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

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BA SCORE
62
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560 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 560
Hads: 1,884
Avg: 2.61
pDev: 47.13%
Wants: 18
Gots: 288 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 05-20-2001

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces a 1.5 inch billowy head that settles down to a thin sheen of lace. The beer is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

No detectable hop aromas. Plenty of corn mash flavors-aromas, light malt, and with just a kiss of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Slick oily mouthfeel.

Purchased as part of a variety 12 pack of Mexican beers. This beer is only a little better than the previous one (Sol), and is probably also a little better than a Corona (faint praise, indeed). I was looking for something a little lighter, and I've certainly enjoyed some Mexican beers in the past, but these are terribly bland. I suspect that they are intended to be spruced up with some salt, hot sauce, lime and/or tomato.

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Photo of Aegelis
3.52/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent medium Mexican beer that hits that pitch between light and heavy with a look that says the same. Good choice to have with a Mexican dinner, barbeque meal pairing or alone with a springtime/fall appeal for me. Light fragrance, agreeable, only a slight bite.

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Photo of Paincane
2.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear pale golden body with a thin white head and little if any head retention.
S: Nose of grass and fruity light malt. Actually not very aromatic.
T: Grassy, cereal and citrus flavors. Quite watery and thin.
M: Watery, thin and not very flavorful.
O: Not much nose. Not much flavor. Typical Mexibeer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.11/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt and vinegar
Head average (5 cm), white, creamy with rocks, mostly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing fair; small, irregular islands of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor is slightly sour with light malts; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; ends quickly with no aftertaste
Palate is light, watery, lively carbonation

Many years ago, before I discovered the joys of craft beers, I used to drink Tecate (and Busch, but that’s another story) and really enjoyed it. When I drank this can, I was unpleasantly surprised by the lack of flavor and body – I remember this as a darker, chewier beer. Either the beer or my taste have radically changed, maybe both.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.23/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance
Medium fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Clear golden body with moderate carbonation. Looks pretty good for the style.

Smell
Corn and barley malt. But not harsh or off-putting.

Taste
Corn and barley malt. Slight hop bitterness. The corn hits you first, but it is soon overtaken by a decent barley flavor. Hops are mild and there for balance. This is one of the few beers where I clearly taste corn but am surprised to find that the taste is actually good. This beer has a good corn flavor. Barley malt balances the corn out nicely.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied. Pretty good.

Overall
This is a good beer at a good value. Tecate is a corn adjunct lager that blends the corn flavor with barley malt flavor in a unique and satisfying way.

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Photo of cyclonece09
2.74/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 12 oz glass. Pours translucent straw with a nice white head, but it dissipates almost immediately. Smells of grain and corn, very sweet. Tastes of water and grain, very watery. Beer is very watery but good carbonation. Overall, a below average beer.

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Photo of Foyle
2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1" white head dissipates rapidly leaving very little lacing. Color is straw and clear. Significant carbonation bubbles rising.
Aroma: corn, some toasted barley, maybe a slight hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: watery and similar to most macro style lagers, dry finish.
Flavor: fairly mild. There is some sweetness from the barley (and I assume, corn adjunct), with a mild hop presence for some balance. I pickup a sort of saltine cracker flavor as well.
Overall: decent for the price.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in tap in a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops and corn.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of hops, sweet corn and grassy notes.

Overall: Not bad for a Mexican beer. Not quite Dos Equies but better than Corona

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.69/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm all danked out. Having survived on nothing but high IBU IPA's for months, I bought a 12-pack of Tecate, wanting something cold and refreshing that serves it's duty then goes away without making a big relationship out of things the way IPA's are want to do. And for a fling, Tecate is the way to go. Crisp and slightly dry with soda crackers, toasted white bread and other innocuous starches being the main flavors detected. Finishes extremely clean, slight hop flavors but also no big adjuncts either. Corn/vegetable husk is not a discernible flavor. Possibly rice, which also may be why this brew finishes so dry. This beer gets low ratings because it is ubiquitous and macro, not because it tastes bad. One of the better warm weather beers you'll find, and surprisingly good.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Ice cold 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Straw color with a fleeting head.

S - Picked up some adjuncts with no malt or hops

T - Corn, grains and some hops.

M - Adequate carbonation, very neutral finish.

O - There are far better choices if you want a Mexican beer. This one is like drinking an AAL.

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Photo of MarkoNm
1.59/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Tecate pours out a clear golden content with a small white head, hardly worth mentioning.
The aroma is quite weak, just some malty smell and some minimal grains.
The taste is similarly non-distinctive. Slightly sweet, watery, with a very weak bitterness in the finish. A bit of a disappointmnet, really.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
2.55/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip glass with no freshness date consumed on Red Wednesday, 2013.

A- Transparent, dull, golden pour with a moderate white head that quickly fizzles to a thin, which hangs for a while and then nothing, nothing, nothing – nothing at all. Not much visible carbonation.

S- Clean malt, cooked corn, and fermented vegetal aromas. If I try really hard I can barely detect a bit of Hops spice.

T- The taste easily shows up the aroma. It starts with a very subtle, clean, and slightly sweet malt flavor that is thankfully very far from cloying. Than a very noticeable hops spice, and bitterness kicks in and lasts through the finish. I'm also getting some weird herbal, soapy notes that almost remind me of cilantro. Maybe this beer would go well with Mexican food.

M- On the lighter bodied side, but not the lightest American adjunct lager out there. Nice and crisp too, which is a plus. Low carbonation.

O- Somehow this Tecate tastes better than any I've ever had before. I had many, and always enjoyed Tecate for what it is – a great, cheap, beach beer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a cold can into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear dark golden color, few effervescent bubbles floating to top and virtually no head or retention time to speak of.

Smell - Nothing really, maybe a few corn adjuncts and slight metallicness. Nothing terribly awful here.

Taste - The taste is of virtually nothing, Again a few metallic flavors and adjuncts especially corn are present. Not terrible but only really quaffable on a hot summer day or after intense labor.

Mouthfeel - OK Carbonation, and smooth going down. Slightly dry finish, but this is the best part of the beer.

Overall - Definitely not a favorite as far as Mexican AAL's go, it's passable.

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Photo of BobbyBraggot
3.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, this beer is the best Mexican Lager I've had. It is slightly over carbonated, and has a slightly medicinal, alcohol nose, until the hops make an appearance, and when they do, it's not disappointing. Hops have a definite hint of the noble varietals to them.
T: Malty, alcohol, and clean hop presence. I would not buy this regularly, but it beats a Bud, or any other Mexican Lager.

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Photo of sommersb
2.71/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 11-23-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

A: Clear and straw-colored; the small white head fades quickly and only leaves a touch of lacing.

S: Aromas are not strong, and have some hay/grassy hops plus light biscuit malt.

T: Taste has a semi-sweet malty flavor with just a little bitterness and hop character.

M: Carbonation is high on a light body. The finish is just like the taste; lightly sweet malts with just a hint of hops.

O: Overall an easy-drinking and unoffensive beer that underwhelms.

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Photo of AZYescas
3.01/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tecate beer is part of the family's reunions over in México. so I cant be a little snob and choose what type of beer I want. Either you man up and drink it or go watch the kids and help out in the kitchen. Anyways, this beer has grown on me. although I prefer it from the bottle we mostly get in cans. its a strong bodied full flavor beer that will get you felling good within 2.

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Photo of SDBP123
2.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

This is just another cheap beer like Budweiser or Coors.
It's not worthy of a break down.
Simply put, the beer is a beer pong beer. Something you don't mind spilling or wasting accidentally and things of that nature. The ABV is so low it takes me 10-12 to feel buzzed.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
1.49/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

It one of the worse beer ever tasted ! I am easy to please in drinking beer department but this beer did not please me !

Appearance. Light frothy head with brown color to it..

Smell : it worse smelling beer I have ever smelled

Taste : It very chemically to it. It has some grains but overall all chemical and not bitterness too it
Mouthul. It is light to medium carbonation

Overal : This beer is not good. I take a Corona and Pacifico before this beer even a natural ice and icehouse.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.92/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a bit darker than your run of the mill adjunct lager. The head was high and fluffy on a bed of thick carbonation.

The scent was more grainy than I expected with some barley tones and a hop characteristic. Typically in the adjuncts the scent is all corn but this tended towards the barley.

The flavor is more towards the grain as well as I catch hints of barley malt, biscuity caramel malts and then a corny adjunct finish.

The feel is a bit less refreshing then other Mexican adjuncts but the flavors and scent are better so I feel it makes it better than so many others.

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Photo of GMB
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A gentle pour yields a yellow body typical of macro adjunct lagers. This one appears a bit lighter than the Model Especial which which I'm comparing it. The head appears and disappears quickly. Carbonation is more aggressive than that in the Modelo.

The nose is fainter than that of Modelo Especial's. Tecate's malt characteristics are similar: sweet corn and not much else. However, unlike its cousin, Tecate does, on repeated, focused sniffs, offer some faint, noble-type hop aromas.

The taste more or less follows the nose. There's nothing here to be surprised about. Sweet corn up front. Faint, musky hops on the backend. After repeated sips, I'm forced to conclude that this beer is hoppier than most macros, but also less complex (insofar as any macro lager can be!) Modelo Especial.

The body of this beer isn't bad. It's full enough to feel substantial, but doesn't sacrifice lightness, a quality that I look for in lagers and pilseners. A swish around the palate produces a nice foam that is mostly soft with a little bite. Very nice. In fact, that's the kind of mouthfeel that would be excellent complementing a crisp, flavorful, well-balanced lager. Tecate isn't any of these three things. What a shame.

In the final analysis, despite Modelo Especial's slightly more complex flavor profile, I might still choose a Tecate over a Modelo Especial. I'm a fan of crisp lagers and mild hop flavors, and, despite feeling somewhat watery towards the end, Tecate delivered in those two departments more than Modelo Especial did.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.35/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A fairly good Mexican Macro Lager,with a Bit more Flavor then Most other Mexican Adjunct Lagers,I have always Liked a lot of Mexican Lagers because of their smoothness,they may not have tons of flavor,and can taste a Bit watered down @ times,but Generaly speaking,I will pick a Mexican Macro Lager Over an American Macro Lager any day of the week,Tecate may not be a Great beer,but for it's style,it is a "Good" Beer,and it is Priced right too, a 12ver cost about 10 Bucks,so it is much Cheaper then Sol or Corona,and as far as Flavor goes,Tecate has em both beat hands down,it may not be quite as Smooth as Sol or Corona,but trust me,Tecate still slides down super Fast!~
Tecate pretty much looks like most other Macro Lagers when poured,a straw yellow to semi golden color,pretty light looking,as with most Macro lagers,Not much Head to speak of,but what there is of it is fluffy white~
the aroma is pretty standard also,Grainy,Grassy,a little malty,nothing special.
where Tecate really stands out over most other Mexican OR American Mass produced Macro lagers,is it's Taste,you get the standard Grainy,light Malty flavor,but you also get a Little Hops in the Finish,overall,I enjoy this Beer quite a Bit.
I love my Craft Beers,and have no problem Paying for Quality Beer,I really enjoy a well Crafted beer with tons of Flavor,a Rocky head that last the whole beer,world class Lacing,Drinking Fine quality beer can be a wonderful Experience to say the least,But when you just want an Ice cold Beer on a Hot day,Tecate is a really nice choice,it is also a fantastic beer to take to a BBQ,Because you know damn well there will more than Likley be nothing besides light beer in all those coolers..yuck!hehe;)
Cheers & Peace2All.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.03/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can in an imperial pint glass.

A- Well, it made an appearance, as least. It poured little head, no lacing, minimal carbonation, and flattened rapidly. The color was a bit darker than the garden variety AAL, that's about it.

S- Horribly medicinal, like when I was a kid before artificial flavoring was added to liquid meds.
There's some hint of that gassy smell from boiled veggies also.

T- Medicinal again, and metallic. The nearest taste that I detected that I could associate with beer would be notes of wet grain.

M- Uncomfortable.

O- There's no upside to this brew, and adding lime would be wasteful. I try to be open minded to this style (I like Corona and Landshark, for example); Tecate, however, is quite poor to me.

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Photo of Weston19
2.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a becker glass

A: A golden straw color with little carbonation. It keeps a decent lacing around the glass.

S: Alright, I don't normally give a 1 in this category but holy hell does this reek. I don't know if it's because the beer wasn't fresh or if this is just how the beer smells but god does it stink. It has a corny smell and a cooked veggies smell. When I swirled it around and sniffed it smelled like when you leave baked broccoli covered and then after several hours you remove the cover. it's almost as if the beer was passing gas in my face or something.

T: The taste is thankfully not as horrible as the smell. It is overall sweet with a sweet corn flavor that sticks around long after you finish drinking. It tastes like if you just baked some corn and then took a bite. I also detected a tiny bit of malt but it was very faint. No hops were detected.

MF: Watery and even a little creamy. Leaves the mouth lubricated and goes down smooth.

O: I'm not sure how I feel about this one. The smell is horrible but the taste isn't as bad. Still, the flavor is full of adjunct and there is no detectable quality ingredients. I would only have this if it was this or Budweiser or Bud Light.

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Photo of smokinyodas
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprising I actually enjoyed this beer and it was sold at a good price. The labeling is a little odd with the red & gold with eagle-wings logo, surely it stands out, but also makes me feel out of place.

They recommend this beer be served cold, but I can confirm it holds up well in the warm humid climates such as Florida.

The appearance is a pale golden lager with lots of carbonation and a white lace.

The smell is a light floral hops and faint grain aroma.

The taste is very smooth with a sugary sweet malted barley. Aided with the traditional condiments found at the beach, I find that lime and salt actually improves the flavor you would typically find complimented with a classic Corona.

With all of that said however, this beer will probably not win any awards at beeradvocate because it lacks any qualities or features that distinguishes itself from the average light lager.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours clear as water, with only a very light golden color to the body. Medium, 2 finger head forms but doesn't stick around very long. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light with lots of grainy flavors on the nose. Absolutely no hops bitterness is detectable. Not a whole lot in the scent of this one, maybe the lightest of malts mixed in with the light grain flavors.

T- More malty then grainy, unlike the scent. Somewhat of a dull, light bitterness throughout the drink from the malts. Some of the lighter, grassy notes come out midway through the drink. Ends in a rather forgettable manner, with little lingering flavors, yet no quick crispness.

M- Light and actually low in carbonation for the style. This is a beer to slam all day long until you can no longer taste it.

Overall, just your typical Mexican light beer, yet worse. At least they give you a lime with a Corona and Dos Equis has some darker malts to compensate.

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Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
62 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.