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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

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

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Photo of kaseydad
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I believe this to be one of the "better" mexican beers and will snag this or Modelo if it's on tap at my local Mexican food source. Sure it's not the ideal snag, but it works well with my grub. Good hot weather beer for toiling around the house and multiples are definitely doable.

Yellow in color, cereal and corn aroma, tastes like dried corn and finishes with a spicy kick. Again, not much to tell your friends about, but for an afternoon swim party, tailgate, yard work..you could definitely do worse.

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Photo of samtrillo
2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The taste isn't as smooth as Corona, maybe but I actually prefer it a lot of the time. Feels like it has a little more going on. My go to for Mexican style.

Great for warm days and camping when you don't want something heavy and don't want crap American Lager. Fun to experiment with too! Throw a chili in there or some tabasco. A fun beer you don't have to think about too hard.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a couple drafts at my favorite Mexican place and amused my dinner partners as I took notes for a review. The beer was served in a chilled pint glass with a couple limes on the side.

A - Golden color with a thin lace that lasted throughout.

S - Very neutral with some corn with a hint of yeast. I'm sure the cold masked some aroma but this beer is meant to be drank as cold as possible.

T - Combination of malt with some yeast flavors - as expected very little hopping. Very clean finish.

M - Very crisp with good carbonation.

O - This beer really paired well with my enchiladas. Just for kicks I squeezed the limes into one and found the taste to be very pleasant. I find some Mexican beers to have some off tastes but none were evident with this one. If you're in a Mexican restaurant and see this one I would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.21/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden color with just a wisp of white foam partially covering the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is corn and Vienna lager yeast. The mouth is a bit thin,but crisp. Flavor is corn and more Vienna lager yeast. This is meant to be drank cold. I think it is still my favorite Mexican lager.

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Photo of MarkQ617
1.87/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Ummm, not so good. Had this straight out of the bottle. Pretty boring pilsner, like a worse version of a Mexican rolling rock. Watered down pilsner flavor. It actually doesn't go that bad with a spicy burrito, but you can do better for pilsner beers

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Photo of Auraan
2.03/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a clear yellow with no head. Typical AAL appearance. Scents of maize, creamed corn, apple juice and slight lager yeast. A weak scent, very sweet, nothing much there to like. Tastes of maize, creamed corn, maize sugar, watery apple juice and very, very slight hop extracts. It's a pretty bad AAL flavor, very sweet and just not fun. Mouthfeel is light bodied, high carbonation and watery. It's very light, let some what hard to drink because it's so carbonated. Overall this was a pretty bad AAL. It just wasn't very good at all.

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

I'm only slightly biased with this beer due to the many awesome moments I've had drinking it in Mexico. Don't expect much from it but drop a slice of lime in the bottle and enjoy with your chips and salsa. I'd take this to the beach over Corona. The beer isn't sewer water but it is far from being worthy of praise.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a light straw color...it's a freakin' macro lager, what did you expect? It also has a weak-looking white head with terrible retention.

S: While the cereal grain element is expected of the style, it also seems to have a richer malt backbone than, say, Corona. That, and it's not skunked. The hints of a note similar to lime and the aforementioned fact I can smell a touch of caramel saves the aroma from being crappy.

T: Cereal grains are noted immediately. The corn notes actually fade slightly to reveal a touch of caramel and brown sugar. I'm mildly impressed that there's an actual semblance of malt here! Still, needs more hoppiness...or more freshness. Hell, maybe both.

M: Fizzy, light, and sweet. I'd reckon it's too sweet at the end of the day, in fact. This is my main problem with the brew: while the malt backbone is nice and everything, there isn't much to ballast its sweetness with.

O: Make no mistake, this is much better than Corona - but so is getting bitten in the balls by a honey badger. I really don't hate this one at all, and I would gladly drink it again for free. Bohemia is still my Mexican lager of choice, though.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a fair yellow but the head was quite thick with a fluffy airy head that sat on top for quite a while.

The aroma was a touch off putting with a corny metallic scent but then a bready cereal malt kept it a little more legit.

The flavor is bready, doughy with cereal malts and a German lager thought, just a touch short.

The feel is amazingly refreshing, not nearly as thin as one would expect and excessively easy to drink.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.37/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pacifico is a nice beer for a hot summer day. Goes down smooth, but leaves a slight unpleasant after taste possibly from the corn. No freshness date to be found on the brown bottle with bright yellow lable. It is comparable to other Mexican beers like Corona and Sol.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3.33/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This has to be my new second favorite Mexican brew its delicious with Mexican dining and pairs perfectly with it. Bought on a whim from the Ranch Market near my home and was pleasently surprised by the taste and smell all around great taco beer. Negro Modelo is still #1 but this is a close second.

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Photo of baalsword
3.33/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

I think this beer should be taken for what it is, a great session beer. There are beers out there that taste phenomenal, but you wouldn't want to drink more than 2-3 of them. While this beer has a pretty sticky aftertaste (probably the corn), it doesn't have the tang of the other americana mainstays - corona, bud et al. It also has a surprising maltiness that I would have thought would not appeal to the market (try a warm one as opposed to a cold one) that gives a very nicely rounded mouth feel. While it does have the sticky aftertaste, it is in every other way quite clean, which is a nice compromise between pure bitters and pure lagers. This is a good beer for good sunny times. I don't think it's going to be winning any awards for being super amazing or innovative, but sometimes having your socks blown off only means you need to be buying new socks all the time! It also has the nice attribute of not giving a man next morning fog (that's what the outstanding is for).

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Photo of comm0dore
3.46/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance- light, bubbly, head dissipated quickly.

Smell- surprisingly interesting smell, very refreshing, almost citrus-like.

Taste- light and easy, better than Corona I'd say (although similar type of drink). Certainly more complex of a taste than Corona, there's more going on here.

Mouthfeel- initially very pleasant and crisp feel, but afterwards it's average.

Overall- very refreshing beer- it's gets the OK from me.

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Photo of hoppyserpent
3.67/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pacifico Clara is a better than average everyday beer with a nice copper color and a refreshing, thirst-quenching quality. Understanding this beer is not intended to be a craft beer or high gravity, it beats most US mass-produced beers hands down for taste and quality. Mouth feel is nice though slightly watery which is outstanding on a hot afternoon. Once on an early June day hike in the Arizona mountains I stuck a few bottles in a melting snow bank at the trail head before taking off. On my weary return I cracked open bottle after bottle of PC and was warmly welcomed by an ice cold Mexican kiss. Looking for a decent but low key beer to enjoy with friends by the grill? Pacifico Clara will fill the bill nicely.

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Photo of Damian
2.14/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a very pale and clear, golden yellow color. A one-finger tall, foamy, bone white head topped the liquid but it quickly dissipated. No lacing.

The nose was sweet and grainy initially. Hints of bubblegum were noticeable. As the beer sat, the sweetness dissipated and the graininess intensified. Husky. Mild pale malt notes. Not terrific but not offensive either.

The flavor profile was quite a surprise. Things started out okay on the front end with pale malt and adjunct notes dominating. Slightly wheaty, tart and lemony in the center. The finish however was abysmal. The beer was so intensely dry and bitter that I could hardly swallow what was in my mouth. Take the most brutally bitter double IPA, remove all the actual flavor, and what you have left is what comes through in the finish of this beer. Calling this "astringent" would definitely be an understatement.

The mouthfeel was respectable. Light, frothy and slightly creamy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Of all the macro lagers that I have drunk lately, Pacifico was definitely the most offensive. I cannot image why this beer was so terrible on the finish, but I will definitely avoid it at all costs in the future.

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

Mexican lagers are historically based on Pilsners from Germany and Vienna, and have since gained their own unique character. Light in body and color with a mild flavor, Pacifico is very appropriate for the style, if not at all impressive for it. Featuring a slight bitterness at the end, this is a very good beer for pairing with southwestern and Latin based dishes, but is not very enjoyable on its own. There is a blandness and a softness to it that adventerous beer lovers may be left unimpressed by. As a ubiquitous and commercialized beer meant for consumption by the general public, it does exactly what it's supposed to do and nothing more. Much more palatable than Corona.

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Photo of JBIPS
2.31/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I had the beer at a party in the typ. 12 oz. bottle.

Nothing special here, pours nicely, has a nice white head that lasts maybe 20 seconds or so. No lacing whatsoever.

Taste - Tastes like a watered down Corona Extra
Smell - Nothing Memorable, at least it's not skunky
Mouthfeel - Like a watered down Soda pop...little to no carbonation

Not a Beer I'd buy or spend any of my money on. If you're looking for watered down sub-par beer then this ones for you.

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Photo of Libationguy
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Brilliant deep straw color. Head is white and fluffy with a moderate- retention.

Shows some signs of DMS, with corn and cabbage notes. Nose is somewhat muted with mild malt, very light citrus and no real sense of hops.

Crisp, clean taste, with mild malt and rice notes. Very easy drinking.

Light bodied and slightly watery on the finish. Mildly slick on the palate with a nice integration of alcohol to the malt.

Rather one-dimensional. Crisp and refreshing, but sadly forgettable.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: FIzzy yellow beer with a soda pop head that disappates quickly. No lacing on the glass and just a hint of carbonation on the sides to let you know its a beer.

S: Malts, hops, barley - non-distinct.

T: More flavor than a Corona but not by much.

M: Soda pop feel. Relatively light but.

O: Decent brew for a hot summer day.

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Photo of bmwats
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Rising effervescence throughout. Settles pretty quickly. Fair, persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Light malty grains. Not much else.

T: Light slightly bitter grains. A light hop. A touch of lemon citrus, and a little dish soap. Cardboard.

M: Light body, crisp, and grainy. Slight pungent aftertaste.

D: Light nose, light grain, light hop, light body, light pungent aftertaste.... I see a theme.

Atmosphere is okay. Decent head, and some respectable lacing. Nose is light and grainy. Light and grainy flavor as well, with a light hop, and a bit of an off-putting soapy palate. Overall, this is a serviceable at best quaff.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.81/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Served from a brown glass bomber into an 8 ounce sampler. No freshness date. I didn't put any fruit in there, but I'll bet alot of people put a wedge of lime in the bottle neck. A fairly aggressive pour produces absolutely no head at all, with an infinitesimal islet of lace reinforced by a pathetic queue of bubbles. The color is a very pale yellowish with perhaps a tinge of red.

I can definitely smell corn mash in the aroma, which isn't necessarily bad, in my opinion. Also, a kiss of hops. The taste is mildly sweet, with a touch of bitterness on the tongue, and a mild skunkiness. Not too bad, but nothing to gush over. The mouthfeel is thin and watery- it could really use some carbonation.

Overall, I would say this is neither the worst and certainly not the best beer of its type. I purchased a bomber of this for $2.69, so I can't complain too much. In my opinion, these light lagers from the Latin American regions should have their own classification aside from "AAL", since many of them are deliberately skunked. I was relieved that this one was only a bit skunked- perhaps because of the brown bottle.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.75/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.
I can not be hater here. This is a very good Meixcan beer. This beer is godd with pizza , mexican food or any spice foods. It is close second to Corona Extra!

Apperance- Golden with a fizzy white head an a minimal lacing. Like a adjunct lager.

Smell- Some grains,corn, and hops.

Taste- Hasa light flavor, clean flavor with some after taste. I t was very good good balance and mild mild bitterness on the back end whic i did not care for.

Mouthful-Carbonation that doesn't fade and moderate dryness.

Overall- This is a Great beer for the Summer! It rrank high beer compared to others in its class, Pacifico is head and shoulder above the rest.. I will be drank this beer for the summer and many summers to come! Thank you Grupo Modelo in makeing another great beer!

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Photo of surfrogue1
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obviously not a craft beer, but this one brings back some good memories of the SoCal coast when I was traveling out there. This seemed to be the beer of choice at most of the boardwalk and beach bars. Good times. So, good times deserve a good or better rating. Is it great? No. But if I'm coming off one of those all day surf sessions where the summer sun reflects off the water and cooks ya, rocked out at the gym and need a refresher, just finished sweatin' my 'nads off cuttin' grass...I'm crackin' a Pacifico brah! Smooth goin' down, refreshing taste, crisp finish.

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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 jjamadorphd
3.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ah, another Mexican beer that just doesn't cut it for me.

Had this one at a restaurant I was eating at while on travel for work. The beer poured a nice shade of gold, decent head, no lacing. The smell was nothing but your typical malt and barley, with lots of carbonation sloshing between the gums. It's taste was a bit metallic, not bitter, just not quite right. I'll give it an average rating, since I would be willing to try another one given a chance.

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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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