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Tijuana Güera - Consorcio Cervecero De Baja California ( La Taberna TJ )

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Consorcio Cervecero De Baja California ( La Taberna TJ ) visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-19-2005

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 24
Photo of RIGOSO
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear straw color with a nice head. It had a hoppy, sweet smell. The taste is clean and crisp and slightly salty. The mouthfeel is thin. This is one of those that is drinkable very cold on a hot day. I highly recomend drinking this lager beer. It is very hoppy in taste and thats what sooths my thirst.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Pexkool
3.96/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow, transparent and low carbonation. Clean white head, not much, around half an inch, leaving a very thin lace. Very much like other lagers from Mexico.

S: You can detect the wheat and malt in there. Sweet aroma.

T: First sip and BOOM! Bread all over the place! A sensation I really enjoyed. The taste of dough leaves place to a sweet malt taste and wheat. After that, a faint hoppy taste that vanishes and leaves more wheat and a faint honey-like sweetness.

M: Really pleasant, I could easily have another couple of these. The carbonation is a little too high for me, but not unpleasant at all, the aftertaste is really good, tasty and rich.

Overall, better than any other lager you can get in Mexico. You may feel this beer is not so special if you're in the US or another part of the world, but believe me, living here in Mexico is not easy for someone who wants something different in a beer. I've been drinking almost exclusively ales for the past 6 months, and I was pleased to find such a tasty beer (and also brewed in my own city!) here in Tijuana.

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of ChiSox05
3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colored amber-yellow, tiny suspended sediment throughout, transparent, foam cap holds, foam drapes glass when drank.

Malt smells light and sweet, balanced and fresh smelling.

Slight tartness at first leads to a smooth light malt that continues to the finish, unsweet malt throughout. Fresh grains and malt.

Carbonated smoothness come out when drank. As with taste, slight twang at the beginning to becomes and ends smooth, aftertaste of satisfying maltiness, but again not overpowering at all.

Well done, pleasantly surprised, I need to find this and buy some more.

Photo of Pepeton
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, a couple of observations here:

One.- It's ABV is 4.8, according to the label.
Two.- I don't think it's an American All Malt lager. In my humble opinion this is more a Czech style lager.

With this beer the Monterrey BAs begin a small BIF variation experiment. Instead of trading between fellow BAs, we buy beers by the case and have them shipped by freight trailers to us!

Let's hope this goes on.

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Pours a light golden brew, with a nice white one inch short lived head; decent lacing.

It's smell is of malts, faint though.

Taste is crisp, just as a lager is supposed to be.

Mouthfeel is buttery, with a mildly dry and bitter finish. Earth hop aftertaste.

I might have this one again, of course if I still can put my hands on it.

¡Salud!

Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow beer with a good white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a bit of hay and grass in the scent. Hops make an appearance as a lemony citrus scent and a bit of floral smell.

Taste is sweet and malty with a good Euro-lager grassiness. There is a fairly strong flavor of caramel and caramelized sugars. Good but not over done herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Somewhat lemony in flavor but I keep noticing the caramelized sugars in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink but the sweetness bugs me a bit. Not a bad beer and a good one from Mexico, if you see this try it.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although a lager would never be my first choice (unless in a Bier Garten with a Mass glass), delighted to have found a "real" one in Mexico instead of the typical adjunct horror. Barley is king!

Pale golden lager with continuous carbonation and minimal white head. Sweet barley (!) aroma, with a crisp grainy taste. The finish is sweeter than I'd choose, although I'm pretty certain there were bittering hops in the kettle - they offer a subtle backbone.

Not the best or most flavourful lager I've ever tasted, but refreshing and certainly miles ahead of any other lagers I've found in Mexico. My best wishes for this microbrewery's success in this still unbelievably macro-centric country!

Photo of fido
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with foamy head; Smells like corn and malt; Taste is crisp; Some carbonation and Very, very drinkable.

I enjoyed it listening very good music in Bajaprog 2006 in Mexicali.

I am going to get more TJ beer very soon; I can´t wait for a session beer.

Photo of rallison
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at San Diego County Fair.

Taste is of roasted malts, with a decent sweetness. A little bit of caramel is present as well. Light body, as expected.

This is altogether not bad at all for the style, and makes for an easy to drink beer. Nothing special, nothing that I'll really remember - but definitely better than the BMCs of the world.

Recommended for the style.

Photo of treque
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very pale color, completely traslucent, with huge amount of carbonatation, which generates a richy white head, neves dissapears at all, looks like there is too much water, very light body i am suspecting

S: there is a tiny barley notes but also adjunct, the smeel is not so deep

T: Well I was expecting so less flavour, there is a great bread taste thats last for a while, literally is like if you are eating a just baked bread, takin into consideration the style is a great taste, i would say neutral you find some sweet and bitter but perfectly balanced

M: a very light bodied beer as expected, but you don get the crisp on tongue.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear, bright gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leaves some lacing patterns on the glass as it subsides. The aroma smells of sweet, grainy malt and thin spicy hops. This smells like a macro lager, though with a bit more oomph; the hops are subtle with the focus on simple grain bill.

Dry and herbal from the first taste. There are more hops here in the taste, which really helps to hide the sweet graininess from the aroma. Still the beer seems a bit lacking. It does have a nice hop bite to it, but the bitterness almost seems too much for the thin palate. I am not sure what I don't like about this beer. It is all malt, but still does not have that rich maltiness that a good Pilsner needs, perhaps a decoction mash is needed or some continental Pilsner malt. Certainly some more hop character would be welcome as well. It is light and refreshing and I do like the interplay between sweet grain and lightly spicy hops.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of Todd
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a beautiful crystal clear bright golden beer, topped with a pure white snapping head that create a thin wispy lace.

Clean aroma, notes of metallic and subtle aromatic hops.

Crisp and lively mouthfeel with a fizzy carbonation kick – refreshing. Even bodied with a firm water feel. Sweetness is light, and dextriny, with hints of grain and dough. Quick flash of a citric and salty hop bitterness flushes to palate with a seltzer-like taste and makes way for a light bready finish. Leaves the palate bone-dry and more-ish, but the finish is hard to shake.

Extremely basic, and not half bad. Up to par with, if not better than, some of the better Mexican imports.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of karait95
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale yellow color with medium carbonation inside, translucent body with a head with good retention to the glass, compact bubble with almost withe color.

S: Nice smell for a Pale lager, you can feel the malt really clear and intense.

T: Barley flavor combined with the bitterness of hops.

M: Bitter sensation almost since the beginning, it gets the higher level at the end where you sense a dry bitter finish.

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jacob for another rare lager tick from what I can assume is some incarnation of a dollar store.

A: The pour is a clear straw color with a fizzy white head that dies away quickly.

S: Not a horribly offensive aroma, but not necessarily a good one, either. Pretty watery with some mild grain/malt notes to it and a bit of skunk. This is supposed to be a 100% malt beer, but I can't help but smell corn.

T: Pretty much the same story with the flavor. Watered down for the most part with a bit of grain/malt flavor. Some grassy hops, mild skunk, and an overall pretty bland flavor.

M: Certainly light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I was expecting worse, but this turned out to be okay. I won't say it was good, or that I'd want to drink it again, but it wasn't offensive.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just discovered that a trip to TJ won’t be necessary to sample this brewery, since Hi-Time was selling a three pack taster of this Tijuanan brewery. Here’s my first encounter, so on to the beer:

A touch of haze sits in the body of this washed out, lemon peel colored body. Some carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Head formation is a half inch thick and white, retention of it is solid, kicks up some pretty lacing. The nose knows not to expect a whole lot, and that’s precisely what it gets. It has a “plain” aroma, not offensive nor exciting. A little bit of pale malt and a kiss of pineapple are what I get.

Taste is not great nor bad either. Like the nose, it is “plain”. Decent amounts of grassy and floral notes keep it from being bland. Clean in the overall scheme of things and in the aftertaste. Easy to drink and appetizing enough to have at least a few bottles.

Not the most exciting beer to come out of Mexico, but still a decent choice. In a way, it’s like a Mexican version of Longboard Lager.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deeper gold with a much fuller white head than the Light. Good retention, some lace.

S: Pils type malt, honey and lemon, light hops.

T: Fairly fruity for a pale lager. Notes of orange and honey, lemon hops. Light malt flavour.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, prickly carbonation.

O: A solid pale lager, I was something with a little more hops and balance.

Photo of biboergosum
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle, weirdly conflicting ABV listings - the back label adds a 3.5% count to the mix.

This beer pours a mildly hazy pale golden colour, with a damned skinny single finger of fizzy white head, which bails in an instant, leaving a few low streaks of lace in its stead. It smells of breakfast cereal grain - toasted corn and Shreddies, along with a bit of weedy, earthy hops. The taste is doughy, cornbread malt, kind of astringently metallic, and somewhat bitter dead flower essence hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a little edgy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy sweetness getting a strong noogie from the flinty, mineral-esque bio-mass hops.

While clearly the best Mexican lager that I've ever come across, the label claim of being "Craft Beer" may be more indicative of size, rather than outright quality - the metallic off-flavours see to that.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer spews forth from the 12 ounce bottle a clear straw color with a frothy white head that might make two fingers, as it disappears, the lace forms a thin veil upon the glass. Nose is the quintessential lagers, crisp with a nice malt sweetness, start the archytypal lager sweet malt with the top light to medium. Finish has the standardized acidity, with the hops unexceptional, quite dry aftertaste, not a drain pour, by any means, just the customary all malt lager, and that isn’t all bad

Photo of jmbranum
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jaimenavarrog
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of vr6corrado
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass jan23 2011

A clear straw yellow that has some dust sized particles and a couple bubbles with the occasional massive popping up from the bottom, not much for head and zero lace

S some sweet grains and some faint hops, not a bad smell but rather faint

T again pretty basic not much more then what I smell

M thin but enough bubbles to give it some life

D not far from water, nothing offensive but not much going on

hey at least I finished it without issues unlike many lagers from Mexico

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Tijuana Güera from Consorcio Cervecero De Baja California ( La Taberna TJ )
76 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.