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Corona, and some other beers, tend to go well with a slice of lemon inside. Is there something particular about the style of beer, or is this a marketing thing?

  • Here in New Zealand I've only seen it served with lemon, not that I drink a lot of Corona. – dwjohnston Jan 22 '14 at 2:56
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    Or is there something missing from Corona that makes it require the addition of a lime? – GhostToast Jan 22 '14 at 3:02
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I would say it's the light body, low maltiness and low bitterness that make it amenable to citrus additions (and perhaps other additions.)

The low flavor and bitterness means:

  • if you choose to add something, you need only a little of it before you can taste/smell the addition
  • there's less "interference" from the flavors of the beer so the addition tastes cleaner

Contrast with adding citrus to a Czech Pils for example. You'd have to add much more juice - the bitterness and malt backbone of the beer would compete with the citrus additions.

  • I'm okay without a lime in my Corona, but I was very surprised how much better Land Shark is with lime. – mikeY Jan 22 '14 at 4:14
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    btw, different citrus fruit go well in different beers. This can be fun to experiment with. Some richer orange-type fruit go well with Guiness, for example, and I like calamondin in pilsner. – Chris Travers Jan 22 '14 at 5:51
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Don't think it's a marketing trick. Imagine all the costs to get the lemon slices out of the bottles.

Lemon in general goes very good with beer. In Germany (not only there) a mixture of beer and lemonade is very common and famous (called Radler or Alsterwasser).

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