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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
63
poor
519 Reviews
THE BROS
55
awful
Read the review
Pacifico Cerveza ClaraPacifico Cerveza Clara
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

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
Reviews:
519
Ratings:
1,899
Avg:
2.65
pDev:
46.79%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
417
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 519 | Ratings: 1,899
Photo of SometimesIfart
2.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours very clear yellow with a thin white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Creamed corn and rice, along with a small amount of skunk and saltiness.

T - Lots of creamed corn up front, rice shortly followes along. With a mildly sour grainyness.

M - Light to medium body with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, It isn't bad for an adjunct and it makes a great palate washer, which is why I bought it.

 407 characters

Photo of Powderhound92
4.61/5  rDev +74%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

You guys are ridiculous, this is absolutely the best mexican beer in existence. The smell reminds of the mexican breeze. This beer has the true flavor of a mexican beer. If you dont like mexican beers then dont drink it and dont complain. Maybe the reason none of ustedes like it is because none of you guys have any taste buds. Viva Mexico, Viva Pacifico.

 356 characters

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

A: Pacifico had light foam.
S: There was no aroma.
T: Pacifico had a light taste. Hints of barley and wheat.
M: There is decent carbonation in the beginning. Pacifico loses carbonation quickly. Smooth taste. People who drink beer quickly and enjoy smooth tasting beer should try Pacifico.

 288 characters

Photo of kshizzle101
2.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden straw in color. Virtually no head

S - faintly smells of malts, some hops, slightly metallic and skunky

T - Not a ton going on here. slightly malty and slightly metallic tasting.

M - maybe a little over carbonated but a very light mouthfeel

Overall - I would say this beer is better than its peers such as Corona or Tecate, but nothing special going on here. Good beer for a 6 pack on a hot day at the beach.

 470 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Cafe Mexico, Kettering OH.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a slight dark tinge to it. White head died back to a thin skin across the top. Persistent thin lacing noted.

Smell: Typical lager - clean malt, grainy, but I couldn't pick out any corn or other smells. A little bit sweet.

Taste: Best when cold. Simple malt, a bit grainy, then crisp and dry finish. As it warmed up the finish got a tiny bit liked cooked veggies, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a bit watery. Disappointing.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall, not bad with food, which was Pork enchiladas in this case. Otherwise nothing special. Drinkability - one is enough.

 680 characters

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow, with a thin white head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet, sugars, corn, malts, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste is alcohol, sugars, some mild malts and corn, not as watered down as most Adjunct Lagers.

Overall: Not a horrible beer, but far from my first choice.

 343 characters

Photo of jjanega08
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating.
Bottle is stamped
EV62A07J
23:35

A= Pours a translucent pale yellow color with a thin skin of head on the top and little lacing.

S= Smells like beer. Not much in the name of hops or malt really just a bready fermented beer smell.

T= The taste is of beer. A small amount of almost a sour punch to it without being sour. A nice light flavor. Reminds me of most adjunct lagers only with less taste making it more drinkable manybe?

M= Feels bright and carbonated.

O= This isn't a bad beer for being an AAL. It actually tastes very much like nothing which I assume is what they were going for. Mission accomplished.

 636 characters

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy straw color, produced a thin white head, poor retention, and leaves little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malted grain, cooked corn and fruit...grape?...Light in body, this brew featured a grain base, some grape or prune like fruitiness and finishes dry. Overall, its a lawnmower beer. Classic cheap Mexican version of an American Lager. Don't waste your time. Prost!

 443 characters

Photo of Douberd
3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a BEERS OF THE WORLD package. I had this one before during holidaying in Mexico, only from a can back then.
First things first, a long neck bottle of 355 ml, best before 2013, ABV at 4,5%, with only a front label. Ingredients are written in german on the label and except from the usual water, malts and hops, includes also rice and papain.
Once poured it gave me a golden yellow beer, with one finger of head, with an average retention. Head leaves a thin layer on top of the beer once gone, no lacing whatsoever though.Medium activity in the glass, in the form of bubbles.
The smell was quite sweet and mostly of malts. I can't really smell any rice grains, but at least it doesn't have the corn smell I had experienced when I drunk it from a can. Corn is also abscent from the taste, it's so much different from the one I had back there. This one has a sweet malty taste and is as easily drinkable as any other lager, with a very discreet bitter aftertaste.
Thin on the body with moderate carbonation. Dry on the palate.
To conlude, this was so much different from the one I had from a can, I would prefer it over Corona and Sol any given time.

 1,158 characters

Photo of daliandragon
2.81/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheap yellow Mexican beer for a hot summer day. I am sweating as I write this on the porch. Decent head and golden body. Nose is basic mixed grains and adjuncts. Briefest whiff of hops.

Taste is unspectacular but inoffensive and it does have a certain refreshing factor. Like I said, basic Mexican lager. Better than Corona and Modelo Especial but not significantly in either case.

 383 characters

Photo of RickS95
1.08/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Light straw golden color, I piss darker than this. Extremely clarified and filtered and then clarified again. Only the head, which is initially presently, saves this from being a 1.

Has a ricey, grainy smell. Not sure anything else is present.

Simply awful. Tastes like dirty dish water.

It's sour, not even bitter, from the time it touches your lips til your stomach screams in horror at what's entering. There is a flowery feel to it, but that's it.

Just dreadful. Not sure I'm going to finish the whole thing. I feel for Mexicans that havce to drink the crap.

 567 characters

Photo of gdubc
4.97/5  rDev +87.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More flavor than any comparable Mexican beer. No skunk taste like Corona. This beer is what you take to a party. A lime goes a long way with this beer and makes it even smoother. Perfect golden color, pours smoothly. Not bitter at all. Even on draft and cans this is the mexican beer for everyone.

 297 characters

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

Served by the bottle at On the Border, South Portland Maine:

Into a pint glass:

A: clear light yellow body that barely had any head, perhaps just the width of a dime. Some light visible carbonation was seen rising.

S: combination of malts, corn, and rice.

T: wasn't anything different from the smell.

M: light and watery, carbonated correctly, sessionable

O: I made sure I didn't have the lime that the restaurant tried to give me. For the most part, I'd say probably better than other watery Mexican beers, however I'd probably only get this again in the Mexican atmosphere.

 581 characters

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

340ml bottle. (7500-5399 bar code).½ Pint glass. (From my notes). Bright golden color & crystal clear appearance. Brief crown, white in color. No lacing. Grainy, hints of honey & cooked corn hues to the nose. Flavor & mouthfeel are quite boring. Grainy, harsh & astringent sensation. Light body, watery texture. High carbonation. Thankfully off-flavors are not shown.

 368 characters

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.

 659 characters

Photo of hustlesworth
4.34/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After throwing down quads and other dark Belgians all winter and spring and steady intermingling cases of ayinger Oktoberfest in-between, I have to throw on my Costas and Sperrys and unwind with the finest damn island hoppin beer of all time.. No not you, corona.

A- I cringe at the fact that I'm even pouring this is a glass that doesn't already contain V8, lime, and hot sauce because all other things aside, pacifico makes the best michelada (the only acceptable beer cocktail). In a pilsner glass it's clear light golden with a short fizzy white head and minimal lacing. No better or worse than any adjunct lager. In a bottle, it's brown with a happy yellow label and preferably dripping with little chunks of ice. Sometimes it wears an outer banks neoprene zip up pirate suit.

S- pale grains, maybe some corn, and a minute bit of grassy and floral hops. Miles away from the clear bottled corona and modelo, there's no skunk or off flavor, no tecate blandness, and almost as close to a pilsner as Bohemia. For what I want out of this beer, it is indeed good.

T- light flavor, clean flavor, better flavor. Among its peers it's at the head of the class. Once again not skunked, pleasant mild bitterness on the back end balances out the barely sweet grain flavor. No lime necessary.

MF- take that drinkable corona feeling and make it a hundred times better. Completely refreshing and thirst quenching with carbonation that doesn't fade out. Perfect moderate dryness.

D- I can't be a hater here. It might be a shitty beer compared to other styles but when you consider the class it's in, pacifico is the star. This year and probably for many years to follow, I'll be putting aside the clear bottles and gettin down with that golden anchor volcanic island lifesaver adorned with malt and hops. Give clara a chance. Not after labor day though..

 1,852 characters

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-Poured into a Pilsner glass. It pours a very weak straw yellow. In fact its so pale it looks almost like a light lager. Small fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing or cascading.

S-Typical adjunct lager as it has a faint nose consisting of corn and malts with no real hop presence at all.

T-Malty with a little bitterness and a slightly skunky finish. The skunky bitter finish gives it a slight character which is nice.

M-Thin and watery with a little bit of carbonation.

D-Very drinkable given its not offensive and has a low abv.

Overall, this is a typical adjunct lager and Mexican lager. Nothing special but a nice change up when wanting to drink something and not think about it.

 709 characters

Photo of Jsteez
2.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured it into a pilsner glass. #1 in my search for the great American lager (even though this is from Mexico!) :)

A lot corn, grains, clean water; some malt. Tastes good on a hot day! It pours the typical yellow/clear effervescent look. A thin bubbly head; not much lacing.
Great with tacos! Cheers!

 302 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of May 2012. ABV is stated as 4.5%. Picked up dirt cheap from an off-licence.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear yellow colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of ultra-light malt with stewed corn and an unpleasant metallic twang. A subtle harshness in the background.

Tastes of exceptionally watery malt with faint hints of corn. Slightly sweet, with a whisper of stewed hops and a mild yet harsh bitterness. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with tingly carbonation. Somewhat astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of stewed corn/veg/leaves and a harsh note.

Bad. Bland and with nasty flavours; I'd have to be pretty desperate to consider drinking this again, even in Mexico. Pacifico - just say no!

 803 characters

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.

 383 characters

Photo of wordemupg
2.16/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottle poured into pint glass 2/5/12

A clear straw yellow with giant bubbles but little for head or lace

S slightly skunky, corny with soggy rice cake

T some sour vegatal notes and a little lemon on top of what I smell, not so great

M thin with lots of bubbles, thankfully it has a pretty clean finish

O pretty basic stuff much like many Mexican lagers I've tried

one of those beers where you pretty much know how its going to be before cracking the bottle. I'd drink it before Mexican tap water but not in many other situations, don't bother

 551 characters

Photo of tvv375ia
1.94/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried at Old Chicago as part of the Cinco de Mayo mini tour

On tap in chilled mug

A-pale yellow with fizzy head that fades quickly

S-some kind of cross between metal and corn

T-maybe it is from the smell, but I cant get past the corn and metal here also

M-thin and watery with fizzy carbonation

O-Grainy and metallic not something that I like in beer but something that is unfortunately not limited to just this brew. Not the worst beer that I have ever had, just the worst in awhile

 489 characters

Photo of JackieTH
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow body and a short-lived head.

Smell: Grain along with a slight but distinct metallic skunky sulfur reminiscent of overcooked cabbage.

Taste: Boiled corn and slight sweetness with hop presence to balance. Clean finish due mostly to high carbonation and a bit of lingering hop.

 290 characters

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.

 740 characters

Photo of DirtyPenny
2.16/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug.

Pacifico, a name synonymous with light, watery yellow. Smelled tinny and skunked. A touch of grain and corn on the taste, but the mug this brew was poured into was mercifully cold, taking the edge off the skunkiness. Watery mouthfeel.

I hate to be this brusque with a review, but there really isn't anything in here that you haven't had if you've had a Bud, Corona, High Life, etc. Little flavor and no reason to recommend it over those or anything else.

 475 characters

Pacifico Cerveza Clara from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.65 out of 5 based on 1,899 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!