Mexican Logger | Ska Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,066
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
326
pDev:
15.34%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
46
Trade:
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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akolb
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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 jeschaefer
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Jcarriglio
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TonyTwins
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Tlloyd417
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SStein
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OldSwampy
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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 EdTheEdge
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of firkingroovin
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Hohnbaum
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joshmistake
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dankabier1
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of s3igell
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of acbe
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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 WiscoTerr
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of J_BeeCave
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 326 ratings
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