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Corona La Familiar | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.com.mx

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Damian74Shensky on 12-30-2012

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199
Avg:
2.93
pDev:
44.03%
 
 
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Photo of KACK1533
3.93/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a liquor store that doesn't exist anymore. Came in a quart bottle. This corona isn't skunky, but there still is that aroma of corn and malt. Poured a pale straw. Taste was like a wet Frito, but I expected that going in.

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Photo of RayHolly
3.83/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more underrated Gas station Beers.

I sat there and sifted through the general selection of headache medicine. The Coors lites, the watered down imports, the O-G forties, and my mind wandered to something homely. I needed something homely.

"Familiar" it's called, gives it a homely feel when you grasp it in your palm. I was looking for something "Homely" to drink, and something that wouldn't give me a headache. I will tell you, this is a long cry from it's skunkier cousin, Corona Extra.

This was it. The taste? Pretty good. It's got a lager corn .. slight wheaty.. fruity..- Zero skunk. I would even say, slightly delicious.

Sometimes Microbrew nuts get crazy with hops and alcohol leaving you with a migraine, this is one brown bottle of brew that will leave your stomach settled and a nice buzz to wash down with any meaty concoction.

Me? Corndogs, ham and cheese. But I'm sure this would have done any Tacos or Burrito plate Justice.

Quite delightful.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass.

has a more robust fuller flavor then Corona extra.
Little darker then Corona extra.
Smells the same.
I think it might be Corona Extra just stored in the brown bottle changes the taste. Its not bad will have again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.44/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 4/15/14. Comes in a single Quart (32 ounce) bottle, which most grocery & liquor stores carry and have seen this for a while but never tried it. Costs about $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured into my vintage Falstaff glass chalice goblet.

Pours a golden yellow in color and is darker than they regular 'Corona Extra' that you see all the time. Has a good 1-finger white head that settles down quickly to just around the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. The aroma is typical of a Mexican beer with just some grains and hops. Nothing that stands out really. Tastes pretty much like a regular "Corona Extra' with a higher alcohol content with a sweeter slightly dry finish. Overall all is was OK.

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Photo of Mr_Anderson
3.34/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a quart bottle to a glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with about a 2 finger head of foam.

Color: Golden brown with a glisten of yellow.

Smell: Everything expected of a Mexican beer, such as a faint metallic smell combined with a scent of fresh hops.

Taste: Tastes almost exactly like a Corona Extra with the exception of a slightly stronger alcohol flavor. The bottle cap also reads "Corona Extra''.

Overall: I wouldn't drink more than one of these like I would a bucket of Corona Extra, but the flavor and appearance was definitely appreciated. Seems like it'd be a great beer to drink to have when relaxing and barbequing in the Summer.
-Cheers, Mr. Anderson.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.34/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corona Familiar pours a golden light amarillo from a dark brown 32 FL.OZ glass bottle with a pry off cap that has "Corona Extra" printed on top. Head goes to well over 2 fingers before slowly dropping to a full foam carpet with well laced sides of my 24 Oz Pilsener glass.

Nose is of damp grains, barley and maze, and a whiff of alcohol.

Palate is a delicate and dry, lightly bittered, malted grain with the bight of carbonation.

Altogether, a well done offering to a market, that in my humbled opinion, is over hoped with hops, as in Lager's now tasting like IPA's, and that is just wrong...

P.S.

This is not a Vienna, but an American Lager.
This is not a 6.00 % ABV but only a 4.60% ABV.
At first I thought that the balance was outstanding for a 6.00% brew, only to find out that I was dealing with a 4.60% brew, big difference in consideration for taste profile, and overall rating.

To get a 6.00% to be as smooth as a 4.60% takes some doing, to get a 4.60% to taste like a 4.60% is like falling off a log.

I have made the appropriate adjustments in the score.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

32 ounce bottle poured into mug; no limes were involved in the consumption of this beer.

Fast reducing two finger off-white head. Massive carbonation impressive.

Smells: Grassy with wet grain

Taste: Biscuity malt, with cereal taste, but this beer has a smoky finish that distinguishes it from Corona Extra

Mouthfeel: thin, but not as thin as some.

Overall, this is a good thirst quencher. Yet, I'd choose Bohemia or some other Mexican beer if I'm needed a fast cold one on a hot day.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite Mexican beers right under modelo especial..

This is not corona extra in a different bottle, it is a nice smooth drinkable darker beer, nothing like extra ..

Goes good with about any kind of food and I normally don't like beer with my food.

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 32 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Basic AAL, more of a summer session beer than a beer To be savored. The brew is medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. an average beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - BIg growler-type bottle caught my eye in the gas station beer fridge. Pale yellow, slight fizz around the collar. Looks like Mexican beer.

S - MIneral notes of nickel and copper. Smells like a Mexi-lager brewed with well water and a bit more hops than is typical.

T - Fuller in flavor than "normal" Corona. Grains, corn, mineral notes. Quite a bit more hop than other brews from south of the border.

M - Light-medium in body. Definitely still a thirst-quencher, but a tad heavier in body. Although it's not dark, it reminds me of Negra Modelo in it's mouthfeel and body, and it shares some of those "suckin' on a penny" mineral notes.

I really thought that this was regular Corona in a really cool quart-sized bottle, and I bought it purely for the novelty factor. Turns out that this is like Corona-plus. A more medium bodied and much more flavorful lager. Maybe should be under the Vienna Lager style here on BA?

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Photo of never_made_soccer_player
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a great beer on a hot afternoon. it is available at most drug stores (cvs etc), 7-eleven and liquor stores for about $3.75.
great taste while it's ice chilled and pretty damn average aftertaste. best mexican beer alongside with pacificos

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Lighter than I might have hoped, but not altogether unattractive for something with a Corona label that I bought off the shelf beside a bunch of 40s.
S: The smell isn't bad, but it's certainly adjunct-y.
T: I could definitely drink a few of these (you know, were they normal-sized.) There is some depth and body to the malt flavor, although I think I'd have a hard time calling it a Vienna. Still, it's a bit like a bulked-up Budweiser (which is not a bad thing in my book. The higher alcohol is not terribly discernible on the palate, either, which is also a step up from the gas station cooler.
F: Nice and hearty on the tongue, although there is a bit of lingering something I don't love.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

There is some debate about the difference between Corona Extra and Familiar so I had to try a bottle. Although it does taste fresher, it does not taste like a Vienna style lager and the brown bottle could impact the flavor. The label did state 6% abv, but according to the local distributor website, Origlio Beverage, Familiar is 4.6% abv, the same as Extra packaged in a larger bottle (http://www.origlio.com/crown.php). Since I am an organic chemist with access to analytical techniques I checked it out in the lab and found it is in fact a little less than 5% abv, not 6% as listed on the bottle and here at BA. Thus it is most likely the same product as Corona Extra. In any case it does taste fresher than Extra but comes at a price higher than I am willing to shell out for a beer of this level of flavor. I will likely never buy it again.

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Photo of hophead723
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I was mystified the moment I saw this beer on the shelf, and thought it might be like Mexican Coke or something but after doing research I saw that it is stronger. So I decided to give it a go, without any lime to see it's true character.

Look: Very clear and light gold color, almost translucent around the edges. Fluffy yet fleeting white head towers and waivers momentarily before dissipating without a trace.

Smell: Corny, mildly skunky, and a bit musty. Some weak yeast esters shine through as well.

Taste: Mild corny flavor, milled grain, a surprisingly ale-reminiscent fruitiness, and finally a dry vegetable flavor at the end. This would definitely benefit from some lime.

Feel: Crisp and dry but with a strange lingering.

Overall: I can't tell if I like this better that Corona Extra, but it's superior strength and interesting nature definitely give the original Corona a run for it's money.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grabbed a quart of this brew, because it was already cold and some research showed me it has a slightly elevated alcohol content compared to Corona extra. The familiar has an even 6.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a crystal clear golden yellow that is the shade of pre-twilight sunshine. The head is at most a thin film and is cotton white with micro-bubbles. The lacing, if any, is delicate, drooping, and wet.

Smell-It smells like musty corn and hay like the entrance to an old barn on an early summer’s noon. I also get some skunky notes and a hint of fruits.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but has a more grassy and malty characteristic than the nose let on. It finishes with a brief coating on the tongue that feels sticky and subtle at the same time. There is the slightest fruitiness that I get that is similar to a non-citrus fruit like perhaps dragon fruit.

Mouthfeel-It drinks smooth and silky and with low-carbonation that lets the subtle flavors meagerly make their appearance.

Overall-I’d say that this is a noticeable improvement upon the Corona Extra (stay away from Corona light if you can). The alcohol is subtle yet upgraded so you can get a mild buzz off this if you drink a quart of it. Haha! I’d recommend it only if you have no appreciation for craft brews and are broke. Other than that, grab some Ommegang or Uinta.

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Photo of beastmammoth
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head on top a yellow body - head sticks around for a while and laces the glass. Looks pretty great. Extra points for one of my favorite bottles, the 32 oz jug.

Light, pleasantly metallic aroma, not getting any of the adjunct off flavors, like the nasty creamed corn.

Surprisingly hoppy, just enough to prick the taste buds. A nice balance.

Crazy drinkable, could go through a couple of these babies.

My go-to refreshing brew, no lime necessary.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.07/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corona La Familiar is a solid typical beer and it went great with my Mexican food. It poured a golden clear with white head that dissipated quickly and did not leave any lace. The scent was bready. The taste was evenly balanced and very sessionable. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was fine.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.01/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow with no lacing or head. The smell is sweet corn and a hint of alcohol. The taste starts with corn high carbonation and very little body. Goes down very smooth (despite the high carbonation and metallic hint). There is no way this is 6% alcohol. 5% max. This beer should win an award for masking alcohol if it is 6%.

Overall I enjoyed it a bit more than a corona extra as there is no skunk. The two beers look and taste conspiracy theory similar.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As previously noted by other reviewers, this is simply Corona Extra in a larger bottle for sharing, hence the name "familiar". If you'd like to take the brown bottle into account as it eliminates the usual "skunking" of Corona that's great, but it's exactly the same beer and un-skunked examples of Corona can be found (cans for example).

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Photo of Caveworm
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corona La Familiar | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. Split from a large bottle with @nicholas2121 and poured into a pint glass, this beer's head is one finger thick, with no lacing, and a clear medium-light amber body.

I smell skunkines quite a bit.

Once you get past the skunk taste, there's bright grains and grassy malts.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with fair carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Corona La Familiar | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. with a 3.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 32 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, yellow straw colored with a short white head that vanishes leaving no lacing, clear

S: not much, corn, grass, grain

T: clean malt up front, slightly sweet up front, finishes drier with a slight hop bitterness, has a nice mineral water quality

M: light and refreshing with lively carbonation

O: much better than Corona Extra, brown bottle keeps the skunk out

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Corona La Familiar brewed by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V., with an ABV of 6.00% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. The small of Corona La Familiar is skunkie with grins, malts and some hops. I thought this brew would have been less skunkie because of the brown bottle . However I was deadly wrong. Now for the taste it is mild skunkie with grins and malts. I actually impressed on how less skunkie it is. There is a lot of malt and grins in this brew. You can pick up on the 6.00% ABV in this brew. The mouthfeel of Corona La Familiar is bold, and wet. Not much to write home about, but nothing bad. Overall I'm giving Corona La Familiar a solid 3 out of 5. I may buy this brew again. Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V., did a decent job with this brew.
I had higher hopes for this brew.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A corona in a larger version with amber bottle that protects the beer, better than usual corona in a transparent bottle. This is not a vienna lager as this page suggests, it´s an american adjunct lager, the same as a Corona Extra, but in a bigger bottle.

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Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz bottle 711 $3. Corona familiar feels like a familiar old friend. Sweet, easy, smooth, she doesn't let you down. Don't expect much and she may wow you.... 6 percent abv...... Hell I don't mind a friend spotting me with her. Mmmmmm

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Bottled Nov, 15, 2012.

A: Pours a very light yellowish gold with a bubbly one finger head. Clear body with tons of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in a minute or two.

S: A mix of stale bread and corn. Not too exciting. Would recommend adding some limes.

T: Little more well rounded then the typical Corona. A bit more sweet corn malts. More of a lager than the Extra. Flavor is a bit subdued but remains inoffensive.

M: A bit heavier on the body than the original, medium with average carbonation. A bit of creaminess for a lager but not too much. May be stronger but just as easy to drink.

Overall it has a bit more flavor than the Extra. Still works well with some limes which I added on the 2nd half.

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Corona La Familiar from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.93 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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