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America’s Brewing Company
Aurora, IL

Style: Lager
ABV: 5.9%

Jill’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Drinkable, but flawed)

America’s Brewing Company describes their Corolla beer as “A Fine Handcrafted Mexican Style Lager.” That’s all fine and good, but their web site says this beer should remind you of Corona, a beer I consider neither fine, nor handcrafted.

However, this is not a Corona-style beer. This is more of a Vienna lager-style that’s apparently become popular in Mexico. I could tell on the pour alone, because it didn’t pour out as a piss yellow; it was a dark amber with reddish tones. It was cloudy, not watery, and the small head left a lot of lacing on the glass.

The nose was pretty strong, a heady scent of hops and malt. On the taste I got a zesty, slightly bitter feel in the front of my mouth that was also slightly watery and had a touch of lousy to it. I didn’t quite know what to make of it. On one hand, I liked the zestiness that hit the upper palate at the first sip, and then again at the back of the mouth as it slid into my throat. I definitely wouldn’t add a lime, as recommended (though if you heard Eddie Glick rant about adding garnishes to beer, you’d never even mention that in the first place), and I really wondered if you needed food to enhance the flavor of the beer.

Overall though, the zest is what makes this beer just slightly above a one mug rating. That flavor adds some character to the beer and makes it drinkable.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on October 1, 2008.
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