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

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Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.com.mx

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. There is a bit of a skunky aroma that comes out more as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with a sweet corn flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is skunky and sweet which is never a good combination for anything.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

my personal favorite of all the cheap mass produced mexican lagers, and maybe the only beer in the world ill take with fruit. the worst part of this one for me is the smell, which is kind of a pale malty metallic resonance, just not very nice at all. the citric notes from a fresh lime in it can only save the nose to a very small degree for me. the taste is much better, very light and refreshing, but sort of hollow in taste. light malts is really it, no hops or yeast or anything of note. again, a bit of lime picks this one up to decent, and helps cut through the spice of a burrito or some spicy nachos. feel is the best part, light in body and good carbonation, good drinkablilty as a thirst quencher. overall not brutal by any means.

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Photo of metter98
2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn from the adjunct malts and some hints of grain. Little, if any bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a bit more flavor and body compared to other Mexican adjunct lagers but also benefits with the addition of a lime to mask the flavors of corn. It goes down very easily.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yea, this one is really not that good. The appearence says it all. Void of color, viscosity, retention, and character. Over carbonated and fizzy. Smells grainy with a little sweetness (malt and corn). As the malt sweetness subsides, a peroxide flavor dominates. Flavors are fleeting, leaving a grain husk bite-eyness behind. Makes that Carta Blanca seem like great beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My only other exposure to this beer was at a dollar beer bar at a party in Chi-town a few years ago. Always a surprise to see it out of its 'native' environment here in the great frozen north...

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with one finger of rapidly-dissipating soapy white head, which leaves nada in the way of lace. It smells of water, faint sweet grain, and faint skunked hops. The taste is more of the same - very thin adjunct grain and moderately skunky hops. The carbonation is prickly, but not overbearing, the body medium-light, but still watery. It finishes off-dry, the latent mild grain and skunky, weedy hops going for a swim.

Obviously a beer for the captive beach market, or any other tropical environment - inoffensive for the most part, but certainly not a pick when there is actual choice available.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock Cafe Hefeweizen glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow with lots of carbonation. It's appealing.

Sm: Lime citrus ester hops, light malt, and clean barley. A moderate strength scent in which the lime is dominant. Note that it's not artifical lime like Dos Equis; it's real lime. At least in scent...

T: Lime on front and through the first half. A clean barley body hides underneath, with a well handled malt climax and a clean finish. It's simple, but that's what they're going for. It refreshes. It's well built as a tropical "in the sun" beer and it's quite balanced. I quite fancy it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, just as it should be. Complements the general tone and direction of the beer, as well as the style.

Dr: This is a Mexican import meant as a tropical beach beer, and it works brilliantly in that aim. Note the brown glass bottle; Corona uses clear glass and Heineken green. They're not skimping. The lime is tastefully done. The price is right and it's very refreshing. The drinkability is simply amazing, though the alcohol content is only 4.8%. Give her a spin, lads.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen this around the package store for a while but never tried it.

Well, it tastes like how I expected it to.. a Corona/Landshark clone. I would say this is better by than those other two but it's a subpar beer none the less. This beer pours with zero head.. not even like 1/16 of an inch... almost amazing to see. Really drinkable and tastes like nothing, would drink if it was free but never would buy it again.

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Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts. Sweet smelling.

T - It was fairly sweet. It really just tasted like corn. Not really very bitter.

M - It was somewhat crisp and very light bodied.

D - It is drinkable and sessionable. I would rate it as one of the better beers to have at a Mexican eatery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a moderate yellow golden with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Nose is a bit of light grain without much else. Taste is slightly grainy and has a tough of skunked character. Light and crisp. About the same as carbonated water in terms of flavor, but really nothing horrific about it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Basic golden lager. Average appearance.
- There's an interesting floral hop note in the nose but not much else.
- The mouthfeel is average with a crisp carbonation and medium-light body.
- It's not as sweet as many other "island" brews - it's a little more bitter; and it has a decent amount of floral and grassy hop flavor to it.
- Overall, however, it's quite basic and offers next to nothing to hold your interest. Save this one for when your boat goes up in flames burning all but the plexiglass hull, and you're left to drift in shark infested waters awaiting rescue.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, I didn't hate it, but I'm trying to be fair to the much-hated category.

Pale amber, I think, in the Cinco de Mayo plastic cup. Nice head retention and a pleasant carbonation. Very sprightly and prickly on the tongue. Not much real flavor, kind of a salty water. However, the is a pleasant hint of malt. Even a twang of hops. Bitterish aftertaste, though slight. Seems like the classic Mexican lager, though better than I remembered.

Not a beer I normally choose, but it's perfectly acceptable as a gulp-- or here in Old Town San Diego with the Mariachis blaring, would you rather have Modelo Light in a can?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So... another adjunct lager by the folks who bring us Corona. Clear yellow-amber with a fair amount of visible carbonation that, nevertheless, can't sustain much of a head. The cap starts out small after a vigorous pour and falls quickly, but not instantly, to a mere film. Decent nose I guess; at least it doesn't smell sour or skunky. I might even appreciate a little lemon mixed in with the grain.

The flavor fails to reach the relatively low bar set by the nose. In fact, it doesn't really distinguish itself from the truly 'macro' American macro lagers that I've had. It tastes like mildly bitter grain with a dry finish, a thin mouthfeel and too much carbonation. That about sums it up.

Pacifico isn't as offensive as some AMLs, but that's hardly a recommendation. The only thing memorable about it is that it may be the cheapest single that I've ever purchased ($0.79). I can't decide if I got my money's worth or not.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$1.35 12 oz. single at Green's (Buford) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a thin, short-lived, bubbly head and tons of overall effervescence.

Smell: Lackluster aroma of corn and cheap, stale grains.

Taste: Light pale malts and corn grits with a cereal sweetness. Light floral hops and bitterness. Finishes dry with a slight, lingering husk astringency.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Poor even by macro lager standards. Not recommended.

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Photo of chinchill
2.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a light golden with a 1 finger white foamy head that quickly reduces to a thin coat then a thin ring.

Aroma of grains, more like corn than malt. There's an unpleasant component too.

T – follows aroma although the unpleasant odor had no corresponding taste.

M - thin and unremarkable.

O - best I can say is better than no beer ... at least sometimes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.37/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with no head and no lace.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste doesn't have much too it, a mild adjunct sweetness, a very mild hops presence, a very thin malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Not crisp with very little smoothness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, the finish is clean at least.

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down ok, not filling at all, not much kick, this definitely not a good beer in any way.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I preface it by saying it really could have been worse, really it could have. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was just what I would have thought. Bright golden yellow in color with a fizzy white head that drops off quickly leaving behind nothing but a bare top and loads of carbonation. Aroma is light grain, corn and bready notes with a touch of hay. The crisp, clean and overally carbonated nature of it really seem to work in the style though as the grainy and bready malts really do seem to work on some level. The beer is refrshining and clean and I have to admit, given the style I have had worse.

Overall for the mexican lager category not bad at all. In a pinch I would take it over a corona.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a yellow/straw color with a quickly receding white head and pretty much no lacing.

S: Smells like corn. Very sweet and grainy as well. There's some sugary notes to it and a bit of toast, even. Maybe a little bit of skunk and grass, but not horribly offensive.

T: The nose was decently unoffensive, but the flavor is pretty harsh. Lots of toasted grain and bitterness that doesn't really fit into the rest of the beer. Sweet corn and sugar makes up most of the flavor and there's some grassy hop notes.

M: The body is light with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: I guess there are more offensive beers out there, but that doesn't absolve this one. Still not something I'd look forward to again.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A -3 S -3 T-3.5 F-4 O-4 I had this bottle at El Rodeo in York PA - poured from the chilled 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint

A - A very pale golden w/ transparent clarity and 2 fingers of creamy white w/ average sized bead
Lace clings in a sheet visible carbonation rises steadily

S - A sweet light grain odor w/ more of a mild pils scent than anything w/ light honey-like sweet fruit odor of mild yeast and barely any hop scent but that is true to style

M - The feel is clean and slightly spiced w/ crisp full carbonation and moderately light body but not the lightest ever w/ sweetness in the low end and an herbal note of hops in the finish

T - A mild malt taste up front w/ light flavor continuing and gentle herbal hops accent this w/ mild cereal flavor, probably rice or corn but neither stands out hints of spice in the finish. The taste has a mild yeast element that gives very clean overall flavor w/ mild tinge of fruit and slight corn pop in the finish when warmed slightly

D - I enjoyed this with the guadalajara special I had which came after the queso fundido - the lager cut the grease of the refried beans and cheese and went nicely with the spice and creamy components of the sour cream and guacamole - I wouldn't hesitate to order this again in a similar situation

Tried again- review edit : A -3 S -2.75 M 3.25 T-2.75 O-2.75
The color is pale golden with quick to drop head with lots of fast rising bubbles visible and no head retention or lace. Smell is somewhat skunky with light malt and sweetness in aroma with subtle corn-type adjunct scent with light floral ester. The feel is light in sweetness with mild diacetyl and medium high carbonation with slight slick and faintly sweet middle with mostly dry finish.

The taste is lightly grainy with a semi-dry quality with mild malt and gentle bitterness and carbonic acid type flavor from the high carbonation with mild grain and tangy yeast in the finish. Overall not very pleasurable...I used to like it with mexican food, but would not have this on its own again with a not very inspiring and bland lager flavor with dull malt quality not the best.. I could take it or leave it preferably the latter of the two

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Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with a bright yellow label, no freshness date to be found.

A- White fizzy head, dissipates quickly. Yellowish straw hue shows a bright clarity.

S- Cooked corn, mild solvent alcohol and a plum-like ester. Faint graininess in the nose.

T&M- Big mouthful of grain, horse-feed astringency. Odd twang of dead yeast and husk tannins. Moderate crispness Mild fruitiness in the back, finishes very dry.

D- Very harsh and hard to knock back, tastes like they rush the fermentation. Not recommended.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a straw/yellow color with a foamy white head that is gone in not time with no lacing left behind.

S: Lots of grain and some corn. A little bit of toasty bread and some light grassy notes.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of grain and some corn. A little bit of lemon and lemon zest and hints of grass.

M: Light bodied with a good bit of carbonation, but crisp and pretty refreshing.

O: Not awful, but nothing great. A refreshing beer that I will grab out at the dive bar in Mexico.

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Photo of smcolw
1.35/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A man walks into Mexican restaurant and asks for a beer. And here it is, Mexico's version of Bud. Thin and watery, the body consists of lots of large soda pop bubbles. Pale straw color and very clear. No head and, of course, no lace at all. The smell was similar: nothing notable other than light malt and adjuncts.

Bottom line: Flavorless lawn mower beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry I love this beer, guilty pleasure yes. But let me tell you I have nothing but fond memories drinking 12 packs of this one the beach while living in Southern California when I was there the summer after my freshman year in college. I also discovered craft beer that way that most of us here know it but this beer is just good mass produced lager, it's not rotten like most mass produced Mexican swill. I even drink it ocasionally at my local Mexican restaurant called Puerta Vallarta. I even squeeze the lime and it tastes so good in bottle or frosted mug. Bottles there are 2 bucks, I just finished a 20 dollar bottle of Infinium. I'd rather drink ice cold Pacifico with Arroz con Pollo and Chile Relleno anyday. Even compared to other shitty beers, this is good tasting and enjoyable, so I'm offended that this is considered the bottom of the barrel. Yes it's fizzy yellow beer and it has corn and rice adjuncts but this one is a lesser of all evils for me. Flavor wise straight or with lime it has subtle sweetness no raw off flavors just a dynamic drinking experience that comes of both drinkable and enjoyable especially when paired with the right foods. Drinkability overall is great mouthfeel is light bodied mass produced thin fizzy lager that I really really like drinking.

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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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Photo of jwc215
2.13/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours golden yellow with a foamy white head that has a decent retention for the style at first, though it eventually disappears.

The smell is of grain, some cooked veggies, a hit of husk, and a touch of soap.

The taste is of sweet grain, cooked veggies, some husk with a touch of soap and seltzer water. Sweetness balanced by husk more than by any hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, it has some wet cardboard and something that I can't quite pinpoint that just leaves a blah feel on the palate. Fizzy, for sure.

This isn't even refreshing. It leaves a pretty nasty aftertaste, to boot. Something pretty harsh about it, though on a hot day it's not impossible to finish. But, that's it...as for me, I'll pass - would rather drink water. Very little redeeming qualities to this one.

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Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one with dinner at my favorite mexican restaurant in N. Raleigh, Torero's.

Drank from the bottle. Not my style, but glasses are hard to come by at this place.

Nothing to offer in terms of appearance. From what little I could smell, it smelled slightly metallic, fruity, and sweet. Taste is corn-like and sweet, a little lemony, and there's a slight metallic off-flavor to the bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated. Quite refreshing and drinkable.

This one isn't bad when viewed in respect to other Mexican beers.

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