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

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1,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,147
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 BeerSingh
3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its well, a close cousin of Corona, couldn't help but compare. Very similar in appearance and smell, but taste and MF is more defined - means definitely has more body than Corona. Very refreshing and light, though I prefer Corona, even though Sol is less "corny".

Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at a friends over the weekend. He claimed the beer was awful, this is how it turned out.

Poured a clear yellow with not even a bubble of head. No lacing, and obviously no retention.

Smells of weak corn and malt, water.

Taste isn't as bad as I thought, more of the corn and weak malt, a light sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is wet and clean, finishes dry, a bit more carbonation would have made it nicer. Light bodied.

Drinkability is weak. Honestly not horrible, and I'd drink this over Corona any day, but this isn't a beer I'd seek out again.

Photo of wordemupg
2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass aug19 2009

A straw blond, no head no lace crystal clear

S mild sweet grain and skunk mostly skunk

T as it smells and thats not a good thing

M/D water feels thicker, as it warms you get the real flavor,(this is not a good thing) drink ice cold quickly

drown out the clear bottle skunk taste with a lime and prevent scurvy at the same time. mmmm!!!! scurvy
if you are served this at an all inclusive ask for something else a pina colada instead

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes in a clear bottle which would not block out any light. Grainy, corn taste. With very watery mouth feel and smooth drinkable nature. Not overly carbonated which make this very average. Served with a slice of lime to add some flavor. Not to much different than other Mexican brews.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.33/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a clear light yellow in appearance.

Smells like corn water. Fizzily so.

Taste is very light overall. An adjunct here, a cloying sweet malt/corn character there. Cooked veggie.

Mouthfeel is watery lightly carbonated.

The impurities in this beer gave me a wicked hangover the next day. I would not reccommend drinking this beer.

It must be called SOL, because you'd be Shit Outta Luck drinking only this.

Photo of cervezale
2.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Sol Caguama as it is known in Mexico because of the 940 ml big bomber bottle is a classic pilsner from mexcican macro Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma. It is know the flagship rival beer of Corona from Grupo Modelo.

Color: Pale yellow with little head formation and little lace retention.

Aroma: Aromas of malts and hops almost lost but found at the end.

Taste: Semi-dry malts, corn, cereal, little hop bitterness, but refreshing.

Finish: Dry and with a little bitter aftertaste. Good for hot summer refreshment.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.57/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong adjunct smell from the bottle, along with whatever hop it is that's used in most lighter Mexican beers. Pours a very light yellow with about an inch and a half of head that sticks around a bit longer than its American cousins, especially the last quarter inch or so. The same smell is present out of the glass. I like mass-market Mexican beers, so I like that smell. Sol's is sort of like a bit more grown-up Corona. If you hate Corona, I can't think of any reason you'd like this much better.

Flavor follows the smell. Standard mass-market Mexican, closest cousin is Corona. Sol is slightly maltier. Surprisingly little carbonation, and a thinner mouthfeel than I'd like. Drinkability is, unsurprisingly, its strongest point - you could make a nice afternoon on the beach out of these. When put into the right bracket of comparison, Sol is pretty decent. If you're looking for strong, complex flavor though, you're not going to find it here.

Photo of laituegonflable
1.53/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale straw colour, produces a little bit of head that sticks around surprisingly well considering how thin it is to begin with, lot of carbonation and minimal lacing. Doesn't knock my socks off, in fact it kind of bores my ass off instead. Very standard.

Smell is fairly weak although some sweet adjuncty grain notes on there. Whiff of bread yeast. Quite unpleasant, really. Not offensive enough to be out and out dreadful, but pretty bad for what's there.

Taste is similar, with a slight chemical tang about halfway through the palate, and a sticky bread yeast character on the back. Very pale grain notes underlie the palate but for the most part, this is just weak, watery piss. Did I expect anything else? The bread yeast character renders this quite undrinkable, because it's actually an unpleasant aspect, but apart from that there's nothing to this at all. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky, nothing to grab onto at all.

What a bad beer. This deserves a good spanking.

Photo of CervezaMesa
4/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously not alot of people like this beer! To bad for your high maintnance palets towards beer. In Chicago we really enjoy this beer. Must be an Illinois thing.

Love at first sight for me! Not the best beer in the world but goes down like cold juice on a hot summer day! From where I come from we drink this beer with a lemon and it actually boosts the taste. You can't find a lot of info on this stuff, but all my buddies love this beer! We start to drink this when the first day of summer hits in June, i am from Chicago IL and everyone appreciates it when it gets comfortably hot and we can open a bottle of Sol w/ a fresh lemon on top!

Try it again guys in the summer, that's how i fell in love!

Photo of fullsweep
1.55/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What's worse than a Sol? A skunked Sol. I bought a four-pack of this at Tesco, having never tried it. At least 2 of the 4 were completely skunky. First time I've ever poured out a beer because I simply could not finish it. What follows is a review of the non-skunked version.

Appearance: urine-colored beer with 1-finger head, white in color.

Smell: non-descript adjuncts with some grains and a very slight hint of lime (or perhaps I'm just wishing I had something to make this taste better)?

Taste: non-descript Mexican lager. I actually like Dos Equis (same brewery), but this is pretty bad.

Drinkability: Maybe it'd go okay with a palomilla or bistek, but otherwise I'd skip it.

Photo of JMD
2.65/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear yellow brew, small head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: This doesn't really smell like anything. Faint corn and adjuncts, but thats about it.

T: Almost no flavor. Some corn and faint apple. Not much else.

M: Moderate carbonation and crisp.

D: This is definitely a shitty beer, but they go down like water. On a hot day, they are light and refreshing. Pop a lime in the bottle and you're good to go. Maybe I'm biased because I think back to pounding down buckets of Sols on the beach in Cancun.

Photo of drcarver
2.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - a straw yellow body with a small quick fading, lace free head

S - Mold and sweat.

T - a stale/mold flavor in the nose. Corn taste at the front. Like most Mexican beers lime would brighten it up

M - very light bodied and watery

D - Give me a hot day and something to do and I could easily kill a bunch.

Photo of nasty15108
2.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 32oz bottle into a pilener glass.

Poured a light yellow color with a thin head of white foam. Aroma of corn/grain and grass. Typical macro taste with a slightly sour finish. Pretty much what you would expect. Drink it extremely cold on a hot day or don't drink it.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear 33cl bottle poured into a Duvel glass, just to see if it could handle it.

It looked at home in the glass to be honest, small white head with a bubble filled light, golden body. Could have been a host of different lagers/pilsners.

Sweet, grassy and boringly nothingy, gets my standard 3 for non-smelling lager aroma score.

I had been cutting my grass before reviewing this, just as well, this is a 'lawn mowing' beer. Refreshing but tasteless and lacking in any identity or flavours.

Thin and watery, just like I expected.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.72/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.

Appearance - brilliant yellow beer with fast disappearing head. Substantial carbonation with some surface bubbles resulting and a little ring of lace.

Smell - citrusy-adjunct aromas with a fresh barley malt scent. Uninteresting, but not bad.

Taste - minimal flavour with peppery carbonation as with soda water. A little thin cornbread taste comes through at the end, which remains just for a few seconds. Finishes quite wet, but no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty active and not really very smooth. Makes you salivate so I suppose in that respect it's refreshing.

Drinkability - I first had this in quantity on a boat cruise a few years ago as one of only a few choices. It's not that it's not drinkable but it's pointless to choose this intentionally since there are so many better options.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a golden yellow. A finger of thin head developed but dissipated quickly to a leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: It's subdued, but grains, grains, grains.

Taste: Same as the smell: grains, grains, grains. It's remarkably simple and unspectacular; totally forgettable, regrettable, and any other dull related "-able" word. There's nothing to it. It's like a watered down watered down macro lager, but with good color.

Drinkability: I expected this, and won't even bother pouring the other five in a glass. Maybe Sol could spend a little less money plastering soccer stadiums with their logo to give their beer more bite. Even that "triple hops" brewing process may be worth checking out.

Photo of cjl1209
2.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey it's Cinco de Mayo so why not?

A - Pours a clear light gold with roughly 1 finger white head.

S - Light scents of grass and veggies.

T - Grains, sweet grass, and corn flakes. Leaves the mouth feeling very wet. Basically it tastes the same as Corona but costs less. And that's the best thing I can say about this beer.

M - Light and watery.

D - This was an easy drinker but desperately needed a garnish to enhance the flavor.
Final Thoughts: No lime? Then you are S.O.L. my friend.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cinco de Mayo deserves a little mexican beer, right? Pours a not quite pale yellow color with a effervescent white head that fades faster than the rising bubbles can feed it. Actually does leave a bit of lacing as the beer gets consumed.

Smell is faint, but unoffensive. Just a whiff of light malts and maybe a hint of roasted corn.

One can really taste the corn in this beer, has a corn flakey, mealy feel to it. Tastes fresh and clean, but there is just not that much to it. The carbonation when it is drank straight from the bottle helps add a bit of sustenance to it. I also like this one better without the lime.

Photo of atigerlife
2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank at a bar in Mexico...

Pours a clear golden with a white head that dissipates. Little carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is of corn/adjuncts. Some yeast in there.

Taste is adjuncts. Lacking in anything.

Mouthfeel is lightly cleansing and somewhat dead.

Overall, I drank the whole bottle but that will be my last.

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

Pale yellow beer with a head that is gone in seconds.Aroma and taste are your basic macros from Mexico.This beer is smooth refreshing and pretty decent.A great summer outing beer.I would recommend and enjoyed it enough to want to purchase agsin shortly.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
2.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- As clear as water and almost the same color. Lots of bubbles but no head. Color is almost piss yellow. Extra points for bottle design. I'm partial to the sun with eyes.

S- Metallic corn husk. A common lager scent in Mexico. There is a bit of sweetness and some cooked veggies.

T- The taste hard to find. Makes this beer good for certain occasions. The best parts about this beer are the label, the fact that it's a Mexican import, and the price. If I had written something about taste, this section of my review would be blank.

M- Drink cold, of course. Bubbly and ultra-light with a pinch of tannins and alcohol.

D- Ya I could drink this all night, but I won't if any other style of beer is available.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Head instantly disappears. Completely clear gold/yellow.
Smells like corn, Vegemite, corn flakes (as in the cereal), and there's also some metallic hint.
Definite cardboard taste, then some sweet corn, then a weak stale bitterness. There's also some lemon in there somewhere... or is that just the metallic aroma confusing me?
Bit too watery, but carbonation is quite good.
Good for knocking back when you can no longer taste what you're drinking (if you're into that kind of thing). Mind you, there's cheaper beers that are better for that anyway.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
2.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Recently, I took a trip to the beach, and this was the only beer for sale. For roughly the equivalent of $2-3 USD, a friend bought a whopping 1 liter bottle, or "caguama". It was poured into a big plastic glass, and I drank from it.

Looks good for such a darn cheap beer. Worthy of being called "Sun".

Smells like corn and chemicals. Ouch.

I have mixed feelings about the taste. Entering your mouth, it is very astringent and fizzy, like other mex lagers but worse. It's not terrible though before swallowing it. But it leaves a nasty aftertaste once it leaves the throat. It doesn't make you puke, but you just frown and you start to feel like spilling it intentionally on the sand.

Feels like an effervescent aspirine that hasn't finished breaking up in the water.

It's not hard to drink...and you'd rather drink it quickly before you can actually taste the nasty chemicals!!!

I guess I couldn't expect any better for such a misery $$ and well, being in a beach in the middle of nowhere. It is a really lousy brew which could really use a lot of improvement.

So, even if you're in a tropical beach tanning yourself with the sun and begging for something to refresh you, I still don't recommend it.

Photo of Kensai
3.26/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of the beers I drink the most all year round. The archetypal "Mexican" beer with its unmistakable main characteristic: it is L I G H T!

I almost always prefer it to its cousin (the "Corona Extra") because it is cheaper but of similar quality. I also like its history with the warranty of the founding German brewmaster.

Most people hate its color, actually I like it! It is pale yellow, typical for these kinds of beers with transparent bottles. Beware of storing them in the sunlight.

It doesn't smell much, so you could even skip this part unless you have placed a lime slice (I usually don't, however). Its taste is surprisingly nice: fresh and lightly acidic, great to accompany plates of pasta, fish or salads: anything that is relatively uncomplex, as this beer is. Don't expect to be flabbergasted by this lager though...

Drinkability?! Almost excellent because of its price and freshness. Love it!

Photo of Brad007
2.74/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-gold color with a two-finger head that fades down to a one-finger head.

Aroma is light and grainy with only a drop of cooked corn in the nose. A bit of sweetness is detected.

Taste is grainy and mildly sweet upfront with a bit of corn. Doesn't really taste skunked though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering corn and sweet/grainy malt. Inoffensive. Doesn't really register on the taste buds.

Your average Corona wanna-be. The exception is that I can actually keep this down while I'd be spitting out Corona. Average at best.

Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
58 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.