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

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 9
Gots: 125 | 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 woosterbill
1.41/5  rDev -42%
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.


Photo of nach0king
2.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
2.38/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Looneybiz
2.74/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.21/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

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 flyingpig
2.41/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.94/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

Photo of Lemke10
2.33/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of xylophonica
2.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
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.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.85/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour a very thin looking yellow straw color with a medium thick soapy white head and no lacing. Smells of wet hay and corn and some olive oil. Tastes of sweet corn and some malts and some very mild hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a huge amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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

Bottle/12oz - Pours a bright yellow/amber in color with a very small head and little carbonation. Aroma is pretty skunky (clear bottle) with just a hint of grainy malts and no hops to speak of. Flavor is pretty skunky too with some grains and a bit of an "industrial" taste at the end that made it less than pleasant. Needs lime or some tequila to go with it.

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 jazzyjeff13
2.26/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2011. I've always like the stylised art on the label of this beer.

Poured into a pint glass. A straw yellow colour with strong carbonation. A small foamy white head that subsides quickly but leaves a decent surface covering. Smells of light malt and corn, with a whiff of something else like solvent. Not a great aroma.

The taste is weak - again some very light malt and corn flavours. Nothing that could really be described as bitterness. Faint undertones of grain and an off-flavour (fermentation by-product?). Mouthfeel is thin and watery; leaves only a slight grainy aftertaste.

An insubstantial lager. Bland - nothing to grab your attention. Most of the past occasions where I've consumed this beer have involved adding a lime to the bottle; this improves it greatly but a requirement for fruit is hardly an endorsement. Probably quite refreshing in a hot climate, but there are plenty of other beers out there. Avoid.

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

About one finger of head, dark gold body with rosy hues. Smells sweet but has some metalic qualitites. Taste has a little of that same metalic. Both smell and taste have noticeable ethanol. A little toasty banana bread in the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth with nice carbonation. A little sweet but still strong on the butter. Very drinkabout. Thin bodied. Not too much hops taste. Leaves a clean palate. This beer would be so much better without that metalic taste and if it wasn't so watery. It has potential but those bring it down alot.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
2.29/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer of these when I was out in Cozumel, Mexico. Beautifull place, by the way, that I would highly recommend visiting for at least couple of days...

A - Pours piss yellow with a one finger froth head that dissipates almost immediately. Much to my suprise, a decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass. Wasn't expecting that. Nice...

S - Don't get to much out of the smell except maybe some mild citrus hops followed by a slight alcohol scent. Doesn't smell to enticing...

T - Not much going on here either. All I get is bread and corn. Like the smell, it ends on a slight alcohol taste...

M - Pretty watered down for my likings. A definite light bodied beer with lots of carbonation...

D - Not something I would buy again unless I was in a pinch. However, if I was in that situation, or was visiting Mexico again, I could see myself putting a few of these back...


Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Super thin weak appearance, white head of the smallest dimension. Clear bottle. Aroma was that of water and corn.

Rough texture to the beer, gritty, corn husky, alcohol too evident for such a weak beer all around. Vegetables cookin' on the grill. Why is this stuff $7 a 6er? Garbage dude.

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 LacquerHead
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from a 32oz-er into a pint glass. It was very bubbly.

It smelled like any other adjunct lager only much more faint...oh, and no skunkiness like a Corona!

Like the aroma the taste was similar to all the other adjunct lagers. For me, what made this distinctive was its light crisp taste. This one is on the lighter side of the swill flavor. It had most of the adjunct characteristics - the grainy corn flavor, little hops, etc. However, I didn't find anything too offensive about this. It didn't leave much of an aftertaste, mainly because there wasn't much taste to begin with.

I guess in order to be offended a beer would have to have something to it. Therefore, due to the lack of strong characteristics this beer falls short of offensive. It's barely on the radar - basically it's an unobtrusive little amigo. I feel kinda sorry for it.

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 Nerudamann
2.85/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - Very clear and straw-like in color. Very little foam, which dissipated quickly as well. Good carbonation.

Smell - Quite faint smell of hops, but outside of that there's almost no smell at all.

Taste - Not a whole lot to the taste, but what's there is a hoppiness which lacks in bitterness. Lack of bitterness could be due to the use of cereal grains. Texture is surprisingly more toward the creamy side. I was expecting it to be very very light and watery.

Drinkability - Can't say it's a bad brew because I can't really taste anything. But that being said it's kind of boring. Otherwise alright.

Photo of rfgetz
2.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely pale straw color with active carbonation, no head. Scent is pale cooked corn and light malt. Taste brings the same qualities as scent. Body is light and watery. Similar to Corona with slightly more adjunct flavors and even more watery.

Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.