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

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.67/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date on the bottle that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear pale yellow color with less than one-finger white head that dissipated almost completely in less than a minute, medium carbonation, there was a small amount of lacing.

SMELL: corn and faint lime, that's all I got.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, corn and faint lime, there is very little malt sweetness and very mild hops, kind of watery.

PALATE: medium carbonation, light body.

OVERALL: this is a lawnmower beer, nothing more, I would not willingly seek this out again unless there were no other options available.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Better tasting than I expected. Nothing to look at, more like yellow water. No smell, but for some reason that was not a bad thing. Feel is watery. But overall, I did not mind drinking it.

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Photo of thebigredone
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of the three beers we had at our resort, Dos Equis, Corona Light, and Sol - I definitely enjoyed Sol the most. Excellent for pool/ocean side drinking, especially with a lime.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Sol béer importada.

The look of it: very very light. Golden color, lots of carbonation

The smell of it. Not very impressed by the smell. I will say more like a corny watery smell. Not very pleasant.

The taste of it: let's say it's watery with a very bad feeling at the end. U can taste a bit of cornyness to it but most it is water. Feels like a 2% ABV. The feeling after you drink that beer is horrible. Feels like a chemical beer.

So overall would I recommend it ? F*** No ! Even if a friend give it to u for your birthday, but that directly I'm the garbage

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I just sampled a great many beers in Mexico, most mediocre at best, although I will endeavor to provide a focus on any differences I was able to discern and will also attempt some degree of objectivity. This one is actually harder to find than Corona and Pacifico, at least in Cabo San Lucas and surrounding area. Finally snagged one at an American burger joint. A pale yellow, maybe just a hair darker than Corona, with obvious effervescent fizz but no true head of which to speak. Aroma is the expected meld of creamed corn, skunk, rank grass, and ever so subtle citrus fruit notes. Little in the way of aroma per se, though. Again, just a hair more flavor than Corona but a near clone thereof, less corn and perhaps more of a citrus and grape candy note. In other words, slightly more mainstream lager "character". Does not improve as it warms, needless to say. Nil hop aroma or flavor but plenty of skunk in this here example. Far too fizzy, which serves to mask the few flavor elements present. Not great. Not worth a serious tasting session.

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Photo of fishmanpa
1/5  rDev -59.7%

This Mexican beer poured nicely with a clear yellow color, 1 finger head and decent lacing. Looked pretty good! The aroma reminded me of a back road along a farm that had recently been fertilized. Add to that a dead skunk and it sums it up nicely. The taste? This is just one nasty beer! Let’s put it this way. An ice cold Rolling Rock is a glorious thing on a hot summer day. A piss warm Rolling Rock is well like… piss. This beer, even served ice cold makes me prefer a warm Rolling Rock! It was actually difficult to finish! A drain pourer for sure and not worthy of even beer batter for frying. 4.5%ABV

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev +50.8%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into typical lager beer glass.

Appearance (4.25) : A hard center pour yields a fluffy, tight knit 2 fingered head that laces the sides and actually holds up quite well. Was not expecting that. The body is pale straw with excellent clarity and full transparency. Rings and rings of beautiful lacing follow the path downward. 4.25, I don't give those out easy.

Aroma (3.5) : Creamed corn, adjunct, and malt. Upon heavy inhalation there's crisp hay/grass and a little lemon. A very fresh smelling lager with no off-smells.

Taste (3.75) : Flavorful, biting, with quiet hints of creamed corn, nuttiness, straw, and faint hop. The beer just drinks. I had a piece of fried chicken a moment ago so that might help this beer a bit (I know, I know...greasy palate, it's a no-no, but lets be real it's a lager). The finish is corn malt and tiny hop. The burps are bubbly and pleasant. This is about on par with Modelo Especial, maybe better. I like it.

Mouthfeel (3) : Carbonated, light bodied, ends watery and dryly crisp.

Overall (3.74) : Why the hate for this beer? I can slam a beer just as easily as the next guy, but I have a hard time dogging this one. It's a cool, crisp, creamy Mexican lager that fits the bill - especially after KFC.

Edit : upon review of other write-ups from BA'ers, perhaps Sol changed their formula and its now great? My sample had a great head with rings of lacing, good crisp flavor and no skunk. Hm.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sol brewed by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. with an ABV of 4.5% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. Smells rich grains and corn. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew There is some skunkiness to this brew, but not bad. The skunkness is not to overpowering in this brew. The taste of Sol is sweet with some grains. This brew has a light body to it, I really like how smooth this brew is. There is not a lot to this brew, however it doesn't have to be. Sol goes down smooth with no bad after taste. The mouthfeel of Sol is nice, light, clean, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Sol a solid 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. I'm reviewing the bottle version of this brew but it is better in a can. If you are going to get this brew get in a can. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., did a nice job with this one. One of my go to Mexican style brews.

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Photo of p4ck3ts3nd3r
3/5  rDev +21%

This is not a bad tasting beer, however, it's a lack of taste and smell that make this an average brew. Compared to some of the other Mexican brews (especially those found in most parts of the US), this is a very smooth, decently pleasent brew.

Surprisingly, the aftertaste is not an overwhelmingly bitter, or metallic/rocky taste. Overall, this is a decent beer.

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Photo of benfons
3/5  rDev +21%

Tastes like a slightly improved Corona. It has very little merit, no character, little or no flavour, rather sweet. But there is nothing bad about it. I see no reason why I should buy it, but it's okay. I expected a lot worse.

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Photo of Foyle
2.9/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: a 2" foamy white head drops slowly leaving a bit of lacing. Color is clear pale straw with moderate streaming bubbles.

Aroma: pretty typical adjunct lager aroma --corn, some white bread dough, a mild hop presence

Mouthfeel: light and a little slick, average carbonation with a dry, fairly abrupt finish.

Flavor: mild combination of corn sweetness, some grain husks, white bread, a slight paperiness and a hint of hops in the middle and finish.

Overall: nothing outstanding but not offensive either. Should pair well with spicy food.

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Photo of Jnemmanuel28
5/5  rDev +101.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great taste, attractive design. One of oldest Mexican beer full of history and tradition from German founders. Full of tsar and refreshing, most of people in USA like to introduce a lime in the bottle, not necessary at all. perfect companion for beef, strongly recommended.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at TBS; best before June 20 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of soapy white head that quickly fizzles itself out. A narrow collar and thin film remain, with some scattered spots of lace. The aroma is bland and fairly nondescript; corny sweetness, pale barley malt and boiled vegetables. At least it's not skunky... but maybe that just means they didn't bother with actual hops.

This is a fairly inoffensive example of the style. Mildly sweet, kind of like a soggy unsalted corn chip, with suggestions of pale barley malts. Thin-bodied and very watery, with moderate carbonation for the style that provides this one with a smooth mouthfeel. Lacks the crispness of many pale lagers, but it also doesn't have any particularly disagreeable flavours to mask, so it's a fair trade-off. As easy to drink as any light beer, and not quite as diluted.

Final Grade: 2.76, a C. Sol is one of the better imported cervezas I have tried, but believe me when I say that this is far from a ringing endorsement. It is fairly bland and corn soda-like, with no especially offensive attributes. This one's main attraction is the relatively low price, but there are domestic Corona knock-offs that manage to beat it in that department. In hot weather this beer will refresh you, but I can think of plenty of other lagers I'd rather be drinking. To be fair, Corona is not one of them, so you could certainly do worse.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.25/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sol is a decent beer, I have had it a few times. I enjoyed it every time that I have had it. It has a Champaign look to it as well. The taste is not that bad. It goes down smooth and it does not make you feel full like some beers make you feel. If you have never tried this beer you should at least try it once.

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Photo of sommersb
2.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted On: 06-18-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. clear bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

A: Clear beer of light yellow color. The large white head shows good retention and just a little lacing.

S: Light aromas of hay from the hops.

T: Taste has a light sweetness to it from the grains, with a little citrus/lime flavor. No bitterness

M: Thin bodied with lots of carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet and fruity

O: Decent thirst quencher, but lacking in flavor

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Photo of W9820
1.79/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A-I have to say...this a bright golden beer...very appealing to my sense of sight, my mouth waters when a beer has color that pops like this!
S-not really picking much up here at all! If anything, a flat stereotypical "beer" odor is all I can detect. No malts...no hops.
T-one dimensional flavor at best. Very dull and flat. There may be a bit of a malt after taste
M-decent mouth feel, it's light while not over/under carbonated.
O-Meh. Reminds me of beer I stole from grandpa's fridge as a kid that came in a plain white can with the word "Beer" written in black on the side. It's pretty close to drinking water.

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.28/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While I do tend to like the darker beers, I didn't think this one was too bad! Scent is not too great, taste is mildly bitter but not a whole lot going on in the background. Not too "deep" of a flavor. Reminds me of other Mexican beers.. not too serious, good cold after a dip in the pool, maybe with a lime. ;)

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Photo of Tone
2.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of corn, hint of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hops, hint of wheat, and rice. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Tastes of strong adjunct, hint of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, not much to report. Almost exactly what I was expecting.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.27/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a light straw gold, with nice white head of suds. Attractive lace, even.

Nose says corn and adjunct malts. Not much to go on there.

Taste is more corn and adjuncts. Body is very light, even watery. "Beer flavored water", this one. A little tinny and metallic near the finish, Sol is very light and lacking in flavor. Not one I'd care to revisit.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a clear glass longneck into a shaker pint. A semi-aggressive pour produces about 1.5 inches of billowy foam. This settles down quickly but does leave a thin sheen of lace. The beer is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

I'm quite tempted to put salt, tomato, hot sauce and/or a lime in this beer- I think I can taste some salt in there anyway. Yes, definitely some salt. Besides that are some obvious corn mash flavors and aromas. The body seems pretty light, yet the beer has somewhat of an oily mouthfeel. No hop aromas to speak of, and no skunkiness. Bland but yet not particularly refreshing.

From the name and the clear glass bottle, I kind of expected this beer to be UV exposed and skunky. I believe I've heard about some Caribbean styles where this is done on purpose. Perhaps you're supposed to expose it yourself. This beer really doesn't really stand on its own too well, but would probably make an OK chelada. Very little flavor here.

I bought this as part of a variety 12 pack of Mexican beer. I hope the others are a little better than this one.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw golden colored with a half inch of white head that faded quickly. Excellent clarity. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of corn and a faint trace of bittering hops. The body is very light and highly quaffable. I get a blend of corn,light malt and a bit of hops in the front of the palate. The taste rapidly disappears. There's no real aftertaste. This a hot weather brew.

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Photo of balcomjo7
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very light beer.
Color: light straw yellow
Taste: Light, taste similiar to corona beer
Smell: Grainy, corn smell
Aroma: Grainy, clean
Goes down smoothly

This is not my favorite beer. Very watery, plain beer

Served in a bottle

From Mexico

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Photo of KYGunner
2.13/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

This would appear to be a Corona clone but it tends closer to Bud Light. It holds a very sour mash flavor with a rice/corn mix and a tinny aftertaste. Most aspects of this beer are weak and it begs for a lime. Once a lime is added it does give a crisp clean thirst quenching feel which ultimately may be the brewers intent.

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Photo of joe1510
2.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quart Bottle
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.

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Photo of tommizzle
2.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
60 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.