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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Ratings: 5,167 |  Reviews: 1,282
Photo of ThePostmaster
1.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Here in Minnesota, Corona seems like an exotic import beer. I still cannot believe a brewer would have the guts to package beer in clear bottles! Maybe that's why I wasn't impressed. Pours with little fanfare, what head exists is very dry and gone quickly. Smell is of rotten veggies/fruit. Taste is, well, bad. Sickly sweet corn abounds. No hop bitterness. The beer was skunky (clear bottles). I really wanted to give this one a fair shake. I do not recommend this. A Hamm's or Schlitz beer is cheaper and better, and that's not saying a lot. 2016 update: This is still the beer upon which I base all the bad beers in the world. When I try to gage someone's level of beer sophistication I ask them what they think of Corona.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.85/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, I was once told that this beer had it's particular time and place. I am guessing that this person is referring to being in Mexico, or on any beach partying. However, while in Ensenada this summer this beer was no where to be seen. You had to specially ask for this beer, and it wasn't on billboards or the television commercials. No the marketing is for those Americans just show them the picture with the lime wedged in the bottle, then we'll see some response from them. Yep, that is basically what happened this beer became popularized with commercials not with a good taste. So, as I pour this beer in WV during early January, I almost know it is a mistake. However, I am giving it a shot. When i poured this golden (as in color of piss) it fizzled like a can of soda, and the head was gone by the time I looked at the screen and back down to my pint glass. At first scent it seems very unpleasant, but when I taste it, this beer contains relatively no flavors. It does have a mild citrusy sweetness, but there is really nothing here. For being so big with the average beer drinker, I wasn't expecting much here. This beer is not one that I plan to drink ever again.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a time and place for this beer and this is not one of them. No taste what so ever comes through for me. Corn and maybe rice are what I taste and smell. Nothing to spectacular and nothing that I would strive for. Good, but not that good. I think that there are some better Mexican beers out there. Hopefully I will find one some day.

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Photo of cretemixer
1.88/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Urine yellow in color. Head disappears in no time. This one has a slight skunky smell that I can't get past. Not much flavor to speak of, maybe that's what the lime is for. It does quench your thirst on a hot day, but it doesn't taste good doing it. They say not to drink the water in Mexico & that's beers #1 ingredient. So just don't drink the Corona.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew was a disappointment...Very light offering in colour, body and taste. The crown is nonexistant and has the mouthfeel of a flat ginger ale. The taste is however fairly well balanced but a little dry....

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

even worse than the bottle. skunky odor and that terrible urine color with no foam.

tastes skunky and bitter. it is really light and thin. not much to it except for a lot of carbonation, and a lack of flavor. not to mention that the flavor that is there is just not good at all. i heard that people originally used limes to keep the flies away, and people do it because they think it is a trendy foreign thing to do. whatever the case may be, that little lime is all you will enjoy with this beer

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Photo of Kwak
1.11/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Corona Extra
Not good
No head ,smell was kind of skunky.
Taste was a little gross I see why you need lime.
Just a idea i have seen people put salt and hot peper in the "beer"
it helps!

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
1.3/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

When i tried this beer for the first time i wondered if this was beer or tequilla?? Awfull taste and smell. An important characteristic of the beer is the appearance and i rate it with 1.5/5.... imagine

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Photo of BeerManDan
1.18/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

As you can notice, this beer tasted like "Panther Piss". One sip and I mean sip and this is the third time in my life that I poured a beer down the drain. How can anyone drink this garbage beer? Luck has it I didn't buy it. I tasted it over at a gathering.

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Photo of Mick
2.78/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a great beer, but I will drink one. A good beer to have at the beach must have something to do with the lime. W/out a lime it is almost a salty beer. A very simple beer; I'm sure that concept is left over from the days when the only place where demand was high was in an impoverished Mexico. A mass-produced beer smell, fake and not impressive. Pours with a head too big, unless over chilled.

Overall not a bad taste and texture, but definitely decline if no lime wedge is available. Not impossible to enjoy, texture is ok. Another great choice for the college generation and financially impaired.

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Photo of yen157
2.7/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yellow in color, and clear. Any head quickly reduced to a ring along the glass. This beer is very carbonated, but I guess there are so few proteins that all the gas just goes away. It smelled like corn sugar and vegetables. It didn't taste too much different. It had a little bit of sweetness, grain, and vegetables and a touch of hops. All of these flavors were bullied around by the intense carbonation, though. Not a particularly good beer. I would much rather have a Negro Modelo or Dos Equis Amber if I had to go for a south of the border lager.

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Photo of putnam
2.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, tart, briny maltiness on the nose. Candied apple, aloe, corn husk and mineral flavors predominate. It actually doesn't tasted too [email protected]*%ed with. Its like, they set out to make a cheap beer, and they did it. They didn't try to cover their tracks with chemistry. Decent balance on the finish. What's the water source? I suspect it is a good one.

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Photo of sinistersteve
2.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Due to the funny looks I get when I start barking out big beers to drink when I visit Vegas, I stick with Corona just to keep things simple when throwing the dice. Anyway, I decided to try this one at home...just to see if it is just a Vegas thing for me. Well, the color is nearly identical going down when it come out and the taste is a bit on the sour side. Not a great beer to sit back and enjoy, but after a frustrating day at work and the unusal sunny skies and hot weather here, this is a decent beer to keep from getting too parched. Don't let this one get anywhere close to getting warm though. Drink it cold and drink it fast.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.88/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corona Extra pours a light yellow from a clear 24oz bottle. The head is a white foam that despites quickly to a wispy ring.

Slight sulfur and slight hops but not much else in the nose. Palate is a thin sulfur, thin skunk, and a very thin malt with a nice carbonation bite for the finish.

Not such a great Beer, Corona Extra has little if any character of an earth shattering Beer. If Modelo would put more money into the Beer instead of the TV ads, every body would be better off.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +30.3%
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 ryanocerus
2.35/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly better than the corona light. The darker golden color hints at more flavor than the light. The aroma is bitter, as are most of the mexican beers. The flavor is bitter also, but at least it exists when compared to the light. Lime is needed for this beer also, but not bad with mexican food. However, when eating mexican, my beer of choice is the Dos Equis Amber. Much more flavor.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.15/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Extra what? I have avoided trying this based on word-of-mouth. I tried someone else's and quickly figured out why it is served with lime. The lime is the only ingredient that gives it any flavor. I wouldn't pay money for this.

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Photo of bditty187
1.62/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer really lacks in every category, the horrid smell and taste really makes this beer awful. Plus it looks like yellow water.

What is that smell? Rotten citrus and stagnate water? You must drink (“fix”) this beer with a lime. With a lime Corona’s taste is bumped-up to a 3 and the Drinkability increases to 3 as well.

Don’t bother with this one, it is not even refreshing.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.13/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A highly underrated summer brew. Light and refreshing, sans lemon or lime slice. The aroma is nothing to write home to mother about, and neither is the flavor. However, the drinkabillity factor is there in the summer time. Prost!

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only way this beer gets even and average taste is using a lime. Smells terrible and skunky and without the lime I will not drink. It is a good thirst quencher on a hot day, but so is water.............CHEERS

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Photo of Jason
1.78/5  rDev -23.9%
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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Photo of Suds
1.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aside from being slightly lightstruck, no apparent aroma. Little head, and no distinct malt or hop attribute. Crisp finish and slightly bitter, but also watery.

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Photo of stoutman
3.37/5  rDev +44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Better than Budwieser. Can swill many of these on a hot summer day. Watered down hop flavor makes this brew easy to pound. Definitely a "chick beer".

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Photo of psugrad98
2.58/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is typical of mexican beers. They are meant to cut the dust, and cool you down. You won't find anyone south of the border drinking a Rogue Shakpespeare Stoudt. This beer is light in color, taste, and small. Smell is somewhat sour and ricey. Almost no head when poured. Can get skunky easlity because of the clear bottle. Taste is light and watery. Not bad on a hot day or with tacos. Drinkability is high because it goes down easily. Alternately try a Negra Modelo.

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Photo of jackndan
1.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I've got to admit that I'm not a fan of this beer. It's got a bad swill aroma, and its marketing (stick a lime in it) makes me cringe. On the other hand, there is a more inexpensive knockoff called Suprema, that ain't half bad. Haiku:

Corona's not beer
Its Mexican swamp water
For yuppies and girls.

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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.34 out of 5 with 5,167 ratings