Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale) | Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

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Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale)Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale)

Brewed by:
Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.56%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 05-18-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold in color, pours a large snow white head which lingers, and a thick curtain of lace. Spicy fruity aroma with alcohol and subtle grain notes, the aroma is almost wine-like. Flavor begins with strong spice and fruit notes, turns sweet towards the middle, finishes dry and mildly hoppy. Not quite what I expected, but not bad either. Interestingly enough "Casta Triguera" means "pure wheat grass"

Package reviewed is a 12 oz longneck; no freshness information. Imported by BI Imports, Capistrano Beach, CA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Very impressive 12oz custom brown bottle. No bottled on date.

Appearance: Pours an extremely pale yellow beer, clear, bright and very active in the way of carbonation. Head is tight, very fluffy and sticky.

Smell: Faint wheat, clove and citric aromas -- very clean.

Taste: Light, smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Malt sweetness is just enough to be tasty, give the brew some body, and lend a bit of balance to the sharp lemony hop bite. Carbonation amplifies the bitterness and together they smack the palate for a few seconds. A light spicy clove character follows then retreats into some grain tannins and more of the citric flavours where it settles and melds very nicely with the background sweetness. The wheat brings a nice dry crispness that follows through to the finish.

Notes: I must admit that I'm impressed by these new micros from Mexico. This is a real nice wheat ale, quite the refreshing brew and much better than most American wheat ales on the market today.

To all the wheat beer fans out there in beerdom, give this brew a try ... and make sure to let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dusty yellow hue, good enough lacing for a wheat beer. Faint sourness in the aroma with some grain and yeast. Sourness hits in a full why but light as the malt sweetness counters it with a faint honey-like graininess. Little hops to be found other than a quick snap of bitterness and faint herbal flavour. The graininess becomes a little rough in the finish with an odd blend of faded sweetness and sourness.

Nothing spectacular, sourness is a bit odd and is almost lactic like. I’m glad I tried it though.

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Photo of merlin48
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Casta just didn't come through at all. Pour was a clear, actively carbonated, bright orange body with a small, offwhite head that quickly faded and left behind minimal lace. Aroma was muted, with a faint note of wheat and hops. Almost like a macro. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Taste was similar to a macro, with mild hopping and slight sweetness. Wheat was underwhelming. Overall, this was much similar to a macro. Very undistinguished. Drinkable if you're very thirsty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting label. Interesting beer. Toasty malts and a restrained yeast character give this a unique character.

It pours a clear, very dark straw - almost tan - color. The frothy white head holds fairly well, then drops to a thin (but full) surface covering that leaves tiny spots of lace about the glass.

The nose is malty with notes of wheat and lightly toasty bread, as well as some candy, yeasty spice, and a hint of orange; and the flavor follows almost exactly. It finishes dry and refreshing with a delicate smear of citrus on the tongue. That, coupled with its light body and delicately zesty carbonation leave it remarkably refreshing, almost like a glass of cold water with a twist of lemon. Interesting!

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice 1/4 inch head, clear golden color and well carbonated. The aroma is clean and smells like bread and honey. Flavor is sweetish but not too sweet, very clean and almost like a lager. It is like Leinie's honey weiss with a little more maltiness. Very good mouthfeel! Goes down easy but the aftertaste is a bit weird--not terrible but it grows on you.

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Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I try not to get too hung up on whether a beer exactly fits a style, but it is a useful reference to how well the brewer pulled off whatever it was they tried to achieve. Here, it was hard to tell exactly what Casta was aiming for. Initally, this wheat was very muted and soft, like a Hoegaarden in the Belgian-style. Then a touch of fruity yeast crept in, calling to mind a more German hefeweizen style. This faded away toward the finish, and crisped up a bit, in what I think of as the "American wheat" style. Nicely crafted, for what it was, but it never could settle on a uniform personality. Not as rich as a wit, not as full as a hefe, and not as crisp as a pale wheat. In sum, it was okay.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pellucid gold in color, average head, frothy in texture, the lace decent, both desiccate quickly. Fruity nose, some yeast tones, very light on the grain it seems to me. Sweet start, the top is skinny, the finish is middling on the carbonation, the hops pertinent, dry long lasting aftertaste. Quite drinkable in its own right, but I like Casta Morena the best.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is a dark yellow, filtered wheat beer w/ a quickly diminishing white head.
Flavor: It has a slight taste of hops & malt, with some sting to the roof of your mouth.
Aroma: I couldn't detect any.
Overall: This would make a decent lawnmower beer. Nothing special here

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Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a near clear amber colored ale, disappointing head formation.

Smell is sweet and nutty with a faint sniff of what I can only describe as rum possibly caramel sugar syrup in the alcohol vapor. I double check the rum scent and nail it, the scent of butter rum lifesavers candy. I can't separate out any wheat malt scent the other scents are masking it.

Taste is sweet with that Butter rum lifesavers flavor. Caramelized malt flavor is strong and fairly complex and shifts on the tongue. After a while the flavor becomes popcorn ball sweet buttery and corny. Interesting, not a typical wheat beer of any type it is unique.

Mouthfeel is light for a wheat beer.

Drinkability is OK. Something of a weird beer here I don't know that I would really buy this again over a good German style wheat beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Mexican beer, apart from the tasteless Corona, which can hardly be called beer. I must say I was not disappointed, this can compete with any American or Belgian wheat ale anytime!

It pours a murky orange, yellow color with a thin head.
Smell of fresh green apples, wheat off course and tart. A good beer for sniffing!
Taste was fresh with the obvious grainy, wheat taste, some nutmeg or something spicy and citrus. Aftertaste was dry and fruity. No herbs added.
I detected a slight oxidation of the beer, so when the beer would have been fresher it would make a nice summer beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Villa Spirits Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" eggshell head over the clear light golden brew. Head settles about half, with nice lacing. Aroma is wheat and some light fruitiness, with a hoppiness hiding in there as well. Taste follows the nose, although perhaps a bit muted on all fronts. Mouthfeel is pretty thin seeming, even for the style, but its hard to knock the drinkability, which make it particularly thirst-quenching. Not a bad brew here.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An artful bottle design with a unique bottle shape and enticing label... looks promising...

Appearance: golden pilsner-like color, low pilsner-like head retention (starts off bubbly and thick but depletes quickly), sllight haze

Aroma: light honied and floral scent, some fresh grain, slight clove/banana ester, delightful

Flavor: very soft flavor, some graininess and malt but not a whole lot of wheat, low hop flavor and little to no bitterness which is OK for style, dry, some tartness, refreshing but unprofound, I might have liked it more if it had been bottle-conditioned and not a kristal

Mouthfeel: very light body with champagne-like carbonation, a bit watery, 5.56% abv is hard to detect

HOWEVER, I'd much sooner drink a few of these than something like a Corona or Pacifico!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear (unusual for a wheat) amber color. Light bodied. Nose is a slight cider. Medium carbonation. Starts sweet and crisp finishes smooth with little aftertaste. Good summer ale. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, VA.

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Photo of jreitman
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yelllow in color and slightly hazy with a good bit of carbonation. Poured with a thick, bubbly white head. Clean wheat aroma very evident with some pretty subdued citrus. The flavor profile is relatively subdued for my liking with some wheat and sweetness most apparent. Citrus shows itself a little as it warms, but overall a relatively bland beer. Aftertaste is a bit odd and put me off. An interesting brew, but not something I will be picking up again.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow topped by a huge and creamy white head. Went away to a small layer of foam and left small networks and fingers of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very fruity esters of oranges and other citrus fruits, but predominantly orange. Light pineapple and peach aromas.

Taste: Vaguely tart and sour malts, rather sweet. Very fruity wtih oranges, peaches and apricots splashing about.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and rather refreshing overall. Palate cleansing to boot.

Drinkability: Not a typical American Wheat Ale. It's more fruity and certainly doesn't need a lemon. Worth a try just to give some love to a Mexican brewery that isn't making fizzy yellow tripe.

Other: the bottle art is way cool.

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Photo of tesguino
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

little better in my preferences over franziskaner heffe weisse; similar in taste, like dissolvent; green leaves, flower of hops; balanced, round affluent flavor, little body, something sweet and soft; to paladar watered down. serve in a goblet or pilsner glass; try with mexican christmas food; 88% recommended.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet fruity wheat malt and yeast scent. It has a light sweetness as well as a low hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a rich malty flavor, unlike the usual, light wheat beers. This definately has some Munich malts in there or something. It goes down smooth and finishes malty with some fruitiness and lemon zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. It like the aroma and taste. It's different, but in a good way.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: One of two fancy looking 12 fluid ounce brown bottles that grabbed my attention at the beer store, the other was the Golden Ale. The bottle is tall with a long thin neck, and has a raised shoulder which is embossed with the Brewery’s logo (a shield of sorts). The neck label list the beer as Triguera, the main label, which has a painting from Sergio Hernández (who is described as a contemporary painter, but the picture is anything but!?!?) has the words Casta Wheat Ale. No freshness date or strength listed. The bottle is very distinctive and looks very appealing – so it does its job. Well presented and it looks pretty cool.

Appearance: Pours with a lovely white head. Plenty of initial carbonation and streamers in the golden body that is quite lucid. The head eventually breaks to a thin ¼” collar covering when left undisturbed.

Nose: Sweet malts with some warm toasted malts. Light hints of citric fruitiness

Taste: Starts with a sweet malt entrance. Fruity middle that has a slight sharp-sour taste; like that experienced from the thick Zest when biting into an Orange. Some toasted malts in the middle, still fruity with a hint of orange in the back end - but quite dry in the finish nevertheless. Clean lines.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average, the fruity feel on the tongue and the solid carbonation helps the beer achieve a clear 3.5 here.

Drinkability: Different, Refreshing, and a nice surprise to be honest. The only draw-back for me was the sweet beginning, beyond that the drink was very enjoyable.

Overall: A little bit too sweet at the beginning for me to be a true session, but refreshing and a nice offering nevertheless. You can’t help but to draw the obvious conclusion here - given the choice between a Corona and this, well, it’s no contest. I don’t need a lime for this beer to be appealing.

Not that bad actually on reflection and well worth a try.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

01/07/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a chalice type glass.

Appearance- Darker yellow almost amber colored pour. Small, yet creamy white head. Maybe 1/4 inch. Medium lacing.

Smell- Fruity, maybe orange or tangerine. Spices as well. Yeasty, as supposed to be.

Taste- Orange flavoring, maybe a touch of lemon peel. Peppery and other spices as well. Nice malty base.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation. Mild hop bitterness.

Drinkability- Damn quaffable. Was thirsy and this was the perfect choice to go to. Crisp and tasty. Wishing I bought more than a bottle to try.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an uneven, very white head. It swindles quickly. Smells lemony, and spicy. Some wheat, but not very much. Pleasant aroma. A lot of interesting things going on here. Odd taste. Not very wheaty, it even tastes a little bitter. Nice mouthfeel. Crisp, but the aftertaste is nothing more than average. I'll finish this one.

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Photo of putnam
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malt extract nose -- intensely, makes the intriguing spicy aromatics servant to images of Whoppers (TM). On the palate it is sour and brown-flavored. It reminds me of a malt syrup-laden Goudenband 2002: only blonde. I sense there are some sincere, craft instincts at work here. PH or something is a little wacky -- not sure if it is too high or low. Slick, bleach-like texture and candy aromas frame a healthy outcropping of dried apricots, cracked, raw nuts and rotton, sweet lemons.

Sure wish I could taste this "close to the source."

From a bottle in MI it takes some getting used to, I'm sure.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied American wheat. Malts are mild, fruity and sweet. Nice banana and clove flavor. Also a touch of grapefruit and orange flavor as well. Nice decent wheat ale. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of nekronos
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to like this the best of the brewery, but I started to find more wheat beers, and this is still being good, but I think the brewery needs to upgrade this one, although, it can be its house mark, do not ge tme wrong. The smell is characteristic and the mouthfeel is very different from any other beer in the country, Nice.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale straw beer with low but persistant head. Complex fruity aroma with wheat and sweet malt. The fruit aroma that comes to mind is pineapple. The flavor is crisp, with a fruity (again pineapple), slightly sweet begining which leads to a light, but not too dry finish. The body is not quite medium, more of a medium light and the beer is effervescent on the palate. Also in the finish is an ever so slight sour note that is quite refreshing. Oddly enough after a few seconds you can feel an alcohol warmth from the beer.

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Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale) from Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 34 ratings