Tijuana Morena
Consorcio Cervecero De Baja California ( La Taberna TJ )

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Consorcio Cervecero De Baja California ( La Taberna TJ )
Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #51
Ranked #28,321
3.42 | pDev: 14.91%
Feb 13, 2021
Mar 19, 2005
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2.27 by jeschaefer from Texas on Feb 13, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beerucee from Texas

Glad to find craft beer in Mexico

Jan 01, 2018
3.48 by rsquared59 from Indiana on Mar 23, 2017
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by LennyOvies from Mexico

L- Clear dark amber body, frothy white head with little bubbles all over it. Low retention.
S- Caramel, sugar, dates, roasted grains.
T- Sweet caramel, sugar, raisins, grain malts, dough. A bit flat. Hops touch is present at the end of every sip.
F- Medium, smooth.
O- Nice brew but lacks more roasted qualities. Bit too sweet and somewhat flat for the style.

Jun 01, 2016
3.09 by rggggr from Mexico on Jan 27, 2016
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by FLima from Brazil

Brown reddish color with a thin head with short retention.
Faint aroma with notes of caramel and maybe cocoa.
Mild flavor with notes of caramels, grains, toasted malts and spices. Hints of cardboard. Mild aftertaste.
Light to watery body with somewhat effervescent carbonation.
This is definitely not a bold Schwarzbier. It feels like a regular Dark Lager from a mass producer.

Aug 15, 2015
3.25 by HoppySeb from Washington on Jun 09, 2014
2.75 by JMFP from Delaware on May 14, 2014
3.75 by jmbranum from Oklahoma on Dec 12, 2013
3.5 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois on Aug 04, 2013
3.5 by harpus from Alabama on Jun 17, 2013
3.5 by jaimenavarrog from Mexico on Feb 11, 2013
3.75 by matjack85 from Illinois on Jan 29, 2013
3.5 by vr6corrado from California on Feb 17, 2012
3.25 by davidtarantino from Mexico on Dec 20, 2011
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3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Pexkool from Mexico

Reviewed from notes.

Poured in a mug.

A - Clear reddish brown with a creamy brownish head about 1 and half finger high that dissipates leaving no trace at all.

S - Faint caramel aroma, brown sugar, but mostly alcohol and wheat/bread.

T - Definitely caramel at first, then the hops hit you along with a strong bread taste (like her Güera sister) and traces of wheat at the end.

M - Crisp, watery but somewhat smooth and just the right amount of carbonation. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that makes you have another one. Not impressive, but not bad at all either.

Overall, very good compared to most Mexican beers in the market. The best Mexican dark beer I've tasted so far.

Oct 10, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Halcyondays from California

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep maroon red with a full creamy white head leaving some thick lace.

S: Sweet dark bread, Vienna style malt.

T: Has some solid malt flavours though it gets astringent on the back end. Light pastry finish, strange hop character.

M: Light-bodied, feels thin. Creamy, fairly smooth, but not a clean beer.

O: An OK dark lager, I would have liked a little more sweetness here akin to what the nose was promising.

Oct 10, 2011
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2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by brokensail from California

Another fine Mexican lager left in my fridge by Jake.

A: The pour is a light amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Initially there is some nice toasted malt aromas with even a light roast. However, then there is a smell of cough syrup (cherry flavor) and...grapes? Fairly sweet, overall.

T: Slightly acidic with a little bit of roast and a fair amount of toast. A bit of paper/cardboard flavor to it, too. Light hop flavors and little to no bitterness. Some light yeast and sweetness.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: While this had more flavor to it than the Light, it was not necessarily good flavor.

Jul 22, 2011
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2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

Finishing off the "3 Amigos" pack from this Tijuana brewery, on to the beer:

There's something about the amber color that draws my eyes to it. Reddish and a few orange hues draws further interest. The head forms two inches thick, drops to a thick, creamy lace. Dissapointing is the nose. There's a very faint ester note there, very light toffee. Something wants to crawl out but never does.

I would expect the taste to come out of something made by the big boys. Decent without impressing too much. A little sweet from the malt, bringing toasted malt and esters. The malt is also a little husky and there's a metallic note which are distracting. At least the beer has good feel.

The third time wasn't the charm I had hoped for from La Taberna TJ. Oh well, it was worth a try.

May 24, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by treque from Mexico

A: nice deep ambar, with a 2 finger creamy no white head. some residual is left behind, the amount of carb is reasonable to maintain the head

S: a notorious caramel, on the far back a little diacetyl and raisins not roasted at all but some times is perceptible

T: a very tiny sweetness for the start, then a roasted malt taste is present during the rest of the sip, there is no significant bitterness, the end is short and dry

M: light body, quite easy to drink, and there is no crisping which i found nice on this one

Feb 12, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by nano from Mexico

Poured into a lager cup from an 12 oz bottle

A- deep brown color, with a 2 inch head

s- roasted malts, caramel and lager yeast

T- caramel or sugar, a little of roasted malts

M- nice carbonation, medium body

d- very good, I realy like this one but I have to pay like 11 dls for a six-p... I leave in Mexico.

Jun 24, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by bluemoonswoon from Illinois

12oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep bronze with a creamy sticky sandy colored half inch head, nice color that is pretty apatizing looking and leaves at least some lacing behind on the glass, though I cannot say the same about the head retention.

S: Pretty decent malty sweetness, like honey and caramel chocolate.

T/MF: Tasty, really not that bad and a nice surprise. On the lighter side of medium bodies with a bubbly sweet chocolate and light coffee malitiness, molassess is light as well but still sryupy and sweet. There is just as well as there is a light roasted smokiness in a coffee ground finish, pretty long and bitter sweet finish, tiny bit of cooked veggie tastes brings the score down a little bit, but the carbonation is lively and spreads all the flavors along the tongue well enough.

D: Not bad for the style, pretty good drinker for a catchall style category and better than most in this category, nothing I would reach for on a reagular basis though.

Mar 20, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Gusler from Arizona

After its release from the 12 ounce bottle the beer sets quietly in the glass a unclouded brown with touches of ruby at the edges, the head is a frothy light tan and the size customary, as it erodes, the lace forms a fine blanket to cover the glass. Nose has a bit of caramel, sweet malt and the standard lager crispness. Start has a sweet malt presence, with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a determined acidity; the hops unremarkable, dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste lingers long, overall a passable beer and one that I find refreshing.

Oct 23, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours brown/mahogany with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Slight caramel & breadyness & some fruittyness as this warms

T: Caramel & toasted malt. Slight grainyness that doesn't detract shows up once this warms. I start to pick some herbal hop bitterness along more caramel in the finish. This reminds me more of a munich dunkles than a red or amber, still tasty

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good malty balance

Drinks easy, a nice bbq/tex-mex pairing, but not worth 6.99 a sixer IMO

Apr 06, 2007
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4.72/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by tesguino from Mexico

An exceptional beer, mexican of course, made by the brewmaster Masa a third generation czech-mexican engineer; the CCBC a young brewery from mexico, this is one of three beers that offer in mexico for the south of the border an northwestern of mexico market, good in its style, good brown reddish color, little bitter, malty and fruity character, i recommend this beer 97%, good for mexico.american cuisine, cheeses and like appperitize.

Feb 02, 2007
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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jredner from Florida

Aroma is dry, mellow chocolate accented malt. Slightly bready with some faint camael notes and an even fainter sugar/fruit sweetness. Body is a dark amber and the head is a thumb thick and bubbly. Said head also fades quickly. some chocolate/caramel malt notes, mild roast notes. Leaves some nutty/toasty flavors in the finish. Light and crisp feel in the mouth and very quaffable.

Oct 16, 2006
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3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Gueuzedude from Arizona

Pours with a dark brown body that shows brilliantly clear, deep ruby highlights when held up to the window. The head is initially three fingers thick and is a light brown tinged, tan color. As the head falls back into the beer it leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. Rich, sweet, concentrated malt notes great my scent receptors as I take my first draught of the aroma. Caramelized sugars and toffee notes yield to toasted malt notes that remind me of richly browned fresh from the oven bread crust. This beer has a nice hearty aroma, that makes me anticipate a rich chewy flavor while still being light and quaffable.

The taste is only lightly sweet up front, it becomes a touch more sweet towards the middle and this lingers on into the finish. The sweetness is rich and complex, quite focused on caramelized malt sugars and Mallard products. The beer finishes with a touch of toasted, almost roasted, character that helps to balance the rich sweeter malt notes. A light herbal hop spiciness rides throughout the flavor profile; it is light enough that it just provides a backdrop to the focused malt notes. It also finishes with a touch of hop bitterness, again just enough to let you know it is there. This beer remains light and quaffable on the palate, yet at the same time is chewy and richly malty.

I am really enjoying this beer right now, it really has nailed the quaffability & richness of a good Munich Dunkel. This is a beer I can see buying more of.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Sep 24, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Zorro from California

Pours a good looking brown colored beer with red colored highlights. Good tan head that nears being light brown. Very good looks.

Smell is clean and sweet with a good toasted bread aroma. Grain husk scent and some figs and molasses. There is some spicy smells here of rye sort of a spicy sour scent.

Taste is sweet and very malty. Good roasted grain flavor and stronger than expected flavor of coffee and chocolate. Not bad at all but I think I would call this a Schwarzbier more than a red lager.

Mouthfeel good and thicker than I expected.

An extremely drinkable beer that I really expected to be a near drain pour. This stuff is good! I still say that this is an extremely good Schwarzbier but no matter it is just plain good. A beer I will try to get stocked locally.

May 28, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by fido from Mexico

I was in Mexicali two weeks ago and I tried three beers from this brewery.

I think Tijuana Morena is the best.

Pours a nice red-brown color with small foamy head. Smell is malty, caramel and toast. Taste is sweet and malty. Very drinkable.

I really enjoyed it.

Mar 23, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Pepeton from Mexico

Right now my favorite of the three beers made by this brewery.

Dark with some reddish hues, tan and small head with little lacing.

Roasted malts are evident.

Crisp, malty and with a mild roastiness, with a nice balance between malts and hops.

Mouthfeel is dry, although with a mild bitter finish.

Seems to me that this can be a good Summer session beer.


Feb 20, 2006
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2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by Todd from California

12oz brown bottle. Deep dark brown, ruby hued. Healthy off-white head that clings to a thin lace.

Toasty, brown bread malt in the nose with grainy biscuit. Faint acrid roastiness.

Light-bodied, tight carbonation on the palate prickles. Toasty malt characters, soft, but there. Dulled, subdued sweetness. The acrid roastiness is there too, lending a bit of depth, but it’s smoothed in and subtle. Touch of metallic. Light hop bitterness blended in with the roastiness, it spikes the palate quickly, then retreats. Toasty bready finish that increasingly dries. Flavorless grainy feel on the palate.

A bit one-dimensional, but still a bit enjoyable in its simplicity. That said, it's a bit too dull to keep you interested ... like the malts were purely used for color. C'mon ... work those malts!

May 04, 2005
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3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jason from Massachusetts

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Thin tan lacing with minimal stickage, clear reddish brown in color.

Smell: Sugary malt with some roasted notes in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smooth with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Kiss of roasted flavor meets up with a malty sweetness. Mild on the hops, finishes sweet with a touch more roasted malt.

Drinkability & Notes: A middle of the road dark lager, tasty but nothing special.

Apr 06, 2005
Tijuana Morena from Consorcio Cervecero De Baja California ( La Taberna TJ )
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 32 ratings