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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2002

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Photo of dankster
1.92/5  rDev -43.4%
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 FLima
2.29/5  rDev -32.4%
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 DavoleBomb
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pils glass.

3.5 A: Clear light yellow color. Three fingers of frothy white head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

2.5 S: Lightly grainy with nearly no hop contribution (maybe a touch grassy). Despite pretty much nothing going on, this is not quite clean with some soft muddling aroma in there.

2.0 T: Incredibly boring and on the border of tasteless. Just a light white rice-iness to it.

2.5 M: Light body. Too light even for what it is. Good moderate carbonation. Not completely smooth due to the not quite clean flavor.

2.5 D: Not impressed. I'm drink this over a lot of AALs, but not because it's good. Rather, because it's slightly less bad.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Local Option...Pours a pissy clear light gold with some watery carbonation...Not much aroma a little hops mostly light skunk...The taste is the same, light watery, boring, tasteless, just plain old garbage from SKA...The feel is lighter than water.

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Photo of samie85
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a pretty clear and effervescent straw color with a finger of white head.

S-Spicy Saaz hop notes with some light malt character to back it up with a bit of balsamic vinegar.

T-Some green apple notes with slightly spicy hops presence; thankfully the vinegar notes didn't come through here.

M-Thin bodied with low carbonation and a very slick feel.

D-This one is alright, but I don't think I'd seek it out again. I;m just not digging the taste on this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can pours a crystal clear gold color with a small white head. Looks the part, just like any other AAL.

Nose is sweet and grainy. Light, floral saaz hops are much less prevalent as I thought they would be...and prefer. Smells like a honeyed blonde ale. More yeast presence than most lagers.

Taste shows some grainy malt, but it really lacks the cleanliness of a well-brewed lager. The yeast is biscuity and even has some light fruit. Hops provide a snappy bitterness on the finish, but I wouldnt mind a little hop flavor here. Not really all that impressed with this one, and waaay too expensive at $10 a sixer to compete in a mundane style category. Id rather buy Michelob at less than 7 bucks if I want a crisp all-malt pale lager.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a pale, golden straw hue with a finger of bubbly white head that soon dissolves into nothing. Zero lace. Ho-hum.

Smell -- Pale malt, apple juice sweetness, earthy/dirty hops, modicum of floral character. Smells...not great.

Taste -- Tastes very much like the beers it is intending to lampoon: pale dry malt, faint apple juice sweetness, plum skin, earthy hops to balance. There also seems to be a hinting of floral hops and an off-putting metallic/vinegar note that I typically associate with low-tier adjunct lagers. A definite improvement from the nose, but still nothing exceptional.

Mouthfeel -- Very light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels a lot like a light adjunct lager, but with slightly more refined carbonation.

Overall -- I'll be honest, there are much better readily-available American Lagers out there, and having this pack next to Modus Hoperandi isn't helping it's case, either. In the end it struggles to be average. I expected more from Ska.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The CANQuest (TM) is getting back on track thanks to this gift from brewerdan23 during my latest excursion to Pinocchio's in Media! I am going to make a buncha people happy thanks to that beer run and I want start with myself. Beer in a CAN makes me a happy man, indeed.

From the CAN: "Flip Flop-Recycle-Fiesta-Siesta-Roll-Recycle-Drift-Session-Recycle-Rise-Eddy-Buck"; "Ale, in Texas"; "We use the finest Malt, Hops, Yeast, Water and Love."; plus in a neat bit of onomatopoeia, the MexiCAN logger's chain saw goes, "SAAZ".

The Crack revealed a beer ready to come out and greet the day! It had a nice two-day ride from Media back to Lancaster with a hiatus in the 30th Street Station baggage room, so it may have been shaken to some extent. The Glug got me two foamy fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a fizzy sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was kind of weak, as if the chainsaw was the only thing going Saaz. Instead, it was more on the malty side with some light grassiness underneath. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight malt sweetness and a mild grassiness. What I did not like was a metallic taste on the finish and I do not want to hear about it being in a CAN! I deCANted it into a glass and if you are not aware of modern CANs' lining, I am not going to explain it to you. It just was not a very tasty beer and not worthy of cooler space.

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Photo of jamescain
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Translucent light yellow with about two fingers thick head and tiny bubbles climbing up the sides. To be honest it was just a sample and I didn’t let it sit around long enough to see what the head does, although it was better than most adjunct lagers.

Aroma: Adjuncts and a faint hop aroma. Nothing complex, but it is not trying to be.

Taste: Typical adjunct lager flavor with more noticeable bitterness contribution from the hops.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and light body, easy to quaff.

Overall: What can you say really? They were targeting a Mexican lager they nailed it. If I had the choice between this and some other Mexican lager, I would choose this, but it’s just not a style I particularly like, so I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

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Photo of Jimmy_Melnarik
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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 pokesbeerdude
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six pack from Argonaut Liquors in Denver CO for around $8. Into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Very clear, pale yellow color with a stark white head not quite an inch thick that doesn't stick around very long. A few spots of lacing are left on the side. A few bubble move lazily to the top of the glass. Looks like a lager.

S: Smells quite like a simple adjunct lager. A bit of graininess, barely a hint of any hops, and no discernable yeast profile.

T: Tastes about like it smells, slightly grainy, a little bit of hop bitterness way at the end that lingers around for quite a while. Slightly spicy in the hops. Pretty bland, but I know it would pair well with some spicy food.

M: Lighter body, carbonation is pretty mild though which makes it seem like its a bit thicker than it actually is. Fairly dry.

O: Pretty boring, but would be a decent beer to share with people around the campfire, or to go with tacos. I have to say that I'm a little disappointed, and expected a little more from Ska with this one.

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Photo of farrago
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Close to two fingers of very loose and dimpled bright white foam, sizzles down to the surface in no time, the lacing forms thicker stripes and sticks better than expected. Simple golden hued liquid, a few lazy bubbles drift here and there. Sweet and full nose of corn syrup, malt, cocoa, honey, peach fuzz and a brief shot of grassy hops, not that interesting yet plenty of richness in what’s there. Medium-bodied, some carbonation tickle while overall heavy and clings to the palate. More sweetness via honey, corn, molasses and malted milk balls, peach to apricot fruit and a splash of mixed citrus. Simple bread grains and oats, little about it seems hoppy. Mild metallic ring near the finish. Certainly not offensive, just leaves you with very little to say about it. So, that’s all there is to say.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of Ruslanchik
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This is the quintessential yellow beer. Almost as clear as water. It does have a long-lasting white head, with lots of lacing.

S: There is a subtle hop aroma, but not much else.

T: If you want something that tastes like Corona, get a Corona. That's all I'm saying.

M: Thin mouthfeel leaves little trace after each drink.

D: This beer is light and would make a great barbecue or beach drink.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear very light yellow with a fluffy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some sweet malt with some floral, slightly metallic hops (Saaz?).

The flavor is sweet corny cereal malts with a good amount of bitterness from the Saaz in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little sharp carbonation.

Overall, not nearly as bad as I feared. It's kind of a cross between a Mexican lager and a Pilsner. A pretty well balanced light beer. A bit too much corny malt for me though.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of Lemke10
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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 aval89
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a golden straw color.. active carbonation streaming up to form a 1 finger bright white head.. settles to a thin soapy film..
clear body.

s: grain, pale malts. hints of rice? .. almost like a lemon-lime alkaseltzer aroma..

t: grain, sweet pale malts, slight lemony taste.. finish is somewhat earthy bitterness.. leaves a lingering kind of off putting flavor on the palate..almost soapy.. meh..

mf: light bodied, medium to high carbonation with a crisp finish.

o: expected a little bit more from this beer.. a definite step up from all the macros out there.. still prefer Gusto Schlitz.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
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 emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of cans of this one as part of a mixed six pack last week. Poured a light golden color with an inch or so of white foam on top. Very mild on the nose, a little hops and some light malt. On the palate this one is fairly light bodied, with some spicy hops and a little malt. A decent, but unremarkable, beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a fair amount of haze and a thin head with little retention. Muted aroma, mostly grains. Light carbonation, malty sweetness around the middle, more than I'd expect. Barely perceptible back end bitterness. Light body. Not bad, but boring.

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Photo of SamN
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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 LXIXME
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear straw golden colored beer with a very small white head that quickly dies leaving no lacing on this beer, not at all like most Mexican beers.

Very light citrus to floral hops aroma with a light lemon sticking out the most.

A light taste that blends light malt and light citrus hops together equally.

A light lemony dryish aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

A light bodied beer that just seemed to lighten my pocket without giving me much needed tastes.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic pale, straw yellow with a little head after the pour and even less residual foam. OK bubbling.

The aroma is lightly toasted pilsner malt, some grass, and a little citric zest. Very simple and comforting.

The taste is a little corny, but still has a strong malt base with some zesty grass and citric hops for balance. The palate is watery , and dilutes some of this lagers flavor. All in all, a good lawnmower beer in my opnion. In, fact, I reviewed this beer after mowing the lawn today.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry folks, I didn’t have a pilsner to pour this one into so I used a pint glass. It pours out a nice crystal clear blonde color topped off with a light white head that quickly thins out into a layer of sporadic bubbles hugged by some minor lacing. It has a very light aroma, some wheat smells and mild spice comes through but not much else. Light on the tongue and light in mouthfeel too, this beer does have that skunked quality some Mexican lagers have, it’s not very powerful but the mild skunked taste is there(but is absent in the aroma). It’s slightly bitter on the side of your mouth and you can pick up some orange and lemon zest. Malts are present when its heads toward the back of your throat. Not a bad lager overall

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