bhensonb (14619) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle as Cerveza Mexicali Beer. Clear bottle. First impression was skunk, but that’s wrong. Second impression is like a touch of English ale (say Tanner’s Jack). Third impression is it is something a bit different. Light golden color, but in some light it goes orangey. The white head was impressive, but left immediately. Medium bodied with near fizzy carbonation. The flavor is decent malt. The hop is hard to pin down, but there is an appropriate level of bitter. The aftertaste reminds of the original Near Beer, but arguably better (that’s based on really old memory). There’s even a slight fruit hint in the finish. Slightly spicy hop. It’s not fair to bad mouth this stuff. A decent pale lager. Something like a really light version of Tanners Jack.
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
04-Dec-07 (12-oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) I’d heard from a few customers that Mexicali was one of the best Mexican pale lagers out there. Having finally given this beer a try, I’d have to strongly disagree with them. When first poured, the beer was sweet, corny, and seemed somewhat malty. Lots of flavor and actually not bad at all. But that’s when it was cold. With even just a few minutes in the glass, wow, the beer has taken a sharp nosedive. While the attack is sweet and strongly corny with no bitterness, the beer finishes with an atrocious cardboard flavor and some kind of peppery spiciness. The sweet, corny nose is a bit better than the flavor, but only because the cardboard is much lighter. Light in body and medium in carbonation, but the beer leaves the palate feeling stale, longing for either better beer or a toothbrush. Medium-yellow in color, showing solid clarity and an acceptable amount of white head. However, the head has settled to an island of coagulated bubbles that looks like a blob of backwash. Small patches of lace are impressive though for a beer of this nature. Overall, just flat out undrinkable to me unless it’s ice cold. A few twists of lime would probably help considerably too.
shrubber85 (11015) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Sour corn malt aroma. Medium yellow with large white head. Sweet corn malt flavor - actually a nice flavor. A very nice pale lager - not too sweet, not skunked like many Mexican imports. The best Mexican lager I’ve tasted outside of Mexico. Infinitely better than Corona.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer gushes forth from the clear bottle a crystalline gold, the head small and frothy, fades fast, leaving a patchy bit of lace. Nose is sweet malt, nothing else; start is sweet malt, some bitter bite at the back, skinny top. Finish has a fair acidity, light hop presence, still sweet at the dry aftertaste, not much else to say, well I can say its better than Corona.
184601 (206) - Mexicali, MEXICO - OCT 7, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Everyone that has lived in Mexicali older than 70 says that this pilsener used to be the best beer everywhere in the thirties through the late sixties, it actually gets some pages in almost every Mexicali history book, and i made some research.Three german-born brewers came to Mexicali, because there wasnt any beers here around the American Prohibition thing,which made beer totally necessary since this is border, so the recipe was purely german and top secret.The company refused to give the german brewers more money, so they quit and the beer magic too.The son of one of the brewers a few years later asked for one million dollars and they laughed at him so he keep it until he died in some Texan town in the US. Now is only poor attemp to copy the original one as you might guess,now its only another bier
leaparsons (10219) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Dull gold with no head. Aromas are sweet corn with butter. Quite thin and dry. Flavours are sweet grain and corn with soda water. Quite buttery with a thin finish.
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from BevMo. Light golden color upon pouring. Grainy acidic aroma with a hint of skunk. Crappy lager from south of the border. A little more flavor than some though, so it’s got that going for it, which is good.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from ? Aroma is sweet lager malts, hints of hrbal hops. Taste is a similar bag. I didnt find this offensive in anyway but it was soo uninspiring.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 3/4 finger thick white head. Light lacing. Lively carbonation. Aroma is grain, herbal hops, and slight diacetyl. Flavor is a nice mix of sweet grain malt and lightly spiced hops. Medium body. This beer was a pleasant suprise. Worth a try.
imbiberAZ (21) - USA - JUN 17, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles-6.99 a sixer. First time. Taste is rich, hoppy and coats your mouth. For Mexican Pale Lager this might be the cream of the crop. It might replace my daily drinker of Modelo Especial in cans if I can find Mexicali cheap enough.
Aroma almost nonexistent with familiar chemical and corn waft. But taste aspires to be a cut above Dos XX but cannot due to excess sweetness instead a true clean pale lager finish.
Not bad. Says "since 1923" in tagline but I never heard of it. With a little tweaking by the manufacturer (Cerveceria Mexicana Molson-Coors?) this could be something special.
Very refreshing, surprisingly tasty--but it’ll wear on you. The malt seems to give way, or compete with, the chemical brew with both making alternating appearances and that’s a little unseetling.
If you are a Mexican beer nut like me, it’s worth a sixpack.