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Pacífico - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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1,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,649
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 24.34%
Wants: 18
Gots: 219 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

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Photo of shortysdude285
3.72/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear and yellow. Perhaps a slight bit deeper than your average American Adjunct

Smell is fairly thin and grainy but fitting for the style. Not looking for much of an overbearing scent when diving into a Pacifico.

Taste isn't at all offensive. Nothing new but certainly a good Mexican beer to session

Taste is light but flavorful. Feels refreshing and can be drank in large numbers in succession.

Overall, I'd say skip the Corona and the XX and go for a Pacifico if you're looking for a light Mexican beer in widespread distribution

Photo of Strix
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden, basic looking.

Smell mainly grain, slight hop and fruit note.

Pale malt with a slight sweetness. Definite citric and floral hop note gives this a little pickup.

Light body, medium carbonation.

In the field of macro lagers, this one isn't bad.

Photo of ThePortlander
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was offered one of these at a dinner party/meat-explosion, and I'm not one to turn down beer, so I gave it a shot.

It pours a pale gold (straw) straw, with no head worth mentioning.

The nose is mostly corn and grain from the adjunct, maybe something fruity, but it's too light to tell.

My suspicions were confirmed by the taste: it's all grain husk and odd bite. There's an OK crispness from the carbonation and falsely big mouthfeel. There not much happening here, other than carbonation.

Honestly, this worked as a palate cleanser between smoked cola-sauce ribs, thai curry beef neck, and smoked ham, but it didn't enhance the meal in any way. The true test came when I was offered a second beer, and had to turn it down. I can't see drinking this again.

Photo of Slatetank
2.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A -3 S -3 T-3.5 F-4 O-4 I had this bottle at El Rodeo in York PA - poured from the chilled 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint

A - A very pale golden w/ transparent clarity and 2 fingers of creamy white w/ average sized bead
Lace clings in a sheet visible carbonation rises steadily

S - A sweet light grain odor w/ more of a mild pils scent than anything w/ light honey-like sweet fruit odor of mild yeast and barely any hop scent but that is true to style

M - The feel is clean and slightly spiced w/ crisp full carbonation and moderately light body but not the lightest ever w/ sweetness in the low end and an herbal note of hops in the finish

T - A mild malt taste up front w/ light flavor continuing and gentle herbal hops accent this w/ mild cereal flavor, probably rice or corn but neither stands out hints of spice in the finish. The taste has a mild yeast element that gives very clean overall flavor w/ mild tinge of fruit and slight corn pop in the finish when warmed slightly

D - I enjoyed this with the guadalajara special I had which came after the queso fundido - the lager cut the grease of the refried beans and cheese and went nicely with the spice and creamy components of the sour cream and guacamole - I wouldn't hesitate to order this again in a similar situation

Tried again- review edit : A -3 S -2.75 M 3.25 T-2.75 O-2.75
The color is pale golden with quick to drop head with lots of fast rising bubbles visible and no head retention or lace. Smell is somewhat skunky with light malt and sweetness in aroma with subtle corn-type adjunct scent with light floral ester. The feel is light in sweetness with mild diacetyl and medium high carbonation with slight slick and faintly sweet middle with mostly dry finish.

The taste is lightly grainy with a semi-dry quality with mild malt and gentle bitterness and carbonic acid type flavor from the high carbonation with mild grain and tangy yeast in the finish. Overall not very pleasurable...I used to like it with mexican food, but would not have this on its own again with a not very inspiring and bland lager flavor with dull malt quality not the best.. I could take it or leave it preferably the latter of the two

Photo of callmescraps
2.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed some for a mellow day watching basketball.

Appearance- Light straw yellow. Quarter inch of stark white head. Very clear. Not very inspiring.

Smell- Grainy, some light almost citrus. Sort of a sweet adjunct maltiness.

Taste- Light grain. Some real sweetness. Hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Very light. Quite carbonated.

Drinkability- Goes down.

Uninspiring. Prefer it in the bottle with a slice of lemon/lime. Totally inoffensive for what it is.

Photo of rednrag
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical Mexican lager. Nothing outstanding, but nothing bad either. Interchangable with a lot of others of it's type. Good with south of the border food. About the same as Corona, Sol, Carta Blanca etc. Personally, I prefer Bohemia for its more complex flavor, but this is not a bad choice if you are looking for this style of beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bought a single of this at World Market (Easton). Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw golor color with about an inch white head. Head retention is low, but there is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and corn/adjuncts. Not a bad aroma, but it's not great either. Taste is pretty much all sweet malt. With that being said, there aren't any "off" aromas or flavors in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's not watery at all and it's well carbonated. Truthfully, this isn't hard to drink at all, it does go down easy. I certainly wouldn't make a point to seek this out, but if someone gave me a bottle I wouldn't turn it down either. For the style, it's not a bad beer, and would be pretty easy to drink on a hot day.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.24/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Nice golden color with a bit of a pink tint to it. Almost zero foam though, making it a bit flat-looking.

Smell: Pacífico actually has a nice fruity/beach-like smell to it. Very pleasant...not strong at all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Does not remind me of Corona at all. Not too much hoppiness or maltiness. Tastes a bit like canteloupe. The downside is that it tastes a bit metallic, even in a bottle. Not a very smooth beer in my opinion. The carbonation feels awkward.

Drinkability: You could easily kick back at the beach and drink this. Just don't let it warm or it might taste like metal.

Overall: Decent summer beer. Might as well stick to Corona.

Photo of Slygato
3.6/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance- Light yellow, little head to the beer

Smell- Light grain smell to it

Taste- Like a normal lager not much to it has a slight fruit taste to it slightly better than Corona

Mouthfeel- Has a normal amount of carbonation to it, is a light beer goes down smooth and refreshing

Drinkability- Is drinkable would gladly substitute this for Cornona

Photo of scottyshades
3.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spotted a 12pack for $6 at Milam's in Miami a while back (from notes)

A: Typical transparent straw color with a small fizzly looking head.

S: I do not really know why I liked this macro so much, but it had aromas that others do not...a little citrus bite, hops are noticeable but keep to themselves.

T: Again, a citrus flavor that compliments the light hops and pale malts. Not too bad at all

MF/D: Carbonation was pretty good- still a little prickly though. Drinkable for sure, one of the better macros in my book

Photo of SamN
2.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- More of the same-- pale lager boringness. No head,of course, no visible attraction.

S- A slightly different aroma here-- more of a rice scent, adjunct hops...and that's it.

T- Ever so lightly sweeter beer. No noticeable sourness in taste, acceptable balance and a clean finish, slight lime dryness for aftertaste. Not bad, by adjunct standards.

M- Very bubbly and rough feeling.

D- I would pick this over other Mexican adjuncts. Taste is almost tolerable.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of thedrewski86
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is about like a Corona. No smell, not much taste. I bet it would taste good on a beach on the west coast down in Mexico. No head. I must say, though, it has a very nice bottle! I was excited about that, but when I tried to bottle some of my homebrew in it the caps wouldn't go on straight. So, this beer has no redeeming qualities!

Photo of Tolnik
2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this yellow beer into a pint glass. The foam that appeared off the pour was a quarter inch of head and reduced pretty rapidly to faint wisps. The aroma off the beer is light sweet wheat. The taste off the beer was that of a sweet wheat that changed to a maltier taste that leaves a tart aftertaste.

Photo of wagenvolks
2.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed for shits-n-giggles while brewing a Porter at my buddy's place. 12oz bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

Big bubbles glug out from the pour and effervesce as the spittle colored head quickly disappears. Great globs of carbonation adhere to the sides of the pint and slowly rise up to a bare, glassy liquid surface. Body is crystal clear with a light, golden-straw hue. Nothing too impressive about the appearance, but the aroma is a little better. For an adjunct lager, the DMS levels are low, and there is a trace of hoppiness alongside a fruity pear & apple note. Yep, smells pretty much like watered-down apple juice with a smattering of hops.

The flavor tastes "crisp", and not much like anything else. Very bland, and the frothy carbonation level dulls the tastebuds with an airy body and fizzy finish. If you dig deep, some corn huskiness and pilsner malt can almost be tasted, but the hops are virtually non-existent. Still, I give Pacifico points for its refreshing quality. Not "rating" points, mind you, but perceived credit. I'd probably reach for this over a BMC product, but not by much.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I preface it by saying it really could have been worse, really it could have. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was just what I would have thought. Bright golden yellow in color with a fizzy white head that drops off quickly leaving behind nothing but a bare top and loads of carbonation. Aroma is light grain, corn and bready notes with a touch of hay. The crisp, clean and overally carbonated nature of it really seem to work in the style though as the grainy and bready malts really do seem to work on some level. The beer is refrshining and clean and I have to admit, given the style I have had worse.

Overall for the mexican lager category not bad at all. In a pinch I would take it over a corona.

Photo of roddwolff
4.29/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow crystal color, two fingers of foam that disappears very soon;

S: Soft, a mix of fresh malt with corn, remember me the sea i don't know why;

T: Corn mixed with sweet malt, some slightly spicy hops at the end;

M: Extra crisp and refreshing, medium bitterness, medium body and high carbonation;

D: The best beer to drink with sea food.

Photo of gatornation
2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

had this one at chipotle in dwtn mpls...1st my burrito was outstanding chipotle never disappoints..pours a clear yellow color with an ok head... smell and taste together is... corn, grain, grass ,and biscuit their is some honey an hops all faint..bottom line this is not a very good lager but what do you expect..however if you pair with the right food or restaurant it a lager that can be enjoyed..will i try it again? absolutely!

Photo of Brettster
2.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. It poured a straw yellow with a small white head that faded quickly. It is not a bad looking beer. It has the appearance of a decent lawnmower beer. It has okay carbonation. It smells a little sweet. The nose just isn't there. Pacifico leaves a strange tasting film in my mouth. Not that great.

Photo of drabmuh
2.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An oldy but a bady, this was my first beer when I was in college, not recommended.

Returned the scene of the crime to review it for this site. Sorry Pacifico, strap in.

Beer is poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Beer is clear and yellow, forms a white head of medium bubbles that quickly disappear leaving no lacing on the glass, carbonation is moderate to low with large to medium bubbles.

Aroma is a mixture between grainy and corny. Its not very appealing.

Beer is medium to light bodied, has a harsh cereal flavor that damages the drinkability. There isn't much in flavor, some corn and some mild sweetness up front that disappears and gives way to a terrible aftertaste. Sorry, never again. No more memories required.

Photo of yesyouam
1.21/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pacifico Clara is a clear, straw colored lager with a white film that dissipates to a bubbly ring that leaves decent lacing. It has a funky aroma with notes of corn and bread yeast. It's light bodied and prickly with a silty finish. It has a funky, corny flavor. Fusel is detected... and burnt plastic... make it stop.

Photo of lionking
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle at Border Cafe in DE.

Clear yellow color, fizzy head which quickly dissipates. No lacing

The smell is grainy, of corn

Taste is somewhat harsh with a lot of carbonation. Average macro beer taste.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly

Drinkability is probably on the lower end of the scale for adjunct macros. A notch below Corona or Modello Especial, kind of the Busch Beer of Mexico I suppose.

Photo of Brenden
2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is the tried and true pale yellow of the classic adjunct lager. Also typical is the nonexistent head but consistent foam and negligible lacing.
Corn is on the nose with a light, unoffensive sweetness accompanying and ever present are cereal grains.
The flavor is typical corn and cereal grains as per the aroma, with that faint sweetness still present and I swear there's some lime in here; not fake, just a subtle hint of lime juice lingering just out of reach. Maybe I'm crazy. There's actually just the slightest touch of bitterness in here as well, mostly in the finish.
The mouthfeel isn't bad; a moderately crisp feel and fairly even, obviously in a very light body with moderate carbonation.
It's no worse than a typical American adjunct; it's just a Mexican version of the same.

Photo of Florida9
2.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Light straw in color. Clear as water. Poured from a 24oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. A pitiful, airy head rises quickly, fuzzes about a bit then recedes to nothingness. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Very light aroma. Cereal, grain, and seltzer.

T: Also very light. Corn, seltzer water, and nothingness. I drank half a glass just trying to taste something, but there was just nothing there to taste.

M: Thin and light. Watery. Medium carbonation.

D: What a sad beer. I not a huge fan of Mexican beers to begin with, but there are a few out there that are respectable enough to be enjoyed with a Mexican meal. But this one is one of the worst I've come across - truly a pitiful beer. Once I finished my notes, I decided to drop a lime into it so I could at least have the pleasure of having a shred of flavor in my beer. If you're looking for a decent Mex beer, look somewhere else

Photo of allforbetterbeer
1.6/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Bright yellow, surprisingly luminescent beer. Head foams up from large bubbles, then fades to nothing in a matter of minutes with no lacing.

S- Typical adjunct grains, a little skunk. I did not add any citrus to this beer, but I swear I smell lemon in there somewhere.

T Hits the tongue with unremarkable adjunct grain flavors: corn, sweet rice, and the tinniest bit of barley. For a second, this beer tastes ok, but it goes downhill from there. When the toasted malts are supposed to kick in, a acidic bitterness takes over instead. This fades as an oily mishmash of off flavors squirms around on the tongue for longer than I would like, and it all fades away leaving a slippery acid taste in the mouth.

M- Very bubbly, but more in the way of diet soda than a nice adjunct lager.

D- The taste aside, this is a moderately drinkable beer. The oily character of the aftertaste would deter me though.

Overall: I am perfectly willing to give an American Adjunct lager and 'A' if it succeeds for what it is, but this beer does not. It looks ok, but beyond that it fails. My advice: if you want a cheap American Adjunct lager that actually tastes good and is consistent, go with Miller High Life.

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Pacífico from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.