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

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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 Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to have to roll into Tijuana to score this beer. I guess now that said place is more dangerous than a ruffies and viagra party, they decided to bring it across the border. Still in the 32oz quart bottle, and brown.

Pours straw yellow clear, but actually forms a little wispy white head that obliterates itself rather quickly. Aroma was mildly grainy, I think all the heavy carbonation got in my nose and made it itchy like I needed to sneeze, as if I had snorted some Alka-Seltzer.

Taste was full of corn and metal, like some cheesy band with a fake scary flyer. I think if you take a regular corona, some mineral water, and a sam adams light, blend them together, you get this beer. I think you can get a little more alcohol taste to it, its better than any other Corona I've ever had, and hey, you don't have to drink as much of it to get a buzz. Lawnmower or memory road stuff at best.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Been drinking these for some time. Only seen it ever in the quart size.

Straw yellow, faint, head disappears quicker than integrity amongst Pershing General Hospital workers when they drink together. Aroma wasn't much but stale beer.

Taste was like all metal and corn. Korn. Alcohol is kind a prominent. It is better than the clear bottle Corona though.

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Photo of Myotus
2.35/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 32oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with 3 finger's worth of white, rocky foam that dissipates into a finger's worth after 2 and a half minutes. A moderate amount of very thick lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. Straw yellow in color. There is an abundance of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is very thick and moderate.
SMELL: Subtle spicy and bitter hop aromas are backed by hints of car exhaust, white rice, alcohol, and boiled cabbage.
TASTE: Mild flavors of boiled cabbage enter initially and are immediately followed by subtle white rice flavors. Mild spicy and bitter hop flavors enter next along with hints of car exhaust and alcohol as boiled cabbage flavors push on, but white rice flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough do to the high carbonation. Finishes extremely crisp.
NOTE: Glad I got that out of the way. Now to drain pour the rest of this bottle....

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Photo of johnbleroy
2.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Here's the truth. Corona Familiar (I don't know where that "la" comes from; not the bottle or the brewer) is the exact same beer as Corona Extra. They have the exact same alcohol content. Extra is in a clear bottle and is easily skunked by heat and light. Familiar in the dark brown bottle is not so easily ruined, but it can be. Yes, it is a tiny bit darker than clear-bottle Extra, because its color hasn't been bleached by light. The major factor in the quality of either is whether they were properly refrigerated for the trip across the border and by the U.S. store that sells it to you. Your best bet is to go to a major grocery store where there's a high turnover and they're getting their beer new on a regular basis. I'm in Arizona, I go to a Fry's (Kroger). But even here the clear-bottle Extra is often slightly skunked, which is why most people decide to put a wedge of lime in the neck of each bottle. There is a big bottle of Extra, in a clear bottle, containing 24 ounces. It is identical to the 12 ounce Extra and the 7 ounce Coronita. The brown bottle Familiar often tastes better; and putting a lime in a decent North American yellow (yes, I know that's an oxymoron) tastes kind of strange. As for Caguama, it comes in the same style squat quart bottle as Familiar, which is Mexican, but it is a completely different beer, from El Salvador, and I've only seen it in a clear bottle. People get it confused with Corona because it is also frequently skunked by the time an American opens it. Also, Mexican-Americans use "caguama" ("turtle") to refer to a quart bottle of beer. Which came first, the slang word or the Salvadoran brand name? I don't know. But there is no Mexican beer brand named Caguama. My ultimate recommendation: never buy an imported beer in a bottle; go for cans. No, they don't have a metallic taste, not even when you drink directly from the can. You're remembering steel cans from the 1950s, if you're that old; or else you're remembering your grandpa's denunciation of canned beer. The taste of canned beer lasts many times longer than bottled beer, especially if it's trucked through the deserts of Mexico and Arizona.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light straw color, small short lasting blond head.
Aroma: This beer does not much aroma.
Flavor: Not much flavor. This beer is very light bodied, non-hoppy, harsh taste with bitter finish.
Overall: Looks and smells like Corona Extra. This beer, however, as a slightly harsher taste than the Extra. This brew is inferior to Corona Extra.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was sitting in a Mexican grocery, eating a tripe and tongue taco and noticed this in the cooler. I figured I would enhance the experience by drinking a "real" Mexican beer. No glass to serve it in, I drank it straight from the 32 ounce bottle, hence the higher score in appearance. The nose and flavor is straight rice with a hint of barley graininess. After I poured a little lime juice in it, the flavor did improve but the base beer is poor and weak. It served the purpose as its light character helped to extinguish the habenero spiciness but I wouldn't bother to drink it again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden, pale yellow in color. Very see through in appearance. Grain, malty and cardboard. Thin to approaching medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Very short finish. Probably pairs well with spicy food.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from huge quart bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: well, it's definitely not a Vienna lager as the description says. Based on look alone, I'd say we're looking at regular old Corona here. Light yellow hue with no haze and a light effervescence; head dissipated so quickly you might say there was none.

Smell: sweet and light; pretty clean and not super adjunct-y. You could do a lot worse.

Taste: much like the aroma, I'm getting sweet malt with a hint of grain. Pretty clean, actually, if not particularly flavorful.

Mouthfeel: light body with a fizzy effervescence. Not precisely insipid, but not much going on here.

Overall: pretty darn drinkable. The lack of adjunct off-flavors makes me think this isn't a normal adjunct lager (although, again, it's *definitely* not a Vienna lager). For beers that you buy at the gas station in a quart bottle, it's actually not bad.

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Photo of McStagger
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Pours golden. Finger of head. Loud beer. Lots of carbonation rushing to the surface. Large bubbles. Retention is minimal, as is lacing.

S: Mildly metallic, not really adjunct-y, but more of that euro pale lager, only without all the noble hop extract. Getting some sweetness off it, almost like a candied green apple, but this is super mild.

T: Mild. Hit of grain up front, twinge of hoppiness. Same weird green fruit flavors in the mid palate. Finishes with a grainy sweetness. Not really getting much adjunct, but again, very similar in flavor to many trashy europales.

M: Very carbonated. Fizzy, seltzery. Virtually no body.

O: This is a step up from Corona, but that's not saying much. Not a bad beach beer, but definitely nothing to write hope about.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

i really don't taste a difference between this and corona extra (in fact the bottle top even says corona extra). it does have a higher ABV% so that's a good enough difference for me.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very clear yellow with a decent sized white head. Left no lacing.

S - Aluminum, copper. Just metal in general.

T - Corn. Lots and lots of corn. Rice adjunct, some cooked veggies. Doesn't have the skunkyness that regular corona has.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, It was alright. Definitely not a vienna lager. But it's better than regular corona by a long shot!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a quart bottle.

Look: Clear straw yellow. Fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma: A sweet grassiness about it. Faint grains, malts.

Taste: Sweetness and subtle grains. It is not skunky at all due to the brown bottle. Sweet from malted barley.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Dry.

Overall: Actually, despite the low rating, this is pretty drinkable compared to Corona Extra. It's certainly no worse than any other Adjunct Lager out there.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeah, I'm with "wattoclone". I don't know who came up with Vienna Lager and 6% here. I was actually excited for a sec before opening the bottle. Both factors need to be reviewed/changed up above. No info on the Modelo site.

A lot of head forms with each pour (filled a pilsner glass about 4 times). The liquid is one of the palest, dull yellows I've ever seen, crystal clear. The head drops out in seconds, no lace. There's something dominant in the aroma that comes off as either Tupperware or a wet ball of corn masa in a Tupperware container.

One taste and, I'll admit, I could tell instantly it's straight Corona (Extra, specifically). The flavors include pilsner malt with just a kiss of corn meal (DMS) and a vague apple juice taste and tannicity (hey, that's actually a word!). Could be worse. Could be Corona in the clear bottle. The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect - bit of a light, rounded body up front, shifting over to a mild carbonic sizzle, and finishing off fairly dry... though, combined with the bland corn dough flavor, a slight feeling of having licked the inside of a six-pack holder lingers on the tongue.

Fine for what it is. Was an adequate beverage to go with that greasy burrito de pollo..

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