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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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Reviews: 519 | Ratings: 1,908
Photo of chargerfanjess
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can’t put a finger on this beer...is it a corona without skunk? It is not a terrible brew. Its way better that huge domestics like the AB or Coors. Light malty aroma. Vienna type malts in flavor and subdued bitterness. On the beach you could drink cold ones for a long time. decent mouthfeel and not til you hit the 10th one do you start to get that bad aftertaste.

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
1.68/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was dissapointed in this beer, for many reasons. One, I thought I was recieving a six pack when instead I recieved a who-knows-how-long-this-has-been-opened bottle. Two, it was warm. Three, he told me "it is the best mexican beer ever." I guess that statement does say a whole lot really.

Since it was in the bottle, I coudn't see it, but as I would imagine it would be a light yellow. The smell, it wasn't skunky, but there was no sweetness to it, nor was it a bitter smell. It just smelled bad, kind of like how it tasted. Nothing jumps out at all in this beer, especially when warm. It wasn't even refreshing for Christ's sakes. I wouldn't even consider it a beer, the only quality that would put it in the same category is that it has alcohol. The end. This is a step BELOW Corona as far as I'm concerned, because without the lime and warm, no way I would ever want this beer again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.3/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This brew pours a pale straw color with no head. The aroma is mildly sweet ,but very faint. The taste is of water and nothing else. The mouthfeel is worse than the taste. It is of carbonation mixed with water. Overall, this is one off the worst beers I have every had. This is something I would wish upon my enemies.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.8/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll be the first to admit that I have a profound weakness for Mexican beers, and Mexi-lagers in particular. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm from Texas, and there's nothing that compliments a big plate of Tex-Mex or barbecue food like a nice, clean Mexican cerveza. Maybe I'm just a sucker for the (generally) smooth and refreshing way that they cool me down on a hot Texas afternoon out on the porch. Whatever the case, I tend to view these beers with a regional preference in mind, and I'm always curious to try new offerings from south of the border.

Pacifico has been in the US market for a while now so it's not a stranger to the shelves here in Texas. The bottle carries a colorful label and has a longer neck than the usual American longneck. Grupo Modelo brews this beer, and classifies it as a pilsner on it's website. GM produces some nice beers, along with it's massive selling clunker Corona. Grupo Modelo is the Mexican equivalent of an American macrobrewer, offering numerous brand names spread over a basic spectrum of brewing styles.

Pacifico pours with a strictly average head and a decent enough body. The color is light straw, very clear. The small streams of bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the mug are testimony to the beer being well carbonated. The nose is average, with a slight hop tinge jumping up to tickle the nostrils.

The tase is where this beer shines. It's smooth and crisp, with a crackery base and enough hop presence to keep things balanced. There's no real noticible sweetness to be found. Nothing complex going on here, but what it does, it does very well. Clean and fresh tasting all around. Fairly dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and very drinkable, especially when paired with regional dishes and/or warm weather. I really like this beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a nice standby lager to keep in the fridge. Don't let bias overcome you. Try it with an open mind.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass and out of the bottle

Pours a light, fizzy urine color. Thin white coaster for a head. Very bubbly.

Boring nose. Smells like corn or cereal.

Highly carbonated punch with a light corn flavor taste. Watered down mouthfeel that reminds me of seltzer water. Slightest presence of hops on the finish.

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

Poured a pale golden, not much smell, not much taste, a bit of malt coats the tongue, but a bit watery , not much to recommend here, another brew to slam on a hot day, it's better than some American macro's, in that it doesn't have any unpleasant tastes, just not much taste at all.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a sixer given to me as a christmas present. They probably could have made a better selection, but hey, I love any kind of alcoholic gifts.

Pale straw yellow color with a tiny white head. Very bubbly looking. The smell is almost non-existent, maybe a little corn and a little club soda. The taste is similar. Not offensive, but not really anything. Damn, I'd like to pull some kind of flavor out of the bottle. I guess its a little sweet here and there. The mouthfeel is all carbonation.... actually the whole beer could be summed up by its massive and prickly carbonation. Dry finish. Drinkable I suppose. It would probably be quite refreshing on a hot summer day, and maybe it would taste good if I went a few months without drinking any real beer.

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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 scooter231
1.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Meh. Swillish. Unappealing yellow, Budweiser-remnant color. No head. Bubbles. Smell is lacking- some malt, little hops. Vague citrus hints. Taste is... not so pleasant. A lime might help to hide some of the unpleasantness in here, but I've always thought that if a lime is needed... well... that's not a good sign!
Watery watery watery, with a decently clean finish. Drinkable, sure, if accompanied by a spicy meal, or at the end of a drinking eve when your palate is wrecked anyway. But ultimately... pass this one by. Go with Brooklyn Lager, or Sam Adams- you'll be much happier.

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Photo of granger10
1.8/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another somewhat crap Mexican beer. Pours a light yellow color with a medium light tan head. Aroma is of corn and lemons, really not that bad. Taste isn't as good. Grain astringency in a watery body then some acidity. This washed down my Burrito alright but that's about it. I'm still looking for something from Mexico which might compete with Bohemia.

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Photo of tesguino
3.97/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An exceptional mexican pilsner beer; made only regionally at the beginning of twenty century in the sinaloa´s area, before was commercialized in all the country; this beer is special for the sushi, fish and seafood; smell and taste with a touch of hops, appearance like a classic pilsener with a fragant and fritty aroma. 99%recommended.

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Photo of xoqx
3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Lager, not trying to do too much. It’s great with Mexican food and superb on a very hot summer day. Drinking it very cold doesn’t detract from its taste very much, because there’s not much to its taste.

Appearance: A loose one finger head disappears pretty quickly and leaves no trace after a couple minutes. Some carbonation precipitates in the first few minutes, but not much after that. It’s pale golden

Smell: very light malt smell, with something acidic like a hint of citrus or apple.

Taste: Very crisp, light malty taste with a short guest appearance of hops at the end, but not a hoppy beer by any stretch of the imagination. It’s more substantial than Coronoa.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp.

Drinkability: I give this high scores for drinkability. It really is a solid summer beer and it goes fast when its on hand.

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Photo of nekronos
4.15/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the new distribution of this beer has been a goal for the brewery. A lot of people like it in sunny days, it is very drinkable and won't get you durnk so easy. The colour is pale yellow, the one for a lager here. BUt the closest you are to the city were it is brewed the best it tastes.

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

This was a clear yellow brew with a half finger head, which dissipated quickly. I mean, it completely disappeared. No foam at all.

The aroma was mostly corn, and slightly sweet. No hops to speak of.

Taste was grainy and slightly sweet, not skunky and definitely not hoppy. No bitterness at all. Very one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel was OK for a macro lager, definitely better than Bud.

Drinkability.. well, average. I would prefer this to many American macros at a party.

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Photo of mortarit
3.04/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a lacey white head. The aroma is actually not bad. It has a bit of citrous. The taste is good but 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.
I even went and bought a Tshirt off of ebay.

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Photo of niangelo
2.47/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale gold with a fizzy, non-commital head. You can just tell this one is going to run away as soon as it hits air. Lots of carbonation bubbles up the side of the glass, with bubbles floating up constantly. Mouthfeel is watery and fizzy.

Taste - well, a little bit of bready, mild hops and some corn. Not much body here at all, and smacks slightly of that macro cheapness. Better than Corona, and without the skunk. Probably needs a lime and a plate of mexican food.

This is still, however, my macro choice. Not as painful as most, and fun when you're at a Mexican restaraunt.

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

Pours from the bottle amber clear with a white “spit” head that fades very quickly leaving no hint of lacing. No precipitating carbonation evident. An apply nose with a fruity, wheatish flavor similar to witbier. Watery mouth, unassuming finish. A decent but unremarkable beer.

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Photo of whynot44
2.71/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light gold color with a fizzy white head that goes away quickly with just a bit of lacing.

The aroma is mild, grain, grass, anda hint of sulfur.

Light bodied, smooth, crisp, mild malt flavor with a light but decent hops finish.

Drinkable and refreshing, should go well with most spicy food. Good hot weather beer.

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Photo of palliko
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a hazy golden with not much head or lacing. Aroma = barley, malt and flowery hops. Initial taste is barley, malt, and a few hops. Then – because it is a Mexican beer – there has to be at least an homage to the obligatory sulphur and skunk – but thankfully not too bad. Mouth feel is thin and watery - some say this is ‘refreshing’ – oh, well, a good lawn mowing brew.

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Photo of Puddleglum
2.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well... It's quaffable. I have no idea how long this particular six pack had been sitting in my friends outdoor frig in the middle of the mohave desert but I had high hopes for it for some reason (perhaps because they were smart enough to put it in a brown bottle as if they had something to preserve). I popped it open poured it in a cup (yes a cup so I have no idea what the clarity was like). The smell was a little sour with some grain behind it and the head was fairly large and then gone. The taste too was of light grain and hops overwhelmed by the sour astringency. Hmm I should give this one another chance in a controlled environment.

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Photo of fdrich29
2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So Saturday night I'm at F1 just outside of Boston for my friend's bachelor party. I look around for anything interesting that I might like to try and decide on this little puppy first. My friend's, who are not BA's, were utterly shocked, but I was in the mood for something different.

For some reason I had always pegged this one as a Corona with a little more body. Upon thinking about it I have no real data to base that on, just my own view. Looked like Corona. Smells like sour Corona. Tasted like Corona with urine and dirty dishwater all mixed together. It may have been a bad bottle, but I don't think so.

If you're in the mood for living life south of the border you're better off with a Corona or better yet a drink with that little umbrella in it.

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Photo of rowew
2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No freshness info, but the government health warning is very prominent.

Appearance: Fizzy yellow beer with a thin head that fades quickly to a very light lacing.

Smell: Grain and adjuncts, with just a tiny whiff of hops in there.

Taste: Light malt taste - fairly clean. Just enough hops to give it a slightly dry finish.

Overall impression: This is a drinkable beer - as far as the mexican swills go it isn't bad.

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Photo of silver0rlead
2.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with virtually no head. Smell is typical macro: grainy malt smell and not much else. Taste is pretty standard mexican lager, although i was suprised that it was more tasty than average, a step above corona or modelo. Taste is dominated by a grainy malt flavor and a very light grassy hops flavor. The finish is crisp and clean, and the mouthfeel is crisp with high carbonation...i see why this beer is so popular in Mexico, it would be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
1.44/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had part of a 12-pack of this last time I was in Chicago. I thought it was horrible, much worse than I had remembered. This shit tastes like cheap, cheap malt liquor, and I know my malts. No one else drinking them thought they were so bad, but I could hardly swallow this astringent funk. Not recommended, I would much rather have Sol, Modelo Especial, or even Corona Extra over this pisswater.

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Pacifico Cerveza Clara from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.65 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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