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

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Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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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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Photo of JamesHenjum
1.4/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Some one could have urinated in the bottle and I would not have known. Incredibly pale and clear yellow.

S: Smells like skunky wet grass. Terrible.

T: Tastes like very watered down Miller or Coors. Slightly sweeter/citrusier with more skunk. No flavors standout.

M: High carbonation. Wet. Refreshing.

O: This is better than Cornona Extra. Because light beers are supposed to be light.

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Photo of buschbeer
1.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is pale yellow with a generous portion of short-lived, white head. There are a lot of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Ah! The skunky smell of clear bottled beer. I guess I get some sweet corn in there, too.

T - It starts out skunky and has a acrid metallic finish. Yum!

M - It's like making love in a canoe. Damn near water.

O - It's in a clear bottle. It's from Mexico. It is craptacular.

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Photo of tectactoe
1.62/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Corona Light is like taking something that is already piss-poor and stripping away and little, tiny bit of dignity it might have left. So pale you could read a small-font novel through it; aroma is on par with dropping a handful of grains, corn, and a few nickels into a cup of water; the taste is like drinking said water cup; mouth feel is like shaking up a 7 up and putting your mouth around the opening of the bottle.

It's not good stuff. I mean, it's not offensive or off-putting or anything necessarily, but it's just not really "beer". Its utter absences of the most beer related aromas and tastes make it hard to judge this fairly. Even for beers of this style, there are many better.

If you're gonna waste your time, just get the regular Corona. Don't bother with the Light. It's already light. It doesn't need to be lighter. Any lighter and it's just going to float away.

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Photo of dbrauneis
1.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
1.86/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.59/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of Spider889
1.89/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear bottle marketed to be drunk from the bottle, in the bright Caribbean beach sun, whilst adding fruit to the beer. Does any part of that sound like an attribute of a great beer?

Poured into a pint glass, the pour makes this appear flat, I couldn't conjure up a head no matter how hard I tried. Great clarity, super pale hay color. No lace. No surprise.

The aroma is the crisp acidic aroma I remember from my early drinking days. Mild skunking has taken hold - though I imagine this is entirely the fault of the brewers and bottle color. Very faint graininess.

The flavor is not as bad as I was preparing myself for. Creamed corn, white wheat, and bitter skunkiness pervades.

Slick mouthfeel, with a light body and lower carbonation than I feel is normal (or should be) for this beer.

Overall exactly what you'd expect. And frankly, this beer is much better WITH the lime, sadly. No surprise.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.66/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


A: Pale yellow with an infinite number of bubbles feeding a frothy white head. There's a little lacing.

S: Corn and grain with a whisper of apple. A little mineral with some grass.

T: Grainy and watery with some corn. An absence of bitterness. Very bland with a metallic note and a little green apple.

M: Light body with high carbonation. 

Overall: Very bland but not particularly offensive. One of the better light adjunct lagers I've had. Too insipid to hate.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Crikey, this was the only thing left at a street fest. MMkkay

Well, it's clear. Some yellow-ish-ness. No head after a quick burst.

Cream corn and stale corn husk aroma. A lime is most needed, but I'm a purist...

Lime is very much needed. Eghads. Cream corn w/o the cream or the corn. Sulfur something. but still, non of these flavors are all that strong, so can't give it below 2

Bad beer. Lime needed

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Photo of StonedTrippin
1.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of BitchnCamaro
3.68/5  rDev +100%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this in the context of other light beers. Hence the score.

Nice light golden color in transparent bottle. Looks great half buried in crushed ice, backlit by the blazing hot sun.

Much less of the skunky smell than regular Corona. A good amount of carbonation. With a bit of lime, the taste is clean from start to finish.

I like to have six of these waiting in the cooler after a few hours of yard work in the summer. Great thirst quenching beer. The only light beer I will drink.

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Photo of spinrsx
1.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz Can at Surrender nightclub at the Wynn/Encore las vegas

Appearance - Clear pale yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only a minute before it was gone.

Smell - Bread, grains, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn syrup, grains and a bit of skunk. There really isn't a whole lot of taste going on.. extremely light beer.

Overall - Pretty much what I was expecting.. very close to water. Probably a decent choice if you're trying to drink 24 in one sitting while on the beach.

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Photo of Douberd
2.65/5  rDev +44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes.
Tall thin can of 355 ml, ABV 4.3%.
I had this at the airport in Cancun just before I leave. Bright yellow colour with lots of bubbles in the glass and a one finger head that quickly went off leaving light lacing on the surface. Sweet aroma of limes and a bitter-ish taste that leaves a corn aftertaste. Watery mouthfeel, almost too much actually. Light carbonation.Not a significant difference on taste than the normal Corona

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Photo of Lebster
3.72/5  rDev +102.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Beers are like guns - some are for showing off and taking out once in awhile, those beers are judged, made with the best ingredients, are finely tuned...and some cost a pretty penny.

Corona Light is your everyday carry beer - its the beer you keep in the fridge for a refreshing beer after work, or on the weekend. It doesn't cost a whole lot, at present time - about $1 each.

I enjoy this beer a lot. I love fancy beers, but this beer is excellent considering the bottle reads that it only has:

99 Calories
4.1 ABV - I've seen 4.5 elsewhere

Other beers for twice the calories are twice as good, but they're not twice the alcohol

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Photo of ckollias
1.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass at Woodmore Country Club.

A: Pours a very clear golden hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Mild grains and corn aroma. Thin nose – a little skunky.

T: Not much flavor here. Typical lager flavor of grains and mild hops.

M: Thin body and minimal carbonation.

O: This is not a good beer – barely any taste or aroma.

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Photo of Dope
1.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Perfectly clear, extremely pale straw pour. Small white head that fades to nothing very quickly. No lacing.

S: Corn and a little bread. Metallic? *boggle*

T: A touch of weak corn with a big metallic taste that lingers forever. Tastes like it was aged with pennies.

M: Basically pure water.

O: Pretty terrible "beer", it displays no real beer characteristics. Just weak adjuncts and odd metallic flavor and smell. Only upside is that it's so weak you could probably drink about 50 of them if you felt like it.

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

One of four tap options at the resort we stayed at in Huatulco, Mexico...

A - Pours a insanely pale straw colour, traces of head and no lacing.

S - Very mild, musty cardboard, sweet corn, apple juice, grainy malts.

T - Certainly lighter than Corona on the flavour profile, sweet corn, musty cardboard and apple juice are all that seem to come through.

M - Thinner bodied lager, smooth and wet.

O - It's tough to imagine a beer that's lighter on the flavour front than Corona Extra, but this certainly achieves that feat. If you're looking for something that's mildy more flavoured than water, then this is your optimal choice.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.66/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass without tilting it to get as much head on it as possible. For five seconds it had a finger of head. It looked nice with a clear straw color. However, within 30 seconds (I timed it) the head was nil.

A mild (MILD) malty smell. The metallic smell dominates.

Tastes like water but with a bad aftertaste. No beer flavor notes to speak of. If I licked a sheet of metal, that would accurately describe the latter part of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel fits the style but not as crisp. Lots of bubbles, too much for me. Light body.

There are many parts of the world were I would drink this over the local water supply, but if there is a different beer I would go with the latter.

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Photo of JohnBeerRun
2.48/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has more going for it on looks than taste. I like Mexican beers but this one is nothing to do back flips over.
Nevertheless this beer is a good one to drink on the beach with a wedge of lime.
Pours a light yellow with almost no head.
Has a light and domestic taste.

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Photo of usafboy
2.61/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: a clear golden yellow with a white head that fades and leaves no lacing

Tastes: a crisp super light beer that drinks easy like water with a little taste of skunked American lager.

Overall: Basically a watery version of their mainstream Corona extra if you want a good mexican beer you can pass on this one. Not even a lime will make this one better. Get tequilla.

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Photo of Everydayoff
1.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Reflective gold in color with rather small and short life white head, no lacing left once dissipated. The carbonation is high and fizzy.

Cap was removed then the skunkiness appears. Pour into a glass, sulfur, some skunk, slight metallic, corn, dry grain and husk.

Severe kick of grain is majority. Blend with very light sweetness upon the first sip, some bitterness and harsh astringent smacks expose through palate upon the middle sip until the end.

The body is light and crisp with medium to high carbonation, finish is very dry.

Just a lesson to learn and I thought one time is just enough.

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Photo of jegross2
1.42/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Greetings from Mexico! I swear that I am relaxing. However, I thought that while I am here, I would review some of the local brews I had access to, so…

Reviewing Corona Extra and Corona Light side by side! Both are brewed by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V., the same people who brew Modelo and Pacifico.
Corona Extra Score: 15
Corona Light Score: 35

My Corona Extra (left) was a tap pour served in a plastic cup. My Corona Light (right) came from a can, served in what looks like a pilsner glass of sort. Do not ask why one is in a plastic cup because there is no rhyme or reason behind it.

Appearance (Corona Extra): Pours a pretty transparent yellow, honey-brown color – almost cider like – with just under a half finger of frothy white head that dissipates into a lacing atop the beer. Come to think of it, this beer looks more like vitamin-heavy urine. Average lacing. 1.5/5

Appearance (Corona Light): Pours a much brighter yellow color than the Corona Extra, almost like a pinot (white wine). Thin layer of bubbly white head on pour that quickly settles into nothing. Below average lacing. 1/5

Smell (Corona Extra): Limes, corn and a little grain. A little “skunky” funk to the hops aroma. Has a light, acidic “white wine” aroma. 1/5

Smell (Corona Light): Still getting lime, but no real “skunky” hops funk. Perhaps because there is less of a skunked hops funk, I am also detecting more of the “white wine” aroma that I detected in the Corona Extra. Lighter corn/grains smell. Very flat. 1.5/5

Taste (Corona Extra): OK. If the aroma did not give this away, this beer is skunked. That seems a little odd, since it came from a keg…Besides the signature “Heineken flavor” (pre-skunked beer), I am also detecting a little lime and a lot of corn. The corn is a little malty. Also getting some stainless steel flavor. 1/5

Taste (Corona Light): Very crisp lime and corn flavor. Refreshing. No real linger, and a much subtler stainless steel flavor. 1.5/5

Mouthfeel (Corona Extra): Light bodied, low-medium carbonation. Honestly surprised by how little carbonation there is. Finish is pungent and acidic. 1/5

Mouthfeel (Corona Light): Light bodied, high-medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and acidic finish. 1/5

Overall: There is a reason the Bloody Mary is my drink of choice on vacation. Maybe a bad keg biased my Corona Extra experience, but this is my only Corona Extra experience and it was pretty unbearable. I wanted to drain pour it, but I do not think that you can do that in a pool. The Corona Light was a serious step up, but that’s not saying much. I really cannot say that I will ever drink either beer again. Ever. Seriously. I’d honestly rather drink a Keystone Light. USA! USA! USA!

Recommendations: Do not drink this stuff. It is objectively less “tasty” than Miller Lite. Casual beer drinkers should be ashamed.

Pairings: Lime wedge.

Cost: $12.99 for a 12 pack of either.

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

I had this FROM A CLEAR BOTTLE! into a shaker pint. Here's hoping for something less than dreadful.

Appearance- It pours like water. There was not even a hint of fizz or foam on the pour. The beer is so pale. And I am really surprised the carbonation is so poor.

Smell- Welp, this one did not survive the light exposure. A moment of silence for our fallen amigo...

Okay, besides the horrible, awful skunk, there were some other, equally off-putting flavors. There was the hint of band-aid, street tar, and musty corn? It really is terrible, and I am not sure it would be any better fresh.

Taste- Skunk is right there with the corn husk. And the skunk just keeps on building through the drink. I am pretty sure I would still score this terribly without the skunk.

Mouth feel- This beer is watery. And over-carbonated, which may, in fact, be an improvement over a creamy version of this beer. That would be wholly undrinkable.

Overall- The beer as a whole package is dreadful. It smells like skunk, and even if it didn't, there would only be corn. And I am not sure the flavors of the beer would be any better. Obviously this beer should be avoided at all cost, unless you are looking for the tick.

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Corona Light from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
47 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.