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 WesWes
3.44/5  rDev +53.6%
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 DoubleJ
2/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The canned version of Corona was bland enough, but the bottled version has the potential to wreck havoc to my tastebuds thanks to its skunk promoting bottle. Again, I poured the sample into a glass without lime. All I gotta say is the bottle isn't any better. It isn't "spit-out" bad, there's just little there. Skunked spicy hops seem to take on the most flavor in the beer, which is almost like a light beer.

Conclusion: stay off the bandwagon and spend your money on something better.

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Photo of Mora2000
1.68/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not much can be said about Corona that hasn't been said before. The beer looks about like piss and I imagine piss would taste better. There just isn't much of anything to the beer. No smell. No flavor. If you put enough limes into the beer you can get it to be almost drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
1/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Part of my Shitty Beer Review Series...What am I doing to myself?

A. Pours a light gold into a glass with NO HEAD after an agressive pour.

S. Skunk Grains. I immediately think "drain pour" but then I re-coup, gather my thoughts, and continue.

T. Ick. Skunky astringent corn. Some bitterness coming out of the stew of foulness.
I think they may have used hops, not sure.

M. A bit watery and slightly harsh.

D. Well, I tried it. A few swigs, then down the drain, I cannot continue to hurt myself. This is worse than Natural Light. The Swill to end all Swill.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.16/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass. I just wish that I reviewed this when I was in Mexico!

Appearance: light straw-yellow hue with a haze free body and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam which dissipated quickly with no lace. Par for the style, I suppose.

Smell: kind of a light, dusty-plastic aroma with perhaps a hint of wet grain. Not the worst thing in the world, but really not too good for even an adjunct lager.

Taste: sweet malt with perhaps a bit of corn to it. Not bad, but the aftertaste is a bit grimmer, with more of that plastic character. I gotta say, I've had worse macro lagers, but this still isn't too good.

Mouthfeel: light body with a strong carbonation and a light but surprising foaminess in the mouth. I don't want to call it creamy, but at least there's *something* going on here.

Overall: I don't love this beer, but I will admit I enjoyed a couple of them on the beach in Mexico. That's really about the only context in which you'll want to drink one of these.

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Photo of biegaman
2.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

You don't have to buy Corona to know what it looks like - it looks no different in a clear glass than it does in the clear bottle. In fact, you don't even have to see a Corona to know what it looks like; this clear, shimmering golden liquid is exactly how most people envision beer. Rather unbecoming of its name, however, there is no "crown" atop.

The aroma, unlike a lot of macro lagers, is distinctive - that, unfortunately, is meant in the worst possible way. Corona may smell less agreeable than any other beer on the market (and you have the clear bottles to largely thank for that). Lord knows how much light exposure this bottle saw, but it's easy to tell how much damage the UV rays did.

The sad thing is that years of repeat consumption, unwillingness to try new (notably craft) beers and much stubbornness on the behalf of marketers, many people assume this skunky, corn syrupy smell to be inherent to beer, and many have come to actually find it appealing(!). But I assure you it results from clear bottles and bad ingredients.

A hurried brew process and cheap industrial fillers play a role in it too; their effects, however, are most noted in the taste. An artificial, stinging carbonation, a flat, insipid flavour, a cloyingly sweet, syrupy finish - these are the telling signs of a mass, industrially produced lager (and a poor one at that). Luckily, this doesn't have a very strong taste...

Corona is - certainly not a clean, refreshing beer - but a relatively toneless and acceptable one. Its high level of insipidness largely hides the corn syrup (although not entirely) and the pathetically minuscule amount of malt is far too faint to be hardly perceptible. I would take a watery, tasteless beer over a foul and offensive one any day.

As with anything that is consumed, the beer that a person drinks has become a symbol of self-definition. Sadly, most people are easily swayed by marketing and, if nothing else, Corona is the ultimate testament to the power of advertising - there is perhaps no other beer that owes the entirety of its identity and success to it.

Years gone by, billions of dollars spent, Corona has become immersed in idyllic images of pristine beaches, sunny settings and vacation lifestyles. This is the deceit of advertising and nothing more; there is nothing about the beer itself that accounts for these associations. It is as lifeless, insipid and ordinary as any other mass-produced lager.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.05/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok I suppose you could drink this one ice cold with a slice of lime on a super hot day and enjoy it...if you're not really into beer. There are plenty of craft choices one could grab that do the same job, but with flavor...any flavor.

This thin yellowish beer lacks head and lace. Almost no aroma except for the lime you jammed into the bottle to make it drinkable. Taste is the same; weak, hint of the adjuncts, no trace of hops, short finish. Fizzy carbonation. Clear glass bottle likely contributes to any level of skunkiness the drinker may encounter.

I don't know why but I hate this one a little less than some other AAL's but I still wouldn't drink one even if there were no other beers on offer. I can dig an ice water on occasion too.

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Photo of John_M
1.81/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Was at a graduation party the other day, where this swill was available in abundance. I had forgotten just how wretched this crap is.

The beer pours a pale gold color with surprisingly decent head retention, but with pretty much non-existent lacing. The beer doesn't look all that terrible, but alas, this was to be as good as things get.

On the nose I immediately get some corn and seltzer, with perhaps a faint aroma of hops. It's not horrible, but you can tell right off that you are not in for a good time with this one. On the palate, I get sort of a metalic seltzer water flavor, with some slight sourness. The beer is very, very bland and watery on the palate, with sort of a dirty carbonnated water finish.

This "beer" is a flat out embarrassment, especially given the cost and marketing of this swill. I don't care how hot it is outside, or how many lawns I've mowed, I will not be ordering this beer ever again, even for free. As bad a beer as I've had in some time...

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Photo of puboflyons
2.99/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the one quart growler labeled Corona Familiar. Stamped: AF13AO78-05:00. No lime. I try to rate these Adjuncts based on style not reputation. This is pretty average for the style. The pour is straw yellow with almost no head (Below average). The aroma is of malt, grains, corn, rice, and token hops with enough character to make it a little distinguishable (above average). The body is quite thin (below average). The taste is balanced enough with grains, rice, and a tickle of hops (average). As far as a craft beer goes - forget about it. There's a reason this is one of the best selling Mexican beers in the world but not all beer drinkers are into crafts.

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Photo of Zorro
1.79/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Halcyondays
2.64/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. clear bottle,

A: Pours a pallid yellow into a glass, with really no head to speak of, dissipates quickly leaving only a small, thin ring of clear foam around the glass.

S: Smells mainly of fermented corn, though it is much more evident than in a regular macro, no skunk, didn't expect it, as this came from a 12-pack.

T: This does not taste that bad. Haven't had this one in a while, and had forgotten what it tasted like. It has a simple corn flavour, not much else, but much better than your average macro-type lager beer.

M: Light, carbonic, bubbly, thin and watery.

D: A fair beer, better than most macros, but still, at the end of the day, its just a boring industrial lager. There are a lot better lagers out there, and better beers for the same price, so why waste your time with Corona? I'd drink it if I'm in the Sizzler, and there's no better beer around, but all and all, it's just not very good, and I would not spend my own money on it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
1.86/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When ever I think of Mexico, I think of big hats, big moustaches, Bandits and crap beer.

You can blame Hollywood and the American film industry for the first three and Corona for the last stereotyping.

Yet here I am about to review the beer that gave Mexico a bad name. The first 'designer' foreign beer that was advertised all over the place to hit Great Britain (I believe). This bottle was left at my house by someone who came to my daughters Birthday party, I would never have paid for it.

I poured the beer into one of my Duvel glasses, I wanted to give the beer a chance.

To be fair it looked like a Duvel except the head fell away very swiftly. A little lighter than a Duvel really, very pale and crystal clear too.

I give all lager/pilsners a score of 3 unless there is something bad or good about them. This is as odourless as most, but with a stale bread aroma hanging around.

Insipid and tasteless, nothing to report.

Fizzy water comes to mind when considering the mouthfeel.

Glad I didn't buy this beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Everyone knows this beer. I just thought I'd throw in my two pesos here.
This isn't a bad beer if you're at a Cinco de Mayo party, because there's almost no taste and it is extremely smooth (I find that the lime actually makes it a less drinkable) and goes down easy.
As for the beer, it is seethru, almost invisible. There is no discernable smell other than water, because this a watered down beer.
The taste I said that was better w/o the lime is still not impressive.
It isn't worth the money it sells for, and its popularity proves the adage that there is no accounting for taste.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.19/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: It pours strawcoloured from a clear bottle. The head is fluffy white but it dies way to fast.

S: Almost no smell, faint malt and faint lime.

T: Almost no taste, some faint citric notes and som faint malt.

M: No aftertaste what so ever, a lot of carbonation but very thin.

D: I'm having trouble finding any reasons at all for drinking this beer. It's like carbonated water that gives you a buzz...
I'm sorry but this is as far from a beer I would buy again as you possibly can get.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden, pale yellow in color. Very see through in appearance. Grain, malty and cardboard. Thin to approaching medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Very short finish. Probably pairs well with spicy food.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - basic yellow, small white head that dissipates quickly.

S - smells skunky, grassy, traces of alcohol

T&M - average carbonation, skunky taste, and the finish is not smooth

D - I'll admit, that if I'm lying on a beach chair and someone hands be a cold corona with a lime; I'll drink it. But it is a poor beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.18/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a two-finger white head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Yellow color similar to urine. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts and finishes very bland, no flavor, qualifies as a poor lawn mower beer. Why did I buy this stuff? I needed the bottle for my collection - now over 1650. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA

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Photo of weeare138
2.48/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I intentionally waited this long to review this beer because I've been told that it's actually decent on draft. Well...after finally having it on draft in Mexico, I can put that myth to rest.
Appears a transparent light gold with a thin white head that quickly fizzles away into a mild collar. A few spots are left.
Smell is of lemon and flaked maize. Even the lager yeast seems to be dulled down in the draft version. If there are hops in here, they are extremely mild. is what it is. Crispy cereal with bubbles.
Mouthfeel is spritzy, light bodied, easy to drink, lemony & semi-dry in the finish.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has a horrible aftertaste if you drink it by itself. Why do you think it is served with a lime? The lime helps mask the taste of this beer. I can only drink Corona when I am already pretty drunk and can't taste much anyways. It seems to be the "in thing" around here with the college kids.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.31/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This pours from 12oz bottle...err....strong whiff of skunkiness hit my nose buds before I can continue...ok, very fizzy yellow with a small but persistent head of foam.

The smell...mostly already covered but there's also a strong dose of corn.

The taste is corny and sweet until some hop moves in and then it's gone. Finishes watery. Yuck. "nuff said.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Part of my ongoing effort to review a bunch of readily available beers I've not put pen to paper about yet. Reviewed in a glass without the addition of lemon.

Pour? Well, you can see the colour straight away from the clear glass bottle, and even once it's in the glass, there's very minimal head, so it looks almost identical: a very pale yellow, almost getting towards clear. Large bubbled but surprisingly minimal carbonation. Head, as mentioned, is very weak, just a faint ring of fine white bubbles in a collar around the top of the glass. Uninspiring.

Nose? Well, you can see why you put a lemon in it. Forget the myths about clear glass, keeping flies away, increasing vitamin C intake: you add lemon because otherwise this beer has no aroma whatsoever. Nada. None.

OK, that may be exaggeration, because after filling my lungs with it for many minutes I do start to detect a slightly mealy corn adjunct character. Possibly the most unpleasant character to be had in isolation in a beer.

Taste is light and mealy as well, although it doesn't have any truly offensive characters to it. Much like the rest, it's just bland and unobtrusive. Slight lemony zing mid-palate, with a dry bready character on the finish. Carbonation is solid and bloating.

So bland. So, so bland. And it's depressing to think that that's why it's so popular. Easy to slug in the sun, but if I had to do it more often, it would leave me feeling depressed inside.

"Mas Fina"? Por desgracia no.

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Photo of corby112
1.78/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly. Nothing special about the aroma or flavor other than it is refreshing on a hot day. If it is served freezing cold with a slice of lime on a very humid day it can be drinakble, otherwise avoid at all cost.

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Photo of Haybeerman
1.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very light clear, straw yellow. Starts out with a one inch white head, but diminished to a skim in quickly. Not real carbonated like many of its ilk. This was actually the highlight.

Smell: Slightly sweet corn with a hint of green apple. Slightly metallic smell was a turn-off.

Taste: Very little, if any flavor. Repeats the sweet and metallic smell in the taste with like a wet cardboard. No hop bitterniess, no finish, nothing.

Mouthfeel: No body, medium carbonation. Not very much here at all.

Drinkability: Don't let it warm, extreme cold will mask most of the unpleasantness of this beer. Better off to buy something (anything) else.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.78/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Well you can spice it up with a lime on a hot summer day and its tolerable. Other than that, you get a weak ass yellow fizzy appearance, no head, no aroma, no taste.

Hops, malt, yeast? Never know there was any here. Lots of carbonation. The only flavor is that which you add. Plenty of water up in this.

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Photo of beertunes
2.53/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very clean, clear yellow with just the thinnest cap of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

Aroma was a little sweet, basically neutral and benign, with a hint of grain and the faintest whisper of hops. That sums up the flavors as well, neutral, benign and barely existent.

The body was a touch on the thin side of typical for the style, but not as much as some the more highly rated examples. Drinkability was OK, if you're in the mood for the style.

Overall, while I would rarely order one of these, if you want a quick, refreshing, lawnmower beer, you could do worse.

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Corona Extra from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.24 out of 5 based on 4,891 ratings.
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