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

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2.67/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
cuamoc.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#47,463
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
554
pDev:
23.6%
Bros Score:
2.8
 
 
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Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

this is a pretty lousy beer, another one of the Mexican beers that's okay from the bottle but flattens right out when you pour it. this one has a caramel color to it, virtually no carbonation, and a lot less refreshment and relief from spicy food that I anticipated. the lime wedge it is generally served with actually helps a bit, giving some acidity and making it pop, but I hate to rely on fruit to bail out a poor brew. the malts taste watered down and overly sweet, and there are no hops at all to speak of. I still prefer it to corona, as I do with mostly all beers, but this is more of a lateral move than a vertical one, fairly pedestrian, but short of awful.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.21/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink. Smell is very mild and watery with some malt, grain, and corn-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a very watery and pretty flavorless quality. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer and another one of the gross mass produced Mexican beers.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of metter98
2.42/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellow in color. It has no visible carbonation and poured without any evidence of a head, except for a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose along with hints of bready and grainy malts.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, having flavors of grainy and bready malts and bits of sweetness mixed in with corn adjuncts plus notes of apple juice. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a very low amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer didn't have much in the aromas or flavors of adjuncts, it is really lacking when it comes to hops.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.93/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing in the Cinco-de-Mayo festivities, I owe it to our neighbors to the south to drink a few beers from the homeland. To those neighbors, "Your beer sucks!" No, all kidding aside, its similar to our U.S. lagers. Just as sweet with adjucnts, just as vegetol, just as grainy, just as void of flavor as our Macro Lagers are. Straw? yes. Smells like cream corn? yes. Tastes grainy? yes. Watery mouthfeel? yes. Finishes bite-ey? yes. So what does it have that's good....there is a light sweetness that is balanced with a grain husk / hop bittering. Good for washing down those burritos. Light bodied with a light creaminess. It's not bad. I actually enjoyed it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +37.8%
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 zeff80
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On special at a local Mexican restaraunt this weekend so I fgiure I'd have one.

A - Poured out a golden, yellow color with a fizzy, small, white head. Pretty good head retention, but no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It was fairly sweet tasting. Mostly just a corn/grain flavor. Nothing bad or unusual but nothing particularly flavorful.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't bad for a Mexican beer. It does just fine while throwing down so tacos.

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Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LXIXME
2.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dbrauneis
2.82/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carta Blanca reminds me in appearance and taste of an American light beer, all it lacks, fortunately, is the bad aftertaste. Still, this is a pretty lame beer. Aroma is almost non-existant, smells clean, but barely smells like beer. The color looks like, excuse me, moderately dark pee. Carta Blanca tastes a lot like light beer, no bad aftertaste, but alcohol taste is noticible. I could drink quite a few of these, mainly because there isn't enough bad flavor to dislike it, but it is definitely a below average beer.

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Carta Blanca pours a clear golden body beneath an average-sized head of white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some pretty nice walls of very thin lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is brightly grassy and slightly spicy - even a touch citrusy - over notes of husky, cereal-like grain. The flavor is even more grainy and straw-like, with the hops falling towards the back. It's a good balance though, except that the bitterness level seems a touch low. Some dimethyl sulfide appears, and perhaps some dialkyl sulfides as well, giving it a cooked corn/cooked vegetable character that's distracting but not off-putting. It's rather dull in the finish, with a smear of husky and mealy grain followed by a minor showing of hoppy spiciness. An average beer at best, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma should be able to do much better - unless, of course, they're keeping it this way because the consumer likes it and expects it.

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Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jgunther71
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

When eating Mexican cuisine out and about I like to order this one,pours a light straw color with high carbonation,aroma is slightly metallic and hoppy.Taste has a definent malt profile to it with a light grassy taste lingering in the background,easy to drink alot of these.I think this beer is second only to Bohemia in the Mexican beer market.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is not as pungent as most macros and contains grain, corn, some sweetness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but is loaded with the typical macro sweetness along with corn and grain. The hops presence is very thin but decent for the style. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish despite the sweetness.

D: A little tastier than most beers I’ve had in the style, goes down easy, not filling at all, I have to say that it was much better than I was expecting, although I wasn’t expecting much.

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Photo of smcolw
1.85/5  rDev -30.7%
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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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.67 out of 5 with 554 ratings