Corona Extra | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Coronita Extra (small bottles) and Corona Familiar (larger bottles).

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Reviews: 1,299 | Ratings: 5,299
Photo of Strix
3.19/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow, decent head

Vague grainy grassy smell

Corn, with a light sweet note, a hint of grassy herbal hops

Mouthfeel average

Among American Adjunct Lagers, this is just fine. Nothing to write home about, but assuming the clear bottle hasn't skunked it, you could do worse.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The iconic Corona Extra. What is there to say that hasn't already been said?

Pours a translucent pale yellow that generates a one finger head. It leaves no lacing and has poor retention.

Smells like sweet corn syrup and corn bread. Slightly sour

Watery and sweet. Notes of white bread, sour green apples, rice and corn.

Feel is over carbonated, thin and rather thirst quenching.

Hit or miss. If you can get it fresh it's good, but this stuff is prone to skunk up rather quickly so I personally don't buy it unless I absolutely know it's less than a month old and hasn't been exposed to direct heat or sunlight. Not terrible, not great.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
3.52/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not the worst Beer but definitely not La Cerveza Mas Fina.
The look: bright light golden straw in color, Extremely clear. Poured into a glass yields a very thin head with minimal lacing. The cap goes away in seconds.
Smell: the aroma is similar to a Heineken but much more faint. there is a light lemon essence with a tad of grassiness.
Taste: Like a Party Beer. Very Inoffensive, light sweet with a tiny hint of hop. No Depth, No character. Rather boring. starts off with a Grainy sweetness and ends with a light grassy hop. No Bitterness at all for balance.
Finish is metallic.
Feel: Dibbs on feel. When ice cold, this Beer has a pleasant medium body and low carbonation.
Overall As stated, Its a Party Beer. No flavor, No Balance, No Character. You just drink it and dont think about it. If you get a buzz...that would be the highlight of your day.

Note: Hard Pour this Beer gives you a little bit more flavor.

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Photo of KLHBB
2.92/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a bottle, sadly no lime. Pale clear gold. Smells a little grainy, taste is a little hoppy, a lot watery. I think this would be lovely on a hot day. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I can’t believe I have never reviewed this brew. I have had it many times after I started reviewing beers, but never reviewed this one. It has never been my favorite, but it is a very popular and easy drinking brew well worth an adequate review. So here it goes….
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a tiny fizzy white head of foam. The head fades superfast to leave almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is light overall with some smells of grain and a bit of sweet corn and caramel. There is a little bit of lime and a hint of herb as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and caramel taste mixed with a little bit of corn and herb. There is a little bit of a skunky flavor in there as well, likely due to the use of clear bottles. As the flavor advances some light lime and lemon citrus and a little bit of hay come to the tongue to leave one with a moderately crisp and grainy taste mixed with some lightly sweetened and somewhat off flavors to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body fo the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is average. For the style a little bit of a higher carbonation level would have been slightly more refreshing, but overall the feel is good and creates an easy drinking brew.
Overall – Like I said prior, this was never one of my favorites. I never discriminate against “big” non-craft brews (just see my other reviews) as I think in some ways they have access to ingredients and equipment that many small breweries don’t, but this is one brew I have never really loved and, while I am sure I will drink it at some occasion again (like Cinco De Mayo) I don’t recommend per se.

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Photo of mikomendoza92
3.38/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

People are quick to hate the beer for what idk? No the beer does not need lime, just make sure to get a 24 oz clear bottle. Its a lager you can depend on wherever you go.

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Photo of DaveyCream
3/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lime makes this beer. I probably could not drink it unless it was sunny and/or warm outside. Would feel weird having one of these while in the cold. Not many other beers like this one, which I probably why I always go for it in the summer since it is pretty refreshing. Not sure why it gets so much hate. Definitely one of the better "mainstream beers". Honestly could not imagine drinking it without a lime or lime juice in it.

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Photo of alcoholicarrogance
2.57/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the first beers I really liked back when I was first trying beer. Probably most of my fondness for this beer comes from that nostalgia, but I do sometimes get it on a sale and put some limes or lime juice in them. I haven't encountered many lagers that taste similar to Corona. The only one I can think of is the Trader Jose (Trader Joe's discount version of Corona). It tastes clean, light, refreshing, you can detect grain, something like corn, hint of malts, but no hops. Lime really makes the beer though, but you have to add it yourself. That's the big downfall of it. It feels just how it tastes, clean and refreshing. It's a good party beer to share with groups, or keep in the bottom of the fridge to give guests when they come over (keeping them away from your more expensive microbrews).

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Photo of Buckeye55
2/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a big fan of this beer, but I do like it more than the rating I'm giving it.
This is due to one fact, I can't drink it without a lime. Maybe this is because of how it's always been marketed. For me, if a brew cannot stand on it's own, it can't be taken too seriously.

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Photo of Exec_Crawfish
2.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer shouldn't need lime to be drinkable.

It's hard to mess up the color of a lager and Corona fits the bill, although it's on the pale side. The head is insipid and retains poorly.

My particular bottle had no off-notes, but even without skunking, the taste is uninspiring. Not offensive, but nothing special. Minimal adjunct character, which is a saving grace. It's what I imagined beer would taste like when I was 10 - a flat malty taste, slight and characterless bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is respectable, smooth, and refreshing, and the lack of strong character in the smell and taste departments doesn't hurt - it cleanses the palate well.

If you're making a chelada, find some Modelo. If you want a decent inoffensive lager, bitte ein Bit or similar. But you could do worse

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Photo of Cholla
5/5  rDev +115.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A smooth and easy drinking Mexican beer. Very refreshing. Had it with the lime wedge of course. Was very happy with it. Corona has made it into some of my favorite macro beers. Cheers.

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Photo of drmeto
2.27/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

-pours a clear light golden with a small,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-huge skunk,popcorn, lemon,lime
-sweet corn,lemon,lime,a hint of hop bitterniss and absolutely no finish
-medium to high carbonation
-light body
I see why they recommend to drink this with a slice of lime, it corresponds well with the skunk.
This is a good bit below some of the boring, but drinkable american Lagers i had like MGD.
Also why go through the lengths of all the adjuncts and edibles to ensure the Beer staying stable and clear and then making that for naught by putting it in a clear bottle?

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.59/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes 12/9/11: Pours a clear yellow straw producing 2 fingers of shortlived, white head which leaves little lace as it recedes. Aroma is corn, grain, lemon and grass. Taste is corn, lager yeast, thin lemon, grass and honey with more alcohol presence than expected from a 4.6 ABV, Mouthfeel is light-moderate bodied with moderate carbonation; watery and thin. Best suited to be paired with food or when mowing grass.

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Photo of elnachooo
1.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Cerveza popular, casi sin amargor, de cuerpo ligero y a gusto personal, resulta acuosa. Es una cerveza en una versión muy pobre. Es bebida mas que nada por jóvenes o inexpertos.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I spent a lot of time in my early 20's drinking this crappy beer. I did not know a good beer until I tried something else, you drink this brew for effect and nothing more, if you are looking for quality for the love of god go with Modelo!

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Photo of Landmonster
1.51/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Every poor soul has had Corona, there's a reason it needs lime and salt to really 'pop' When Trump said Mexico wasn't sending its best and brightest he was talking about Beer and Corona specifically. They managed to import Montezuma's revenge and market it to middle aged suburbanites who wear flip flops everywhere they go.

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Photo of CodyLOKI03
4.6/5  rDev +98.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

By itself... not that great... but put a line wedge in with the juice and some pulp from the lime while its ice cold... and its wonderful. Drinking one as I type this review.

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Photo of Christopher_Rafter
1.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Corona Extra used to be a good cheap beer. But, now it tastes like yeast. The aftertaste isn't as strong as cheap Australian beer (VIC Bitter, etc) but it is still unpleasant. Drinking this beer is a chore.

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Photo of PMakowski
2.61/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tend to enjoy this beer with lime but for the sake of the review i will drink it as is
Poured out of a 24 Oz Can into a glass
Look - light yellow or straw colored, highly carbonated. A little lacing on glass.
Smell - typical beer smell just grains and malt. Pick up some sweetness and not much hop aroma. Bland.
Taste - very ordinary, get some bread, some yeast, some barley malt. Not much bite to this beer. Not overly sweet which is nice. Decently crisp finish. Not sure what the "extra" means it is fairly average and not too complex. I would like to put a fresh lime in it to be honest. Lots of burping due to carbonation.
Just basing it on the beer itself, if you like plain tasting beer you will like this, I give a grade of C

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Photo of chitoryu12
2.74/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Perfectly clear gold with no head unless you pour aggressively.

Smell: Barely anything but vague corny malt. Adding a lime totally eliminates any smell but lime juice.

Taste: Extremely mild adjunct malt taste, like beer-flavored water. With a lime added, exactly the same but with a sour note and lime juice. Maybe add 0.25 points with the lime.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated water.

Overall: Extremely dull and boring. Adding a lime as per tradition is the only thing that makes it stand out.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
1.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I was in the mood for a refreshing light beer and, having enjoyed Corona years ago before getting into craft beer, I thought I’d revisit it. Popped open a 12 ounce bottle and put little lime slice in the neck.
Man was I in for a shock and disappointment. Grainy, watery, a hint of sweet malt, high carbonation, just generic AAL that no lime slice could improve.
Tossed it aside for a mediocre IPA. Whew.

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Photo of Gregg03
2.72/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Light, balanced or slightly sweet. Lacks character, but refreshing on a hot day w lime. It's lack of character is why it is good on a really hot day. No strong hop and not to heavy sweet.

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Photo of puck1225
3.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Ok, I know this is a screwy rating, but I have my reasons. I was served the reviewed Corona in a dive blues bar (complete with lime wedge at the top of the bottle) having a great time and the beer just seemed so right for the occasion. Hence my 4 for overall to reflect the beer’s appropriateness for the experience. It went well with the beef brisket sandwiches being served “on the patio”.

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Photo of Mysticmage
2.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Ah....have to right? What is it good for? Hor summer days. yes....had it in the bottle with a lime and enjoyed gauchy goodness. light as a feather and can basically drink a dozen of them and still function quite well. A Canadian’s way to escape winter and herald summer! Top shelf?’s gauchy goodness for goodness sake. Now hop aboard that tourist train and down one today.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.32/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've made five trips to Mexico over the years, and I've never thought much of the cerveza (but obviously I love the country and the people). I have a really cool Corona t-shirt I bought in Mazatlán, so I suppose I should review the beer. It is incorrectly slammed by a lot of reviewers, but remember, you are comparing it to Budweiser, not your local AIPA.

It pours clear yellow with very little head. A nice finishing hops aroma hits you at first but for some reason it dissipates. The taste is clean sweet and thin, what you expect for the style. The finish is very refreshing.

Recommended, if you are looking for an American style beer for your guests, or you are in Mexico and don't have a lot of options (washes down tequila just fine).

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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.32 out of 5 with 5,299 ratings