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Corona La Familiar - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 177
Avg: 2.92
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Damian74Shensky on 12-30-2012

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to have to roll into Tijuana to score this beer. I guess now that said place is more dangerous than a ruffies and viagra party, they decided to bring it across the border. Still in the 32oz quart bottle, and brown.

Pours straw yellow clear, but actually forms a little wispy white head that obliterates itself rather quickly. Aroma was mildly grainy, I think all the heavy carbonation got in my nose and made it itchy like I needed to sneeze, as if I had snorted some Alka-Seltzer.

Taste was full of corn and metal, like some cheesy band with a fake scary flyer. I think if you take a regular corona, some mineral water, and a sam adams light, blend them together, you get this beer. I think you can get a little more alcohol taste to it, its better than any other Corona I've ever had, and hey, you don't have to drink as much of it to get a buzz. Lawnmower or memory road stuff at best.

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Photo of Myotus
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 32oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with 3 finger's worth of white, rocky foam that dissipates into a finger's worth after 2 and a half minutes. A moderate amount of very thick lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. Straw yellow in color. There is an abundance of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is very thick and moderate.
SMELL: Subtle spicy and bitter hop aromas are backed by hints of car exhaust, white rice, alcohol, and boiled cabbage.
TASTE: Mild flavors of boiled cabbage enter initially and are immediately followed by subtle white rice flavors. Mild spicy and bitter hop flavors enter next along with hints of car exhaust and alcohol as boiled cabbage flavors push on, but white rice flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough do to the high carbonation. Finishes extremely crisp.
NOTE: Glad I got that out of the way. Now to drain pour the rest of this bottle....

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light straw color, small short lasting blond head.
Aroma: This beer does not much aroma.
Flavor: Not much flavor. This beer is very light bodied, non-hoppy, harsh taste with bitter finish.
Overall: Looks and smells like Corona Extra. This beer, however, as a slightly harsher taste than the Extra. This brew is inferior to Corona Extra.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.57/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was sitting in a Mexican grocery, eating a tripe and tongue taco and noticed this in the cooler. I figured I would enhance the experience by drinking a "real" Mexican beer. No glass to serve it in, I drank it straight from the 32 ounce bottle, hence the higher score in appearance. The nose and flavor is straight rice with a hint of barley graininess. After I poured a little lime juice in it, the flavor did improve but the base beer is poor and weak. It served the purpose as its light character helped to extinguish the habenero spiciness but I wouldn't bother to drink it again.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.69/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from huge quart bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: well, it's definitely not a Vienna lager as the description says. Based on look alone, I'd say we're looking at regular old Corona here. Light yellow hue with no haze and a light effervescence; head dissipated so quickly you might say there was none.

Smell: sweet and light; pretty clean and not super adjunct-y. You could do a lot worse.

Taste: much like the aroma, I'm getting sweet malt with a hint of grain. Pretty clean, actually, if not particularly flavorful.

Mouthfeel: light body with a fizzy effervescence. Not precisely insipid, but not much going on here.

Overall: pretty darn drinkable. The lack of adjunct off-flavors makes me think this isn't a normal adjunct lager (although, again, it's *definitely* not a Vienna lager). For beers that you buy at the gas station in a quart bottle, it's actually not bad.

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Photo of McStagger
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

A: Pours golden. Finger of head. Loud beer. Lots of carbonation rushing to the surface. Large bubbles. Retention is minimal, as is lacing.

S: Mildly metallic, not really adjunct-y, but more of that euro pale lager, only without all the noble hop extract. Getting some sweetness off it, almost like a candied green apple, but this is super mild.

T: Mild. Hit of grain up front, twinge of hoppiness. Same weird green fruit flavors in the mid palate. Finishes with a grainy sweetness. Not really getting much adjunct, but again, very similar in flavor to many trashy europales.

M: Very carbonated. Fizzy, seltzery. Virtually no body.

O: This is a step up from Corona, but that's not saying much. Not a bad beach beer, but definitely nothing to write hope about.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

i really don't taste a difference between this and corona extra (in fact the bottle top even says corona extra). it does have a higher ABV% so that's a good enough difference for me.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.82/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very clear yellow with a decent sized white head. Left no lacing.

S - Aluminum, copper. Just metal in general.

T - Corn. Lots and lots of corn. Rice adjunct, some cooked veggies. Doesn't have the skunkyness that regular corona has.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, It was alright. Definitely not a vienna lager. But it's better than regular corona by a long shot!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a quart bottle.

Look: Clear straw yellow. Fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma: A sweet grassiness about it. Faint grains, malts.

Taste: Sweetness and subtle grains. It is not skunky at all due to the brown bottle. Sweet from malted barley.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Dry.

Overall: Actually, despite the low rating, this is pretty drinkable compared to Corona Extra. It's certainly no worse than any other Adjunct Lager out there.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.87/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeah, I'm with "wattoclone". I don't know who came up with Vienna Lager and 6% here. I was actually excited for a sec before opening the bottle. Both factors need to be reviewed/changed up above. No info on the Modelo site.

A lot of head forms with each pour (filled a pilsner glass about 4 times). The liquid is one of the palest, dull yellows I've ever seen, crystal clear. The head drops out in seconds, no lace. There's something dominant in the aroma that comes off as either Tupperware or a wet ball of corn masa in a Tupperware container.

One taste and, I'll admit, I could tell instantly it's straight Corona (Extra, specifically). The flavors include pilsner malt with just a kiss of corn meal (DMS) and a vague apple juice taste and tannicity (hey, that's actually a word!). Could be worse. Could be Corona in the clear bottle. The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect - bit of a light, rounded body up front, shifting over to a mild carbonic sizzle, and finishing off fairly dry... though, combined with the bland corn dough flavor, a slight feeling of having licked the inside of a six-pack holder lingers on the tongue.

Fine for what it is. Was an adequate beverage to go with that greasy burrito de pollo..

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Bottled Nov, 15, 2012.

A: Pours a very light yellowish gold with a bubbly one finger head. Clear body with tons of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in a minute or two.

S: A mix of stale bread and corn. Not too exciting. Would recommend adding some limes.

T: Little more well rounded then the typical Corona. A bit more sweet corn malts. More of a lager than the Extra. Flavor is a bit subdued but remains inoffensive.

M: A bit heavier on the body than the original, medium with average carbonation. A bit of creaminess for a lager but not too much. May be stronger but just as easy to drink.

Overall it has a bit more flavor than the Extra. Still works well with some limes which I added on the 2nd half.

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2.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz bottle 711 $3. Corona familiar feels like a familiar old friend. Sweet, easy, smooth, she doesn't let you down. Don't expect much and she may wow you.... 6 percent abv...... Hell I don't mind a friend spotting me with her. Mmmmmm

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A corona in a larger version with amber bottle that protects the beer, better than usual corona in a transparent bottle. This is not a vienna lager as this page suggests, it´s an american adjunct lager, the same as a Corona Extra, but in a bigger bottle.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 32 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, yellow straw colored with a short white head that vanishes leaving no lacing, clear

S: not much, corn, grass, grain

T: clean malt up front, slightly sweet up front, finishes drier with a slight hop bitterness, has a nice mineral water quality

M: light and refreshing with lively carbonation

O: much better than Corona Extra, brown bottle keeps the skunk out

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Photo of beastmammoth
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head on top a yellow body - head sticks around for a while and laces the glass. Looks pretty great. Extra points for one of my favorite bottles, the 32 oz jug.

Light, pleasantly metallic aroma, not getting any of the adjunct off flavors, like the nasty creamed corn.

Surprisingly hoppy, just enough to prick the taste buds. A nice balance.

Crazy drinkable, could go through a couple of these babies.

My go-to refreshing brew, no lime necessary.

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Photo of hophead723
3.09/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I was mystified the moment I saw this beer on the shelf, and thought it might be like Mexican Coke or something but after doing research I saw that it is stronger. So I decided to give it a go, without any lime to see it's true character.

Look: Very clear and light gold color, almost translucent around the edges. Fluffy yet fleeting white head towers and waivers momentarily before dissipating without a trace.

Smell: Corny, mildly skunky, and a bit musty. Some weak yeast esters shine through as well.

Taste: Mild corny flavor, milled grain, a surprisingly ale-reminiscent fruitiness, and finally a dry vegetable flavor at the end. This would definitely benefit from some lime.

Feel: Crisp and dry but with a strange lingering.

Overall: I can't tell if I like this better that Corona Extra, but it's superior strength and interesting nature definitely give the original Corona a run for it's money.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.09/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grabbed a quart of this brew, because it was already cold and some research showed me it has a slightly elevated alcohol content compared to Corona extra. The familiar has an even 6.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a crystal clear golden yellow that is the shade of pre-twilight sunshine. The head is at most a thin film and is cotton white with micro-bubbles. The lacing, if any, is delicate, drooping, and wet.

Smell-It smells like musty corn and hay like the entrance to an old barn on an early summer’s noon. I also get some skunky notes and a hint of fruits.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but has a more grassy and malty characteristic than the nose let on. It finishes with a brief coating on the tongue that feels sticky and subtle at the same time. There is the slightest fruitiness that I get that is similar to a non-citrus fruit like perhaps dragon fruit.

Mouthfeel-It drinks smooth and silky and with low-carbonation that lets the subtle flavors meagerly make their appearance.

Overall-I’d say that this is a noticeable improvement upon the Corona Extra (stay away from Corona light if you can). The alcohol is subtle yet upgraded so you can get a mild buzz off this if you drink a quart of it. Haha! I’d recommend it only if you have no appreciation for craft brews and are broke. Other than that, grab some Ommegang or Uinta.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

There is some debate about the difference between Corona Extra and Familiar so I had to try a bottle. Although it does taste fresher, it does not taste like a Vienna style lager and the brown bottle could impact the flavor. The label did state 6% abv, but according to the local distributor website, Origlio Beverage, Familiar is 4.6% abv, the same as Extra packaged in a larger bottle (http://www.origlio.com/crown.php). Since I am an organic chemist with access to analytical techniques I checked it out in the lab and found it is in fact a little less than 5% abv, not 6% as listed on the bottle and here at BA. Thus it is most likely the same product as Corona Extra. In any case it does taste fresher than Extra but comes at a price higher than I am willing to shell out for a beer of this level of flavor. I will likely never buy it again.

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Photo of never_made_soccer_player
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a great beer on a hot afternoon. it is available at most drug stores (cvs etc), 7-eleven and liquor stores for about $3.75.
great taste while it's ice chilled and pretty damn average aftertaste. best mexican beer alongside with pacificos

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Lighter than I might have hoped, but not altogether unattractive for something with a Corona label that I bought off the shelf beside a bunch of 40s.
S: The smell isn't bad, but it's certainly adjunct-y.
T: I could definitely drink a few of these (you know, were they normal-sized.) There is some depth and body to the malt flavor, although I think I'd have a hard time calling it a Vienna. Still, it's a bit like a bulked-up Budweiser (which is not a bad thing in my book. The higher alcohol is not terribly discernible on the palate, either, which is also a step up from the gas station cooler.
F: Nice and hearty on the tongue, although there is a bit of lingering something I don't love.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - BIg growler-type bottle caught my eye in the gas station beer fridge. Pale yellow, slight fizz around the collar. Looks like Mexican beer.

S - MIneral notes of nickel and copper. Smells like a Mexi-lager brewed with well water and a bit more hops than is typical.

T - Fuller in flavor than "normal" Corona. Grains, corn, mineral notes. Quite a bit more hop than other brews from south of the border.

M - Light-medium in body. Definitely still a thirst-quencher, but a tad heavier in body. Although it's not dark, it reminds me of Negra Modelo in it's mouthfeel and body, and it shares some of those "suckin' on a penny" mineral notes.

I really thought that this was regular Corona in a really cool quart-sized bottle, and I bought it purely for the novelty factor. Turns out that this is like Corona-plus. A more medium bodied and much more flavorful lager. Maybe should be under the Vienna Lager style here on BA?

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 32 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Basic AAL, more of a summer session beer than a beer To be savored. The brew is medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. an average beer.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

32 ounce bottle poured into mug; no limes were involved in the consumption of this beer.

Fast reducing two finger off-white head. Massive carbonation impressive.

Smells: Grassy with wet grain

Taste: Biscuity malt, with cereal taste, but this beer has a smoky finish that distinguishes it from Corona Extra

Mouthfeel: thin, but not as thin as some.

Overall, this is a good thirst quencher. Yet, I'd choose Bohemia or some other Mexican beer if I'm needed a fast cold one on a hot day.

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Photo of Mr_Anderson
3.34/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a quart bottle to a glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with about a 2 finger head of foam.

Color: Golden brown with a glisten of yellow.

Smell: Everything expected of a Mexican beer, such as a faint metallic smell combined with a scent of fresh hops.

Taste: Tastes almost exactly like a Corona Extra with the exception of a slightly stronger alcohol flavor. The bottle cap also reads "Corona Extra''.

Overall: I wouldn't drink more than one of these like I would a bucket of Corona Extra, but the flavor and appearance was definitely appreciated. Seems like it'd be a great beer to drink to have when relaxing and barbequing in the Summer.
-Cheers, Mr. Anderson.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.34/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corona Familiar pours a golden light amarillo from a dark brown 32 FL.OZ glass bottle with a pry off cap that has "Corona Extra" printed on top. Head goes to well over 2 fingers before slowly dropping to a full foam carpet with well laced sides of my 24 Oz Pilsener glass.

Nose is of damp grains, barley and maze, and a whiff of alcohol.

Palate is a delicate and dry, lightly bittered, malted grain with the bight of carbonation.

Altogether, a well done offering to a market, that in my humbled opinion, is over hoped with hops, as in Lager's now tasting like IPA's, and that is just wrong...


This is not a Vienna, but an American Lager.
This is not a 6.00 % ABV but only a 4.60% ABV.
At first I thought that the balance was outstanding for a 6.00% brew, only to find out that I was dealing with a 4.60% brew, big difference in consideration for taste profile, and overall rating.

To get a 6.00% to be as smooth as a 4.60% takes some doing, to get a 4.60% to taste like a 4.60% is like falling off a log.

I have made the appropriate adjustments in the score.

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Corona La Familiar from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.