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

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371 Reviews

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 1,264
Avg: 2.49
pDev: 49.4%
Wants: 11
Gots: 224 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

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Photo of Damian
1.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
3.18/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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.

It's a decent beer.

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Photo of harpo111
2.09/5  rDev -16.1%
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...

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Photo of Brenden
2.12/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
2.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of jettjon
2.27/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.09/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
1.99/5  rDev -20.1%
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!

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
1.47/5  rDev -41%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.1/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased and drank at Mariachi's Grill in Henrietta, NY.

A Corona knockoff that's a little bit better than Corona, but still pretty offensive.

It's a clear golden yellow, with a one inch fizzy, ugly looking head. Not much lacing.

Smells like essentially nothing. A tiny bit of skunk.

Tastes like basically nothing, either. A little bit metallic and skunky, with some cooked grain taste as well, and a little bit of citrus. Just weak, bland, and offensive flavors all around.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel and carbonation.

This one was a stinker, there are better beers to drink with Mexican food for sure.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.32/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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...

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Photo of JayManSmith
3.96/5  rDev +59%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of dvmin98
2.73/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sol is something that I tend to gravitate to when out at a Mexican restaurant or on a very hot day. No, its not the most flavorful selection, but when you add a fat wedge of lime and some picante comida de Mexicana, its damn good. And, you can drink several in a short period of time.

I found a place here in Charlotte that sells the 32 ounce bottles, so I bought a case and whenever I make my famous carne asada, I drink away.

I like it better than Corona, but not as much as Pacifico.

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Photo of brewskifan55
2.56/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear gold with a slight white head and decent lacing.

S: Some corn aspects with a slight amount of malts

T: Kinda watery. Light malts with a corny finish.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: A decent "cut the grass" beer; sessionable, but not exciting.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle of Sol i saw had a $1.79 price. Purchased at "Food 4 Less" in Highland Park, CA, USA.

A: This beer looks like gold. This beer has a lot of foam. The foam reminds me of lemon meringue pie.

S: This beer has a grain aroma.

T: Sol has a vague grain taste with a hint of hops.

M: Sol has medium carbonation.

O: An economical beer that is easy to drink.

Sol has a a strong foamy presence. The irony is that Sol has medium carbonation. Sol has the grain and hop presence that can be recognizable. There are not any real strong flavours within Sol. There is no bitterness at all within Sol. I enjoy drinking Sol. I enjoy Sol because the price is right and the beer is easy to drink.

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Photo of FLima
2.05/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a yellow colour and made no head. Presented good carbonation though.
In the aroma corn and rice are predominant. Unfortunately, flavour follows aroma.
It has a rather metalic or oxidized ending which is not very pleaseant. It is a beer to drink very cold, or with some lemon to disguise its flaws.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a clear and bright yellow color forming a medium bubbled white head. Low retention and few lacing left

S: Sweet. Adjunct malts, mainly corn. Some flowery hops in the very end

T: Sweet upfront, again, lots of corn. Watery as hell. Really weak. Lager yeasts. Bitterness is nonexistent

M: Extremely light and watery body. Faint carbonation. Sweet corn aftertaste

O: Low drinkability. One of the worst "beers" that I've ever had

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger and a half tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of grainy adjunct malts with a hint of rice

T: There are light to moderate flavors of grainy and adjunct malts (rice) but without a lot of sweetness. There is a light flavor of grassy hops with impart a slight amount of non-lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin and watery.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable, would be a good beer for a cook out on a hot summer day or at the beach. Pairs well with just about any food style as it does not have competing flavors.

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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.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.41/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A small white head fades into nothing above a clear golden colored beer.

A light aroma of corn syrup and light sweet grain malts.

The taste is more of the light sweet malts with a slight hops coming through.

A slight dry aftertaste with some hops tastes lingering on this watery light bodied beer.

This seems to be a watered down version or other Mexican light lager style beers.

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Photo of tectactoe
1.97/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not sure why I'm having this one, I already have a feeling I know what the outcome will be. The clear bottle shows the pale straw color right away, may be just one golden shade darker than a Corona. Poured into a glass, the head is the fizziest, whitest cap I've seen and it disappears in record time. The nose... well, where the hell is it? Most adjunct lagers have virtually no notable aroma to them and this one follows suit closely. Some mild corns, grains, metallic tinges, and some skunky, sulfuric smells. Not very pleasing, and not much of anything at all. Again, the taste is more of the same - lots of carbonation snap for a crisp taste, but there really isn't much of a taste. Dry grains, corn, and while the bitterness is low, it enters in a very astringent manner. No actual floral or hop flavor aside from that slight bitter bite. Just a touch more flavor than a Corona, I'd say. But now we're splitting hairs. Thin body, dry finish, heavily carbonated.

Eh, a slight step up from Corona, but we're talking very slight. In the future I'd probably pass this up for a water, it's just not really worth it.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

glassware: Warsteiner pokal...occasion: uncertain at this point...appearance: frothy foam that leavees a trace but thinly so; another clear body, with sparce effervescence.... aroma: thin, pingy scent--as expected...palate: effervescent, thin body that skips the teeth and heads straight for the throat...taste: empty pilsner that doesn't have Tecate's strength or Corona's charm--and that's not saying much...overall: fulfills its duty of quenching and complimenting Mexican food--little other reason to soak up this sun!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this a a great Mexican restaurant, but they didn't not give me a glass. clear bottle showed me bright yellow with some fizz and after a big swig, a white foamy head. What I expected.

Stuck my nose to the bottle - corny grain and some light vegetal bitter notes. Adjunct all the way baby! But, I didn't hate the nose on this either, which is a plus.

Ok, time to get back down to earth. Food washer 101 here. Corny, light grain, light bitterness, but no sour palate clearing aftertaste (see bud light). SO -- for what it is, it was lacking much, but lacked that element which makes most of us gag.

Fizzy and lighter bodied. What I expected and needed from this beer. Why do other reviews screw these guys on feel? It is exactly what it needs to be.

Considering how downhill this could have gone, not the worst. Uh, NOTHING you'd want a six of, but a single with some decent food, or lawnmower beer -- then ok.

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Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
60 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.