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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5/2017 Update:

I've left my original comments in place to show just how wrong one may be and how absolutely crucial freshness is to beer. In the past month, I've sampled freshly delivered 24 ounce bottles of Corona Extra. It's now one of my favorite beers.

It's superb., The flavor is squarely in the German tradition with a nod to the Belgian. Far from being "one dimensional" as I'd originally thought, this beer provides the drinker with a wonderful and varied bouquet of flavors. It's ideally hopped; meaning that the hops are expertly balanced to and against the malt profile, rather than being out of control as it is with so many inept micro-brews.

Freshness and the storage medium makes the difference. The 24 ounce size means that more the beer will remain intact and less subject to immediate container deterioration. The result is a closer to brewery fresh flavor.

The problem with Mexican beers is they're not freshness dated, so the consumer has no idea how long the product being purchased has been sitting around. The results can be as disastrous as my original, erroneous evaluation below. Additionally, I haven't sampled the common 12 ounce bottles this year [nor the cans]; although don't expect a good outcome. Recently, I compared a 24 ounce Stella Artois bottle to a 12 ounce skinny can. The 12 ouncer was miserably awful, to the extent that you might even think they were different beers entirely.

In any case, at least fresh, large container Corona Extra does Mexico proud. Bien sabroso.

Mediocre beer. There’s nothing special about Corona Extra, and I don’t understand its popularity. Yet, it seems to be among the very best selling beers, and even gets high marks around here.

This is a one-dimensional beer. Starting at the top, it has a pronounced bitter hop presence, but with one with no variety at all. Just brute force bitterness that tastes more like jalapeno than hops. If you’ve never tasted a brew that has several varieties of hops flavors – flavors, not just harshness – then I guess you might accept what you get with Corona as real hop flavoring. But, compared to the depth and dimension of hop flavor in beers as widely varying as Coor’s Batch 19 [a veritable object lesson in subtle-but-present, multi-level hop flavoring] and Half Acre Brewery Daisy Cutter, Corona seems cheap and crude.

But the body of the beer – its main flavor – is what really sinks it. The flavor is that of an oddly rubbery-compound tasting liquid. Not pleasant. No complexity. Take away the harsh jalapeno bitterness, and what you’re left with is a one dimensional beer of no particular high quality. Compared to the bursting complexity of Stroh’s, it’s a one-note bitter pill. As I said, I just don’t understand its popularity.

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