Mexican Logger | Ska Brewing Co.

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Mexican LoggerMexican Logger

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of williamphelps
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
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 +4.1%
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 +18.5%
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 +8.8%
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 +19.4%
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 +23.5%
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 +4.1%
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 +16.2%
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 +15.9%
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 -16.8%
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 +5.3%
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 -32.6%
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 +5.6%
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 +8.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -9.1%
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 -7.6%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/27/12

A) Very light in color. Faded, watery straw hue. Bone white head just shy of two fingers but it doesn't last. Paper-thin retention with some lace.

S) Fresh, grassy hop aroma with hints of lemon. Toasted grains. Undertones of biscuit. Rather clean aroma.

T) A solid hop bite kicks off each swig; the Saaz are working overtime on this one. Grass, lemon zest and faint herbal notions. Moderate biscuit notes flesh out the hop bitterness of the back half.

M) Light, breezy body with an utmost crisp feel. Carbonation is matched expertly with the hop profile. It finishes clean.

D) Incredibly easy to drink and it remains tasty even after hitting room temperature.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a pale yellow crystal clear body with a snow white bubbly head. There is a sea of slow microbubbles working to the surface.

S- The clean dry corn hint has a mellow green hop hint in the finish. Otherwise the aroma is very clean.

T- The dry field corn and pale malt hints have some soft dry finish of mellow green hops. There is a dry corn taste that lingers a moment.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a spicy fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is dry and fizzy without much flavor and the hops that are a bit dull and one-dimensional.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a 1 inch white foamy head that falls to a 1/8 inch permanent head with intermittent lacing. Color is pale straw-gold. Aroma is sweet grains and grassy, herbal hops. Flavor picks up with the aroma on sweet grains, slightly biscuity note and mildly hoppy/bitter finish. It has good balance and a clean, crisp taste, Mouthfeel suffers from something. I get this rough after-feel from some canned beers that is hard to describe. It's not astringency, just a dry, chalky feel on the tongue. Overall, this is a beer that is better than Corona and Tecate but not by much.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw golden with very little carbonation, but there is some. Pretty good lacing and dissipates into a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smell: Very nice subtle smell. Smells like grass, lemon, and caramel. Very malty. Extremely neutral smell, but it is refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and grapes. Very fruity for a pale lager. Thin mouthfeel that is definitely too watery.

Overall Drinkability: If it weren't for the mouthfeel, I would love this. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I find this to be a really lovely lager, and an exceptional summer beer. on tap for awhile at illegal petes near DU. it was served with a lime wedge, which I don't think it needs, but it helps bring out some of the fruity and floral notes in the aroma, which is light and summer with a touch of citrus. the color is clear and light, with a quarter inch of thick white fluff, well beyond what I am used to in a lager. the head doesn't last, but the creamy texture it represented does. this beer is expansive in the mouth, yet always light. I love that marriage of feelings here. the flavor is mild, good crisp finish and flavor from the lager yeast, and only enough hops to clean up the soft malt sweetness. this is infinitely sessionable at a super low abv and a lot of interesting flavors for the style. its no bruery humulus, the standard by which I will measure every other lager I ever drink, but its a good summer session beer, and its damn good with a burrito. I think this is savagely underrated here on BA.

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Photo of beergoot
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light straw body comes with an initially thick, foamy white head that soon fades yet remains 1 ½ fingers thick. Very faint grain scent. Light cereal flavor with a slowly developing hop bitterness at the finish. Light, clean, crisp and dry mouthfeel.

A nice, light-bodied lager overall, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight, white head. The scent is weak with some cheap grains. The taste is weak and not too flavorful. Some basic malts and hops in the mix. There is crispness to the beer with a slight spice. Nothing all that special other than the fact this tastes a 100 times better than cheap Mexican beer. Very drinkable, but also one of those you can skip over.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation throughout. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a patchy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light notes of bready malts with some lemon zest and spicy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted bready malts and some light honey sweetness (but it also could be corn). There is a lighter amount of spicy hops that impart a light amount of bitterness that fades quickly. There are also some very light hints of lemon zest.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing and very thirst quenching - super easy to drink and sessionable (great beer for lawn mowing or other yard work). Not the most flavorful beer or my favorite style but I would happily enjoy a couple of these.

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