Corona Extra

For one of my last dinners, I went to a Mexican restaurant and they had a happy hour special on Corona. Since I never formally reviewed the beer, I thought I’d give it a shot.


ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to, “Corona Extra is a pale lager produced by Cervecería Modelo in Mexico for domestic distribution and export to all other countries besides the United States, and by Constellation Brands in Mexico for export to the United States. The split ownership is a result of an anti-trust settlement permitting the merger of Grupo Modelo with AB InBev. The Corona brand is one of the top-selling beers worldwide. Outside Mexico, Corona is commonly served with a wedge of lime or lemon in the neck of the bottle to add tartness and flavor. In the United States, Corona Extra is the top selling imported beer.”

Random: My sister and parents still drink Corona.

I drank this beer out of the bottle for two reasons. The first one being that there really isn’t a point of putting this in a glass. The second was that I couldn’t find a bartender to give me a glass even if I wanted one. Since the bottle was clear glass, I could see that the body was straw-yellow with no visible carbonation, since it wasn’t poured. It was clear. The nose was skunky and had corn. The taste was old grain, skunk and some lime juice from the lime that was put into it. I can see why people need the lime to get this down. It had a decent sweetness from the grain. It had a watery body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with skunk and corn. I remember why I never got into this beer, even in my early twenties. It’s all sorts of terrible, but you probably knew that already. I would avoid this, even at a party.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

Negra Modelo

Since the summer, Katie and I had a vacation to Florida planned. Her mother moved down here, so she’s been asking forever for us to come down here. It just so happened that the vacation hit in the middle of the hurricane and snow storm time period, which was nice. What wasn’t nice was getting to the airport. I have a huge fear of planes, so I was stressed to begin with. That morning, Katie managed to lose her medicine and glasses. She also dropped a glass filled with change and got glass all over. We finally got to the airport as the snow started. As we parked the car and were waiting for the shuttle, I asked Katie if she had everything, to which she said yes. As we start towards the airport, she realized that she left her purse at the bus stop with our phones, wallets, boarding passes, etc. I jumped off the bus and ran back to the stop and grabbed everything. Needless to say, it was a fun flight. This was the first beer that I had when we landed in Florida.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Trivia: According to the distributor website, “Negra Modelo was first produced in 1926. Negra Modelo is brewed and bottled in Mexico by Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s largest brewer, operating seven state-of-the-art breweries throughout Mexico.”

Random: I can’t believe I haven’t had this beer yet. It’s been on my list since I started the blog.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some notes of cola and caramel malts with a hint of sweetness. The taste was cola with some cereal grains. I also got some chocolate and toffee. I also got a hint of hops at the end. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with a touch of biscuit. This was a really flavorful and easy drinking beer. If you haven’t tried it, go grab one. I’ll definitely be having one again soon.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Modelo Especial

I had this at a friend’s house for a bbq. I’ve heard of Negra Modelo, but never Modelo Especial. I figured it was worth a shot.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: This beer was introduced into the market in 1966.

Random: I tend to not like Mexican beers, so take this review with a grain of salt.

I went to a BBQ tonight expecting something along the lines of Bud Light or Coors Light. I was happy to see that I would be having a beer that I never had before, Modelo Especial. After talking to my friend, she told me that she had it in Mexico. The brew poured (from a can) with a one finger head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. The beer was a golden yellow color with moderate carbonation present. I expected a little more carbonation than I got. I get some sweetness on the nose, but not much. I also got some sweetness on the taste. There wasn’t really a great deal of complexity to this brew, nor did I expect any. I wouldn’t go out and buy this myself, but, it went down easy and was more tasty than a Coors Light or other light macro beer.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0