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

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85 Ratings
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
48
Avg:
2.55
pDev:
22.75%
 
 
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -2%

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 Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Gagnonsux
2.69/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 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 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 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 Zorro
2.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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 Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -2%

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 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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Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 Lucoli
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 dertyd
3.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of khargro2
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of illidurit
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Jame515
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of 2GOOFY
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Mexicali from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
2.55 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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