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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.com.mx

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).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 1,229 | Ratings: 4,862
Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Satisfactory if cold on a hot day. Some foam otherwise yellow nothing special, malt,corn sweetener, carbonation whallop on the aggressive side. Just mediocre. Ok with food like veggies or spicy Mexican. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. Slightly better than most other macros.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this poured from the Corona Familiar aka Family sized bottle.

A: thin head on a pale gold clear body.

S: wheat, grains and lemon notes. overall skunky

T: mostly pale malts and corn but mostly a little watery with the flavor up front rapidly fading away.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: nothing at all special. the little flavor present is fleeting. Fairly drinkable but there are other beers in this category that are cheaper and taste better.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots and streaks of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and corn flakes. Taste is of sweet grain and corn flakes. Surprisingly there is no skunk aroma or taste in this glass bottle. Lucky me? This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this particular bottle is a bit below average but I definitely have had the same beer in other bottles that was a D or F score.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, so this beer couldn't be more popular amongst most people. Haven't been able to see what the hype is though. It comes in a clear bottle that doesn't hide anything. It's clear yellow flavor is minimal and the only thing that really gets this beer something special is a lime wedge. That's pretty much it... Without the lime this beer is pretty much worthless to me.

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Photo of metter98
2.16/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down very quickly but never completely faded away.
S: There are faint aromas of malt in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are some faint aromas of adjunct and grainy malts and possibly the slightest hint of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because of its light body. It’s not that bad when served ice cold and has some refreshing properties but as it warms up the beer beings to taste bland.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.47/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It still baffles me that whenever there's a summer party people are like brainwashed to get this. It's usually like $13.99/12 which is more than most awesome microbrewery 12 packs!!! Anywho, I must admit on a hot day I don't mind one of these with a lime in it but after a long day of work I would never reach for this one. It's way too bland and fake tasting.. go elsewhere for the price.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yep, pretty much what I expected, except worse. The brew delivers a very pungent, peppe-le-pu scent that simply never went away. How can a beer with such a lack of flavor and character carry a scent that strong? Clear, straw, and fizzy wraps up the appearance. Grainy and earthy flavors never go anywhere. Weak body with no texture, but, hey the carbonation seems abrasive. Finishes grainy ...and with that damn smell!

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Photo of biboergosum
1.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle, clear as the office window beside me, well maybe without all that winter dirt, but hey.

This beer pours a medium pale golden colour, with one finger of thinly foamy, bubbly, and soapy dirty white head, which melts away like it's just been spotted, leaving a low berm of meniscus lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy white soup cracker 'malt', a certain corn pithiness well imbued, with some prominent skunky, weedy hop oil astringency, as opposed to actual hoppiness. The taste is that generic macro malt 'flavour', i.e. slightly sweet rice/corn (I don't particularly care to differentiate) mush, a bit of really stale lemon, and stanky earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly innocuous, the body unequivocal in its lightness, brainlessly smooth, and even a little creamy, in a frothy sort of manner. It finishes on a soured cooked vegetable note, amid the lingering corn pone sweetness.

This is making me wish that this wasn't the last beer left in the office fridge after an overly long Friday afternoon company staff meeting, but that's now neither here nor there. Corona is what it sets out to be - fizzy, grainy, skunky as a feature, not a flaw, and sexy in its foreign grittiness. Blah, but I'm not about to lay down in front of this particular bulldozer.

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Photo of largadeer
2.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straight from the bottle. Clear, pale yellow, pretty standard of the style. Quite a bit of skunkiness on the nose, along with sweet corn, pale malt and a whiff of sulfuric lager yeast. Light on the tongue, firm and crisp up front with a mild bready malt profile. Becomes sweeter in the finish with a bit of lingering corn and sulfur. Very little bitterness or flavor in general. Admittedly pretty refreshing, thanks largely to the general lack of flavor. Not a good beer by any means, but enjoyable on certain occasions.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.86/5  rDev -17%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle of "Coronita" served into an Estrella Damm stemgoblet in Ibiza, Spain. I dreaded this beer prior to reviewing it. Review is from notes.

I dock points for the presentation - a clear bottle is inexcusable, especially for a tropical beer.

A: Laughably pathetic head, no real retention or existence of head. This is awful for its low ABV. Clear yellow gold in colour. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Malt syrup. As we say in Ireland: "Fookin' disgusting".

T: Malt and lime syrup, with a bit of barley. Fucking awful. Horrendously bad. Fizzy lime syrup finish. Terrible. Simple imbalanced crap.

Mf: Light and watery garbage. Overcarbonated. Weak and bland.

Dr: This garbage beer is unbelievably bad. Have it with a lime if you must have it; any beer that requires such an addition is awful on general principle. Avoid this one. Really avoid it. It's a textbook F. I'd say it's probably worse than Foster's or Bud, but at a level this low we're just nitpicking. I will say the price tends to be okay.

D-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle - This one needs to be drink on the beach during hot summer days with lime. I see no other purpose or reason to drink this. Also, ensure it is fresh because the skunky taste will overpower everything else about this beer. I guess this might be a result of using a clear bottle.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.38/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Small white head leaves a nice lacing on a clear bright golden colored beer.

Light sour grain aroma.

Light sour grains in the taste, not much else coming through if anything.

This light bodied beer leaves a slight bitter, sour, and dry aftertaste that sort of lingers.

My initial thoughts were that I had wasted a $1.75 on this bottle of beer, but to the beer defense I did not try it with a lime wedge or two. And I know or now I know what that is so.

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Photo of zeff80
2.28/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - 12 oz bottle pours out a pale yellow. Little head and highly carbonated

S - It smells skunky and of corn.

T- The taste is very watery and has corn and grassy notes to it.

M - A light bodied beer that finishes crisp.

D - It is drinkable, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.06/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Not sure what the point of that is, considering that this doesn't really form a head or produce lacing and I can tell its color by looking through the bottle. Color is golden. No head. Nose is skunky hops. That's about it. Light with a lot of carbonation. I can see why people like to lime this up. Faint whiff of light bread. Not really much like beer and what is does not taste good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not too many good reviews for this beer (in fact, scathing!), and yet the numbers are OK. Hmmm? Obviously it's not about the beer. Where's it coming from? The painted bottle? Yes. People love it. The image of a "relaxed, carefree, coastal attitude"? Yes. Trendiness. Yes. Marketing. Yes. The Lime... ... Can we forget about all of the history and just taste the beer? The color is a nice yellow gold with a white head that holds up OK. No lace. There's a distinct, somewhat unique and lightly sweet malty aroma, with maybe a touch of hop lurking in the background. Nothing really off. The body's medium/light with a fine and moderate carbonation level. The flavor is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests, but rather, it's accompanied by a dull, earthy bitterness. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness and some light maltiness but no hop flavor. But then again, there are no off-flavors either! Not a real well made beer, but not horrid by any stretch. Now I have something to add to the history... When this beer came on the scene Miller Lite was still big. Dry beers had just passed through town. This offered something more without being hoppy or bitter. Apart from all the marketing... people liked it. Let it go.

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Photo of chinchill
2.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a yellow-gold color with lots of visible carbonation. Sure enough, the carbonation level is high; probably a good thing given the light and watery body.
Aroma? ,,, what aroma? Oh, there it is: adjunct (corn) light lager with some doughy malt. Flavor to match.

O: Corona Extra managed to exceed my very low expectations. No particular flaws excepting the remarkably low levels of hops and malts, and high level of corn in the nose and flavor. Only good as a thirst quenching cold beverage where I would indeed prefer this to water on occasion.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

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

S: The aroma is pungent with the typical macro smell of corn and other adjuncts. There’s a touch of malt and very little hops.

T: The taste is very watery, with flavors of adjuncts and some malt sweetness. There is almost no hops presence. There isn’t much of an after-taste but it’s slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth but not crisp at all, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, there really isn’t much to this beer, which makes it easy to drink but prevents it from being the least bit enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
2.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Big splashy head that dissipates right away. Modest carbonation but a good fizz on the tongue while it lasts. Smell is pretty insignificant. Just a wee hint of pleasant malt and an actual kiss of hops. Bitterness and other flavors melt away fairly soon but it's a beery sort of taste. Slightly tart.

Not as offensive as I remember, but you have to get down to its own level. I suppose it might have a little more flavor than some American industro-brews.

A freebie courtesy of Southwest Airlines on a delayed flight. Adding insult to injury!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.96/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, appropriately corn-colored, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Blend of light pale malts and white corn tortilla chips with a very, very minor yeast note.

Taste: Corn and light pale malts with a mild sweetness. Very light hop bitterness. Tiny kick of yeasty sourness. Finishes relatively clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Mostly harmless. Eh, it's not a great, classic lager, but I will say I have tasted far, far worse.

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Photo of dbrauneis
1.73/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall soapy bright white head that quickly reduces to nothing but a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of skunk with a slight hint of adjunct malts - corn and grain.

T: There is a moderate flavor of sweet corn and grain adjuntc malts and very little bitterness. Also, slightly metallic but not sure why since it came form a glass bottle into a glass.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: This is a pretty poor beer in my opinion and I understand why every other time I have had one served to me, I had it with a lime - you need something to change the flavor on this beer. Not one I will be having again anytime soon.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.88/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No limes were harmed in the consumption of this beer. Yellow in color, not quite dark enough to be considered amber. The head is bright white and foamy, falls quickly to a barely covering film and leaves next to no lace.

The nose is on the nasty side; sort of a sour, spoiled grain-like smell. Believe it or not, the beer actually smells a little like a skunk, though I don't think that it's actually skunked. I've had it before and it doesn't seem any different now.

The flavor isn't much better. It's a watery, sour, grainy melange that goes down pretty easily. Corona Extra seems to be a small cut above the American macros (especially the light/lite beers) in that it doesn't make me grimace and feel like spitting it out. It might be tolerable if it was ice cold and I was near death from dehydration.

I never put anything in my beer such as fruit or fruit juice, but might make an exception if Corona Extra was the only thing available. Equal parts beer and lime juice might make it palatable. Or not.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.05/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank this in honor of a friend who passed away. It was the only beer he would drink.

A: Light, clear yellow in color. Small white head that is gone in an instant and left no lacing.

S: Not much going on. Some corn and other adjunct aromas, some graininess. Light skunkiness as well.

T: Pretty boring and watery. Typical macro/adjunct taste. Had this one without a lime, but it needs it. Slightly sweet malts and some corn. No hops at all.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Crisp, but not really refreshing.

O: Not what I want to be drinking..ever really. I know I will have it again, but it will likely be due lack of other options at a party or BBQ.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.38/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ok a couple more to go and I am done with my macro experiment. Had the corona ligh a couple days ago, didn't think it could get worse. Then I cracked the regular. Pured a dark yellow with no head but some visible carbonation. Smell was very moldy and stale. Smelled like wet straw, not appetizing in the slightest. The taste was just odd, it tasted old, funky, and moldy. Some hints at maybe some corn, but predominated by a wet bread taste. It feel clean going down, but as it warmed, wow this just should not be allowed to warm. Overall this was not as good as the light, if you could call the light good, and was honestly the worst of the bunch, for now.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.83/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz clear bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - straw yellow with a thin head that contains tightly formed bubbles. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Musty, vegetal, malty with slightly grassy odors.

M - Fizzy, somewhat seltzer-like w/ light body and malt sweetness in tinges.

T - A general light lager flavor with a touch of hops. A slightly salty taste with a sweet middle. A dry finish w/ plenty of carbonation tingle in the end. The flavor and effervesence tend to get blurred together.

D - A basic light lager flavor w/ some drinkable qualities, but not worth seeking out and I would probably avoid this in the future.

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Photo of Jason
1.78/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: CLEAR 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear straw in colour with a very faint bubbly white lace that does not retain well.

Smell: Odd faded aromas of sulphur, faint skunk, mild cooked veggies, grain and a good whiff of ethonal alcohol ... these all seem to be trademark Corona aromas.

Taste: Crisp carbonation holds a light to medium body. Flavours of husk, cooked corn and a light sweetness are all on the palate. Hop bitterness is there to balance and lingers for a bit until a somewhat clean finish comes along with some fading corn flavours.

Notes: This is the #1 imported beer in the US though there are numerous others south-of-the-border brews that are worth checking out. As for the lime thing ... you won't see it here. Is it really worth the $20-24 a case? Not to us.

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