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

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Wattstriker
3.05/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Seeing this beer rated so low overall makes me assume that it's resulting from comparing this beer to the best beers out there. That's not a good idea. Overall, I'd call it better in quality than most general American beers (Bud, Miller, Coors, etc.) and very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of TheWolf
1.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank at a banquet function. I remember enjoying this back in the day. Not so much so now a days. tastes like vegetables sitting out in the sun for an entire afternoon. cheers for evolution.

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Photo of Myotus
2.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mikasa pilsner glass. Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates to a half fingers worth within a minute. Plethora of bubbles for that first minute then they become mild. Very mild lacing. Pale golden color. Very strong chemical aromas (like cleaning products without the pleasant floral scents that are usually added to make them smell good) with strong adjunct malt aromas (more rice than anything else) and a hint of sugar sweetness. Initial taste strongly reciprocates that chemical odor, however, rice malt flavors immediately follow and overpower the chemical flavors making this lager bearable. Slight sugary notes follow up adjunct malt flavors to give it a somewhat pleasant ending. Carbonation is so strong that it practically burns the tongue (or is it the mystery chemical that's the culprit???). Meduim-bodied and has a crisp finish that strangely quenches my thirst. I have to admit that this is my guilty pleasure beer. A definite go to when I go to non-craft beer bars. Don't judge me. Y'all have your guilty pleasure beers, too.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.13/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Crystal clear, golden straw color, thin white head, spotty lacing

S: Adjunct grains, slight lager yeast smell, light hop

T: Skunkyness, sweet adjunct grains, slight hop bitterness

F: Light, fizzy carbonation, crisp, dry

O: This is one of my more favored adjunct lagers. I tend to gravitate toward this style as the weather warms because of price, availability, and they are just great to wet the whistle after a run or mowing the grass, also wonderful out on the boat.

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Photo of Redneckwine
2.11/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass (bottle taken out of boxed case), NO lime added

Appearance - Pale straw, crystal clear, no trace of head whatsoever but a very slight ring of foam around the edge. A few carb bubbles spring to the surface just to let you know this is probably not urine.

Smell - Offensive skunky/funky right off the bat, which is puzzling since this came from a boxed case. Kind of spicy and metallic, a bit green and vegetal. Faint biscuity and fruity notes are desperately trying to surface to save face.

Taste - A bit better than the smell, actually: very watery and the skunk + vegetal notes lead the way, but aren't as offensive as the nose. Not much going on here - but wayyy back in the distance there is a Pils-like biscuity/fruity note that is sort of pleasing, but unfortunately there is also some twangy grainy and metallic notes with it. Finishes dry with very minor astringent bitterness.

Feel - Light bodied and very watery, snappy carb keeps this from feeling like tap water. Fairly refreshing when ice cold, nonetheless.

Overall - This was the first Corona I've had in about 12 years I think, and frankly it's just as bad as I remember it being. Skunky, grainy, metallic, watery... Simply a poor beer with too few redeeming qualities. Of course it got worse as it warmed, but I suppose if you slam it fast it'd be fairly inoffensive. It's pretty easy to see why everyone adds a lime wedge to this stuff. And on a closing note, how the Hell was this beer skunked coming out of a sealed carboard box?! I may never know.

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Photo of NCMatt
1.47/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It currently has a 56, I can't imagine how. It's practically flavorless and unless you buy a 12 / 24 pack (in the box) it's probably skunked by the time you get home. Deserves a score much, much lower.

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Photo of b0ss-h0gg
1.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

There are a million worse beers and a million better beers. Outstandingly marketed so that you think you should buy it if you're going to the beach. Decent with the fruit wedge, lousy alone.

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
1.25/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is the Mexicans version of "fosters" no one drinks it in its country of origin and for good reason.
tastes like camel urine and isn't what id want for a sustain-er or even a quick beer to cool me off.

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Photo of yonnie
2.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pilsner glass. In the past 5 months I have had Chimay Red, Rochefort 6, 8 and 10, Westvleteren XII, Three Philosophers, KBS, BBA Narwhal, Heady Topper, 120 Minute IPA and bunch of other world class brews. That said, this is actually not that bad, but also not that good either. It's a bit watery, but still has a little malt flavor. Sort of grainy and sweet. Really bubbly on the tongue. Actually looks pretty nice in a glass. I understand why this is a popular summer beer. Nothing offensive here, just nothing to write home about. I've definitely had worse.

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Photo of Rivoire
1.34/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

If you put Lemon in your beer, that means you don't want it to be tasted but drank for refreshing your palate during the summer. Lemon kills the taste all the other feelings you can get.

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Photo of EMV
1.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What more can be said about Corona... great marketing and a terrible product. This is skunk in a bottle, and there's not enough lime in the world to fix this beer. Macro corn, watery, yellow and fizzy, and did I mention skunk? Not worthy of being called beer. It's only virtue is being cheap and safer than drinking the water while in Mexico... and that just barely.

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Photo of FrazFraz
2.43/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a club once so my memory might be affected a little.

A - Typical lager colour, it might be a bit lighter but maybe that's just me. Head was nothing to note, standard for a macro brewing company.

S - Nothing too special here either, just smells like... well... a lager, maybe a little more skunky than the average macro. Not any notes of anything special that I could detect. The smell fine and not anything to get hung up about.

T - Very mild in my opinion, very lacking in flavour. Basically just pseudo-average, I would serve this very cold and down a lot of them since it is incredibly easy to drink. If there is nothing else better around and you wanna get drunk fast... down a few of these.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
2.42/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a can. Blech, this is pretty bad. Tastes like steel wool, creamed corn, and whippits. I actually enjoy Corona when skunked, pero eso, es no bueno. A crash course on why lime was ever squeezed into a beer.

Can't find anything wrong with the visuals or feel though (when judging by style).

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Photo of nucloid
4.07/5  rDev +82.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to honestly say about corona. I gave the smell it a low score due to it lack of smell. To me it tastes like budweiser and budlight. Corona will always be one of my go to beers though.

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Photo of joemochas
1.02/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'd somehow avoided drinking one of these until last Friday night when it was all that was in the green room at a work event. Just the worst. I couldn't even finish the can.

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Photo of gopens44
1/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Didn't know whether to rate with or without lime, but then I realized that it really didn't matter.

From notes/memory: Pale as wee, smells faintly of wee, tastes like west Texas water that has not been processed through a reverse osmosis system, mouthfeel of water.

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Photo of ShaunJ
4/5  rDev +79.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite everyday beer. It's got a lot of flavor for a lighter beer. It's refreshing, has a clean after-taste, and is not as watered down as other American Lagers.

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Photo of Liranmov
2.38/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light, fuzzy, mild flavored beer.
If the bottle isn't properly stored it can get a foul smell, otherwise it ain't got a lot of smell.
the taste is not strong, refreshing as a beverage but not as enjoyable as a beer.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.43/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. Bright & light with mild maltiness. Mild everything, really. Despite lacking in terms of depth of flavor, I love how crisp & refreshing a nice cold Corona can be.

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Photo of Jorgenavarro19822
1.91/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Looks tasty and golden. But the bottle being clear messes up the taste and smell. It smells like a skunk and it tastes like one. Only redeemable with a lime.

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Photo of redsoxjim
1.84/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Only g̶o̶o̶d̶ *drinkable* with a lime
Clear bottle makes the beer skunk fast in the sun (beach is where majority are consumed)
need I continue...

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is good in one way and one way only. It has to be 90+ out, super sunny day, sitting near water (beach, pool, river, lake, etc.), the beer must be ice cold, and you have to have a lime wedge shoved into the bottle. No glass. Must be from the bottle. In a moment such as this one though, it is a very refreshing beverage to have.

Would purchase again, but ONLY in this scenario.
Would Drink Again: Yes

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Photo of JobiWanKenob
1.3/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Any beer that requires a lime wedge or salt added to it (or anything else for that matter) isn't worth the time. If a tall corn stalk could take a piss, it would smell and taste like Corona.

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Photo of Capt_Pete
3.24/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle with a lime (traditional, right). What's to say about the Look - it's light golden. Smell is citrusy on a hot day at the beach, the only place I drink it, and the taste is smooth and refreshing with the lime. Smooth - medium bodied with a pleasant taste. Overall best for a hot day at the beach.

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Photo of SenorElRaz
1.84/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

This is overpriced crap. The only way I can enjoy one of these is when it's ice cold and with a lime wedge, which covers up the bad flavor. Tastes like urine when served normally. This has no business being as expensive as it is. I'd rather drink Keystone Light than this overrated swill.

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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
54 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.