Mexican Logger - Ska Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iam not sure what a Mexican style lager is,I guess this is it.Poured two cans into a stein,light golden with a thinner clingy white head.Clean aromas,only light toasted grain,and a hint of honey.Very light feel to the beer,wich is ok for a hot day,flavors are pretty clean but there is a decent toastiness to it,a subtle honey sweet ending.Hops provide a light smattering of herbalness as I drink more.Hey its not anything great but it fits a good role for summertime drinking.

Photo of ericstites
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just one of the best. Crisp, clean and great on a summer day.

Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear very light yellow with a fluffy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some sweet malt with some floral, slightly metallic hops (Saaz?).

The flavor is sweet corny cereal malts with a good amount of bitterness from the Saaz in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little sharp carbonation.

Overall, not nearly as bad as I feared. It's kind of a cross between a Mexican lager and a Pilsner. A pretty well balanced light beer. A bit too much corny malt for me though.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of lnashsig
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of aval89
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a golden straw color.. active carbonation streaming up to form a 1 finger bright white head.. settles to a thin soapy film..
clear body.

s: grain, pale malts. hints of rice? .. almost like a lemon-lime alkaseltzer aroma..

t: grain, sweet pale malts, slight lemony taste.. finish is somewhat earthy bitterness.. leaves a lingering kind of off putting flavor on the palate..almost soapy.. meh..

mf: light bodied, medium to high carbonation with a crisp finish.

o: expected a little bit more from this beer.. a definite step up from all the macros out there.. still prefer Gusto Schlitz.

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lime green can with goofy cartoon lettering and ethnic caricature. Stay classy Ska... Can poured into a flute glass.

Bright gold, extra transparent with very sharp clarity. You could read beeradvocate through it. Some carbonation visible, rising to feed into a compact white cap of foam. It leaves a scalloped crescent ring of webby lace around the top of the glass, but doesn't lace down the sides.

Light bready aroma, pretty clean and nondescript, though some Saaz hops would be nice in the nose.

Crisp, snappy bite, some light noble hop bitterness that fades quickly into a clean pilsner crackeriness. Vague grassy spice from the Saaz. The taste doesn't linger long on the palate, just for a few moments and its gone. Dry crisp aftertaste. Body is light, no off flavors at all. A bit nondescript overall, tailored for warm weather session drinking. Went well with the BLT I had, and i'd imagine it would compliment most foods.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into pint glass
A –White 1 finger head from large bubbles dwindled quickly to a crown, crystal clear yellow with slight gold colors 3
S – Mild all around – slight toasted grains/malts and grassy hops 3
T – Grainy upfront, very slight sweetness with a floral bitterness clean/crisp finish. 3
M – Light in body and mouthfeel 3
O – With the great name, Ska is hitting what they have aimed for. A step above the macro brews of the style. 3

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of kkoz
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance & Aroma: It was pretty clear, and was bright yellow in color with a thin creamy head. There was plenty of carbonation in it. There was a light bready-lager aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body was light, and it had a crisp mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation bite. There was a light bready lagery flavor in middle, with more of a bready-yeasty flavor in the finish. There was a Saaz hop bitterness in the finish as well.

Food Pairing: This was a light beer, and would probably go good with many foods. I think the bready flavors would go well with fried foods, but given the name, it would also go nicely to help tame some spicy mexican dishes.

Overall Impression: As expected, this was a lighter beer. However, it was obvious that this wasn’t a watered down beer made with rice. It had a good, almost pilsner-like, bready maltiness, and the Saaz hops flavor in the finish added a nice bit of bitterness. The flavors proved the quality of the beer, but it was very drinkable, and went down very easily. Don’t let the name make you think you’re getting something watery, like a Corona. It’s a good drinkable beer for a hot day.

Photo of Another6Pack
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another cool can from Ska. Best by 8/31/11.

Pours a bright lemon yellow with an enormous head. I have to remember when I'm pouring a lager. Smell is on par with most. This one has a bright, lemon scent that makes it a tick above average.

Taste is OK. A little sweet at the start; a little funky sweet tea thing going on at the middle (is that the Saaz?); finishes not quite crisp but clean. Not as much carbonation as the appearance led me to believe which contributes to the funky tea flavor in the middle.

Easy drinking for the summer months, but I can think of quite of few others that I would gravitate towards before this one.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with best by date September 11, 2014 printed on the bottom of the can. A new canned offering to me from Ska Brewing Co.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours the typical clear golden yellow straw colored body. Some decent clarity when held to the light. A finger and a half of frothy white foam head. Some spotty strands of lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - The smell is good for what it is, also - crisp, grainy, grassy, and wheaty. Light lemony pith noticeable.

T - Taste is the same - crisp, grainy, grassy and wheaty. A simple no frills beer experience, but the quality of the ingredients definitely shows when pitted against swill like Bud Light or Miller Genuine Draft.

M - The feel is fluid, crisp, and clean. Lightly grainy aftertaste.

Overall, it's a good drink for what it is, but it's not something I would seek out again. I'm glad I got a can of this as part of a mixed six pack instead of paying the full price. The quality of the ingredients is noticeable, but flavor-wise it's not much above a Miller Lite.

Ska Brewing Mexican Logger ---3.5/5

Photo of Gusler
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown bottle a sun bleached straw color with a modest bright white frothy head that evaporates leaving a thin but concealing sheet of lace. Nose is fresh and crisp with a fair malt sweetness pretty much standard for a lager, start is mildly sweet, grain presence adequate, top is light in its feel to the palate. Finish has the customary lager acidity with the hops understated, dry and thirst quenching on this 110 degree day in Arizona, can’t complain about that.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can pours a crystal clear gold color with a small white head. Looks the part, just like any other AAL.

Nose is sweet and grainy. Light, floral saaz hops are much less prevalent as I thought they would be...and prefer. Smells like a honeyed blonde ale. More yeast presence than most lagers.

Taste shows some grainy malt, but it really lacks the cleanliness of a well-brewed lager. The yeast is biscuity and even has some light fruit. Hops provide a snappy bitterness on the finish, but I wouldnt mind a little hop flavor here. Not really all that impressed with this one, and waaay too expensive at $10 a sixer to compete in a mundane style category. Id rather buy Michelob at less than 7 bucks if I want a crisp all-malt pale lager.

Photo of JLeege
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 10-2-11

Appearance- Very light golden straw color, crystal clear, two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention with a little lace left behind.

Smell- Slightly grainy, slight mineral. A touch bready and some spicy earthy hops.

Taste- Mostly pale malt, slightly sweet, with grassy/somewhat spicy hops and a hint of lemon. Doesn’t have the nasty after taste that the macro adjunct lagers have.

Mouthfeel- Light body with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth, refreshing, with high drinkability.

Overall- I could drink a lot of this. It’s simple, smooth, clean, and inoffensive. One of the better examples of the style. This is what Corona should taste like. Fiesta-Siesta indeed.

(I know Pale Lager is not a popular style around these parts, but I am surprised how low the scores are for this)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pils glass.

3.5 A: Clear light yellow color. Three fingers of frothy white head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

2.5 S: Lightly grainy with nearly no hop contribution (maybe a touch grassy). Despite pretty much nothing going on, this is not quite clean with some soft muddling aroma in there.

2.0 T: Incredibly boring and on the border of tasteless. Just a light white rice-iness to it.

2.5 M: Light body. Too light even for what it is. Good moderate carbonation. Not completely smooth due to the not quite clean flavor.

2.5 D: Not impressed. I'm drink this over a lot of AALs, but not because it's good. Rather, because it's slightly less bad.

Photo of mechamifune
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a light white head. Some slight lacing and sense of carbonation. Head dissapears pretty quickly.

Smell is muted, bits of straw and grass in there. No obvious hops. Not an unpleasant smell though like I get in most adjunct lagers.

Taste is slightly sweet with a light hop bite at the end. Again, nothing amazing, but much more pleasant to drink than your typical adjunct.

Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated and pretty crisp. Feels right for the style.

Overall this beer is about as good as you can expect. I intentionally had it on a hot day after working in the yard since I think that is kind of the point of this beer. This is a step up from an adjunct and fits its purpose very well. The problem though is the price point.... 9 a 6er is just too much for this style and in the end kind of defeats the purpose.

Photo of cbutova
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Backlog of reviews from the last week in CO, KS and KY. This was reviewed fully to my phone at time of consumption in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

A- Golden bodied ale is poured from the 12oz bottle with a clear appearance to a goblet. The white head rises to one finger with a foamy texture. Pretty good head retention as the cap dies to a puffy ring and some clouds.

S- Saaz hops come to mind first with the lager yeast being a close second. Spicy, herbal and floral Noble hop character with pale fruit esters and fresh bread beyond that. Slight malts.

T- Pale fruit notes from the lager yeast pick it up more here as well a definite cracked pale malt and cereal grain sweetness. Deep bready quality. Saaz remains the focus but not by a ton bringing spicy, grassy and herbal qualities.

MF- Light bodied overall with a crisp fizzy and lightly frothy texture. Carbonation comes in on the high side with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Saaz and lager yeast atop a pale cereal grain malt base. Spicy, grassy and bready with a crisp refreshing feel.

Photo of samie85
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a pretty clear and effervescent straw color with a finger of white head.

S-Spicy Saaz hop notes with some light malt character to back it up with a bit of balsamic vinegar.

T-Some green apple notes with slightly spicy hops presence; thankfully the vinegar notes didn't come through here.

M-Thin bodied with low carbonation and a very slick feel.

D-This one is alright, but I don't think I'd seek it out again. I;m just not digging the taste on this one.

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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.