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Mexican Logger - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

247 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2002)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

kjkinsey, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

kylehay2004, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

oberon, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

emerge077, May 18, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a crystal clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a two finger, bubbly head of white foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and a grassy hop presence.

T - Pretty nice flavor for the style. Very spicy and grassy with a sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry lager that was light bodied and easy drinking.

O - This is a nice pale lager. Very sessionable and nice for a summer barbeque.

zeff80, May 18, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

StonedTrippin, May 25, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +19%

Jason, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

mactrail, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with the palest straw gold color I have seen outside of a macro. The head is frothy, large bubbled and initially about 1 finger thick. The heads color is white, not off white or cream, but actually white. The aroma is a mix of spicy hop notes, sweet grain notes (perhaps even a corn like thing going on, the label makes one think this this is an all malt brew though), and that thin sort of finish I associate with a macro brew.

The taste is light up front, initially dry, but quickly picks up a sweet grain note that carries through to the finish. The finish has that sort of adjunct grain thinness to it that makes me think they must have added something other than malt to this. Very light and refreshing, the hops add a nice spiciness to this beer that almost offsets the adjunct notes. I get hints of lemon zest, and an herbal sort of grassy note. They really hit the parameters for this style; darn clean, to non-existent yeast profile and it even gets the macro brew taste down. Having said that, there are a million other beers that I would rather be drinking, but that is because I am not a fan of the style.

Gueuzedude, May 09, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The CANQuest (TM) is getting back on track thanks to this gift from brewerdan23 during my latest excursion to Pinocchio's in Media! I am going to make a buncha people happy thanks to that beer run and I want start with myself. Beer in a CAN makes me a happy man, indeed.

From the CAN: "Flip Flop-Recycle-Fiesta-Siesta-Roll-Recycle-Drift-Session-Recycle-Rise-Eddy-Buck"; "Ale, in Texas"; "We use the finest Malt, Hops, Yeast, Water and Love."; plus in a neat bit of onomatopoeia, the MexiCAN logger's chain saw goes, "SAAZ".

The Crack revealed a beer ready to come out and greet the day! It had a nice two-day ride from Media back to Lancaster with a hiatus in the 30th Street Station baggage room, so it may have been shaken to some extent. The Glug got me two foamy fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a fizzy sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was kind of weak, as if the chainsaw was the only thing going Saaz. Instead, it was more on the malty side with some light grassiness underneath. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight malt sweetness and a mild grassiness. What I did not like was a metallic taste on the finish and I do not want to hear about it being in a CAN! I deCANted it into a glass and if you are not aware of modern CANs' lining, I am not going to explain it to you. It just was not a very tasty beer and not worthy of cooler space.

woodychandler, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +19%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Mebuzzard, May 06, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

brandoman63, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev +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.

tdm168, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

dmorgan310, May 06, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, and slight yeast. Overall, appearance, aroma, and feel were average at best, but the body and blend were refreshing and tasty.

Tone, May 22, 2011
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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.