Cerveza Monterrey | Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

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Cerveza MonterreyCerveza Monterrey

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Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2004

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by zeff80:
Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
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 secondtooth
3.27/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow, with a smallish head of white sudsiness. Virtually no lacing at all.

Nose is sweet, grainy and malty, like a Corona.

Flavor profile follows in line -- a highly malty base of corn or rice, with a slight citrus tanginess, and more grain at the finish. Obviously a knockoff of Corona, but a highly drinkable substitute, and at $4.99 a 6-pack at Aldi, this is a worthy purchase for warm weather sessions.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.27/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear pale yellow. This is as clear as water. About a finger of bright white head. Spots of lace remain.

The aroma is mostly skunky corn and weak malt. A sharp tartness seems to drown out everything.

The flavor is much of the same. Light malt and corn. Not a whole lot of flavor to speak of.

Thin and watery body. Loads of carbonation.

Overall it's about what I expected from a beer bought at Aldi's.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of sgttibbs
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Brenden
2.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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 tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: When you picture "beer" this is what it looks like...

Smell: No real smell to speak of...again, when you picture "beer" this is how it smells...a bit skunked. A decent amount of maltiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Kind of like Corona, but sweeter and fruitier. Tastes a lot like honey to me. Overall pretty good. Quite refreshing and not bitter at all.

Drinkability: Would be great on a nice beach day. I approve.

Overall: Definitely a bit harder to find than Corona. You can find a 6-pack of Cerveza Monterrey at Aldi for about $5-6. I think it's a step up from its Mexican counterpart. Both are refreshing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what the history of this beer is, but it's got to be based on the popularity of Corona from Mexico. The painted bottle says it all, and the flavor is pretty similar all around. The "best by" date on my bottle is 5 months away, so it's got to be pretty fresh.

It's light straw gold/yellow gold in color beneath a short head of bright white foam that drops shortly. Lacing is average with some nice patches and spots left about the glass.

The aroma displays adjunct-laden sweet malt with just a smear of hops in the background.

The flavor follows suit, and its softly sweet and almost corn-like (not to suggest that it's made with corn) maltiness dominates. There's just enough low-level bitterness beneath to balance it and bring it to a drying finish.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body with a crisp, standard carbonation.

As to drinkability, I think it's right on par with most of the less hoppy European lagers, and perhaps a bit more so than some of the lighter American adjunct lagers. It's not great, but it's not bad (and oddly, the 6-pack I picked up was not skunked - although it did come out of a sealed case).

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Photo of msjacilynn
2.42/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from old notes...my grandpa was excited to share this with me and the only reason I ever picked this up: 7/31/10

A: pale yellow, white head that dicipates quickly.

S: lime and grainy-malt.

T: fizzy water with mild malt and corn...reminded me of a cheap corona.

M: overly carbonated.

D: no. just don't. unless you are desperate or your grandpa wants to share a cold one with you. :)

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Photo of omparker
2.44/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

Photo of metter98
2.76/5  rDev +1.5%
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 petec9686
1.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If it weren't for the skunk, I would say this has no taste/smell at all. I guess on a hot day, this stuff ice cold would be drinkable, but I rather have a cold glass of water.

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Photo of MaxOhle
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mooseisloose
2.09/5  rDev -23.2%
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 cudmud
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear, pale yellow body with a bright white head of one-quarter inch. There is good head retention and lacing. In addition, there is a steady stream of bubbles. This might be the most pale beer on the market.

Smell: This beer reeks of the musty smells of adjuncts. I don't detect any hops; I'll I smell is rice and corn.

Taste: This beer is nearly flavorless. I do taste some hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer does feel OK in the mouth. The carbonation is actually refreshing.

Drinkability: I'm sure I would find this beer quite adequate if I lived in Guatemala. This beer doesn't taste, smell, or look bad it just lacks any type of character.

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Photo of ultrasrs
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.79/5  rDev +2.6%
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 CU570M
1.74/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a golden yellow colored beer with decent head and good lacing. This beer had no real special smell, at times it had no smell at all. Taste really wasn't there either. Mouthfeel was like drinking water. Beer was way less than average. Probably wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of murf1087
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ruckus232
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce clear bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very light yellow color with a little white head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Slightly skunky smell which seems to go with a lot of these beer types

Taste: Well it is actually not bad. It doesn't have a strong taste but it is suprisingly sweet. Better then most other beers like this.

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Photo of DocRoc
2.83/5  rDev +4%
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 jgunther71
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Piva31
4/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is our favorite "session" beer (long session, I mean). While generally we drink heavy beers, it's hard to put away a 12 pack of Two Hearted Ale during a football game without taking a nap. It has a very slight skunky odor, it is fairly high in carbonation, and its general flavor is deliberately similar to Corona. Indeed, the packaging makes that obvious. After dozens of 6 packs of Monterrey, I am no longer buying Corona, and compared to that, Monterrey has a slightly softer flavor, perhaps very slightly more fruity character.

Without reservation, I can say this beer marries with 2-3 slices of lime like no other beer I can name. Squeeze the juice from the lime slices into it, drop them in, give the juice a moment to evenly distribute, and this beer will go down like soda pop on the 4th of July. Women, in particular, like this beer with limes.

This is not a beer for you to philosophically consider or praise like some antique wine: this is picnic and hot day beer, and as such, it is very good.

The biggest problem I have had, is introducing this beer, sold only at Aldi, to friends who poo-poo it because it is not a name brand beer.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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