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

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Corona ExtraCorona Extra

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3,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,774
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 2.31
pDev: 32.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 328 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
1.68/5  rDev -27.3%

Preface: I'm going to give this beer the benefit of the doubt and review it like I would review any beer...

Poured into my Westvleteren goblet, Corona's traits are evident as quickly by the nose as they are the eyes. Upon pouring the clear light straw-colored beer a pungent aroma appears. Until this moment I thought that 'skunkiness' was merely a fun nomenclature. No. This really does smell like you're driving down the highway and smell that smell that can only be described by ' hey, someone must have run over a skunk.'
There is no head, only a yellow body. Taste is like the smell, and bitey at the end. There must be some form of complex alcohol in here to create this effect. It is not pleasant. Fortunately, the mouthfeel is an OK light body like you'd expect in a lawnmower beer. But then you swallow. What a corny, astringent aftertaste. How is the the biggest-selling import beer for the US? Shame on you, US! :)

DaveFL1976, May 31, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
2.53/5  rDev +9.5%

Corona is really just a party and hot day beer nothing more and nothing less. It makes people feel good about drinking an import that do not usually drink imports. I do have a lot of friends that love Corona. So I have been known to knock back some with some lemon or lime on occasion. I try never to knock a friend’s beer. Those are fighting words. Besides it is a decent beer to drink on a hot day.

Appearance- Jaundice yellow straw.

Smell- Faint. Kind of like the “Near Beer” I get when I can’t drink the real thing.

Taste- See Smell. OK not fair. Add some citrus and you will alright.

Mouthfeel- Thin but balanced.

Drinkability- Decent it is not the worst beer ever and it is some what refreshing on hot days.

MTNboy, May 22, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
1.8/5  rDev -22.1%

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!

BEERchitect, May 18, 2007
Photo of jarmby1711
1.85/5  rDev -19.9%

This is pale and watery as most people realize.
It is a lesson in marketing, how not only how it is fashionable but attracts a premium price in bars and restaurants.
It is meant to guzzle on a hot day surely nothing else.
If some one else is buying I am prepared to drink , but it wont get any of my premium beer dollars

jarmby1711, May 16, 2007
Photo of logansboat15
1.93/5  rDev -16.5%

How Corona can call this brew "Extra" is beyond me. No offense to the brewery, but how the American everyman beer drinker can be bamboozled into thinking this is a premium quality beer is stunning. Pours a tepid pissy yellow with the standard American pilsner foamy head. Smells of pee-pee and light hoppiness mixed with water. Taste is very underwhelming and no doubt gets a boost when the obligatory lemon or lime is squeezed into the glass. Mouthfeel is non existent. I guess that this is highly drinkable as a session beer since there is very little substance to be rated. Credit must be given to the marketing staff of the brewery, since most Corona drinkers are missing the boat when it comes to taste and variety in America's beer industry.

logansboat15, May 15, 2007
Photo of sessycuban
1.68/5  rDev -27.3%

A - This beer pours very watery. It's almost an injustice to pour this beer into a glass. The head is non-existent and what head you do get does not retain well.

S - I don't really smell anything. I just get water and alcohol.

T - Like many American Macro Lagers, this beer tastes "cold." You'd never imagine that cold would be an adjective you'd use to describe taste but that's the best I'm getting here.

M - It feels like cold water. I have to admit that it's very refreshing, but more of in a gatorade way.

D - If you just want something cold to quench your thirst, this is not a bad choice. If you're looking for taste and an experience, you've come to the wrong place. At best, this is a refreshing beer.

sessycuban, May 15, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
2.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Traded a Schooner for a Corona with a friend at the cottage.

Appearance: Poured a sample from the bottle into a glass. Poured a pale yellow urine with a small white head, no retention.

Aroma: Rotten skunk corn. Honestly, smelled more like skunk than beer. Nasty grains and corn. Not pleasant.

Taste: Skunk and corn juice. Very little flavour in the the finish, just a hint of rotten grains.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and average.

Final Statement: After I downed that poured sample I put a couple of lime wedges in the bottle neck for the rest of the drink. This beer needs it! It's actually not bad when it tastes like a lime cooler, its the only way this disgrace is drinkable. Not recommended.

MMansfield, May 14, 2007
Photo of jeortizrubi
2.05/5  rDev -11.3%

Es la cerveza mexicana mas vendida en el mundo, pero no es por su calidad ya que en su elaboracion utilizan procesos quimicos, y se fermenta rapidamente, es una cervezas sin cuerpo y si te la sirven fria y tienes mucho calor es algo placentera tomarte una. Su envase es transparente y no tiene etiqueta, esta impreso en la botella el nombre. En algunas partes del pais venden corona en envase ambar para que aguante el sol y no se heche a perder.

jeortizrubi, May 09, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
2.25/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance - 2.0
Very pale straw colour, head disappears quickly.

Smell - 2.0
Reminicent of many cheaper beers, and nothing at all interesting.

Taste - 2.0
Instantly very refreshing in the way that a shandy is on a hot summer's day. A faint lemonade-sweetness and nothing unplesant. A slightly bitter aftertaste, leaves almost no flavour in the mouth at all.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Quite watery, yet fizzy at the same time.

Drinkability - 3.0
Apart from being boring, this is a highly drinkable beer, especially after a hot day's work.

This is an extremely overpriced beer, that needs a slice of lime to have any character whatsoever. It is quite refreshing, but if you want taste, look elsewhere.

LittleCreature, May 09, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
1.7/5  rDev -26.4%

On tap at city place in west palm beach, FL for cinco de mayo, poured into a plastic party glass, pours a piss yellow with no head and heavy carbonation bubbles. Usually this beer has a serious smell of skunk, but not today probably from being in the keg, Still it has no distant smell maybe of heavy carbonation. This did not impress me on tap and would only drink if given to me for free,I would never pay for this crap in a bottle.

gunnerman, May 06, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
2.38/5  rDev +3%

Completely clear, light straw yellow color. Largish bubbles in the white head, poor retention and lacing. Dimethyl sulfide rears its head in the nose, adjunct grain, a little skunky.

Extremely light flavor, can be crisz and refreshing. Body is on the light side, mostly grain husk, corn flavors. Floral hop aromas do the best job here, provides a little balance. The finish is watery, aftertaste holds onto the hops. Carbonation is brisk and kills off the flavor a bit, not a bad choice with these grain choices.

Good one for mowing the lawn on a 90 degree day.

BretSikkink, May 03, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.78/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
2.25/5  rDev -2.6%

330 ml clear bottle.

A- Cristal clear golden yellow. Good effervescence. OK medium white head that even left some lacing as it settles to a nice ring of foam.

S- That all too familiar skunked aroma of imported lager in a clear bottle. A little citrussy smell behind the skunk.

T- Water with a slight hint of skunk and grassy hops. Grape-lemon fruit finish and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This might be OK if fresh, but would still be too bland.

MF- Crisp light lager. Passable on a hot beach. Leaves a dry feeling on the tongue an palate I could do without.

D- Bland, light-impacted flavour and slightly off mouthfeel make this a beer I usually avoid.

JOaikido, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of tzieser
1.95/5  rDev -15.6%

served in a 12 oz bottle with a lime on the side (i tried it both with and without the lime)

appearance- pours into a light golden color with a head that quickly dissapates (when you dont use a lime).

smell- most hints are hard to detect. corny/grainy smell is prevelent throughout the beer.

taste- . Tastes of corns and grains, no hoppy or malt tastes here. With a lime, the lime flavor helps balance the flavors.

overall- i'll take it if it's the only option.

used to be one of my favorites somehow, but now i can barely drink the stuff. avoid.

tzieser, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.03/5  rDev -12.1%

why? i guess the advertising. i just don't understand why you would pay more for this crap, it's basically your average macro with some faint corn adjunct aroma/taste. no malt or hop character to speak of. fizzy and very carbonated which provides the crisp finish. just get a soda water and put a lime in it. ugh. hey, you look cool drinking it though!

MrMcGibblets, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
3.3/5  rDev +42.9%

Appearance - Light gold color. The beer itself is not visually impressive (little head, pale in color, etc.), but together with the tiny bubbles rising, the condensation formed droplets beading down and the painted on label, this bottle is iconic.

Smell - Skunky without the lime, so get the lime.

Taste - Crisp start. With just a little slice of lime, this beer becomes complete.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down easy. Refreshing.

Don't worry about pouring this one in a glass, the longneck bottle will cuddle just right in your hand. In regards to the clear bottle, just use common sense and don't store it in direct sunlight...who does that to beer anyway?

SaltyLime, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of prototypic
1.18/5  rDev -48.9%

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden to yellow color. One finger head dissipated quickly and left virtually no lacing to speak of.

Smell: There's a bit of a grainy smell, some corn, and a touch of a spicy smell. You've got to work hard to get to this point. Very weak aroma.

Taste: Typical. It tastes of corn and grains. It has something of a peppery taste (can't really pinpoint it). It's very watery. I'm not picking up any malt or hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. It's tastes very watery and is relatively easy to drink. I just simply have no idea why anyone would want to. It's not a good beer at all. Steer clear.

prototypic, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of michfan23
4.72/5  rDev +104.3%

I don't care what others may say i love Corona for its great refreshing quality and the nice crisp taste. I wouldn't say it is a beer that everyone would like but it is a nice tasting beer with a lot going for it. The look and flavor is great because it is great for sitting back on a hot summer day. I often hear people mocking it and claiming that the Mexicans won't drink it but I don't mind because they can send it all to me. I would pick Corona any day of the week because it is miles away from ordinary.

michfan23, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.6/5  rDev -30.7%

First of all, the bottle, with its transparent glass, does not give a very nice impression!

Appearance: very clear with a light yellow color. The head is white, well formed with a moderate size, although it fades rather quickly.
Aroma: very light aroma. When I’ve tried really hard I could find a hint of a citrus bouquet.
Taste: kind of acidic and pungent.
Mouthfeel: dry, kind of tart, gassy, low alcoholic strength.
Finish: slightly bitter but very short.

Overall: flavorless, bland and empty. I don’t see why this beer is as known as it is. My first and last try!

AlexLMS, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of happygnome
1.9/5  rDev -17.7%

a: pale yellow, eigth inch white head the dissapears fast with no sign of lace left behind, not very inviting
s: sweet grain aroma not much hop presence
t: well its sweeter than most beers not very nice
m: light bodied average carbonation

overall this is not a very good beer at all, they run a very good marketing that makes people, like my cousin, think this is a really good craft beer, not recommended

happygnome, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
2.8/5  rDev +21.2%

Reviewd as per style, american macro lager,

The appearance is sad, almost clear with a head that dies before your first sip....sad, even if that is somewhat expected for this style, i cant rate that well.

Skunk, clear bottle=skunky beer, thats the smell you get unless i guess you stick a lime in the throat.

I give the taste a three, because its based on the style, avbout average for the american macro lager its not as skunky tasting as you might think based on the initial aroma, very flat, with very little actual flavor. think beer fllavored water.

I do not like the mouthfeel, its almost sparkling water like, not cool

The drinkability is high only because you could pack down a bunch of these and not even know a difference, i cant rate it more than just a smidge above avg only because if i had a choice, id drink something else.

Redwood21, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of SMark
1.93/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured at 42 degrees from a 1 PT. 8 FL.OZ. (24 FL.OZ.) bottle with an adequate head which quickly faded. Pale yellow in color with no apparent bubbles.

I'm sorry but this beer smells of skunk, not gone bad but the animal. So why do I drink? 24 ounce bottles are great for home brew. Noticed on my last 6 that the bottle is taller and seems lighter. If I had only known earlier.

Sharp and acidic hence the recommendation of lime. It is drinkable but lacking for a cult beer.

Doesn't stay long.

I can obviously drink these but not at home in the 12 ounce bottle.

SMark, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev +48.5%

stick a lime in it and drink up, amigo...

it is what it is...

Mexican/American Macro Lager...

La Cerveza Mas Fina?... ok, what-eva!

looks like a clear yellow beer

smells a bit funky... quick, shove a friggin lime in it

it tastes ok, thank gawd for the lime

it's nice and cold not too fizzy

eat some nachos, hang with some friends, and drink some of this beer*

*NOTE: trust me, don't mix shots of tequila with this beer or you might end up on the wrong end of a gun.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2/5  rDev -13.4%

This brew is practically the same as Sol in terms of flavor and criteria for drinkability. When consumed ice cold, with at least one lime wedge stuffed in the bottle, it can be refreshing. However, if it's not ice cold it's simply not drinkable. All of that said, I am still not sure why in the hell this is so popular year-round with people, as the only flavors it has are simply off flavors. Also, as the price it's sold at, I'm not sure why some people spend the money they do on it. I would love to see how popular this brew is if limes were unavailable among a community of Corona lovers for a month's time.

AustinBeerLvr, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.35/5  rDev +1.7%

Served in its proper glassware, the bottle, with a wedge of lime. Normally I´d eschew the beer in the bottle and fruit thing. But as far as I can tell this is the proper serving technique. There´s still that cheap, grainy flavor, but the fruit helps make this drinkable and not an unpleasant experience. Try this once and call it a cultural experience.

tempest, Mar 12, 2007
Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
56 out of 100 based on 3,774 ratings.