Mexican Logger
Ska Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #393
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,152
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 15.41%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
349
From:
Ska Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  11
Gots
  52
SCORE
78
Okay
Mexican LoggerMexican Logger
Notes: 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 by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a light white head. Some slight lacing and sense of carbonation. Head dissapears pretty quickly.

Smell is muted, bits of straw and grass in there. No obvious hops. Not an unpleasant smell though like I get in most adjunct lagers.

Taste is slightly sweet with a light hop bite at the end. Again, nothing amazing, but much more pleasant to drink than your typical adjunct.

Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated and pretty crisp. Feels right for the style.

Overall this beer is about as good as you can expect. I intentionally had it on a hot day after working in the yard since I think that is kind of the point of this beer. This is a step up from an adjunct and fits its purpose very well. The problem though is the price point.... 9 a 6er is just too much for this style and in the end kind of defeats the purpose.

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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 chugalug06
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preface: Once again, I always rate a brew to style...

A - A very nice clear Yellow with an equally as nice white soapy/foamy head. Head pours very rich with good sustainability. Head leaves some nice lacing behind too. There's a slight straw color to both the head and the brew.

S - WOW, for a Lager, this is one of the best scent's I've ever smelt! Very nice a light, yet very powerful orange scent. Almost smells like an ocean, in a good way. Rose and light caramel also comes to mind. Clearly (as you can see from the logo) there's Saaz hops in this one.

T - WOW, Can't beat this one. Has a ton of deep flavors; for a Lager. Very smooth and delicious, there's absolutely no off flavors in this brew. All the flavors blend very well. Well balanced hops, a very early hop schedule. Zero biterness and full flavor! Maybe some slight green chili too

M - WET! Very light and airy. Amazing carbonation. Very little I would do differently! Clean, crisp, refreshing....

O - I cannot wait to take this one to the fishing stream or out backpacking! Quite the brew, I'm very excited SKA finally started distributing this one! SKA nailed the Lager style. A must try... LOOK OUT Another6pack....

Cheers!

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguru14
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour, Color, & Aroma:

Pouring the beer into my pint glass, the first thing I noticed was the decent carbonation level of the beer. I was expecting the head to be more prominent, but there only ended up being about a half of a finger width. The head on the lager was white as snow with the actual beer having a very light straw color.

The aroma was relatively mild. There was some cereal and grain qualities in which I was picking up. The hops had a definite presence by exuding a nice spiciness and hint of earthiness.

Taste:

Clean, crisp and quenching. As you can see from the picture, I was drinking this on a very warm (105 is warm for Phoenix right?) day poolside. More so than any other beer in recent memory, I felt this truly quenched my thirst. Some of the first flavors I picked up were some ester characteristics, reminding me of a light cider. Light crisp apple and a ripe pear came through. The noble Saaz (I really enjoyed the play on words Ska came up with) complimented the fruit by portraying an earthy spice to the beer. Last, hints of biscuits and a subtle hint of caramel sweetness settled on the tongue.

Finish and Body:

Like I said before, this beer was light and smooth, with an obvious light body. There was enough sweetness to be satisfying, but not enough that made it heavy in body. The finish was very crisp, not leaving much on the palate after swallowing.

Final Thoughts:

This is a beer that I plan on enjoying for the rest of the summer. I find that it is a great example that a light colored lager can buck the trend and have a full flavors. If you are looking for something to quench in this crazy summer heat, look no further. Ska steps outside the box of typical brewing and makes a beautiful lager. Prost!

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Photo of lnashsig
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#BOTG 48 is Ska Mexican Logger! Its pretty freakin hot outside, and nice to get a craft alternative to Mexican shitty lager from Ska. Poured from can into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a super cloudy sunshine yellow color. Crazy, not what I expected for color. No head whatsoever. Smell- not much of anything. Maybe a little whiff of corn. Taste- very smooth, clean, crisp. Some sweetness on the end. A little bit of bitterness from the hops. This neither smells or tastes like anything. But, I could see POUNDING this at the pool this summer. Much better than AAL, but nothing special here. But, I will buy this instead of Corona, Dos Equis, etc anyday.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of denver10
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rawfish
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold really metallic looking sheen to it with a small finger high soapy head. Leaves very little lacing on the glass with some retention.

Sweet bread, cereal grains and corn meal make up the primary malt base, slight hints of cinnamon and oranges. Slight hint of yeast and grassy hops.

Soda cracker grains and more corn meal and some underlying sweetness. Hint of grassy hops. Slightly sweet for a lager, integration is done well but finishes clean, no soapy or crisp bite to it.

Light body, but flavors rather full for the body. Average carbonation, finishes clean but not lager crisp.

Pleasant lager ideal for kicking back in the summer months, a bit too sweet for my liking but the flavors were full and finishes clean leaving you ready for another.

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Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Beermotor
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Its like what would happen if Bohemia and Pacifico had a baby and someone raised it in a craft brewery.
Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of dankster
1.92/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- pale fizzy golden- Almost Too BMC lookin

S- grains and corn but has a little hop kick on the nose

T- exactly what it is a mexican style beer that has little flavour profile but is pretty good with spicy foods

M- Watery and bland not much balance to this one.

O- sorry SKA but this one fails for me. not worth the price. if i want a mexican beer i will go for modelo over this anyday. better price same quality

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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 WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mexican logger is a sound good american pale ale. Its appearance is typical....average....smell includes the Saaz hop similar to others. The taste to me is much better balanced than the big marcos put out. The body is a nice medium to loght with good carbonation. overall a very tastee beer....probably one of the better american pales I've had.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Three Philosophers snifter.

Appearance - Clear gold body. Thin white lace.

Smell - Faint honey. Slight musky grain.

Taste - Pretty complex for a lager. Clean with no off characteristics. The flavor profile morphs while on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Clean and light with a slight bite.

Overall Drinkability - Possibly the best lager I've had.

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Photo of 40oz2heaven
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of rsdaugherty
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into pint glass
A –White 1 finger head from large bubbles dwindled quickly to a crown, crystal clear yellow with slight gold colors 3
S – Mild all around – slight toasted grains/malts and grassy hops 3
T – Grainy upfront, very slight sweetness with a floral bitterness clean/crisp finish. 3
M – Light in body and mouthfeel 3
O – With the great name, Ska is hitting what they have aimed for. A step above the macro brews of the style. 3

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 349 ratings