Earlier this month, the Big 12 Conference announced their decision to make their presence felt south of the border. That’s right folks, the Big 12 is going to Mexico and we will see Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, and baseball games there as soon as next year. With the news, I decided to help the conference find a new sponsor down there by trying out some popular Mexican beers.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find every single beer where I am located but I picked five beers that I was able to find in my area. So, without further due, let the tasting begin.
Color: Light Yellow
Smell: Vegetable oil? Very odd smell. Probably what a Pac-12 meeting would smell like.
When most people bring up Mexican beers, this one is probably the first one that comes to mind. Typically, when people drink this beer, they add a little salt and lime, but I am here just to taste the beer. And speaking of taste, there isn’t much there. It’s light and a little crispy but there is really no flavor at all that sticks out to me. I remember that Dos Equis used the most interesting man in the world as their spokesperson. And I don’t care what anyone says, Jonathan Goldsmith should have never been replaced by that other guy. Unfortunately, that advertising campaign ended years ago. This beer may have been drank by the most interesting man in the world but it is certainly not the most interesting beer in the world by any means.
Smell: Very Corn Heavy like the state of Iowa and Kansas
Here is a brand that is growing every year here in America as Modelo is now the best-selling beer in the United States. Do the sales live up to the taste? I could see why people enjoy this beer. It’s crisp, clean, and more well-rounded than Dos Equis. There’s nothing offensive at all about this beer and I could easily drink a few of these while watching some Big 12 football. The beer snobs out here may hate this score, but I enjoy it.
Color: Light Yellow
Smell: Sweet Corn. Maybe canned corn?
This is another classic Mexican beer that is sold just about everywhere. Most people I see drink these with a lime but again, I want to taste the beer on its own. Right off the bat, this dries my mouth out. The taste is about as forgettable as the Pac-12, Big Ten, and ACC alliance from two years ago. I don’t get any flavor out of this beer at all and as I am typing this, I want something to drink to make my mouth less dry. Maybe this is why people drink this because they keep trying to quench their thirst after they sip it. The only thing cool about this beer is that they have Snoop Dogg in their commercials, but I think I would rather drink the ocean water in the commercials rather than drink this beer.
Color: Light Straw
This beer is definitely different from the previous three as far as the mouthfeel goes. It coats the mouth well, but the taste goes away rather quickly. It definitely tastes better than it smells. There is nothing about this beer that is bad by any means but there is also nothing that is really great about it either. It’s a light-balanced beer that is average at best. I guess you could call this the Texas Longhorns of beer if you wanted because there is nothing special about it and was a little flat when I poured it. When I am done with this beer, I will not miss it by any means.
Color: Light Amber
Smell: Caramel and Malt
This is the only amber beer out of the group, and this is the only beer I have never tried before out of the five. The taste is very clean and crisp, which is good for a hot summer day or anytime. It’s a super easy drinker and is better than most of the beers I have tried today. For not having this beer before, I am a bit surprised that I haven’t bought it prior to the taste test. I wouldn’t mind drinking a couple of these at all.
Coming into this, I had no idea who was going to win, but I was shocked that Modelo took the crown today, just edging out Victoria for me. It’s a good beer and I can see why it is so popular. I would be happy to have them sponsor the Big 12 and I wouldn’t mind seeing their logos everywhere when the Big 12 goes down there for sporting events. No matter which beer I prefer, remember all that matters is what you like. If I talked down about one of the beers you enjoy, I apologize. I just hope that we can all raise a glass to the Big 12 Conference and have fun down in Mexico. Cheers everyone.