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!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (43292) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange to brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is grassy, spiced and dry caramelish. Bitter and dry caramelish and slight herbal. Bitter and herbal finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ungstrup (36498) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
Bottled. A red-brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, metal, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of metal, caramel, and malt, leading to a dry metallic finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma is metallic, some caramel and a buttery touch. Medium body, soft mouthfeel, again some butterscotch and caramel. Slightly nutty. Very subdued bitterness. 180611

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (24631) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2013
Bottled at La Nacional, Mexico City. Almost clear nut brown, rich creamy head. Fruity caramelly nose. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Syrupy caramelly malt dominates completely, slight notes of hazelnuts. Getting sticky in a finish with low bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2011
A: The pour is a light amber color with a finger of off-white head. S: Initially there is some nice toasted malt aromas with even a light roast. However, then there is a smell of cough syrup (cherry flavor) and...grapes? Fairly sweet, overall. T: Slightly acidic with a little bit of roast and a fair amount of toast. A bit of paper/cardboard flavor to it, too. Light hop flavors and little to no bitterness. Some light yeast and sweetness. M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation. O: While this had more flavor to it than the Light, it was not necessarily good flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14891) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Deep aroma of malt with chocolate. Deep ruby mahogany color with a head that came and quickly went. Starts darkly sweet, a bit of chocolate arrives, and it finishes with minimal bitter. I could imagine a bit of darkish fruit. Mouthfeel a bit light. Really quite nice. Has some Porter chacteristic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2016
355ml bottle. This is a basic one, lots of doughy cocoa malt flavor, very basic and boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light tan head. Light caramel aroma. Caramel flavor with a bit of earthiness. Medium-light body. Easy drinkings. LIngering light caramel. A bit of residual sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (8584) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Much more like a brown ale than a Vienna. Light roast and caramel. Pours dark amber without much head and lacing. Light sweet finish, decent balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6410) - 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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