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Sol - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.57%


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

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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joe1510

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quart Bottle
$2.47
Four Seasons Liquors - Morris, IL

Picked this up for a mop, might as well finish the rest. A straw golden body is clear enough to read through. Lazy carbonation runs up the middle to the fizzy white, finger high head. The head crackles away quickly to nothing but a small, bubbly ring.

Skunky. I don't know if it's from the clear bottle or if they intentionally do the whole Heineken thing but it's certainly reminiscent. Smells a little like hard water, mineral heavy, without much behind it but indistinct, soggy grains. It's not bad or off putting, really, but it is in no way good or particularly appetizing.

The flavor runs along the same lines. Soggy grain, not very crisp, that have gotten skunked in one way or another. The finish is a little more vibrant and the grains clean up a bit but it's simply more of the same. Again, nothing good but a halfway refreshing beer on a day running around outdoors.

The best of Sol is the mouthfeel. Light bodied with a fairly quick moving carbonation. The finish is actually dry and clean which clears away the skunk, leaving no noticeable aftertaste.

Sol isn't all that bad. I'm sure I will have it again in the future as I have in the past. It does what it's brewed for and makes sense in certain situations. I'd reach for this before Corona any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:26:35 | More by joe1510
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tommizzle

Texas

2.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a step down from the more familiar Corona, but similar. It doesn't taste like much of anything, sort of a corn-ey single note. It is far from being good by itself, but that would really be doing it wrong anyway. When it's 100 degrees out, a few of these chilled to almost freezing with salt, lime and some picante sauce (maybe a splash of tomato juice, too) are exactly what you need. If you like to cut frozen margaritas with beer, this is good for that too.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:24:31 | More by tommizzle
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cosmicevan

New York

2.05/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Went on a little family vacation to mexico and the mini fridge was stocked with these. An american adjunct lager, but made in mexico...interesting. Poured into a glass. As expected transparent straw yellow (actually, kind of urine looking). Hard pour yeilded a big frithy head that was gone quick leaving some bubbles on the surface of the brew. Nose is grainy and reminds me of the beer i drank in high school. Little corn. Taste, if you can call it that is also very grainy. Not much of anything there. Mslightly less bold and flavorful than the american counterparts. Think i will stick to margharitas this trip instead. Not a drain pour but not something to drink if looking for a beer.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 19:04:51 | More by cosmicevan
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

2.85/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled last night on 1/4/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass with a small lime wedge.

Pours a pale yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some very spotty lacing was seen. The aroma is nothing special and is of just some grain. Above average carbonation as seen from the tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom and sides of the glass. The taste is watered down and on the 'thin' side. Nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 18:13:12 | More by BeerWithMike
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beergoot

Colorado

2.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellow body with a lively carbonation and a decent, white foamy head. Very faint aroma, biscuit. Taste has only the faintest hint of malt and hop bitterness. Decent mouthfeel; clean, crisp, dry finish.

Well, it doesn't quite taste like water, but it would be difficult to really appreciate this as a quality beer. Nothing awful about things, just a near lack of aroma and flavor. Too bad most adjunct lagers can't follow-up a fair appearance with a decent tasting beer. Sol follows the pack with this one. Pretty much forgettable as a whole.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:46:50 | More by beergoot
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WillWillows

Ohio

3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank several of these ice cold from the cooler while wasting an afternoon in idle conversation. This was an okay to drink a lot of but don't write home about it (oops). This tastes better than American macrobrew that has a pale yellow beer much like this one. I could drink these with Corona and not really know the difference. I ate tacos and frijoles with this and worked out nicely. Not really good when warm, so crank em down.

Serving type: can

12-08-2013 04:00:15 | More by WillWillows
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

330 ml bottle picked up from the singles bin at LCBO. Then poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Looks fizzy, with a thin looking yellow color poured into the glass. Tons of carbonation is visible. 1 finger was poured with decent retention and even some lacing around the glass. While the color wasn't impressive, the other beer qualities were a pleasant surprise.

Smell - Not pleasant, which is probably aided by the clear bottle. Some corn, cooked vegetative scents, some slight grass notes and a bunch of skunk.

Taste - Well it tastes better than it smells. Tastes thin, wet with faint corn and adjuncts present. It's not entirely offensive at very cold temperatures and if you're very thirsty.

Mouthfeel - Thin, watery, carbonation aids the beer here as opposed to detracting from it. Feels a touch grainy in the mouth.

Overall - If you're looking for something cold and wet after a hard day's work this will do. However beyond that, definitely not a sipping beer and as expected was not a beer that improved as it warmed. Fortunately it was gone down the gullet rather quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:36:28 | More by DenisKolkin
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Randygroves

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +97.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes this is a real Mexican beer!!! That's the way it should be judged. If you are a fan of those grapefruit beers dont try to describe what a good Mexican beer is. If I was used to drinking a sour bitter IPA I wouldnt like this beer either.

I first had one on a bus ride in Mexico where they had a full cooler for the bus ride to pyrimids on the beach (Tulum). The whole time I was checking out the pyrimids I kept thinking back about greeting back on the bus for some more.

That was in 1987. Found it at ABC while picking up a variety of pumpkin ales. Still has the same taste as 27 years ago!
Taste- Like syrup is to pancakes this beer is to your tounge!

Having a hot day mowing the lawn or working in the yard? Live in Florida? This is the beer for you!!!

Grade beers for purpose. Not for preference...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 18:56:59 | More by Randygroves
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Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

By far this is my favorite "brand name" imported Mexican beer.

Drank straight from the bottle with no lime.

Great colour. Very light golden colour.

Very faint sweet smell.

Lots of carbonation. Feels good on the tongue. Taste is a little light, but very refreshing with no aftertaste.

Not my favourite beer, but its one that I will have periodically throughout the year.

Give it a try.

MB

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 21:55:21 | More by Subliminal64
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jjamadorphd

Florida

2.68/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Mexican beer, but unlike others that I have had, this one just didn't quite make the cut.

In the bottle and out, the beer has a beautiful golden color. It pours a very nice white head, but it has not lacing or staying power. I smelled hints of honey and even sugar, which I have to admit I found appealing. The beer unfortunately felt way too watery for my taste - it was as though I could have drank an entire six pack without thinking I was really having any beer. The watery-ness lent itself to the blandness of the beer, and although it wasn't the worst I ever had, it left me wanting for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 04:07:23 | More by jjamadorphd
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Amish_Ambush

Tennessee

1.73/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Yellow, watery.
Smell: light bubble gum smell
Taste: The barest, faintest evidence of oranges. Nothing flavorful going on here. Still, this is something that I would drink over having a Corona.
Mouthfeel: Thin
Overall: Lawnmower beet. Nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 18:24:41 | More by Amish_Ambush
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12oz can in an Imperial pint glass.

A- Crystal clear and clean light straw color with a big 2-finger white head. There's quite a lot of lacing, although it does not last very long. Lively carbonation.

S- Not too bad...some sweet corn and dry AAL grain. It strikes me as concentrate that I added hydration to make the finished product.

T- Not too good...very cheap unfinished alcohol dominated the adjuncts.

M- Poor...thin and watery . Some bite from the alcohol. Not pleasant.

O- Why bother?

Serving type: can

08-26-2013 23:52:18 | More by NiceTaps
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Damian

Massachusetts

1.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 fl. oz (355 ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, pale golden yellow. A one-inch tall, foamy, bubbly, bright white crown topped the liquid. Very impressive lacing. Thick, patchy sheets of froth coated the entire glass.

The aroma was very simplistic. Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated. Crisp and grainy with a mild tartness. Some skunky notes were detectible as the beer warmed.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was rather unimpressive. It tasted very adjunct ridden and contained lots of raw, husky, grainy malts. Subtle lemon and hay notes appeared in the center. The finish was bracingly dry and bitter. It reminded me of a hoppy beer that had been completely sucked of any actual flavor.

Most adjunct lagers come across as being overly fizzy, but this one almost seemed a bit flat. Light and airy on the palate. The soft and mellow effervescence gave the liquid a slight creaminess.

In the realm of American adjunct lagers, Sol falls near the bottom of the pack. Though not quite as offensive as its Mexican brethren Pacifico, this beer had an odd, astringent, bitter quality on the finish that was likely the result of a poor quality hop extract. If you must drink this, definitely mask the flavor profile with a lime or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:31:21 | More by Damian
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mjurney

Texas

3.18/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Straw color, clear. Lots of small bubble rising up. Small frothy head.

Aroma:
Crisp and clean. Some sweetness, grainy and a little corn.

Taste:
Sweet corn, grainy, some cracker. Hop bitterness is minimal. Finish is very crisp and clean, a little dryness. Body is very light and thin, crisp, clean, refreshing, fizzy.

Overall:
It's a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 06:27:42 | More by mjurney
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harpo111

Georgia

2.05/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I picked up a 6 of this on a hot day....Thought the label looked cool...had never tried it. Will go back to Negro Modelo.
A: yellow pale in a cool looking bottle...bottle was cooler than the beer.
S: sort of grainy/corny...
t: some hops...but more gritty with an aftertaste that makes me go "I need something spicy to cut this"...some sweetness...
M: a little body
O: I am not a one to turn down beer...but if I had to choose between this and a Natural Light....I would take the Natural Light... this stuff has a sweetness like a Miller...but an aftertaste that just lingers...and I am not fond of it in the least... I had better hopes for it. I would rather have a Modelo or Negro Modelo in a split second.
It is drinkable...and is better than a lot of really cheap stuff...I just don't like the aftertaste and the fact that it is 6.99 a six vs 3.99 for Natty Light...or Miller ...two cheap beers that I would rate higher on the overall scale...

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:41:54 | More by harpo111
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Brenden

Ohio

2.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

There's lots of clarity in this pale yellow-gold brew. The head ends up being simply a ring of foam along the edges. It does leave some spotting, and at least that ring stays for the duration.
Fruity fusel and husky corn notes are strongest along with graininess.
This beer may be trying to out-adjunct the other adjunct lagers. Stale, mustly, corny and mildly metallic, there's actually a smidgen of hops bitterness...which turns the finish sour.
This beer is moderately carbonated. An effort is almost made for crispness, but it dies off. It might be a little smooth...at least it's clean. It could be slick, after all.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 14:10:50 | More by Brenden
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bmwats

Louisiana

2.14/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Rising effervescence. Pours a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly. Lots of spider web lacing.

S: Pale grain, wheat, and wet cardboard.

T: White bread... not much else. Tap water, maybe...

M: Nothing. Light, shallow, vapid.

D: You can really power thru it, largely because there's nothing to it.

Atmosphere is okay. Actually a really nice head, and some strong lacing. Nose is light and pale, not much to it. Completely shallow, and devoid of any flavor. Overall, this is a pretty poor quaff. Not really a horrible, repulsive experience; just... nothing.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 23:52:39 | More by bmwats
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jettjon

Florida

2.26/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I first encountered Sol around 2005 in Mexico, and apparently it was so bad then that I never bothered to review it. I encountered it again courtesy a "beers of Mexico" sampler pack at a friend's house.

From a can into a pint glass, one finger of fizzy white foam quickly fades, leaving a tiny bit of lacing. Some carbonation precipiates from a clear golden yellow body. Nose is grainy with corns and malt. In the mouth, big flavors of adjunct and a bit of artificial sweetener, off flavors and a hint of metal. Fizzy and watery in the mouth. Overall: A very poor macro adjunct lager.

Serving type: can

05-29-2013 22:24:56 | More by jettjon
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Leave it to my local, in-person trader, tone77, to find Sol in a CAN when it has been on my Want list probably longer than any other at this point. "Why would I want it?" you ask. Because it is beer in a CAN, which is the objective of The CANQuest (TM), a misguided attempt on my part to try EVERY beer in a CAN, EVER. No CANned beer is turned away and each and every one is given a chance to prove itself worthy of a full review and full CANsumption.

From the CAN: "Cerveza Importada"; "Exposition Universelle Inernationale Paris"; "Cerveza Especial"; "Desde 1899"; "Please enjoy Sol responsibly".

My Crack and subsequent inverted Glug produced a sudsy finger of bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a gorgeous sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of sol-heated and fermented silage. Now, before you take exception to that, please understand that AALs are the backbone of The CANQuest (TM) and as such, I CAN recognize the scent quickly. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and it had a slightly vinous flavor in addition to the usual melange of adjuncts, especially corn. Finish was semi-dry, slightly refreshing, but nothing terribly different from any of its brethren.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 21:08:54 | More by woodychandler
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dogfishandi

New York

1.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can at fridge temp poured into a pint glass.

Clear light yellow golden color, the slightest bit of weird stringy sediment. White head settles to a thin retentive layer, no real lace.

Not much aroma. Sweet corny grain and just a hint of mineral water.

Buttery corny grain, just a hint of mineral water. Bland.

Smooth slightly bitey high carbonation. Watery light mouthfeel.

Pretty much like most adjunct lagers, nothing going on. AVOID!

Serving type: can

04-23-2013 20:40:26 | More by dogfishandi
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bbluemzbeer

California

1.46/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Appearance : looks like a typical American adjunct lager

Smell: I only smell grains.

Taste: You can taste the healy adjuncty of corn , metallic. the aftertaste is long and horribly rotten. If you drank this quick it can be drankable.

Mouthful: Average carbonation with a light watery body

Overall : This is not a good beer . I would pick corona , tecate before this beer. Just not a godd beer to drank.

grain aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 17:02:39 | More by bbluemzbeer
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured this American Adjunct Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a pale yellow color, produced a decent white head, average retention and does leave a little lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of mostly corn- not very appealing. Light in body, the foundation is derived from corn and some husky grain. There is a slight bit of hop bitterness but overall, not very complex, not very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 20:13:29 | More by GossageBrewery
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bad, but not that that bad. its better than a corona, not better than a pacifico, in my humble opinion. the color is straight piss, it really looks pee from someone that's rather dehydrated. there is a decent head on it though, and with a lime wedge it can look appealing after a hot day of work. the flavor is obviously adjuncty, corn heavy, syrupy, metallic, and a little bit decomposing, but taken in a big gulp from the bottle, its passable in some ways. the aftertaste is long and rotten though, yikes. fine carbonation but a little thick for a beer that's supposed to be a summer slammer like this one is. I usually hold the fruit in all beers I drink, but this beer is really only tolerable in quantity with a lime wedge, otherwise its pretty foul. time and a place though, time and a place...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:14:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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JayManSmith


3.96/5  rDev +63%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There are so many beer snobs these days that don't know what they are talking about.

Just because it can be found in a 40oz does not make it an inferior malt liquor. This beer is indeed a lager, so stop describing it as such.

This beer is solid gold without appearing to be too watered down.

Not too much to the smell but maybe it was because I was getting pretty lit up.

If I had to compare the taste of this beer to another beer, I would say it tastes slightly like a Rolling Rock Pale Ale but still not quite the same (in a good way).

It's lightly carbonated compared to other lagers.

The bottom line is that this lager is better than Corona Extra, better than Dos Equis Special, and better than Tecate. It's an awesome summer beer when you are from the upper Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:29:37 | More by JayManSmith
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, just a code stamp which I'm not going to bother with. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass with a wedge of lime added to the glass about half way through drinking.

A - Clear transparent typical American adjunct lager gold. Looks exactly the same in a glass as it does in the clear bottle, as you could have probably imagined. Lots of bubble action, virtually no head, just a white foam that fizzles out into nothing within seconds.

S - Sweet corn & grainy malts. Virtually nothing happening here.

T - Wet cardboard water sweetened with some honey. Virtually pretty tasteless with the exception of some honey / corn syrup like sweetness. Extremely light bodied, and nicely balanced. Not very carbonated or bloating at all which is a sigh of relief when compared to the horrible adjunct lagers that are actually brewed in America. Squeezing a damn lime wedge into this thing.

M - Smooth clean refreshing. Not really anything else to say about this.

Overall, a beer that is probably best paired with some Mexican food on a hot summer day. A beer I would probably prefer to drink out of the bottle with a slice of lime rather than in a glass. Crisp and refreshing for those hot days, and with a nice low 4.50% abv you could definitely toss a couple of these back. Possibly a better pick than a Corona Extra, and definitely a better pick than Bud Light Lime or Miller Chill.

Sol ---2.5/5

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 20:54:51 | More by mfnmbvp
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Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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