Cantina | World Brews

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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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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
2.76/5  rDev +32.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
1.79/5  rDev -13.9%
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 SetarconeX
1.53/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Popped the cap off, and even at arms length I could smell a huge wave of skunk coming off this thing. This bottle most certainly did not take the trip to America well. Bottle looks like a Corona clone, nice and clear, and attracting all the sunlight it can. Visually, looks kinda light and syrupy...again like Corona.

Tastes not unlike how is smells. Mouthfeel's weird and tingly on the way down. Barely drinkable. This stuff is icky, icky, icky. Tastes like someone juiced a skunk over some corn husk. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of hophugger
2.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of elricorico
1.93/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like gingerale, except maybe it is too light in colour. Clear, yellow and bubly with only a hint that it ever had any head around the glass.

The smell is somewhat skunky, and has a little bit of hay to it. Not something I want to smell too often.

Taste is, well, damn near tasteless. Watered down light beer with a hint of bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is fairly standard fizzy watery lager.

Can't say anything good about this beer. It looks like half a beer down the drain, as I know there's something better in the fridge.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.06/5  rDev -1%
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 Kulrak
2.68/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very light straw color with chunky head that fades away very quickly, leaving a thin layer on top, but lacing the glass. Smells very yeasty and a little tinny. The taste clean and a little sweet without any noticeable bitterness. Not bad at all. The mouthfeel is heavy but a little watery. No carbonation at all. Overall, I could probably drink a few no problem, same as water. I'd rather have a beer with some flavor though.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev +10.6%
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 paulyrimz
1.34/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Revolting beer with no flavor. I got this as part of a "mystery box" of left-over inventory from Beverages and More. I tried to give it to "fizzy-yellow" beer drinkers at a party, and even they would not have at this one. Avoid!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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 rtratzlaff
1.08/5  rDev -48.1%
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 rec
2.22/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The pour reveals a light urine yellow body with half centimetre soapy head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

It smells like your regular cheap macro, nothing worthy of note here.

Upon first sip the bitter hops register, along with corn and grain. Extremely bland, do they even use malt in this?

The mouthfeel is crisp but hardly enjoyable. You might, and I use the word with hesitatation, might find it refreshing on a hot summers day.

The upside is that it's extremely easy to drink due to how water-like it is. Grab yourself a lime and savour the fact you could drink a carton without feeling bloated.

Obviously a Corona clone, this beer looks smells and tastes almost identical (which is poor in all departments). The only upside here is that it's AUD $25 cheaper than a carton of Corona, so if you're looking for a terrible American macro lager, look for Cantina and save yourself some dollars.

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Photo of rjimlad
1.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Definitely a Corona copy. Opening aroma (odour!) is a bit skunky but this is possibly some sort of corn mash stink. My wife called out "wet dog" when I was considering the smell but she also declared her immense satisfaction with it which appalled me.

The taste is exactly like Corona; non-existant. Nothing at all except maybe a ricey sort of imperceptible grain note that diminishes the more you try to find it. I totally disagree with the reviewers who said this beer is revolting. Revolting implies some sort of flavour and there is absolutely none in this beer. Soda water.

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Photo of Macca
2.5/5  rDev +20.2%
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 MrHolland
1.93/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is a bright yellow color with no head.

Smell is skunky with straw and malt hints to it, not that great.

Taste is very plain with a malty (malt liqour like), also has a very rice taste as well.

Lots of carbonation with a very light moutfeel.

Never will buy agian. Well I should never say never. ;)

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Photo of jmbranum
3.59/5  rDev +72.6%
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 tfsimpkins
1/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of jdhilt
1.7/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a lot of lace. Pale yellow color. No nose to speak of. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Starts with hints of apple juice and finishes very watery. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.5/5  rDev +20.2%
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 wrightst
2/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cs1987
2.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale gold with a thin head, which pretty much completely disappeared quickly.

Smell - Pleasant grain smells. More mature than most lagers.

Taste - Similar to Corona, but a little more mature and pleasant. Still quite metallic, though.

Mouthfeel - Watery, low carbonation, mediocre aftertaste.

Drinkability - Just like the fairly similar Corona, this will go down quickly and easily.

Overall - I would recommend this to drinkers of Corona or Tooheys Extra Dry. Certainly not to anyone with taste, though.

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Photo of dansmcd
1.37/5  rDev -34.1%
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 Drew966
2/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cantina pours a pale yellow color with a white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. The odor is skunky, think Corona. Tastes pretty much like a Corona knockoff, and not a particularly good one at that. Apparently, a lot of people like this type of swill. Not recommended.

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Cantina from World Brews
Beer rating: 2.08 out of 5 with 39 ratings