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 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 bastardface
3.72/5  rDev +39.8%
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 +40.2%
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 +41%

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3.75/5  rDev +41%

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3.75/5  rDev +41%

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3.75/5  rDev +41%

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3.75/5  rDev +41%

Photo of joshwlt
3.76/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgive me but I enjoy this beer. This is easily my favorite mexican macro lager. This stuff doesn't have the metallic notes of sol and doesn't have the skunk-funk of corona. Crisp, grainy, and well carbonated. It's easy to drink these quickly in the sun or help to chase down a spicy salsa. I also rarely find this stuff unless I'm in south Florida where they have it at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. I say skip the lime. And as with most macro lagers... never get it in a can!

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Photo of tesguino
3.8/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the most drinkabily in my city from my buddies, and its no gave for me much taste, but had a little flavor of hops, its appearance and characteristics make a carta blanca the first pilsener beer in my country over la corona extra, his mouthfeel is good, smell so good like real pilsen, i only tried bottle and caguama, but dont try his can and tap serving type.

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Photo of matjack85
3.83/5  rDev +44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a large 1 quart brown glass bottle with no markings of any freshness date to be found. If this is available in smaller size bottles, 6-packs, or cans, I haven't seen any yet.

It pours a clear yellow color with a surprisingly large bubbly white head that lasts awhile and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass as you drink it.

The smell is sweet - a bit like bubble gum, and then there is the familiar corn adjunct grain smell found in a lot of macro lagers.

The taste is pleasantly sweet with just enough mild hop bitterness and plenty of carbonation to keep the sweetness in check. Crisp, well balanced, and quite refreshing and tasty for a cheap beer. It pairs well with spicy Mexican food, but it's also plenty good all by itself.

Spritzy yet buttery mouthfeel with the sweet flavor staying with you from start to finish. I didn't notice a trace of alcoholic presence whatsoever, making this an easy drinker. I only bought it because I never saw it before with the "caguama" label on it and I wasn't expecting much, but it was surprisingly good for what it is.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.83/5  rDev +44%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Really Nice Mexican Brew, Smooth,but with a fair amount of Flavor and you can actually taste some Hops in back,behind the Nice Malty Finish ,I would put this Brew right up there with "Tecate" and miles ahead of "Corona" [skunk piss in the bottle corona anyway] same for "Sol"~beware of Mexican brews in clear or Green Bottles my Friends,anyway I really enjoy this Beer and @ 2 bucks a Quart? SCORE! Cheers!

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Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich clear gold with a two finger white head that departs rather quickly. Good amount of lacings.
Aroma is slight earthy hops.
Taste is slightly sweet malts quickly subdued by (real?) hops. Carbonation is just right, slightly dry mildly bitter finish. Very pleasant easy drinker. Good session beer due to mild flavors and low 4.5% abv. I would probably keep some of this around but the price runs $8 or $9 per sixer. I've never seen a short case for sale in my area, only sixers.
Edit: Aug. 17, 2015. Appearance is superb. Long lasting head with abundant lacing. Smell is grainy and mild grassy hops.
Taste is similar to the best German Pilsners I have enjoyed.
Overall I would take this over most Euro pale lagers anytime. It could be a freshness issue due to time and distance but this is a very good beer. And if it uses adjuncts I couldn't detect them.

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Photo of Learux
3.96/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must have strange taste compared to most of you but this is exactly the type of beer I like.

Bought it in a large bottle at Albertson's. I was not expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised.

I really like Euro style beers(grew up there) and I have noticed that the Mexican beers come much closer to these then your typical, watery American run off the mill beer(coors etc)

This is a non-pretentious, good tasting, thirst quenching Cerveza.

Just what a beer needs to do. Definitely will buy this again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +49.6%
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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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.98/5  rDev +49.6%
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 MXGringo
4/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK - First of all, we need some context when rating Mexican beers. The choices of beers in MX is limited in comparison to the US (or other countries). In NO WAY should this beer be compared to a Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Stone, or even any "crafty" beer. It is a (macro) lager, plain and simple. But, it is a REALLY good (macro) lager compared to others in MX and even the US,. It has a little flavor and more substance than many. It doesn't have that tangy swill taste that Corona and most Mexican beers have. It is a bit rounder and smoother. It's really not a bad beer. On top of that, when you consider that it sells for as little as $44 pesos for a 6-pack (currently around $2.50 USD) it is perhaps the best beer value on the planet!

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Photo of nekronos
4/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOt as good a sthe commercials used to say. But it is ok, maybe with the Mexican mixtures of lemon, salsa and some sauces, and salt, of course. BUt the beer by itself is nice, bubbling, little foam, like a lager like we know. A little bitter but just a little. Pale yellow with dark displays sometimes.

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4/5  rDev +50.4%

Photo of J_Chavez15
4.01/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really pleasant beer to me. Pretty much taste like a good lager should. Like the light body has more flavor than other lagers. Its Better than Dos Equis, Modelo, and Corona. Taste as good as Bohemia and Tecate. This beer pairs well with anything!

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Photo of tyleeis
4.02/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great AAL, def better than the last Corona I had. In terms of Mexican lagers I'd still pick Victoria(yea I know it's a Vienna style) over this but this hangs right with XX, Pacifico or Modelo

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Photo of beerrat
4.1/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoodBeerCost
4.18/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rlyinsrd
4.2/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mexican beer should only be compared to mexican beer. When a country's water has the reputation that Mexico's has, one shouldn't expect the beer that's produced there to be on the same level as other beers from around the world. That being said, Carta Blanca is one of the best Mexican beers. It is very smooth with a pleasant after taste. It goes great with mexican food but I acually prefer other Mexican beers for that purpose. This is a good beer for drinking in the shade of a tree or out on the porch on a hot day. You can drink a six pack while grilling and your tongue will still be able to tell the difference between the cabrito and the menudo. I like it.

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4.25/5  rDev +59.8%

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