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

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983 Ratings

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 50 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of beerphan


3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date, but there is a code on the bottle

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy head the settles down quickly to a small puddle of suds. Some small patches of thin lace. Carbonation is rampant.

Nose: Corn, sweet apple

Taste: Lights pale malts, corn, some sugar. Not too much flavor.

Mouth is thin and crisp.

Easy enough to drink because its really hard to offend taste buds if the beer taste like nothing. Probably pretty good if your working out in a Mexican field all day long. Another free one from my AB buddy.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 00:48:23 | More by beerphan
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got 1 bottle of this in a "beers of the world" mixed pack

This is what they put in to represent Mexico?...

I drank it ice cold out of the bottle, with a wedge of lime jammed in.

It's just another beer from Mexico that needs a piece of fruit in it, in order to give it taste.

I don't think I would want more of this beer, I'm glad I only got 1.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 02:13:30 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


2.33/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This another brew I tried and took notes on while on vacation in Mexico.

A: Very light, faint, not much there at all in a glass or the clear bottle.

S: Corn, some of flavors, not much there either.

T: Okay, I began drinking this at 10 a.m. in Mexico, the temperature was already around 90 degrees. I will admit, served with a lime, ICE cold, this brew is damn good and refreshing. However, I later tried it back on the ship as I would sample any beer, pour a 12 ouncer into a glass, no lime, at a slightly warmer temperature, and this beer is nearly undrinkable. Very nasty corn grit flavor that fades to a even stranger after taste.

M: As to be expected with the style, very thin, not impressed with the body at all. The thinness actually gets kind of icky after a few of these.

D: As long as the following criteria are met: it's hot outside and you want something cold to drink, this brew is served w/at least one lime, and it's served ICE cold, this beer is fairly drinkable (not to mention it's cheap in Progresso, Mexico). However, if the above criteria are not met, this brew would get a 1 for drinkability in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 04:56:21 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of John_M


2.68/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't had a bottle of this in a while, and after a run I was thirsty and thought "what the heck." The bottle had been sitting in the fridge for some time I suspect, but near as I could tell, it had not adversely impacted the beers "quality."

I drank this beer straight out of the bottle, so there's little to say about it's smell and appearance. There was virtually no smell and the appearance was the predictable urine color.

My first taste had me thinking this was not so bad. It was very sweet tasting, with some slight crispness in the finish. Very little hop presence, but it was refreshing. Unfortunately, I apparently didn't drink the beer quickly enough, and by the end the beer seemed almost tasteless. I poured the last quarter of the bottle down the drain.

In a world where there are plenty of excellent, full flavored beers, there's no reason whatsoever to drink this anymore... and I don't intend to.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 19:59:28 | More by John_M
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1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear light straw color with a fizzy light tan head.

Adjunct filled aromas. No skunked aroma, even with the clear bottle.

Nothing but grain with more grain in the finish. Somewhat of a metallic taste in the middle. Watery with medium carbonation.

Not very high on the Macro Lager scale. It's hard to believe, but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 03:11:49 | More by BeerSox
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1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle... left the beer in the bottle like it's usually served. (Hey, the dishwasher is going now... I can't help it!)

Appearance: Yellow. Yep, typical ugly Mexican (Corona) beer pale straw yellow.

Smell: Corn and boring grains. Nothing objectionable, but totally uninspiring.

Taste: n/a. Actually, it's just extremely bland. It's like someone drained a can of corn into some Bud Light or something.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, watery, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: It gets the highest rating in this category, because nothing is outrightly objectionable; you can probably drink a ton of these without noticing it. But why?

Bought this out of pure curiosity, having recently been trying some Central & South American beers with mixed results. One of the dullest beers I've ever had. Won't get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 04:20:39 | More by mithrascruor
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1.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

How often does this beer get consumed from a glass? Well, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to disguise this beer by pouring it into my German stange glass instead of drinking it straight from the bottle like everyone else does. How well will this work? On to the beer:

It's a lifeless light color with a pale, fizzy head. Perhaps the only good thing to say about this beer is that it's not skunky like some of its neighbors. But really, it's on the border (no pun intended) of being light beer. Very faint smells of corn and the taste of good ol' Green Giant canned corn, if not carbonated water. I'm sorry that I tried this beer, but at least it didn't cost me much for a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 20:33:21 | More by DoubleJ
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New York

1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Plain gold with no head to speak of after 10 seconds.

Aroma of freshly cut grass and grilled corn.

Taste: In a word: bad. Very watery, a bit of sickly sweetness, and something like vanilla. This could be made of anything, I don't really detect any malt or hops.

There are cheap, swilly mexican beers which could actually be refreshing on a very hot day with the dreaded lime. Then there's Sol, which fails the "if handed a free one" test. Water please.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 00:21:57 | More by shirfan
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2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Yellow. Looks like a urine speciman. Has a failry small, white head with almost no staying power and no lacing.

Aroma- About what you would expect from an American macro-lager. Some malty sweetness, a touch of corn and graininess. Almost no hop aroma at all.

Taste- Again, about what you would expect from a macro lager. Some hop bitterness, sop malt sweetness, some graininess. Failry boring.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel for the style. Carbonation level is okay, but it really doesn't bring anything else out.

Drinkability- This is one of those beers that you drink ice-cold on a hot day. No other time should this beer be intersecting your taste-buds.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 10:00:24 | More by theopholis
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2.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale straw yellow color with a bit of white foam head for a few seconds, then it's gone.

The aroma is light grassy, grainy.

The taste is very light sweet malt with just a bit of herbal hops at the finish.

Very light bodied, a bit watery, as most Mexican brews. Refreshing and easy to drink. Although a typical light Mexican lager in most respects, the taste is a bit ahead of the pack. The flavor is light enough to drink with most food, but seems meant to wash down spicy foods of whatever variety..

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 06:01:26 | More by whynot44
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North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, barely yellow color with thin white head and essentially boring appearance. Nose is corn syrup and adjunct city. Taste is sweet but decent and rather refreshing. Pseudobitter but more nasty than true bitter flavor to the aftertaste takes away any momentum this beer has built up. The mouthfeel is watery and not going to win too many accolades from the likes of me. This is subpar Mexican lagaer, almost indistinguishable from its stablemates Carta Blanca, Tecate, etc. No thank you.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 02:55:34 | More by daliandragon
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2.95/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

sol, product of mexico. imported. says so several times around the clear 330ml bottle. 4.5 % abv. best before 01/07.

very pale yellow, not much fizz. and absolutely no head at all. formed a little lace which quickly vanished leaving only sufacing bubbles uncovered. makes me sad.

strange as the aroma isnt that bad first up. quite a nice blast of grass hoppiness which greets you right out of the bottle. that does settle as it warms leaving a light malty sweet smell. must have been the hops caught in the headspace?

taste is pretty standard macro lager. which is to say, not much. the only noticeable characteristic is the slightly sweet finish.

well, nothing bad to say about it really. for a macro lager, id say its no better or worse than most. usually the most notable thing about the style is the flaws you can pick out. so i guess from that standpoint, this is ahead of the rest.
still wouldnt buy it again though.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 07:26:39 | More by joecast
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3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My understanding is that Mexican beers don't use light stable hops and come in these clear bottles, which make hesitant when I pick up a glass of Sol or Corona for that first sip...but this one is OK.

No head, no lacing. Beer is amber-ish yellow. Taste is slightly sweet and not great but totally inoffensive. For what it's worth, this stuff is actually pretty drinkable, as in, I could drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 01:26:58 | More by BeerBelcher
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3.9/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I guess I'm one of the few that really like this beer. The appearance is very clear, very neat. The smell is a bit stronger than most beers, but still about average. I really enjoy the taste of this beer, it's very refreshing...especially in the heat of Mexico. The mouthfeel is very crisp. I rate this high on drinkability because I have drank this brew all day...well into the night.

I guess this one isn't for everyone, but it's for me. This is my favorite Mexican brew. That's to say "Mexican Brew".

Another BA said that it's better than Corona... I agree, far better. In the crop of Mexican beers this one stands out. There are better beers out there, but this one isn't bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 21:25:31 | More by eb003
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North Carolina

1.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very pale yellow into the glass. The most remarkable part of the appearance is the decent head and the amount of lacing that is left on the glass. Other than this there isn't much to speak of. The aroma is of some grains and a bit of hops, weakly. The taste is a perfect example of why many BA's avoid micros like the plague-- there is simply nothing there. If you have one of these and don't mind it i suppose you can have more but there is much better beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 04:07:03 | More by Neehan
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3.43/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fizzy golden with barely any head and not much carbonation going on. Smells of sweetish grains and not much else. Really impressed for what a beer of this style is able to pull off. Yes, I get some grain and adjuncty flavors, but I also get a sweet malty flavor that is quite unique when compared to other similar beers. This is a thin and light bodied beer. No surprises. This has a decent malty flavor while maintaining its lightness. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 06:05:17 | More by goochpunch
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2.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear and yellow, with little head.

S- Corn smell, very slight malt odor.

T- Watery, very light on taste. Corn taste. Little to no malt taste. Slight bitter/hop finish.

M & D- High carbonation, easy enough to drink, it's just that I don't want to. Far too watery and lacking flavor. One or two is good with some spicy Mexican food though...and could do the same 1-2 on a very hot day. I would just rather have something with more body and flavor. I'm not a huge lager fan and this is on the low end of lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 21:34:23 | More by escapements
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Quebec (Canada)

1.13/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color beer with a small bubbly head with very little retention. Aroma of corn and adjunct is totally dominating and not very interesting. Taste is bland and boring with some corn being sensible and for the rest it is mostly watery. Just another boring pale lager I guess.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 14:26:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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Russian Federation

1.98/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's hard to review bland beers. They don't bite you and don't delight you. This one looks good in its enameled bottle, but I happen to know that such bottles once were miner's privilege, containing the cheapest beers in Mexico. Outside Estados Unidos Mexicanos it's quite pricey but still bland, smelling of corn and tasting like a European Lager deluded in tap water.
Clear, but not interesting. Nothing offends me and nothing attracts. Just another Corona - from a different brewery. Avoid it!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 12:46:15 | More by ernie
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2.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden body beneath a full head of bright white foam. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising throughout the glass. The head retention is good and, bolstered by the carbonation rising from below, it maintains a thin lid throughout much of the glass. It even leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is limited to some mild malt. Surprisingly, it's not skunked despite the clear bottle.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a median carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.

The flavor displays some lightly sweet, adjunct-laden malt. It's just slightly grainy. There are some hops present in the background, seemingly spicy in nature. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes short and dry.

Overall it's pretty vapid, which limits it's drinkability because there's just nothing there to keep your attention. And you can't really use the "on a hot day" excuse either because almost and golden, adjunct beer would do at that point.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 21:33:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend and I chose this beer based on two premises...he was in the mood for corona but didn't want to spend the $$$$ on corona and he liked the packaging.

the smell was dominated by the lime he put in this for me but it did have a skunky odor still

the taste was much more pleasing than corona

the mouthfell was very thin and carbonated

the drinkability is average as I don't especially care for corona. I will say this beer is better than corona.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 19:39:08 | More by xduderx
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4.05/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale honey yellow with a slight tint of mossy green. The huge bleach white head fell to absolutely nothing in no time.

Smells of light biscuits and honey with a crisp lemon dryness.

Tasted initially of tingly bitter hops that was amplified by the carbonation but then revealed a light pasty bread dough and sweet corn bread that was pleasantly sweet in the finish.

The mouth feel was light and slightly sticky with an easy but prominent carbonation.

I could see myself drinking a lot of these if I needed to. Seriously, in a blind taste test, I’d bet you would have trouble guessing that this was made in Mexico. I must say, I was impressed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 02:40:14 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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1.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

before I "discovered" craft beers, this was one of my favourite beers.

The thing is, there's not much taste, smell or anything to it. Bland, watered down, just your macro lager. It doesn't taste or smell bad, it's just that it quite almost doesn't smell or taste at all. Yellow fizzy water, with a hint of beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 00:30:58 | More by decom
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2.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sol pours a light yellow with a fluffy white head from a clear bottle with silk-screened graphics (cool label in my opinion). Not much in the way of smell, and what little smell there is isn't good. Taste is fairly bland. I expected it to be more offensive as I'm not a fan of the Mexican version of lagers with a few exceptions. Fairly drinkable as lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 00:28:12 | More by Drew966
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2.68/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle, pours a pale "bud" yellow, decent head that actually lasted, unlike the above mentioned american counterpart.

Aroma is primarily mildewish sweet corn.

Flavor actually isn't as bad as i thought from the aroma, but that's not to say it's good. It is somewhat crisp, and there is some mild hoppiness present, but the corniness lingers on the pallete, and it's not a very plesent flavor. I wish I had a corona to rate this side-by-side as I am thinking this is a better option than Corona (also not sayiing alot there..). Bottom line, any beer that needs a fruit wedge (lime in this ones case) to enhance drinkability is probably lacking a bit in the flavor department. Decent lawnmower fodder.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 05:15:51 | More by ReebShorts
Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
58 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.