By Matt Goldstein & Tim Rodgers
Now, Mexican beers are at a disadvantage because of the water supply situation. One must remember to compare apples to apples when analyzing their brews. Mexico tends to be a warm, arid climate with spicy/salty cuisine. Therefore, the beers that would make the most sense would be your lighter lagers. All of which Mexico produces. Bohemia was by far the best beer we sampled. It could compare with a solid American IPA and tasted a lot like Flying Fish.
1. Bohemia, surprisingly crisp/clean with an unexpected subtle yet distinct hoppiness
2. Negra Modela, always consistently smooth with a nice malty finish
3. Dos Equis Lager Especial, crisp flavors, solid lager
4. Carta Blanca, smooth, light, solid
5. Corona, always good, always refreshing
6. Cristal, actually from Peru, but fits in well with the Mexican style
7. Corona Light, great light beer but light on flavor
9 Tecate, just OK, light and smooth but far from great
9. Sol, awful, almost undrinkable, bad aftertaste
10. Modela Especial, the six-pack we bought was skunked, we know Modelo is a good beer but it will have to wait a few months for another chance to be reviewed.
Bohemia Pilsner is this year’s Mexican Category champion! It was a hot day in Chester down at the new MLS stadium PPL Park. We decided to conduct this categories beer tasting tailgating the Philadelphia Union soccer game. The dirt parking lot in July made it actually feel like a Mexican desert. Pure genius! To keep the theme going, we got burritos, chips, salsa and guacamole to cleanse our palates between each beer. We had Pork, Chicken and Beef burritos made with black beans, corn and rice.
Now, Mexican beers are at a disadvantage because of the water supply situation. One must remember to compare apples to apples when analyzing their brews. Mexico tends to be a warm, arid climate with spicy/salty cuisine. Therefore, the beers that would make the most sense would be your lighter lagers. All of which Mexico produces. Bohemia was by far the best beer we sampled. It could compare with a solid American IPA and tasted a lot like Flying Fish. I think the most surprising beer was Carta Blanca. Based on our preconceived notions of the beer, I thought it would be mere swill. However, it would be up at the top of my choices if we were scarfing down tortilla chips and tacos on the roadside in Puerta Vallarta. Dos Equis Lager was also very solid. Again, based on the most the interesting man in the world advertising campaign, perhaps Dos Equis would bring more style than substance, but it was an enjoyable beer. The most disappointing beer was Sol. It basically tasted awful to everybody. Now, we’ve had Sol before and liked it, but this was just not its day. Tecate, we expected to be at the bottom, but it was a toss-up between Sol and Tecate for the worst of the day. Bohemia is officially the first beer to receive an automatic bid to the first annual Whiskey Goldmine March madness 64 beer tournament. Let the countdown begin!
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