Review: Oculto

Review of Oculto Beer from Broken Barrel Brewing Co. in Houston, TX and Williamsburg, VA

Beer Type: Lager  ABV: 6.0%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Beer with Tequila stave-aged lager and natural flavors.”

The Reality: This beer has a strong agave and mild citrus scent, and has a light clear color. Let’s not dwell too much on this beer, it tastes like a corona with the lime already in it and has a background agave flavor. It has mild woody notes throughout. It drinks light and smooth and the aftertaste does have a slight tequila quality.

Final Verdict: Is this Tequiza resurrected? For those of you that don’t remember Tequiza, read my article here. This very well could be unsold cases of Tequiza from 10 years ago with new labels and marketing. Would 10-year-old Tequiza taste “barrel-aged”? Who knows. Actually, this beer isn’t terrible (it isn’t great either) and I could see breaking out a six-pack on Cinco de Mayo or at the next quinceanera you get dragged to. In any scenario where you feel the need to drink a Corona, Pacifico, Negra Modelo, Tecate, Sol, or any other beer that is improved with the addition of a lime, reach for an Oculto instead and see what you think. It has a bit more depth of flavor, although that flavor doesn’t always come across as totally natural. I guess you’ll have to decide for yourself.