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

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1,553 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 76 | 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: pezoids on 05-20-2001)
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Photo of TwinSox33
2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than Corona without the lime. Smells kind of sweet, maybe this is a corn grit/ brewer's corn syrup thing going on here. Very light body, maybe they should have called it "Agua Tecate". Mild taste of corn and grain, followed by an almost dextrin sweetness. There's also a kind of sourness in the middle too, I believe this is what some on this site would call Tannis or Tannin. (which I guess is an "astringent polyphenol", for you chemistry geeks out there. It's in Tannic acid in tea, so I guess this is tea beer,lol.) Prickly carbonation. Not too bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Would be great with some Taco Bell late night. I guess it's the Bud/Miller of Mexico.

TwinSox33, May 24, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
2.4/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color, white wispy lace. Head is almost gone as soon as the pour is done.

Weak aromas of corn, DMS, a a hint of alcohol. The flavor is weak, mainly showcasing carbonation and grain husk tannins. Only the mildest prick of grassy hops at the finish. Thin mouthfeel, overall weak presentation.

Served in a 24-oz. tall boy can.

BretSikkink, May 23, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ubiquitous in the local Mex restaurants, but never had one. Chance meeting with a $.50 bottle. Let's give 'er a go.
Sweet malt aroma with whiffs of grain and bread and a familiar light lager sourness. Typical. Nothing bad. Nothing special
View upon pouring was of no color, but in the glass it appeared much darker. Small white head that's rather noisy. Brilliantly clear yellow gold showing lots of action of bubbles rising. Again typical.
Wow! The flavors shoot right through the mouth, making them tough to identify when there appearance is so brief. Seems to lack the bread/grain quality of the aroma (of which I'm growing fond). Boy, it's hard to capture much. Most prominent is the sourness of the middle and finish. What I taste up front is wet and cold (is that a flavor?). Any bitterness doesn't exist. A touch of malt at the end. There just isn't much there.
Fully carbonated with tiny, almost sharp bubbles, but it's okay.
The start was quite alright, but the rest accounts for the overall low scores.

garymuchow, May 17, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
1.13/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

473ml can
4.5% ABV

I tried this beer on February 21, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured an a translucent gold colour with a thin white head, and significant effervescence. The smell was quite awful actually, grainy vomit describes it best. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and watery. The flavour was metallic in nature. A bit of malt, a bit of sweetness, but no hoppy bitterness.

cyrenaica, May 13, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
3.7/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out the can a dark straw yellow-with a thin pillow white head. Aroma is not of hops but a sweet corn aroma? Taste is soapy and adjunct sweet. Mouthfeel is thin, highly carbonated and crisp. I have to say the drinkability is very high-I would drink this over bud or an American big boy lager

bradybeer, May 12, 2008
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent lager for the summer. The color is fizzy yello with very little smell to it. What smell there is gives off a slight malt aroma. The taste is thin. The moderate-heavy carbonation makes this a crisp beer, but easy to drink. A good session beer for a hot summer day while eating burgers or grilling some dogs.

oldirtycaffrey, May 12, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
1.02/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Who wants heartburn? Pours a off lemony yellow color with great clarity. A sickly big bubbles that seemed to have a life of its own. Big bubbles that seems to grow and then shrink and then grow again. Does dissipate to nothing eventually. No lacing at all.

The nose is a bit off. A bit the size of Texas. Some grainy presences with no depth. Noticeable off oxidation aromas and butyric smells. Also sewage notes more along the lines of veggie. Touches of DMS and dicatyl. No hops (which is ok for style). A who's who of what off aromas can you pick up.

The taste is a bit better than the nose but not by much. No real malt flavor but hints of husky notes are there. The DMS comes out more as does the butyric notes. The veggie flavors are also noticeable but not as bad as the nose.

Light body with no depth. Had this at Old C's and had heartburn the whole next day. I would not recommend this beer even to my enemy!

Oxymoron, May 07, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.18/5  rDev -53%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

mmm, Tecate, NOT!

A pale yellow urinish color with a weak white head. Smells yeasty and a bit grainy. Pours with a pretty ok head, but it is gone all too soon. The taste is fairly standard for any mexican lager or any macro lager for that matter. Grainy and bitter corn mixed with cheap hops. Overall it is an average macro lager, but the again, most of them fall under standard. I'd rather have a water.

rye726, May 07, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It went pretty well with the food and was better than I expected. Certainly better than Corona and I think its even cheaper than Corona if you buy it from the store. While there is nothing truly remarkable about this beer in any way if you are looking for a very drinkable standard Mexican beer you should probably give it a shot.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of bort11
1.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Offered to me at a friend's house. Who am I to say no to a free beer?

12 oz bottle poured into an over-sized pils glass. Not a lot of head and no laving at all. Color is a slightly amber yellow with lots of clarity.

Smell is like wet hay. Taste is pretty awful. Like sweaty socks smell.

Mouthfeel is light and thin. This is a really awful cerveca.

bort11, May 04, 2008
Photo of DMXLOX22
2.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to give Mexicos finest mass produced beer a shot at my taste buds and this is what I came up with

Appearence- Red and gold can with a picture of a hawk possibly all over. No freshness date whatsoever.

Smell: Smells strangely like a typical mass produced American cheap lager. But hey for $6.15 a six-pack I guess you shouldnt expect much. This liquid is loaded with what appears to be hops that smells like they were found underneath the patio.

Taste: Upon first sip it sort of reminds me of piels, but this has its own mutated flavor. The cereal grains are the first noticable trait along with smoothness surprisingly. Usual medium body with a hint of froth. There was virtually no aftertaste which is strange. I guess this beer is marketed to the low income bracket individual who wants to get a cheap buzz going (Oh college).

Final Thoughts: Definately had an idea of what I was stepping into when I picked up this watery golden potion. However it did come with some body. If only the brewers could take that note and try and brew a beer worth drinking. Never be afraid to take chances friends. I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone, unless they had a low price range.

DMXLOX22, May 04, 2008
Photo of scubahood
2.9/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can.

Appearance: Pale yellow. Tons of carbonation. Fizzy head that disappears before I can even finish this note.

Smell: Musty and sweet.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Light and foamy. The taste is very malty with clean finish that lacks hops or and memorable taste.

Drinkability & Notes: I was expecting one of the worst beers so since I set my sights so low it wasn't THAT bad. I probably would never get again but it's not as though anything North of the border of this style is any better.

scubahood, May 03, 2008
Photo of jbsteiny
3.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not saying it's a great beer, but I have really gotten to appreciate Tecate of late. I think it's a much better American macro than the American macros. That's all I'm saying.

Pours clear, fizzy, pale gold. Doesn't smell like much. Corny, as sweet as High Life, but it has (slightly) more hop and yeast flavor. I mean, it's subtle, but it's supposed to be a pretty flavorless style. Too fizzy, a little syrupy, but ultimately leaves you with that "take another sip" feeling that I expect from a decent lager. Definitely goes down easy. A fine canned macro by me.

jbsteiny, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of SMark
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass with two fingers of white head which dissipated nicely leaving minimal lacing. The bottle had information stamped on it which appeared to be date related. The beer poured a crystal clear pale yellow gold with some carbonation.

The aroma was faint flowery with a slight bit of yeast.

Taste was off dry with a little bit of body. It was almost indescribable.

As stated in taste, there was a little body but not very long lasting. This is one of those comfort zone beers.

This is another beer that could be best used as a good thirst quencher with nothing there that really offends you. Stock up for Cinco de Mayo.

SMark, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
1.88/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got a 12 ounce can of this when I went to a local "On the Border"

A: Pours a straw yellow body that was pretty clear. Looked more like yellow water than anything (think Johnny Cash at Fulsom Prison). A small, white head with no retention a no lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Smelled kind of malty, but really bittersweet. Reminded me of a macro, like PBR.

T: A macro taste with a sweet, sugar aftertaste. Not a good taste at all. I was not impressed at all and almost could not finish it.

M: A watery, light, and carbonated beer that went well with the other attributes of this beer.

D: A good beer to play beer pong and other drinking games with. You can definitely tell that this stuff was mass produced. This beer had no taste or consistency and definitely could not see any need to drink it unless you are planning to get sloshed.

maddogruss, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of pabstsmear
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Served at Margarita's in a salted glass with a wedge of lime. Poured a pale yellow, minimal lace, with an aroma of a touch of grain. It went down easily when paired with a burito surpreme. In fact it was a good chaser to the shots of tequila we consumed, other than that it was a basic macro beer. I call it the Pabst of Mexico. I would always choose it over Corona.
Serving type: bottle

pabstsmear, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.9/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed to style, not personal preference!!

Average medium yellow color, but what puts it at good is that there is so much carbonation that it keeps a small but decent head after twenty minutes in the glass and even leaves some lacing.

I'm going to assume there are some adjunct here, but it smells like 2-row base malt more than anything, whereas most in this style smell like sweet corn or just...sweet. Slightly skunked, but I'm guessing this would be a 4 out of a can.

Again, it's very light, but it tastes more like barley than most all in this category. I'm really wondering if they use far less adjuncts than most, or none at all?

It's a good beer for the style, in all honesty. Certainly not my favorite style, but within it I would pick this one over most others. A great Lawnmower beer for BA's, as it actually tastes and smells like barley. I'll probably pick it up again if I need a light beer in a can for the beach or whatever.

bboven, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored beer with quickly fading head.Aroma and taste are your typical vegetables.Served ice cold and with a hot mexican dish this can be one solid beer.I would buy again especially if it was a hot humid day or eating spicy food!!I rate this slightly above average.

matty, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of armock
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of corny malt a touch of hops

T - Typical macro corny malt very little hops

M - This has a medium body with higher carbonation

D - The only times to drink this is on a hot summer day or while eating some mexican food otherwise its just your typical macro

armock, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.73/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Never poured to a glass, straight from the can.

My favorite Mexican beer.

Can't say much about the appearance, and smelling it from the can isn't and honnest or fair tell. The taste is great, so crisp, and clean. Very refreshing. Nothing wrong with this beer at all, no skunkyness, over corny or metallic flavor. Just a great beer.

I've had this beer on 2 different occasions; once in Baltimore in winter, and the other in Venice Beach, Ca in summer. Both were great experience's but I think its more of a summer beer.

nrpellegrini, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of bullgod72
3.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good Mexican beer on tap. Goes great with Mexican cuisine during the hot summer days in the desert.

Goes down smoothly and doesn't interrupt the flavor of your food. Does not go well with American cook out favorites, but for carne asada on the grill with friends, it can bee a crowd pleaser.

bullgod72, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of daledeee
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Final tasting at the Mexican place.

A can of this pours rather the same as most other macros. Lots of yellow and not much head unless you force it.

Taste is a little hoppy and malty. Not offensive but doesn't stand out either. Mouthfeel is forced carbonation. Drinkable, but the blind taste test would be hard to discern from any of these macros.

daledeee, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of jaz58
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall this is a disappointing beer. Slight fruit and yeast nose. Thin head which dissipated quickly. Gold clear colour.

Very boring taste. A little hops flavour and then it's gone. Very thin in the mouth. No distinct flavours though I do sense a weak hint of caramel likely from the malt.

No hints of crispness or a satisfying finish.

A boring brew in my opinion.

jaz58, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff isn't too bad of a buy in the 12-pack. I don't even think they bottle this stuff, or at least transport it in bottle form on a massive scale.
Seethru yellow/gold body with minimal head and the smell was a musky pickup of hops and bread - this not a watery Corona let's get that straight.
That doesn't this was that good either. Watery still on the backend as it slides down, but there is some hop variance to give it a taste. At least it wasn't rough. Still haven't found a Latino beer that is really, really good. I don't mind, I just prefer a lot of other beers before this.

clayrock81, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried a few cans of this one at the local Mexican restaurant here in town.

Light golden with tons of carbonation in it. Smelled sort of like the typical American macro here, nothing special.

Taste of corn and a little hops but nothing spectacular.

Ok with a meal, I guess, but nothing I'd try again.

Tilley4, Feb 12, 2008
Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
60 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.