Big Drop: Coba Maya Cerveza (England: Low Alcohol: 0.5% ABV)

Visual: Very light pale yellow body with a moderate sized white head. Lots of small bubbled carbonation evident early on.

Nose: Lemon. Wheat flakes. General wet air.

Body: Wheaty. Light bitterness. Sour dough. Slight lemon. Slight pepper.

Finish: Wet cardboard. Muggy bitterness. Soft lime. Slightly peppery. Slight chalk.

Conclusion: Well, this is, erm, a beer. I’m going with a controversial hot take here, I know. I mean, it does describe itself as a “Lawnmower beer” so I wasn’t expecting huge weight or range of flavour, but I was expecting to have something that I could describe with more words than just “Inoffensive”

Yes I know I have already used more words that that, you get the gist though.

Though since it is inoffensive, I can say that it is better than the standard Big Drop Lager, for one thing it tastes like a lager. Which is nice. There isn’t even much in the way of tells giving away that this is low abv – mainly just the lighter mouthfeel, and let’s face it, generally lagers tend not to be that heavy things anyway.

It feels slightly wheaty, slightly peppery and bitter, which gives it a touch of much needed weight, though not much – and then on the lighter end there is a soft lemon and lime to it. Nice enough, so I definitely don’t hate this. It is just, well, kind of just there. Feels like a slightly wheated lager and that is mostly it. Not rewarding, not bad, just there.

It is light, but that wheaty feel does give grip (Note I am aware that wheat is one of the few adjuncts NOT used to make this beer, I am just describing how it feels to me) . Very simple in the flavour profile, but, despite the low abv it tastes like a lager. It does the job.

Nothing really to talk about, as I say it is just there. No complaint. No compliment.

Writing about such average beers is actually harder that writing about bad beer. I have very little to say.

It is a low alcohol lager that exists.

Background: Another Big Drop lager, I’m not a fan of their standard lager, so was hoping that this could take its place. Generally I rate Big Drop, they have done a wonderful range of low alcohol beers. This is described as a “lawnmower-style lager” by Big Drop, and they advise to stick a slice of lime in it “Cerveza-style”. I did not stick a lime in it. However I will not judge you if you do, enjoy beer as you like it. I have no idea if sticking a lime in it even is “Cerveza-style”. People have been lying to me about sticking fruit in hefeweizen being traditional for years and it has left me skeptical. Anyway, another beer grabbed from Independent Spirit– they had got quite the batch of new Big Drop beers in. Went with Sabaton: Heroes as backing music, felt the need for some big metal and Sabaton always provides.