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

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961 Ratings
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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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:
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sol as in most Mexican beers taste best in teh summer with a lime...however, judging Sol 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 teh taste so that it is not bread water. Mouthfeel is easy especially on hot days...enjoy!

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 00:17:17 | More by WoodBrew
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BearablePhoto

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: It pours a golden color with no head from the painted 12 oz. bottle.
S:The aroma is very light to no existent. Smells a little hoppy if anything.
T: Taste has a hint of citrus, with the inert lager taste that one can expect from these “popular” brands.
O: The beer makes a great companion on the “how many beers can I drink in the night” game, but perhaps the beer should be put down those nights for something stronger.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 20:58:24 | More by BearablePhoto
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Comes in a clear bottle and unfortunately the label is simply a sticker as opposed to the painted version that I've seen/had in the past...oh well. The beer is crystal clear and is light in color, but more of a yellow than straw. There is a boatload of carbonation racing to the top, and it looks aggressive. The head is super white, thick at first, but is very fizzy, disappearing rather quickly into a patchy layer. The lacing isn't anything special, but above average for an adjunct lager.

S- Nothing much better than the typical smell of sweet Taber corn (awesome BTW, look it up!) Clean overall, perhaps some lingering malt sweetness, but more syrupy than anything. The finish reminded me of something, and it took a couple minutes to figure it out, but it is of the chlorine so familiar with a public swimming pool.

T- The flavors of this actually taste similar to MGD, but on a much smaller scale...it is corn syrupy sweet, with minimal malt character and a grainy finish. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad tasting beer overall, for the style....just nothing to write home about.

M- Very light in body, very fizzy, crisp and refreshing. This beer is a perfect thirst quencher on a warm, muggy day, which are the conditions that I'm reviewing this under.

O- As an adjunct lager, this is average at best....not the worst, probably not the best. In comparison to the Mexican lager scene, this is the best one to have in my humble opinion. I disagree with others when it comes to needing a lime with this...I feel that this is one of very few Mexilagers that doesn't require it. Not nearly as good as Sol Brava (dark lager), it still hits the spot and doesn't demand much on the palate. I recommend giving this one a go and I will purchase this again!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 00:09:33 | More by ChrisCage
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FosterJM

California

2.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

620th Review on BA
Bottle to clear dixie cup
12oz

App- Its yellow with a ring of bubbles.

Smell- basic lager with nothing else

Taste- That Dos Equis had flavor this is water with beer.

Mouth- Light bodied, medium carbed. Thats its

Drink- Another free beer at a party. Eh.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:08:48 | More by FosterJM
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from a 'taste activator' glass at El Rodeo poured from a clear 12oz.

This appears very pale yellow with good clarity and fast rising bubbles are visible with a thin snow cap with tight bead. The lace sticks better than average. The smell is slightly corny with some sweet esters and mild grainy aroma. The feel is seltzer-like with high carbonation level and semi-sweet body with thin overall mouthfeel and clean semi-dry finish.

The interesting thing about this beer is the taste, while it is not offensive in any way, there just isn't much of it, slight corn-pop sweetness is about all I get the flavor is not bad slightly grainy, no real hop taste and the mild malt is slightly overtaken by the high carbonation. I don't get any diacetyl really so I am talking about what isn't there inasmuch as I am trying to describe flavor. The good thing about this beer is overall I can't really fault it for doing what it sets out to do -the kind of beer you don't think about it is refreshing crisp and light bodied with a easy to drink quality and went very well with my fajitas texanas.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 12:49:01 | More by Slatetank
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irish

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light, fizzy, easy to drink: the terms are value neutral, or more precisely value situational. On a hot day when you want to suck down a few, this works just fine, but more in the manner of soft background music than a live band. I favor it over Corona and several other Mexicans, and I am surprised at that.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 23:21:25 | More by irish
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Preface - I always rate to style.

A - Looks nice golden. Clear. Nice bubbles. Head is white and brew is yellow.

S - Lots of corn and musk.

T - Yum. Refreshing for a hot day! No piss taste (corona)

M - No bitterness. Awesome carbonation, maybe a little flat.

O - One of the better Mexican brews. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 02:08:12 | More by chugalug06
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance. Pale yellow, small head when cold, but a nice big fluffy head on the second, warmer pour...just like an old fashioned Miller High Life commercial from the 60's.
Smell. I think I know what they mean by a "grassy" smell now.
Taste. A little grassy, but clean and crisp when cold. No finish! Is it possible for a beer to have no finish. Nothing there. Nada.
Mf. Well carbonated and light, thin.
Overall...the weather needs to be hot and the beer needs to be cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 21:07:53 | More by deaconoflove
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Reaper16

Alabama

1.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle consumed from the bottle.

The bottle is clear (bad sign #1), so I could see the body that is somewhere-between-pale-and-golden shade of yellow and I could see the large-bubbled white head and I could see that it can get to about one finger in size. Honestly, it looks fine for the style. It looks like a beer that you want to avoid, but all adjunct lagers look like that.

Sol smells like creamed corn and rice and nothing else. It's a disaster of a beer that smells entirely of its adjuncts. No hop presence, no barley malt. Utter shit, and there's nothing to say about it. Wow.

Sol fare better on the palate. It's got a touch of lager flavor, but it is mostly obscured by creamed corn and by, strangely, a trace of alcohol. This is dreadful. Its only saving grace is that it doesn't strongly taste; this is pretty watery stuff.

The mouthfeel is too watery. I know that watery bodies come with the style, but this is too weak even for accepted adjunct lager standards. Overall, this beer is a horrendous effort. Where is the beer flavor? Please avoid this beer at all costs. It ranks as one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 05:15:06 | More by Reaper16
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

1.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in tall clear, straight-edged glass

A: little head; clear yellow; good carbonation; no lacing
S: malty, very light aroma; not very promising or inviting
T: very metallic macrolager; alcoholic water would be a better description; falls flat in the end of the mouthful
M: very bubbly and spiky

Pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 20:42:09 | More by Arithmeticus
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Illtryit

Missouri

1.55/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a generic yellow gold. No head, no lacing.

Taste - I've finally had my 1st bottle of creamed corn!!!. Literallly, this tastes like creamed corn. After a couple sips, I put a l;ime in it. Creamed corn and lime. It isn't horrible, but it isn't good at all.

Mouthfeel - Water.

Overall - I could drink a few of these for hydration purposes only but I wont. Im one and done on this beer. Maybe good for a college kid who is trying to get buzzed at a bbq or float trip. Otherwise, stay away from this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:51:12 | More by Illtryit
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kojevergas

Texas

1.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Presentation: Clear bottle. I'm always suspicious of the brewer's competency when they allow their brewery to use clear bottles. Given the style, I expect this is one of those tropically marketed beers meant to have a lime added. Often such beers are better with the lime but still shite. No beer should require an additive to be good. I poured this myself into a Hoegaarden pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: One finger head, very thin, no cream, and of abysmal retention (less than one minute). Clear, low bubble dark yellow colour.

Sm: Clean light barley scent, but with a more complex crisp injection of malt than is typical for the style. Not particularly appealing, but not off-putting.

T: Clean crisp barley with slight cream undertone affects (and yes, 'affects', not 'effects' in this specific context is actually correct grammar). The cream note escalates as the second act enters, culminating in a pleasant punch-through on the climax. It's a rather refreshing effect. Though this beer is by no means complex, it's certainly light and refreshing, a feature consistent with its marketing and intention. Overly sweet throughout. The finish is a sharp upshot of the malted barley features, ending the beer on an unbalanced note. It meets the requirements of its style in a minimal and half-assed fashion, but by no means is this a well built or balanced beer.

Mf: Smooth, light, wet, and refreshing - exactly what the desired demographic of this beer probably wants. There is a sharp coarse finish that doesn't feel matched to the general tone and direction of the beer. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate.

Dr: It's very cheap, and will meet your expectations - which aren't very high. It's a little worse than similar beers like Corona, and doesn't demand a lime, though it would likely be better served with one. I vastly prefer Pacifico in terms of what this beer is trying to do. I wouldn't get this again, but it's drinkable.

D-

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:16:21 | More by kojevergas
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woosterbill

Connecticut

1.38/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks (?) to my buddy Jim for sharing this with me, just for the tick. I've been busy catching up on my backlog of notebook reviews, so this one will follow Rare BCBS in my list of reviews. How's that for a juxtaposition?

A: Clear yellow body with a few fairly large bubbles floating up to a thin, coarse, fleeting white head. Meh.

S: Jeez that's terrible. Old, moldy cooked corn, and that's it. It only has one dimension, and it's an awful one.

T: Tastes like watered-down moonshine, mixed with some metal shavings. Harsh, corny, and gross. Oh, and yet it's also extremely weak and watery. What a horrible concoction.

M: Thin, watery, and under-carbonated. At least it's not painfully fuzzy.

O: This might not be the single worst beer I've ever had, but it's damn close. I really don't understand why anyone would willingly drink this.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 19:52:00 | More by woosterbill
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nach0king

Texas

2.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The air conditioning is broken, and it's a humid, muggy night. It's time for a Mexi-lager.

Appearance: It looks refreshing as get-out because it's pale, lacks a head, and ready to drink.

Smell: If a gun was held to my head I'd say "grainy." Otherwise I'd say "not applicable." But this isn't being poured for the smell.

Taste: Based off the fact that it is boiling here, and this Sol is cold, the taste works: it has a bitter tang, maybe slightly metallic and artificial, but there is no denying that it's refreshing.

Mouthfeel: MIA along with the smell.

This beer serves its purpose. It's a refreshing, summer brew. If you look at a bottle of Sol you know you're not going to get a beautiful, delicious beer. You're going to get a refreshing but adjunct Mexican lager. As long as you go in with that in mind you won't be too disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:06:32 | More by nach0king
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's Cinco de Mayo today, and I am drinking Sol this year. Flat yellow color, fizzy but not overly carbonated. Smell was mostly absent. Taste was just a lot of corn, and while its taste was fairly mild, it was not offensive. I put a quick shot of fresh lime juice in there, which seemed to liven things up a bit. Mouthfeel was watery and thin, but smooth and easy to drink. My impression is that it is a typical Mexican hot weather beer. Perhaps though, Sol might be a bit better than Corona due to the better color in the body and slightly improved mouthfeel. Still, this is a beach brew through and through.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:41:16 | More by morebeergood
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a fizzy white head, minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is kinda sweet, slight hop note, the usual grainy/ricy notes. The taste is slightly sweet, kinda malty, but with a slight hop note, mostly grainy/ricy. Light Body. Mostly a thrist quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 20:18:40 | More by Wasatch
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Looneybiz

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass... really won't even bother next time. Just drink it straight from the bottle.

Smell is grassy and malty, not a bad aroma.

Taste is extremely watered down with a little hint of malt. About average for your run of the mill overly adjunct (addjunk) lager.

Would be refreshing on the beach or out in the sun. But thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 09:01:04 | More by Looneybiz
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Lauthaha

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Beer is a dark straw/light golden color with heavy carbonation. Head is nearly pure white, and unlike many other adjunct lagers, retains foundation after several minutes. No lacing to speak of, but pretty good for an AAL.

Smell: Just about exactly how a beer of its genre should smell. Slightly corny, some grass, a little revenge of the hops. Shrug.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I like the maltiness that seems to come with this type of brew. Though it doesn't bring much in terms of flavor, it is both crisp and slightly heavy at the same time. Lots of corn husk flavor. If I could taste "El Sol," I doubt it would taste like corn. Then again, if I could taste things that were millions of degrees, who knows what they would taste like.

Overall: Slightly above average. This is a brew to drink on a hot summer day at super cool temperatures while enjoying a burger off the grill...and that's about the only place you can truly enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:40:19 | More by Lauthaha
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:14:37 | More by Knapp85
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden beer with a foamy, two finger sized head that settles down to a thin lacing over the beer.

Smells faintly of lime & citrus fruit with some very light hops. A light smell beer but not unpleasant.

Not very much flavour from this one, really quite bland although again not unpleasant. Has a faint taste of lime along with your standard pale lager taste.

Very light and watery with poor carbonation that leaves it bordering on flat.

Quite a boring beer that is very bland and unadventurous other than the very faint taste of lime it has despite looking okay. Avoid or if you must then drink from the bottle with a wedge of lime.

More at:
abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:01:21 | More by flyingpig
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.98/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a very average beer. It's soapy head was disconcerting, but it wasn't a bad beer. It wasn't interesting, but this style isn't supposed to be. It tastes like cheap malt and cereal grains with sort of a sour note. You could call it citrus if you want to be nice. I can taste some corn as well, but I've tasted more in plenty of other beers. It's not overly-sweet, which is good. It has a less sticky mouthfeel than some other adjunct lagers.

Overall, this is a very basic, but not flavourless adjunct lager. I'd say its defining characteristic is a very mild sour note that I wouldn't quite call citrus.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 04:15:57 | More by ElCommodoro
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz clear bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
1602*07E1133, 02160 listed on the bottle.

A - Crystal clear pale straw yellow, this beer has an incredibly short-lived white head with no lace left on the glass. Also fairly life-less appearance carbonation-wise.

S - Surprisingly unskunked, the aroma consists heavily of grainy, cheap pale malt and sweet notes of corn. No hops, not overly offensive, just bland and life-less.

T - Once again, unoffensive, its still lacking through and through, this beer has almost no flavor. Watery and grainy malt and notes of adjuncts added.

M - Thin and light-bodied, this is a slick, oily beer with a smooth, moderately carbonated finish. Refreshing because it's almost water.

O - I suppose there is some sort of up-side here; it's not flavorful but it would certainly go down well and quench a thirst in the hot Mexican heat. Utterly bland otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:49:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this in a 8-pack Beers of the World variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Pours a light amber color with a rather foamy head that lasts an average length. Has a the typical American Adjunct Lager scent with a slight bit of citrus. The taste is very weak and rather basic. Has a mostly water type consistency that leaves your mouth empty much like the cotten candy does. Something for people that don't like strong beers so I don't see many BA's finding this worth their while to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:49:22 | More by Lemke10
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xylophonica

Australia

2.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 940ml bottle into a lager glass.

A - Very pale yellow colour. Decent finger of foam head.

S - Wheat and corn mainly. There's a good hit of cheese here as well, varying from some sweeter stuff through to some more sour overtones.

T - Soft & light on the palate. Very mild lager flavour. Slightly bitter.. but mainly just weak.

M - Lightly hopped, mildly bitter almost sour...

O - It's drinkable, but not particularly pleasant. Pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 07:32:06 | More by xylophonica
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GRPunk

Michigan

2.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, quart bottle poured into a pils glass.

A- 1-finger, white head that drops to a lace (that ended up pretty light) supported by substantial carbonation. Decent stick. Clean, straw-yellow body with meadium-heavy carbonation.

S- Cooked veggies, somewhat sweet. Very faint grain-like qualities.

T- Kind of thin. More cooked vegetable flavors. On the sweet side. Very slight spice from the minimal hops.

M- Very clean and light with fairly heavy carbonation that provides a bit of a bite.

D- Meh. Better than expected from a clear bottle(but still meh). It keeps up with budget macros. Could serve a purpose on a hot summer day when looking to be refreshed. It was pretty cheap.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 17:36:10 | More by GRPunk
Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
58 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.