Brewed by Cervecería Tijuana (Grupo Modelo)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Tijuana, BC, Mexico


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
This Dark beer is unique amongst all others. Its smooth body, light caramel flavor and mahogany color are a result of the special combination of several malts. Because of its sweet aftertaste it is believed to be a delicacy among beers. 4.5% Alc. Vol. Facts: It is a 100% Pure Beer! Brewed only with Barley Malt, Hops, Yeast and Water under the Strictest Guidelines of the International Purity law of 1516. It is a distinguished, elite, gourmet beer for the most demanding palates. It is the only Hand Crafted, Limited Production, Lager beer in Mexico!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
naivepegasus (366) - USA - JAN 3, 2009
Pours a dark ruby with a creamy, light beige head. Strong roasted malt notes in the odor. The taste starts off of light caramel and ends with a slight burnt toast aftertaste. An interesting beer, definitely better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Picked this up not having seen "craft" beer from Mexico before. It’s a traditional Mexican Vienna. (which should probably be its own distinct style) Nose is malty, flavor profile is sweet and malty, with caramel and even some very subtle dark fruit hints. A bit one-dimensional, but very drinkable. Welcome to craft brewing, Mexico!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - APR 28, 2006
From draft, in a sampler mug. Poured a coke color with a creamy light tan head. Aromas of caramel malts, barley and some very light coffe and chocolate flavors. The palate is plesant with good carbonation, but although the flavor is good, it is barelty noticeable. Although i like darker beers i prefered its lighter sister (Guera).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
12oz bottle. Brown pour with some head. Roasty aromas. Flavors were better with more roastiness and some dark fruit flavors. Better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
12 oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Deep amber-brown pour with a small short lived light brown head. Aroma is sweet caramelized malt. Flavor is lightly sweet and nutty followed by a light acidic bite and a lingering semi-dry finish. Light-medium bodiied with lively carbonation. Negra Modelo like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
On draft at O’Briens. Beautiful bright, burnt sienna color when held to light, small beige head. Toasty-sweet malts, floral and hoppy notes with a bit of earth and wood. Malty with a nice crisp tartness, toasty with bitter herbal notes, nicely balanced with hints of burnt caramel as well. Medium body, getnly tingly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
12 oz bottle that came in a multi pack. Pours dark from with white head. Aroma is malt, caramel and some nuts. Flavor is caramel, malt, honey and a little nuts. Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbanation. Belt Mexican beer I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle 4/2/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a dark brown with a small covering for a head. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste of the same with a bit of hops and caramel thrown in. This medium bodied brew is quite tasty and better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle from Casa De Oro Liquor. Pours a dark ruby color. Sweet roasted malty aromas. Slick mouthfeel. Sweet flavors with a fairly dry bitter roasted malty finish. Some burnt coffee beans. Good quality south of the border brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Bottle, presumably fresh, at the Liar’s Club on 3/23/07
These guys have so much potential with their obvious brewing skills and lagering practices. It was disappointing, albeit not surprising in the least, to see this rather heavily filtered, force carbonated (and maybe pasteurized?) beer, that is otherwise quite well-made. The head retention is moderate to poor, with a chalky-beige head leaving little/no lacing. High clarity in a dark chestnut body, with plenty of large bubbles bursting on the surface.
Sweet, rather sluggish I thought, caramel malts in the nose certainly signify that this is not going to be some undermalted fake attempt at a dark German lager. A little bit of buttercream-like toffee maltiness adds a slight touch of thickness, while some light coffee/roast notes sit on the finish, rather plainly. The aroma tapers off in to a bit of bready/toastiness that is quite dull/bland. Some yeast notes evident throughout, attempting to add dryness/crispness, but the overly sweet mats seem to rob the yeast of most of its elegance that was seen in the pils. Medium to medium-low strength overall, with no alcohol or flaws noted.
Rather simple, somewhat insipidly sweet flavor balances light vanilla-flavored coffee with a touch of cocoa and prunes. Yeast notes almost accentuate the slightly vinousness prune notes, but fail to really take a foothold against the sweetness and extremely loose carbonation. The filtration/carbonation leads to a very wet, rather soggy texture and the flavors just fall in to each other, without any distinct transitions or real brightness/crispness of flavors. No doubt on draught this stuff would be much better. I don’t expect a Mexican brewery to bottle condition a 4.5abv lager, but man if they did.......Still, a good beer, free from flaws, that just suffers from the texture/mouthfeel.

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