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Cerveceria Modelo

Official Web Page 
Mexico City, Mexico

Opened: 1925
Date Visited: 

Corona is the flagship beer of Grupo Modelo, a brewery that was established in Mexico City in 1925. The brewery also produces Corona Light, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial and Pacifico, and accounts for over 80% of Mexican beer exports.

The company themselves state that their initial mission was to “develop a distinguished array of products that would appeal to the critical tastes of Mexican consumers.” Corona was first conceived as a thirst-quencher for manual workers. It was pretty much by chance that the beer became fashionable among southwestern “Yuppies” in the USA, and later encouraged Mexican brewers to focus their attention on this and other similar products.

Beers Reviewed

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Corona Extra Type: Lager ABV: 4.6%
Weak bodied pale yellow color, good head formation quickly dies. It’s slightly fizzy something that comes through on the palate, which is otherwise light and watery. The aroma is pretty much all malt, bubble-gum, clean to be kind, bland to be harsh. There’s an initial malty flavor, which is even briefly fruity, while the finish (probably intentionally) has very little hop or bitterness. There is a little sourness that kind of takes over in the aftertaste, but I’m not talking about the citric grapefruit tang you get from an IPA. This is kind of an unpleasant sourness that makes you just want to drink it quicker and probably the reason for the wedge of lime.
Ratings: Appearance: 2/5 Aroma: 3/10 Palate: 2/5 Taste: 3/10 Overall: 6/20 Score: 1.6


Negra Modelo Type: Vienna ABV: %
It’s a clear reddish-brown color, probably best compared to Newcastle, with light carbonation, and an initially impressive off-white head formation. The aroma is not too dominant but certainly comes out a little more than I would have expected. It offers something sweetish with clean malt, hinting at toffee, and fruitiness, while there are also lightly dressed indications of herbs and pepper spice from the hops. Initial flavors reconfirm the light malt as well as some interesting fruit esters and clove like herbs. There’s some bitterness and grainy dryness providing a delicate balancing role throughout while a little more herb and refreshing dryness adds to the finish. What was initially intended to be a quick refreshing beer certainly provided something a little more to savor, with a satisfying lingering aftertaste.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 6/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 14/20 Score: 3.4


Pacifico Clara Type: Lager/Pilsner ABV: %
Distinct hoppy aroma, although not overwhelming. Palate is pretty smooth and easy drinking. In terms of flavor it’s lightly hoppy with a nice sharp mouthfeel. In short, it’s pretty straightforward, refreshing with just a little hops, and dryness in the finish.
Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 6/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 13/20 Score: 3.2

Last Updated: 10/31/2001

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