Tecate | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 05-20-2001

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Photo of James954
2.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz can

L: typical adjunct
S: mute with a bit of malty sweetness and corn
T: The sweeter/maltier side of Mexican adjuncts...nothing major, nothing overly offensive
F: decent soda pop style carbonation...does the job

Overall: Between this and Modelo, it's the sweeter of the 2. The bigger problem in South florida is price. 13.99+tax for a 12 pack and the taste is similar to Big Flats (the Walgreens beer selling for 2.99+tax for a 6pack. It is just not an economically viable beer for what it ultimately is.

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Photo of Squire123
2.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another undistinguished brew from South of the Border.

I like the packaging more than the beer. Don't know if the name/artwork is Aztec or something but it is interesting. Nothing remarkable about the beer except it's less flavorful than Bud Light.

This is the one you choose when the choice is this or no beer at all.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.81/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very cheap beer and taste wise you get what you bargain for.... it's a good ol' summer time macro, the budweiser of Mexico perhaps, although I suppose Corona can also serve that label, perhaps Tecate would be the Budweiser of mexico while Corona would be the Miller lite of Mexico? Eh, eitherway a very cheap beer you can get a 12 pack of these babies for under 10 dollars, pretty nice value but don't expect to be trippin' balls after a few brewskies, it's very mild 4.50% abv but really seems less than that. Pours a very light golden color with a pretty sizeable head pour which recedes very fast, there is some lacing on the glass and a very mediocre overall appearance to boot. The motto of this beer which you will see in all of it's ads is "Cerveza con Caracter" which roughly translates to "Beer with Character", I have to imagine that if this is "beer with character" than it's a pretty bland, inexpensive, mediocre looking character who is just oh so fun to hang out with in the Summer time all things considered ;)

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Photo of rorykanderson
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ahhh yes - the AAL. The lighting rod for the one-sided debate of what constitutes awful garbage beer. Light golden body = looks like piss. Light barley and wheat aroma = smells like piss in a cereal box. Corn/cereal taste = wet cardboard. If its ice cold and comes with lime then it tastes fine with your Tex Mex, but we all know that by now. Lower in quality and taste to the more superior mass-produced AAL on the market - Budweiser.

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Photo of davidperez
2.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served vigorously in a seidel, it pours a clear yellow with a one-finger head with some retention.

Smells of faint biscuit, corn. Not very perceptible.

Corn and sweet malts; you can also taste lager flavor. A mild bitterness balances the beer.

Crisp, watery mouthfeel, pleasant carbonation.

The definition of a flat beer.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.62/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Somewhat aggressive pour and very little rocky white head popped up and quickly dissipated. Very clear golden color with nice streaming bubbles.

Smell was just a sweet malt smell with some bready notes.

The taste was a nice balance of the barley and malts sweet with a bit of some burn about mid tongue.

Feel was very clean and somewhat fizzy with the carbonation. Just a bit of stickiness as the beer drops to the back of the throat.

A very easy drinking and refreshing beer that would be a welcome relief to a hot summer day like we get here in Las Vegas. I can see having a few with a nice BBQ!

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Photo of KACK1533
2.41/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tecate, more like Mexican Budweiser. Smells like cooked veggies with some metal thrown in there. Taste is corn with seltzer water. The head seemed to last for a minute or two then it died. There was no lacing left behind. I found this to be better than Corona, but not on the level of Dos Equis; it's in its own class. At 4.5% you could drink a whole lot and not get buzzed.

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Photo of Foam
2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

hot weather beer ... lawnmower beer (and etc etc etc...)
thin, metallic & bland in the mouth and the ABV seems to be very low as I can rip through 8 of these without blinking ...
considering the hot climate where this beer is produced, it's ok ... one shouldn't swill thick heavy hoppy beers in hot oppressive weather ... it'd kill you !
needless to say, Tecate is good with Mexican food / Asian food / light fare ...
ole . salud .

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Photo of Joefromgeorgia
2.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This is like a mexican yuengling. I can think of no other way to describe it. A little deeper and fuller flavor than a corona. Just spring for dos equis. Better yet get the amber

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Photo of transitionbikes93
5/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 5 star rating may be confusing, but compared to other Mexican beers, this deserves 5 stars. If your like me, you like bolder beers. Tecate, bold? I know your thinking, what the hell is wrong with this guy??? But as I mentioned before, I am comparing this to other Mexican beers (Corona, Sol, Modelo, Dos Equis) this is definitely on the bolder side. I can actually taste a little bit of hop. It's watery compared to beers I REALLY enjoy(Dales Pale Ale, Laggunitas Brown Shugga, Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA) but those beers are in a COMPLETELY different category. I love good beer, but I am no beer snob. Most weeks I can't afford the good stuff. So I drink a lot of lower end beer. And as awful as it sounds, I don't think its that bad. I actually enjoy the taste of an AAL. So yes, it gets 5 stars from me, because compared to other Mexican beers this actually tastes like beer.
Look-golden amber, looks good for what it is
Smell-Like a corn adjuncted aal
Taste-typical aal with some citrusy hop, and some sweet grainy malts
Feel-bubbly, smooth, grainy dry finish
Overall-my favorite Mexican cerveza yet!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.86/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Can purchased and drank alongside some Mexican food, about the only good way to take this beer down.

It's clear straw yellow, fizzy looking.

Smells like cereal grain, corn, and lager yeast.

This is hardly any good, but it does get the job done. It's crisp, and got a sweet cereal graininess that's not entirely unpleasant, but it's such a non-descript beer that it's hard to say really anything decent about it.

This is light bodied, crisp, like most of the style.

Works well with Mexican food, but not really all that recommended in any other scenario.

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Photo of beveragebattle
1.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Round 1-Value
Tecate Lager@ $6.49 per sixer with 4.5% ABV

Round 2-Aroma
Tecate: Citrus and grainy aromas

Round 3-Flavor
Tecate: The palate is light with a touch of citrus and a caramel finish

Round 4-Finish
Tecate: 15-20 seconds

Round 5-Packaging
Tecate: The Tecate 12 oz. bottle is a standard beer bottle. The trademark Tecate black eagle is front and center on the front and Necker labels surrounded by red and gold.

Tecate is a tough sell. There are too many beer options at the $6-7 price point that are far superior in taste and aroma than Tecate.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Corona’s had it easy with stablemates such as Sol and that-other-cheap-one-I-see-everywhere-but-whose-name-escapes-me, at least you can put a wedge of lime in the bottle and add some flavour to non-existent nothing Lager it is. Now it’s time for Tecate - which I hear tell is also salvaged by the addition of lime... “It’s times like this I wonder why I even review beer” he said knowingly to glass of amber soda pop in front of him.

Poured from a 355ml can into the cheapest, plainest drinking glass I could find.

A: Clear straw yellow body with a wispy 1 cm white head which soon reduces to a light sea foam covering. Not a bad looking Adjunct Lager... not fantastic either, but then again we never expected it to be did we Steve? Damn straight. 6/10.

S: Cabbage and cider apples with a cereal grain backing... wow this really suffers without a lime even in the aroma - there is little redeeming Tecate at this stage. The cabbage note increases as the beer warms so plug your nose and drink it quick is what the Dr recommends. 4/10.

T: Cider apples, corn with a hint of HFCS (Americans know this one well: High Fructose Corn Syrup - which for unfamiliar Australian readers has a refined sugar syrup taste). Finish is ever slightly dry and granular. Aftertaste is quickly forgotten with a trace of metal. Look overall the flavour isn’t as shit as expected. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fizzy carbonation that goes flat surprisingly quick. 5/10.

D: I’ve certainly had worse Lagers than this, and I could imagine the chilled brew/hot day dichotomy working in the favour of Tecate... and ‘yes’ a lime would factor into the equation too. Will it ever replace Corona as my “It’s bloody hot on this beach - drinking beer is a good idea right now” Lager? No, but the scores are very close indeed - Corona just edges this brew out as my middle of summer Lager*. 6/10.

Food match: Nachos... or something else Mexican... and yes I am getting lazy with these suggestions, shuddup.

*Bear in mind [quick if it’s a brown bear: play dead] an Australian summer makes most summers feel tame by comparison (with highs of +38 Celsius/+100 Fahrenheit not uncommon) and a cold Adjunct Lager goes down a treat in this climate.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: I did not really see any foam with the Tecate I drank.
Smell: Tecate had the aroma of alcohol and grain. Tecate had the aroma that reminds me of beer.
Taste: Tecate had a light taste. Tecate had the flavours of corn mixed with fermented grain.
Feel: Tecate had good carbonation.
Overall: Tecate is a beer for people who seek a refreshment during warm weather.

I purchased a can of Tecate for $1.99 USD in Glendale/CA/USA.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

That beer smell, nothing to my untrained nose can note that makes it anything other than beer of the lager kind.
But the look! Again, nothing special, a nice pale gold color, very thin foam head while poured into a glass, dissipates quickly.
The taste? Cheap lager beer, not watered down though like most cheap ones. Has a lager taste. Not too carbonated, goes down easy. Nice on a hot day like today.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
2.13/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Usual lager junk. Nothing Special. Had this from a can at a Mexican restaurant, poured into a frosted mug with a lime. just wanted to try something I haven't had before.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.82/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this one. Got kind of hooked on it when I lived in El Paso for nearly 5 years. Throw a lime in it and it tastes even better. Very moderately priced as well, I thought this was a good beer at the price point.

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2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I admit I'm not a AAL lover, but where I live, this stuff is everywhere. Honesty you could put this and dos Equis side by side and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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Photo of Anacross
1.76/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A very average beer if you're not picky enough to go look for something better.
Tastes and smells like corn. Smells like a dirty rag. Watery and too much carbonation. Just another beer to avoid.

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Photo of MissYa
4.58/5  rDev +75.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I only drink beers with a dash of bloody mary mix, in this case it was delicious! I haven't enjoyed it at home yet, I tend to go for the cheaper beers to mix at home. Pints & Quarts in Lacey, Wa is where the bartender recommended tecate for red beer.

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Photo of JasonR32
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is as average as a beer can be. It looks like a beer, has the stereotypical beer taste and just feels like a good old fashioned beer. It's not good, it's not bad, it's a beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From bottle, Clear yellow pour, corn grass hay aroma and taste the same but it's sweet typical lager taste. Not to bad for lager be good on really hot day.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.9/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really light hop bitterness. Bread and malts are present. Straw color appearance. Regular lager style. Better than Modelo and Corona. Its up there with Bohemia and Carta Blanca. Really good. Cheers!

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Photo of clager
3.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass. Appearance is clear yellow/amber. Minimal head. Smell is ok, I appreciated some cinnamon. Taste is similar, easy drinking with more sweetness than is typical of a lager, more so reminded me of an amber. Not very bitter. Well carbonated. Overall much better than expected, I would order this again. Might be even better with lime.

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Photo of Baja_Mike
4.4/5  rDev +68.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised at the number of low ratings for this beer. IMHO, this is probably the best beer of any large scale brewery. Certainly the best of the Mexican beers, which are generally underrated as a whole (though I don't care for Corona; nor do the Mexicans). I spend about half my time in Mexico, so I will assert that I've thoroughly researched the latter opinion. :-) Good all around beer; excellent price/perforance value.

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Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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