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

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1,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

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Ratings: 1,177 | Reviews: 382
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2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty watery with aromas of grain and sugar. Taste is pretty much the same and like the smell is watery. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with no real aromas or flavors.

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2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.43/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The pour brings a yellow colored body with a very thin white head of large bubbles that disappears nearly as quickly as it forms, kind of like a soda. Nose is light grain and some adjuncts. The taste is just gross. It's kind of like Corona, but perhaps worse. Light grain with some bitter husks. Very light body. Lots and lots of carbonation. Again, not good. If that's all some place has, I'll have a water. Same taste, less filling, to paraphrase what some might say.

Photo of metter98
2.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more flavorful and also has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn’t dominated by adjunct malts, although both the aromas and flavors are weak.

Photo of olradetbalder
1.25/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.13/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color beer with a small bubbly head with very little retention. Aroma of corn and adjunct is totally dominating and not very interesting. Taste is bland and boring with some corn being sensible and for the rest it is mostly watery. Just another boring pale lager I guess.

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll take this over Corona any day. This beer is much like any other pale lager, the color is yellow the head it white. The aroma is slightly skunked the taste is rather boring but with a lime added it's pretty good. The best part of this beer is the label design. I'm a stickler for good design and this beer has some really good eye catching design in my opinion. Worth looking at, at least.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.74/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Macro Smackdown XVII pits this clear-bottled, stuff a lime wedge in the neck, drink it at the beach, Mexican-brewed lager against Hamm's Golden draft, a canned, drink it at a backyard B-B-Q, Midwestern-brewed lager. I have a feeling that one won't taste much like the other. Let's find out.

Sol is a smidgen more amber than HGD, a half shade darker. It also has a brighter white head that has a much more appealing texture. I'm surprised by all the good looking lace. This beer jumps out to an early lead.

The aroma is incredibly muted. No more than a minor whiff of generic grain reaches my nose. There might be a hint of metal as well, it's hard to say. I'm sure this is a fresh bottle because I... uh... retired the bottle that had been in my beer fridge for several months and replaced it with a fresh bottle a few weeks ago.

I wish the flavor was as underpowered as the nose because Sol is terrible beer. I'd like to taste it side-by-side with Corona because I have a feeling the better known beer is better. That's a scary thought. This lager is bland, while also being moderately nasty (not an easy thing to pull off). It tastes like metal-flaked stale grain with very little sweetness to save the day.

Almost no carbonation can be seen rising off the bottom of the glass at this point. Therefore, it isn't surrprising that, in addition to being watery, the mouthfeel is as bland as the flavor profile.

Simply put, Sol is craptastic beer. It looks like the brewery is trying to position this offering as an alternative to Corona (there's nothing like aiming low in order to achieve your goals). I say they have no hope of snagging even 10% of that market. Not with beer that tastes like it was rejected by the quality control experts* at Grupo Modelo, brewers of Corona Extra.

*obviously a joke since it's clear that no such job exists

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Photo of mikesgroove
1.85/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So this I have no excuse for other then trying to knock out the bottom of the barrel list as quick as possible. A short trip to the store revealed most of these sitting there, rip for the taking. Decided to try a few last night and just go with it. Served cold and right from the bottle, this was consumed on 08/11/2010.

Same pale golden pour I have come to expect from everything this lovely evening. A small head of white caps the top, but it quickly settles down into a thin film that barely clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma is corn, grain, hints of light musky and moldy bread. Nothing really to write home about for sure. Crisp, clean taste is barely a taste at all, maybe some light grains, touches of bready notes and a hint of something light in the back, maybe light grasses and a small touch of bread.

Overall another macro lager that just is what it is. It has a place for everyone, just not in my fridge, not again.

Photo of womencantsail
2.18/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The beer pours a crystal clear yellow color with a very small white head but some vigorous carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells like corn, a lot of corn, with some toasted grain. Fairly grassy with a mild bitterness. There is a definite "foot" smell to it, and not in a good way (like you sometimes find in lambic).

T: Tastes like sweet corn or perhaps corn syrup. There's some rice in there too, I think. The grain flavor is sort of burnt and quite unpleasant. Surprisingly not skunky considering it was in a clear bottle. It just doesn't taste good, though.

M: The body is light with a medium level of carbonation.

D: Not something I'd really care to have again. Luckily it was free to me, so I can't really complain about the tick too much.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.69/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-colored body with a tall, white head.

Smell: Grainy, cheap malts with a light waft of skunk and more than a whiff of yellow corn and chemical additives.

Taste: Substandard, stale, grainy light pale malts with a light sweetness. Icky chemical soaked corn. Light hop bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Dreadful and quite sol-crushing. Some of these mass-produced lagers can be quite serviceable, some just bland and forgettable, and some are downright awful. Sadly, Sol is one of those awful, awful lagers.

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml clear as day bottle. I recall dropping a buck a pop for this stuff at a wedding in Chicago many years ago, because I didn't want to drink Bud. Sigh.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, and thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a few random swaths of inkblot lace around the glass as it steadily settles.

It smells of stale creamed corn, overcooked vegetables, a slight pithy graininess, and a certain weedy skank. The taste is sweet, glutenous corn mash, a touch of wet cornbread and the box it may have come in, a bit of stinky weedy hops, and some weirdly out of place metallic, acetone-adjacent alcohol.

The carbonation is quite low and hard to pin down at times, the body on the light side weight-wise, and quite airy in its thin wispiness, with a certain grating, cloying edge. It finishes sweet and corny, and nothin' but, yet otherwise clean, in the manner of strained corn water.

As far as this particular soulless corner of beerdom is concerned, Sol is a passable enough member - nothing all that skunky, once past the nose, which is surprising, given the serving vessel. A plain and innocuous adjunct lager, and, relatively speaking, drinkable enough in certain common situations, where the weather and/or beer selection conspire against you, and perhaps the food is spicy enough for one not to care.

Photo of zeff80
2.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear yellow color with a white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and was rather sweet.

M - It was a little thin and watery. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not impressive. It is fairly typical of the style and the country of origin. It's probably very refreshing on a sunny beach in Cancun, but a little dull in your living room on a cool night.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.69/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden body beneath a full head of bright white foam. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising throughout the glass. The head retention is good and, bolstered by the carbonation rising from below, it maintains a thin lid throughout much of the glass. It even leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is limited to some mild malt. Surprisingly, it's not skunked despite the clear bottle.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a median carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.

The flavor displays some lightly sweet, adjunct-laden malt. It's just slightly grainy. There are some hops present in the background, seemingly spicy in nature. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes short and dry.

Overall it's pretty vapid, which limits it's drinkability because there's just nothing there to keep your attention. And you can't really use the "on a hot day" excuse either because almost and golden, adjunct beer would do at that point.

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +44%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.17/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out bready with a light malt sweetness, then a mild hops presence comes in, which is pretty good for the style. The after-taste maintains the breadiness.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty for the style, goes down easily, not too filling, even though there are much better beers out there, this one isn’t too bad for a macro.

Photo of Jason
2.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear glass long neck bottle with a silk-screened label with no freshness date. Pale yellow colour, very clear. The white lace sticks and stays a bit but not long enough.

Big corn grit aroma with faint fusel alcohols.

Big bitty mouth feel from a flat out dominant corn grit and grain husk flavour. Hop bitterness rides this and actually intensifies it in the middle for an astringently bittern flavour. Dry and grainy finish.

Just like Corona, needs a lime … any beer that needs a lime is not worth drinking.A sub-premium lager.

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Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.