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

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1,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 164 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 05-20-2001

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3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

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2.21/5  rDev -12%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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2/5  rDev -20.3%

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden lager--darker than a typical light. Minimal head that dissolves quickly. No lacing.

S: nothing too much$ adjunct smell.some residual malty sweetness.

T:nothing special, but decent for the style. Slightly grainy.

M: light with a good amount of carbonation.

D; pretty drinkable in the warm weather here in Phoenix.

Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured from an oil drum can into a half liter mug with a massive two finger high frothy, bright white head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down. It is light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of adjunct malts such as corn and grain in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, adjunct malts dominate the overall taste and grainy flavors stand out in particular along with some notes of corn. The hops lend a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry.
O: The beer is not that bad compared to others in the style, particularly if it is served ice cold on a hot summer day.

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1/5  rDev -60.2%

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2/5  rDev -20.3%

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

It's everything that other BAers say it is and less. The bad is that there is an over-bearing grain flavor and vegetable flavor. The good is that there is a little bit of beer in there. It's not terrible, just brewed with lesser ingredients, leaving a medium straw color with little retention. Tastes a little malty and sweet, but misguided with poor adjunct grains. A little creamy and buttery. Finishes the same as flavors, but with a fleeting exit. Not much to say, its just beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Knapp85
1.88/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Much like any other traditional lager. Minimal color, taste and quality. poured into a glass and watched the head disappear rather quickly. The aroma of malts are there but not much else. It's got a nice drinkable body to it, but still nothing overly impressive.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber, nowhere near light enough to be called straw. The blindingly bright white cap has more character than the average American macro lager (you know, the American macro lagers that are actually brewed in America?). Since Mexico is in North America, I'll let it slide. The foam is acceptably persistent and leaves fat strands and assorted splotches of lace. Not a bad look at all.

The nose is inoffensive, perhaps because there isn't much to it. It's clean and smells like reasonably fresh barley with minimal graininess. At least it doesn't smell like an adjunct cesspool. It kinda, sorta has a hop presence, but then again, that may be giving it too much credit. Bottom line: s'okay.

I've had a fair amount of Tecate in my day and the flavor is pretty much how I remember it. I still don't appreciate much, if any, adjunctiness on the palate. The beer is moderately malted for the style with a subtle sweetness that isn't corn-like to me. Like the nose, there isn't much in the way of top notes or hoppy bitterness. In fact, there's very little present that might hold one's interest longer than twelve ounces. Make that six ounces. The finish is as abrupt as the flavor is simple and as the mouthfeel is light.

Tecate is an excruciatingly unchallenging beer that, nevertheless, is a decent south of the border thirst quencher that fulfills its mission statement perfectly. It's a light, semi-flavorful, unfailingly polite, don't wanna think too much about it, goes with Mexican food, rehydrating, grows on you after a while, put away a six-pack with ease, no limes in the vicinity, inexpensive, doesn't have to be ice cold, drinkable kind of cerveza.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despite what rich said I cannot go on record as stating this is a good beer in any way. One of the mix I picked up yesterday I dropped this one into a pint glass and it was consumed on 08/24/2010.

The pour was a medium amber color with a crystal clear profile that allowed a good bit of carbonation to be seen streaming up through the bottom of the glass. Aroma is light with hints of bready grains, wet cardboard, a touch of caramel, maybe, but I am reaching now. Decent feel as the light body and moderate carbonation certainly do lend themselves to making it come across as quite session able, but I have to admit the taste just does not do it for me. Nothing leading the charge and just too light of a profile.

I guess with some spicy food or a hot day it would be doable, but for your average session I would pass. I will admit I do not think it should be in the bottom list, I have had much worse.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

ya know what? as the mexican cheapos go, i like tecate. its been described by my flatmate wilson as mexican gatorade, and with a lime wedge dropped right in the can, i agree. smells like a crappy lager, nothing else. flavor though isnt bad, some mild malts in their watered down form, and i guess the balance in there is hops, but its nothing distinguishable. mouthfeel is its savior, light and well carbonated its just right sometimes either when you are traveling in the southwest, on a budget, or its just flat out hot outside. it has a role to play in the beer world, and for that i keep it on the island. say what you will...

Photo of womencantsail
1.69/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Another can from the Clete's Mini-Tickfest

A: The pour is a golden color with a decent enough white head, but not all that much retention.

S: Just an awful aroma comes from the glass immediately. Lots of sweet corn, grass, and urine pretty much sums this one up.

T: A moderate level of sweetness from the corn, but there's also a burnt rice flavor which provides a bit of an interesting character. Overall, though, not pleasant.

M: The body is light and the carbonation is surprisingly not overdone.

D: This was always my least favorite of the Mexican lagers that I'd had and this can reminds me why. Just no good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. single - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Clean-smelling, though fairly mild nose of meager malts and cornmeal.

Taste: Light pale malts with a handful of choice corn kernels and a mild sweetness. Very nominal hop presence and bitterness. Finishes is dry and come fairly quick.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: El yawno! A boring and altogether bland lager to pair up and down with Mexican chow, I suppose. I'll have to search the freezer for some taquitos!

Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Finally got to a taquería in Portland, while cycling down Hawthorne, and this just screamed out 'pick me!' over the local bomber of oatmeal stout weirdly placed next to it in the cooler - this is Mexican food, after all.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly soapy white head, which leaves some minor fuzzy lace around the glass as it quickly fades.

It smells of thin, mushy corn grist, some faint grainy breadiness, a slightly vinegar-esque astringency, wet cardboard notes, and over-cooked veggies masquerading as um, hops. It tastes of semi-sweet, soft husky corn, a certain metallic flintiness, further acetic acid and chemical waste-water notes, very mild weedy, vegetal, well, something - hops, I suppose, but nothing of the sort I'd prefer to get with. No booze, obviously - I don't know why I had to say that.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, and unobtrusive in its wan frothiness, the body a veritable lightweight, and equally easy to dismiss - the plebeian smoothness by default is nice, as my spicy-ass tacos surely demand it. It finishes clean - ok, plainly sanitized - and watery, the constituent ingredients ceding their worth to yes, good ol' H20.

Not a lot going on here, no big surprise, but, as expected, it matched with the food just fine, i.e. didn't mess with the simple and pleasurable south of the border cafeteria-style offerings, especially once I went with, natch, the top end of the spicy salsa spectrum. Same deal as years ago, slamming this back in a more or less equivalent joint in downtown Las Vegas, for a buck a beer, at the time.

Photo of emerge077
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the mediocre Mexican beer of choice when I order or make a Michelada (Mexican bloody mary). In it's "pure" form, it isn't a beer I would recommend to anyone.

It has a very pale and transparent body, nearly like water, fizzy and dull. Aroma of spent grain and white grape. Taste follows the aroma, it's gassy with a flaccid malt presence, and an unpleasant aftertaste. Ice cold is the only way to go with this one, and even then, only with a lime. Not one to savor...simply chug, or skip it.

Not a bad mixer for Michelada though, which is why I keep drinking it.

Photo of zeff80
2.1/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a very fizzy, small, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and grains. There was a bitterness to the taste, too.

M - It was crisp but a thin watered-down. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a lake/fishing beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev +12%
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.

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