Tequiza | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by unclejedi:
Photo of unclejedi
2.27/5  rDev +24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing this to fullfill a requirement for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly BIF. This is the beer I sent as an ugly, and I had to suffer through it to be able to send it.

Pours an extremely pale yellow, looks like colored water. White head with fairly small bubbles that subsides fairly quickly.

Smell is citrusy, with hints of lime.

Taste is more of the lime, perhaps a hint of the agave / tequila flavor, but not enough to stand out.

Mouthfeel is watery, no body at all.

Finish is mostly like drinking limeade, little dry in the throat and a hint of an artificial sweetner in the aftertaste.

I might have liked this back in the days when I experimented with wine coolers and malternatives long ago, but it doesn't do much for me now. I don't even think it is that particularly refreshing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nathanh5
4.91/5  rDev +168.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful summer and session beer for me. I really wish AB would bring it back. Look/color was average. Smell was rather lagerish. But the flavor was sweetish, not like todaze sugar malt Koolaid beers, but Tequiza was more towards a true lager. Tequiza had it's own special flavor. I used to drink it every day when not drinking something more exotic like KBS, 120 minute, or My beloved Behemoth Barley wine.
Anyhow, AB replaced with Bud Lite with lime, which is more like drinking urine...I know you guyz mostly hate it, but I would kill to have a few six packs nestled in with my exotic crafts.

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Photo of Dmann
1.03/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a horrible excuse for a beer. It poured a clear straw color with a very small head that faded almost instantly. The smell was of lime and grain. The taste was pretty much identical to the lime flavored fruit loops cerial. No decernable hop or malt characteristics, just sweet nastyness. One of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of twi1609372
1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tequiza: the official beer of president Clinton!!

This beer is about was bad as it gets. reaking odor, horrible taste. Ah yes this beer brings back so many memories of me and my friend threatening to make truck drivers drink the stuff as revenge for poor driving. the mouth instantly tells you "this is not drinkable, and if you override your mouth, your stomach will tell you also. is this a want to be corona? just when we thought corona was bad, and nothing could be worse than rock bottom, it seems like anheiser bush dug under and found a way to go lower than rock bottom. Real beers don't taste so bad they need fruit to mask the taste, therefore drink up president Clinton and don't switch Tequiza for our Sam Adams. beer with a shot of tequila, that's one of the worst ideas I have ever heard, yes this beer is horrible horrible.

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Photo of Jason
1.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Damn, is this soda? Looks like it, smells like it … oh wait, it tastes like bud light and lime with some other odd flavourings as well. I had a few sips and dumped the rest out; I think A-B would have been better off brewing a lager and lime. Don’t even bother with this one.

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Photo of badbeer
1.03/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Really, really pale yellow, virtually no head, no lacing. Smells like lime, and of cheap flowery perfume. This almost tastes more watery than water, it does have a hint of some corn and lime, but it's not good. Higher carbonation, very light body. One is definitely enough. I recommend you get yourself a water, and put a lime in there yourself, it will probably taste better.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not... that... bad. Pours clear yellow fizz. Sweet lime nose with a little tequila. Refreshing light lime taste. Corny and some tequila-like artificial flavors. The lime is more candy-flavored than real. It got sickening after I had more than one, but this is truly not awful.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.97/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My Tequiza koozie is destined to become a sought after hipster vintage collectable!

OK, an obvious failed attempt to cut into Corona's market share. Yellow beer. No head, lace. Aroma, not horrible, even get a little agave sweetness.

Taste, eh, unique? The agave doesn't taste as much as it smelled, but other than that, its pretty much just Corona with all kinds of less desireable adjunct flavor (or lack thereof). No hops. Pass.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.98/5  rDev +62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is definitely a mood beer...you have to be in the mood for it.
Pours a light golden macro clear with a macro style 1/2 head of large bubbles that disappears quickly. It is definitely preferable out of the bottle.
Aroma is non-hop, slightly sweet with a mixture of malt and tequila scents. A little skunkie.
Taste is Mexican beer sweet with a slight skunkiness and the unusual addition of blue agave. I don't notice any lime by itself.
Thirst quenching on a hot, hot day.
This is a beer that is best served camoflagued....in the bottle, with a wedge of lime and a little salt on the rim or dusted with the little packages of lime salt they give you with it. It's for you if you are in the mood for a corona and tequila shooters....otherwise, don't bother. Definitely a novelty, but still....
"After you've been havin' steak for a long time, beans taste fine"

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Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.55/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I have to give AB some credit for the originality and marketing of this one. They introduced it at the height of the small-batch/boutique tequila and agave craze. Unfortunately, it just doesn't taste that good. It's not really a beer, but it's not a sweet malt-based "cooler" either. Instead it walks some odd, untread path. There are no flaws to it, per se, but it just doesn't seem to work real well. It pours a crystal clear light straw body with a thin lid of bright white foam that quickly receeds to a wide collar and leaves only minor lacing. The nose displays lime and agave over a sweet malt base. It's interesting, and very reminiscent of a margarita. It's surprisingly dextrinous and medium bodied with a fine, gently crisp carbonation that enlivens the tastebuds. The lime appears first as a flash across the palate before stepping aside to let the sweetish malt and agave flavor come through. It finishes drying and the lime returns again along with some dull, residual sweet malt. It's initially an interesting beer, but it doesn't have much to offer in the way of drinkability. Personally, I'd rather have a tequila or a Marguerita, because this is so far from what I expect from a beer that malt and hops aren't even a question after having tasted it. It may make it as a fair thirst quencher at a BBQ as it does pair well with spicy shrimp skewers, but it's not the kind of beer that you walk into a bar and order. But what the hell, try one out of curiosity... I did.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.55/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ordybill
2.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This was something of a novelty when it first came out. I enjoyed the first beer but subsequent beers I enjoyed less and less. It did have a tequila aftertaste, probably artificial but the uniqueness wore off quickly.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.66/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

International BeerFlys beware: A-B has apparently been franchising this dreaded concoction. I found it in St. Petersburg, brewed and labels as a Tinkoff beer. Same color scheme on the label, except for the Tinkoff name and the word "Tequiza" rendered phonetically in Cyrillic. This Russian version does have a distinctly lime and agave note. But there’s still just no real reason for it to exist. Just buy a damn margarita. Interesting that the beer appears on their original Russian website, but when you switch to the English version, it’s gone.

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Photo of bditty187
1.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Tequiza sounded good in theory.

Lightest possible yellow hue without being clear, minimal head, no lace. The aroma was like Sprite with extra limes added to it… nothing that resembled beer, too odd to be inviting. Ditto on the taste. It is shockingly harsh on the palate, the over carbonation did not help. This is a gimmick beer that has survived far too long. Even at $1.09 for a single 12 oz. bottle I got ripped off.

Move along, move along… this isn’t the beer you’re looking for

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Photo of bonbini26
1.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BierFan
2.97/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Born on date of November 7th 2008. Poured from a clear 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hard pour produced only a one finger white head. Clear golden yellow. Despite the head dropping to nothing I still had a little bit of lacing.

Smell: The only thing in the aroma is limes. Very sweet and candy-like.

Taste: Not that bad. Not as bad as other reviews will have you believe at least. Very sweet with a lime flavor.

Mouthfeel: Substantial mouthfeel for being an A-B product. Much more to it than the wateriness that is Bud Light Lime or Miller Chill.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
2.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Open a Corona, slip a lime in the top... and then pour a half-cup of sugar down the neck. Bright, clear yellow in the glass (and in the bottle too); lime in the nose. Sweet lime in the taste. More body and flavor than your typical lime beer (e.g., light beer with lime that is now so popular). But that doesn't say much.

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Photo of jaydoc
1.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of CraigTravor
1/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of tommy5
1.25/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Brent
1.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I can't say I tried this with an open mind. I figured it would be bad, and tried it to see how bad it was. It wasn't good, but, to my surprise, it was drinkable. I'm not sure I would call this a beer. It falls more in the "flavored malt beverage" category with Zima. Unless you're really into shooting tequilla and chasing it with a cheap Mexican beer, don't waste your money.

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Photo of Gusler
1/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The beer after escaping the 12-ounce bottle sets in the glass a pallid yellow with a modest frothy white head and after its decomposition, the left over lace forms a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated, sweet and clean, the start is sweet and the grain profile light, top is thin as they come. Finish is strikingly acidic, the hops mild but pleasant, aftertaste dry, can’t believe people actually like this beer, no accounting for some peoples lack of taste.

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Tequiza from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 1.83 out of 5 with 143 ratings