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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Photo of TastyTaste
1/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear gold color. Tiny white head. Olores del maíz y de la mofeta (Smells of corn and skunk). I drank it from a mug. No fruit. A light malty flavor which is overshadowed by the large amounts of skunk. This was packaged in a "Beers of Summer" sampler, between an Oberon and a Curve Ball. A very overrated beer with pretty much no conceivable positives I can think of.

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Photo of Trentonator
2.96/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Let me go on the record as saying that my preference in beer is HIGHLY influenced by context. I love Chimay and other Belgian dark beers, BUT if I were on a beach or at the pool, that would be the last beer I would ever consider drinking in that atmosphere. Pairing beer with context is like pairing wine with food. If you have a mismatch (like a light white wine with beef), it is a disaster. That being said, I like Corona on a hot summer day or when I am at the beach. Granted, a lime is necessary (hence the 1.5 smell factor), but this beer tastes like vacation. And it is very drinkable. Limes do prevent scurry, too (ask the pirates). So I am giving this beer a higher rating than many of you have. Viva Summertime!!! Viva Corona!!

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Photo of Zorro
1.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow brew, a bit darker than a Budweiser.

Smell is not skunked, got a good bottle. Smell is a synthetic smell; more like I am sniffing brake fluid than a beer. I finally can detect a mild sweet smell.

Taste is mildly sweet with a bit of corn taste to it. Near tasteless. There isn't anything really nasty about the taste. It just is lacking the slightest malt or hop or grain flavors.

Mouthfeel = Budweiser at best.

Drinkable? It is in a flavorless chugable way. I can find 6-7 better beers in Mexico without really trying.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Like its been stated so many times before. This before should probbaly only be used as a subbstitute for water on hot summer days. It is a light yellow color, and smells skunky. It' taste is watery overall with a very light feel on the tongue and some hints of sourness even with out the lime.

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Photo of beertaster13
1.48/5  rDev -37%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Corona Extra is awful for a couple of reasons. It is 7 to 8 bucks for a six pack, that is rediculous for a crappy beer. I can't believe this beer does so well. It almost needs two categories with lime and without it. No beer should need a lime to make better, this beer however does. This review is based on no lime. Corona pours a light yellow with no head, little lacing, the aroma is a little skunky and the taste is watery and flat, hints of sourness as well. Feels flat and dull and light in the mouth. The drinkability is a 2 here because on a hot day with lime you can pound these. With a lime the drink may be a 3. Only time you should be drinking this, on a hot beach in mexico, even then casta would be better.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.88/5  rDev -20%
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 cypressbob
2.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a mexican brewed beer, 330ml

Comes in a clear bottle, the beer pours very clear with little colouration

The beer is reasonably simple in taste, with a slight maltiness to it

An ok bar drink,inoffensive, however, when there are many substitutes from europe which beat it hands down it doesnt stand a chance

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Photo of vwahaszee
1.83/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I expected more from this beer, since some of my friends said it was good, but now it's my list of those to avoid. The head comes and goes very quickly, and the smell is that of a skunk that reminds me of driving on the highway. The taste was skunky and watery as well. I tried it with a lime and found it bearable after I had already had a significant amount to drink, and the beer simply tasted watery at that point.

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Photo of genaro
2.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Corona extra came in a clear bottle. The color was clear light gold. The head vanished quickly and there was no lace. The aroma was skunky and grainy. The taste was really bland - coarse corn malt with only a little hop bite. There was very little body and not too much carbonation.
The finish was slightly dry with no sweetness. Over all a meek, watery beer to quench one's thirst.

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Photo of kwalters
2.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Let's face it, Corona is more about "Changes in lattitudes, changes in attitudes" than it is about enjoying a great beer. I'm ok with that. If I'm sitting on a beach some where south of the border and the sun is hot, I'm not about to complain about a cold cerveza hand delivered to my cabana in a bucket of ice with five buddies.

Yes, it's pale yellow. No, it doesn't have much of a smell. Yes, it skunks easily. The limes and lemons actually work with this beer. They add flavor and tropical appeal. I won't put limes in any other brew, but I do enjoy them in my Corona.

Another nostalgic beer that survives on an exotic image.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Corona in Mexico at an outside bar in Tijuana. A clear golden colour with the light smells of malts, hops, and various grains and adjuncts. The taste is light and like water and the mouthfeel is too thin but the drinkability and refreshment are pretty darn good. A bad beer, but made good in the right situations. Still who can justify the $11 a 12pack price tag, than again in Mexico it goes for about 80cents or less a draught. All taste.


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Photo of HochFliegen
2.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There really isnt much to say about this beer. The color is yellow with no head or lacing. The smell is not very strong couldnt really detect hops maybe a little malt smell to it. The taste was very plain as well with no mouthfeel, was like drinking water. On the drinkability aspect it was quite easy to drink since it is like water.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not big on the marketing, and this is certainly more popular than it should be, but it's not the worse thing I've had either. It actually went well with the salad I was eating.
My dad told me that in the late 50's he lived in Fairfield CA (I lived their briefly as a newborn) and this was considered "cheap Mexican beer" and it could be bought for less than $1/case. Shows what marketing can do.
Aroma is sweet light malt that's slightly pungent.
Clear yellow-gold with rising bubbles, white head with some lacing.
Mix of soft malt and hoppy bitterness. Low overall flavor.
Soft feel and only somewhat thirst quenching (in crispness) and watery.
There are so many better, but many worse too.

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Photo of DESTRO
2.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

whilst out gambling at the suncoast today the cocktail waitress brought me one of these bad boys. pale yellow with a lime shoved down the neck. smells a lil funky and basically like a lame beer. taste? whats up corn flakes! watered down, corny, but yet i found it drinkable. thin in the mouth, maybe it was the fact i was losing at blackjack and it made me feel better but this wasnt the "worst" beer ive ever had.

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Photo of Foxman
2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours the palest of yellows, weak to say the least, The white head is there and gone, like a meteor shower, but less fun to watch.

It smells like what beer would smell like if we didn't want beer to smell much. Yeast, in a low dose, and a grainy scent of what comes close to corn.

Ahhhh yes, corn again. Though, to be fair, it doesn't taste like you bit into an ear. Rather, it's what you expect the water you boiled the corn in to taste like, only a lot colder, assuming you served it wisely. I tried it without the lime, then with the lime. Without, I tasted weak corn beer. With, I tasted lime and weak corn beer.

It's yellow water, with some semblance of beer character.

OK, look, you can truly drink a whole lot of these, especially on a damned hot day with a wedge of lime floating in the ice cold bottle. And I guess on some level there are days I might actually enjoy the feeling of sucking down a citrus flavored alcoholic beverage labeled as beer. But man, I just can't be as gracious as to give this beer anything more than it deserves, which is a rating of sub-mediocre, because where I come from, flavor actually counts for something, and I'm not talking about the slug of fruit I'm jamming down the neck of the bottle!

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Photo of Globetrotter
1.95/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, I'm starting to run out of beers to try in the Moscow market, so I picked up a Corona. Enticing clear 33cl bottle, average label featuring a crown and a couple of winged lizards. The ingredients list on the Russian label does not repeat NOT include corn. Just ascorbic acid. I couldn't figure out the freshness info.

Pours a clear greenish yello under a thin white head with no retention to speak of and no body. The nose reminds me of sour cabbage. The mouth is very light and prickly. The taste is hard to figure, because the carbonation dominates everything. There really isn't much up front. Not even corn. The finish has a surprisingly good, crisp hoppy bite, but mild is the operative word here. There is basically no aftertaste. I've had a lot of more vile Soviet beers, but ultimately this brew deserves its bad rep.

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Photo of Stingray5
1.32/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It was a choice between this, a Rolling Rock and a Bass. I chose the Corona purely for scientific research.

Findings were consistent with those of the popular opinion - corn, and lots of it. Corn in the aroma, corn in the taste. corn in the finish. Now, I like corn, and I like beer. But I do not like this corn-in-beer, Sam I am.

redeeming qualities were the appearance and mouthful, both more substantial than expected. But when it comes right down to it, If beer looks good but does not taste good, well, then hang it on the wall and call it art. But do not expect me to allow it into my body. Never again.

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Photo of joecast
2.38/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

hmm, hard to rate this one. how do i say better than crown but not as good as heineken??

aroma is present but just noticable.

i am guessing people add lemon/lime to compliment the citric flavor already present. i suppose if you like that, you will like this beer.

doesnt leave much of an impression, as it is just another average pale lager.

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Photo of Jables
1.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This was my first time drinking this.

Pours fizzy yellow w/ soapy white foam (that I won't call head it disappeared so fast) that dissipates quickly.
The smell is flat, empty and unappealing.
Started out with slight sweet flavors but is quickly o'ertaken by adjuncty notes that dominate. The mouthfeel is thin and unworthy.

I didn't enjoy this one at all. It is one of those beers that makes you say "Hey Barkeep, somebody pissed in my water!"
On a positive note: the bottle was not skunked, as I've been warned about.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 DrunkMcDermott
1.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well, served at a bar so it may have been kept in a carton and not light-struck, since it's not as sucky as I'd expect. It is just a little bit maltier than most American megabrews. So I'll at least rate it a little above the average swill. As you might guess, the was the most exotic “import” the bar had.

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Photo of shirfan
2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another post-byob inhabitant of my fridge, the four Rogue bombers I just picked up felt they should be the only painted-labels in residence, and I was happy to oblige.

Pale yellow, with quickly vanishing head, this had no aroma. Flavor was thin, light, and watery. I believe this beer wanted to be skunked, but lacked enough hops to really do so. In its defense, there were no off flavors...but there were no on flavors either. Slightly sweet malt, a metallic twang in the finish, and mucho water. Thank god I didn't pay for this; there's no way it should cost more than the most humble Stroh's or Genny.

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Photo of WesWes
3.44/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a spotty lace head. The smell is weak, but pleasant. There is a faint odor of pale malts. The taste is watery and ordinary. It has that Mexican beer taste to it. I'm not exactly sure how that's acheived. It is a low bodied beer that is easy to drink, just not too enjoyable. As far as commercial imports are concerned; this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
1.7/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

it's hard to beleive that,for a while, this was my favorite beer (when I first moved to Florida). It is clearly all image. I poured it into a glass (my first mistake). Very weak appearance. Grainy, corn-like aroma. Taste-wise, nothing. Not bad, just nothing. Refreshing? Maybe, if on the beach (with a lime!?). Otherwise, worse than the "big three". No redeeming qualities at all.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.5/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer must be evaluated for what it sets out to be...a refreshing hot weather thirst quencher. That said let's start with the aroma, corny yes, skunky no. This smell I find to be one of the charming things about this beer and I NEVER drink it with a lime! The carbonation level is appropriate for a easy drinking lager and drinkability is this beers' strongest point, smooth mouthfeel. I believe that some of the "unique" aromas and flavors that emanate from this brew are due to adjuncts, namely corn. But I have always found them pleasant and what gives Corona it's appeal. I've been drinking it it for about 30 years, way before the yuppies discovered it and started shoving limes down it's throat. My advice, don't be bullied by the ale snobs into calling every yellow beer "flavorless". Enjoy sublety and loosen up a little.

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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.35 out of 5 with 5,235 ratings