Mexican Logger | Ska Brewing Co.

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Mexican LoggerMexican Logger

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The perfect Mexican lager. Light and refreshing, it really hits the spot after a long day of brutal chainsaw work. Brewed with the finest malt, Saaz hops, yeast, water, and love.

18 IBU

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 343
Photo of sjdevel
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks to be a light and clear pale yellow color with a nice 3 finger head that is thick like meringue. Great retention. Smells malty with crackers and bread. Taste is cracker and slightly sweet. Fairly light in flavor but enjoyable. Feels a bit thin even for a lager. Overall a nice refreshing beer that is lighter but has a nice all around flavor. I would buy again.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, best before 8/11/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an excellent pale lager. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great clean pils malt/grain showcase, with nice noble hop presence/balance for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts. A very enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example.

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Photo of moxylate
4.7/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Add a lime, and you've got a domestic Corona, but it's made here in Colorado, and that's what counts, with Pure Rocky Mountain snow-melt waters
And that's gotta matter

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mexican logger pours a clean copper color with a fizzy lacing head. Aroma is grainy, but mild. Flavors is a little grainy, a little sweet with a bright crisp malty backbone and just a hint of lime. Good body and feel. Overall no frills easy to drink tasty beer.

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Photo of D1noB
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A crisp beer that has that slight earthy finish.

Taste Rating in Words: It getting right at the edge of a cliff but not quite falling off.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: brilliant straw with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" bone white foam cap with a very fine bead

S: lime, light cracker with traces of apple, corn and floral hops

T: starts lightly sweet up front with lime, floral, traces of apple and light corn. It dries on the finish with a moderate bitterness and a slight tart note.

F: light body and above average carbonation

O: for what it is, it is good and drinkable but overall I find it meh

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear lemon/yellow color with thin white fresh head. smell is fruity /flower noble hops with cracker bread malt and grain. Taste has a floral hop taste with a grainy sweetness it has a lemon grass cracker baked bread finish. Crisp mouth feel very drinkable with grassy hops , crushable in the summer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear yellow with a decent head. The aroma is sweet, with rounded cracker malts, and just a hint of spicy hops. The flavor starts with sweet, generous cracker malts, and turns sharper at the finish, with a hint of floral hops and a bite of pepper. The mouthfeel is very light with springy carbonation. Overall this is a decent lager, but nothing particularly special.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick head of big and little bubbles with little lacing. Aroma of light breadiness, lemon, lime, effervescent on nose, just slight staleness. Palate of lemon, lime, sourdough bread, grapefruit, stale mango. Pros crisp, easy drinking, more flavor than left hand kolsch. Cons some staleness/flabbiness toward finish. 87/100

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Photo of arizcards
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at BevMo Glendale in late May for $9.99. BBY 8-12-16 but has been stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured pale with a decent white head with the initial pour.

Nose is fresh crackers and corn.

Taste includes corn, crackers, and grains that are balanced by a decent amount of hops to make it refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a pretty good taking on a light somertime lager, definitely worthy of a shot.

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Photo of bwood06
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer sounded interesting (and I was looking for something light) based on the menu at a restaurant I was eating at one evening so I ordered this one up. This mexican-style lager features a frothy, ultra-bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin, whispy lacing. The beer itself is a pale straw in color and clear with high carbonation visible in the form of moderate sized bubbles rising quickly toward the surface. 4/5 The aroma is typical of a light lager in that there is a definitive aroma of both pilsner and light malt present that provide a grainy sweetness (but more graininess) as well as a nice hop bill that is a bit spicy, herbal, and grassy all at the same time. Very simple aroma but appealing nonethless. 4/5 The flavor is very much like the aroma with a light caramel and grainy sweetness coming out right away. This rather quickly leads into notes of white bread and cracker with the malt really carrying the flavor in the first 2/3 of the taste or so. The final third sees the hops really start to come out with a light peppery spiciness as well as an herbal note, plus fresh cut grass. The beer becomes somewhat bitter when these hop flavors arrive suggesting a somewhat significant hop bill. The bitterness lingers, albeit lightly, for a minute or two after swallowing. 4/5 The mouthfeel is very light and crisp with significant carbonation burn up front that slowly eases over time. There is a bit of dryness although the dryness is not overly dry. This lingers along with the bitterness, lightly. 4.25/5 Flavorful, sessionable, and balanced. Not overly sweet and grainy, not overly bitter and dry. This beer strikes a nice balance that makes for an enjoyable drinking experience and a willingness to grab another. 4/5

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Photo of akolb
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Pilsner malt, biscuits, mild spice and yeast
Appearance: pale clear straw, thin dissapearing head
Taste: crackers, floral, nice crisp finish, lemon, bread. very dry
Mouthfeel: light and crisp
Overall: A solid American Pale Lager. Easy drinking but still flavorful. Well done.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a SRM=2, super light pale yellow, with a fluffy loosely knit cap of 3 fingers, gradually receding to 1/2 finger and leaving bubbly soap behind on the sides.

Aromas of light pilsner malts and fresh baked bread, some obvious saaz hop influence, and herbal grassiness.

Flavor is biting and bready at the same time, yielding a nice pine suspension with a yeasty foundation. The Saaz hops kick in at the end and twist things a touch more bitter, but it still maintains a beautiful herbal tanginess that compliments the bread nicely. Some fruity esters can also be sampled.

Feel is crisp and light, super carbonated, all par for the style and as to be expected. The finish is semi-dry and slightly parched.

Overall, I think I'd like to buy Mexican Logger in six packs, though I dunno if $9.99 is a justifyable price. It is however a very quenchable lager and a great substitution when you want more quality than any of the other mexican lagers on the market (I'm talking to you, Corona). Nice work here, Ska.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I found this (in cans, not bottles) at a small shop in Waynesville, NC on 16 July 2015. I bought two, one each for me and my climbing partner (we'd climbed Cold Mountain that morning). After drinking the beer that evening we regretted not getting a 6-pack. Obviously "logger" is a play on "lager," but this Colorado lager is better than any of the standard Mexican versions I've ever had. Appearance was fairly typical but pleasant enough. The smell was the first clear indication that something better than average was at hand. It was balanced and simply more prominent than I expect from typical lighter lagers. The taste was balanced and surprisingly deep for the style. Mouthfeel was also pleasant. Looking forward to having this one again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what Mexican Logger has to do with anything besides being a play on words for this Mexican-styled lager, but with 12 ounces from a can, I have some late afternoon refreshment. On to the beer:

Visible sparkling bubbles rise to the top of this pale straw beer. A soapy head sits on top, showing some creamy lace and clinging some of itself to around the glass. The aroma reminds me of the better lagers that I have had from Mexico. This one has a light overall aroma, with notes of hay, light grain, grass, DMS, and being clean in the process.

Simple lager, simple to drink, and simply enjoyable too. Ska's version has an extra oomph of grassiness in its flavor. I sense something like corn grits too. Notes of green apple and a whisper of alcohol gives the beer a slightly different character to what I was expecting. This comes in a package which delivers a light body and gentle bubbles, putting this on par (a maybe a wee better) with the likes of Bohemia Classica.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring with a solid, dissipating head, Mexican Logger's color rings out—at first glance—like a pristine flaxen crystal, and likewise boasts some delightfully furious effervescence—as well as, in fact, some very fine sedimentary haze throughout. The nose, meanwhile, is very faint, with woody notes of grain-husk but, unlike a lot of great lagers, just a hint of yeast-birthed fruitiness. Yet this is a great lager—at the very least insofar as it achieves what it sets out to be: easy-drinking, thirst-quenching, never-cloying summer-time session. Very clean on the palate and in the mouth, Ska's logger's lager pairs an almost blanched malt-base—lean on the sugars, mild overall, but solidly grainy crackle and crunch—with gestures at its Saaz hopping: a touch of herbs; a cleansing, but little more than token, dose of bittering; and a nearly imperceptible valence of pine on the back-end.

Is it the most exciting, experimental, magisterial, or moving lager—much less beer—made by Ska, or anyone else for that matter? Certainly not. But on a hot summer's day—humid or parched—I find myself reaching for Mexican Logger often, when it's available. It's priced well—not much more than the imports which it emulates and on which it improves—and pairs excellently with a dry throat and a sweaty brow.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Light, Crisp, Herbal, Refreshing

This Mexican-style Lager pours out of the can very pale, bright, straw in color with a thin creamy white head. Light aromas of cereal grains and herbal hops. Very clean. Light-bodied, but smooth on the palate with a crisp carbonation edge. Low bitterness, but flavorful with a pleasant citrus rind bite, light spice, and an herbal flavor. Grainy, earthy finish. This is a straight-forward, highly sessionable, clean, flavorful lager, that doesn’t need a lime to make it taste better (but it tastes great with one too). The only problem with this beer is that it’s not year-round.

STYLE: American Pale Lager | ABV: 5.2% | AVAILABILITY: Summer

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Photo of Jimmy_Melnarik
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Used this to make mexican beer chili and micheladas (con Ojo Rojo!). Not a fan of the style, but would definitely choose this one over Dos Equis or a Corona if forced.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is extremely smooth. That is an understatement to be honest. I was not sure what to think about this brew as Ska are hit or miss. This beer poured very average out of the can, with no distinct hints or aromas. I thought it would be average, but it wasn't! This beer has an extremely crisp and pure taste to it and a great mouthfeel as it goes down smoothly. The taste is of malted hops and barley, and I would definitely give props to Ska for this one, even though I haven't been as kind to them in the past. Cool name, cool can, awesome name, smooth taste... What more could you ask for?

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Photo of FLima
2.29/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yellow color with an almost inexistent fluffy head that vanishes quickly.
Initial weird aroma like a concentrated adjunct lager with fusel alcohols, corn and some lemon. Hello? Should I sip this? Later improves a bit.
Predominant flavor of acid lemon and a mild corn syrup.
Light body with good carbonation.
I hated, but it does deliver the promise, a Mexican lager, which is not necessarily a good thing... Anyway I gave some extra points given the strong lemon hint mimicking a Sol/Corona with a slice of it.
Ap.2 Ar.1 Sab.2,75 Sens.2,75 Cj.2,75

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Photo of cbutova
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Backlog of reviews from the last week in CO, KS and KY. This was reviewed fully to my phone at time of consumption in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

A- Golden bodied ale is poured from the 12oz bottle with a clear appearance to a goblet. The white head rises to one finger with a foamy texture. Pretty good head retention as the cap dies to a puffy ring and some clouds.

S- Saaz hops come to mind first with the lager yeast being a close second. Spicy, herbal and floral Noble hop character with pale fruit esters and fresh bread beyond that. Slight malts.

T- Pale fruit notes from the lager yeast pick it up more here as well a definite cracked pale malt and cereal grain sweetness. Deep bready quality. Saaz remains the focus but not by a ton bringing spicy, grassy and herbal qualities.

MF- Light bodied overall with a crisp fizzy and lightly frothy texture. Carbonation comes in on the high side with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Saaz and lager yeast atop a pale cereal grain malt base. Spicy, grassy and bready with a crisp refreshing feel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/2/14.

Pours a clear light golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with best by date September 11, 2014 printed on the bottom of the can. A new canned offering to me from Ska Brewing Co.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours the typical clear golden yellow straw colored body. Some decent clarity when held to the light. A finger and a half of frothy white foam head. Some spotty strands of lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - The smell is good for what it is, also - crisp, grainy, grassy, and wheaty. Light lemony pith noticeable.

T - Taste is the same - crisp, grainy, grassy and wheaty. A simple no frills beer experience, but the quality of the ingredients definitely shows when pitted against swill like Bud Light or Miller Genuine Draft.

M - The feel is fluid, crisp, and clean. Lightly grainy aftertaste.

Overall, it's a good drink for what it is, but it's not something I would seek out again. I'm glad I got a can of this as part of a mixed six pack instead of paying the full price. The quality of the ingredients is noticeable, but flavor-wise it's not much above a Miller Lite.

Ska Brewing Mexican Logger ---3.5/5

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from the 12 oz can into my new belgium goblet:

A pours a thin light yello with a blanch white head, settles to a thin film
ultra clarity

S no much to the nose a bit metallic (honetly I am thinking macro)

T not bad! light on the palate -

M thin and easy to drink

D a real session beer - missing on quality taste - but if you can find em cheap, guzzle away! at least its better than bud!

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Photo of SamN
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a can. Glad to see they got rid of the slightly racist "sweepy Mexican" on the label.

Super clear beer, very pale goldenrod color. Ridiculous clarity, lively bubbles, but a great soapy head with some of the best lacing I've ever seen on an APL. Aroma is equally transparent; slightly spicy, a faint noble hops aroma, nothing too distinct, is that a hint of lime? Taste is very light and inoffensive, bordering on bland. Hops are muted, malt is faint, but the overall impression is crisp and refreshing. I guess I can sense the Saaz hops, but they are quite far away and a shadow of their potential.

This is a craft cervaza, I guess. Pair this ice-cold with some spicy taco truck food on a blisteringly hot day, and this beer is a winner; crisp, refreshing. Easy drinking. Don't look for too much in this one, just drink it and remember not all beer needs to be complex to be pretty damn good.

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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 343 ratings