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

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 212
Avg: 2.28
pDev: 69.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2004

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.77/5  rDev +21.5%
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 womencantsail
2.21/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A delicious tick picked up from Clete's Liquor and shared with t0rin0.

A: The pour is one of the lightest yellows I've come across with a soapy white head.

S: The percentage of corn and rice in this beer must be astounding, lightly sweet, but overall just very, very light and watery. A hint of bleach just to add something interesting.

T: Mostly rice with a bit of corn and grain sweetness. A mild bitterness from grain husks to "balance" out the sweet apple juice flavor.

M: The body is incredibly light and watery with a high level of fizz.

D: As awful as I made this beer sound, it's actually much better than the regular Tecate.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev +14.5%
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 LXIXME
2.57/5  rDev +12.7%
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 kojevergas
1.5/5  rDev -34.2%
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 WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +33.8%
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 woodychandler
2.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I CAN wax nostalgic for a moment for the late Jack Fleiner, RIP, who used to pine for Tecate Light. He was a founding member of the triumvirate Vine and Anchor Society, two of us who were Navy men and two of whom were home-vintners. Jack was a big fellow who was always being urged onto a diet by his wife and there were the two demons, my uncle and I, trying to get him to go to supper with us at El Zoccolo in SF'sng out longer Upper Mission and when he relented, he looked like a guilty kid in church, always trying to order the smallest item or the least fattening one. The part that killed him, however, was the arrival of our icy CANs of Tecate! He would salivate, reach for chips, begin to scratch and finally excuse himself, unable to withstand temptation and unable to lie to his wife. If only Tecate Light had existed back then, Jack might have been able to hang out longer. I will pour some on the ground for his angel in the Mexican tradition. I like to think that I was (occasionally) paying attention.

The head foamed up and quickly receded. Whoops! The color was a golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cereal sweetness of adjuncts. Uh oh. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite presence of adjuncts, but not not as prevalently as I have experienced in "regular/leaded" beers. Taste was mild and smooth with a cereal flavor throughout. Hmm. Finish was mildly malty/cereal. Ho hum. Jack, you did not miss much. RIP, old buddy.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Natty Light and High Life Light are gone here in the College Light Invitational, and tonight we try out Tecate Light. It's more expensive than the other beers in this invite, but it's also one of the cheapest imports around. 110 calories per 12 ounce serving and just 3.7 ABV, so this one also has the lowest ABV in the invite. As this is part of the College Light Invite, the 7 ounce shot still applies. POP! goes the can, so on to the beer:

Pale straw yellow in color, topped by a big fizzy head in my stange glass. Pretty clean corn aroma in the nose, and sweet. The first sip brings a light bodied beer, low amounts of corn husks. Thin malts and a touch of rice creep around. As it is in Tecate, this watered down version shows vague bitterness. Nothing offensive about the flavor, just bland. Geez, regular Tecate was bland too, but at least this one has an excuse. A good drinker in the short term, but my interest in this beer wore down over time.

It's 7 ounce shot time! No bad flavors in this one, so this should be easy...okay, not as easy as I thought, the corn flavors took a little work to get down, but I didn't gag, right?
"Chuggability" gets a 3.5 rating (not to be confused with drinkability).

Tecate Light delivers a surprising product (for what it is) in a lackluster category. Better than the Big 3 domestic light brews, and lower in alcohol for good measure for those looking to drive after a couple of these. It's the number one light beer in Mexico, so I'm quite surprised it wasn't until recently they decided to put this in the U.S. market. That stated, I could only see myself getting this beer for those times I'm looking to drink lots of beer, but don't want the buzz effect.

With three beers down and one to go here in the College Light Invitational, Keystone Light steps up tomorrow night.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.43/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tecate Light? Hmmm. Tecate isn't the worst beer, but isn't it light enough? Oh well, I gave this a try and drank the whole can, barely.
Light looking. Barely any color, pale yellow/gold. Soapy filmy head, none after about 10 seconds.
Smell is gross. Wet straw, bog, smelly socks. Some grass hints. Thankfully the aroma isn't strong.
Taste isn't either. The aroma stops short of making it to the mouth. Still, stale straw, socks, bad phenols. Some carbonation saves it from being, of all things, bland.
Not one of my favorites.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a can at a resort in Mexico. The beer pours a crystal clear yellow-gold color with a thick, foamy white head. Smells of oats and malt. Very crisp and light in mouth, with a slight sour taste. Musky rice/grain taste with slightly sour malt tones. Crisp, clean, and very smooth finish, with a slight musty aftertaste linger. Easy to drink when you are poolside in a resort. Not so much would I search this one out again.

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24-Oz can, they just got this at the supermarket so I am pretty sure it is fresh.

A clear yellow beer but not the palest I have seen by a long shot. Slight white head at least it doesn't appear to be over carbonated OR artificially boosted out the wazoo with maltodextrins.

The smell is sweet and corny with a little lemon scent from the hops. Little bit of biscuit malt scent and discernible Nobel hops; I have certainly smelled worse light beers. Or in some cases not smelled much of anything.

The taste begins sweetish and fairly bready, there is a slight banana aftertaste. Light and airy and not strongly flavored most of the taste is in the aftertaste. Strong lemon flavor to this beer wonder if they added any juice to it? Light and easy on the tongue and at this alcohol level I could see going for this when I am not sure of the quality of the water supply.

This beer is light and spritzy and quite easy to drink. A RIS it is not but it never claimed to be anything more than a light thirst quencher.

For what it is it is. Nothing but a light beer made to kill thirst and help you avoid heatstroke. There is some actual taste to it and at this alcohol level you are unlikely to be getting drunk from a mug of it. A good substitute for water should you find yourself in Mexico or wanting something with a Mexican meal with a low alcohol punch.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tecate light...a lighter version of Tecate and as in most Mexican beers taste best in the summer with a lime...however, judging Tecate light solo...its just another no frills cerveza! The beer poors golden clear with good carbonation that give a white foamy head for a brief time. The smell and taste are enhanced with grain. The hops help somewhat with the taste so that it is not bread water. Mouthfeel is easy especially on hot days...enjoy!

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Photo of Tone
2.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color. 1/8 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness and adjunct. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct, strong metallic flavor, and slight yeast cleanliness. Wow, the least flavored beer I've ever had - no body at all.

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Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
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 jrallen34
1/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I drank this from a can into a glass in Cabo San lucas.

It pours a light clear gold with a white head, not much head or lacing.

The aroma is light hops and a lot of skunk. The taste is basically the same. The mouthfeel is less than water, is that possible? Drinkable is ok but what's the point with the abv.

This is like Tecate but worst, can you imagine?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear, very light yellow color with a neon white foam that fades to a collar quickly. Some lacing is evident.

Smell is lightly malted and a bit sweet...not unpleasant at all. Not a whole lot going on, but it does not smell bad.

Taste is very similar to a less-than-fully carbonated Perrier sparkling water. A few hints of cardboard with a dab of sweet honeydew melon...mmmm, doesnt that sound good? Well, its not. Pretty damn watery with very little appeal. Might work as a beach beer, but I would drink a regular Tecate before this.

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Photo of cosmicevan
1.18/5  rDev -48.2%
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 FLima
1.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +68.9%
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 Pegasus
2.5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a fizzy, soda-like white head, which collapses almost instantly. Carbonation is abundant, consisting of both fat bubbles, and extremely fine slow-rising streams of bubbles.

Aroma: Vegetal with cooked corn notes, alcohol, and mild metallic hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet at the open, with a hint of cream corn, middle of the taste is more like roasted corn, finishes dry with a mild herbal and metallic hop quality.

Mouth feel: A bit thin with very sharp, stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not terrible, but rather almost completely devoid of character. Would likely be quite drinkable on a scorching summer day, in particular with the low ABV.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of JDV
2.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Free almost 1/2 can sample at the local grocery store. I figured I might as well try it, as I'll probably never buy this in my lifetime.
Poured moderately yellow with no head. Smell was just light, sweet malt. Taste was like corn, sweet malt, and a hint of bitterness just to keep it real, because that's how Tecate Light rolls. It really wasn't that bad for a light beer, and it definitely wasn't offensive at all. No off flavors and went down like water. Thanks, Tecate light sample hander-outers.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm writing you now from the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. I've had Tecate in the states, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying Tecate Light yet.

A - Yellow, clear, and foamy. The head is pushing three fingers, and sticks around for a good amount of time considering the style.

S - Corny, like crappy tortillas.

T - A bit like watered down canned-corn juice....which is watered down corn anyway. Not offensive at all, but just plain boring.

M- Watery, but downright thick compared to some American macros.

D - Honestly, I'm on my honeymoon, so I'm inclined to be much more happy with this beer than I would be back home in Springpatch. But, it's a serviceable brew for beach-quaffing, and it's doing the job (despite the very low alcohol content :(....). Not a bad beach brew by any means, but it's not something to seek out in the states.

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Photo of brdc
1.6/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Pale yellow, some white head, no retention or lacing.
Aroma is essentially not there, and neither is any taste. It feels like a pilsner watered down quite heavily, and elaborating on anything is just making it up. Horrible, did not make the grade even in a beach at 86 degrees.

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Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +44.7%
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 BeerWithMike
2.46/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Tecate Light from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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