Nothing quenches your thirst like an ice-cold Mexican beer on a hot day.
Crisp and light- Mexican beers are the ultimate refreshment.
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Mexico has plenty of incredible beers to offer. Some you may know- others not as well.
Many have even been around for over 100 years!
Cool off poolside with Sol Cerveza and enjoy spicy food with Indio.
When Cinco de Mayo rolls around, bring a case of Modelo Especiale to the fiesta.
No matter the occasion, Mexican beers are a refreshing way to celebrate!
So raise a glass and toast to the 13 best Mexican beers. ¡Salud!
1. Corona Extra
Corona Extra is perhaps the most popular Mexican beer in the USA. Their iconic label featuring sacred griffins and a crowned sun is unmistakable.
And their signature white-sand beach commercials make you want to crack a cold one.
Despite being popularized in the states, Corona has long been enjoyed in Mexico.
Corona began back in 1925. It wasn’t until the 80s that it entered the USA. And are we sure glad it did!
The 4.6% ABV crisp lager has a light maltiness and subtle sweet flavor. Add a lime wedge, and it’s the perfect summertime thirst-quencher.
2. Dos Equis
The Most Interesting Man in The World only drinks one beverage, Dos Equis.
Like Corona Extra, Dos Equis’ iconic commercials are classic. And the beer itself is best consumed on a hot day.
Light, crisp, and smooth, this golden pilsner is refreshing. It’s low in alcohol, making it an easy-drinking beer.
It’s also low in hops. So it’s a fine choice for beer drinkers who aren’t big on hoppy brews.
Pacifico is a Mexican pilsner-style lager. Like many others, it has a low ABV of 4.5%.
Most folks know it as just Pacifico. Cerveza Pacifico Clara, however, is its full name.
Clara stands for “clear,” which differentiates it from darker brews. While Cerveza del Pacifico refers to the brewery itself.
What might surprise you is Mexicans did not create that Pacifico. It is actually the creation of three Germans in Mazatlan in 1900.
Fast-forward to the 1970s and a group of California surfers stumbled across it in Baja.
Impressed with their find, they loaded their van and brought it back to California. The rest is history.
4. Modelo Especiale
Walk into a legit taco shop, and you will notice one thing. Everyone is drinking Modelo.
Model Especiale is a well-balanced, light, and clean pilsner-style lager.
It’s one of many Mexican beers owned by Grupo Modelo. Corona Extra, Pacifico, and Victoria are a few others.
The Most Interesting Man in The World might not back it. But the numbers show it’s the most loved beer in the USA.
That right there is worth cracking a cold one!
As the name suggests, Tecate Original began in Tecate, Mexico in 1944.
Brewers originally brewed it for miners. These days, you can find it everywhere.
It’s a light sipper with a malty character and a subtle hint of hops.
The crisp flavor makes it a fantastic choice for washing down grilled meats. It’s refreshing with a couple of fish tacos.
6. Estrella Jalisco
Estrella Jalisco is another Mexican beer in the Grupo Modelo beverage lineup.
Founded in the early 1900s, they brew Estrella Jalisco in Jalisco, Mexico, with traditional ingredients.
This 4.2% ABV premium pilsner has a light body and a clean finish. Take a sip, and you’ll notice notes of corn with a malty aroma.
It has long been a favorite authentic Mexican beer. So try it if you’re in the mood for something traditional.
Just make sure it is ice cold. That is the best way to enjoy this crisp Mexican beer.
7. Sol Cerveza
With a name like Sol, you know you’re in for something bright and refreshing.
In Spanish, sol translates to “Sun.” And I think that is very fitting. It signifies the color and flavor profile of this beer.
Born in 1899, Sol Cerveza is a light-bodied Mexican adjunct-style lager. At 4.5% ABV, it drinks smooth with a crisp finish.
Sol is also available in three other flavors. That includes Chelada, Chelada Limon y Sal, and Chelada Mango y Chamoy.
8. Carta Blanca
Carta Blanca is the second oldest Mexican beer on this list.
Produced by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, Carta Blanca has existed since 1890.
It’s a 4.5% ABV American adjunct-style lager that’s smooth, light, and refreshing.
Hints of corn and malt come through in the flavor. That’s backed by a delectable aroma.
It’s a great one to drink alongside an authentic Mexican meal.
Victoria is a Vienna-style lager that’s been on the scene since 1865.
Considering today’s market, let alone the history of beer, that’s some impressive staying power.
They brew Victoria with barley malt, non-malted cereals, water, and hops. It’s a 4% ABV beer that’s light to medium-bodied with an enticing amber color.
As for the flavor, there are notes of star fruit and tangy apple butter.
If that weren’t intriguing enough, it’s Mexico’s oldest lager. So it’s certainly one to try!
Indio is a Vienna-style lager also made by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery.
It is a 4.1% ABV amber-colored beer that’s medium-bodied.
Unlike Mexican pilsners, it’s more malty and sweet.
Hints of toffee, caramel, and herbal hops come through on the palate. Whereas the aroma is bread-y and malty.
It’s delicious with spicy foods and grilled meat like carne asada.
Bohemia is another brand produced by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma. It comes in four styles, including Pilsner, Weizen, and Obscura.
While all three have a time and place, the pilsner leads the line.
Brewed with Czech hops, Bohemia Pilsner has an herbal aroma and a more complex flavor.
Try it with salty and spicy foods. It is robust enough to cleanse the palate. Yet light enough not to overshadow your meal.
Montejo is a Czech-style pilsner named after the Spaniard who conquered the Yucatan.
While the name might sound aggressive, the flavor profile is anything but. Montejo is bright, smooth, and lower in alcohol at 4.5% ABV.
Like many Czech-style pilsners, there is a noticeable hop profile. Yet it is well-balanced with sweet corn and malty notes.
Unlike Corona or Pacifico, Monteo is relatively new in the USA. It made its American debut at Dodger Stadium in 2014.
Here’s another fun fact. Montejo is the first Mexican beer that colossal brewing company Anheuser-Busch imported to the USA.
Part of the Grupo Modelo, Leon is another excellent Mexican-made beer to try.
Leon is a 4.5% ABV Munich-style Dunkel. Light-bodied and smooth, it is sweet and a touch bitter.
Take a sip, and you will notice it’s more malt-forward than your typical lager.
This makes it a fine choice if you want something with a little more oomph.
While it is not as complex as Negra Modelo, it is equally refreshing.
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