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Mexican Logger | Ska Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2002

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Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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 mactrail
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of farrago
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  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.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Megahertz
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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Photo of dankster
1.92/5  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

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.34/5  rDev +28.4%
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 tone77
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
3.99/5  rDev +18%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Sanford
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

review in two parts: drank 12 cans of this (right out of the can) 2 days ago on a float trip on the Big Piney river in Missouri. and am now sipping on a can poured into a proper pilsner glass.

appearance: cool can
aroma: n/a
flavor: awesomely refreshing
mouthfeel: smooth easy and refreshing with perfect carbonation for sipping or shotgunning

pajamas in front of computer
appearance: yellowish with rapidly exiting head and few limp bubbles languidly rising to the surface...kinda lame.
aroma: minimal. a touch of grain and a bit of citrus
flavor: I wish I was still on the river. yes, I am reviewing a style I don't usually drink and seldom seek out...but this is ok. it seems honest. there is balance, but I wish there was more hops (saaz? right on the can?) or grainy malts that needed balancing.
mouthfeel: just fine, not great or terrible. the carbonation seems light now that I am not guzzling, but not too thin.

overall: above average. really enjoyable. I will return again and again. dramatically better than Bud while not being complex or taking itself too seriously...quaffable. The scores I posted are an average of the river review, and the more serious review...though I think this beer is made to be gulped while participating in outdoor activities. In which case it is worth more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of GrayHam
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden with nice clarity. Very little head retention and almost zero lacing.

S: Skunky Saaz and not much else.

T: Very light and clean tasting. Not much hop flavor, but a pronounced bitterness at the end which overpowers what little malt is present.

M: Highly carbonated and light bodied. Clean finish with very little residue in the mouth.

O: Better than the macros, and it's nice that it's in a can, but I'd prefer Mama's Little Yellow Pils.

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Photo of kkoz
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six pack from Argonaut Liquors in Denver CO for around $8. Into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Very clear, pale yellow color with a stark white head not quite an inch thick that doesn't stick around very long. A few spots of lacing are left on the side. A few bubble move lazily to the top of the glass. Looks like a lager.

S: Smells quite like a simple adjunct lager. A bit of graininess, barely a hint of any hops, and no discernable yeast profile.

T: Tastes about like it smells, slightly grainy, a little bit of hop bitterness way at the end that lingers around for quite a while. Slightly spicy in the hops. Pretty bland, but I know it would pair well with some spicy food.

M: Lighter body, carbonation is pretty mild though which makes it seem like its a bit thicker than it actually is. Fairly dry.

O: Pretty boring, but would be a decent beer to share with people around the campfire, or to go with tacos. I have to say that I'm a little disappointed, and expected a little more from Ska with this one.

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Photo of JLeege
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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 beerguru14
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 woodychandler
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of samie85
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
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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Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.