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

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977 Ratings

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 27.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sol. Punto. I think it's hot that they're got a period after "Sol" on the bottle. Speaking of, this beer's bottle is classic and reminds me of bottled drinks that you can buy out in the middle of nowhere in Latin America--but that you have to leave the bottle after you drink. They always seem to have the etched on logo motif.

Nice fluffy cotton head over a pale gold body. Light lacing. The smell kind of gets you in the nose, tart. Also whiffs of sweet malts and the occasional hop or two. I like it. The taste is light, with traces of lime. Light hop presence up front and in the rear.

Pretty solid, average beer. But I wouldn't drink it except to hold the bottle it comes in.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 08:34:18 | More by donnebaby
Photo of Zorro


2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep clear yellow brew.

Smell is a bit of corn and that is all that is there.

Taste is kind of a flat corn funk. Let me try that again. Yep, Plain corn funk.

Mouthfeel is Budweiser.

Drinkable as in, only if I have no other choice. This is not a good brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 05:23:28 | More by Zorro
Photo of Redrover


1.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow, what can you say about this beer,? I’m not sure, but I’m guessing it was developed to be a Corona knock-off. If anything, it is even worse.

12 oz clear bottle. Beer pours a very light yellow, very translucent. No real head or lacing.

Not much to smell. Perhaps a bit of grass and some sulfur type aroma that creeps from the glass.

Taste is as bland as the beer looks. A bit of sweetness and not much else. Here is one beer that a lime helps the taste as there is no real taste to begin with. The beer is very thin and watery. Why would anyone drink this?

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 02:13:04 | More by Redrover
Photo of PopeJonPaul


1.98/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A bottle of this has skulked in the back of my refrigerator longer than I can remember, how it got here is a mystery. So what the hell...

Looks like a Corona (pale gold), tastes like a Corona (has that funny 'edge' most Mexican macros have but otherwise is pretty tasteless.) Didn't smell like much of anything and has an unpleasant aftertaste. On a hot summer day this might be OK with a lime, certainly not my choice though. If you like Corona you might like this, they are pretty similar in color and taste. Buy whichever one is cheaper, they're interchangeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 22:53:33 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of vwahaszee

Quebec (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is kind of like corona in look and taste. However, I liked this more than corona because the smell wasn't so skunky. This was also pretty drinkable, mainly because it tasted like water. I didn't try it with a lime, which may have given the beer some positive taste. Overall, I don't see a purpose in drinking this any more since it doesnt offer a distinctive taste that I could enjoy, although I would be willing to have it at a party or something.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 22:10:08 | More by vwahaszee
Photo of Globetrotter


2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found this in a Moscow supermarket, and had to give it a try. The label claims this is the most popular Mexican beer in Europe. Sure see a lot more Corona around here... Comes in the pictured clear 33cl bottle with setting sun on the label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. No freshness data.

Pours a clear pale gold under a big but thin white head that fades quickly to film but does leave some decent lacing. The smell is pretty grim - corn, dirty laundry, and bitter lemon. The mouth is prickly and heavy from a hint of corn syrup. The taste has lots of grain and popcorn features, followed by, well, nothing actually. No hops, no finish, really no aftertaste. This is not really, really horrible, but it sure is unsatisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 18:55:22 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of Reidrover


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

Ok broke down and bought a 12 oz for oldtimes sake. Sounds strange butin late 1980s, early 90s Scottish nightclubs this was THE Mexican beer , Corona hardly ever heard of. So I had not tasted this since circa 1991..and now Im gonna do the ultimate dare and actually drink it without lime!!!.
Not too bad of an appearance a nice golden colour, largish pure white head..goes fast, little lacing.
Smell is remarkably not skunked and is mainly of hops.
expected more from the taste but its very thin..and only comes alive on the back of the tonguewith a small doise of hop.
NOt impressed by the feel of the beer..way too thin.
Its drinkable and certainlly much better than Corona..ah well but i can wait another 13 years until I have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 02:40:06 | More by Reidrover
Photo of francisweizen


2.95/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice mexi-lager sampled in Tijuana. A light golden colour with light aromas of hops and malts. The taste is well balanced but the mouthfeel is a bit too watery for my tastes. The drinkability, however, is wonderful in the 90 degree Tijuana winter sun!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 18:49:18 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Jarod


2.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear bottle with silk-screened logo

This beer poured into the glass a crystal clear golden yellow that when held up was chock full of carbonation bubbles dancing in the light. The head that was produced was pure white in color, somewhat sticky, and lasted for a few moments then fell to nothing but a ring on the edges. Some sticky lace present. The aromas were hardly there, very plain. I nosed corn grains, pepper, and light alcohol. Not very appealing in the aroma dept. just plain. The tastes were alittle better then the smell, I tasted some malt, corn (grain, husk), black pepper, a hop and an overall feeling of wateriness on the tongue. The aftertaste was more of a feeling of water and hints pepper. Light to light medium bodied. Not that good of a beer, the lime is a must. I tried drinking without for rating, but the lime is needed. It also must be served cold. As it warms, it becomes less desirable. Not a great example of Mexican beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 20:43:01 | More by Jarod
Photo of sardonic

Manitoba (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's interesting that Corona would is more popular than Sol, considering Sol is the same type of beer, about the same price, and is better than Corona in my opinion. Pale yellow in color, smells of corn. Also tastes somewhat like corn. I'm not sure if I'd drink this again, but I'll take it over Corona.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 04:12:49 | More by sardonic
Photo of RoyalT


1.15/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance – Yellow body with a tinge of orange. No cabeza on this cervesa.

Smell – The only scent I can pick up from the glass is creamed corn in a can.

Taste – Caramba! This can’t be good. It tastes like someone rolled a skunk in corn batter and somehow crammed the poor little guy into a bottle. There’s some sweetness in there, but I think that’s just my gums bleeding.

Mouthfeel – There’s some faint Alka-seltzer type of carbonation in there, but otherwise it’s pretty dead.

Drinkability – Forget the lime, you’re gonna have to plop a watermelon in the glass to cover up this taste.

Comments – This is one bad beer. The Sol has set.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 00:42:11 | More by RoyalT
Photo of stoutman


1.78/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mamma told me if I ain't got nothin' nice to say, don't say nothin' at all. Pours a light straw color, if you're inclined to actually do so. Also smells and tastes like straw. A bit of a can of corn flavor, with slightly more more life than a corona but not worth the movement to remove the cap. Nothing terribly offensive at least. Really, this is some crappy stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 00:09:21 | More by stoutman
Photo of palliko


3.28/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like Mexican beers. That being said, this one is different from the others. Corona is skunky. Carta Blanca is the most mild and drinkable of them all.

Sol falls somewhere in between. Not much there in the foam or lacing department, but still a GREAT lawn mower beer. On a hot day, put in a slice of lime, and: you have refreshment!

This beer is the best of both worlds.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 23:20:21 | More by palliko
Photo of BeerBuilder


2.05/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It pours to a brilliant, clear straw color with a white head. The aroma is grainy, with corn aromas. The flavor is light in malt and hops, with a bit of sweet graininess. It is very light in body. There is not much to say about this beer. I'd never drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 07:55:16 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The main thing that struck me while I was drinking Sol was that it felt like FEMSA's answer to Corona. Everything about this beer seemed like a competitive response to their main competitor Modelo's leading beer. From the clear screen-printed bottle, to the color, smell, taste, and mouthfeel, I got the sense that this was supposed to be as tasteless and image-based as Corona. However, somewhere in the process this beer turned out to be slightly better than its skunky and harsh rival.

Sol pours a pale yellowish straw color with some very active carbonation. A thin fizzy white head forms and disappears quickly. The smell is like Corona, except much less skunkier. Only a hint of skunk remains, and the aroma is mostly of heavily cooked adjuncts which lend a musty smell to the nose. The mouthfeel is similar to Corona too: thin and seltzer-like. The initial taste is of heavily cooked/lightly burnt corn/adjunct taste. Kind of reminds me of a burnt Wheat Thin cracker (minus the wheat, of course!). Elsewhere, this beer is very watery on the palette, with basically some cooked grain flavors barely making a presence. A light hop bitterness in the finish is the only thing telling you that there is any hops in this beer whatsoever. The aftertaste is near non-existant with some continuing light cooked grains, and no alcoholic warmth to speak of.

Because of the lack of skunk and harshness, this is a little bit easier to drink than Corona. It would probably benefit from being served with a lime, although I had none handy at the time. In summary, this is another mainstream Mexican beer that can be passed over.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 12:17:02 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of ipogios


1.73/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a yellowish colour topped by a very poor thin head that fades very quickly. The aroma consists of hops and very light lemon hints. Awuful taste PLUS while in the mouth it doesn't feel like beer at all. As long as u swallow it before it even touches ur taste buds this beer goes down like water. If it does touch ur taste buds u might even want to spit it. Just don't drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 11:42:59 | More by ipogios
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got a sixer of this the other day. I was in the mood for a real light beer, so a real light beer I got. If I were a football team(hypothetically speakin' ofcourse) and I was looking for some drink to have during the game, I would go with Sol, because it's so watery. It's watery, but refreshing. Other than that, it has no redeeming qualities. I might get it again, if I am looking for imported water... er um, beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 17:38:24 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Gusler


1.3/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This will be short and sweet as I won’t waste your time of mine, but I had to re-sample as it’s been almost 4 years since my last sample and I hoped for better things alas I was wrong.

The beer pours a clear gold with a smallish white head that is bubbly in texture, the lace a decent covering sheet with the front sweet and lightly malted, top is watery. Finish is somewhat acidic, the hops mild and the aftertaste sweet and somewhat dry, a totally forgettable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 07:06:33 | More by Gusler
Photo of doho95fu


3.15/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't mind this beer as much as previous reviewers. The context may have something to do with my opinion since I was in Mexico where good beers are few and far between. The color was the typical lager yellow and the flavor did yearn for lime. However, there was no Corona aftertaste, and it did feel good going down. With an ABV of 6%, it was a more welcome beer than others in MX.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 07:50:21 | More by doho95fu
Photo of Dogbrick


1.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Yikes but this is not a very good beer. We had no other option on a Margarita Cruise in Acapulco so I had a few cups of this to verify my dislike. Typical Mexican watered down, yellow, bland crud.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 07:55:17 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of these is enough....but I am glad I met it.....ABV listed on this imported bottle at 4.5.....Limited carbonation leaving a flat taste and limiting drinkability....no harmful aftertaste but also no desire for another....

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 18:32:09 | More by Shiloh
Photo of BeerAngel


2.38/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear golden color with a small head that fades quickly as do most of this style. The smell is that of a slight hint of hops and sweet grain and corn which also seems to be common to the style. Has a dry type taste that drops off quickly while leaving your mouth with the taste of almost pure water. Odd experience with each swallow! You have to discern the taste quickly because it disappears as quickly as it comes. Hops can be tasted in this brew but much else....I don't know except the normal VERY faint sweet corn taste. Not good in my book. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 10:58:59 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Jason


2.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear glass long neck bottle with a silk-screened label with no freshness date. Pale yellow colour, very clear. The white lace sticks and stays a bit but not long enough.

Big corn grit aroma with faint fusel alcohols.

Big bitty mouth feel from a flat out dominant corn grit and grain husk flavour. Hop bitterness rides this and actually intensifies it in the middle for an astringently bittern flavour. Dry and grainy finish.

Just like Corona, needs a lime … any beer that needs a lime is not worth drinking.A sub-premium lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 14:27:37 | More by Jason
Photo of jackndan


3.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Sol: I do not know how I got this, but it was much better than several mexi-lagers I’ve had in the past. Every thing about this beer screams light: aroma, body, taste, head, and appearance. On the other hand it did not have that unpleasant aroma of Corona, and it was as easy a beer to drink as I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 19:03:58 | More by jackndan
Photo of Pegasus


2.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium gold color with lively carbonation, decent snow white head, modest lace. Cooked vegetable aroma with astringent odors as well, slight hints of malt. Taste is quite weak, little more than carbonated mineral water. Hints of malt at the beginning, lots of stinging carbonation and a powdery dry finish with some washed out hops. I am not certain that I would recognize this as beer in a blind taste test - not saying that to be insulting to this beer, but the taste is that weak. Try Carta Blanca instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 19:46:34 | More by Pegasus
Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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