10 Mexican-Style Beers (Besides Corona) to Sip All Summer Long

Updated: Jan. 04, 2024

On a hot summer’s day, there’s nothing more refreshing than a chilled Mexican-style beer. And while we love a Corona, there’s a whole bevy of beers that are just as refreshing. Pass the lime wedges, please!

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Pacifico Clara

Popular on the West Coast, Pacifico was first imported by a group of California surfers. It’s bright and refreshing with a light, subtle flavor, making it the perfect beer to enjoy after a day spent in the sun.

Pair your Pacifico with one of these surprising guac recipes. Don’t forget the chips!

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Modelo Especial

This pilsner-style lager takes second place behind Corona as the leading imported beer. The brew is known for its palate of flavors (like orange blossom, honey and herbs) and crisp finish.

Here’s how to order beer at the bar (the right way!).

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Tecate Original

Named after the city it’s brewed in, Tecate is gaining traction in the U.S. as a bold, refreshing lager. It’s the perfect accompaniment to barbecue fare!

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calidia beer
Courtesy Calidad Beer


If you’re craving the perfect cerveza, look no further than Calidad. Brewed in Southern California, this Mexican-style lager is light and crisp with slight citrus notes. It’s perfect for sipping poolside or enjoying with friends at the beach.

Psst! At the moment, Calidad is only available in California, but the brand plans to expand nationally. In the meantime, check out our favorite California recipes.

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Dos Equis Lager Especial

This classic beer is brewed in five steps—malting, brewing, fermentation, lagering and filtration. It boasts a balanced flavor with light, earthy tones.

This is the real difference between a lager and ale.

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Mexico, meet German-style beer. This classic pilsner is malty and earthy with slight floral notes. It’s a little more bitter than other brews and pairs perfectly with even the spiciest dishes.

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Known as “The Original Mexican Beer,” Sol gets its inspiration from the sun. The beer’s light flavor and low ABV means you can sip on it all day long.

These drinks are perfect for summertime sippin’.

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One of Mexico’s oldest beer brands, Victoria is very easy to drink. The Vienna-style lager boasts flavors of orange, honey, apple butter and star fruit.

Try Victoria in one of these tasty recipes that call for beer.

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Carta Blanca

Smooth and crisp, this refreshing beer tastes just as good on its own as it does with a lime wedge. The American-style lager tastes best ice cold.

Did you know lime is good for your health? We’ll drink to that!

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Estrella Jalisco

This beer is strongly routed in tradition and describes itself as “the true, authentic Mexican beer.” It has a pale yellow color and a light, refreshing flavor.

You should be buying these staples at your local Mexican grocery store.