Review: Pacifico Clara

Why would anyone drink a Corona when Pacifico is readily available? The reason you put a lime in Corona (and I’m not above drinking one in a pinch) is to mask the faint taste of muskiness. The reason you put a lime in Pacifico is to improve on what’s already just about perfect.

Now I’m not a beer snob. I dislike stout in all its forms. I prefer Japanese and Mexican beers, pale ales and IPAs, and the occasional bock. But if given my choice of beers to drink alone, it will be Pacifico every time. Tonight I made chicken tacos. Pacifico goes with them perfectly.

The thing that sets Pacifico apart, really, is the smoothness. The crisp, pale lager reveals a surprising sweetness when you take the first sip. Cut it with a squeeze of lime and you have the perfect blend of sweet and sour, but in a drink that you can get for about a buck a buttle when you buy by the case.

Hey, I call ‘em like I see ‘em. Pacifico isn’t fancy or complicated, but for the millions of people out there who suck down Coronas by the six-pack every weekend, it’s an infinitely better upgrade at exactly the same price.

The final joke’s on me, I guess: Pacifico is owned and bottled… by Corona. Sigh.

A / $7 per six-pack / pacificoclara.com

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