The Best Mexican Beer Choices You Should Try

by Karl S Updated on December 3, 2021

Have you ever wanted to open a six-pack and just enjoy the day with friends?

Are you too tired of the beer you’ve already tasted and want to try something new?

Lucky you! We are here to tell you that Mexico has some of the BEST BEER in the business! In this article, we will show you some of THE BEST beers Mexico has to offer.

You WON’T regret it.

The 7 Best Mexican Beers

Alongside countries like the United States and Belgium, Mexico is a powerhouse in the beer brewing industry. These beers are NO JOKE!

I highly recommend trying these out with Mexican food. It is SO WORTH IT!

1) Corona Extra Mexican Lager Beer – Best Overall (5/5)

Features

  • ABV: 5%
  • IBU: 18
  • Calories per 12 oz: 149

Source: Drizly.com

What you are looking at is probably one of the most popular beers in the whole world!

It’s so popular that even convenience stores sell these!

Corona extra is the go-to beer if you want to drink and enjoy being with friends. Its corn and malt sweetness taste is simple, refreshing, and smooth.

Corona extra is best ice-cold, served with lime, and served with some afternoon snacks.

Do you want an alternative to this amazing beer?

Corona is one of the beer brands that have a light version, which is the Corona Light!

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND the light if you want lower alcohol and fewer calories.

Pros

  • Simple taste
  • Thirst-quenching
  • Available in many places

Cons

  • Flavor can be stale for some
  • Not much variety in its flavor

2) Tecate Original – Best Budget (4.8/5)

Features

  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBU: 14
  • Calories per 12 oz: 150

Tecate original provides a refreshing crisp malt flavor and a pleasant after taste that will make you remember how good this beer tastes!

Tecate Original is named after the City of Tecate. It is one of the first beers brewed in Mexico, being over 60-years-old.

The craft beer has a balanced flavor of corn, syrup, and hops that make its flavors SHINE and the perfect day drinking beer.

Similar to Corona, Tecate has a light version of its beer – Tecate Light. If you want a beer with lower alcohol content but want a similar experience with the original, we recommend the Tecate Light!

Pros

  • Easy to drink
  • Smooth taste
  • Great flavors that leave a great aftertaste

Cons

  • Not too bitter for a beer
  • Does not stand out

3) Modelo Negra Mexican Amber Lager Beer – Best Value (4.8/5)

Features

  • ABV: 6%
  • IBU: 16
  • Calories per 12 oz: 173

Modelo Negra is one of the BEST SELLING DARK BEER in Mexico.

Despite it being a dark beer, it’s NOT too heavy and has a good balance of recipes in Galena hops, caramel, and black malts.

Modelo Negra takes longer than usual to brew compared to other beers. Its dark characteristic comes from its bitter-sweet taste and combination of fruits and nuts.

The beer, with its 6% ABV, is stronger than its competitors. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do not drink this during the day.

Pros

  • Longer brew time = better quality
  • Distinct and lasting flavor
  • Not too sweet

Cons

  • High ABV
  • Bad availability

4) Pacifico Clara Mexican Lager Beer (4.7/5)

Features

  • ABV: 5%
  • IBU: 18
  • Calories per 12 oz: 144

Pacifico Clara is a light, refreshing, and bright beer to have when spending an afternoon under the sun with friends! It is best-served ice cold to experience 100% refreshment!

This craft beer is popular on the West Coast. Three Germans in Mazatlan brewed this beer in 1900, and it continues to brew there.

Like the Corona, it is great for day drinking due to its low ABV and ability to complement lime.

Foods with soy sauce like fish are best paired with the Pacifico Clara!

Pros

  • Good to drink on the day
  • Great side beverage
  • Simple taste

Cons

  • Many similarities to the Corona
  • Weird aroma that may set some off

5) Dos Equis Lager (4.5/5)

Features

  • ABV: 4.2%
  • IBU: 10
  • Calories per 12 oz: 131

Dos Equis comes in two options for beer – Dos Equis Ambar and Dos Equis Lager. Ambar comes with a brownish bottle, while the lager comes with a green bottle.

This beer has a REFRESHING AND CLEAN taste that will leave anyone wanting more!

Its light and smooth feel make it one of the easiest beverages to consume.

Dos Equis has lively commercials that include the “most interesting man in the world.”

This beer may not be the most interesting on this list, but its rich taste makes it a great Mexican beer.

Pros

  • Low ABV
  • Low-calorie intake
  • Easy to intake

Cons

  • Some prefer it on bottles instead of cans, vice versa

6) Victoria Mexican Lager Beer (4.3/5)

Features

  • ABV: 4%
  • IBU: 18
  • Calories per 12 oz: 135 calories

This is one of the most popular Mexican beers due to its slightly bitter taste and low ABV of 4%.

Its color comes from the brew combination of yeast, hops, corn, and black malt. Its flavor is composed of the likes of orange, honey, apple butter, and star fruit.

This Vienna-style lager beer is LIGHTWEIGHT, great for the day, and easy to drink for those that want to crack a cold one.

If you want a very tasteful experience with one of Mexico’s oldest beer brands, then WE RECOMMEND Victoria!

Pros

  • Standout flavors
  • Great aroma
  • Low ABV

Cons

  • Not the best to get drunk on
  • Can be too sweet for some

7) Carta Blanca (4/5)

Features

  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBU: 16
  • Calories per 12 oz: 150

Carta Blanca is a popular beer in Mexico. Its smoothness and crispiness give it its identity and popularity.

DID YOU KNOW? This beer is the first premium beer produced by Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc.

The beer contains high-quality ingredients, a refreshing flavor, and a low ABV, making it a great beverage to intake, especially if you’re in Mexico enjoying the place!

It’s also cheap to get this! If you want a beverage to complement salty food, this is the one for you!

Pros

  • Crisp flavor
  • Easy to intake
  • Great side beverage

Cons

  • High-calorie intake
  • Not a good aftertaste

FAQs

Here are some questions that you may have after reading this article.

Please go over them as thoroughly as you can so you can fully enjoy your Mexican brewed beer.

What Are the Different Types of Mexican Beers?

Most, if not all, Mexican beers have a type of lager in them. Those are pure lager, refreshing lager, amber/Vienna lager, light lager, and American-style lager.

You could say that there’s a beer for everyone!

The two brands, Grupo Modelo and Fomento Economico Mexicano, SA (FEMSA), produce and brew around 90% of all the beers in Mexico.

Why Choose Mexican Beer Over Others?

The most OBVIOUS answer to this question is because this tastes better than the others. But in reality, its distinct and flavorful taste is what makes many choose these beers over the rest.

Mexican craft beers have a certain sweetness in them due to their ingredients.

We HIGHLY recommend eating salty food and top the beer with lime, or even lime juice, to FULLY EXPERIENCE the Mexican style of drinking with your family and friends!

These beers taste significantly better during Cinco de Mayo!

Why Do Mexican Beers Have European Influence?

These beers have European influence because in their long history, specifically around the 1890s, German immigrants arrived in Mexico and started beer brewing in the country.

It started with fermented drinks made from agave cactus and corn, then it evolved. Mexicans love brewed beer so much.

Why is that? They have 36 brewing companies developed, and the brewing process is similar to how the Germans brewed in their beers.

In the past year, Mexican beer was responsible for accounting for 67% of imported beer sales. The ever-growing sales only prove that Mexicans love their beer!

Summary

This is a QUICK recap on my favorite beers in this article! I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these becomes your favorite beer to drink.

Best Overall: Corona Extra Mexican Lager Beer

Corona Extra is THE BEER of Mexico City.

Its simple yet refreshing taste will always leave a good impression on you. The good news is it’s available in many places. Give it or a coronita beer a try when you can!

Best Budget: Tecate Original

If you are on a tight budget but want to purchase some good beer anyway, Tecate Original is just the right beer for you! It’s the bang for your buck beer!

Best Value: Modelo Negra Mexican Amber Lager Beer

Drinking a product that gives the most value is a GREAT feeling.

Modelo Negra is one of the best dark beers out there! Its pretty bottle, amazing flavor, and Vienna-style lager make for the best value beer on this list.

Conclusion

Overall, all these beers are WONDERFUL EDITIONS to your special gatherings and parties!

I hope that this article helps you understand the different beers the Mexican beer brands have to offer.

These are some of the BEST beers in the world, and nothing tastes like it! There is no doubt in my mind that these beers will ever be considered your worst beer.

Mexican beer recipes are TOO GOOD to be called BAD.

In my opinion, these beers have my favorite styles in beer. Its eye-catching design, flavor, and Mexican style are what separate these beers from others.

You know what they say – THESE HIT DIFFERENT. Cheers!