Cerveza Monterrey | Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

Cerveza MonterreyCerveza Monterrey
42 Ratings
Cerveza MonterreyCerveza Monterrey

Brewed by:
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2004

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Photo of tripledbrew
2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DocRoc
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A -clear golden, little to no head
S -dried sweet corn
T -lower creveza flavor
M -light mouth feel, creveza/corn coating and aftertaste
O -Quafable, not robust or highly flavorful as other creveza. Paired good with Navy+Pinto beans, smoked turkey, and baked Jiffy vegetarian cornbread

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.09/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another of many a selection from Aldi's. A Guat beer in a corona look-a-like bottle. Let's hope it is what the bottle says "incomparable flavor" and not like its Mexican brother. Popping the top I get a skunky (expected) waft. Pours to a bright yellow with little or no head. On the taste this brew is adjunct as they get. Corny malt with thin body and little or no hopping evident. I think a few of these might lead to a headache so I'm stopping at one. Looks like a brother from another mother, not my cup of tea.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.77/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste: Bitter, fermented grainy sharp. Mellow nose.
Lite Gold and crystal clear, with a delicate white lace to the head. Lite body with a crisp bite for a hot day.

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Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of metter98
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of corn and rice adjuncts with a subtle amount of associated sweetness, but for the most part the sweetness is masked by a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied (with a faint amount of wateriness) and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really stands out with this beer to make me want to try it again, but it's not bad compared to some of the other adjunct lagers I've had from Central America.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Rddymk
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is actually not a bad beer. For the price and the difficulty discerning it from Corona and Landshark it is right up there. 5.99 a six pack at Aldi food stores it has a nice, crisp, cold and easy drinking character. I like it for the price.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a pale to medium yellow in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with a light to moderate presence of corn adjuncts. There are hints of grassy hops in the finish.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet malts with a moderate amount of corn adjuncts adding to the sweetness. Very light flavors of grassy hops in the finish which imparts a minimal amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Not bad but certainly not anything special...easy to drink but not overly flavorful or interesting - tastes almost like a slightly better version of Corona to me. Not something that I would seek out but definitely matches well with some homemade spicy Mexican food.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ultrasrs
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of doktorhops
2.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Corona to a Guatemalan knock-off we move on to Cerveza Monterrey. What the hell, if you're going to review light-struck beers why not do two in a row? Besides it provides a basis of comparison between Latin American Lagers as well. At $35 AUD a carton from ALDI this beer presents sensational value over the Corona so if it can pull it off we might have a new "summer beer" on our hands and the Guatemalans can stick it to their Mexican cousins.

Disclaimer: No lemons/limes were harmed in the making of this review.

Poured from a 355ml (US imported from California) bottle into a Stange.

A: Slightly different to Corona - the body is a lighter clear yellow, with a 1 inch white head that sticks fairly well.

S: More on the corn husk here too, with the noted vegetal matter and a touch of bread yeast. Overall the aroma is a little less offensive than the Corona, but again I'm not judging it with a lemon/lime wedge where the Mexican beer shines.

T: The flavour profile with this is definitely more corn/grainy with some prominent husk characters, vegetal matter, and sour bread in the background. There is a dry finish and apart from the balance here being more towards corn it is remarkably similar to the brew it is mimicking.

M: The feel is mid to light, watery and with a little bit more carbonation than the Corona - in this respect the Corona is much better.

D: Well it was a close one between the Corona and this however I think given the large price difference this aces the Mexican Lager. I did however prefer the skunk of the Corona to the overbearing corn of Monterrey (wow, never thought I would say skunk beats grain), and overall with an added lemon/lime wedge Corona would be a more refreshing combination of flavours.

Food match: Again if it's Mexican and has lime you're on the right track - in fact I'm thinking about having a black bean, rice, lime and cilantro Dos Capos right now, mmm.

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Photo of jsmith527
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel and grassy notes. It had a sweet caramel flavor. It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish.

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Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of instinct2
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TTAmod
3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is the Aldi Mexican-style lager. It was $5 for a 6-er. Best by date of Oct 14 stamped on the bottle.

Drank straight out of the bottle.

A: Nice medium-hued gold color. Decent white head forms after each drink, but goes away quickly. Clarity is good.

S: Has a decent grain and even a pilsener-like smell going on. Grass, wet hay, and a bit of cereal dominate the nose. Not bad.

T: Surprisingly, the taste is quite good, too. There are a lot of European pilsener qualities to this beer. Starts off slight watery, but then you're hit with the grass and wet hay flavors. There's a tinge of spicy hops and bitterness near the end.

M: Appropriately light and crisp for the style. Made to consume quickly.

O: In my opinion, this is a lot better and has a lot more depth than Corona (the obvious beer it's knocking off) and this is quite a bit cheaper. Label snobs will look past this beer, but they'll be missing out.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
1.67/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Light colored semi transparent beer with a short lived white head.
Aroma: Non-distinct beer smell.
Flavor: Non-distinct beer flavor. Light bodied harshly carbonated.
Overall: There are no redeeming qualities to be attributed to this beer.  It only has a beer-like smells and taste. Don't waste your money on buying it to drink; beer like this is only good as a cooking ingredient.

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Photo of sgttibbs
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of RochefortChris
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Brenden
2.81/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A Guatemalan beer at a German-based food chain in America? Sure.

It looks the part, to be sure, a pale straw-yellow, though bright with a shining golden hue to it. A soft, not-quite-fluffy but not spritzy bone white head forms and actually manages something before it fizzles down. It even manages a little spotting. Perhaps a touch below average overall, slightly above average for the style, we'll call it average.
This is pretty similar to Corona, particularly, any number of so-called Mexican light lagers, and the like, especially in the smell. It's extremely basic, with too much sweetness off creamed-corn like husk notes and pale malts. It actually doesn't go quite so far as others with the off sweetness, and there may actually be something to it, but it doesn't show entirely in the aroma.
In the taste, though, it actually shows a little malt backbone. It's got grains underlying with a fruity edge to the sweetness, a little husk, and it actually finishes out with a very, very light bitterness.
It's got the soda-like body, avoiding the slickness some are prone to but going the way of being overly spritzy. For the style, though, it does avoid the greater of two evils. It's thin, of course, going a little watery but, again, not as badly as some.

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Photo of PatM
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of MaxOhle
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Trifecta1
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

As I was helping my mother unload the car, I saw a 6 pack of this stuff. Knowing that I'm a beer guy, she offers me to take one. I'm also a "I do not turn down free beer" guy.

A - Looks like a much more colorful US macro, but the same shade as I would see in a German pils. Still, better than the average adjunct lager.

S - The smell, however, is not. Exactly what I'd expect from the style, corn and rice grains. Mild fruity esters keep it interesting enough though.

T - I have to say, I am very surprised. This is an adjunct lager that doesn't make me wanna turn in disgust. It's actually not bad at all. I can even see this being quite pleasant on a sunny day (it's raining right now). Slighty sweeter than your Coors or Budweiser, more fruity as well. The fruitiness and sweetness team up against the corn and rice, hide it, and make this pretty decent. Hops are nonexistant.

M - Fizzier than I would have hoped. Almost like soda going down, minus the syrupy mess.

O - Shocked in a good way. I would never have expected this from an Aldi exclusive. If this were offered to me in comparison to your other macros, Bud, Coors, Ka-stone, what have you, I would choose this time and time again. An upgrade from Corona.

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