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

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Pacifico Cerveza ClaraPacifico Cerveza Clara
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

BEER STATS
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523
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1,919
Avg:
2.65
pDev:
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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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Photo of smakawhat
2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner Libbey glass. Happy Cino de Mayo! or uh maybe? Boy it's been ages since I had one of these.

Pretty much a basic looking lager. A real bright white soapy head, fairly large with a little bit of retention to it, settling down in time to about a finger, but easily three fingers tall. Body color is a deep brass yellow, crystal clear, even a hint of brown chestnut color to it also.

It's that adjunct nose. A bit of corn, there's even a good amount of skunking going on here for a brown bottle. How long was that single sitting in the cooler huh? Cryptic bottle dating on neck, even another websites decipering makes no sense. Some slight sweetness, nothing too syrup, but its not ideal.

Surprisingly skunky quality doesn't hit so much in the palate, but boy it's weak. Surprisingly didn't think this would be that wet, but it's quite flat. Virtually still water and no carbonation. Hints of watery malt and adjunct grain/corn finish. Lots of sweetness on the, and a sort of toothpaste like herbal finish.

Boy this is nothing like I remember it, this is just plain friggin weird. Took one hit for the team, there goes my $2.50, but I am a better man now that I know.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: lightness personified, clear yellow, with a short, soon dead head, leaving only upwardly migrating bubbles, but nothing lasting on top.

Aroma: corny and sweetish...vastly empty otherwise...not unpleasant, but not pleasant, either...

Taste: wet, miniscule malt, hardly any flavor to speak of, no body, no texture, no mouthfeel beyond the carbonation, and trifling hints of citrus in the taste...Alcoholic soda pop?

Very limited appeal in this one...a thin, hollow, un-tasty alcohol delivery system. Bleh.

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

Pacifico as in most Mexican beers taste best in the summer with a lime...however, judging Pacifico sin limon...its just another no frills cerveza! The beer poors golden clear with good carbonation that give a white foamy head for a brief time. The smell and taste are enhanced with grain. The hops help somewhat with the taste so that it is not bread water. Mouthfeel is easy especially on hot days...enjoy!

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very pale, watery, yellowish coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of roasted corn and must. Flavors are sharp and astringent, with a roasty grain and buttery blend that is minimal and underwhelming given the body and feel of the brew. The aftertaste is tangy and astringent, with a sharp, rough finish. Not pleasant at all.

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

this is some nasty stuff. very light, very clear. Mediciny nose. minimal malt, some grainy hop bitterness. Nasty off flavors, astrigent and harsh. This is an unpleasant product that I poured out after about 1/2 of the bottle. Life is too short to drink this p**s

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Photo of drabmuh
2.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An oldy but a bady, this was my first beer when I was in college, not recommended.

Returned the scene of the crime to review it for this site. Sorry Pacifico, strap in.

Beer is poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Beer is clear and yellow, forms a white head of medium bubbles that quickly disappear leaving no lacing on the glass, carbonation is moderate to low with large to medium bubbles.

Aroma is a mixture between grainy and corny. Its not very appealing.

Beer is medium to light bodied, has a harsh cereal flavor that damages the drinkability. There isn't much in flavor, some corn and some mild sweetness up front that disappears and gives way to a terrible aftertaste. Sorry, never again. No more memories required.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.35/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. I've had many of these before, so I figured I would have it again and actually write some notes on it. A pretty decnt beer! I'm even a little impressed. Pours an amber color with a small head and the slightest of lacing. Smells of sweet, maybe fruity or floral hops. Maybe a bit of corn or rice or something I can't really tell what the other scent is. The hops in this beer are pretty tasty. Good, in fact maybe a bit too mach carbonation. Not really watery at all. A very good beer while sitting on the beach or kicking back with a few fish tacos. Wish they had buckets of these on the beach instead of Corona.

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Photo of stevoj
1.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bland, unexciting, the best part being the slice of lime. Light malty aroma and taste, appearance was flat looking, not much taste or aftertaste to speak of. Good for washing down a burrito at least.

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

Pours a clear, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of adjunct and yeast, but mostly lacking. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct and slight yeast characteristics, but mostly water. Overall, not very much flavor at all.

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Photo of tempest
3.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with some Mexican black bean soup (I forget the Spanish name) at Casa Toro in Coopersburg. Served fresh and cold, I poured it into a pint glass, but had no head retention over the clear gold body.

I actually found the beer to be surprisingly decent, more like a Euro pale lager. It tasted somewhere between Miller Lite and great helles lager. There's more clean bready malt than cooked vegetable (there's very little) and some subtle toast and fruity lager character. I'd say this is on par with Becks and certainly a step up from most Mexican adjunct beers.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A faint golden pour, medium carbonation bubbles racing to the top. A rather thin head emerged then ran away. An off centered malt smell to it. A bit of stale floral hops and old socks.
Taste followed the malt, but barely. Actually the taste is rather tasteless. Just leaves a sticky stale aftertaste. However, it's rather unstructured form did drink like water. It went down easy, as long as I didn't think about it.

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Photo of Gavage
2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a bright yellow color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. No lace develops.

Smell: light corn and grass aroma is hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: light grainy malt profile with some corn, grass and hint of lemon zest. Very little flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: the flavor profile is so weak and bland having more than one would leave the tastebuds screaming for some flavor.

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Photo of WesWes
3.52/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a lacey white head. The aroma is actually not bad. It has a bit of citrous/almost belgian like scent. The taste is good also. Yes, it is still another Mexican lager, but it has a nice flavor to it. There is a zing to it almost like someone squeezed some fresh lemon into it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well and is really quite enjoyable. I'd like to be drinking this on a hot summers day.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

One of the few beers my aunt will actually drink and popular with people in my age group (I'm 21 years old at this typing), I found a discounted single bottle at Vendome waiting to be taken home. I just want to see what the fuss is all about with this beer, and ironically, won't be consumed at my house, but my cousin's house which I'm housesitting for the weekend. It's been unusually warm here in SoCal recently, and after building a thirst from work, found an appropriate time to consume Pacifico. On to the beer:

Poured into a glass, the color looks appetizing, but the head does not. It has faint smells of corn husks and a small dose of malts. The taste? Uhhh, fudge it, I'm thirsty. Husky, husky, husky. This beer's role is to quench your thirst, not your taste buds. So maybe now i see why this beer's popularity is growing fast; assuming the beer is cold, you can drink it like water without many flavors getting in the way.

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

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.46/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mexican beer is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. Growing up in San Diego, this is what we drank when we were younger, especially since we didnt have any money. Plus, it was readily available in TJ and Ensenada. The flavor brings back those memories.

Pacifico is my Mexican beer of choice. I love it on a hot day and when eating some good Mexican food. Founders brews are not meant for Mexican food, but Pacifico is. That's how I roll and how I will continue to do so.

Throw a lime in that bad boy, and you're on your way.

¡Viva Pacifico!

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with small head. Decent aroma with hints of corn. Taste is so-so and rather dry. Not a lot of flavor. Feels light and watery in the mouth. Average drinkability I guess. Not horrible, but nothing special here.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a clean shaker glass. Yellowish with a head that fizzes away.

Smells of light skunk hop and corn.

Taste follows the nose. Scant euro hopping and a bit of malt with some corny influences. Grainy n Gritty, but it is on par with the style.

Mouthfeel is easy to drink light bodied light beer.

Drinkability is alright. Refreshing and easy to pound away when needed. Cheers Amigos...

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

Pacifico Clara is as yellow as the can it comes in but, it goes without saying, is of course much more transparent. In fact, it has the same level of crystalline clarity as those famous white sand, clearwater Mexican beaches. It's not quite as spectacular, mind you, and given the total lack of head I'd say it looks not only ordinary, but even a little sub-par.

The aroma has perilously little character to it, and what few features it does have are not good. The diluted, adjunct-infested beer hits the nostrils like heavily chlorinated pool water - not what you'd call 'offensive' but distinctly chemically altered. Its cereal sweetness has some of the sugars and dryness of a white wine, none of the flavour though.

Like all popular Mexican brands, Pacifico is thin and insipid, designed for maximum refreshment (and maximum appeal). Apart from a cereal, corn-tinged graininess, it doesn't lay claim to much flavour at all. While this makes it more approachable to the masses, it also makes it a very boring, worthless beer to anyone with even moderately discerning tastes.

I think it's important when traveling to fully experience every shred of native culture you can, and that beer can be an excellent medium through which to do this. Ironically, however, national brands like Pacifico don't shed light on any culture, except that of mass industrialization and commercialization, which actually oppose distinct culture.

I've always felt that even in the most scorching heatwave I'd want a drink that is refreshing *because* of its flavour, rather than for its lack there of. Most people feel the opposite, which explains why such a bland, watery beer as Pacifico Clara can become so popular. If you're alright consuming dollar store quality products, good for you. I'll pass.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pale yellow, with little head after the first five minutes.

S: Hints of corn, with some malt mixed in, nothing too substantial.

T: Corny, basically, there is nothing much left to talk about after tasting this one, pretty weak in the taste category.

M: Not bad, it is not as watery or thin as I expected from the appearance, it is also quite carbonated, as well.

D: An OK beer, one of the better macro lagers that I have had, pretty drinkable, as well, just nothing special about it, would not use my own money to purchase it in the near future.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark yellow brew.

Smell is quite fruity like a hard apple cider. I can smell grain and a bit of malt in there too.

Taste is mild with a fruity and floral flavor to this. Mild grass and hops to this one too. A unique flavor.

Mouthfeel is maybe a bit over-carbonated.

A drinkable brew that some will not like.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl Brown bottle taken at 'Amigos', a Mexican restuarant in Worcester.

It went well with my stuffed mushrooms!

This is a mass produced beer for lager lovers, but it was the only Mexican beer they had I hadn't had before, so I ordered it. Came with a piece of lime in the neck, got it out as quickly as possible, but some juice must have got into the beer because the first swig was lime flavour.

I've given the beer an average 3 for everything, which is fair in my opinion.

It looks and behaves like a Mexican lager, what do you expect when you have one? It was never going to win in the smell, flavour and body stakes, compared to a proper beer, but it looked OK and was refreshing, just like it is supposed to be.

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Photo of John_M
2.22/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had not ever seen this on tap before, and so made the mistake of ordering a glass at SFO (instead of anchor steam, which I clearly should have gotten).

The beer pours a fairly bright gold color with minimal head and no lacing. While the beer isn't as nasty looking as bud lite, it's in the running for worst looking beer ever. The nose is nearly as unimpressive, as I get light honey, canned corn and something of a seltzer water aroma (never a good sign). The flavor profile is a bit better, but not by much. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish, that helps to buoy the crappy sweet corn flavor. Otherwise, this beer is pretty watery, and I quickly start to get that gassy, slightly bloated feeling I so often experience in a glass of macro swill. Mouthfeel is very light, though there's no real off flavors, thankfully. As for drinkability, is there alcohol in this crap?

For some reason I have something of a nostalgic feeling for this beer, having drunk quite a few bottles of it in Mazatlan many years ago. However, my glass at the airport has cured that feeling forever, and I'm pretty sure I won't be ordering this swill ever again.

This a very poor beer...

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Photo of puboflyons
2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. Sampled on August 8, 2009. The pour is straw yellow with virtually no head but the head that is there lingers the entire time. No lime used. The aroma is corny, grainy, and a bit malty. The mouthfeel is basically medium to thin but is has a kind of honey texture on the tongue. The flavor has a little malts and a smidgen of hops. But actually the taste makes me think of some kind of steak sauce or seasoning! It is hard to describe but that was what I felt. Next time I will use the lime.

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Pacifico Cerveza Clara from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.65 out of 5 based on 1,919 ratings.
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