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


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1,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 1299
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 25.9%

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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: pezoids on 05-20-2001)
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Photo of Retroman40


2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Ice cold 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Straw color with a fleeting head.

S - Picked up some adjuncts with no malt or hops

T - Corn, grains and some hops.

M - Adequate carbonation, very neutral finish.

O - There are far better choices if you want a Mexican beer. This one is like drinking an AAL.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 10:07:19 | More by Retroman40
Photo of MarkoNm


1.6/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Tecate pours out a clear golden content with a small white head, hardly worth mentioning.
The aroma is quite weak, just some malty smell and some minimal grains.
The taste is similarly non-distinctive. Slightly sweet, watery, with a very weak bitterness in the finish. A bit of a disappointmnet, really.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 16:01:31 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of KYGunner


2.93/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a bit darker than your run of the mill adjunct lager. The head was high and fluffy on a bed of thick carbonation.

The scent was more grainy than I expected with some barley tones and a hop characteristic. Typically in the adjuncts the scent is all corn but this tended towards the barley.

The flavor is more towards the grain as well as I catch hints of barley malt, biscuity caramel malts and then a corny adjunct finish.

The feel is a bit less refreshing then other Mexican adjuncts but the flavors and scent are better so I feel it makes it better than so many others.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:58:30 | More by KYGunner
Photo of GMB


2.85/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A gentle pour yields a yellow body typical of macro adjunct lagers. This one appears a bit lighter than the Model Especial which which I'm comparing it. The head appears and disappears quickly. Carbonation is more aggressive than that in the Modelo.

The nose is fainter than that of Modelo Especial's. Tecate's malt characteristics are similar: sweet corn and not much else. However, unlike its cousin, Tecate does, on repeated, focused sniffs, offer some faint, noble-type hop aromas.

The taste more or less follows the nose. There's nothing here to be surprised about. Sweet corn up front. Faint, musky hops on the backend. After repeated sips, I'm forced to conclude that this beer is hoppier than most macros, but also less complex (insofar as any macro lager can be!) Modelo Especial.

The body of this beer isn't bad. It's full enough to feel substantial, but doesn't sacrifice lightness, a quality that I look for in lagers and pilseners. A swish around the palate produces a nice foam that is mostly soft with a little bite. Very nice. In fact, that's the kind of mouthfeel that would be excellent complementing a crisp, flavorful, well-balanced lager. Tecate isn't any of these three things. What a shame.

In the final analysis, despite Modelo Especial's slightly more complex flavor profile, I might still choose a Tecate over a Modelo Especial. I'm a fan of crisp lagers and mild hop flavors, and, despite feeling somewhat watery towards the end, Tecate delivered in those two departments more than Modelo Especial did.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 19:56:10 | More by GMB
Photo of Beerwolf666


3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A fairly good Mexican Macro Lager,with a Bit more Flavor then Most other Mexican Adjunct Lagers,I have always Liked a lot of Mexican Lagers because of their smoothness,they may not have tons of flavor,and can taste a Bit watered down @ times,but Generaly speaking,I will pick a Mexican Macro Lager Over an American Macro Lager any day of the week,Tecate may not be a Great beer,but for it's style,it is a "Good" Beer,and it is Priced right too, a 12ver cost about 10 Bucks,so it is much Cheaper then Sol or Corona,and as far as Flavor goes,Tecate has em both beat hands down,it may not be quite as Smooth as Sol or Corona,but trust me,Tecate still slides down super Fast!~
Tecate pretty much looks like most other Macro Lagers when poured,a straw yellow to semi golden color,pretty light looking,as with most Macro lagers,Not much Head to speak of,but what there is of it is fluffy white~
the aroma is pretty standard also,Grainy,Grassy,a little malty,nothing special.
where Tecate really stands out over most other Mexican OR American Mass produced Macro lagers,is it's Taste,you get the standard Grainy,light Malty flavor,but you also get a Little Hops in the Finish,overall,I enjoy this Beer quite a Bit.
I love my Craft Beers,and have no problem Paying for Quality Beer,I really enjoy a well Crafted beer with tons of Flavor,a Rocky head that last the whole beer,world class Lacing,Drinking Fine quality beer can be a wonderful Experience to say the least,But when you just want an Ice cold Beer on a Hot day,Tecate is a really nice choice,it is also a fantastic beer to take to a BBQ,Because you know damn well there will more than Likley be nothing besides light beer in all those coolers..yuck!hehe;)
Cheers & Peace2All.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 13:05:33 | More by Beerwolf666
Photo of smokinyodas


3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprising I actually enjoyed this beer and it was sold at a good price. The labeling is a little odd with the red & gold with eagle-wings logo, surely it stands out, but also makes me feel out of place.

They recommend this beer be served cold, but I can confirm it holds up well in the warm humid climates such as Florida.

The appearance is a pale golden lager with lots of carbonation and a white lace.

The smell is a light floral hops and faint grain aroma.

The taste is very smooth with a sugary sweet malted barley. Aided with the traditional condiments found at the beach, I find that lime and salt actually improves the flavor you would typically find complimented with a classic Corona.

With all of that said however, this beer will probably not win any awards at beeradvocate because it lacks any qualities or features that distinguishes itself from the average light lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 17:13:28 | More by smokinyodas
Photo of Hulk_Beer


3.01/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review as I drink. Really disappointed to find out this is an adjunct, not a vienna lager. Oh well.

app- darker yellow. Golden, almost. Looks almost as bubbly as champagne. Head pours bright white and disappears in seconds. Sound familiar?

sml- Grainy, corn smell is prominent, as is some weak malt. Grassy, I suppose would be a word to describe it. No hop, of course.

tst- Sharp but inoffensive hops kick the back end. Up front is the malt and grain sweetness. The rest is water. It's actually a decent flavor for what it is.

mf- Watery, light, flaccid.

Could I drink this? I think so. I might even be okay with it. But I wouldn't stock it in my house. It's just too weak, too scared to be a beer. That's why I dislike adjuncts and even some lighter lagers. Actually, a pure lager would be a godsend right about now. Bitterness is there and is kind of impressive. I think I admire it, I just don't like it.


Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:55:13 | More by Hulk_Beer
Photo of DavidS88


2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tecate to me seemed like a rich man's Corona Extra. Now while that may not be saying much, that doesn't mean that I didn't reasonably enjoy this beer while drinking it. Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, Tecate is your usual adjunct gold; it really should be it's own paint color since everybody knows the color I mean. There was practically no head on the beer with very little lacing on the glass as I drank it. The smell was somewhat grassy and (thankfully) not skunky, which is why this seemed to be a slight upgrade from a Corona or any of the Spanish pale lagers (Mahou, San Miguel, Estrella Damm etc.) that I've been drinking with some regularity since January. The taste was understated, with a slight hint of hops (maybe I should just say "slight hint of a hop since it was so weak), pretty watery and kinda malty... a lot like liquified bread. Tecate felt fairly carbonated but was still smooth and easy drinking. I wasn't really expecting anything spectacular from Tecate; I had heard of it before and really only got it because all the beers at the restaurant I was at were the same price and I figured I could add another beer to my list of "hads." Not a bad brew, but there certainly are better lagers out there. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:10:15 | More by DavidS88
Photo of FLima


1.28/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale yellow color with a two finger head with low retention. Light unpleasant corn aroma, and booze with metalic notes.
Likewise, sweet corn taste, lots of cardboard and butter. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Below average adjunct lager, sweeter, more use of corn, high on off-flavors and less crispy given lack of hops and low carbonation. Stay away, hard to get worse.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 22:09:15 | More by FLima
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.53/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but boy, was I surprised at how much I liked it.

At first, pouring it out of the bottle is none too impressive. It has an adverse yellow look although it does create a fluffy white head with some lacing down the pint glass. The smell also we your average hoppy scent. Now for the interesting part - for pouring such a head the beer had very little carbonation feel in the mouth. It also had very little after taste, where I expected quite a bit. Speaking of taste. I enjoyed it immensely. Plenty of barley, a nice mix of malt (which these Mex beers specialize at, it seems to me), and just an overall taste that left me wanting for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 15:01:21 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of TMoney2591


2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Have I seriously never had Tecate before? Hm. Time to fix that: This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild corn, light white bread, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with more hard water and a touch of toasted cornmeal. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a limp little beer, but one that avoids becoming entirely offensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 05:43:20 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of pkalix


3.79/5  rDev +51%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

okay. first and foremost i want this to be known that this is geared toward a MEXICAN beer which is supposed to be diiferent than the US-produced garbage....
appearance is . . . . typically bland. yellow. straw, no foam to speak of.
smell is.... typical- not especially great but noticeably better than the US version, i think....
taste is... heartier and a tad more deserving of a higher rating than its US-bred cousin. yes, there apparently IS a difference...
mouthfeel.... eh, still light. corn; commercial; medium....
overall . . . . heavier than the US version and much more enjoyed. an hispanic friend introduced this to me and it shows how different a beer can be from the 'export' version'. i can drink probably several of these as opposed to the US version which is thin, corn-y, pathetically disgusting. the natural, mexican version is a much heartier version of the beer and much more enjoyed. this is a much more enjoyable version than the typical US-purchased version.... salud!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 04:14:52 | More by pkalix
Photo of mjurney


3.75/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, clear. Lots of bubbles rising up. Small frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Sweet, grainy, slight grassy, crisp.

Sweet grain, bready, slight biscuity, soft bitterness, clean and crisp finish. Body is light, a little dry, fizzy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 22:38:30 | More by mjurney
Photo of RickS95


2.73/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not very appealing upon exit of the bottle. It's very clear, pale straw golden color. The head is nice, however. A finger and a half thick with an IPA look to it. The retention is fairly good and it's got nice lacing.

Has a crisp smell if there is such a thing. Almost some floral notes with a hint of honey.

While the style is simply dreadful, this beer isn't terrible as the tastes tries to mimic the smell. It's got an earthy, dirty taste to it, but it's mixed in with some floweriness and a splash of honey.

Fairly crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Hoppy bitter is there, but it's balanced fairly well with the honey tastes.

Overall, it's not a beer I hate. It's not something I'd make a habit of drinking, but it wouldn't kill me to drink another after cutting the grass on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:10:39 | More by RickS95
Photo of GossageBrewery


1.85/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured this American Adjunct lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This lager poured a pale straw color, produced a thin white head, poor retention and below average amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this lager has some suggestions of grain and hops- not much to talk about on that front. Light in body, the lager features some malted grain, some sweet notes, and just a touch of citric hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, slightly dry finish. Classic, low quality mexican lager, probably no better and no worse then the others. Something I tried once but won't buy again in the future. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 23:07:22 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Small white head quickly dies leaving a thin lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Light hops and yeast aroma on this beer, standard fare for this style of beer.

Light hops taste with a little yeast and maybe a bit of grain malts coming through.

Watery light mouth feel on this light bodied beer that has a light dry aftertaste with a slight bitter taste to it.

Same old song and dance kinda beer, maybe be alright on a real hot summer day when your out on the lake and there's not much choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 19:41:07 | More by LXIXME
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

1.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

glassware: Warsteiner pokal...occasion: unwinding after a Hazleton home visit...appearance: clear golden body; little,, off-white head; steady effervescence....aroma: perfumy, with a bit of corn and metallic ping... palate: heavy on the back end, with oily liquid--slightly bubbly, but not truly enjoyable, as other Mexican party bottles go...taste: almost tasteless, dry, crisp, but without distinction...overall: palate-cleansing but otherwise just another nacho rinser from the "Mexican sampler" I bought--pseudo thirst-quenching party fodder...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:32:50 | More by dacrza1
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I could reduce this review to one word : Bleh!

For those who require the horrid details;

Pours a very light yellow with an inch and a half of white foamy head that disappears in less than thirty seconds. Smell of sweet grass, corn. Taste is somewhat soapy or medicinial, very watery and thin of body.
Totally unpalletable after first few tastes. ABSOLUTELY serve tounge numbingly cold!!

Better still, buy something else!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 22:50:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pilsener (also had in a pint glass, nothing changed):

A: super clear yellow body, half finger white head appears for less than ten seconds and dies to nothing. Some carbonation is seen rising.

S: mixture between corn, rice and grain, some light malts ever so slightly.

T: pretty much the same.

M: light, crisp with nothing harsh on the tongue and pretty watery. This is super drinkable

O: well, for an AAL, I would say I think I would have it again depending upon what else was served and perhaps the food. As a beer, I want to say it is perhaps a bit too watery, so it leaves me to say, just average altogether.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:23:43 | More by BeerKangaroo


2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12floz. bottle. Lager glass. (From my notes: Bought at “Mexican Week” in a mall. Enjoyed at home). Pale straw color. Clear appearance. With froth. Minimal & brief crown. Adjunct aromas –corn, rice, grain…- & subtle maltiness to the nose. Herbal touch, too. Sweet malty flavor, no hoppiness. Crisp sensation. Light body. High carbonation. Sweetness lingers into a brief bitter finish. Watery texture. Easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 03:43:01 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of donmonkey1


2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow with a small white head that disspates almost immediately leaving no lacing. The carbonation also sucks. PATHETIC.

Smell: Almost no smell, but a tinge of sweet malt.

Taste: Very little flavor. Sweet malt/corn.

Mouthfeel: Watery with O.K. carbonation. It's sad when the best part of the beer is mouthfeel, especially when mouthfeel is average at best.

Good session beer. Thirst quenching but very little taste. This is an excellent substitute for water.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 21:35:09 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty standard beer in my opinion. Doesn't taste much different than a Pabst except for the addition of some metallic flavor. I'm not a beer snob, I typically review beers based on how successful they would be at a party and everybody seemed to like this with no negative comments however it didn't wow anybody. Nothing great, But it's worth a try if you want something from the usual

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 03:05:04 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.15/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium to lighter yellow with a fizzy white head. No real retention.

Some corn and dextrose in the nose, but less than I expected. Let's keep an open mind here folks. Some light malt and graininess that kinda work.

Some sugary corny malt up front, light in flavor, but not watery. Hmmnn. Some mild bitterness to push the malt out of the way and finish with malt and light hop bitter flavors. Not too bad.

Lighter bodied.

Overall, not the worst Mexican brew. No sharp or harsh edges; not too corny or sugary. Some fair balance. A worthy option when options are limited.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 22:48:04 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is pretty watery with aromas of grain, sugar, and metallic notes. Taste is pretty much the same and like the smell is watery. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer all around with nothing that would make me try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:45:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Fatehunter


2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. A quarter finger of head on clear, golden colored body.

Faint smell overall... dry hay and rice.

Metallic taste with a slight bitterness at the end, but the metallic taste is there the whole time.

Light body, lots of carbonation.

Not great or even average.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:54:28 | More by Fatehunter
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Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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