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

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BA SCORE
55
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3,117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3117
Reviews: 1060
rAvg: 2.29
pDev: 31.44%


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Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Satisfactory if cold on a hot day. Some foam otherwise yellow nothing special, malt,corn sweetener, carbonation whallop on the aggressive side. Just mediocre. Ok with food like veggies or spicy Mexican. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. Slightly better than most other macros.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 00:36:55 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.55/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots and streaks of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and corn flakes. Taste is of sweet grain and corn flakes. Surprisingly there is no skunk aroma or taste in this glass bottle. Lucky me? This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this particular bottle is a bit below average but I definitely have had the same beer in other bottles that was a D or F score.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 04:20:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.9/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No limes were harmed in the consumption of this beer. Yellow in color, not quite dark enough to be considered amber. The head is bright white and foamy, falls quickly to a barely covering film and leaves next to no lace.

The nose is on the nasty side; sort of a sour, spoiled grain-like smell. Believe it or not, the beer actually smells a little like a skunk, though I don't think that it's actually skunked. I've had it before and it doesn't seem any different now.

The flavor isn't much better. It's a watery, sour, grainy melange that goes down pretty easily. Corona Extra seems to be a small cut above the American macros (especially the light/lite beers) in that it doesn't make me grimace and feel like spitting it out. It might be tolerable if it was ice cold and I was near death from dehydration.

I never put anything in my beer such as fruit or fruit juice, but might make an exception if Corona Extra was the only thing available. Equal parts beer and lime juice might make it palatable. Or not.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 18:13:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.35/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ok a couple more to go and I am done with my macro experiment. Had the corona ligh a couple days ago, didn't think it could get worse. Then I cracked the regular. Pured a dark yellow with no head but some visible carbonation. Smell was very moldy and stale. Smelled like wet straw, not appetizing in the slightest. The taste was just odd, it tasted old, funky, and moldy. Some hints at maybe some corn, but predominated by a wet bread taste. It feel clean going down, but as it warmed, wow this just should not be allowed to warm. Overall this was not as good as the light, if you could call the light good, and was honestly the worst of the bunch, for now.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 23:19:37 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

1.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another in the bad beer choices that have been put in front of me lately. This one at the local Mexican restaurant, and fortunately, not purchased by me.

A: A pale, pale yellow with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles and just about no head. Pretty much what I expected.

S: This is probably one of the skunkiest beers I've come across. Lots of sulfur, metal, and a hint of grainy sweetness.

T: Slightly better than the nose, but still fairly skunky. The sweetness is more apparent here, but the lack of any other flavors is really disappointing.

M: Light and fizzy.

D: This is probably the least drinkable of the adjunct lagers I've had. The smell just puts me off before it even gets to my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:12:52 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle - This one needs to be drink on the beach during hot summer days with lime. I see no other purpose or reason to drink this. Also, ensure it is fresh because the skunky taste will overpower everything else about this beer. I guess this might be a result of using a clear bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 15:19:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

1.8/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yep, pretty much what I expected, except worse. The brew delivers a very pungent, peppe-le-pu scent that simply never went away. How can a beer with such a lack of flavor and character carry a scent that strong? Clear, straw, and fizzy wraps up the appearance. Grainy and earthy flavors never go anywhere. Weak body with no texture, but, hey the carbonation seems abrasive. Finishes grainy ...and with that damn smell!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 17:14:10 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.05/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Not sure what the point of that is, considering that this doesn't really form a head or produce lacing and I can tell its color by looking through the bottle. Color is golden. No head. Nose is skunky hops. That's about it. Light with a lot of carbonation. I can see why people like to lime this up. Faint whiff of light bread. Not really much like beer and what is does not taste good.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:50:33 | More by Thorpe429
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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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.93/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, appropriately corn-colored, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Blend of light pale malts and white corn tortilla chips with a very, very minor yeast note.

Taste: Corn and light pale malts with a mild sweetness. Very light hop bitterness. Tiny kick of yeasty sourness. Finishes relatively clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Mostly harmless. Eh, it's not a great, classic lager, but I will say I have tasted far, far worse.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 20:11:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

And SwillFest 2011 begins here in painful earnest. This stuff pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose starts off mildly skunky (damn clear bottles...), but this somehow passes, allowing some wheat, corn, and sweaty-guy B.O. to "shine" through. The taste holds notes of hard water, bad creamed corn, and dirty lemongrass. The body is pretty damn light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather watery feel. Overall, a sad beer, more akin to flavored water than an actual brew, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 18:28:50 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too many good reviews for this beer (in fact, scathing!), and yet the numbers are OK. Hmmm? Obviously it's not about the beer. Where's it coming from? The painted bottle? Yes. People love it. The image of a "relaxed, carefree, coastal attitude"? Yes. Trendiness. Yes. Marketing. Yes. The Lime... ... Can we forget about all of the history and just taste the beer? The color is a nice yellow gold with a white head that holds up OK. No lace. There's a distinct, somewhat unique and lightly sweet malty aroma, with maybe a touch of hop lurking in the background. Nothing really off. The body's medium/light with a fine and moderate carbonation level. The flavor is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests, but rather, it's accompanied by a dull, earthy bitterness. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness and some light maltiness but no hop flavor. But then again, there are no off-flavors either! Not a real well made beer, but not horrid by any stretch. Now I have something to add to the history... When this beer came on the scene Miller Lite was still big. Dry beers had just passed through town. This offered something more without being hoppy or bitter. Apart from all the marketing... people liked it. Let it go.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 08:08:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle, clear as the office window beside me, well maybe without all that winter dirt, but hey.

This beer pours a medium pale golden colour, with one finger of thinly foamy, bubbly, and soapy dirty white head, which melts away like it's just been spotted, leaving a low berm of meniscus lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy white soup cracker 'malt', a certain corn pithiness well imbued, with some prominent skunky, weedy hop oil astringency, as opposed to actual hoppiness. The taste is that generic macro malt 'flavour', i.e. slightly sweet rice/corn (I don't particularly care to differentiate) mush, a bit of really stale lemon, and stanky earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly innocuous, the body unequivocal in its lightness, brainlessly smooth, and even a little creamy, in a frothy sort of manner. It finishes on a soured cooked vegetable note, amid the lingering corn pone sweetness.

This is making me wish that this wasn't the last beer left in the office fridge after an overly long Friday afternoon company staff meeting, but that's now neither here nor there. Corona is what it sets out to be - fizzy, grainy, skunky as a feature, not a flaw, and sexy in its foreign grittiness. Blah, but I'm not about to lay down in front of this particular bulldozer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 00:37:51 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I swore that I wouldn't review any crap that I knew to be crap unless a sample was provided gratis, and guess what? Providence provides. I will begin my scrutiny by violating several rules of the sacred canon of Corona consumption: 1: I pour the "beer" from the bottle into a glass, 2: WITHOUT ANY LIME! And so...
appearance: totally transparent, color matching that of a very pale urine sample, head exists, is frothy and white (has anyone, ever, conceived of Corona's head?). Aroma: stinky, skunky, suggesting nothing beyond the liquid leavings of sick, sad, rabid animals. Foul, rancid, polluted, poisonous.
Now to drink: harsh, sour, cornish, wince-inducing, not-the-least-bit-good. Possesses none, absolutely not a one of the qualities we would want to find in ANY beer...body, character, finish (oh, no!), hops, malt, texture, flavor, ad infinitum...but wait, I didn't give it the benefit of the doubt, employing the preferred method, inclusion of lime...why, I have some wedges right here!
Mmmmm!!!! Limey! Yep, you can really taste the lime, oboy! Boy, I can drink a million of 'em now! Ahhhh! Give me a bucket of Coronas, some limes, the beach, and volleyball, ..and then kill me...
This is the best selling imported beer in America. Have mercy on us all.
(I wish there were negative points available. One star seems too charitable.)

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 01:27:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

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

S: The aroma is pungent with the typical macro smell of corn and other adjuncts. There’s a touch of malt and very little hops.

T: The taste is very watery, with flavors of adjuncts and some malt sweetness. There is almost no hops presence. There isn’t much of an after-taste but it’s slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth but not crisp at all, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, there really isn’t much to this beer, which makes it easy to drink but prevents it from being the least bit enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 01:09:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

3.4/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a spotty lace head. The smell is weak, but pleasant. There is a faint odor of pale malts. The taste is watery and ordinary. It has that Mexican beer taste to it. I'm not exactly sure how that's acheived. It is a low bodied beer that is easy to drink, just not too enjoyable. As far as commercial imports are concerned; this is one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 02:35:48 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. I did not add Lucas, salt or a lime. Just going to drink the beer as nature intended it.

Beer is light yellow and clear. Carbonation is moderate and consists of large bubbles. After an aggressive pour, a decent head forms but falls away quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. Despite the strong carbonation, the head of the beer does not stand up. All and all, it looks like a beer, exactly what you'd expect.

Smells like cooked corn. Not really appetizing.

Body is thin, kind of ilke corn-flavored water, cooked corn flavor, harsh husk tannin back flavor leaves a terrible not pleasant bitter aftertaste (this is probably what the lime is for). Drinkability is low but mouthfeel is not good. Beer is messing with me a lot. There is a decent amount of carbonation in the mouth, there may be some sweetness in the front but the more I drink the more cereal I get.

Gross.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:12:50 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

1.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not much can be said about Corona that hasn't been said before. The beer looks about like piss and I imagine piss would taste better. There just isn't much of anything to the beer. No smell. No flavor. If you put enough limes into the beer you can get it to be almost drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 02:07:38 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

2.33/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - 12 oz bottle pours out a pale yellow. Little head and highly carbonated

S - It smells skunky and of corn.

T- The taste is very watery and has corn and grassy notes to it.

M - A light bodied beer that finishes crisp.

D - It is drinkable, especially on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 19:04:36 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, so this beer couldn't be more popular amongst most people. Haven't been able to see what the hype is though. It comes in a clear bottle that doesn't hide anything. It's clear yellow flavor is minimal and the only thing that really gets this beer something special is a lime wedge. That's pretty much it... Without the lime this beer is pretty much worthless to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:51:31 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

7 oz. bottle:
Poured pale yellow (just as seen through clear bottle). A thin wisp of a lace was present despite the high carbonation.
It smelled mildly of chemical-like sulfur and a touch of skunk.
It tasted like water with some odd chemical-like substance mixed in.
It left a metallic-like taste, but the water and carbonation allowed it to go down.
I tried this with lime in it a while back - not my thing, adding fruit to beer...A guest brought over nips, and I wanted to see if it could stand alone. If you drink this, which I do not recommend - put limes in it (I don't like adding fruit - but this needs it)...better yet - just avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 13:56:53 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

1.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When ever I think of Mexico, I think of big hats, big moustaches, Bandits and crap beer.

You can blame Hollywood and the American film industry for the first three and Corona for the last stereotyping.

Yet here I am about to review the beer that gave Mexico a bad name. The first 'designer' foreign beer that was advertised all over the place to hit Great Britain (I believe). This bottle was left at my house by someone who came to my daughters Birthday party, I would never have paid for it.

I poured the beer into one of my Duvel glasses, I wanted to give the beer a chance.

To be fair it looked like a Duvel except the head fell away very swiftly. A little lighter than a Duvel really, very pale and crystal clear too.

I give all lager/pilsners a score of 3 unless there is something bad or good about them. This is as odourless as most, but with a stale bread aroma hanging around.

Insipid and tasteless, nothing to report.

Fizzy water comes to mind when considering the mouthfeel.

Glad I didn't buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 21:02:09 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, I was once told that this beer had it's particular time and place. I am guessing that this person is referring to being in Mexico, or on any beach partying. However, while in Ensenada this summer this beer was no where to be seen. You had to specially ask for this beer, and it wasn't on billboards or the television commercials. No the marketing is for those Americans just show them the picture with the lime wedged in the bottle, then we'll see some response from them. Yep, that is basically what happened this beer became popularized with commercials not with a good taste. So, as I pour this beer in WV during early January, I almost know it is a mistake. However, I am giving it a shot. When i poured this golden (as in color of piss) it fizzled like a can of soda, and the head was gone by the time I looked at the screen and back down to my pint glass. At first scent it seems very unpleasant, but when I taste it, this beer contains relatively no flavors. It does have a mild citrusy sweetness, but there is really nothing here. For being so big with the average beer drinker, I wasn't expecting much here. This beer is not one that I plan to drink ever again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 23:42:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

1.73/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: pours a very light yellow color with a short 1/4" white head that breaks apart immediately. No lime in the pint glass.

Smell: no aroma other than some funky sweetness.

Taste: taste profile is very weak as only some corn and mild sweetness can be detected. Any bitterness is weak and barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Light in body. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is just an awful beer with no flavor. The lime must provide some flavoring to make this drinkable. I had this for beer for fun during a holiday get together, and just couldn't finish it. I was also frowned upon for asking for a glass and no lime. Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 16:14:52 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

2.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. clear bottle,

A: Pours a pallid yellow into a glass, with really no head to speak of, dissipates quickly leaving only a small, thin ring of clear foam around the glass.

S: Smells mainly of fermented corn, though it is much more evident than in a regular macro, no skunk, didn't expect it, as this came from a 12-pack.

T: This does not taste that bad. Haven't had this one in a while, and had forgotten what it tasted like. It has a simple corn flavour, not much else, but much better than your average macro-type lager beer.

M: Light, carbonic, bubbly, thin and watery.

D: A fair beer, better than most macros, but still, at the end of the day, its just a boring industrial lager. There are a lot better lagers out there, and better beers for the same price, so why waste your time with Corona? I'd drink it if I'm in the Sizzler, and there's no better beer around, but all and all, it's just not very good, and I would not spend my own money on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 01:45:51 | More by Halcyondays
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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
55 out of 100 based on 3,117 ratings.