Minerva Viena | Cervecería Minerva

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Minerva VienaMinerva Viena

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Cervecería Minerva

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pepeton on 07-08-2007

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by BretSikkink:
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3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, chestnut, clear, with a tanned and bubbly head. Standard obscura appearance. Nose and flavor are slightly maltier, with a dark fruit note emerging that sets it apart from the rest. Body is full and less carbonated, with a strong note of peppery malt. Slightly herbal finish with a touch of carbonated metals. This is much better than your typical Mexican brown, with complexity and attenuation that show attention to detail without completely breaking the mold. Your abuelo would drink this without batting an eye, and I enjoyed it too.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of abecuellar
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hubster712
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. 100% malt, is all I get from the Spanish-only label. Sounds good to me.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of frisky and foamy ecru head, which leaves a span of Tim Burton nightmare lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, some dark tangy fruit, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is tempered caramel malt, some bready toffee character pulling things away from any sugary sweetness overload, with some decent leafy and other forest ester hops balancing things out for the most part.

The carbonation is a tad prickly at the outset, but swiftly delves into a steady, underlying soft hiss, the body somewhat short of middleweight, but not egregiously so, and makes up for that picky shortcoming with its straightforward smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, the bready malt still quite strong, and the hops showing little staying power.

Well, Mexico is notable of late as a producer of this almost lost style, and this example doesn't disappoint, nor does it enthrall, but I don't think that's the point - simple drinking pleasures are the focus here, and for that, credit is due.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice amber color, a small head formed and lasted a few minutes. Some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Some roasted malt, a little bit of hops, and some caramel.

T: The roasted malts come through on the taste, there is a slight hop presence, with a sweet finish.

M/D: Medium bodied. Not a bad offering from Minerva here. Not the best, but better than a lot of the beer from Mexico.

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Photo of roddwolff
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Amber red, small foamy head and disappears quickly;

S: Roasted malt;

T: Too syrupy, roasted malt and toffee;

M: Bitter sweet, light body, and sometimes has malt syrup consistency;

D: Another beer from Minerva that dont suit with me, too sweet, like a beer made from candy.

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Photo of RolandoHH
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Uzivra26
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chamucost20
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rggggr
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazztoloc
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of geoperez
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of karait95
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty amber color not totally transparent with a two fingger head with small bubbles in the bottom and mixed big and small on top and finally moderated carbonation.

S: Nice toasted aroma with a touch of caramel, even it is not complex it is nice.

T: Faint toasted flavor with some hops combination.

M: Refreshing feeling with a medium bitter ending.

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Photo of gerardoluna
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[A] the color is brillant like the sun in the afternoon.
[S] Excelent flavor and aroma, the malt escence is the best perfume of all the Beers in this country.
[T] Amazing flavor, For me, this is the best Beer in Mexico.
[M] Fresh and Crisp

Bravo! to Cervecería Minerva! they are rescuing the way to make Good Beers in Mexico.

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Photo of tesguino
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer that is like the XX amber, but with the advantge that is made from a microbrewery.

Good color, very german taste, round and little hoppy;

basic for the mexican cuisine, like cabrito or panzate.

Serve in a pilsner glass, and look its marvelous color and carbonation.

75% recommended.

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Photo of MorrisZuno
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KingSlayer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaimenavarrog
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber, with some red highlights. Mild white foam head medium retention. Aroma is very good, complex, malty and rich, very inviting, almost no hops. Taste is balanced, malty and bitterness is low. Very low body with low carbonation. Overall very nice mexican vienna lager, good beer for a hot afternoon.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/5/12

A clear bronze whit lots of bubbles feeding a thumbs width of well retained off white foam that leaves a couple partial tings of lace

S some earthy hops and tea bag with a handful of pennies, there's some honey and some fruity notes

T the pennies are gone and more of a herbal aspect, decent beer but not mind blowing

M medium bodied with good carbonation faint aftertaste of earthy hops lingers faintly

O respectable stuff and probably the best beer I've had from Mexico

I could drink a few of these under a hot sun, nothing amazing but considering how bad all the Mexican beers are that I've had so far this is a nice change of pace

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Photo of EOC
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SenseiCaco
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsolutely
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Minerva is one of the very few craft breweries I've found in Mexico and they deserve full accolades for going up against the omnipresent "big guys".

This "Viena" has a lot more flavour that its macro counterparts. It is exceptionally malty, with a nice dry finish. And stunningly, I can not taste corn : a non-adjunct Mexican lager!

Clear dark amber with an aesthetically pleasing off-white head. The aroma is much sweeter than the taste, which is bitterer than expected.

All in all, a delightful change from other lagers. Not at the same "level of excellence" as Minerva's stout, but still definitely worth trying!

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 34 ratings