About Mexican Style Lager

About Mexican Style Lager
Mexican style lagers are very light straw in color and range in alcohol from 4-5%. These lagers are clean, crisp, and light in body and flavor with low-to-no detectable hop or malt aromas. In addition to malt, most of these beers contain flaked maize for up to 40% of the grain bill. These beers originated in the Mexico as versions of the pilsner style, utilizing flaked maize as an economical malt substitute. Today, Mexican Style Lagers such as Modelo, Pacifico and Corona are ubiquitous. Craft breweries in the USA and beyond have started emulating these lagers by using flaked maize, but its also common to find Pale Lagers with lime flavor added to be labeled as a "Mexican Style Lager".

Top Picks for Mexican Style Lager

4 By 4 Brewing Company Mexican Pale Lager
91 points
Light gold color. Aromas of gooseberry, lime, green herbs, and soufflé with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, brisk bran flakes and orange pithe finish. A malty lager with a bitter edge; an easy lawnmower.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Mexican Style Lager
Burleigh Brewing Co. Sublime Mexican Pale Lager
89 points
Yellow color. Aromas of lime and pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length crisp tortillas and hints of passion fruit finish. A citrusy, shandy-like lager for daytime sessions.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal