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The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

bohemia classica bottle cream The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more...Water Supply Issues Create a Light, Easy, Drinkable Mexican Style

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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20 comments to The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

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  • Gil

    Definitely agree with Bohemia. As we speak, I have some in the ‘fridge. I also like the fact that they use brown bottles instead of green or clear, which seems to be the norm. Dos Equis is another beer I enjoy. Tecate is ok, but I will take that any day over Corona, Sol and Modelo.

    Have yet to try Carta Blanca, but I will. Bohemia, however will always be my “anchor” in terms of Mexican brews.

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    Tim Rodgers Reply:

    I think Negra Modela is a close 2nd to the Bohemia. Dos Equis is suprisingly refreshing as well. Nothing like authentic Mexican fare with some Bohemia or Modela. Tengo hambre mi amigo!

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    I agree that Dos Equis is surprisingly good as well. Had a couple at my favorite Mexican restaurant and it was perfect.

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    Jobu Reply:

    If you are going to put Tecate and Carona in the dicussion, why not Victoria?

    WGM Reply:

    What else should be in their place? Not too many more Mexican beers available.

    joe chapman Reply:

    here in texas we drank bud but in the summer we drank corona with lime best in summer

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  • Ivan

    You must try Cucapá, from Mexicali, Baja California (The Best Mexican Craft Beer) RateBeer.com / BeerAdvocate.com

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  • BOOMER

    I was enjoying some dos equis amber on tap last night ….very good—–Matt, when will we see an article on beer-food pairings. Like the best beer to have with hot wings or steak/beer combos. This is riveting stuff.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Consider it done Boomer!

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  • Really clean website , thanks for this post.

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  • I loved reading this article I will be sure to tell my friends about this and link to it as well. Thanks

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  • gbvdave

    Pacifico would go in the place of Cristal for sure, but it’s better than Corona or Carta Blanca. Also Victoria is an excellent amber-type beer that is better than Dos Equis. Bohemia also now makes a Weizen beer that is excellent. There are up and coming Mexican microbrewers as well like Calavera and Cucapa making high quality beers.

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    Tizzle Reply:

    Thanks for the info Dave, I would definitely like to give those a tumble. The Weizen especially!

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  • Steve-O

    I think Pacifico should replace Cristal on the list. Not just because it’s from Mexico (where Cristal isn’t) but because it’s balanced by being not too bold and refreshing at the same time.

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  • Uncle Pauly

    Need to try Bohemia, sounds solid.

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  • Steve-O

    You forgot Pacifico…

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    Tizzle Reply:

    Good point Steve-O. In fact, I think we missed a handfull more. Where would you put Pacifico on this list? That’s why everyone’s input is important and appreciated to keep the info flowing. Stay thirsty!

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    They offered Pacifico in TJ but I was scared. LOL

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  • Stink

    yea, negra modela is my go-to mexicana brew YAHMEEN

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