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

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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 69 | 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 Halcyondays
2.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. quart bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with really no head, after the first few seconds.

S: Weak, some corn notes, that is basically it.

T: Corn flavour, not that bad though, but not really expansive, wanted more in the mouth, in terms of flavour.

M: Very light, almost no carbonation, almost flat, very close to water.

D: A below average macro lager, drinkable, but not really anything that makes me want to come back to it, would be a good thirst quencher on a hot day.

Halcyondays, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
2.55/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a loose, weak head.

S - Smells a bit like cat. Not like cat pee or anything, but kinda funky like cats smell. Otherwise, kinda bland macro smell.

T/M - Mild in all respects. Kind of a slick mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation, and not crazy light bodied. There's a touch of sweetness, and a bit more astringency - not enoughto be nasty, but it doesn't make it any better.

D - Overall, not great, but an easy-drinking bland macro.

allergictomacros, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a bottle as part of a mixed six pack.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz clear painted bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is a clear, pale golden color with a nice 1 inch head. Not surprizingly the head fades very quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing. Overall not much to look at.

Smell: Initially I get the typical mexi-skunk I usually get with Modelo Especial and Corona. less than Corona though. This fades as I let the beer sit for a minute. A little sweet adjuncty grains (corn?) come through. Not much else.

Taste: Rather clean (read no taste), bland and inoffensive. I get some sweetness from adjuncts at use here, no bitterness. This beer is probably spot on for what the makers intended. Just not enough though.

Mouthfeel: Light and a little watery. OK carbonation, not too fizzy.

Drinkability: OK on a hot day I suppose. There seems to be no end to the number of Mexican Macro Lagers I can get here. In a crowded market segment his one does not set itself apart from any of those, though.

BigRedN, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of billybob
1.55/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i should have gone with my instinct and not bought this beer i knew it was going to be a bad beer. i really don't have a good thing to say about it.

poured a clear light golden color with a frothy one finger head that disappeared to just the beer and no lacing at all. smell was weak, corn grain and metalic. taste weak corn grain and that was it. mouthfeel weak, watery, weak carbonation, drinkability? i don't think so.

billybob, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of biegaman
2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beating hot sun and summer humidity has only helped make payless landscaping and the building of a new fence back breaking and labour intensive work. What more appropriate then Mexican swill?

A typical macro lager appearance. Perfectly clear. I'm neutral on the colour. Not all that unhealthy looking, the colour certainly wouldn't turn you off drinking it. A very feeble level of head formed off the pour but wasn't strong enough to hold up for more than a few minutes. There's plenty of bubbles, half float about while the other half stick to the sides of the glass.

The aroma, fortunately, is quite faint. Weak. What can be smelled, in restrained doses, is a type of 'wet socks' character with a type of chemical element: no mistaking the adjuncts. As for as the qualities of a real beer goes there is some trace of malt, but a real corn syrup like.

The mouthfeel is a little thicker than other Mexican swill. It does leave some impression on the palate, saturating the mouth with a very dry and coarse texture. A slight metallic aftertaste. Very dry and leaves an off-putting staleness on the tongue.

A flavour profile no different from the other Mexican lagers. It doesn't really offer any flavours per se, the only taste really is that of a corn syrup like malt. Very short lived although it became stronger (and more offensive) as it warmed. The adjuncts are most evident right at the point of swallowing. They can be tasted much more than they are smelled. I might make exception and opt for the fruit wedge with this one, seems it would help things.

A worthy substitute to Corona? Ah, why not (anything is)! The beer really has no redeeming qualities except for maybe the image and associations it might have go along with it. I've had this beer a few times, and even on occasion enjoyed it. Tonight is not one such occasion, however, if in the mood for Mexican swill this can do the trick about as well as any other option.

biegaman, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Viggo
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber, thin fluffy white head forms, disappears very fast, leaves a few lace spots, no retention. Smell is sweet, very corny/adjunct, bit of citrus/floral, wheat, not very much aroma. Taste is almost non existent, sweet corn, some floral, light citrus, no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, almost nothing there. Can see how it might be refreshing in hot weather if it were up your alley, although there are better picks.

Viggo, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a standard lager in appearance, golden in color with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The smell is non-distinct, slight graininess and a hint of the lime that the beer was served with. Taste has a slight fruitiness about it that is accented with the served lime. Not overly tasty, but it is crisp and quenches your thirst. Overall this beer is drinkable but not overly desirable.

gmfessen, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.7/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Macro Smackdown XVII pits this clear-bottled, stuff a lime wedge in the neck, drink it at the beach, Mexican-brewed lager against Hamm's Golden draft, a canned, drink it at a backyard B-B-Q, Midwestern-brewed lager. I have a feeling that one won't taste much like the other. Let's find out.

Sol is a smidgen more amber than HGD, a half shade darker. It also has a brighter white head that has a much more appealing texture. I'm surprised by all the good looking lace. This beer jumps out to an early lead.

The aroma is incredibly muted. No more than a minor whiff of generic grain reaches my nose. There might be a hint of metal as well, it's hard to say. I'm sure this is a fresh bottle because I... uh... retired the bottle that had been in my beer fridge for several months and replaced it with a fresh bottle a few weeks ago.

I wish the flavor was as underpowered as the nose because Sol is terrible beer. I'd like to taste it side-by-side with Corona because I have a feeling the better known beer is better. That's a scary thought. This lager is bland, while also being moderately nasty (not an easy thing to pull off). It tastes like metal-flaked stale grain with very little sweetness to save the day.

Almost no carbonation can be seen rising off the bottom of the glass at this point. Therefore, it isn't surrprising that, in addition to being watery, the mouthfeel is as bland as the flavor profile.

Simply put, Sol is craptastic beer. It looks like the brewery is trying to position this offering as an alternative to Corona (there's nothing like aiming low in order to achieve your goals). I say they have no hope of snagging even 10% of that market. Not with beer that tastes like it was rejected by the quality control experts* at Grupo Modelo, brewers of Corona Extra.

*obviously a joke since it's clear that no such job exists

BuckeyeNation, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of wehttam811
3.23/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

no too impressed. better than corona. its very refreshing. good on a hot summer day. Kind of like a beach beer. good with a wedge of lime. It doesnt have much of a taste to be honest its a very mild beer. goes down extremely easily. i kinda wish there was more to the head tho. it goes away in like 2 seconds

wehttam811, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
1.73/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bottle of this for $2 from a little Mexican lady hawking beer and water from a cart while I was waiting for my fiance to finish looking at all the worthless crap in the markets of Cozumel.

A - Perfectly clear bright dandelion gold lager with a total lack of head and lace. Doesn't really look like beer, but I do like the color.

S - Macro lager adjuncts with some citrus funk....smells like Corona with the lime already added.

T - Relitvely tasteless and transparent. Nothing offensive here, but it's just really bland and generic. It's very lightly fruity with some ricey adjuncts.

M - Light bodied, extremely carbonated, watery, and thirst quenching.

D - This is really boring stuff. Weak nose and very little flavor. This might be a good choice for someone on vacation who wants to lay out on the beach with an authentic Mexican brew, but doesn't normally drink beer. It does kill the heat though...so I wouldn't turn one down whilst basking in the Caribbean sun.

pmcadamis, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of jamesdr1968
1.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a very clear yellow, practically foamless. This had to be one of the most tasteless beers I've ever encountered - reminded me of Coors Light but even lighter. I have to question the 4.50% ABV on this one - it took about 3 of these before I began to feel anything. I'm usually impressed with Mexican lagers (Corona the exeption) but this one was very disappointing. I would not buy this one again.

jamesdr1968, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of musicjustintime
2.88/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this a few weeks back because I didn't want to shell out the "Extra" money for Corona "Extra." Why should I pay for their advertising bills??

Anyway, this crap went down like water....and pretty much tasted like it, too. Very thin, yet refreshing while sitting outside by the fire in the backyard. I downed 8 of these before even knowing it, as the ABV isn't that high either. (Ok, so I'm a borderline alkie...what's it to you!) Really, though. Nothing to write home about. Or Mexico, for that matter. We COULD write them and teach them how to brew BEER...but why would we do that? I'd recommend it for the Corona-lovers out there because it's considerably cheaper, and in my opinion, tastes a tad better. A bit less skunky, if you ask me...and I know you didn't....but I told you anyway.) Give it a shot for summertime, backyard refreshment. Oh, and DO use a lime, for that's about all the flavor you're gonna get outta this Mexican brew.

Cheers, amigos!!!! UN-DUH-LAY!!!! :o)

musicjustintime, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of rowew
2.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely along the same vein as Corona - a light mexican lager, begging for a lime in the neck. That being said, its not a horrible beer, and it tastes a bit better than Corona to me. Best served on a hot day with a lime, and ocean side. Seems to be a bit cheaper both in the US and Mexico than its more popular counterpart.

rowew, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.45/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

summer beer.

tastes ok cuz there is not a lot of taste. better than caroney at a cheaper price...less marketing $.

worth a try. brings back good memories - what i can recall - from a trip to Meh-Hee-Ko.

suckem up and movem out!

[email protected]

giblet, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out bready with a light malt sweetness, then a mild hops presence comes in, which is pretty good for the style. The after-taste maintains the breadiness.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty for the style, goes down easily, not too filling, even though there are much better beers out there, this one isn’t too bad for a macro.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.73/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

To begin with I really don’t like this transparent bottle not to mention what it does to the beer shelf life…

Appearance: very clear with a pale gold color. The head is white, well formed with a medium size, although it doesn’t last long.
Aroma: corn grit.
Taste: grainy and adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: dry, kind of astringent, low alcoholic strength.
Finish: almost astringent but (happily) short.

Overall: characterless and empty. I still have to find a good Mexican beer.

AlexLMS, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of moonman00
2.83/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

So this was one of the very few beers first tried.

Recently tried some of them on a wedding at Aguascalientes, it was very nice because it has very very hot over there.

It is the most common beer of this times, along with corona, but as same as Corona, it has its flaws.

The taste is better, but is has the usual corn flavor, with almost the same bad smell. It tastes a little bitter, but watery.

The drinkability is high, since it can be very refreshing on those hot days.

moonman00, May 29, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a Mexican Sampler from Costco. Cool bottle but not much smell in the bottle, just a little bit of corn. Color is a pale yellow as evidenced through the clear bottle. Poured into my chalice had a little bit of head that quickly disappeared. Taste is sublime, not sweet or bitter, not much backbone. Mouthfeel is ok carbonation seems right but nothing standing out in this brew. Best thing about this brew may be the cool painted bottle. I'll have to save the rest for when it's time to mow the lawn or catch some rays in the hot sun. Refreshing but very basic.

mooseisloose, May 18, 2007
Photo of alysmith4
2.65/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A good alternative to a Corona. Tried this at the 9:30 Club last week. Nice and light, with medium carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Nothing distinct about the flavor, but the color was a bit off. Maybe I'm just not used to seeing that color yellow through a clear bottle though. Worth a try, but nothing special.

alysmith4, May 16, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
3.1/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Believe it or not but there is a difference between Sol and Corona - albeit a small one - and Sol comes out on top. When I was in the Yucatan last year I spoke with a local guide who explained that most of the locals prefer Sol, while Corona is sold to the Americans. Having said all this, it is still a basic Mexican lager which is best served on a hot and humid day. Though I prefer mine with a lime I don't feel it's as much of a necessity as with Corona. Complex, dark and sophisticated? No. Cool, refreshing and drinkable? Yes.

Maerzen, May 14, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

i'm ashamed to say it wasn't that long ago that i really digged this beer. maybe because i first had it when i was thirsty as fuck on a hot summer day. maybe because i didn't know good beer. at least it's a step up from bmc but basically the same thing. fizzy pale yellow beer. i used to like the buttery diacetyl and corn adjunct flavor aroma in this. no malt or hop character. not much else going on to speak of. at least with sol i didn't need a lime to make it palatable. light in body, short, crisp finish.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
2.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's be frank - this is a Corona clone, plain and simple. That being said, in my experience, it's not only succeeded but surpassed its inspiration. The body, aroma, mouthfeel and taste are all the same - I wonder if theirs is a citrus brew as well. On top of that, the label is much more engaging and they've recently dropped their price (at least in my area) to 8.99 a Twelve Pack vs. the standard 12.99 - 13.99 for Corona. If you're a fan of an ice-cold Mexican, probably with a lime, on a hot summer day, switch to Sol.

yourunclewalt, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear yellow color with a white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and was rather sweet.

M - It was a little thin and watery. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not impressive. It is fairly typical of the style and the country of origin. It's probably very refreshing on a sunny beach in Cancun, but a little dull in your living room on a cool night.

zeff80, Apr 05, 2007
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.

beerphan, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 24, 2007
Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.