Mexicali | Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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Brewed by:
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Mexico
mexicalibeer.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
83
Avg:
2.55
pDev:
30.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 83
Photo of woodychandler
2.05/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

An AAL marks a return to it roots for The CANQuest (tm). During its inception, most CANned beers were AALs, hence some of the ridicule about the notion of drinking & reviewing beer from CANs. It actually got me to really think about the beers & what I liked & disliked about them. Here goes!

From the CAN: "Beer, Biere, Cerveza, Birra, Bier"; "Formula Original"; "Pilsner Superior".

I Crack!ed the CAN open and began a Glug into my waiting Pilsner glass. Boy howdy, but the foaming action of the head came up really quickly & I had to stop my pour lest I get overflow. This settled into three fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was so reminiscent of the early days that it hurt. Literally. It hurt my nostrils to smell cooked cabbage, wet cardboard & corn. Ugh. No wonder it was such a pleasure to find early micro CANs! Mouthfeel was thin to medium. It was not watery, but nor was it much beyond that. The taste was not so much bland as unpleasant. There was no question that corn was the main adjunct here, but there were plenty of other off flavors to go around. It really had that vegetal flavor of DMS first and foremost, but the cardboard flavor seemed to come from the malts. I guess that it says something about my evolving palate in that this was really unpleasant. Finish was semi-dry, thanks to a sweetish flavor that detracted even further from its being a Pilsner and certainly not a Superior one. It was not as bad as a Minhas CANcoction, but it was no treat in any way, shape or form. Phew!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.24/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Chinese gold, filtered with tons of carbonation and 3 fingers of whitish head.

Cabbage, skunk, cardboard, malts and water.

Cooked cabbage, cardboard, an acrid sweetness, alcohol, and skunk.

Medium body, lots of carbonation.

Found in cnx, drank here May 1, 2016. Nothing overly thrilling, but not the worst brew either.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.45/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Another crappy yellow beer in a clear glass bottle. Bad corn skunk aroma.

Taste was brutal. Water all around. Bitter dank not from the hops. Metallic earthiness. Worse than most Mexican beer, brutal comparison. Drink this super cold if you must.

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Photo of tone77
2.92/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a bit skunky. Taste is also skunky, malts, some corn, a bit bland. Feels light in the mouth and overall not a very good beer, but as far as AAL's go, it's not all that bad.

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Photo of ordybill
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A horrible smelling brew whose flavor unfortunately matches the aroma. The look is a crystal clear light golden watery color. This was the best part of my experience. I wil not drink this again.

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Photo of FLima
2.64/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with a nice thick head with decent retention.
Light aroma with notes of grains. Although similar to an average adjunct lager it did not have off-flavors, despite the clear bottle. Maybe because this is fresh and bought locally.
Flavor withwith notes of floral and spicy hops, sweet grains and malt, mild paper and minerals. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
This is an improvement on Mexican style lagers, or otherwise, the other got it worse, given this is a historic beer. It sure has perceivable hops and more malt.

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Photo of Billolick
2.97/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can..with best before dating 050515...who would have thunk it..

Pours near clear and super light, dull golden amber. decent looking loose off white head, leaves nice looking fine froth and low sheeting.

Light corn on the nose

Just a hint of flavor, medium bodied and easy drinking...Might work in a pinch...on a very hot day with some spicy food...not terrible

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Photo of BeerWithMike
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sampling right now on 1/29/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Falstaff' thumb-print goblet.

Brew pours a hazy straw-yellow in color with no cap and no lacing to speak of. The aroma is of grains and sweet corn. The taste is well...gross! :P Taste like dirty water and this sweet stinky flavor with a bad aftertaste which I have no idea of what it is. Horrible! Lighter-bodied with above average carbonation. It's a drain poor after about 5 sips. You seen it here.. have to go with a "1" and that is for the bottle. Worst rating of my 523 beer reviews on here. Never again!

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Photo of Miami66
3.2/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is fine for what it is---a cheap Mexican lager. It's straw yellow and has a more refreshing taste than a lime-less Corona. Its a great beer to drink on the beach. Take it for what it is.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Format: a standard brown 330mL bottle with an okay macro label.

Appearance: a light yellow in colour with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. A small white head lingers at a cap.

Aroma: not much on the nose other than a small amount of corn adjuncts.

Taste: not much beyond corn adjuncts here, with perhaps a touch of cheap grain. Yay.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away pretty quickly with only those corn adjuncts turning into a bit of a mouth-filling fug.

Mouth feel: light in body with a medium to higher carbonation. Reasonable.

Overall: yet another 'okay but overall a bit ordinary' macro lager. Still not up there with others of the same price bracket.

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Photo of dar482
3/5  rDev +17.6%

One of the better adjunct lagers I've had. Medium minus corn flavor, a crackery malt on the finish with a bit of cereal. A more malt flavor than some adjuncts.

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Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%

I liked this beer alot when it first became available in Austin. Yay, a cheap Mexican beer that is actually a little better than Corona! I drank it now and then for about a month. I'm not sure if its just because it is decaying due to non freshness or the old adage about familiarity breeding contempt, but this stuff tastes pretty terrible to me now. Tons of lime and salt or in a michelada and its drinkable, but its barf city on its own.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mexicali pours light pale yellowish and has little head. It has a skunky taste and smell, but still goes down somewhat smooth. It comes in a clear bottle, which could explain the degraded taste. This is not the best beer from Mexico and is somewhat rare to find in the Midwestern portion of the United States, I procured a six pack at Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago.

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Photo of SoCaliC8
3.97/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better Mexican beers out there that I have had, and my favorite next to Bohemia. Refreshes the palate but not super light, like a Corona or Sol; tastes just right. Great, crisp taste and goes down easy. I wish I could find more of this but they only had one bottle left at my local Total Wine.

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Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn adjuncts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little maltier compared to the other Mexican Adjunct Lagers that I had. It could pair well with some food prepared in corn tortillas if you are looking to stay purely Mexican.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a clear, pale yellow color with a foamy white head. It has a pretty strong grain scent to it. The texture is thin and the taste is very grainy. Surprisingly decent for being a light colored Mexican beer in a clear bottle. Not much too it, but this is still a much safer bet than drinking the water in Mexico and better tasting than Corona.

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Photo of Durge
2.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A very clear pale golden color with a decent white head that holds to a thin cover with reasonable traces of lacing in the pint glass. The aroma is just a light rice cereal idea and some sort of adjunct malt presence. Not a lot of action to the look, not too exciting so far. The first taste brings an acceptable cereal grain brightness, fairly typical of these macro-lager/pilsener brews. There's a slight malt sweetness blended in with maybe an illusion of some citrus. It's fairly light in body but carries a reasonably frisky, tiny-bubble carbonation that keeps the feel pretty tingly and refreshing. This is drinkable enough but that macro cheap grain sweetness just builds up on your palette and this isn't going to attract revisits.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle from Lupe Pinto (Glasgow, approx £1.50):
Very clear looking and light straw in colour with a thin lacing of bubbles on top.

Sweet smelling with a sigary water aroma and some bland malts. There is a light hint of butter and some faint, grassy hops. This one is a very basic smelling lager with a mixture of various adjuncts and a light, skunky aroma.

Basic lager taste with some cheap malts and a grassy hop sweetness followed by some grain and faint sugar. There was a few lager adjuncts and it was rounded off with a light bitterness.

Thin & light body with a citrus tang and a slightly grainy feel. There was a dry and mild bitter finish that hinted at sweetness.

A basic and fairly cheap taste that was bland and too thin. A very basic, macro pale lager with not a lot going for it and one to avoid should you come across it.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.81/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1040th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by 10/13/12

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- Much more golden in the glass with a semi white one finger medium paced (Adam Sandler anyone) head that left a couple sticky lines of cling. Not bad.

Smell- Really bland and watery. A bit of a lager note with some malt and a little bit of buttery corn.

Taste- At least a bit more flavor than nose let on. Still a macro, still a little bitter with some butter and some malts but overall, nothing to shake a stick at.

Mouth- A more thick body than I was ready for with some lingering bitter malt notes. A bit thick carbonation as well.

Drink- The smell and the taste really bring this one down. Not a lawnmower beer, just a beer to keep spicy tacos down while eating from a taco stand really. Ill pass next time.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear pale yellowish straw colour. A thick, airy white head sits there for a bit, then dissipates to eventually nothing. Surprisingly, there is some lacing. The smell is bad. An overpowering skunk smell hits the nose, even worse than some other Mexican lagers. The taste has a sweetness at the front end but otherwise is dominated by adjunct flavours like corn husk and grain. The mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, this is not a good Mexican lager. I cannot understand why this beers are brewed in clear bottles. The skunk smell is overwhelming in this case.

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Photo of dunit697
1.3/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a landmark beer for me, as it is the first beer I ever poured down the sink. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something, but to me i literally tasted a metal aftertaste, this is the worst beer I have tasted yet, it makes bud light seem good. I recommend this beer to no one.

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Photo of treque
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: with a pale gold color, the body is completely traslucent, nice carb wich generates a richy and compact white head, the retention is good enough, there is almoust no waste left.

S: smells like a macro lager, corrn and butter

T: slightly bitter at the very end, crisping on tongue, not too much flavour, kind of a macro lager just a litlle bit better on body

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.43/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found these at the local Carneceria. $8 a twelve pack ain't bad. Poured into a pils glass. This beer has a decent film head for the type. Decent lacing too. Has that usual golden clear color.

Aroma isn't bad either. Nice pils aroma with a nice maltyness too.

Taste kinda is what you would expect from a beer of this caliber. Like corona but a bit maltier. Think I prefer the crispness of corona if I'm lookin to quench my thirst after some salty Mexican food. It has a slight hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel I wish was a bit more dry. High carb.

Overall it exceeds my expectations. Looked pretty cheap. Tasted decent for what it is. Will probably buy it again to have with some tacos.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Huge dense white head fine in composition, at least two inches thick, with great retention. Belgain-type lace adorn the glass walls. The body is quite clear and deep golden, with dense clouds of fine slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Pale malt, with a strong mineral note, clean and pleasant and a bit of skunk, no doubt due to the clear bottle.

Taste: Opens with tart pale malt, and a bit of sweetness. As the taste progresses, a mild herbal hop bitterness appears, just enough to balance the mild sweet notes. Finishes with a mild note of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft to the touch.

Drinkability/notes: Very good, certainly a standout among Mexican lagers and a very easy to drink summer beer. Would be excellent with Mexican cuisine or pizza. Recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce clear glass longneck with a twist-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Typical yellow garbage appearance, head was average, retention was above average. Sweet can o corn skunky (not in the good way) aroma.

Taste was downright revolting. Water makes for a better beer, and while this has plenty of it, I'm not really sure this stuff is potable water. Montazuma's revenge stuff. A bitterness that doesn't seem derived from hops, but not just because there is no hop mouthfeel. This bitterness is just rank. There's metallic, and then there's rusty metallic, and that's what this is.

Probably worse than Corona. Needs lots of lime and to be super cold to even make me think of getting close to this again.

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2.55 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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