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American Macro Week 2: Corona Extra

The inclusion of Corona (a Mexican beer) might seem strange for a week about American Macro Lagers, but I contend (or at least suspect) that more Corona is actually sold/drank in the United States than in Mexico. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s targeted for the U.S. market directly; and why not? I’m sure Corona seems like an exotic splurge when you’re a Budweiser or Coors Light drinker.

Thus the inclusion of Corona Extra for this week’s beers. It’s brewed to the American Macro style and is 4.6% alcohol by volume.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a weak white head that fell almost immediately.

Smell: Skunky Mexican lager; corny light beer with the typical skunked (lightstruck) aroma that’s become a signature of the style.

Taste: Grainy and light, bitter from the skunky lightstruck character. A touch of sour character.

Mouthfeel: Light, fizzy on the tongue and leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Really not very good, the skunkiness is overpowering yet doesn’t cover the cheap beer taste very well.

(The best way I’ve found to drink Corona in the past is not with a lime wedge in the neck, as you commonly see; it’s with a shot of tequila poured into it.)

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of D. On RateBeer, it scores 1.68 out of 5 and is in their 2nd percentile.