Corona (labelled Corona Extra, but seldom referred to as such) is the top-selling beer in Mexico and is one of the top-selling beers worldwide. Available in over 150 countries, it is also Mexico's leading export brand. It was first brewed in 1925 by Cerveceria Modelo on the tenth anniversary of the brewery, and is a lager. In 1997, Corona Extra became the top-selling imported beer in the United States, surpassing Heineken.
Corona beer is available in a variety of bottled presentations, ranging from the 250-ml ampolleta (labeled Coronita and just referred as the cuartito) up to the 940-ml Corona Familiar (known as the caguama or ballena). A draught version also exists, as does canned Corona in some markets. According to the Gambrinus Company (the current importer of Groupo Modelo products in the Eastern United States), Corona Light is the top-selling, imported "light" beer in the United States.
Unlike many beers, Corona is bottled in a clear bottle, increasing the opportunity for spoilage. Exposure to sunlight significantly damages the taste of beer, yielding a taste that is often described as "skunky". This is the result of the essential hop oils spoiling due to UV exposure. However, during distribution, Corona is not typically stored in direct sunlight. Groupo Modelo, brewers of Corona, have most available quality certifications including ISO 9001 and 14001.
The Flavour of Corona orginates from it being a Citrus based beverage. Much of the Citrus used to brew Corona originates from the United States and Canada and is transported by railroad.
Corona is light straw in color and has a very mild flavor, with little hop bitterness. It contains 4.6% alcohol by volume. Corona is also facing a nation wide shortage due to a hurricane that damaged two bottle production plants in Mexico last year.This problem has left the east coast short 6.7 million cases. The west coast is short about 5 million.