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Pacífico - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Ratings: 1,607
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 24.34%
Wants: 15
Gots: 185 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

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Photo of Rayek
2.33/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brilliant gold with mild carbonation and excellent clarity. A big and rocky white cap formed on top. It had some decent staying power, but didn't leave any lace behind. Still, the initial look was certainly promising.

S: Not much to smell; especially when cold. Corn grits, hay and maybe a bit of lemon. Pretty decent actually.

T: When it was ice cold, the beer didn't have much flavor either. Started out almost tasteless, even as it warmed. The taste slowly built itself up, starting with cornmeal and raw barley flavors that were barely perceptible. Further in, a bit of lemon tartness showed up. That's about all that was happening until the temperature rose. As the beer warmed, the finish started getting nasty. Boiled cabbage and some metal crept in to spoil the show. The lemon tartness, which I liked before the temp broke freezing, stuck around and mixed with the new flavors to create a truly unpleasant medley.

M: The light body felt about right in the mouth.

D: Like many beers of this style, they key is keeping it as cold as possible without making a beer slush . The light body and low ABV make it go down quick. Letting it warm at all kills the experience, for me at least. Definitely not a beer worth revisiting. A cut above Corona, and that's it.

Pacifico marked the last stop on my tour through the beers at my favorite Mexican restaurants. My final conclusion from the tour is that I'll be drinking a steady flow of Bohemia from here on out.

Photo of cnally
3.29/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one of the drop-offs from family over the weekend.

Pale pale yellow beer with a surprisingly nice fluffy white head that sticks to the glass and laces nicely.

Very nice, sweet smell with more of a malt aspect than the grain aspect. Not too shabby.

The sweetness continues, with a bit of honey flavor initially and then comes the bitterness. Not overwhelming bitterness, but it does invade the aftertaste a bit. Very adjunct styling, with grains dominating the flavor overall throughout.

Balanced feel but a bit watery.

You know what? I like it for an adjunct lager. Sometimes, you could see yourself drinking a beer that doesn't necessarily knock you away. It is smooth and flavorful enough, and is very good for this style.

Photo of Domingo
2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking these on sale when I was in college.
I hadn't had one in years but figured I'd give one a shot as I was craving something lighter.
Pours a pretty pale blonde color. Not much head, though.
Not much of a smell to it. Just a sour (normal fermentation) grain smell.
The taste isn't really very strong either. Again, just a grain flavor. Relatively sweet and mild, like white bread. A little more hops than a "light" beer, but not much more going on. Probably a decent quencher on a hot day, but then again - so are the superior Dos XX, Bohemia, or even Tecate.
Better than the horribly flawed Corona, but still not much better than a Miller Light and it's 2X the price.
Not terrible or disgusting, but kind of pointless as an import. Since most Mexican imports cost roughly the same, you're better off choosing a better beer or just ordering domestic if you want something mild. Unless you're in western Mexico and this is the local beer, skip it as you'll end up paying too much as an import.
It's just one of those situations where you have an import that's lackluster even when compared with US macros and there are tons of Mexican imports that cost the same and are better.

Photo of mnrider
1.97/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: light golden lager look. very bubbly white head, which goes away in a second. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Almost no smell. Just a little hopy taste.

Taste: Very little taste. Maybe just a little bitter and kind of dry. Not much to describe to be honest.

Drinkability: With the low ABV i could down many of these and not even know. I pass on this mexican clara (clear). Manly because of the lack of taste and the dry taste.


Photo of garymuchow
2.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stumbled upon this bottle, so I'll give it a try.
Very adjuncty (is that a word, is that a aroma?). Anyway, sweet corn, pale malt with a brush of hops, a touch of toasted corn. Fair enough for style. Adjuncts get stronger the longer it's out of the bottle.
Very short lived small head. Pale, to slightly darker, gold and crystal clear.
Sweet adjunct and malt. Mild sharp (boy I'm full of interesting phraseology tonight), sour, bitter hop flavor that blends interestingly with the corn and sweetness.
Lots of prickly carbonation. Moderate body for style.
This drinks well enough on one account, because it holds a fair amount of flavor. However, the heavier body and excessive adjunct, make it tough to tolerate. It seems to lack a thirst quenching quality. I feel full after one. And as it typical with this style, any enjoyable flavors leave as it warms.

Photo of supercolter
2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh, just another weak Mexican beer.
Appearance is fine, straw yellow with a bit of lacing and minimal head.
Smell and Taste are pretty similar. A bit skunky, corny, and a bare minimum of hops to accent it. I resisted the lime...
Mouthfeel is ok lightly carbonated.
Drinkability is where it should be for the style.

Photo of TooleBurger
2.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical Mexican beer that needs you to put fruit in it. Better than Corona with a more authentic taste.

a: very light, but glistens in warm weather

s: smells like piss w/o the lime...with the lime, it smells much better

t: tastes like corn with lime juice

m: very thin but easy to swallow on a hot day

d: on a hot day, this beer is great...or if you are eating Mexican food...otherwise I would stay away from it

Photo of tab021
3.28/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I am assuming Claro means clear, because its very very light looking.

S: extremely light to me. maybe corn but not much else

T: Very little flavor, zero hoppy flavor, but still more enjoyable than other cruddy Mexican beers. Still not the worlds best by a long shot. You have to commit beer blasphemy and put a lime in it to have it maintain ANY flavor

M: Very fizzy and watery

D: this is a beer for people who really dont like beer. or just want to get a buzz off of something that is so light that it tastes next to nothing. Although due to that, it wouldn't be impossible to drink a bunch because of its light and simple nature. Altogether not great, but not terrible...

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

12oz single from the SLS in Vernal, around $1.

A: Clear, yellow, stark white head that reduces to nothing, lots of carbonation moving around in it though. Excellent clarity. Not an impressive beer by any means but still a decent looking adjunct lager.

S: Corn, sweaty feet, a hint of a grainy barley malt, and that's about it. No hop profile at all. For a Mexican beer it smells better than the others.

T: Corn sweetness, cereal grains, a little more grainy than I had expected which definitely saves it, slight underlying tones of hops, but nothing to stand out. Tastes how it should, watery without a lot going on, still it isn't offensive by any means like so many others in this style.

M: Thin, dry, mildly carbonated. Really smooth, not too shabby at all.

D: Goes down really easily, out of all the Mexican beers I can get my hands on, this one will probably be the go to choice. Nice beer for a hot day, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but its definitely better than Corona. Way better than Corona.

Photo of donmonkey1
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Weak yellow, no head, not enough carbonation. I know before I smell or taste the beer I'm walking into a mine field.

Smell: Mild sweet corn juice

Taste: Mild sweet corn juice with some artificial sweetner and a touch of PGA

Mouthfeel: Watery. However, in spite of the lack of carbonation, the beer feels like a lot of carbonation exists. In fact, it would be like touching the two prongs of several 9-volt batteries to your tongue.

It tastes exactly like a weak, CHEAP, ordinary, crappy old beer, except for the 9-volt battery factor.

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

A: Exceptionally pale and clear. Almost resembles a lemon soda, or maybe a blend of beer and water. Poured straight into a glass and still only managed to produce about one and a half fingers of head.

S: Moldy corn bread with a little bit of honey on it.

T: Impressive how little actual flavor is present. If I hold the beer in the front of my mouth it literally is as if my mouth is full of tonic water with a bit of a metallic off-flavor. In the center of the tongue there is some grain to it though the predominant flavor is a rather neutral bite as it hits the back of the tongue. Very neutral beer that provides little flavor. Imperial light lager? If I want to be fancy I pretend it's aged in water barrels.

M: Watery and fizzy. This has nothing on the majesty of Bud Heavy.

D: Not exactly distasteful but not pleasant for me either. Not quite up to par with the fabled lawnmower beer. No real reason to drink this one. Shockingly I don't think this is even a cheap brand, but PBR or High Life has a lot more flavor and drinkability to it. This is beer for people who don't want beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a clean shaker glass. Yellowish with a head that fizzes away.

Smells of light skunk hop and corn.

Taste follows the nose. Scant euro hopping and a bit of malt with some corny influences. Grainy n Gritty, but it is on par with the style.

Mouthfeel is easy to drink light bodied light beer.

Drinkability is alright. Refreshing and easy to pound away when needed. Cheers Amigos...

Photo of KeefD
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a bomber off this for Cinco de Mayo. Yeah, I know, I'm not Mexican, but what the hell, if every other idiot is going to drink Mexican beer on this day, I guess I should too. (So ashamed)

Golden boy, lots of carbonation, white head gone in an instant. Aroma of corn and some grainy malts. Not much going on in the nose. Flavor is watered down sweet corn, a bit of malty grains, dry crisp finish. Not much going on this beer. Luckily I have a few slices of lime to throw in here to make this taste a little better. Where's my Grain Belt... Would not buy again.

Photo of BarrelO
1.58/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A few days ago, I was making a mix-and-match six pack, and I decided to pick up some Mexican beers for Cinco de Mayo. Would it be a decision I'd live to regret? Read on and find out!

A: Slightly less pale than the typical macro. What little head there is quickly disappears.

S: Corn.

T: Like any other macro. This is simply too boring to merit making a real effort to describe the flavor.

M: Thin and watery.

D: Grupo Modelo's successful attempt to market its beers as premium products has to be the biggest practical joke in the history of American business. If I were dying of thirst in the Sonora Desert, I would happily suck one of these down. Otherwise, this is slightly more pleasant than catching swine flu.

Photo of KTCamm
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a frosted pint glass with a line at the local Mexican restaurant. The lime went into my water instead.

Pours a pale yellow color with a little bit of white foam that died down immediately. Color is more yellow than anything, see through.

Smell was unimpresive. Sweet corn if I had to give any description.

The taste was okay. It was clean, a bit sweet, though much better than the sickly sweet and heavy Corona. Little watery in the mouthfeel.

Overall I liked the beer, could see having it again. It went down easy and worked well with my chimichangas.

Photo of TexIndy
2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker (not worthy of my nonic) pint. No dating info. Part of the wife's beer stash so figured might as well review it since needing some fresh bottles for the reviewing machine. It was a pale yellow color with a few carb streams. No lacing. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly faded into nothing.

The aroma was malty, sweet, skunky. Not real pleasing but on-par for the style and around a BMC. The taste was just below average. This sample didn't have the lime and it really needed it. I enjoy this and all Mexican beers with the lime. Of course, anything to mask the true flavor would work. This has become one of my go to beers when eating TexMex and all they have is BMC or this. Not great but gets the job done.

Overall, a fair to poor beer that I only drink or recommend if done to this or Light/Lite beers. Only makes it into my fridge when the wife wants some beer in there. Of course, I keep that in the garage fridge and not my beer fridge in my office. Just saying.

Photo of Tone
2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of adjunct and yeast, but mostly lacking. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct and slight yeast characteristics, but mostly water. Overall, not very much flavor at all.

Photo of morebeergood
2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle while eating at a Mexican restaurant on a Friday night. Poured into a pilsener glass. Mostly yellow color with a bit of an orange hue. Lots of carbonation. Thin fizzy head. Smell was unnoticeable. Taste was pretty basic. Corn and sweet malt coat the throat. Slightly sticky aftertaste. Pretty watery, so that didn't add to the mouthfeel, but it did add to the only redeeming factor to this beer -- its drinkability. Very easy going down. Matches up with the cuisine it's usually served with. Having one with Mexican food, or perhaps on a Mexican beach, would be the only real reason to order one.

Photo of PintOHops
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears golden/yellow with very high carbonation, and just a whiff of head that dies down very quickly like soda pop or seltzer water. The carbonation is pretty inviting & somewhat unique, champagne like strings of bubbles escape evenly throughout. Leaves no lacing, but it's what is expected for the type of beer it is. Smells of sweet corn, rice, hints of grain, hints of mixed vegetables and fruity aromas consisting mostly of pair, apple & grape. Aromas are pretty much average.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes very similar to the aroma, fruity grape & pair, some apple, and of course lots of rice & grain flavors. Surprisingly has a nice hop bitterness on the finish, as well as some subtle malt and a little dryness. Flavors aren't outstanding though, in fact a little watered down & absent. Mouthfeel is thin, tad silky, crisp and lite bodied with a small bite of carbonation on the tongue despite the high carbonation appearance.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Overall not bad, surprisingly had some slightly different hop characteristics with some dryness on the finish, something I haven't experienced in a beer of it's type. It definitely reminded me of Dos Equis Lager, easy drinking, not complex but manages to pull some flavor out. I thought it was okay but I would have appreciated more flavor, the flavors were a little drowned out. Id say give it a try because it does taste better than allot of beers out there in the same category. Cheers!

Photo of kflorence
1.79/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Another typical mass-produced lager with absolutely no distinctions to its credit.

Bland, crisp -- drinkable, but not very tasty. Your typical Mexican lager. Not very good, but easy to drink and relatively cheap. Get something else if you're going for flavor, as this is just watered down hops and grains with not much else happening.

Photo of MikeInIowa
3.59/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall, a good mark. On even or better par with the South-of-the-Border Cervezas (adj. lagers) such as Corona, Sol, Dos Equis (XX)and Modelo. Refreshment is the common denominator for all of these brews because they are not designed to give one the warm and fuzzy feel of the winter brews. Pacifico is a warm weather beverage.

A: golden, transparent, but with less than average head and lace retention.

S: fruity hops.

T: Nicely noticeable hops without bitterness or residual taste.

M: Thin, average mouthfeel.

D: Above average drinkability. Well-worth the price of a sixer for the sake of experimentation.

Photo of ruckzuck
2.51/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A friend left a bottle at my place after a bunch of us had a get together and made Mexican food. Disclaimer: I am from Texas, so don't front on my (Tex)Mexican food knowledge

A - pours a crystal clear gold body with an OK head which went to absolutely no head pretty quickly

S - macro lager. Slightly sweet, fairly grainy. Hardly anything to say really

T - macro lager. Bit of corn and some grainy malt. Again, nothing much to write home about, but not undrinkable

M - incredibly light-bodied. Not enough carbonation. However, I'll leave it at 2.5 because it goes down like water

D - this isn't a great beer, but then again it's an adjunct lager. As a Texan, Pacifico has 2 uses:
(1) combat thirst when sitting outside on hot days, e.g., a party or cook out or something (though I prefer Lone Star);
(2) combat thirst when consuming TexMex or Mexican. This is what Pacifico is best at. Serve it cold in a bottle with a lime (yes, that's right) and go to town on your eats. The light body and light taste don't get in the way of the delicious food, and it manages to quench thirst pretty well.
So yeah, rock Pacifico as instructed and you'll be OK. It gets a 3 for serving its purpose well, and for being drinkable in fairly large quantities

Photo of jkdrummer
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beer to goes well with a plate of spicy tacos. Don't bother pouring into a glass, the bottle works just fine for its smooth delivery. Sweet with the typical macro-brew taste. Nothing special, but makes a summer time beer. Sometimes I find it for $5/6-pk, not a bad deal. Average beer from Mexico.

Photo of Brad007
2.91/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw gold color with a one-finger head that quickly fades, leaving sparse carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with a hint of corn in the nose. Surprisingly, doesn't seem skunked in aroma.

Taste is smooth and a bit watery with grainy malt, corn and just a bit of sweetness. Seems quite bland. Inoffensive.

Not much for a mouthfeel here. Just slightly lingering corn and grain. Quite like drinking water.

I expected worse but this is really quite average. It's hardly a beer but it excels at being average.

Photo of BierFan
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 325 ml bottle into a pint glass. The label lists an abv of 4.5%.

Small white head didn't last for long. Pale golden yellow with some subpar carbonation. This beer has some serious graininess in the taste. Modelo makes a few decent Mexican beers but this one is lackluster from start to finish.

Pacífico from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 1,607 ratings.