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 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 jwinship83
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up at my local whole foods. best by date of october, 2011 in tiny print on the side. drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours out a pale straw colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is quick to fade and doesnt leave behind more than a few random spots of lacing.

S- pale malts. a little bit of bready malts. some noble hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the pale and bready malts that i could smell. after that i get a quick splash of noble hops. the chainsaw on the can says "saaz." not much else to see here.

M- light bodied and crisp. clean tasting. the carbonation level is just fine.

O- not meant to be anything more than a lawnmower beer, this is something that could probably appeal to the masses. id easily take one over the things they usually drink anyways. easy enough to put a dent in my sixer after an evening.

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Photo of rowew
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: bright green can with a chainsaw, no obvious date coding.

Appearance: pale gold, thin head fades to just a little lace.

Smell: noble hops and a light bready aroma

Taste: light malt flavors and just a bit of noble hops. This is definitely styled as a Mexican logger, and it comes across with that flavor profile, but a bit more than your average corona.

Overall impression: summer time beer.. This is pretty light, but highly drinkable and has a bit more flavor than your average offering from one of the bigger brewers. Local bar servers these as a 20 oz imperial, and on a warm day it is highly appreciated.

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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 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 mechamifune
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 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 oberon
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iam not sure what a Mexican style lager is,I guess this is it.Poured two cans into a stein,light golden with a thinner clingy white head.Clean aromas,only light toasted grain,and a hint of honey.Very light feel to the beer,wich is ok for a hot day,flavors are pretty clean but there is a decent toastiness to it,a subtle honey sweet ending.Hops provide a light smattering of herbalness as I drink more.Hey its not anything great but it fits a good role for summertime drinking.

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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 AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a really light, very clear, only slightly golden, shade of yellow. White head of a frothy finger settles quickly, leaves a few spotty chunks of lacing.

Why am I smelling white rice? Boiled white rice... Oh well. No yeast notes, and very little malts... Some lemony, grassy, and spicy hop notes though. The flavor is decent-- but in my head, I'm mostly comparing it to adjunct lagers (the white rice note makes me think there IS a little adjunct action in this brew!).
It starts pretty dry but sweetens up on the back end. Hop presence cuts the sweetness right at the finish, providing grassy and spicy notes with some respectable bitterness.

The body is light, well-carbed, and thin enough to pound a couple. I'm currently on the lookout for a good summertime beer in cans for going out on the water, sneaking onto a golf course, or taking camping... This is much more enjoyable than Miller Lite-- but neither will be my top choice when I'm at the store.

This beer getting a B- isn't to bad considering the top beers in the style only gets a B+.

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Photo of rawfish
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Tone
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, and slight yeast. Overall, appearance, aroma, and feel were average at best, but the body and blend were refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a crystal clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a two finger, bubbly head of white foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and a grassy hop presence.

T - Pretty nice flavor for the style. Very spicy and grassy with a sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry lager that was light bodied and easy drinking.

O - This is a nice pale lager. Very sessionable and nice for a summer barbeque.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
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....


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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lime green can with goofy cartoon lettering and ethnic caricature. Stay classy Ska... Can poured into a flute glass.

Bright gold, extra transparent with very sharp clarity. You could read beeradvocate through it. Some carbonation visible, rising to feed into a compact white cap of foam. It leaves a scalloped crescent ring of webby lace around the top of the glass, but doesn't lace down the sides.

Light bready aroma, pretty clean and nondescript, though some Saaz hops would be nice in the nose.

Crisp, snappy bite, some light noble hop bitterness that fades quickly into a clean pilsner crackeriness. Vague grassy spice from the Saaz. The taste doesn't linger long on the palate, just for a few moments and its gone. Dry crisp aftertaste. Body is light, no off flavors at all. A bit nondescript overall, tailored for warm weather session drinking. Went well with the BLT I had, and i'd imagine it would compliment most foods.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from can into Mug shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a golden clear body and 1/2 finger white colored foam, dissipated quickly; some lacing formed; good visible carbonation

S - Straw; corn; grainy; malt; floral; lemon

T - Sour; somewhat yeasty; slightly fruity; touch of lemon

M - Light; barley effervescent; thin; light flavor

D - Not bad for a lager; better than most macros

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Photo of bort11
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into an oversized Mexican cerveza goblet. A thin white head that recedes quickly. No lacing, but there is a substantial carbonation activity. Body color is a clear honey golden yellow.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with an interesting hint of chocolate. I know chocolate originates from Central and South America, but I would never suspect it in a Mexican Lager. The taste has a little more spice from the Saaz hops, but the cocoa flavor really dominates for me. Drinking straight from the can intensifies the cocoa flavor

The mouthfeel is a lot heavier than a typical Mexican lager like Corona. Even though there is more body it finishes dry. It is still very easy to drink and I have been enjoying this six pack steadily over the last couple of days.

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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 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 ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, I think the sixer was $8.49. Gold color, about what you would expect from this style. Smell is cheap lager, nothing special. The taste was good and while it distinctively reminded me of Corona it was much better with an earthy quality. Great beer for summertime.

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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 Domingo
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from the first batch of canned Mexican Logger to hit shelves.
Seems like a pretty clear mission with this one - it's a better take on beers like Pacifico, Sol, and Tecate using saaz hops.
Pours an expected straw yellow with a white head that springs up regardless of the pour. It's a few shades darker than a macro, but it's not into pils territory. Pretty much spot on with what they're going for so far.
The flavor profile walks an interesting line that works for me...but might not really work for the target audience. It's essentially like a slightly milder German pils or maybe a helles. Semi-sweet pale malts up front, followed by a dry floral saaz bite (not too much) and a finish that's ultra-clean, but inviting of another sip. The hops might be a bit much for a Tecate drinker, but it hits home with me as a milder pils or hell. Fans of Bohemia will feel at home more so than the other Mexican brews, which are pretty much just macro lagers.
Easy drinking stuff for sure, and something I'd actually really like to fill a mass with.
It's not going to win any awards or wow any geeks, but this is a warm weather beer I can get behind.

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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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Mexican Logger from Ska Brewing Co.
3.39 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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