Pacifico Cerveza Clara | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Pacifico Cerveza ClaraPacifico Cerveza Clara

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

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Reviews: 531 | Ratings: 1,945
Photo of Catracho5
2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear straw color with a dull white head, no retention or lacing, looks really thin and light.

A: Sweet corn, slight grassy note, not much else, very bland.

T: Like the nose, lots of corn, slight lemon, grassy note, there's a strange metal taste in the finish.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation.

O: Not a big fan of adjunct lagers and this one fits right in the category, low on every aspect, I'd only drink this again if I on a hot summer day but there are better beers for southern CA summers.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.46/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an adjunct lager, so you kind of know what you are getting into but this is the best of this style I have had. Not so much corn flavor, and very refreshing.

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Photo of acmurphy696
2.32/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I can't really say much about this lager. It's not bad, but are any adjunct lagers ever really bad? They tend to be bland, and Pacifico fits snuggly into that description. The head dissipated fairly quickly although I did like it's colour, which was a darck yellow that bordered on amber. It doesn't have much of a distinctive nose, and it's slightly sweet on the tongue. There is abosolutely nothing memorable about the mouth feel. Like many adjuncts (I feel as if I'm profiling) it's okay, but not very daring, which I suppose is its purpose. While I might find a beer like Wild Heavan's Funkenbach awful, at least it's attempting something.

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Photo of richdeneault
2.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had Pacifico at several times, but last night I had one of the best Pacifico beers I have ever tasted. The reason is quite simple - it was ice cold served with a bit of ice on top from the mug being so cold. Of course, the beer itself was refreshing, however with little taste. To say the look is golden is an overstatement, but that is certainly in its purvey of possibilities! Light, refreshing beer that paris with spicy food or hot summer days.

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Photo of Gajo74
2.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The funny story about this is that I was at the little deli/bodega across the street from me because I was totally out of beer and wanted to buy a few single bottles to get me through the night. They do not by any means have a great selection, but they have some well known craft basics. After picking up a few Sierra Nevadas, I reached for the six pack of Stone IPA to grab a single. I paid and went home. Clearly I wasn't paying attention because when I got home, I noticed that instead of reaching for a Stone, I got this one. Instead of returning it, I decided to give it a chance.
It is a clear straw yellow brew that leaves a thin film of head but mostly dissapates. Initially grassy in the nose, then sweet from the malt and corn adjuncts. Fuzzy in the mouth, clean, watery, virtually no hops bitterness; it feels like an adjunct Lager, maybe slightly above average. It has a somewhat sweet finish. Honestly, it's not that bad, albbeit very uninteresting. That said, I don't see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of andrewh995
2.28/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Corn and malt and toooonnnss of carbonation. By tons I mean it, it's seriously like a soda. From am objective standpoint it's pretty bad or mediocre at best, but even though my rating isn't high, I can imagine this would be a great beer sitting on the beach and relaxing.

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Photo of gandres
2.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straight from the bottle to wine glass very cold beer
Appearance: Light pale yellow, minimal head, a lot of lacing
Aroma: scent smell of malt, nothing else
Taste: not really great Mouth feel: very carbonated
Overall: good beer for the hot weather

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Photo of 413
3.29/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

To me, there is something endearing about Pacifico. As some have said already, this is the best of the Mexican beers. It may not be one for the ages, but you're not always looking for something deep. This one is there for those lazy summer days, or whenever you want a quick taste of the southern border or the California coast. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of michau
5/5  rDev +88.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best of the Mexican beers. Light and refreshing with a wonderful taste. We are not talking sitting in a cold place analyzing the properties and elements of the brew. We are talking sitting on the beach in the warm tropics quenching your thirst with a beer that goes down nice and easy. Don't get me wrong I love my ales but sitting on the beach in Wainha, kicking it in the warm breeze listening to the ocean nothing, I say nothing taste better than a six pack of Pacifico.

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Photo of TerryMills
2.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really light golden color with lots of bubbles, didn't make much of a head tho.

Smell is mostly corn,malty sweetness and some mineral/metal .

Taste starts off sweet but finishes dry with a little burn from all the carbonation, very little hops flavor.

Feel is a little watery and definitely thin .

Overall I would rather have corona familiar or modelo especial if I'm having a Mexican beer.. Probably wont buy it again .

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Photo of mrpoizun
2.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

Pacifico used to be an excellent Mexican version of a German lager, as it was Germans who started the Mexican beer industry. But it's been taken over by a giant conglomerate and they've dumbed-down the taste to light beer territory. Thin, watery... it's a shame.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.99/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pacifico Cerveza Clara | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this beer is 1/2 finger thick, with spotty lacing, and a clear straw gold body.

I smell bright, earthy/grassy grains alongside easier-going malts.

Tastes like a slightly rich, yet very refreshing blend of the smell. Perhaps a tab bit of apple mid-palate?

Mouthfeel is medium-light with fair carbonation.

Overall, I'l give Pacifico Cerveza Clara | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. a rating of a solid 4. Light, refreshing, with enjoyable taste.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours golden color with even streams of carbonation forming a nice thin head. Appealing. Very malty, grainy, smell with some grass notes. Not complex but sure gets the appetite going. Tastes very watered down unfortunately. The taste does not match the smell. Incredibly smooth feel with just the right carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Definitely not the beer you want for sophistication but on a hot day this beer does just fine.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Easy to drink, a clear yellow body, mild floral nose and slightly bitter close. Some carbonation, and very light on the tongue. Inoffensive, but quite forgetable.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A maltier, more robust version of Corona.

Flavors of caramel and floral hops. Goes down easy, highly drinkable.

Nothing special to write home about, but if you're looking for an easy drinking adjunct you can pair with Latin food or use to slate your thirst on a hot day, Pacifico is a great choice.

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Photo of Spike
2.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On this occasion, drunk from the bottle. However, have had this many times with pan-Latin food at Brasitas restaurant in Stamford, CT.

Looks like regular lager: yellow and fizzy. Smells a little grainy. Flavour has an unexpected but appreciated hint of malts. Medium to high carbonation, verging on gassy.

Goes well with Latino food. But, taking away the food association, it's really just a very ordinary lager. Has to be drunk ice cold from a chilled glass to be properly appreciated, which tells you everything you need to know. But...goes well with Latino food.

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Photo of Joe1987
4.96/5  rDev +87.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Its one of the best Mexican beer overall. Probably better than Corona. This beer goes great with seafood such as a ceviche if you order at a restaurant. Color is nice and the feel is pretty good. Taste is not bad like American beers. Smell is pretty good. I choose this over any nasty American beer any time of the day. Perfect on a hot day or at a beach.

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Photo of Keg-Stand-Kenny
3.64/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours with almost no head. I detect almost no lacing. Carbonation appears to be below average. It's got a pale yellow color to it. It's a pretty average looking beer.

Smell: The smell is mild. It smells sweet, toasty, grainy, and corny more than anything. I smell a very faint amount of hops. The smell overall is kind of nice, despite minimal hops aromas.

Taste: This beer had more complex tastes to it than I expected. It tastes of sweet, grainy, slightly malty, and slightly hoppy. It has a semi-bitter, yet semi-sweet aftertaste I enjoy. The taste is nice and crisp overall.

Feel: It feels smooth, foamy, and slightly watery.. The feel is good but not great.

Conclusion: This is one of the better Mexican made adjunct lagers out there. I cannot find anything I dislike about it, except for the look being mediocre. It's a a very crisp drinkable beer, and it has a surprising amount of flavor for an adjunct lager. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys American adjunct lagers, or to anyone who's looking for a crisp, yet very drinkable beer on a hot day.


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Photo of STPLT
4.21/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The look is pale yellow when poured. The smell is fair. Very subtle and slightly sweet when taking a whiff. The taste is splendid as I am a huge fan of light beers. This beer is very crisp, medium carbonation, and is great for sport gatherings. Perfect with food.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.71/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale clear golden color with lots of foam that dissipates quickly.
Not much smell or taste -- faint hint of citrus and grain, with a slight grassy finish. Lots of carbonation. Not much taste. Comparing to Corona, I'd say this is cleaner without the skunk. Overall, not much flavor and forgettable, but not terrible either.

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Photo of leap89
2.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The smell is much stronger than the flavor. Smells heavily of corn and vegetables, and almost sickly sweet.

It tastes like almost nothing at all. What flavor there is isn't particularly great either. It's like someone watered down a Heineken (not that I dislike Heineken).

The longer I let it warm up the more I realize this beer is really just a mess. A lot of strange and unpleasant flavors come out the warmer it gets, ranging from rotten vegetables to piss.

This is certainly the worst Mexican beer I've had. If this was the only beer available I'd... probably still drink it. I'd just drink it as cold and as fast as possible.

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Photo of Lagerdetoro
2.78/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Straw color with white head; small bubbles which dissipated quickly and left the surface bland. Not much smell- not much taste either. But, I like the feel of the beer, and of course it goes well with spicy Mexican or Indian food. But here's the main thing: the label. Pacifico Clara has the most beautiful label; it just makes you want to buy the sh$t. I froze another pint glass and poured number two; it really helps.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 24oz from Longs $2.79
Clear golden color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smooth, slightly sweet
Overall an ok beer. Taste like a Mexican version of Budweiser.

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Photo of Guppy314
1.06/5  rDev -60%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

(This Pacifico Clara was from a bottle bought at Trader Joes rather than a tap.) I expect any Pilsner to be crisp and refreshing, but this example was immediately harsh and metallic. To be fair, the Pilsner style is more suseptible to "going bad" so a more fair test would include more samples from different sources.

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Photo of larryarms847
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of white foam.

Very grainy aroma.

Toast, grains, barley.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, not the worst beer I've had but not very good.

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