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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Added by stirgy on 08-18-2001

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Photo of digitalflood
3.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brew-Ed
2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of miniditka77
3.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best regular Mexican lager other than the Vienna-style lagers like Negra Modelo and Victoria, in my opinion. Super refreshing, with good clean flavor. Especially goes well with food.

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Photo of robebo44
2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JasonBatz
2.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.39/5  rDev +27.4%
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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Photo of BKotch
3.56/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewnme
2.45/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hroth
1.7/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/2/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light pepper/toast, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, corn, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light pepper/toast, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light pepper/toast, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/clean, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice Mexican pale lager! All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the ABV. Clean pils/corn flavors with a nice level of hop presence for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering. Far exceeded my expectations, a very well made example of the style.

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Photo of 12ozfan
2.32/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of briandschorr
2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

So, if it is a hot day then this beer will do. Got this from my father-in-law who had this on his honeymoon. Well, the look is a basic straw gold with a thin head and weak retention and no lacing. The nose was weak but I got corn flakes and grains. The taste follows the nose with some weak elements of floral hops. The feel was light, pretty strong carbonation. Overall, good for a hot day but not something that is worth writing home about.

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Photo of drXploit
2.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm pretty disappointed. I am not even gonna bother with all the details and stuff but you wont really like it especially for its higher price. (for me at least) I think that in the end, it comes down to the aftertastes, which sucks. I hate it. Wont ever buy again! Want my money back but whatever that's life.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: straw gold with a thin white cap with fair to poor retention

S: low aromas with light grains, white flour, light corn, a hint of floral hops and traces of apple

T: low flavors and mildly sweet featuring light grains, fresh light flour, and a little bit of apple

F: light and the carbonation is high, giving the beer a slightly acidic finish

O: This is a beer of little distinction

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.04/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks clear yellow. Boring.
Smells like wet dog.
Tastes a little stingy. Bready. Something like a sandy, glassy middle. Slightly bittersweet aftertaste.
Feels nice and decently thick.
Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.26/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a great beer by any means, but damn fine and refreshing on a hot day with some bomb Mexican food! I still prefer Modelo Especial to this, but it's pretty close. Light straw golden color with plenty of carbonation, and a white fluffy head that disappears. Smell is muted to a light grain and corn. Flavor is very much the same. Just what you would expect. Overall, give me a 12er of these on the beach...I won't complain. Salud!

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Photo of fthegiants
1/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of rossracing
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
1.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of warpedrevolution
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigGuyfromTexas
5/5  rDev +88%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer which is best coupled with Tex-Mex food. Which is how I enjoy it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Lukass
2.81/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
2.82/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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