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#28 Montejo Cerveza Clara

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#28 Montejo Cerveza Clara

Type: Light Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.5%
Sticker Price: $5.99/6-pack of bottles

There are so many Mexican beers at the supermarkets here in LA and this is just another one.

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Funky corn.
  • Flavor: Sweet corn syrup, bit of grass. Similar to PBR but without any bitterness.
  • Finish: Disappears quickly, slight cloying sweetness that seems chemically and metallic.
  • Notes: This might be better in al pastor but I won’t be buying this one again.
  • Shilpi: “Is this beer or water?”
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#25 Modelo Especial

Modelo Especial

#25 Modelo Especial

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.4%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

I love Mexican food. I don’t like most Mexican beer but I find it up and down the beer aisle here in southern California. With some homemade tortillas, grilled corn (Mexican-style with crema, cheese and lime) and some steak in adobo this paired beautifully. However, it isn’t so “especial” on its own.

  • Rating (5=best): 2.5
  • Nose: Corn, grain, clean grassy notes. Bread.
  • Flavor: Not overly sweet corn. Quite bubbly in an over-carbonated way: the bubbles almost burn the mouth. Slightest bit of malt, nearly no bitterness at all. Quite clean and washes out the mouth well.
  • Finish: Pleasantly dry but leaving a bit of wet cardboard flavor behind.
  • Notes: Very average. Simple to the point of boring. Great mouth-cleansing counterpoint with food but can’t stand on its own.
  • Shilpi: “Mildly lightly pleasing.”

#19 Dos Equis Lager

Dos Equis

#19 Dos Equis Lager

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 4.5%
Sticker Price: $6.99/6-pack of bottles

The Most Interesting Man in the World may be the life of parties that he has never attended, but he doesn’t know beer. This lager is as refreshing as it is uninteresting. I paired this with a very Mexican meal of carnitas tacos, ceviche and grilled corn (con crema y queso) and it did its job: cleanse the palate between bites. So does water.

(p.s. I really do enjoy the marketing campaign though.)

  • Rating (5=best): 2
  • Nose: Lots of sweet corn.
  • Flavor: Pleasantly dry. Not a lot of character. Fairly bland: not too sweet, not much bitterness at all.
  • Finish: Nice faint caramel roasted aftertaste. Disappears quickly.
  • Notes: Very clean and refreshing with mild, palate-cleansing carbonation.
  • Shilpi: “It starts out flat. It’s more light and refreshing than anything else.”

#17 Negra Modelo

Negra Modelo

#17 Negra Modelo

Type: Vienna Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 6%
Sticker Price: $8.99/6-pack of bottles

While not a fan of Mexican beers in general, this cerveza is one of the simple and thirst quenching brews. Its inoffensiveness and sweet flavor leave a clean palate ready for food. Definitely not complex or too interesting, it gives the suggestion of something darker without demanding all my attention.

  • Rating (5=best): 3
  • Nose: Roasted corn, toasty malt. Not too much to pick out. Bit of a metallic tang.
  • Flavor: Super sweet, caramel malts. Tiny note of grassy hops. A little too watery but sometimes that’s good.
  • Finish: That strange medicinal aftertaste that reminds me of Belgian ales. Vanishes quickly.
  • Notes: The simplicity of the flavor leaves much to be desired. For a one-note beer, it’s a sweet one.
  • Shilpi: “It’s too bitter for a cerveza.”

#11 Bohemia

Cerveza Bohemia

 

#11 Bohemia

Type: Pale Lager
Container: Bottle
ABV: 5.3%
Sticker Price: $7.59/6-pack of bottles

I haven’t liked a lot of Mexican beer. Negra Modelo has been the best of the lot but I wanted to branch out. This one surprised me and I really enjoyed it. The flavors tend toward the middle of the spectrum with hints of darker, roasted grains set off by pleasantly soft hops. It’s very refreshing yet with a depth that you can savor.

  • Rating (5=best): 4
  • Nose: A bit hoppy, tiny bit of grass. Malt underneath with the slightest roasted corn.
  • Flavor: Nice caramel malts, lemony citrus. Hints of darker roasted flavors balanced by smooth hop and lemon rind bitterness. Heavy body for a lager.
  • Finish: Nice dry but refreshing hoppy finish. Not too bitter, just enough to round out the malt sweetness.
  • Notes: Mellow and more complicated than a typical Mexican beer. Darker flavors make it more than a lager.
  • Shilpi: Thoughtful: “Way better than Natty Ice. It tastes caramelly.”