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

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Pacifico Cerveza ClaraPacifico Cerveza Clara

Brewed by:
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: 525 | Ratings: 1,924
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 Josephkeene
3.46/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle - $9.50 locally

Pours a darker transparent yellow minimal lacing that dissipates within seconds. Smells a bit funky (a good thing) and with a hint of corn. Tastes similar to its cousin, Modelo Especial, without a great deal of funk and more cereal grains that leave a smooth crisp finish on the end. Mild carbonation.

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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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Photo of garyrjas
3.35/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is light and enjoyable with little aftertaste. It does not taste like Budweiser as some have suggested. It has a much better taste than American light beers and would go great at sports bars or sporting events. If you are simply looking for a cold light tasting beer, this fits the bill.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden with a quick forming and short lasting head. Grain in the nose. Very light flavor in the mouth, and it has a very light feel.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.71/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head and lots of crazy streaming bubbles.

Smells like a beer with barley malts and I even pick up some yeast in an almost bready sense. Other than that not a whole lot going on.

The taste is something like the nose, not a lot going on. It has a decent beer taste with just a hint of some hops toward the back.

The mouth feel is very light and watery with a very crisp finish.

Overall this is a decent adjunct lager from Mexico. There is not a lot of sweetness here like some adjunct lagers. However I have had better beers that have come up from south of the border. I think that this is worth a shot because these Mexican beers are pretty close in taste and this may be the one for you.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess this is the same beer as the quarts with the whale on me. Yellow beer can't hold a head. Clarity wasn't even all that special. Aroma of corn.

Taste was more corn, like a corn tortilla lightly toasted. A lot of carbonation here. Its like corn flavored mineral water.

Nothing bad here. Just mostly water.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.51/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes taken 04/17/16:

Perfectly clear straw gold with thin, foamy head of weak retention. Smells like adjunct grains, honey, floral hops. Grainy taste, seems like corn, incredibly watered down, but at least not harsh. Light honey-like sweetness to back it up, don’t really notice much for hops. Light-bodied, spritzy and then effervescent carbonation, making it seem almost medium-bodied. Not nasty, but little to recommend it other than its refreshing and crisp qualities. Typical adjunct lager, without even trying to fool you otherwise.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.76/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I had this on my Wants list forever, since hearing rumors that they had begun putting it in CANs. Have I seen it in bottles? Sure, but between the dwindling Bottle Backlog and my ever-decreasing interest in more bottled beers, I have shined it on until now. The CANQuest (tm) recently discovered it in a 24-fl. oz./710 ml CAN & I jumped on it! As a retired sailor, this was a gorgeous CAN! The graphics, with the bronze anchor, the blue sea, the life preserver & the hops bine, all spoke to me. Plus, the bright yellow (my favorite color & shade) was totally eye-catching on its own.

From the CAN: "La Cerveza del Pacifico (The Beer of the Pacific)".

I readied my largest glass, put up a fight on the open to unleash one of the loudest Crack!s ever & actually CANmenced an inverted Glug, believe it or don't. This mad craziness led to three-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky head with low retention, retreating as quickly as it had advanced. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2). Nose smelled like a farmer had scooped up a cat & a skunk in a fight to the death & flung them into the corn silo to ferment along with the rest of the pig slop. Oof. Cattiness + skunkiness + silage = eyeballs rolling back just prior to fainting. It has, admittedly, been a while for me, but AALs were the backbone of The CANQuest (tm) for a long time. I had really forgotten what it was to actually drink one. Mouthfeel was barely medium. It was just slightly above thin. The taste was like my upcoming afternoon snack of Fritos. This is a little off-track, but my longest-lasting formative moments were in Nursery class with Mrs. Havens in 1969-'70 at LCDS. I was smitten with this gorgeous redhead, Lauren, with whom I shared a freckled face, but not the hair. We held hands at every opportunity & were the talk of the school until she transferred a couple/few years later. I wept inCANsolably at the loss, but I have had a redhead fetish since. Another love that has stuck with me since then is Fritos. Mrs. Havens gave each of us a bag with lunch one afternoon & I was hooked! I have heard, repeatedly, that Fritos are for little kids, but I love the crunchy mouthfeel, the saltiness, the oiliness, the taste and especially the way that they pair with food. I have baked, stirred and otherwise incorporated them into dishes ever since my introduction to them. I CAN't say much good about a beer that tastes like corn chips, but at least it invoked a pleasant memory. Finish was oddly semi-sweet, rather than outright sweet, but it was still pretty much rubbish, overall.

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