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Mexican Logger - Ska Brewing Co.

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160 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Ryan011235


3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/27/12

A) Very light in color. Faded, watery straw hue. Bone white head just shy of two fingers but it doesn't last. Paper-thin retention with some lace.

S) Fresh, grassy hop aroma with hints of lemon. Toasted grains. Undertones of biscuit. Rather clean aroma.

T) A solid hop bite kicks off each swig; the Saaz are working overtime on this one. Grass, lemon zest and faint herbal notions. Moderate biscuit notes flesh out the hop bitterness of the back half.

M) Light, breezy body with an utmost crisp feel. Carbonation is matched expertly with the hop profile. It finishes clean.

D) Incredibly easy to drink and it remains tasty even after hitting room temperature.

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 22:39:25 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a pale yellow crystal clear body with a snow white bubbly head. There is a sea of slow microbubbles working to the surface.

S- The clean dry corn hint has a mellow green hop hint in the finish. Otherwise the aroma is very clean.

T- The dry field corn and pale malt hints have some soft dry finish of mellow green hops. There is a dry corn taste that lingers a moment.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a spicy fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is dry and fizzy without much flavor and the hops that are a bit dull and one-dimensional.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 15:30:47 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of EagleTalon


3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a 1 inch white foamy head that falls to a 1/8 inch permanent head with intermittent lacing. Color is pale straw-gold. Aroma is sweet grains and grassy, herbal hops. Flavor picks up with the aroma on sweet grains, slightly biscuity note and mildly hoppy/bitter finish. It has good balance and a clean, crisp taste, Mouthfeel suffers from something. I get this rough after-feel from some canned beers that is hard to describe. It's not astringency, just a dry, chalky feel on the tongue. Overall, this is a beer that is better than Corona and Tecate but not by much.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 18:46:26 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw golden with very little carbonation, but there is some. Pretty good lacing and dissipates into a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smell: Very nice subtle smell. Smells like grass, lemon, and caramel. Very malty. Extremely neutral smell, but it is refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and grapes. Very fruity for a pale lager. Thin mouthfeel that is definitely too watery.

Overall Drinkability: If it weren't for the mouthfeel, I would love this. Very refreshing beer.

Serving type: can

06-23-2013 23:01:22 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I find this to be a really lovely lager, and an exceptional summer beer. on tap for awhile at illegal petes near DU. it was served with a lime wedge, which I don't think it needs, but it helps bring out some of the fruity and floral notes in the aroma, which is light and summer with a touch of citrus. the color is clear and light, with a quarter inch of thick white fluff, well beyond what I am used to in a lager. the head doesn't last, but the creamy texture it represented does. this beer is expansive in the mouth, yet always light. I love that marriage of feelings here. the flavor is mild, good crisp finish and flavor from the lager yeast, and only enough hops to clean up the soft malt sweetness. this is infinitely sessionable at a super low abv and a lot of interesting flavors for the style. its no bruery humulus, the standard by which I will measure every other lager I ever drink, but its a good summer session beer, and its damn good with a burrito. I think this is savagely underrated here on BA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 22:19:06 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of beergoot


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light straw body comes with an initially thick, foamy white head that soon fades yet remains 1 ½ fingers thick. Very faint grain scent. Light cereal flavor with a slowly developing hop bitterness at the finish. Light, clean, crisp and dry mouthfeel.

A nice, light-bodied lager overall, but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 23:41:42 | More by beergoot
Photo of Lemke10


3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight, white head. The scent is weak with some cheap grains. The taste is weak and not too flavorful. Some basic malts and hops in the mix. There is crispness to the beer with a slight spice. Nothing all that special other than the fact this tastes a 100 times better than cheap Mexican beer. Very drinkable, but also one of those you can skip over.

Serving type: can

12-29-2012 05:25:29 | More by Lemke10
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation throughout. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a patchy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light notes of bready malts with some lemon zest and spicy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted bready malts and some light honey sweetness (but it also could be corn). There is a lighter amount of spicy hops that impart a light amount of bitterness that fades quickly. There are also some very light hints of lemon zest.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing and very thirst quenching - super easy to drink and sessionable (great beer for lawn mowing or other yard work). Not the most flavorful beer or my favorite style but I would happily enjoy a couple of these.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 20:27:45 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear, see through gold with a soft, white lacing of head that fades fast

S - mild grains, spicy herbal Saaz hops

T - bready, grainy, spicy, herbal, bitter

M - light to medium bodied, very crisp, overcarbonated

This has potential. The Saaz hops are fantastic but the malt character is a bit unbalanced. If they're trying to make a hoppier version of a Mexican-style lager, they'll have to scale back the bread notes and lighten the malt. It's drinkable and sessionable, but I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 15:56:20 | More by tdm168
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear straw golden colored beer with a very small white head that quickly dies leaving no lacing on this beer, not at all like most Mexican beers.

Very light citrus to floral hops aroma with a light lemon sticking out the most.

A light taste that blends light malt and light citrus hops together equally.

A light lemony dryish aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

A light bodied beer that just seemed to lighten my pocket without giving me much needed tastes.

Serving type: can

08-14-2012 00:12:27 | More by LXIXME
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry folks, I didn’t have a pilsner to pour this one into so I used a pint glass. It pours out a nice crystal clear blonde color topped off with a light white head that quickly thins out into a layer of sporadic bubbles hugged by some minor lacing. It has a very light aroma, some wheat smells and mild spice comes through but not much else. Light on the tongue and light in mouthfeel too, this beer does have that skunked quality some Mexican lagers have, it’s not very powerful but the mild skunked taste is there(but is absent in the aroma). It’s slightly bitter on the side of your mouth and you can pick up some orange and lemon zest. Malts are present when its heads toward the back of your throat. Not a bad lager overall

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 16:13:21 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of beagle75


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and an isolated and lazy bubble or two rises slowly through the column.

S: Initially grassy and slightly floral, this beer's smell deflates quickly after being poured. The lingering smells include understated lemon-lime soda, uncooked flour, and vacuous carbon dioxide.

T: Begins dry, with refined light malt and energetic citric acidity. Sweetness intrudes into the middle as malt stays light but becomes more husky. Bitterness is low during the finish, herbaceous; honey and delicate grain linger on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer appears to be an all-malt pale lager that follows the archetype closely but does it well. Flavors and textures seem under tight control, if not particularly exciting. The smell has less appeal, not really matching the sensory profile of the flavor, while the beer appears to try to hide in the glass and not draw attention to itself.

Serving type: can

07-31-2012 21:28:55 | More by beagle75
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mexican logger is a sound good american pale ale. Its appearance is typical....average....smell includes the Saaz hop similar to others. The taste to me is much better balanced than the big marcos put out. The body is a nice medium to loght with good carbonation. overall a very tastee beer....probably one of the better american pales I've had.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 00:00:14 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mactrail


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is verging on a Light Lager, but I guess there is some distinction. Pale yellowish in the tall glass. Modest head that is pure white and not very long lasting.

The main virtue is a crisp, faintly lemony taste that makes a quick splash. Then there is a timid bitterness that grows into something like a flavor. Actually, it's not so bad. There's not much malt to balance, but the slight hoppy kick is rather pleasant. It's not really different from the paler Utah supermarket beers, but very clean.

From the 12 oz can courtesy of Grapevine Liquors in Denver. This has the new, politically-correct artwork on the can. More Saaz, less snooze.

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 04:04:20 | More by mactrail
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Close to two fingers of very loose and dimpled bright white foam, sizzles down to the surface in no time, the lacing forms thicker stripes and sticks better than expected. Simple golden hued liquid, a few lazy bubbles drift here and there. Sweet and full nose of corn syrup, malt, cocoa, honey, peach fuzz and a brief shot of grassy hops, not that interesting yet plenty of richness in what’s there. Medium-bodied, some carbonation tickle while overall heavy and clings to the palate. More sweetness via honey, corn, molasses and malted milk balls, peach to apricot fruit and a splash of mixed citrus. Simple bread grains and oats, little about it seems hoppy. Mild metallic ring near the finish. Certainly not offensive, just leaves you with very little to say about it. So, that’s all there is to say.

Serving type: can

07-04-2012 00:37:54 | More by farrago
Photo of soju6


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus with fresh grain and some malt sweetness.

T: Taste of citrus and malt sweetness with some fresh grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F:Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Good summer beer that goes down easy. Nothing fancy just a nice relaxing beer without all the hype.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 22:13:44 | More by soju6
Photo of lnashsig


2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#BOTG 48 is Ska Mexican Logger! Its pretty freakin hot outside, and nice to get a craft alternative to Mexican shitty lager from Ska. Poured from can into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a super cloudy sunshine yellow color. Crazy, not what I expected for color. No head whatsoever. Smell- not much of anything. Maybe a little whiff of corn. Taste- very smooth, clean, crisp. Some sweetness on the end. A little bit of bitterness from the hops. This neither smells or tastes like anything. But, I could see POUNDING this at the pool this summer. Much better than AAL, but nothing special here. But, I will buy this instead of Corona, Dos Equis, etc anyday.

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 23:28:26 | More by lnashsig
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light straw yellow. Fizzy white head that recedes to a wisp. Minimal lacing, if any.

Aroma: Faint sweet grains and malts.

Taste: Very clean and crisp grain body. Subtle hop essence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean.

Overall: Fantastic and so refreshing. And I love that it's canned. And low ABV. Perfect warm weather beer.

Serving type: can

05-20-2012 16:14:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Megahertz


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a shaker.

A - Very, very light gold yellow with appreciable carbonation. Fizzy yellow beer.

S - Distinct corn aroma with light malt. More aroma than most macro lagers.

T - Light, spritzy, corny sweet. Maybe a very distant noble hop presence.

M - Light body, high carbonation.

O - Excellent example of the style. Very similar to other adjunct lagers, but with distinctly fresher, more aggressive notes. I guess the only thing that makes it 'mexican' is the marketing, but that's consistent with authentic Mexico beers I've had.

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 20:51:26 | More by Megahertz
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, lemme get this straight. Classified on here as an APL. Can says Mexican style lager. Mexican style lagers are from German Pils origin, but have transformed to American adjunct lagers. What the hell is this?? So...

Pale pour. Straw like but the head is soft, billow-y and bright white. Good lacing out of the can.

Faint grain aroma. Some light biscuit and a pinch of staleness. There is some spice on this. The can has "Saaz" on it...I'm guessing that's the hops used, and that's what I get

I had this twice; once poured into a glass, once straight from the can. I like the can method better. It helps the beer hit the tongue right and allow for the hops to do their thing, which isn't much, but they do provide that spice and some pep. Otherwise, this would be rather bland and stale. The glass method emphasized the grain and malt more, and not in the best way.

Great summer party beer, for sure. Paired well with up-to-medium spicy Mexican dishes...and cake

Serving type: can

05-06-2012 05:40:55 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of dankster


1.93/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- pale fizzy golden- Almost Too BMC lookin

S- grains and corn but has a little hop kick on the nose

T- exactly what it is a mexican style beer that has little flavour profile but is pretty good with spicy foods

M- Watery and bland not much balance to this one.

O- sorry SKA but this one fails for me. not worth the price. if i want a mexican beer i will go for modelo over this anyday. better price same quality

Serving type: can

12-05-2011 18:34:22 | More by dankster
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Three Philosophers snifter.

Appearance - Clear gold body. Thin white lace.

Smell - Faint honey. Slight musky grain.

Taste - Pretty complex for a lager. Clean with no off characteristics. The flavor profile morphs while on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Clean and light with a slight bite.

Overall Drinkability - Possibly the best lager I've had.

Serving type: can

10-18-2011 18:21:54 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of tone77


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and grains, slightly sweet. Taste is the same, grains, malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and good session beer.

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 15:58:31 | More by tone77
Photo of sunkistxsudafed

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a six of this to drink with a buddy at kegger. Usually a kegger means shitty BMC, but we were surprised that these guys had gotten a keg of sam summer ale. good time. anyway, i digress..

A- yellow with a white head that lingers longer than an adjunct lager's. nothing special.

S- smells crisp and refreshing. more hop than i expected for whatever reason.

T- nice and crisp and refreshing, just as the smell suggests. there is a good balance of hop and malt in this beer.

M- first drink was a little soapy feeling, but i got over it real quick. good carbonation.

O- you could drink these all day. a great summer beer to have at a party/bbq, out on the water, or just to cool off after some yard work. I also feel like this could be a good beer to show people who think Corona the fancy shit.

Serving type: can

09-13-2011 03:53:25 | More by sunkistxsudafed
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm finishing off the last two of a sixer tonight. I've tried it straight up, with lemon, and with lime, and it's actually pretty enjoyable every way. However, it's quite typically a Mexican style beer, and therefore I think I like the "with lime" version best. Either way it's a darn fine compliment to Mexican food, or just a bucket of tortilla chips and some salsa.

Light yellow and clear with great lacing but a so-so head.

Smell is of some adjuncts, some hops, and a little bit of grassiness. It's weak smelling but not bad.

It tastes pretty good, albeit this is a style without huge amounts of flavor like imperial stouts or IPAs. There's some citrus and no shortage of grassy hops. No complaints at all on taste, even if you don't write home to momma about the fanastic beer find you just discovered.

Body is appropriately light and very easy to drink. Bitterness on the finish is light but nice. The beer is very crisp and drinakble.

It's a very fine Mexican style lager, better than most, if not all the major brands that "define" this style. I say Ska did a great job on this beer. Definitely a plus on barbacoa day, or when you're getting a bag of tacos to go.

There's an old saying... "life is like a bag of tacos, sometimes you get the chorizo." However, this chorizo is the premium stuff, may I have another!

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 23:46:24 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.