Cervezas of Mexico!

Cervezas of Mexico!

Overall I was happy with the beer south of the border, I even found a few I hadn’t tried before! Here is a review of what I found while in Tulum.

Rating Scale:

  • [rating=5] – I will fly to another country just to drink this beer!
  • [rating=4] – You need this beer in your life
  • [rating=3] – Better than your average beer
  • [rating =2] – It gets the job done
  • [rating=1] – Well you gotta drink something…

Kolster light [rating=2]

Mexico beer 1

clean light lager, very drinkable, a bit on the watery side

Montejo [rating=1]

mexico beer 2

basic lager, slightly astringent, I couldn’t drink many of these and likely would result in a hangover

Leon Negra [rating=3]

Mexico Beer 3

Far superior to standard Leon which is rough at best, nicely balanced and a hint of hops and a touch of maltyness

Modelo Negra [rating=3]

Mexico beer 4

Modelo’s dark beer has a dry finish similar to a dry stout, creamy, slightly chalky, very good one of the top beers in Mexico

Modelo Especial [rating=1]

mexico beer 15

The only thing I found especial about this beer was how skunky it was. The clear glass bottle may have helped contribute to the skunking, but I did not have any Especials that were not skunked.

Bohemia [rating=4]

Mexico beer 5

I left home with Bohemia as my favorite Mexican beer, and returned the same way. This beer is my favorite because it is very well balanced, and you can actually taste the hops.

Bohemia – Chocolate stout [rating=3]

Mexico beer 7

Oh no they didn’t, oh yes they did! My favorite Mexican beer brand takes it to the next level with their chocolate stout. It’s a full bodied stout with a hint of chocolate. The taste of chocolate lingers. It’s by far the best chocolate stout  I have had on a white sand beach.

Barrilto [rating=2]

Mexico beer 8

standard lager, decently drinkable, not frequently available but cheap

Victoria [rating=2]

Mexico beer 9

Relatively standard Lager, it does not stand out in many ways, but it was good enough to have a few during a night out.

Sol [rating=2]

mexico beer 10

This beer is one of the top sellers in Mexico, this is what you think of when you think of a Mexican beer. Its just OK, it gets better with a lime.

Sol con Limon y Sal (Lime & Salt) [rating=2]

mexico beer 11

They did it for you! Sol alone needs something and when you put the salt and lime in really makes it nice to drink in a hot climate.

Superior Rubia [rating=3]

mexico beer 12

This was the best light colored beer I tried while in Mexico. It is a blonde beer (Rubio is Blonde) It is heavier bodied with a clear golden color. Slightly malty, with some fruity esters that come through similar to a Hefeweizen.

Tecate [rating=2]

mexico beer 13

Clean, decent balance, very drinkable. This is my go to beer for a decent 6 pack and a cheap price.

Pacifico Clara [rating=2]

mexico beer 14,

Pacifico is available in Tulum but it is not much as others.  Another relatively standard lager, slightly more body than some of the others, again it is improved by a lime.

  • David @ That Gay Backpacker
    Posted at 07:19h, 11 March Reply

    A thousand times yes to this post! When I was in Mexico (very briefly) I was in beer heaven. I remember there being a particular type of Bohemia (I think Bohemia Clasica) that tasted like lychees. SO delicious.

    • Adam
      Posted at 19:59h, 11 March Reply

      David – Bohemia is pretty awesome, I will have to try the Clasica next time I see it and see if I get the lychee taste!

      Can’t wait to explore the rest of the world’s beer, hopefully it will be as good as Mexico.

  • Simon
    Posted at 09:02h, 12 March Reply

    Oh man I forgot about Sol Lime, I was hooked on that stuff!….but not in a bad way. 😉

    • Adam
      Posted at 19:47h, 13 March Reply

      Sol lime was pretty darn good! The lime had a good amount of salt in it too, which sounds really weird but it works.

      I like the Clamato they put out too, who doesn’t like a little tomato & clam juice in their beer?

  • Mexicannomad
    Posted at 01:41h, 14 March Reply

    We have the love for beer but we don’t share the same taste 🙁 ha ha what made you rate modelo that low? Just wondering 🙂 good post.

    • Adam
      Posted at 18:56h, 14 March Reply

      MexicanNomad – The main reason the Modelo didn’t get more stars from me was mostly because everyone I had was pretty skunky. Maybe it was just poor handling, left out for too long or something. I haven’t really had it elsewhere so thats what I had to go by.

      The Modelo Negra on the other hand was a nice beer, I would rate it top 3 from this trip.

      What beers did I miss, do you have any favorites that I didn’t try. I would love to hear about them for future trips!

      Safe Travels

      • MexNomad
        Posted at 19:55h, 17 March Reply

        I see, I see, you definitely need to give it a second chance: however, it needs to be cold and you need Salt and Limon. Then you will drink it as it was water, ha ha. I love my German beers but if I had to pick Mexican beers I would pick Modelo and Dos X. Which I believe is the only one you didn’t mention, oh and Carta Blanca (nothing special though), I have to say that I detest Corona. Anyway, I look forward in reading your beer ratings 🙂 Saludos.

        • Adam
          Posted at 22:26h, 17 March Reply

          Will do! next time i see Modelo in the store I will give it a go, cause now you have me curious!

          Yeah there is a reason I left Corona off my list, come to think of it I don’t think I had any on this trip…

  • Suzy
    Posted at 21:06h, 17 March Reply

    I love this star rating system. I have had a few of these but not the Bohemia. The chocolate stout sounds good too.

    • Adam
      Posted at 22:22h, 17 March Reply

      Suzy – Thanks, I think the stars are a quick and fun way for comparing them all.

      You an get the normal Bohemia outside of Mexico, but not the Chocolate Stout yet.


  • tharobster
    Posted at 12:07h, 12 April Reply

    you asked if you missed any , what about dos equis , and corona ?
    i havent tried Bohemia , so thanks for tip off !
    cheeeeers , good page 😉

    tharobster.wordpress.com – tulum bloggings

    • Hannah
      Posted at 18:43h, 13 April Reply

      So true, we did miss Dos Equis and Corona. Adam really enjoys Dos Equis Amber but he couldn’t find it much there. Corona on the hand is sooo Americanized, wanted to show our readers less heard about beers in Mexico! You have to try Bohemia, AMAZING! You can find it here in the states at like Whole Foods or Fresh Market or a any specialty beer store should have it! Let me know what you think of it! Bottoms up!

  • Scott
    Posted at 15:05h, 17 April Reply

    Still in Mexico for 6 more weeks, gots more to drink now. Even though I know it’s just OK, I get sucked in by the Sol logo every time. Love their Clamato.

    • Adam
      Posted at 22:38h, 17 April Reply


      Love the clamato, I have a few last time in Mexico. Every time I see clamato juice at home I mix my own! I call them my bloody beer.

      Cheers & enjoy the hell out of Mexico!


  • Cam @ Traveling Canucks
    Posted at 15:02h, 22 May Reply

    I wasn’t as impressed with the beer selections in Mexico. I found them all to be too light and heavily carbonated. That said, they are fantastic in the hot sun and compliment a spicy taco like nothing else!

    Fun post. It will be cool to see the new beers you sample when your trip starts. I’m curious to know which ones will get your 5-star rating.

    We love snapping photos of the beer we try when traveling and have a similar series. If you’re keen, here’s a link – http://travelingcanucks.com/travel/series/beer-around-the-world/


    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:52h, 15 August Reply

      Ice cold beer in the Mexican sun sitting on the beach sounds perfect right now, and throw in a taco SOLD!

  • Crischo
    Posted at 08:48h, 02 November Reply

    I liked most Sol. It’s not that heavy as other beers might be. With a little bit salt and lemon it’s a powerful weapon against dehydration in hot climates. Modello isn’t bad, too.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:50h, 15 August Reply

      Sol is a great pick, I would love to wash down some tacos el pastor right now with a Sol….YUM!

  • Kohteena maailma / Rami
    Posted at 13:52h, 27 April Reply

    Mexican beer is not very good overall standars, but there are at least two very good beer: Akumal Pale Ale and Akumal Porter. This two beers are totally different level that other beers this blog post. Only problem for me was that I only found Akumal beers in city of Akumal 🙁
    -Cheers, Kohteena maailma / Rami

    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:48h, 15 August Reply

      I think we have to go to Akumal to just try these beers!

  • Mike Orobona
    Posted at 20:06h, 14 June Reply

    I’ve always been partial to Tecate and Negra Modelo. I’ll have to try several of the others.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:46h, 15 August Reply

      Please do try them out, your taste buds will thank you!

  • Tim H
    Posted at 06:02h, 08 August Reply

    After spending 2 months house sitting in Mexico we realized we love the food, and the beer was passable. Our favourite beer was Victoria but maybe that was because we could get it in the large bottles.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:45h, 15 August Reply

      What part of Mexico were you in for 2 months? We’d love to find a housesit in Mexico! Large bottles make the beer so much better!

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