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

Mexicali Special Dark BeerMexicali Special Dark Beer
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by elricorico on 01-07-2008

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Jemonster
2.35/5  rDev -27.7%
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 JuicesFlowing
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
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 dansmcd
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
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 flyingpig
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
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 FreshHawk
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of jaimenavarrog
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of EOC
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of FLima
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
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 LennyOvies
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here's a breakoff from the standard Mexican beers commonly spotted at supermarkets and Mexican restaurants. Dark beer that comes in a clear bottle...I hate thinking it's a dark bottle at first then realizing it was a clear one all along. On to the beer:

Leather brown color with a fuzzy head on top with decent head size and retenion. The smell is at least interesting; there's pie crust, sweet bread, and subtle breaks of toffee. And now to taste...fizzy and light bodied in the mouth. Pie crust and dried caramel bits take the show, then the bitterness shows up with a sharp and dominant note that ends each drink. That fizzy carbonation keeps getting in the way of the overall flavor...STOP IT! (Update: the carbonation mellows the more you drink it). There's some malt floating in there which isn't being worked on much to get more sweet ol' goodness. No skunk to be found in this clear bottled brew.

It's decent and was nice to break off from the usual Mexican beers, but I'll stick to the more available Negra Modelo when I want a dark Mexican beer.

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Photo of elricorico
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, almost brown in colour. Aggressive pour generated a two finger tan head. Head fell quickly to a thin cap

Quite a faint smell, just a bit of pilsner like grassiness, and a hit of roasted malt.

Taste leans toward the malty side, caramel is most prominent, along with a slightly roasted flavour to finish.

Fuller bodied than your average Mexican Lager, but it leaves a bit of a filmy feeling on the tongue.

This was a strange one, and I'm not sure that it could really be considered a dunkel, but it felt closer to that than a vienna. Not without its charm.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of charlzm
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

REVIEW # 500!

Consumed at LAX Radisson beer dinner, 07/16/08.

This beer bears no resemblance to a typical American macro except for its light caramel/amber color (still darker than most BMC). A fine tan head appears then disappears fairly quickly, leaving behind a bashful little ring of bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is a sticking point, with a skunky, metallic odor.

Flavor, however, is good. Caramel malt and light bitterness are the primary flavors. Good carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink, this one is miles better than most lawnmower beers.

Am I going to seek it out? No. But I'll drink a bottle again if I come across an unguarded one.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured the color was a dark amber brown with a fair amount of tan foam and some lace. The smell of roasted malts along with a hint of hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was of roasted malts and caramel. Caramel really stood out. It also had a sour/tart feel in the mouth. The sour/tart finish was the low point of this beer. The flavor and color was the high point!

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Photo of roddwolff
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep amber color, clear foamy head and consistent;

S: Fresh, roasted malt and toffee;

T: Toffee and sweet wheat;

M: Dry, bittersweet and lightweight body;

D: Very similar to "Carta Blanca Edicion Especial" and it accompany very good my meal.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Svingjo
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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 bighandsjohn
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of treque
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Spikester
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a clear bottle. Best by date was about three months ago. Pours clear mohagony with a modest off white head and the ring stays quite a long time. Some modest lacings. Aroma is dark caramel and faint hops.
Taste is dark caramel malts with some euro hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good with just right carbonation. Easy drinker, slightly too sweet for my taste but most dark beers are.

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Mexicali Special Dark Beer from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Beer rating: 6.3% out of 100 with 32 ratings
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