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Pacifico Cerveza Clara | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

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Photo of ordybill
3.06/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- smells of corn and grain, a South of the Border Miller High Life. Appearance- Pours the traditional Adjunct lager color of straw yellow Taste- Has a grain and corn flavor, not bad, not great Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- A beer made for drinking with food or if you plan on hitting a bunch of them in a session.

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Photo of Foyle
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thin 1/2" head that recedes quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Color is light golden with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: mild aroma of hay, grass, and lightly roasted barley.

Mouthfeel: light and watery with a pleasant, refreshing finish.

Taste: bready malts dominate, a bit of lemon balances out the sweetness of this brew.

Overall: well made and enjoyable Mexican lager. Nothing unpleasant, and better than ordinary.

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Photo of BREWS4LA
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank quite a few of these when down in Baja when choices were limited and it was very hot so I thought it was very good but since I've drank several under different conditions and its just Okay. Good with light meals easy drinking but bland taste and finish/appearance.

Its quite similar to many american Macro Beers reminds me of a Miller High Life quite similar to another Mexican Beer SOL.

If hanging out and having some ceviche It will certainly do the trick but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at Jose ’s Blue Sombero in Waukesha, WI. Pours a clear, yellow color with slight white head served with lime. The scent from the lime overpowers the aroma of the beer. Taste is light, thin, and pretty much absent. Smooth and easy drinking but not very interesting.

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Photo of Beric
2.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 28 May 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle. The bottle art was uninspiring at best, and outright bland at worst.

Smell: Sweet corn, slight harshness.

Taste: A lot like Corona, but without the characteristic funk from the clear bottle. This one would undoubtedly be pretty great with a lime in it as well, which I did not have available at the time. The taste was sweet and "beery" with the standard Mexican lager harshness.

Mouthfeel: Much better than Corona here, as the carbonation carried through the entire bottle without diminishing.

Overall: Overall, as far as Mexican lagers go, I like this one much better than the ubiquitous Corona. This would be sublime with a lime and a massive quantity of cheap tacos.

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Photo of wollefdoogylloj
1.53/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not much to say other than it was a waste of time and money. I'd never had this before and didn't read reviews before buying. Little to no aroma and not much action for the taste buds. Poured a whispy that dissipated quite rapidly. My money will be better spent elsewhere. That's all I have to say 'bout that.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner Libbey glass. Happy Cino de Mayo! or uh maybe? Boy it's been ages since I had one of these.

Pretty much a basic looking lager. A real bright white soapy head, fairly large with a little bit of retention to it, settling down in time to about a finger, but easily three fingers tall. Body color is a deep brass yellow, crystal clear, even a hint of brown chestnut color to it also.

It's that adjunct nose. A bit of corn, there's even a good amount of skunking going on here for a brown bottle. How long was that single sitting in the cooler huh? Cryptic bottle dating on neck, even another websites decipering makes no sense. Some slight sweetness, nothing too syrup, but its not ideal.

Surprisingly skunky quality doesn't hit so much in the palate, but boy it's weak. Surprisingly didn't think this would be that wet, but it's quite flat. Virtually still water and no carbonation. Hints of watery malt and adjunct grain/corn finish. Lots of sweetness on the, and a sort of toothpaste like herbal finish.

Boy this is nothing like I remember it, this is just plain friggin weird. Took one hit for the team, there goes my $2.50, but I am a better man now that I know.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pacifico pours out a light gold color, very light, almost straw. The head has a nice puffiness to it, but it's fizzing down swiftly. Excellent clarity. Not much carbonation visible, at all. I think I saw a bubble or two rise up, as if they were the last to go. No lacing, as expected.

Smells like corn syrup and musty stale lager grains. Very similar aroma to Miller Lite, as far as I can recall. No alcohol presence, but mild crispness and fermentation. A beer-y scent that is low in magnitude and rife with adjuncts. Economy lager stuffs. Who wouldn't be opposed to dropping a lime in this?

The flavors are muddled and watery. Still, there's generic lager flavor. Sure, it would be decent if it had some grassiness, any kind of real hop presence, or better quality grains; but, as an adjunct lager, it's not horrific. There's almost a weird fruitiness to the way the malts are steeped crossed with a note of the lager yeast, and I can't entirely fault this flavor, as it has some flavor, proper. Corn syrup and mustiness are obvious, of course. Typical Mexican swill, but without any realized harshness. Smooth-drinking, with a burst of late carbonation that runs a little high. Causes some stomach bubble unrest, but it's simple enough. The body is a joke, but I'm not going to write a separate paragraph knocking the mouthfeel, which honestly, is expectingly lacking. Lacking, but not difficult.

I didn't like Sol or Corona, and Pacifico isn't much better, but I think it's better. Take that.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

has a golden yellow hue, much better than other lighter cheap beers. The smell is my favorite attribute, smells strong of rich barley has that grainy scent. The taste is pretty good I'd say, well considering what kind of beer youre dealing with, somehting that of course is great on a hot day. Slightly alcoholic but fades back to refreshing grains. The mouthfeel actually surprised me. Semi-full good end note. This is my favorite from Mexico

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Photo of silverevo9
1.58/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Just poured into a pilsner pint glass. This beer is for people who do not care what goes on the tongue. Head created is pathetic. Extreme amount of fizz as you pour, like a soda can. The head looks like the ocean after a storm, frothy and not appealing. The head vanishes in about 30 seconds, poor display. No lacing at all. Nose to glass is just a downer. I get a specific scent of corn. Carbonation is at a high point on this beer. Looks like water held up to the light, color rendition shows a lack of attention. Could be all the corn and adjuncts. Just took a second sip, just flavorless and watered down. This beer should be sold at 3.99 a six pack, maybe less, anything over is insulting. Not enjoying this at all! Friend gave me the six pack, what can i say. On a side note i would drink this any day over Bud or Coors light.

Not a great beer.

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Photo of kaseydad
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I believe this to be one of the "better" mexican beers and will snag this or Modelo if it's on tap at my local Mexican food source. Sure it's not the ideal snag, but it works well with my grub. Good hot weather beer for toiling around the house and multiples are definitely doable.

Yellow in color, cereal and corn aroma, tastes like dried corn and finishes with a spicy kick. Again, not much to tell your friends about, but for an afternoon swim party, tailgate, yard work..you could definitely do worse.

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Photo of samtrillo
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The taste isn't as smooth as Corona, maybe but I actually prefer it a lot of the time. Feels like it has a little more going on. My go to for Mexican style.

Great for warm days and camping when you don't want something heavy and don't want crap American Lager. Fun to experiment with too! Throw a chili in there or some tabasco. A fun beer you don't have to think about too hard.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a couple drafts at my favorite Mexican place and amused my dinner partners as I took notes for a review. The beer was served in a chilled pint glass with a couple limes on the side.

A - Golden color with a thin lace that lasted throughout.

S - Very neutral with some corn with a hint of yeast. I'm sure the cold masked some aroma but this beer is meant to be drank as cold as possible.

T - Combination of malt with some yeast flavors - as expected very little hopping. Very clean finish.

M - Very crisp with good carbonation.

O - This beer really paired well with my enchiladas. Just for kicks I squeezed the limes into one and found the taste to be very pleasant. I find some Mexican beers to have some off tastes but none were evident with this one. If you're in a Mexican restaurant and see this one I would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.21/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden color with just a wisp of white foam partially covering the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is corn and Vienna lager yeast. The mouth is a bit thin,but crisp. Flavor is corn and more Vienna lager yeast. This is meant to be drank cold. I think it is still my favorite Mexican lager.

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Photo of MarkQ617
1.87/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Ummm, not so good. Had this straight out of the bottle. Pretty boring pilsner, like a worse version of a Mexican rolling rock. Watered down pilsner flavor. It actually doesn't go that bad with a spicy burrito, but you can do better for pilsner beers

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Photo of Auraan
2.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a clear yellow with no head. Typical AAL appearance. Scents of maize, creamed corn, apple juice and slight lager yeast. A weak scent, very sweet, nothing much there to like. Tastes of maize, creamed corn, maize sugar, watery apple juice and very, very slight hop extracts. It's a pretty bad AAL flavor, very sweet and just not fun. Mouthfeel is light bodied, high carbonation and watery. It's very light, let some what hard to drink because it's so carbonated. Overall this was a pretty bad AAL. It just wasn't very good at all.

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Photo of BVukelich
2.76/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm only slightly biased with this beer due to the many awesome moments I've had drinking it in Mexico. Don't expect much from it but drop a slice of lime in the bottle and enjoy with your chips and salsa. I'd take this to the beach over Corona. The beer isn't sewer water but it is far from being worthy of praise.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a light straw color...it's a freakin' macro lager, what did you expect? It also has a weak-looking white head with terrible retention.

S: While the cereal grain element is expected of the style, it also seems to have a richer malt backbone than, say, Corona. That, and it's not skunked. The hints of a note similar to lime and the aforementioned fact I can smell a touch of caramel saves the aroma from being crappy.

T: Cereal grains are noted immediately. The corn notes actually fade slightly to reveal a touch of caramel and brown sugar. I'm mildly impressed that there's an actual semblance of malt here! Still, needs more hoppiness...or more freshness. Hell, maybe both.

M: Fizzy, light, and sweet. I'd reckon it's too sweet at the end of the day, in fact. This is my main problem with the brew: while the malt backbone is nice and everything, there isn't much to ballast its sweetness with.

O: Make no mistake, this is much better than Corona - but so is getting bitten in the balls by a honey badger. I really don't hate this one at all, and I would gladly drink it again for free. Bohemia is still my Mexican lager of choice, though.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.76/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a fair yellow but the head was quite thick with a fluffy airy head that sat on top for quite a while.

The aroma was a touch off putting with a corny metallic scent but then a bready cereal malt kept it a little more legit.

The flavor is bready, doughy with cereal malts and a German lager thought, just a touch short.

The feel is amazingly refreshing, not nearly as thin as one would expect and excessively easy to drink.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.37/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pacifico is a nice beer for a hot summer day. Goes down smooth, but leaves a slight unpleasant after taste possibly from the corn. No freshness date to be found on the brown bottle with bright yellow lable. It is comparable to other Mexican beers like Corona and Sol.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This has to be my new second favorite Mexican brew its delicious with Mexican dining and pairs perfectly with it. Bought on a whim from the Ranch Market near my home and was pleasently surprised by the taste and smell all around great taco beer. Negro Modelo is still #1 but this is a close second.

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Photo of baalsword
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

I think this beer should be taken for what it is, a great session beer. There are beers out there that taste phenomenal, but you wouldn't want to drink more than 2-3 of them. While this beer has a pretty sticky aftertaste (probably the corn), it doesn't have the tang of the other americana mainstays - corona, bud et al. It also has a surprising maltiness that I would have thought would not appeal to the market (try a warm one as opposed to a cold one) that gives a very nicely rounded mouth feel. While it does have the sticky aftertaste, it is in every other way quite clean, which is a nice compromise between pure bitters and pure lagers. This is a good beer for good sunny times. I don't think it's going to be winning any awards for being super amazing or innovative, but sometimes having your socks blown off only means you need to be buying new socks all the time! It also has the nice attribute of not giving a man next morning fog (that's what the outstanding is for).

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Photo of comm0dore
3.46/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance- light, bubbly, head dissipated quickly.

Smell- surprisingly interesting smell, very refreshing, almost citrus-like.

Taste- light and easy, better than Corona I'd say (although similar type of drink). Certainly more complex of a taste than Corona, there's more going on here.

Mouthfeel- initially very pleasant and crisp feel, but afterwards it's average.

Overall- very refreshing beer- it's gets the OK from me.

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Photo of hoppyserpent
3.67/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pacifico Clara is a better than average everyday beer with a nice copper color and a refreshing, thirst-quenching quality. Understanding this beer is not intended to be a craft beer or high gravity, it beats most US mass-produced beers hands down for taste and quality. Mouth feel is nice though slightly watery which is outstanding on a hot afternoon. Once on an early June day hike in the Arizona mountains I stuck a few bottles in a melting snow bank at the trail head before taking off. On my weary return I cracked open bottle after bottle of PC and was warmly welcomed by an ice cold Mexican kiss. Looking for a decent but low key beer to enjoy with friends by the grill? Pacifico Clara will fill the bill nicely.

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Photo of Damian
2.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a very pale and clear, golden yellow color. A one-finger tall, foamy, bone white head topped the liquid but it quickly dissipated. No lacing.

The nose was sweet and grainy initially. Hints of bubblegum were noticeable. As the beer sat, the sweetness dissipated and the graininess intensified. Husky. Mild pale malt notes. Not terrific but not offensive either.

The flavor profile was quite a surprise. Things started out okay on the front end with pale malt and adjunct notes dominating. Slightly wheaty, tart and lemony in the center. The finish however was abysmal. The beer was so intensely dry and bitter that I could hardly swallow what was in my mouth. Take the most brutally bitter double IPA, remove all the actual flavor, and what you have left is what comes through in the finish of this beer. Calling this "astringent" would definitely be an understatement.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Light, frothy and slightly creamy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Of all the macro lagers that I have drunk lately, Pacifico was definitely the most offensive. I cannot image why this beer was so terrible on the finish, but I will definitely avoid it at all costs in the future.

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Pacifico Cerveza Clara from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.