mineral base. The flavor is really quite good, sans skunkiness; it is not terribly flavorful, mind you, but it does have light mineral notes, a restrained sweetness, and a total absence of off-flavors. It is a bit like a Cream Ale, reminiscent of NG's Spotted Cow, which is very surprising to me. All in all, this has to be my favorite incarnation of Corona, thus far; the concept of anything other than clear glass longnecks, though pragmatically a better idea, has long seemed sacrilege - but no more - as this is likely my go-to cheap fizzy swill from here on out. I guess I'll have to find it on-tap, if such exists, and see if it can top the canned version.

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 18:53:29 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of WoodBrew


2.8/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corona as in most Mexican beers taste best in the summer with a lime...however, judging Corona solomente...its just another no frills cerveza! The beer poors golden clear with good carbonation that give a white foamy head for a brief time. The smell and taste are enhanced with grain. The hops help somewhat with the taste so that it is not bread water. Mouthfeel is easy especially on hot days...enjoy!

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 23:17:53 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of JoLight


1.95/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's a clear, banana yellow with lots of carbonation and no head.

It smells off-putting, with sweet corn and a beer smell. Not that either of those are bad at all, but the combination here is bad. maybe it's expired, although it doesn't have that skunked or expired aroma.

The taste consists of sweet corn, water, and bitterness.

Overall, it has much more flavor and character than a Corona Light, but it's not necessarily a good flavor.

I like adjunct lagers; and it's rare I hate a beer, but this is one of those rarities.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 21:44:15 | More by JoLight
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Typical adjunct lager smell of corn grains rice and yeast and beery smell. This is actually better than how Corona usually smells because I'm drinking it from a can so there is no skunky smell at all. On the taste I get crispness from the carbonation along with the sweet corn syrup like malt with a very very slight burst of a citrus hop? Its very very subtle though. I also get the rice taste mixing in with the yeasty taste. Its not that bad. The corn syrup malty taste tries to hold up against the watery body and does an OKAY job at it. This is a pretty refreshing full flavored beer and I actually like this better than regular Budweiser only if it comes in a can though. The bottle skunk smell and taste is awful at which point I'd pick a Budweiser over this. Smart move on their part to put it in a can though. Not bad but not good.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 23:51:34 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL can poured into a plastic cup on the airplane.

Never had Corona from a can, only from their clear bottles . . .

A: thin and yellow but a bit more colour than some of the other lagers. Not to be a downer, but it's very much the colour of urine--or straw.

S: some corn/maize in with the typical 'beer' smell.

T: Corona has a sharp flavour, a slight sweetness upfront but followed by an immediate flat bitterness. There's not much complexity though. You can pick up some corn in the flavour as well (though not sure if that's the adjunct they use).

M: fizzy and carbonation; light yet some substance to the mouthfeel.

O: Out of the 'crappy lager' category, this is one of my preferred.

Serving type: can

05-09-2011 21:36:44 | More by fullsweep
Photo of JizackFH

New York

2.23/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a very pale yellow straw color. It has a small 1-finger white fizzy head on it. The head fizzled out quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. There are plenty of rising carbonation bubbles visible as well.

S - It smells of pale malts and corn adjunct. There is also a small touch of hop presence as well. It pretty much smells like your average adjunct lager, but the smell is less offensive to me than many of the other adjunct lagers out there.

T - The taste is sweet pale malts and corn adjuncts up front. There is also a bit of a sour taste in the background, and some hop presence as well. The finish is actually pretty clean, and leaves just a bit of earthy bitterness and a touch of sourness behind.

M - This has a light body and high prickly carbonation. It goes down very easy. and leaves some bitterness in the mouth.

O - The drinkability actually isn't all that bad. It goes down easy, and is pretty good for an adjunct lager. It is one of the least offesnive of the style that I've had.

Serving type: can

04-11-2011 18:57:25 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Patrick999


1.33/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Can, at a picnic. Appearance is innocuous and decent enough. Aroma? Stale corn. Ugh. Taste? Same stale corn. Mouthfeel is on par for the style.

Simply put, this is just a bad beer...and I don't say that very often. It fails even relative to the other entrants in this bleak style category.

Bad beer. Presented with this, it's no wonder why some people hate beer.

Serving type: can

02-20-2011 21:48:29 | More by Patrick999
Photo of alabencki


2.25/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found this in a 24oz can at the local liquor store and decided that since it wan't in the typical clear glass bottle where the beer could get skunky, I decided to give it a try.

Poured into a tumbler style pint glass. I poured it rather vigorously right down the middle, but it barely foamed up with any head at all. Not a good sign at all...

Appearance: Pale straw color with very little head and lackluster carbonation.

Smell: Very strong scent of pale malts followed immediately by a corn adjunct smell. Some hints of like a cooked veggie smell, followed by the hops.

Taste: First thing I taste is this sweet pale malt flavor followed immediately by this sour back-flavor and bitter hops at the finish. Taste is very similar to stale bread. Sour flavor remains even after the beer was finished.

Mouthfeel: Slightly crisp from the carbonation, which was surprising for how little there was. There was also a sensation that almost "bites" the tongue when you first taste it mixed with the crisp feel...

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 23:50:53 | More by alabencki
Photo of beertunes


2.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very clean, clear yellow with just the thinnest cap of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

Aroma was a little sweet, basically neutral and benign, with a hint of grain and the faintest whisper of hops. That sums up the flavors as well, neutral, benign and barely existent.

The body was a touch on the thin side of typical for the style, but not as much as some the more highly rated examples. Drinkability was OK, if you're in the mood for the style.

Overall, while I would rarely order one of these, if you want a quick, refreshing, lawnmower beer, you could do worse.

Serving type: can

12-22-2010 03:58:08 | More by beertunes
Photo of Star80


1.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured out a can with no lime. Beer has a soapy looking head, pale yellow lots of fizz. Smells sweet, some processed corn and faintly smells of apply juice. Weird. Taste is sort of cloying and corn syrupy. Some mild bitterness and some annoying bitter seltzer aftertaste, which contributes to the lame mouthfeel. I have no idea why or how this beer got as popular as it is, oh yeah, when you cover up the terribie skunkiness with a lime, you get the idea...

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 19:39:39 | More by Star80
Photo of shredsofautumn


2.33/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz. can purchased for around $2.25 in Easthampton, MA on 10/26/2010.

A- Poured aggressively reveals a thin, extremely bubbly seltzer-like head of about 1 finger. Dissipates quickly leaving small bubbles in what I can only explain as an "attempted" lacing on the glass. Color is the color of bright hay in the sun- nearly see-through. Average appearance for your average light beer.

S- Sulphuric borderline vegetable smells, faint aroma of floral interpretations. Where the hell are the malts & hops? adjunct city here.

T- Is this water? Tastes like a seltzer with some corn & rice thrown in with a tonic-like aftertaste reminiscent of astringent horehound, but less quenching. Bitter ending, but not bitter like us hopheads like. Might as well buy a seltzer water and add some overcooked sticky rice and corn kernels.

M- Completely average for the adjunct style. Thin & clean.

D- 'On a summer day, pound away, On an autumn night, throw away'. Judging against my seasonal feelings, during summer this beer is better than your average cooler-stuffers to wash down things like barbecued chicken & burgers. So watery, it gives the false illusion of hydration.

Overall, let's face it. This is a corporate mexican beer w/ a ton of advertising that's only tolerable outside of summer if you're a New Englander like me who wants to pretend we're in the tropics during Winter (but only when 7 lime wedges are squeezed and stuck in the glass.)

This will be the last time I pay money for this swill.

Serving type: can

10-26-2010 22:24:46 | More by shredsofautumn
Photo of eschbach


2.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I never knew corona came in 24 oz cans, so went I went to 711 and saw them I had to buy one.

I filled my pilsner glass with the beer. This beer has literally no head. The smell is almost non existent. And the beer tastes like corn and grain. I can't taste any hops at all. It leaves an aftertaste of burnt corn in the mouth. the mouthfeel is creamy at first but quickly turn to feeling like soda water. This beer isn't hard to drink. It goes down easy, but why bother with it if it does not taste good?

Overall I would not recommend this beer. It does not taste good. It is decent with a lime in it, but what good is a beer if you need to add fruit to make it drinkable???

Serving type: can

05-19-2010 05:05:27 | More by eschbach
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can leftover from a recent gathering. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a large-bubbled, hollow white foam. Fades in a blink of an eye and does not leave any lacing behind. Actually darker than many AALs.

Smells a little like cooked vegetables with some stale cardboard and lime flesh. The aroma is not uber-light like many macro lagers, but what is there is not very pleasing.

Wow, there is not much malt flavor in here at all, I am guessing the adjunct percentage is pretty high on this one. Finishes dry and with plenty of carbonation scrubbing, there is actually a fleeting hop presence at the end too. Breath of alcohol makes it feel heavier than 4.6%, I would have guessed more like 5.5 or so. It is not as bad as I remember from back in the day. It seems these cans help keep some of the skunky flavor I remember being so prevalent at bay, those damn clear bottles cannot be good for the beer. Middle of the road Mexican lager for me, could certainly do worse.

Serving type: can

04-03-2010 15:58:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.2/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into clear plastic cup (on the plane to Maui).

Appearance: Pale yellow with stark white head and, surprisingly, some lacing.

Smell: Very sweet smelling. Actually smells like a Pilsner (apple, grains, spicy hops) but a little too sweet.

Taste: Tastes like a very light, but sweet, Pilsner, with apple, grainy malts and a light pepper finish. Can't really taste the adjuncts but maybe the sweetness is the giveaway.

Feel: High carbonation, very light body but is actually somewhat smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and, unlike most adjunct lagers, can actually taste the Pilsner roots. I hadn't had this in years and expected to hate it. I was pleasantly surprised and prefer this over most macros. Maybe it helped that it was from a can instead of the clear bottles I had in the past.

Serving type: can

01-13-2010 15:36:06 | More by bsp77
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1.93/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow with a tiny thin lacing. Nose is of rice and very light malt, meh.

Taste is very light and a bit hoppy, I'm tasting some saaz here, it's almost like a really bad pilsner. Ok but not great, I think the can is good so it's less skunked.

Serving type: can

11-08-2009 00:14:11 | More by kingcrowing
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2.3/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. can into pint glass. With wedge of lime.

A: Clear yellow with no head. Very carbonated.

S: Nothing really except sweet alcohol.

T/M/D: Lime is the strongest as it overpowers the very week and watery taste of the beer. Too much fizziness. It is however refreshing and crisp as it is still a good summer beer to drink down by the beach. It actually tastes better from the can with a lime pushed in it.


Serving type: can

09-09-2009 22:59:20 | More by mnrider
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extra what? Anyway... Pours a clear straw with a weak, wispy head. Vegetal nose, maybe the barest hint of grass. Kinda cidery aroma. Bland, watery flavour. Balanced towards bitterness, but that's fairly relative. Harsh carbonation and light body. Somewhat mineral watery. Pretty bad even for the style.

Serving type: can

09-05-2009 01:39:28 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

1.55/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Can. Leftovers. Cheaper then the bottles. They like it. Let it be.

Pint glass pour. Crazy white wash froth over an over eager body of clear pale gold.

The stink must surely be implemented. It smells like a room closed off for hours after your little brother smoked a little green & let off a can of Lysol. A little wet towel & some cereal too.

Carbonation is too subtle. That doesn't seem right. Taste is almost grassy/minty. Grain profile tastes like very bland Italian bread. Regardless of the technology, I believe the plastic lining in cans leach, they leach plastic. Science has lied to me before.

I like what's in the glass better.

Serving type: can

07-17-2009 23:33:46 | More by PEBKAC
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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
55 out of 100 based on 3,126 ratings.