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.