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

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Photo of enjambed
2.12/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Had some sitting in the fridge, so I thought I may as well review it.

serving: ~40F bottle poured into stem glass.

Appearance: typical macro lager look. For a light beer, it has a surprisingly rich yellow color, but absolutely no head. I don't think Corona really cared about how this would look in a glass, especially considering the commercials always present it in the bottle (with a lime stuck in it).

Smell: As you would expect with a light lager, there's not much going on here. Some sweetness and grain. Thankfully not as much corn going on as the Corona extra.

Taste: Light, watery, and inoffensive lager. The corn/vague adjunct flavor strikes back in the aftertaste.

Mouth: Water seems to be the running theme here, with some crisp from the carbonation.

Overall: Corona light is an inoffensive macro light lager. When I first had it, not realizing it was the light version, thought something like "wow, Corona doesn't taste as crappy as I remember it, in fact it tastes like nothing at all!". I mean, you can't really rail on this beer for being flavorless, it's nothing like the nauseating Keystone Light, but then again it's pretty expensive for what it is. As far as light beers go, you could do worse. I've used it for carmelizing onions and they turned out pretty well, so maybe there's a use for it after all.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 drink again, but ONLY in this scenario.
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampling right now on 6/19/14. Seen it over the years but never tried it, let alone a review. Bought a single bottle for $1 in the discount bin to try. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass with a lime wedge on the side, just like the 'Corona Extra' right before this one.

Pours pretty much like the regular Corona which is a pale straw-yellow. A very thin white head is seen and it's gone! No lacing is seen either. The aroma is just of some grass for the most part. Nothing special. The taste is well...isn't as good as a regular Corona by any means and is of some grass with a slight weak 'watered-down' finish. Nothing to get excited over by any means and glad I just bought a single bottle for a $1.00, which that is probably over-priced.

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Photo of halo3one
2.94/5  rDev +59.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Light golden, moderate froth, moderate to heavy lacing

S - Mildly tart, bitter corn

T - Not a lot discernible to me, corn?, watery, stale

M - bitter aftertaste, moderate to heavy carbonation

O - It is what it is, cheap beer, readily available most anywhere in the US

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Photo of HoppySeb
1.7/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Its Corona Light. Enough said.
Its wide distribution, clear bottles and mass market strategy makes this beer easily attainable in the US, Mexico and in some other regions. A skunky smell and taste is typical and has become characteristical to the beer. Light malt taste, bitter aftertaste and high carbonation represent this beer's experience in my mind - reminds me of eating stale-ish popcorn. I do find it enjoyable in certain occasions, like lying in a beach in Mexico, but by no means is this something I typically go after.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
2.05/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

A- Settles in with a a very pale, golden body with crystal clear transparency. Head starts out a foamy white, but dissappears very quickly to leave a ring of white bubbles around the edges.

S- Wet corn, hints of toasted grains, not much more than that.

T- Sweet corn and grain flavors, watery bread, not all that offensive, but hardly any flavor to speak of.

M- Very thin and watery, carbonation is medium.

O- This is towards the bottom of the list for a reason, it is really not very good. That being said, it is light and drinkable.

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Photo of RingoBro
2.18/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

Pretty much no head on this beer and is clear yellow. Doesn't smell like much of anything, but I'd definitely take this over Bud Light, Coors Light, etc. Nice light beer to have during the summer at parties. If you want quantity > quality, this low-calorie beer is a great option.

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Photo of Ron860
2.87/5  rDev +56%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes: Poured into a pilsner glass to see how 'light' this beer really is. Actually, if I *had* to drink Light beers this one would probably be my go-to beer over all others... well... I could probably tolerate a Heineken or Amstel Light as well, but this one, taking into consideration it's marketing purpose for refreshment, does what it is supposed to do. There wasn't any 'born-on' date but the one I tried seemed fairly fresh. I'm certain the turnover rate on these is quite steady given the average consumer pool of beer drinkers, which I must say, is significantly improving!

Appearance - Very, very pale yellow color, heavy carbonation, with a minimal head retention of about 30 seconds if you are lucky. No obvious sign of lacing on the glass either but a mere haze of what could have been. This brew is propbably the most clear I have ever seen next to water. If I were stranded in a desert, working in the hot sun, or just resurfacing my driveway for more than 5 hours during the summer, an ice cold Corona Light would look extremely appealing to me.

Smell - Very faint aroma of malt and barely any hops. Possibly some adjunct aromas such as old rice but nothing that stands out. A variable mix of sweetness and floral but very light.

Taste - I'm not certain what this brew is supposed to be other than just 'beer' or 'cerveza' but I guess the taste fits the style. I couldn't really determine what the flavors were that I was experiencing, so I had to continue trying the beer multiple times to find out. ;) It is not unpleasant but doesn't lend much to the imagination either. Basically, it tastes like a lighter version of Corona!

Mouthfeel - After a few 'sips' I can safely say that the drinkability of this beer is very high. Even with it's light watery body, it has a very smooth and refreshing texture but leaves more to be desired. No complaints, but nothing very impressive either.

Overall - Obviously, Grupo Modelo knows what they are doing. If there was not a demand for this product it would not be marketed. Quite frankly, is the beer an Anchor Steam, Samuel Adams, Defiant, Theakston Old Peculiar, Dogfish Head, or Delirium Tremens?... absolutely not. But it holds a place in the refreshing and enjoyable beer market that is quite successful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.49/5  rDev +35.3%
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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Photo of dacrza1
1.74/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: September 1, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: celebrating the last Sunday before school begins...APPEARANCE: wateresque in density; champagne-like bubbles cascade swiftly; thin, liquid white head...not bad... AROMA: funky off-kilter cardboard (!) and some lemony zest--odd without the lime...otherwise, flat and malty...PALATE: soft, spritzy and extremely drinkable as a light ought to be...little aftertaste...TASTE: not much apart from the soft malts--more likely, corn and rice... OVERALL: a tickling rinse of sunshine that, in the right context, is pleasing if only because it is fleeting, and the repetition is encouraged by the beer's absent character...out of context, minimal calories that could still be better spent eating a Dorito or two...

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.07/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Corona shaker pint.

Look: Clear light straw color. Fizzy white head recedes to nothing, no lacing.

Aroma: Very, very metallic. Barely a trace of anything resembling adjuncts.

Taste: Again, very metallic. Corn husk comes through a little? Faintly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, light.

Overall: Just too metallic. Couldn't taste much. Worse than Corona Extra.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +144.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing Corona light against other light beers. It is way beer then Bud light and Coors light.

Appearance: Nice light golden color.

Smells : It smells like beer.

Taste:It does not taste like a light beer. It has a great presentation in this beer. It has just enough bitterness in the finishing .

Mouthfeel: A good f carbonation.

Overall : A great summer thrust quenching beer. One of the few light beers I enjoy!.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.04/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass: Bell's Snifter

Appearance: A very aggressive pour produced barely a half a finger of head. Color is golden-yellow, and completely clear.

Smell: Bread, corn, a little metallic. An overall malty sweetness.

Taste: Very, very mild. Corn flavor, malt, bread, a little caramel, a little metallic.

Mouth feel: Very thin bodied ... like water. Medium carbonation.

Overall: An easy drinking beer with mild bread and corn-like flavors. Not too terrible, but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of bnes09
1.47/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Considering this is my 500th review, I thought I'd review something special. Here we go, Corona Light!

Light and clear as hell straw colored lager with some visible bubbles. Weak, soda-like head recedes to a sudsy corona around the glass.

Rough corn and rice adjuncts aroma. Skunky.

Can't really taste any malt here, just coarse and bitter corn and dry white rice. Herbal hop with a tart lemon character, unbalanced. Finish is metallic.

Light bodied and overly carbonated. Dry finish and no texture.

All-in-all, dreadful. Just a mess of off aromas and flavors which do not blend well together.

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Photo of armiakhe
3.02/5  rDev +64.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The appearance of Corona Light was a pale yellow coloring. It smelled a bit different and maybe a little musty and tasted a little watery. I thought that it went better when I tried a lime with it instead. I think that it has a bland taste but a nice appearance overall.

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Photo of finstadp
1.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I recently had a bottle of Corona Light this weekend. It had a clear yellow appearance but did not smell very pleasant. In fact, it smelled almost musty. The taste was similarly musty but and very watery. It felt very light in my mouth and did not have any body at all. Overall I would rate this beer a 1.75. I was not impressed. It wasn't terrible with a Mexican food pairing but it still did not do much to help the poor taste.

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Photo of chinchill
2.15/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.09/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

A - Pours the clearest golden I have ever seen with no head and no lacing.

S - It's pretty much all skunk.

T - Dry and skunky. The flavor quickly recedes and leaves nothing.

M - Extremely thin bodied, with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, terrible. I'm pretty sure the only beer I have ever had that is worse than this would have to be Steel Reserve.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
1.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Haystraw color with essentially no head. Quick fizz that dissipates into nothing. Clear .

S- Not much to report here. A little skunky. Some sweetness with an ever so faint biscuit.

T- Skunky flavors is noticed first...probably due to the clear bottle. Sweet malt comes next. Little to no hops present

M- decent drinkability. Smooth with okay carbonation. Average. Meh...

O- I think the review speaks for itself. Quite a change to go from my normal craft beer rotation to having a glass of my wife's corona light. But it has its purpose- hot weather, on the beach, not wanting to get full, and abundance of limes and salt, and few other options available.

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Photo of 49ersandBeer
1.16/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I've never been one to decline a free beer. If I am at a buddy's house and there is only American adjunct lager available, I will drink it. My sister offered me a corona light at her house (she was on a diet at the time). It has a classic urine type appearance to it as most beers in this category have. It initially had a skunky smell to it with maybe a smell of water logged socks sitting in my backpack for a week would have thrown in. The taste is something awful. It's obviously very watered down but it tastes just as it smells. I cringed the first few sips then politely told my sister I couldn't stomach it any longer. I drank about half of the 12 ounce bottle. This is without a doubt the worst tasting beer I've ever had in my life and I've had all of the classic bad ones (PBR, Natural Light, Bud, Miller High Life, etc.). This beer is an entirely new kind of awful.

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Photo of Bierwolf
1.7/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow. Very little foam. when you hold the glass up to light you can see very small floaters suspended in the beer. A few bubbles rising up in the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, grainy, pungent.

Taste: Crisp and dry with a little hop bitterness. A little bit of a sting.

Mouth Feel: Light, thin and watery. A lot of carbonation.

Over All: I thought the beer to be a bit lacking in flavor and not really thirst quenching. It was a lot more carbonation than flavor happening for me. Not a refreshing drink.

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Photo of tobelerone
1.86/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

What is there to say about this one? Drinkers of craft beer, or quality beer of any kind, will already know this is one to avoid. Wound up drinking this while housebound during a hurricane in the tropics and I should have just stuck to water. Its fizzy and yellow with a distinct sulpherous aroma, skunkiness varies from bottle to bottle, corny adjunct flavors seem almost pleasant after the initial hit of stench.

Thin and watery body; ample carbonation; mouthfeel still manages to lack crispness and a clean refreshing quality. All the limes in the world cant save this one, I'm afraid. Light layers may not be very good as a group to begin with but this one comes close to the very bottom of the heap.

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Photo of MEsoJD
1.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Poured into a generic straight beer glass]

I: It should be expected how this review would go, but it’s important to note the place where a well-known generic domestic beer stands. Although I know this won’t be the most enjoyable experience, it’s good to remind myself how far I’ve come. When I was young and being introduced to beer, corona along with others similar brews to it were common. Corona was a beer that you wouldn’t drink for taste, but binged by playing drinking games like beer pong. That said, there are very few if any high rated lagers.

B: [4.10% ABV 12 FL. OZ. August 2012] Little information is provided on this bottle. What is provided is light nutritional and volume information. It’s always concerning when the ABV (had to check online) is missing from a bottle. As for the logo, I would say that it’s decent in terms of presentation, but I do appreciate the texture. Oh and would you believe that it’s not a twist off?

A: A very transparent yellow body with no head (even with an aggressive pour) whatsoever, and no lacing.

S: Skunky upfront, grassy, straw, offhand funk, and corn. If you search real hard, you’ll pick up very slight sense of citrus and malt.

T: Taste pretty much follows the smell. Bitter, skunky, straw, sweet corn, and a metallic aftertaste.

M: crisp, light bodied, high carbonation, and no alcohol presence.

O: There’s a big problem when a lime is almost necessary to make a beer drinkable. I couldn’t find myself to finish it. There’s not much to say here, I’m just thankful we have great counterparts out there. I wouldn’t recommend or buy.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
1.33/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very light golden color with a medium head that fades almost instantaneously to leave almost no lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of skunk, paper, and corn. Not to appetizing.

Taste – The taste begins watery with a very stale bready flavor. While not too appealing at first, the flavor only diminishes from there. Flavors of a stale corn flavor come to the tongue along with a papery and skunky flavor. In the end a very unpleasant flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Thin and watery with a high level of carbonation. While the carbonation helps hide the bad flavor the wateriness is just a little too intense. Somehow it seems even more water then water itself.

Overall – I have always been told when you have nothing nice to say then say nothing at all, so…… (although I probably already said more bad things then I should have, but…)

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Photo of JamesMN
2.41/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Completely translucent pale hue. Basically non-existant white head.

Aroma: Skunked macro-lager smell. Just a hint of citrus if you really search for it.

Taste: Surprisingly clean tasting. No where near as skunked as the aroma would have you believe. Pretty watered down though. Not much to taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Watery. Highly drinkable only if it's right out of the fridge but leaves the tongue a little dry.

Final Thoughts: Halfway through drinking the glass I added a lemon wedge. It improved the taste a tad, but really doesn't make a difference to the score. This is my first time having a Corona Light and it goes right up there with the blandest beers I've tasted.

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Corona Light from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
47 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.