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

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1,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 112 | 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: pezoids on 05-20-2001)
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Photo of nickd717
1.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at a wedding. Wow, this is awful.

A - Fizzy clear yellow color with a quickly fading white head.

S - Aroma is rice, corn, and sweet pale malt.

T - More of the same, really grainy and bland, without much to it at all. Did a side-by-side with Budweiser, and they are almost exactly the same beer. That is not a good thing.

M - Palate is pretty watery with high carbonation.

D - Well, it's light and crisp, but then again, it also tastes terrible. So drinkability is not very good.

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.3/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale hazy yellow with dish-soap head, quickly dissipates and leaves a light film. No lacing.

Nothing big to note, slightly sweet with a fooling of hops.

Slightly sweeter than many American Adjunct Lagers. Hops? What hops? Only enough to not call it watered down corn syrup...

Fairly full mouthfeel considering the style. Again, sweet but not syrupy and ends cleanly.

Good for a hot day or to take a break from heavier beers. It's not very satisfying, not a whole lotta beer in this beer...

Would not turn one down but not worth the money to keep stocked in the fridge.

Photo of Florida9
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost my detailed notes on this one. Suffice to say, this is below average beer, even by Mexican beer standards. Started off nice, with a clear yellow color and an impressive bit of head (with even more impressive retention), but that was the best of it. Smell was sweet, full of corn and grains and the taste was no better. Just more sweet corn, rice, straw, and grains in general. Lighter body with heavy carbonation.

Photo of flexabull
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cans left over from a party...

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are a bit corn like, a little sweet, and with some minerals.

Taste is clean, with a mineral and light citrus like flavor. There is no lime in this beer, but it almost tastes like it. There is a touch of sweetness, and a crisp finish. A little odd flavor, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is decent, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Decent Mexican Lager, goes down easy, and is refreshing.

Photo of vacax
1.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pure gold with a head that is here one second and completely gone the next. Absolutely zero retention and not a chance for lace. Smells of honey-sweet grains, some plastic. Before tasting this is not appealing at all really.

This beer has a nice bitterness up front, then some harsh grains with a bit of solvent alcohol on the finish. This comes across pretty harsh, not many redeeming qualities. Medium body is surprisingly heavy, moderate-high carbonation is typical.

Surprisingly poor, especially now that this popularly sells at the same price point as the regular BMC crowd. I love my Mexican friends, but this only sells because they slap a Mexican flag on it.

Photo of BeerSingh
1.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had it at Uncle Julio in Virginia. It was the closest beer to water (beats even Fosters lager), had to migrate to Negra after this. Medium carbonation and amazing waterlike mouthfeel and tatse. Only good part is that you can keep chugging at it without feeling a thing I guess.

Photo of bump8628
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stockholm-type pilsener glass with 1/2 inch or fizzly head that recedes to a ring around the glass.

Smells of clean, lightly sweet grain and corn.

Taste is clean and crisp. A mild grain sweetness is really the only thing perceivable.

Carbonation is somewhat mild for this style, but nonetheless it goes down fairly smooth.

Not too bad if served ice cold with a plate of greasy Mexican food.

Photo of imanidiot777
2.85/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: I have to admit the appearance was actually good for a really light colored beer. The head stayed there for the entire drink and the lacing was amazing.

S: Couldn't really smell much, but I'm not good with the smells.

T: To me it tastes like a weaker version of Dos Equis, I like Dos Equis much better.

M: Feels normal, good carbonation I guess but nothing special.

D: Goes down pretty easy, after all it is pretty light, but the taste isn't good enough to make me want a lot.

Photo of sgtpepper420
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass. It poured a pretty big head, although not thick and quickly dissipated. It has a brownish yellow color akin to a light beer but with some darker hints.

I first drank this beer in Mexico and it is their equivalent of Bud. Bars and stores everywhere are plastered with Tecate signs. I'll also add that it is a lot cheaper down there than in the US (go figure). It more expensive than most macros but it is fun to try some new variety.

Nothing special but extremely refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last of six-pack (bottles) had over meals during a week. This bottle served in a shaker glass.
Appearance is nothing special - some lacing on the glass, a little bit of carbonation in the glass, and a yellow color with some brown tints. The foam upon pouring dissipates quickly.
Smell - not much of anything. I get something a bit cider-like when I first open the bottle, but then its gone.
Taste - of all the Mexican beers this is my favorite. But - I have to be drinking it with Mexican or spicy food. Otherwise there isn't much there. Mexican beers are deliberately mild to compliment the strong spiciness of Mexican food and with any other food it just doesn't quite go. With Mexcan food though it's just crisp enough to cool the fire and then move onto the next bite. By itself I get a hint of malt, hops, and then something earthy at the end which reminds me of Red Stripe.
Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated, but it does quench the throat when eating spicy food.
Drinkability - I hinted my feelings about it above. It's the right beer with Mexican (maybe the only one in my book) but outside that class of food, there are better.

Photo of AgentZero
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, suprisingly nice head on it and lacing. Light golden/yellow.

S - Actually can't smell a whole lot here beyond grainy-corn.

T - Tastes like corn! Actually doesn't taste bad, doesn't taste like whole lot really. Nothing subtle going on here.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation. Goes down smooth.

D - I find this one really easy to drink and don't mind it at all on a hot day or when I'm eating junk and watching TV. It doesn't taste particularly good, but it's definately not bad and tastes better than water.

Photo of Tomas77
3.15/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can

Very light yellow-gold color with a small but lasting head. Lots of co2 bubbles race to the top. Brilliant clarity.
Sweet malt aroma with a touch of graininess. Little hop aroma.
Flavor is also sweet malt forward with more graininess than the aroma. No hop flavor to speak of.
Not a bad thirst quenching beer on a hot summer day. Light body with a dry finish.

Photo of 1inamill
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tecate: This is a good Mexican lager for a hot day. Drank it from the can, just like when I was on a Mexican beach. Golden color, minimal head, lots of carbonation and often served with a lime and some salt. Im not a huge fan of adding any lime and salt to any beer so i didnt get any topping. Its a thirst quenching beer but dont perfer it when there are so many other great Mexican beers.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale straw yellow, nice white head that actually laces.

S- Corn, that's all I'm getting here.

T- Corn, a bit of hops (and it's not even triple hops brewed!), honey.

M- Soda, just like the others.

D- Definitely better than Corona, IMO. Not bad stuff, better than most other adjuncts.

Photo of cjgator3
2.28/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head that leaves a small ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is very faint with some pale malt and not much else.

T- The taste lime the aroma is a faint pale malt flavor with just a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one and will probably stay away from it in the future.

Photo of JMD
2.15/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Bright golden yellow with small white head that disappears almost instantly. No lacing at all.

S: Very faint aroma of sweet corn and grass. Really isn't much going on here.

T: Wow, this is one of the most flavorless beers I've ever had. Very mild macro flavor. Sweet corn, grains, and hay. Really bland.

M: Extremely watery and light bodied.

D: This beer is incredibly bland and watery. If your looking for crap Mexican beer there are much better alternatives. It's not offensive in anyway, just very boring.

Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is very mild, some hints of corn. Taste is also mild, some corn and malt flavors. Feels light and crisp in the mouth. Drinkability is average. Overall this is a mediocre brew.

Photo of jwhawkins81
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Usual lager aroma but this one has a very detectable corn aroma too. A touch of sweetness in the nose too.

Appearance - Clear yellow thin white head. Decent amount of carbonation.

Taste - Something's not right here. I suspect the base of this beer is all well and fine, but something is off. A sweet cloying goings on that isn't too appealing.

Notes- Decent mouthfeel and drinkability

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle, in a pint glass.
A- Pale-ish yellow, gold. Some bubbliness to it. No real head or lace to it.
S- Somewhat grainy scent to it.
T- Kind of watery. It has a grain/corn kind of taste to it, but really nothing there. No real taste that jumps out. But it's not bad and is probably my favorite mass produced Mexican beer.

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

Straw gold with one finger of fizzy white head that disappears within seconds of pouring.

Faint grainy aroma. Corn? Cereal? I can't really tell, it's all so faint.

Mild corn flavour. Metallic and slightly acidic.

Light bodied with prickly carbonation. It's like slightly beer-flavoured water. Meh. I'd rather drink Modelo.

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

Appearance - Pours a frothy 1.5 finger head that slowly settles to a thin yet thick frothy cap. very appealing golden hue. It begs you to drink.

Smell - Not much here to smell but Corn, Corn, Corn. Grain stalk, cereal peeps in there.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Carbonation is noticed first. lite body. taste is of corn, cereal, grain...boring and usual. not complex at all. the flavors are a bit off too. can't quite put my figner on it, but even with the lack of complexity taken into account, i still want a better rendition of the flavoring. do your self a favor and add a few limes...it'll make for a better drinking experience, if you must have this beer, or it's what's available.

Drinkability - It's quaffable, but not the best. A few boring and kinda off flavors set this beer back a notch or too. (It also makes the sides of my tounge feel weird. Never had this happen but i guess i might be alerigc to something in the brew...i left that out of my review scores to be fair.) If you're gonna drink this beer, take a lime or too. If you gotta have a mexi-lager go with either one of the Modelo's... much better renditions of the style.

I'll pass next time...

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

Tecate... a Mexican favorite for me and my brother. Also know by locals in Cabo as the "milwaukee's best" of Mexico.

A- Typical light yellow "urine" colored fluid with a quickly falling head that leaves very little lacing.

S- Smell is of corn and light malts. Slight yeast scent as well.

T-M- Taste is of grainy corn up front with a backbone of metallic like flavors that require lime to make tolerable. Mouthfeel is mostly easy with a slight thickness on the back of the tongue... mostly from corn flavors.

D- Drink one, drink two... what the hell. Its cheap, its a Mexican beer. Think outside of the U.S. think Tacate.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date.

A - Clear yellow straw color with almost no head on the pour with even less retention. Thin spots with a ring and no lacing.

S - Sweet corn, rice, and grainy wheat and malt aromas. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

T - Sweet corn and grainy malts. It just tastes like "beer"; the good old adjunct lager. Finish is a touch sweeter. No noticeable hops.

M - Thin and slick with a light body and a good level of carbonation.

D - It's one easy drinker but the question still remains: why would you want to? The lack of hops lets the sweetness run free a bit too much for this adjunct lager.

Dear Hellboy,
Why do you consume such a crappily mediocre beer? Maybe its because the cigars you smoke kill the flavor and it's better than Bud Light anyway.

Photo of joejost
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured one from a thirty pack bought at Von's in SoCal. Paid 15 bucks for 30 beers. Pretty good price.

A- A very light color, almost transparent in the glass.

S- No real profound smell.

T- Very light taste that offers a little more than other Mexican macro brews.

M- Highly carbonated.

D- Best on a hot day, when you need something ice cold to quench your thirst. A wedge of Lime doesn't hurt the taste.

Photo of cervezale
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A classic mexican pilsner brewed by mexican macro giant Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma.

Color: Yellow pale with very low head retention and low lace formation lace. Pours very bad out of the can

Aroma: Faded romas of dry malts and hops.

Taste: Semi-dry malts and some hops. Nothing much interesting. Average mexican macro lagger

Finish: Dry finish with bitter aftertaste, some metallic notes and aftertaste.

Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
60 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.