Corona Familiar = Corona Extra?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Skywave, Aug 30, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Skywave

    Skywave Poo-Bah (2,147) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma

    I just found a brown 32 oz bottle (recappable great for homebrew!) of a beer called Corona Familiar. Is this beer the same recipe as Corona Extra or is it different? It is not listed as a separate beer on this site and I've seen one recent review citing this new "familiar" bottle format. This wikipedia entry suggest it is the same product in a larger container. But I have read reports that it tastes noticeably richer and sweeter. Thoughts?
  2. RyanBeer13

    RyanBeer13 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Virginia

    Never tried but guessing its a size difference not a beer difference - like the small bottles called cronitas
  3. Azzy

    Azzy Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Texas

    It is a different beer. I've had it before, long time ago on a trip to Mexico.
    cardfan212, KentT, pro100 and 2 others like this.
  4. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

    Different beers. Corona Extra is 4.6% Corona Familar is 6%
    Gemini6 likes this.
  5. LilBilly666

    LilBilly666 Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2012 Georgia

    It's a definite different beer. I work across the street from a Mexican restaurant and all of their guys that work in the kitchen buy us out of these. They told me it's the closest you can get to real Corona beer taste in Mexico. Corona Familiar is heads above the regular stuff.
    KentT likes this.
  6. RyanBeer13

    RyanBeer13 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Virginia

    I had know idea i will have to try
  7. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,291) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
    Society Trader

    The TTB COLA (#10011001000184, for one example) lists Corona Familiar at 4.55% abv, same as the current COLA's for Corona Extra.
    JimKal, jkblr, Theniz and 2 others like this.
  8. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,037) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Society Trader

    There you go again, spoiling the debate with facts.:slight_smile:
    JimKal, Ranbot, jkblr and 13 others like this.
  9. juankzas

    juankzas Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    Same beer, different size.

    The big bottle is called "caguama" which stands for "big turtle" don't know the story, sorry
    Mike_Aguirre likes this.
  10. juankzas

    juankzas Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    Both beers are 4.5% ABV. Old bottles used to say "less than 6% Alc. Vol." now both say 4.5% Alc. Vol.
  11. Auror

    Auror Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'm looking at a Corona Familliar right now, and the cap says Corona Extra. So yeah, pretty sure same beer.
  12. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,150) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    It's called "Familiar" because of its size -- big enough for the whole family to "enjoy."

    (I believe there's a previous thread on this somewhere...)
    FatBoyGotSwagger likes this.
  13. juankzas

    juankzas Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    The official name is "Familiar" but the slang for it is "Caguama"
  14. tolar111

    tolar111 Defender (612) Aug 17, 2008 New York

    That's exactly what my Mexican friend told me. I had one a while back, for better or worse it was Corona.

    FatBoyGotSwagger likes this.
  15. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    It is the same beer.
    It tastes different because it's not skunked, unlike most regular Corona's
    KentT, Ranbot, Theniz and 5 others like this.
  16. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

    Yeah saw that after I posted, oh well at least I can get two Untappd check ins for it
  17. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (575) Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    Cheater! I would never do that (oh wait, there was that one time... :grinning: )
    StarRaptor likes this.
  18. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    32 ounces for a family? Thank God Corona do not make my beer purchases for me.
    JoePasko and SammyJaxxxx like this.
  19. leedorham

    leedorham Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Especially if you come from the land of Corona and have 50 "cousins."
    Duff27 and TrojanRB like this.
  20. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,150) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    They don't make my beer for me. :grinning:
  21. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    Oh, H-E-double hockey sticks, I forgot about that.
  22. whiskeytown

    whiskeytown Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2010 North Carolina

    we drank a lot these in Key West this summer:sunglasses:
  23. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    I sure hope you get to the bottom of this. Corona is my favorite Mexican beer.
    ThomasMetal75 likes this.
  24. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (8,581) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Society Trader

    Saw a bottle 2day for $3.99/QT, skipped it i think i will try this next trip
  25. mazerock

    mazerock Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Colorado

    Brown bottle > clear bottle...
    DogbiteWilliams likes this.
  26. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2010 California

    It's much different. As bad as regular Corona is, once it opens up it tastes like old shoes and donkey piss.

    This Corona Extra tastes like a Tecate that spent a day in bed with a Bohemia.
    lupulo, JISurfer and Beerandraiderfan like this.
  27. AdrianRP

    AdrianRP Initiate (115) Mar 8, 2011 Illinois

    Its definitely NOT the same beer man! It's richer with a more hoppy flavor...It's also packaged in a brown bottle which eliminates the possibility of it being light struck...
    Tantonys and KentT like this.

    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    i tried a couple bombers at the beach last summer. It was like imperial corona.
  29. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,037) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Society Trader

    Yes, the ABV on Familiar is 4.5000000, while the ABV on the other is only 4.500. That is a lot more alcohol in the one in the brown bottle
  30. 395er

    395er Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2011 California

    I'd heard locals call the big bottle a "ballena" in mainland Mexico, which translates to whale. Which is particularly hilarious on this site.
    jkblr, SFACRKnight, KS1297 and 4 others like this.
  31. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Aspirant (247) Jul 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    According to the Corona distributor I used to work for, its the same beer, obviously in brown bottles instead of the standard clear.
  32. whoohoobeer

    whoohoobeer Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2013

    I totally disagree. I have had this beer many times, and it is ,without a doubt, a totally different beer! The Caguama is sweeter and has none of the "skunky" taste of regular Corona. Note: Do not put a lime in this. You will ruin the taste!
    KentT and TEKNISHE like this.
  33. JISurfer

    JISurfer Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina

  34. hnandez

    hnandez Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2013 California

    I work with a bunch of dudes from Mexico and they drink this all the time. They told me that it is for sure a different beer. I guess it has always been available in Mexico but only came to the states within the last couple of years.

    I like to drink it.
  35. Demer

    Demer Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 New Jersey

    It's the same exact beer in a brown bottle.
  36. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    Corona Familiar is another great addition to the Corona family. Corona Familiar tastes like Corona Extra – but with a richer flavor. Corona Familiar is a bright golden-colored lager beer with a clean, refreshing taste finished with a delicate hop bitterness. Throw in a slice of fresh lime and you’re all set for a hot summer day. The light carbonation and slight head make this beer the perfect complement to milder Mexican dishes.
    Produced by: Cerveceria Modelo
    Availability: Year-round Type:
    American Lager
    Flavor: Hops
    ABV: 6%
    - See more at:
    KentT likes this.
  37. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,163) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    You are possibly the most interesting man in the world! Being able to attend a key event with no attendees other than you is special. Did you chopper in early? Seriously, any Corona, Familiar or not, looks like a 12 oz. urine sample. Other than that, they wash down spicy tacos really well.
  38. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    They are the same beer. Both are brewed in Kentucky at Win Star Farms.
  39. Telly13

    Telly13 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 California

    same beer different bottle caguama means 32 oz of beer they are also referred to ballenas depending on what area you are in Mexico, Caguama is also a beer brand from el salvador. My dad used to do their distro is Mexico and confirmed
  40. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.