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

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1,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 25.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 53 | 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 PBRstreetgang


3.08/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extra clear straw color, with a soapy one and a half finger head. Rapid carbonation and poor head retention leave weak lacing. Very faint nose, extra pale malt aroma, but mainly adjunct. Grainy malt flavor, with herbal and hay-like hop taste. Aftertaste is clean, the drinkability high, and the mouthfeel crisp. Appropriate for a very humid day south of the border, but too light and bland for any other occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 06:05:17 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of zjungleist


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

Pours dark yellow with a fluffy white head. The smell is faint, mainly of sugar, with a bit hop. The taste as mostly adjunct and malt, but there is a bit of bitterness to it. Overall the feels is pretty smooth. I can't say this is an awfull beer, it does go good with some spicy fajitas, but it's not great. I can't see drinking this on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 21:47:48 | More by zjungleist
Photo of Suds


2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this one in a Mexican restaurant in Texas. It’s a light straw color with a fizzy, unimpressive head. Moderate carbonation. Adjunct laden aroma, with a little malt and hops hiding underneath. Actually, the aroma is actually notably better than many macros. The taste is initially sweet, in a corn-adjunct, hollow way. There’s a notable hop finish, but the body is incredibly light and watery. I didn’t come into this one with high expectations, so I can’t say that I was really disappointed. Still, this is unquestionably a sub-par brew.

Serving type: can

12-04-2005 12:32:27 | More by Suds
Photo of tesguino


3.23/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a real true mexican pilsner, in six pack or ten pack, sold commonly by seven eleven or oxxo; this beer is good for drink with the buddies; bbq, or poker; its heavy and easy put drunk who´s abuse; now tecate is sold in caguama, 12oz twist off, 12oz normal; 12oz can and a pint aluminum can. smell much hops and malt, full bodied beer; 95% recommended.

Serving type: can

10-20-2005 18:20:43 | More by tesguino
Photo of bighoppymonster


2.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw yellow. Active carbonation with thin white head. Not picking much up in the nose at all. Maybe a little bit of grains. Tastes like any other macro to me. Very bland, but not offensive and rather refreshing if you get it very cold. Mouthfeel is decent, very clean. Finishes dry and I could easily have quite a few of these. Overall, slightly better than the other macros, would be my choice at a mexican restaurent if Modelo Especial is not available.

Serving type: can

10-13-2005 00:07:38 | More by bighoppymonster
Photo of nekronos


4.05/5  rDev +61.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old picture you have. BUt anyway, a lot of people say it is nasty, but once again, the more close you are from the brewery the better it taste. In this case, t is brewed in Tecate Baja California, and for a sunny day, it worths. A little bitter the back taste for a lager, but tastes good after all, in some presentations.

Serving type: can

09-15-2005 16:23:07 | More by nekronos
Photo of whynot44


3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with a decent white head that actually lasts for a while, no real lacing.

The aroma is grainy, light malt with a hint of herbal hops.

Light bodied, light but somewhat citrusy malt flavor, with a touch of hops at the finish.

Drinkable and refreshing. A decent summer beer.

Serving type: can

09-11-2005 04:19:11 | More by whynot44
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came from a quart bottle, half of which I gave to my wife. It exhibits a straw colour and a fluffy white head.

The smell is a cross between sweet champagne and the nasty smell of day old stale beer on the floor. Initial strong carbonation gives way to a sweet sugary (or maybe more like one of the better artificial sweeteners) flavour on the tongue which gradually dissipates leaving a stale flavour and ultimately dry feel. This stuff would be very easy to drink a lot of if I had already drunk a couple of better beers to deaden my critical faculties to a degree.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 05:38:36 | More by charlatan
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 23:09:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mentor


3.78/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, there are some people who appear to rate macro beers with low scores simply because they are macro beers. Some people will give a good score to a particular macro, and they justify the score by recalling fond memories. I do my best to judge each beer for what it is. I poured this beer fully expecting an awful swill, but actually had a decent experience. To date, this is by far the best macro lager I've ever had and it was a decent beer in general.

Bottle obtained from the discount rack of a local liquor store. Pours a finger and a half nearly white (linght tint of yellow) head over a crystal clear very light rust liquid. Add a very pale rust to the very pale straw of color of a macro and you get this. Bubbles form randomly on the bottom of the glass and float to the surface. Smells potently hopped with something like Saaz that would impart a tin smell. To many people this comes across as smelling 'skunked'. Tastes mildly hoppy with noticable malt sweet. Hops have some hallertauer roundness and a touch of co-ho roughness. Malt is pretty clean, but has some honey. Upopn swallowing there is an acrid taste from carbonation release. This sting on the tongue settles fairly rapidly and leaving some floral hop and some flat malt sweet as an aftertaste. Body is thin, but with some quality I can't put my finger on that makes it come across, to casual taste, as Md-light. Carbonation is high. Amazingly, there is still a tiny layer of head still on top of the last little bit in my glass and the inside of my glass shows incredible lacing. Judged to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 05:15:38 | More by mentor
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


1.95/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It’s not too bad for what it is, yet another pale lager, which isn’t much in the first place. Pours a decent thick head. Color is almost a decent golden pilsener. Taste is bland at first, but begins to reveal a little malt character and a suggestion of German hops. At least it goes well with Mexican food, and yes, with a touch of lime. But you wouldn’t want to drink this by itself.

Serving type: can

07-20-2005 15:30:05 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of tgbljb


3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a pale gold color with an over-active white bollowly head that lasted throughtout the brew. Smell is nothing. Taste is sweetish and not in a good way. Mouthfeel is wet but little if any hops or malt. Average at best. I'd rather drink a Schlitz at half the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 01:21:42 | More by tgbljb
Photo of KoG


3.08/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got it for free so there wasn't really any way to lose.

Pale yellow body with a fizzy white cap moderate retention and some lacing.

Smell is less brutal than most Macro lagers, I could actually find some malt and hops. Nonetheless, still a bit watered down.

No bad adjuncty flavor, light malt backbone with some very light hop bitterness. Goes down clean and didn't give me a bad aftertaste.

Not a bad brew. Sure kicks the crap outta Corona though.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 23:30:08 | More by KoG
Photo of packetknife


1.88/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow-gold pour with a near-bleached thick white head that stuck for a while. And that's when things started going into a downward spiral. It reminded me of goopy burned corn oil on the nose, something unpleasant and somewhat rancid about it. A good hop on the tongue if you can avoid the smell but it isn't really countered by anything and leaves an oily film and aftertaste on your tongue. Not readily drinkable but mostly because of the smell, the taste and feel I could have swallowed if the smell hadn't gotten to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 11:15:07 | More by packetknife
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Pours a golden yellow with a coarse, very short-lived head that leaves a few sparse pieces of lace before giving up completely.
Smell is better than expected with the requisite hops of course, and hints of malt, floral and pine.
Taste is mostly hops, with light malt and a hint of pine. Flavor does actually hang on to some extent but it is light and piney, not really a taste I wanted to hang on.
Mouthfeel is light and watery although the carbonation is restrained compared to other lagers.
Drinkability is so-so at best. While better than most megabrew offerings, it's nothing special, unless you just want something cold and wet that won't make you gag and has some alcohol in it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 22:20:38 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of watermelonman


3.28/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a fairly deep shade of yellow, with a small head that quickly faded. There's only a dot or two of lace.

The smell is a little off, but it's very faint so it doesn't really get in the way. The taste is reasonable, containing light malts and corn up front. The finish lets a hint of hops through. The mouthfeel is light while the drinkability is reasonably good.

While certainly a great beer, at least it doesn't require a lime wedge to make it drinkable.

Serving type: can

06-19-2005 01:06:08 | More by watermelonman
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color with a decent head. Head retention is pretty good for the style. Smells like light grains with a metallic aroma. Taste pretty bland. Grains, a little bit of hops and clean finish. Light but not over carbonated mouthfeel. Not bad. Basically a Budweiser from Mexico.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 03:09:33 | More by Luigi
Photo of jimbotrost


3.65/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 4-2-04 taken from notes. Straw colored nice carbonation and small to medium bright white head. Nose is mostly neutral with hint of malt. Sweet malty flavor, medium to full body, short sweet flavor. Enjoyable. Finish is very short, crisp, and, dry.

Serving type: can

06-01-2005 13:26:56 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.9/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours with a frothy pale head that quickly dissapears. It is a bright pale strow color and is pretty well carbonated. The aroma is sweet with notes of grain, corn, and an actual light hoppy spiciness (though with an emphasis on light). This beer is light and fizzy, with a sweet finish that has hints of dms, sweet corn, and perhaps a hint of bitterness. This beer, as expected is pretty flavorless, but that is really the only complaint I can make. If you drink it cold there is nothing to distract you from thinking that it is just watery refreshment. Just a note, if someone had not handed me this beer I would not be drinking it, company beer o'clock what can you do.

Serving type: can

05-20-2005 23:55:35 | More by Gueuzedude
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New York

2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours like any macro lager would. Pale wheat yellow color with minimal white lacey head. Smells decent, I noted a little apricot like fruitiness along with the thin and sour hop smell one would associate with a macro lager. Taste is one dimensional, nothing impressive. Tastes like a macro brew, but not overly sweet, and with a faint orange citrus note toward the end. Alcohol is hardly detectable. Watery unexciting mouth presence. This beer lacks the crisp corniness I associate with Mexican imports. I could drink a lot of these, but would only do so if...well never mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 20:48:36 | More by Cadyfatcat
Photo of ski271


2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, pale slightly-brownish yellow with a meduim-sized, white, fizzy head that quickly diminished to a very light film.

Smell: Bready malts dominate the nose. Hints of fruit, corn, and leather

Taste: Fairly sweet up front, lightly bitter, then turning toward the grainy side. A little buttery too, but not too much else going on.

Mouthfeel: Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation... pretty typical and lackluster.

Drinkability: with so many other lighter domestic style beers out there, why would you pay more to drink this beer when there are better versions of the watered down macro that don’t cost as much. But it’s not really all that bad either.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 03:48:14 | More by ski271
Photo of Pepeton


3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A quite average beer. In North México it's the most common can brew you might find in a traditional Sunday carne asada (barbecue).
Yellow color, and almost no head nor lacing (probably not important to the company and customers since it's a can beer; although you can find it in bottles).
Very faint smell, typically of an adjunct.
Light taste, little to no hops.
Carbonation is an automatic thought once this beer splashes your mouth.
Refreshing in a hot humid day.
An automatic buy when you go to a gathering where you don't know who is attending.

Serving type: can

04-10-2005 04:08:31 | More by Pepeton
Photo of RBorsato


2.88/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow/straw color with a very low white head and little to no carbonation. Almost no aroma -- traces of adjuncts. Light cooked-corn and very light fruity flavors. Light bodied and thin.

Nothing horrible or outstanding -- very non-descript/average thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 17:15:57 | More by RBorsato
Photo of rowew


3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taco Surf (and many other places over the years). Pours slightly bubbly yellow with a thin white head. Smell is clean - just a hint of adjunct and not much else. Taste is crisp and refreshing. This is by no means a great beer, but I would take it over Corona any day, and it's a nice happy hour choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2005 23:47:52 | More by rowew
Photo of ChrisBowers


1.33/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Possibly one of the greatest sins against beer ever perpetrated. Run, don't walk, away from this beer. Trust me on this one. Definitely rates highest on the "urine" scale amongst mexican beers. Whereas most of the time you can find something positive to say about a mexican beer consumed while on a beach or something, this stuff is way too bad. Corn husks and skunked grain dominate this beer. Pretty fizzy, leaves that "draino" aftertaste in your mouth after being consumed from the can. Even if you're looking for mexican crap-beer to have on the beach, there are so many better options.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 16:21:27 | More by ChrisBowers
Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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