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

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Corona LightCorona Light

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1,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 1.93
pDev: 37.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 232 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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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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.

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1/5  rDev -48.2%

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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 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.

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1.75/5  rDev -9.3%

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1/5  rDev -48.2%

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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.

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1/5  rDev -48.2%

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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Corona Light from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
48 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.