While Corona is hardly the only lager coming out of Mexico, it’s the most imitated. Every time a craft brewer rolls out a Mexican-style beer, it’s a pale imitation screaming for a wedge of lime. Minneapolis’ Indeed Brewing Company bucked the crowd when they released Mexican Honey, an 8% ABV imperial lager made with Mexican orange blossom honey. Beach vibes be damned, drinking one of these is like chugging two Coronas and chasing with a tablespoon of Yucatan honey.
In the glass, Mexican Honey looks like any run-of-the-mill Modelo or Pacifico. It’s crystal clear and corn-colored, but with a slight amber tint in the middle. The telltale difference between this and the stuff you swig on a beach in Mexico is in the head. Mexican Honey mounts a big, fluffy foam at the top, more in line with what you’d see in a Czech pilsner.
Mexican Honey smells more like mead than beer. You can smell the blossom honey from across the room. Get closer and you’ll take in big whiffs of crackey pilsner malt, to the point where it smells like a freshly opened box of Chex drizzled with a honeycomb. Careful, drinking outside might attract bees.
From the glorious color and magnetizing aroma to the perplexing mix of flavors, it’s more than you’re accustomed to getting from any Americanized Mexican lager.”
When you add a jarful of fermentable sugar to a beer, you’re also cranking up the ABV. Mexican Honey’s huge 8% ABV is unignorable, but it’s supplemented with an array of pleasant flavors. Because this is blossom honey, there’s a big, pleasant floral character that’s folded in with the sweetness of the nectar. Again, pilsner malt stars, bolstering the paleness of the Amarillo hops with the freshness of baked bread.
Stop drinking like you’re at an all-inclusive in Playa del Carmen. Indeed Mexican Honey is elevated in every facet of the style. From the glorious color and magnetizing aroma to the perplexing mix of flavors, it’s more than you’re accustomed to getting from any Americanized Mexican lager. If the ABV scares you, don’t worry, there’s a 5.2% version that should ease the transition.