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

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #363
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
64
Ranked #48,799
Avg:
2.69 | pDev: 23.79%
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
593
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
 
Mexico
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  93
SCORE
64
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Photo of defunksta
3.87/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden or light orange color. An appropriate white head. A touch darker than your average lager. but pretty average SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas. Some dry pale white cracker and bread dough. Some seawater. A touch of grass. Then some light fresh paint phenols from the yeast. (3.50)

Flavor: Light flavors of dry flaked biscuit and cracker. Some ground stone and mortar. Hints of grass. Some yeast allows it to finish very dry and clean. (4.00)

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Great carbonation and yeast. Very sudsy and clean. The carbonation and yeast clean the palate well to leave just enough sweetness on the palate. Well-constructed mouthfeel. Hits the mark for a lager. (4.00)

Compared with Warsteiner Pilsner: Similar appearance, a slightly sweeter aroma and flavor. Much more German biscuit and yeast. Less lemon and grass. A much more salty, sudsy, biscuit and yeast profile.

Compared with Peter's Brand: Similar flavor. More light yeast and stronger carbonation to provide a bump, rather than a twangy malt body.

Compared w/ Dos Equis 3/27/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. Less aromas. More dry ground flaked cracker and stone mortar. Less corn and sweetness. Overall, lighter, dryer, and more yeast.

Overall: *Impressed by this one. Great German biscuit flavors, yet the body is right on for a lager to make it finish clean. The flavor and body are just right. I would rank this among some of the best Mexican lagers*
**Very different from my first review which shows huge German biscuit flavors in which I gave it a 4.22. It's very dry, clean and light. Sudsy and well carbonated.** (Final Rating: 3.87)

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, no date; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: clear, golden-amber liquid, bit of speckled sediment; soft, spongy foam on pour - did not immediately disintegrate... thin smatter of lacy lace at the top

S: toasted caramel malt, pretzel-like baked grain character; golden-brown bread crust overtone for sure... after a few secs, bit of a clove phenol edging out... malt liquor aromas - just a bit... vaguely German coloring?

T: hit of band aid, then pretzel, then a combo of both, with a finish of bubblegum that swells up in the aftertaste - one of the most baseball-card-pack, spicy bubblegum notes in memory from a junk lager, taking me back, wow... bit of an apple-y, white grape fruit-skin note springs up by the second sip... clove-y bubblegum quietly hums after a few moments, lingering, along with a mildly toasty, granola note... relatively bold malt foundation, mild-moderate earthy bitter bite with a rusted metallic back end - those both take over midway through

F: lively sudsy activity; tapered, lean malt body... clings a little going through, but slinks away ok; relatively dry bottom

O: cerveza it is, but a bit mixed-up, drawing perhaps from too many disciplines... marginally more robust compared to the similar Corona Familiar I had earlier... a head-scratcher; good things going on, but would only get again in a moment of spontaneity (1459)

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours a clear yellow gold with a modest white head that lasts a bit. In the nose, it is light grain. In the mouth, it is the same. Drinkable.

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Photo of Nick7840
4.68/5  rDev +74%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Mexican beers this is my favorite. I have no scientific basis for this statement-- other Mexican beers taste like they come from some hot musty Mexican factory, however Carta Blanca beer could pass for an American or German beer any day. Smooth, crisp and consistently crafted. No lime needed.

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Photo of singletary
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It has a nice light yellow color with a small head that stayed with it. There is not much of a smell maybe some bread aroma to it. The taste is sweet kind of a corn flavor. It has a watered down feel which makes it easy to drink. Overall an average drink.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the worst Mexican brew out there, just not the best. Has a somewhat sweet taste, not too much so. Smooth and refreshing, goes down pretty easy. I would rate it just above midway between poor and average.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
2.55/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold orange color.light body and carbonation, slightly thin watery feel
Aroma is malt, a little floral,bread, and yeast.there was no corn or corn syrup aroma like in most beer of this quality
Taste is watery, sweet malt,a little grain and citrus

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Photo of DVMin98
2.87/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale in color. Not much of a smell. Flavor is mild sweetness and malts. Most flavorful part was the lime I added. Overall, your typical Mexican lager. Nothing too exciting, but definitely not bad. Average at best.

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Photo of pdcb770
4.71/5  rDev +75.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth tasting Mexican beer. Not heavy nor watery in taste with very little to no aftertaste. Delightful aroma. The feel is very smooth also. It is just heavy enough to make it enjoyable and not watery at all. Highly recommended Mexican beer!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
1.93/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

My wife loves to buy me beer, however, she knowingly buys stuff that is less than stellar. An on-going joke between us. This latest installment is a ‘Beer from Mexico’ 12er. This little selection is strange indeed...

I can probably sum up everything on this beer by simply writing that it has and then leaves a metallic tang in ones mouth. Not very appealing, at all. Though it does look have decent and has a distinctive sweet honey smell, that’s about all I can praise.

Oh there is one more good thing - it’s definitely sessionable...

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This one definitely isn’t a favorite. Imagine your favorite Victoria’s Secret model 10 years past her prime and on nothing but a Pizza Hut diet. Yeah, it might have been cool years ago (in my youth) but it’s not cool now.

Peace!

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Photo of odannyob
3.78/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always enjoyed the very simplicity of this beer for moons amany and will grab a 12'er every now and then. Try a few w/ a bowl of green chile w/some warmed flour tortillas...and now that I'm stuck in the abode and I am havin' a few: hits the spot.
Mantente seguro.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I was a little surprised by this one when I saw it in the FGBS cooler the other day. I really thought that I had reviewed it, especially from a CAN, way back in the early days of The CANQuest (tm) when AALs were the most common style of beer in a CAN. I was surprised when I looked it up, only to see that I have NEVER reviewed it in ANY serving style! Hmm. I guess that I will now be looking for a CAN of it as a result.

From the Bottle: "Made in Mexico"; "Unique since 1890"; "More than a century of brewing tradition".

I was also pleasantly surprised when the cap turned out to need a Pop! to open, vice just screwing it off. How is it that I have not reviewed this before?!? I began a slow, gentle C-Line pour & was quickly confronted with just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. I was left with only a modicum of lacing as it became wisps, but between the glass, the bottle & the beer, it looked like a 1950s/early-'60s print beer advertisement! As an aside, is anyone (else) familiar with beer writer Jay R. Brooks? He has a great Facebook presence in which he has been sharing his extensive post card collection over the course of this CY. Many looked like this beer! Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with button brightness. 8=O Nose had the sweetish smell of Lager, especially the bready maltiness, with a slight Noble hop bitterness detectable & thankfully, not much in terms of silage. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was moderately clean, not of corn silage, but of grape bubble gum, a flavor that I remember noting in other beers of this style. Given a choice, I will take light grape bubble gum over heavy fermented corn silage each & every time! Finish was semi-sweet, refreshing & light overall. It would be a great lawnmower beer in the Summer and I won't have a problem revisiting it in the CAN if I have an opportunity.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold color with a foamy white head that disappears quickly.
Faint corn, faint grassy hops.
Not much taste. A little hint of malt, that's about it.
Refreshing, like a glass of water is refreshing.

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Photo of ATL6245
3.26/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Carta Blanca pours a clear, golden color with a decent fizzy white head.  It has very mild hops, in fact, barely detectable. As a typical American Adjunct Lager style, it has a slight corn or grassy nose to it.

Start to finish, it has a light mouth feel finishing clean and crisp.  Nothing super special about it, but certainly a drinkable beer. I'd give it a slight edge over Corona.

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Photo of Santosizer
4/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, you snobs just like to downvote anything that's commercial. For the style, this is a damn good beer. Malty, off sweetness, light body, crisp, dry, and crushable. The 32 oz (Caguama) is so much better than the single cans of 12oz bottles. I can't put my finger on it, but the tall boys are the best!

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Photo of wejohnsn
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer is light and refreshing like cold water on a hot day when you are parched and dying of thirst. tastes like a light beer goers down easy without any flavor or special attributes.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken 07/24/17:

Mostly clear, fine-hazed pink-hued golden amber. Whitish fizzle head of lower moderate retention. Smells like black olives and cooked corn. Interesting, right? Taste is also corn-like, fairly sweet and grassy, as well a floral, with a mildly bitter finish. Grows on me a little. Light-bodied, with consistently active, fine suds.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
2.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours with a light malt and hop aroma and a golden amber color with a short head, which fades to a thin lace. Medium carbination compliments the bitter hop flavor. This is a light bodied beer, a bit thin, but not really watery. There is a touch of off-sweetness to the malt palate, but minimal for the style.

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Photo of mjurney
3.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Light gold, clear. Lots of bubbles. Medium size head.

Aroma:
Very crisp and clean, some sweetness, grassy.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet grain, white bread, slight hint of honey. Minimal hop bitterness. Super clean lager yeast. Finish is very crisp and semi-dry. Light bodied, crisp, clean, refreshing, well carbonated, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's very good lager.

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Photo of jkblr
4.11/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled January 2018 & marked bb January 2019 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 4.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with light malt and a bit of yeast. The taste is more light malt with a little floral hops and a touch of corny aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a noticeable soapy/oily finish that suggests the lagering could have been cleaner, but it's far better than most AAL. Overall, very good AAL.

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Photo of D1noB
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A smooth front with a yeast follow through. Grainy undertones. Doesn't stand out but it would be a good craft gateway beer.

Taste rating in words: The Cool breeze through a field of crop.

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Photo of Nass
1.8/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It has a best before date on the 32 ounce bottle. $2.99 for a 32 ounce bottle is not a bad thing in my opinion. The smell is not the best but it taste okay. Lively carbonated & refreshing. After about 20 minutes in the pilsner glass I notice this eggy soury artificial sweet poisonous type of taste oh no! there is cheap nasty adjunct filler like corn syrup or diacetyl in here. Yuck! I tasted this same poison in other pale lagers. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this beer to anyone. A portion of this 32 oz bottle went down the kitchen sink. Cheers! D

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Photo of miniditka77
3.41/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best regular Mexican lager, right up there with Negra Modelo, in my opinion. Super refreshing, with good clean flavor. Especially goes well with food.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.39/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm a sucker for something relatively cheap and imported. I have tried the quarts of these on several occasions, and always wished that I had stuck to something domestic. Not awful, just not worth the extra price.

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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 593 ratings