Mexican Logger - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

277 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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 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 zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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 dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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 Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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 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 Tone
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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 scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic pale, straw yellow with a little head after the pour and even less residual foam. OK bubbling.

The aroma is lightly toasted pilsner malt, some grass, and a little citric zest. Very simple and comforting.

The taste is a little corny, but still has a strong malt base with some zesty grass and citric hops for balance. The palate is watery , and dilutes some of this lagers flavor. All in all, a good lawnmower beer in my opnion. In, fact, I reviewed this beer after mowing the lawn today.

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 jrallen34
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Local Option...Pours a pissy clear light gold with some watery carbonation...Not much aroma a little hops mostly light skunk...The taste is the same, light watery, boring, tasteless, just plain old garbage from SKA...The feel is lighter than water.

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 ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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 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 FLima
2.29/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yellow color with an almost inexistent fluffy head that vanishes quickly.
Initial weird aroma like a concentrated adjunct lager with fusel alcohols, corn and some lemon. Hello? Should I sip this? Later improves a bit.
Predominant flavor of acid lemon and a mild corn syrup.
Light body with good carbonation.
I hated, but it does deliver the promise, a Mexican lager, which is not necessarily a good thing... Anyway I gave some extra points given the strong lemon hint mimicking a Sol/Corona with a slice of it.
Ap.2 Ar.1 Sab.2,75 Sens.2,75 Cj.2,75

Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of cans of this one as part of a mixed six pack last week. Poured a light golden color with an inch or so of white foam on top. Very mild on the nose, a little hops and some light malt. On the palate this one is fairly light bodied, with some spicy hops and a little malt. A decent, but unremarkable, beer.

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