Carta Blanca | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 509
Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

$3.00 USD per 40oz brown glass bottle is steep at this budget tier (even by NYC standards). But I paid it to see if this was any better than domestic offerings...

It has a pry-off crown cap instead of a screw cap, which has the disadvantage of making the behemoth 40ozer unresealable. No ABV is listed on the bland red and white label.

Pours the usual white foam cap over a pale copper body. Bends a bit syrupy in appearance judging by the darkness of the body relative to, say, a pilsner. Head retention isn't bad - ~4 minutes.

Aroma is of muted corn and pilsner malt, with the usual off-putting sweetness. Doesn't seem as syrupy as a budget malt liquor would, but it's certainly on the sweet side for an adjunct lager. Some graininess or even cereal aromatics would be a nice upgrade. Aromatic intensity is (fortunately) low.

Taste is sweet but not cloying, though it's way too high for a beer offered in unresealable 40oz bottles. Corn adjunct and cheap pilsner malt...that's it. No real hop presence or even graininess. Texturewise, it has more body than most American adjunct lagers (Budweiser, Coors, Miller, et al.) and the carbonation isn't egregiously high. But it isn't as refreshing as those watery lagers, and while smooth and wet it suffers from increased thickness, which reduces its drinkability.

A bland budget lager that isn't as unpalateable as I feared, yet doesn't offer anything for the discerning drinker nevertheless. I'll definitely finish the quart, but it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of basics like depth of flavour. Not worth the 50% higher pricetag than domestic beers in the 40oz format (including malt liquors), but a decent choice for getting knackered if the night calls for it.

High D+ (2.48) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of Bikeman_110
4.3/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- pale as a refreshing beer should be

S- sweet

T- clean refreshing

F- smooth light

O- one of my favorite beers in the summer when grilling or eating Mexican foos

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Drops a AAL yellow color, light, clarity, big 3/5" white head. Aroma was mute, light corn and grain feels.

Taste is definitely a light excursion. Lots of carbonation, minimal hop and malt presence. Can't tell whether the slightly sweet, fruity edge to it is from the yeast or the use of corn. Somewhere around there.

Outside of a hot ass day and spicy food, this one is of low utilitarian value.

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Photo of Squire123
2.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled Sunshine from South of the Border.

Much better the the usual Mexican AAL. Light color but with real beer aroma and enough malt/hops to actually taste. Oh it's no true German Lager but stands a head above it's compatriots.

Worth buying but not at import prices.

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Photo of tzieser
4.28/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a brown 1 quart bottle into a mug.

L- golden/straw in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head. a good looking mexican lager.

S- sweet malted barley with a hint of honey and lager yeast. a hint of lemon hop aroma. much better than your average mexican lager.

T- malt forward flavor with notes of toasted grain and malted barley adding a subtle honey-like flavor. faint hop bitterness with a bit of grass and lemon. very light on corn adjuncts, a bit of rice near the end. squeaky clean finish. more of a helles lager than an adjunct lager in character. similar to pacifico.

F- crisp, dry mouthfeel. great job.

O- not sure what "da bros" were smokin' when they reviewed this one....this is a great lager! recommended.

paired with homemade grilled Pollo Asado tacos with roasted Hatch chiles......I'm gonna miss the carnicerias here in Tucson =(

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Photo of RTL44
4.43/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK - First of all, we need some context when rating Mexican beers. The choices of beers in MX is limited in comparison to the US (or other countries). In NO WAY should this beer be compared to a Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Stone, or even any "crafty" beer. It is a (macro) lager, plain and simple. But, it is a REALLY good (macro) lager compared to others in MX and even the US,. It has a little flavor and more substance than many. It doesn't have that tangy swill taste that Corona and most Mexican beers have. It is a bit rounder and smoother. It's really not a bad beer. On top of that, when you consider that it sells for as little as $44 pesos for a 6-pack (currently around $2.50 USD) it is perhaps the best beer value on the planet!

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Photo of FLima
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Yellow golden color with a thick three fingers head with good retention and leaving some laces. Quite decent for style.
Typical Adjunct Lager aroma with notes of sulfur, lemon, a bit of floral hops and grains.
Flavor with notes of dough, some floral hops, rice, a bit of corn syrup and lemon. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Watery body with good carbonation.
This actually initially surprised me, I was expecting a very bad Adjunct Lager, but it wasn’t unpleasant and it felt better than sol, tecate, corona and alike. Still, when it warmed up it went to common ground as a sort of flavored water and adjunct started to show its face (on a controlled manner). Drink it cold and this is pleasant to quench your thirst.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.87/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

1/16/16 Chicago (32 oz. Bottle poured into standard pint glass). Golden pour, minimal white head and carbonation. Faint aroma of malt. Extremely light taste and texture, very smooth going down, like water. Corn and a hint of malt. Decent beer for those enjoying a lighter beer.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.49/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent Mexican lager. Could actually taste some hops in there. Head stuck around and melted down into some patches of bubbles. Light yellow color. Somewhat bready with a hint of sweetness to it. Overall I might have this again.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.33/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: crystal clear golden straw, paler than what I like but beautiful hue. Head dissipates in a flash

S: I love how those mexican beers smell. For this category, smell is on point. As far as beer in general sub par

T: grainy, alcoholic, meh

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.83/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Really Nice Mexican Brew, Smooth,but with a fair amount of Flavor and you can actually taste some Hops in back,behind the Nice Malty Finish ,I would put this Brew right up there with "Tecate" and miles ahead of "Corona" [skunk piss in the bottle corona anyway] same for "Sol"~beware of Mexican brews in clear or Green Bottles my Friends,anyway I really enjoy this Beer and @ 2 bucks a Quart? SCORE! Cheers!

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Photo of ordybill
3.49/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. A clear yellow color with a small white head: Hey, a Mexican version of Coors. Not horrible but completely average. good with food.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.01/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really pleasant beer to me. Pretty much taste like a good lager should. Like the light body has more flavor than other lagers. Its Better than Dos Equis, Modelo, and Corona. Taste as good as Bohemia and Tecate. This beer pairs well with anything!

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Photo of tyleeis
4.02/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great AAL, def better than the last Corona I had. In terms of Mexican lagers I'd still pick Victoria(yea I know it's a Vienna style) over this but this hangs right with XX, Pacifico or Modelo

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is hard to get where I live, and it´s not that good. I know its very popular in the northern states, but here in central Mexico it has a bad rep.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Fantastic mouthfeel, and the flavor seems to downplay the adjuncts in favor of very soft malts. The aroma suffers as with many of these beers, but this is a solid choice with Mexican fare.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.86/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is mostly of a bready and crackery smell with a bit of a grainy smell. Along with these smells are some light papery smells and a little bit of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a very light bready flavor with a little bit of caramel and corny sweetness. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade, bringing a more cracker like flavor to the bready taste. All the while, a little bit of grass and earth as well as a papery taste all come to the tongue, leaving one with a rather dry and crisp, but slightly off, lager flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the crisp and lighter flavors of the brew the feel is quite appropriate and makes for a more refreshing summer style beer.

Overall – Ah… Nothing all that spectacular here. It is pretty much a sub-standard lager, that while light and crisp, really does not have the most palatable flavor profile.

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Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev +9.9%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Stamped 03124. Sampled on December 5, 2014. No lime.

Golden to pale yellow pour and a quick lasting white fizzy head. Active carbonation.

Like most beers of its ilk I pick up a toasted barley and grainy malt character, maybe some corn, and clean crisps hops on the nose.

Light body but reasonably smooth.

The taste is pretty basic with its barley and grainy malt flavor and a refreshing hop finish. Just typical of the style like dozens of other beers in its class. Drink it with tacos.

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Photo of stevoj
1.7/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Another Mexican restuarant order, fits the bill for the meal, but not very satisfying. Watery lager. Not much to speak of, but does the trick for accompanying Mexican food. Light in body and in flavor.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a thin white head that lasts and laces a bit; straw yellow color. Aroma is clean and inoffensive with no skunkiness--just light grain and hops. Flavor is dry and crisp but just blah, not much to it. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall nothing really special.

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Photo of Learux
3.96/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must have strange taste compared to most of you but this is exactly the type of beer I like.

Bought it in a large bottle at Albertson's. I was not expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised.

I really like Euro style beers(grew up there) and I have noticed that the Mexican beers come much closer to these then your typical, watery American run off the mill beer(coors etc)

This is a non-pretentious, good tasting, thirst quenching Cerveza.

Just what a beer needs to do. Definitely will buy this again.

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Photo of Foyle
3.09/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1" white head that recedes quickly with some mild lacing. Color is a clear light gold with plenty of carbonation present.
Aroma: mild aroma of lightly toasted barley and some corn sweetness.
Mouthfeel: light and crisp, slightly papery with a dry finish.
Flavor: corn and sweet barley dominate the flavor, maybe a hint of hop spice in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant, drinkable light lager that pairs well with spicy Mexican food.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.66/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This pours as any adjunct would with a crystal clear pale yellow with a white fizzy head.

The aroma is a little grainy, with a touch of corn and grass.

The flavor is light adjunct grain, even wheat, with a crisp corn flake.

The feel is very crisp, very light and the carbonation, though prevalent, is not as sharp as expected.

Typical Mexican adjunct, served best with a lime, for hot sunny days.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled back on 3/10/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a golden-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some very light spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is really nothing special at all, some yeast. The taste is about the same with some grains with a hint of corn. A little on the 'watered-down' side and slightly stale even, though no date is found on the bottle and bought it just in the past 2 weeks. Average to above average carbonation. Really nothing special about this brew.

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Photo of DavidDiem
1.38/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

CB is essentially a pale, almost tasteless beverage that smells stale. It leaves a musty aftertaste. Little carbonation and a few bubbles for a head.
Forty years ago, Carta Blanca was a passable beer, available nationwide in Mexico, and sponsor of many sporting events. Since then, it has been reduced to essentially a regional brand targeted toward the Mexican Northeast.
Since then, CB has taken a backseat to other products made by Cuauhtemoc such as Dos Equis, Tecate, Tecate Light, Bohemia, Sol and even Indio.
I have noticed that Carta Blanca is far more common at soccer matches and sleazy bars. This is not an exaggeration.
Beyond that, CB really has two practical uses. We have used it for cooking, namely in borracho beans and slow-cooked beef. Beyond that, I suppose you can use CB to put out a small fire.

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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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