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

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BA SCORE
55
awful

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 36.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2004)
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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +24.4%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
2/5  rDev -9.5%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -9.5%

nmann08, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -9.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -9.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev +1.8%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.59/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.03/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 21, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
1.5/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

F

kojevergas, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
2.58/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 17, 2009
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1.25/5  rDev -43.4%

duceswild, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
2.42/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

DoubleJ, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Zorro
2.98/5  rDev +34.8%
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.

Zorro, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of wrightst
2/5  rDev -9.5%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.45/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

LXIXME, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of tdm168
2/5  rDev -9.5%

tdm168, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Tone
2.45/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Tone, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev +1.8%

harpus, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
1.75/5  rDev -20.8%

xnicknj, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
1/5  rDev -54.8%
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?

jrallen34, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev +26.7%
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!

WoodBrew, Jul 26, 2011
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Tecate Light from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
55 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.