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Tecate Light | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2004

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Photo of davidperez
1.55/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Served in a seidel, it pours a clear pale yellow, with a 1 cm head that dissipates almost instantly.

You must really exercise your imagination to detect corn and malty sweetness in this beer's aroma. Perhaps a citric note.

No imagination is good enough, however, to try to make up for its flavor. Residual sweetness, metaphysical bitterness, and a speculative corn note. Perhaps.

Watery mouthfeel, high carbonation.

Say no to Tecate Light.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.38/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Can

A- Pours a clear, pale golden colour topped by a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates. Lots of large, visible bubbles. No lacing.

S- Nothing other than the faint aroma of boiled corn.

T- Same as the aroma. Corny but not a corn sweetness as it is with a lot of other Light Lagers. Not bad at all.

M- Light (but not overly) Body and Moderately High carbonation.

O- Just another non-offensive, poundable Light Lager that is easy drinking.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.21/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Decent light beer. Pours a pale straw color with minimal head that reduces to a splotch or two. Aroma is slight corn/metallic. Taste is corny, but then again that predominates in the style. Really not that offensive, but probably wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of metter98
2.31/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle at Sabor a Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some specks of bubbles on the surface.
S: Very faint aromas of corn are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light aromas of corn, but no sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate with moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very flavorful, but has no "off" flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of FLima
1.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow color with a fluffy head with short retention. No lacing.
Horrible aroma with predominant notes of sulfur, lemon and corn syrup.
Flavor with notes of lemon, faint herbal hops and sweet cereals. It doesn't really have an aftertaste.
Watery body with good spicy carbonation.
Same as its counterparties, this is made for having it with lemon slices or as Micheladas.

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Photo of Damien47
5/5  rDev +117.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was browsing the beer options in the store for a party when this brand, Tecate Light, caught my eye. I decided to try some of it and it was really excellent.

The smell of the beer is good, smells excellent, with a hint of sweet grain. The taste was a sweet grain and corn, now I know there is no hops in this type of beer, but it tasted excellent, so no complaints there.

Out of the mainstream Mexican beers, Tecate is obviously one of the best, it is thoroughly impressive and has good taste.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sampled last night on 7/15/15. Comes in a 24 ounce can for $2.09 from the local Hy-Vee yesterday. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled -glass "HB" stein.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a good 2-finger head that dissipates quickly to just a thin layering, mostly around the edges. Some light spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. Aroma is just of some sweet grains that isn't very appealing. Pretty much is said for the taste. Thin and very watered down with a slight metallic taste. Nothing exciting at all with this brew. Light-bodied with heavy carbonation.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.35/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, yellow similar to the color of your urine when you get dehydrated with a loose white head that immediately vanishes leaving no lacing, clear

S: sweet grain, not very pleasing

T: not much, slight sweetness, corn, no hops

M: thin and watery

O: I bought this to put salt and lime in as it is unfit for consumption without.

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Photo of HipCzech
2.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Drunk from a 355 mL can (stamped "06 2015") while at Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta. Bland and watery, mildly grainy, slightly sweet (corn) and yeasty; light bodied and reasonably carbonated. Mostly inoffensive if completely forgettable. Quenching after a day at the beach, as much as a cold mineral water.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
1.55/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

This is my family´s favorite beer so I get to taste it often. I once drank one with very nice flavour and smell, i think it was very fresh out of the factory, every other time its a very bad, tasteless beer.

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Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, corn. Taste is, well, I would describe it, if it had one. A touch of grain, a very light sweetness. Feels watery in the mouth and overall, even for this style, is lacking in any flavor.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Tecate is an overrated beer in mind, bitter and bland in my opinion, and far inferior to something like Modelo, if we're talking mainstream Mexican beer. However, Tecate is a lighter beer in general, which immediately made me skeptical as to how light their Tecate Light had to beer. It had to be like water in comparison.

Today I can say that I find Tecate Light more appealing than regular Tecate...but that's not saying much. Tecate is a mediocre beer with less than average qualities and Tecate Light, by comparison, is still a relatively lesser light lager than the domestic offerings like Miller Lite.

Appearance - Bright, sunshine yellow with a pure-white, foamy head. Remarkably unremarkable.

Smell - Water with faint hits of rice and grain. Uninviting and bland.

Taste - Follows the nose in the water department, clearly proving to be largely made up of water and mild rice and grains. Inoffensive but so much so that the beer lacks a discernible identiy.

Mouthfeel - Heavily, unattractively carbonated and watery.

Tecate Light is one of the most forgettable beers I've had in recent memory, but not because it's bad, but because it's indifferent and thoroughly unimpressive.

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Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drinking this right from the can. This version of Tecate has only been on the shelves for about six months and I wanted to try it so here goes...
Smells alright. Tastes like a good adjunct lager. If the abv of 3.7% is correct then this is a perfect Summer Barbeque beer. And it is better tasting than most of the more popular light beers. Mouthfeel was light and very fizzy (from the can) also quite refreshing.

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Photo of cosmicevan
1.18/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Went on a little family vacation to mexico and the mini fridge was stocked with these. Not normlly a fan of light beer on general but a ticker is gonna tick. Poured from the can to a glass...look was pale yellow with a big fizzy lager head and some visible carb, loos like a light beer and not all that appetizing but dont judge a book by its cover, right? Nose is corn and grain. Flavor is pretty much absent, but what is there is grainy and fairlt meh. Mouth is light and fizzy. I would say that this is the kind of beer you can drink all day but honestly i am nit going to make it through the can. Call me a beer snob but this just isnt good.

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Photo of jodsj
5/5  rDev +117.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You guys are f-ing clowns. T-minus is the most versatile beer in the world! You can drink it when it is warm, it is 100 degrees out, and it delicious, furthermore you can drink it when its chilled to perfection and its MORE DELICIOUS OR DELICIOUSER ... Also, there is alot of water in it so you can stay hydrated. Consider it the most top notch light day drinking beer you've ever pressed your fairy little lips to. Sack up Bruh!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

yeah. I almost like this better than regular tecate, which I now recall overcooking a rack of lamb while reviewing... this is a soda light pop beer, fizzy and pale golden, without much malt or hops distinguishable in the nose or the taste, but an element of refreshment without all of the adjunct or metallic crap flavors of the usual macro light brew. honestly, with a lime, its entirely passable as a buzz holder. in other words, a beer you sip on after you've got a mellow going that will just maintain you, when you don't want to deplete the stash of anything worthwhile. not impressive by any stretch, but I would take this over many other garbage beers in the fiesta cooler.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, I could have Tecate, but why risk all those unnecessary calories? This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, sweet corn, light white bread, and plenty of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with extra hard water and extra funk on the wheat. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, this stuff is too weak on every front to be more enjoyable than a bottle of Evian. Pass.

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Photo of stoutman
2.73/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of light stale beer, light corn, and some grain. Flavors are the same, not much else for a basic pale ale, watered down overall, nothing that makes this beer stand out. Decent overall due to the heat, but wouldn’t go out of my way to drink this one again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tecate Light has a pencil-thin, white head, some lacing, lots of streaming bubbles, and a clear, golden appearance. A close inspection will reveal floating, gray-white, tiny specs suspended throughout. The aroma is faint, but one can detect sweet grain. Taste is of sweet grain, malt, and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, of course, and Tecate Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and thin. Overall, this is an excellent light beer, so it does the trick in its style category.


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Photo of griffin38
2.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This has to be one of the worst beers I have ever tasted.

A- it pours with almost no head and reduces to a tiny white ring around the inside of the glass

S- the initial reaction i had upon my first sniff was that of a litter box. It smells terrible and I was so overwhelmed by the unpleasant odor I could not find any distinctive smells.

T- The taste is not spectacular by any means, it has a crisp, rather flavorless start with a wheaty, and also rather crisp finish. The lack of flavor is a good thing in this case, however what little flavor it does have, is awful.

M -The mouthfeel of this beer is the one aspect that is near-tolerable. It's crisp, watery, and it almost reminds me of pelligrino. In most beers this would be a bad thing, but considering the other traits of this beer it is a blessing.

O- overall I think this beer is very poor. It's meant to be drank ice cold in large quantities, and for that type of beer there are much better alternatives.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Small white head quickly dies leaving a thin lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Light hops and yeast aroma on this beer, standard fare for this style of beer.

Light hops taste with a little yeast and maybe a bit of grain malts coming through.

Watery light mouth feel on this light bodied beer that has a light dry aftertaste with a slight bitter taste to it.

Same old song and dance kinda beer, maybe be alright on a real hot summer day when your out on the lake and there's not much choice. I had a hard time telling this apart from regular Tecate, so I guess that's a good thing for a light beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've honestly never seen Tecate Light until I came across this at my local distributor in PA...needless to say I had to get it, considering the fact that we're going to a Primus/Gogol Bordello and Pirates game this week. This is a good beer to have in a cooler to mess with your friends. Only 3.7% it could be a marathon beer for a hot sunny day tailgating, and it's not has horrible as the reviews entail on this website. Aroma has a sharp chemical/slightly metallic smell with creamed corn and cooked canned vegetables all day. A bit of grain, husk, and corn resides in this beer. Flavor reveals a clean grainy, creamed corn flavor with minimal hop flavor going on. Overall a one dimensional canned beer from Mexico that has fulfilled some highlighted qualities like cold refreshing, macro lager status with a hint of cheap. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, yellow and fizzy all of the way.

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Photo of Douberd
1.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can of 355 ml.
Colour is very light/pale yellow with atwo finger head with good retention.
Smell of malts and really old beer.
Taste can be described only as "indifferent", it would be the same if I was drinking water.
Mouthfeel is the same, so watery and with so light carbonation it makes you wonder why it's called a beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.5/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 fl oz can served into a conical Guinness pint glass in LA. Acquired at a Mexican market nearby. Expectations are as low as can possibly be - without venturing into budweiser chelada territory. Reviewed from notes (reviewed while beeradvocate was down for repairs).

A: Pours a one finger head of four second retention, awful thickness, and absolutely no cream. Colour is a dirty lemon with seeming overcarbonation. I'm not at all looking forward to this.

Sm: Water and straw. Stale barley. A mild strength, crappy aroma.

T: Straw, barley, and watery notes. A hint of clean malts. The third act features a straw note that has more fullness than the rest of the comparatively empty beer. This is the best part of the "flavour". It's incredibly simple, very watery, and pathetic - but I've had worse. Poorly built and horribly balanced.

Mf: Watery, smooth, and wet. Overcarbonated. Too thin. Very crap.

Dr: An awful beer I'd never have again. I suppose it might be less reprehensible on draught? There's little good to say about it. I guess the cover art on the can is alright. Wait, no - actually that sucks too. This is crap barley water that deserves no one's attention.

The best thing I can say is that I'd cook with this beer, or use it in a chicken marinade.


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Photo of dannydetox
2.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

what do we expect? this is commercial mexican lager done light. wish i hadn't poured it, actually; tastes better from the can. head dissipated faster than anything i can recall leaving a few bubbles rising from the bottom of a very pale yellow-gold colored beer. smells of musty corn and damp grains. taste? minimal. watery, mildly macrolager tasting. less carbonation when poured than when consumed out of the can. seriously - don't pour this beer into a glass. it is exactly what it is when consumed with lime out of the can: a quaffing light beer made to refresh, consume in quantity and instantly forget. works on a warm, sunny day when the 18 pack is on sale.

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Tecate Light from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
60 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.