Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Corona Extra (2014 re-review)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1058) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
I poured a 24oz can into a shaker glass. There was no clear freshness date. It cost $2.89 ($0.12 per ounce).

Appearance: Transparent pale gold hue with massive carbonation constantly visible. Pours to a small, bright white, soapy head which manages to leave a surprising amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A general non-clean aroma, but nothing repulsive. Milled corn grits are noticeable.

Taste: Drinking Corona straight from the bottle with a lime wedge in the neck doesn’t give the drinker the true taste of the beer. All you really taste is beer-flavored lime juice. For the sake of this review I decided to try it from a can and pour it into a glass like every other beer. The result was surprisingly not terrible. The palette was more bland and boring than it was off-putting.

Upon my first swig, I was surprised to find a little bit of sweetness. Corona Extra doesn’t have the sharp tang sensation of corn like a lot of American macro adjunct lagers. It does have a bit of a yellow lollipop flavor, which I believe is an indication of oxidation. There is some corn syrup flavor as well, which might account for the sweet factor. It finishes rather weak with a watery sensation.

Drinkability: This might have been one of the most visibly effervescent beers I’ve ever seen, so I was surprised the mouthfeel to Corona Extra was rather tepid. It did go down smoothly, though, and there was little aftertaste to speak of. At only 4.6% ABV it’s a borderline light beer, which would also explain its mild palette. 
Grade: 3/10

Read and watch my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/05/corona-extra-chadz-beer-reviews.html

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