Mexican Logger - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 289
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 30.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | 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 chugalug06
4.53/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preface: Once again, I always rate a brew to style...

A - A very nice clear Yellow with an equally as nice white soapy/foamy head. Head pours very rich with good sustainability. Head leaves some nice lacing behind too. There's a slight straw color to both the head and the brew.

S - WOW, for a Lager, this is one of the best scent's I've ever smelt! Very nice a light, yet very powerful orange scent. Almost smells like an ocean, in a good way. Rose and light caramel also comes to mind. Clearly (as you can see from the logo) there's Saaz hops in this one.

T - WOW, Can't beat this one. Has a ton of deep flavors; for a Lager. Very smooth and delicious, there's absolutely no off flavors in this brew. All the flavors blend very well. Well balanced hops, a very early hop schedule. Zero biterness and full flavor! Maybe some slight green chili too

M - WET! Very light and airy. Amazing carbonation. Very little I would do differently! Clean, crisp, refreshing....

O - I cannot wait to take this one to the fishing stream or out backpacking! Quite the brew, I'm very excited SKA finally started distributing this one! SKA nailed the Lager style. A must try... LOOK OUT Another6pack....


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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up at my local whole foods. best by date of october, 2011 in tiny print on the side. drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours out a pale straw colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is quick to fade and doesnt leave behind more than a few random spots of lacing.

S- pale malts. a little bit of bready malts. some noble hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the pale and bready malts that i could smell. after that i get a quick splash of noble hops. the chainsaw on the can says "saaz." not much else to see here.

M- light bodied and crisp. clean tasting. the carbonation level is just fine.

O- not meant to be anything more than a lawnmower beer, this is something that could probably appeal to the masses. id easily take one over the things they usually drink anyways. easy enough to put a dent in my sixer after an evening.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - light straw-colored in appearance with a bright white head on top that measures about a half an inch. Nice carbonation, clean and clear.

Aroma - grainy, cereal, light malty sweetness, some hints at lemon and some light earthy hop aromas.

Taste - very light on the tongue, this beer almost floats in your mouth. Some light fruit flavors like granny smith apples and pears are evident along with some citrus. Not a whole lot of sweetness, which is nice as that would make this beer heavy. This has some extra pale ale qualities that I quite like and some earthy/spicy hoppiness is present if you let yourself find it. Wow, this is really hitting the spot on a warm summer night.

Overall - Mexican Logger has a tangy zip that is extremely refreshing. I was really impressed by this beer and all of the flavor it had. This is what you want on a hot summer day in the sun - light, crisp and thirst-quenching! Another impressive can from Ska. Cheers!

Would I buy more of it? - I'd love to get some more of these as we're heading into another week of heat and humidity. If you've passed this one up for any reason it's time to go back and grab a six-pack or two.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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Photo of beerguru14
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour, Color, & Aroma:

Pouring the beer into my pint glass, the first thing I noticed was the decent carbonation level of the beer. I was expecting the head to be more prominent, but there only ended up being about a half of a finger width. The head on the lager was white as snow with the actual beer having a very light straw color.

The aroma was relatively mild. There was some cereal and grain qualities in which I was picking up. The hops had a definite presence by exuding a nice spiciness and hint of earthiness.


Clean, crisp and quenching. As you can see from the picture, I was drinking this on a very warm (105 is warm for Phoenix right?) day poolside. More so than any other beer in recent memory, I felt this truly quenched my thirst. Some of the first flavors I picked up were some ester characteristics, reminding me of a light cider. Light crisp apple and a ripe pear came through. The noble Saaz (I really enjoyed the play on words Ska came up with) complimented the fruit by portraying an earthy spice to the beer. Last, hints of biscuits and a subtle hint of caramel sweetness settled on the tongue.

Finish and Body:

Like I said before, this beer was light and smooth, with an obvious light body. There was enough sweetness to be satisfying, but not enough that made it heavy in body. The finish was very crisp, not leaving much on the palate after swallowing.

Final Thoughts:

This is a beer that I plan on enjoying for the rest of the summer. I find that it is a great example that a light colored lager can buck the trend and have a full flavors. If you are looking for something to quench in this crazy summer heat, look no further. Ska steps outside the box of typical brewing and makes a beautiful lager. Prost!

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring with a solid, dissipating head, Mexican Logger's color rings out—at first glance—like a pristine flaxen crystal, and likewise boasts some delightfully furious effervescence—as well as, in fact, some very fine sedimentary haze throughout. The nose, meanwhile, is very faint, with woody notes of grain-husk but, unlike a lot of great lagers, just a hint of yeast-birthed fruitiness. Yet this is a great lager—at the very least insofar as it achieves what it sets out to be: easy-drinking, thirst-quenching, never-cloying summer-time session. Very clean on the palate and in the mouth, Ska's logger's lager pairs an almost blanched malt-base—lean on the sugars, mild overall, but solidly grainy crackle and crunch—with gestures at its Saaz hopping: a touch of herbs; a cleansing, but little more than token, dose of bittering; and a nearly imperceptible valence of pine on the back-end.

Is it the most exciting, experimental, magisterial, or moving lager—much less beer—made by Ska, or anyone else for that matter? Certainly not. But on a hot summer's day—humid or parched—I find myself reaching for Mexican Logger often, when it's available. It's priced well—not much more than the imports which it emulates and on which it improves—and pairs excellently with a dry throat and a sweaty brow.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Light, Crisp, Herbal, Refreshing

This Mexican-style Lager pours out of the can very pale, bright, straw in color with a thin creamy white head. Light aromas of cereal grains and herbal hops. Very clean. Light-bodied, but smooth on the palate with a crisp carbonation edge. Low bitterness, but flavorful with a pleasant citrus rind bite, light spice, and an herbal flavor. Grainy, earthy finish. This is a straight-forward, highly sessionable, clean, flavorful lager, that doesn’t need a lime to make it taste better (but it tastes great with one too). The only problem with this beer is that it’s not year-round.

STYLE: American Pale Lager | ABV: 5.2% | AVAILABILITY: Summer

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of JLeege
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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)

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, I think the sixer was $8.49. Gold color, about what you would expect from this style. Smell is cheap lager, nothing special. The taste was good and while it distinctively reminded me of Corona it was much better with an earthy quality. Great beer for summertime.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/2/14.

Pours a clear light golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber this beer poured a clear, straw gold color with a fizzy white head. Some lacing but not much retention. The aromas were quite subtle, malty sweetness with some herbal hops undertones. The taste was dry and crisp, a lean hops character with pale malts. Very sessionable and quite understated in general but obviously done on purpose and done well too. The flavors are mild but enjoyable. The body is quite light and the moderate carbonation good but the mouthfeel a bit light.

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Photo of cbutova
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is extremely smooth. That is an understatement to be honest. I was not sure what to think about this brew as Ska are hit or miss. This beer poured very average out of the can, with no distinct hints or aromas. I thought it would be average, but it wasn't! This beer has an extremely crisp and pure taste to it and a great mouthfeel as it goes down smoothly. The taste is of malted hops and barley, and I would definitely give props to Ska for this one, even though I haven't been as kind to them in the past. Cool name, cool can, awesome name, smooth taste... What more could you ask for?

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Photo of kkoz
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.