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What Does Corona Beer Taste Like?

Corona is a Mexican beer that’s taken over barbeques and beach bonfires for decades. But have you ever wondered what exactly this beer tastes like?

If you have, you’re in luck; we’re about to dive into the history, brewing process, flavor profile, and best way to serve this popular beer.

Corona was first brewed in 1925 in the city of Mexico. It quickly became one of the most popular beers in the country and was eventually exported around the world. This pale lager is brewed with a combination of malted barley and pilsner malt, as well as a selection of hops.

It has an easygoing flavor that can be enjoyed by itself or as part of a variety of beer cocktails and other food pairings.

The History of Corona Beer

From its humble beginnings in 1925, Corona has seen tremendous growth over the years and is now distributed widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions.

In 2013 it even surpassed Budweiser as America’s most imported beer brand! It’s currently produced in both breweries located in Mexico City (where it originated from) as well as Nava (located close to Monterrey).

The Brewing Process of Corona Beer

The brewing process for Corona starts with malted barley which is milled into a grist and combined with hot water. This combination is allowed to steep for 45 minutes before being filtered out into a wort tank where hops are added for seasoning.

After the wort has cooled down yeast is added for fermentation which takes about 3-4 weeks depending on temperature and humidity conditions during the brewing time. Once fermentation is complete, Corona is pasteurized and filtered before being bottled or canned for sale around the world.

Characteristics of the Flavor Profile of Corona Beer

Corona has a flavor profile that consists of light maltiness balanced with a mild hop bitterness that combines together to create a smooth yet refreshing taste with subtle notes of citrus fruits such as lemon or lime.

The finish is crisp and clean with no aftertaste which makes it perfect for casual drinking on hot summer days or paired with seafood dishes like fish tacos or quesadillas.

Comparison with Other Beer Styles

When compared to other popular styles such as IPA’s (India Pale Ale) or Porters/Stouts, Corona offers a much lighter-bodied drinking experience without any overpowering hop bitterness or roasted malt flavors that are often found in darker ales or lagers.

A great way to think about it would be if IPA’s are like strong coffee then Corona would be like an herbal tea – light but still flavorful enough to enjoy on its own!

How To Best Serve & Pair Corona Beer

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to serving Coronas – they should always be served cold! This helps bring out all those subtle citrus notes while cutting down on any potential bitterness you might experience when drinking warmer beers.

Additionally, try pairing them with light foods such as salads, tacos, or grilled vegetables; these dishes have enough texture and acidity that will help balance out any sweet undertones from the malts used during the brewing process without overpowering them entirely either!

Lastly don’t forget about adding some fresh fruit slices like oranges/lemons/limes which can really help accentuate those subtle citrus flavors even more – yum!


So there you have it – all about what makes up one of Mexico’s most famous exports: Corona beer! We touched on its history, brewing process, flavor profile and how best to serve and pair this easygoing brew so hopefully, now you’ll know just what makes this pale lager so special next time you pick up a six-pack at your local store 😉

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I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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