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

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Ratings: 1,165
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
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Mexico

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 IronCitySteve
2.51/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color that provides a thin white foam head that quickly dissipates to a small film. There is very small spots of lacing.

S: There is some corn and some vague hints of lemon but that is it.

T: Throughout the taste, it is pretty much the same. It is simple, mostly corn, some light citrus, similar to the nose.

M: This was not as thin as I expected. Was actually refreshing.

O: One of the better mexican brews that are adjuncts. Not something I would normally buy, but good lawnmowing beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with 1/2" inch of head with little retention. Smells grainy, but little else of note. Taste is grainy but with a little citrus note coming through. There's also a slight hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Not a bad session beer if you're looking for something with very mellow flavor.

Photo of Paincane
2.38/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden colored with thin white head lasting a very short time and leaving no lacing
S: Citrusy and grain aroma
T: Not much flavor but a hint of citrus does emerge even without a lime
M: Thin and watery, light-bodied, medium carbonation
O: Typical Mexican lager, OK on a hot summer day, but lacking in flavor, complexity and mouth texture.

Photo of bubseymour
3.66/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale yellow with 2 finger billowy head (surprising for this style). Lots of carbonation.

Smell - not much going on

Taste - Completely void of flavor yet very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - typical

Overall - refreshing, nothing bad, easy, watery. Recommend instead of Corona.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of BearablePhoto
2.26/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
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!

Photo of FosterJM
2.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev +39.9%
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.

Photo of irish
3.2/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Photo of chugalug06
3.74/5  rDev +53.9%
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!

Photo of deaconoflove
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.

Photo of Reaper16
1.9/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of Illtryit
1.56/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
1.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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-

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.

Cheers!

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.

Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.