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

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1,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,701
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 151 | 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

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Beer added by: pezoids on 05-20-2001

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a straw gold with a 2 finger head of foam and a cyclone of bubbles. The usual shrinkage of foam after the initial pour occurs.

The nose is no better than nor no worse than most of the style. Corn is prevalent with some sweet notes of malt and a nondescript bitterness.

The taste is better than the smell, surprisingly. Corn husk flavour is first but not too strong, light sweet notes, grain, and a bit of bitterness to mix things up. The finish is rather weak though but overall, it isn't a bad taster. Still, I'd drink PBR or Miller High Life over this any time.

Usual mouthfeel for the style and it's fairly drinkable and when I say that, I mean when it's good and cold. I don't want something like this to warm up...

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

The smell put me off. It had a strange metallic, "beer burp" smell.

Aside from the aroma, the taste was not that bad simply because there was not that much flavor. When it comes to describing the taste I truly got nothing other than it tasted like a "beer," only more watery. The taste was not awful or average, it was "blah."

Honestly, I see no problem with fitting as many limes into the can as possible and coating the entire thing in beer salt.

This beer really did not invoke anything in my mind while I was drinking it. For its style, I think it takes up space. There are better, and cheaper, adjunct lagers out there.

I might have this again if it were free and I was in a hot and sweaty cantina w/ no ventilation. Nonetheless, Senior Tecate, I see no reason to converse with you anytime soon, not even over chips and salsa, adios.

Photo of scottmbolt
2.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Its not worth the money.

I am into trying anything I can, so I tried this. Bought a Sixer from my local market. Poured it into a Sam Adams specialty glass. There is no taste. Where is the taste? Where did it go?

There is nothing there. It is easy to drink, because there is no taste, but I like to taste my beer.

I will never buy this stuff ever again. I would rather drink Corona.

Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

All I get on the nose is some cooked veggie smell...adjuncts. Almost plastic-like. Nothing to write home about for sure.

Taste is rather watery....and is dominated by the tastes that are found on the smell. Full of adjuncts....corn, cooked veggie....pretty pronounced too. Finish is pretty watery and bland. There's a little sweetness left over, and that's about it.

Let's face it, this beer won't be winning any awards any time soon. However, for a beer to quaff during the summer, it fits the bill.

Photo of sluggermatt15
2.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Straw yellow in appearance with a foamy head and an off white lacing.

S- Grains, wheat, some alcohol.

T- A typical adjunct lager taste, some bitterness to it, a hint of dryness. Not a lot of alcohol taste here, which is a positive.

M- Too irritating in my mouth, hence the presence of carbonation.

D- Average drinkability. I could see having a few of these at a time, likely why they are cheap and inexpensive.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From the big ass 32oz bottle. Light pale straw color eviscerates any head left. No aroma outside of macroesque, but at least its not bad as others.

The usual mix of corn and other adjunct feel. Carbonation replaces hops. Extra water added instead of malt. I guess this beer has its place. . . where its 110 degrees. Better with salt and lime than Corona I guess. A degree of sweetness dominates, because there's nothing else to compete with.

Way too pricey for what it brings to the table.

Photo of jsprain1
2.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Appearance is pale golden. Sparkly carbonation going on.
S- Smell is overly metallic. I didn't pick much else up other than some corn.
T- The taste far exceeds the smell here. While most aren't big fans of corn in beer, in this case, it's not a terrible taste. Sweetness coming from corn with still a bit of metallic nature.
M- Dry with pretty crisp carb.
D- Not bad for an adjunct. Better than corona, i'd say. one must always remember to rate to the style, so while this beer may not be great, for an adjunct it's tolerable enough.

Photo of aval89
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

rating to style..

pours your typical light golden color. lots of carbonation leading up to a thin white head with little to no lacing..

smell: sweet, grainy, corn, slight metallic.. nothing too special here..

taste: its not offense.. very crisp, grainy, cooked veggies, sweetness... almost like a sugary taste is what i got.. goes down easy..

mf is light bodied with medium carbonation..

very easy going down..


Photo of bbkd3b
2.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring this from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, as per usual.

A - Pretty good looking, actually. Pale, straw color, but when I poured it this miraculous, dense, white head formed. Dissipated quickly, but I still saw the carbonation going. Mild, mild lacing.

S - Ugh... mild scent of cooked vegetables (mostly rice/corn, I guess). No hop or malt character. It's obvious when they brewed this they didn't think they're customer would smell the beer. Bad.

T - Thankfully, not nearly as bad as the smell. Grains dominate the palate, with just the teeniest bit of hops at the finish.

M - Thin and watery, but well-carbonated and satisfying. Dryer finish than most adjuncts.

D - Going to the beach in the summer? This wouldn't be too bad of a companion. Affordable and easy to find, too! Easy to drink and drink.

Overall/notes: Drank this last night while sitting on the balcony looking out to the ocean. It was a pleasant overall feeling. As an American Adjunct, this gets the job done just fine. Certainly more acceptable than Corona.

Photo of biegaman
1.34/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Tecate is about as clear and yellow as the typical Monterrey sky and sun where it's brewed. Its colour is slightly more faded than expected, unequivocally lighter than its point-five percent less alcohol than average would indicate; there isn't even a strand of golden in sight. Fortunately for its sake there is some fuzzy white foam assembled atop.

A lot of industrially produced beers are brewed with corn - some are brewed with rice. Some of those lagers hide it well - others do not. This is heroically unabashed about the cheap, synthetic rice-based filler that's watered it down. The result is something wretchedly stenchy and greatly disagreeable - perhaps the worst smelling beer I've encountered.

And the taste fares no better. If an authentic lager is brewed with 100% barley malt and most industrial lagers are brewed with 75% barley and 25% adjuncts, I'd guess this was (at best) a fifty/fifty cut. Dry, parched rice paddies are by and large the only thing tasted - not even an ounce of authentic barley malt - and the taste is, for my palate, god awful.

That flavour of dry, parched rice paddies leaves the mouth feeling exactly the same way - dry and parched. It is made so without even the tiniest gratification, leaving one to seek water out immediately and the off-putting, unpalatable flavour that lingers leaves one wanting to stab the tongue repeatedly with a fork, if only to alleviate the agony.

Tecate has the same effect on the senses as a knife being scraped across a plate or nails on a chalkboard. It has about as much appeal as trench foot and it probably smells only fractionally better. This offends me more than homosexuality does Islam. I'd rather be punched in the testicles than finish what's left. This is the best example of the worst beer.

A million poets working for a million years could still only describe but three eights of this beer's repulsiveness. It completely eclipses anything bad that has ever been said about Corona. Feel free to recognize the things written here as just my own opinions, but heed them as warnings and proceed to ignore them at your own risk.

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

Appearance: Very pale yellow(almost clear), no head or lace, and very little carbonation.

Smell: Smells of alcohol, faint hops, and metal.

Taste: Mostly insipid. By searching very hard, I was able to detect some hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Drinkability: Potable but not enjoyable. Perhaps this beer is better in the extreme heat of Mexico.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.35/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass at Dos Amigos in Torrington, Conn.

A: Poured a pale, golden yellow color with a fizzy head of bubbly carbonation which settled to a soda-like ring. Moderate to fierce carbonation and good clarity, at least.

S: Smells of corn husk and some sugary sweet grain. A little bit of gritty malt grains and cooked rice.

T: Flavor is pretty spot on with the aroma; a sweet, quick flash of corn, rice and adjunct malt grains. There's a thin, watery wash of dry hops towards a sweetened veggie finish which vanishes almost completely after a moment. Pretty much swill macro, but better than Corona and equal to most BMC, IMO.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, super crisp, clean and drying in the finish.

D: Given its status as a cheap-ass macro swill brew by Mexicans and its "what's that?" factor amongst your friends at a Mexican joint, you can;t be faulted for going there. I've seen it cheap enough for sixers in stores where I'd get it over Corona to bring to a Mexican-theme party or something, but the buck stops there. Fine for what it is, the Mexican High Life.

Photo of CervezaMesa
2.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is ok.

But its only good if you add salt and lime,lame...

A. looks like all the light mexican beers

s. almost no aroma

t. like its a light beer but its not, im so confused because Tecate light must taste like water !

m. very airy and light, salty

d. it goes down just nice but still the taste factor isnt there!

Photo of thecarster1
2.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, quarter inch fizzy head that vanished quickly, light straw color with sporatic bubbling. not much to look at.

s- skunk and white wine, very odd. smells like day old white wine with some grain steeping in it.

t- better than the smell, thankfully. so light though, ever so slight winey, hay, grainy taste, this is shaping up to be a gulper.

m- watery for sure.

d- not great here, but that is what i was expecting. you don't buy tecate for classy, refined enjoyment, it's a hot day gulper. thats about it.

Photo of wahhmaster
1.56/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz. can into a Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent pale golden color (standard macro lager territory here). Has a very thin, fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: Very metallic and grainy with almost a sour smell. One of the few beers I've had that actually smells BAD.

Taste: Grainy and slightly sweet. Almost no hops to speak of. Really not a whole lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Like fizzy water.

Drinkability: Blehh... This beer is terrible. I would actually rather drink American light macro swill than this abomination. This beer clearly serves only one purpose: inebriation. Don't even bother. There are better-tasting beers to get drunk on.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.26/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure why I'm reviewing Tecate, but oh well...

A: Pours crystal, yellowish gold with a tall, three-finger, knotty head - an aggregate of large and small bubbles that quickly falls to a few splotches of lace.

S: Everything here is faint, but slightly malty, but with a distinctive corn aroma, and a slight amount of spice.

T: The flavor is very crisp, with a slight corn-like sweetness. Towards the finish a low hop bitterness emerges, but the flavor is dominated by the mouthfeel...

M: ...which is very sharp from the high carbonation. The fizzy bite on the tongue is average for an light lager.

D: Tecate is definitely an easy-drinker, but I wouldn't say that the drinkability is very high, since I think I could get the same flavor by blending a shot of vodka, a piece of cornbread, and tonic water. Maybe this would be a good beer for a scorching hot summer day floating the river, but aside from that, this beer has no purpose.

Photo of thekanna
1.95/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear yellow with not much head.

S: Faint adjunct grain smell.

T/M: Adjunct malts with a fleeting, effervescent slightly sour yeast aftertaste. Largely thin mouthfeel, carbonation with large bubbles.

D: Unappealing and lackluster beer. It's tough enough just to get through one bottle.

Photo of Zodijackyl
1.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A few shades darker than a typical straw-colored adjunct lager, thing white head that doesn't stick around. Smells very light, of corn and grass and hardly any hops/malt. Taste is light and watery but somewhat bitter in a way not reminiscent of hops. Carbonation makes it a bit tougher to drink when it overpowers nearly any beer flavor it has but the corn and vegetable/grass flavors are still ther - it isn't an offensive taste, just very light and wholly unimpressive. I was reluctant to finish one while drinking it without food, though it seems like it could be a decent beer to accompany some spicier foods, it just lacks good flavors of its own.

Photo of DefenCorps
1.27/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drank a can of this today.

Pouring a light yellow with a dense white head with decent retention, this looks acceptably good. No real lace, though. The nose is rather bad. Vegies and corn, this has no hop character (none expected), no malt, just nothing but some corn and vegies. The palate is the same and arguably worse. Vegies, corn and watery thin with no flavor of any significance, and an awful, watery finish with a lingering nastiness. I could not drink more than 2 sips of this.

Photo of eschbach
2.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say here. This is a fairly average lager. But it has a cool name haha.

It has a typical lager color with a decent head. It smells like water pretty much. The taste is light. There are no real notable flavors in the beer. Mouthfeel is great. And you can drink this beer very fast. It's very light.

Overall this beer isn't anything special. I'd say it's just another macro lager.

Photo of Rddymk
3.76/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Felt good on draft at my local Mexican restaurant. Decided to pick up a 12 at Kroger for 11.99. Chilled for about 5 hours with my Budweiser. Good beer. A good complement to chips, pretzels and even shrimp. Took a moment to get past the smell, but after that, good, clean and drinkable. Beats Corona by a longshot.

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

Picked up a six pack for an impromptu Cinco de Mayo dinner at my house. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pale yellow colored body. Quick fizzy head quietly faded fast. Surprisingly, there was a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell was not really there at all. Flavor has mostly just an adjunct lager. Corn and malt were the only real discernible flavors. Mouthfeel was smooth but very watery. Though....it was pretty smooth going down, and it didn't have a skunky or boring Mexican beer flavor. Actually tasted like a fresh lager, so I'll rate the drinkability a bit higher. Went nicely with a meal of grilled chicken fajitas. Since this six pack was almost a $1 cheaper than other south of the border options, it was not a bad choice at all.

Photo of Slygato
3.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - Has a yellow tint to the beer when poured leaves a small amount of head

Smell- Very little smell to it has a slight malt and grain smell to it

Taste- Has a malty aftertaste to it or otherwise not much to taste

Mouthfeel- Thin feel to it goes down smooth

Drinkability- Would drink again considering it is a cheap import beer

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

I had this at Fiesta Mexico in York, served chilled poured into a mug.

A - A transparent golden w/ moderately fast moving bubbles and 1/2 inch of pale white cap w/ tiny bead. A sheet of lace coats the glass

S - A mild malt aroma w/ vegetal dms odor, a mild arom of corn augments the subtle spice

M - Mild maltiness w/ slight hop spice and moderate carbonation. The feel has a subtle sweet tinge w/ very light body and semi-dry finish

T - A crisp flavor w/ mild adjunct quality and slight bitterness which is muted overall. The flavor is bland and follows the aroma w/ light vegetal taste. The finish is like you didn't even drink a beer -it goes to nothing rapidly.

D - I would consider this the coors of Mexico -nothing I want to consume again really,but if you are only looking to quench your thirst perhaps this would do. It has nothing to really separate it from the legions of other mass produced lagers IMO.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.19/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pilsener glass an extremely pale yellow, light fluffy half-finger head and spectacular carbonation.

Smells of sweet cooked corn, and faint spicy hop aroma.

The taste is very sweet, with a nice malty taste. Very little hop bitterness.

Thin and grainy, drinkability is ok.

Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
60 out of 100 based on 1,701 ratings.