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

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Ratings: 1,765
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 1.93
pDev: 38.34%
Wants: 8
Gots: 307 | FT: 0
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Mexico

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,765 | Reviews: 415
Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.59/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear light orange with an off-white head that fades to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, corn flakes, water, and metal. Taste is the same with an emphasis on the watery quality. This beer has an extremely low level of carbonation with a very thin and watery mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty horrible beer with no real redeeming qualities. Definitely one of the worst Mexican beers I have had so far.

Photo of metter98
1.86/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thick collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of adjunct malts and skunk in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the beer has light flavors of adjunct and grainy malts along with some hints of bitterness and skunk.
M: It feels very light-bodied and also very watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and wasn’t horrible but doesn’t have much of a taste. The clear bottle might high have something to do with the skunky nature.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.21/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a transparent golden color with a lot of carbonation and really not much of a white head. The nose is a bit skunky with some really, really light grain. The taste is just about nothing. Lightly-skunked hops and some faint grain husks. Very light with high carbonation. This tastes bad.

Photo of brentk56
1.55/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pale yellow; no head or lacing

Smell: Smells like composting vegetables

Taste: No malts or hops discernable; just a medicinal bitterness

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery; a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: It will be a long time before I have another; its been a long time since I've had one and I was just curious to see how it stacks up.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.49/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Hot, sticky and arid- no, I'm not talking about the beer... at least, not yet. But in a world where outdoors means everything, its no surprise that the need for refreshment, thrist quenching character and ease in drinkability take center stage. The problem is that all those properties are attempting to manifest in beery form.

Much more like champagne, the beer pours with absolute clarity. Not even a smidgen of gold tries to impede the light- just the faintest canary yellow hue possible can be seen from its highly filtered appearance. The head character takes on fizzy proportions until the streams of carbonation are depleted- then still and with no lacing to boot. After the bubbles, there's simply nothing left.

Grain sweetness and minimal floral hops decorate the nose and in simplistic fashion. Lacking any meaningful aromatics, depth or structure there's really nothing to talk about other than the light flowery nose, wet grain, metal, light-struck character and maybe a whiff of apple-like sulfur.

Its taste is of dry crackers because of its leading grain character. Any actual malt character has been fermented or filtered away. What was floral is now lightly straw-like and mildly bitter in finish. However, the bitterness struggles to reach beyond the bite of iron or the sulfur-rich finish. Lightly vegetal, I get a slight corn-like sweetness in the middle that cleans up before the taste closes. Still- odd that the thing that gives the beer most of its flavor just might be its carbonation.

The lightest of light on the palate, there's little that gives the beer any added mouthfeel beyond seltzer water. Any would-be creaminess flutters away in a flashing glimpse, leaving a scrubbing sensation and mild grain-derived astringency in its wake.

In all honesty, the beer is fairly clean- but then again so is water. Perhaps enjoyable for its thirst quenching properties in the presence of crashing waves and not air conditioning- it might be what beer drinkers drink to sober up. But its not exactly what true beer enthusiasts crave when wanting beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
1.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

just an unacceptable brew by almost every count. i say almost because on cinco de mayo at 10:30 in the morning on a mild hangover when its 90 degrees out and its the only beer at the party, its tolerable in small doses. clear bottle shows watery less than yellow, some chemically white bubbles. smells like corn syrup, preservative, and dead beer. ugh. flavor isnt actually awful in the context of these adjunct light bogus semibrews. bit of malt, balanced. very light on the mouthfeel and sodapop carbonation. definitely refreshing, but it tastes so much worse than even some of the lowliest craft offerings. overall it would take a near miracle to get me to drink one of these again. with corona extra being one of the lightest beers out, who needs this even weaker version? yikes

Photo of Knapp85
1.03/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My review for Corona Extra is as follows:
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.

Corona light is the same but about 2 times worse.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured what must be the lightest yellow corn lager in the world without any head and a strong skunky aroma. Wow, truly one of the worst beer I had the misfortune of drinking and let me tell you that I had my fair share of bad experience. No much more that I can say about this…

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.48/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This review is part of Macro Smackdown VII, my sporadic comparison tasting of some of the more popular adjunct lagers and light lagers from the beer world. This brew will be going up against Canada's Molson Canadian Light in a 'no holds barred' fight to the death. Hopefully, not mine. Since corona means 'crown', does this beer have the advantage in nabbing the coveted crown of MacSmack VII? Let's pour and find out.

There was a much bigger escape of gas when opening this beer, the head looked and sounded much fizzier, and it was much more fleeting. It was brighter white than the Corona head, but in all other respects it was the lesser of the two. At this moment, the Molson cap is still one finger with a short collar of lace. The Corona cap is a thin surface film with no lace.

I wasn't surprised that the clear bottle resulted in a sulfurous smell on crown cracking. It's faded to some extent, but enough remains to make me feel unkind toward the nose in general. Even though it has more power than the Molson nose, what good is it when I don't like what I'm smelling? Advantage: Molson.

Believe it or not, this beer has a little more flavor than its competitor. However, that isn't a positive in this case, not by a long shot. It isn't up front enough to be truly wretched, but I find the musky, still slightly skunky flavor disgusting. No matter, it descends into aqueousness in mere moments anyway.

I don't have much to say about the mouthfeel that I didn't already say in the other review. Except this: Corona Light has one of the sorriest excuses for a mouthfeel that I've ever experienced. In a way, though, I'm grateful. At least I don't have to continue to taste the... ahem... flavor profile for longer than a fraction of a second.

Corona Light failed to win the crown in Macro Smackdown VII and thereby betrayed its very name. Really, though, the only one betrayed in this entire sorry mess is me. So ends another exercise in endurance and palate abuse. No wonder the length of time between MacSmacks is getting longer and longer.

Photo of mikesgroove
1.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, really this is the lat macro review for the night, two in one night was bad enough. Pours a light yellow with a big fizzy head that fades away immediatly leaving essentially yellow seltzer. Smell is bjust not good. Smells very musty and almost moldy breadish. The taste was not much better. I skipped out on the lime, in retrospect probably should have taken one. Big carbonation and really light texture made it go down like water, cold water, when it warmed, wow, that was just not cool. Overall why am I doing this? Oh yeah to better appreciate my good brew in a day or two.

Photo of biboergosum
1.86/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle, a straggler from the ski chalet fridge last week.

This beer pours a thoroughly clear, light golden colour, with two fingers of puffy, fizzy, and momentarily bubbly dirty white head, which sinks away like someone let the air out of its tires, leaving a bit of random streaky lace around the glass.

It smells a heck of a lot like sushi, that is, leftover sushi with that mealy, congealed rice odor, and a kind of vegetal, crisp snow peas character - wait, that sounds way too good for this - oh, there it is, some wet cardboard and faint fusel come to save the day! The taste is very light, sweet white rice in liquid form, soggy saltines, a pithy rotten fruit essence, and weak straw/floral esters that may or may not be construed as hops.

The carbonation is actually quite strong, but mostly in a frothy, airy sort of manner, the body quite thin in its weighting, and smooth like hard water. It finishes with a mealy (diluted rice and corn) sweetness, and some lingering muddled vegetal acridity.

North of 49, they actually have to label the ABV on even this kind of stuff, and it's 3.7%, as if it really matters. Anyways, not overly offensive, plain, and not good for much, unless you're hemorrhaging fluids on vacation somewhere, and still want to appear to be drinking.

Photo of womencantsail
1.89/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour on this is a pale yellow color with a towering white head.

S: How I love the smell of skunk and corn. Lots of metallic notes are also there, as is a fair amount of apple juice. There's also quite a bit of sulfur to it, which is never a good thing.

T: Strong sulfur and skunk flavors, unfortunately, but not surprisingly. Metal is a prominent flavor as is sweet corn and apple juice. Light grassy hops and bitterness.

M: Light in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Not sure which is worse, this or regular Corona. Not sure it really matters, either.

Photo of zeff80
1.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a clear yelow, color with a white, small, short-lived head. It was highly carbonated. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted like water with a slight touch of sweet corn and some grain.

M - It is very thin, like water. A very light-bodied beer.

D - Slightly above Mich Ultra in terms of flavor, but is severely lacking in beer-like qualities.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.34/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, thin-looking, pale yellow body with a foamy layer of white suds on top, though this soon dies down.

Smell: Jesus, what is going on with that scent, it smells particularly skunky with a big whiff of rotten eggs. It's no wonder I've put off revisiting this beer for so many years.

Taste: Barely a hint of insipid barley grain up front, with a touch of corn-based sweetness, no real hop character or bitterness, but a troublesome metallic bent to it. Small crackle of carbonation on the weak, less-than-clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied with a mouthfeel that is quite watery.

Drinkability: Unclean and unpleasant. I certainly couldn't fault anyone for chucking a lime into this, or even the adding salt thing I occasionally people engaging in, 'cause this beer needs some help.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.12/5  rDev -42%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

A: The beer is a very light yellow color nearly see-through, with almost no head and no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn, adjuncts, very light malts and almost no hops.

T: The taste has only a little bit of flavor from the adjunct and light malt sweetness and even that isn't very strong. Any hops used in brewing this beer are undetectable not there's nothing else to this beer at all.

M: Watery, very light body, high carbonation, finish is clean (pretty much the only compliment I can give this beer).

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily because it's so light, not filling at all, extremely mild kick, even within a lackluster style this beer falls very short and is just not good unless you want to drink a beer that has almost no chance to get you drunk.

Photo of Jason
1.21/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: CLEAR 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear pale straw with a ever so fading white lace.

Smell: Odd aroma of sweetness and grain ... creamed corn? Hint of sulfur and no apparent skunkiness ... we think we found a survivor.

Taste: Crisp, clean and light bodied with some grainy husky flavours that are mildly astringent yet get a little stronger. Hop bitterness is minimal and the husky astringency builds up more in the end. Finish is quite dry and a bit coarse.

Notes: Did this brew come from the second running or pressings of the mash? On second thought maybe one should put the lime in this brew to mask the astringent off flavors.

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: at some terrible bar, I'm guessing

Pours yellow-gold, thin, and fizzy, often served with a lime (I'm assuming so you can blind yourself with it and be taken to the hospital before having to drink the Corona). Smells stale; tastes of pure skunk personified and sickeningly stale/sweet. Bitter, rotten aftertaste. Avoid at all costs.

My theory on how Corona is made...many agree with me: 10000 Mexicans each drink a bottle of cheap tequila and then pee into a large vat. Then the contents of the vat are bottled up and shipped to your local dive bar!

Photo of WVbeergeek
1/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was my step dad's go to beer many moons ago when I was growing up, more so Extra than Light but Corona was his quality beer. Budweiser was his regular offering, btw. Again light pale golden clear bodied lager, low in alcohol. No lime wedge squeezed and shoved down the neck of the bottle for me. A good old fashioned pour into a fluted pils glass. Very pale yellow, quickly fleeting white head really no lace is left behind. Sorry looking beer, let's go for a few sniffs...cooked veggies/corn/rice with a solvent green/skunked/grassiness. Wow, this is the worst fuckin' beer I've ever tasted, it's got off flavors coming at the palate from every direction. I though cold temp would make this beer more suitable, this is unbearable. At first sip it was terrible, second sip no better not as rough. The off flavors begin to actually justify themselves and if served cold enough without a lime you may be able to drink the whole bottle. I'm starting to get a headache half way through, and I have drank mass produced swill beer my whole life, wtf? My head is now tingling like a just huffed on chemicals. This beer tastes wrotten with skunked/strong carbonation cooked vegetables not much sweetness or fruitiness pretty clean finish. Mouthfeel is watery/carbonation is crazy high like I just dropped an alka seltzer in it. Drinkability overall is a never again verdict, I will never dance with this devil again.

Photo of mdfb79
1.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From 07/02/11 notes.

a - Pours a clear straw yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Looks pretty much like normal Corona Extra.

s - Smells of corn, grain, light sour bready malts.

t - Tastes of corn, vegetables, sour/skunkiness, bready malts.

m - Light watery body and high carbonation. Too carbonated.

o - Call me crazy, but I actually thought this was slightly better than Corona Extra. Extra had a little bit mroe skunkiness to it in the taste, so this one is getting the nod. Still not a good beer, and I suggest going for most anything else.

Photo of drabmuh
1.89/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Does this beer really need to exist? Isn't Corona light enough? I recently was wrestling with this question and I wondered if I could even tell them apart. After a blind taste test I could, but neither beer are special or decent.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. No salt, Lucas, or citrus added, just the naked beer. Beer is light yellow and completely clear. No head or lacing to speak of, moderate to high carbonation made up of medium to large bubbles.

Almost no aroma. Some grains, maybe.

Gross. This beer really bothers me. It is worse than Corona Extra, that much I know from a side by side, but this beer has a terrible grainy flavor and has the consistency of water. Never again.

Photo of jwc215
2.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours straw yellow - as seen in bottle. Head retention decent for style - could be worse.

The smell is light seltzer with some husk.

The taste is the same. Not much going on other then a bit of husky astringency - not as much as Corona Extra, but it's there. Otherwise clean. Very mild maltiness, virtually no hop presence. Doesn't taste like much of anything, really.

It has a fizzy, light body that is fairly crisp - in a water sort of way.

Obviously, it's meant for people who are on a diet and want to put a lime in it without the flavor of beer (or much flavor at all). Less offensive than Corona Extra, though.

Photo of chinchill
2.15/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A pint on tap as part of the (re?)introduction of this beer in keg form ... this is a good idea for a beer bottled in clear glass.

Appearance: Pours clear, thin-looking, and very pale yellow in color with a short-lived white head.

Smell: Contrary to many reviews of the bottled version, this was not particularly skunky or sulfuric. Instead, it had a faint aroma of light, bready malt.

Taste: very light, as advertised, featuring a touch of barley grain with a bit of corn and a hint of hops,

Mouthfeel: Very thin-bodied with a water feel, but given some life by the medium carbonation.

O: Not offensive but not much to like either. At least I got a free hat.

Photo of dbrauneis
1.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The predominant smell of this beer is a moderate aroma of skunk that can be detected as soon as the beer is opened and poured. There are also some light to moderate notes of adjunct malt sweetness. The smell is almost offensive with the amount of skunk in it.

T: This beer has a very light/mild flavor overall and there is almost nothing to note in the taste. Very light presence of adjunct malts (corn and rice) with just the lightest hint of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Not a great beer or even a good one, I guess this is best drunk (if ever) in the hot sun at the beach for hydration - though I think I would personally prefer water. I hate the clear glass bottle as I'm sure that does not help with the skunky notes.

Photo of GClarkage
1.73/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Blech!!! I tried two of these just to make sure the first wasn't as bad as I thought it was. Poured a light straw yellow with no head or straw. At first it tasted like regular Corona. But after the taste settled in...UGH! Drank it quickly and had another just to make sure my taste buds were responding properly. Same deal. Maybe a paint thinner taste too it? Pretty watery too. Tough to finish. Geez, am I glad I couldn't find Tecate Light.

Photo of Gavage
1.27/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: pours a light pale yellow color that almost looks clear on the outside of the glass. A few bubbles ride the surface.

Smell: I could not detect any aroma with this beer.

Taste: barely a hint of grass and corn sweetness. No bitterness. No much else can describe the flavor here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste. Very light and thin in body.

Drinkability: probably one of the worst beers I have had and actually reviewed. No flavor especially with no lime in the glass. There are some lite beers with at least some flavor on the market.

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Corona Light from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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