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

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 05-20-2001

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Photo of puboflyons
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05264. Sampled on October 24, 2014. No lime wedge.

Pale yellow pour with big long lasting fizzy white head.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit and barley grain. A tiny almost invisible hop bite.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste is also more malty than anything else akin to a German lager. A clean finish. There is nothing unique about it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.17/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Re-review 12/6/2015

Pours a clear straw color with a fluffy cap of 1 finger,

Smells like skunky corn, spice, floral, grain bin,

Tastes is crisp and clean with mild corn brushed with floral notes and mild spice,

Drinkability is supreme and goes down like water yet still retains some character,

Overall Tecate is a Mexican beer I would have again. Prosit!


Tecate! Tecate! Arriba!

Appearance (3.25) : Que Pasa! A fluffy white two fingered head that's actually pretty tight knit. It sits on top of a golden yellow body that I can almost read through. Cap recedes to a large ring after a minute or so. Lacing is virtually non-existent.

Aroma (3.25) : NON-skunked corn, barley, spice, fresh hop, and the bottle yields a little cooked peas. A clean, non-offensive aroma. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3) : Refreshing, if a little corny. It's got a little hop flavor in there towards the end but it comes off as more of a bitter corn flavor. Otherwise it's mainly washed out corn flavor with a little barley. Pretty boring, actually. It's like a light beer with hop. There's not much in the flavor department here, even for a Mexican Lager.

Mouthfeel (2.75) : Light bodied all the way, and pretty carbonated.

Overall (3.07) : Not too impressed, and I liked Sol a lot better. Next time I reach for a Mexican Lager beer, I'll go for Sol or Modelo Especial. Those are my top two taco beers.

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Photo of Forgottensaints
5/5  rDev +91.6%

Haha I'm a bit of a beer snob but tecate....tecate and I go way back. This beer is the best cheap beer in the market. Tied up with PBR. Best party beer when you don't wanna break out the good stuff ;) rub a little lime, salt, and cayenne on the rim of the can and have a good time. Best when chasing tequilas.

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Photo of StoneTSR
2/5  rDev -23.4%

APPEARANCE: Chill haze obscures an otherwise crystal clear, yellow beer. The head foamed up to about a finger before settling into a quarter-inch cap that slowly faded away as the beer sat during the typing of this paragraph. By now, it’s just a wispy, thin cap, but it still covers almost 100% of the surface area. Some lacing developed when the head fell, but not much else stuck.

SMELL: Once the head fades away there isn’t much to this, but while it was still intact a big corn smell overpowered anything else.

TASTE: Again, not much going on in the flavor here. A very sweet, corn-syrup-like taste is pretty much it. There is actually a tiny, tiny hint of hop flavor lurking in here somewhere, but it is tough to detect unless you’re specifically looking for it.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is light (although not as thin as I thought it would be) and the beer is sweet with a slightly drying finish.

OVERALL: This is not the most terrible beer in the world. It’s certainly not something I’ll pay for, but in a pinch, with no craft options, this could be an acceptable choice.

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Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

tecate is my baseline beer. when pondering my ratings, i think "how much more do i like this than tecate?" or, conversely, "how much more would i prefer a tecate to this shit?" if i rate a beer lower than this, i feel it should generally be avoided because even the lowly tecate is a better choice.

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Photo of stevoj
1.93/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not much going for this lager, except that it was cold and wet. Very little in the way of flavor or aroma, typical cereal grain body and overall watery palate. Beer flavored water,,,,,

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Photo of mhsmall84
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

I first had this beer on a sailboat called "Hotel California" off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. It was all part of the experience, something new. I drank it so it couldn't have been too bad.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.71/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Just yellow
Light. Cracker, some corn, astringent
The taste is like the smell
Very light. Drink cold because as it warms it can be grainy and harsh.

I still enjoy these now and then.

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Photo of Ishkatan
4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am no connoisseur but I really like this beer. I like a thicker mouth feel and this seems to be just right. I also don't like very bitter beer and this has only a hint of bitterness, enough to let me know it is beer but that's just about it. I find a depth to the flavor I don't know how to describe Carbonation is on the light side and I would have liked a little more. Like others mentioned, head is light, but that does not matter when you like to drink out of the bottle.

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Photo of bondjedi
3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a can. I bought a suitcase at AM/PM as an emergency step when the kegerator ran dry of Mirror Pond.

Not as bad as you have been led to believe. This is the definitive Mexican macrobrew, and it's better than any American macro. Still, a little too much corn and maybe rice.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tecate brewed by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V with an ABV of 4.50% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a thick, white head. Tecate is a filtered brew; you can see right though it. This brew looks an American style lager. I'm not saying that is bad thing. This brew smells like corn, grains and malts. There is also a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Nothing bad, but not good. I would say the smell is decent to this brew. The taste to this brew is real nice. It goes nice and smooth. Tecate reminds minds me of an American style light lager. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, Tecate has a real nice balance to it. Tacate goes down nice and smooth. Mouthfeel is nice,clean, smooth and refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. This brew was better than what I was expecting. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. did a real nice job with this brew. I will buy this brew again.

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In terms of MEXICAN beer, I think this is one of the better ones, along with Corona. It has a medium flavor background, in my opinion, and a good amount of bitterness, though not in an overpowering way. It's probably great with some yummy Mexican food and is perfect as an "everyday" sort of beer. Reasonably priced, too.

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Photo of Pigs
4.5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tecate. The Black Bird. Mexican!
I like this beer a lot. It's great to drink straight outta the can/bottle or adding some lime and/or salt to the rim. I love it with tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, chalupas, rice, nachos, beans, re-fried beans, tortillas and salsa, and so much more. It is a perfect beach beer. Cold from the cracked styrofoam cooler as you lounge with some hot babes and the suns in your eyes. Drink some Tecate and then go boogie boarding. You'll love it.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.87/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass

A - Golden straw color. Big foamy head doesn't last long, but does leave some lacing.

S- grains and a touch of hops.

T - light breadiness and a pinch of hops. Light & refreshing. The hops give a dry spin. Love it.

F - Light and some dryness.

O - Very refreshing and sessionable lager. Cheers!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, straw golden, with nice head of white. Virtually no lace in my Founders pint glass.

Nose says sweet corn and rice. Definitely an adjunct lager, both sweet and malty. Not offensive, just average.

Taste is watery but refreshing after a day of painting outdoors. A little tinge of hoppiness after the finish, but it's really barely there. Aftertaste is clean and not at all offensive.

Overall, a decent if unmemorable lager. Better than the big(ger) boys!

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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

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

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

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.

Medium bodied. Pretty good.

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