20 Best Mexican Beer Brands You Should Try (2023 Edition)

Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

The world’s largest beer exporter is none other than Mexico. The Mexican beer industry has been established since the Spanish Conquest. 

Mexico offers a variety of beers–from light to dark beers, pilsners to lagers, and Vienna-style light beers to dark beers.

With the growth of the beer brewing industry in Mexico, the quality of Mexican beer has increased. 

We have here the best Mexican beer brands to tickle your tastebuds. Read on.

Top 20 Mexican Beer Brands To Try

20. Cervecería Insurgente

Bottle and a Glass of Cervecería Insurgente Tineabla

Average Price: approx. $14.99 per 6-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 4-7.3% ABV 

Why We Like It: This brand offers three different beer types: Tineabla, La Lupulosa, and Brown. These beers in Mexico are all great in terms of flavor. 

  • Tineable (or darkness): Light body, which is perfect for fresh dishes and seafood
  • La Lupulosa: sough-after among most Mexican beers due to large American hops content
  • Brown: Sweet beer with caramel and choco notes. Slightly bitter but fruity due to the addition of American hops while brewing beer.  

19. Corona

Bottle of Corona Extra Beer

Average Price: approx. $12-$24, depending on the pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 4-4.8% ABV 

Why We Like It: Corona beer is the top-selling brand of imported beer in the US. If you have yet to try Corona beers, we highly suggest the Corona light pilsner. 

The refreshing feel complement with the bitter and sweet flavors in this beer.

Since it is under the management of the Grupo Modelo, one of the major breweries in Mexico, it’s high-quality. 

18. Cerveza Fauna

Close Up Shot of Señor Matanza Cerveza Fauna  Bottle

Average Price: approx. $16.99 per 4-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 12% ABV 

Why We Like It: Cerveza Fauna has several Mexican beers produced in their own brewery. Among their best-selling beers is the Señor Matanza, which is our favorite. 

It’s a Russian Imperial Stout style with a high ABV of 12%. We like the dark bread and fruit aromas on the nose, followed by a complex blend of flavors. 

It’s a boozy Mexican beer, so watch out when you drink.  

17. La Lupulosa

Bottle of La Lupulosa

Average Price: approx. $14.99 per 6-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV 

Why We Like It: This American IPA is India Pale and uses various hops, which creates its rich and juicy flavor. 

We like how this beer is characterized by its vibrant and sweet aroma.

Among other Mexican beers on this list, we like its body the most, given it’s packed with caramel and hints of malt.

16. Agua Mala

Bottle of Agua Mala

Average Price: approx. $14.99 per 4-pack (Total Wine)

Alcohol Content: 4-7.2% ABV 

Why We Like It: Agua Mala is one of the Mexico Microbreweries, producing some of the best Mexican beers.

We recommend their Astillero, an Imperial IPA, Vieja, an amber lager beer, and Sirena, a light lager.  

Agua Mala isn’t just making Mexican lager, but a Japanese lager beer as well–Fugu. Each craft beer from the brand surely suits anyone’s preference.

Quick Fact: Agua Mala is one of the craft breweries exporting beers outside the border of South America, entering Southern California.  

15. Noche Buena 

Noche Buena Beer Bottle and a Glass

Average Price: approx. $15.94 per 12-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV 

Why We Like It: This bock-style beer is a bit heavy, making it hard to drink in large portions.

It’s a great food chaser, though, as it pairs well with a lemon wedge, lime juice, or tomato juice.

Its creamy head and dark beer color are quite remarkable. It has a bitter taste, with a pure dark chocolate note, which lingers for a while before it gets more refreshing and sweet.

14. Dos Equis

Man Drinking Dos Equis Beer

Average Price: approx. $18.99 per 12-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV

Why We Like It: One of the most popular beer brands in Mexico is Dos Equis. We like its original tasty drop, but the Azul version is a unique take on the traditional style.

The combo of spices and herbs added in the beer brewing process of Dos Equis lager creates uniqueness, a must-try if you’re looking for something a bit different. 

This is actually an intriguing yet easy-drinking beer. 

13. Stout De Olla 

Average Price: approx. $26.99 per 16.9 oz (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 7-13.5% ABV

Why We Like It: This dark beer has savory dark fruit and chocolate notes, with a well-balanced sweetness and bitterness. 

If you’re looking for a dark beer with complexity and deep notes, go for Stout De Olla. The notes of chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon feel heavy. 

The aromas are strong but give off a wonderful flavor. But drink moderately; you don’t want to get knocked out with it.   

12. Tecate

Tecate Original in can

Average Price: approx. $13.99 per 12-pack (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 3.9-5.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: This Mexican beer is comparable to Corona beer. The nice kick of alcohol and the refreshing Tecate light body is 

The addition of lime wedge makes Mexican beer of this type more savory and refreshing. However, it’s one of the beers sold exclusively in Mexico. 

So, you can find it outside the borders. As an alternative, try the Corona beer instead.  

11. Sol Cerveza

Hand Holding Bottle of Sol Cerveza

Average Price: approx. $10.32 per 6-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: Sol Cerveza is a Mexican lager, refreshing, and easy to drink, making it the ideal choice if you want to enjoy a beer on a sunny day. 

This is one of those great Mexican beers for any occasion, whether you’re attending a music festival or hosting a rooftop party.

Also, it pairs well with your favorite food and is a great way to wash down tacos.

10. Texcoco Mystic Ales 

Bottles of Texcoco Mystic Ales Trastorno Pale Ale

Average Price: price varies per type and pack 

Alcohol Content: 8.5-11.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: Texcoco Mystic Ales is the maker of the Psicosis Imperial IPA, a bold Indian Pale Ale with quite a high kick of alcohol at 8.5% ABV. 

If you like complex drinks, then Texcoco ales must be on your checklist. From the nose to the finish, it has a lot going on. 

This might overwhelm beginners, but overall, it leaves a good drinking experience. 

9. Cerveza Leon

Pouring Bottle of Cerveza Leon on a Beer Mug

Average Price: approx. $3.20 per bottle 

Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: Cerveza Leon is a type of Munich beer. The aroma and body are nice, and the flavors are well-rounded. 

There’s sweetness and a light taste of bitterness, plus the thin foam. This is one of our Munich dark beers; full-bodied and delicious. 

Quick Fact: Cerveza Leon has been in the Mexican beer production industry for more than a century. Over time, it becomes a famous beer, especially among Mexican youth. It’s considered a trendy beer nowadays. 

8. Perro del Mar

Perro del Mar beer bottle and a Glass

Average Price: around $65 per bottle (retail price), which may vary depending on the store 

Alcohol Content: 7% ABV 

Why We Like It: Want a fruity Mexican beer? Look no further than Perro Del Mar. We like the orange and mango flavors, and it’s the first beer we’ve tried with this profile.

Besides, its beautiful golden amber color surely attracts you. Once you get to drink this Mexican beer, the flavors are well-mixed, with the typical bitterness of the year. 

7. Bohemia

Bohemia Mexican Lager

Average Price: approx. $10.99 per 10-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV

Why We Like It: As one of the oldest beer brands, Bohemia is genuinely a traditional pilsner Mexican beer [1], and it’s one of the best Mexican beers to date. 

“Humankind was built on beer. From the world’s first writing to its first laws, in rituals social, religious, and political, civilization is soaked in beer.”

— William Bostwick, Author

The balanced taste and nose, with just a hint of sweetness, bring delight to the experience.

It’s a good go-to beer any time of the day. But it’s more enjoyable when you’re at Mexico’s beaches.  

6. Carta Blanca

Man Holding Bottle of Carta Blanca

Average Price: approx. $8.99 per 6-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: Carta Blanca is a good thirst-quencher. Although it’s just a simple Mexican lager, it has plenty of fans, and we can’t deny its appeal due to its authenticity. 

As one of the traditional beers in Mexico, it’s a full-bodied beer, and we get some slightly bitter taste and sweet flavor.

Overall it’s refreshing and affordable–a perfect choice for any event. 

5. Indio

Indio beer Bottle and a Glass on Desk

Average Price: approx. $4 per 750ml 

Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV 

Why We Like It: Indio beer is a Vienna-style lager that is amber in color, known for its mild caramel and toasted malt flavor.

We like its light bitterness, balancing the sugary notes. 

What we like the most about Indio beer is it’s refreshingly good, with nice carbonation to boost the flavors.

Besides, there’s a herbal note, making this lager beer more interesting.  

4. Estrella Jalisco

Box of Estrella Jalisco Bottles

Average Price: approx. $3.50 per 25oz can (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: This Mexican drink has its roots in Jalisco, making it a tradition that suits drinkers wanting an authentic or classic pilsner. 

Its golden yellow hue is enticing, and we like its refreshing and crisp mouthfeel.

If you’ve tried Mexican lagers before, this beer bottle doesn’t have an extravagant flavor.

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a refreshing beer, enough to satisfy your day.  

3. Border Psycho

Average Price: price varies per type and pack

Alcohol Content: 5-10.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: Border Psycho introduces some of the best craft beers in Mexico with their four variations: 

  • Brutal Imperial Stout —savory scents of malt with anise and chocolate  
  • Cream Ale – thirst-quenching beer, round texture, and smooth flavor 
  • La Perversa — soft yet medium-bodied with an explosion of floral and earthy hops 
  • Hoptimista — for hop lovers, with tropical and citrus notes 

Among the four, we particularly like the Cream Ale and La Perversa. The flavor complements each other, giving delight to the mouth. 

2. Modelo

Hand Holding Bottle of Modelo Especial

Average Price: approx. $19.99 per 12-pack (Drizy)

Alcohol Content: 4% ABV 

Why We Like It: Grupo Modelo is one of the big beer breweries in Mexico. Under Modelo is Corona and Modelo Special [2], which is the second-best-selling beer in Mexico.

We’ve tried the Modelo Special, and it’s really remarkable, outstanding, to be exact. 

Did you know? Modelo Special is the brand’s third best-selling Mexican beer in the US [3].     

1. Pacifico

Man Holding Bottle of Pacifico beer

Average Price: approx. $19.97 per 12-pack (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV 

Why We Like It: Pacifico is one of the most exported beers in Mexico. This light beer has a mild flavor of sweetness with the right alcohol content–perfect as a daily drink. 

It’s not just refreshing but a good mixer for other alcoholic beverages. But it tastes great with lime juice, then paired with fish and soy sauce. 

Fun Fact: Pacifico derived its name from Cerveceria del Pacifico, the place the beer was produced for the first time by German immigrants. 


What beer do Mexican locals drink?

Mexican locals’ popular beers include Corona, Tecate, Pacifico, Dos Equis lager, Modelo, and Sol.

What is a traditional Mexican beer?

The traditional Mexican beer is Sol. It is dubbed “The Original Mexican Beer.” 

Which style of beer is dominant in Mexico?

The style of beers dominant in Mexico includes pilsners, lagers, Munich-style, and Vienna-style lagers. 

What is Mexico’s oldest beer?

Mexico’s oldest beer is Carta Blanca, which is first brewed in the 1980s by Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc. In fact, the brand won international awards throughout its history.  

Wrapping Up

In Mexico, there are plenty of hidden treasures to discover, as well as a wide variety of beers– from simple to special ones.

Despite the differences, one this is common– they’re all refreshing.

While some are available outside Mexico, there are exclusive ones that you can only discover and try in their home country. 

Now you know that Mexico didn’t just offer authentic tequilas but refreshing beers, as well. 

If you have to try any of the beers above, you better start your journey because, for sure, there are more to come along the way.  



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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