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Pacífico - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

PacíficoPacífico

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,228 Ratings
THE BROS
55
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Ratings: 1228
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 24.53%


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Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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lisomiso

California

3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks the same as all the other Mexican light lagers. Maybe a little lighter, with average head retention.

Smells like cornflakes. Maybe a hint of spice, maybe the faintest suggestion of alcohol once it's warmed.

Tastes clean, but boring. Like cornflakes. I like cornflakes! This is surprisingly pleasant. A bit of bitterness on the finish, just a little bit. Most of these Mex lagers are soapy-tasting, but this one isn't.

The mouthfeel is ok - not bad. Rather carbonated but the bubbles are fine and prickly. The body is light, but somehow it doesn't feel watery.

I can't believe how much I liked this beer! I'm genuinely surprised. I expected it to be at the bottom of the pile but it's one of my favorites thus far.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:52:22 | More by lisomiso
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BretSikkink

Mexico

2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Completely clear, golden color with a scant white head of tiny bubbles. Streaming for about 10 seconds and then totally still. Aromas of slightly skunky DMS, a little hint of corn and lemon juice with the pale grains.

This is a terrible beer. Skunky and off-putting even when chilled and truly horrific when it's warm. Golden pale grains are swallowed by the cooked-veggie DMS notes, they finish bitter and slightly sour, and there's no mouthfeel to speak of.

Over carbonated, under-(insert ingredient here)ed. This can came in a party pack, but I would say it isn't a party until some decent beer shows up.

Serving type: can

08-22-2011 01:17:32 | More by BretSikkink
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DannyDan

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light clear bright yellow with a thick white head that quickly disappears with little retention and lacing, but does have lots of carbonation. The smell is old grains, a hint of lime, typical adjunct smell of grains and yeast. The taste is mix of old grains, lsome corn and followed by lime that makes the taste even worse. The mouthfeel is smooth and wet like a typical macro and overall this beer from Mexico is something I would not drink again. I'lll take a corona or a land shark any day over this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:36:02 | More by DannyDan
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kojevergas

Texas

3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock Cafe Hefeweizen glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow with lots of carbonation. It's appealing.

Sm: Lime citrus ester hops, light malt, and clean barley. A moderate strength scent in which the lime is dominant. Note that it's not artifical lime like Dos Equis; it's real lime. At least in scent...

T: Lime on front and through the first half. A clean barley body hides underneath, with a well handled malt climax and a clean finish. It's simple, but that's what they're going for. It refreshes. It's well built as a tropical "in the sun" beer and it's quite balanced. I quite fancy it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, just as it should be. Complements the general tone and direction of the beer, as well as the style.

Dr: This is a Mexican import meant as a tropical beach beer, and it works brilliantly in that aim. Note the brown glass bottle; Corona uses clear glass and Heineken green. They're not skimping. The lime is tastefully done. The price is right and it's very refreshing. The drinkability is simply amazing, though the alcohol content is only 4.8%. Give her a spin, lads.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:39:53 | More by kojevergas
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Scotchboy

Idaho

2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz to SA Perfect Pint.

A: Well carbonation fizzy straw colored beer, with quite a bit of soapy white head that disappears quickly.

S: Smells like a lager, some adjuncts and light breadiness and some crisp yeast sweetness.

T: Tastes like a lager and it goes down easy. Drinkable, with some crispness that hints of green apples skins, and light malts and corn/rice.

MF: Smooth and drinkable. Crisp carbonation, light mouthfeel, a little lingering dryness.

O: Honestly, between the Stella's and Boston Lager's of the world and this AAL I can't tell much of a difference. It's not a bad summer beer, and I even like it with a slice of lime straight from the bottle. May the stoning begin.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 20:54:51 | More by Scotchboy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pacifico as in most Mexican beers taste best in the summer with a lime...however, judging Pacifico sin limon...its just another no frills cerveza! The beer poors golden clear with good carbonation that give a white foamy head for a brief time. The smell and taste are enhanced with grain. The hops help somewhat with the taste so that it is not bread water. Mouthfeel is easy especially on hot days...enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:20:41 | More by WoodBrew
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notchucknorris

California

2.28/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd had this a few times but had never had it on tap before, so when I saw it on tap this weekend, I decided to give it a try.

A: Honey color with pretty much no head whatsoever. Lots of carbonation rising in the glass.

S: Not so great. A little bit of lime and a lot of grain and corn.

T: Pretty much a replica of corona. Lots of grain with a bit of a lemony twang. Lots of corn in there as well. It has its place with certain foods, but on its own, it's just not good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 21:41:15 | More by notchucknorris
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iSip

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pacifico. For summer brew enjoyment, I usually go for unfiltered wheat, and there are many great ones out there. But for a change in pace I work in a six pack of Corona Extra on occasion. The Pacifico is a good choice as well. The bubbly head dissipates quickly, but the golden beer itself maintains a constant stream of sparkling bubbles. There is more aroma, and a bit more flavor to a Pacifico than a Corona Extra. A beer purist will scoff, but try to down a Belgian Double on a hot, sweaty day. There is a place for a cold Pacifico in this world.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 14:02:55 | More by iSip
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IPA35

Netherlands

2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The fifth beer of my international lager test.
2 catagories start to unfold, one is the American Adjuct catagory and the other one is the European (Adjunct) catagory.

This, together with Bud and Miller, fits into the former.
There is not much to tell because these beers are so similar.

The colour is gold, plenty of visible carbonation and a quickly reducing white head.

Smell is grain but this one has a little more hop aroma to it than the other two.

It also has more taste than the other two, still grainy and watery but this just has a little more overall flavour and bitterness.

I like this one the best out of the 3 American Adjunct lagers I bought but it is also very expensive here in the Netherlands. I haven't seen it anywhere else so that might explain the price but €2.20 for a bottle of adjunct lager is ridiculous.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 11:56:23 | More by IPA35
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 1.5 head which dissipated completely. Clear straw yellow color. Slight smell of grass and grains. Taste is more of the same and in that respect it's kind of just any BMC beer. Very light body. Boring but inoffensive. I suppose if your point of comparison happened to be Corona then this is either equal to that competitor or even a smidge more flavorful, but that doesn't say much. Hey, it's an acceptable generic American Adjunct Lager style, that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 08:49:12 | More by MoreThanWine
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a straw/yellow color with a foamy white head that is gone in not time with no lacing left behind.

S: Lots of grain and some corn. A little bit of toasty bread and some light grassy notes.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of grain and some corn. A little bit of lemon and lemon zest and hints of grass.

M: Light bodied with a good bit of carbonation, but crisp and pretty refreshing.

O: Not awful, but nothing great. A refreshing beer that I will grab out at the dive bar in Mexico.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:44:05 | More by mdaschaf
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robnewhart

California

3.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my standard daily beer. I tried Sol and Corona but of all three, this is the heaviest (malty) of all three, therefore my preference. Am not aware of the head, as generally I drink it straight from the bottle. Good heaviness, mouthfeel and going down, due to the carbonation, is not that smooth. Slight metalic aftertaste.

All this said, this is my preferred daily Mexican beer, when compared to Corona and Sol. Am going through other Mexican beers to see how they rate, but this has been my daily beer for several years and although there might be better ones, this one works for me on a daily basis. Friends who have tried it have started it as their preference in daily beers over the aforementioned Mexican beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:05:15 | More by robnewhart
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ehammond1


2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

El Coyote Junction Mexican Restaurant
Sacramento, CA

A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn elements throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

A good enough beer to enjoy with a hot Mexican meal after a long day of traveling, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 17:13:58 | More by ehammond1
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Bookseeb

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance pours from a quart bottle straw yellow having a thin crisp head. Smell of grain adjuncts, light hops. Taste is light in the grain tasting a little watered down leaving a metallic bitter flaver in the end. Mouthfeel is light yet having fair body with good carbonation. Probably your less than average Mexican lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:58:46 | More by Bookseeb
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

1.3/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clean pale yellow with a small white head that goes away fast. In the aroma, well, lack there of aroma, nothing at all. In the taste, a small dry faint lager with a small hint of fruit. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hint of fruit. Clean and watery, no big flavor or aroma at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 13:46:39 | More by OWSLEY069
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a light golden with a 1 finger white foamy head that quickly reduces to a thin coat then a thin ring.

Aroma of grains, more like corn than malt. Unpleasant component too.

T – follows aroma although the unpleasant odor had no corresponding taste.

M - thin and unremarkable.

O - best I can say is better than no beer ... at least sometimes.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:01:46 | More by chinchill
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Fizzy beer with a lot of bubbles. Head disapeared as soon as it was poured.

Has a weak beer smell that is not very inviting.

Taste is grainy, not much flavor, leaves a dry slightly bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel is watery despite the high carbonation.

Overall - Nothing I would ever buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:27:34 | More by JohnFatAss
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An absolutely insipid adjunct lager, 4.5% ABV according to the can.

Pale, straw yellow with small bubbled "fizz". Much carbonation, but no body or head. Almost no aroma nor flavour. On a positive note, the sweet finish is certainly corn based but not overwhelmingly starchy.

Can not imagine what a "light" version of this beer might taste like?

Serving type: can

05-14-2011 21:30:33 | More by hopsolutely
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Treebs

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into pint glass

A: Pours bright straw color with little white head that is gone after a second leaving a little film on the top.

S: Bitter, spoiled hops. Almost a sour smell.

T: Sour spoiled hops with a little sweet twist at the end. The taste leaves almost instantly leaving really nothing on the pallet.

M: Light and crisp with good solid carbonation. Nice light body.

O: Meh. Pretty average beer, but I wasn't expecting anything substantial. Good party beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:02:53 | More by Treebs
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pacifico Clara is as yellow as the can it comes in but, it goes without saying, is of course much more transparent. In fact, it has the same level of crystalline clarity as those famous white sand, clearwater Mexican beaches. It's not quite as spectacular, mind you, and given the total lack of head I'd say it looks not only ordinary, but even a little sub-par.

The aroma has perilously little character to it, and what few features it does have are not good. The diluted, adjunct-infested beer hits the nostrils like heavily chlorinated pool water - not what you'd call 'offensive' but distinctly chemically altered. Its cereal sweetness has some of the sugars and dryness of a white wine, none of the flavour though.

Like all popular Mexican brands, Pacifico is thin and insipid, designed for maximum refreshment (and maximum appeal). Apart from a cereal, corn-tinged graininess, it doesn't lay claim to much flavour at all. While this makes it more approachable to the masses, it also makes it a very boring, worthless beer to anyone with even moderately discerning tastes.

I think it's important when traveling to fully experience every shred of native culture you can, and that beer can be an excellent medium through which to do this. Ironically, however, national brands like Pacifico don't shed light on any culture, except that of mass industrialization and commercialization, which actually oppose distinct culture.

I've always felt that even in the most scorching heatwave I'd want a drink that is refreshing *because* of its flavour, rather than for its lack there of. Most people feel the opposite, which explains why such a bland, watery beer as Pacifico Clara can become so popular. If you're alright consuming dollar store quality products, good for you. I'll pass.

Serving type: can

05-05-2011 17:24:49 | More by biegaman
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Head is white, but slightly translucent and appears greenish yellow at times. The beer has nice active carbonation and is crystal clear. The head fades instantly though, very poor showing.

S: Somewhat skunked with a slight vegetable aroma lingering over a grainy base.

T: The taste is significantly better than the aroma. Much cleaner with no skunking at all. Mild bitterness, exactly what I want in this style of beer, and a light flavor, but still a solid I-can-taste-this flavor. This beer isn't even ice cold and I can stand to drink it just fine!

M: A little flat, this could use just a touch more bite, but the body is spot on.

D: The aroma makes it a little difficult, but in general this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:07:39 | More by mdwalsh
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mactrail

California

3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, I didn't hate it, but I'm trying to be fair to the much-hated category.

Pale amber, I think, in the Cinco de Mayo plastic cup. Nice head retention and a pleasant carbonation. Very sprightly and prickly on the tongue. Not much real flavor, kind of a salty water. However, the is a pleasant hint of malt. Even a twang of hops. Bitterish aftertaste, though slight. Seems like the classic Mexican lager, though better than I remembered.

Not a beer I normally choose, but it's perfectly acceptable as a gulp-- or here in Old Town San Diego with the Mariachis blaring, would you rather have Modelo Light in a can?

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 05:52:38 | More by mactrail
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Fenris244

Texas

1.3/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My poor beer stein...

Pours a pale yellow, crazy amounts fizz, zero head though... Funny how that works. Looks like there's not much carbonation.

Bit of skunk, some cooked veggies and bubblegum. Little bits of cooked corn.

Something almost sour? God that's bad, bubble gum sweetness again, no hops at all, kind of a cooked cereal taste.

Feels slick on the palate, the lack of carbonation after the initial fizz didn't help matters at all

Who drinks this? Is it a joke beer? God damn, keep this stuff far far away from me...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 04:51:34 | More by Fenris244
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with 1 finger worth of fizzy head. Quickly dissolves to nothing and doesn’t leave much for lacing.

S: Grains and some corn in the aroma.

T: Grany with some corn. It actually tastes a lot like Corona without the skunkiness.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body.

O: I don’t have much to say about this beer. I probably won’t be having it again. Although it does seem like a Corona that hasn’t been skunked which is a plus.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 15:06:39 | More by marty21
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer I tried in my travel in Mexico. Poured in a tall clean glass it produced a two finger head of tight pure white foam, with just about no lace and what there was had no cling. Color was very clear, bright yellow. Smell was wet corn, and barley. Taste was muted corn, and malt, with just a hint of flavor of pepper and lime. Mouthfeel was like fizzy water, not much there. I can say I had one, but most likely my first and last.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 18:22:24 | More by beerprovedwright
Pacífico from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.