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

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Carta BlancaCarta Blanca

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 08-18-2001

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Photo of roddwolff
1.08/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: Crystal Yellow, decent foamy head with good retention;

S: Strong mix of rotten corn and hydrochloric acid, extremely offensive and unpleasant;

T: Corn syrup and carbonation;

M: Fizzy, sour and medium body;

D: Probably the worst beer from CCM, the more you drink it tastes worst.

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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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Photo of blackie
1.53/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

been awhile since I reviewed a nice macro lager, figured it was about time

a: Thin white head soon recedes to about nothing. The beer is a boring pale golden in color.

s: Matches the flavors, except I get a bonus off aroma that I can only describe as diaper bin. Sweet, bland barley and maize.

m: low-medium carbonation and thin body...way out of whack

t: Bland, watery grain and adjunct flavors. Hop presence is nil. Not so bad at first, but the nasty flavors accumulate. A waste of liver.

d: Rather have some water, many better Central/South American lagers if that's your thing. Too laden with unchecked nasty pale grain body on the tongue to be as drinkable as it should.

another from a mix received for Xmas

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Photo of Ave
1.65/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

a meddium yellow gold color, not as bright as many of the american lite beers, but nothing to hint at flavor either. a thin fizzy white head that disapears rapidly to a thin halo at the edges. a smell of mildew hay & malt extract. flovor at first is more than i expected with quite a bit of maltyness up front, but quickly goes sour in the mouth & then disapears altogether. i had a head ache before i finished the bottle.

would pair well with water & advil.



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Photo of GClarkage
1.65/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. UGH! It's been so long since I have had a good beer. Guess I won't get one until I get back to the states. Smells like corn. Wait...stale corn. Pours with zero head and zero lace with a light yellow straw color. Tastes pretty bad. Very watery with light carbonation. Kind of a funky metalic aftertaste also. Hard to finish. Just drink water if this is all there is to offer. Just make sure it's distilled water!

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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 RoyalT
1.72/5  rDev -37%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear yellow body with a tinge of orange. No head.

Smell – Mostly corn, but some grainy aromas help it along.

Taste – The corn and grain flavors mix pretty poorly. This brew has a nasty finish that just seems like a horrible attempt at balance.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation isn’t as cheap as in some Mexican beers.

Drinkability – This one had just enough smoothness in it to keep the rating out of the cellar.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
1.72/5  rDev -37%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear yellow with vaporware head, more like a haze across the surface. Could be mistaken for water under fluorescent lighting...

Fairly sweet, light hops and a light mustiness associated with many adjunct lagers.

Slightly sweet and so plain I had to try it twice to make sure I drank some. Only the slightest hint of hops and leaves a sweet corn aftertaste. No bitterness at all.

Slightly fizzy considering the lack of head and very smooth. Some density and body which is surprising considering the appearance, though nothing to write home about.

Served cold and was very crisp. Perhaps a replacement for lemonade? Wait, lemonade actually packs more punch.

Another local AAL with a better price will serve just as well. Absolutely nothing special here...

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.73/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light clear gold body, nice looking head, fades steadily, lots of visible carbonation. Cooked grain smell, slightly sour, pretty weak. Taste is miserably plain, to the point of it being bad tasting. Lightly grainy, this beer has ben done many times before. Another boring, bland, yet offensive, Mexican beer. Pass.

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Photo of mrmanning
1.78/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours sparkiling golden. Head is fizzy, thin, leaving minute lace. Heavy cardboard aroma, with nuances of oxidized pinot grigio. Ohh lord. Tastes corny with heavy fusels and again, bad, bad white wine flavours. Oily, burning finish. Did I get a bad bottle? I’ve wanted to try this for a while, so again, thanks Chris!

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Photo of botham
1.78/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a very light straw color with a couple fingers of tight, white head. looks watery.

aroma is of light malts, with a stale grainy character. a distant bit of floral aroma is present as well.

taste is very watered down, containing the same composition as the aroma. aftertaste is non-existant. very clean finish.

mouthfeel is of water. no character.

drinkability is good. there is not much taste here, so most any drinker can tolerate it, if for only a couple sips.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
1.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ouch, this one's rough to drink. not as bad as a corona, but close. it pours a fizzy light golden colour with a virtual lack of any sort of head. basic and watery looking at best. the smell here is slightly of sulfur, a touch sweet and a touch grainy. the taste echoes the smell but is much more bland (if that is even possible). even ice cold, this one wan't that refreshing, or as crisp as i expected it to be. this is easily the lightest bodied marzen style brew i have tasted. so light that i was surprised t osee that it was of said style. there really isn't much to say about this one other than it's not very good. it's waaaay down on my list of mexi-brews.

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Photo of steelreign
1.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow, and I thought A-B products were bad enough - this is awful swill. If you go to Mexico, drink the tequila and steer clear of this and all Mexican beers. There are no redeeming qualities in this beer....pale straw color, insipid odor, watery thin overly carbonated mouthfeel, and devoid of taste (except corn, of course). Next!

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The label on the one I has was not so fancy. I don't really feel like coming
up with a creative way to describe how bland and typical this Lager is.
Suffice it to say that it tastes a lot like the bland and typical Lager from
every other country.

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Photo of RickS95
1.85/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has very little color, unless clear, watered down golden straw is a color. I've flushed darker colors than this. I give it a half point for a nice, fluffy white head.

Has a grainy, rice-like scent. I guess you could call something in there hops, but I'm not sure what type it is.

Only slightly better than an American macro. I really don't know how to define the taste because I'm not sure what ingredient makes the flavors, or lack thereof. Kind of tastes like I'd expect cardboard to taste like. Almost a floral taste in the finish, thus the 2 points.

Maybe 25 years ago when I thought macros were good would I score this higher. It's slightly watered down, ricey, grainy. Loose with a not so good bitterness.

Not the worst beer in the world, but close to it. Probably wouldn't kill you if you were dying of thirst, but that's the only other time I'd want one.

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Photo of smcolw
1.85/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I truly dislike reviewing beers like this. Bland American macros are why I avoided beer for years. I cannot distinguish the ultra-mild flavors and near non-existent aromas. Although it's watery, there are no notable flaws.

Please, pass me the hops.

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Photo of Floydster
1.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle out of a six pack Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo

Poured a golden color into my pint glass with a small head that went away pretty fast

Smell was nothing, i really could not smell a thing, was like water

Taste was a little spicy for this kind of brew, a little hoppy with a crisp flavor, does not stick around for too long

Fairly drinkable brew, but kind of heavy for its beer type

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.9/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sampled at a local Mexican restaurant, on to the beer:

This is the kind of beer most people think about when they hear the word beer. A pale yellow body, fizzy soda head, slightly sweet note of corn, and watery. It was a chore to put down a 12 ounce bottle, and when it warmed up, it became unpalatable. Even a slice of lemon couldn't save it. Very non-descript and unenjoyable.

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Photo of hotstuff
1.92/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not much going on with this beer that's for sure. It lacks character and it was boring to drink and rate.Its appearance was that of a medium white creamy head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear and uncarbonated with a golden hue.The nose was malty as was the flavor.The mouthfeel was medium bodied and this beer's lacing was fair.

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Photo of cervezale
1.93/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Carta Blanca media as it is known in Mexico because of the 325 ml returnable bottle is a classic pilsner from mexican macro Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma.

Color: Pale little golden yellow with little head formation and little lace retention.

Aroma: Aromas of malts and hops almost lost but found at the end, some cereal too.

Taste: Semi-dry malts, corn, cereal, little hop bitterness mid carbonation.

Finish: Dry and with a little bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of PintOHops
1.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 1quart bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a crystal clear gold color with high carbonation bubbles rising to the top, a fairly aggressive pour produced a 1 finger head with average retention. No lacing left and after a little while this beer loses allot of its Co2 and almost looks flat, kinda like apple juice. Smelled of a very forward grape/strawberry aroma with some subtle cracker & biscuit. The aroma was extremely clean and rather empty, that was about all I got.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted very clean & watery, some mixed vegetable & subtle grain, some really watered down grape toward the finish, and it finished almost empty & flavorless with mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was crisp but very smooth, and around medium bodied with a slightly heavy feel to it surprisingly, that certainly didn't win this beer any points though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This beer was extremely drinkable but extremely flavorless as well. A Bud light will have more flavor than this beer, I just won't be buying this again, and I don't recommend it at all. I do recommend you go for something with a little more flavor, like Modelo Especial, Tecate, or my favorite of the style so far, Budweiser.

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Photo of hero27
1.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Says on the six-pack.."The first Mexican beer since 1890." I'm not quite sure what the hell that means..maybe something was lost in the translation. Very light yellow color with no head. Light grassy herbal aroma and a clean taste with no aftertaste whatsoever. I can imagine this being a cult summer classic sort of like Corona, because it is so watery and drinkable. However, it lacks any unique characteristics and doesn't even come close to being able to merit the $7.99 price tag I saw the sixers listed at. Thank God I swiped a free sample.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bright, pale gold with a light sprinkling of fine yeast. The head is exceptionally nice for a macro lager. It's ultra-bright white with a firm tackiness that would make an IPA proud. The pebbly, divoted surface slowly recedes and manages to deposit a generous amount of lace that, unfortunately, melts like an ice cube left on a Monterrey sidewalk.

I figured there was no way the aroma could measure up to the appearance... and it doesn't. Carta Blanca smells scarily similar to any number of macro lagers from north of the border. There isn't even a hint of skunkiness (thanks to the brown glass bottle), although what's present doesn't distinguish itself at all. A lack of any overt badness is a minor plus.

The flavor is a noticeable step down from the aroma. Truth be told, this beer just isn't any damn good. It has a lot in common with BMC lagers and is worse that the best of that lot. Since it isn't the least bit sweet, I'm guessing that this is a corn-free zone. Some amount of sweetness would have helped. As is, it's pretty rough sledding; and the beer is still pretty cold.

The finish is slightly sour and a little tinny; thank goodness it's relatively brief. The mouthfeel is as light as any light beer you'd care to name and is probably lighter than a few of those. A lack of carbonation does its part to contribute to an insipid mouthfeel.

Carta Blanca does nothing to make me change my mind about Mexican macro lagers. Maybe I should change that to North American macro lagers. On third thought, how about just macro lagers the world over. It was a chore to get this one down. I can't imagine things would have been much different if it was ice cold and I was parched. Pass.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells very corny. Pours to a bright yellow with a lacy head that quickly recedes but leaves lacing. Taste is very watery with some sweet corn and hardly any hopping but what there is more floral than bitter. Finish is watery and thin. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation seems low. I guess its better than drinking the water if in Mexico to avoid Moctezuma's Revenge. I think its also part of his revenge to have a beer like this.

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