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

Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale)Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale)
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
3.46 | pDev: 12.43%
Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.
Retired (no longer brewed)
Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale)Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

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.

Nov 30, 2003
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nekronos from Mexico

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.

Sep 21, 2005
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t0rin0 from California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Nov 19, 2012
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Todd from California

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.

Jun 17, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 16, 2002
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Brent from Kentucky

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.

May 03, 2004
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

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.

Sep 28, 2004
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beerguy101 from California

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.

Aug 05, 2003
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mickeymac from California

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall, thin 12 oz bottle, it's bright gold with a fairly thick white head. The smell is citric, with a bit of candy-like sweetness in the background. Unfortunately, the sweetness comes to forefront in the taste, and little else backs it up. It's almost soda-like in its sweetness. With the combination of relatively high price and many others of the same style that are better, I probably won't revisit this one.

Jan 25, 2004
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inebrius from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear harvest gold under a hearty white cap. Nose of tropical fruits packed in straw then left out in the sun. A draught has honey malt and earth humping your buds to finish mildly spicy, but clean and with much taste. Powerful, refreshing, a joy to drain. Taken fresh, mere kilometers from the source, which may have made all the difference. Que qualidad!

Jul 02, 2003
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

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.

Apr 06, 2003
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Pegasus from Texas

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.

May 18, 2002
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jreitman from California

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.

Nov 03, 2002
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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!

Mar 03, 2006
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putnam from Michigan

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.

Sep 06, 2004
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Gusler from Arizona

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.

Nov 28, 2002
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Morris729 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale amber color with a tall and rocky white head that settles into a heavy and sticky lace. Nose is quite clean with notes of fresh wheat and a bit of citrus. Fairly light in body with a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is very lightly toasted malts, spicy clove, and fruity citrus at first followed by some mild hops and a dry finish. Pretty good quaffing material. A pretty nice wheat beer and better than many American versions that I’ve had.

Feb 27, 2003
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright golden color, with a big, bubbling pure white head.
Aroma: soft and sweet, floral & honeyed, quite pretty, though no citrus stands out, which I always look for in this style.
Tasty texture, neat little hop drop, but very mellow. Lacks the tongue-play I like in a hefe weizen, though this certainly seems sans hefe, if I may mix my languages. I liken mein weizens mit hefe, danke!
Body is light, taste is delicious, with a pleasant sweetness riding throughout.
Despite my reservations, vis a vis the filtration, this was fine for what it is, tasty, simple, easy drinking. If this flowed as freely as Corona does, here and South of the border, there'd be happier tastebuds all around.
thanks to kbub6f, again.

Jun 04, 2003
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dwarbi from New York

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.

May 07, 2003
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GreenCard from Maryland

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!

Apr 12, 2003
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jcalabre from California

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

Jul 27, 2003
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WesWes from New York

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.

Jul 31, 2005
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ManekiNeko from Virginia

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.

Aug 10, 2004
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong pleasant fruity aroma, a hint of syrup/ cough-drop to it. My nose detects a faint grainy/ wheaty aroma as well. Gold color with a light haziness. This is a light refreshing beer which is very fruity (a house characteristic apparently). There is a definite Belgian character to this wheat beer. Slightly tart with a low bitterness and a sweet finish. I must say this is probably the best wheat beer out of Central America (though probably the only one as well). I was expecting more of a bland American style wheat and was nicely rewarded by one with Belgian leanings.

Sep 09, 2003
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

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.

Dec 07, 2003
Casta Triguera (Wheat Ale) from Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 34 ratings