Corona is a difficult beer to honestly review. It’s usually drunk
straight from the bottle with a piece of lime wedged into the neck. So
if I drink it this way am I truly reviewing Corona or a lime with beer
wrapped around it?
I think the only way to honestly critique
this beer is to drink it both traditionally (i.e. poured into a pint
glass sans fruit) and in the pop culture fashion and base my final
decision on an average between the two.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
poured into a pint glass, Corona Extra flows smoothly to form a
crystal-clear, straw-colored body with massive amounts of carbonation
evident. What miniscule amount of head it produces quickly fizzles away.
And for a beer packaged in the clearest of bottles, it is surprising
the scent is not skunky. Not that the actual aroma is much better as
it’s rife with grain and corn and maybe even a little metallic.
not sure how Corona Extra came to have the reputation that it must be
drank from the bottle with a lime. Is this a marketing gimmick on the
brewer’s part? If so, it’s almost difficult to believe since the lime
must be purchases separately (and the brewery makes no money off the
sales of limes). However, in a way this is understandable since in
Mexico and many Latin American countries, many different foods and
drinks are served with lime and lime flavoring.
If drank “naked”
(that is, the beer itself), Corona has a taste reminiscent of many
American macro lagers but blander. A thin, crisp, watery body is
immediately evident followed by a taste of grain and toasted corn. No
hops or malts are noticeable, in fact, the beer has almost something of a
salty taste. It’s actually reminiscent of those European green bottle
pilsners, but with even less flavor.
If drank the way it’s
served at bars, restaurants and parties with a wedge of lime in the
neck, Corona suddenly takes on a new identity. Of course, I find it to
taste like lime-flavored carbonated water. This isn’t surprisingly
considering how watery the body of the beer itself is and adding a lime
to it certainly does not add to the authenticity (quite the opposite,
actually). It does have a crisp, tart finish which is quite appealing,
but again, this is due to the fact the majority of the taste is nothing
but lime juice and pulp.
For such a
watered-down beer, Corona Extra is not quite a smooth as you might
think. While it is highly carbonated, the mouthfeel isn’t quite as
intense as other cheap pale lagers of the style. With the addition of
lime, it takes on a juice-like quality making it almost
Like all the major macro
lagers, Corona’s statistics are perfectly average at 146 calories and an
alcohol content of 4.6% by volume. This beer is generally known as
being quite versatile as it can be enjoyed on its own (and usually in
copious amounts) at parties and other social gatherings and/or
accompanying a meal (especially Mexican fare) and of course on its own
as a session beer. It never seems filling in the least and does not
overwhelm the drinker unless consumed en masse (which it usually is).
I found Corona Extra to be a very drinkable beer and appreciate its
ability to multi-task, I just don’t see what the appeal is. There’s very
little difference between this and an American macro lager in all
aspects. Plus the fact it’s more expensive and requires the additional
purchase of a lime from the produce department makes it entirely too
gimmicky. It definitely is easy to drink, but it just doesn’t have the
makings of a truly good beer.