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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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4,761
Avg:
2.23
pDev:
66.37%
 
 
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Photo of Magister_Beav
1/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The look smell and taste are that of water which has been sitting in a barrel with a rotten fish for several days. I would rather blend the label and drink that than this beer.

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Photo of Pantalones
2.91/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Grabbed a couple of cans from the discount beer cart at the local Kroger. Code on the bottom of the can is "R275B029," whatever that's supposed to mean -- assuming some kind of coded date-stamp.

Pours very pale yellow into the glass, and once inside it's still pretty pale yellow -- very clear, and with lots and lots of little bubbles rising up from the bottom. Kicks up a huge foamy head of good-sized bubbles when poured, filling up the entire glass but not quite to the point where an overflow would be a real possibility. Starts to shrink away immediately, but takes a while, slowing down as it gets to the point of a thick cap on top with a few lingering traces hanging on to the edges. The foam actually sticks around quite a while even after I've started drinking -- about a third of the way down the glass it's still very much present as a thin coating over the surface of the beer. Overall, looks pretty nice -- honestly one of the better-looking beers I've seen in the category of cheap/"macro" pale and adjunct lagers. Oddly, the second can didn't generate a huge head of foam like the first one did, and what was there faded into almost nothing very rapidly.

Smell is pretty faint, but present if you take a good sniff. What's there is grainy-bready, with maybe a faint whiff of some sort of musty grassiness hiding in the background? It's a beery smell. Not bad by any means, but nothing spectacular either. In the second glass, the smell is not quite as pleasant, there's a bit of a sort of sulfury smell mixed in there. Not strong enough to be off-putting, but still not as pleasant.

Flavor is similar to the smell, though I want to say it's maybe not quite as nice. Grain and breadiness with a faint bit of bitterness in the background every now and then. Maybe a little sweetish corn in there too, which is becoming more noticeable as I drink more, but not so much that it's off-putting. I wonder if these cans might be older than the bottle I had at a restaurant a while back, I remember being able to taste just a bit of grassy hops in that one and I'm not really getting that here at all.

Mouthfeel... it's very, very light (though thankfully not to "lite beer" extremes of watery lightness) and very, very easy to drink quickly. The lingering foam on the surface makes it feel pretty nice going down -- the second glass I'm having now is just a little more prickly-fizzy feeling than the first without that layer of foam on top smoothing things out. Would've given it a 3.5 or maybe even 3.75 for feel if it was consistent between the two cans/glasses.

Overall, not amazing... but also not even *close* to as bad as you'd think it would be going by the average score on here. It's a fairly average beer that's somehow gotten an undeserved reputation for being terrible, probably thanks to the "if it's not one of the best things I've ever tasted, it must be undrinkable garbage" crowd.

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Photo of angryhobo13
2.78/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It's a cheap beer, good for someone on a budget. Otherwise look elsewhere. It tastes much better if you add a slice of lime, but good beer shouldn't require extra flavoring to be good.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.27/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Straw pour with thin white head which disappeared quickly; no cap, but good carbonation. Corn muffin nose. Dull corny taste. Thin watery mouthfeel. Overall, not much of anything here...beverage greatly enhanced by adding the lime wedge...

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Drank from the clear bottle.
Hazy pee-yellow in color, and smells not too much better than it looks. I couldn't smell anything from it aside from it being a poor smelling beer. Decently carbonated, and not much a flavor. Not tasteless like some beers, but not so oddly enough, its taste reminds me of what I think it looks like might taste like.
In terms of what I like, it's not the worst cheap beer out there, but it is anything but good.

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Photo of MissYa
4.1/5  rDev +83.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is flavorful for a person who is not much of a beer drinker. As a graduate of sissy & light beers, I'd pimped this out with the traditional lime. Of course to my liking, a splash if bloody mary mix, but not necessary.

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Photo of LouAleHead
1.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Any beer that needs salt, limes, sugar, etc... to make it taste decent is just not worth it in my opinion. This is definitely the bottom of the barrel when it comes to beer. This beer company has one hell of a sales and marketing department, which is the only positive thing I can say about Corona.

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Photo of mhuber
3.25/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear yellow. Almost no head which disappears immediately. No lacing. Very little aroma. Smooth withour a very distinctive flavor. Easy drinking and refreshing. This beer is not too bad although it lacks character.

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Photo of Godfatherbob
2.76/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's not that bad.. It's better than Budweiser, it's better than Coors, and PBR and really all of the Tier Zero beers besides Heineken. And like.. Coronaritas! Corona may be light and tasteless and vile but combine it with sugar and citrus and tequila and it ain't half bad! Just give it a chance boys, it's a classic.

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Photo of Roguer
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a surprisingly drinkable AAL. Nothing about it was great; in fact, nothing about it was all that good. However, it wasn't nearly as bad as the majority of the field (Bud, Miller, etc.).

Still, if you're drinking this, you likely know exactly what to expect.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.41/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skunk is present. The skunk is not too overwhelming. Moosehead is way skunkier. Golden piss yellow. Fruity smell and i get some honey. Well Balanced. Light crisp refreshing. The malts and hops are balanced. Corona is not the best Mexican beer, but i prefer it over Modelo. Tecate, Bohemia, and Carta Blanca are the best Mexican lagers. Cheers!
~JC

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Photo of bwood06
2.91/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - clear and gold in color with some slight amber tint. highly carbonated. white frothy head that dissipates to a thin lacing rather quickly. 3.25/5

S - some caramel malt. orangey/citrus. agave. 2.75/5

T - some caramel and light malt. virtually no hops. some slight agave. 3/5

M - light bodied. scrubbing bubbles. 3/5

O - not a beer that I will have again. hard to describe what i don't like about this beer. i just flat out don't enjoy it... 2.75/5

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Photo of AdamTebbs
2.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours as golden as you can see it through the clear glass is comes in. Outside of the look there isn't much to this beer. If limes didn't exist people wouldn't drink this beer. Even a slight rise in temperature and this beer becomes almost undrinkable.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle, Pale golden color, clear liquid and minimal head. Light malty aroma. On the palate it is very refreshing and light. Good lager for the summer.

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Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A tad more pleasant than Budweiser, which isn't saying much..
Add the lime, the incessant marketing (aka conditioning) will actually make you think you are enjoying a refreshing beer (not).

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Photo of pinyin
1.99/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Was offered one by a fishing buddy while out on the boat.

I obliged.

From the bottle out of an ice chest at ~39F.

Tasted like anti freeze mixed with cheap malts and stale hops.

Then I come to find out that Corona actually contains propelyne glycol. Yes folks that is the scientific name for anti freeze.

FYI-Glycols are toxic substances to the human body according the US Center For Disease Control.

But for some reason the FDA allows distillers and macrobrewers to use these toxic substances in our food supply.

Glycols are also responsible for lowing testosterone in men and women. In women causing ovarian cancer and turning men into liberal pansies with no heart.

No thanks Corona. Your beer tastes like shit.

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Photo of FrancisM12
2.35/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not terrible, especially in the summer. It's just not as good as the craft beers out there. But I would take it over bud or miller anytime. However, there are so many beers to try that are far better. If you have the options, spend a couple extra bucks and try a different beer. Its worth it.

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Photo of takusan1000
2.22/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I appreciated this beer only because it is hot in merida Mexico in the summer and it does the work of cooling one off. It feels refreshing, hence the high mouthfeel rating, which in this case is simply a bodyfeel rating. I would only buy it again under similar circumstances, which may happen again soon.

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Photo of dro7
3.76/5  rDev +68.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Of beers that are available nearly anywhere, Corona is one of the best, if not the best. Coronas are meant to be drank in social gatherings such as parties or in a bar with a bunch of friends. You buy Corona because its cheap, available nearly anywhere, and tastes better than its peers. Do not compare this beer to craft or expensive not easily accessible beer. Compare this beer to Budweiser, Coors, Miller, Heineken, etc.

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Photo of Wattstriker
3.05/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Seeing this beer rated so low overall makes me assume that it's resulting from comparing this beer to the best beers out there. That's not a good idea. Overall, I'd call it better in quality than most general American beers (Bud, Miller, Coors, etc.) and very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of TheWolf
1.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank at a banquet function. I remember enjoying this back in the day. Not so much so now a days. tastes like vegetables sitting out in the sun for an entire afternoon. cheers for evolution.

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Photo of Myotus
2.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mikasa pilsner glass. Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates to a half fingers worth within a minute. Plethora of bubbles for that first minute then they become mild. Very mild lacing. Pale golden color. Very strong chemical aromas (like cleaning products without the pleasant floral scents that are usually added to make them smell good) with strong adjunct malt aromas (more rice than anything else) and a hint of sugar sweetness. Initial taste strongly reciprocates that chemical odor, however, rice malt flavors immediately follow and overpower the chemical flavors making this lager bearable. Slight sugary notes follow up adjunct malt flavors to give it a somewhat pleasant ending. Carbonation is so strong that it practically burns the tongue (or is it the mystery chemical that's the culprit???). Meduim-bodied and has a crisp finish that strangely quenches my thirst. I have to admit that this is my guilty pleasure beer. A definite go to when I go to non-craft beer bars. Don't judge me. Y'all have your guilty pleasure beers, too.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.13/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Crystal clear, golden straw color, thin white head, spotty lacing

S: Adjunct grains, slight lager yeast smell, light hop

T: Skunkyness, sweet adjunct grains, slight hop bitterness

F: Light, fizzy carbonation, crisp, dry

O: This is one of my more favored adjunct lagers. I tend to gravitate toward this style as the weather warms because of price, availability, and they are just great to wet the whistle after a run or mowing the grass, also wonderful out on the boat.

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Photo of Redneckwine
2.11/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass (bottle taken out of boxed case), NO lime added

Appearance - Pale straw, crystal clear, no trace of head whatsoever but a very slight ring of foam around the edge. A few carb bubbles spring to the surface just to let you know this is probably not urine.

Smell - Offensive skunky/funky right off the bat, which is puzzling since this came from a boxed case. Kind of spicy and metallic, a bit green and vegetal. Faint biscuity and fruity notes are desperately trying to surface to save face.

Taste - A bit better than the smell, actually: very watery and the skunk + vegetal notes lead the way, but aren't as offensive as the nose. Not much going on here - but wayyy back in the distance there is a Pils-like biscuity/fruity note that is sort of pleasing, but unfortunately there is also some twangy grainy and metallic notes with it. Finishes dry with very minor astringent bitterness.

Feel - Light bodied and very watery, snappy carb keeps this from feeling like tap water. Fairly refreshing when ice cold, nonetheless.

Overall - This was the first Corona I've had in about 12 years I think, and frankly it's just as bad as I remember it being. Skunky, grainy, metallic, watery... Simply a poor beer with too few redeeming qualities. Of course it got worse as it warmed, but I suppose if you slam it fast it'd be fairly inoffensive. It's pretty easy to see why everyone adds a lime wedge to this stuff. And on a closing note, how the Hell was this beer skunked coming out of a sealed carboard box?! I may never know.

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Photo of NCMatt
1.47/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It currently has a 56, I can't imagine how. It's practically flavorless and unless you buy a 12 / 24 pack (in the box) it's probably skunked by the time you get home. Deserves a score much, much lower.

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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.23 out of 5 based on 4,761 ratings.
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