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

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1,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.42/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It comes in a clear bottle, so it is easy to see that this is a typical, not inspiring clear straw yellow. Aroma is so-so; I had a hard time discerning it thanks to the obligatory lime, which masked what little aroma the beer has. Flavor is typical of a lager, rather thin and not memorable. Texture is smooth - the best aspect of this beer.

Cyberkedi, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
1.85/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a sixpack of this because it was $4 and all I had on me was $4.50.

A: Pours a light, golden body with a small, white head with some retention, but no real lacing to note.

S: A kind og sour, malt smell with some alcohol undertones. To me, it did not seem good that the alcohol was evident since the beer itself does not have not much in it.

T: Not much of a taste. Reminded me of Coors Light, but with no taste, just sour bitterness. I was not impressed at all.

M: A light and slightly watery mouthfeel; like seltzer water.

D: You can drink this stuff because it is a step above the cheap stuff you bought in college. Otherwise, I can't really see myself buying this one again.

maddogruss, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
2.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow, some head after an agressive pour dissapears quickly

Not much aroma here, some yeast smell and skunkiness

More yeast taste in the brew. Adjuncts, lemon hops. Tastes like a bad homebrew. Too much carbonation with a really light watery body is a bad combo here

EatsTacos, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.13/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I received this from a buddy (just to try not because he liked it) and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Crystal clear gold color with a white head that dissipated rather fast because of the high carbonation and no lacing.
Smell: Kind of skunky, hints of roasted malt, and perhaps a bit of spice.
Taste: Sweet, again more of that roasted malt (odd for a macro lager), no depth at all.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, a bit better than average American Macro Lagers.
Drinkability: Average.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I just found two of these guys in the back in the fridge... the spoils of throwing the parties I guess.

I poured one from the clear 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It looks exactly like I would expect a budweiser to look, with maybe a little bit more head, although it dissipated quickly.

The aroma reminds me of draft Natty light... not good.

The taste has a hint of corn in it, but mostly watery, not very good at all.

It's a ery drinkable beer, if you're looking for something different than the American macros but aren't sure what to go for. I'd avoid it.

It's quite chuggable, not a good sign if you're looking for some taste.

theboozecruise, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.2/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale yellow with a modest white head and few lacings.

Aroma is very mild almost none.

Taste is very light with some corn, mild sweetness, and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is alright for the type.

Drinkability is actually quite good for hot weather refreshment. Might be a good alternative to water. A better choice than Corona for sure.

Spikester, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Derek
2.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you're looking for a good lager, you're S.O.L.

A: Clear yellow with a white head; no retention or lacing.

S: Some floral hops, a little catty, hints of spice, slightly vegetal.

T: There's some hop flavour here: floral & slightly peppery, but cream corn dominates (a combination of adjuct & DMS?). Bitterness is very mild.

M: Light to moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: With some lemon & sunshine, it might be alright.

Derek, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of GrimmReaper
2.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale piss yellow, bubbly with small white head and little lacing,not much to the nose here,some grains and wet grass,no skunk though,suprised me,you can taste the grains,grass and maybe a little sour that puckers the mouth,very lite,goes down really easy,not for sipping just chug-a-lug on a hot day,very easy to drink and drink....no buzz though.

GrimmReaper, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of yael6666
1.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pale yellow... reminds me off piss, few quick bubbles, and no foam.

S:It smells like a good beer heated and chilled for many times, the coin smell i call it, you can smell at least the corn, and hops of lime.

T. Barley noticable, you don´t get the corn or the malt just a bitter average american macro lager taste... nothing to say.

M.Good carbonation for the people who wants to get wasted in the beach... it´s so lihgt that you can drink 15 beers.. (but you have to be drunk to handle it)

D. This feature is probably the best of this beer... due to it´s light flavor and it´s low carbonation it´s easy to drink when you want just to cool yourself on the beach.

Im mexican... i like some mexican beers (artesanal mostly).
The foreign visitors think that this beer´s the best mexican beer... i want them to taste some others (Bohemia -best commercial mexican beer-) Minerva (stout, viena) Tempus (artesanal mexican beers)

Please dont think of sol when you think of mexican beers

yael6666, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of BeerCon5
3.55/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, straw yellow color with very thin head.

Not much to the smell, some corn and yeast.

The taste is mostly of corn, also a slight citrus taste, maybe lime.

Very light and thin, a little watery with good carbonation.

Very easy drinker. This beer was much better than I had expected. I bought a few of these in Mexico while on a cruise since they were $3 cheaper than the beer on the boat. This is one of the better macros I've had.

BeerCon5, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of bort11
1.73/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Thin white head. Clear pale yellow. Spotty lacing.

Smell is barely noticeable. Thin corn grit aroma and a hint of lemon hops. Taste is like club soda with a dash of corn syrup.

Mouthfeel is very watered down and over carbonated. Not good at all.

bort11, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
2.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up for a concert tailgate the other day. Enjoyed it cold out of the bottle as a nice hot day easy drinker. Giving one a go for review.

12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a perfecrtly clear light yellow color. About a finger of white head fades quickly but a tiny capper remains for a while.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose. Tiny malt aroma, some corn flake kind of smell as well.

T - A clean taste with a tiny bit of sugary sweetness.

M - Thin and a bit watery.

D - A fairly flavorless, but somewhat refreshing brew for a hot day.

Notes: A Mexi-lager that you can out down cold out of a cooler. Has its place in that capacity.

EStreet20, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of sraimondi
3.13/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from a 12 oz. clear bottle. Pours a nice golden color with about a 1 inch quickly vanishing head. Some spot lacing.

Smell was dominated by malt, although quite faint. Also pick up some minor sweetness.

Taste is surprisingly good for the style. Doesn't have any skunkiness like Corona, which I refuse to drink anymore (it has really devolved into a brew for those who think themselves "cool", and Corona Light, huh....). Taste is close to smell, mostly malt sweetness, with no hops to speak of, but not really unbalanced.

The mouthfeel is quite full and actually seems a bit cream ale-ish. Very good.

Overall, this is a very good beer for the Mexican macro style, one of the better ones I have had in the USA, IMO.

For what it is, not a bad brew. I will be buying some more.

sraimondi, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of bbeerman
1.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow, this was like a cheaper version of Corona. I'd have a difficult time describing the appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel and drinkability beyond the grade I've already given.

I was not impressed with this beer and I cannot imagine it gets any better at the source (in Mexico). My wife tells me they sell these two for $1 on the beaches of Cancun. Needless to say, I think they probably are overcharging.

bbeerman, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of BoSox5902
4.6/5  rDev +89.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a great mexican beer, not as good as tecate, but way better than the overrated corona. this beer is very refreshing and is good with lime and salt on a hot day. they finally started selling it by my house, its a little pricey for a six pack, but a 32oz caguama is cheaper than a 24oz of corona

BoSox5902, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
2.65/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a thin, airy head. Minimal retention.

Some sweet malts on the nose with notable corn scents as well. Taste is more on the malty side and with a slight bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is moderate allowing for a decent feel and drinkability. Not too fizzy like their light beer.

HalfFull, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Rayek
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at Hacienda Colorado.

A: Yellow brew with active carbonation. Has very good clarity. White head starts out with an OK size, but dissolves to nothing within a couple of minutes. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Not much to smell. Sweet, with aromas or corn, apple and a little grass.

T: Tastes mostly like fermented corn grits with a mild biting bitterness. Finishes relatively clean.

M: Light body has too much fizz and is somewhat syrupy.

D: OK with mexican food I guess. A cut above Corona, but that's not saying much.

Rayek, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear honey-gold with a scarce, fizzy off white head that quickly dissipated leaving no visible lacing behind. Visible carbonation was medium strong.

S: The nose was light with dried honey flowery hopping.

T: The initial flavor was quite strange and hard to describe at first. There was some honey sweetness that was balanced out by some soft fresh flowery hopping. The beer finished with a noticeable honey flavor but was quick off the tongue. Overall the flavor was basic, sweet, and for the most part non-offending.

M: a medium viscosity, buttery slick on the tongue with a good carbonation backing things up providing a nice feel.

D: Overall a sweet drinking beer by style, probably good for the warm weather and beaches of mexico. Would definitely pick this over a corona any day.

beerthulhu, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of garak99
1.58/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tried this beer just for the heck of it. It tasted bad and tasted like weak lemonade. Did not like it at all. It was pale in color and a weak appearance. I guess all beers from Mexico are not alike. This beer looks and taste as if someone brewed it in there backyard. I'm not a fan of Bud but next to Sol but was far and above 99% better

garak99, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Teke0611
3.1/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this last week while down in Cozumel in a can while wandering around the island. Hard to tell for sure on the appearance, other than peering into the can in the massive sunlight. Seemed okay; I would assume that it's the same appearance as their bottle offerings in the states. In 88 degree weather and 70% humidity, the smell and mouthfeel were decent. However, the taste was difficult due to the rapid warming nature of the beer in my hand in that environment - it got hot quickly. But, when I first cracked it open, it was quite drinkable. Apparently, many locals prefer this beer along with Dos XX. Myself, I stuck with Negra Modelo on tap at the resort for free.

Teke0611, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
3.43/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a sixer of this stuff earlier today before band practice. I remembered the bottle as a kid, as my parents drank a lot of this stuff.

The appearance is a mild, almost watered down yellow with a quick fading head. Nothing too extraordinary about it, but it was a decent shade of yellow.

For a Mexican lager, this stuff actually smelt pretty good. There was a high level of corn and what not, but it still smelled a bit better than other lagers I've had as of recent.

Taste was pretty snappy for a Mexican beer. As much as it smelled, the taste had a strong corn flavor to it, but it wasn't overpowering, and it finished with a nice and smooth ending.

Mouthfeel was average at best. As a lager, it goes down quickly, but there isn't much flavor to savor once it hits your tongue. Not a bad beer at all, and good to quench thirst, that's for sure.

Drinkability was pretty good! They go quickly and certainly leave a stigma in the mouth for wanting to drink more. Overall, it isn't a bad beer at all. I'd but it again to battle against the hot summer days of this burning sun!

Getinthevan, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
1.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I had absolutely no expectation for this beer, but it surpsised me in some ways.

Served straight from the bottle. Bartender did not offer a glass. Ice-cold this is crisp, slightly sweet, and not alot going on. As it warms a bit it is slightly more flavorful but not in a great way. I never let it warm too much as I knew what it would taste like. Some adjunct flavors are detected but when drank at a cold enough temp, they aren't horrible. Yes, avoid, but when you are offered a mystery beer on the cheap. Try it and enjoy cold.

rtratzlaff, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of semihobo
4.05/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it from a closed cardboard case so it should be unskunked. No freshness date. Busted it out shortly after biking home in the summer heat... if there was ever a time for a Sol, it's now.

Clear, pale yellow body, one-bubble-thick head, large bubbles rising lazily. Head retention is lousy but there are some curtains of lace (!!) clinging to the sides of the glass halfway through.

Smells of corn, a little grassy. Some rice. Clean smell.

Very, very clean taste. Not much there, but hey, that's the aim of the style. A grainy start, a slight grassy/metallic hop note, and then it glides into a "clear" finish that is totally devoid of taste, while cold. Definite sour note as it warms -- keep this bad boy chilled.

Mouthfeel is light, just like water. Not as bubbly as La Croix, otherwise pretty similar.

Drinkability is excellent, I could go to town on case of cold Sol. Dinged only for cost and availability. Sol would be the college party beer of choice if sold for $10/30pack like Key Light.

I feel dirty giving this such high marks but hey, it's not trying to be an IPA. It is definitely, definitely better than the majority of macro lagers out there. Within the style, a surprisingly good brew.

semihobo, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of shroompod
3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color. Very little head , no lacing.

Smell is slightly grainy , some corn.

This beer is about what I's expect , slightly sweet , very small hop presence.

Mouthfeel is thin , watery , and seems to be lacking something.

Overall not the worst macro I've had. I'd drink this before a Corona.

shroompod, May 29, 2008
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very underwhelming beer. The color is pale, straw yellow. Fizzy white head. Smell & taste? Well, there really is no smell & taste to this beer. Maybe a hint of malt in there somewhere. Otherwise, it really just tastes just *slightly* stronger than carbonated water. Could you drink a bunch of these on a hot summer day at the beach? Sure. Would you enjoy it as much as a Dos Equis? Not at all.

oldirtycaffrey, May 12, 2008
Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
59 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.