When selecting suds from south of the border, many gringo drinkers see a palm-shaded Corona display at their corner carry-out and stop there. Here's more about a few other items on the Mexican beer menu.

When selecting suds from south of the border, many gringo drinkers see a palm-shaded Corona display at their corner carry-out and stop there. Here's more about a few other items on the Mexican beer menu.

Dos Equis Special Lager

Fun fact: The beer was originally brewed by German-born Mexican Wilhelm Hasse in 1897, and the two Xs commemorated the coming 20th century.

ABV: 5 percent

Tasting notes: A hint of apple at first, followed by a tart aftertaste.

Overall impressions: While not the most interesting beer in the world, it'd be a good choice with the country's spicy cuisine.

Modelo Especial

Fun fact: Founded in 1925, Grupo Modelo controls the lion's share of the Mexican beer market by brewing this lager and Corona.

ABV: 4.4 percent

Tasting notes: Had all the familiar characteristics of a light-style American lager.

Overall impressions: What's inside doesn't quite match the stately bottle and its beautiful gold-foil accents.

Pacifico

Fun fact: Mazatlan, the coastal home of the Pacifico brewery, is a Nahuatl word meaning "place of the deer."

ABV: 4.8 percent

Tasting notes: Surprisingly bland all around - kind of like alcohol water.

Overall impressions: After a long day sunbathing, swimming in saltwater and practicing other methods of dehydration, this simple but satisfying beer is your best bet.

Tecate

Fun fact: Located on the Baja Peninsula, the city of Tecate is home to both the brewery and a baseball team called the Cerveceros, Spanish for "brewers."

ABV: 4.5 percent

Tasting notes: Slightly sweet notes followed by a richer flavor that remained through the swallow.

Overall impressions: Its taste, combined with the most durable head, put this at the top of my Mexican quartet.