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Desperados Tequila Flavoured Beer gives a nice summery twist to a classic lager. Well blended, good quality ingredients and at a very reasonable price, you can't go far wrong.

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      06.11.2013 12:24
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      A really nice beer with a twist!

      When it comes to lager/beer it happens to be my favourite alcoholic beverage. I think the reason for this is because I simply find other alcoholic drinks kind of more tasting of alcohol or something!

      This I bought a bottle of recently in my local convenience store costing me just £1.49 and noticing that it had the word tequila on it as well as beer I felt compelled to investigate!

      The Packaging:

      I have only ever seen this on sale in clear glass bottles with a cap to the top that has to be removed via a bottle opener and on the front of it there is a clear plastic looking label on it telling us that it is Desperado's Beer 'Flavoured with Tequila' and that it contains 5.9 Vol, is 33cl and brewed in the Netherlands and then on the back of the bottle other information given includes the ingredients and the units are stated per bottle which is 1.95.

      The Beer Itself:

      This is quite a light golden coloured beer (blonde) and upon opening it I got a sort of fruity and really nice aroma hitting my nose which I didn't expect at all the first time I went to consume one. Upon pouring it I got a nice head on it, not too much though and that settled down quite quickly though the beer never lost its life and though I wouldn't call this fizzy (which I hate anyway!) this does have sparkle going on.

      Flavour wise I really do love this one. For people thinking but I don't like beer this isn't just a beer and its a really well blended drink with a twist though do be careful when drinking this one it is rather strong no matter how sweet and nice it it!

      Yes its tastes malty but not bitter and you can taste the hops going on but this is really nicely and naturally sweetened and me I feel I can taste a hint of lemon in flavour, only ever so slightly mind you. Course this is infused with Tequila and that tequila again isn't harsh in flavour and marries well with the beer instead of taking over the whole drink with its usually very rich flavour.

      In essence to me its like drinking an alco-pop with its lovely light sweet and somewhat fruity flavours going on but again you cant just say well its like an alco-pop totally because the quality and flavours of this are impeccable!

      If your not sure about beer...this is very worth a go. I know lots of ladies that like this and its great served with a slice of lime. It must (in my humble opinion!) be served chilled/cold and at about £1.49 for a rather large bottle I think its real value for money too!

      Widely available, Google for a list of stockists and I have seen this in the past stocked in Asda stores.

      This review is also posted on Ciao.

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        05.03.2013 07:00

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        a light, refreshing beer that's interesting to the palette but unlikely to cause offense

        As far as I know the beer doesn't actually have any tequila in it, or at least not enough to effect the ABV (its only 5.9%), so perhaps just tequila flavouring. But regardless of that it's still a damm nice beer. Despite it trying oh so hard to be authentically mexican, it is of course not the real McCoy, but before you say "oh it must be english", no! It's actually French, how strange, how gimmicky.

        I've never seen it on draft, only in small bottles. Some places will stuff a lime through the bottle, other's wont- if you buy it in a supermarket then it's your own job to cut the lime.

        Taste wise it's very very similar to corona, especially when served with lime. I think I actually prefer this to corona though, it's fizzier, more refreshing, and the 'tequila' really does add something to it, even if it is only the slightest hint of a flavour. Even without additional lime there is still a strong citrus kick to it, which I personally really like, other than that it's just generally pretty inoffensive to drink, and you're unlikely to hate it- I don't know anyone that doesn't like it, the only problem is that you don't see it for sale all that often.

        For those who drink the more mainstream lagers (fosters, stella) the strong citrus taste, and lightweight feel will either intrigue or shock you, so try one and see what you think

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        04.03.2013 13:52
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        This is more of a special occasion beer than something to keep in stock at all times.

        I first discovered the uniquely refreshing taste of Desperados one summer in a Dingy Mexican bar while fleeing from the police. Actually not everything from that story is entirely true. I was neither on the run, nor in Mexico, nor in a dingy lit bar. The drink did have a uniquely refreshing taste though!

        Surprisingly enough Desperados is not even a Mexican Beer. You could be forgiven for thinking this when you first receive the thin necked bottle with the Mexican styled Red font and Green labels. However Desperados is a cool little beer from the Fischer brewery in the Netherlands that has been given a distinctly Mexican twist due to the fact that this lager has been mixed with Tequila. It is currently available to buy in over 50 countries, and can be found in most off-licenses and certain supermarkets.

        Desperados is a Pale Lager with an attractive Amber pour and a small but noticeably froffy head. It immediately hits the nose with a sharp citrusy smell that readies the senses for the tastes that are about to come.

        Brewed with a lot of glucose and sugars Desperados has a very sweet taste and a sharp kick that stings the back of the tongue. It leaves a very citrusy aftertaste with a distinctive hint of lime that completes the experience nicely.

        Desperados can be considered a very uni-sex lager as the sweet citrusy kick gives it a much more refreshing quality than a straight lager could manage. Vicky loves it, so do her friends, and I have always enjoyed cracking open a bottle during a night out; although it will never be an ideal brew for relaxing at home. At 5.9% this is stronger than the average lager so any drinkers; of either sex, should consider their options wisely if they are driving.

        Desperados is most frequently sold in single unit 330 ml bottles, although I have once or twice seen it in cans (not as refreshing for some reason), and in a select few places is available in a small multi pack. A single bottle tends to retail at around £1.49, though even the multipacks don't add that much to the value. To be honest the general price further emphasizes the fact that this is more of a special occasion beer than something to keep in stock at all times. I still like it though.


        Ingredients - water, malted barley, glucose syrup, corn, sugar, aromatic compounds (75% Tequila) citric acid, and hop extract.

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          30.09.2012 21:12
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          Try it if you can find it cheap!

          I'd heard about this beer from a few of my friends who tend to buy them on nights out and I've always heard good things about it. I've always been a bit put off by the price of these compared to other bottled beers (which I don't usually drink) or other mixed drinks in bars and clubs. I was rather surprised when I popped into a corner shop for some milk and saw these in the fridge for £1.50 a bottle! the people I was with took advantage of this good price so I decided to buy a couple of bottles for myself to see what all of the fuss was about.

          I drank this beer chilled from the fridge without a wedge of lime. The first thing which surprised me was how fizzy my bottle was, the other reviews mention that theirs aren't like that - maybe I clattered them a bit on the way home or something.

          The overall taste is light compared to other beers like Stella or Fosters - it's a different sort of flavour. It's also a lot sweeter and this is what reminded me of the lemonade taste. I can't really taste the tequila flavour to be honest, but maybe the slice of lime which I neglected to add would have made the difference. Considering the beer is 5.9% the alcohol flavour isn't overpowering - it's no Special Brew. You could certainly knock back a few of these before you realise what's hit you.

          The bottle is similar to other Mexican type beers - with the clear glass it's very similar to Corona and Sol bottles. The colour is very similar as well.

          Overall, this is a nice beer and it seems that it's one which is acceptable for girls like me to drink. I've never really been the type of person who would drink a pint or a can of Foster's but I can make an exception for this one. I'd definitely say that it's a bit of an acquired taste and I'd definitely recommend that you try it if you see it relatively cheaply. For sure I wouldn't pay nearly £3 a bottle for this stuff.

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          24.04.2012 21:35
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          fantastic, refreshing drink!

          I first came acroos Desperados when my friends were drinking it in a bar on a night out. I hadn't heard of the drink before and was instantly attracted to the bottle. The glass bottle is transparent which is really good when you want to know how much drink you've got left. The bottle has a Mexican theme to it even though the drink originates from France. This theme looks great and makes the drink stand out. The transparent bottle shows the browny orange colour of the drink.

          When I found out the drink had a tequilla flavour, I was put off. I've had a few tequilla shots before and never been keen so I didn't know whether I'd like Desperados. I tried it anyway and instantly loved the drink. The hint of tequilla aded extra flavour and wasn't too strong. The drink has a very sweet flavour to it and the beer tastes nice and light. It doesn't leave you with a horrible taste in your mouth like lots of lager's do. I bought a bottle straight away.

          A negative of Desperados is that it can be quite hard to get hold of it. Not all pubs and clubs sell it and the only supermarket I know that sell it, is Morrisons. A bottle in a pub or club varies from about £3-4. This isn't too bad as the drink is 5.9% which is a lot higher than most other lagers.

          Desperados is a fantastic drink. It definitely tastes best when chilled and with a slice of lime which is often offered in pubs and clubs when you buy it. It's a great drink whether you're out on the town or chilling in the garden :)

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          02.09.2011 16:49
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          Perfect student beer

          Being a girl, I'm not expected to like beers very much but this is one of the few that I really enjoy and go out of my way to buy in a pub/bar. I got introduced to this at uni at a mexican/latino place where its sold in abundance and I fell in love with it.

          The beer is among the Spanishy/Latino beers such as Sol and Corona and San Miguel all of which I enjoy but I find this one appeals to my tastebuds a lot more as it is quite sweet and more akin to my likeness to alcopops. It tastes a bit like lemonadey beer and usually I cannot stand tequila but this is only really laced with a little bit of it and gives it more of a tangy taste anyway.

          In bars its usually served with a wedge of lime in the top of the bottle which makes it even more sharper and sweeter. Its quite a light beer and not too bubbly, the head when poured is a bit ridiculous and large and you have to be patient. I would really recommend this to be drunk from the bottle in this case. Its quite a strong beer at 5.9% which is more than most UK beers that are 5.4% so it can get you easily sozzled for those nights out.

          This beer due to its light taste and blend of beer and tequila and lime make it refreshing and does not leave a funny aftertaste in your mouth, its as easily drunk as lemonade or as an alcopop. I would say this is a great beer for summer, it has to be chilled and a crate needs to be bought for a BBQ!

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          27.07.2011 21:09
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          best lager in the UK...if you can find it!

          I first came across Desperados in France and, not being a fan of tequila, it took me some convincing to try.
          That said, Desperados is my favourite beer-based drink.

          Brewed with Tequila and served with a slice of Lime, ice cold, its incredibly refreshing and at over 5% alcoholic content, its stronger than your average pint. It definitely has a sweeter taste than something similar, say a Corona or Sol, but I certainly could not pick out any flavour of Tequila. Its surprisingly light as well. Normally I find lager very filling but a bottle of desperados is VERY easy to drink. The sort of drink that goes well with some...tortilla chips? Thats not a stereotype at all! :)

          As for price, this stuff is hard to come buy in the supermarkets (thank you Morrisons!) so in a bar/pub this is reflected in the price. The cheapest I have ever paid is £2.70 which is fairly expensive for bottled lager. In London, I have never had one for less than £3.50. That said, there is no other lager like it so I'm happy to pa for it if I happen to come across it. I also LOVE the bottle and the branding (their website sells some awesome merchandise too!)

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          21.03.2011 18:45
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          This drink is a must whether you consider yourself a lager drinker or not

          First time I came across Desperado was while on holiday in Spain last summer. My brother got the round in and brought four of them to the table. I'd never seen it before however was immediately impressed with the 5.9% alcohol volume. (The prices of drinks in that hotel bar were scandalous so the quicker I got drunk the better!).

          The beer itself is golden in colour and incredibly light to drink. Some beers generally sit heavily on the stomach but not this one, which makes it ideal for hot, sunny days on the beach or in the garden. The beer is mixed with Tequila which accounts for the 5.9% volume. Now I'm not the biggest fan of Tequila however both the beer and the Tequila complement each other perfectly. The beer is best served chilled with a slice of lime in the top of the bottle.

          Since returning from holiday I've searched high and low for a shop which sells Desperado however I'm yet to find one. I have however found it in bars in town which charge close to the £3 mark which is about average these days. I will say though that it just doesn't quite taste the same when drunk in a dark and dingy bar compared to drinking it on the beach with the warm sun and the sea air. I've very much decided it's a summer drink and I will go to whatever lengths necessary to acquire a case for the summer and the BBQ season!

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          Desperados is the ultimate BBQ beer! Actually, it's the ultimate beer!

          Absolutely amazing! A friend of mine introduced me to this while I was at uni. Although it's not that widely available, I've been hooked (but not to the extent that I need to attend AA meetings!). This beer is truly amazing. It's so refreshing on a hot summers day, served ice cold.

          First of all, you get this brilliant sweetness. Some people I know say it's too sweet, but it's not sweeter than adding lemonade to beer. Then you get the tequilla aroma. I'm not usually a fan, but mixed with beer it gives this citrus aroma and after-taste that is genuinely refreshing. It's like adding lime to a Corona; it takes the edge off the beer whilst adding a nice, light flavour. In fact, in a restaurant I used to go to that serve these, they actually added lime. I thought it was a nice touch, but it makes it too acidic.

          The beer itself is akin to the likes of Corona and Sol. I would be surprised if it was the best beer you could get; otherwise, why add something to it? It's a fairly light beer, not too gassy. It's crisp and refreshing. Just make sure you drink it cold! Oh, and another thing; too many will give you heartburn. That's the problem; it's a little acidic. But being just shy of 6%, you wouldn't really get through too many anyway!

          Now, I hate tequilla and can't actually drink it without feeling ill, but Desperados aren't like that. There isn't an overpowering tequilla taste, just a refreshing lager flavour. I'm not even a lager drinker, but this stuff is different. It's certainly a unique beer, with a unique flavour. It's also one of the most different and refreshing drinks I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Recommended for BBQs or Mexican food! Actually goes really well with enchilladas!

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          29.05.2010 16:45
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          Great unique beer

          This is my all time favorite beer! It has a light, sweet fruity taste which makes you feel all summery. Its best with a chunk of lime in the top served VERY cold. I first tried this beer in france and am so pleased it's come to the UK too. It also comes in 5l Keg form in france which is great for parties. Being a beer fan, I am always on the look out for beers which are a bit different from the standard Carsberg and Becks tastes which are quite bitter and get sickly after a few. I am a fan of corona and peroni however neither is in the same league as Desperados. It has such a distinct taste due to the tequila flavour and is well worth the (slightly pricey in bars) money. It is also 5.9% alcohol which means it'll get you drunk quicker than other standard 4% beers and it doesn't taste strong like other beers at its % level.

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            16.04.2010 22:53
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            First choice on my beer list

            Now for a while i'd been aware of the habit of putting a wedge of lime in a bottle of Corona and that is how my first drink of Desperado was pitched to me. It's just like a Corona only the lime's already in it and it's got a kick of tequila. After hearing all that i knew i had to give it a try.

            We managed to find a bar that stocked this drink eventually and ordered a round. Sipping that was a revelation. I enjoy a beer when i'm out and have learned to appreciate the different tastes. Or maybe that should be years of drinking has made my tongue less sensitive because if we're all honest nobody really enjoys the taste of their first beer. Being just the right blend of beer, lime and tequila makes this a drink that goes down so easily you'll find yourself wondering who left all those empty bottles on the table and why the room is spinning.

            Unfortunately that bar closed down but we have recently found another one in the area that sells these beers so make it a regular thing to have a day of drinking just in that bar.

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              21.03.2010 14:46
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              Yummy!!

              I first encountered and fell in love with Desperados when it was one of the only bottles beers available at my boyfriends student bar. It is a blonde beer with a tequila flavour and I know this might not sound good but trust me, I'm not even usually one for beer but this is really nice.

              It is often served with a lime wedge which is really nice and the tequila and the lime give it a sort of fruity, corona-ry taste but it is sweeter and has more of a kick. It is a quite strong lager, with I think 5.9% alcohol but it is easy to drink and a really good drink for summer.

              I really reccomend a few ice boxes of this for your next barbeque, it is yummy and served with lime, so refreshing but thta little bit different to surprise your guests!

              The name to me suggests it may be of Spanish or MExican origin however on closer inspection, this is actually made in France! who'd have thought eh? It does look like mexican and I think this is the look they are going for, but it does really work.

              It is quite hard to find to buy though and when we looked at buying some for a friends birthday to remember the good old uni times, it was really hard and we were looking at having to import some from France. This was too expensive an option however since then, I have now seen it for sale in Morrisons at not too high prices so this is pretty good.
              There was also a lot to be bought in France when I went over recently where it can be bought in cans, bottles and other flavours I hadn't heard of before including Desperatdos Red which contains Guarana (which is also nice) and a bluey one.

              I really like them and would definitely buy it if I saw it in a bar! They are a bit more expensive in the supermarket than other beers but only because they are not on offer like the others are (I normally just buy the boy what evers on offer) If I ever see these on a special price I will be snapping them up for the summer!

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                15.02.2010 14:46
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                Brilliant fruity beer. Really enjoyable.

                This is my all time favorite beer/lager.

                I am a big fan of bottled lagers such as Corona, Sol etc.

                I found this while on Holiday on France, and really enjoyed it. It is a lager but it also has a dash of tequila in it. It is brewed in France so it was a bit cheaper over there than it is here.

                It is a bit stronger than other bottled lagers at 5.9% so it doesn't take long for you to feel the effect, but they are so good it's hard to resist them.

                The taste is quite fruity, which is strange for a beer as it makes it a lot sweeter than other beers but it's really refreshing.

                When we came back from our holiday, I looked for these everywhere but the only place in the uk I have found that stocks them is Morrisons, and they aren't the cheapest of beers. I can't remember exactly but I think when we bought them, they worked out at about £1.50 per bottle, but I think it's worth it.

                This is a must for a hot summers day in the back garden. Such a refreshing fruity beer.

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                16.11.2009 16:24
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                A great tasting beer with an excellent tequila kick!

                Desperados is a refreshing lager beer with a kick of tequila. Though the name suggests either a Spanish or Mexican origin Desperados is brewed in France where it is very popular and where I first tried it. It is widely available over the Chanel and next to red wine and champagne was the drink I consumed most often whilst in France. It's one of the stronger lagers on the market at 5.9% volume with each 33cl bottle containing 1.95 units.

                ~Packaging~
                Desperados comes in a clear glass bottle showing off the attractive, amber colour of the beer. The red and green colours of the label as well as the font used all suggest an evening at a Hacienda. The packaging is attractive and simple and the advertisers and marketing men have clearly gone out of their way to link Desperados to Mexico.
                ~Taste~
                It's a smooth, invigorating lager that is packed full of flavour. It has a fresh flavour that is genuinely refreshing. The taste of tequila is clearly defined and I think there is also a hint of lime. The tequila does make the beer quite sweet so it probably would not be to the taste of those more into their real ales. Due to the sweetness it can become a little sickly after a while so I personally don't like to drink more than a couple at a time.

                ~Cost & Availability~
                Desperados is most certainly not a cheap drinking costing £1.50 upwards per 330ml bottle in supermarkets and off licenses. Morrisons are currently offering 3 bottles for £3.75 which is a touch more reasonable. As well as being rather costly Desperados can be quite difficult to get hold of and so far I've only been able to find them in Morrisons and local off-licenses so shopping around for a better deal isn't really an option.

                Desperados is one of my favourite lagers but due to the cost I don't drink it that often and tend to keep it as an occasional treat. I think it is a perfect drink for hot summer days but its distinctive flavour makes it a good all year round beer as well. The expense is the only thing that is holding Desperados back from being a 5 star lager as, in terms of taste, drinkability and quality it is spot on!

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