Corona Familiar = Corona Extra?

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  1. Texan956

    Texan956 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2013 Texas

    Yes but I think to what theyre referring to is that caguama, is also a slang term used in Mexico and other Latin countries I believe, for a 32 oz beer. Just like we call 24 ozrs tallboys, mufflers, etc.

    Back on subject, theyre definitely diff beers, Ive had both, and not a fan of Corona Extra, never have been. Corona Familiar is nuttier, maltier, and isnt bad at all IMHO.
    Also our beloved BA site lists Corona E asn American Adjunct Lager, and Familiar as a Vienna Lager.
  2. Mark

    Mark Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2001 California

    Does it really matter? Shit no matter which one. My girlfriend loves Mexico so I have been going down there with her a couple of times a year recently. I can accept Negra Modelo or Dos Equis Amber but I won't touch that garbage Coroona. Pacifico is pretty bad too. What is actually very acceptable is Modelo Chope. It's a draft only beer and there is a lighter version and a dark version. Much liike Modelo Espescial and Negra.
  3. Mark

    Mark Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2001 California

    Dude, hops? I'll bet there isn't one hop in any Corona or Pacifico. All I taste in Pacifico is corn.
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  4. RonaldTheriot

    RonaldTheriot Poo-Bah (3,592) Aug 11, 2008 Louisiana

    It is the same beer, in a brown bottle, but that single difference, brown vs. clear, seems to make a difference.
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  5. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I drink Caguamas of Victoria when I visit my wife's family in Mexico.
    The Caguama is slang for big beer bottle in Spanish, it's on the right.
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  6. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    Same beer, just not skunked. Like someone else said I too think it tastes a lot like Tecate when fresh. Crisp and clean with that raw sugary finish.
  7. JISurfer

    JISurfer Poo-Bah (1,701) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina

    I had the Familiar not too long ago, liked it much better than "regular" Corona.
  8. Boca-X

    Boca-X Zealot (529) Jan 21, 2014 Missouri

    That is funny...thanks for the clarification of which bottle is larger :stuck_out_tongue:
  9. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Would you buy it either way?
  10. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,935) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I've had both of those. The one on the right is a nuttier hoppier richer maltier beer than the one on the left.:wink:
  11. Boca-X

    Boca-X Zealot (529) Jan 21, 2014 Missouri

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  12. WVbeergeek

    WVbeergeek Poo-Bah (4,857) Sep 24, 2002 West Virginia

    63 minute mark...
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  13. ThomasMetal75

    ThomasMetal75 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    Were're not talking about the Caguama. We are talking about the Corona Familiar. Being that Corona Familiar is in a brown bottle, I'd have to assume the flavor has been protected more from the light. So you may be able to taste a richer, maltier flavor that way. I cannot believe this is a different beer. It says, "Corona Extra" on the cap.
  14. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    You forgot to mention that it's also got over 2½ times the alcohol as the one on the left.:grinning:
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  15. JonYoung

    JonYoung Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2015

    No one is talking about caguma... The question was is Corona Familiar different from Corona Extra. The answer is yes. Some one already answered it properly.

    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%

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  16. AntG21

    AntG21 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Syria

    On the other hand....
  17. Mike_Aguirre

    Mike_Aguirre Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 Mexico

    Hello fellow mexican, my dad told me that years ago in northern Mexico there were bigger bottles called "ballenas" or "whales" little bigger than the modern "caguama", then a smaller version replaced this big bottles and they named it "caguama" still big but not as big as a whale. Then an even smaller bottle appeared and they called it again "ballena" for nostalgia. This may not be accurate but a story from my dad. Where are you from man? Cheers from Guadalajara.
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  18. Mike_Aguirre

    Mike_Aguirre Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 Mexico

    I live a few blocks from the Corona factory here in Guadalajara, and it´s the exact same beer, I´ve been there lot´s of time (you are free to go see the process if you make an appointment). Same beer, different bottle. Corona, Coronita and Familiar are the same beer.
  19. Mike_Aguirre

    Mike_Aguirre Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 Mexico

    This is something to comment on. (Happens in Mexico all the time) Sometimes you find beer in the same fridge that comes from different factories, and Victoria is one of them. I believe big bottle Victorias are made in a factory in northern Mexico, and normal size and "cuartitos" (very little bottles) are brewed in central Mexico. Since Corona has lots of factories here, and they might use the same recipe, malts and hops, water is different and impacts the flavor. It´s common in a specific brand called "Tecate" (not from corona) that it´s great beer if its brewed in northern Mexico, but almost a drain pour if you try one from central or southern Mexico. Cheers!
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  20. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,828) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    From Wikipedia (not always to be believed)
    Corona beer is available in a variety of bottled presentations, ranging from the 190 ml (6.4 U.S. fl oz; 6.7 imp fl oz) ampolleta (labeled Coronita and just referred as the cuartito) up to the 940 ml (31.8 U.S. fl oz; 33.1 imp fl oz)Corona Familiar (known as the familiar, Litro or Mega)

    My Daughter will be going down to their plant below Piedras Negras to work for a year or so, I will assign her the task of verifying this
  21. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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  22. Budthewiser

    Budthewiser Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2016 California

    Its the same beer!!! Just marketing, one is for gringos and the other for mexicans. Which is why you find the familiar in mexican grocery stores and the large clear extra bottles at the big chain super markets.
  23. Johnnylight76

    Johnnylight76 Initiate (0) May 7, 2017 North Carolina

    I like familiar better. Still confused how it is only 4.5 when it gets me buzzed faster. Did we ever get a consensus on who was right and who was talking none sense?
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  24. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    I don't think anyone is "talking none sense", there is clearly confusion about this beer. Official TTB COLAs that Constellation (previously US importer, now US owner of the brand and breweries) submitted to the US government say "4.55%". An email from a Constellation rep can be found on the 'net where she is quoted:

    Yet - noted above in post #37 - there are Corona distributors which claim the ABV is 6% (although Cherokee uses a Corona Extra label to illustrate their Corona Familiar window :astonished: )
    using the same wording which implies ...something?.... (if not "official" then swiped from other distributors?), such as this one:

    Does Constellation bring in different versions of this beer for different markets? (They actually also have a 3.2w version according to the TTB). Are some distributors taking advantage of the Constellation's refusal to list ABV on labels (it's optional in most states)?

    Complicating matters - Constellation is test marketing Corona brand extensions, such as a "lighter" version meant to compete with AB Michelob Ultra, called Corona Premier, as well as a 12 oz. brown long neck bottle of .... Corona Familiar (no ABV noted):

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  25. Andy1010

    Andy1010 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 Indiana

    Buy both, try them side by side and decide for yourself. Simplicity is a beautiful thing, make your own opinion!
  26. DogbiteWilliams

    DogbiteWilliams Initiate (61) Mar 28, 2015 California

    Hell, yes.

    I had one at a catered birthday luncheon at the office.

    Corn, corn, corn, corn, CORN!
  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    According to Constellation's toll-free CORONA line, they say, in the US, their Corona Familiar is a different recipe but with the same ABV - 4.6% - as the regular Corona Extra.

    (You'd think if it was a different recipe, they wouldn't use Corona Extra crowns on the bottles...:rolling_eyes:)

    They claim that the origin of the myth of it being a higher ABV (one even repeated by some of their own US distributors as noted above) is that in Mexico, brewed and marketed by AB-InBev's Grupo Modelo, it is a 6% beer.

    Call for yourself - 800-295-1032
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  28. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,828) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    I started a long reply to this after talking to my daughter who was down in Nava working at the Constellation plant, but ended up deleting it. She was pretty positive that the Familiar line was sourced separately from the Extra.
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  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,393) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Which is consistent with what JK posted above.

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  30. DJMonet

    DJMonet Initiate (0) May 24, 2017 Maryland

    Luckily, I live in a "horrible" Sanctuary City so my local beer mart carries, in addition to all the amazing local brews in our area, lots of imports from el Salvador and the rest of Latin America. I picked up one of these mini-growlers and it is defiantly different than Especial -- more of a smoother lager rather than the bitter pils/ale thing that the Extra is (and lime does add to the Extra). More barley perhaps... My bottle cap was labeled "corona" only. While "Familiar" does mean "family" in Spanish, I guess that could be like, "the family recipe" or something. I have to split it with a mate or my honey 'cause I can't drink that much before it gets warm! But it's worth picking up if you find it near you.
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,393) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I must confess that I am perplexed here. At less than 20 IBUs how can Corona Extra be considered "bitter"?:confused:

  32. DJMonet

    DJMonet Initiate (0) May 24, 2017 Maryland

    Call it what you want, but Corona Extra's taste is best cut with acidity and citrus. Maybe that's the clear bottled skunk. Have you have the Familiar? I was comparing it to that.
  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,393) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    That would make more sense to me that stating a beer with less than 20 IBUs is bitter.


    P.S. The fact that Familiar is in a brown bottled provides a level of protection from skunking.
  34. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (192) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    So want, must have. I'ts a whale after all.
  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,393) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    You just need to find a business nearby that caters to the Hispanic community. Last Friday I bought a hoagie at a nearby Pizza shop and I noticed in their coolers they had bottles of Familiar. I actually thought about buying it but I only purchased the hoagie.

    Maybe I will go back to buy Familiar for the AAL taste testing thread?

  36. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,121) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Familiar is the same beer. Any taste difference is either perception (different bottle format) or perhaps less light pollution than regular "Extra".

    I usually preferred Bohemia, Pacifico, Tecate or Carte Blanca but that's just me.

    Source: Absolutely nothing reputable. I lived near Mexico for a while and drank a shitload of Mexican beer with the locals and this was accepted as fact by everyone I spoke to about it.

    EDIT: corrected by @jesskidden again! Thanks man

    Has there been a scheduled date for the tasting? I've been saving some of the AALs I have in my far I've got Coors Banquet, Coor's Extra Gold, Narragansett and National Bohemian.

    I almost made it through a day without getting fed someone's political views.

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  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,393) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

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  38. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,693) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Like Jack said, June 3rd, come on in the water's fine! Looks like you and I will have some overlap in beers, too. Looking forward to seeing you then.

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  39. verge

    verge Initiate (117) Jun 8, 2009 California

    As mentioned above, the main difference will be the brown bottle vs clear bottle. That UV light does no favors for beer.

    Drinking Corona from a can gives a significantly different experience than the clear bottle. It's actually...enjoyable?
  40. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Crusader (768) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    It seems I read something here in a "skunked" beer forum about Corona Familiar, the only difference being a larger bottle and it's brown.
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