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 Drew966
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pacifico pours a typical macro yellow with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is mild, but not particularly good, corn smells, and fairly bad smelling corn at that. Taste is bland, not particularly bad or off, just not inspiring. Drinkable, but not interesting. As far as Mexican lagers go, it's okay, lime wedge optional (I don't use lime).

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Photo of ElGordo
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked some up from my shop during our post-Cinco de Mayo sale. Pours a pale, almost clear golden color with a wispy, ephemeral fizzy white head that's gone as soon as it materializes. Aroma of light, slightly skunky adjunct malt. Palate isn't much - slightly sweet corny malt, no detectable presence of hops. Fizzy body doesn't offer much support, although the ample carbonation may help in distracting the tongue from spicy food. I will say that you could drink a lot of this, preferably on a beach on a hot day. About what you'd expect.

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Photo of nriech
2.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is something to drink when your taste buds are being attacked by spicy food but you can still taste a little. It has hardly any aroma and is extremely carbonated. I had a hiccup every time I took a drink like when drinking Sprite. The taste however was better than a Corona. Crisp with a bit of flavor but wouldnt buy it for home consumption.

Be sure when ordering to say ¡ninguna cal! - No Lime!

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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 akorsak
2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 12 oz bottle served with a frosted mug and a lime (the lime was promptly discarded.

Appearance: The lager is a yellowish color, carbonated, but not too drastically.

Smell: The sweet biscuity smell of malts dominate.

Taste: The malts are slightly sweet. This gives the lager its only flavor. There is not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Not offensive on the palate. More like carbonated water.

Drinkability: I could probably drink a few, but the lack of taste may get to be too much.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I could not find a freshness date on the bottle. There were numbers but they did not make sense.

not very much head and straw like in appearance.
sell is decent smells like corn not strong, but not weak enough to leave you looking for more.

taste is somewhat crispy, finishes sort of dry, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average, can't say more. moderate carbonation
fermentation. Not recommended.

I could have this with a meal and stand it but I wouldn't drink a lot of them.

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Photo of CNeilP09
2.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

This beer gave me cottonmouth. To sum it up in one word before i get into specifics, "awful." And there's a good chance your local liquor store already discontinued it for low sales. The tavern that still has it for a buck-fifty a bottle, well, they are just trying to get rid of it. Straw color, rusty flavor, no nose whatsoever, had the head of a cola. I mean I know most (all) Mexican beers are for the most part, crappy, but damn, they could have at least tried to make a decent beer. The one thing i did like was the drinkability. one could drink this for days if only looking to get soused. Spring breakers ALERT! stock up on this when going to your southwestern/mexican destinations. it's cheap and it's cheap. but beer is beer. and this is cheap beer. but it will get the job done. other than that, don't bother with pacifico. even a skunked corona would be better than this abomination.

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Photo of BigBry
2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml brown long neck bottle with a bright yellow label, 4.6% alc/vol. Cerveceria del Pacifico, S.A. de C.V., Mazatlan. Finally a mexican beer not in a clear bottle. Clear straw yellowish with a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of corn and grain, with more of the same in the taste. Some fruitiness in the flavor, crisp finish. Nothing special, but I will take this over Corona any time. Receives slightly higher marks when compared to other mexican style lagers.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as Mexican Lagers go, this one is about as good as they get. They are cheaper than water there and better for you too. Best enjoyed with Mexican food or for remembering those trips from years ago.

Pale yellow in color. Not much flavor (I guess that's why you add the lime). Thin. Not my favorite Mexican beer but will do the job every six to twelve months.

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

pale straw yellow with a frothy, 3 finger head that quickly slides down the side of the frosted mug it was served in.

Aroma is some sweet, grainey malt (corn), hints of grass or hay, and some very light hop notes.

Flavor ditto. Not as bad as I expected and infinately better than Corona, which is what i was expecting this to taste like.

Body thin, mouthfeel watery. Not my thing, but better than i expected.

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Photo of mentor
3.75/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle left my some dinner freshenss date. Pours a four finger off-white head over a crystal clear light bright straw colored body. Smells of saaz hops (ie, tin) with a very mild malt sweet underneath. Plus a touch of carboard. Amazingly, there is a hint of grassy hop co-ho in the nose. Tastes more sweet than hoppy. Malt is clean of fruity esters. It's a simple sweet with some dry bisuity character that stands over a saaz hop tin flavor that's got a dirty character to it. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is such that acrid carb is a bit of the taste profile. Some lacing on the inside of the glass. Burns my tastebuds a bit with each gulp. I was expecting a skunked foul beer, but was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the better 'american macro lagers' I've ever had. Judged to style, not my stout-loving preferences.

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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 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 jp32
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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Pacifico Cerveza Clara from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.65 out of 5 based on 1,944 ratings.
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