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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Ratings: 554 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of nasty15108
3.45/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Clear golden color with a head of white foam. Lots of carbonation, not much in the way of lacing.

S - Non offensive. Light grainy aroma. Slightly grassy.

T - Much better than I expected. Light with some grainy sweetness. Finishes off crisp.

MF&D - Light bodied and easy to drink. A great thirst quencher or paired up with Mexican cusine. A lot better than I had expected.

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Photo of palliko
3.45/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have read most of the other ratings on this website, but have to disagree with most. I like Carta Blanca. If I have a choice between Corona and it - no contest. I have no idea how most Mexican imports have gained any popularity. I can state the problem with most of them in two words: SKUNK-Y! With CB your initial bouquet consists of a fresh grass and some corn - no skunky sulfur! It is the perfect compliment to a plate full of enchiladas. It doesn't try to be malty, porter or stout. Or even pale ale. It is a thin and refreshing brew designed for maximum refreshment. You cannot drink an entire six pack of most beers without feeling bloated and full - I have tried it with Carta Blanca and no problem mon! The carbonation is better than any other Mexican beer. It has
drinkability with a capital "D".

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Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color with a quite decent white head, faint lace, quite carbonated. Somewhat floral aroma of hops, some grain and malt also. Initial taste is sweet from the malt, followed by some hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry, quite refreshing. Among the best of the commonly available beers imported from Mexico.

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Photo of ordybill
3.49/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. A clear yellow color with a small white head: Hey, a Mexican version of Coors. Not horrible but completely average. good with food.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.49/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent Mexican lager. Could actually taste some hops in there. Head stuck around and melted down into some patches of bubbles. Light yellow color. Somewhat bready with a hint of sweetness to it. Overall I might have this again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of Miz77
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of illini4x4
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of ruleof72
3.53/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a pale caramel color with a decent head in the glass. The smell had a strong grain component(rice?). Taste was a little better than the typical mega beer and it had a clean finish. It had decent mouthfeel, good carbonation and went very well with the awesome chicken mole we had at El Norteno in Albuquerque.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.54/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic mouthfeel, and the flavor seems to downplay the adjuncts in favor of very soft malts. The aroma suffers as with many of these beers, but this is a solid choice with Mexican fare.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the worst beer to drink in the dead of winter in New York. Besides that, this beer is not terrible, for what it is. It's fizzy and yellow, has no smell, taste grainy, but is easy to drink and washes town tostada's nicely. Much better than Corona, almost as good as Tecate. Not great for 30 degree night, but pretty good for warm beachside day. Add a lime for flavor.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I don't know why I keep coming back to this one. I just do.

Did you ever get hooked on a brew and just keep asking yourself, "Why?"

Well, here I am with my ump-teenth Carta Blanca, and every time I say, "Bueno!"

Of course, it's my first beer on any given evening, and I can only really drink one liter of the stuff before the twilight fantasy comes to a crashing halt, but...there I am, like a strung-out Cylon, trying to see what lies between the light and the dark.

[Okay, personal crap detector just went off.]

Alright. Looks good, smells good. The pour can give you a good, tight head (downright Teutonic!) if you work it right. It's got a great, sweet touch in the foretaste which just bursts into a super-quenching mouthfeel (It almost feels fattening it's so good). You can hold this mouthfeel for quite some time, as long as you can resist swallowing. Aftertaste speaks of a serious shrug of quality hops, and maybe even some barrel time. Whatever it is, it complements this ambiguous brew quite well.

I highly recommend this version (32 oz.) if you can get it.

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Photo of BKotch
3.56/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeff_Winger
3.6/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.6/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.61/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow but darker than Bud, not saying much I suppose. Clear, sparkly, not bad, the head lasts halfway through the drink and the lacing is decent.

Smell: Sour macro, with a little lemon perhaps, not half bad.

T and M: Surprisingly good, clean, not too much corn as I had feared. Very thin in the mouthfeel and swirling around only makes it foamy and tasteless, but only dweebs like us would think of doing such things washed down my cheap mex take-out after a very long day @work and I can use the quart bottles to save time with my homebrew a plus.

Drinkability: If you don't expect more than it offers, it does the job with grace.

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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 bastardface
3.72/5  rDev +39.3%
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 PBRstreetgang
3.73/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear straw, with a half finger head. Quickly fizzles out leaving just a touch of spotty lacing. Clean aroma, mabye some weak adjuncts. Pilsener malt and mild rice flavor, with a spicy saaz-like hop bite in the aftertaste. The off-flavor is subdued and the overall taste has excellent balance. The mouthfeel is niether dry nor slick, and very smooth. Finishes clean and very drinkable. Outstanding compliment for Mexican cuisine or a humid summer day.

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Photo of donquixote
3.75/5  rDev +40.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +40.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +40.4%

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