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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Mexico
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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,768
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
88
pDev:
23.23%
 
 
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4
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6
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by Garrett092112:
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2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Photo of stoutman
2.12/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Malty Corona- Need I say more? I think there is very little difference between this and Corona. Corona tastes flat, skunky, and watery. In other words, it is poorly made. If there was no other beer at a party but this, I would be the designated driver.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev +31.1%
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 Gusler
2.63/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer gushes forth from the clear bottle a crystalline gold, the head small and frothy, fades fast, leaving a patchy bit of lace. Nose is sweet malt, nothing else; start is sweet malt, some bitter bite at the back, skinny top. Finish has a fair acidity, light hop presence, still sweet at the dry aftertaste, not much else to say, well I can say its better than Corona.

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Photo of TPoling
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Mexicali pours the color of corn with a little head. There is a faint malt character in the nose. It is still very light, but is refreshing very cold and has little more malt character than the many Latin American light lagers that are flooding the market. At worst: not much character. At best: Inoffensive and thirst quenching in the heat.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, best before 9-26-08. Very light golden color. Thin white head disappeared very quickly. Not very impressive.

Pale malt, a hint of sulphur and skunky aroma. No shocker, coming from a clear bottle.

Very pale malt character, with some sweetness. A bit of a corn-like flavor. Not much bitterness at all. A slight skunky feel to the whole thing.

Very light body, not much going on here at all.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.18/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear bottle with a twist cap.
Born on date stamped on the neck ala Bud.

Pretty nondescript aroma. A little malty a little corn.

Flavor is slightly sweet with a mild bitter bite.

It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Drinkable lawnmower beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corn silk yellow with lemonade edges and a tidy cap of bone colored foam that is pretty much featureless. It melts without fanfare and does not do a very good job decorating the drinking vessel. Not a bad look, not a good look.

Thanks, in part, to the clear glass bottle, skunk was appreciated as soon as beer began splashing into glass. Some of it has faded, allowed the presence of pale grains and a pungent muskiness to be appreciated. And the score slide begins... or not.

Mexicali is more flavorful than expected. That could be either a good thing and a bad thing, depending on your point of view. It tastes like the ABV is closer to 7.4% than 4.4%, which is odd. Needless to say, drinking it cold is probably your best bet.

Flavors include very lightly sweet grain (corn perhaps), a modest bitter hoppiness of the Saaz ilk, and a teensy splash of grain alcohol. This stuff might actually be okay if super fresh and consumed on a scorching hot day. At least it errs of the side of aggression rather than pusillanimity.

The mouthfeel is decent. Like the flavor, it's bigger than it should be for the ABV. It also has a fair amount of sparkly bubbles that do their best to add some amount of mouth excitement.

Cervecera Mexicana's Mexicali is definitely in the upper half of all South Of The Border pale lagers in terms of quality. Probably in the upper third. That doesn't make it great beer, but it's a damn sight more drinkable than expected. Brown glass bottles please.

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Photo of Billolick
2.97/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Zorro
2.11/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ultra clear yellow colored beer with a momentary white head.

Despite the clear bottle, no skunk here. This is sweet and malty with a bit of cooked vegetable scent to it. A little lemon hop scent and a bigger corn scent.

Taste starts out neutral with a little bit of seltzer water flavor. Corn and a lemon hop flavor not very bitter or highly hopped.

Mouthfeel is OK.

What can you say about this one, pretty much just beer. Better than Corona I suppose.

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Photo of Pepeton
2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very old Mexican beer I never had the chance to try before. Found three 6-packs in a local supermarket and couldn't resist buying it. Hope I did. ;-)

Pours a light yellow fizzy brew, with a very small and short living head, that leaves no lacing at all.

Smell is somehow malty, with a very noticeable adjuncts backbone.

Taste is only of adjuncts, somehow the malty nose doesn't make it to your palate.

Mouthfeel if crisp, with some bitterness at the finish.

Drinkability is actually high in a Mexican Summer afternoon, but I guess I won't buy it again.

¡Salud!

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Photo of woodychandler
2.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Gagnonsux
2.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tesguino
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer bought in a supermarket "soriana", a friend of mine tell me about this beer, and i go "hecho madre" to acquire this beer; is a classic in the "mexican - south the border scene" this "pilsner spirit" was created for fight versus the prohibition and do well the things; it comes with a vintage style bottle; bad printed but good;

i try this with a"tortas ahogadas" a mexican specialty food from jalisco and is good, but i got a bad idea from take the tlaquepaque salsa and this beer-if you can try, you can uderstand what i talk- whatever;

I recommend a 80%.

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Photo of nekronos
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it at a supermarket that is expanding in the country. The beer was quite sweet but nasty in quality. It is a heavy beer for people who likes cold beer. It has a somewhat dark golden colour. NIce foam and malty in taste. I bought a six pack, and now it's not for sell anymore in that shop.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of scottoale
2/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Out of a 12oz silkscreend clear glass bottle. The pour looks like water as it fills the glass , a faint straw colored liquid with an inch of pure white head. No carbonation bubbles whatsoever, the head diminishes leaving a mear trace of lacing.

First wiff is a bit skunk like, another sniff or two reveals a not very pleasant urine odor. I don't mean to be rude or bash this brew...I just call em as I see em, so to speak. I'm truly hesitant to even taste it, just doesn't smell right.

OK, after two spicy pieces of pepperoni pizza, here goes nuthin...umm...yuk! As a light flavor of a Dunkel appears, it's followed by a nice aftertaste of piss. I'm quite serious. In my 48yrs. on this planet, I can't remember ever NOT being able to finish ANY beer. After two tastes of this stuff, it's going down the drain. I've had Mexicali before(years ago) and I don't remember it like this. Truly sorry...end of review

I'm reaching for a Bigfoot to get this horrible taste out of my mouth!!!

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colored beer with a slight aroma of skunk.Taste is your normal macro with a touch of sweetness.It's ok not great not horrible.I probably wouldn't go out to seek it but I would drink if offered to me.I guess the bottom line is it's amazingly average!!

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Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Shadman
3.37/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting appearance for a mexican macro. Looked almost red in the bottle, cola brown and clear in the glass. Head and lacing are presentable as well. Ordor is interesting as well. Hint of roasted malt, along with the usual assortment of grainy, musty malt and adjuncts found in macros. Taste is well...surprising good, albeit slips a bit as the beer warms. Some decent, almost rich roasted maltiness, with a nice balance of hop lingering in the background. Certainly some mineral water used in the brewing process. Much fuller bodied than any mexican brew I've had yet.

Looking at the picture on the site, my bottle had a label on the neck stating 'special imported dark beer' so maybe it's more like a vienna lager than a magro. Would put the one I sampled on par if not better than Negra Modelo

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Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Bookseeb
2.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a pale golden yellow with a thin crisp head. Smell of a macro, but lighter on the nose, a good smell of the grains and no skunk. Taste is light, thin, but refreshing with minimal hop and good carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Bought this on sale at a local grocery outlet, but I wouldn't pay anymore for it.

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Photo of illidurit
1.5/5  rDev -40.9%

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Mexicali from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Beer rating: 2.54 out of 5 with 88 ratings