THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

August 9, 2010

Grupo Modelo’s Corona Light Beer Review 8.9.10

I can't help but love Corona's beach Life marketing schtick.

I can't help but love Corona's beach Life marketing schtick.

The Brewski Report Reviews Corona Light
File Date: 8.9.10

 File Name: This Suite is Sweet.
The Beer: Corona Light 
Type: Light lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.10% ABV
Brewer: Grupo Modelo S.A.B. de C.V.
Web Site: www.grupomodelo.com
Country of Origin: Mexico
Brewer Info: First brewed in Mexico by Austrian immigrants. It was first sold on draft in 1926, but was first produced in 1925. Negra Modelo comes in an unusually shaped, wide brown bottle with a trademark Gold Label. Grupo Modelo has marketshare of 56% in Mexico. Grupo Modelo has exclusive rights in Mexico for the import and distribution of beer produced by Anheuser-Busch. Until the 60’s Grupo Modelo used red poppy flowers in its advertising, where almost any image it used had poppy flowers somewhere in the image.

tbr-corona-lt-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Corona Light, with only 99 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrates, is golden light in color with a crisp and refreshing taste. Its pleasant fruit-honey malt aroma and distinctive hop flavor make it a favorite among calorie and carb-conscious consumers and those interested in a light, thirst quenching beer. Corona Light goes great with any food choice.
Label: Corona Light

The Brewski Review: I was invited to attend an MLB game tonight with some of the executives of our company. As I noted in a previous post, I’m not a huge sports fan so I’ve declined this offer in the past. The idea of getting out of work early is greatly appreciated. But, the 3 hr ride in a car and returning home at 2am only to get back up and be at work by 7am didn’t sound as appealing to me as it may have others. What makes this trip different? The President of our company decided to stay in a hotel instead of traveling back the same evening. This decision, coupled with the fact that we would be in one of the best air conditioned corporate suites stationed right behind home base on a hot 95 degree day definitely makes the idea a little more alluring than it had in the past. Load up! I’m on board! The best way to see the game is when you have an abundance of free food and drinks, comfy chairs, access to a private restroom, closed circuit TV’s and oh yeah, did I mention air conditioning on a hot 95 degree day? The game was pretty anemic except for the amenities which included free alcoholic beverages. They stocked the suite with 5 bottles of chilled wine and a fridge full of water, soda and beer. I was hoping for a real variety here but was slightly surprised that they only had three brands: Sam Adams Boston Lager, Corona Light and O’Douls. I chose the Corona Light since I’ve never had one of these before. After adulterating the beer by jamming a wedge of lime down the neck I walked outside in the searing heat and downed it as quickly as it leaked out my sweat glands. The taste was a little less that what you would expect from a light beer. It Somewhat reminded me of drinking colored water. Most definitely a session beer to be drank in ‘mass quantities’ (as Mr. Conehead would say). Maybe when I go next year they’ll have other brands available. Or, perhaps I’ll just ask the attendant for something else and have it charged to the suite. Apparently anything goes….As we were leaving, the CFO of our parent company asked anyone if they wanted to take one of the comfy leather chairs home with them. I would have been down with that had I not had to carry it 2 city blocks to our public parking spot. Then again, maybe he was joking. 

Drinkability: Nah. if offered a choice, would chose something else.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Crisp and cold but uneventful.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.75 out of 5 caps.

Yes. All the beach picture look alike. But that doesn't make it any less appealing.

Yes. All the beach picture look alike. But that doesn't make it any less appealing.

June 20, 2009

Negra Modelo Review 6.20.09

TBR Reviews Grupo Modelo's Munich Dunkel Lager AKA Negra Modelo.

TBR Reviews Grupo Modelo's Munich Dunkel Lager AKA Negra Modelo.

The Brewski Report Calls Out Negra Modelo and the Frustration with Crack.
File Date: June 20, 2009

File Name: Repairing the Walls of Shame
The Beer: Negra Modelo
Type: Munich Dunkel Lager
Serving: Short, dark bottle
Stats: 5.4% abv, 0 grams of fat, 170 calories per 12-oz bottle
Brewer: Grupo Modelo
Brewer Specs:  First brewed in Mexico by Austrian immigrants. It was first sold on draft in 1926, but was first produced in 1925. Negra Modelo comes in an unusually shaped, wide brown bottle with a trademark Gold Label. Grupo Modelo has marketshare of 56% in Mexico. Until the 60’s Grupo Modelo used red poppy flowers in its advertising, where almost any image it used had poppy flowers somewhere in the image.

Chocolaty Goodness? You be the judge.

Chocolaty Goodness? You be the judge.

Brewer Hype:  Negra Modelo redefines the way consumers think of a dark beer because in taste and color it is a very drinkable beer. Negra Modelo appeals to import beer drinkers who are looking for something new and different. Consumers who drink craft beers also love Negra Modelo as it offers more flavor, more complexity and a little “mystery.” To achieve its unique taste, Negra Modelo uses a greater quantity of malt, the finest hops, a special yeast and the purest water. It is a delicious, creamy, full-flavored dark brew with a pleasant malt aroma and dry hop flavor that has a smooth mellow taste.

The Brewski Review: In a quest to rejuvenate my house I find myself torn between doing the best job I can and the time I have to commit. Take the den for instance. It’s currently the room de jour for my efforts. The plaster walls have cracks, some larger than others. The larger cracks were addressed by cleaning out the crevice, filling with plaster and top coating with a light joint compound for easy sanding. The smaller hairline cracks and other surface imperfections are numerous, distracting and annoying. I could paint over the hairline cracks but the plaster surface, as a whole, is riddled with imperfections. This is where I’m torn – spend time to skim coat the entire wall for a reasonably attractive surface or let it go ‘as-is’ and chalk it up as ‘original’ to the house. What I’d ultimately like to do is tear it all down and hang rock but that won’t happen given my finances and available time. Your right, it’s not life or death. But it’s a mentally perplexing dilemma that frustrates me to no end. My advice to you? Tear it all out and do it right – before you move into the house. You want some more of this mind blowing wisdom? Never eat a handful of M&M’s before you review a beer. I did that the other day. I usually need a quick snack when I get home from work and it was handy. Did it subjectively slant my taste? I don’t think so. This beer had enough chocolate taste to hold it’s own. It poured with a tight, nicely formed head but it didn’t linger very long.  It wasn’t very bitter and it went down smooth. Overall it’s a good beer but I think I’d be inclined to try another Munich Dunkel Lager before cracking open a Negra Modelo.

Drinkability: Yes.
Appearance: Nice, tight head on top of a dark beer.
The Buds: As far as my limited exposure to Munich Dunkels go, I thought it was a decent beverage.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

April 26, 2009

Modelo Especial Beer Review 4.26.09

The Brewski Bottom Line: Three out of Five Crowns

TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 caps out of 5.

The Brewski Report’s Modelo Especial Beer Review.
File Date:  April 26, 2009

 

File Name:  ‘Where’s My Economic Stimulus Package?’
The Beer: Modelo Especial
Type:  Pilsner (American Adjunct Lager)
Serving: Short, Clear Bottle
Stats:  4.4% ABV

Brewer: Grupo Modelo

Web Site: www.grupomodelo.com   
Brewer Info:  Modelo Especial has been brewed and packaged in Mexico by Grupo Modelo since 1925 and became available in the U.S. in 1990. Grupo Modelo is Mexico’s largest brewer, operating seven state-of-the-art breweries throughout Mexico.

 

Brewer Brand Hype:  ‘A rich, full-flavored pilsner beer with a slightly sweet, well-balanced taste, light hop character and crisp finish.’

 

The Brewski Review:  I really needed a cold one this weekend.   So I reached into the fridge and pulled out a Modelo Especial hoping this would help ease the pain a bit.  Not physical pain, but fiscal pain.  Yes.  Fiscal.  We’re not talking about the economic meltdown the nation has recently experienced but rather an unfortunate turn of events affecting my domicile.  Here’s what happened….I just get done mowing the yard – first of the season.  (Aside from the fact that pushing a mower across my yard is an invitation to a broken ankle, I don’t really mind performing this chore.  It’s a mindless task you need every now and then.)  Anyway, after I push the mower back to the garage I pause next to a large pine tree – maybe 40’ tall – that stands next to the garage.  I don’t know why I paused but I did.  I look up and see the aluminum fascia on the rake is all smashed up.  ‘What the…’ I think to myself.  The garage must be hitting this frickin’ tree (paying attention?). My eyes start to follow the trunk down to the ground.  About the time I reach the bottom my wife walks up while holding our son. Hmm.  ‘The bark has cracks in it’ I say to my

wife.  As we’re standing there looking a moderate gust of wind kicks up, the cracks widen, the ground heaves up and the tree sways toward the building.  Yikes!  Ours eyes widen and we both step back.  Scientifically explained: Splits in tree trunk bad.  Strong winds bad.  Two bad things don’t equal a good thing.  Nevertheless, I spent the next 2 hrs calling tree service companies on a Saturday afternoon to come out and remove the garage killer before it finishes the job.  This cost me some major greenbacks.  Not happy about it.  And, the beer didn’t seem to make me feel any better.

 

Drinkability:  Somewhat.
Appearance:  Golden Yellow in color.  Pours with a nice head.  Looks good in a glass.
The Buds:  Seemed to be very carbonated.  Light and crisp just like the hype.  But I don’t agree with the slightly sweet, well-balanced taste and light hop character spiel.  
TBR Cap Rating: 3.5 out of 5. I’d drink it again if I was in Mexico and there wasn’t much else to drink.

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