Cantina | World Brews

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Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-06-2004

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Photo of hophugger
2.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of wrightst
2/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MammothTarantula
1.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of MaddDogg84
3/5  rDev +43.5%

Photo of dansmcd
1.37/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Like watered down urine. Very pale, very clear, absolutely no head.

S - Light corn and straw with faint skunkiness.

T - Almost as if it's five parts water to one part lager. Very easy to skull down after an hour in the sun. However, if want like some taste with your beer, look elsewhere.

M - Sparkling water mouthfeel.

O - Nothing offensive here, nothing appealing either, just nothing basically.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
1/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of soonerlight
3.5/5  rDev +67.5%

Photo of Amp
1/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale coloured yellow, paler even, I'd say, than Corona. Head is filmy and light, but relatively fine. Some finely streaming carbonation. Apart from the head, it looks like cheap champagne. Lacing is feathery and light. Looks decent enough.

Nose is very faint and light, with a touch of skunk, and a relatively pleasant grassy character. Some lemony character as well, and I didn't add any lemon, so it's probably not too bad all up.

Taste is very light and minimal. Light sweetness on the front, and a hint of metallic sharpness on the back. Very dry and very flavourless. This is where the beer really falls down, and the sharpness on the back turns slightly artificial the more you drink, which makes the palate overall a little offensive. Feel is light and very dry.

Meh. It's better than the genre's median, but not by a lot. Turns out very bland, but it's pretty light and drinkable. That's undeniable.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.59/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if this brewery has issues with consistency, because the beer I tasted tonight was not as bad as the other reviews I've read would have suggested.

Clear golden brew with very slight white head. Aroma is surprisingly good Smell like fresh grain, wheat and a little bit of corn.

Flavor is sweet without being cloying. Adjunct lagers aren't my thing but this is better than most. More malt than I expected.

Biggest negative was the aftertaste. Way to sweet. Needed some hops or something to balance it out.

Decently full mouthfeel.

Drinkability would have been better if it had just a tinge of hops or something to balance out the sweetness.

Overall, of the better Latin American Lagers I've had.

(note for this review, I'm comparing it to the style. I normally would about a point lower on everything if compared to the average beer)

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Photo of jmeador85
1.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Clear, gold. A chipper color scheme, like what a kindergartner might scrawl in crayon on manilla paper.

Smell - There was a faint scent reminiscent of a riesling wine, which you may know to smell somewhat like gasoline.

Taste - Not good. The best way I can describe it: Salty, gag-inducing Corona.

Mouthfeel - The taste makes it hard to keep in your mouth. Gently swishing this beer in my mouth did not improve the taste. The carbonation was perfect at least.

Drinkability - In war there is no substitute for victory. In beer there is no substitute for taste. The taste of this beer was a disaster. I won't buy it again. I might drink it if a friend I don't want to offend thrusts one into my hand.

Verdict - I tried adding a lime, and that helped marginally, but it still took me about 30 minutes to reluctantly quaff this devil potion. I drank 2 bottles and poured 4 down my sink. It was that bad. I'm no stranger to beer. I can appreciate unfamiliar tastes. This, however, I could not.

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Photo of Jason
1.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz clear bottle with a silk-screen style label. No freshness date or info about the beer.

Pale straw yellow with a thin lacing that does not stick, the clarity is fine. Once I popped the cap a quick whiff of a slightly pungent skunk aroma infiltrated my nostrils. Cooked veggies and a husk smell in the back. Decent crispness in the light body, somewhat slick mouth feel. Astringent grain flavors throughout. Processed hop bitterness that has no flavor. Cooked corn with very little malt flavor to play with.

Basically a Corona wannabe ... this beer is screaming for a lime to mask the off flavors. All of this means that it is not worth buying.

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Photo of utah44
3.58/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass it poured a crystal clear light yellow color with a small head that breaks apart immediately. Light malt smell with a barely detectable hint of bitterness. Taste was a slightly grainy sweet malt presence a mild bitterness. Well balanced but mild in flavor. Mouthfeel was light-medium in body, crisp throughout and a clean aftertaste. For an Amercian adjunct lager the drinkability was half good. Really easy to down and mildly refreshing. I would recommend this to a friend. And at $3.99 a six-pack, one doesn't have much to linvest. Viva El Salvador!

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Photo of kflorence
2.4/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "8 Best beers around the world" pack from BevMo.

A: Poured a very pale, translucent yellow with virtually no head and no lacing.

S: Smells like your typical light lager; very grainy with some sweet malt and corn notes. Not as much skunk as expected, but it's there.

T: Not much flavor there. Pretty sweet overall, mostly from the light malts and grains. Finishes with a corn flavor and a very slight metallic flavor.

M: Super light but has a good amount of carbonation, it doesn't feel overly carbonated like some others in this category. Pretty watery on the tongue but it goes down smooth.

D: Definitely drinkable, but probably not worthy of seeking out. You can't review this beer without mentioning Corona, as this is an obvious attempt to duplicate that beers success. In my opinion, it falls a bit short on flavor and mouthfeel, but is equally drinkable.

One of the 8 greatest beers in the world? Hardly. Makes me wonder if BevMo is simply trying to get rid of some stock.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.76/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a clear 12 oz. bottle. This 'Pura Cerveza' pours somewhat light straw in color with a half inch of white foam. Decent retention for the style with a firm carbonation.

Sweetened husky grains on the nose, perhaps a light hint of a noble hop aroma. Comes up a bit short in flavor however. Similar to the nose but very brief on the tongue. Finishes slightly sweet and simple yet unobtrusive, allowing for a decent drinkability. Feel is a bit thin on the other hand, particularly as the liquid outgasses. Consume quickly or drink from the bottle for best results.

Typical in flavor of tropical lagers though somewhat light in body and sweetness compared to many, including anything from neighboring Honduras.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.06/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold with a small head.
Very faint aroma of cardboard, straw and cooked vegetables. Mind you, at least it is faint.
Sweet, weak taste, with more cardboard, toothpaste and corn.
Very watery, but at least the carbonation is not way over the top.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.02/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, very light yellow color with a decent cap of white head. Retention is actually not to shabby but does not leave any lacing behind.

A skunkalicious aroma greets the nose, not really like being lightstruck, but more akin to a stinkbug. Other faint hints of milled corn, wet cardboard and cow manure. This is one of the worst smelling beers I've come across in a loooong time. I am sure the clear bottle does not help, but I also dont think that is the only problem here.

Taste is not nearly as bad as the aroma here, mainly because it lacks in that department. Mostly tastes like a piece of cardboard dipped in sparkling water. There's a slight hint of corn and a tickle of a bitter finish. It is not a drain pour, but that is mainly because it tastes like water. Most mexican lagers can beat this one. Boy, am I glad I only purchased a single of this.

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Photo of Macca
2.5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear golden straw colour with very little head.

A tough of graininess on the node and a little fruitiness. A bit "clean".

Very bland on the palate. Very much a mass produced dumbed down thing in the Corona mould. I know why they put lime in theses things.

Crisp mouth feel.

Take me to El Salvador and I would probably drink this by the bucket load but not in Melbourne town.

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Photo of LittleCreature
1.98/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 2.5
Poured a finger and a half of bubbly white head that steadily reduced to a thin layer. Colour is a clear and very pale straw yellow.

Smell - 2.0
No real off aromas, not much in the way of smell at all. There is a slight, soft fruitiness that probably should not be there and a vague grain aroma.

Taste - 1.5
Not much flavour either. Slightly sweet, some corn grain and husk and very little in the way of hops in the dry finish. The aftertaste is quite nasty, somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Moderately carbonated and moderately weighted in the mouth. Does not go down smoothly largely due to the bad taste.

Drinkability - 2.5
When served fridge cold this is not too difficult to drink, but I will not be coming back to it.

This is an obvious Corona competitor, and much as I dislike Corona (overpriced, very average, more popular than it deserves), it is a better beer than Cantina. This is not a terrible beer, but it is very bland with noticeable off-flavours and as such, needs to be served at fridge temperature to be drinkable. It is cheap, but for just a little more you can get some decent beers. Avoid.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What is a cheap four pack of lager from El Salvador doing on a supermarket shelf in rural Shropshire? Waiting for a mug like me to buy it I suppose. There must be more people drinking beers from around the world than I thought.

The first bottle (355ml clear) didn't touch the sides. I had been gardening and then chopping and sawing wood. I needed the preverbial 'lawnmower beer', this fitted my requirement perfectly. A beer for the sweaty man, not for a beer lover. I detected no aroma, or taste, just a wet substance that was fizzy.

I thought this unfair and poured a second bottle into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

what I saw was the same pale urine coloured liquid, but this time with a good looking white foam head. Sadly the head fell away leaving bits of its self on the side of the glass and an intermitant covering over the beer.

I give an average score of 3 for all lager/pilsners unless there is something extra, or nasty to report. This gets the 3, an aroma of rice and wheat may have been there, but the bottle claims malted barley is used, it is obviously an aromaless variety.

Taste etc was thin, weak and with a Corona type feel to it, a burping beer because it is so gassy. I will not be rushing back to the store for more, but it does help me in my quest to drink beers from as many different countries as I can. This is country number 38 I believe.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
1.08/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear light straw color. A thin white head above a well carbonated beverage.

Smells are skunky, slightly sweet. Oh boy, I am not looking forward to this one.

Taste matches smell with skunk up front followed by an odd sweetness of malt that is tried to be matched by something resembeling bitterness but might be more skunkiness instead.


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Photo of babaracas
2.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with rocky white head, fades quickly, spotty lacing. Smell: light grain, pale malt, passing skunk, vegetative smell. Taste: astringent grain, corn, boiled hops, dms. Mouthfeel: light bodied. Worth a lime, and that's not a good thing.

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Photo of mmmbeer
1.59/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My third brew from La Constancia, and by-far the worst of the three. 12 oz. clear bottle with no freshness date. The beer pours very pale gold, with high initial carbonation that leads up to a two inch, white head. In the nose, nothing but adjuncts and a strange Play-Doh aroma. Slight lemon flavor, and what little else is there tastes of adjuncts. The body is light with high carbonation and has no discernible finish. Very bad. This beer is as low-quality and tasteless as the packaging implies. Barely tolerable - if you must drink it, consume ice-cold with a big slice of lime.

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2.09 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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