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

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1,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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 TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.53/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn and other adjuncts, with some light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grain & corn. The malt character is a little heartier than most macros and the hops presence is about the same as most. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth for the style, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, it’s pretty decent for a macro, but overall it’s just a run-of-the-mill beer in a lack-luster style and tastes a lot like the other beers from this company.

06-14-2007 01:02:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.03/5  rDev -19.1%

Appearance - fairly light straw color. Not much head build-up but somehow hangs onto a thin cover for a bit, thanks largely in part to some peppy effervescence from below. A few specks of lace luck out and get stuck high on the glass. The second pour from this 24-ouncer had much more action, much better head.

Aroma - cooked veggies, a bit dank, leaning towards a sewery type of smell. Fortunately much of that fades pretty quickly, but still, ew.

Taste - mild sweetness, run of the mill grain, in the guise of Miller beer. I will say there is a notable bit of hops well into the aftertaste. Nothing comes of it, but for a brief moment it's there. The flavors are rather watery, the little hop thing at the end providing the only spark.

Mouthfeel - thin, watery, pretty crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - at a buck per 12 ounces, this doesn't even make lawnmower class (those have to be affordable for what you're getting). Nothing here to make me want another.

06-07-2007 22:43:42 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of IntriqKen


3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

Served on tap during the fights at the Marriott Irvine.
Pours a typical macro yellow, a little darker than Bud Light, with a half finger of whte that melts rather quickly.

Aroma was lager yeast and corn.

Mouthfeel was sufficiently substatial for a good lager with lots of tiny carbonation lasting the entire drink.

Flavors of sweet pale malt predomidate...corn is not invasive, although there is little to no hops to speak of.

A pretty quaffable macro and 'step above' Mexican beer that does get much improved (IMHO) with the addition of lime.
Drinkable? Hey, I had 4 that night so it couldn't be all bad. Not that I had a choice of anything else, but still...not so bad.

05-25-2007 17:26:31 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


2.73/5  rDev +8.8%

I know I've had this beer many times in the distant past, but wanted to try it again for old times sake. Pale pale piss yellow color as you would expect for a mcro lager. Smells sweet and thin. Tastes a bit better, not a lot of flavor but the flavor is fine and inoffensive, some very slight citrus tones. Mouthfeel is thin and fuzzy. Overall it's very average tasting but refreshing too. I'm not gonna go rush out and buy more but it's not a bad beer for a hot day or spicy food.

05-13-2007 01:35:35 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.1/5  rDev -16.3%

Appearance is typical for this sort of beer. Aroma is malty and rather weak. Taste is malty and thin, nothing special. Though it is smooth and easy to drink, it did not impress me. Then again, I drank it from a can; maybe a bottle or on-tap serving would have tasted better.

05-08-2007 02:20:22 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of mithrascruor


3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

12 oz. can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a yellow/gold straw color. Clear, with a foamy/airy white head, but it's a bit more impressive than I expected. Reduces to a patchy film after a while, but it does leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Minimal aroma with malts, grains, and corn. Little to no can flavor -- yay!!

Taste: Fairly generic malt body, with some corn and a bit of other grains. A bit of hops provide some additional flavor towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but not watery. Smooth, with a very minimal grainy feel. Carbonation is quite noticable and tingly, but it's not sharp in feel.

Drinkability: (A bit too drinkable?) Appropriate ABV for this type of beer, and there's nothing extreme in the taste, making it easy to consume.

Tecate beer is certainly nothing to write home about, but I don't find it objectionable in the least. It's better than most other Mexican lagers (and most American macro lagers), and it's really cheap too.

04-28-2007 23:48:55 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of darkcarrington


3.25/5  rDev +29.5%

Serving Type: Glass Bottle

Had this the other night at a Mexican restaurant. 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.

04-09-2007 18:23:21 | More by darkcarrington
Photo of Vancer


3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Well I’ll be, I was very surprised with this one, not bad at all – it’d make a good summer lawnmower brew, except for the import cost (over $1 a bottle).

Clear golden amber, frothy white head that crapped out too fast. Decent whiff of malt, no euro skunk or veggies. Average, but decent tasting glass of pilsner here – semisweet and malty. Lite and crisp.

I’ll have to try again in Mex. restaurants with meals.

03-30-2007 13:20:11 | More by Vancer
Photo of russpowell


3.45/5  rDev +37.5%

Pours apricot with 1" of white head, some lacing & okay head retention

Slight fruittyness

Sweet malt & a little husky grainyness up front. Slight fruitttyness (pears & lemons) & a hint of honey in the middle. Finishes crisp, dry & a little fruitty

Okay balance with ligh light body & average carbonation

Drank pretty easy, better than most mexican offerings

03-16-2007 01:50:57 | More by russpowell
Photo of DoubleJ


2.58/5  rDev +2.8%

What do you do when your family cooks up homemade tacos, but want something besides water to wash it down? Purchase a can of cheap Mexican beer. Let's get on to it:

Poured into a glass, it's an average looking lager than forms a modest head and leavers thin lines of lacing on the glass as it's consumed. The smell wasn't offensive, just a bit bland, with scents of cheap grains and a sweet fruity aroma from the corn. Like many Mexican beers I've tried, it's light. There's little to taste the second the beer hits your tongue, but then you'll taste something sweet with a husky hint. No detectable bitterness. The beer's on the watery side as it goes down.

Recall the "no detectable bitterness" I described in the taste. Many people I've talked to who aren't crazy about beer find this as one of the beer beers they can tolerate. I can't tell you that personally, because I never had a Tecate in my "beer palate development" days. Might be a good beer to start out with, though not one I'd have even on occasion. At least it's better and cheaper than Sol.

03-02-2007 07:31:31 | More by DoubleJ
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2.28/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured by the waiter into a pilsner glass garnished with a fat slice of lime.

Removed the lime temporarily...

Appearance is nice. Frothy white head atop a light colored lager that is actually real yellow instead of pee colored like most macros. Brilliant clarity. Head quickly diminished, leaving negligible lacing.

Aroma is soap. No wonder they deliberately skunk most cervezas, the skunk odor is less obnoxious than the soap odor.

Taste is soap. No wonder they serve it with a big chunk of fruit, to cover up the taste.

Squeezed in the lime, tried again. Aroma is citrus dish soap. Flavor is lime seltzer.

Mouthfeel: seltzer.

This is an alcopop. Especially with the lime. An alcohol delivery vehicle theoretically made from malted barley and hops, but with absolutely no flavor. It might be better than some North American macros because it practically tastes like nothing, while other US beers actually taste worse than nothing.

02-26-2007 15:14:22 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Pale yellow, clear. Mild head, ample carbonation.

Light grainy malt and floral hops. Smells like grapes and toast.

Thin bodied grainy toasty white bread malt. Mild floral/spicy hop content with mild bitterness. Tart grapeness and understated sweetness. Nice balance, understated and light. Finishes clean with exception of slight metallic aftertaste.

Sudsy brew, thirst quenching and refreshing. Doesn’t taste great solo, but to me Tecate is the perfect tasty companion to Mexican food - definitely sans lime.

Notes: My review here is quite a bit above average. Taking into account the style, I think 3.45 is fitting. Tecate is – to my mouth - much better than Corona, Budweiser, Miller, and the other run-of-the-mill beers that are the “average” AML brew.

02-25-2007 22:33:24 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of ZAP


2.13/5  rDev -15.1%

From a big 24 ounce bad boy can.

A-Yellow/gold with a nice fizzy white, creamy head.

S-No skunkiness...aduncty(cooked corn and veggies)...also a little musty smelling. Nothing real inviting about it but that could be said for a lot of beers in this style.

T-Light flavored....mainly cooked corn and veggies....also a lemony tartness on the finish...

M-Fizzy...highly carbonated...feels a bit weightier than other Mexican beers of this style but it could be the carbonation making it feel that way...I'd call it on the light side of medium bodied...

D-It is what it is....a fizzy, relatively unoffensive but unflavorful macro lager..I can't see paying import prices for this..toss it in a Milwaukee's Best can and no-one would know the difference. Not a horrible beer but nothing I would drink again. Probably better than Corona but not as good as Carta Blanca..

02-04-2007 00:35:21 | More by ZAP
Photo of MusicmanSD


2.45/5  rDev -2.4%

Drank this strait out of the bottle side by side with one in a pint glass. Pale as hell and very fizzy looking. Not as disgusting looking as Corona though! The appearance is light, light yellow. Almost like some light beer made in America...The smell is non-existance. Nothing to smell, which I guess is a good thing for a Mexican beer...The taste is light corn and wheat, nothing more, nothing less. A Carlsberg overpowered this beer by a longshot to say that much. It just screamed no ingredients. The mouthfeel is pure water, almost Michelob Ultra-ish, but still, loads better than any of that crap. Good part? You could probably drink a 12 pack over the course of an afternoon and not feel any after-effects of hop oil or bloating. Just like drinking alot of water in a way...but better of course!

01-31-2007 09:24:25 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of jettjon


2.4/5  rDev -4.4%

Presented in a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date, into a cold mug with a lime (removed for tasting). Pours a golden clear color with a few tiny bubbles beneath a lackluster white head that fades quickly leaving no lacing. Not much going on with the nose, maybe corn/grass. Tastes of corn adjunct, rather bland, light; dry malty finish. Mouth is wet and bubbly, just OK here. Drinkability is OK, it’s smooth and acceptable but nothing special.

Overall: Serve cold and with a lime when your local Mexican joint doesn’t carry Negra Modelo.

01-27-2007 19:00:06 | More by jettjon
Photo of theopholis


2.3/5  rDev -8.4%

Appearance- Light golden, very clear with a decent but loose white head that has a little staying power. Leaves a little lace to. But not much of either.

Aroma- Mostly sour mash with some bittering hops and graininess. Smells just a tad like it's got some corn in it to.

Taste- What little taste there is is light and bland. Just a touch of bittering hops. At least it doesn't have any weird off-tastes. Just very little taste.

Mouthfeel- A tad light, even for an American macro lager. Good carbonation level tho. Very refreshing.

Drinkability- Very sessionable, and decent drinking on a hot day when it's ice cold. that's about it tho. There are certainly better Mexican beers out there.

01-25-2007 05:47:48 | More by theopholis
Photo of lehows

New York

3.23/5  rDev +28.7%

Pours a light yellow straw color, large coarse head dissipates quickly. Some nice lacing surprisingly. Not much going on in the nose. Light metallic grain and corn. Very light taste of corn, light malt, some faint hops, mild skunk. Big carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the beer. Overall a super light and easy drinking brew to go along with food or as an ice-cold thirst quencher.

01-25-2007 02:41:58 | More by lehows
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2.03/5  rDev -19.1%

This poured a darker golden with really no head at all. Smell very weak, not much to take from it. The taste is pretty bland, like a flat Corona. There's not a lot to really say about this beer. It's just decent, something you might find a high school or college house party. I wasn't very impressed with it, but if you're just looking for something to get you by for an evening for little price, I guess it's a decent possibility.

01-13-2007 20:09:04 | More by iamtyler
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2.45/5  rDev -2.4%

I was staying at my Grandparents' vacation house, where my Grandpa left two cans of Tecate. The first one was in bad shape and filled with proteins. Can two was healthier.

Appearance: The pour is golden, darker than straw, with a smallish white head that soon fades away.

Smell: The nose has a bit of grains and soft barley malts.

Taste: The taste is light and bland, but at least it's not offensive. It's mainly grainy and a hint of spicy hops pop out every one in a while.

Mouthfeel: It's light and fizzy.

Drinkability: I hate to give a beer credit for not being awful, but this is a fairly tolerable Mexican macro. It's certainly better than the Corona that my cousins probably paid quite a bit more for.

12-30-2006 08:00:08 | More by goschool
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3/5  rDev +19.5%

This is a decent solid cerveza. It pours a fairy pale gold to tan with very little head retention. Barely any smell, perhaps some hops but the taste brings out the hops a bit more. Well carbonated, with an average mouth feel. It's a good choice with take out Mexican food, or even a bowl of chips and salsa -- very good at cooling the heat. Add lime to punch it up a bit.

12-21-2006 05:11:48 | More by zuggy9
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

Tasted like a cross between a Budwiser and a Corona. Decent, but far from great. Had it as part of a popular Mexican cocktail called a "La Michelada," but I was sure to try it on it's own first. Then I mixed it with worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt, pepper, and lime. Was much better as the cocktail, and actually - I would highly recommend trying!

12-06-2006 04:53:25 | More by alysmith4
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1.9/5  rDev -24.3%

I found this lager to have a dull, lack-luster appearance. It had the required characteristics of a lager such as high carbonation and low head retention, but it did not look crisp enough.

It has an almost malty smell. I couldn’t quite figure out what the aroma was supposed to be. But I know I didn’t like it.

It has a strange taste as it does smell. It’s not as flavorless as most macro lager. Unfortunately the flavor is unappealing.

It feels like the average lager… very light, watery and over-carbonated.

I would not have another. I'll have a Bud-light over this one, so that should sum it up.

11-24-2006 22:36:48 | More by GeneralZod
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1.93/5  rDev -23.1%

I've taken an interest in re-trying some Mexican beers lately that I used to drink pretty routinely, but evaluating them with a more critical eye.

This one was inexpensive...a bit more than Bud/Miller/Coors. Surprisingly, Discount Liquor (Milwaukee) only carried it in bottles.

Appearance is pure American Lager. Decent head formation, which stuck around longer than I expected (and longer than the Modelo Especial I had awhile back). Odor is a bit of malt but mostly adjunct sweetness. The presence of hops is barely discernable. Taste is pretty malty, and not awful. I would agree that this is better than Corona, throw in my two cents that it is better than Modelo, but I think that if you are limiting your choices to Mexican beers (not sure why you would punish yourself like that) I think I would go with a different FEMSA product - either a Sol or a Carta Blanca.

11-05-2006 18:24:44 | More by BeerBelcher
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New York

2.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Bought a couple of twelve packs to play drinking games with and have a few left overs. I drank my one AV Hop Ottin and turned to this. It is basically an inoffensive beer. It is obviously mass produced nd you can taste smell the adjuncts. however as far as macro lagers go it isnt too bad. This is better than bud or miller and much better than Corona. If you are stuck in one of those annoying situations where you are surrounded by macros, or it is a hot summer day this isnt a bad choice. Still i would kill for a real beer right about now.

Edit: I just saw some other reviews comparing this to Schaeffer and it couldnt be more true. Like schaeffer the only true purpose to this beer is to play drinking games with.

10-28-2006 07:02:43 | More by sleazo
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2.85/5  rDev +13.5%

This tastes almost exactly like any other macro produced lager out there. I have nothing against macro lagers, as they do have their place, but this is really a boring beer. It pours a very grainy looking light, almost urine looking color. About the only thing I scented was a some corn and maybe just a hint of hops. The same for the taste, as if there was a blind taste test, I would swear I am just tasting a macro lager, with the typical corn and graininess with not much else there. The only thing that seperates it is a hint of refreshing lime flavor which is kind of a nice addition to the beer. There is practically no finish to this beer. The mouthfeel isn't bad, as it's not that watery, but nothing great.

Okay, for all of my negative stuff above, I have to say that Tecate is actually not a bad brew as long as certain criteria for drinking it are met: it must be cold (ideally almost ice cold), it must be hot outside, and you must not want any complexity in the beer you are drinking. This is a decent brew for washing down chips and salsa with some tex-mex, or for just simply quenching your thirst on a hot day. Other than that, it's just another boring macro lager.

10-21-2006 04:38:10 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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