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

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Carta BlancaCarta Blanca

Brewed by:
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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Photo of GMB
2.32/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A modest pour produces a slightly darker body than I expected. What little head rises falls quickly. Carbonation is almost non-existent. Flat beer?

Those nose is faint, but what little smell there is comprises corn, musk, and faint skunk.

Carta Blanca is a more flavorful brew than I expected it to be. Light it is, but insipid or bland it is not. Sweet malts are up front, quickly followed by a bit of earthy bitterness. Overripe corn and boiled carrots come to mind. Sweet maltiness outstays its welcome on the palate.

The mouthfeel is more alive than the appearance suggested. Perhaps too much so. Beers should not feel like seltzer water on the tongue.

I'd choose a Carta Blanca over a US macro lager. But that's not saying much.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.19/5  rDev -19.8%
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 jimmah120
3.26/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown quart bottle. small pour into a mason jar to check appearance. no date given.

look is a full piss-yellow, almost no head. smell is light zest, corn, sugar cookies. taste hits heavy and sugary, with a light estery middle, hint of lemon zest, and a sweet dusty finish. feel is light-medium, highly carbonated, zesty.

not a bad Mexican lager choice

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Photo of bmwats
2.49/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Pale yellow. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving spotty pockets of foam on the surface. Fair amount of beer ring lacing.

S: Hay, yeast, and that's it.

T: Grainy, yeast. Very pale malt flavor.

M: Light and shallow.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Pale washed-out coloration, pretty nice foamy head, and fair lacing. Not much in the nose. Light grain and a little yeasty. Very light body, white bread, and a little yeast. Not much else. Overall, this is a not so good quaff.

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Photo of metter98
2.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 UCLABrewN84
2.21/5  rDev -19%
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 acevenom
3.28/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale golden with a tall, white head and plenty of streaming bubbles. The head dissipates quickly. The beer has the aroma of lightly toasted malts and crackers. There are some mild hops in the smell as well. The beer has a mild, bready flavor with some bitter hops in the background. It tastes like a standard pale lager. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer that stands above most Mexican lagers.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am reviewing this beer with tha fact in mind, that it is supposed to be a cheap, thirst quenching, beer, after a long day of work in the sun.
The color is a pale , clear gold, with a white head building about half a finger high. It dissipates fast , leaving no lacing on tha glass.
The smell is grain and some malt.
The taste is mild, and mostly of grain.
Easy drink, not much substance, but exactly what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.57/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, pale, yellow color with a thin, filmy, white coating along the surface. Aromas of butter, toasted cereal, and floral highlights. Flavors are watered down, with a subtle buttered toast backbone and a sharp, slightly sour overtone. Musty, slightly roasted aftertaste, with a watery, limp finish. Not good.

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Photo of donmonkey1
2.26/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with a white head that receeds too quickly. There's a little lacing.

Smell: I don't smell anything. I think I smell a mild sweetness, but it could be my imagination..

Taste: Artificial sweetner, watermelon rind. Salt.

This beer is pretty average and boring but there's a little salt taste that doesn't belong in any drink. It would be more than easy to do better with another beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.21/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a caguama, one of those big quart bottles.

This is a crystal clear yellow gold color. Musty ‘light beer’ aroma, smells stale even when its fresh. Virtually no flavor. Keep it cold so it stays crisp and drinkable. Anything above 32 degrees and the flavor, such as it is, drops off completely.

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Photo of ckollias
2.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a standard pint glass at La Casita in Crofton, MD.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissolves into a thin wispy lace.

S: Thin nose – grains and mild hops.

T: Smooth bitter brew with a decent malt background and hops profile

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing special here – it was good enough while eating Mexican food but nothing I would have again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.77/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured 3 bottles into a german boot mug. Not kidding.

The beer looks like a typical adjunct lager -- clear medium golden color. White head that dissipates to a film, minimal lacing. The beer smells sugary sweet and like corn husk. Tastes equally sweet with rice and/or corn adjuncts. Pretty thin taste profile. The mouthfeel is average for the style, watery, carbonated.

Overall, for the price point, this is not any worse than any other Mexican beer. It may be better. I'd say this is better than Tecate at the very least.

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Photo of hmk22
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given that beer is mostly water I tend to want to drink beers made as far north as possible. But I have some sentimental memories of drinking Carta Blanca on draft in Tijuana (at the Bol Corona to be exact) so I picked up a 32 oz. at my local because, well, I don't know why exactly. Tastes like a generic, if somewhat watery, American beer but with that Mexican dryness that I guess comes from the water down there. Salud!

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Photo of mattkoon
3.35/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer isn't bad, but it's not outstanding.the taste does have a little something different to it (i cantplace the taste) but whatever it is it quickly fades. I wish they would have taken whatever it was they were doing a little farther. Over all though this isn't bad. You can drink it without a problem. For a change of pace from a regular light beer- this will do.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Pale gold body. Thick loose white head with lots of retention and no stick.

Smell - Very strong corn. Earthy grains.

Taste - Pretty balance. Lots of corn notes in the body. Slightly bitter and very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Mild body. Not flat, but very smooth. Plenty of smooth carbonation, but with no crispness. No astringency whatsoever.

Overall Drinkability - Very drinkable. No off flavors. Great for the style. Has a decent amount of flavor.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with minimal head even when done so aggressively. Brilliantly clear more yellow than gold.
Tight aroma of mild malt, and bit of adjunct. Not much hops to speak of.
Flavor was malt based with intermixing of corn adjunct. Again with minimal hop presence, but enough to not make this too sweet.
Lays kinda' flat on tongue (consistent with minimal head). Light body appropriate for style, but not watery thin.
Nothing to brag about hear, but also not necessarily offensive in any way. As with most Mexican beers it goes well with the food of a somewhat similar origin.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear golden straw color with a soapy like head. There's lots of big bubbles mixed in with smaller ones. There are some little blotches or lacing too. One of the better looking America Adjunct Lagers. Slightly above average.

S - In the nose I'm picking up hay, corn, corn husk and a metallic smell. Classic. Nothing special.

T - The taste is very light actually. Mainly corn malts. It's a tad bitter and metallic. Similar to the nose.

M - Good mouth feel. It's medium bodied with high carbonation. Again, typical for this sort of beer.

O - A drinkable beer. Simple and easy to drink.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a very light transparent gold with a head that contained enormous bubbles. The kind that fade to nothing very quickly. The smell: cheapo malt. The taste: carbonation. With some super cheapo malt and a little bit of bitterness. I poured it into a beer stein and I'm putting the rest of the 32 in the freezer as it tastes like it will be better if it's colder. There is very little taste in this beer. It's gotta be like the Busch of Mexico. It has a different flavour than Busch, though. It's a bit more bitter. It'd probably be easy to drink enormous quantities of this, so it's got that going for it. There's nothing else good to say about it. It's incredibly watery, but not really refreshing, in the way that club soda's not very refreshing since that's basically what this tastes like.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.69/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carta Blanca is a crappy beer that is good for getting drunk... especially if you add lime.

A: Yellow orange colour with a 3 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Grains with some sourness. 2.5

T: Sour champagne flavour with a weird grainy finish. 2

M: Frothy... like lemonade 3.5

O: Add lime and it gets better. 3.5

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Photo of womencantsail
2.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is just about the same as many other beers of the same vain.

S: What a smell. Corn, cardboard, skunk, and grass. There is a little bit of a grain smell and a decent sweetness to it. Pretty bad, but I guess I've smelled worse.

T: A lot of corn with an astringent grain flavor to it. Skunky and a touch of metal is present as well. Some sour/tartness to it and a bit of grass.

M: The body is light with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: There are certainly worse beers out there, but this one is pretty bad and I could not recommend this one.

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Photo of Franz4
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a Mexican restaurant this evening, played nicely with the enchiladas and was a pleasant, smooth beer. While not something I'd go to for everything, it's a great example of a Mexican beer that is refreshing and goes well with lots of things on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bastardface
3.72/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Right when you open the bottle of this beer you catch the aroma that is distinctive o Carta Blanca. It smells sweet like a lemon has been dropped in it. Carta Blanca is one of my favorites. Mexican cerveza's have always been partial to me. It goes down smooth and tastes light and dark at the same time. It leaves no bitter after taste. It's is easy to drink a couple of them but I use the word couple delicately. i highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carta Blanca has a medium, white head and a clear golden color. Barley is the only smell I could pick up with the beer's faint aroma. The taste is mild, with barley again the main, if not only, feature. There is a slight hop presence in the background, but it seems appropriate for this product. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Carta Blanca finishes refreshing and not as dry as American lagers. Although, it is light, for sure, it is not bland. Overall, I really liked the beer and would like to enjoy one again.


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Carta Blanca from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.73 out of 5 based on 506 ratings.
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