Mexicali Special Dark Beer | Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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Mexicali Special Dark BeerMexicali Special Dark Beer

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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by elricorico on 01-07-2008

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of monkist
4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You wouldn't tell by the looks that Mexicali is a kind of craft brewery from Mexico, the bottle suggest a local cheap beer. Picked up this dark lager, not really knowing what to expect and there's not that much to say about it either - except that unlike european dark lagers, its taste is quite mild and doesn't have that remarkable lager taste (which is a good point, for me)... It is easy to drink, feels quite pleasant, nothing against it. I do not regret having chosen this one!

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L- Dark brown body, filtered. Fluffy off-white head with medium retention.
S- Slightly toasted caramel malts and a bit of corn. Supposedly this does not have corn.
T- Bread, caramel and toasted malts.
F- Medium.
O- I expected worse, but this is a decent cheap beer. Ok.

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Photo of EOC
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of FLima
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown copper color with a thin beige head with short retention.
Light aroma with notes of chocolate and mild floral hops.
Flavor with notes of caramel malt, some cocoa, Lager yeast, mild spicy and floral hops, minerals, lemon drops and adjunct grains. Somewhat dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with good, not overdone, carbonation.
Plain Dark Lager. It lacks malt complexity (especially if they wanted to do a Viennaish Lager), but is easy to drink and goes well with hot days. Adjuncts don’t bother, just made it lighter.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.56/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you see this on the menu in a Mexican restaurant, it's probably your best option.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Dunkel style beer starts with thumb sized head and a Malty, caramel nose. Very malty forward on the palette. Light Carbonation

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a clear 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts. Taste is malty, somewhat bready, caramel, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty beer and a good example of this style.

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Photo of salaysayz
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bighandsjohn
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of wc94wc
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JoeMans
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of wattoclone
3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear medium dark with a white head. Aroma is sweet caramel with vanilla notes. Taste reinforces the aroma of sweet caramel and lightly roasted malt but with an initial metallic twang. Nutty sweet and devoid of hops. The finish improves and the metallic aspect fades after a couple sips leaving just burnt caramel with a sweet ending. If this was half of what it cost at my local Total Wine store I would definitely pick up a case.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

300ml bottle from Lupe Pinto, Glasgow (£1.49):
Murky brown with a thin, white lacing around the brim for a head.

Light and sweet one the nose with a smell mainly consisting of malts and a few caramel notes There is a roasted malts aroma and a bit of fruit in there too.

Light in this department too with a few light fruits and a mix of caramel and roasted malts. There is a bit of toffee and a malty taste with a touch of grain. A pretty basic dark lager really.

Smooth with only a touch of grain on the palate, a bit of fruity sweetness and a crisp finish with fairly strong carbonation.

A very basic dark lager that I wouldn't quite class as a dunkel as it was too light and plain. Everything was fairly light and unobtrusive making it pretty easy to drink but not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of jaimenavarrog
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is the deepest of ruby reds, more mahogany really. The light cream colored head dissipates quickly to a wisp. Surprisingly decent lacing. The beer smells skunky, naturally from the clear bottle. Tastes like a malty adjunct lager with a slightly carbonated finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied.

Overall, I'm not sure what i expected from this one, but I suppose on a relative basis, this one isn't any worse than any of the other Mexican lagers out there, but it's not a whole lot better either. Not quite sure why i drank it out of a globe glass, but it probably made the appearance a tad better than it otherwise would have been. Not a fan of the skunked clear bottled beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with a 1/2 inch fizzy light brown head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slide back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some skunky aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and some caramel flavors. A very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer that I got as part of a sampler pack but not something I would buy on my own.

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Photo of treque
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a copper beer in color, some caramel hints, tick foam, the head is nice, with a tan color, shows good retention and waste left on the glass

S: caramel smell, some roast even though is light

T: Toast flavour, light body, sweet notes at first then it become to a smooth bitterness with a short end

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Photo of Jemonster
2.35/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks nice, dence cloudy white head and extremely high carbonation. Ever so slighty opaque.

S: Instant skunk and "chemicals". Some kind of soggy wood and herbs.

T: Like a standard American macro. Skunky again and not much else. Barely there hops and grains.

M: Great actually, with the high carbonation. Tiny bubbles make it feel nice on the tongue. Wish they accompanied a better taste.

O: I don't really like it. It's not horrible but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gives up two fingers of eggshell off-white color, densely woven foam although fairly poor retention, does however settle down in a steady surface coating, the lacing appears in the form of a thin complete sheet sliding down the glass wall. The liquid is a clear brown amber, not quite dark enough for mahogany, much more orange around the rims and glass bottom, loose scattering of bubbles random throughout. Malty nose of milk chocolate, caramel, butterscotch and coffee ice cream, displays nuttiness and sweet grains as well, while there is a sizable portion of hops and earth it has been more or less “defanged” and serves merely as counterpoint to the sugary malts. Medium-bodied, very soft in mouth feel and texture with a round foaminess than only gently prickles now and then. Has a mineral water freshness to temper the sweet inclinations of the caramel, toffee, chocolate flavors. Touch of orange citrus here as well as florality, likewise room made for subtle apple, pear, red cherry fruit. Again, more grains or granola than grasses, hardly anything “bitter” about it. Ends cleanly and without dulcet residue. Credible as a “sessionable” brew and can see putting a few down accompanied by spicier Mexican or other similar fare.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly good Germanic dunkel lager.

Crystal clear, but beautiful dark amber with reddish tones. Although the clear glass bottle is disconcerting, this one has obviously been stored properly as the beer still tastes decent! Off-white head with good carbonation and enjoyable mouthfeel, but no silkiness / creaminess in texture.

Pleasantly malty aroma, and defined toasted and caramelized flavours. Not as sweet as many dunkels, with a lingering finish that doesn't morph into dry or bitter.

A very pleasant surprise and one of the best versions of this particular style that I've enjoyed in North America.

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Photo of karait95
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark intense color in a light full body, good prominent head with mixed bubbles that dissipates slowly leaving behind good traces on the glass. Reddish hues and brown soul little carbonation.

S: Intense toasted malt, little sweetness can be smelt but really faint what is predominant is the barley.

T: Full toasted malt again for a good combination between the nose and the tongue, the sweetness is almost imperceptible and some bitterness can be felt.

M: Refreshing, excellent body, pure and straight combination simple but well balanced.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark copper color. Fairly large, foamy, bubbly, off-white head. Disappears pretty fast with almost no lace left.

S - Toasted nutty/grainy malt. Sweet aroma with a touch of toffee and caramel. Hints of grassy hops and a minerally aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a touch more caramel/toffee sweetness. Initially there is a pretty strong grainy taste that is present throughout. Just a faint hint of hop, primarily grassy flavors. Touch of fruitiness that only adds to the sweetness at the finish.

M - Light body with average carbonation. A sweet, dry feel on the finish.

D - A little too sweet and drying to be all that drinkable. Not really balanced, just too sweet and malty, but not in an enjoyable way.

Notes: Nothing special here. Plenty of grainy and sweet malt. About what I was expecting (maybe a little better given this is a German style from Mexico). Not horrible, but I probably wouldn't search for this.

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