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

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Corona ExtraCorona Extra

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).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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1.78/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Corona is a popular beer product mainly due to its heavy advertising with its catchy tropical theme. The beer itself is typical of what one would expect in a mass- produced lager: light, yellow/straw color, wide availability, and heavily marketed. Other qualities that are associated with Corona Extra are certainly nothing to brag about. Its aroma is skunky with a little dash of corn and adjuncts. The flavor of Corona is grainy and sweet, with a taste that is bland and begs to have something added. Of course, it is common to add a lime wedge to a bottle of Corona but what this beer needs is something much greater- something that will make it at least taste like a semi- respectable beer product.

The watery body and overall weakness make this beer a popular choice on a hot summer day. Personally, I can think of at least 100 better choices for warm weather brew. It is amazing how the management team at Grupo Modelo have successfully convinced the public that this skunk- enhanced beer is something special. Other than the ads and the sophisticated- looking bottle, there is really nothing to cheer about with Corona Extra. Mexico makes much better beer than this.

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3/5  rDev +33.9%

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3/5  rDev +33.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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2.5/5  rDev +11.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +22.8%

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3/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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2.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that if offered free, I would drink but if I have to pay, now way! It pours straw yellow with a slight head that fades very quickly. The nose is of grain and a little malt. The flavor is quite unobtrusive with a slight malt background and a crisp bite, but nothing exciting whatsoever. A drinkable beer that could definantly use a lime to help out with the flavor.

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3.47/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The key to this beer is definitely the lime. Without the lime it is a very mediocre, if not worse, beer. The beer accepts and melds with the lime flavor well.

Taste is of corn mash, metalic, sweet. The lime adds a nice tartness and on a summer day, especially at the beach, tastes great. I think of all the beers, this tastes best with a lime. Not many others can accentuate the lime this well. Add the salt in your mouth and on your lips from a hot day of surfing or skimboarding and this is a great-tasting thirst quencher.

The best food on earth for this beer is nachos. Make yourself a huge plate of nachos with salty corn chips, beans, cheese, tomato, avacado and beef and this beer tastes fantastic.

PS - this beer sucks by itself w/out the lime.

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2.25/5  rDev +0.4%

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2.5/5  rDev +11.6%

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2/5  rDev -10.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev +33.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +56.3%

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

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2.5/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.42/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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1.24/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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2.3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

79th Review
Bottle (with lime) to hatch

Enjoyed at Tequila Tex Mex with some wonderful tapas on Christmas Eve while visiting London.

A: Bright sunny yellow - makes we want to lay on a beach and drink this...great marketing Grupo Modelo. Not sure on head as it went straight down the pipe.

S: I did not smell it before I put the lime in because drinking it without just isn't PC, although IMO drinking this period is not PC unless it is the only beer at a Tex Mex joint in London on Christmas Eve. I digress...corn, sauteed veg aroma, and hint of fresh crushed grain.

T: Sweet corn and lime. Not too much here - just drinks like a hot summer day. It is a lager. Period.

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: Drink and "enjoy" it for what it is, but this beer is not for a matured and developed palate unless you are trying to cool off from a hot summer day, laying on a beach, or trying to wash down some tasty tapas on Christmas Eve at a Tex Mex joint in London.

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2.25/5  rDev +0.4%

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1.86/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Elsewhere I have stated that many Mexican beers have the same problem that I can describe in two words: SKUNK-Y! Sulfurous fumes emanate from the bottle upon opening. Ye gods! Open a window. IF you can somehow get past the initial ‘bouquet’ the beer isn’t too bad. I prefer Carta Blanca, or Dos Equis or Sol. The only time I would venture here is on a very hot day: I wouldn’t kick it out of the fridge. The mouthfeel is watery and undercarbonated. The finish is a rather poor attempt at sweetness. Unimpressive aftertaste: try a different beer.

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1.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev +33.9%

Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.24 out of 5 based on 4,938 ratings.
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